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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Photo of rangerred
3.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with a fizzy half finger head that is quick to fade.

Aroma is quite grainy with some hints of grass and hay. Also a touch of sourness.

The flavor is actually quite nice at first. Lots of bready grain and some grassy hops much like other Euro pale lagers. There is a decent amount of honey present as well which is quite pleasant. The problem, however, is the beer is a bit too sweet. It doesn't become cloying but the dry crispness I like from these types of beers isn't present.

Overall, an average to slightly above average pale lager. It is definitely drinkable but probably not something I would seek out again.

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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 doktorhops
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nostrovia comrade! [insert various Russian stereotypes here] well looks like I finally arrived on the shores of the Baltic sea, not literally, but with taste buds awaiting a bit of the old Soviet treatment I plunge into the deep end.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a conical pint.

A: A boisterous white Russian head explodes into the glass then (much like the Soviet Union) dies away to nothing, point one to capitalism! (how exactly I'm not sure). The body is clear mildly hazy and golden as a lager should be.

S: Smells like Babushka dolls and stewed cabbage... not really, actually it has a typical lager aroma but I've already described that a hundred times, but if you must: grains, slight malt and trace amounts of hops in the back notes. This one is a little yeastier than a usual lager.

T: Yep! There's that yeast. You aint hiding nothing from nobody Baltika. Fairly cheap tasting euro lager similar to the Royal Dutch Post Horn, and we all know how much I liked that one... no? Well here's a link: - Balitka #3 exhibits the usual suspects; malt, hops, yeast, water, they're all here. The balance might be better if I drank it colder (like straight from the fridge on a hot day cold) however I'm not impressed by beers that have to be drunk ice cold.

M: Flatish... slightly watery body... quite flaccid (if that is an acceptable word to use in a beer review).

D: This is another in a long line of beers that does very little to distinguish itself from the competition, damn I am really over the thousands of lagers out there that taste the same, is it that hard to make an interesting tasting lager or are we all just a bunch of drones the breweries brew crap for? I would like to say something more pleasant about Baltika but I can't. It's a boring lager like the rest, nothing to get excited about. Drinkable? Yes like any other cold beer on a hot day, that is it.

Food match: I'm going to be lazy and say Russian cuisine. Done!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika 3 has a thin, white head, a clear, yellow-golden appearance, and just a touch of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is straightforward: malty, cracker, sweetness, and bread. Taste is similar, with mild hop bitterness present as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Baltika 3 finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, highly drinkable, and mostly dry. Overall, this beer is a simple pleasure, and I recommend try it.


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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 beerme343
3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a bottle poured into a clear pint glass. Formed a massive head of small bubbles in a tight white foam that dissipated rapidly. The color of this beer is an extremely light gold with excellent clarity.

Smell is light and not very remarkable although it's not offensive in any way.

The taste displays a little bit of malt and a touch of sweetness reminiscent of cane sugar. There is also a very modest hop note.

This beer is silky and smooth and easy to drink like most of Baltika's offerings. Crisp finish.

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2.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.Lager glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale straw.White crown,good retention.Close froth.Earthy& grainy to the nose. Slightly DMS.Pleasant maltiness,smooth adjunct flavor slightly hoppy.Light body,soft carbonation.Fine matches as a session beer in sunny days.A common Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of scottford
2.32/5  rDev -22.4%
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 curasowa
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with two finger of head that fades to a cap with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and grainy malt mixed with lemon dish soap and a little butter.

Taste: Sweet and grainy up front, then become somewhat tart with mild citrus bitterness and finishing fairly fast with a metallic aftertaste.

The Rest: Meh. Pretty standard, unremarkable lager. I'd rather have a Genny.

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Photo of rwrk42
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: A light yellow color just like all pale lagers. No head at all
Smell: Light fruit like smell, pear and apple like with some maltiness
Taste: Very smooth lager. Appled and pear notes along with some nice malt flavor and subtle spice undertone
A pretty good lager

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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 Bookseeb
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is straw yellow with a crisp head that dissapates quickly. Smell has a clean aroma of grain with a spice not and hops. Taste of corn sweetness with the grain leaving a lingering sweetness thats dry at the end. Mouthfeel is light with good body and carbonation. A classic euro lager a bit on the sweet end.

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured stray yellow very clear with lots of tiny bubbles.... about 2 fingers with a white head that faded to nothing.. minimal lacing.

S: Smells pretty light, sweet malt, little spicy and a little corny.

T: Right on with the smell... sweet malt right up front, not a lot of hops here, just a touch mid pallet.... finish is clean with a lot of sweet corn.

M: Pretty light, good carbonation for the style.. crisp and lively... pretty average.

