Baltika #3 Classic | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #3 ClassicBaltika #3 Classic

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

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Reviews by steve99:
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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a very light yellow in color with a huge, thick white head.

Smell – This is light European grain without the usual nasty scent of artificial sweetener.

Taste – The grain is unabashed at the taste, although the flavor doesn’t hold up to the marginal aroma. This is also a bit “ricey”.

Mouthfeel – This lager is between light and medium-bodied with some good, smooth carbonation.

Drinkability – The flavor was a bit off but overall it was a good drinker.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is very clear medium yellow beer with a white head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

Grainy and slightly sweet smelling with some green apples and cooked corn. There is very little hops aroma.

Very crisp with a corn-like sweetness with very low hops flavor and an a moderately-low hops bitterness. The overall balance is just slightly towards the bitter side with a dry finish.

I was sampling this because it's listed as a classic example of the Standard American Lager so I figured I try the Russian's take on this style. This a bit better the average lawnmower beer, not that I'll be stocking up on these but I'll try a few of the the other styles from Baltika.

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Photo of Drunkenass
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of stoutbear
2.8/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. average lighter lager colour. thin head that dissapated quite quickly. nothing particularly fantastic or horrible.

S. smells like a lager. griany and slight hoppy as one may expect

T. sweet, enjoyable enough but i tired of it rather quickly.

Feel. somewaht thin, low carbonation.

over all not unenjoyable by any means but i dont imagine i will go out of my way to purchase it again.

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Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with a foil wrap around the cap and neck, there was no freshness date to be found. Thin film of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a thin weak white lace, if it was not for the quick champagne like carbonation forcing bubble to the top there would be no head at all. Yeast is quite compact and stayed on the bottom while pouring to leave a nearly clear beer.

Smell: Fruity aroma with hints of apple peel, light floral hop with a spicy back ground. Lots of pale grain on the nose also.

Taste: Light to moderate body with a rushing carbonation that rolls into a smooth crispness. Light honey flavours within the malt, clean grain runs throughout and pretty much cleans house. Hops are herbal and spicy with a sharp balance and great drying effect, suggestions of black pepper are present. Light fruity flavour of apples and grape skin some sweet grain plays on these flavour and lead the palate to dryness as well. Semi clean finish with vague leftover light fruity flavours with grain and hop leaf as well.

Notes: Not bad drinking at all, clean enough to enjoy though seems to be not filtered at all so as to hold on to some raw flavours. A perfect match with any boiled dinner.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, grain and lemon. About what I was expecting. The flavor is a lot of grain and wheat with a tad bit of lemon. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing offensive, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a lager glass. A fairly good looking lager: bright golden, thick head, good retention and lacing. The head still survives as a thin layer several minutes after pouring. Visible, spritzy carbonation.

The nose is, well, non-existent. Light malt, light hops. Your standard pale lager smell.

The taste, however, isn't bad. In fact, I'm kind of enjoying it. After a string of sub-par pale lagers from both sides of the pond, this one isn't offending me that much. Decent maltiness up front, the corn/grain isn't overwhelming, and with a slightly tinny finish. Boring, sweet, but it goes down well.

Lots of carbonation, but it feels light on the tongue. Not too watery; has a bit of body to it.

Not that bad, actually. I'm unlikely to pick this one up too often, but still I can't say it's a terrible beer. Certainly better than most other cheap, eastern European pale lagers out there.

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Photo of vinivini
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of magictrokini
2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Russian beers are always fun to break out with your friends. It makes it seem like you went to the ends of the earth to find one. Nothing spectacular, kind of like a Russian Budweiser, but crisper tasting; possibly a better grade of hop. Still pours clear yeallow with a big white head. Same corny sugar aroma.

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Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Nass
3.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The first thing that I notice is that there is a bottled on date on the neck. Very pleasant tasting, but there is just enough there to let you know that you are drinking a beer. I am impressed with all 3 beers that I have had from Baltika. Anybody that thinks this beer is poor is a stupid schmuck. Cheers! B

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Photo of chickenm
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that quickly dissapates and leaves a thin ring. Light aroma of malt, grass, and yeast. Taste is similar to the smell. A bit sweet, there's not alot of hops in this. Light bodied. Overall this is nothing great, but is still quite drinkable.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Production date 20.02.07
Best before 20.02.08

A- Pours a golden yellow with a nice white head and good lacing. The head had an average retention level

S- Grassy and grainy. A very very slight skunky smell

T/M- Taste is very light to almost nothing.

