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Baltika #2 Svetloye - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #2 SvetloyeBaltika #2 Svetloye

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-03-2005

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass. Bottle is best by 12/28/2010.

Appearance: body is a pale straw color with a touch of haze, and the head poured three fingers of pillowy white foam. Head leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. Not bad for a pale lager, but I feel like it could be brighter (that's the name, after all).

Smell: sweet malt with a bit of grain. Pretty boring, but at least the grain doesn't impart too much sourness like some beers of the style.

Taste: sweet malt with a bit of grain; hey, at least the beer's consistent. There's a little bit of hop bitterness in here but it's not enough to really make this a great beer. Still, for its style, you could do worse.

Mouthfeel: light body with a relatively low amount of carbonation; there's simply not much going on here.

Drinkability: this beer is neither good nor bad; it is merely pretty boring. Its basic flavors are not offensive, but I wouldn't go after this beer again. Actually, it might make a decent lawnmower beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.57/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This is a beautiful light yellow in color with a full, gorgeous, fluffy white head.

Smell - The stank hit me before I even put my nose down to take a whiff. The cheap corn is more like a nasty mash and there's that rotten taffy flavor that smells like you just stepped on something and need to clean the bottom of your shoe.

Taste - The flavor is a tad better as the grain shows some signs of depth but there's a putrid aftertaste to this beer that really turns one off to the drinking experience.

Mouthfeel - This is a shade bigger than light-bodied with some sprightly carbonation.

Sinkability - There are components of this beer that I enjoyed such as the deep grain flavor and the energetic mouthfeel but overall this just didn't cut the mustard.

Photo of monkeybeer
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Production date 14.02.07
Best Buy 14.02.08

A- Pours a golden yellow with virtual no head and no lacing
S- The beer had a very strong skunky smell with that of malts, much like a Heineken
T/M- Taste was not bad a typical run of the mill Lager much like a Heineken.
D- This was a typical lager nothing special about it could easily drink a number of then...

Photo of chinchill
2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz green bottle into a snifter.

A: rather ordinary looking lager: slightly hazy, golden with a modest and short-lived head.

Aroma: light malt and hops with a slight skunkiness and a hint of honey.

T: slightly sweet and floral, with low but well balanced levels of hops and malt.

M: rather light and watery body; carbonation is too low; smooth.

Overall: this beer is drinkable but not good enough to recommend or buy again.

Photo of FleeVT
3.17/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz green bottle with production and best before dates poured into a mug.

A: This is my third Baltika in as many days, they all produce a great looking 2 finger head on the initial pour than die down to a pond scum. Light carbonation action, mellow yellow, and clear.

S: Has a faint hint of the Euro skunk lager. Everything is subdued on the nose, grassy hops and mild malts.

T/M: Light to medium body with more carbonation than appearance lets on. The front of the palate is smooth, almost watery, with a faint honey sweetness. The middle is where the carbonation perks up the tongue, followed by a brief subtle "peppering" of hops.

Photo of tdm168
2.33/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear gold with 1/4" of head with nice retention. Smells skunky with grains and some mild hop notes. Taste is grainy with just a hint of hops for bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little thin and flat.

Mediocre at best. Just another substandard Euro pale lager.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Baltika #2
22 oz. bottle, green glass
Bottled 2.12.11 Best by 2.2.12
$2.49 @ HyVee in Omaha, NE

Baltika #2 is really not much different than Baltika #3 (please see my review for reference). It's a basic Russian "Euro" lager with a combination of sweetish adjunct-malt, herbal hops, and some fruitiness (mainly apple) backed by a soft bitterness. It seems to me that they've cleaned up production as of late, and there are less esters to it than usual. It's sweetish upfront, but finishes mostly dry with a lingering herbal constituent. Not bad.

Photo of UlfAndreas
2/5  rDev -27%

Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a bit skunky. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a slight bit of sweetness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent session beer, but nothing to get excited about.

Photo of puboflyons
3.21/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 25 fl. oz. green bottle stamped: 1901.13-13:09/1901.14-5W. Sampled on March 31, 2013 while listening to a song by Russian pop singer Anya Muzafarova. Need to get into the spirit here!

The pour is pale yellow with a quick eruption of fizzy white head that settles after a short time

The aroma has a little sweetness throughout but it is still mainly grain, rice, and biscuit. Any hops are played down on the nose.

Light body overall.

