Elephant Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Elephant BeerElephant Beer

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Raime
3.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Freebie from the neighbor. Not even sure where in the hell he got ahold of this brew, but I'm not here to ask questions. I'm here to review. Sight-reviewed on the spot so it likely won't be all that long.

Look - Into a generic kitchen glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Pours a straw golden with a big frothy white head that makes me stop and them continue the pour a few times. Head eventually drops to a thickenes froth atop the yellow body and it leaves some initial soapy although sticky lacing upon the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be surprisingly low.

Smell - You know this is a Euro Lager from the second is makes its way through your nostrils. Pale malts very bready like in nature with a tinge of alcohol. Bready with an odd though not necessarily bad wheat going on.

Taste - The light malts come through in a cheap grocery store breadyness. The alcohol surprisingly doesn't make an appearance despite the fact it wasn't brewed to mask it. Very basic, though lacking skunk so it is quite tolerable.

Feel - Body tosses off a bit of the alcoholic presence though it certainly isn't bothersum. Light to medoum depending on beer temperature with a low level of carbonation.

Overall - Actually quite a bit better than I had expected. On par with if not better than the higher ABV American adjuncts. Could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of Spikester
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with three fingers of white head that lasts a good ten minutes. Moderate lace.
Smell mostly bready sweet malt.
Taste is sweet rich bready malt with just enough noble hops to balance.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Finishes mostly sweet but the hop bitterness builds as you take more sips. I am past the halfway mark in the shaker pint glass and there is still a coating of head.
Overall a tasty and refreshing beer that would be near the top in this oft neglected style. No skunk either.
Bottle says brewed in Fredericia, Denmark by Carlsberg Breweries.

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Photo of Dave97
4.7/5  rDev +67.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poor - From a 11.2 oz bottle. Nice easy poor - No head to speak of, no lacing.

Appearance - Very nice 24k gold/amber. Decent carbonation. No head. Very clear.

Nose - Nice light malt, honey/biscuit. faint caramel, light toasted malt. Brown sugar, ginger, cardamon and clove. The Noble hops are coming through as well, lemon zest and a tiny bit of orange. Hay/grass. A little spicy. A little mineral/slate. Nice light lager/pilsner aroma. Nothing off putting or funky. A little ethanol. Very floral.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium body with a little fizz. Not much carbonation. Easy drinking.

Taste - Nice! Awesome imperial lager/pils. At 40 ibu's it has just the right amount of bitterness to round out the heavy malt backbone perfectly. A little ethanol, just a tiny bit; but I like that. Reminds me that I'm drinking a higher abv beer. Nice medium malt presence. Not too sweet, just bready and toasty. Accompanied by a great Noble hop taste. I'm guessing Halltertau because of the heavy floral presence.

Finish - very nice long lasting finish. Slight alcohol burn. Sticky on the sides of the tongue. Very nice sweet/sour lemon after taste. This is a nice lager for before/during and after dinner.

Overall - My favorite Euro lager to date.

Food Pairings - Veal Parmesan, Stuffed Peppers, Curry, Sashimi, Pheasant, Stroganoff, Chinese, Bratwurst, Jamaican, Eggplant Parmesan, steamed shrimp, mussels, oysters, clams and salmon.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale gold pour (4) with one finger of white foam; super clear with good lace and some cap. Spicy floral hop and slightly corny nose. Spicy floral hop flavor with just a little DMS; buttered cracker finish. Creamy lite mouthfeel with moderate plus carbonation. Overall easy drinking with a pleasant floral linger.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.51/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

i like the cloudy appearance of this beer, it's also pretty smooth. 11.2 ounces is obviously not as good as 12 ounces but with the ABV at 7.2% it more than makes up for it.

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Photo of Dikfour
2.54/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: One finger of white head dissipated before I finished typing this sentence. Pale straw in color and decent carbonation.

Smell: Sticky sweet malt barely covering a strong aroma of alcohol.

Taste: Yep. More of the same.

Feel: Watery with a dry finish.

Overall: Meh. At 7.2% I'd rather have this than most any AAL. Similar quality.

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Photo of mr-jj
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a green 11.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Brought back from Germany in my luggage - a gift from a colleague.

Color is pale straw with a decent head that fades quickly. Very little lacing. Smell is boozy, grainy with some fruit esters. Flavor is similar - it's got a stronger malt backbone than I expected and it kind of works with the alcohol and the mild hop bitterness. Not usually my favorite style, but this isn't bad. Body is medium, mouthfeel has some bite from the alcohol. Overall, it's not nearly as bad as many other reviews indicated. It's certainly better than most American adjunct lagers and is reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of infinitebruner
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

July 8, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, pilsner glass

A – Light gold to dark straw, with high clarity. A centimeter of white head with low retention.

S – Bready, grainy, slightly sweet malt, with some intensely herbal hops, a touch of floral. Just the slightest impression of fruity esters, but otherwise pretty clean.

