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 Dentist666
2.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very light yellow with friable 2-finger head, some lace. Grain aroma with tones of dough & paper. Medium carbonation. Proper grain taste, less hop, paper, alcohol & vegetable notes, not very pleasant aftertaste however, drinkability is low, beer only for 1 time!

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Photo of mintjellie
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a large, fluffy, white head. Head quickly sputters away, leaving no lace behind. No lace. Mild aroma of bread, green apple, and grass. Tastes of slightly-sweet bread, finishing dry with grassy hops. Light bodied with medium carbonation, on the thin side but refreshing. Crisp and easy drinking. A decent generic euro lager.

Enjoyed this more than the other two pale lagers I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.26/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a small persistent head.
The aroma shows sweet malt but is faint, and some vegetal notes are present in the background.
Rich malty flavours, but still slightly reminiscent of cooked vegetables.
At least the carbonation isn't too high.

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Photo of bob3701
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Clear very pale strw color with a foamy head that disperses quickly. Had that typical imported lager smell and I did not have high hopes for this one but it tasted not bad and it washed my grilled burgers down very nicely. Nothing really special here but not bad.

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Photo of mnrider
3.42/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. Brown bottle with blue label. Pilsner Glass.

A: Pours a light clear yellow with large fluffy white head which does not last very long. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation is strong. Alot if bubbles.

S: Lightly fruity and crisp. Grains are plentiful.

T/M: Light bodied, crisp and smooth. Very grainy. The hops used are lightly spicy which is a plus. Everything else used is on the light side but present. Finishes on the dry side and is definitely refreshing.

D: Actually a pretty good beer. Very easy to drink and for the cheap price of a bottle it's great.


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Photo of CanuckRover
3.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow gold with visible carbonation. No head, no lacings.

Pleasant aroma of grassy hops with some light sweet malt behind.

Grassy hops right up front provide a nice crispness. Grainy malt follows on and leaves a honey sweetness in its wake. Hops wrap things up with some nice refreshing dryness.

Thin mouth, but standard euro lager feel.

Very drinkable, quality beer. You could do worse for the style.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.34/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 2.0
Poured a finger of bright, white head that quickly disappeared over a clear, pale straw to gold coloured body.

Smell - 3.0
A relatively weak aroma; sweetish, pear drops, grassy hops.

Taste - 3.0
Basic, drinkable Euro Pale Lager, quite fresh, dusty grain, lightly fruity, just enough bitterness for balance. Nothing to write home about, but pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Low to moderate carbonation, light bodied, goes down smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.5
I could see a lot of people drinking this in large quantities, definitely an easy session lager.

OVERALL - 3.05
Nothing special, but definitely an above averge quality mainstream lager.

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

A- Creamy thick white head that lasts a long time, some lacing. Beer is a light gold with lots of tiny bubbles (poured into a tall glass)

S- Grains, barley in particular. Maybe some straw or hay.

T- Malty grains hit the tongue first, at for a bit it tastes rather generic (Heineken) but as the beer goes down and the taste moves on, this beer's goodness come out. Nice malts of different levels show up, and a slight creaminess, almost vanilla makes an appearance. The aftertaste is fairly standard malts, biscuit and a little toast. A hint of sweet lasts throughout.

M- Nicely and bubbly, thin bodied. There is a little more going on here than in run of the mill Euro Pale Lagers, it almost feels unfiltered (however, the beer is clear and there was no sediment in my bottle).

D- Very drinkable.

Overall: I am impressed by this beer. It is brewed by the second largest brewery in Europe, so I would expect it to be more generic. It feels high quality though, and rivals some good German Vienna Lagers and Pilsners that I have had. My bottle poured with better head and better retention than many stouts and porters!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass oct11 2009

A crystal clear very light straw yellow with lots of carbonation and a fingers worth of head that hangs around for a few minuets but leaves no lace

S some mild floral hops and grass

T a little bread but other then that it tastes as it smells

M another thin but well carbonated lager

D easy enough to drink

nothing offensive but nothing worth looking for

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Photo of decimator
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow with a 1" head lasted a few minutes. Decent lacing.

S - Light beer smell of sweet malts with a bit of spiciness.

T - Sweet malts with maybe a hint of sweet corn and a hop bitter finish.

M - Average for a Lager. Nothing special.

D - Could easily drink a few but I wouldn't go out of my way to get this.

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Photo of crossovert
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This appears to be a really old bottle if I'm reading the dates right (and the fact that it is a pop cap and not the pull tops I've seen on newer bottles, nor are is the bottle the fancy new shape of the newer Baltika bottles, though it is a good looking bottle for whatever thats worth.), oh well the 1 pint .9 ounce bottle was cheap as hell and I've enjoyed a few other Baltika products.

