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Baltika #5 Gold - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
66
poor

157 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 19.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Reinheitsgebot71, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
2.3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

mintjellie, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of BeachRez
2.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle. Thank you Freddie J!

A- Gold water. Wow, not very inviting. Very minimal head that disappeared quickly. From the bottle it reminds me of cream soda.

S- Smells like cheap lager. Take that Nirvana.

T- Tastes like corny-not so malty. Very blah. I took my time drinking this, and it actually tastes better warm.

M- Easy to drink. No flavor, just kind of there.

Overall, easy to drink. In fact, it goes down so easy, that it could be drunk all day. Not sure if I would unless VERY cheap.

BeachRez, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of DrJay
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, pale yellow with a think fine, white cap. Sticky lace, decent retention after the head fell to a collar. Aromas of cooked veggies, floral hops, and light sweetness. Low bitterness. The flavour was the same as the aroma, lots of veggies and not much else. Fairly clean though without a lot of sulfur or skunk. Light bodied with average carbonation, fairly dry. Not bad, but nothing here worth revisiting.

DrJay, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of dbmcrorie
2.75/5  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!

dbmcrorie, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear 500mL bottle with a freshness date of 03.04.10. Pours a very clear dark yellow color with a medium sized white head that disappears at a macro-esque clip. It does leave a decent collar with some low-hanging lace.

Nose is grainy and a bit stale. A few whiffs of skunk-funk, but not quite up to Heineken levels. Hops are pretty secretive, but a few grassy notes are detectable. This beer just does not smell very good.

Taste is heavy on the wet grains and I would be willing to gamble there is some corn in here as well. Alcohol is very drying on the palate and has a harsh edge to it. Hops are virtually a no-show here but could have provided some much needed depth. It does taste better than it smells and drinks like it is higher than 5.2%. Another less than stellar Baltika experience, but at a buck-fidy it's worth a try.

twiggamortis420, Aug 13, 2009
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.

tone77, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a crispy gold color with a snow-like head. definetly a bright beer.

smell is malty. slight hints of corn meal or dried corn products.

taste is much is the same as smell. dough flavors, corn meal, bread crust maybe.

mouthfeel is crisp and clean. drinkable brew.

skrib09, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.2/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL clear bottle from the Total Wine,

A: Pours a clear, pale yellow with a soapy white head, some lace.

S: Grainy, husky notes, brown sugar, maybe a bit of DMS and corn smell.

T: Solid malt, cereal grains, some caramel and sugar with very light hopping, not bad for the style.

M: Light-bodied, thin at times, smooth, off-dry.

D: A average lager altogether, drinkable, but nothing to rush out and buy again, quite inexpensive.

Halcyondays, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of zeff80
2.2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

zeff80, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of atis
2.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours pale golden with thin white head that fades fast, weak patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is somehwat sweet weak grainy malt, hints of grassy hops.

Taste is mild grainy malt with light bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with average carbonation.

Overall, quite average Pale lager.

atis, May 16, 2009
Photo of ghebel
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear yellow with a bubbly white head true to the style. No laces on the glass.

S - Grainy malt, earthy hops. Maybe a hint of fruitiness in the background.

T - As with other Baltikas, this one also has a sweet sugary component to it. Other than that, it is quite flavorful for the style and has a mild bitterness as well.

M - Some bitterness and carbonation bite, but leaves that sugary "coating" feel in the back of the mouth and in the throat. Smoothe otherwise.

D - Drinkable, but not too many.

Overall - Similar to the other Baltika lagers. Probably the best of the bunch. It is a nice diversion from American lagers if that it your thing. Sometimes I like the style for variety or for something that I perceive as "lighter".

ghebel, May 14, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev +34.1%
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.

fitzy84, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance
Golden hued, but very light in color and thin looking; loads of carbonation keep a frothy white head afloat for a few good minutes

Smell
Cereal grain, something a bit sour/funky about it; not appealing

Taste & Mouth Feel
Flavor is pretty inoffensive and the body is nice; decent malt character though it's got a bit of corn flavor on the edges; little bitterness

Overall
Just another pale lager to be forgotten in the sea of this ubiquitous style.

JEdmund, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
2.65/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale gold, with about a finger of white head that rises and falls quickly. No lace.

S - Off the bat, skunked. Otherwise there's some spicy hops hanging around, some sweetness, and small doses of cereal and DMS.

T - Little to nothing going on here. Bland, almost tasteless grain for the first half. Out of nowhere a very dough-like, almost chalky flavors jumps out bringing with it a touch of sweetness. Late palate the hops make a brief appearance with the weird doughy taste and cereal grain in the background.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. What I would expect; it neither helps nor hinders the beer.

D - It isn't offensive, but there is a big lack of flavor here. No problems getting through this, but it is boring and uninspiring, certainly not Baltika's best.

PatrickJR, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of stockingcpl
2.35/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: This brew pours a litle spastic. A bunch of bubles whick quickly die. No pacing and almost no head surface ring. Color is a nice golden hue.