T – Herbal-floral hops with moderate hop bitterness. Light bready malt, slightly sweet. A slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

M – A bit slick throughout, medium-bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Moderately bitter with a bittersweet finish that’s slightly unpleasant, hot.

O – Very similar to American standard lagers, without the crispness and smoothness. Highly flawed.

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Photo of Falcone
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I notice right away that the beer appears very cloudy in the green glass bottle. Odd.

The pour reveals an unexpected appearance to say the least. A beautiful hazy light orange hue is revealed. Head is initially decent though has rather weak retention. Moderate lacing observed. If I wasn't aware I was drinking a Euro Strong Lager I would guess this was an unfiltered American IPA based on appearance alone.

The aroma smacks me in the face with alcohol. Smells sweet and boozy. I do pick up a fair amount of fruitiness but that's likely due to fruity esters rather than hops.

The taste actually follows the nose surprisingly. Tastes much like a malt liquor though with a bit more fruity sweetness. A bit of nuttiness; kind of an almond thing going on. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and full. The finish is very harsh however and hurts the brew a lot overall. Just a ton of hot alcohol in the finish which lasts forever; pretty rough and not really justified considering the abv really isn't all that high.

Would actually be pretty good if not for the finish. Worth a try though since its rather unique.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I lived in England for years and lived Carlsberg, then, saw some and grabbed it even though it was strangely named Elephant. Is it not the same? Opening this app up I saw horrible reviews which was very different from the Carlsberg I used to enjoy. Pale gold with a thick head that doesn't go away after my long ass antidote to open. I'm a little stuffy, so I can't make out the ingredients but it smells fruitful and clean. Tastes more bitter than the Carlsburg I used to drink in Europe but, I mean, it's decent so I gave it an average taste. Feel was slightly above average. I just think that it's an import that was contracted out to Americans and they screwed it up (much like Newcastle).

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Photo of generallee
3.74/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 7.2% abv.

Appearance: The body has a deep yellow color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. On top it sports a bright white fluffy head of foam. It quickly settled down to a wispy thin film covering. Lacing is minimal and slick.

Smell: It has a nice bready and grainy maltiness in the nose. It smells sweet with a mild floral hop note for balance.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has a light cereal grain sweetness with some mild grassy and floral hops in the finish. I had a old bottle so I didn't get much in the way of any harshness from the higher abv. The feel is smooth and full with just enough carbonation.

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Photo of ordybill
4.01/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a smell of corn, malt and some grass. not very exciting
Appearance- Pours a golden yellow with a small thick white head.
Taste- Has a very good flavor. I was anticipating the Euro green glass skunk devil, but that was not the case. A nice caramel flavor with a strong alcohol mix.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a slightly oily texture that goes well with the flavor.
Overall- I noticed there is not a lot of love for the "Elephant" rating wise. I thought it was really good for the style and it goes down very well.

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Photo of drtth
3.52/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear deep golden/straw color with a 1/2" fluffy white head that soon recedes to a ring and a large irregular shallow island of foam which lasts fairly long. Sipping leaves arches, speckles and legs of lacing.

The aromas include sweet malt (a bit like honey) and some grassy character.

Early on there are some nice malt flavors carried along with the sweetness of the malt but they all recede into earthy bitterness. While the alcohol is noticable in the flavor profile it is neither hot nor unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely crisp and has very faint prickly carbonation. The finish begins in the malt sweetness which then fades to leave some grassy, earthy bitterness that lingers a good while on the palate.

This is an interesting beer with some rich full but not strong flavors and one that I'd drink again. That said its not anything I'll go out of my way to find or that I expect to buy again, but I could certainly enjoy a repeat if it was the beer on offer at a party or some other hosted event. I'm also glad I bought the six pack as my opinion of the beer evolved a bit by the 4-5th bottles.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.47/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason jar showed a standard gold color with a white head, minimal lace to be had. Aroma was sweet with some malt hints and grain, seemed well rounded in the aroma even though it's simple. Had a nice taste with sweetness and some grain depth...overall a simple brew with some taste that's better than some of the things out there.

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Photo of timontheroad
2.61/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Mostly clear dark golden color, nice half inch white head, quickly faded to as thin film, so-so lacing. The aroma was sweet and bready, no noticeable hop smells. The flavor was very sweet, crackery, with a touch of honey, again, no noticeable hop flavor. The mouthfeel was fairly thick and quite creamy - not bad. Overall, this is not really a good beer, only passable, not a drainpour.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.86/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

DATE TASTED: May 1, 2015... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... OCCASION: attractive looping fence of white lacing; mostly clear, light yellow body that generates reasonable effervescence... APPEARANCE: clear, orange amber body with mild effervescence; thin, steady, snow-white head that frames the body attractively; appropriate lacing.. AROMA: pungent maltiness that suggests envelope gum, light floral hops, and medicinal alcohol ...PALATE: thin and oily early; lingering, warm, and carbonated respectfully... TASTE: beefy sweetness that sours slightly at the finish; largely malty; cloying graininess...OVERALL: a fat taste becomes a flat finish, with the alcohol content leaking into the profile against my will--not quite smooth and not quite flavorful; a big beer that drags...

