Arsenalnoye Krepkoye (Strong) | Baltika Breweries

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Arsenalnoye Krepkoye (Strong)Arsenalnoye Krepkoye (Strong)

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-28-2003

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chitoryu12
2.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
2.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.02/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.31/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of 123321123321
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BrewMaven
2.96/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly crude version of a Euro Strong that fills the gap between really good beers or resorting to macro swill.

Nothing more needs to be said.

The label has changed since this picture was posted.

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Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
1/5  rDev -63%

Photo of djrn2
2.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of LuckyJohn
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of alexkor
1.25/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of metter98
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples are present in the nose along with hints of nondescript malts.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of apples with slight hints of sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable as the alcohol is very well masked and does not at all detract from the taste.

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Photo of ejh06752
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Doodler
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Zraly
2.62/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of tclapper
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ColForbinBC
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours an extremely clear yellow with a one finger bone white cap. The head fell to nothing rather quickly and left a thin collar around the glass.

Aroma of pears and green apples and some floral hops. I think this guy might be a little passed its prime.

The flavor follows the nose. Green apples and pears with some floral hops. A slight metallic taste on the back end.

Light on the palate, easy drinking. Not much in the lines of flavor, but what is there is a little off putting.

This is my first of the style, and I am not sure where this one falls in the mix, but this might not be a style for me.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 9.18.11

From a 16.9 oz. glass bottle, not the plastic 2 liter.
Goofy label, just look at those printed grommets in the shield surrounding the label. Strong like bull!

Bright gold, white foam, sticky lacing. Slow rising carb trails.

Inoffensive sweet floral hop aroma. Wow, hops in a euro lager... don't smell that every day.

Mild flavor, inoffensive again. Tea like, sweet and grainy, mild bitterness. Pleasant aftertaste, slightly caramelly. Eventually dry in the finish, no hint of the 7% abv thankfully. A+ recommend, dziękuję!

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Photo of jerskine
3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of Derranged
3.24/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.56/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Holy Beer, Batman! This review is for a 2.5 liter plastic bottle, believe it or don't. I had better REALLY like this since I am going to be spending some serious time with it. No problem, since I have the Wisco/BC Women's Frozen Four on streaming live video to help keep me company.

Amidst all of the Cyrillic lettering on the label is a Bottled On date of 06.10.10 14:26 Best By date of 06.04.11. Oakle doakle!

Lots of carbonation evident and the pour produced a rocky finger of fizzy bone-white head with low retention. Color was a beautiful deep golden-yellow. Nose had a Juicyfruit bubble gum-like quality. Mouthfeel was thin, just above watery, with a powerful grapey-fruity taste in the mouth. Oof. It was not as pronounced as in a Minhas offering, but it was mighty dang close. It had a mild fusel heat to accompany the fruitness as though to add to the ... well, I won't say unpleasantness, but it was not a pleasure to drink this beer, either. Finish left a dry, cloying taste in my mouth and I knew that it was a harbinger of the headache/hangover to come. It was cheap, it was paid for and I wanted a beer for the hockey games, so it was not too bad in total. I would not recommend it as a casual drink but as an intriguing beer, it might be worth a try. I spent an evening with it (in total), watching hockey, so as an accompaniment to sports, it makes it. Otherwise, don't bother.

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Photo of crossovert
2.13/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Zoidzilla
2.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Arsenalnoye Krepkoye (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 2.7 out of 5 with 40 ratings