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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

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Photo of baiser
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clean and clear yellow, with 2 fingers of head, white and foamy. Decent amount of lacing.

Smelled grainy and sweet. Taste was crisp and clean, some fruityness, like peaches, sweet, minimal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was light, bubbles were small and fine, very smooth.

Overall, just an average lager. Won't have again, don't care much for it.

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Photo of putnam
1.79/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After thoroughly purging a Duvel bowl of the remnants of an Ontario Hemp/Butterfinger beer, this virginally pale liquid arrives. It reeks of detergent hop essences and split yellow grains. On the palate it is another whipped, hyper-sweet confection. These excessively sweet styles must appeal to the Moutain Dew generation -- one can only assume. Be that as it may, this is a clean package of tannic grain husk, sugar, honey, brushed metal and bone flavors. I refuse to drink it.

A beer with the sophistication of Malt Liquor, the harshness of Euro Pils, and the price of an import. Avoid it.

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

Moderate straw color. Aroma was slightly bready, with a hint of oxidation, but not enough to throw it off. Very clean and crisp, with moderate body. 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. Finish was pleasant, with sufficient residual hops bittering. Not the greatest lager I've had, but any U.S. macro would be proud to turn out a beer of this degree of quality.

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Photo of DrJay
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright, very clear, pale yellow colour. Thick head of snow-white foam reduced within a couple minutes to a moderately thick lace. Spicy noble hop aroma with some graininess and sweetness. Some sharpness due to high carbonation with a thin body. Sort of a weak flavour, with some spicy hops and malt sweetness with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Refreshing and light, with more flavour than your standard macro lager.

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Photo of Zorro
2.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow beer, looks like a Budweiser.

Smell is under whelming. Smell is a bit sweet with a mild fruity scent and slightly lemony.

Taste is sweet and a bit bready with a clear flavor of yeast. Mild bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Completely unremarkable brew. Must be the Russian Budweiser.

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

This was a yellow, clear brew with a medium-sized foamy head that dissipated fast. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was of medium malts, almost a darker variety than what was obviously used, as well as aromatic hops (smells German) and a little bit of skunkiness.

The taste was slightly better, quite carbonated, and rather weak. Mouthfeel wasn't exceptional.

An all right drinking beer. Better than Bud, not too bad on a hot day while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of ramrod666
3.19/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

baltika #3 pours goldenrod color with light lacy head that was huge for about 30 seconds then almost competely dissapeared. smells of saaz hops dominate with a steely undertone. also some corn in there. taste is alright. more flavor than expected. strong with the saaz hops with rusty iron and corn almost echoing the aroma. mouthfeel is medium light with a lot of carbonation. overall not a bad beer. good for a hot day. there a better beers for less money but, a decent one to check out in a sixer.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light lacing over a pale yellow body, light lacing--an overall unimpressive appearance. Smell was light and barely there. The taste was pilsener, a slightly rich, medium body that I found somewhat sour and lemony. The aftertaste was decidedly sour and lightly hopped. The mouthfeel was crisp and controlled, though, and my favorite part about this beer.

The bartender at the russian bar I drank this at insisted that the russians had just began brewing beer 2 years ago and before that it was straight vodka ;)

