Elephant Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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2.82/5
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778 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Denmark
carlsbergdanmark.dk

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.

Added by stirgy on 04-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,903
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
778
pDev:
23.76%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
108
Trade:
0
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Photo of batu
3.65/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jguzman718
4.43/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pacino
3.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergoot
3.26/5  rDev +15.6%
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 -20.6%
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 +37.2%
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 Mikexw
2.79/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Metalsnota
3.66/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
3.51/5  rDev +24.5%
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 -2.8%
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 +5.7%
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 sraufstok
3.75/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
3.7/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewnme
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of drdiesel9483
2.89/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -20.2%
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 Zonian1
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Khocolate
5/5  rDev +77.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent beer from start to finish.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
1.71/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
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 pkalix
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BenHoppy
3.7/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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