Zhiguljovskoje - Baltika Breweries

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 07-04-2006

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by SetarconeX:
Photo of SetarconeX
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the first Baltika-made beer I'd tried that didn't have a number instead of a name. I just wish it had a name I had a hope of pronouncing...

Looks fairly standard, golden and crystal clear with perhaps a slightly more clingy than average head on it. Smells like rotting corn husks.

It's really not much of a beer, flavor-wise. It's rather watery, seems to be light on both malts and hops, really about as generic a lager as you can get.

The cool looking medals on the label can't make up for the fact that this is a somewhat boring beer. You could probably find something more interesting than this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

50cl brown bottle with a freshness date.

Quick to foam to the top of the glass, great head retention and the pale golden color is very clear. Faint spicy lemony hop, cooked veggies and salty grain. Crispness struggles, nearly lands flat. Cooked veggies (cabbage), weak wet grain flavor and muted hops. Finishes with a mineral dryness.

This beer had potential, a bit cleaner with some crispness behind it ... it would be half decent.

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, golden in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey is all I get

Taste: honey and light breadiness

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied ,super sweet

Overall: A typical Euro lager. I do like the sweetness here, but outside of that nothing I would really pick up again. Not offensive, but not overly memorable either.

Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz brown bottle into a snifter.

A: slightly hazy, golden with an unusual tan tint; modest and short-lived, sudsy white head.

Aroma: light malt and hops with a slight skunkiness and a hint of honey.

T: slightly sweet and floral, with a low level of hops compared to the malt. However, the malt dominates at the start, but the hops come out on top in the finish.

M: rather light and slightly watery body; carbonation is medium (very good); smooth; semi-dry.

Overall: this beer is quite drinkable; I found this to be much better than Baltica's #2 lager.

Photo of brother_rebus
1.87/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Miserable rice starch wheat grass slop.

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rather different packaging delivery than many a beer I've tried, and generally liked quite a bit, from this Russian brewery. Poured into a pils glass from a 500 ml. bottle, this offering shows a clear golden straw with a lively carbonation and a half inch of white foam. Decent retention and lacing follow.

Distinct Euro Lager nose with a hint of spice and some light lemon notes. Pleasant and without distractions.

Breaks down a bit in the taste department, starting off as lemon water, shifting to a lightly coarse bready quality and finishing with lemony grain notes. Spritzy, lemony and slightly sweet direct from the bottle(well, it didn't fit into one pils pour) this brew is easy drinking and quite refreshing, albeit not too challenging.

Offers a decent grainy texture for such a light beer and best consumed from the bottle. This is a decent looking and well adjusted girl, don't take her out in public, keep her in the bottle.

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Russian beer, wahoo. Pours a brilliantly clear gold with 2 fingers of white foam that retains for a few minutes before dissipating completely. Smells clean, grainy, semi-sweet. No hop aroma to speak of. On the palate, it's sweet up front, crackery, grainy, a bit slick and slightly metallic with a clean finish that drops off pretty quickly. Not a terrible little lager, I'd gladly drink this if I were in Russia and there were no better alternatives.

Photo of metter98
2.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples and bits of sweet malts are present in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of corn and bits of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable but is lacking when it comes to the aroma and flavor department.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown half litre bottle obtained from a Russian shop in Antwerp (Belgium). Best before 15th Oct 2010, drank 26th July 2010.

Poured (three times) into one of my small Veltins Pilsner glasses.

The beer is a mid-range pilsner/helles/lager golden yellow, the regular pure white foaming head appeared on each pour. Bright, clear and what you'd expect from a Helles Bier.

The aroma was fairly sweet, and floral (sweetpea?).

The initial taste was also on the sweet side, however a tinny/metallic taste came along in the aftertaste.

The beer was more enjoyable when I was hot and the beer cold, but as I cooled and the beer warmed, my mood changed and I had trouble with the final sips.

Photo of zoso1967
2.67/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My wife bought me this as a joke after I had expressed horror that it was in a plastic bottle.
This beer pours a very unattractive brownish golden color and has plenty of carbonation. It carries an equally unattractive head that quickly fades. The aroma is of slightly sweet bready malt, a hint of saaz hops and maybe a bit of caramel. Surprisingly, the flavor is not so bad. No real hop flavor to speak of, bready malt, and a touch of caramel or toffee. It is not a good beer by any stretch of the imagination, but I would gladly drink it over your standard BMC. The mouthfeel is light and watery with a fairly dry finish. Pretty drinkable. Would make a good conversation piece at a college party. Also, it would be good for Edward forty hands since the plastic bottle is lighter than a glass one.

