Elephant Beer
Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Lager - European Strong
Ranked #67
Ranked #48,948
2.84 | pDev: 23.59%
Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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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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BJB13 from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.
Best by: 02/10/21

Trying to rate this to style has me thoroughly confused but it looks great, brilliantly clear vibrant gold to light amber with a persistent white head that leaves sheets of lace. Skunk aroma is a common complaint for this beer but this bottle had none, just malty grain, bread and a little caramel with lemony citrus, spice and some grassy hop aroma. The taste has the same character as the nose but is dominated by malt and noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is light-medium with medium carbonation, mostly smooth with some crisp edge and some warmth. It definitely has some kick.

There sure are a lot of people who don’t like or down right hate this beer but I am not one. I enjoyed it and found it rather easy to drink. Not one I will seek but will not turn down if offered.

Jun 13, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: Clear gold with rising carbonation bubbles. Initially almost no head at all until I poured aggressively, giving a bit under two fingers of foamy white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Mild skunk, sharp and metallic hops, slight malt sweetness.

Taste: Sweet malt with a slight skunkiness and tartness over it. Grain-heavy.

Mouthfeel: Full body with high carbonation.

Overall: A beer for alcoholics.

Jun 03, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a white head Smell has fruit like apple and white grapes with some musty melon. Taste is dank with white fruits and a slight bitter finis. Fruity and dank, a single was enough for me.

May 17, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

2.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow, the reviews on this beer are baaaad! I had never seen it before so I bought it yesterday and am just now drinking it while I write this. I can't honestly say it is that bad, at least not to me. Does it have a slightly odd taste and feel...yes. Is it skunky....well, I don't think I will go that far. It is worth trying at least once, but I can't say I will be buying it again anytime soon.

May 16, 2020
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brother_rebus from Maine

2.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got that sweetness to it. Pretty decent feel to ‘er. Reminds me of slugging ice beer outside on the street at 1am during Carnaval de Québec. Not good beer. Worth a poke.

May 08, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Elephant Beer pours a bright copper color, with not too much head. Slightly lacing. Skunky and sweet aroma. Flavor is sweet, very sweet, sugary, skunky flavor. Good body and feel though. Overall, there is worse, much worse, in the end, its a very Okay, slightly offensive beer.

May 02, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

It's the skunky aroma and corn syrup taste that takes this down a few notches.
Having said that I couldnt stop drinking it as it did have some redeeming positive qualities.
Probably cod be more descriptive but you probably get my point

Apr 26, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Elephant truly is a magnificent creature and if I am to assign an animal to represent this pilsner, it would be that. It is an easy flowing beer with some kick on the abv. side of things. A sweet and refreshing drink that has a classic pilsner color look to it. I would call it the big brother of the original Carlsberg pilsner. This is an excellent option when you are looking to enjoy a couple. Not sure why it does not receive much love.

Feb 18, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer label does state that this is imported but there is no import or bottle date on the bottle or neckerchief. The bottle is green glass with raised lettering and a silver neckerchief, which looks different from what is displayed here.

Appearance: The body is golden-brown with excellent clarity. It has hints of medium amber and gold as light passes through it and shadows form. It has a very large and frothy white head with excellent retention and lacing. It's picture perfect.

Aroma: Even as the bottle is opened it smells skunky. The class exhudes this skunky aroma all over the room. Approaching the glass closer there is actually a very nice hop aroma that seems to overwhelm that initial burst of skunk. It has this slightly floral ans slightly spicy smelling hop aroma with a nice aroma of caramel. It seems like the nose starts to re-calibrate to only smell the spicy hop and caramel scents after a while. When drinking the beer some of that skunk returns in retronasal aroma.

Taste: That skunky aroma makes its way into the flavor a bit and it has this skunky herbal flavor that meets with a slightly sweet caramel flavor in the middle.

Mouthfeel: It's a very abrasive beer with an odd herbal bitterness which is similar to leaving bay leaves in a pot too long with some food. The body feels on the heavier side of light and is a bit syrupy on the tongue. It's definitely not a clean feeling beer.

