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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

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Photo of JEdmund
2.86/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow with a good-sized head that dies fast; lots of carbonation bubbles

Small lemon/yeast smell

Taste & Mouthfeel
Pretty light flavor, but it's at least clean; thin but carbonated body

A very typical and boring macro pils tasting beer

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 2 11 08, I assume that is the day/month/year format. Served from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer emerges a straw color with a pretty good sized white, fluffy head.

Not much as far as aromas go. Pretty bland, some residual sweetness, a touch of grains, and a smidge of hops. All barely noticeable but all there.

Flavor was a little sweet for me, but it was an overall unoffensive taste. Bready and sweet with a bit of fruitiness coming in at the front.

Good mouthfeel as there is a medium bodied feel to it. Slick on the tongue with lingering sweetness. An okay beer. Wont offend anyone but will not impress anyone either.

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

The "standard" beer of St.Petersburg. Nothing really impressive but certainly more drinkable than some of its local competitors.

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing.

Smell was a bit faux lemony, maybe to cover up the skunky-ness. (When i pulled it off the shelf i had to dust it off).

Flavor was pretty mainstream and conventional for a lager, with some light caramel malt flavor that tilted the balance ever so slightly to a malty character.

Mouthfeel is thin, with okay carbonation, reminds me of a flat Budweiser so thats not saying much.

I've only had a few of their offerings so far, but if I was pretending to be Russian, I'd drink Baltika beer. Especially given what else I've tasted from that neck of the woods.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a thick 2 fingered head that retained rather well.
Smell was vague but pleasant,sweet slightly phenolic aroma, but didn't smell like cheap beer.
taste was smooth as silk,light hops and malt, well balanced,
Mouth was full and creamy definitely one of this beers best assets.
drinkability is fine, I found nothing off-putting on this one, one of the better beers of this genre IMO, would have no problem drinking again, very enjoyable!

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Photo of wingman14
3.32/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a strong yellow with a frothy white head that fades fast. Smell is very sweet with malts, corn, and grain. The taste is not as sweet as the smell, grainy and malty, not a ton of flavor but a good amount is there. A sweet aftertaste finishes off the flavor. The mouthfeel is very light with good carbonation. This one is great cold on a hot summer day, a very easy drinker that is a step up from most lagers.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow with 1.5" fluffy white head in my pint glass. Decently laced

S - malty and hoppy balance. Light citrus notes

T - Tangy, malts, slight hops hints. Metallic. Watered down.

M - watery, light bodied, medium carbonation

D - I'd be lying if I said it's not drinkable. One could chug a bottle in 2 minutes, it's so watery.

Overall - I wasn't too impressed by this offering from Baltika. It was very watery but not bland. There is a constant metallic taste throughout my experience with this. It's not really worth the 96 cents I spent on this. Try it if you want, you're not missing out.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.49/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle.

Pours a light straw yellow color, 1 finger head that dies fast, but nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts and grains. A very faint hop aroma is there also. I can also smell what smells like a sour apple jolly rancher in the background.

Taste is like the smell, pretty sweet, the sweetest lager I have had. Lots of sweet corn flavors, some grains as well. Mild hop bitterness on the finish. The beer almost tastes like it was sweetened with corn syrup. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and crisp. Very drinkable if you can get past the sweetness.

Overall not a bad beer, a bit sweet, but still drinkable and pretty refreshing.

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

Pours a light straw yellow with pillow white head. Right off I am hit with a hint of hops and malty sweet aroma corn? Taste is very mellow with little hop bitterness and very little malt character, except for this sweetness that tastes like cream of corn. No balance really, this beer would be better if the malt and hops were in balance-otherwise I taste an unnatural sweetness-especially at 4.8%. Little hops in the finish, with light mouthfeel-drinkability is good if you want an easy drinking nondescript beer-

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Photo of bezproblem
4.24/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Actually, I grew up on this beer ... I had it on a regular basis since I was about 16-17 till I was 23, then I moved to US and did not have it for quite a while. After seeing it in the store I've decided to try it and find out if I'd like it now, when I'm not a foolish youngster anymore ... I'm glad to day, I was not disappointed. This is a very nice, very balanced lager, not too bitter, not too sweet, with a mild pleasant smell. It's hard to find something really distinct about it but that's because nothing overwhelms and nothing turns you off. Yes, it is highly carbonated, but I like that.

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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 DaveHS
2.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Got it for $2.50 at the foodery in Philadelphia. Wasn't worth it. Yet another way-too carbonated Russian beer. I KNOW there MUST be good Russian beer (besides all the Russian Imperial Stouts they make in California). Piss yellow swill that tastes like a a cross between club soda and malt liquor. I ended up having to chug it in order to get my money's worth, but before I took that route, I detected a sort of artificial lemony taste, which I suspect is being used to cover for mediocre (or spoiled) ingredients. If you're really interested in trying a Russian pilsner, I reccomend TINKOV. Not bad, but also very carbonated.

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Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first of the Russian beers. Drunk straight from the bottle, so I'm not entirely sure of the appearance.

The flavor was pretty light and dry, and slightly bitter. The aftertaste was its real distinguishing character - sweet, yeasty, and creamy. Overall, this beer was decent, and I especially liked how unique it was.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.26/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Medium gold hue in appearance, lots of carbonation, and a tall frothy head on the pour that slowly recedes.

