Arsenalnoye Krepkoye (Strong)
Baltika Breweries

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Lager - European Strong
Ranked #75
Ranked #49,423
2.74 | pDev: 21.53%
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
Arsenalnoye Krepkoye (Strong)Arsenalnoye Krepkoye (Strong)
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.91/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Bless my little cotton Commie socks. A beer from Baltika which doesn’t have a number! One of the great things about living in LA is the multi-cultural atmosphere I work in, my work colleagues know my love for beer and often I get unexpected gifts from some obscure places, this is one of them from a fellow Engineer formerly of Russia. A metric sized half-litre (500ml) brown glass bottle, labeled as 1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounces for the US market. The label is all foreign to me though, none of this translated “Arsenalnoye” rubbish, my bottle has the word “APCEHAΛБHOE” which translates as “Beer from the Arsenal”, in rough speak above the words “Extra Lager” in a smaller white text. The Arsenal heritage is borne out by the symbol atop the main label, a pair of dueling flintlock pistols crossed over a large letter “A” in a red circle. Main crown cap is red and has the text ““APCEHAΛБHOE ПОВО”. Listed as Alc. 7.0% by Vol. with a Production Date of 03.08.05 and Best before Date of 03.08.06.

Appearance: Tremendous head on the pour, an expansive white jobby which stays at around 1-2” for some time and only slowly collapses, but always leaves a decent covering. Faded golden body with a pale-straw super-lucid clarity. A handful of streamers with average carbonation levels. Soft lacing which soon slides down back into the body of the Lager.

Nose: Low strength aromas, I struggled to get anything at first, but I managed to get a reasonable guess at what was going on before the beer completely disappeared.

Taste: Biscuit malts, pale and lightly toasted with some sweetness and a little grassy bitterness in the finish. Very “middle of the road”, it never strays from the tried-and-tested Lager formula, but there again neither does it suffer the awful “adjunct” laden sweet corn soaked in high alcohol crappy tastes that many East-Euro 5%+ Lagers project. Clean enough to enjoy but simple enough to forget.

Mouthfeel: Never found the alleged 7% alcohol, unless it was asleep and waiting to kick my ass later on. Conditioning was good enough to add a smooth aspect and the lightly chilled body which kept the tastes in check. It felt OK, nothing great but good enough.

Drinkability: I must stay that I really did not mind this one, not mediocre but nothing more than average. Simple enough with a clean profile, and I certainly wouldn’t turn this one away at a Russian BBQ if it were offered.

Overall: Not that bad actually, rather surprised in fact. But still just OK.

Jun 15, 2006
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yesyouam from New York

1.7/5  rDev -38%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Arsenalnoye Krepkoye is a slightly hazy golden lager with a thin white head that vanishes instantly. It has a very sweet aroma like malt extract and maybe corn syrup. It's medium bodied; dusty and gritty with a watery finish. It tastes very sweet, like malt extract in water. I can't really taste the booze, though. This 51 oz. bottle is trouble. I knew it from the moment I saw it and it didn't let me down. The bottle is plastic, which isn't very effective in a brawl. I just see that as a reasonable safety precaution.

Sep 27, 2010
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.57/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Look: Gold and clear with a huge, frothy white head.

Smell: Citrusy hops and a little toasted malt in the back.

Taste: So faint that I honestly have a little trouble tasting it until a second after swallowing. A sort of medicinal bitterness with a bit of malt in the back. This would be kinda gross if the taste was stronger.

Mouthfeel: Not very carbonated, which combines with the thin texture to make it feel like flat soda.

Overall: The 7% ABV, large bottles (you can find a pint easier than 12 ounces), and weak flavor clearly indicate that this beer is for getting smashed and nothing else. At that, it succeeds.

Dec 21, 2017
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jerskine from California

3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My 2nd Baltika Breweries beer poured out of a PET bottle.

A: pours with a half inch of foam that quickly dissipates; no lacing at all; very clear, light brown color

S: just like my last Baltika beer; hint of sweet brown sugar; I can't really explain this scent any better than saying that it smells like a dingy, musty, inner-city Russian alley way that is strewn with garbage from a bakery

T: surprisingly good for what it looks and smells like; sweet, malty, brown sugar and caramel

M: light carbonation and very drinkable at 7%

O: At $1.99, this imported Russian beer gave me very little expectation. However, compared to many of the low-priced quantity over quality beers of the U.S., this beer is very well done. Much more enjoyable than a 32oz of Pabst, MGD, or any Coors/Bud product.

May 19, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

2.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Big 1.5 liter plastic bottle. Stuck in the freezer for over 2 hours.

It smells like alcohol with some dark grains and sugar.

The taste is of caramel, paper, and alcohol.

Sort of watery, very alcoholic.

Only drink this to get drunk, not to savor it. It beats out 40oz of bmc in that regard and it was cheaper.

Feb 03, 2011
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ejh06752 from New York

2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Jan 14, 2013
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Doodler from Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Jan 26, 2012
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djrn2 from New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -5.1%

Aug 16, 2014
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Olivander from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - It's got a nice dark golden color with about a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly. It doesn't have a memorable appearance, but it certainly looks good in a glass.

Smell - Nothing special. There was not much of an aroma at all.

