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Baltika #5 Gold - Baltika Breweries

Baltika #5 GoldBaltika #5 Gold

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BA SCORE
66
poor

142 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 19.49%


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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MarkoNm

Slovenia

2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours witha clear and golden color and is topped with an avergae white frothy head that soon settles down to almost nothing.
The aroma is mild. Some malts, some grains and surprisingly slighty soury smell.
The taste is light and sweet, balanced body finishes with a slight hoppiness. Slight, really slight bittery feel in the aftertaste.
Ok, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 10:12:35 | More by MarkoNm
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.21/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 04:48:37 | More by vickersspitfire
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Rayek

Colorado

1.19/5  rDev -57%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Words cannot accurately describe how terrible this beer was. Did I get an old bottle? Was it something I said before I opened it?

It looks just fine out of the bottle. There's excellent clarity from the pale gold body, and a decent white cap that actually sticks around a bit. Everything goes way downhill from there.

If dry was a flavor, that would be the most positive comment I could make. Unfortunately, it's not. The beer is a strange mix of corn, chemicals, odd sweetness, plus a bonus face wincing sourness. The bitterness is light, yet harsh on the palate. It combines with the chemical flavors at the end to linger for what seems like an eternity. At least the body is light.

Overall, it's terrible stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 22:29:23 | More by Rayek
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77black_ships

Belgium

2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

50 cl. clear (oh, lord) bottle @ home. Procured from Anna Maria in Antwerp. German import like most of the East-European goods available at these kinds of stores in Belgium. Bottled on 19.05.2013. Clear pale golden, foamy white head. Sweet sugary corn & cornflakes nose, light sunk accompanying the whole. Taste is soggy cornflakes, lots of them, corn, skunk, sugary, lightly syrupy & oily, sweet & soggy, touch artificial sweeteners, sweetish. Taste is soggy & oily. Crappy but manageable pale lager. The blond Baltika’s so far have been just crappy pale lagers unfortunately, too bad the 6 was pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 12:15:16 | More by 77black_ships
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metter98

New York

2.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:45:03 | More by metter98
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Brenden

Ohio

3.09/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 15:30:34 | More by puboflyons
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pkalix

California

2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not even a straw yellow pour; looks and smells like a pathetic attempt of trying to emulate a corona (which is really going in the wrong direction, in my opinion).
taste is . . . . oh crap, do i have to drink this? oh well, here goes... is it corn? the OFFICIAL WEBSITE even leaves #5 OFF ITS WEBSITE!!! oh my horrid god. well, maybe it's not that bad...
overall, uh... dont bother. if you're trying new beers to sample- dont bother. if you're financially challenged, but some miller lite.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:19:26 | More by pkalix
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 6/13/12. Best before 6/13/13.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and grain. Taste is much the same with a slight metallic flavor on the finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer and I think it may have something to do with the clear bottle it comes in.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:31:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-hazy golden with a sticky white head

S-smells like an adjunct lager. Creamy grains, not too great.

T-comes in with a taste of clean adjunct grains. It's tastes much like any adjunct lager. It's creamy.

M-medium creamy almost watery carbonation. Matching finish

O-even for the style, it's pretty bad. So far from this brewery, this has been my least favorite by a long shot. It's just not even easy difficult to finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 18:27:40 | More by AdamBear
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alankwak

Florida

2.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Light golden, clear lager. Low /medium head retention and lacing.

S: Little to none.

T: Tastes a bit like lager beer. Not much in the way of hop flavor at all but a grainy backbone is there. Weak overall.

M: None to speak of. Very thin.

O: Lame. And they would like to be part or Europe???!!! They obviously are still commies.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 02:00:40 | More by alankwak
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml clear bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a half finger head. Tons of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer help to hold the head for a long time. Really a pretty beer.

A very light skunkyness in the aroma but much less than what I was expecting with a clear bottle. Lots of grain and grassy hops and a slight hint of lemon.

A nice breadyness in the taste quickly followed by hay and grass from the hops. Bitterness is on the light side and really the taste kind of falls apart about halfway through. The crispness I was expecting just didn't come with the beer finishing up a little bit sweet.

Overall, this is very similar to Baltika #3. I haven't done a side by side tasting but the similarities are remarkable. This one may be a little less sweet but not much. Really it isn't a bad beer just completely unremarkable. I would pick up again, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 01:02:44 | More by rangerred
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 22:33:59 | More by thekevlarkid
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beerme343

Idaho

2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed a bottle of Baltika #5 poured into a standard pint glass.

A very large head formed that was composed of medium to large bubbles. The beer is bright and straw colored.

There is a lightly sweet smell to this beer but a less remarkable aroma than other Baltika pale lagers like the #2.

A little bit of malt flavor comes through and there is some minimal bitterness. No strong flavors, just a hint of honey on the finish.

Number 5 is very light overall, smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 07:40:52 | More by beerme343
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

2/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 20:52:09 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you are reading this review and notice that it remains on my "Gots", please understand that I am the creator of The CANQuest (TM) and as such, I still desirous of getting this beer in a CAN.

