Baltika #3 Classic - Baltika Breweries
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Reviews by Ralphus:
1.63/5 rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Baltika is Europe's second largest brewery behind Heineken and the largest in Eastern Europe. Their #3, "classic lager", is a 5.1% pale variety and has a shelf life of one year. Mine came from the LCBO and was bottled nearly five months before.
Baltika #3 poured nicely with a medium gold color and two finger carbonated head. Unfortunately that was the last I saw of the head as a minute later it was gone. Smell wise there's yeast with sweet floral tones.. but it's not all that pleasant really.
My first taste had me visibly shaken. I wasn't sure I could continue. It really had me wincing. But sometimes the first taste is just that way.. not what you were expecting. Once you've made the mental correction and adjusted the yeast-ometer up a factor of 10 this beer is not so shocking. But it's by no means good either. If the yeast doesn't get you the sweetness certainly will. It's like they thought they could cover up the yeast with tons of malted sugar.. but then they remembered it needs some hops - but you just can't get that high a concentration of hops!
Here's hoping the batch I had was poor despite the lack of light-struck taste. Good luck cause I couldn't finish mine!
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2008 00:07:10 | More by Ralphus
More User Reviews:
United Kingdom (England)
3.01/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Ok head and lacing, Quite carbonated.
Aroma is subtle. Apple skin. white bread. Mild but inviting.
Taste is quaffable. Weak but interesting enough. One detects apple skin. Sweet malt. A bit of a corn like flavour. This is decent but not exciting. It does have some harshness.
Overall it's an ok but not great lager. I may be giving it a bit higher mark than it deserves as it used to be my go to beer in my late twenties in a particular bar I frequented. It was the best thing on offer in a poor selection!
Drinkable, decent. Tastes like there's a rice or corn adjunct in there. Not particularly great.
The best Baltika I've tried is the No 6 (7%) porter.
I don't think I could recommend this. It is just slightly better than Heinken or Stella but less good than Polish lagers and much less good than German or Czech pils.
out of 100...I give it 70.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 00:33:09 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
70 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.