Baltika #7 Export - Baltika Breweries

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72
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174 Reviews
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Reviews: 174
Hads: 364
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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 AlexCuse
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good summer beer. Tastes kind of like a heineken without the bite. Not quite as crisp as I'd like in a lager like this, but its' an adequate beer.

I did notice the skunky flavor that others remarked on, not sure if this is by design or the beer was old. This made the beer rather unpleasant as it got warm, so make sure to drink it while its cold!

The most remarkable thing about this beer was probably the cap - I've never seen a beer open like that.

I might buy this again, depending on the price. (504 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 gpogo
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear light straw yellow with a small white head that dissipated and left a faint lacing. A little bit of bubble action.

A- When I first opened the bottle I got some skunky smells, however upon pouring it into a glass I did not notice those smells again. Perhaps I think I get the smell due only to the green bottle. Light sweet malt aroma. As it warmed a bit of skunk came out.

T- Light sweet malt flavor. Light notes of apple. Sweet aftertaste.

M- Light. Moderate carbonation.

D- I expected the worst. It wasn't bad. It is one of the lightest beers I have ever had. (574 characters)

Photo of billybob
3.54/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my first russian beer. distinctive green 16.9 oz bottle with embossed insignia on the front and a bottle cap with a pull tab that popped when opened.

great looking beer when poured. crystal clear straw yellow with a two finger white head that held well and a sheet of lace with each sip.

skunky and metallic nose cooked cabbage veggie taste slightly sweet and not a lot of hop bite.

very light dry mouthfeel with a distinctive taste.

very easy to drink. (457 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 leaddog
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger width of dense foamy white head. Lots of bubbles present.

Smell - Grains, grass, lemon citrus.

Taste - Grains flavour is most predominant, with a slight apple juice taste. Slight hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, dry and refreshing feel, with light-to-medium body and high level of carbonation.

Overall - Refreshing lager by Baltika. One of the better mainstream/export lagers I've had in a while. Was surprised to see the pull-tab style cap on the bottle. This brew is certainly good for a hot summer day. (567 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Expires on March 25, 2007. Bottled a year to the day before.

Very dark gold, a nice pilsener color. Minimal head, though, and what's there flies away real quick.

Has almost no odor, but what's there is decent. Light pilsener grain, soil.

Tastes like a nice, strong export pils. Sunshine grain, very dry european hops and light, aged hints of coffee and earth. Nice.

Export beers are meant to age a little while, which should explain why this beer is so much better than the other Baltikas that find themselves halfway across the world, in the Mid West. Though nothing special that's worth seeking out, this is a decent enough beer. I'd love to get a chance to try it fresh. (685 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. An odd pull cap adorned the bottle, akin to your typical can in a way, made of plastic and foil. Very interesting, letting off a pffftt of carbonation,. Pours a clear medium straw in color with a half inch of white head. Settles to a thin cap and throws out some light lacing.

Light Noble hop presence on the nose along with some pale malts. Becomes more bready on the nose with some air.

Decent body and with a somewhat creamy and sweet flavor. A souped up Euro Pale Lager with a touch of pepper/clove on the finish. Sweetness diminishes with air and brings about a moderately lingering finish which improves with some exposure and settling of the foam on this one, yielding a good texture on the feel.

Bready, coarse and lightly sweet. Not bad. (790 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good pale lager, fairly full-bodied and better than Baltika's "classic" #3, presumabvly because it's s "Dortmunder" -type.

Golden, it has a fairly large off-white head that shrinks steadily to a thin lasting, wispy top but with no real lace.

The aroma is sweet, flowery grain and hops with hints of pine and sulphur. It is just slightly more European than American in aroma, unlike the #3, which is mostly American with a Euro hint.

The taste is grain with lightly herbal hops, mostly on the sweeter side with a light bitterness. A light mineral-water quality is noticeable after a few sips. The taste is like a fuller bodied, more flavourful basic American lager more than a European one. It's basic, but good and very drinkable. (753 characters)

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

Appearance: Clear medium golden body with a large white head, thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass wall. A few fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Lots of clean pale malt with a mildly earthy yeast note, clean and understated.

