Anadolu Efes Brewery – Efes Dark
Drink if you like: Heineken, Things from the country Turkey, bar food
Have you ever wondered what beer you’d drink if you were in Istanbul, Turkey? Well look no further! Today we are tasting Efes Dark, which can best be described as a Euro-lager. According to the Anadolu Efes Brewery website, they describe this beer like so: “Efes Dark, especially caramel flavor, darker color and fuller with smoking is a certain difference.” You can tell Google had a hard time translating that one. From what I picked up, they use darker-than-pale roasted malt with caramel and smoky undertones. Or perhaps they are saying that this beer is great to smoke with? I believe both statements are true. This is a beer that won’t make you sit and think. It’s a great beer to throw back while watching a game and munching on bar food. That slight roast and hint of smoke will let the beer stand up to most cheesy, deep fried, crunchy, salty, heart-killing American bar food. Perhaps those Turks know a thing or two about sports bars? After all, when Istanbul was part of the Ottoman Empire there were over 1,400 public toilets all around the city. It’s true! Comparatively, at the same time, there were none in the rest of Europe. Yup, Turks know what happens after you eat a multitude of bar food.
Let us slug one down:
The beer pours pretty standard for a thin lager. It appears to be a nice light brown color, slightly darker than New Castle or another brown ale. When you take a smell, you don’t get much – just your classic slight pale lager malt, with a little skunky note due to the clear bottle. The beer is very quaffable – it’s light on the tongue and easy to swallow. Nice carbonation. You taste just a hint of bittering hops in the back, and just a hint of some roasty malt. Considering the higher alcohol content of this beer, the drinkability is a plus. If you let it warm just a bit, you may even be able to pick out some very hidden sweeter dark fruit like plum. Overall, this is a beer to have with some buffalo wings, cheese stuffed peppers, potato chips, and a group of rowdy sports fans.
You can find this beer at the following places:
Ace Liquor Store – Cabot
Colonial Wine & Spirits – Little Rock
Sullivant’s Liquor – Little Rock
Pat’s Beverage Shop – North Little Rock
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Theo’s – Fayetteville
The Wine Rack & Spirits Shoppe – Hot Springs
Corner Liquor Store – Hot Springs
Macadoodles – Springdale
The Vineyard – Fort Smith
Ralph’s Pink Flamingo – Fort Smith
Liquor Mart – Fort Smith
Shamrock Liquor – Fort Smith
On the Border Liquor – Fort Smith
We gave this beer 2.5 diamonds.
Anadolu Efes Brewery – Efes Dark – 6.5% ABV – MSRP $10.19 for a 6 pack of 12oz bottles