Baltika #5 Gold - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #5 GoldBaltika #5 Gold

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BA SCORE
66
poor

169 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 18.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2002

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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 106
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Photo of RoyalT
2.31/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a nice, straw-colored yellow in color with a wonderful head that was pure white and showed above-average retention.

Smell - The singular grain has a nice crispness to it although this is not a high-quality nose.

Taste - This beer falls to pieces at the taste. The grain is stale, almost rotten, with some cheap sugar at the finish.

Mouthfeel - This light-bodied lager had some nice carbonation and a touch of leafy bitterness.

Sinkability - I couldn't get past that rotten grain flavor to save my life. This was the hardest of the series for me to find and unfortunately the most disappointing.

PS: This beer was all over the place. I think this is only the second time in almost 2,000 reviews that I have five scores in which no two are the same.

Photo of Jason
3.02/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz clear glass bottle with a freshness date on the back of the label.

A- Crystal clear yellowish golden color, really thin lacing ... head retention lacks as well.

S- Cooked vegetables, bland dry malt aroma ... watered down grape cool-aid-like smell from some sort of malt husk.

T&M- Grape Nuts cereal, watery malt ... wet palate with a solid crispness. Plain hop bitterness with no real flavor to be found. Corn grits and cooked veggies ... finishes semi-dry.

D- Nothing horrible, but nothing good about it either other than it is a cheap lager with no flaws that offend my palate.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsener malt with some grassy hops. The flavor is that of a basic lager. I get some pilsener malt, some wheat, lemons and grassy hops. This tastes like a very lightly hopped pilsener. Creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
2.81/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz clear bottle into a snifter.

A: a rather ordinary looking lager: Golden color; clear; largish, white soapy head. The head was surprisingly durable and capable of coating most of the glass with lacing on the way down.

Aroma: light malt and hops with hints of hay and white bread.

T: slightly sweet and floral, with low but balanced levels of hops and malt. Some corn and butter here too.

M: light and rather watery body; carbonation is good; smooth.

Overall: Despite clear glass, this sample showed no skunkiness or others signs of deterioration. It was quite drinkable but lacking in character, richness and complexity ... I.e., nothing to support a recommendation or lead me to buy it again.

Photo of Brenden
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gold?...almost. It's paler than that, though brilliantly clear. Never judge a beer by its color, I suppose. This one, though, doesn't establish much of a head. Clean white, it's barely able to cap at half a finger before it dies away to a wispy foam. At least that remains, though, and even drops a little spotting on the way down.
The aroma's a bit too vegetal coming off a lightly grassy note, and pale malts aren't offering too much here. There's a fruity sweetness and something dry and husky as well. I know basically what to expect from this style, though it is a catch-all. This aroma, at least, is lacking something. It's average if not for the overly vegetal note.
The flavor drops a bit of the husk and vegetation and even gives a touch of noble hops spiciness. That's a pleasant surprise. Malts are still light and it's not exciting, but it's an improvement over the nose and just above average in an admittedly weak style.
The feel isn't bad. I expect a light body, and these beers tend sometimes to have an odd slickness, which this beer avoids. It's a bit crisp and even has a mild smoothness to it.

Photo of mintjellie
2.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Baltika gift set. Poured into the branded glass it comes with.

Effervescent straw gold and capped by a fluffy white head. Head is well retained and leaves behind a decent lace as it dissipates. Weak cereal and sweet grain aroma. This beers defining characteristic is a corn syrup sweetness. Because it actually is brewed with corn syrup. It says so on the ingredients list. Cloying. Tastes like sweet bread with hints of lemon and bittering hops. Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Feels a bit thin, but not watery. Off-flavours make this one a bit of a chore to drink.

Photo of dacrza1
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Situation: New Year's Day watching PSU vs. LSU...
Glassware: Baltika glass...
Appearance: White head that laces and rims well; "golden" body is golden indeed with constant effervescence, much like the 7...
Aroma: crisp haylike malts, as expected--but the malty, almost malt liquor scents provide expectations of a heavier body...
Palate: medium-bodied, with minimal stopover on the tongue; again, the body of a malt liquor...
Taste: malty, malty, malty lager--thick and syrupy, with the honey notes predominant...
Overall: Much like the 7, but not as strong--a palate cleanser or a barbecue companion, but no need to purchase another now that I have a glass...

