I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a mug. I couldn’t decipher the bottling code. It cost $3.15 ($0.28 per ounce).
Appearance: Golden hue, completely clear, some carbonation visible.
Pours to a small, white, foamy head which completely dissipates, but
does leave some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Intense skunky aroma due to the green bottle. Some pale malty sweetness is present.
Taste: Carlsberg Elephant is basically malt liquor, but it’s fancy
Danish malt liquor so it’s kind of cool, in a way. It’s really no
different than regular Carlsberg (or Heineken, or Stella Artois or other
European pilsners that come in a green bottle), just a stronger
version. The lightstrike is the most prominent component to this beer
and it takes some getting used to.
The first few swigs are noticeably sour as you can literally taste the
skunkiness. However, I seemed to have built up a tolerance to it quickly
as I began to taste the true brew hiding underneath the flaws. There’s a
sweet caramel/honey/amber maltiness to be found here, though it
certainly tastes stale (probably an old bottle). Yellow lollipop is
quite prominent, and is an off-flavor I’ve encountered many times in old
beer. On the finish there’s sourness at first, but it transitions to
tanginess and finally just generic lager graininess. Alcohol isn’t
hidden very well and imparts a dry astringency and warmth to match. I
could see some of the base flavors here being enjoyable if the beer were
fresh, but I don’t think this beer is meant to be consumed for its
taste. Tolerable at worst… and best.
Drinkability: While Carlsberg Elephant may not exactly be pleasing to
the palate, it’s at least not a challenge to drink. The mouthfeel is a
little thicker and more tepid than the standard pale lager variety,
which makes it surprisingly quaffable. It is in no way refreshing,
though. It leaves a slightly dry, starchy aftertaste, though it’s not
all that offensive. At 7.2% ABV there is some alcohol presence
throughout the body, though it doesn’t weigh on the system like a heavy