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Baltika #5 Gold - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #5 GoldBaltika #5 Gold

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153 Ratings

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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3/5  rDev +9.1%

08-19-2012 08:57:11 | More by djura
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2/5  rDev -27.3%

08-14-2012 01:35:02 | More by Zakk
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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-04-2012 04:24:53 | More by chel29
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3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
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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2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

07-11-2012 13:40:40 | More by morfius85
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South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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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2.75/5  rDev 0%

06-04-2012 13:56:43 | More by fionn13
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3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

05-25-2012 01:53:00 | More by TonyT013
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2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

05-08-2012 12:14:56 | More by petluo
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3.2/5  rDev +16.4%
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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2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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


2/5  rDev -27.3%
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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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-21-2012 00:14:30 | More by donunrue
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3/5  rDev +9.1%

02-06-2012 19:14:37 | More by LJWalker
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev +9.1%

01-14-2012 05:01:44 | More by tclapper
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3/5  rDev +9.1%

01-10-2012 03:35:56 | More by HighballurRollby
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2.53/5  rDev -8%
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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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev +9.1%

11-29-2011 16:06:50 | More by Burt
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3.25/5  rDev +18.2%
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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2/5  rDev -27.3%

11-25-2011 03:37:37 | More by rab53
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3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Musty grains, hay, a little touch of herbal.

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

Medium-light bodied. Carbonation is light.

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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2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
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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2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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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1.8/5  rDev -34.5%
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
Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.