Overall: It's a drinkable beer once you get past the skunky character and the odd herbal bitterness, but there is no reward in drinking this beer. I wouldn't recommend it unless your other choices are slim. I wouldn't prefer to drink it again but it is drinkable.

Dec 14, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a deep golden, slightly orange color. Mostly clear, but slightly clouded. A decent creamy white head. SRM of 8. (3.75)

Aroma: Huge aromas of skunk that dominates the nose. Maybe there is some lemon, grass, and bread underneath, but honestly who knows. So much skunk it has a herbal quality. (2.00)

Flavor: Huge skunk on the tongue. Not as much as the nose, but still enough that I have trouble detecting the flavor underneath. Then in the middle there is the 7.2% alcohol burn. Finishes with a slight biscuit flavor underneath the blanket of skunk. (2.50)

Feel: Medium-body, with moderate carbonation...But no match for the 7.2% which provides a burn. The body and alcohol burn remind me of Bud Ice. (2.50)

Overall: What a letdown of a beer. Completely light-struck from the green bottle. As much or more skunk than a Heineken. Then the alcohol burn feels like I'm drinking a Bud Ice. Maybe I should have seen it coming, but between the terrible flavor and heavy alcohol, this is one of the worst beers I've had. I'm thinking drain pour. (Final Rating: 2.30)

Nov 03, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This can is 7.5%. Very boozy on the imbibe. Mouthfeel is ok. Taste is lightly hopped and very boozy. Drink this if you want to get buzzed but not so much for flavor.

Sep 20, 2019
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ChrisCKrueger from New York

1.88/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I don't understand people saying this beer is "boozy"....."alcohol burn"....."too much alcohol ruins the balance" etc etc. It's 7.2%. Which is basically the average abv of any beer nowadays. If you're feeling alcohol burn at 7.2% I don't know what to tell you. If you tell me a 138 proof Absinthe shot had a little too much burn, okay I can hear you. No beer at any abv "burns". Typically the alcohol in high abv styles (10% or more) is almost always hidden anyway. Whether its in the sweetness, the bitterness, the hops barage etc. So to be fair - this beer has zero "alcohol taste". What it is, is a pretty typical Euro lager. Taste dominated by a slightly buttery biscuit / bread sweetness, and that Euro knack for mineral / metallic bitterness which is never overpowering but ever present. I don't like this beer, tbh. If I drink the style, I want a crisp, simple, dry, and ice cold beer that's easy drinking. This beer is way too sweet for my taste, which mentally just eliminates it for drinking a bunch. As sweet as it is, there's a mineral bitterness that is slightly off putting as well. I say try any beer once, so you be the judge. But for me, this is kind of a hard drink. Overly sweet buttery biscuit, bitter finish, and a weak syrupy slick mouthfeel.

Aug 03, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

3.58/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-clear amber bottle pour with a thin cap of fine foam. The aroma is of sweet malt and light, woody hops. The flavor matches the nose almost exactly. This is relatively full flavored and light bodied.

Jun 20, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.32/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is one of those beers I thought I had reviewed a decade or more ago, but obviously was mistaken. Dark golden color with n head. Nose is a little sweeet grain and no more. Taste is also sugary and malt forward but kind of muted, which for the flavor profile and style is certainly a plus. This is clean in finish and quite decent until it warms. One of the better from this style for me.

May 18, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into a goblet (per BA recommendation). Had 4/3/19.

Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow, with a one inch foamy head and a decent amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, grain- like wheat, herbal hops, light spices, a little bubblegum, a bit of a fruity aroma overall. Caught a whiff of banana on the open, but it faded quickly. The taste is fairly bitter up front, and it lingers in the aftertaste. Flavors of herbal and earthy hops, bubblegum, malt, some honey. It’s a little sweet. Pretty smooth for the unappealing light body, well carbonated.

It’s better than expected and certainly not the worst I’ve ever had. The flavor actually has an odd appeal. Horrible mouthfeel, though. If it’s the best beer on the menu, I’m probably sticking with water until I get home.

