Elephant Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Elephant BeerElephant Beer

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 04-03-2002

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.38/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. Green bottle > Stella Artois signature glass.

Totally clear, gold color with light amber hues. Good carbonation making a full, sparkling white foamy top. Moderate to slow dissipation. Cap has good retention ability.

The nose has a classic herbal, grassy and slightly spicy hop thing happening. Grains and corn with a decent bready malt. Classic Euro lager with a bit more herbal,earthy and big slick malt aroma than normal.

The flavor is very intersting for a bigger,Euro lager. A decent spicy hop bite....very herbal with a big, cloying malt. The Euro lager yeast has it's sour thing going on...especially with the "sweet n sour" aspect. Basically A double Euro-lager, so the malty complexity is bigger but also much heftier. Sour, tangy and buttery aftertaste and effect. The worst aspect is a strange, bitter-metallic bite in the finish, and it lingers!

Warning: do not drink this beer warmer than it should be. This one doesn't do well over 45. As long as it's properly chilled it feels crisp and earthy but slick malty currents run through heavy. A bit cloying and slick after the traditional crispy bite.

Sometime's I really enjoy a simple, crisp Euro lager. If the hops could be elevated to meet the malt, this extra big Euro lager could be good. Lighter bodied with bigger hops. As is, it's a bit of malt bomb, still, a double European imported lager is a noble idea.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the green bottle. Sampled on March 18, 2017. This has not been available in y home state of NH for about 4 years.

The pour is golden with a modest white head that fades some. Good clarity.

The aroma is corn, pale malts, grass. It is a little bolder than others in its class but it is not spectacular.

The body is light to medium. Better than I expected actually.

The taste has a corn note followed quickly by a slightly biting grassy hop bite. I mean, it is drinkable but I would not go out of my way to have it a again.

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Photo of meefmoff
3.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend left this at my house and, to say the least, I was not expecting much from it. I'm not much for green bottle beers and I'm generally not much of a fan of euro lagers (at least in the state they arrive in the U.S. in). Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

I have to say I was surprised to look it up here and see just how poorly it was rated. Tasted reasonable, if not particularly interesting to me. No skunk/sulfur taste thankfully and had some light breadiness to the nose and palate with no off putting aftertaste. Not nearly as boozy as I was expecting either. It certainly isn't something I'd seek out, but I thought it tasted better than the Stellas another friend of mine is always drinking.

It definitely didn't get better as it warmed though, that's for sure.

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Photo of donspublic
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into shaker from can, 1 finger cream colored head, minimal retention and lacing. Piss yellow in the glass, nice carbonation. Smells of grassy hops, and grain. A little sweet on the front end, followed by some grassy/earthy hops, followed by more sweetness and very little bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. This will do in a pinch, in a land (India) where good beer is hard to find, so counted myself lucky rolling up on this puppy. Drank my fair share of these when I was in Denmark so nothing new here.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.04/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Sparkling gold with a large foamy off-white head.

Smell is corn, grass, sweet and spicy hops that are herbal and not unlike house cleaner without being too offensive. There is a slight bit of skunk and a surprising kick of booze.

Taste is a very sweet corn start, a bready but unexpectedly boozy, rubbing alcohol middle, with a slightly bitter herbal lemongrass and chive finish.

Crisp with a little more body than expected, but still light.

This is your basic BMC corn lager, with a Danish paint job.

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Photo of Beerdanza
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is basically malt liquor with a good malt profile and some hops to finish. I think it's very good for its style, with some interesting tastes and flavors. It's about drinking beer and getting a buzz! Not at all bad. I'd do it again.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.49/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Watching Independence Day Resurgence. More alcoholic sweet than the normal version makes it a more enjoyable, less dull brew. Nothing spectacular either.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.34/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a tall head of 3 fingers, with a slightly hazy, 20% opaque pale blonde colored body. Lace is actually decent, leaves hills and wisps behind.

From the bottle I get aromas of skunked and spoiled grains, cleaning chemicals, grass, hay, and manure. From the glass with agitation I'm getting Saaz, herbs, lemongrass, dry grass and ripe straw. Comes off as a cross between a Mexican lager and a Czech pilsner. Once the head disappears it smells like chemicals.

Flavor is like a watered down malt liquor to start...but wait, the finish brings forth some grassy bread that redeems it just a touch. However this only happens on the first sip. The rest of it just tastes like the start - grassy, stale hops, with hints of garbage, super glue, and spoiled wort.

Feel is pasty, chalky, relentlessly sticking to the palate and not letting go. I want it to leave but it just keeps hanging around. Heavily carbonated.