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

The beer pours a pale, soft greenish gold, completely clear, with tons of carbonation bubbles floating rapidly up. A huge, pillowy white froth tops the brew, at least 3" high, settling into about a 1/4" even coating. The head holds admirably, leaving plenty of sticky belgian lace clinging to the glass in even rings.
The aroma is simple and clean, what I expect from a good pilsener. Clean, soft pils malt, with an interesting scent suggesting sourdough bread. A touch of grass is about as far as the esters go, with perhaps some wheat malt crispness. A pleasing bloom of spicy saaz hops adds a promising sharpness to the nose. It's good to get fresh beer.
The flavor starts with a light pils maltiness, perhaps a bit weak. I'm getting a wheat malt flavor mingling with the barley. I wonder if they actually use some? Dry and crisp from the get-go. A light honey tint to the malt, moving into brief grassy presence. It's there for just a flash, just before the hops come in, kind of like a walk on spot on a TV show. A bit of orange and lime in the finish, with a balanced spicy saaz hopping. A bit of herbal hop flavor suggests some other noble hop variety, but I can't guess what it is. The finish snaps off clean, leaving just a whisp of honey sweetness in the aftertaste. Light bodied, with a crisp, dry, and slightly watery mouthfeel. Very smooth. The carbonation is really impressive. Soft and airy, yet bouyant.
Looking at the average score, no one seems to be vary impressed with this beer. I didn't think it was anything insanely good, but it's certainly on par with any european continental lager or pilsener. I did check the date on the bottle, whch was several months away, and pulled one of the bottles way in back on the shelf, so perhaps I got the best experience possible from a beer about halfway around the world. It's good, but with all the other choices with a nearly identical flavor profile, I doubt I'll buy this again.

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

Good thirst quenching beer. Baltika 3 pours a pale gold, with a small film of a head. Sparce strings of lace stay on the mug. Smells, whoa. The hops are pretty evident in this beer. Very citrusy smell. Also smelled is barley and corn. Tastes a little bland. I was expecting more hops from the smell, but malt and corn seems to dominate the taste of this beverage. Still good. Bit sweeter than expected. Crisp, slightly coarse mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable. A good session brew, hot weather brew or just wanna have a brew brew.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everytime I get something from Baltika I get psyched up about it, but its always less than I had hoped for.

This lager pours a pale color with a small head. Not much to speak of in the nose department. Very mild and clean smelling.

Taste, well, this beer brought hops to the table - nothing else to accompany or hide it either. It was a delicious bitter, but not very complex. I must commend it, however, for having a very long finish...stays on the tongue, goes the distance.

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Photo of Andreji
2.62/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well my first introduction into russian brewing process was a slight disappointment, unsurprisingly because this one is the "classic" brew. And in my ironic world, "classic" is a synonym for "bad".

The pour is clear straw with a medium white head instantly labelling it as a macro pale lager (surprise, surprise!).

The smell simply repeats the tipically russian red tape process of arriving to the flavour, because it is only a mirror to it. Malt, corn, hops. Bof.

And yes, once again I have been disappointed by a lager which tasted different on the first intake and on the second one- the latter being more soury tasting and corny, but never exiting the locked doors of the mediocre. I hold hope for the baltika family though, and its porter nr. 6.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
2.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Seen this beer a few times, and even some of it’s older Brothers, but never tried any yet – so I decided to pick up the #3, #4 and #9 and give them a whirl.

A metric sized half-litre (500ml) brown glass bottle, labeled as 16.9 fluid ounces for the US market. Metallic gold and dark blue label, with a similarly colored dark blue foil covered top. Labeled across the middle of the label as БAЛTИKA, whilst the English wording states “Baltika Classic” above, and “#3 – Alc. 4.8% vol. Lager Beer” below.

Appearance: Pale straw color that is exceptionally clear. A reasonable sized white head appear at first, but this quickly disappears to reveal a clumpy covering which then eventually fades to a scum layer. Average carbonation levels. Looks like a very old tired Pilsner.

Nose: Punky sweet candy mixed with a corn-like cheap Euro-Lager perfume.

Taste: Oh, it’s nearly as bad as the nose. Clean and easy going. Mediocre

Mouthfeel: Thin, soft and clean – like Cheap Fresh Toiler Paper.

Drinkability: The spiky carbonation and dank corn bitterness makes it hard to really drink more than a half-litre of this.

Overall: Probably better second time round – certainly has a darker yellow color and better head retention, and yeah, it smells better also. Well it has taken me a long time to get round to trying this – and it may very well be a long time before I get round to returning to it to try it again.

Excellent – the result of Glasnost and Perestroika is >>>>
>>>>> Russian БUD now on sale in the USA!

– bring back the Cold War!!!

