Name: Efes Pilsen
Brewery: Anadolu Efes Brewery
Country of Origin: Turkey
City & State: Istanbul
Style: German Pilsener
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.00%
First Brewed: 1969
The beer has a sweet profile up front, but there’s an interesting tang off the malt, and the Hallertau hops help counterbalance with a bit of bitterness. Very refreshing in the finish.
Today is Thursday. You know what that means… Podcast! Did you know we had an iTunes podcast? We typically record that on Thursday nights, so look for that right after we review this. I bet I mention Erick.
This beer doesn’t have me excited. I am sure it is a good example of the style, but just not what I was in the mood for. There are several beers in the fridge that I am not looking forward to, including Guinness and New Castle. But like PBR, I will review it with integrity and I hope that it surprises me. Here we go. Cheers!
In the Glass: I am eating hot pepper jelly and bread right now, so my palate might be a little skewed. But I am going to give this beer a chance. It looks like a Bud Light in the glass. Not much head and quite thin.When I swirl it around in the glass it does liven up a little but, quickly fades back to a simple light beer. Let’s see what this smells like. Hey, I bet it smells like a domestic! Although, this did come a long way from Turkey.
Nose: Um… I had to smell this twice because I didn’t smell much at all. A second whiff gives me a nice light bread flavor. Almost a cracker aroma. Let’s see what this tastes like.
Flavor: It does taste better than it smells. However, it is quite boring. I have spent a lot of time in Europe, and this IS a really good example of the style. I can see myself walking down the Champs-Élysées with a pint of this in my hand. The BA score on this is a 72, but the bros gave it a 90. Curious their motive.
Mouthfeel: This might as well be water. It has a very thin mouthfeel and you can basically chug it. I did… My half is almost gone. I told Sheryl this was probably a beer that you could order a pitcher of and play beer pong with. Yep! Although, it is a great summer beer, as are most pilsners, and would taste great on the golf course.
I want to see a golf course with a better selection of craft beers on the beverage cart. I bet the courses in Turkey have Efes on the cart!
Aftertaste: What aftertaste? Is that a joke? Ha! Beers like this don’t really have an aftertaste. That’s OK. That isn’t why you drink a beer like this.
The next beer I drink WILL be good. I promise!
Efes Pilsen – The bottle says: “NA”
So I feel like most of our so-called “list” beers (the ones that are actually IN the book that we are reviewing from that we started this blog with) are paling quite a bit in comparison to the other beers that we review, the “off the wall” beers. I’m guessing that this one will line right up with that. It’s a pilsner, and it looks like it’s going to be pretty boring. Ricky just said that he guessed it was a beer you could go buy and drink a pitcher of and not even know it. I’d be willing to bet that he’s probably right.
The beer looks pretty boring in the glass. It’s golden yellow and kind of fizzy… looks about like a domestic lager. If you take a sniff, it kind of smells like one too. I am actually ok with lagers. They are good summer drinking beers, something you can get out on the golf course or at a baseball game or at a BBQ and they will hit the spot. Where we live, since we have such hot summers anyway, beers like this are ok. Also, there are so many lagers over in Europe that just taste better because you are in Europe. Ricky said this beer was from Turkey, so I could see it being one of those beers over there. We’re hoping to head Oktoberfest later this year, so I’m sure we will be drinking plenty of European lagers then!
Honestly, I don’t feel like I have too much to say about the flavor of this beer. Lagers like this are kind of a dime a dozen. But I bet I would drink this again. It was made in Istanbul… and when you’re traveling, you always drink the local beer, so one of these days I’m sure I will visit Istanbul and this beer will be the first thing I drink!