Efes Pilsener | Anadolu Efes Brewery

609 Ratings
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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Photo of Efeswasmy1st
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of JKForbes
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Paracatu
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of nandika
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JAG214
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of rangerred
3.32/5  rDev +7.8%
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 -18.8%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of dansmcd
2.44/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Effervescent pale yellow gold colour with no head whatsoever, just a few bubbles and no lacing.

S - Corn, floral, stale bread and coins.

T - Sweet corn and grassy hops infected by a metal flavour.

M - Crisp and refreshing, thin to medium body and high carbonation.

O - A pretty poor pilsener in my view so drink cold.

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Photo of s4s
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at a Turkish restaurant in DC tonight. I enjoyed it quite a bit with the food I was served, that may prompt me to give this beer a higher rating than most.

The beer pours a normal clean and clear yellow with a decent head, and a little lacing, not as much as you would normally like to see in a serious pilsner, but ok.

The aroma was weak, but had the right parts to it with a clean lager yeast and honey dipped malt aroma that also translates in to the taste, but the taste has much more body and the flavors are bright and quite easy to place. I really enjoyed the sweeter notes, not as dry as most pilsners and not overly bubbly either. It was overall solid and very drinkable and paired well with the lamb and rice dish I had. A nice beer!

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Photo of evlu1441
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Turkish beer... Not sure what to expect here, but I do like the distinctive bottle!

It pours a medium straw colour with a thing head that dissipates into nothing.

The aroma is nice. Sweet with some malty backbone and grassy hops.

The flavour is light and slightly sweet with a nice hint of hops in the background and a nice amount of dryness.

Overall, this is a slightly better than average lager! I'd get it again.

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of djura
2.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First,this one i had,as made in Zajecarska brewery in Serbia,under Efes license.

A- Pours a pale gold colour and achieves a quickly sinking, white frothy head. Looks average.

S: Fresh, malty smell of grains, citrus, and flowers.

T/M-Grassy bitter hops, some light grains, bitter finish. Nice.Medium-light body with medium, prickly carbonation.

O-Refreshing,nice lager.

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Photo of nukem5
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my favorite pilsner glass tall and proud golden ale with a thick cap of white foamy goodness. Bubbles stream to top feeding the head.

S: Fruity like apples Clean with very little hop aroma.

T: Taste is a very refreshing clean crisp wash of sweet malt with a fruity background most likely from the yeast.

M: Medium bodied and a rich creamy taste about it.

O: Overall would drink this again, had this when I was working in Turkey about 3-4 years ago and like it very much. Great to see it in the US .Very refreshing.Not the typical Pilsner.

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Photo of chetripley
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipped in luggage by a friend traveling from Istanbul. Poured from the bottle into a clear polycarbonate cup.

Poured quick and bubbly with very quickly disappearing head leaving behind extra popping from the bubbles.

Darker straw colored than most American pilseners, yet equally carbonated.

Taste was average, but without extra hit of bitterness I was expecting from the Eastern European pilsener style. Just an average brew with an average taste, body and feel.

Nothing great or bad, just average overall.

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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
3.08 out of 5 based on 609 ratings.
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