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Baltika #7 Export - Baltika Breweries

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70
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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 19.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2003)
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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

debiergenieters, Nov 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

jscal10, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of dbmcrorie
2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation:
16.9 oz green bottle with new "curvy" bottle design. Neat little peel-cap on top. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Freshness & bottling dates on back.

Visual:
Poured rather thin and foamy. Too much foam actually, part of it started to dribble over the edge. But for all the huss and fuss, it ended up dying down to a whispy little cap of bubbles with some lacing here and there.

Aroma:
Corn much? Grainy pale malts here and there, with some bready earthy notes underneath. A bit sloppy in the nose if you ask me. It can't make up it's mind whether or not it wants to reveal the hops. Slight sweetness at the end.

Taste:
The sweetness and corn really come through on the tongue. Only a slight bitterness from the hops, but no complexity or flavoring offered. Crisp along the palate via tight carbonation, but a bit watery in the mouthfeel. Lighter-medium bodied and not as thirst quenching as one would expect. Dry husky grain in the aftertaste.

Overall:
Again, not bad for the price. Nothing seriously wrong, but nothing seriously right. The most enjoyment I got out of this brew was opening the pry cap.
I'd say pair this (or three) with some take out pizza. Anything heavy on the savory meats and/or creamy cheeses would go great with this less-than mediocre beer. But who am I to judge?

Cheers!

dbmcrorie, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On my trip to finish this entire series. Poured a 500ml green bottle into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a crystal clear straw with a big 3 inch bright white cap that leaves just a little lacing. A steady stream of tight bubbles emanate from the sides of the glass replenishing the head. Man, I cracked this one open and instantly the whole room spelled like green bottle funk. Wow, I had a #5 just a bit ago which came in a clear bottle and nothing like this. The nose is, well, funky. Sulfur from the spoiled hops, bready malts, and sweet corn. The taste is exactly the same. No difference. The green bottle funk definitely overpowers just about everything. Reminds me of Grolsch. I've had beers (Saison Dupont comes to mind) where the bottle funk adds just a subtle layer of sulfur to the flavor profile, but this just overwhelms it. Dang. And the say the use less hops in this then their other lagers. Kind of scares me. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a lager. Overall this isn't a horrible beer but the funk is just to much.

hwwty4, Mar 26, 2010
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2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely clear pale gold color with quite a few bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. There was no residual head to speak of. After a minute the beer sat lifeless looking in my stein.

Aroma: A tad of malt and corn. The aroma has a tad of hops, but the majority is pretty reserved. There is a bit of alcohol noticeable in the hops, but I don't know if that is because of the mild aroma of the use of rice.

Taste: Totally mild flavor. There is a little of malt mixed with a tad of hops...some watered down alcohol. It is not gross or anything...in fact it is a little refreshing...how much did I pay for this?

Opinion: On the scale of cheaper adjunct using macro-brews, I would put this one a little higher. Not quite with Kirin or San Miguel, but still it is an OK beer. Not one that I would seek out, but I am glad that I gave it a shot.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of EPICAC
2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Klimat in NYC.

Pours a pale golden. What little head there is quickly fades to nothing. The aroma is very light. If you're paying attention you can pick out herbal hops and a bit of citrus.

Sweet, pale malts. Mild grassiness, not much in the way of bitterness. Light-bodied, moderately carbonated. Lacks the crispness that would make the beer seem less watery.

Inoffensive, no outright unpleasant characters, but nothing special.

EPICAC, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Yalcin
2.56/5  rDev -15.2%

Yalcin, Wednesday at 06:49 PM
Photo of mrmanning
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the LCBO- Sparkling gold pour, topped with a foamy bleached white cap. Nose of grainy malts, mild grassy hop, a bit skunky to be honest. Tastes sweet, of pale malts, sharp grassy hop, a bit metallic. A bit of a bite to the finish. Overally pretty bland.

mrmanning, Dec 24, 2009
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2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The green bottle should have warned me that this would end up being Russia's version of Rolling Rock.... my bartender jokingly referred to it as "a fine vintage." It pours a very light jaundiced yellow (and I use that color generously), almost like the color of sun straining to squeak through during a white-out Vladivostok blizzard. There was a somewhat appealing two-finger foamy head, but that dissipated pretty quickly and left little in the way of lacing. The nose has a minute amount of hops, but it's mostly a strange and almost skunky odor, reminiscent of my hard time in the gulag. Nonetheless, while it is hard to notice, there is actually some flowery sweetness in there, and finding that scent is like stumbling upon the lone rose growing in the Siberian tundra. The taste is quite bitter, and not in a pleasant "from the hops" way, but more of an acrid bite. The carbonation also becomes overpowering, but is sometimes a welcome respite from the overgraininess. A rough acidic aftertaste in the back of the throat, but nothing that triggers the gag reflex.