Photo of Zorro
3.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a tall strong head. This is darker than your usual European lager.

Smells very herbal spicy with a soapy hop scent. Grassy with some yeast.

Starts out a little sweet and a little herbal. Hop is a little spicy and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Highly drinkable beer tasty and mild. This is a bit bigger flavored than most Euro Lagers it is a nice surprise to drink one that isn't trying to be a Heineken clone.

Photo of gabepesce
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

nothing like a beer from a 2 liter

Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is New Beer Sunday and I am flush with new beers, having spent the bulk of the day yesterday in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach (Little Odessa) area, scouting for Kvass and other eastern European beers. It was a successful outing and now it is time to see what I scored.

A plastic bottle with a label that reads "1QT, 1 Pint 3 Fl. Oz." Okay, that's 51 Fl. Oz., which equates to 1.5 L, at least according to my calculations. I purchased this gem at the Brighton Bazaar, worthy of a visit in and of itself, for the wealth of great food for sale. I tried Okroshka soup for the first time yesterday and I am hooked. This beer is also notable in that it may be alphabetically last (or close to it) of all of the beers that I have reviewed. This beer brought to you by the letter "Z"!

My pour created a finger-and-a-half of bone-white head that fell like Wile E. Coyote going off of a cliff. Color was a deep golden-amber, very much like apple juice in terms of its color and clarity (NE-Quality, BTW). Nose was up front with cooked vegetables. Uh oh. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a tartness on the tongue that was unexpected, but not unpleasant. There were no noticeable hops in its flavor profile and I could really taste cooked vegetable matter as it warmed. I have to say that none of this was terribly unpleasant, believe it or don't. I was deeply enamored of Rolling Rock when it was made in Latrobe, PA and this reminded me a lot of that old friend. This may not be a beer that you want to allow to warm up too highly as the off flavors really begin to become evident, but given its low price point and portability (a plastic bottle as opposed to a glass one), it might be suitable for a beach outing. Finish was semi-dry, not terribly clean for a lager, but not totally off-putting, either.

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

51 oz brown, plastic, twist off capped bottle. It is fresh too, bottled only a month ago.

Pours into my 750ml glass an apple cider amber/gold. The head is fizzy and white and dissipates pretty quickly.

The smell is mild, there is mineral water, melon rind, a touch of hops, and sweet grain notes.

The taste is mellow, but fruity. There is a definite bit of adjunct that I can't pinpoint. There is a distinct fruitiness going through it, maybe strawberry/melon and a mineral water body.

For how cheap it is and the use of adjuncts, it isn't bad.

Photo of froghop
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear golden yellow with a medium size white head that goes away quickly, lively carbonation, some lacing.

smell of roasted grain, malt, some citrus.

taste is somewhat sweet, grain, malt, lemon, ends oily and a slight tart bite to it, leaves a thick film on the tongue.

Photo of atis
2.26/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is actually Munich Helles, at least it says so on the German version of the label.

The beer is pale golden with some head with rather good retention, almost no lacing. Aroma is weak sweet malt.

Taste is watery sweet and corny malt, mouthfeel is light with prickly carbonation.

Overall, if it was not so cheap (just slightly above the price of water), I would say that it was certainly money wasted. It even seems, judging from the German label that the beer is exported there. I wonder who would ever buy this beer in Germany...

Photo of mactrail
2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light beer but surprisingly heavy body. Strange thick malt liquor taste, but very low alcohol. Bitterness seems to be missing, though there is a touch of dirty cardboard that might be hops. Looks nice, pleasant head, all the elements of beeriness. Just very sweet with no redeeming flavors. The stuff is drinkable enough, apparently clean tastes, but I have to mark it down as a poor representative of this category. Personally I think we need an International Adjunct Lager category for these low-rent specimens.

In the interest of research I gave a 21 year old female a couple of glugs, and she liked it. But then she thinks Olympia is too hoppy.

Photo of WJVII
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the large 2 liter style plastic bottle this brew has a straw color with a half finger white head that settles to a faint cap. Very active carbonation present. The aroma is faint of malts and a little grain and bready yeast. The taste is light with a little dry fruit up front and a lot of bubbles from the carbonation. There is a decent balance and not much of an aftertaste. Crisp is a good word. This is not a bad brew and for $2.50 a great deal. Not an A worthy taste but worth the $ for a try.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that settles to a small cap. Random spotting of lace around the glass. Smell is of grains, honey, and some grass notes. Taste is of grains and honey with a slightly herbal bitterness on the finish. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I actually liked this one for what it was. One of the better Euro pale lagers that I have had in my opinion.

