Elephant Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Carlsberg Danmark A/S

Style: Euro 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

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.38/5  rDev -15%
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 micropale
3.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
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 bossmann_dan
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jonnydrinker
2.07/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of AleSan
2.04/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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

Photo of meefmoff
3.22/5  rDev +15%
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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Photo of Noelito76
1.75/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of donspublic
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into shaker from can, 1 finger cream colored head, minimal retention and lacing. Piss yellow in the glass, nice carbonation. Smells of grassy hops, and grain. A little sweet on the front end, followed by some grassy/earthy hops, followed by more sweetness and very little bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. This will do in a pinch, in a land (India) where good beer is hard to find, so counted myself lucky rolling up on this puppy. Drank my fair share of these when I was in Denmark so nothing new here.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
2.04/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Sparkling gold with a large foamy off-white head.

Smell is corn, grass, sweet and spicy hops that are herbal and not unlike house cleaner without being too offensive. There is a slight bit of skunk and a surprising kick of booze.

Taste is a very sweet corn start, a bready but unexpectedly boozy, rubbing alcohol middle, with a slightly bitter herbal lemongrass and chive finish.

Crisp with a little more body than expected, but still light.

This is your basic BMC corn lager, with a Danish paint job.

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Photo of Caveman1973
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Duff27
2.49/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rangerred
3.64/5  rDev +30%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.67/5  rDev +66.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of desint
3.09/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerdanza
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is basically malt liquor with a good malt profile and some hops to finish. I think it's very good for its style, with some interesting tastes and flavors. It's about drinking beer and getting a buzz! Not at all bad. I'd do it again.

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Photo of Dkline39
2.62/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.49/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Watching Independence Day Resurgence. More alcoholic sweet than the normal version makes it a more enjoyable, less dull brew. Nothing spectacular either.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
2.51/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mark-Leggett
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.34/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a tall head of 3 fingers, with a slightly hazy, 20% opaque pale blonde colored body. Lace is actually decent, leaves hills and wisps behind.

From the bottle I get aromas of skunked and spoiled grains, cleaning chemicals, grass, hay, and manure. From the glass with agitation I'm getting Saaz, herbs, lemongrass, dry grass and ripe straw. Comes off as a cross between a Mexican lager and a Czech pilsner. Once the head disappears it smells like chemicals.

Flavor is like a watered down malt liquor to start...but wait, the finish brings forth some grassy bread that redeems it just a touch. However this only happens on the first sip. The rest of it just tastes like the start - grassy, stale hops, with hints of garbage, super glue, and spoiled wort.

Feel is pasty, chalky, relentlessly sticking to the palate and not letting go. I want it to leave but it just keeps hanging around. Heavily carbonated.

Overall, This should be labeled as a Malt Liquor. As a malt liquor, it's not half bad. Unfortunately, it costs 3x as much. Do not be ripped off by this beer. This is for white collar doctors who don't know jack shit about beer and like the idea of paying $12 for a 6 pack...but it's really terrible swill. This may even hit the drain in a minute.

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Photo of Greasy
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330ml bottle, pours a clear deep golden colour with a descent thick white head.
Aroma malt, grain not much else. (Beer smell)
Taste barely malt, grassy hops.

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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 758 ratings
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