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Photo of DeerBeerFearDear
3.32/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just like its name, feels heavy but still is attractive. I would compare it on par with Guinness. Not standing out that much, but not bad. Slightly better described with the word "a bit better than just fine"

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Photo of jwswigs
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly just wanted to tick off the style and went into it with the least of expectations.
Looks ok.
Smells like bread and honey.
Tastes the same. No noticeable hops.
Medium bodied, feels about right.
Not really my thing, but not that bad either. You could do worse.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A- pours a clear dark golden color with a small creamy white head that retains a long lasting film on top

S- cooked corn with lots of booze up front, caramel, faint grassy hop, sweet finish

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of caramel, vegetal flavors kick in mid-palate with faint grassy/floral hop, slightly harsh finish with some booze and lingers of malt liquor

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly creamy, full-bodied finish, linger of alcohol

O- this was actually much more drinkable than I expected, the finish was a little harsh but not as bad as its rating

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Photo of Gear54
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Gold color with no head and no lace. Lots if carbonation.

Smell is floral both bread and yeast. All are faint in the nose.

Taste is sweet and bread like. Bitter yeast on the tongue that fades fast. Taste like smell is faint except for the bitterness.

Overall weak flavor and smell with short thin mouth feel. Price wasn't bad.

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Photo of charlzm
3.46/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass from an undated bottle purchased yesterday. Consumed on January 27th, 2015.

Beer pours a slightly hazy clear golden/amber. A moderate pour produces a two-finger white head that provides some sheeting during the drink-down. Plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass even 30 minutes later.

Aroma is lightly floral. Solventy alcohol note present. Honey and grain husks also in the mix.

Flavor is much like the nose: sweet and thin up front with a slightly boozy honey kick at the end. Moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but the carbonation provides a slight creamy texture. Nice.

Overall, this is not something I would go out of my way to drink again, but it was not at all as bad as I feared after reading some of the reviews here.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden-yellow-orange color with a small head of fizzy white foam. The head fades very rapidly, leaving a bit of foam on the surface of the brew and very little lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a grainy and bready smell along with some other aromas of a hay smell. A little bit of a grass smell and some aromas of a very light, almost smoky, and salty smell are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a very smooth bready taste that has some hints of light fruit of orange and pear mixed within. As the taste advances some light hay and grain come to the tongue all while the fruit fades and is replaced by some caramel. At the end, just the slightest hint of alcohol and a tiny bit of a floral taste are joined by a little resurgence of the fruit, and end up leaving one with a rather pleasant and somewhat smother and sweet lager like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a brew of 7.2 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body makes this a much more approachable and refreshing brew and really matches well the more lager like flavors of the brew, making this one an easy drinker even with its slightly higher abv.

Overall –This brew actually delivered much more then I was expecting form the look or smell. It was a rather enjoyable brew overall. While not something all that exceptional, it was both rather refreshing and flavorful. Not a bad one to at least try.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nearly nothing after a minute or two

S: A bit of sweet maltiness, some graininess, and light fruitiness. Not too much else, but what's there is actually decently enjoyable

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the maltiness which is mostly sweet and a little bready. The husky graininess comes in next, followed by a bit of fruitiness and a touch of solventy alcohol. Finishes with more light malty sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Luckily got a few non-skunked bottles and I think that made it quite a bit more enjoyable. Not complex by any means, but as a higher abv brew that's meant to taste like a fizzy yellow beer, it's not bad at all. I like to think of this style as the Euro style of American malt liquor. With that outlook, this is actually a half-decent brew. I wouldn't risk multiple purchases just because of the green bottle and high risk of skunkiness, but I have no shame in rating this with a score that is quite a bit higher than average

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Photo of Caveworm
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S. Oured from the bottle into a glass, it's got no head or lacing, and the average pale golden of "Euro" brews.

The scent is robust with malt. Not much else going on here

Bold malt taste with not very much hop presence.

Clean finish on the mouthfeel. No lingering elements.

Overall a 3 for Elephant Beer - Carlsberg Danmark A/S. I won't buy this brew again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Elephant Beer brewed by Carlsberg Denmark A/S with an ABV of 7.2%. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. This brew has a the look of an American Lager. Keep in mind this brew was pours out of a green bottle. The smell is skunky with some grains and hops. The taste is smooth with some skunkiness. For having an ABV of 7.2% it is really smooth. I'm not big on the taste of this brew. The mouthfeel is ok but it has some skunkyness. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3 out of 5. Not the best but far from the worst. I may by this brew again. I may buy this brew again. I would like to try this brew in a can.

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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
2.8 out of 5 based on 734 ratings.
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