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Baltika #5 Gold - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #5 GoldBaltika #5 Gold

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BA SCORE
66
poor

155 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2002)
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Reviews by thekevlarkid:
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev +16.4%

Out of a bomber this beer was a straw gold color with one finger of head that was rather short lived and left very limited lacing consequently .The aroma was of the usual macro suspects: cereal grains and corn with some pilsner malt, a little bread and a hint of must. The flavors were better than the aroma in my opinion: I tasted sweet malt, cereal grains, a little bit of yeast and hay as well as a simple but not unpleasant note of hops on the finish. A marginal palate, but better than some of the other Baltika products. The mouthfeel, however, was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation on the lighter side.

04-05-2012 22:33:59 | More by thekevlarkid
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

02-22-2011 04:07:28 | More by RoyalT
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Zakk

Florida

2/5  rDev -27.3%

08-14-2012 01:35:02 | More by Zakk
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

03-19-2006 22:08:03 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +33.8%

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.

08-09-2010 04:01:40 | More by Mora2000
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donunrue

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-21-2012 00:14:30 | More by donunrue
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fionn13

Ireland

2.75/5  rDev 0%

06-04-2012 13:56:43 | More by fionn13
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

06-12-2012 03:05:41 | More by chinchill
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craiglcook

Texas

4/5  rDev +45.5%

01-29-2013 04:14:48 | More by craiglcook
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richkrull

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-02-2013 00:32:30 | More by richkrull
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Brenden

Ohio

3.09/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

06-05-2013 19:02:03 | More by Brenden
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

10-30-2009 19:25:06 | More by mintjellie
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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...

01-17-2010 04:45:21 | More by dacrza1
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KristijanG

Slovenia

2.75/5  rDev 0%

08-21-2014 12:41:00 | More by KristijanG
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -20%

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.

12-30-2010 18:52:55 | More by Sammy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +9.1%

06-03-2014 21:11:47 | More by tdm168
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev +9.1%

08-09-2013 02:51:55 | More by avisong
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

03-07-2011 04:10:57 | More by tempest
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev +1.1%

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."

02-25-2005 16:27:01 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.08/5  rDev -24.4%

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

02-11-2006 05:23:11 | More by russpowell
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BeerZack

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

07-09-2007 17:38:47 | More by BeerZack
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Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +10.9%

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!

11-05-2009 04:49:43 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +36.4%

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.

07-20-2009 23:53:49 | More by tone77
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goochpunch

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

07-24-2007 03:20:38 | More by goochpunch
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev +12%

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.

03-31-2013 15:30:34 | More by puboflyons
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Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.