Yes, it's that time again beer lovers. I've been a bit on the quiet side for a long time. Being in Turkey, there is not a great range readily available and what is available is not cheap - Turkish social policies prevail, and that is their prerogative. Besides, I'm happy drinking Efes as long as it's available. I was under the misapprehension that Efes was a sort of a euphemism or shortening of Ephesus but how wrong I was. It is actually a Turkish word for something like a local warrior chief. I didn't know until I read "Halikarnassus Balikcisi", or "The Fisherman of Halikarnassus" (the old name of Bodrum) about a famous Turkish writer exiled from Istanbul for killing his father, Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı.
No point in finessing it, it is a 10% lager. I didn’t like it much, and in future will probably avoid high strength beers in general as they all seem to have high alcohol override a pleasant taste. This is double-hopped, which made it fruitier than I like and also a bit sweeter than I like. Would avoid it in future.