Baltika #5 Gold - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
66
poor

170 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 18.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Bookseeb
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of bluHatter
2.97/5  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.

Photo of kojevergas
1.83/5  rDev -33.7%
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).

Photo of sommersb
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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 SandstormPaul
3.35/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with white head that fades quickly. Very light smell a little grainy. Taste is sweet, grainy, mildly bitter. Decent carbonation, light in the mouth, slight butter-like quality. Despite being in a clear bottle no skunkiness detected. Nothing altogether exceptional, but nothing really unlikable. Very easy to drink, might even try this one again.

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 38rakia
2.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My mom found this in a bottle in a gift pack which included the 6 and the 7, with a spiffy glass.

It pours a melted buttery yellow and smells like a lager should but very faintly. It wasn't very bubbly so it didn't produce a head of any kind when I poured it.

I'm not an expert and I don't have an experts palate but it was very light on lager taste, if any of that makes sense. I had the no 9 not to long ago and I didn't like that one either, but I'd drink this over the 9.

I'm not raving crazy mad over this beer but I'm not really disappointed either. It's just sort of an average lager, although I wasn't expecting it to be so watered down. The #9 is 8% alcohol, so I was hoping maybe the #5 would be too but it tasted like beer flavored water really.

Photo of Kakaraht
2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden clear yellow, with a thin head and no lacing.

S: Pale malt and grainy tones.

T: Sweet pale malt, with a faint, faint hoppiness and a bit of butteryness.

M: Light body and medium carbonation with a crisp flavor. No aftertaste.

D: Not my favorite Baltika but it's not that bad, nod good really either pretty average.

Photo of peensteen
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold colour, thin white head, no lacing to speak of. Smells of corn, straw, light hops and a faint grass presence. Tastes crips and malty with a slight bitterness followed by a sugary sweetness that was unwelcome. Thin to medium, not great though. Kind of watery. I finished my sample, but I would not seek this out again.

Photo of flagmantho
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 500mL bottle into a mug.

Appearance: light gold hue with a crystal clear body. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam. Not bad, though not exciting.

Smell: a little bit of malt and a little wet grain. Not great, but not substantially worse than other examples of the style.

Taste: grainy flavor; mostly inoffensive but not something of which I'd care to drink a lot. There is a light bitterness which is relatively well-balanced and appropriate but the malt is just not doing it for me.

Mouthfeel: light body but surprisingly creamy. I'd have to say that the mouthfeel is this beer's best feature.

Drinkability: well, this beer is alright, but I don't see myself buying it again in the future. This beer would certainly be better on a hot day than on a Saturday in January, but even so there are better examples of the style.

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

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?

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 biegaman
2.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bubbles and head both appear blatantly artificial; each bubble - and there are many - look like drifting mini magnifying glasses and once on the surface appear like a giant sack of marbles. There is not an ounce of creaminess to it whatsoever and the wide pockets of air between bubbles create something of a 'bucked tooth' characteristic. It's rare that I see a beer this brilliantly golden and actually find myself turned off by it.

I've never once found an instance where clear glass has made a beer better (sell better, well that's another thing all together). Baltika 5 is no exception - the clear glass, regardless of its lovely shape and etchings, has actually made this worse! It smells like someone vomited canned cream corn. Realistically, I can't be sure how much of that is the fault of clear glass and how much of that is the fault of the brewery.

The taste, however, should provide a clue. Let us inspect the ingredients list: water, light(!) barley malt, caramel malt, maltose syrups, hop extracts. Therefore, before even trying the beer, I know to expect something light that is made from syrups and extracts. Great. Because when you're hankering for a beer isn't that exactly what you want?

Actually, in fairness, the blatant artificiality aside yet again, the beer doesn't fare all that poorly. It's flavour is a little light on the barley (as advertised) and very heavy on the sweet syrup (as advertised), yet I can't say I find it as offensive as some other mass-produced lagers on the market. And it actually has a decent weight to it as well - I may not be enjoying what I'm drinking but at least I feel some satiation drinking it!

Almost literally, Baltika 5 is a gold brick: it's an impostor of a lager that doesn't disguise even an ounce of its adjuncts and imitation ingredients. It's only about as natural as a Twinkie and twice as corrupted as the Russian government. Curiously, like most anything you find at a fast food outlet, it's edible, even strangely agreeable, but knowing what's in it is a put off and, besides, it doesn't come close to comparing to the real thing.

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 olegv40
3.24/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw colored and absolutely no head after a minute. Smells, well like beer, nothing special at all, but not off putting either.

Tastes of slight hops and is pleasantly malty. As per the style there is not much nuance but it tastes fresh and is remarkably easy to drink. A nice change of pace and very drinkable.

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.31/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 16.9oz glass into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale straw color with a fairly large white head that looks somewhat thin and dissipates quickly, leaving spots of lace. Lots of bubbles rising and sticking to the side.

Smell: Smells of grains and malts, with a hint of sugariness.

Taste: Begins with sweet maltiness, finishing with a grassy sweetness highlighted by sugar flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with balanced carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Nothing about this beer is great, but it's not really terrible either. However, with a price tag under $2, it may be worth a try- even if only once.

Photo of BeerNinja007
2.46/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz clear glass bottle, $2.49 from Hoosick Beverages in Troy, NY. Served at refrigerator temp in a chilled pint glass.

Clear yellow brew, 1" white head settles to a thin layer of large sudsy bubbles. Corn syrup sweetness, mild citrus and floral hops. Taste is corn syrup sweetness becoming candy-like in the finish. Some skunk and mixed artificial-tasting fruity and floral elements. Sweetness gives it a little slickness, but overall the mouthfeel is pretty thin. This isn't an overly sweet beer, but the sweetness stands out because there's not much else going on. Practically zero hops, which was expected due to the clear glass bottle.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.3/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle with freshness date on the back of the gift box. Poured into Baltika half liter glass. About 2 inches of head that quickly disappeared. Golden color that looks appealing. Nothing to exciting as far as smell or taste. Basic clean lager flavor. Some hints of corn and rice. Mouthfeel is smooth and would be highly drinkable.

Photo of yesyouam
2.05/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On my quest to try all of the Baltika line. Poured #5 into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. This beer pours a crystal clear straw with a bright white cap that leaves, surprisingly, no lacing down the sides of the glass. The nose is pretty typical of a Euro Pale. Big notes of canned corn, .powered sugar, and grains. The flavor is really sweet but not in a obnoxious way. It reminds me of powdered sugar and sweet corn. Slight graininess with just a hint of musty hops. Crazy as it is, there is absolutely no hint of skunk. This bottle has probably been sitting on the shelve for a while in a clear bottle but no funk. Man, you put a Heineken on the shelf in front of a tinted window for 5 minutes and you start getting a little funk. I wonder if they use some sort of hop oil that doesn't skunk, like Miller does. Over all, this is a highly drinkable lager. I would much rather have one of these then any BMC.

Photo of TerryW
2.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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 jrallen34
2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours crystal clear straw gold with a white head not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is not much, just light skunk.

The taste is the same just ligit skunk, not much flavor. Like you're typical ameriacan lager.

Moutfeel is light.

Overall a very boring disappointing beer.

Photo of mnrider
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz Clear bottle with gold label. Pilsner Glass.

A: Pours a yellow color with a one finger white head which almost immediately disappears. Carbonation is moderate. Lacing is almost none existent.

S: Almost nothing. Watery with faint fruits and malts.

T/M: Watery like all hell. Not a bad taste really, just none to be found. Cereal grains and light malts.

D: Not very good at all. Very bland and funky. Not something I would get again.

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Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.