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Baltika #3 Classic - Baltika Breweries

Baltika #3 ClassicBaltika #3 Classic

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306 Ratings

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3
pDev: 17.67%

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002)
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Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear light yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon + light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a very large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts, mostly corn and moderate amounts of sweetness.

T: Upfront this beer is slightly sweet with moderate flavors of adjunct malts that are mostly corn with a light touch of grain. There is no perceptible bitterness or hop flavors present.

M: Light bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean.

O: The best thing about this beer is the fact that it came in a 16 oz tallboy can with a big orange 99¢ sticker on it. There are a lot of adjunct malts in this one and it is a little too sweet for me. Easy to drink but not one that I will get again.

Serving type: can

04-15-2013 23:07:11 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of djura


3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale golden yellow and clear with medium carbonation showing, a two finger creamy white head pops up only to drop quickly. Little lace is left covering the glass.

S-Very usual for this style,nothing more,nothing less.

T/M- Very drinkable. One of the best EPL-s i ever tasted. Again very usual taste for this style,but they make it better then you could expect. Lower carbonation and bitterness.

O-Will drink it often if i could find it often.

Serving type: can

08-15-2012 13:20:33 | More by djura
Photo of scottford


2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light, crisp, fruity taste. Thin head and golden body. Got to say that I didn't like this one and neither did the people I was with at the time. I hear it's not the best in the Baltika line so I will try and find the others.

I hope for the best to anyone who tries this beer though.

Serving type: can

02-02-2012 11:37:53 | More by scottford
Photo of rowingbrewer


3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light amber color with a decent white head. the smell is light and slightly malty. the taste follows through with a slightly sweet malty background. the mouthfeel is medium to light with good carbonation. for what it is its not a bad beer, would drink again but would probably not buy it.

Serving type: can

04-15-2011 20:56:21 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of woodychandler


4.2/5  rDev +40%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues to seek out CANned beer, wherever it may originate. When I was a sailor, I bedded so many different countries' women that I felt as though I might join the United Nations as am ambassador. Now, I have drank so many different countries' beers that I feel as though I am equally qualified. Or not.

I used to put away Baltika in its many numbers, in bottle form, with the late Stosh, owner of Pittsburgh's Bloomfield Bridge Tavern and our fave was # 9, the Baltic Porter. RIP, bro! This review is for you.

Wotta jugga beer! 1L in a CAN! CAN I get all of it in me? That's what many of them ask of me the first time. ;=) Hello, Mother Russia! I am going to be spending some time with this one.

A 1L CAN has an appropriate heavy-duty pop-top and by the point that I punched through for the Crack, I was exhausted! As I set it down to take a breath, I swear that it made the same noise as a 55GL drum being set on the deck. F**in' industrial, man! The Glug garnered a finger of fluffy French Vanilla head with decent retention. Color was pure gold, as though King Midas himself had touched the glass. NE-plus quality clarity. I CAN see into my neighbor's house with the X-Ray Spex quality of the clarity in some of these beers. Nose was lager. Pure and simple. Simon pure. Lager. Accept NO substitute. Lager, lager, lager on the label, label, label means that you will like it. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a clean, unadulterated mildly malty flavor that screamed LAGER to me. I am telling you now - if you have nevrer had any Lager other than an AAL, do yourself a favor and try some. Water is not this pure when done right. Finish was clean and refreshingly dry. I was put in mind of standing on a glacier or a mountain and taking a deep breath. Phew!

The cooler needs some multi-cultural status, plus what hot Russian babe doesn't dig Baltika?

Serving type: can

03-06-2011 10:19:55 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Dentist666

Russian Federation

2.17/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very light yellow with friable 2-finger head, some lace. Grain aroma with tones of dough & paper. Medium carbonation. Proper grain taste, less hop, paper, alcohol & vegetable notes, not very pleasant aftertaste however, drinkability is low, beer only for 1 time!

Serving type: can

01-11-2010 14:56:53 | More by Dentist666
Photo of Greggy


3.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fluffy white head, 1 finger in height and recedes to a thin cap after about 3 minutes. Ample carbonation bubbles dance around the golden body with plenty of small yeast floaties.

S- Not bad at all. Some clean graham cracker notes, a bit of grassiness, a bit of citrus and some light hopiness.

T- Stats out quite heavy with a salty/peppery note. From there it has some nice heavy maltiness (for the style) with some slight banana notes bits of citrus, and a drying finish from the hops. Not bad honestly.