D: OK, this one is pretty light... I could drink a few of these in a sitting... but is it anything really special.... Well not really. A pretty average Euro Lager.

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Photo of sommersb
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 08-03-2011
Freshness: Best by 01-12-2012
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Aleksey's Market, Nashville

A: Clear and bright, with a color of light straw. Nice white head of 4 fingers. Little in the way of lace.

S: Crisp lager smell, with a light aroma of floral hops. A slight metallic odor is also there.

T: Pale malt flavors, but not sweet, with flavors of corn or other adjuncts. Bitterness is present but pretty tame.

M: Thin mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Finish is dry.

O: Not complex at all, but a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of horshack7
2.92/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Out of a 1 pint .9 fluid ounce bottle is a pale yellow colored beer. On top is a very light frothy white head about one inch high.

Aroma: Spicy scents, apples, grassy, a littel bit of floralness from the hops. Not much from the malts except for brediness.

Taste: There is a mostly smooth mouthfeel with little bits of carbonation. Faint apple and spice notes with floral notes.

Notes: It's decent drinking all the way around. Cheers.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Russian beer. Apparently this isn't the best of the Baltika beers, but it's the only one available here (as far as I know)

It looks like any other pale lager. The colour is a very pale straw colour, but there is a substantial and slightly creamy looking head that doesn't completely disappear.

The aroma is sweet and matly. It is fairly faint, but pleasant.

The flavour is surprisingly light. It's hoppy from the start, and gives way to the sweet matliness from the aroma.

This is a decent lager, but nothing special. I wouldn't jump at the chance to have another.

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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 marty21
3.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow with one finger worth of white fizzy head. Settles to a ring around the glass but doesn’t leave any lacing.

S: Grassy hops with some lemon and a little bit of grains in the background.

T: Grassy hops and lemon up front and finishes with some light malt. It leaves a bit of a honey taste on the tongue afterwards.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

O: This is actually one of the better beers of this style that I have tried. Some I find skunky. That honey aftertaste it left was also a nice change. This would work well for a session beer and I would have no problem trying this one again.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light amber color with a decent white head. the smell is light and slightly malty. the taste follows through with a slightly sweet malty background. the mouthfeel is medium to light with good carbonation. for what it is its not a bad beer, would drink again but would probably not buy it.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear pale gold/yellow colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is just a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/bread, grass, corn, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains mixed with light hops and a touch of lemon. There are also notes of sweet corn syrup, grass, and a bit of apple juice as well. It finishes with a sweet corn syrupy and grainy aftertaste.

Overall - The carbonation levels are a little too high on this one. And the taste is just average. It's not undrinkable, but I wouldn't buy it again for sure.

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Photo of paxkey
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle says 'the famous beer of Russia'

pours out light and pale with a white head that is gone in no time. really really pale looking and light colored.

malt corn and sickly sweet on the nose. blech.

thin watery poorly carbonated, light efferevesence, no bitterness or hops detectable, and a clean aftertaste with a little bit of sweetness leftover. medium dry.

the smell alone makes this pretty close to a drainpour. although the taste doesnt improve this beers likability it is a step above the aroma.

overall not recommended.

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Photo of steven9000
2.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance- Pale golden light yellow color with a finger egg shell white head.

smell- all i smell is grain and metallic smell. Nothing different then a coors or bud.

taste- For me its harder to review these kind of beers because when i drink a good barley wine or a nice imperial stout there is layers of flavors going on but when i drink beers like this im searching for flavors but cant really find any. I do get some bready notes but thats about it. VERY light.

mouthfeel- Is light with a perfect amount of carbonation for this style of beer.

overall its not that good. Its very boring. Very much a summer lawnmower beer. A touch better then a macro lager but thats not saying much.

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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 thegodfather2701
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Extremely pale straw color with a fizzy white head that leaves some slight lacing.

S-Very malty with a slight musty note to it. It does not have a strong nose.

T-It tastes like there are Noble hops used, but they are overpowered by the malts. It finishes clean and its refreshing.

M-Thicker than expected. It has a nice body and isn't overly carbonated.

D-True session beer, but I prefer other examples of the style.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
1.78/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

1.5 liter plastic bottle for $2.50...worth the gamble...if this Russian beer is any good, it would be in the fridge full time.

Unfortunately it wasn't just bad, it was terrible. My friend and I wound up pouring out the rest of our glasses and the 'big slam'.

Quick notes; color of turpentine, nary a bubble to be found in the brew within 30 seconds of pour, watered down dog real bad.

Drinkability was...well, we poured out the rest if that gives you and idea. Maybe it would have at least held some carbonation in a glass bottle and would get into the D+ range.


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2.99 out of 5 based on 388 ratings.
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