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Baltika #3 Classic - Baltika Breweries

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334 Ratings

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 17.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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 beveragecaptain
2/5  rDev -32.9%

500 ml bottle. Baltika 3 pours out a clear yellow with a small, fizzy, white head. Cereal grain and apple peel aroma. The flavor has a marked corn taste, with some candy sweetness and more apple peel. This certainly isn't the worst tasting Euro lager I've had, but there's something about it that makes me feel like gagging when I take a sip. It may be the corn flavor, of which I am not a big fan. The 500 ml bottle is a chore to work through. This is not a beer I'll try again.

beveragecaptain, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a pale yellow, kind of straw coloured and clear, big fluffy white head forms, excellent retention and nice lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, with some honey, and a fresh floral hop aroma with a little citrus. Taste is subdued, but slightly malty, and citrus/floral hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad at all, the smell is pretty nice.

Viggo, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of mwrseeley
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%

Russian beers, it may be unfair to say, make me nervous. They always make me think of Chernobyl. Yes, I know that should make me fear Ukrainian beers but I have to admit that if I had any will-power or was even remotely concerned about standards I would avoid Russian-brewed libations like Stalin avoided freedom of the press. That said, tonight I poured myself, and rather enjoyed, a Balika Classic No.3. Nothing stupendously exciting but not too bad. And it is kind of cool to try something, other than vodka, from the world's largest country.

mwrseeley, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%

500 mL bottle with best before June 1, 2006 on the label. It pours into the pilsner glass a thin gold that has a half inch bone white head that leaves some lacing. It smells of adjuncts, DMS, grainy or toasty malts, and maybe some corn husk and hops. It tastes about the same with maybe a bit of fruit and a mild bitterness. The body is light to medium, and tingly with a short finish. It's easy enough to drink but I won't be seeking this one out again.

mmmbeer, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%

500 ml Bottle bought at spirits unlimited in Red Bank.

This is a nice crisp tasty pale lager. Nothing too spectacular but not too shabby either.

Pours a pale straw color with a shortlived creamy white head that fades leaving some sticky lacing and the light carbonation feeds a thin white sheet that remains on the beer for a while before fading to a ring around the edges.

Aroma is typical for the style, faint leafy hops. Not over the top but it's there. Like Heineken...fresh Heineken from a can, no skunk...amen.

Taste is dry with a short finish. Some bitterness on the edges of the palate and a 'bready" middle. Well balanced in keeping with the style. Not too complex, nor totally bland. again it is within the style.

Mouthfeel is light.

Drinkable, yes. It is what it is...a light euro lager. My wife and I are planning a pierogi party and I will be serving up some Eastern European brews, this will be one for the newbies.

Citadel82, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Cripe, not a bad ol’ lager, just not a whole lotta anything. Lemon yellow pour, decent white head that laced down the glass a little bit.

Initial whiff of euro yeast (skunk), and after that dies, nuttin’ much left. An earthy, lager taste, tart and crisp (that would be a dry aftertaste).

So, yeah, drinkable, but for a session brew, I would get the US standards at $6 sixers, instead of this one at $1.70 for 500ml.

Vancer, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
2.6/5  rDev -12.8%

Very clear, yellow. Chunky white head doesn't last. No little bubbles or anything. Looks kinda stagnant.

Some hops. A clean, fresh sorta smell.

Not really. Low bitterness, low flavour. Nothing offensive, but nothing interesting either.

Medium smoothness. Medium carbonation. Nothing special.

I'd get bored of this in a hurry.

allergictomacros, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of funkengruven
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

This beer looks alright and smells alright, pretty average for what style of beer this is, taste is pretty bland and fizzy, best way to describe it: "It tastes like nothing". Mouthfeel is similar to that of mineral water, not offensive but nothing really to call home about either. This beer however is very easy to drink as it goes down very very easily, like drinking a soda on a hot day. Overall, not too bad, but there are better offerings available.

funkengruven, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
2.83/5  rDev -5%

Appearance: Light straw yellow. Head is frithy and pure white, fairly good retention.

Smell: Light graininess and grassiness. That's it.

Taste: Lightly sweet and corny, grainy and grassy. Not particularly interesting.

