Baltika #3 Classic - Baltika Breweries

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349 Ratings

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 17.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002)
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Photo of Floydster
2.63/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle on sale at the BevMo in Redlands for $1.49, drank alongside two other lagers from this brewery last night, poured into a pint glass

A-Pale yellow color, small 1/2 inch soapy white head, not much retention, small amount of lacing
S-Grassy accents, light lemon, bit of skunkiness, bready malt, light hops, rather weak and sometimes repulsive with the skunky accents
T-Starts off with some grassier flavors, some bread and chewiness in the middle, finish is slightly dry with some hops, gets less flavorful as it warms, needs some more dryness to offset the malt, all flavors are relatively weak and only crisp when cold
M-Thin body, crisp and light mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, fairly watered down though, taste did not linger
D-Light on the stomach, smooth and easy to drink, low ABV, could be a sessionable beer

Probably the first Russian beer I have had but I could be mistaken, not bad for the money but probably would not buy again, , might be worth trying if you are looking for a good deal rather than a high quality brew

Photo of AltBock
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle with the usual Baltika label on it, but this one is blue. The back label has the mandatory US information as well ass a produced on and best before date. Mine was a little more than a year old, but it takes a long time for this beer to reach the US shores.

I poured this Russian Lager into a Heavy Seas pint glass. This Baltika beer was clear, pale, and straw yellow in color. On top of this pale yellow beer was a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch head of white foam. This small head of foam had decent retention that left behind a small white film and a few small blots of lace. Usual Macro appearance. The aroma was weet and malty with malted corn, a touch of malted rice, a pinch of malted barley, and then finishes up sweet with sugar and yeast. The taste was crispy, sweet, and filled a ton of malted grains like corn, rice, and barley. There wasn't much after the grains. All I got was a slight bitter finish with some crispy floral hops. This was a light bodied Lager with a malty aftertaste of more malted grains. It was a very grainy beer. In the end, it's another run of the mill cheap lager beer filled with cheap malted grains. Well, at least I can it was cheap in price, but you usually get what you pay for.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Half-liter bottle from the BevMo in Cypress, on to the beer;

Poured into a flute, this beer was poured perfectly with the head starting just above the 0.4L marked on the glass. Pale gold color, the head showing some good retention, little glass lacing. It smells like hay at first, sulfur (hard-boiled eggs) then escapes into my nose. Tastes like hay as well. It's husky too. Hints of popsicle stick wood and mild lemon. Husky and grainy aftertaste sticks around.

Kind of bland and kind of rough, but palatable. Run of the mill pale lager if you ask me.

Photo of choyhosoi
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A-Decent head that slowly left the drink. The color was a faint yellow. The carbonation wasn't too prevalent.

S-Average smell nothing real spectacular. Grassy and a little fruity.

TMD-I got this from Russsia when my brother in law went over there. This is a decent brew but not the best from this brand. The taste ids smooth as silk and goes down very easy. I could drink this all night long. I look forward to more.

Photo of Halcyondays
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a firm yet small white head, with a little more lacing than the #2.

S: Light bready malt, some noticable grassy hops.

T: Tastes real similar to the #2, just with a little more malt. Hops are very light and add an earthy bite at the end.

M: Light-bodied, watery, a very clean beer overall, no off-flavours.

D: An average continental lager. You're not going to get the depth of malt flavour you'd find in a mainstream German lager, but for an easy drinker you don't have to think about it's not bad.

Photo of Shadman
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wondering if Euro Pale Lager is the old world equivalent of Ami Macro lager.

Bright golden amber color, some decent head and lacing.

Husky grains, some faint spicy, floral-like hop.

Thin malt @ first, gets more noticable and sweeter as the taste moves on. Decent hop bitterness. Has that slightly salty aftertaste that these Eastern Euro Lagers seem to possess. It is this aftertaste that knocked it down 1/2 a point for me.

Seems a bit fuller than some of the other EPL's i've tried.

Being Russian brewed I wasn't sure what to expect. It's OK...but then so is Heineken.

Photo of barleysandwich
3.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer, not too over the top in any area, but it is seems to do everything quite well. It has a pleasant flavor it is slightly sweet. Fairly low alchohol level 4.8 makes it very drinkable. I would buy this again when I am in the mood for something a bit better than the typical American/Canadian Lagers.

Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dull yellow and crystal clear with a big four finger foamy head. The head settles with some snap-crackle-pop sounds and leaves a lot of crusty lace on the glass. This looks like what every American macro brewery tries to make their "pilsener" look like on billboards and advertisements, but somehow American macros never actually look like this. This head is nice, but the flimsy yellow tint of the beer is rather boring.

S - Husky corn and grain with some decent (but plain) hop notes. This is slightly metallic, and is pretty much a straight forward aroma that according to my wife "smells like beer."

T - Corn with a touch of tangy citrus fruit. Not is a refreshing hefeweizen or bitter IPA way either. This is more like drinking orange scented floor cleaner. Actually reminds me quite a bit of many Chinese and Japanese beers like Tsing Tao, Harbin or Asahi.

M - Crisp, clear, clean, and highly carbonated. A decent thirst quencher when I rode my bicycle home from work (6.5 miles on a beach cruiser is hard work!)

D - Better than BMC pale lagers, but still not all that great. If this stuff was as cheap as Old Milwaukee it could be a good "lets get drunk" party beer in the summer. Pretty boring really, but it is clean and refreshing. I might get my Bud Light-loyal father some of this stuff next time I go home.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from the Bier Stein in Eugene, OR.

Pours a very very pale yellow color with a fizzy white head that settles incredibly quickly. Moderate carbonation. Some faint grassy aroma along with a bit of apple. Taste has just a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. Low flavor levels help to make this brew a good candidate for a palate cleanser, and i suppose would make fairly good session beer as well.

Photo of Ralphus
1.63/5  rDev -45.5%
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!

Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear straw hue with a pearl white frothy head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Plenty of fas rising bubbles. Stringy lacing.

The aroma is a light sweet malt aroma with the slightest hint of some grassy hops.

Light white bread like malts with a very light fruit flavor. Light bodied with high carbonation. The finish is a light bitterness from the light hop flavor.

This is another Euro Pale Lager that isn't going to get rave reviews just because of what it is. But, I find this one refreshing without having any horrible flavors. What else can it do? It' a good beer for the style. Recommended, if you're mowing the lawn or something.

Photo of JEdmund
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow with a good-sized head that dies fast; lots of carbonation bubbles

Small lemon/yeast smell

Taste & Mouthfeel
Pretty light flavor, but it's at least clean; thin but carbonated body

A very typical and boring macro pils tasting beer

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 2 11 08, I assume that is the day/month/year format. Served from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer emerges a straw color with a pretty good sized white, fluffy head.

Not much as far as aromas go. Pretty bland, some residual sweetness, a touch of grains, and a smidge of hops. All barely noticeable but all there.

Flavor was a little sweet for me, but it was an overall unoffensive taste. Bready and sweet with a bit of fruitiness coming in at the front.

Good mouthfeel as there is a medium bodied feel to it. Slick on the tongue with lingering sweetness. An okay beer. Wont offend anyone but will not impress anyone either.

Photo of Morgana
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The "standard" beer of St.Petersburg. Nothing really impressive but certainly more drinkable than some of its local competitors.

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing.

Smell was a bit faux lemony, maybe to cover up the skunky-ness. (When i pulled it off the shelf i had to dust it off).

Flavor was pretty mainstream and conventional for a lager, with some light caramel malt flavor that tilted the balance ever so slightly to a malty character.

Mouthfeel is thin, with okay carbonation, reminds me of a flat Budweiser so thats not saying much.

I've only had a few of their offerings so far, but if I was pretending to be Russian, I'd drink Baltika beer. Especially given what else I've tasted from that neck of the woods.

Photo of steinlifter
3.78/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a thick 2 fingered head that retained rather well.
Smell was vague but pleasant,sweet slightly phenolic aroma, but didn't smell like cheap beer.
taste was smooth as silk,light hops and malt, well balanced,
Mouth was full and creamy definitely one of this beers best assets.
drinkability is fine, I found nothing off-putting on this one, one of the better beers of this genre IMO, would have no problem drinking again, very enjoyable!

Photo of wingman14
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a strong yellow with a frothy white head that fades fast. Smell is very sweet with malts, corn, and grain. The taste is not as sweet as the smell, grainy and malty, not a ton of flavor but a good amount is there. A sweet aftertaste finishes off the flavor. The mouthfeel is very light with good carbonation. This one is great cold on a hot summer day, a very easy drinker that is a step up from most lagers.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow with 1.5" fluffy white head in my pint glass. Decently laced

S - malty and hoppy balance. Light citrus notes

T - Tangy, malts, slight hops hints. Metallic. Watered down.

