Efes Pilsener | Anadolu Efes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery
Turkey
efespilsen.com.tr

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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606
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281
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3.08
pDev:
20.45%
 
 
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Photo of hopsolutely
2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I haven't seen Efes since Istanbul more than 10 years ago, so I jumped at the can in the LCBO this afternoon. I remember thoroughly enjoying this beer, but that may have had far more to do with my awestruck admiring of minarets, staring out over the Bosphorus with a pint during the muezzin's haunting call to prayer. I'd feel better knowing this was indeed brewed for the North American market, as I'd like to think my memory wasn't this horribly inaccurate.

Light golden colour with a white head full of tiny bubbles that disappears fairly quickly. Some carbonation maintained, so mouthfeel remains decent.

The aroma is of sweet grains, no sign of hops. A typical "Euro lager". The taste is overwhelmingly sweet, to the point where I have just reviewed the ingredients list on the can to see if there is anything unusual. The rice indicates an honest adjunct - so be it - but this literally tastes like sugar water. A faint hint of caramelized malts, but otherwise reminds me of syrup.

It's very rare I meet a beer I won't finish, although I still hope to try this again one day on the other side of the pond!

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Photo of nezih
1.84/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Anadolu Efes Brewery produce this beer in for 3 regions. Turkish local market, russia and europe. Main problem is, they use glucose syrup (made from corn) and rice on the turkish version. This makes efes pilsener is not an officially a beer. it's just something else. But they cannot use that formula for their russian nor european products.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.77/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pilsener glass.

A: Rich golden yellow colour. Looks like liquid honey. Small white head which dissipates quickly.

S: Slight hoppy bitterness and sweet like honey. Fair amount of malt in there too. Very nice, though a very faint metallic element to it.

T: Sweet and malty with a great balance of flavourful hops. Slight hint of adjuncts, but overall very rich.

M: Nice and smooth, no bad taste after as is typical with euro pilsners. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is actually a really nice beer. I was blinded by the stereotype of the classic "national mass produced lager" but I was extremely pleasantly surprised with this. Not the greatest beer ever but its very nice to drink. High marks for the style

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden pour with a large white foamy head. Dissipates into decent lacings.

S: Pour sweet malt, a bit grainy. Some bitter hops, faint citric notes. Faint green apples.

T: Dry bitter hops, a bit faint. Only a little sweetness from the malt.

M: Aftertaste is short, body is medium and carbonation mild. A smooth beverage.

O: A standard German Pilsener, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of deapokid
3.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 7/17/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Beer is a golden yellow (much deeper than usual), with a very light carbonation and thin flecks of white foam. There's no lacing or sediment to be seen, making for a very basic, but inoffensive, look.

Scent is sweet and buttery with a decent underlying maltiness and a slight, caramel aroma. Thankfully, there's no sun-damaged skunkiness or aluminum can flavor, though the clear, label-free bottle would have you assume otherwise.

The first sip brings on a tingly, buttery taste, followed by a mild dryness and just a hint of pepper. Oatey cereal notes are welcome making for a sweet and tasty finish. This is a really prime example of the commercial lager, completely lacking the vegetal and skunky elements that their brethren so often wear like a badge. It's also extremely drinkable; swimming down my throat with a doughy conclusion reminiscent of an English bitter.

Mouth is smooth front to back, never showing even the slightest flaw that would hinder this from being an easy sipper.

I'm pleased to say how surprised I am by this beer. Who would have known Turkey could produce such a solid pilsener?

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in tall water glass from hotel in Sofia Bulgaria.

A: pale yellow, moderate head, carb action decent
S: lemony, frothy, only a bit of macrobrew smell
T: lager flavor with orange notes; more bass-note flavored than I expected; more decent than I expected

Overall, not bad, one of the better pilseners I've had in this country.

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Photo of stjaernstoft
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Efes Pilsener, ABV: 5.0%.
500 ml bottle, 16.30 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: The liquid is clear with tiny bubbles, the colour kind of straw yellow and the head is white, foamy and pretty big.

S: Clean, fresh and malty aroma with notes of hay, citrus, tropical fruits and flowers.

T: Fresh flavours of malt, bread, butter, citrus, tropical fruits, floral hops and hints of cereals. Decent bitterness. Not bad at all.

M: Refreshing. Notable carbonation - perhaps a bit too strong. Medium-sized body.

O: A decent choice on a thirsty day in the sun, and I can imagine having Efes with salads, pasta dishes, grilled pork... or dare I say turkey?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a thin film. Nice distinct rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bread/biscuit, honey, tea, and some prune aromas. Taste is very bready/biscuit-like with a distinct tea and tannin flavor. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a surprisingly good pilsener from Turkey. Until I joined BA I didn't even know they had beer from Turkey. Good stuff.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Trying a beer from Turkey that I have heard was decent...and its not bad. The labeled is a Pilsner....but it can be thought of as an American Adjuct Ale as well...sort of along the same family....I suppose. Pours a nice head that doesn't last too long. Color was clear and golden. Smell some malt and hops not too complex. The taste is light with spice and malt flavors and a bit of hops after taste. The mouth feel is fuller then you might expect. I can't call this an outstanding beer, but it is good enough to have again.

