Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Baltika #3 Classic - Baltika Breweries

Not Rated.
Baltika #3 ClassicBaltika #3 Classic

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
70
okay

238 Reviews
THE BROS
79
okay

(Read More)
Reviews: 238
Hads: 366
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (55) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Baltika #3 Classic Alström Bros
Reviews: 238 | Hads: 366
Photo of bryman1999
3.46/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: straw, pillowy white head that dissapates but leaves nice lacing

nose: a faint nose w/ a typical lager smell

taste: not much taste, however whats there is real clean w/ a nice dry finish, very simple, i like it

mouthfeel: nice and full for a beer of this style where sometimes overcarbination seems the norm, here it is just right, very drinkable

not a fancy beer by any means, its very simple and doesn't really have any 'wow' factor. on the other hand i believe it is executed very nicely and shows quality where some light lagers really show piss

i agree w/ the other reviews that this is a very good example compared to many other macro lagers. this is a solid beer and something good to turn to when you want to just enjoy a cold one (755 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale golden hue with two fingers of frothy white foam. Lots of apparent effervescence and just a tiny touch of haze; a decent lace is left on the glass as I drink. Not bad.

Smell: extremely mild sweet malt aroma. I wish I could give this beer a better score, but the aroma was practically nonexistent.

Taste: very light malt flavor with a hint of grain. The flavor isn't bad, but like the aroma, it's extremely light. There is a touch of flavor, though, so it's not awful.

Mouthfeel: quite light, but there's a good carbonation level that keeps things interesting. Not a masterpiece, but I think it's pretty enjoyable.

Drinkability: this beer may not have much in the way of flavor, but it is extremely quaffable. I'm sure this stuff is fantastic on a hot Russian afternoon. (839 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, grain and lemon. About what I was expecting. The flavor is a lot of grain and wheat with a tad bit of lemon. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing offensive, but nothing too exciting. (307 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika 3 Classic would look white if not for such a thick, authentically white head to contrast against it. Although a sharp yellow splint sharply hits the eyes, it still to me, away from the light anyhow, has a definite white hue. The whole complexion comes across airy and fluffy as a cloud. It is very clear and very light coloured, we'll leave it at that.

Such an appearance likely results from a bare minimum use of ingredients; the aroma is, not a word of a lie, nearly completely imperceptible. Blindfolded, I could have this held right under my nose and wouldn't know it. As it warms, however, a very distant whiff of fresh-cut hay, and maybe a hint of earthy hops, do finally come around.

And it's the same in the taste which, like the bouquet, is faint and delicate and meager, but pleasant and affable all the same. A very palatable and clean maltiness, reminiscent of grains and fresh-cut hay, and the surprising presence of an ethereal but effervescent hoppiness that imparts a soft earthy overtone, makes for a very agreeable taste.

The beer is exceptionally light, a perfectly appropriate quality for this style (especially if it means the exclusion of corn and other off-putting adjuncts). Perhaps it has something to do with it's use of "pure" hops (quotations inserted by the brewery, not me) or that it's produced "in accordance with the traditional technology" (whatever that means).

Shame on me for assuming this mass-produced Russian lager would be rank with corn and adjuncts, unpalatable and emasculated. Much to my surprise, I'm finding this far more drinkable than many other industrial lagers (both North American and European) and I'm especially taken back with just how clean and unadulterated the beer comes across.

I think Baltika 3 is about as good as it gets for industrially produced, mass-exported lagers. If this is, in fact, 'the famous beer of Russia', as its brewers claim, then I'd argue that it's rightfully earned that title; it's not hard to imagine how something so refreshing, clean tasting and easily drinkable would enjoy such mass appeal and worldwide success. (2,118 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A- Clear golden pale yellow with a foamy two finger head that dies fairly quickly. Lace is spotty. Small cloud stays around and its not bad for the style.

S- Pale malt and some sugary notes. Some copper and grassy notes. Reminds me of Budweiser but better. Tiny amount of caramel as it warms.

T- More flavorful Bud type lager. Slight grains and pale malt backbone. Some grassy hops. A bit nutty. Wheat and slight bitterness. Not bad for the style. Dark fruit toward the end.

MF- Light with medium carbonation. Pretty watery and slightly creamy. Pale malt coat.

DB- Cheap pint. Improved version of Bud with lots of flavor. Good for the style for the most part. Crisp and refreshing but still what it is. (728 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The color of the brew is about as light as you can get...being a very light grassy tone, and it is also slightly hazy, but it's very subtle. The carbonation dose not look to be overdone but the white foamy head quickly disappears after the initial pour. There doesn't appear to be really any lacing that wants to cling to the glass.

S- The overall aroma is mild, but what I can smell is of sweet malts that have a slight honeyed fruitiness. I don't really detect any hop bitterness. After the initial sweetness, there is a grainy boiled corn smell. There isn't really anything else here to describe.

