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Baltika #7 Export | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #7 ExportBaltika #7 Export
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2003

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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.

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Photo of Floydster
2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
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

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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.

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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 mrmanning
2.58/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of EPICAC
2.58/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.57/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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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 dbmcrorie
2.55/5  rDev -16.9%
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!

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Goodness me, what on earth is this stinker? Well, an acquaintance brought this over and he didn't know any better. Still, I am one to be very much looking in the mouth of a gift horse.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, it’s definitely a special export, meaning kind of bland and very pale. There’s nothing wrong with it, just very pale and full of adjuncts. Interesting that in Russia, they are required to list the ingredients on beer cans. I found myself playing a game of seeing how far down the list I could go before encountering the word "sugar."

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a Dortmunder? A green bottle with some sort of seal in its cinched waist . The bottle has an interesting pull-tab type of cap.

This is perhaps the lightest colored beer I have ever seen. A very, very pale golden color, but on the other hand, the foam is decent. First whiff of the aroma was not pleasant, but after a few minutes it settled into a very light malty affair, some adjunct.

A little malt flavor with cooked vegetables in the center. The slight shake of bitterness at the end leaves a mildly dry palate.

Thin and not necessarily pleasant.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
2.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well this came with a gift pack which included the Baltika porter so I figured might as well review it.

The head was nice white and porous slowly diminishing to a thin white film. The colour of the beer itself was very pale golden with a vague greenish hue to it, very clear and carbonated.

The smell, well not much going on here biting initial alcohol smell, bread citrus, corn, medicinal.

First taste brought malt sweetness and a powerful alcohol after bite. There was mild hop bitterness but, mostly medicinal alcohol taste and sweet tangy maltiness.

It was smooth but biting in the mouth from the omnipresent alcohol very watery and foamy from the carbonation.
Next to no hop smell and very bland malt taste really just cover up what tastes like it was based on rubbing alcohol.
Well it's an export luckily it only gets exported here in Christmas gift packs. Here's hoping the other beers in the pack are better.

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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 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.

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Photo of shivtim
2.41/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold, with a slight white head. Nose is, surprise, grainy corn. Slight alcohol, and a bit of mustiness. Taste is mild old malts and grains. Not too interesting, but not offensive. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, drinkability is so-so. Overall it's just a bit boring.

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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 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 Drew966
2.37/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased a bomber (unfortunately it is in a green bottle). It pours a very pale straw color with a nice head. Smell is mild, as is the taste, not bad compared to a typical Euro lager. Nothing special, but drinks fairly well. I would drink this again, but not worth looking for.

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Photo of Zorro
2.36/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow colored beer with a tall white head, looks a lot better than I would have expected.

The smell is sweet and fairly strong with the Nobel hops. A little herbal but no spice from the hops.

The taste begins sweet and a little grassy with a fairly strong amount of malt. And with that I have run out of anything to say about this beer, just not much to talk about. Inferior to a Heineken.

The mouthfeel is meh.

Drinkability is just so so. Nothing to really recommend here. To be honest the only reason to try this is if you are trying to try all the Baltika beers. Some of the Baltika's are winners like #6 and #8 and some are turkeys like this one.

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Photo of ernie
2.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another try to brew a Dortmunder Export for the masses. Another bland beer as a result.

Appearance is boring - pale liquid from a cheap-looking can. High carbonation level helped to stage a spectacular bubble show in my glass but didn't contribute much to the head. No crown to wet my moustache in, what a pity!

Smell faint, malty. Start fizzy to the point of itching. Taste flat, on the malty-sweetish side. Bitterness in the finish, unpleasant aftertaste.

Not recommended in any way.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
2.29/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got the 'mini-keg' offering. Not bad taste, just not much taste at all (a little bit of corn, maybe?). Looks suprisingly good, refreshing, but no real taste. Very thin mouthfeel. Very well priced given the serving offering, but nothing too special. I would probably by overe most common Macros for the price.

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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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.26/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Chrystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Skunky nose. Starts sort of sweet, corny/grainy not much flavor. Easy enough to drink on a hot day but I'm glad I bought only one. $1.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.23/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

another beer from the Baltika Challenge we held. This one wasn't one of the better ones. poured with a totally white head and a straw colored body. malt and corn and ethanol odor like a stinky old malt liquor. taste is bitter, astringent and dry....im thinking amstel. its funny because Vlad (the Russian we were drinking with) said that this is supposed to be the version of #3 that they export out to everywhere else. why do they think non-russians want to drink a shittier version of #3? eh. thin and not a good drinkin' beer.

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