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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Lawnboy33
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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Photo of thehyperduck
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; BB date April 2012. Pours a bright, golden-honey colour, topped with a single finger of white head with poor retention. A bumpy cap and collar are the only remnants after a few minutes. The aroma is very faint but suitable for the style; light barley malts and some honey sweetness. Not much hop presence.

Taste is mostly grainy pale malts with some rice adjunct sweetness. A bit of peppercorn, lemon, and herbal hops in the finish. No aftertaste; very clean. Just the slightest bit dry; this sensation is perceptible after swallowing. Very crisp, with heavy carbonation that bites the tongue. Thin-bodied and quite refreshing.

When I saw rice in the ingredient list I was honestly expecting a brew that resembled more of an EPL than a pilsener, but most of the notes I'd expect from a German pils are present, and despite the use of adjunct there aren't really any off flavours. Nothing outstanding here, but it's very crisp and reasonably tasty - the Turks make a pretty decent pils. A good refresher for a hot day, but not something worth seeking out.

[Updated Aug. 13 2014]

Another 500 mL can. I've imbibed this occasionally over the past few years since my original review, and my opinion of it has steadily dropped over time. Is it a terrible Euro lager? Not really, but it doesn't hold a candle to the top German/Czech examples of the style, or most craft-brewed domestic lagers. Efes Pilsener is decent as far as 'national brand' lagers go, and the low price point does it a lot of favours in my book. At 2 bucks a can, you might as well give it a shot... it's the best Turkish beer I've ever tried.

Final Grade: 3.16, a C+.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks great. It's got only a slight degree of carbonation in the mouthfeel contrary to the heavy carb'ed appearance.

S - Corn, rice and subtle alcohol. Very clean and sweet smell. Nothing amazing, and no indication of taste.

T - Adjunct rice dominates the finish but the nose is all adjunct corn and alcohol bite.

M - Easy drinking but the alcohol is by far more in the picture than any other Pils I've had thus far. It's boozy at 5% but in a sweet way.

Overall: Try it. It's good but it's got an obvious amount of adjunct rice in it, as it says right on the label. It's reflected in the taste giving it something the others perhaps don't have in the overall flavor. That said, it's worth trying and if you like the sweet corn taste, you'll like it and go back for another I'm sure. For me, I'll try another but never make a night out of this beer.

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Photo of UDbeernut
2.33/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottle courtesy of my friend hammer. new country sampled to boot. pours a straw yellow, fizzy white head that disappears quickly. nose is neutral. taste is crackery sweet, corn balanced by grass. the local skunk stops to say hello. mouth is light and crisp. an interesting take but none the less yellow fizzy crap.

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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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Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
3.08 out of 5 based on 613 ratings.
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