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Cooler - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
67
poor

25 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 26.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 05-27-2006)
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2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Averwo, Dec 01, 2013
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Photo of Weizenmensch
1.23/5  rDev -51%

A half-litre bottle brought back from St Petersburg by my sister who doesn’t know that no good beer comes in uncoloured glass bottles. But she went to a lot of trouble to bring this back to Australia in her bag, so I’m going to try really hard to enjoy it!

Though the cap is kind of cool, with the old-style ring-pull effect, the instant this overcarbonated beverage is cracked, it emits its vulgar odour, which is half way between skunky hops and eggy farts. Most of the carbonation of the beer comes straight to the surface immediately, as if the gas can’t wait to be free from its yellow-gold prison. Not much head sticks around either, but there are traces of lace. Aromas: Adjuncts galore, though some grassy hop is detectable. Could be worse.

Taste is offensively sweet. A lot of sugar has been added to this after fermentation and filtering, in the vain hope it would improve something about this Frankenstein’s monster of a brew. I sort of pity the brewers of this beer – they’re either completely, laughably incompetent, or the Russian populace actually wants them to make something sweet, fizzy and chemical like this for them to drink. Two big sips into the beer, and it’s practically flat already. If it wasn’t for the vague hop character, I’d swear I was drinking a really bad cider. Mouthfeel’s in line with the cider idea too. As for drinkability… I’m just going to stop this review right here. I can only just consider it beer, it’s borderline, so I’m just going to finish the rest of it with my extremely oniony, extremely spicy noodles. The perfect accompaniment – it completely obliterates my taste buds.

Well, I didn’t enjoy it, but I had a bit of a laugh. As crap as Aussie beers are, they will never be as bad as this.

Weizenmensch, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.05/5  rDev +21.5%

This beer is very drinkable, light and refreshing, especially served cold. While these are good attributes, it lacks a good head, and has very little to none lacing. Pale yellow in color, with a decent taste. A good beer to drink, but nothing great. Also, in many cases this beer is over priced due to the fact that it is an import beer, which makes the consumer not want to buy it.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.05/5  rDev +21.5%

Interesting pull-tab cap, and a clear pressure sensitive label.

It pours a crystal-clear golden body that teems with life beneath a short head of bright white. Unfortunately the quick-rising tiny bubbles aren't quite enough to maintain the head beyond a few moments.

The nose is of basic skunked Euro-lager. Clear glass will do that, and even a very fresh bottle is highly susceptable.

The flavor expresses the same isomerized-hop character, but in a way that's kind of expected anyway. It's delicately malty-sweet, clearly indicating some use of adjunct, and it's fairly well-balanced (leaning towards sweetness) with a just-slightly-higher than average bitterness. It's quite crisp with carbonation on the tongue, but it's also kind of smooth in that it's round and sweetish, and the alcohol is held in check (but at 4.7% that's not hard to do).

Beyond the skunked character it's pretty flawless. Rounded. Malty-ish. Refreshing. Easy drinking. And there's a little bit of character there as well. I'd compare it to Budweiser but with a bit more malt and a heavier smear of hops (albeit it isomerized). I hope I don't get sued for that!

I'd enjoy it like I would any other golden Euro-lager or American macro (although I do appreciate the sweet note of adjunct-maltiness). Would I say it's worth trying, no, but if it was at hand and nicely chilled I'd give it a shot.

NeroFiddled, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of emerge077
2.23/5  rDev -11.2%

BBD 31.7.11 "REFRESHING TASTE"

Cooler... than what?

A tall bottle, annoyingly so as it didn't fit on the shelf with other single beers, about an inch short of a 750 bottle. Cap pops with a satisfying *thwup*. Lots of foam into a tulip glass, sadly it fades fast to nothing. Visible rising carbonation. Super pale apple juice look.

Smells like stinging malaise. Wet grain and white grapes, alcohol. Is this beer or shitty box wine?

Flaccid and crappy feel, tastes like drinking fermented manila envelopes. Papery and dull, soggy wet grains, overall a poor american macro imposter. Grape and apple flavors, artificial and boozy... for a 4.7% beer? Yikes. Scrap this recipe and brew more Baltika 6 if you know what's good for you Baltika.

