Elephant Beer
Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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From:
Carlsberg Danmark A/S
 
Denmark
Style:
European Strong Lager
Ranked #46
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
67
Ranked #30,384
Avg:
2.85 | pDev: 23.86%
Reviews:
376
Ratings:
485
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 06, 2022
Added:
Apr 04, 2002
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  122
SCORE
67
Poor
Elephant BeerElephant Beer
Notes: Carlsberg Elephant is a so-called ’Bock Bier’, brewed for the first time in 1959. The ample use of malt gives Carlsberg Elephant a vinous and rich character with apple, melon, banana, and caramel flavours balanced with a dry bitterness and hints of oak, bark, nuts and pine needles. The colours is pale gold with white foam.

The elephants on the beer’s label are inspired by the two pair life-size elephant statues, which form part of the main entrance to the Carlsberg Group’s headquarters in Copenhagen.
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
11.2oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Date stamp of 03082023 222. So it appears to be fresh.

Appearance: Clear gold color with a thin white head. Some persistent strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Clean. A little floral and a little bready. Not a lot of aroma though.

Taste: Clean, crisp, with some noble hops at the end, and a bit of maltier sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit prickly on the tongue. Good thickness as well, and a little sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Okay, but nothing special. Definitely not getting the flavors described by the brewer. I taste a euro lager, with maybe a bit more flavor and kick to it. Easy drinking, but not something I'd reach for again in an evening.
Nov 06, 2022
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

2.87/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
6-pack from Jungle Jim's
Has a wired smell and taste, not my thing.
Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by BeerBobber from Nevada

3.61/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pour is a deep golden color. Lazy streaming carbonation bubbles. Thin white head that dropped into the beer leaving just a film of foam.

Very malt forward smell. Sweet smell. Picking up an apple like smell. Very sweet bready smell.

Malt forward taste. Getting some of that apple in the flavor. Sweet for sure. Picking up some alcohol in the taste. A bit of that classic Carlsberg taste with a touch of a grassy flavor towards the back. A hint of hops at the back end.

Leaning towards a medium mouth feel with the large load of malts. The finish is pretty easy going. A bit of sweetness stays in the mouth after the finish.

Not bad for what is basically a malt liquor. The 16.9 oz. can in the 4 pack I bought was labeled Pilsner and I got excited. At $5.99 I thought this was a steal. Than I found out what it was and was a bit worried. I have had a rough time with malt liquors. This one is pretty smooth overall. I am glad I put on my man pants and gave it a go. I may actually go back and buy another 4 pack so that should mean something. I will say serve well chilled. As I type it has been sitting a moment and it starts to get "more developed". Just something I was not liking to much. Yet for a good cold beer with a good kick this is not that bad.
Aug 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by Skywave from Oklahoma

Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 2.98 by abrodsky from Massachusetts

Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

3.94/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Light golden mega Euro lager in 16.9 oz cans? Hell yes! Pours a nice golden body, with some chill haze and very minimal head, at 35-37F. Barely any aroma, but a light perfume of an old lady lipstick or toilet water... Medicinal urinal? Anyway luckily it's faint. Taste is barley malt and more barley malt and some nobl hop cut and some faint alcohol. Not awful, but let's cut the crap, it's euro malt liquor. Better than the ameri-con corn stuff, but still. Not terrible, but not a beer I will buy another 4 pack of. It comes off almost like a cheap festbier, but not really as good as that. I can manage these 4 in the mix this time. I got none of the notes mentioned in the description. Slight wine vibe (Reisling?)
Jul 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I dunno, it has a kinda low rating, but honestly, it's basically on-point for what it is, and if you like that, it's an enjoyable beer... Gentle malts predominate, with fruity and hoppy overtones - it's not "crafty" lol - Leans sweet... Soft, nice carbonation, drinks light and easy - dangerous at 7.2% abv... Nothing wrong with it though lol... I don't know where the "notes" come from for the beer, but "apple, melon, banana, and caramel flavours balanced with a dry bitterness and hints of oak, bark, nuts and pine needles" is very accurate... Give it a try, see what you think... Canning with best by of 02/15/23...
Jul 10, 2022
 
Rated: 2.63 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Jun 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by Beecham from California

Jun 16, 2022
 
Rated: 2.49 by gardner254 from Ohio

Jun 02, 2022
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Rated by davidward from Florida

2/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
A generic Danish lager.
Mar 24, 2022
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Rated by LunchMoney from Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
The bottle is embossed “Probably the best beer in the world”.
It must be sarcasm.
Mar 11, 2022
 
Rated: 1.05 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 2.95 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
500ml can into a pint glass. Canned 11/5/21, so closing in on 3 months old.