Pours with a nice full soapy white head and a pale piss-colored body with light bubbles. Still looks fresh though a bit american-like.

Smell isn't what I would call skunky but it is a bit stale. Very stale hop aroma and like bready malt is all that is contained in this bottle.

Tastes a bit sweeter than your average Euro Pale lager definitely a unique offering. The grainy malts really shine through in the taste though there is a faint little nip of hops in the finish. There is some metal in the finish, which is the typical dry Euro Pale finish, as well. Mouthfeel is surprisingly good and has some great carbonation.

Maybe this bottle isn't that old but it's impossible for me to tell with the dating system but it appears as though this beer is a few years old, the brown bottle might have saved it, a nice suprise.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.34/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Freshness and bottling date printed on back.

Crystal clear, straw gold body. Puffy white head that dissipates to slight lacing.

Honeysuckle floral aromas fill the nose, soft pale malt and grain followed by a sugary honey sweetness. No hops, lots of doughy yeast, and slight apple notes in the finish. Simple, but pleasant.

Very similar to malt liquor. Lots of pale/grainy malt, not very smooth or balanced. Loose fizzy carbonation gives this medium bodied brew a very wet mouthfeel. A bit watery in the profile with no distinguishable hop flavors. Just bready yeast and fruity afternotes.

Decent transition from malt liquor to beer, but I'm not sure if that was the goal here. Okay drinkability, but only because this is nothing extraordinary or notable. No hops. No unique malt. Just a yeasty brew with tasty sweetness that makes it sessionable.
Would pair decent with seasoned meats and peppers. Any style of grain would work (pasta, bread, rice, etc.), but spices (flavor spice, not hot spice) are what this brew will certainly compliment.


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Photo of RyanBelle
4.01/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this Russian Pale Lager is one of my favorite beers by far. It has a lot to offer in every aspect and is super refreshing. Here's my breakdown:

A - Appears to be a very clear pale golden yellow color that almost resonates with/defines the word "crisp" looking. It's begging to be drank and it is just a great looking beer.

S - Typical slightly skunky Eastern Euro Pale Lager smell, but not dominating like some can be. It is attractive to the nose, and gives you a 2nd reason to get drinking this wonderful beer.

T - This is where the party starts. The malts present in this beer are extremely tasty, with a bread-like character that really dries up in your mouth nicely, but not so much as to give you "cottonmouth". The flavor is perky, and has very pleasant fruit notes that really make even the aftertaste a very good experience. It tastes even more crisp than it looks, and it is the perfect match with any dish you would usually drink a regular lager with (Think pizza, pasta, breads, chinese food). This beer went beyond my expectations in the taste department and keeps me super refreshed and is my beer of choice on hot summer days when a light beer wont cut it, and a porter or stout is obviously too heavy to drink in such succession (just my opinion though).

M - Nothing offensive whatsoever. Very pleasant and full of flavor throughout with moderate carbonation that is super appealing to the tastebuds.

D - I'm giving near-full points on this one because if you told me this was the last beer left on earth, I would not be one bit disappointed. I'll drink one, I'll drink ten. Much love for this beer.

Overall, this one is my favorite Eastern Euro Lager thus far. Great example of what this category should taste like, in my opinion.

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

Out of a bottle hand-delivered to me by my beautiful Russian bombshell this beer was a pale, golden yellow color with three fingers of head. The retention was ok and the lacing about the same. The aroma was of pale malt, stale grains and faint hops. The flavors were similar, dominated by the grains (mostly corn) with some sweet malt and herbal hops. I liked the bitter/sweet balance and it finished crisp. The mouthfeel was average, the body light and the carbonation on the high side. Nothing amazing, aside from the fact that it came all the way from Russia just for me. In this regard, it was great!

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.76/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden colour with strong, vibrant carbonation frothing up a very pleasant snowy head that sinks slowly, about a finger thick, 1 minute in. Lacing is pretty slippery, but overall it's a decent, refreshing-looking lager.

Nose is quite pungent, with a lot of biscuity vanilla malt, quite sweet with a slight phenolic edge. Hints of a dusty character, some grass clippings as well, overall not all that fresh, a bit sweet for all the lagery goodness.

Taste has a similar malt underlay, with a strong and persistent biscuity malt flavour, with some other elements creeping in: anise, peppermint and a very metallic hop hit on the back. Slight tartness comes through midway. Has a bit of an off flavour towards the end, kind of like a rotten potato, which I think is just a bit of unbalance between flavours.

