Baltika #3 Classic | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #3 ClassicBaltika #3 Classic

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 244 | Ratings: 389
Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong adjunct, pale malt, hint of hops, strong European yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong adjunct, pale malt, hint of hops, strong European yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Carrefour Huelva. In Bavaria glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x04-05. Pleasant. Nice maltiness. Reminds me of the Weltenburger Pils, although at the end it becomes a bit watery.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank it out of a Can and Bottle. They both basically taste the same. Weird. Sweet malt, grassiness and classic lager bitterness. Not much in the way of flavor. Very short finish. Lower carb, smooth drinking. Super short finish. Blah.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
2.24/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a stein.
L: Translucent light yellow (I can easily see my hand on the other side of the glass). Bubbles come from the bottom of the glass but the head disipates instantly.
S: Sweet lager aroma. Light hay with some malt (maybe pilsner).
T: Definitely has the macro lager profile, but it is slightly sweeter than an American macro lager. Processed syrupy like taste.
F: Very little if any, pretty much drinks like water.
Overall, this tastes like a sweet macro lager with the carbonation removed. Not something I would purchase or drink again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Why am I being punished tonight?? No real redeeming qualities... Sweet and boozy even given the low ABV.. I've had most of the random Baltika brews that make it to Boise, but this is the first time I've given them my full attention.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.64/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color, topped with a decent white frothy head, slowly settling down. Malty aroma, slight sweet grains. Taste sweet, light (a bit watery) with some minimal bitterness and a slight metallic feel in the aftertaste. Not unpleasant, though.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dull euro pale lager, a little bit expensive in Mexico so not worth the money. Looks and smells right for the euro pale lager style, but taste is very shy.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.69/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

DATE TASTED: February 8, 2015... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange... OCCASION: post-workout protein during the Cavs stomp of the Lakers... APPEARANCE: clear as crystal golden body--classic pilsener build--with vibrant effervescence; promising white head settles swiftly to a reasonable quarter-inch coverage; zero lacing... AROMA: biscuits and bread, with funky bad-breath elements forcing their way through the glass--a turn-off ... PALATE: mildly effervescent, oily, fizzy and long bitter, astringent ending ...TASTE: mildly sweet, with faint caramel; a pungent finish, with awkward, cloying unbalanced corn maltiness--were are the hops? ...OVERALL: the dark offered a malty character; this suggests the palest lager with enough malt to affirm its allegiance...

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Photo of patre_tim
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Straw yellow filtered with a few large bubbles, 3 fingers of white head.

S: Water, pee, a little malt, just like the style does.

T: Malt, light sweetness, clean linen, crisp.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp finish with a malty light hopped coating left on the tongue.

O: Not a bad brew. Got it at the Russian Import store in Kunming, drank Jan 26th, 2015.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a Russian version of a classic pale lager, and it's comparable to other European beers of that style. I like their porter a little more, but this works when it's warm outside.

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Photo of mhuber
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Your run-of-the-mill pilsner. It doesn't say "light beer" on the bottle but it kind of tastes like one. Easy drinking. Not bad... but nothing about it is particularly interesting.

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Photo of ordybill
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a soft aroma of malt and maybe some grass
Appearance- A straw yellow color with a fairly large white head.
Taste- Has an ok malt flavor comparable to other Euro Pale Lagers
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation has a crisp finish.
Overall- An OK beer, if you haven't tried it I would suggest it to knock it off your list.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok head and lacing, Quite carbonated.

Aroma is subtle. Apple skin. white bread. Mild but inviting.

Taste is quaffable. Weak but interesting enough. One detects apple skin. Sweet malt. A bit of a corn like flavour. This is decent but not exciting. It does have some harshness.

Overall it's an ok but not great lager. I may be giving it a bit higher mark than it deserves as it used to be my go to beer in my late twenties in a particular bar I frequented. It was the best thing on offer in a poor selection!

Drinkable, decent. Tastes like there's a rice or corn adjunct in there. Not particularly great.

The best Baltika I've tried is the No 6 (7%) porter.

