Elephant Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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67
poor
744 Ratings
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59
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 04-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
744
Reviews:
326
Avg:
2.8
pDev:
23.21%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
92
For Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Tinfang
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A dear friend passed away totally unexpectedly, and this was his favorite brew. Given that this was the person who turned me on to Samiclaus, I wanted to be sure some was served at his memorial. Sorry Jeff, but this beer is ghastly.

I miss the old labeling (pictured above). The current bottles have only a ringer label around the neck, and I looked at one of the carriers carefully to see if it was still brewed in the Old Country - it was. That doesn't save it however. I see other reviewers note a 7.5ABV, but these bottles bear a 7.2. No best by date, which is appropriate.

Appearance - average golden liquid with a quickly dissipating head.

Aroma - malt and malt and malt with grain accents. It smelled like beer overall, so there must have been some hop notes.

Taste - I remember thinking "This is for people who like pop". To be fair Elephant was formerly labeled malt liquor, hopefully to advise/warn consumers. It's not saccharine, but I thought it hugely unbalanced. No particular alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - heavy but not oily, light carbonation. Drinks easily.

Overall - if I had been given this without knowing what it was, I would have thought this to be some corporate American product. It has some audience and may even be a staple for some, but for my taste it pushes the definition of beer too far in a single dimension.

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Photo of mvdillman
1/5  rDev -64.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jadedlilmonkey
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Sipchue
1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Danflurry
1/5  rDev -64.3%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of WoodburyMN
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JamesMN
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear straw with a thin white head.

Aroma: Skunk with some malt sweetness.

Taste: Not quite offensive but definitely one of the more skunky beers I've had. Some real pilsen malt flavor in there. No hop flavor and very low bitterness. Big alcohol note on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but almost syrupy. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Green bottles are never the way to go and this proves it. Would I drink it again? Highly unlikely.

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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Douberd
3.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can of 500 ml, bought in Germany. ABV is 7,5% on my can. Poured into a lager glass.

Colour is very deep golden-yellow/ light copper-orange. Two fingers of white soapy head, with very good retention. Very light lacing on the glass. Great and continuous activity in the glass.
Malts, malts and more malts on the aroma, with a very faint hops smell.
Malts all the way on the taste too. It has a "dirty" taste, in combination with the smell. If you ever go into a mill or into a storage room where bags or barley are stored, you'll get what I mean, this beer has the taste of the air at those places, which is not necessarily bad. The alcohol is very well hidden under all the malts, it just bites your tongue at the end of the sip.
Great mouthfeel, thick and with just the right carbonation, dry on the palate. Very easily and quickly drinkable which, for a beer with 7,5% alcohol is not a wise thing to do.
Overall, a nice and sneaky beer, will get you there before you know it.

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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

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2/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of TheBigLebrewski
1.96/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to pint glass. Color is an unappealing yellow. I won't mention the analogy that comes to mind. But really. The head is initially substantial, though very quickly dissipates.

Smell is, bluntly put, nasty. I would recommend drinking this one out of the bottle.

Taste is not great; fair enough for a high content lager - that's a rough category to get an exciting flavor out of.

Mouthfeel is the beer's strong point. I genuinely enjoyed this beer, based on this criteria alone! Crisp, hugely bubbled, and it'll-get-you-drunk. Or, better yet, a good beer for when you're already drunk and not concerned about flavor and for some reason want to get more drunk AND want to look classy by drinking a sexy looking import bottle with a large African mammal on it. So, when you're in that sort of mood, drink the piss outta this one.

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Elephant Beer from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
2.8 out of 5 based on 744 ratings.
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