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Baltika #7 Export - Baltika Breweries

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2003

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Photo of Sammy
1.84/5  rDev -40.1%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of sweet malt in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is stronger with flavors of biscuit malts, corn and malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and goes down easily. I would have no problem knocking back a few of these. (620 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.28/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Strange peel-off enclosure, which combines a traditional cap with a pop-top pull tab, to create a weirdly easy-to-use hybrid, if you can grok that particular twist of the wrist, that is.

This beer pours a crystal clear pale golden colour, with a teeming amount of foamy, webbed, cushioned white head, which leaves a broad Pangaea-scope of lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of barley graininess, some earthy yeastiness, a bit of muddled lemon oil, and musty grassy hops. The taste is browned apples, bready, yeasty pale malt, musty field honey, some slight drupe fruitiness, and a less than subtle weedy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is average, if a wee bit frothy, the body a decent medium-light weight, with nothing getting in the way of a certain abject smoothness - kind of like there's a KGB or Russian mafia diktat for suggesting otherwise. It finishes off-dry, the bready, yeasty sweetness persisting, with just a bit of fruit and weakly earthy hops joining in this particular end game.

Well, I was expecting a metric-tonne shitload's worth of Euro-skank, given the clear green bottle, and other unjust prejudices. Turns out, one should not judge a book by its cover, as this is a decently malty, softly-tinged hoppy Euro-lager. Maybe not up to the stringent standards of the Teutonic style source, but still agreeable enough - mea culpa, tovarisch. (1,403 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sallow amber with a sparse cloud of fine particulates and the occasional bubble journeying up to a nice looking cap of bright white foam. The head looks a great deal like meringue since it's soft and firm at once. There isn't a huge amount of lace, but it's no slouch in that department either.

The aroma follows the appearance in that it's simple and effective without being a standout. Although there's nothing here that hasn't been smelled countless times in countless versions of this style, Pivzavod Baltika usually manages to eliminate the nastier tendencies of most Euro lagers. I can appreciate musty/musky hops on a pale malt base.

The brewery describes #7 as a higher alcohol, lower hop version of their other lagers. After all this time I don't recall how #3 and #4 tasted, but after a few mouthfuls of this one, that seems pretty accurate to me. Untoasted pale malt is able to contribute a modicum of sweetness due to the laid back nature of the noble hops.

This isn't outstanding beer, but it does seem to be a worthwhile variation on the brewery's other pale offerings. As a lightly sweet, non-palate fatiguing, easy drinking lager to imbibe while contemplating the mess that Putin has made of your country, it ain't half bad.

The mouthfeel is decent too. Despite all my prodding and probing, I really can't find much to fault. If anything, there's a bit more substance than in most EPLs. Yeah, I know it's technically a Dortmunder/Export Lager, but it's European, pale and a lager, so...

Other than the exceptional #8 (Wheat) and the very good #4 (Porter), most of the beer from this brewery is merely above average. That's pretty much where #7 settles out as well. In a region of the world where good beer is pretty hard to come by, that's nothing to sneeze at. (1,782 characters)

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. (487 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Production date: 2/25/2014. Best before: 2/25/2015. 500 ml green bottle.

A: Tab-pull the cap to release a clear pale yellow fluid with an aggressive pour yielding 1-inch thick white head which settles to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Hay and grass, yeast, malt, damp earth.

T: Grainy, corn (?), lager yeast, mild lemon.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Thin, crisp, clean, sticky yeasty finish with slight bitterness.

O: Simple, basic, straight-up lager. Not a fan and will not have again. (523 characters)

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. (1,028 characters)

Photo of nickfl
2.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white head settles quickly and leaves no lace. Light yellow body with good clarity.

S - Malty with little to no hop character.

T - Sweet and malty with low bitterness, otherwise clean.

M - Medium high carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish.

D - Very light. Nothing offensive about it, but not a particularly enjoyable beer. (349 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass.

After being told about this whole Baltika line by a former co-worker, I was relatively jazzed to find a few at my local Caputo's. This one pours a clear pale golden-straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises wild rice, generic grain, light flowers, very light grass, and a splash of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, though a firm semi-biscuit backbone is evident, and the flowers provide a cleaner hop thrust than before. Still, everything just kinda lies there, mostly lifeless, certainly character-less. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slickly watery feel. Overall, this is just a boring, unassuming, little guy, something I'd likely confuse with any other bland Euro lager. It's not bad, per se, just nothing I'd ever really wanna drink again. (870 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Baltika #7 is really not much different that the other golden Baltika beers in appearance, aroma, or taste. The only thing that seems to vary is the strength. It pours a clear golden body with yellow highlights and a full and foamy bright-white head that dissipates quickly. It keeps a decent collar through most of the glass, and even leaves some lace. The aroma displays some semi-grainy malt with a light sweetness. The body is medium with a soft carbonation that helps to give the impression of a fuller body than actually exists. The flavor is as the nose suggests, with an adjunct laden but still mildly grainy maltiness. The bitterness is restrained, and it finishes with some gently lingering sweetness. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but if I want an overly sweet adjunct lager I think I'll just stay domestic and have a Pabst Blue Ribbon! (851 characters)

Photo of russpowell
2.66/5  rDev -13.4%
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 (405 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.41/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (1,567 characters)

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. (407 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.61/5  rDev -15%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw golden yellow with a large foamy, going to rocky, head that leaves lacing.

