Elephant Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 346 | Ratings: 791
Photo of daliandragon
3.32/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of stortore
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
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

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Photo of puck1225
3.49/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
2.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Lucular
2.24/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.87/5  rDev +36.7%
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.

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Photo of jkblr
3.51/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.74/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of gvickery
2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
2.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of Nass
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

euro pale lagers and american pale lagers don't tend to taste too good when they have high abv. The Carlsberg Elephant coming in at 7.2% is a high abv for a pale lager and that abv is not hidden well which is a bad thing. I am not a big fan of Carlsberg lager to begin with. I think it has a not so pleasant aftertaste, but hey that's just my opinion. At least they put a best by date on the bottle. Cheers! C-

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a green 330ml bottle into glass. Label includes the information that the beer is "Brewed and Bottled by Carlsberg Breweries in Fredericia Denmark".
Body is a clear, medium gold. Fluffy white head settles to cap and islands. Some patches of lacing.
Aroma is sweet with grain and corn, and somewhat spicy hops.
Taste is similar to the nose but includes the booze note. Rather dry finish.
Thinner mouth feel, with carbonation and alcohol on the tongue.
Made to intoxicate at a rapid pace. I remember drinking this in Copenhagen in the mid '70's, and the rapid buzz; this was high ABV for that era.

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Photo of OzmanBey
1.33/5  rDev -53%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

When I bought this it was after I had the regular Carlsberg and was hoping that the one with the elephant would be a different style or type for them. Basically it was the same exact beer in flavor and in body than the regular Carlsberg, I was disappointed by this very much.

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Photo of BulletsNBeers
5/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Bros rate Steel Reserve 211 higher than this? Fucking idiots! This taste like a Stella but has more kick. Steel Reserve tastes like SHIT, FOOLS! MORONS!

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Photo of CTHomer
3.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a very thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: corn, grain, mildly sweet;

T: follows the nose with the addition of some caramel; unfortunately, that caramel turns metallic in the middle; by the mildly bitter finish, the metallic character is dominant;

M: medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: with what little I know about this style, I was expecting the alcohol to be hot, but it was barely noticeable;

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Photo of pat61
3.61/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: brilliant burnished brass with rapidly rising bubbles under a 1.5" ivory foam cap with good retention

S: It is in a green bottle and is not skunky. Instead, bread crumb, Nobel hops, some earthy spice and alcohol.

T: mildly sweet with cracker and traces of bread dough, faint green apple and a trace of fruit. Mildly assertive bitterness, alcohol.

F: Smooth medium bodied beer with medium carbonation

O: flavorful with substance but is a little boozy which throws it out of balance

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.15/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This better than I expected, Nice white head, not much lacing and a slight boozy finish. After all 7.2 % is malt liquor territory.
This is not as sweet as others I have tried in this ABV range.
I would not try this again, but it is not terrible and undrinkable.

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Photo of VeganUndead
1.74/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Never drink anything out of a green bottle. Holy crap. I don't have a recent basis of comparison, but right now I would state this is worst beer I have ever had

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Photo of FBarber
2.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a light bronzed copper color. Clear and reasonably crisp in appearance. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of spotty bubbly foam along the top of the beer.

Smell has notes of grainy malt, melon, corn, alcohol and a overly sweet aroma.

Taste follows the nose with some grain, melon sweetness, harsh alcohol and an overarching cloying sweetness.

Feel is heavy, especially from the sweetness. Alcohol burn on the back end. Drinks like an overly heavy AAL, with far too much alcohol.

This is a rough beer - I barely finished one, and I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, adjunct, alcohol, pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Euro Strong Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong Euro yeast, adjunct, alcohol, pale malt, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, better body than aroma, and decent feel.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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 +10.6%
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 +13.8%
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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