Photo of cdkrenz
2.07/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A - Slightly darker than yellowish orange with a third of an inch of nice white head.

S - Sweet, almost a cider aroma. Brown sugar and sweet cereal. Far too sweet.

T - Much malt with sweet cereal making up the most of the flavor. The flavor is too sweet for my liking.

M - The feel is rather soft for a lager. However, the feel does aid the flavor in allowing the beer to flow down easily. This is good in my case considering I don't care for the taste.

~ Overall I have to say this one doesn't do it for me. I've enjoyed other beers brewed by this brewer and have been impressed. Unfortunately, this brew falls short.

Photo of mikereaser
2.24/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #5

Bottle #8 from johnbjaeger 

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice big white foamy cap on top that slowly receded leaving some nice lacing down the glass

A - The aroma is alot of corn, lemon, dish soap,

T - well the taste is well, i'm not sure. sugary sweet, corn, vegetable flavor. its like a light lager, not alot of flavor and whats there is not that enjoyable.

M - syrupy and just not enjoyable. I feel like i'm in the parking lot of a July concert and the beer has gotten too warm and it takes all of me to get it down.

D - I think the beer won out in this one and I am going to stop now. I have a few left and I don't want to ruin my enjoyment of beer before I get to them.

4/2.5/2/2/2

So lets tear the paper off
Oh hell, after doing some searching since I can type the label, its Zhiguljovskoje Fomr Baltika Brewing in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Its cool to try a beer from Russia, but I'll stick to vodka and leave this one on the shelf.

Photo of GWaters
2.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 1pint .9 oz. glass bottle into a frosted glass - Produced 2.20.08 Best Before 2.20.09

Pour: A tall white foam head which did not last long, and almost no lacing. Beer turned flat after the head settled

Smell: While the foam lasted, it smelled like a skunked Budweiser, but as the foam settled so did the scent. I do get a whiff of malt, but it is not overly present. After it sits for 2 minutes, it is a stagnant beer. I have read "rotted grain" in other reviews, and I would agree.

Taste: A light acidic flavor with a someone citrus fruity hint. A bit of caramel and malt left behind on the tongue after a sip.

Drinkability: Although this beer started with an aggressive disply of foam, it ended up being flat and not very exciting. It almost acted like it was an a very old beer. Considering the distance it had to travel to get to my house, it is possible it had the character beaten out of it. Based on this one tasting, I am not overly impressed.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear golden with just a very slight white head which fell in an instant to barely trace the glass.

The aroma was strong saaz hops when first opened and poured, quickly fading into a strong caramel malt representation and a toasty aspect.

The flavor was very light with a very light tartness, more of an acidity that anything else. The flavor was lightly malty with a bit of a crispness, but nothing overly fruity. Just a light bit of an estery profile was present.

The finish was even to almost dry with just a light caramel impression lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and the carbonation was a bit low. If this was a bit crisper or had a more pronounced hop profile, this would actually be a very good beer instead of just an average representation.

2 Qt 11 ounce brown plastic bottle. Production date 05.02.06, Best Before 05.08.06.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 1 pint, 0.9 oz (500ml) brown bottle, vibrant yellow label with a Production Date: 21.10.10'; a Best By Date: 21.10.11. Pretty incredible that a standard/low ABV lager could be granted a one-year shelf life, but such is the case here; purchased early July, consumed mid-August 2011. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Crystal-clear, 'straw' pale-colored. A finger (at leas)t of fizzy whiteness on top. Head lasts about 2 minutes, then drops to a gauzy film. Good and vigorous bubbles, steady carbonation.

S: A sweet and corny whiff, it's all flowers and honey. Crackery malty, decent strength.

T: Benign - rather grainy/sweet & light. Slight citric tang in the finish and peppery/dry spice backbone that's really pretty good for the style.

M: Fresh (surprisingly, after almost 10 months) and exceedingly light. Watery, but just enough citrus punch to drag it back in...

O: Plenty refreshingly, light and generally pleasant. As 'macro lager' as it gets from a Russian Republic: clean, crisp... and ultimately forgettable. It's 'beer', or rather, 'пиво', no more, no less...

Photo of gestyr
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a white head that disappears quickly
S: Slight grainy smell with a touch of apple scent
T:grainy. not much else there. Not very much hops flavor. Sort of weak.
M: Light bodied and refreshing. No sting from the carbonation.
O: A drinkable beer. It is what it is, a euro-lager. Not great but then again not bad. I could drink this on a hot summer day after working in the yard.

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