#31 – Efes Pilsner

Around the World in 80 Beers episode 3: Turkey

Name: Efes Pilsner
Style: Pale Lager
Brewed by: Anadolu Efes
Alc: 5% abv.
Price: $17/6 x 330ml

It was always going to happen sooner or later. I’m sure the Turks could make some fine brews if they set their minds to it, and maybe they do, but like many other countries the only stuff that seems to escape their borders and make it down to this chilly little backwater is the seemingly omnipresent thin, yellow lager that doesn’t do anyone any favours, least of all the Turks themselves, because this could have been made by almost anybody with a requisite disregard for taste, pride and distinctiveness. It’s not awful, though it is common as muck and very difficult to enjoy. Or, as it turns out, to write about without sounding like a complete dick. Continue reading

Review #17 – Holsten Pils

From the label: “Holsten Pils gets its unique and distinctive taste because more of the natural sugars turn to alcohol during our enhanced fermentation process. This also makes it lower in carbohydrates than some other leading lagers.”

Name: Holsten Pils

Style: German Pilsner

By: Holsten-Brauerei AG (Carlsberg)

Origin: Hamburg, Germany

Alcohol: 5% abv

Price: $3.20/500ml can

From: Pak n Save

 

Perhaps by this point I should just call it tight-arse Wednesday and be done with it.

This one is better than expected but I really wasn’t expecting much. Continue reading

Review #1 – Epic Larger

It really brings out the yellow in your walls, too.
From the label: Tigers. Balls of Twine. Pyramids. Waimea Bay waves. Ohakune Carrots. Some things are meant to be big. Flavours. Aromas. Beer. The list is large but we think it should be bigger. There is a time and place for subtlety, for a delicate touch. This is not one of them. Turning the amplifier up to eleven? Yeah, that’s it.

Epic Larger – Imperial Pilsner, 8.5% abv., (Auck., NZ). $11/500ml bottle.

So, finally, here we go. And what better place to start than with a beer recommended by a complete stranger over the internet from half a world away? As it turns out, this is by no means a bad beer. In fact it’s very good, and if you’re a fan of other beers in Epic’s range, you’ll know what to expect and probably find it even better than that. But there is something that bothers me about it, though it did take me a while to figure out what it was. Continue reading