T- This is quite a sweet beer. The initial flavor is much like the aroma...mild, but it does have a honeyed fruitiness. The main difference is that, as opposed to the aroma, the flavor has a bread like quality with honey butter spread on it. There is a very slight herbal hop bitterness on the finish, but you really have to taste for it hard.

M- The body is watery, however, it is smooth, due to the fact that the carbonation isn't very fizzy and actually allows my palate to process the flavors.

D- This isn't the worst beer out there, but it certainly isn't anywhere near the best. I think this is a good chugging beer, as the alcohol is well hidden and it's easier to handle if you aren't trying to figure it out. With this said, I would probably have no more than two bottles of this, then move on....it's just so sweet and malty. (1,442 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My second in the Baltika series. The beer pours from the half liter bottle a golden color with a wispy head. The nose above is mainly bready malt with a touch of grassy bitterness there too. This would be a very refreshing beer if it were not so sweet with pale malt. The beer does have a little dry bitterness at end. One could drink these for quite a while, I believe. (370 characters)

Photo of seancake
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this at a local liquor store, along with an Armenian beer I cannot add nor review because I haven't enough reviews under my belt as yet, alas.

This beats the unnamed Armenian beer hands-down, though. This is quite nice. Surprisingly drinkable, not at all corny (the Armenian beer was an american adjunct lager naturally, and cornier than Paper Lace's 'The Night Chicago Died'. That's pretty corny, y'all.)

I'd say this was a fine example of a euro pale lager. Very drinkable, nice maltiness, nice little hops dryness going but with a sweetish finish, and a nice fullish mouthfeel. I could session these pretty easily. And if I find myself at that liquor store's vicinity again, I could even see myself buying again. Or another of this same brewery's offerings.

Baltika 3, not a bad brew for the buck. Far worse ways to spend your money than this. (859 characters)

Photo of beerbum05
4.43/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very pale light yellow colour, very clear with lots of carbonation, Nice thick white head.

Smell - Wheat and light hop smell

Taste - Light malt taste

Overall - It was a very nice light tasting lager. It's different than most lagers with the surprising hint of malt in it. Very good. I would highly recommend. (324 characters)

Photo of chickenm
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that quickly dissapates and leaves a thin ring. Light aroma of malt, grass, and yeast. Taste is similar to the smell. A bit sweet, there's not alot of hops in this. Light bodied. Overall this is nothing great, but is still quite drinkable. (284 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
1.76/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16.9oz bottle purchased for $2.49 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Pale lemon yellow brew. Bright white head settles from 3/4" to a thick fizzy layer. Smells just like a barnyard- silage, wood chips, and a bit of skunk. Not appealing. Taste is just as bad. Fizzy corn water with a bit of citrus. Bleh. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Pretty awful all around. (392 characters)

Photo of dbossman
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Straw yellow but quite pale; nice foamy head with little to no lacing; head retention is good

S: Typical adjunct smells: grainy and grassy; subtle hop characteristics--some citrus

T: A pleasant bitterness up front with a touch of lemon citrus but then things begin to fade and fade quickly; back end is not pleasant--actually reminiscent of lemon dish soap

F: Way too thin and not as carbonated as one would like for the style; really fades off the back of the tongue

D: Well...maybe on a humid Russian summer day this would be okay. When I was in Russia in the Peace Corps, this beer did the trick many times, but now that I have a better appreciation for better beers, I can't see diving into this for too long. (720 characters)

Photo of Popkas
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Coming out of the bottle I really did not expect there to be any color at all. I was somewhat surprised to see a bright yellow (almost urine color) liquid accumulating at the bottom of the glass. No head at all. Smell is almost identical to an American (BMC) lager. A fairly plain tasting lager - not altogether bad, just nothing to make it stand out at all. Some malt, hops and water. Mouth feel is also kind of meh - very thin body. You can certainly drink this and probably many of them, I am just not sure why one might want to. (532 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a lager glass. A fairly good looking lager: bright golden, thick head, good retention and lacing. The head still survives as a thin layer several minutes after pouring. Visible, spritzy carbonation.

The nose is, well, non-existent. Light malt, light hops. Your standard pale lager smell.

The taste, however, isn't bad. In fact, I'm kind of enjoying it. After a string of sub-par pale lagers from both sides of the pond, this one isn't offending me that much. Decent maltiness up front, the corn/grain isn't overwhelming, and with a slightly tinny finish. Boring, sweet, but it goes down well.

Lots of carbonation, but it feels light on the tongue. Not too watery; has a bit of body to it.

