Efes Pilsener | Anadolu Efes Brewery

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Efes PilsenerEfes Pilsener

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Anadolu Efes Brewery

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the green 330 ml. bottle with the label stamped EMRE L76. Sampled on December 16, 2016.

The pour is golden yellow with a lingering white head. Busy carbonation.

This was one of the slightly skunked versions but not overwhelming. I still got a distinct sour dough, toasted bread, and grassy hop character in the aroma.

Light to medium body and smooth.

The taste has a forward white bread sour dough bread malt note but not as toasty as the aroma suggests. Clean, crisp, and grassy finish. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the bottle in a snifter. This pils via a friend from work (Thanks Kevin) pours
a crystal clear yellow with a quickly dissipating head of white foam that goes
away FAST. Nose of sweet malts and medium strong grain notes. Flavors
follow the nose with sweet malts and grain notes with a touch of sourness
and herbal hops finishing lightly dry. Decent mouth feel but nothing to grab about
with low carbonation and clean finish. A Miller High Life brewed in Turkey---decent.

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Photo of Orhan-Batur
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer of choice for the Turkish population. A decent German Style Pilsener. Pours nicely with a very clear, golden yellow, bright look and has a decent head.

Smells and tastes all right with very malty character, but somehow, this refreshing beer has been a little bit rough to drink for me.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review: Can of Efes Pilsen: ABV: 5%

The “number one Mediterranean beer in the world” as their slogan says, which is a big ask but lets see….

On pour has a very clear golden yellow colour, looks good, has a nice head, not a bad looking beer at all, light, looks good

Had a nice beery smell, nice smell of malts and grains, very nice,

Got a lot of fruits on the nose. Nice aroma

The taste was very sweet, lots of malts
In a weird way it tasted like washing up liquid, but strangely not in a bad way! A starchy kind of taste.
Not bad, but sweet
A smooth beer, very drinkable, light, dont really get the 5%

Some hops present, a little sour, but not overly bitter,
Really smooth,

Drinkable, goes down well. Overall, ok, but I think I might need to try this one again for another sitting……

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours golden amber in color with a moderate head. The head lasts a bit. Some bread in the nose, followed by a nicely flavored slightly malty beer with a touch of Pilsener bitterness. Yum!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Turkey's only selection in the "1001."
To me, clearly was on the German side of the Pils family; malty, modest use of hops picked up by my nose. Delivered the same taste.
Otherwise, not memorable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, light gold in color with 1/4 inch head and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet grain, sugar, and light grass. Tasty and refreshing. Above average for the style. One I would pick up again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1+ finger moussy white head that receded to a splotchy cap very nice lacing;

S: mostly DMS - smelled it as soon as I popped the cap;

T: grainy; pilsner malt; lightly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; crisp;

O: might have been good if not for the aroma; as it was, to get a fair taste score, I had to hold my nose;

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Bottle. Pours Pale yellow with small white head, no lacing. Aroma sweet malty bready, cardboard, vegetables. Taste malty, grainy crisp and clean. It's okay.

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Photo of Ninjajake12
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very dry and light pilsner. Had a solid not overpowered taste of hops. The body was clear and golden and the smell had a hint of bread, nuts, and grain. The taste matches the aroma, with a very short period before disappearing. The head was thin, but visible and covered the entire beer before dissipating. Very subtle (yet tasty) and refreshing beer, especially for a casual night.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, fluffy, white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is of fresh bread and some grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is short and dry. Inoffensive macro brew.

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Photo of puck1225
3.66/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has some very nice qualities. It was poured from the bottle into a frosted mug. Nice head with excellent curtain lacing that matched a silky smooth mouth feel. Honey taste that was light and crisp. Surprisingly, it is served at a local downtown pizzeria. This beer goes very well with supreme pizza!

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Photo of meecrob
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing, smooth turkish pilsener. This brew has a light golden color and a thick, white head. I tasted a pleasant citrus aroma with some hints of honey mixed with a nice grassy, floral hop bitterness. Amazing to drink on hot summer days or to wash down some Kebap or other turkish delights. One of the best european pilseners and the best turkish beer. I absolutely recommend this brew!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks Darrell. Sunday Dinr.