I have been on a Russian kick for a couple of years now, starting with Kvass and expanding to the language, the history, the literature, the women ... Well, as to that last, I have known that the Russkies are generating some drop-dead knockouts for some time. Hell, I remember this one towering honey-honey from Kiev that I hung out with for several days in Haifa, Israel during an inport period that left everybody's tongues lolling. I called her "Svetlana" and she would have answered to anything as long as this AmeriCAN sailor's money held up. What a giantess! She was nearly twice as tall as me and we made a great pair strolling around town. Ah, yes.

An aggro pour generated just over a finger of fizzy, foamy bone-white head that lasted about as long as a career sailor's inport relationship. Bye! Color was a pale yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see right through it, through the neighbor's walls, and into the future. Nose had a certain je ne sais quois - it did not smell like the usual adjunct suspects, but at the same time, it had an unpleasant underlying mustiness. Label check: Bottled 25 March 11 Best by 25 March 12, so I was in the window and it had probably been pasteurized, given its clear bottle, so what was the problem? Mouthfeel was on the thin side and it had a slightly minty flavor on the tongue along with a mild lager sweetness. This was quickly shaping up to be a whole buncha nothin'! Finish was relatively bland and I REALLY wished that I had scored another bottle of the #4, which actually was enjoyable. This was not unpleasant, but instead lacking anything that would make me want to open another.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:38:42 | More by woodychandler
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Look – very pale golden color, clear, with heavy carbonation and about two-and-a-half fingers’ worth of frothy off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – typical of any pale lager, bright and crisp but with an almost cereal grain type of smell.

Taste – also typical of a pale lager type of brew, but there’s an odd hint of something else in the background. Maybe there’s a little more hop added in, because there’s just a bit of a bite that gets cut off almost as soon as it hits.

Mouthfeel – typical of this type of brew. It leans more on the watery side of texture.

Overall – Not a bad tasting brew, but not interesting at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:34:11 | More by Nerudamann
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mjurney

Texas

3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Golden color, clear. Lots of carabonation. Bright white soapy head.

Aroma:
Musty grains, hay, a little touch of herbal.

Taste:
Sweet grainy up front along with dry grape skin towards the end. Very grainy character, sweet cereal with butter and toffee mix together.

Body:
Medium-light bodied. Carbonation is light.

Finish:
Smooth finish, but it's not crisp like most lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 23:03:28 | More by mjurney
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kilustration

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wife picked up a pint+ bottle for me, have to admit I was not expecting it to be very good.
Turns out its I was correct, but its not bad either.
Yellow color, pours with nice head yet disappears quick.
Smells grainy like an adjunct.
Taste an mouth feel is somewhat creamy and smooth, going down with out a grimace.
Would not actively seek out, but could have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 03:01:30 | More by kilustration
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden straw color with a fair head that dissipates thin but steady leaving spotty lace. Smell of different grain adjuncts with a yeast note background. Taste of the adjuncts having a buttery note leaving a fairly clean finish. mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. a simple easy drinking pale Russian lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 01:37:04 | More by Bookseeb
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bluHatter

Michigan

2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours golden yellow. Looks a lot like Miller or similar light lagers. No head which quickly disappears, leaving little to look at.

S: Grainy, malty, wheat

T: Buttery malt beer.

M: Moderate carbonation, feels very light. Very easy to drink. Is this even alcoholic?

O: A descent average easy to drink beer. Nothing really interesting or stand out, but it's enjoyable. Heck, it's beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 00:57:41 | More by bluHatter
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kojevergas

Texas

1.8/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why the clear bottle? That's a classic hallmark of amateur brewmastery. FAIL. The bottle was poured into a Williams Bros pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Bottle acquired in an off-license in Ennis, Ireland.

A: Pours a four finger head, quite thin, with a bit of cream. Retention is actually quite nice. Colour is a clear yellow without any bubbles at all.

Sm: Slightly musty barley with assorted tones of light cream and maybe vanilla. A moderately light smell.

T: Blandish barley body with undertones of cream and malt. Very simple and not at all great. Poorly built. The bittering hops destroy the balane and feel unnatural.

Mf: Very wet and rather coarse, even for the style. Doesn't suit the flavours of the body.

Dr: A bland beer not worth trying unless you're an obsessive fanatic of the style. It's not particularly easy to down, being more thick than it ought to be, and the ABV isn't that high, so it's not really even a good option for getting bollocksed. Move along, lads. Get yourself a more worthy beer for less money (especially if you're here in Ireland).

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 22:44:15 | More by kojevergas
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the local Russian market. 500ml clear glass bottle with a drink by date of 11-09-11.

Bright and clear beer has a light yellow color. Two fingers of white head with little lacing and retention. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is on the weak side with light malty smells and some floral hop character. Slight sweet fruity smell as well.

Taste is crisp, but not overly flavorful. Bitterness is low and some malty sweetness makes for a nice balance. I do notice the vegetable taste that other reviewers mentioned.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with high carbonation. Aftertaste is lightly dry. Overall this is an OK lager as a no frills warm-weather refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:43:38 | More by sommersb
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  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.

Serving type: can

03-07-2011 04:10:57 | More by tempest
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Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.