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Baltika #7 Export - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #7 ExportBaltika #7 Export

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BA SCORE
71
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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 31 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2003

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Photo of kojevergas
2.41/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of JMad
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of sommersb
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of xylophonica
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.61/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.28/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of foogerd
3.03/5  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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
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.

Photo of peensteen
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.

Photo of kinupanda
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of evanlarkin
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.

Photo of Sammy
1.84/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Photo of kwjd
1.85/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" head which dissipated pretty quickly. Pale pee yellow in color. Aroma has hops and citrus. Taste is standard cheap lager with corn and not much else. I'd say though this is equal or better to most of the American versions of cheap lager. And I'm grateful due to the can it didn't have even a hint of skunking despite all the time and distance between its foreign brewery and my mouth.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Texaholic
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Photo of claybeer
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of taigor
2.43/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of Zraly
3.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, light gold with a nice two inch head. Aroma is grassy and a touch of malt.

Smooth and clean on the palate, this is a good interpretation of the Export Lager category. A touch of biscuit and a well-composed, dry finish makes for smooth drinking. Well-balanced and the carbonation adds to a superior mouthfeel. Hops are a bit delicate but spicy.

Although it came in a green bottle, I detect no skunkiness. Interesting pull tab cap.

Would pair nice with veggie burgers and some waffle fries. Or you could pair it with something spicy -- it would provide a refreshing counterpart.

Photo of Mora2000
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden amber with big bubbles everywhere clinging to the side of the glass. This white head that disappears immediately.

S - Sweet pale malt and cooked corn with a light earthy hop.

T - Sweet malt and cooked corn with a touch of herbal hops and a bit of sulfur.

T - Light to medium mouthfeel with crisp biting carbonation. Refreshing after mowing the lawn.

D - Refreshing on a hot day but somewhat boring at the same time.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
71 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.