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

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-03-2005

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by tdm168:
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried this beer the other night.

The beer pours the expected gold color with minimal lacing, but surprisingly good head retention. While the aroma is light, it's still fairly attractive, consisting of light honey and some hoppy bitterness. The beer smells pretty well made. The flavors replicate the nose, though there is a surprising amount of flavor. The mouthfeel is very light, but the beer is also crisp and refreshing. Drinkabilty is very good, and this would make an excellent beer to consume on a warm summer day or after finishing up some work in yard (in other words, this would be a great lawnmower beer).

While nothing spectacular, this was a very nice beer, one I would certainly buy again.

Photo of animal69
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another of baltikas special priced brews; pours a deep yellow w/ a fluffy white head that lasts,good lacing; mine was a bit skunky w/ alcoholic undertones; was hoping the skunkiness was from hops , but had minimal hop flavors, in fact had little flavor at all, really watered down tasting, faint musty / metallic undertones; very light body, very carbonated w/ a thin "thirst quencing" mouthfeel; i could put this beer away all day, but wouldn't...

Photo of johnnnniee
2.39/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the green bottle pours a crystal clear golden elixir with a huge bone white head that slowly dissipates. Huge notes of skunk coming from the bottle and glass that second I pop the top open. Airing it out a bit that does somewhat subside revealing a somewhat lackluster lightly bready lightly spicy aroma. The flavor is a bit sweet up front with sugary biscuits and a hint of earthy spicy hops and a touch of wet cardboard. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet watery mouthfeel. Feels like a macro lager, and aside from the fact that its from Russia, I see no reason to ever pick this up again.

Photo of beerme343
3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from a bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

This beer had a nice mix of very fine bubbles and a few large ones in a huge white head. The brew is crystal clear, gold maybe slightly copper in color.

The aroma is pleasing with a light honey note and a hint of malt.

Some slight sweetness comes through in the initial taste and honey flavors are prevalent. This is a light easy drinking beer with hops and malt well balanced. Nothing truly remarkable about it, but nothing offensive either.

The finish is smooth and light, a little watery. Overall this beer is very drinkable.

Photo of DogFood11
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

green bottle foiled and capped. This is fresh and has an easy bottled on and best by dates. Poured into a pils glass it forms a decent white head that leaves pretty admirable lace behind. Yellow to gold body with the usual abundance of carbonation.

You could plug in the cookie cutter review here as its in line with most macro type lagers. There is a large grain - dried wheat type of feel to this and a sweet edge to the malts rounds it out. Hop presence while involved in the overall picture take a back seat and are barely represented. Corny.

Notes: Fairly clean, light, and refreshing. Nothing stood out as impressive and nothing offended. Pretty much doing what it set out to do.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: A new brew that was on the shelves at BevMo during a recent trip, I have a thing for numbers so spying another one of the Baltika #’s that I have not yet tried had me pulling this one off the shelf with an automatic reflex, even though my better judgment had me wavering over the purchase.

A metric sized half-litre (500ml) green glass bottle (gasp!! Skunked Russian Beers!). Labeled as 1 Pint 0.9 Fluid Ounce16.9 fluid ounces for the US market. Metallic gold and dark green label, with a similarly colored dark green and golden foil covered top. Labeled across the neck as БAЛTИKA 2, whilst the English wording on the label states “Baltika 2 Lager”, listed at 4.7% Alc./Vol. Production Date 04.04.06 – Best before 04.04.07.

Appearance: Soft golden body, white head, average carbonation and a limited head that soon fades to a broken splurge.

Nose: Euro lager profile, pseudo-skunky aromas fill the start but they don’t live that long and soon dissipate.

Taste: Simple clean lightly toasted malts, delicate bitterness, soft finish with an oh-so common Lager like standing. Back end has bitter hops but they are so feint it is nothing more than a whiff here and there amongst the toasted corny malts. Nothing unusual, or different for that matter.

Mouthfeel: Terribly thin, watery with a soft conditioning that helps to spread out the metallic feel.

Drinkability: Half a litre is just about enough to handle, but that is it, for good.

Overall: Not half as bad as I expected, but low key is the word here. Given the green bottle it doesn’t take a genius to work out that this a Russian Heineken Light, of sorts.

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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with moderate white head. Little retention with spotty lacing.
Smell is lightly malty with some bread-like notes also present.
Taste follows through with a light malt sweetness and some balancing hops.
Very refereshingn but somewhat thin mouthfeel.
Nothing great but very thirst quenching.

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