Efes Pilsener | Anadolu Efes Brewery

Efes PilsenerEfes Pilsener
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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 biegaman
2.51/5  rDev -19.3%
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 +10.9%
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 -3.5%
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 +18.6%
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 -20.3%
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 +7.1%
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 imbibehour
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
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 +8.7%
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 +1.9%
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 -8.7%
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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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.36/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a porous white head. Nice clinging lace and ok retention.

The nose starts with sweet corn syrup aromas, light grain and cooked rice. A light sulphur note mixes with green grass giving the "lager funk" smell.

Pale malt flavours are fleeting with a slightly harsh grain husk astringency. Light bittering hops provide a clean dry finish.
The body is very light and refreshing, bordering on watery with a high level of carbonation.

Nothing interesting but certainly not a terrible offering and hey its from Turkey how often do you see that here.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw with a brittle head.

S - Sweet, light lemon, soft veggie and a hint of caramel.

T - Clean, fairly typical light lageryness. Maybe a hint more and a rougher bitterness, but not by much.

M - OK body. Sharp carbonation.

D - Standard fare. Nothing to write home about, and drinkable brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.93/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from a can into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on October 28th, 2010. Pours a overcarbonated, clear yellow. Head is of decent thickness but doesn't retain well. Generally unappealing.

Smell: A smell of moderate strength: bland barley. I fear a note of water will be present.

Taste: Unexpected. A strong open that slides through the generic barley/macropilsener taste into an unfulfilling finish. That opening note is nasty, but I am very impressed by its strength. It's difficult to get an opening note as strong as this one, whatever the flavour. There isn't a note of water like in American macrolagers, so that's a plus.

Mouthfeel: Far too wet, especially towards the finish. It smoothly slides in; it's a bit too slippery for my liking. The finish should be a touch dry to make me want a second sip. The best part of this beer is its 'crispness'.

Drinkability: I could down another at this price, but would I really want to? I will say that this beer tries to do some interesting things and I'd have no hesitation to reach for Efes' other offerings on that basis, but this beer isn't built like a pilsener needs to be.

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Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Given to me by a Turkish friend. Thanks Deniz.

Pours a white fizzy head that fades somewhat quickly over brilliantly clear tan yellowish water color.

Nose of light pilsner malts, light malt extract, some decent lager aromas with light fruity yeast and crisp pilsner lager. Nothing I can pick out that's wrong.

Taste is light and very crisp with some light sweetness, some pilsner malts, little toasty and some malt extract, little wheat, some light lager yeast fruit. It has a slight bitterness as well. Finishes with a bitter aftertaste that is not the greatest but not bad with a crisp lager flavor.

Mouth is very light and crisp and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is decent with crisp lager and dry with no sticky finish. Pretty sessionable.

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

Pours a clear yellow colour that starts with thick white head, but it dissipates fairly quickly without any lacing. Smells of sweet grainy malt and faint grassy hops. Flavour is pretty small, but pleasant enough. Nice carbonation level and easy to drink.

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Photo of philphilphil
2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance was clear light amber with little head immediately disappating.
Smell was pils and skunk
Taste was the same plus some weird bitter flavour, not dreadful but unpleasent.
mouthfeel was normal, not bad not good.
Drinkability is low, hard to find, better things are cheaper and easier to find.

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Photo of jikvig
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this on a hot summer day, it should be perfekt for this type ofbeer.

Well, apperence it showed up as slightly cloudy, with a yellow green colour.

It had a nice mouthfeel with small bubbles, an okey malttaste and a hint of lemoncandy.
But it was kinda boring, and even with the good setup, it did not shine.

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Photo of gos42
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle--ice cold
Hesitated ordering this after looking at the reviews on BA, but went for it because i never had it before. Might have been that this beer was served so cold that I could scrape icy condensation from the side, but this was a very easy to drink beer.

Served in a wine glass, the color was almost see-thru yellow, fairly pale.

Odor had a slight skunk to it, but nothing off-putting or enough to raise an alarm and send it back.

