Baltika #3 Classic | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #3 ClassicBaltika #3 Classic

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ordybill
3.13/5  rDev +5%
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 +1.3%
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 +6%
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 +0.7%
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 +15.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +0.7%
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 +2%
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 +10.4%
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 +2.3%
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 +4%
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 +7.4%
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 +12.4%
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 +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 rangerred
3.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -16.1%
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 doktorhops
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
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 +33.2%
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 -15.8%
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 +15.1%
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 -3.4%
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 -22.1%
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 curasowa
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +7.4%
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%
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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Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
70 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.
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