The smell is grainy with some lime and sulfur. A nice amount of subtle floral notes come through.

The taste is sweet grain (slightly caramelish) with a touch of lime. An underlying floral bitterness gives the sweet graininess a nice balance. Finishes refreshingly dry.

The feel is towards full for the style, but lands appropriately in light-to-medium bodied. Crisp.

Thirst-quenching, refreshing, easy-to-drink with a nice taste, I could easily "session" this. One of the better export lagers out there, IMO. (604 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall bright white soapy head that reduces but never completely goes away. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some biscuity malts, some light lemon, and a slightly grassy hops.

T: The taste of this beer really follows the smell of the beer. Light flavor of biscuity malts with hints of citrus and a mild grassy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry.

O: This beer would be excellent on a really warm day, I wish had I had tried it earlier this week when it was in the upper 70s vs. this afternoon when it is in the high 50s. The beer is easy to drink and refreshing but not something I would go out of my way to find - though they likely carry it at any Russian or Eastern European grocery/convenience store. (904 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a clean, crisp lager malt scent along with German style hops and yeast. The taste is decent. It has a pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry, yet surprisingly malty for a lager. It is lightly hopped and clean tasting. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good export lager. It's light and easy drinking with a maltier approach than some. (514 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops, lemon, grain and wheat. The flavor is lemons, wheat and grain. Not too much in the flavor, but it is not skunky like so many green-bottled beers. Overall, the beer is better than I expected. Easy drinking, light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (326 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale, clear yellow with a thick, soft cap of dense, foamy, white head that has great retention

S - grass, straw, apples, sweet, caramel

T - apples, sweet, bread, warming alcohol in the finish

M - warm, light to medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

By appearance this is better than your average lager. It smells like a good effort was made. By teste it's too sweet and fruity. The bready malts try to save the day but to no avail. I'll pass on this in the future. (472 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) is headed eastward for a spell, to Russia, thanks to a great website (https://russianfooddirect.com) that may be a new source for many. If you CAN't get behind this newest idea, toughski shitski, kamarad!

I used to put away Baltika in its many numbers, in bottle form, with the late Stosh, owner of Pittsburgh's Bloomfield Bridge Tavern and our fave was # 9, the Baltic Porter. RIP, bro! This review is for you.

I have to rebut KittyKat's taking them to task for a sticker mis-identifying it as an "ale". That was placed on there by the importer/exporter who probably knew about as much about beer as I do about subatomic physics. The CAN itself is pretty explicit about it being an "Export Lager Beer". Actually, if I CAN peel said sticker off, there is some pretty cool looking Cyrillic lettering underneath.

Ahh, the Crack & Glug, sometimes the best part of a CAN of beer. I have come to really appreciate the auditory nature of CANs. I achieved a finger of rocky, bone-white head with very limited retention. The color was a beautiful sunshine-yellow with NE-plus clarity, allowing me to peer through the wall into the neighbor's kitchen. Nose had a characteristic lager sweetness, free of adjuncts. I am in lust! I am so sick of AALs in a CAN that I could scream! I may have to order up some more of this, now that I have a source identified. Mouthfeel was tending towards thin and it had a very dry taste to it, very little sweetness of which to speak. Instead, it kind of reminded me of a better-made Minhas, with a light cotton candy flavor and no plastics factory. Hmm. Finish was likewise dry and refreshing. I would put this in the cooler for a day at the beach, definitely. Howzabout Brighton Beach? Maybe I could latch onto one of those Russian expat honey honeys ... maybe I'd just best leave well enough alone. (1,847 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow with a medium soapy white head, good retention, no lacing.

S: Smell is bready, pasta, with a bit of hops.

T: Taste is very light. Malt is on the sweeter side than I expect in Dortmunder. Hops add an grassy element, needs a fuller flavour for sure.

M: Light carbonation, soapy, more body than a light lager, but for this style it is lacking.

D: Pretty easy to drink beer from Russia. Cheap for an imported beer, I could see myself drinking this again for the price, but wouldn't seek it out. (535 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had some success with the Baltika line, and I hope it can continue with their export lager. Skinny half-liter bottle with a pull-off top...and I thought Cervejaria Colorado was the only one to have pull-off tops....on to the beer:

Right as the cap is peeled off, I can smell the skunk. I proceed to pour into a stange. Clean straw yellow in color, with a soapy bone white head on top. It's fine to look at initally. Retention is around the mean. The aroma...c'mon, you knew I would say skunked. Some sulfur and green veggies...oh too common in these green bottled pale lagers from Europe.

It is a sweet tasting lager, like something from Asia. Pale sweet malt dominates here, but it's not cloying beyond my tolerance. A bit herbal, sulfur, and woody flavors on the side...I think that's the hops talking. Slightly carbonated in the mouth, not harsh or "heavy".

Although this is labeled as an export lager, it seems more like a Stella Artois with a pinch more of alcohol. At least this beer is inexpensive in the 500 ml bottles. (1,037 characters)

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Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
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