Overall, This should be labeled as a Malt Liquor. As a malt liquor, it's not half bad. Unfortunately, it costs 3x as much. Do not be ripped off by this beer. This is for white collar doctors who don't know jack shit about beer and like the idea of paying $12 for a 6 pack...but it's really terrible swill. This may even hit the drain in a minute.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330ml bottle, pours a clear deep golden colour with a descent thick white head.
Aroma malt, grain not much else. (Beer smell)
Taste barely malt, grassy hops.

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Photo of Burly
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My local Groc Out is selling undated six-packs bottled in Denmark for $3.99, so I got a couple of six-packs. I'm very favorably impressed. Compared to American malt liquors, Elephant is far superior in terms of flavor. It is getting extremely difficult to find beer of this quality and strength (it's listed as 7.2 %) at this price, so I expect it will be long gone by next week's Groc Out visit.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a half pint glass.

looks decent enough. golden yellow color with initially a good head which dissipates to a ring. There is some lacing. carbonation is very light.

aroma is simply of malt, gives the impression of being a "clean" beer.

Taste is simply of malt sweetness, with a slightly boozy aftertaste.

Feel and mouth is on the light side.

not something i can recommend. maybe if you're in the mood for some boozy lager after a day of yard work this might fit the bill.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From notes taken 05/10/16:
Gold in color, almost a neon tint in certain lights, but otherwise a nice looking brass. Semi-clear, rather opaque for a pale lager, the occasional fleck to be seen. Lemon-white, foamy, almost creamy head of moderate retention. Grain, honey, lemon-like aromas. Some grain, more honey, booze, cloying esters, balancing grassy and floral hops. Medium-bodied, with fine, tingly then creamy carbonation.

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Photo of AraBama
1.86/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden very little cloudiness. No head at all. Could not get a distinct smell from this beer. I got a strong carbonated taste and not much else. Overall not very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
1.76/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) nice green bottle. With an alcohol content over 7% you are expecting a kick with this brew.

Would look nice to drink cold from the bottle.

On pour a nice clear golden yellow colour, with a good foamy head which settles to a decent looking lager, no real lacing.

A real beery smell, with a very strong tinge of alcohol, and a very sweet, grainy maltiness apparent, some hints of honey.

On taste I got a creamy mouthful, with some grains

Lots of sugar, a very sweet malt after taste, too sweet in fact. I found this NOT NICE at all, too harsh to drink! Lots of alcohol in the taste

Overall, it was too strong, a bit chemical, a bit flat, very bad chemical aftertaste, is certainly a strong beer to drink!

For sure its strong and has a kick but that’s in absence of any discernible taste or flavour.
I found it very difficult to drink, lots of bitter hops, too many, and the malts kicking in to the fore. Not for me.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought 12oz from Liquor Collection $2.95
Clear Golden color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Smells like yeast
Taste like malt liquor, alcohol aftertaste
Overall a beer I would not drink again

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.79/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed from teh 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work----Thanks Kevin

This brew pours a lightly hazy golden straw color with a very light head of white foam that diminishes to a very razor thin ring and then that leaves to just light bubbles on the sides. Nose of caramel sweet malts and moderate grain notes. Flavors exceed the nose with honey and caramel sweet malts mixing with a light white bread flavor on all sides. Middle to back shows a subtle herbal hop note that lightly lingers and then vanishes against a grain aftertaste. Light on the carbonation department, lightly crisp and sweet that finishes clean. Overall an easy drinking lager that is moderately strong on the alcohol level. Nothing to get excited about, but back in the day it was a treat to behold. Being as we are now spoiled this has fallen to a much lower level on the scale from premium to mediocrity. Still great on a hot day, and an easy thirst quencher.


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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.79/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark golden amber with a small head, a steady stream of tiny bubbles stream up from the bottom but cannot maintain the head. A bit of bread in the mouth, little to no hop flavor to me. Mouthfeel is unassuming, considering the potency of the brew.

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Photo of MacMalt
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

When I was first of drinking age, Carlsberg Elephant was considered an exotic and potent beer, which may have been a fair assessment when compared with the other beers available at the time. This bottle was poured into a cylinder glass. It pours a light golden straw color with very thin, bright white head and minimal lacing. Swishing the glass produced more lacing. The smell is mostly bready malt and floral hops. The taste is basically bready with a dry hops and a slight toffee or caramel sweetness at the finish. This lager has a fairly light feel and the 7.2% ABV is barely noticeable. in an age of craft beer with high ABV. Overall, this is a rather bland lager. There is nothing special about it. I could see drinking it at a party or at a bar if nothing else is available but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Light golden pour, lots of clarity, super thin white head. Tons of rubbing alcohol and skunkiness in the aroma.