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Baltika #3 poured a clear, golden, pale color with a very big, yet thin head. The carbonation eased up a bit, leaving a sudsy appearance. Some nice lacing was left on the side of the glass. The smell was a weak blend of fruity and hoppy characteristics, with faint grass odors. For a pilsner, it tasted relatively watered-down, retaining only a bit of the common crispness for the style. Clean and easy on the palate, this beer isn't bad, but is disappointingly medicore. The mouthfeel adds to this general malaise...very thin and unfilling. Still, #3 was drinkable, although cheap American macros would deliver the same thing for far less. Luckily, this was a gift from a friend (to whom I am thankful for grabbing this during a recent trip to New York). I won't go out of my way to find this one on my own, though.

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Photo of TerryW
1.77/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, the rules say that reviews have to be at least 250 words long. That'll be kinda tough, 'cause you could sum up this beer with just one word – insipid.

Pours up a very, very pale yellow. Quite clear, minimal carbonation. Smells grassy and hoppy, some yeast. Moderate head that settles to a thin, lumpish, queasy-looking film, gives up minimal lace. Taste-wise there is little to remark on – thin on the mouth, some chemical qualities.

The names of this outfit's beers (#1, #2, #3 . . . #10) are maybe reflective of the imagination they apply to their brewing. Sad and sorry.

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

Pale clear yellow appearance, big 3/4 inch bright white and fluffy head that can be classified as rocky. Decent wandering drip laces. Aroma is faintly grassy with some honey on the side. Very sweet and scantly carbonated, again a floral honey combined with a sugar sweetened white bread presence. Hopping is limited at best, making me wonder how this meets a Pilsner classification -- but taken as a product this is decent ice cold, attractive. Not well-balanced or attenuated but very drinkable with a nice texture.

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Photo of jlervine
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured straw-yellow in color. Nearly clear in opacity. White foamy head formed quickly, but quickly fell and relocated to the edges of the glass. Efervescense is quite noticeable. The smell is of hops and green apples. Hop bite is the predominant flavor, with just a bit of malt before a nice dry finish. Bit of the green apple flavor is present, but took me a while to place it. Overall, though, pretty tasty. The mouthfeel isn't impressive or anything, but the carbonation is there to make the tongue happy enough. Really hits the back of the tongue. A tasty brew, but not really that good of a pilsner.

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

This is a standard lager. Everything about it is standard. Not good, not bad, just average. It sits rather yellow in the glass, with a large but fizzy head that is gone before you know it. No trace of lace in this glass. Smell? Hmm... Yeah, I guess there's a smell here. Reminds me of ballpark beer. Tastes about like that, too. Maybe a touch of rice - the label denies the presence of anything like that - with a bit of carbonation and just the tiniest hint of hops. If this were all I could drink, I'd still drink beer, but a lot less of it. Blah!

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Photo of marcobrau
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very light, almost straw colored lager that comes in a brown 16.9 ounce bottle with a foil covered cap. A very light, but dry and refreshing lager beer. Certainly better than the most popular domestic lagers sold in America. There's not much to this beer, but it on the dry side, and very clean tasting. If it were half as light it would be tonic water. At $1.38 a bottle it was a good buy for an import. I've had worse imported lagers for more money.

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

If there is one thing I can say about this style of beer and that is “I don’t expect very much, and I’m never disappointed”. Not that it’s a bad style, just seems I can’t find one that hits the “B” spot, but if nothing else I’m persistent and I keep on trying and trying.

The archetypal lager color a transpicuous golden yellow, the head portly in size, bright white in color, frothy in texture, the lace a thin covering sheet. Nose is crisp fresh and clean, all malt, start is lightly sweet and loaded with malt, top skinny in feel. Finish has a perky acidity, the hops apropos to the style, dry aftertaste.

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Photo of jackndan
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Baltica: half a liter brown bomber bottle. “certified by Green Cross” whatever that means (very busy label: ads, ingredients, warnings etc). Clear bright yellow beer, with a mild hops aroma. Malt tastes predominate early with a spicy hop finish that is clean and refreshing. 99 cents well spent.

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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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