Even though the hops are difficult to find on the nose they play up a bit more in the taste which starts sweet and grainy but has a slightly lingering finish. This is better than Baltika 5 but in the grand scheme of things it is basically just another straightforward pale lager.

Photo of fitzy84
3.07/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a dark, clear gold look with a decently thick head and some good lacing. Thick, florals and metallic hints with that moderate sweetness from hops and malts. Taste was radically deviant from the aromas. Really dull, chemical-like aftertaste; really earthy in a bitter way. Crisp mouthfeel but a little too watery. Overall, an okay drink.

Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.49 (I think) for a 500 ml bottle at the local BevMo in February 2008. All of the sudden, this series is showing up everywhere- is it any good? Worthwhile? I have no idea- let's find out together!

Pours a moderately dark golden (for the style) with a fizzy soap-bubble head and a moderate carbonation.

Aroma is the classic sharp, weeds-in-the-garden (not in a good way) hops notes of a Euro lager, quite strong and in your face. Not much else to smell.

Flavor softens the aroma, a more balanced malt sits below, offsetting the nasty hops. Simple, clean, not always a bad thing, but definitely not exciting or interesting. The finish, however, is very astringent and hard to handle.

Overall, a middling start, and decent middle, and a back of the pack finish make this one something I say "glad to have", but immediately thereafter, I say "next!".

Photo of matjack85
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of metter98
2.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet adjunct malts are present in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular—along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Despite coming from a green bottle, the overall taste isn't skunked and has some initial sweetness followed by notes of bready and grainy malts. Only faint hints of bitterness from the hops are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied, rather smooth and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although there's nothing special about the taste of this beer, it's easy to drink and doesn’t' have any offensive flavors.

2.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle. Pokal glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Pale straw in color, crystal clear appearance. White, small bubbled, slowly dissipated crown. Some rings on sides. Slightly metallic to the nose, wet grass odor. Moderate maltiness, grainy, low hoppiness. Rough flavors. Slightly fizzy sensation, fat mouthfeel. Light body, medium carbonation. Industrial Lager, no doubt!

Photo of MTNboy
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- There is not much for head and the lace is alright. The color is a very yellow. Very basic.

Smell- There is a slight floral smell but for the most part it is bland and sort of skunk.

Taste- This beer is definitely watered down. There is a little citrus taste but for the most part that is all that is there.

Mouthfeel- Watery and small bubble fizzy. The type of fizzy that burns just a little bit.

Drinkability- This is not a beer that I would go out of my way to drink again.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After a long hiatus, Baltika 2 is back. Green half liter bottle with a short neck and a green and gold lable featuring little more than the name and number. Rice is an ingredient. Best before 6/12/06, I opened it on 1/26/06.

Pours a clear medium gold under a 1.5 finger snow white head that fades slowly, leaving a few lace spots. The nose consists of raspberry with a few hints of spice. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste starts with very light bready malt, and really goes nowhere from there. With indiscernible amounts of hops, the mouth is left with a vague sense of grain, and nothing else. Quite an unremarkable brew.

Photo of mpalestino
2/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Erase
1/5  rDev -63.5%

Photo of jwc215
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a white, foamy head that descends to a thin cover, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of sulfur, lime, "Euro skunk", a bit chemicalish. Neither better nor worse than the typical EPL.

The taste is of sulfur, lime, light sweetish grainy malt with the slightest bit of hops and a touch of salt, adding some dryness. It "almost" leans towards salty, but, thankfully JUST stops short...whew...close call there. It has a sweetish, abrupt finish.

It is thin and watery, with just some lingering salt in the aftertaste.

It pretty much your typical EPL, at best (in that "mass produced" style, to boot). Not too offensive, but that's about it.

Photo of PatrickJR
2.62/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale, clear golden. A finger of white head with some moderate retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Touch of sweetness with lots of spicy hops. Pepper, grass, chive, and some noticable skunk come to mind.

T - Blander than I expected. The first half of each sip is largely tasteless. Late palate the hop spiciness tries to come through a little bit and brings a smidge of sweetness with it. Otherwise, this stuff is virtually tasteless.

M - Decent enough, light bodied with carbonation on the high end of moderate. Very crisp.

D - Nothing offensive but I can't imagine having this again. I am shocked at how little flavor is actually in this beer.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jdhilt
2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a some lace. Clear paleish amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight skunky nose. Starts balanced, seems to have a slight corn/rice/hop flavor - boring. Best before 4/4/2006 but I don't think it mattered. $1.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Baltika #2 Svetloye from Baltika Breweries
67 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.