FourthBeer potential: NYET, COMRADE! I don't like wasting beer, and halfway through I was struggling to enjoy this, but it's not like a Keystone that I'd openly dump out in the backyard. And while it's more expensive, I'd choose this over Keystone because, while the taste isn't great, at least it has a taste, and does put hair on your chest (figuratively, at least I hope). That, and drinking this beer allowed me to write a review of it with over-the-top Cold War-era metaphors. You're welcome.

kinupanda, Jan 25, 2011
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2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz (500ml) bottle served in Austrian .6L glass mug. A few months past BEST BY date, but properly stored (recently at least).

Unusual pull top cap. Easy removal yet seems to seal well.

Looks like a macro-lager with an extra amount of white fluffy head.

There are some unpleasant component[s] in the aroma, including but not limited to a slight skunkiness. {2nd sample purchased and sampled in May 2012 is also a bit skunky}

Aside from the pop top and unusual bottle, there's nothing remarkable about this lager, for good or bad.
Moderate carbonation, typical lager mouthfeel (thin), slight dryness in the fiinish.

As an import beer, this lager is not competitive with many other domestic and imports, whether on price or interest or quality.

chinchill, Apr 14, 2011
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2.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Fancy green glass 1 pint bottle... WITH A PULL TAB CAP. I've never seen such a thing. I pulled the tab and the cap didn't come off cleanly, had to pry it the rest of the way, so it doesn't seem to work too well. Bizarre.

Anyway... purchased for $2.49 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy, NY. Production date 22.04.09, best by date 22.04.10. Poured cold into a standard pint glass.

Clear yellow brew gives 3/4" of white fizzy head settles immediately to practically nothing. Smells like a macro pilsner... skunky saaz... but also seems to have a bit of malt behind it. Taste is not as hoppy as it smells. Instead, it is dominated by an unappealing corny sweetness. Not impressed. Some hops and the sweetness in the finish. Carbonation makes the mouthfeel crisp but I still get a slimy kind of sugar feeling from it.

If I don't think about it too much, it's really not a bad lager. Better than most American macros. This is a drinking beer, not a tasting beer.

BeerNinja007, Apr 25, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 6/22/12. Best before 6/22/13.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a slightly skunky aroma. Taste is mainly of malt and grain with a mild corn flake flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that doesn't smell or taste very good.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 01, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce funnily shaped green bottle on sale at the BevMo in Redlands for $1.99, drank alongside two other lagers from this brewery last night, also poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color with some light orange, 3/4 inch soapy bright white head, some retention, minimal lacing
S-Sweet malt, grassy accents, light oranges, bit of skunkiness, heavy bready malt, light hops, and weird sweetness
T-Starts off with some skunky lager flavors, some chewy accents in the middle, finish is weak and has way too much malt in it for a lager, gets more sweet and malty as it warms up, needs more hoppiness to provide some balance, too chewy for a lager and a little sweet for my taste
M-Thin to medium body, skunky, malty, and sweet mouthfeel, too much carbonation, taste did not last long
D-This was slightly heavy on the stomach for some reason, might have been that the malt was too prominent, not very smooth but it did have a low ABV that was hidden

Not too familiar with Dortmunder lagers but this did not seem too far away from a standard Budwesier in many ways, again not bad for the money but probably would skip buying again, might be worth trying

Floydster, Nov 04, 2008
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2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light yellow with a 3 finger plus white bubbly head that drops to a film. Bubbles continously rise from the bottom of my glass. Some head retention and lacing

Smell: Graininess and faint hops aroma

Taste: Graininess and sweetness with slight fruitiness in the finish

MF: To sweet and cloying, but good carbonation level

Easy drinking, but also easy to forget, I've certainally had worse

russpowell, Feb 12, 2006
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2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. green bottle with pull top cap. Pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head which does not last at all. No lacing either. Carbonation is high.

S: Not much aroma. Just a little cereal and corn malts and grains. A little sweet also.

T/M: Not good really. A little too bitter and also a light skunky taste. Watery but crisp. taste is very minimal.

D: Very uninspiring and bland. Nothing i'd get again. Not horrible just not that good.

Cheers

mnrider, Nov 20, 2009
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2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At 5.5%abv., coming in a 500ml green bottle; BB 24/03/2012, served chilled in a pint-size pilsner glass.

