Baltika #3 Classic | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #3 ClassicBaltika #3 Classic

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Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon further review (I sound like an NFL referee who's adding the sub-plot for a ruling that he's about to overturn.) the beer displays a very floral, soothing fragrance from the Euro-hops that are being used. Though the flavor, textures, and look of the beer hold true to my previous review, I am up-ing the nose of this beer from a 3.0 to a 4.0.

A fairly non-descript lager with a few desirable characteristics, but also some flaws. The beer begins with a brightly straw-colored hue, good head formation, and moderate retention, very mild lacing. Aromas of pilsner malts, raw cereal grains, and hints of corn and acidity. Flavors of light malts prevail, later showing some corn flavors (dms), green apples (acetaldahyde), and soft herbal hops. The texture is moderate, but a bit slick and grainy in the texture. Light acidity (lemon-grass) show up intermittenly through the drink. Finishes with a blend of the light malts, grain flavors, and mild hops. The beer is difficult to praise, but fine for a get-it-down kind of beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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 kojevergas
2.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle into generic pint glass. Served in the Porterhouse Dublin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Three finger head of fair thickness, but poor retention. Blonde colour. Nice upward bubble show.

Sm: Cream and light barley. Simple.

T: Cream and barley. I like how this beer 'injects' cream into the body. The finish is cream-laden as well. All around it's a simple build for the style, but avoids the one-note shenanigery of macrolagers from the states. Balanced, but it certainly wouldn't be difficult to do so.

Mf: Nicely coarse and dry for the style, but still lacking in balance.

Dr: It's not cheap, nor is it particularly good, but it's a better lager than budweiser (not that that's saying a great deal). 4.8% ABV is concealed, but normal.

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Photo of zeff80
2.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left sheets of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled a little skunky. Otherwise, it was aromas of corn and a little caramel malt.

T - It tasted much better than is smelled. Light, but sweet caramel malt with a grain/barley taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not bad, but fairly typical of the style, it just lacks a lot of character.

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Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A large, white head on a clear, pale yellow body with good lace.

S - Malty/ grainy with a hint of hops, otherwise clean.

T - Clean, grainy malt with some weak hop flavor and a slightly bitter finish.

M - High carbonation, light body, and a dry finish.

D - Easy to drink, this is not particularly complex but it is good for what it is, and certainly the best lager Baltika makes.

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

Baltic Beverage Holdings is one of the best breweries in the Russian Federation (although there are many newer, and possibly better, breweries springing up nowadays) and this beer proves it. With only 4.8% alcohol by volume there's nothing to hide any off flavors.

It pours a crystal-clear straw-gold body beneath a good-sized head of bright white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some minor lacing at the outset of the glass. Big bubbles can be seen streaming quickly towards the surface, but in tasting it's actually a somewhat moderate carbonation (2.4 volumes CO2?) within a medium-light body.

The nose expresses sweet malt that's sweetish and corny alongside some grassy and herbal hops and a waft of yeasty fruitiness (dry apple). There is a touch of higher alcohols, even in this lower alcohol beer, and I wonder if they're just blending water into a bigger base-lager to alter it. Still, it's surprisingly welcoming!

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with a sweet semi-grainy adjunct-enhanced malt, a light touch of hop flavor, and a supportive bitterness. It finishes clean and dry with some lingering sweet malt and a healthy dose of herbal hoppiness. It's well done and surprisingly drinkable considering its strength.

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Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.81/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: 03.06.09. I'm cutting it pretty close. We haven't a moment to lose!

Appearance: Pours a bright blonde body with a large, frothy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented light malts with a waft of flower petals and a teeny tiny pinch of lemon zest.

Taste: Sweet, humble light pale malts paired with a solitary drop of lemon juice. Slight perceived hint of rice. Lightly floral hops and only a touch of overall bitterness. Minor yeastiness. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Curiously, it's a tad oily in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Instantly forgettable, as there's nothing inherently wrong, unique, or even pleasant about it. Some might even go as far to say "it drink pretty good."

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

Sun-bleached flax with multitudinous superfine bubbles. This really is a nice looking head and is more evidence, as if any were needed, that aggressive pours are the way to go. It's chalk white in color with a bumpy, divoted surface. A respectable amount of tacky lace finds its way to the glass in the end.

The nose is fairly typical for a Euro pale lager. Actually, it's much better than average for the style and a bit better than average in general. I smell slightly sweet, untoasted grain, as well as hops that are equal parts floral and musky.

Baltika #3 Classic is okay stuff. I think the fact that it's relatively fresh (the 'best by' date is still almost half a year away) has a lot to do with the better than acceptable flavor. EPLs will never be among my favorites, but the typical lag time between brewing and my glass doesn't help them any. The flavor profile consists of fresh, lightly sweet grain; countered by soft, floral, lightly spicy hops.

The beer benefits from that slight sweetness and from the balanced flavor profile. There's no harshness, no rough edges, no alcohol, no astringent bitterness to get in the way of what is a simple, modestly flavored lager. The mouthfeel is light-medium and doesn't descend into wateriness, even on the finish.

