Baltika #7 Export | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #7 ExportBaltika #7 Export
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Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2003

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed this in a pinch to go with a grilled chicken dinner.

Pours a nice clear gold with a two inch head that dropped to a half inch and stuck around "literally".

Has a grainy, macro, slightly skunky nose that had me thinking drainpour?

Thankfully it wasn't skunked at all going by the taste which was moderately sweet, grainy again and clean on the finish..Nice.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium and carbonation was lively.

Green bottle notwithstanding, this was a refreshing and tasty, pale lager. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a clear, pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is crisp, a bit sweet, malts and finishes a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Best-by date of 4/13/2011, so we're good there. Bottle is capped with a weird pull-tab cap; pretty interesting.

Appearance: medium straw-colored body with a touch of haze. Head is two fingers of pillowy white foam without a lot of retention.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a hint of grain to prevent this from becoming cloying. Actually pretty decent.

Taste: light, sweet malt with less grain than the aroma but still a hint of its light astringency (this is a good thing). Hops are light and earthy and bitterness is low but relatively balanced. A decent, but not spectacular, Dortmunder.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with almost no carbonation. It's not watery, which is good, but it really needs some fizz to be interesting.

Drinkability: a decently drinkable little lager. This would make a good summer beer and probably a good tailgating beer. I'd like to see it around here in cans.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Good head, clear yellow lager.

S - Big barley hit coupled with plenty of hops and maybe a few herbs as well.

T - Smooth but slightly sweet at first. Dash of malt. Big zesty lemon with some spicy pepper and herbs. Aftertaste is a bit softer.

M - Touch of spiciness with some malt. Mix of soothing honey with some sourness combining to make a solid contribution.

O - Decent lager, fit for both proletariat and bourgeois! Not overly complex but with a nice body and fairly easy to knock back.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have an itch that only Baltika can scratch! Now, mind you, these are in a can; the only way to enjoy a Baltika brew. A label on the can reads "Premium Ale, crafted with the finest ingredients, is brewed to meet the standards of the most discerning ale enthusiasts." I thought we're dealing with a lager here. Someone needs to get their shit straight.

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a small, fizzy, white head. Splotchy, sporadic lacing throughout.

Smell: Much like the Baltika 5 which I'm enjoying side-by-side, it's a sweet-smelling aroma with light florals.

Taste: Pale malts with a medium sweetness -- a far cry less sweet than the previous Baltika 5. One drop of clover honey. Very, very slight sour grain taste. Touch of spicy, floral hops along wtih an equally light bitterness. Semi-sweet finish that, like the #5, gets a touch watery near the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Just another simple European lager. Similar to the #5, except with a dialed down sweetness.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks almost exactly like the Baltika classic lager: very pale, crystal clear gold with a good initial head that fades right away. Nose is also similar but a little more prominent: sweet malt, a tad grainy. Taste is mostly sweet malt, very light and clean. Hop bitterness is low and hop flavor non-existent. Still, a clean beer with no obvious faults. Finishes simple and doesn't linger. Crisp texture, light body.

Better than most macros is all I can say.

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Photo of biegaman
3.4/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle is green, its contents are yellow - and an impeccably clear, resplendently bright shade of it at that. Bubbles deck the beer out in a pattern you'd find on a very fancy shirt in some high-end designer store. The absence of any decorative lacing, however, suggests its head was constructed purely for maximum strength and stability, not style.

It's unlikely the smell of a Dortmunder will ever get your motor racing, but that doesn't mean you should automatically discount it, let alone assume it to be unpleasant. This bouquet is beyond admissible, it's actually quite commendable - mineral rich water, agreeably sweet and bready malts, some cereal graininess and a dash of Noble hops.

Baltika 7 tastes fairly similar to Baltika 3 and 5, although I think I'd give it the edge. A side by side would be insightful (although somewhat redundant). To the untrained palate - and often even the trained palate - there's not a ton of difference between German Export, Euro Pale and American Adjunct lagers. Basically it comes down to ingredients.

