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Doug Pescatore
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Username: Doug_p

Post Number: 1646
Registered: 10-2002
Posted From: 141.232.1.1
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 12:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Someone gave this beer to me not too long ago. It is a pilsner from Turkey. My first impressions were of how much corn do they shove in this beer, but after drinking a couple over a few weeks (I was give two six-packs) it really grew on me. I would never try to clone this beer, but whe compared to BMC mega beers it easily a cut above. There was enough hop flavor bitterness to let me know this was a real beer and not a product of American market research and it was crisp enough to let me know they actually lagered this beer more than the day or two bud is lagered, yet the corn and lack of malt backbone reminded me of a cheap beer. A strange hybrid of cheap but good beer.

-Doug
 

Chris Vejnovich
Intermediate Member
Username: Cjv85vmax

Post Number: 323
Registered: 06-2003
Posted From: 64.89.62.109
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 12:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I drank a lot of Effes when I was deployed to Turkey during the Kosovo crap. We never got it in any good condition so I can't say how good it really can be. I will say that I would rather drink something else if given the choice.
 

Hallertauer
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Username: Hallertauer

Post Number: 317
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 192.85.16.1
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 09:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Effes has employed a retired German biermeister from becks.

Effes' dark is surrpizingly good. If you can find this beer give it a try.
 

Beerboy AKA The Jolly Brewer
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Username: Matfink

Post Number: 849
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 81.156.22.233
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2005 - 01:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Euro lagers usually have a bit more flavour than the American lagers I've had. Bud, to me, tastes of water. Effes, Cruz Campo, San Miquel, Carling, Heineken, Amstell etc, all taste similarly unchallenging but at least have some semblance of flavour. In the case of Effes and the spanish/italian style lagers, they are pretty well suited to their climate.
 

Sean Richens
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Username: Sean

Post Number: 188
Registered: 04-2001
Posted From: 142.161.31.27
Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 02:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ditto the opinions on Efes. There are a few variants including the dark, some sort of "genuine draft" etc. They also contract brew the local version of Holsten (not so good).

It's pretty watery stuff, but after a hard day's touristing it goes down quickly back at the hotel. Most Turkish beer appears to be brewed in Izmir (near Efes) including some odd mid-sized breweries. They don't make anything special either, but it's nice to see beer sold in different types of bottle.