Golden transparent body with a thick, white head. Aromas of grain, adjuncts. Uneventful and bland. Light bodied and meh.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle. Pours a clear, bright yellow with a tall, hollow, white head. Yikes, that's a skunky Lager. Defunct noble hops, lager yeast, grain and skunk. Flavor is all that the nose insinuates. Really, really skunky. Light bodied and watery. Not very good.

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Photo of ordybill
3.37/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pilsner glass.
Aroma- has a citrus and hops.
Appearance- Pours a golden clear color with a small white head.
Taste- Slightly yeast flavored with a small hop bite.
Palate- Dry finish for a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- An average beer, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold pour with thick white head; good clarity. Smells like a Miller Lite. Lite floral hop taste but not much otherwise. Crisp, cold and watery. Overall, easy to drink lightly flavored beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A decent light bodied Pilsner. Decent malty sweet and fruity aromas. Sweet fruity taste with a hint of lemon finish and mild hop kick. Very drinkable. Nothing special but passable.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under that magical $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is one in 30sec. Nearly colorless- extremely light gold. Clear

S- Metallic

T- Metallic. Slight bready flavor to it. Yeasty. Bitterish

M- Creamy but dry aftertaste.

O- Not so good. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok brew went ok with..... Potato chips. Wasn't interested in cooking something to pair it


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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.71/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a light yellow color pils with a medium white foamy head with light retention and light lacing. Aroma of light sweet adjunct notes is pretty bland. Taste is also dominated by sweet adjunct notes with limited character. Body is light with good carbonation. Just another bland adjunct based pils.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

*The bottle of Efes I had said "Best before 01/03/13", so I don't know if that had something to do with my unpleasant experience I had with the beer.*

A- This thing looks like it has sea monkeys floating around in it! Not cool. It has a dark, gold, appearance with an OK looking head that died down to nothing. The "paticulates" floating about in the beer was not appealing at all.

S- Mineral like. Maybe that's from the water they use in the beer. Caramel sweetness. Grains. Rice. Cooked veggies. Smells like a Budweiser from a green bottle. That mineral scent is real off-putting.

T- Taste is horrible! It's got such a minerally, dirty water taste. It's got a syrupy kind of sweetness (but not overly sweet), rice & cooked veggie flavor, with a good bit of graininess. The finish is what really makes this beer taste so offal. It finishes harsh and minerally. I don't know how to describe that off flavor other than minerally. It just taste like the water came from a well and has nasty stuff in it that wasn't filtered out very well in the brewing process. The only remotely redeeming quality to the beer was this caramel kind of malt thing going on. But the finish is so harsh and nasty that it supersedes anything else going on.

M- It's a light to medium bodied pilsner beer. Just like with the taste, there is some kind of syrupy quality that is probably not supposed to be there that isn't creating a pleasant mouthfeel.

*I don't know if this beer being a little over 2 years past the "Best By" date has had any affect on the beer itself, but I wouldn't buy this beer ever again. I think Carlsberg and Heinkein have this beer beat hands down in flavor and drinkability. If for some crazy reason I decide to buy Efes Pilsner again, it would be to see how a fresher bottle tastes. But this stuff is on the verge of being gross.

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Photo of Eloel
4.71/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

With the dozens of supposedly European beers around, Efes stays one of the best imported beers, with a soft feel on an amazing taste and alcohol content.

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Photo of brother_rat
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Endured across my honeymoon in Turkey. Did not like, was not impressed. Tried repeatedly, and found myself questioning my order each time--oftentimes the only beer on the menu, so what are you going to do? Better than raki, but that's saying very little. Too sweet, too yeasty, no body, no smell . . . the best thing I can say is that it poured a nice light golden color, and had a foamy head.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
1.95/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

In bottle. Have nothing against beers that has a rich taste of yeast, unless there are other flavors in the beer, which this Turk is obviously lacking. Smells nice, but the taste is not as good as the aroma.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

pours a clear gold color and shows very little head. The aroma is very light and maybe getting a touch of hops?. the flavor is malty and there is a carbonated fizziness that shines through. Overall, a decent beer but lacks a little more boldness in the flavor. Not bad for a Turkish beer !!

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