Baltika 5, for instance, is diluted with malt syrups. Baltika 7 isn't. The difference shows. This has a wholesome, reasonably (as oppose to cloyingly) sweet maltiness and a substantial, clean mouthfeel. Its water let's slip a brisk mineral-y character and its carbonation penetrates the 'quenching' threshold. It tastes as German as Spätzle or Spargel.

Dortmunder is a working man's kind of beer. It is a simple but substantial style that is naturally gifted in the ways of quenching thirst and providing clean, wholesome sustenance for those nights were the rounds just seem to keep coming. It is a prime example of the kind of proud and efficient engineering for which the Germans are renown.

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Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a fluffy, pillowy, white, three-finger head. It left some nice sheets of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of corn, caramel malt and some spicy bitter hops. The hops were fairly light but provided some nice balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Compared side by side with #3, this our is so much better. More flavorful and with a light hop kick.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear pale yellow. With a slighty sweet smell that has a sharp finish.

This starts out sweet like the smell, but then finishes with a small amount of bitterness. I expected an explosion of carbonation, but was met with very little. This makes it easy to drink. I enjoyed it but didn't find it as anything special.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a fluted strange)

A- This beer has a straw yellow crystal clear body with a cascade of tiny bubbles flowing upward. The head is a big thick creamy white layer that turns rocky very quickly but last and last.

S- The smell of noble hops is strong with sulfur note in the finish. There is a note of cooked corn in the pale malt note.

T- This beer starts with a zippy hop flavor combined with carbonic acid bite. There is a sweet pale malt flavor that is crisp with some sulfur notes. The hops and carbonic acid lingers on the taste buds still fizzing away for a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery texture that makes it feel lighter.

D- This light lager has some nice qualities but the carbonation really dominates the beer. It does enhance the hops a bit, and I would drink this over soda pop, but it just doesn't have the depth of flavor.

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Photo of beertunes
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another green bottle beer, will there be skunk? Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very nice yellow with a tall, fluffy white head that had good retention and decent lacing.

A nice smooth, grainy aroma greets the nose. The flavor is also gently grainy with a pleasing soft hop flavor blended in. The body was fuller than most other examples of the style I've tried. Drinkability was very good as well, I could easily have a handful of these while sitting at the park on a sunny day.

Overall, a pretty nice beer, worth a shot when you see it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good starting eggshell white head. Settles on the slow side, leaving some streaky lace. The beer is crystal clear. Darker straw color.

Mild hop aroma with an unmalty, grainy touch. I also notice some alcohol to the nose.

Tastes like the except sweeter, almost as if some maple syrup was added. A little distracting. Good body with a higher level of carbonation. Very short aftertaste--mostly grainy malt.

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Photo of joefinnigan15
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (poured from a bottle into glass) light yellow, at least one finger head

Smell: very little smell

Taste/mouthfeel: very light, clean, fresh taste. Light bodied, very little aftertaste. Refreshing, but not too interesting

Overall, a good beer. Haven't tried many Russians, so I don't have much to compare it to, but it reminded me a bit of Steinlager Pure (a Euro Pale Ale).

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Photo of Burt
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a tap.

Appearance; Clear straw colored with a small head that goes away quickly.

Smell; All I get is slight malty smell.

Taste; First sip is slightly sweet, malty up front with little hop flavor. The finish was biscuity.

Mouth feel; Slick with little body.

Drinkablility; This is a easy drinking session beer that goes great on a hot day like it was yesterday. Nothing special but great to have around when finished cutting the grass.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle with freshness date on back of label. Poured into my Baltika glass. Bright yellow color with no head and not much added carbonation. Refreshing lager with some very minor hints of spice and hops. Slight metalic after flavor. Seems like a good solid choice for a lager on a warm day.

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Photo of djura
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After Baltika No.3,i got to try another one from this brewery. And again it surprised me positively.