Smell: The smell was a rather skunky Euro Pale Lager. Not impressive.

Taste: Very Euro Pale Lager. This selection is well classified, however it did not carry off the taste very well. There are sweet overtones, presumably left over from and uncompleted fortification aging. Not well done.

Mouthfeel: After the spastic initial foam, all carbonation left this brew like Alter Boys fleeing a Priest's convention. Flat...stale...skunky...poor effort.

Drinkability: This tastes like crap. I wish I had passed this up. I did not complete the drink...THAT in itself explains it all.

Prosit!
Nikki

stockingcpl, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite drinkable but nothing special

A- Golden in a nicely shaped clear bottle. Lots of bubbles but little head

S- Grainy malts and perhaps a slight, mild hopping. Smells clean and un-skunked

T- Taste is like the smell. Very little taste but what's there is pleasing

M- Feel is high carbonation, light refreshing body

D- Drink cold and from the bottle and this stuff will be gone before you know it

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of nickfl
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Small, fizzy white head that disappears quickly and leaves little lace. The body is light yellow with good clarity.

S - A light, grainy smell along with some weak hops, otherwise clean

T - Very light, grainy flavor. The finish is clean with a little bit of bitterness.

M - High carbonation, light body, and a very dry finish.

D - This is a very light beer. Similar to an American lite beer with just a hint of hops. Not really worth the effort of prying the cap off the bottle.

nickfl, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of froghop
2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head that didspates rapidly, above average carbonation, no lacing

smell is of sweet grain, few hops, some citrus.

taste is crisp, grain, some malt, few hops, some lemon, ends dry with a touch of bitterness.

froghop, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have an itch that only Baltika can scratch! Now, mind you, these are in a can; the only way to enjoy a Baltika brew.

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling cereal nose with light floral hints. You know, the usual.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a unabashed sweetness throughout -- like liquid breakfast time cereal! Hint of cooked veggies when you drink deep, so you might want to avoid that. Very skimpy on the hops, with only a very minor bitterness present. A touch watery on the finish, with a tiny touch of grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Good? Heavens no! But it's not altogether terrible for being just a simple pale lager.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden in color, with a faint haze, and a small white head, which soon utterly collapses, minimal lacing, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich toasted bread aroma, like the crust of freshly-baked home-made bread. There is a slight sweet alcohol presence, and a very faint spicy hop note. Despite the clear glass bottle, no skunk aroma is present.

Taste: Opens with a slightly sweet caramel note, which lingers as an undercurrent throughout. Soon after the open of the taste, a mild noble-like hop presence appears. Finishes with a faint sweetness, and a mild spicy hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly soft and full, with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, quite pleasing as a warm-weather beer, it seems much better than some more familiar examples of the style which I have tried.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce clear glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. In an apparent effort to conform to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's Byzantine regulations, a small label reading "Ale" has been affixed to the label.

Pegasus, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of BryanCarey
2.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Baltika 5 is a very average beer with a yellowish color and a body that is completely clear. The nose of this beer is sweet, grainy, and slightly skunked and there is almost no foam to speak of. Within moments after pouring, the foam is gone. There is very little carbonation, giving it the appearance of a flat glass of ginger ale.

Baltika 5 Golden Lager has a taste that is malty- sweet, with some flavors like honey in the background and a fruit component that offers the taste of apples and perhaps even a touch of grape. There is only a slight sensation of a hop presence, which helps lead to a slowly drying, crisp finish.

This is a very simple, direct lager with little complexity and a downright ugly appearance. I can't say it's terrible, but it isn't all that tasty, either. Its about as average as a beer can be and if it wasn't for the low price, I doubt many would take this beer seriously.

BryanCarey, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of armock
3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is fairly light some grainy malt and a touch of fruit

T - Is a lot better than I expected some how theres no skunk to this some fruit maybe apples comes out with the grainy malt

M - This is a fairly light bodied beer with medium carbonation to it

D - #5 is surprisingly easy to drink its nice and light with a pretty decent taste that goes down smooth overall not a bad beer

armock, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of baos
2.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz into Falstaff goblet.

A: Nice golden color with the slightest haziness. Head thats 1 finger completely disappears . No lacing.

S&T: Believe it or not this smells and kind of tastes like Purple Passion. The nasty shit I used to drink in Jr. High that came in plastic 2 liter bottles. This is a weird malt beer. I don't really recommend it. Tastes kinda like chewing grape Bubble Yum whilst drinking Coor's light dudes.

M: Actually the high point of this beverage. Light to medium body with medium to big carbonation.

D: Now this beer isn't terrible just strange. Almost a liquorice beer. Grape-flavored water beer dudes.

baos, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with modest white creamy head.
Smell demonstrates some malt fruitiness, with a slight note of hops in the background.
Taste also shows a nice fruity sweetness, but there is not enough hops to balance it.
Thin in the finish.
Very easy to drink, very refreshing, nothing offensive, but very boring.

tgbljb, Mar 16, 2008
Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.