Taste: Opens with an abundance of pale malt, very mildly sweet, somewhat like freshly -baked white bread, as well as grassy hops. There seems to be a faint alcohol presence as well. AS the taste progresses, a very mild hop presence presents itself, which brings the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very drinkable, in a pleasant, understated sort of way, a quality beer, which speaks softly.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 500ml (16.9 oz) green glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (827 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poured a clear light golden, frothy head that quickly subsided to a thin collar.
aroma was slightly sweet and a bit musky.
taste was a bit sweet, mild hops and not much else I can say except that it was very smooth with no offputting qualities.mouthfeel was bubbly and a bit creamy. overall this was a pretty decent beer, I could easily have a session with these and they went down very smooth. (399 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 rangerred
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1.5 finger white fizzy head which fades into a thin lace.

Aroma is grainy with hints of lemon. Some grass and hay in there as well.

The flavor is extremely grainy up front but that quickly fades away to a lemony sourness. There is some light bitterness along with a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Overall, the first half of the taste is really quite nice but it just drops off to a watery nothingness. Nonetheless for the price it is a pretty decent beer, just nothing outstanding. (553 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 16.9oz green bottle into a pint glass with a best before date of 30 10 08. Emerges a lighter color than I expected, light golden. A small head with some sporadic lacing as well.

Aroma nonexistant. Slight cereal garin aroma but mostly vacuous.

Nice flavor in spite of the lack of aroma. More of a rice flavor here. Some nice bready malts assist with a touch of smooth and clean hop flavor.

A nice beer overall. Maybe my favorite from the bunch known as Baltika. Good, clean, crisp, solidk beer. (515 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the MLCC Portage & Arlington. Served ~3C in a beer mug. Went in looking for Rochefort 10, they were out and somehow got talked into trying this.

A: Crystal clear, straw gold with a big white head that laces beautifully. Best lager I have ever seen...
S: Spicy hops, corn, a hint of dankness under it all...
T: Earthy bitterness, corn, light notes of bread, sweetness.
M: Strong lingering sweetness, weaker than expected carbonation (which I appreciate)
O: Not a bad beer, and good for what it is. Eminently quaffable... Still not my cup of tea... (568 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.47/5  rDev +13%
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. (426 characters)

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. (435 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.46/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up in my pursuit of reviewing all 104 styles. This beer is one of the easiest to get for the Dortmunder/Export Lager style.

I didn't expect much from a brewer coming out of Russia, but this beer surprised me. This is a very easy to drink lager.

The smell is nice and clean. It carries a minimal presence. The flavor is also very clean. I get a little bit of grassiness, and a tiny nutty touch.

I recommend this as a very easy to drink lager. The flavor is spot on. (487 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfortunately this is packaged in a green bottle, but the price was right at $1.69 for a pint bottle. Baltika #7 is a pale yellow straw color. Carbonation is very good. The head is large and ultrawhite. After uncapping the bottle the aroma starts with a quick whiff of skunk followed by a pleasent, but generic grainy sweetness found in many euro pale lagers. The taste is diffenently that of a euro pale lager and not a Dortmunder. Flavor is nice and sweet with a mild grainy taste. The depth of flavor and malt profile are way better than the average euro pale. Drinkability is very good, this is a good session choice for those times when you feel like something tasty, but want something relatively light. (709 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 BrewMaven
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed this in a pinch to go with a grilled chicken dinner.

Pours a nice clear gold with a two inch head that dropped to a half inch and stuck around "literally".

Has a grainy, macro, slightly skunky nose that had me thinking drainpour?

Thankfully it wasn't skunked at all going by the taste which was moderately sweet, grainy again and clean on the finish..Nice.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium and carbonation was lively.

Green bottle notwithstanding, this was a refreshing and tasty, pale lager. A pleasant surprise. (522 characters)

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. (270 characters)

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. (936 characters)

Photo of xylophonica
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (500 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)

Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
72 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.