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Zelta - Aldaris

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BA SCORE
71
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 18.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Latvia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-20-2002)
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Reviews by Shadman:
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From Latvia...those same crazy people who seemly pull their pants down every World Championship...

Kinda a pale amber, slightly hazy...looks just like a glass of...bone white head quickly fades to a cap with islands of foam and then to a white ring..no lacing to speak of.

Sweet and grainy so par for the course for a east euro pale. Some slight veggies as well.

boozy right off the bat...well that might explain a lot of the WHC behavior..lol.thin, thin sweetness, some metallic funk mixed with veggies...the only saving grace is the maltiness that shows through all the aforementioned in the finish.

Starts out fizzy and ends up flat and quite sticky sweet.

loads and loads of Euro pales out there @ the same price that are more drinkable than this one...

Serving type: can

06-09-2009 02:40:07 | More by Shadman
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3/5  rDev +0.7%

01-08-2014 03:06:33 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +0.7%

06-16-2013 11:02:27 | More by TheBeeraholic
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CDK

Ohio

4/5  rDev +34.2%

03-13-2013 00:39:02 | More by CDK
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +0.7%

11-22-2012 02:16:04 | More by cfalovo97
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TheNakedStiletto

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-06-2012 19:17:51 | More by TheNakedStiletto
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light, slightly amber straw colour with a small white head on the top. Very much a cheap pale lager in appearance.

A weird, skunky aroma coupled with some sweet butter, corn and bread as well as some cheap lager hops and malts.

Sweet malts kick things off along with some butter and vanilla, neither what I was expecting from this to begin with. There is a slight spicy tanf and a lot of corn to round things off with.

Quite light with a slightly spicy palate and medium carbonation levels. It is also quite plain and unexciting with a hint of alcohol right at the end and some grain too.

A poor, cheap pale lager and not as good as I recall from my time in Latvia a few years ago although that could be down to my palate changing quite a bit since then.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 15:35:01 | More by flyingpig
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cortez

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +0.7%

09-12-2012 04:56:22 | More by cortez
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

03-15-2012 14:57:47 | More by oldp0rt
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The Legend of Zelta, anyone? Ok. Soooo… out of bottle this beer was a 24k gold color with one finger of white head. The retention was mediocre and the lacing scant. The aroma was of some macro grains, crystal malt and a little bit of green hops. The flavors were slightly more malty than I expected and better than many of the same style. Nothing amazing mind you, but I did taste pale malt, sweet malt and a pleasant graininess. It was all rather washed out and neutral but nothing offensive at the same time. The mouthfeel was a bit watery however, the body light/medium and the carbonation average. An ok beer and good for the style, but the style basically sucks so there’s only so much one can expect.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 10:43:32 | More by thekevlarkid
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Bookseeb

Washington

3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance pours a light hazy golden yellow with a dissapating crisp head. Smell of light malts, corn and hop aroma. Taste follows the aroma with a light sweetness and finishing clean. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. An easy drinking Eastern Euro lager with an interesting pull cap I've never seen before.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:48:55 | More by Bookseeb
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. The bottle is a classic old-style brown bottle that is blown and stamped with the Aldaris crest. Definitely the kind of bottle you'd see 30 years ago, but not so much today. The bottle alone bumps the appearance up a notch.

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with an ample white, frothy head that reduces rather quickly, leaving behind a fair amount of sticky, spiderweb-like lacing. Very tiny bubbles slowly ride from the bottom.

Has a very bready, malty aroma, almost yeasty. Think raw bread dough, sitting in a bowl on the counter waiting to rise.Maybe a hint of lemon underneath, but it is real faint.

Taste, unfortunately, is more in line with the smell than the look. Bready and yeast, with a sharpness that his mid-tongue that reminds me of lye. As I drink more, I get more of a grainy, grassy quality, but in the "I just ate some grass" way, not in an earthy way.