But the beer was quite drinkable. Small amount of spice on the tip of the tongue, harder cider like bite after swallow. The carbonation was strong; head kept alive thru about half the glass.

Not a beer I would pursue, but not one that I'd send back, either.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.24/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I failed to mention EinWeizenbitte in a recent post regarding The CANQuest (TM), but he is definitely an enabling member of our society. My Language Arts department at school loves him because he sends me authentic beers, vice imports, and since the CANs tend to have much more native language verbiage than their bottled CAuNterparts, they are considered "applied language skills". Let's face it, beer verbiage is pretty simplistic, but doesn't it have more relevance on the side of a CAN than in a dry textbook?

Onward! From the CAN: A definite keeper! "Beer" in six (6) languages, as well as the ingredients.

The Crack 'n' Glug only resulted in a foamy, bone-white head that hung around as long as my last girlfriend, who bolted as soon as I suggested something not on the menu. Hey, baby, it's only kinky the first time! Where ya goin'?!? Awww. Color was one (yellow) step above water or a near cousin to urine. Pale? Like Casper the Ghost! Nose was about right for the style with an initial malty sweetness underlain by the Noble hops. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was thin and watery but the taste was not unpleasant, which was what I was girding myself against. Instead, it was an oddly light malty flavor, semi-sweet but very light in its execution. Finish was likewise light, unobtrusive, even ethereal. How CAN I hate on something that was barely there? This was like MAJ Major's description of chocolate-covered cotton balls. Light, fluffy, etheral, you would hardly know that you were [drinking it]. Hoo!

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Photo of pootz
1.2/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Can from the 'BO:

Pale yellow, no cap to speak of, aroma of wet cardboard, tastes sweet uneventful, flat with all the insipid dextrin sub compounds. Total extract beer brought up to gravity with dextrin syrups. Complete shite! Quite possibly the worst pilsner I ever tasted, certainly one of the worst beers I ever tasted.

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

Look - Light straw/hay color. Good carbonation. About a fingers worth of foam that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell - darker smelling than other German pils that I've tried. Somewhat fruity smelling, especially a hint of apple.

Taste - fairly hopy, but a decent blend. Fairly balanced and not too bitter. Fruity smell follows the taste. Pretty smooth in general, but lacking in much complexity.

Mouthfeel - watery texture.

Drinkability - Although I don't have anything against the taste of this beer, it just tastes like a nasty hangover waiting to happen.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.47/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It looks like apple juice, with almost as much head (ie, a few bubbles).

Definitely has that green-bottle skunk smell. However, it has something in it that's almost woody or toffee-like... almost like an Innis & Gunn. A little interesting.

Taste has a bit of corn, and a bit of paper / cardboard. Really nothing redeeming.

Dry finish with OK carbonation. The aftertaste / feel is pretty much just the middle of the tongue and a bit of the back.

Drinkability is just so-so. It's not awful, but it's not very good.

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Photo of Brabander
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this beer during a diner i had in Tilburg at eetcafe Pino. They had this beer on bottle. Drank it in the original glass.

Poured in the glass the beer has a nice white head with a lightyellow fluid. Not spectacular.

Light smell with far away some citrus fruit. The taste is normal to a bit less.

Drank cold it was better than the Corona they served.

Forget this beer if you want to drink something special.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.26/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Efes Pilsner....in a bottle, at Turkish Kitchen restaurant NYC, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - basic gold color with a very white head, decent size but dissipates quickly.

Smell - not very aromatic, I get light malt, grain, and a touch of grass.

Taste/Mouthfeel - light watery character, somewhat bland, trace of hop on the way down, smooth.

Drinkability - normal euro pale character, drinkable.

Overall - while it was fun to try a Turkish beer this didn't really do much for me, good only in the heat.

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Photo of thekanna
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold with about 2 fingers of white head.

S: Malty, slightly cloying sweet smell.

T/M: Nice honey sweet taste with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness. Crisp, largely watery with low carbonation.

D: Great crisp and sweet lager to relax to.

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