M- There is quite a bit of carbonation going on here and this is actually heavy for a pale lager.

D- Quite drinkable given the ABV and what it has to offer. Will drink again.

Serving type: can

03-03-2009 21:21:39 | More by Greggy
Photo of nickfl


3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A large, white head on a clear, pale yellow body with good lace.

S - Malty/ grainy with a hint of hops, otherwise clean.

T - Clean, grainy malt with some weak hop flavor and a slightly bitter finish.

M - High carbonation, light body, and a dry finish.

D - Easy to drink, this is not particularly complex but it is good for what it is, and certainly the best lager Baltika makes.

Serving type: can

09-23-2008 18:41:46 | More by nickfl
Photo of Riggsy


2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz can acquired in the 2006 Great BIF race.
Pours a crytal clear straw yellow, fizziness reminiscent of typical American mass produced lagers. Little to no hop aroma, some fresh grain. Taste is close to water with a splash of malt thrown in for kicks. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Could be a good lawnmower beer, but there's plenty of those around..no need to seek out this Russian

Serving type: can

12-12-2006 16:49:31 | More by Riggsy
Photo of pentathlete


3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow, with a decent enough white foam head, big bubbles but few columns. Head fell to a broken white ring. Nose is bread soaked malt water. Taste is light malt flavor, at least no off-putting skunkiness, and a wet bubbly finish. Mouthfeel is light as expected. Easy to quaff, nothing that turns the stomach, but nothing terribly exciting happening here. Macro drinkers would like it and it would make for some conversation to bring a few cans or bottles to a party, especially if you can bring a few different numbers.

500ml can for $1.79 at Once Upon a Vine.

Serving type: can

08-06-2005 22:27:36 | More by pentathlete
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale, golden; medium frothy head, long lasting, little lacing

Aroma: Malt; cornflour; vanilla; light citrus notes

Taste: Malty, but quickly hits you with corn adjuncts; a little butter flavor; finishes slightly dry; crisp throughout; good session beer and refreshing, but too many adjunct flavors

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:13:10 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of tone77


3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, clean, malts, some sweetness, just a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 23:52:39 | More by tone77
Photo of metter98

New York

3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has some flavors of corn. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer seemed a little bland, I didn't mind drinking it because it was pleasant tasting, wasn't that sweet and went down easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:10:34 | More by metter98
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 25 fl. oz bottle marked: 2507.12-05:07/2507.13-0-W. Sampled on March 31, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow with a slightly longer lasting white fizzy head than #2, #5, and #7.

The aroma is grainy with subtle malts and a clean, crisp hop note and maybe the slightest bit of toasted bread.

The body is light and maybe a tad astringent.

The taste is about what I would expect from a pale lager with grain and barley leading the charge, a slight sweetness, ending with a clean finale. It is a pale lager that is typical and average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 18:29:23 | More by puboflyons
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with breadiness from grain and a thin malt character. Then some malt and adjunct sweetness comes in. The hops presence is extremely mild but creates a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but it’s something that I would only choose if my options were quite limited.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:10:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 5/29/12. Best before 5/29/13.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slight vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with some corn flake and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer but it's drinkable and pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:13:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this Russian Euro Lager from a bottle and poured into a pint glass. Poured a clear, golden color, produced a thin white head, poor retention, and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain, apples, and hints of spicy hops. Light in body, this Euro Lager had a foundation of cereal grains, honey, and spicy hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 19:16:51 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of RickS95


3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, I picked this up well after the 'best by' date so I'm not sure I should even be reviewing this, but here goes.

Clear straw golden color. Looks like any American macro on the shelves at a grocery. The head is a finger thick of white foamy bubbles. Little retention, no apparent lacing.

Slightly grainy, faintly floral, a bit of lemony citrus. The smells are all fairly muted and nothing really stands out as dominant.

The taste isn't terrible. It's very Czechvar-like in its buttery flavor. Has some grassy, grainy, floral taste to it. Kind of a lemony honey taste to it.

Not much body, but a faint citric sweetness to it. Kind of a grainy, grassy feel. Fruity tart finish, no hoppy bitterness. Buttery smoothness throughout.

Tastes and feels better than it looks or smells. Overall, it's a fairly easy drink. Could use more alcohol, but I think I prefer this to Budweiser or Czechvar.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:28:07 | More by RickS95
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is very clear medium yellow beer with a white head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

Grainy and slightly sweet smelling with some green apples and cooked corn. There is very little hops aroma.