Mouthfeel: Can't complain, right on for what this beer is, a middle of the road euro lager.

Drinkability: Not offensive, a little to sweet and not very strong tasting. OK.

TastyTaste, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours light gold with a long lasting head and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is of barley grains freshly kilned with some raspy hops and a bit of astringency. The taste is malty, quite grainy with a backing hit of herbal hop flavor. Its a little watery. The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation for a lager. The finish is hoppy and astringent. I think it has something to do with yeast.

This is a pretty good international lager. No offensive flavors and a cool label. Worth a try but nothing special.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.65/5  rDev +22.5%

Pours a clear light golden yellow with a decent white frothy head. Aroma is sweetish, pale grains and very light grass. Lots of active carbonation throughout.

Taste is light, barely toasted pale malt. Light grassy notes, some minor bitterness but not too hoppy, more sweet than bitter. Finish is a little complex, more grainy than grassy. In the last half, the flavors yield their sweetness and move more towards a dry grain. Not sweet enough to have much of a corn presence, as with a lot of Eurolagers.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean, very drinkable and thirst quenching. A good example of a standard lager, nothing earth-shattering but quite refreshing. This is something I could drink all day outside watching a ball game. (ABV 5.0%, as per the label.)

assurbanipaul, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
2.2/5  rDev -26.2%

Baltika 3 comes in a blue foiled bottle 5%abv.

This has to be the clearest/lightest color brew I've had to date just a bit of light straw color. Pours ok for this style. White fluffy head that holds out for a while suppored entirely by the bubbly. Bit of Grain, mellow hops and had to strain to pick up some malt. heavily carbonated mouthfeel that comes across crisp and refreshing. Another beer for football/daytime consumption. Easy drinking. Pass it off on your friends.

I got off to a rough start with this brewery and it continues. Avoid.

DogFood11, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.17/5  rDev -27.2%

Appearance: Poured a transparent light straw color with about an inch of loose foam after an aggressive pour. The head lasted for a minute or so.

Aroma: I notice Hops initially with a bit of malt and corn in the aroma profile.

Taste: I really only get hops and corn in the flavor. The mouthfeel at this point is pretty passive, so it almost seems like this beer has some body, though it is really thin.

Opinion: I don't have much to say about this beer. There is nothing really special about it except for the fact that it is clean and cheap. It has a better flavor than a lot of macro brews, but if I were to grab another beer, it would be something else.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.1/5  rDev +4%

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.

pentathlete, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Morris729
2.8/5  rDev -6%

Pours a clear golden straw color with a rather tall and frothy head that leaves specks of lace behind on the walls of the glass as it recedes. Nose is fruity malts (mostly apple) along with some grassy hops. Taste begins with a light sweetness followed by some herbal notes and dry grains. A mild peppery hop bitterness comes across towards the finish. An average lager—nothing more.

Morris729, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%

There's a biggish, fluffy pillow: fine, almost white. Lazy streams of carbonation through the clear, pale gold beer. The aroma is apples and ink, but it's kind of nice. Grainsy-fruity front. Smooth, full, fruity buttery middle. A little flabby, not firm. Fresh, fairly bitter finish, but not really crisp. It's tasty. A little mushy, but not bad.

kbub6f, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Sun-bleached flax with multitudinous superfine bubbles. This really is a nice looking head and is more evidence, as if any were needed, that aggressive pours are the way to go. It's chalk white in color with a bumpy, divoted surface. A respectable amount of tacky lace finds its way to the glass in the end.

The nose is fairly typical for a Euro pale lager. Actually, it's much better than average for the style and a bit better than average in general. I smell slightly sweet, untoasted grain, as well as hops that are equal parts floral and musky.

Baltika #3 Classic is okay stuff. I think the fact that it's relatively fresh (the 'best by' date is still almost half a year away) has a lot to do with the better than acceptable flavor. EPLs will never be among my favorites, but the typical lag time between brewing and my glass doesn't help them any. The flavor profile consists of fresh, lightly sweet grain; countered by soft, floral, lightly spicy hops.

The beer benefits from that slight sweetness and from the balanced flavor profile. There's no harshness, no rough edges, no alcohol, no astringent bitterness to get in the way of what is a simple, modestly flavored lager. The mouthfeel is light-medium and doesn't descend into wateriness, even on the finish.

