Efes Pilsener | Anadolu Efes Brewery

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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 kevanb
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Figured I might as well try this while in Istanbul.

A: Nice appearance for a pilsner, soft golden/yellow hay color, nice foamy white head, lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Sticky lacing is readily apparent.

S: Nothing special, lemons, some grain, some dirty hops.

T: Tastes better than anticipated, nice lemon zest character, some sweet and light grain, some dried hop flavors, but pretty watered down, not a lot of balance, and a weird cat pee aftertaste.

M: Spot on for a pilsner, bubbly, prickly, easy to drink, goes down like water, can guzzle this all day.

O: Just a run of the mill Euro lager, people drink it like crazy here in Istanbul, and I'll probably drink a few more while I'm here as it's really hard to find anything else.

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Photo of rale
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of fisherbray
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Novanglus
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of XenonX
1.75/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of OldTime
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of pBRale
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of nate1357
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of bckayaalp
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of tdm168
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin layer of soft, loose, bubbly head that quickly fades. The smell is musty and grainy. The flavor is grassy and slightly malty with faint grainy notes and a corn-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and crisp.

This is a decent beer. Lightly malty, smooth, drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of NODAK
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is a bit of cereal grains with a smattering of Noble hops. Pretty much what you'd expect for the style, though it is pretty light.

Taste isn't too surprising upfront...cereal grains are certainly present...it's somewhat sweet. I also detect a bit of nuttiness there as well. What does surprise me is that I basically get no hops, which I would expect to taste in a pils. That's pretty disappointing. Just another average Euro lager as it is....I suppose worth the novelty to buy because it's Turkish and you don't see a lot of beers from Turkey.

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Photo of phaedrusovchaos
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Efeswasmy1st
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First beer I loved so much, named my dog after it. Poured into pilsner glass, good head that dissipated quickly. Skunkier than I remember it being when I first had it years ago. Little lacing, but bubbly. Effervescent on the tongue like an Alka Seltzer. Clean finish.

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of Paracatu
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of nandika
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of JAG214
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass the appearance is a clear straw colored yellow with a thin fizzy head that dissipates rapidly.

Smells of wet grain with some grassy hop notes. A metallic scent as well.

Taste is bready grain with a light to moderate bitterness throughout. Grassy hop flavors typical of the style. The malt flavor is this beer is actually pretty good.

Not a bad beer but overall average. A pretty good job by a country not known for beer making. I would consider getting it again.

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Photo of jjkatter
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of YalovaIA
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Picked up cheap from my local off-licence.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear, light-golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of light malt dominated by a harsh stewed hop note and stale undertones.

Tastes of light malt with a stewed hop flavour. Mild bitter finish. Very faint hints of noble hops, and a stale background note. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly and dry. Quite astringent. Aftertaste of stale stewed hops.

A fairly standard lager - bland and uninteresting. Rather stale; perhaps this bottle is a bit old. Probably goes down well in hot weather, but I can't think of any reason to chose this unless there is no alternative.

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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 623 ratings
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