Lots of alcohol in the taste, super thin mouthfeel, high carbonation, jeez, more alcohol burn.


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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sampled last night on 12/10/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) nice green bottle from the Carlsberg Danmark A/S in København, Denmark. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Minnesota Vikings" flute glass.

Brew pours a hazy deep golden-amber in color with a good 3-finger foamy white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is pretty much the same with beers that come from a green bottle for some reason, which is on the 'skunky' side. Along with that aroma, there was of sweet corn and floral hops. Pretty much can be said for the taste actually. Bit of a bitter finish also that is slightly dry. Nothing special. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, not a fan of this one.

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Photo of Raime
3.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Freebie from the neighbor. Not even sure where in the hell he got ahold of this brew, but I'm not here to ask questions. I'm here to review. Sight-reviewed on the spot so it likely won't be all that long.

Look - Into a generic kitchen glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Pours a straw golden with a big frothy white head that makes me stop and them continue the pour a few times. Head eventually drops to a thickenes froth atop the yellow body and it leaves some initial soapy although sticky lacing upon the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be surprisingly low.

Smell - You know this is a Euro Lager from the second is makes its way through your nostrils. Pale malts very bready like in nature with a tinge of alcohol. Bready with an odd though not necessarily bad wheat going on.

Taste - The light malts come through in a cheap grocery store breadyness. The alcohol surprisingly doesn't make an appearance despite the fact it wasn't brewed to mask it. Very basic, though lacking skunk so it is quite tolerable.

Feel - Body tosses off a bit of the alcoholic presence though it certainly isn't bothersum. Light to medoum depending on beer temperature with a low level of carbonation.

Overall - Actually quite a bit better than I had expected. On par with if not better than the higher ABV American adjuncts. Could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of Spikester
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with three fingers of white head that lasts a good ten minutes. Moderate lace.
Smell mostly bready sweet malt.
Taste is sweet rich bready malt with just enough noble hops to balance.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Finishes mostly sweet but the hop bitterness builds as you take more sips. I am past the halfway mark in the shaker pint glass and there is still a coating of head.
Overall a tasty and refreshing beer that would be near the top in this oft neglected style. No skunk either.
Bottle says brewed in Fredericia, Denmark by Carlsberg Breweries.

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Photo of Dave97
4.7/5  rDev +67.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poor - From a 11.2 oz bottle. Nice easy poor - No head to speak of, no lacing.

Appearance - Very nice 24k gold/amber. Decent carbonation. No head. Very clear.

Nose - Nice light malt, honey/biscuit. faint caramel, light toasted malt. Brown sugar, ginger, cardamon and clove. The Noble hops are coming through as well, lemon zest and a tiny bit of orange. Hay/grass. A little spicy. A little mineral/slate. Nice light lager/pilsner aroma. Nothing off putting or funky. A little ethanol. Very floral.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium body with a little fizz. Not much carbonation. Easy drinking.

Taste - Nice! Awesome imperial lager/pils. At 40 ibu's it has just the right amount of bitterness to round out the heavy malt backbone perfectly. A little ethanol, just a tiny bit; but I like that. Reminds me that I'm drinking a higher abv beer. Nice medium malt presence. Not too sweet, just bready and toasty. Accompanied by a great Noble hop taste. I'm guessing Halltertau because of the heavy floral presence.

Finish - very nice long lasting finish. Slight alcohol burn. Sticky on the sides of the tongue. Very nice sweet/sour lemon after taste. This is a nice lager for before/during and after dinner.

Overall - My favorite Euro lager to date.

Food Pairings - Veal Parmesan, Stuffed Peppers, Curry, Sashimi, Pheasant, Stroganoff, Chinese, Bratwurst, Jamaican, Eggplant Parmesan, steamed shrimp, mussels, oysters, clams and salmon.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale gold pour (4) with one finger of white foam; super clear with good lace and some cap. Spicy floral hop and slightly corny nose. Spicy floral hop flavor with just a little DMS; buttered cracker finish. Creamy lite mouthfeel with moderate plus carbonation. Overall easy drinking with a pleasant floral linger.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.51/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

i like the cloudy appearance of this beer, it's also pretty smooth. 11.2 ounces is obviously not as good as 12 ounces but with the ABV at 7.2% it more than makes up for it.

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