D- Drink ability was okay, it was almost like drinking nothing

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Photo of ADR
3.26/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale clear yellow appearance, big 3/4 inch bright white and fluffy head that can be classified as rocky. Decent wandering drip laces. Aroma is faintly grassy with some honey on the side. Very sweet and scantly carbonated, again a floral honey combined with a sugar sweetened white bread presence. Hopping is limited at best, making me wonder how this meets a Pilsner classification -- but taken as a product this is decent ice cold, attractive. Not well-balanced or attenuated but very drinkable with a nice texture.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.07/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden straw color of most macro brewed beer forms a tiny large bubbled head that dwindles very quickly does leave some lacing evenly rung thin and runny however. Aroma: Corn and hop burp aromatics this is a macroswill if I ever smelled one, only European style. Taste: Extremely dull and filled of adjuncts corn doesn't do it for me and a astringent European hop this is just blah. Mouthfeel: Carbonated water says it all. Drinkability: Pass on this one at least if it were their malt liquor I could say it has the alcoholic qualities.

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Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz brown bottle into a snifter.

A: a rather pale golden lager: a modest, sudsy white head covers the beer for only a few minutes.

Aroma: light malt and corn with a hint of honey.

T: (too) sweet and corny, with very low levels of hops and malt.

M: rather light and watery body; carbonation is a tad low; smooth.

Overall: this beer is drinkable but poor enough to earn an avoid recommendation.

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Photo of JohnW
3.53/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pale clear gold from the bottle, though even with a fairly vigourous pour, not much head formed at all, and that did not last long either, appeared to be low carbonation too. Aroma reminiscent of a Czech pilsner, like Urquell or Budvar - light dry grassy hops. Taste - to start - was very similar too, crisp, dry, clean typical of a Czech style beer, maybe a touch sweeter than some, though there was little if no aftertaste at all, making it appear rather 'thin' and lacking in any body or character. However, the initial taste I thought was good, making it easy to drink and refreshing. Much cheaper bottle price than many so called 'premium UK brewed under licence lagers' and Carling Black Label and far preferable most of them too, and more tasty than US Bud!! It would not be my first choice for this style of beer, but pleasant enough and fair price.

B'ham UK Jan 2008

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Photo of JMS1512
3.26/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FleeVT
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle with production and best before dates poured into a mug.

A: The color, I'm going to go with fresh hay. It looks to be an extremely thin brew, clear, with mild carbonation action. The packed white head dissipates quickly from the initial pour leaving you with only a scant lacing on top.

S: Sweet with fruit esters lingering. It also has that familiar macro malt and grainy backbone.

T/M: Light bodied, with a bit more carbonation than advertised in the presentation. Crisp, as a lager should be. The malt is balanced well with the hops that I did not really pickup on the nose. Sweetness is carried through the entire mouth.

Is this the Budweiser of Russia? Love the numbered beers by the way. I'll have a #3, and a #4 for my comrade...

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Photo of scottford
2.32/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light, crisp, fruity taste. Thin head and golden body. Got to say that I didn't like this one and neither did the people I was with at the time. I hear it's not the best in the Baltika line so I will try and find the others.

I hope for the best to anyone who tries this beer though.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The largest brewery in Russia produces 9 different brews of which I've tried 4 and enjoyed 3 of them very much.
This lager pours a very pale golden yellow with a full two finger snow white head that melts slowly to a nice white ring of lacing.
Typical lager yeast in the aroma but much less intense than other lagers. I don't care for the smell of lager yeast so this is a good thing.
Mouthfeel is slightly creamier than most lagers.
Flavor is lightly sweet pale malt with a nice mild bite of sharp hops blending well with it. There is almost a wheat-sharp character to the flavor although no wheat is in the beer.
Aftertaste is clean, fresh, and drying.
One of the better pale lagers I've ever had.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, served to me, appropriately, by a bartender of Ukrainian/Russian extraction...

This beer pours a very clear pale golden hue, with lots of puffy, thin white head, that leaves minor lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of mildly sweet white grain, and a herbal grassiness. The taste is sweet white grain, kind of cloying, and earthy, grassy noble hops. The carbonation is on the high side, the body fairly solid, with a bit of glycerol slickness, and it finishes off-dry, a small vegetal sweetness hanging on.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a large, fluffy, white head. Head quickly sputters away, leaving no lace behind. No lace. Mild aroma of bread, green apple, and grass. Tastes of slightly-sweet bread, finishing dry with grassy hops. Light bodied with medium carbonation, on the thin side but refreshing. Crisp and easy drinking. A decent generic euro lager.

Enjoyed this more than the other two pale lagers I've had from this brewery.

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Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 403 ratings