Apr 04, 2019
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first taste gave the impression of a poor beer, but as I drained the bottle my feelings adjusted. It's got a bitter flavor, less pleasing to me than a dark beer bitterness. By the end I was content with it, but it may be a while before I take another ride on the elephant. A burp following the last gulp was nice and mellow — we'll see if I fall asleep in my recliner! circa 2009

Feb 03, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

3.49/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Been almost 30 years since I have had this beer, at the time it was labeled a “malt liquor”.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color, thin white head and good lacing. Slightly boozy smell with some grass and a hint of skunk. Fruity taste with a nice maltiness.

While modern craft beer has changed my expectations in beer, I still like this one after all these years.

Feb 03, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep golden coloration with a small, frothy head. Smell is quite sweet and dominated by grainy malt with some faint grassy hops as well. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by sweet, grainy, bready malt and some light, grassy, citrus hops, with a certain a light alcohol burn. Finishes with a light bitterness and some alcohol burn lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While this is not particularly enjoyable, it's not terrible either. At least there are no noticeable off-flavors or metallic aftertaste. The malt sweetness is almost reminiscent of honey. Also drinks surprisingly easy for the ABV.

Dec 27, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear, golden body; lively carbonation; very thick, creamy white head; flecks of foam adhering to the glass. Grain aroma; bread crust. Malty flavor; caramel and crystal malt sweetness; nuanced hop bitterness lurking in the background; strong alcohol notes especially towards the finish. Medium-heavy body; residual sugar heft; some boozy warmth; semi-sweet feel overall.

A fair strong lager, a bit heavy with the sweetness and alcohol, but decent enough to have again.

Oct 22, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

2.24/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

My first Euro strong lager. (Not ashamed to admit I bought this for the tick.)

Pours a pale yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Moderately carbonated. Smell and taste are sweet grainy alcohol with lemony cardboard. Not as bad as I feared and not skunky but still not very good.

Sep 17, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

3.87/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a clear golden color with a lot of carbonation. The head is frothy. Strong smells of malts and bread. The taste is bready with mild sweetness and a mild taste of alcohol. The beer is crisp and fairly easy to drink.

Sep 06, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330mL green bottle coded 2 1804405 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 7.2% ABV. The beer pours bright golden amber in color with nearly white head. The aroma is vaguely beery with some very minor fruit notes. The taste is strong grain and a decent amount of alcohol with some stone fruit thrown in. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, highly carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a hint of butter in the finish, but you really have to look for it. Overall, ok. This is the European alternative to malt liquor and I have been waiting a while for a fresh shipment at my local to avoid the skunk and give it a fair shake. Style #87 reviewed, moving on.

Aug 04, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

2.74/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear slightly darker than medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint amber + bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of cereal grain malts as well as some rice + grainy adjuncts and moderate amounts of honey-like sweetness. Light aromas of earthy + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of cereal grain malts as well as some rice + grainy adjuncts and moderate amounts of honey-like sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy + spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away relatively quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively clean finish with a hint of alcohol warming.

O: Drinks pretty easily for the strength but it is a touch too sweet/not balanced enough for me to want to have with any regularity.

Jul 31, 2018
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gvickery from Texas

2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

If it weren’t for the nasty skunk smell this would be a much better brew. Why brewers still use green bottles is beyond me. Other than the smell, I really like this beer, not sure why it’s rated so low. It is a little darker than regular Carlsberg and has a much better mouthfeel. It has a slight honey sweetness that is washed away by some euro tasting hops. The skunk smell doesn’t really come out in the taste, thankfully. I really like it, I don’t really notice the high abv either. Cheers
Too all the pussies crying about the alcohol taste.....grow a pair, it’s not there, it’s in your head bro.

Jun 30, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

2.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

look - golden clear color with a good white head and some sticky lacing
Smell - strong grainy boozy smell
taste - grainy lager slight booze
feel - medium light body with a syrupy feel to it with very little carbonation
Overall - Better than I expected but still not good

Mar 09, 2018
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