Looks pretty good in the glass. Faintly hazy yellow body. Small white head shrinks to a ring and covering, decent lacing.

Strong sweet malty aroma.

On tasting, the alcohol starts to swarm over the other elements of the beer. It starts to edge into acetone territory.

Mouth medium, finish dry sweet booze.

Overall, at 8 bucks for a 4pack, shouldn't complain, but this is not something I would want on a regular basis.
Jan 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Beertsipper from New York

3.09/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Paid $6.99 for four 16.9 oz cans. Gold color with a nose of sweet malts, grains, some hops, maybe a touch of corn. Taste follows the nose. I detect some corn syrup, but the malts take over everything else. Very sweet, but not as much as your typical malt liquor. Almost zero hint that this clocks in at 7.2% ABV. I prefer Euro pale lagers over this, but I generally liked this beer, and at this price, you can't go wrong.
Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A strong lager with an aquired taste. Not bad! I've had this one mainly from can or fresh bottles in Denmark, thus avoiding the skunkiness our American friends report of.

Rerate German brewed version, (adhering to the Reinheitsgebot), ABV 7,5%: The extra 0,3% alcohol certainly doesn't bring anything good to the beer. 7,2% is plenty for a beer with a body as light as this. Stick to the Danish original!
Jan 24, 2022
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.22/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of skunk, lager malt and grassy hops. Flavor is bready lager malt, corn adjunct, apple and grassy hops. Light grassy hop and semi-sweet corn adjunct finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Seeing this bottle at the store brought back memories from decades ago when I started trying imported beers. This and a Aass pilsner my introduction to strong skunky flavors in beer; it was common enough in imports in the 1970s-80s that I honestly thought skunkiness was an inherent hop flavor. It may well have been what slowed me down from trying more hoppy ales for quite a few years. It may also have enhanced the experience of early craft ales, which presented the hop flavors without this distraction. On the other hand, it seems impossible that brewers would still be using green bottles (which this had and part of the nostalgia) if skunkiness wasn't a core part of their desired flavor profile. The base malt and continental grassy hops are pretty much as expected, there is a base sweetness that tastes like adjuncts and expected from this style. Actually hopped a bit more than expected, which was appreciated and has a bit more flavor depth than most mass produced lagers due to the ABV. I could easily drink this if nothing else was available, but honestly, I'm not a big fan of skunk and would have preferred to try this as it might have been brewed (this was not an overage bottle, having a bb date half way into 2022). Well, not too bad a way to tick Carlsberg, but will probably not be back. Bottle says pilsner, but I agree with the BA style choice because of the adjunct flavors. I would have scored this below average for the skunk, but the rest of the flavor profile is satisfactory, so it gets a few more decimal points.
Jan 24, 2022
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Rated by joe12pk from Michigan

4.74/5  rDev +66.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The best malt liquor I've ever had. Lots of barley and nice grassy hops to finish with.
This is the new, 2021 version. I'd advise you buy some soon.
Jan 19, 2022
 
Rated: 2.02 by huntlee17

Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

2.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Look: Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a two finger, soapy white head that fizzles away after about three or four minutes leaving spotty lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Aroma: Virtually none. Very slight aroma of honey and musky, wet newspaper or some freshly mowed grass.

Taste: It's virtually tasteless, both to it's credit and to it's fault. Just the slightest taste of sweetened cereal with a grassy, slightly bitter note of vegetal aftertaste. 7% ABV imparts no off alcoholic flavors.

Feel: Sweet / vegetal. Slightly dry. Alcohol profile is low. Tepid carbonation, medium body.

Overall: Bought this on a whim because they updated the packaging. I like how drinkable it is, but there's something a little cloying about it after awhile. Not something I'd be in a rush to run out and buy again but this is something I'd probably return to in the future if I wanted a strong, cheap, euro lager.
Dec 07, 2021
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Rated by eatsluggs from Florida

3.76/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Just strong. That's it.
Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The ½ liter can is labeled "Pilsner", so, what the heck... poured into a pilsner glass! After being forewarned about drinking this beer cold, I'm starting out with the beer at ~38° F.

Appearance is clear golden yellow, well carbonated, topped by a ½ inch white head from a vigorous pour with OK retention. It leaves a sheet of lacing on the opposite side as I drink.

Aroma is nice, actually. Not very strong, but nice. Malty bread and a bit fruity: apple.

First impression on the taste is corn, followed by sweet-ish malts, maybe honey. Almost immediately there is a decent level of bitterness that grows from the middle through to the finish and dominates the aftertaste. Subsequent sips still have the bittering lingering from the previous drink, which tends to balance the sweetness of the corn and honey. I'm not getting the fruit that I picked up in the aroma.