Rough husky grains on the nose, crisp and metallic.

Sour corn and grains in the flavour up front, with a downhill ride of cooked veggies to the finish and beyond. Pretty one-dimensional and straight forward from there. The aftertaste is reminiscent of asphalt.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, this strikes me as a swillin' type of beer, you want it to go down fast and not linger very long, or so that's my impression.

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Photo of avalon07
2.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pale yellow color and slightly cloudy texture. Thick head, but no lacing.

Somewhat hoppy smell, maybe a little fruit smell, but not much else.

Very thin taste. Some hops, malt, possibly apples, but mainly it's just watery.

Not a lot of carbonation and a kind of metallic aftertaste. Below average mouthfeel.

This isn't an especially drinkable beer. The taste is just too thin and not at all complex to be interesting.

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Photo of justinmartz
2.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pale golden from the bottle into my Homer Simpson mug. I was pleased to see a good two-finger head. First sip was disappointing, tasted like skunked Heineken. Bit of a pee smell. Second sip was a little better. Faint sour apple taste, but no unique or prominent flavor profile. Light-bodied, light carbonation, and drinks easy enough. Good price, that's about it.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, pale, light straw color with massive meringue like head and excellent tracing. Aroma is close to nil with a little green apple and a touch of grain. No cooked corn, just, nothing! On the palate, a smooth slightly sweet malt feel hits first and a nice light noble hop bitterness follows finishing a little jumbled. I'd like to see more crispness which should be the hallmark of this style. Overall though, it is clean and refreshing, good for its style.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.07/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Redlands BevMo, purchased in February 2008 for somewhere in the area of $2.39.

Pours a very pale straw color, a medium fluffy white head collapses to nothing in less than a minute. Don't blink- there it was!

First pour aroma is stinky weedy hops, quite off-putting. After a couple of minutes, it mellows a bit and then it's a pairing of faint hops and faint malt. Nothing at all to get excited about.

Flavor is a biscuity malt and grassy, herbal, weedy hops. Thin mouthfeel, but honestly, on a hot day, I'm guessing this is pretty drinkable. Goes down easily!

Actually probably better than some of the style, but overall it didn't do much for me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very clear pale golden color with tons of carbonation bubbles raining upward. Theres a slight creamy white head.

S: some buttery corn malt with a slight hint of hops providing some aromatic spiciness (Saaz?).

T: there is some unoffending pale malt, cereal grains, with a light flowery hop presence. The beer starts out very sweet from the corn malt and finishes with some buttery notes and a dry flowery hop detection. While not big on flavor, it still fairs much better then any macro made American beer. The flavor is clean and respectable for a classic lager style, thou a little sweet.

M: The body and mouthful is light but very slick and buttery on the tongue.

D: Overall while not exciting it certainly does not offend. Moderate flavor with moderate drinkability.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JohnW
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Graham5161986
2.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden colour with quite a lot of floating sediment visible. 2 finger white head with good retention and leaves a sticky lace.

S: weak grassy hops and metallic nose

T: grassy hops, bready and a touch of metallic nuttiness on the finish. A bit weak though - the flavour dies off quickly

M: light and watery, decent carbonation and a smooth, dry finish

D: Where's the flavour gone? This beer might look pretty good, but its flavour leaves much to be desired. It might be easy to drink, but I's much sooner switch to another beer. I wouldn't rule this beer out completely in the future, but I think I'll wait for a hot summers day.

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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 Rudgers73
4.06/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the foiled 500 mL brown bottle into a Guinness pint glass. Surprising amount of head. I had to stop pouring about 2/3 of the way through because the glass was a solid 1/2 foam. It settles quite slowly and becomes more and more dense as it falls. It leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer itself is very clear with a pale yellow tint. Much like an American Lager. I have to say that this is a good looking lager. The smell is of pale malts that show signs of having a decent amount of body, and grassy hops. Slight fruit comes through. White grape juice and apple. Very slight corn aroma. The flavor is surprisingly full. The body is much like a cream ale with a definitive malt undertone with grassy and crisp hop highlights. The carbonation stays active the entire time keeping it light and quenching. It is very sessionable, has no funky aftertaste, and it only cost me $.89.

This is a great beer for the style.

I'm going to buy more.

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

I avoided this beer for months because I thought it would be a sub par Eurolager but surprise surprise it was a decent fresh tasting pils with a very pale colour that looks quite nice in the glass. Much like the Tuborg Pils this beer has a decent hop finish and a crispness that quenches the thirst

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours with 1 1/2 inch of frothy head with decent lace. Pale straw yellow with lazy, mild carbonation piercing the clear brew. Aroma is quite sweetly grainy, a little nutty as well with some floral hops, grass and earth.

Taste is lightly sweet, very nutty and grainy with a decent hop profile. Floral, earthy. Soft in the mouth at first, then a mild carbonated bite and finishes sticky and dry. This is a clinical beer, style wise, and it's decent, not cheap tasting and drinkable in spades. A good summer refresher and an above average euro-lager.

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Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
2.99 out of 5 based on 392 ratings.
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