Feel is nice, with a pleasant tingle, although the body is overall a bit sticky. Yeah, flavours are just a bit skew-whiff and they don't taste fresh or crisp, which means this isn't all that pleasant or drinkable. It's close to being both though.

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Photo of skrib09
3.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a slightly hazed blonde with a white head forming and disappearing quickly. little to no lacing.

smell is spicey, malty, and with a slight hint of some kind of crispy fruit.

pale taste with malty flavors. a touch of spice toward the back of the palate and maybe a hint of fruit throughout.

mouthfeel is light and crispy. drinkable lager.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.27/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with little head into a pint glass. Medium carbonation and a light straw colour. Initially looked like a macro lager, which it is, but I was astonished to find it had a slight malty aroma and a nice malty flavour with some grassy notes. It was pretty dinkable. I had this over dinner with a Russian friend and Russian food so the context added a lot to the enjoyment. All in all this is a slightly better macro lager that was thoroughly drinkable and a much better alternative to the average Australian swill that gets passed around here. I'll have this again no doubt even though there's a lot of superior euro lagers out there. A great BBQ drink.

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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 bmwats
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 50cl bottle into an imperial pilsner.

A: Medium dull yellow like hay. Pretty heavy carbonation pours into a solid 3 finger, foamy, white head. Disintegrates at a fair pace leaving some dry sticky lacing as it does. Bubbly carbonation continues to rise throughout. . . quite pervasive really. Any lacing left behind after the settling quickly recedes back into the body.

S: A lightly toasted malt, hay, and hops. A hint of freshly cut grass.

T: Nice roasted malty flavor. Seems like it would be hoppier from the impression the nose gives. Does have a hint of hoppy goodness though.

M: Light body. Has that watered down, backwash feel. Maybe a little too much carbonation. No lingering aftertaste.

D: Really nice warm weather type brew, as I'd call it. Light bodied, decent flavor, with a refreshing quality.

Solid atmosphere. The appearance is better than average. Decent nose. Pretty basic flavor, but nice balance. Drinks easy. Pretty nice little quaff.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale yellow, pretty actve carbination wise, 1 finger white head that faded pretty quick.

S- Grainy and a little sweet.

T- Almost exactly as the smell but a little grassy at the same time.

M- Not as thin as I thought it would be from the look but still a little watery.

D- Very sessionable. I have to admit, not being much of a lager guy it was better than I expected. Would pick this one over a Bud/Miller/Coors for sure. Not sorry I had it but probably wont get it again.

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Photo of stoutbear
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. average lighter lager colour. thin head that dissapated quite quickly. nothing particularly fantastic or horrible.

S. smells like a lager. griany and slight hoppy as one may expect

T. sweet, enjoyable enough but i tired of it rather quickly.

Feel. somewaht thin, low carbonation.

over all not unenjoyable by any means but i dont imagine i will go out of my way to purchase it again.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle with production and best before dates poured into a mug.

A: The color, I'm going to go with fresh hay. It looks to be an extremely thin brew, clear, with mild carbonation action. The packed white head dissipates quickly from the initial pour leaving you with only a scant lacing on top.

S: Sweet with fruit esters lingering. It also has that familiar macro malt and grainy backbone.

T/M: Light bodied, with a bit more carbonation than advertised in the presentation. Crisp, as a lager should be. The malt is balanced well with the hops that I did not really pickup on the nose. Sweetness is carried through the entire mouth.

Is this the Budweiser of Russia? Love the numbered beers by the way. I'll have a #3, and a #4 for my comrade...

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Pale lager smell really. OK a floral hop aroma is there mostly from aromatic hops and a hint of maltiness

Appearance - Pale yellow with good carbonation and a decent white head.

Taste - Sweet also a decent herbal hop spice and a semi dry finish

Mouthfeel - Thin but with good carbonation

Drinkability - Good this is a very decent import lager.

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Photo of jsh420
2.03/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a clear bright gold with a 1 finger head that dissapates quickly and leaves no lacing

smells of sweet grains but overall a macro adjunct lager

taste/mouthfeel - rather heavy since the carbonation is low - bland grains not much else

drinkability is low with these attributes

overall - i dont see myself buying this one again but glad i tried it

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.89/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

2.0 A: Pale greenish yellow color. Head is not dense at all, fizzy, and has horrible retention. Not really any lacing either.

3.0 S: Somewhat sweet, somewhat grassy.

3.0 T: Has a hay like sweetness that is similar to unfermented wort. Spiciness from the yeast, decent amount of peceived bitterness, and some grassy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Light body. Good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

2.5 D: Not ungodly bad, but the style isn't something good to begin with.

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