Anadolu Efes Brewery
from Turkey
496th highest rated brewery (of 635)
Highest RatedGusta Dark (66 / 100) Average score48 / 100 (Not Great)
Lowest RatedMarmara Gold (8 / 100) Number Tried6
Gusta Dark
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 23.11.10 in bottle
57 / 100
Pours a coppery amber colour with lots of dusky haze in the glass. Head is off-white, nice and dense with tightly packed bubbles. Good retention; no visible carbonation and small trail of lace. Looks pretty good.

Smell is quite malty but with a big musty wheat aspect to it. Lots of caramel toffee at the front, but with sour hints of tobacco, mould and dust. When I swirl it, I get more sweetness, but it's slightly lacking in complexity.

Taste is also fairly sour. Fair underlying grainiess that's not overly sweet. Large tomatoey note on the mid, with some sour wheat and floral nectar making a timid appearance. Back is almost funky, with uncooked vegetable notes, tart vinous characters and a very slight cola character. A bit odd, and lacking in areas. I feel it could be better with more sweetness or something more on the back - either bitterness, as it's weakly sour more than anything. More spice would help as well. Just can't enjoy it that much. I need more and I can't help but feel how much better I might have liked it. If it were different.

Fairly good body, a bit of puckering from sourness on the back, but just an iota. Pretty good texture.

Yeah it's a decent enough dunkel, just find it a bit lacking in places.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Gusta Dark
Reviewed by Jez on 21.11.10 in bottle
66 / 100

Pours a muddy and cloudy brown, quite turbid, but light bodied. Head is fine and light, but solid enough, a slightly bale beige, almost with twinges of pink to it. Minimal lacing, minimal carbonation, but it would be hard to see in the cloudy body anyway. Looks pretty decent.

Nose has some subtle banana esters on it, with a slightly ringing acidity. Hint of dark and sweetly malty grain characters, and almost a light herbal aroma. Pretty light on overall, but it has some genuinely pleasant characters.

Taste is light, but it definitely has some pleasantly classic weizen characters - skewed towards the slightly acidic end of the scale. More banana characters, with a deeper brown bread and grain huskiness on the back. Very minimal sweetness on the palate, and it finishes quite dry once the acidity clears up. Light phenols come through to add some final bite. It's actually very tasty. Slight astringency on the palate, and it has a biting suction to it that gives a cleansing character.

It's a very decent dunkelweizen, possibly too acidic and less sweet than the best examples, but it has some genuinely pleasant characteristics.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Marmara Gold
Reviewed by Jez on 09.08.09 from a can
8 / 100
(Bottom of the Barrel)

Dark green and gold can, with barley stalks edging the GOLD lettering. Not much else to it except that it says to SERVE COLD, or "SOGUK ICINIZ" if you're Turkish.

Pretty insipid lemon yellow pee-colour, with a frothy loose-bubbled head that collapses into nothingness very quickly. You can see and hear the massive carbonation which feeds this baby, the low fizzle reminds me of a can of soft drink, not a beer.

Slightly earthy, body odour smell, maybe with a more pleasant dash of pastry or bread dough thrown in. Slightly salty even, like spray from the sea or a tequila slammer. In any case, it doesn't work, and leaves me very wary of what I'm about to put in my mouth.

Ooh. Err. Yeah, well the nose didn't lie, and there's not much to appreciate on the palate. Slightly metallic, rusty start, with a hint of old barnyards, or chewing on a wet nail. Finish disappears very rapidly, rather like it's trying to run away and hide, because it knows what a bad job it's doing. Slight note of soda water, overcarbonated.

Blech. What a joke. Manages to be quite offensive for a beer which ultimately you can forget very easily. Not very good by any standard. Stick to Vole! Even the ubiquitous Efes urinates liberally on this one.

appearance: 1.5 | aroma: 1.5 | taste: 1.0 | feel: 1.5 | drinkability: 1.5
Reviewed by Jez on 09.08.09 in bottle
63 / 100

Unassuming white and gold labelled bottle, with an image of windswept wheat.

Pours a dark buttery gold colour, deeply cloudy. Pretty decent loose bubbled foam head. Not a massive billowy hefe head, but very decenet all the same. A good looking beer.

Slightly peppery on the nose, with a faint hint of bubblegum sweetness, but not very much. There's an unfortunate aroma of bread yeast there too which doesn't help.

Hmm, to be honest, it has a pretty reasonable hefe flavour, but mightily subdued. Pretty sweet orange-citrus sort of character, but too bitter. It's a lot better than it might have been, but not a great example for the style.

Mouthfeel pretty good, not too carbonated.

Overall, a pretty good drop. A lot better than your average hefe knockoff wheat beer.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Efes Dark
Reviewed by Jez on 17.08.07 from a can
41 / 100
(Not Great)

Tall 50cl Black and Red can, with a picture of a stalking panther, or other big cat. Serve cold, it says... Ingredients listed as (watch out!): Water, Barley Malt, Rice, Glucose Syrup, Malt Extract, CO2, Selected Hops, Yeast... Hmm...

Very opaque dark amber red, which is only apparent at the edges. Light bubbled off-white head which fizzles and collapses to a pretty tame ring.

Very little on the nose, no fragrance, no richness, no toastiness. Maybe only a hint of carbonated water smell.

Taste is actually a fair bit better. Initial sweetness, organic, then a decent but not overpowering toasty malt finish. Feels a bit thin in the mouth though, and the lingering sweetness gets a bit cloying.

It's not bad. It's ok to drink, but it's pretty mediocre overall.

appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 2.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.0