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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 SchmichaelJ


2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Baltika #3 poured a clear, golden, pale color with a very big, yet thin head. The carbonation eased up a bit, leaving a sudsy appearance. Some nice lacing was left on the side of the glass. The smell was a weak blend of fruity and hoppy characteristics, with faint grass odors. For a pilsner, it tasted relatively watered-down, retaining only a bit of the common crispness for the style. Clean and easy on the palate, this beer isn't bad, but is disappointingly medicore. The mouthfeel adds to this general malaise...very thin and unfilling. Still, #3 was drinkable, although cheap American macros would deliver the same thing for far less. Luckily, this was a gift from a friend (to whom I am thankful for grabbing this during a recent trip to New York). I won't go out of my way to find this one on my own, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 01:50:25 | More by SchmichaelJ
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, the rules say that reviews have to be at least 250 words long. That'll be kinda tough, 'cause you could sum up this beer with just one word – insipid.

Pours up a very, very pale yellow. Quite clear, minimal carbonation. Smells grassy and hoppy, some yeast. Moderate head that settles to a thin, lumpish, queasy-looking film, gives up minimal lace. Taste-wise there is little to remark on – thin on the mouth, some chemical qualities.

The names of this outfit's beers (#1, #2, #3 . . . #10) are maybe reflective of the imagination they apply to their brewing. Sad and sorry.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 15:28:27 | More by TerryW
Photo of ADR


3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale clear yellow appearance, big 3/4 inch bright white and fluffy head that can be classified as rocky. Decent wandering drip laces. Aroma is faintly grassy with some honey on the side. Very sweet and scantly carbonated, again a floral honey combined with a sugar sweetened white bread presence. Hopping is limited at best, making me wonder how this meets a Pilsner classification -- but taken as a product this is decent ice cold, attractive. Not well-balanced or attenuated but very drinkable with a nice texture.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 14:34:47 | More by ADR
Photo of jlervine


3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured straw-yellow in color. Nearly clear in opacity. White foamy head formed quickly, but quickly fell and relocated to the edges of the glass. Efervescense is quite noticeable. The smell is of hops and green apples. Hop bite is the predominant flavor, with just a bit of malt before a nice dry finish. Bit of the green apple flavor is present, but took me a while to place it. Overall, though, pretty tasty. The mouthfeel isn't impressive or anything, but the carbonation is there to make the tongue happy enough. Really hits the back of the tongue. A tasty brew, but not really that good of a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 14:41:41 | More by jlervine
Photo of Globetrotter


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

This is a standard lager. Everything about it is standard. Not good, not bad, just average. It sits rather yellow in the glass, with a large but fizzy head that is gone before you know it. No trace of lace in this glass. Smell? Hmm... Yeah, I guess there's a smell here. Reminds me of ballpark beer. Tastes about like that, too. Maybe a touch of rice - the label denies the presence of anything like that - with a bit of carbonation and just the tiniest hint of hops. If this were all I could drink, I'd still drink beer, but a lot less of it. Blah!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 11:09:43 | More by Globetrotter
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3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very light, almost straw colored lager that comes in a brown 16.9 ounce bottle with a foil covered cap. A very light, but dry and refreshing lager beer. Certainly better than the most popular domestic lagers sold in America. There's not much to this beer, but it on the dry side, and very clean tasting. If it were half as light it would be tonic water. At $1.38 a bottle it was a good buy for an import. I've had worse imported lagers for more money.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 19:26:18 | More by marcobrau
Photo of Gusler


2.25/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If there is one thing I can say about this style of beer and that is “I don’t expect very much, and I’m never disappointed”. Not that it’s a bad style, just seems I can’t find one that hits the “B” spot, but if nothing else I’m persistent and I keep on trying and trying.

The archetypal lager color a transpicuous golden yellow, the head portly in size, bright white in color, frothy in texture, the lace a thin covering sheet. Nose is crisp fresh and clean, all malt, start is lightly sweet and loaded with malt, top skinny in feel. Finish has a perky acidity, the hops apropos to the style, dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 16:19:44 | More by Gusler
Photo of jackndan


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

Baltica: half a liter brown bomber bottle. “certified by Green Cross” whatever that means (very busy label: ads, ingredients, warnings etc). Clear bright yellow beer, with a mild hops aroma. Malt tastes predominate early with a spicy hop finish that is clean and refreshing. 99 cents well spent.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2002 21:05:13 | More by jackndan
Photo of Jason


3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with a foil wrap around the cap and neck, there was no freshness date to be found. Thin film of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a thin weak white lace, if it was not for the quick champagne like carbonation forcing bubble to the top there would be no head at all. Yeast is quite compact and stayed on the bottom while pouring to leave a nearly clear beer.

Smell: Fruity aroma with hints of apple peel, light floral hop with a spicy back ground. Lots of pale grain on the nose also.

Taste: Light to moderate body with a rushing carbonation that rolls into a smooth crispness. Light honey flavours within the malt, clean grain runs throughout and pretty much cleans house. Hops are herbal and spicy with a sharp balance and great drying effect, suggestions of black pepper are present. Light fruity flavour of apples and grape skin some sweet grain plays on these flavour and lead the palate to dryness as well. Semi clean finish with vague leftover light fruity flavours with grain and hop leaf as well.

Notes: Not bad drinking at all, clean enough to enjoy though seems to be not filtered at all so as to hold on to some raw flavours. A perfect match with any boiled dinner.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2002 11:03:39 | More by Jason
Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
70 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.