Half-way though, as the beer has warmed a bit, the warmer temperature does bring out more of the apple. It also brings out a mineral character, which in this beer seems to sit nicely alongside the bittering. I finished the beer before it got to the point of being too distracting - but it was obviously getting there.

Mouth feel is thin-to-medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I will have no problem grabbing the other 3 of this beer I have in the 'fridge. This beer is a refreshing and easy drinking when cold, and - unlike with your typical AAL - the cold does not make it flavorless.
Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by tolar111 from New York

3.19/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
This beer is listed as a strong Euro lager and the back of the label touts its rich malty character, the 7.2% ABV seems about right. The pour yields a nice head that quickly dissipates and leaves a ring around the top of the glass. The beer has a corn and bread aroma. The taste isn't as sweet as the US malt liquors that I've had and there is more of a hop presence. Overall I would rate it as good, but not great. I'll finish the 4 pack no problem, but I doubt that I'll ever revisit, unless someone else is buying
Nov 13, 2021
 
Rated: 2.79 by Jodio from Texas

Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by GoodspringsSherriff

1.73/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
This beer is awful. Thank goodness it was over 7% about because the flavor was horrendous. Bitter, not in a good way, sweet but not in a good way and sour also not in a good way.
Oct 19, 2021
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Reviewed by JacintoCupboard from Australia

3.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I first had this beer in 82 during the beer strike in Victoria. It was probably the first time I spent any time with imported beers. My memory of it was that it was a tad skunky with some vegetal undertones. If I've had this beer in the interim 4 decades I don't remember. But my memory appears to be sound because it still has those 'off' notes.

It's sweeter than I remember. Plenty of malt still on the tongue even with a maxed out fermentation yielding 7.2 % ABV. It holds a good head with plenty of lacing. There's a fair amount of bittering hops to this brew.

So the result is a beer that has twice the punch of an ordinary pilsener; with a lot of yeast by product, a lot of residual malt flavour, and a bitter aftertaste. It lives up to its name. It is indeed elephantine.

None of which justifies it s rating on this site as 'poor'. It's a decent brew. It just isn't very subtle.
Sep 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

Sep 06, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
16 oz can with Best By date of 5/16/22

Clear deep orangey-gold, with one finger of white head.

Smell is a sweet fruity,bready mix. Something akin to apple juice + cornbread batter.

Taste is bready grain, a slight herbal flavor (thyme that is old/faded, but still has something left, +/-) , light vague fruitiness, a lightly sweet floral flavor, and a hint of solvent-y pine/alcohol as it warms. (Hint : don't savor it , just drink it , without thinking. ;) )

Feel is medium, smooth, light carbonation, with light, very,very fine carbonation tingle. Drying finish. There is a slight chalky/cardboardy sensation that lingers after finish. Knocked off .50 for that. Nowhere near as much as most of its ilk, but that is what turns me off many macro lagers.

Overall, not bad. A 16oz can is too much though, as it gives it a chance to warm up. At first , I was pleasantly surprised , but the taste and feel declined as it warmed. Also, I'd like a bit more carbonation. As mentioned above, drink it cold, drink it quickly, and you'll probably have a pleasant experience. :)
Sep 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.52 by NastyNorseman from New York

Aug 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.1 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Aug 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by Daneve76 from Australia

Jun 03, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.76/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
Pours golden yellow with a tall off-white head. Has a very dominant skunky aroma to it, sweet-grain malts, floral hoppy aroma, corn syrup. Taste very much follows the nose, it's a little bit to sweet for a pilsner, it reminds me more of a malt liquor. Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, certainly crushable if you like it.
Mar 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.64 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Mar 11, 2021
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Rated by scotorum from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A relatively flavorful Pilsner/Lager on the higher end of ABV for the style. Underrated IMO.
Mar 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jan 25, 2021
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
I've been eyeballing this for a bit but kept putting it off.
I'll get to the point.
It's a strong Pilsner with a bit of residual sweetness.
If you want a sweeter stronger "Export Lager" this is for you.
It is what it is.
It is not a Bock, not as adjuncty as a malt liquor.
Somewhere in-between.
Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

2.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2
Can:
Pours golden orange with a little chill haze, and with a nice, frothy white head. Nose has the metallic notes atop a caramel sweetness, resolving to a grassy herb note. Taste starts with a honey sweetness with a bit of sweet apple cider. As the bitterness comes it, unfermented wort comes to mind, but the metallic and grassy herbs join in to luckily knock down the sweeter notes. On the whole, though, it stays a little sweet, and the hop profile doesn't work for me with the cider aspects.
Jan 02, 2021
 
Rated: 2.38 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2020
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