Baltika #5 Gold - Baltika Breweries
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1.19/5 rDev -56.7%
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.
01-17-2014 22:29:23 | More by Rayek
1.35/5 rDev -50.9%
I know we are not supposed to review a bad beer, but going from the previous reviews, I know this was just my luck to get a bad bottle. It came from the World Of Beer in Clearwater, Fla. They store their beers in glass refrigerated wall cabinets. This one must have been light struck, and the clear bottle was a big factor in the nastiness. It poured with no head, no fizz, a bit cloudy, the colour of apple cider. It was flat and just not good. I couldn't drink it and poured it out. A word of advice: Seeing as it's a clear bottle, you should be able to judge the clarity. If it's cloudy, leave it on the shelf and advise the proprietor that he may have some skunky beer on his hands. Then go back the next day to see if he pulled it of the shelf or if he's trying to pass on his stuff.
03-03-2006 15:08:23 | More by Conrad
1.8/5 rDev -34.5%
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).
05-19-2011 22:44:15 | More by kojevergas
1.88/5 rDev -31.6%
Well, the bottle was shinny. But that's about the only good thing I have to say about Baltika #5. In fact I think I am going to burn the pint glass I poured it in. Ok, well maybe it wasn't that bad, but it certainly wasn't very good either. I was given this "beer" (and I use that term losely) by my boss, since the company I work for is thinking about selling it. As far as I'm concerned as a beer buying customer, I am not thinking about purchasing it. Don't drink and review.
10-07-2006 01:45:23 | More by treehugger02010
1.9/5 rDev -30.9%
Yikes!! I've had varied success from this brewery and this is the first time I've seen this variety so I had to pick it up. Bought it in denver as I've not seen it in my hometown to date.
Piss Yellow with mild carbonation. below average in every way.
Skunked smell and taste, although this brew is not spoiled this is a fresh sampling by import standards. Grain/wheat and some adjuncts combine for a debacle.
Notes: I've been a backer of some offerings from this brewery but they fall short this time.
11-13-2005 20:51:26 | More by DogFood11
2/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
03-08-2012 20:52:09 | More by GONZALOYANNA
2/5 rDev -27.3%
Bottle from an LCBO gift pack. Pours a pale yellow colour with small white head. Almost no smell to this, though no off smells either, so that's one up on the Baltika 7. Prety grainy flavour, no trace of hops or bitterness. I suppose this could work as a refreshing beer on a summer day, but why not just buy a better lager?
01-06-2011 19:55:42 | More by kwjd
2.05/5 rDev -25.5%
Baltika 5 is a very clear, very sparkling, pale golden lager with a small, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a slightly sweet, corny, funky aroma. It's light bodied, pretty smooth and the finish is pretty clean and dry. It's a little watery and a little gritty. It's a little sweet and pretty funky. It tastes like malt extract, water and creamed corn, but the flavor is light. Keep it cold and drink it quickly.
03-27-2010 15:16:19 | More by yesyouam
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
2.08/5 rDev -24.4%
Looks passing good. Clear golden yellow, very active carbonation, medium head that settles to a ring and gives up a wee bit of spotty lace early on.
Pretty much a let down from there. Skunky mushroom nose. Corny and veggies and mushroomsl. Cottony mouthfeel. Heavy handed and not real good.
01-20-2010 02:43:33 | More by TerryW
2.13/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
09-08-2012 02:00:40 | More by alankwak
2.17/5 rDev -21.1%
"Gold" was the loser of the Baltika challenge, which involved drinking all the available Baltikas. poured golden (surprize) with an off-white foamy head. very corny odor like a malt liquor. metallic odor too. a bit sour, kind of malty and corny taste. nothing special, a little unpleasant. thin. easy to drink, but not all that fun to do so.
10-31-2006 15:40:10 | More by aforbes10
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
2.2/5 rDev -20%
Apparently a try to design an Export Lager at cheapest price possible. Not a nice try, though.
Pale yellow color, fluffy head quickly dissipates, carbonation level higher than average for this type of lager.
Smell faint, malty-fruity. Start sweet, overall taste is also sweetish with grainy and yeasty accents. Body thin, mouthfeel somewhat watery. Light bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste metallic is displeasing.
06-18-2006 05:54:59 | More by ernie
2.2/5 rDev -20%
A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, pale gold color with a bubbly, white, two finger head of foam. It faded quickly and left very little lace.
S - It smelled of corn and caramel malt. Not much else.
T - It tasted of candy sweet caramel with a buttery-like flavor. No bitterness or hop presence at all.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.
D - This is not very good. I can understand why they imported stouts from England.
06-06-2009 00:40:41 | More by zeff80
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
Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.