I was all set to make a joke about how Baltika #3 was half as good as Baltika #6 (Porter), but that isn't the case at all. As EPLs go, it's pretty good. I've only had a few of their offerings so far, but if I was Russian, I'd drink a lot of Baltika beer. Especially given what else I've tasted from that neck of the woods.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of around the world beer package I rxd as a gift; it's the thought that counts!

Pours honey golden with 4 fingers+ of fluffed up eggwhite colored head. Good head retention & superior lacing

S: Lemon/perfumy hops notes & honey malts

Sweet honey malt with grassy & lemony hops up front. Slight dryness follows, finishes with some corn notes, butterscotch, lemony hops & crispness

MF: Medium bodied with slightlty prickly carbonation.

Drinks easy, nothing complicated here, but better than BMC to be sure! May be able to score this cheap, but not sure it will always be in good shape. Better than the last time I had it,

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Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
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 TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Yards shaker pint glass.

Thanks to YaKnowBrady for this bottle (and the glass)!

I've been meaning to shore up this Baltika series, but have been pretty lazy about it. Thankfully this bottle was sent to me. It pours a clear pale straw topped by about a finger of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises damp wheat, light corn syrup, grass, light flowers, and a touch of white bread. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong vein of painful sweetness that bludgeons the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty sad beer, one with little character at all.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues to seek out CANned beer, wherever it may originate. When I was a sailor, I bedded so many different countries' women that I felt as though I might join the United Nations as am ambassador. Now, I have drank so many different countries' beers that I feel as though I am equally qualified. Or not.

I used to put away Baltika in its many numbers, in bottle form, with the late Stosh, owner of Pittsburgh's Bloomfield Bridge Tavern and our fave was # 9, the Baltic Porter. RIP, bro! This review is for you.

Wotta jugga beer! 1L in a CAN! CAN I get all of it in me? That's what many of them ask of me the first time. ;=) Hello, Mother Russia! I am going to be spending some time with this one.

A 1L CAN has an appropriate heavy-duty pop-top and by the point that I punched through for the Crack, I was exhausted! As I set it down to take a breath, I swear that it made the same noise as a 55GL drum being set on the deck. F**in' industrial, man! The Glug garnered a finger of fluffy French Vanilla head with decent retention. Color was pure gold, as though King Midas himself had touched the glass. NE-plus quality clarity. I CAN see into my neighbor's house with the X-Ray Spex quality of the clarity in some of these beers. Nose was lager. Pure and simple. Simon pure. Lager. Accept NO substitute. Lager, lager, lager on the label, label, label means that you will like it. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a clean, unadulterated mildly malty flavor that screamed LAGER to me. I am telling you now - if you have nevrer had any Lager other than an AAL, do yourself a favor and try some. Water is not this pure when done right. Finish was clean and refreshingly dry. I was put in mind of standing on a glacier or a mountain and taking a deep breath. Phew!

The cooler needs some multi-cultural status, plus what hot Russian babe doesn't dig Baltika?

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.42/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is standard for a euro lager: pale yellow. Head is bright white and foamy. Carbonation is very low. The aroma is the standard grainy sweetness expected from the style, no green bottle equals no skunking. The taste has a sweet malt body with a mild honey-like flavor. Nice grain tastes and a hint of saaz-like hops kick in towards the middle of a sip. This is very full-flavored for the style, which makes Baltika #3 a pleasent surprize. A crisp mouthfeel gives this even more cache. Drinkability is high. I wish they sold this in cheap 12 packs so I could always have a few in the back of my fridge, especially during the summer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.07/5  rDev -30.8%
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 RblWthACoz
2.38/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Classic Beer" That pretty much sums it up. Plain ol' beer as far as I am concerned. You can tell it is mass produced and you may as well be drinking one of the big breweries of the United States. No outstanding quality, no remarkable personality.

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Photo of jwc215
2.34/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow with white foamy head and high carbonation. The head thinned after a short time, but the lacing was fairly well-retained.
The smell was of skunked hops and yeast.
Not much of a taste. Some skunkiness, watered down sweet grains and a hint of apple. I could not detect anything else that was notable.
The mouthfeel was mostly clean, but thin with a tinge of a metallic feel.
This is a boring lager. It lacked real flavor. I drank it, but would not seek out another. Not worth it...a substandard euro lager.

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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 stevoj
2.51/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Mix Markt in Kaiserslautern. Very malty beer, pale golden color with creamy head. Lightly carbonated and flavor of malt and hops. Why they needed to produce another pale lager is beyond me

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Photo of WesWes
3.17/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale malt scent with some Czech style hops and a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is average. It has a bland, yet slightly malty flavor with a sweet yet dry finish. It goes down easy, but it isn't as clean and crisp as a German lager. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average beer, nothing special. It has decent aroma that's all.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.61/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Half-liter bottle from the BevMo in Cypress, on to the beer;

Poured into a flute, this beer was poured perfectly with the head starting just above the 0.4L marked on the glass. Pale gold color, the head showing some good retention, little glass lacing. It smells like hay at first, sulfur (hard-boiled eggs) then escapes into my nose. Tastes like hay as well. It's husky too. Hints of popsicle stick wood and mild lemon. Husky and grainy aftertaste sticks around.

Kind of bland and kind of rough, but palatable. Run of the mill pale lager if you ask me.

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