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Photo of IPA35
3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The third beer of my international lager comparison.
Poured into my trusty pint glass from a nice looking green 33cl bottle. Not the kind of country that pops into your head upon hearing the word beer.

Colour is a pale gold with a thin white head and good visible carbonation.

The smell is pleasant. It has a nice floral scent, great after drinking American macrolager for two days. Bit grassy.

The taste is a revelation as well after drinking tasteless lager for two days. It is not special however. It tastes a bit grainy, but it has some sweetness as well and a strange flavour that I can't really place but it is not a bad flavour. Unlike the other beers this actually has atleast some hops (extract) in it.

This is a light beer with a medium/thin mouthfeel.

Overal this is a good lager for the summer. I would drink this again and I will try to find this when I go to Italy this summer.

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Photo of treque
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a pale gold colour, completely traslucent, lots of carbonatation, tiny bubbles, nice white creamy head, last for a while

S: some malt, biscuit and butter

T: incredible taste for the appearience, was expecting less, well balanced between sweet and bitter, nice sensation on tongue, crisping but not disturbing, bitter at the end, some alcohol notes, the final is no so deep, but long enough for the style

medium light body

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Photo of decimator
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5%

A - Poured a clear yellow with a bubbly head that was instantly reduced to a few surface bubbles. Minimal lacing quickly slides down the glass.

S - Light sweet aroma with just a hint of grass.

T - Mild sweetness, hint of sour, very mild hop bitterness with some metallic notes. Found it had a mass produced bland taste.

M - Average, some creaminess, dry finish.

D - Decently drinkable but this really isn't much of a Pilsner.

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Photo of dsocaciu
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a lager glass

A: straw colored, gold, thin white head

M: smooth, crisp, slightly dry

T: subdued malt, sweetness

O: not flavorful compared to german or czech pilsners

Had this at a turkish restaurant this past weekend, certainly added to the experience of the meal.
It was good for the experience but certainly not a go to beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is just a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/bread, straw, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains mixed with light hops and a touch of lemon zest. The beer also has a bit of a spiciness to it. It finishes with a clean and crisp refreshing lightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I really wasn't expecting much here but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. This is surely one of the better pilsners I've had from the lcbo. I'm going to pick up a few more of these to keep for the summer incase it disappears from the lcbo shelves. It will be perfect for the warmer summer months.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pale, golden yellow, 2 finger head, delicious lacing.

S: honey, malt, mild floral

T: sweet honey, malt, slight grassy finish

M: med/light body, dry crisp finish

D: Surprised me, nice German Pilsenser. This is good, but not exceptional. If you get a chance to try a beer from Turkey, this is a fine one to sample. Great summer/import brew to sip on.

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Photo of biegaman
2.51/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Efes couldn't get much further down the colour spectrum before hitting the lightest point that it would still be recognizable as beer. Its glowing yellow highlights shimmer like gold but turn a near straw-white when held up against the light. Clarity need no concern. Its high-spirited bubbles make only a partial amount of head and lacing.

About the best thing I would think you could hope for about a Turkish beer is that it's served cold. I'd love it for Efes to prove that skepticism wrong, but given this aroma I can already rule that a highly unlikely possibility. This smell is so synthetic and sweet with corn syrup and adjuncts that it resembles a soda (cream soda specifically) more than a beer.

I tried this beer on tap in Belgium (I must have found the one restaurant in the whole country that didn't have a proper beerlist) and remember finding it a quite agreeable, if everyday lager. On the industrial, mass-market scale it fared relatively favorably. Since having it from can in North America, however, I'm forced to go back on that view...

The use of preservatives and/or additives is blatantly apparent from the tastes of corn and other off-flavours. The body, firm and bubbled enough to be otherwise quenching, is befouled by those cloying, sweet and impure flavours that spoil the sip and stain the aftertaste. Whatever has been added to this really mars the flavour and kills any appeal.

Turkey is where so many of the world's cultures, both past and present, collide into one another. Somehow, however, they missed hitting the beer. It is ironic that a place so rich in cultural heritage, one that stretches across two continents and is bordered by eight distinct countries, should have such a characterless, uninteresting national brand. But it's really not all that surprising: Efes is a reflection, not of its country, but of its market.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Did not expect much from a Turkish beer, but was surprised.
Poured a light yellow with a white head, dissipating rather fast.
The smell is a sweet grainy malt, very mild.
Tasting the beer the same flavors are dominant. Mild hops, checked by grainy sweetness. Very light bodied and balanced.
Not bad at all and very drinkable, but nothing out of the ordinary.
I had this beer with a Iskander Doener Kebab, and this was a great match.