M - watery, light bodied, medium carbonation

D - I'd be lying if I said it's not drinkable. One could chug a bottle in 2 minutes, it's so watery.

Overall - I wasn't too impressed by this offering from Baltika. It was very watery but not bland. There is a constant metallic taste throughout my experience with this. It's not really worth the 96 cents I spent on this. Try it if you want, you're not missing out.

Photo of NHGrafx
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle.

Pours a light straw yellow color, 1 finger head that dies fast, but nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts and grains. A very faint hop aroma is there also. I can also smell what smells like a sour apple jolly rancher in the background.

Taste is like the smell, pretty sweet, the sweetest lager I have had. Lots of sweet corn flavors, some grains as well. Mild hop bitterness on the finish. The beer almost tastes like it was sweetened with corn syrup. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and crisp. Very drinkable if you can get past the sweetness.

Overall not a bad beer, a bit sweet, but still drinkable and pretty refreshing.

Photo of bradybeer
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw yellow with pillow white head. Right off I am hit with a hint of hops and malty sweet aroma corn? Taste is very mellow with little hop bitterness and very little malt character, except for this sweetness that tastes like cream of corn. No balance really, this beer would be better if the malt and hops were in balance-otherwise I taste an unnatural sweetness-especially at 4.8%. Little hops in the finish, with light mouthfeel-drinkability is good if you want an easy drinking nondescript beer-

Photo of bezproblem
4.28/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Actually, I grew up on this beer ... I had it on a regular basis since I was about 16-17 till I was 23, then I moved to US and did not have it for quite a while. After seeing it in the store I've decided to try it and find out if I'd like it now, when I'm not a foolish youngster anymore ... I'm glad to day, I was not disappointed. This is a very nice, very balanced lager, not too bitter, not too sweet, with a mild pleasant smell. It's hard to find something really distinct about it but that's because nothing overwhelms and nothing turns you off. Yes, it is highly carbonated, but I like that.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon further review (I sound like an NFL referee who's adding the sub-plot for a ruling that he's about to overturn.) the beer displays a very floral, soothing fragrance from the Euro-hops that are being used. Though the flavor, textures, and look of the beer hold true to my previous review, I am up-ing the nose of this beer from a 3.0 to a 4.0.

A fairly non-descript lager with a few desirable characteristics, but also some flaws. The beer begins with a brightly straw-colored hue, good head formation, and moderate retention, very mild lacing. Aromas of pilsner malts, raw cereal grains, and hints of corn and acidity. Flavors of light malts prevail, later showing some corn flavors (dms), green apples (acetaldahyde), and soft herbal hops. The texture is moderate, but a bit slick and grainy in the texture. Light acidity (lemon-grass) show up intermittenly through the drink. Finishes with a blend of the light malts, grain flavors, and mild hops. The beer is difficult to praise, but fine for a get-it-down kind of beer.

Photo of DaveHS
2.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Got it for $2.50 at the foodery in Philadelphia. Wasn't worth it. Yet another way-too carbonated Russian beer. I KNOW there MUST be good Russian beer (besides all the Russian Imperial Stouts they make in California). Piss yellow swill that tastes like a a cross between club soda and malt liquor. I ended up having to chug it in order to get my money's worth, but before I took that route, I detected a sort of artificial lemony taste, which I suspect is being used to cover for mediocre (or spoiled) ingredients. If you're really interested in trying a Russian pilsner, I reccomend TINKOV. Not bad, but also very carbonated.

Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first of the Russian beers. Drunk straight from the bottle, so I'm not entirely sure of the appearance.

The flavor was pretty light and dry, and slightly bitter. The aftertaste was its real distinguishing character - sweet, yeasty, and creamy. Overall, this beer was decent, and I especially liked how unique it was.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Medium gold hue in appearance, lots of carbonation, and a tall frothy head on the pour that slowly recedes.

Rough husky grains on the nose, crisp and metallic.

Sour corn and grains in the flavour up front, with a downhill ride of cooked veggies to the finish and beyond. Pretty one-dimensional and straight forward from there. The aftertaste is reminiscent of asphalt.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, this strikes me as a swillin' type of beer, you want it to go down fast and not linger very long, or so that's my impression.

Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
70 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.