I wouldn't trust the opinion of anyone that enjoys this garbage.

emerge077, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of matjack85
2.1/5  rDev -16.3%

Comes in a clear glass pint bottle with a ring attached pull off cap. My bottle had the English spelling of COOLER on the label rather than the Russian spelling which made me wonder whethrt this was actually a new beer or a new wine cooler from Baltika. Turns out it is not a wine cooller at all, but a Euro Pale Lager from this St. Petersburg brewery..

It pours a pale yellow color with only a 1 finger white head that disappears rather quickly and leaves virtually no lace down the glass as it is consumed.

It has a really sweet smell alongt with a grassy nose.

The taste is really sweet but more like hard candy sugar sweetness rather than from sweet malts. If there are any hops in here I couldn't taste any. This is mainly just sugar water with carbonation..

matjack85, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of tclapper
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

tclapper, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.48/5  rDev +78.5%

Baltika Cooler has a thick, soapy, white head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with nice lacing and just the most minimal amount of haze. The aroma is of sweet, bready barley malt and sugar. Taste is of lightly-toasted, sweet malt, sweet corn, sugar, a little paper, and grass. There is a nice little kiss of the hops at the end of the sip to balance it out. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Baltika Cooler finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and very highly drinkable. I was quite pleasantly surprised by this beer. It was so delicious!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
1.55/5  rDev -38.2%

500ml bottle.Dimpled mug. Enjoyed on mar´12.Bright golden. Cristal clear.Brief crown.White froth.Moldy hint & lemon zest aromas. Grainy,earthy flavors.Puckering.No hoppy bitternes -in fact there are only in extract-. Light body,moderate carbonation. Metallic & lemony finish.Smooth sweet syrup hues. Guess who was first, Coronita or Cooler? Drink it direct from the bottle with a lemon wedge inside.

GONZALOYANNA, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of plaid75
2.85/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured a clear light straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light adjunct grain and a faint musty hop.

The taste was upfront sweet corn atop a nearly undetectable base grain. Light herbal hop at the finish.

The mouthfeel was average for the style, a bit slick initially but finishes clean

Overall an unimpressive euro lager.

plaid75, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of alexbeerr
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

alexbeerr, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Globetrotter
2.2/5  rDev -12.4%

Baltika's latest product, the advertising for which emphasizes how well it cools you off, comes in a tall, clear, long neck bottle with a pull top cap featuring a plastic liner underneath that generates a champagne cork-like pop when opened; and a clear, blue and red label featuring the brewery's seal under a crown but above the name. Corn is an ingredient. Best before 10/16/06, I opened it on 5/27/06, with very low expectations.

Pours a clear, pale, greenish-tinted gold under a one finger white head that settles quite unevenly, but fairly slowly , and is sticky enough to generate a nice lace ring at the top and numerous lace strands hanging vertically from there. The nose is fairly strong and repugnant, of adjunct, slightly skunked malt. The mouth is as light and prickly as carbonated water. The taste? Meh. Quite corona-esque, with it's sweet adjunct malt tones and the lack of any appreciable hops backing. There's an undertone of sugary sweetness, and a background feel of musty socks, but the brew isn't skunked - yet. It is just uninspired and uninspiring.

Globetrotter, May 27, 2006
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2.2/5  rDev -12.4%

Found at San Roque market in Santa Barbara.

Clear fizzy yellow beer with a small white head, looks like thousands of other beers in the world that look like Budweiser.

Smell is toasted grain and a little noble hop. It smells a little grassy.

Starts out a little sweet with a wheat bran flavor. Toasted grain and cardboard, this beer has oxidized some. Tastes like really old Budweiser.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Overall this is mostly swill. Even fresh from the factory this is a boring beer.

Zorro, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of 77black_ships
2.45/5  rDev -2.4%

50 cl. clear (oh, lord) bottle @ home. Procured from Anna Maria in Antwerp. German import like most of the East-European goods available at these kinds of stores in Belgium. Bottled on 26.05.2013. Pull-off cap. Clear pale golden, fizzing away soapy white head. Nose is skunky, sweet corn, grains, odd faint coffee filter note, sweet, pale lager oily hop pellets,… Taste is bitter oily, grains, sweet corn, chemical, sweeteners, oily hop pellets, bitter grass, bitter in the back. Carb. is very high, slight watery olive oily, oily mouthfeel. Overall a pretty crappy pale lager but not the worst one.

77black_ships, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Avagadro
2.8/5  rDev +11.6%

A: pale yellow with a touch of lacing.

S: aroma is faint, with little that is distinguishable.

