Baltika #0 Non-Alcoholic - Baltika Breweries
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Pegasus:
2.53/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: Clear medium golden in color with a modest, dense off-white head, which retains very well. The lacing rings the glass walls. The carbonation is profuse, with showers of very small bubbles.
Taste: Opens with caramel and cooked cereal, with a very faint hop presence. As the taste progresses, a little toasted malt appears. Finishes with a slight, lingering toasted malt and caramel flavors.
Mouth feel: Pleasant, fairly full, with a slight sting of carbonation.
Drinkability/notes: Not that bad, really, and very refreshing. If I had a choice of a soda or a Baltika 0, Baltika 0 wins hands down.
Presentation: Packaged in a custom 500 ml green glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adam Boston Lager glass.
Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas in May of 2013. The price was $1.99 plus tax for a 16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle.
05-05-2013 19:58:23 | More by Pegasus
More User Reviews:
1.88/5 rDev -23.9%
Very light colour with some sizzling head than reeks of cheesy hay. No taste. Yes its thin. Basically my main beef with this beer is it is undrinkable, similar to a bad flat seltzer. Best I can say is that the minimum alcohol allows one to have a proper beer afterward.
07-13-2008 03:14:25 | More by Sammy
3.25/5 rDev +31.6%
Baltika #0 pours a clear, burnished straw-gold body beneath a short head of bright-white foam that drops almost instantaneously. However, it does leave short, rocky outcroppings of lace along the walls of the glass as it goes.
The nose is surprisingly restrained, offering just a whiff of maltiness. Just as there are some beers that deliver a "generic" beer aroma, this one delivers a "generic" non-alcohol beer aroma. On the plus side, however, it doesn't give you that overtly malty aroma that some do.
The flavor delivers the expected maltiness of a non-alcohol beer, but it's very nicely balanced by a lemony/grassy and floral hoppiness. If I had to guess, I'd say that the alcohol is removed by heating the finished beer given that it offers a lighter than usual level of maltiness; the burnished look of the body; and a dose of cardboard-like oxidation in the finish. That said, I find a slight defect in the oxidation, but that's a trade-off as I think I prefer it to the very malty NA's that use "dumb" yeast instead. (Of course, Anheiseur-Bush's removal by osmosis has got to be the finest system, although expensive and time-consuming). Back to the beer, although it does leave some maltiness behind in the finish, it doesn't stick in the mouth like many others, but rather leaves a sweetish, almost honey-like note on the front of the tongue.
As far as non-alcohols go, Baltika's is a pleasant surprise.
03-28-2011 13:38:21 | More by NeroFiddled
2.51/5 rDev +1.6%
A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of sweet malts along with hints of corn. No bitterness is present.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste that bad (especially when compared to other beers in the style), then again it doesn't taste that good.
03-20-2013 23:55:49 | More by metter98
2.4/5 rDev -2.8%
500ml bottle.Dimpled mug.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale gold color. White brief crown.Floral notes,grainy malt aromas.Slightly metallic odor.Evident maltiness,no hops.Lemony hues & green pineapple hints.Unfortunately watery mouthfeel crashes the projected final result.Medium body,soft carbonation.Dry herbal finish,some astringency.Not the worst "Low" I´ve had eventhough.
03-19-2012 23:16:56 | More by GONZALOYANNA
1.23/5 rDev -50.2%
This is a new style to me, as I have never had much inkling to drink a beer without alcohol before. Curiosity finally killed the cat. 500 mL bottle pours a clear yellow color with an ample white head. Retention not all that special but does leave some nice lace. Looks like beer at least.
The smell is where it starts to get a little sketchy, very sweet malts and reminds me of light liquid malt extract used for homebrewing. At least they could have added some decent hops to offset the sweetness.
Taste is like a lemon-lime soda or perhaps diet ginger ale with malt extract added. Sickly sweet, unbearably so. Light graininess is really the only thing here that remotely resembles a beer. Even though at least half this bottle was a drain pour, I am not unhappy I bought it. Almost worth it just to see what happens to a 'beer' without fermenting grains present. For me, non-alcoholic beer is like kissing your sister - whats the point?
08-29-2010 18:15:33 | More by twiggamortis420
2.33/5 rDev -5.7%
Picked this up at a Russian store, Absolut, in Montreal. Shated with my wife & daughter during our supper, meat pie.
Poured from a 500ml. can; prod. date 18-03-10, best before 18-03-11.
Appearance: Pours a completely transparent urine colored body. The only thing keeping it from a 1 is that it has some decent head and average retention.
Smell: Some fruit, pineapple i think and corn and adjuncts. Actually not bad of an aroma.
Taste: Corn and adjuncts all the way and ends on a light fruit-like note. Not bad but not great either.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and it feels kind of clammy in the palate. Not good at all.
Drinkability: A tall can is way too much. I've had better NAs than this.
Overall: Flavor is not half bad and the aroma is decent but everything else kills this beer. Not worth it.
11-08-2010 01:45:54 | More by papat444
1.73/5 rDev -30%
Hey, it's non-alcoholic. What do you expect? There is nothing utterly objectionable about this brew. It's just not good. It pours pale yellow (tempted to say "off clear") with a big head that stuck around much longer than I expected, leaving a trace of lace. The smell is rice mash, just like Bud (the stuff with alcohol). Taste is elusive, but generally rice (label says there isn't any) or watered down malt. There is no discernible hop presence, and the mouthfeel is definitely watery. I've had better non-alcoholics - but I've also had worse beers with the good stuff left in.
05-24-2003 06:27:04 | More by Globetrotter
2.85/5 rDev +15.4%
I see that this beer has received solidly low scores and I wonder if people are reviewing to taste or to style. It is a conundrum that I often wrestle with in regards to both AALs and AMLs, neither of which are very tasty (to me), but which fit into style guidelines. I am going to be drinking a number of N-A and low-alcohol beers today since I really tore myself up last weekend and I want to balance things out. I will try to be as objective as possible.
I am initially made dubious by its green glass container. What will it yield upon opening? I love the pop-top caps they use and it actually made a nice POP sound, followed by a release of either Saaz hops or skunk, in terms of smell. Once in the glass, I would say that it is heavy on Saaz as the smell is not outright skunked. I got a finger of rocky bone-white head with low retention. Color was a pale golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity (I could see into the neighbor's kitchen), along with lots of CO2 bubbles. Mouthfeel was medium with a light taste of malt and Saaz hops, like a dumbed-down Czech Pils. Finish had a slight cardboard flavor, but not so overpowering that it rated complete dunning. Frankly, in total, it was light, airy, slightly flavorful, but not worth seeking out. I still think that Busch N-A in CANs has been the best of the lot.
03-27-2011 14:20:55 | More by woodychandler
2.42/5 rDev -2%
Bottle poured into La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland. This bottle has a tab cap, not a cap requiring an opener.
A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of no cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. Clear yellow colour.
Sm: Slight lemon zing rides on top of fresh barley. REally a pleasant scent.
T: Refreshing barley body with notes of lemon and lighter-but-not-subtle esters. Pleasant, but not great. As a low alcohol beer, I suppose it's a success if that's what you're seeking, but it's not a good beer in general. Built well for what it tries to do, and balanced.
Mf: Very coarse and wet.
Dr: May please the teatotaller demographic, but I doubt they're on this site. Not a terrible beer, nor should it be disparaged merely for having low ABV, but certainly not a worthy beer.
05-19-2011 21:49:08 | More by kojevergas
Baltika #0 Non-Alcoholic from Baltika Breweries
67 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.