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Baltika #7 Export - Baltika Breweries

Baltika #7 ExportBaltika #7 Export

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BA SCORE
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260 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 18.75%


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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horshack7

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:47:24 | More by horshack7
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light golden colour that borders on straw & is crystal clear. Plenty of bubbles are rising to the surface indicating strong carbonation and their is a beautiful bright white colours foamy head that is two-fingers width in size & settles very slowly indeed & leaves some lacing.

Very light on the nose with some sweet grassy hops and malts being the most noticeable. There is some corn, bread and faint hints of grain too.

Sweet malts & some grassy hops dominating again. There is a like grain taste as well & the finish is low on bitterness.

A light bodied beer & not far off being too watery in my opinion. Carbonation is low to medium but it goes down well enough.

An excellent looking beer that slightly lets itself down by being too weak on both the nose & flavour. It is an easy drinking session beer & not much more.

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Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 23:29:00 | More by flyingpig
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 22:44:30 | More by smcolw
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 12:08:47 | More by wl0307
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mcguirmn

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden color. LARGE white head, that sticks around for a little bit before fading. Minimal lacing.

S: Hints of sweet malt and a moderate corn presence.

T: Same as the smell. Sweet malt, roasted corn, and a slight hop presence.

M: A light beer. Very carbonated, which was a little overwhelming at first. But overall, very drinkable. Just not much there taste-wise.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:09:52 | More by mcguirmn
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a day of touring St. Petersburg and walking up and down Nevsky Prospect, we found a nice corner restaurant near Pushkin's statue and sat down to get some local beers to imbibe while we relaxed. Baltika 7 was on the menu, so here we go...

Poured into a 1/2 L weizen-looking glass, there was a billowy 3-4 fingers of egg shell white head that perched up there for what must have been 5 to 10 minutes. The body of the beer was crystal clear enough to read the menu through it. Color was a very light yellowy amber, and the head produced sticky spiderwebbed lacing as I drank.

The aroma is like a watered down Dortmunder Gold. Certainly more mellowed, the grassy hops provide more of a balancing aroma than they do a stunning focal point of the beer. The malt is light and clean, and there are no off aromas, but I am not excited by the aroma. The flavor is certainly better, as the grassy hops do come on a bit stronger and are augmented by a light floral kick that really balances the sweetness of the beer well.

Easy drinking, light on the palate, and nicely carbonated for the style, this is without a doubt one of the best beers that I was able to enjoy on my trip. It likely doesn't travel well, judging by the reviews on here, but in the motherland, this is definitely one to try. I would seek this out if I was in Russia again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 23:56:00 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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kojevergas

Texas

2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Peel-top green bottle into Williams Bros. Brewing pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Bottle acquired in Ennis, Ireland, though I've also seen it at the Porterhouse(s) in Dublin.

A: Pours a four finger head of no cream, decent thickness, and generally favorable retention. Colour is a light clear yellow. Carbonation appears below normal; no bubbles are present.

Sm: Very light simple scent of clean barley.

T: Clear medium body of barley with cream overtones that feel somewhat artificial. I admit I'm new to the style, but it's not a style that seems to have a tough learning curve. It's not a great beer. The cream on the finish is nice, but the barley sharpens at the same time, negatively impacting the balance; I've noted this feature specifically in other beers from the same brewery, so it's not a matter of style adaptation. I can't adequately comment on the build in terms of the style, but it's built badly inasmuch as good beer is concerned.

Mf: Smooth in the first act, but gets much coarseness as the beer continues, progressing to an unnatural artifical coarseness and dryness by and through the climax. It's nicely wet in the first act elsewise.

Dr: In spite of its balance issues, it does maintain a certain perverted refreshment capability in its first half. I wish they'd clean up the latter bit, but it does have some value. It isn't worth its price in Ireland, but is likely worth it in other locations if you're looking strictly to get bollocksed. In general, I think it's a beer to be avoided if you're a serious beer fanatic.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:06:32 | More by kojevergas
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JMad

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a clear pee yellow color with a thin bubbly white head that quickly faded. Strong, skunky smell with a hint of lemon and hay. The taste is mostly grassy with some sweet cereal flavors in the background. There is also a slight lemon and bread aftertaste. The beer is light and fizzy, the finish is just a bit dry. This is a pretty average beer, tastes like most Euro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 22:24:50 | More by JMad
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml green bottle, best by date is 10-04-11.

A: Pale yellow, clear color with 3 fingers of white head that fades quickly. Fair amount of lacing in the glass and very little in the way of bubbles/carbonation.

S: Some light, clean malty aromas, coupled with light floral smells. Also a metallic character in the nose.

T: Crisp with a pilsner-like taste; moderately low bitterness combined with somewhat sweet, light grains.