Very crisp with a corn-like sweetness with very low hops flavor and an a moderately-low hops bitterness. The overall balance is just slightly towards the bitter side with a dry finish.

I was sampling this because it's listed as a classic example of the Standard American Lager so I figured I try the Russian's take on this style. This a bit better the average lawnmower beer, not that I'll be stocking up on these but I'll try a few of the the other styles from Baltika.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 23:36:37 | More by MadScientist
Photo of rangerred


3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with a fizzy half finger head that is quick to fade.

Aroma is quite grainy with some hints of grass and hay. Also a touch of sourness.

The flavor is actually quite nice at first. Lots of bready grain and some grassy hops much like other Euro pale lagers. There is a decent amount of honey present as well which is quite pleasant. The problem, however, is the beer is a bit too sweet. It doesn't become cloying but the dry crispness I like from these types of beers isn't present.

Overall, an average to slightly above average pale lager. It is definitely drinkable but probably not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:59:07 | More by rangerred
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz brown bottle into a snifter.

A: a rather pale golden lager: a modest, sudsy white head covers the beer for only a few minutes.

Aroma: light malt and corn with a hint of honey.

T: (too) sweet and corny, with very low levels of hops and malt.

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

Overall: this beer is drinkable but poor enough to earn an avoid recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 00:04:48 | More by chinchill
Photo of doktorhops


2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nostrovia comrade! [insert various Russian stereotypes here] well looks like I finally arrived on the shores of the Baltic sea, not literally, but with taste buds awaiting a bit of the old Soviet treatment I plunge into the deep end.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a conical pint.

A: A boisterous white Russian head explodes into the glass then (much like the Soviet Union) dies away to nothing, point one to capitalism! (how exactly I'm not sure). The body is clear mildly hazy and golden as a lager should be.

S: Smells like Babushka dolls and stewed cabbage... not really, actually it has a typical lager aroma but I've already described that a hundred times, but if you must: grains, slight malt and trace amounts of hops in the back notes. This one is a little yeastier than a usual lager.

T: Yep! There's that yeast. You aint hiding nothing from nobody Baltika. Fairly cheap tasting euro lager similar to the Royal Dutch Post Horn, and we all know how much I liked that one... no? Well here's a link: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/548/29475/?ba=doktorhops - Balitka #3 exhibits the usual suspects; malt, hops, yeast, water, they're all here. The balance might be better if I drank it colder (like straight from the fridge on a hot day cold) however I'm not impressed by beers that have to be drunk ice cold.

M: Flatish... slightly watery body... quite flaccid (if that is an acceptable word to use in a beer review).

D: This is another in a long line of beers that does very little to distinguish itself from the competition, damn I am really over the thousands of lagers out there that taste the same, is it that hard to make an interesting tasting lager or are we all just a bunch of drones the breweries brew crap for? I would like to say something more pleasant about Baltika but I can't. It's a boring lager like the rest, nothing to get excited about. Drinkable? Yes like any other cold beer on a hot day, that is it.

Food match: I'm going to be lazy and say Russian cuisine. Done!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 08:44:12 | More by doktorhops
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.98/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika 3 has a thin, white head, a clear, yellow-golden appearance, and just a touch of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is straightforward: malty, cracker, sweetness, and bread. Taste is similar, with mild hop bitterness present as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Baltika 3 finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, highly drinkable, and mostly dry. Overall, this beer is a simple pleasure, and I recommend try it.


Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 00:34:19 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of beerme343


3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a bottle poured into a clear pint glass. Formed a massive head of small bubbles in a tight white foam that dissipated rapidly. The color of this beer is an extremely light gold with excellent clarity.

Smell is light and not very remarkable although it's not offensive in any way.

The taste displays a little bit of malt and a touch of sweetness reminiscent of cane sugar. There is also a very modest hop note.

This beer is silky and smooth and easy to drink like most of Baltika's offerings. Crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 09:14:08 | More by beerme343


2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.Lager glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale straw.White crown,good retention.Close froth.Earthy& grainy to the nose. Slightly DMS.Pleasant maltiness,smooth adjunct flavor slightly hoppy.Light body,soft carbonation.Fine matches as a session beer in sunny days.A common Euro Pale Lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:01:26 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
70 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.