Photo of Retroman40
2.81/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This one looks beautiful in the bottle and pours out a rich golden color with a somewhat fleeting pure white head. The high praise ends with the first sip. This is basic Euro Pale Lager. If I hadn't had known I would have said I was drinking a Heineken since it shares its flavor profile.

Photo of Sammy
2.21/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

LCBO same gift pack as the #7. A typical Euro pale. A little cheesy arom. A light yellow colour with a big soapy head. A bit thin mouthfeel. Malt sugary taste, drinkable but a whole beer is not pleasurable. Still better than your macro brew, but not by much.

Photo of tempest
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 500ml can from Euromart in Astoria. It smells of pale malts with a hint of honey and adjunct. The flavor is similarly sweet with an odd vegetal spice to it. Honestly, this beer reminds me of malt liquor more than anything. I'd avoid this one. Stick to the Baltika porter.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this one, because I’ve had so many standard lagers during my visit to Russia, each one as bland as the one before. This is pretty nice, but it’s pretty standard to-style stuff. Decenet pale straw color, light head, but the taste just says "I've been down this road before."

Photo of russpowell
2.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle#2 of the expirment..

Pours extremely (can you say urine?) yellow with a white head that drops immediately, zero lacing

Smell: Sweetness and graininess

Taste: Over the top sweetness, with slight bitterness ad frutiness on the tounge

MF: Thin and way undecarbonated, out of whack

Too damn sweet. Try this if you have the guts! Otherwise stear clear

Photo of BeerZack
2.43/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color; mediocre head, decent lacing.

Smells like a mild malt liquor; sweet and malty with the slightest bit of skunk.

Not much going on here in the way of flavor- sweet malt that never gets balanced out enough by bitterness OR skunkiness.

Mini-Malt Liquor; very unimpressive. Tastes like it should have more than 5.3%abv (actually, if it did and was labeled as a ML, I would rate it higher).

Kinda bad, even for the weakass EPL category.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Time for round 2 of the Blatika gift pack, number 5, gold jerry gold! Here's hoping she pours a bit fairer then the less them comely maiden Baltika 7.

Well it definitely looks like a lager pale gold with a pure white head about an inch thick, eventually settling down to the thin film above the liquid "gold."

Smell well what smell besides some faint whiffs of wheat, old white bread, a bit of hoppy grass notes, and a hint of apple.

Very sweet malt tastes to begin with more akin to watered down honey than the complex sweetness provided by good malts. Stale bread and crackers mixed with corn syrup is about as vivid as I can get when describing this flavor. Some alcohol presence as we progress down the glass. Next to no hop profile whatsoever, everything just seems so watered down.
The water theme carries on to the feel foamy reasonably drinkable but just thin and watered down overall.

Well it's certainly a euro lager. Not terrible but definitely not amazing, good for washing down the pizza I had but that's about it. Come on Baltika only the porter can save you now!

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild and a bit sweet. Taste is crisp with some maltiness and sweetness. Feels good in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a quality beer that I could spend the entire day drinking.

Photo of goochpunch
2.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out gold with moderate bubbles and a thinnish head. Looks about right. Smell starts off rather malty, but then quickly switches to a grainy, corn-like aroma. Some whiffs of rubber bands. Flavor brings more of a malty backbone than in the smell, but there is still the underlying corn and rubber band thing there. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Yeah, I don't think I'd choose this over Baltika's porter again.

Photo of puboflyons
3.09/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 25 ounce clear bottle marked 03.09.12-01:34, 03.09 9.13 0-W. Sampled on March 31, 2013.

The color is pale yellow with a white fizzy head that disappears almost on contact. It looks the way it should.

The aroma is a multitude of grains and malts with a syrupy sugar feel and a clean, crisp hop background. Not offensive.

