Name: Elephant Beer
Brewery: Carlsberg Denmark A/S
Country of Origin: Denmark
City & State: København, Denmark
Style: Euro Strong Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.20%
First Brewed: 1959
Pours a dark gold color with a rapidly diminishing head and a sweet honey and lemon aroma. The flavor is of honeyish malt with a woody, earthy quality. It possesses a subtle hop character and a spiritous alcohol quality. Some estuary fruit notes are evident.
I asked Sheryl to pick a number between 1 and 3. She said 3. She “picked” the Carlsberg Elephant Beer. This is a beer that I wasn’t excited about, but soon learned that the beer was pretty high in alcohol. 7.2% is pretty big. I feel like I have had this beer, but I have no idea when or where. Also, I am sad that this bottle doesn’t have a label. The photo in the book has a label… and the photo on BeerAdvocate has a label. Those labels are different. Ours doesn’t have a label; just a green bottle with Carlsberg on the side. Not sure why brewing companies do that… change the bottle and/or the labels. But still pretty sad there is no label! Especially with a beer called Elephant Beer.
Not too excited about this, but maybe it will surprise me.
In the Glass: The beer pours like any domestic beer, and offers a weak head and basically no lace. I am seeing some small bubbles rushing to the top; hopefully this is not too carbonated. The beer does have an inviting golden color to it… hopefully the aroma and the flavor is clean, crisp, and refreshing. It’s hot outside, you know!
Nose: Didn’t expect that much in the aroma. This has a really strong yeasty smell. I can almost taste this beer as I smell it. Not a bad thing, of course. I use the word, “chuggable” a lot, and I am sure this beer is just that. I just hope they hide the ABV well. Let’s see what this offering tastes like.
Flavor: Those same yeasty aromas do carry over. The beer also starts out thin and crisp, and then quickly becomes sweet. There wasn’t much carbonation there, and while the beer is not thick, it is just a lovely velvet mouthfeel. I saw that word on a Total Wine & More tasting sheet the other night. I might start using the word “velvet” more often. I was right. This beer IS chuggable. I just love the sweet finish on this.
Oh, and you would NEVER know this was 7.2% ABV.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel starts out thin and boring, but as I begin to swallow, the back of the tongue feels thicker and has a nice velvet feeling to it. On one of my sips I did swish the beer around in my mouth a little. It, when doing this, the carbonation does become quite overwhelming. I will say my beer is almost gone. It just begs to be consumed. I can’t imagine this getting better as it heats up. Think Heineken. (The burp is nice and clean, too. I would love to drink a few of these on the golf course.)
Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste here. It does end sweet, and becomes drying as I continue to swallow. My favorite part of this beer is the sweet finish. I just wish it would hang on for a bit longer. For $1.99 a bottle, it is worth every penny for the sweet finish and the high ABV. This is the first and only beer from Carlsberg on the list, too. I am not even sure what else they do… maybe I will look the next time I am at Total Wine. Cheers!
Elephant Beer – The bottle says: “NA”
Ricky said that the beer we are drinking today is boring. I will admit, it does look pretty boring. It basically looks like your ordinary, boring pilsner. He poured the beer into both of our glasses when I was out of the room, and by the time I came in to pick mine up, all of the head was pretty much gone. It’s a light, golden yellow, very transparent, with no head. It smells like a typical pilsner as well – like bread or dough. I’m not expecting much here, but let’s see what it tastes like.
Yep. It’s pretty much what you’d expect. It’s about a step above Bud Light or Coors. It’s pretty much a typical pilsner, very light, basically no hops taste to it. No sweetness… just that light taste of bread, a boring domestic beer. It is at least a little better than Miller or Coors, more like a European lager.
There’s really nothing special to differentiate this beer, so I likely wouldn’t buy it again. I can imagine that there are many others out there with a similar taste that are inexpensive, so what reason would I have to? Plus, I don’t typically buy beers of this style. This one’s just not impressionable enough.