Elephant Beer | Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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2.81/5
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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:
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:
#46,991
Reviews:
335
Ratings:
768
pDev:
23.49%
Bros Score:
2.48
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
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Ratings: 768 |  Reviews: 335
Photo of Shiloh
2.43/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Oddly, I had to go to southern Ohio to pick up this malt liquor brewed in Canada under the supervision of Carlsberg.
Was not worth the trip....(but I did manage to pick up 25 other brews not locally available to me.)
Medium golden colour, limited head.....stong alcohol taste.
Limited carbonation.....strong alcohol taste.
Medium/full body.....strong alcohol taste.
Not impressed.....did I mention the strong alcohol taste?
Sec.....ooops, awhh, fell into my sink.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.62/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a 11.5 oz brown bottle with a rather ugly elephant on the label.
The beer itself pours like an average lager , that is darkish yellow colour, with a small but persistant foamy white head..that dissapates to leave some attractive lacing.
The aroma?..well actually not that bad, nice strong ,malt and some nice hopping.
Surprise,surprise I actually liked this beer, at first taste the malt is evident, than it has a good hop bitterness finish, the alchol warmth appears as the beer makes its way down the throat.All in all I must say despite what the other reviews say this is a good beer..I like this much better than all the American malt liquors.
Mouthfeel though is pretty averag,,not unpleasant.
A very drinkable strong beer.
Notes: Once more I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer, unlike American malt liquors it did not have much abrasive chemical tastes.
At around $5.99 a six in my area i recommend this beer.

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Photo of ADR
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transparent gold with an extremely white head of 1/4 of an inch. Actually laces the glass in some rings. Malty and untoasted grain aromas, buckwheat and timothy hay. Mouthfeel is decent, silky and lighlty carbonated. There's little sense of hop balance to this brew, not surprising, but still, this had a decent start. Gets cloying at the third sip. Finishes decently dry with a slight sense of alcohol. I suppose if it HAS to be a Malt Liquor...but this beer does not deserve to command its "premium" price...

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice looking gold color that was almost clear. The white head was about 2 fingers high, thick and dense, and lasted a while. There was decent lacing through most of the glass. Very little aroma but what was present seemed quite malty. The taste has a husk sense and is fairly well alcohol laced. What hops are present are pushed to the rear. A fairly harsh taste overall with a decently balanced mouthfeel between body and crispness.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with a thick snow-white cloudtop head, excellent lace, and very subdued carbonation. Very aggressive aroma of alcohol, and grain; the sort of stuff that "would peel the paint off the walls", as my Dad used to say. The alcohol dominates the taste as well, it hits from the moment of tasting and lingers to the end, this is particularly noticable as the beer warms a bit. Beneath the alcohol are strong and mildly bitter hops and solid grain flavors that give the taste a sweet flavor, a bit like home-baked bread. Carbonation is all but absent, so the mouthfeel is richer than it would seem otherwise. A decent and quite potent malt liqour.

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Photo of budgood1
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

slightly hazy pale straw in color. nice bit of a head appears, settles down to a fine lace. pleasant malty aroma, some hops and an alcohol aroma prevelant. a tish sour...weird for a malt liquor. a medium body supports the stinging alcohol. it's got a bite! malty and somewhat sweet. alcohol gets in the way of any hopping. you get what you pay for in alcohol punch. for a malt liquor, it's got character and vigor. i wouldn't recommend drinking too many of these!

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours the typical lager translucent gold color with the head average and bright white, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Nose is malt dominated, crisp and clean, as a lager should be. Front is sweet and heavy malt laden, the top skeletal. Finish has a moderate acidity and the hops understated with the aftertaste quite dry and in my humble opinion a rather mediocre beer at best.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another pseudo-import to the U.S. brewed by Labatt's in Canada. At least it's in a brown bottle. It pours a bright golden robe with a thick and frothy bright white head ...that shortly drops to a decent collar and lacy surface covering. On the up side, it does leave some very nice lace (which is not normally present in American malt liquors). The aroma is of a grainy maltiness and mild grassy hops. The body is medium/full with a very fine and mild carbonation. The mouthfeel starts lightly crisp at first, and then becomes creamy as it warms. The flavor reveals much more hop flavor than the aroma indicates, and the bitterness is quite bold as well. Were it not for the solid, sweetly grainy malt underneath, this could be an IPA. It's well balanced with the malt and hops tasting seperately, but also playing against each other. Quite lively and interesting. The alcohol is well cloaked, but becomes more apparent towards the end of the glass. It finishes drying with a lingering combination of malty sweetness and bitter hop character. A full and rich beer with lots of character. Interesting, and enjoyable, but not very drinkable beyond one or two.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
1.4/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer has a light golden color, it's smooth and NO carbonation (water has more carbonation than this beer). Just like the original version of Carlsberg beer... Look for an alternative

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Photo of ThreePistols
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy golden orange color with a nice head. Grainy alcoholic nose. Grainy flavor with an overpowering alcohol flavor. Not much in a good beer flavor I was looking for. Fairly smooth, medium body low carbonation. Not enough hops.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden/orange color, with creamy lace and every so slight haze to it. On the nose it's pretty clean. On the palate, there is a slight sweetness, husky graininess, small hop bite, just not much there at all. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium body. Drinkable I suppose, but I don't see no reason to ever purchase this though.

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Photo of Jason
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 oz brown twist off bottle with no freshness date, this sample was brewed in Canada by Labatt. Thin creamy looking lace, very mild haze within the orange golden brew.

Clean solvent alcohol aroma with an underlying cloying sweetness and a rough graininess.

Pretty smooth with a moderate body and light carbonation. Thick husky grain flavour comes to the taste buds as the alcohol sneaks in with its solvent warmth. Faded hops in the back, sweet start to middle then the graininess and alcohol kick in and throws down a lightly astringently dry finish.

Bit more malt than the usual American malt liquor but still thin, not much to taste … it is more or less a beer that has a kick and sadly that is its greatest attribute.

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Photo of psugrad98
1.36/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium straw with slighlty foamy head. Kind of syrupy sweet with rich malt and adjunct flavor. Slight hop bitterness more of an afterthought. Very alcoholic, and that is too distracting. Almost undrinkable cold, very undrinkable as it warms.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.55/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I had high hopes for this beer but after the first taste it just went down the tubes. Good head and carbonation but that didn't do much good as the high ABV came through and not any maltiness. Good thing I bought only two (my wife has to suffer too) and only 11.5oz.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
1.75/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Well. After so so many nasty malt liquors, this one could be the worst. And yes, I have had OE 800. I dont know which is worse. At first, I didnt think it was so bad. My first sip was OK. Then, the aftertaste started tasting like wine. Then it revealed it's true taste, a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Popov vodka. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I would rather have a whole lot of the Steel Reserve than this crap. Steel is gourmet compared to licking the elephant's ass.

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Photo of ElGuapo
1.98/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

tastes like beercahol. a hint of beer, and an overpowering blast of alcohol. other malts taste much better, and strong beers boot this right out the door. skunky and pale, this is just wrong. imagine sitting under and elephant pissing in your mouth. for only 7.2%, it is not worth the torture. it may be impossible to finish a few of these. the flavor is pure torture

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.72/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is fairly pale with a good head and better than average retention. Good bittered malt nose. Hearty body with bite but not rough. not a great bear but better than average

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Photo of rastaman
1.7/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Kind of oily alcohol flavour. Really thin, but its easy to drink and you can get drunk quick off it, which in my opinion isn't a good thing, i'd rather like what i'm drinking and get pissed off that, than this tasteless oily crap.

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