Zelta | Aldaris

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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-20-2002

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Premium Lager comes in a bottle that looks rather Queenly and is embossed with 'Aldaris' to boot. Nice presentation.

Pours a bubbly and hazy deep straw into a pint glass with a robust two inch off white head. Retention is a bit excessive actually, as I am a bit thirsty at this juncture.

Nose is clean and bright with a hint of a Belgian pale on the nose, though a bit green in nature. Nice lemony notes of noble hops and a decent sense of grain in the background. An impressive lager.

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Photo of oberon
2.39/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

wow I kinda wish I would not have ever tried this,poured a pale yellow color with light/medium head,smell was borderline aweful very musty and just down right bad.Taste was not quite as bad pretty clead with some maltiness but it did leave a kinda nasty aftertaste.I thought I would give this a try since I had never saw it before,what a mistake.

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Photo of ADR
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium yellow, clear, but chill hazing in the humidity. Sugary 1/4 inch head with nice clinging lace that smear all over the glass. Better hop aroma than the two other Czech/Russian I beers tried this evening. Medium carbonation and light floating body. Malt is subdued, pineapple fruity with a crisp hop counterpoint that balances decently. Slightly watery on futher sips, but a fairly well-constructed Lager overall. Drinkable, ordinary, and not as appealing as the less well balanced Baltika to my tongue.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
2.01/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought this in my local "East block shop" came in a clear bottle with yellow labelling.

Look; Pours light amber, with plenty of carbonation and creates a great 1 finger head which sticks around, bubbles are continuous, looking good...

Smell; Light Grainy and hoppy, nothing special, smells like a typical euro pils.

Taste; Awful, taste cheap and grainy, slight hints of pear / apple, thought i was drinking strongbow at one point. Chemical finish, not nice...

Feel; fresh at first but its like drinking a cheap supermarket own brand mouth wash, lingers in your mouth.

Overall; one of the worst beers/lagers i've had in a while, I'd rather drink Budweiser (US) or Miller than this stuff. i don't know if its a bad batch, but i wont be getting any again nor recommending it.

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Photo of Brenden
3.16/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is an extremely pale gold with a mild haziness to it. A big white head forms, surprisingly thick and frothy, forming a billowy pillow I wasn't expecting to see. Honestly, if this left more lacing it'd be a 4.5; every bottle pours this way. I couldn't say why, but that's what's here.
As far as the smell and taste go, this is an interesting one: it reminds me very much of a Munich Helles. Not all, if any, Euro pales that I've had have quite the same character as this one. For whatever reason, it reminds me very much of Weihenstephan original, with a few exceptions. Firstly, it's lighter in both aroma and flavor, lacking the strength. Secondly, there's a bit more of a light earthy funk. Thirdly, there seems to be something slightly sweeter in the grains. Finally, it's not quite as dry and it doesn't finish as cleanly.
The mouthfeel is light and a little pale, with a mild creaminess but no real bite despite a moderate carbonation. Not bad,just not impressive.
Overall, I'd say somewhat above average and better than a typical Euro macro.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow, with greenish tints, and a few fingers of thick, puffy, soapy white head, which leaves some solid lace around the glass. It smells of sweet corn grain, and weedy hops. The taste is quite sweet, grainy sugars predominate, as a bit of earthy hops are about the only other thing apparent. The carbonation is fairly tame, the body smooth, but oily, and it finishes off-dry, more sweet, innocuous grain persisting.

Not a bad, albeit one-dimensional Euro-lager, but the cloying nature would limit my intake to this one.

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Photo of soper2000
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been awhile since I blindly took chances on Euro lagers so it's about time I gave it another go.

Pours with a rather large fluffy white head with settles down to a nice lacing given five minutes time. Body is a very light yellow. Aroma reminds me a lot of Obolon, sweet malts with floral accents but a little bit of spicy hoppiness jumps in at the end. Taste is more abrasive and has more character than i was expecting. Don't get your hopes up though, it's still nothing amazing, but the floral and sweet malt qualities are backed up by a spicy hop snap at the end (can't exactly put my finger on the hop variety, but it is pretty peppery). Better than I was expecting. I'd like to see Latvia's other offerings.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.36/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To clear up any confusion that the new label may cause, this is now labeled "Zelta Gold". Zelta actually means gold; the english was probably added to help it sell in foreign markets. The bottle I have is a fresh sample from the importer. It pours a crystal clear straw gold with a bright white head that's short, but holds fairly well at the offset. It does drop to a thin, creamy collar and light surface covering; but holds it throughout the glass and leaves some surprisingly nice lace! The nose expresses some light malt with a touch of herbal hoppiness. The body is light/medium; and combines with it's fine and moderate carbonation to leave a gently crisp and then soft mouthfeel. The flavor is very basic, but also quite clean, combining a semi-grainy malt and mild herbal hop flavor with a firm, underlying bitterness. It finishes dry, but lingers for a moment on the tongue with a light touch of dull malt and some soft bitterness. Well-balanced and well-brewed. Surprisingly refreshing and enjoyable - one of the better Eastern European lagers at standard strength.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I've got a feeling this 500ml can will either be really good or really bad.

A- Golden and clear but something about it seems dull. A head which I find pretty creamy for a lager shrinks to a thin ring. Very few bubbles.

S- General smell is discrete. Light sweet malt. A little boiled asparagus. Considerably present red licorice (like twizzlers or something).

T- Malt reminds me of unalcoholized malt drinks. I don't get much here. Now that my glass is room temp it also really tastes like red licorice.

