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Baltika #7 Export - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #7 ExportBaltika #7 Export

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181 Reviews

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Reviews: 181
Hads: 372
Avg: 3.07
pDev: 27.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
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 peensteen
2.38/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of kinupanda
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of evanlarkin
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

Light and mellow, and very carbonated.

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.

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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.

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Photo of kwjd
1.85/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.94/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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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.

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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 claybeer
2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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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 taigor
2.43/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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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 Zraly
3.66/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.47/5  rDev +13%
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.

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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 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 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 TerryW
2.06/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours clears with a very short-lived head that settles to a film. Some spotty lace early on.

No real nose to the thing. Some hoppiness typical of Eastern European stuff - hay, grass. Taste is just too sweet. Some hop bitterness, a bit of breadiness, but overwhelmed by corny sweetness. Lingers slightly bitter.

Nothing to recommend this one. Pretty anonymous like a zillion other Eastern Euro macros. Drinkable, but not interesting or exciting.

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Photo of Moe55
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6pack of green 11.2oz bottles. The pop-top opener was a real crowd pleaser. Poured into pint glass. Appearance was light yellow, some bubbles and head that disappeared rather quickly. Light carbonation. Taste was better than expected. Not as skunky as other Easter European beers. Sweet and malty. I Could drink plenty of these.

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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 BeerNinja007
2.66/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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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 hwwty4
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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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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Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
72 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.