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 Schlitz74
2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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 -38.1%
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 -25.6%
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 puftdank
3.18/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
2.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Luiz0930
2.54/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Avatar113
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev +27%
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 sjrider
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GoHabsGo
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of alexsergio
1.75/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of mattreitz49
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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 +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
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 -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jonnydrinker
2.07/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of AleSan
2.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of meefmoff
3.22/5  rDev +14.6%
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 -37.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of donspublic
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
2.04/5  rDev -27.4%
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 -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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