Zhiguljovskoje - Baltika Breweries
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Reviews by drizzam:
2.98/5 rDev +2.4%
Yikes! Lager in a big plastic bottle! From Russia! Why is it I'm imagining this stuff being brewed on a street corner in a 50 gallon drum?
Production date of 05.05.10...best by date of 05.11.10? Only fresh for 6 days?
A - Pours a clear gold in color, topped by a few frothy bubbles. No head to speak of so no lacing either.
S - There seems to be a certain lemon soapiness to the aroma, with a minute touch of hops. Very strange smell for a Pale Euro Lager, but it smells good I guess.
T & M - A very watered down, sweet cooked vegetable flavor. The hop flavor is very mild toward the back end. Almost a sweet bready beer. Carbonation was on the low end, and it didn't finish especially crisp.
D - This beer isn't one I would recommend, but it does have some good things going in its favor. I think if it had a touch more flavor and was a bit more crisp, it would be a solid brew.
03-10-2011 00:43:04 | More by drizzam
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2.68/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
01-04-2011 01:12:58 | More by Jason
3/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-09-2012 13:46:47 | More by tigg924
3.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
06-05-2012 01:43:16 | More by chinchill
3.2/5 rDev +10%
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.
04-16-2007 22:25:40 | More by SetarconeX
3.35/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
02-22-2011 05:20:20 | More by HalfFull
3.05/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
09-17-2009 00:10:28 | More by largadeer
2.93/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
04-02-2013 00:22:52 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
2.65/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
07-28-2010 18:18:59 | More by BlackHaddock
2.7/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-28-2010 01:19:57 | More by zoso1967
3.6/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
01-21-2011 02:34:35 | More by Zorro
3.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-29-2011 14:59:35 | More by woodychandler
3/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
06-08-2010 23:17:30 | More by crossovert
2.7/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
09-21-2008 01:54:26 | More by froghop
2.25/5 rDev -22.7%
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...
01-04-2010 19:04:58 | More by atis
Zhiguljovskoje from Baltika Breweries
70 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.