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Photo of Mit
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pours a yellow straw colour with white fizzy short lived head.

s-bready smells...some hops...kinda a honey smell.

t-hops, fizzy as someone mentioned. Very mild sweet flavours to balance it out. Nothing crazy here.

m-good for the abv.

d-very drinkable. Something you could offer guests and they wouldn't mind it at all.

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Photo of benfons
3.69/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very pale but descent head that disappears fast

S: Grains and hops, but both are very subtle maybe a bit too much, but nothing bad like some lagers

T: Pretty much the same thing as the smell, although the hops are more noticeable, which is a good thing.

M/D: very drinkable, maybe slightly over carbonated, alcohol is fine

Pretty good pilsener, nothing more, but nothing less

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light golden yellow under a white head this is weak and quick to settle with not much remaining.

Leads with grain malts, hint of spice and grass, but overall weak aroma. Slight alcohol notes.

Even balanced sweetness, bready, grassy/citrus weak but detectable, lemon notes, bready.

Heavy carbonation but slight cream feel, dry finish.

Not impressive but drinkable. Given the options in Turkey this will have to do.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall lager glass. The brew is a fairly nice golden colour, if not a little washed out, and leaves a generous inch of foamy head. Flecks of lacing grace the top layer of the glass, while the head itself dissipates into a thin little ring. Constant visible carbonation throughout.

The nose is pretty mild, with only the faintest notes of bready malt, lemon and grassy hops.

The taste is sweet and malty up front, finishing slightly dry with a mild hop taste. A touch of lemon in there as well. Bready, and with a flavor that leads me to assume that there is some rice involved in the brewing process. The hop presence is muted to the point that it's hard to really identify this brew as being a 'pilsner', but still I must say this is going down pretty well.

The carbonation is never overbearing, but towards the end of the pint becomes fairly weak, too weak to keep the malty sweetness in check. Then again, if it were too carbonated, I'd be complaining about drinking seltzer water, so really what I think this brew needed was a bolder hop profile, which is something I realize very few big breweries are wont to do. The body, I have to say, is fine for the style, in the medium-light range.

Pilsners are a tricky brew for me to review, especially mass-market ones, because they really seem to taste identical to one another. Hard to praise, oh so easy to slam. In this case, however, I found Efes Pilsner to be a very drinkable little brew, something I would gladly have several of in a single session. While it may be a bit sweet and lacking in a bold hop presence, there still isn't much wrong with it, which for a cheaper import brew I have to give credit. If you just want a good-tasting brew from country you wouldn't normally associate with beer (and to knock another country off your list), Turkey's Efes is certainly a fine way to go.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle in Istanbul at some corner store stand in Sultanhamet cause there was nothing better to do.

A head that shows up big almost three fingers, but dies instantly. Decent not sickly too yellow gold color with lots of carbonation and clear.

Smell is weak chemical like and soda, no hops at all. Luckily it's not to offensive, but there is very little "beer" characteristics other than the typical chemical like macro US stuff that is so common.

Taste is all carbon dioxide and no hop or any beer like characteristics at all. Weak... extremely watery and wet, like a typical macro chemicaly laced to death. Finish disapates and disappears instantly leaving you gaseous. After having one that was all I ever wanted. Really not that great but I know I've had worse...

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin white head tops this exceedingly clear, light straw yellow brew. No legs and little lacing.

As the head retreats to a thin ring, the skunky aroma apparent at first crack dissipates somewhat, leaving a light cereal smell.

Some fresh bread flavor from the malt bill is buoyed up by active carbonation in the mouth and a respectable blush of hops, with a little yeast aftertaste in the swallow.

Pretty good for a Turkish Pilsener.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Poured into an Efes pint glass at a pub in Cape Town.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden in colour with a good sized white head that unfortunately doesnt last very long, but leaves fair lacing - pretty much par for a mass produced lager.

Smell: To be fair I wasn't expecting Efes pilsner to be much more than a typical, bland adjunct lager, but I was happily surprised when i took my first whiff of the beer and actually smelled hops. Overall the aroma is plain, but fairly clean. Pale malt, some adjuncts (thankfully not enough to ruin the smell completely) and grassy hops are about it.

Taste: As with the smell, the flavour is plain but acceptable, adjuncts are barely noticed and there is a very welcome hop flavour and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a reasonably high level of carbonation.

Drinkability: If drunk cold on a hot day an Efes Pilsner would go down pretty well, certainly a lot better than most macro-lagers available in South Africa.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.84/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice sized white, foamy head forms above the pale gold beer. There is very little sign of carbonation & the head lasts well with okay lacing on the glass.

An average strength sweet smell to begin with alongside some malts & hops.

Sweet in the taste with an unusual bitter aftertaste that hinted at some type of spice. Crisp in the finish & refreshing.

Thin bodied with some nice carbonation.

Nice but nothing special.

(Also reviewed on my blog; http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com)

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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
3.08 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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