Elephant Beer
Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Style:
Lager - European Strong
Ranked #72
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
67
Ranked #50,768
Avg:
2.85 | pDev: 23.51%
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
835
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Carlsberg Danmark A/S
 
Denmark
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  16
Gots
  119
SCORE
67
Poor
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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stevoj from Idaho

3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Consumers Beverage. Brassy colored pour, foamy head. Malty aroma, light vegetal notes. Malts dominate the taste also, slick feel. Way back in the day (1980ish), this one of the beers that introduced me to a style other than pale lager

Aug 03, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev +29.5%
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 -2.1%
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%
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 +4.9%
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 -11.6%
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 +9.8%
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 -1.8%
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 could be more descriptive but you probably get my point

Apr 26, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
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 -8.8%
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 North Dakota

2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
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 -2.8%
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 -34%
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 +25.6%
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 +16.5%
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 +8.1%
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 +22.8%
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 +22.5%
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 -0.7%
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 +14.4%
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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Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 835 ratings