Light bodied, though the bready nature of this beer gives it a bit of a thicker feel that is negated by the sharp, almost metallic feeling mid-tongue.

Chalk this one up to my continuing quest to sample as many bottled, imported brews as Central Europe has to offer. I believe this is my first Latvian beer, so I can safely say it was also the best. However, if you're looking for a good Euro-Pale lager, you may wish to look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 18:31:18 | More by TheHoppiest
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5.2%

A - Poured a clear pale yellow with a thin head. No lacing.

S - Some sweetness, light grassiness, hint of alcohol.

T - Light sweetness, hint of citrus, some metallic notes.

M - Average, sticky sweetness, somewhat dry finish.

D - Pretty bland. Not impressed with this one.

Serving type: can

04-21-2011 02:36:04 | More by decimator
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crossovert

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml pull-top clear bottle.

It pours exactly how it looks in the bottle, a pale gold with a big foamy bright white head. It actually is a nice looking beer, but that doesn't mean you should use the clear bottle, especially for export bottles.

The smell has some honey, paper, graham, and a hint of grassy hops. Not skunked thank heavens, gotta grab it from the back of the shelf.

The taste is very similar to the smell, there is a big hit of grain and cooked veggies that make the flavor just average EPL crap.

It will end up with a nice rating on here, but it is average at best for the style and not really worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:16:48 | More by crossovert
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a half liter bottle at Amity Wines & Spirit in New Haven CT. Bottle is molded glass with an Aldaris logo. The main label is a foil job around the neck of the bottle, also has a small paper label on the back. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This brew is a light straw yellow color with abundant carbonation. The head is fizzy white but has decent retention and leaves some splotches of lace on the glass. Smell starts with a little skunk that dissipates readily to reveal a sweet grapey aroma, maybe a little lemon and metal. Feel is typical for the style, fairly light and a bit fizzy. Taste is moderately sweet (less so than the smell) with some mild mixed indistinguishable hop.

Pretty good EPL, just a bit too sweet, especially in the smell. Not complex at all, but that's not expected for the style. Chuggable.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 23:01:07 | More by BeerNinja007
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Zelta is a practically anemic yellow beer that is pressed with foggy haze; although typically improper for a lager, the look works because it lends the product an unprocessed image that, in theory at least, should represent a wholesome, pure beer. The head also indicates a well-crafted offering, it's bleached frothiness fastens to both the beer and the glass.

The aroma, so it turns out, is actually quite crude; it smells like soured cider and I'm not just being colourful. It honestly smells like something in this can has gone south and, without a clearly printed best before date, I can't be so sure it hasn't. Like the appearance this gives the air of being organic - nothing with chemicals or preservatives would spoil like this.

The flavour, fortunately, still maintains a noble amount of maltiness and, unlike many of its European counterparts, not a trace of corn or adjuncts. The bad thing is it still harbors a lot of that soured cider taste. Overlooking that, this seems a perfectly pleasant lager and, moreover, one of notable cleanliness and a fairly generous level of drinkability.

That soured note slightly resembles curdled milk (with an additional acidic tang). Frankly, it's fairly inconsequential and affects the drinkability little; I'll finish this pint even if it's not exactly delectable. I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't acetaldehyde, an off-putting by-product that arises from insufficient maturation. I do remember tasting it before...

I've tried Aldaris Zelta from both can and bottle and, unless it tastes better over in Europe, I feel for the people of Latvia and hope that they have some alternative to this less than agreeable, hardly palatable (and seemingly often infected) lager. Zelta is far from gold ("zelta" in Latvian) nor is it premium - who decided this was worth importing?