Not that bad, actually. I'm unlikely to pick this one up too often, but still I can't say it's a terrible beer. Certainly better than most other cheap, eastern European pale lagers out there. (896 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
1.39/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Baltika 3 is a very clear, pale golden lager with a big, waxy, lumpy, white head that has good retention. The aroma is funky, grassy, and corny, with notes of DMS and vegetables. It's medium-light bodied; scratchy and papery with a sandpaper finish. One taste of this and I feel like I'm going to go live under a bridge. It's all fusel and DMS. I think my eyebrows are falling out. If I had this at a blind tasting I wouldnt've guessed it was beer. Poison. This is challenging-- and not in a good way. (501 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into mug

A: Light gold with sticky white head

S: Sweet grains, definitely an adjunct lager aroma

T: Super light, just barely some light grain, a mild hop taste, pretty pleasant though

M: Barely dry, light medium body

D: Pretty good drinkability, definitely as good as an american light beer

Notes: This beer pretty much takes the place of a light beer. While it isn't anything special in regards to all of the beers in the world. It is however, a decent attempt at this style, and better than other beers that taste similar. It is light while remaining somewhat flavorful. It definitely has a bigger hop presence than most lighter beers. (664 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
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! (262 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
3.46/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a large, fluffy, white head. Head quickly sputters away, leaving no lace behind. No lace. Mild aroma of bread, green apple, and grass. Tastes of slightly-sweet bread, finishing dry with grassy hops. Light bodied with medium carbonation, on the thin side but refreshing. Crisp and easy drinking. A decent generic euro lager.

Enjoyed this more than the other two pale lagers I've had from this brewery. (420 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.26/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a small persistent head.
The aroma shows sweet malt but is faint, and some vegetal notes are present in the background.
Rich malty flavours, but still slightly reminiscent of cooked vegetables.
At least the carbonation isn't too high. (251 characters)

Photo of bob3701
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Clear very pale strw color with a foamy head that disperses quickly. Had that typical imported lager smell and I did not have high hopes for this one but it tasted not bad and it washed my grilled burgers down very nicely. Nothing really special here but not bad. (298 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. Brown bottle with blue label. Pilsner Glass.

A: Pours a light clear yellow with large fluffy white head which does not last very long. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation is strong. Alot if bubbles.

S: Lightly fruity and crisp. Grains are plentiful.

T/M: Light bodied, crisp and smooth. Very grainy. The hops used are lightly spicy which is a plus. Everything else used is on the light side but present. Finishes on the dry side and is definitely refreshing.

D: Actually a pretty good beer. Very easy to drink and for the cheap price of a bottle it's great.

Cheers! (577 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.69/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow gold with visible carbonation. No head, no lacings.

Pleasant aroma of grassy hops with some light sweet malt behind.

Grassy hops right up front provide a nice crispness. Grainy malt follows on and leaves a honey sweetness in its wake. Hops wrap things up with some nice refreshing dryness.

Thin mouth, but standard euro lager feel.

Very drinkable, quality beer. You could do worse for the style. (422 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
3.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 2.0
Poured a finger of bright, white head that quickly disappeared over a clear, pale straw to gold coloured body.

Smell - 3.0
A relatively weak aroma; sweetish, pear drops, grassy hops.

Taste - 3.0
Basic, drinkable Euro Pale Lager, quite fresh, dusty grain, lightly fruity, just enough bitterness for balance. Nothing to write home about, but pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Low to moderate carbonation, light bodied, goes down smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.5
I could see a lot of people drinking this in large quantities, definitely an easy session lager.

OVERALL - 3.05
Nothing special, but definitely an above averge quality mainstream lager. (662 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.41/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Creamy thick white head that lasts a long time, some lacing. Beer is a light gold with lots of tiny bubbles (poured into a tall glass)

S- Grains, barley in particular. Maybe some straw or hay.

T- Malty grains hit the tongue first, at for a bit it tastes rather generic (Heineken) but as the beer goes down and the taste moves on, this beer's goodness come out. Nice malts of different levels show up, and a slight creaminess, almost vanilla makes an appearance. The aftertaste is fairly standard malts, biscuit and a little toast. A hint of sweet lasts throughout.

M- Nicely and bubbly, thin bodied. There is a little more going on here than in run of the mill Euro Pale Lagers, it almost feels unfiltered (however, the beer is clear and there was no sediment in my bottle).

D- Very drinkable.

Overall: I am impressed by this beer. It is brewed by the second largest brewery in Europe, so I would expect it to be more generic. It feels high quality though, and rivals some good German Vienna Lagers and Pilsners that I have had. My bottle poured with better head and better retention than many stouts and porters! (1,121 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass oct11 2009

A crystal clear very light straw yellow with lots of carbonation and a fingers worth of head that hangs around for a few minuets but leaves no lace

S some mild floral hops and grass

T a little bread but other then that it tastes as it smells

M another thin but well carbonated lager

D easy enough to drink

nothing offensive but nothing worth looking for (407 characters)

Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
70 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.