A: pours a dark straw hue, coming with mild carbonation mixed of large and tiny bubbles; the white foamy head retreats very fast to a rim on the top.
S: notes of German hop varieties come with a restrained aroma of sweet lager malts and powdered grains, not very sweet overall, leaving but a weak trace of syrup. Given a good swirl, only the floral hints of hops come more assertive. Pretty timid overall, for a strong lager.
T: the neutral-flavoured swallow of sweet malts is backed by none other than plastic graininess, rather weak hop bitterness, and residual touches of syrupy malts, leaving an otherwise pleasant aftertaste of… nothingness… Calling it clean on the palate, perhaps, would do some justice, but just before my tongue picked up a syrupy kick-back feel at the rear.
M&D: lightly effervescent, medium-minus bodied, a lacklustre interpretation of this beer style. I can’t find anything bad about this beer, apart from the fact that nothing stands out, either. At any rate, my palate agrees that alc. is hidden pretty well.

wl0307, Jun 09, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My wife’s Russian friend at work brought this over for me not knowing much of anything about it.

A: Poured into a pint was a beautiful translucent golden color with frothy white foam to form a nice 1” head. This was the most appealing aspect of this lager.

S: I’m sure it had some other notes than the mild notes of a bitter hop thrown in there. I say this because I was getting over a cold with nasal congestion. (Probably unfair for a review)

T: The first sip was a distinct lager that you would enjoy at a stadium-sporting event with that mild bitter hop. This was a familiar taste but not a bad familiar taste. It reminisces of some other pale ales.

M: Smooth for a lager but you notice the grainy taste try to mix with the light bitter hop and the combination isn’t quite the balance I was looking for.

D: I like trying these different lagers and ales from regions all over and try to notice a pattern to the brewers making the recipes. I was glad I had it.

Adam

bodybyadam, Oct 25, 2006
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2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear golden yellow. Moderate head that lasts a few minutes. Good bit of carbonation, bubbles rose for at least 15 minutes. Malt and grain aroma. Taste is slightly malty and grassy. Pronounced mineral aftertaste. Not a great beer, but better than Bud or Coors. At least now I can say I've had Russian beer. I actually expected it to be worse than it is.

Mediczod, Nov 03, 2012
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2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: With a pull off top which is neat. Poured into a flute is a pale clear golden beer with about two fingers worth of head.

Aroma: A little bit of floral hops. Grassy, with a touch of grain. Not too much in the malt section mostly bready if anything.

Taste: Carbonation is not too bad but a little on the thin side. A slight bit of a buttery texture on the palate. Grassy bits with bits of grain. Malts are there but do not offer much more than a bit of breadiness.

Notes: Overall this is not too bad a bit thin but still decent. Cheers.

horshack7, Aug 19, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pils flute.

Pours a light straw with a moderate soapy head that recedes quickly and laces a little. Perfect clarity.

Aroma is crystal malts, light and bready with a touch of honey. Usual suspect skunky hop aroma comes through, although it settles a bit as the beer warms.

Flavor is medicinal and even for the style quite odd. Sour and slightly bitter, the hops are almost menthol or minty. The malt has a funky DMS or cooked veggie flavor. Light struck hops are slightly bitter, but phenolic and medicinal. Wet cardboard flavor from the aroma sneaks in on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, carbonation is lively and slightly stinging on the tongue.

Wow, I've had a few Dort exports and this is not very re[representative of the style. This would even be a bad "light" version of a pils.

Do not recommend.

wheatyweiss, Mar 29, 2009
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2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear wet straw gold with a 3/4 inch white head, that didn't last more than a minute or so leaving a small thin table and some bubbles on the glass. The smell is sweet hay with a clean malt base, a bit boring. Taste is sweet with a mild, but not too important, bitterness that is quickly overwhelmed by a sweet finish. The body is light and while this is drinkable enough, it isn't anything special. I'm not sure if it's the style or the beer, but it isn't my thing.

pentathlete, Jan 27, 2006
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2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being as this is the export beer from an already mediocre Russian brewery, I didn't have too high of hopes. Pours a standard yellow/tinted color into a glass and lets off a scent that is not too deserving of credit. Not much flavor in this one, I can already tell. Tasting it proves such, and although it's not bad, it's just not that good. I am guessing this is probably the Budweiser equivalent in Russia. The mouthfeel is a bit better than the other traits - it actually seems a bit on the more creamy side once on the tongue. Drinkability is mediocre.

Overall, don't waste your time on spending more money for this export than you would on a regular American beer.

Psilo707, Feb 17, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

KristijanG, Aug 21, 2014
Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
70 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.