Serving type: can

07-26-2010 01:40:16 | More by biegaman
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into my Rochefort glass...The beer pours a light honey gold with lots of carbonation, albeit pretty light taht falls quickly, decent lacing....The aroma is medium gives off honey, lots of yeast a little hop/skunk finish but very light...After tasting this I am super surprised by the rating, no way this is a C beer. The tasate is light but its tasty, light hops, yeasty, a very crisp drinker. This is what a light beer should be, tasty, easy to drink and lacking skunk. Great effor there.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 00:36:58 | More by jrallen34
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Brenden

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is an extremely pale gold with a mild haziness to it. A big white head forms, surprisingly thick and frothy, forming a billowy pillow I wasn't expecting to see. Honestly, if this left more lacing it'd be a 4.5; every bottle pours this way. I couldn't say why, but that's what's here.
As far as the smell and taste go, this is an interesting one: it reminds me very much of a Munich Helles. Not all, if any, Euro pales that I've had have quite the same character as this one. For whatever reason, it reminds me very much of Weihenstephan original, with a few exceptions. Firstly, it's lighter in both aroma and flavor, lacking the strength. Secondly, there's a bit more of a light earthy funk. Thirdly, there seems to be something slightly sweeter in the grains. Finally, it's not quite as dry and it doesn't finish as cleanly.
The mouthfeel is light and a little pale, with a mild creaminess but no real bite despite a moderate carbonation. Not bad,just not impressive.
Overall, I'd say somewhat above average and better than a typical Euro macro.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 12:48:10 | More by Brenden
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HalfFull

California

3.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Premium Lager comes in a bottle that looks rather Queenly and is embossed with 'Aldaris' to boot. Nice presentation.

Pours a bubbly and hazy deep straw into a pint glass with a robust two inch off white head. Retention is a bit excessive actually, as I am a bit thirsty at this juncture.

Nose is clean and bright with a hint of a Belgian pale on the nose, though a bit green in nature. Nice lemony notes of noble hops and a decent sense of grain in the background. An impressive lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 06:07:03 | More by HalfFull
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I've got a feeling this 500ml can will either be really good or really bad.

A- Golden and clear but something about it seems dull. A head which I find pretty creamy for a lager shrinks to a thin ring. Very few bubbles.

S- General smell is discrete. Light sweet malt. A little boiled asparagus. Considerably present red licorice (like twizzlers or something).

T- Malt reminds me of unalcoholized malt drinks. I don't get much here. Now that my glass is room temp it also really tastes like red licorice.

M- Very fine bubbles make for a pretty frothy drink.

Once again, one of those ''Premium'' beers that smell and taste like something you shouldn't be ingesting.

Well I really wasn't wishing for this to be bad, but I must say it is.
Wouldn't suggest this to anyone. Hope I never have to drink this again.

Serving type: can

02-19-2010 00:13:47 | More by Yoonisaykul
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kegger22

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear blonde with respectable head that slowly reduced to a thick skin. The aroma was sweet malt and grain. The taste was also sweet, vanilla sweet with zero hop bitterness. The feel was light bodied with mild carbonation. Drinkability was very good. As foreign lagers go, this was a good one.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 06:14:50 | More by kegger22
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass on sept19 2009

A not quite crystal clear golden yellow with a big white head that has pretty good retention and decent lace. Big carbonation is hard too miss there are tonnes of bubbles.

S a little grassy with some sweet grains

T mild floral hops with some bread and a little sweetness

M not too thin and good carbonation

D better then expected, overall I enjoyed this beer and had few problems drinking it

for a lager I like it, not worth seeking out but worth drinking.

Serving type: can

09-20-2009 06:02:57 | More by wordemupg
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow, with greenish tints, and a few fingers of thick, puffy, soapy white head, which leaves some solid lace around the glass. It smells of sweet corn grain, and weedy hops. The taste is quite sweet, grainy sugars predominate, as a bit of earthy hops are about the only other thing apparent. The carbonation is fairly tame, the body smooth, but oily, and it finishes off-dry, more sweet, innocuous grain persisting.

Not a bad, albeit one-dimensional Euro-lager, but the cloying nature would limit my intake to this one.

Serving type: can

09-20-2009 03:59:13 | More by biboergosum
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Zelta from Aldaris
71 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.