M- Very fine bubbles make for a pretty frothy drink.

Once again, one of those ''Premium'' beers that smell and taste like something you shouldn't be ingesting.

Well I really wasn't wishing for this to be bad, but I must say it is.
Wouldn't suggest this to anyone. Hope I never have to drink this again.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being latvian, my review might be tainted, but I enjoyed this beer.

Most baltic beers are too malty for me but Zelta was quite good. A good mouth feel, fresh tasting, good carbination and it was still fresh! Batch #10072119 if that means anything. Aldaris is the main and biggest brewery in Latvia and this beer is thier flagship product.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is mild and slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing with ample maltiness. Feels medium bodied in mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color lager with a medium white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is pretty weak with some malt and no discernable hops. Taste is also quite weak and watery with some semi-sweet malt and no bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, this is quite bland but not bad and quite refreshing for those hot summer days.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours your regular beer yellow, huge and thick white head, awesome lace a real looker. Big carbonation.

Aroma is modest, faint malt and very clean. Not extreme, well balanced. It does not stand out in any way but It not offensive in any way either.

Flavor, much like the aroma, is clean and well balanced, a hint of hops and a solid malt backbone. Not extraordinary, but not flawed.

A wonderfull lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Amalak
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer started off poor and only slightly redeemed itself. Very slight head with no bubbles, completely clear gold. No scent what-so-ever.

Leaves a dull, uninteresting taste. Honestly, there is just nothing much there. It lacks a distinct taste and that just doesn't do anything for me.

This is just a tasteless beer. I can drink it, but it's kind of like masturbation. It's quick and when your done, you've accomplished nothing.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The pour a typical golden yellow with the normal bright white head that is portly in size and the texture frothy, with the lace a thin while veil to somewhat obscure the glass. Model lager nose that is sweet malt, crisp and clean with the matter-of-course sweet malt start and the top cadaverous. Finish is lightly carbonated and the hops apropos to the style, actually sub-standard to the average lagers, totally forgettable.

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Photo of papat444
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flashback #370

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cold hazed golden beer with a passable white head.

Smell is grain and fresh cut hay. Mild sweetness and a floral/spicy hop aroma.

Taste is a little sweet fairly good toasted malt flavor. Grassy hop flavor with a nice herbal edge to it. I would almost say this is more of a Pilsner.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is a bit above average. Eastern European beers have not often disappointed me, not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.97/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little two sweet for my liking and lacking in character, but certainly consumable.
A cloudy and thin light amber with a tiny head and limited carbonation.
The body is medium.
The aroma is malty.
The taste as well is to the malts, front and back with a lingering sence of the same.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.59/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. The bottle is a classic old-style brown bottle that is blown and stamped with the Aldaris crest. Definitely the kind of bottle you'd see 30 years ago, but not so much today. The bottle alone bumps the appearance up a notch.

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with an ample white, frothy head that reduces rather quickly, leaving behind a fair amount of sticky, spiderweb-like lacing. Very tiny bubbles slowly ride from the bottom.

Has a very bready, malty aroma, almost yeasty. Think raw bread dough, sitting in a bowl on the counter waiting to rise.Maybe a hint of lemon underneath, but it is real faint.

Taste, unfortunately, is more in line with the smell than the look. Bready and yeast, with a sharpness that his mid-tongue that reminds me of lye. As I drink more, I get more of a grainy, grassy quality, but in the "I just ate some grass" way, not in an earthy way.

Light bodied, though the bready nature of this beer gives it a bit of a thicker feel that is negated by the sharp, almost metallic feeling mid-tongue.

Chalk this one up to my continuing quest to sample as many bottled, imported brews as Central Europe has to offer. I believe this is my first Latvian beer, so I can safely say it was also the best. However, if you're looking for a good Euro-Pale lager, you may wish to look elsewhere.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of crossovert
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml pull-top clear bottle.

It pours exactly how it looks in the bottle, a pale gold with a big foamy bright white head. It actually is a nice looking beer, but that doesn't mean you should use the clear bottle, especially for export bottles.

The smell has some honey, paper, graham, and a hint of grassy hops. Not skunked thank heavens, gotta grab it from the back of the shelf.

The taste is very similar to the smell, there is a big hit of grain and cooked veggies that make the flavor just average EPL crap.

It will end up with a nice rating on here, but it is average at best for the style and not really worth drinking.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger white head that stays leaving a thick lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation. Faint hoppy nose. Starts clean and crisp with an even mix of hops and malt, faint hoppy finish. $1.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA - had to get this one Latvia is a new country (#61).

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ernie
3.63/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not the best product of Aldaris, but interesting anyway. The aroma is very spicy, and there is a lot of herbs in the palate. Sweet malty nose and considerable hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nice appearance - strong gold liquid with a creamy crown. Would name it an evening beer, but your humble servant prefers darker types in the end of the day

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Photo of Freshie
2.87/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a Russian grocery down the street from my girlfriend's apartment.

I wanted to pick up one thing, and this bottle popped at me, because the glass has a gilded side, with the Aldaris logo.

Pours a fine clear golden color, with surprisingly frothy head. Nose is slighty grainy and sweet, nothing special except for the fact that nothing smells bad or medicinal, like with most pale lagers.

Taste is pleasant enough, slightly more hoppy than a pale lager, strong sweet malt base. Not too watery.

Not complex at all, but easy enough to drink. A nice example of a rather paltry style.

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Zelta from Aldaris
Beer rating: 2.92 out of 5 with 70 ratings