The body is light and the texture is creamy.

The taste brings out the barley malts a bit more with a standard clean lager hop finish. Drinkable but nothing that a hundred different pale lagers don't have.

Photo of fitzy84
3.67/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear bright yellow-gold appearance with little lacing or head. Aromas are actually quite nice with a mix of honey and grain. However, there is somewhat of a "sticky" aspect to the smell, making the aromas lag in your nose to a nuisance amount of time. Very, very sweet. Somewhat syrupy aftertaste on the tongue with a really strong honey flavor. Mouthfeel is very watery and thank goodness; the sweetness from this drink could have been much more potent if it were not watered down. Overall, quite a nice drink for your sweet tooth.

Photo of BeerSox
2.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear light gold hue with a white head that quickly fizzes to a thin bubbly cap.

Light malts with a little bit of a plastic smell.

Clean light sweet malts with a touch of hoppiness. Very quick finish.

There really isn't much to say about this beer. Not much taste, and what is there isn't very appealing. There are better beers in this style.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.24/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This lager is a nice golden color, light and bright with a clear body and topped off with a thick white head. The head forma a billowy mountaintop and you continue to pour, and the stream of lively carbonation slowly settles and disappears completely. There is a nice thins strong layer of lacing to mark every sip. The first aroma to hit you is the malts followed by some light grassy and lemony scents. It sweet overall and very refreshing. This is a light bodied lager, not much to the taste but still very refreshing.

Photo of SixpointJMH
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

nothing great here. turned out to be better than expected, actually. this one pours a very light gold...almost rolling rock-esque. smells of malt anf grain, though nothing overpowering here. one might just assume they were taking a whiff of a glass of water. it delivers a surprising smooth taste with hints of flavour, but nothing overpowering. still a bit too watery for my liking. i guess i might drnk this one again. i can't recommend it, but can't say stay away either.

Photo of irishtimepiece
2.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Baltika 5, left at my house by a Russian couple that I do not know. They also left some sort of herring. Strange folks.

Pours bright gold with a foamy, white, soda like head that lasts for about 20 seconds.
Smells like raw grain and my barn.
Grainy taste with a strange hint of something roasted. No detectable hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was sharp and overly carbonated.
Given how generally inoffensive it is, I could drink a lot of them. I'd rather not... but I could.

Photo of metter98
2.72/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down, leaving some patches of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a bit sweet and has flavors of malt extracts along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink and surprisingly didn't have any skunked flavors, especially since it came from a clear glass bottle, although there was nothing interesting about the taste.

Photo of dbmcrorie
2.77/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation:
16.9 oz clear glass bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Freshness & bottling date printed on back.

Visual:
Clear golden yellow body with this whispy head that doesn't stick around too long. Slight collar and minimal lacing left behind.

Aroma:
Dry grain, slight corn-like malt, and stale... something. Slight skunk (I can only imagine comes from the clear glass not blocking the sun), with a side of vegetables for the nose to worry about. No hops. Faint dry husk at the end.

Taste:
Cereal/grainy malt, and simple bitterness to follow. More veggies and cooked corn in the mix with a bit of a dry finish. Crisp carbonation in this medium bodied lager with a wet moutfeel. The only hop presence is possibly the overly simple bitterness that doesn't seem to leave the tongue.

Overall:
Hmm. I am enjoying trying these Baltikas for their price. But am some what let down and probably won't make them (especially this one) a regular in the fridge. This is pretty much a mediocre lager with little to offer: nothing good, but also nothing bad. Drinkability is so-so as it does little to entertain or offend my tongue.
I'd say, give it a try for the price. Pair it with some spicy cuisine, some pasta, some chicken, and see what happens.

Cheers!

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml.Pokal glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale straw.Clear appearance.White crown.Large bubbled froth quickly dissipated. Wet paper aroma shows oxidation signs.An slightly sweet malt aroma is felt eventhough.Sparkling & bitter upfront then moderate malty flavor.Watery in the middle.Light body, unbalanced carbonation.Quite bitter finish.Bland beer.

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Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.