Taste- I love the taste of this beer! It's got a prevalent syrupy sweetness to it, almost like a pancake, that is very pleasant. Some might think it's a little too sweet, but I like that in a beer, so it struck me well. For 7% ABV, you can't taste much alcohol. Delicious! Especially for those who aren't big beer drinkers.

Mouthfeel- Pleasant to the touch. Lightly carbonated and goes down easy, especially for 7% ABV.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. The sweetness makes it easy to drink a lot of this stuff.

Overall, considering that I am able to get this stuff at a local liquor store for $0.99 per half liter bottle and mainly care about the last three categories, this is a tremendous buy for me! Experienced beer drinkers will likely consider this beer to be average, but many inexperienced drinkers will find this to be a delight.

Dec 31, 2009
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Derranged from New York

3.24/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden in color with a two inch white head.

Smell: This was a pleasant surprise. Sweet, floral notes and hops.. Not kidding, I never thought I'd smell hops in a beer a like this.

Taste- This was not bad at all. Very sweet, bready, white grapes, sugar, slightly metallic, slightly bitter and just a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Flat, thick and syrupy.

Overall- For what it is, it's pretty good- A cheap buzz with a tolerable and decent taste. It is really really sweet though, I couldn't drink too many of these.

Apr 20, 2011
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Zoidzilla from Illinois

2.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall not a bad beer if you are looking to get drunk cheaply and still tell people you are drinking an import

Appearance: Golden color and a little foggy

Smell: it is very fruity, sweet and malty

Taste: Very unoffensive sweet and malty, as has been stated before hard to taste the alcohol once you get a few sips in.

Mouth-feel: Again unoffensive has a fruity flavor/sweet which some like.

Drink-ability: If you are not looking for anything special and want something cheap that will get you ready to head out to the bars then it should work just fine.

Overall not bad not great if you like your drinks a little sweet, malty, and Russian then this is for you.

Oct 19, 2010
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Texasfan549 from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jan 31, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.02/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the bottle, it pours golden with a fluffy head with few bubbles to replenish (which is interesting). Some lacing as you drink it. Somewhat fruity in the nose, sweet malt in the mouth. No bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mar 28, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

2.31/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Sweet malt water. Faint skunkiness that isn't no bad. Almost no carb. Sips smooth. Good beer to eat spicy food with as it has virtually no flavor to interfere with the food flavors. Not terrible.

Jan 27, 2016
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LuckyJohn from Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Jun 10, 2014
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paulish from New York

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mar 26, 2018
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alexkor from Florida

1.25/5  rDev -54.4%

Apr 10, 2014
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AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

1/5  rDev -63.5%

Nov 03, 2014
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123321123321 from Alabama

2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sep 05, 2015
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NastyNorseman from New York

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not my favorite string brew. Pours golden with a white head, but the carbonation level overall is pretty low. This brew smells of grass and malts with little hops. Tastes about the same, lacking bitterness to balance it out. Finishes very light and wanting.

Oct 23, 2016
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Brent from Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Essentially malt liquor, but not all that bad. Coppery, leaning toward amber with a short-lived head. A little thin and astringent at first, but some lightly sugared malt flavor follows. Thins out a bit again toward the end, with a pleasingly clean finish. Alcohol does not do much to announce itself, although you can detect a touch of fusel alcohol if you try. Overall, one of the better in this class that I've had an opportunity to try, and better than any US counterpart malt liquor.

Apr 01, 2006
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden body. Frothy white head. Good retention. Better than average lacing.
S: Sweet adjunct maltiness. Alcohol. Some minor vegetal or earthy character.
T: Average, sweetish adjunct-laden maltiness. Alcohol is noticeable but not overdone, and generally expected in stronger Eastern European lagers. Mild herbal hops. Solid bitterness. Finishes dry with a light wash of alcohol.
M: Medium bodied with a very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.
D: Pretty average.

Dec 10, 2006
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Zraly from Virginia

2.62/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, pale gold with a white head that fizzes down to nothing. Smell of sweet grains and applesauce.

Very sweet and in the vein of Euro-style lagers. Notes of pear and apple predominate. Hops are but a whisper. Carbonation helps lift flavors off of the palate a bit but doesn't carry enough into the finish. Finish is prickly and residual sweetness lingers a bit longer than I'd like. 7% ABV is well-hidden.

At first, I quite liked the way it drank but as I drink it more, my opinion is changing a bit. Not as smooth and well-rounded as I'd like; more hop presence would do this some good. Glad I split it. Even then, we were unable to finish.

Jan 15, 2012
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Globetrotter from Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly darker shade of gold, with a big fizzy head that disappears quickly. There is, however, some lace clinging to the side here. The smell is alcohol and a touch of rust, whereas the mouth is a bit heavy. The initial taste is a touch sour, alcohol kicking in as we head towards the finish. The aftertaste is sour. I can't find any hops here. Still, it is not repulsive, as many Russian strong beers are...

Jun 28, 2003
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WesWes from New York

3.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet malty scent. There are no traces of the increased alcohol or any hops. It's clean and crisp. The taste is decent. It has a rich, malty flavor despite it's pale profile. It's quite sweet throughout with just a touch of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average Euro lager. It's way too sweet for me, but I guess it gets the job done for people looking for a quick buzz.

Oct 20, 2007
Arsenalnoye Krepkoye (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 40 ratings