T: notes of malt and fermented table sugar are present with a touch of hops.

M: light body with a bit of carbonation.

D: as one of th most popular of Baltika's lineup, I had to give it try. Though decent, it pales in comparison to some of their other flavors.

Avagadro, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

NightINgale, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -20.3%

Has this at the Split Rock Beer fest 2010. Probably my least favorite of the Baltika releases. This beer is just too generic in all the categories. Appearance is yellow and pale, rather boring looking. The aromas of a semi-skunky lager that doesn't really have anything else going for it. The taste is the same as a Beck's or anything else within those styles. I like Baltika, just not this brew.

Knapp85, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Rayek
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Rayek, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of YellowTail
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%

bottle with a pull tab cap

app - opaque golden with large white head that disappeared sorta quickly. little lace.

smell - malt undertone, but mostly sharp alcohol smell.

taste - half way between a corona and a budweiser. at the same time attempting to be bitter free and smooth, but still tasting like it only got halfway there. unwelcome hop flavor.

mouthfeel - sharp carbonation and water.

drinks down easy, but only on the days you want to get drunk for the sake of being drunk

YellowTail, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of KC9LDB
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

KC9LDB, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of paulish
2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

paulish, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of rekel
2/5  rDev -20.3%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev +8.8%

Banana peel yellow (darker than the picture) with a three finger crown of ivory colored foam that looks surprisingly good. That, plus a massive amount of sticky lace, is why the appearance score is so high. The ring pull bottle cap is interesting. The beer gave a hiss when the seal was broken, then a muted pop, like the removal of a cork, when it was pulled all the way off.

Speaking of muted, that word describes the nose to a 'T'. What exits the glass is no more than a whiff of slightly sweet grain and half a whiff of musky European hops. The lack of aggressiveness means that it doesn't get into much trouble on the nastiness front.

Cooler tastes a lot like the canned all-malt lager that I had a few days ago, except that it's more corny. It's sweeter than most versions and is less hoppy. That last part is somewhat surprising since I know that this beer hasn't yet reached its 'best by' date and I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of EPLs are past theirs when they reach these shores. Kudos to Pivzavod Baltika for the date.

There isn't much to say about the flavor other than that it's the Russian equivalent of a corn-added Miller product. I don't drink those enough to know which one it most closely resembles. MGD perhaps? More hops would help, but then they might end up adding a skunkiness due to the clear glass bottle.

The mouthfeel is appropriately bubbled, which is half the battle. The carbonation is slightly sharp, but it ends up adding mouth interest without crossing the line into fizzy annoyance.

I'm not sure how Cooler differs from the other Baltika lagers, other than the cool new bottle cap and the name that isn't a number. It's okay beer, but you could get the same thing at a much lower price (in any beer selling establishment in America) by buying Miller <whatever>.

BuckeyeNation, May 19, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev +24.7%

$2.29 16.9 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: There's this fun, engaging pull-tab top -- I guess to deliver on the "cooler" promise. Crystal clear, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Somewhat sweet-smelling pale malt nose with faint notes of citrus, drying hay, and, oddly enough, crushed mint leaves.

Taste: Sweet light pale maltiness without being too terribly sweet. Hint of honey for a bear-shaped container. Spoonful of creamed corn. Floral hops with a light, drying bitterness. Tiniest hint of mint. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not altogether bad considering it's one of the Euro Pale Lager horde and, amazingly, it's free from any skunking. However, you could easily find something comparable and cheaper produced here in the US.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of BeerNinja007
1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

500mL bottle purchased for $1.99 at Amity Wine & Spirits in New Haven CT. The label on this bottle is in English but otherwise looks just like the picture (same colors, fonts, etc). Pull top cap has Cyrillic writing. Production Date 12.04.09 19, Best Before 12.04.10.AN. Served cold in a chilled weizen glass (close enough to a pilsner glass IMHO).

Moderate pour gives a significant 4" of white foamy head from this clear light yellow highly carbonated brew. The head bubbles and fizzes as it settles to a thin layer. Smell is a bunch of corn syrup with lemon hop edge, metal and soap. Taste is way too sweet, almost like a soda. Flavors same as the smell, with the metal jacked up a few notches and a bit of skunk added. Finishes with watery corn syrup and a strong metal twang.

This is horrible. Drain pour. AVOID.

BeerNinja007, Sep 24, 2010
Cooler from Baltika Breweries
67 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.