I was all set to make a joke about how Baltika #3 was half as good as Baltika #6 (Porter), but that isn't the case at all. As EPLs go, it's pretty good. I've only had a few of their offerings so far, but if I was Russian, I'd drink a lot of Baltika beer. Especially given what else I've tasted from that neck of the woods.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
2.1/5  rDev -29.5%

BB 11-8-05. Pale beercolor and not overwelming but lasting head. Nose is very papery, oxidised sweet malts and further quiet empty. As taste is, oxidised, fatty acids, sweetish, lowly bittered and very light. Makes mouthfeel even wth good carbonisation not plesant and drinkable but one I'll avoid in the future.

paterlodie, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.45/5  rDev +15.8%

The color is standard for a euro lager: pale yellow. Head is bright white and foamy. Carbonation is very low. The aroma is the standard grainy sweetness expected from the style, no green bottle equals no skunking. The taste has a sweet malt body with a mild honey-like flavor. Nice grain tastes and a hint of saaz-like hops kick in towards the middle of a sip. This is very full-flavored for the style, which makes Baltika #3 a pleasent surprize. A crisp mouthfeel gives this even more cache. Drinkability is high. I wish they sold this in cheap 12 packs so I could always have a few in the back of my fridge, especially during the summer.

Gagnonsux, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.13/5  rDev +5%

Pours a yellow color with tiny head that doesn't stay and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is grassy and slightly skunked. The flavor is really uninteresting. Tastes like a macro lager. Slight grainy flavor with a tiny bit of bitterness. Has a little caramel character as well. Not really bad, but not too good either. Doesn't leave a great aftertaste.

clvand0, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%

Its about time I dranke this one. It pours a clear, pale yellow color with a 2 finger head that falls to a generous coating over the top. The nose is not too bad. Slightly grainey and grassy with just a slight hint of lemon crispness. The flavor is right there as well. Light grainey, but not offensive. Slight grassy hop profile. Very clean. The feel is light to moderate at best with an active carbonation. Drinkability is not all that bad either. This would be very refeshing after some hard work outside on a hot day.

kmpitz2, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
2.65/5  rDev -11.1%

Perhaps the first time I have noticed a weak color in a beer - its clear, pale, a watered down golden hue with a nice 1 1/2" head of tight white foam that laced somewhat. The nose? Best I can describe is if you remember getting a whiff of the beers your grandfather drank (unless you're from Europe), that's it. A sharp, unremarkable nose, echoes of some sweetness and some type of hops as best.

Its even, meaning there isn't much to taste. There is a crispness & initial sharp edge, perhaps some mild honey and clover. A mild hop peep, then a watered down slide on the throat that leaves a just barely unpleasant filmy aftertaste.

This is a freeway accident beer, you know, "Move along, there's nothing here that concerns you". I did enjoy Baltika's porter, but not this. Try it if you wish, but I'll pass on future ones.

BuckSpin, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of beersarang
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%

Pours a light straw with a foamy and quickly dissapearing head. Pretty bubbly and clear.

Grassy corn aroma with hints of some malted barley.

Although well balanced, the bitterness is very rough on the edges and the hop character is unpleasant to say the least. Very choppy brew. Starts with barley and finishes with corn.

Average macro style high carbonation thin bodied beer. Goes down just like the rest, but I'm not a fan at all.

beersarang, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Very very pale crystal-clear golden color, with good initial head that fades quickly. Nose is faint, only some light sweet malt. Very clean flavor, just some sweetish malt and light hop bitterness. Taste fades quickly at the finish. Good, crisp texture and light body.

An undistinguished lager.

allengarvin, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
1.98/5  rDev -33.6%

Baltika #3 Classic

purchased from circle liquors rte 31 Pennington.

Appearance- yellow, leaning on the clear side. A thick head, more foam than beer.
Smell- cheap corn and hay. Oh boy this isn't gonna be good.
Taste- watered down macro beer. Cheap corn taste. Very watery.
Mouthfeel- water water water.

Overall- Is this the Budweiser of Russia?! Actually goes down better then Bud. Otherwise use for drinking games only.

NJpadreFan, May 27, 2005
Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
70 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.