I don't think I could recommend this. It is just slightly better than Heinken or Stella but less good than Polish lagers and much less good than German or Czech pils.

out of 100...I give it 70.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.16/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500 ml green bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. purchased for $2.70 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - Pours a very pale golden color, with plenty of bubbles and capped by two fingers of white head. Moderate retention, but a nice trail of spidery lacing is left behind.

Smell - Some grains, a little bit of a skunked aroma, but not as bad as other green bottles. Slight metallic undercurrent.

Taste - Quite grainy at first, but that flavor falls away into a void and nothing else comes to pick it up. Decent at best for the style.

Mouthfeel - Soft but good carbonation, very smooth and easy drinking. A very good dry finish.

Overall - An Ok representation of the style, it has a very good mouthfeel going for it, otherwise this is pretty average. COuld use a little more pop in terms of flavor.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale, golden; medium frothy head, long lasting, little lacing

Aroma: Malt; cornflour; vanilla; light citrus notes

Taste: Malty, but quickly hits you with corn adjuncts; a little butter flavor; finishes slightly dry; crisp throughout; good session beer and refreshing, but too many adjunct flavors

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, clean, malts, some sweetness, just a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and pretty good beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear light yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon + light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a very large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts, mostly corn and moderate amounts of sweetness.

T: Upfront this beer is slightly sweet with moderate flavors of adjunct malts that are mostly corn with a light touch of grain. There is no perceptible bitterness or hop flavors present.

M: Light bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean.

O: The best thing about this beer is the fact that it came in a 16 oz tallboy can with a big orange 99¢ sticker on it. There are a lot of adjunct malts in this one and it is a little too sweet for me. Easy to drink but not one that I will get again.

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Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has some flavors of corn. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer seemed a little bland, I didn't mind drinking it because it was pleasant tasting, wasn't that sweet and went down easily.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.04/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 25 fl. oz bottle marked: 2507.12-05:07/2507.13-0-W. Sampled on March 31, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow with a slightly longer lasting white fizzy head than #2, #5, and #7.

The aroma is grainy with subtle malts and a clean, crisp hop note and maybe the slightest bit of toasted bread.

The body is light and maybe a tad astringent.

The taste is about what I would expect from a pale lager with grain and barley leading the charge, a slight sweetness, ending with a clean finale. It is a pale lager that is typical and average for the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with breadiness from grain and a thin malt character. Then some malt and adjunct sweetness comes in. The hops presence is extremely mild but creates a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but it’s something that I would only choose if my options were quite limited.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 5/29/12. Best before 5/29/13.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slight vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with some corn flake and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer but it's drinkable and pretty refreshing.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this Russian Euro Lager from a bottle and poured into a pint glass. Poured a clear, golden color, produced a thin white head, poor retention, and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain, apples, and hints of spicy hops. Light in body, this Euro Lager had a foundation of cereal grains, honey, and spicy hops.

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Photo of RickS95
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, I picked this up well after the 'best by' date so I'm not sure I should even be reviewing this, but here goes.

Clear straw golden color. Looks like any American macro on the shelves at a grocery. The head is a finger thick of white foamy bubbles. Little retention, no apparent lacing.

Slightly grainy, faintly floral, a bit of lemony citrus. The smells are all fairly muted and nothing really stands out as dominant.

The taste isn't terrible. It's very Czechvar-like in its buttery flavor. Has some grassy, grainy, floral taste to it. Kind of a lemony honey taste to it.

Not much body, but a faint citric sweetness to it. Kind of a grainy, grassy feel. Fruity tart finish, no hoppy bitterness. Buttery smoothness throughout.

Tastes and feels better than it looks or smells. Overall, it's a fairly easy drink. Could use more alcohol, but I think I prefer this to Budweiser or Czechvar.

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Photo of djura
3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale golden yellow and clear with medium carbonation showing, a two finger creamy white head pops up only to drop quickly. Little lace is left covering the glass.

S-Very usual for this style,nothing more,nothing less.

T/M- Very drinkable. One of the best EPL-s i ever tasted. Again very usual taste for this style,but they make it better then you could expect. Lower carbonation and bitterness.

O-Will drink it often if i could find it often.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.58/5  rDev +19.7%
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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