Baltika #5 Gold - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
66
poor

163 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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 HighballurRollby
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of woodychandler
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.

Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of Nerudamann
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.

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of mjurney
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.

Photo of kilustration
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.

Photo of Bookseeb
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.

Photo of bluHatter
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.

Photo of kojevergas
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).

Photo of sommersb
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.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of SandstormPaul
3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
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
2.23/5  rDev -19.5%
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
2.38/5  rDev -14.1%
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 -5.1%
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
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -1.4%
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 -27.8%
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
2.2/5  rDev -20.6%
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 -6.1%
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 +32.9%
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
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
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
2.3/5  rDev -17%
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
2.42/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.