A-Golden with medium carbonation,huge white head.lasting few minutes.

S-Citrus notes,a bit lighter smell for lagers.

T/M-I expected to be more bitter,but bitterness is very low. On the other hand,taste is high drinkable,grains,some sweets.

O-It is good,but not many different then No3.

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Photo of ghebel
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours straw/ yellow color, very clear, with an abundant white, bubbly head that shrinks to nothing almost immediately with no lacing.

S - Grainy, pale malt. Hints of fruiness and spicy hops.

T - Tastes like a pale lager with a bit more flavor and bitterness.

M - Thin body, but leaning more towards moderate than expected. Dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

D - Drinkable.

Overall - This is not a bad lager. Actually, it is quite tasty for the style. The cap on the bottle is different as well, kind of cool. Don't know why the green bottle however. When I first opened this beer it smelled a bit skunky, but that went away.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.31/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale, clear yellow-gold look, some nice lacing and a generally thin head. Aromas had a weak metallic tone with typical bread characteristics. Dry taste that was really refreshing actually. Watery and light, allowing a smooth taste. Lagging dull bitter taste after a few sips. Overall, a really nice, light drink for the evening.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance
Golden yellow, clear, white and light foamy head; good stream of carbonation

Smell
Nothing out of the norm or especially appealing, just the regular, run-of-the-mill macro lager smell, a bit lemony

Taste & Mouthfeel
Pretty standard macro flavor, but there's just a bit more sweetness and flavor than the cheapest of cheap macro lagers; some tartness cuts through in the end; the best aspect of this beer is it's fuller-than-normal body and smooth texture--I really like it

Overall
A slight notch above the regular Euro Lager, but not something I would ever buy again.

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Photo of Texaholic
3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smells like an India Pale Ale (IPA) which I really HATE -- Yet it tastes about like Coors Light, only better. Coors Light is strong in alcohol but weak in flavor. Still, I'd choose this beer above Coors Light dammit!, If I weren't so poor. ;) Because even though similar, it does taste much better than Coors for sure!

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Photo of kbub6f
3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big, white, fizzy head. Superclear, pale yellow beer. Streams of carbonation. Spoonk! from a mile away. Sweet front, a little chemically spoonk, a little corn, a little burnt toast. Quite full, sweet malt, a little syrupy. Finish is crisp spoonk and fairly sweet. More burnt toast and some alcohol. It's a fairly sweet, malty, crisp lager. Not bad. Fairly strong flavors.

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Photo of atis
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours light gold with large rocky head that slowly fades, patchy lacing. Aroma is medium noble hops with light malt.

Taste is light hops with sweettish malt, medium-dry finish and slightly sweet aftertaste with faint hops. In the beginning seemed a bit watery. Mouthfeel is light-medium with average carbonation.

Overall, not a bad one, maybe too thin.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 19oz pilsener glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

Smell: Heavy on malty, grainy aromas with a grassy backbone.

Taste: Begins sweet and grassy, finishing with an apple flavor and a bit of breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body with light carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Not bad, but pretty average overall. I would be willing to drink this again, but not ahead of many, many other things.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From can, pours a straw clear colour with small white head that goes away quickly. Aroma is malty and grainy with straw and corn notes. Flavor is sweet with some bitterness and acid citric notes. Not bad.

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Photo of azdback
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Very piss yellow color. Hyper carbonation that leads to a large three finger foamy bright white head. Lace is actually sticking quite nicely.

Smell is very soggy bread and overripe fruit. Must or mold comes to mind.

Taste is much better than the smell. Sweet and sour fruit tastes. Dank musty yeast.

Mouth is bright and drinkable. The sweetness does leave the back of the pallet a bit dry.

Overall I didn't hate this as much as I thought I would. I really hate the Belgian or European yeast strains and hops. So I didn't go into this expecting much. Not a bad beer though. Not even close to my top 100 but not a bad summer beer. Thanks to Bill for this sample.

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Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
72 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.