M: Carbonation is medium on a light bodied beer. Easy drinking, but the aftertaste is a bit harsh.

O: I thought this was a good middle-of-the-road lager. Nothing special but a good beer for watching sports or washing down a pizza.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:57:12 | More by sommersb
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xylophonica

Australia

3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 13:23:30 | More by xylophonica
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 23:18:09 | More by chinchill
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of the first Russian beers I had ever had. This brew reminded me of a Becks. The color was a yellowish gold, the aroma wasa little grassy and had a but of a funk to it. The taste was bitter in the same ways as the aroma. The brew seemed to be much like a German Lager and not so much of a Russian one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 20:25:00 | More by Knapp85
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foogerd

New York

3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden clear yellow with a small rocky white head.

S- Some light weak malt aroma, pretty much nothing else.

T- Light hop bitterness bite, weak hollow bready malts backing it up, dry finish.

M- Crisp and alive with carbonation.

D- Decent enough to session, not worth spending the import price tag.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 05:54:30 | More by foogerd
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is skunky and of plastic, but with a hint of actual hops and pale malts. Flavour is corny with a bitter bite at the end that suggests hops, as well as some skunk and sulfer. Really nothing too bad all things considered. Mouth-feel is quite light but biting and lively.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 17:46:33 | More by CuriousMonk
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours almost clear, pale yellow with a thin soapy head. Smeels similar to cheese, there is also a grainy sort of grassy note here too. Tastes mildly hoppy almost skunky, it has a little bit of a crispness to it but that is overshadowed by its watery texture. Mouthfeel is like water, the only reason I know its not water is because it is carbonated. Would not have again, this is a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 22:18:38 | More by peensteen
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kinupanda

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 08:50:22 | More by kinupanda
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evanlarkin

District of Columbia

2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A very clear yellow, lots of carbonation bubbles but no real head.

Smell:
Clean and thin. Slightly sweet with a touch of grain. Not very aromatic, but nothing particularly unpleasant.

Taste:
Schlitz, anyone? That's what it reminded me of immediately. Clean tasting, crisp. Light hop bitterness that's balanced fairly well with the grain, though it doesn't have any really strong flavors to it.

Mouthfeel:
Light and mellow, and very carbonated.

Drinkability:
Because this has such light flavors, it would be easy to drink a lot of them. It doesn't give your palate a strong workout.

If you can find grenchki (very crispy rye bread toast-fries with garlic and mozzerella), 7 fits well with them for a night of drinking in St. Petersburg.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 22:11:10 | More by evanlarkin
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

1.85/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I did not like this beer. It was fresh, part of the LCBO gift pack. No direct sunlight, though you cannot stop the less disasterous flourescent lighting in the store. The beer had a light yellow colour to it, carbonation bubbleswere apparent, and there was a big cheesy head. The horse and cheese aromas made it unapproachable. Boozy and sugary.Watery.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 18:44:28 | More by Sammy
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear yellow colour with small, bubbly white head that dissipates to nothing fairly quickly. No lacing on the glass at all. This smells fairly bad atually, though the bottle is fresh I believe. I don't get any hops, hardly any malt. No real bitterness. Big carbonation level. I don't want to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 16:57:08 | More by kwjd
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 500ml rip top bottle (5.5% ABV) obtained from my local Aldi supermarket. Brewed 17 Aug 2010, best before 17 Aug 2011, reviewed and drank 12 Dec 2010.

Looked fine in a 'Corsendonk' stemmed tulip glass. Good large snowy white head of tight bubbles. Very light golden body, typical clear and clean look this style is renouned for.

No smell, some cereal esters if you sniff hard enough, along with dried hay.

Refreashing and thirst quenching, but not really tastey in any way. Dry rather than sweet, but again not really dry either.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 17:55:58 | More by BlackHaddock
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Texaholic

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 08:08:02 | More by Texaholic
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claybeer

Oklahoma

2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear, Clear, Clear! If it wasn't for a slight yellow tint I would think it was water. Wow it is crystal clear. The pure white head is about one finger thick. The nose has a barely noticeable skunkiness to it but nothing else? Some soft bitterness and maybe a grassy note on the end. There is nothing to this beer but it is easy to drink. I think this will score low, not because it's not any good, but because there is nothing to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 17:23:53 | More by claybeer
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 04:10:35 | More by biegaman
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taigor

New York

2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured clear pale yellow color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving no lacing around the glass.

S - Very skunky smell of corn, grains and very slight hint of hops.

T - Bitter to start with bready and grainy flavor towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Overall not a bad beer to have in the summer while doing some chores in the heat but would definitely avoid it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 20:07:56 | More by taigor
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flagmantho

Washington

3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 17:53:04 | More by flagmantho
Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
71 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.