Zhiguljovskoje | Baltika Breweries

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Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GCBrewingCo on 07-04-2006

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Reviews:
40
Ratings:
67
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
20.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 67
Reviews by yesyouam:
Photo of yesyouam
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Zhiguljovskoje is a very clear light copper lager with a small white head that fades to a film. It has OK lacing. It has a sweet aroma, like brown sugar, maple syrup and honey. It's light bodied and pretty watery. It has a very sweet flavor! There are notes of maple, honey, caramel and sorghum, but not really any hops. Hey, kids would appreciate this! It's not too bad, actually. I bet it'd make good cooking beer. I got a big plastic 1.5 liter bottle for $1.98!
(rated Sep 26, 2008)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

50cl brown bottle with a freshness date.

Quick to foam to the top of the glass, great head retention and the pale golden color is very clear. Faint spicy lemony hop, cooked veggies and salty grain. Crispness struggles, nearly lands flat. Cooked veggies (cabbage), weak wet grain flavor and muted hops. Finishes with a mineral dryness.

This beer had potential, a bit cleaner with some crispness behind it ... it would be half decent.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quick, golden in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: honey is all I get

Taste: honey and light breadiness

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied ,super sweet

Overall: A typical Euro lager. I do like the sweetness here, but outside of that nothing I would really pick up again. Not offensive, but not overly memorable either.

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Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz brown bottle into a snifter.

A: slightly hazy, golden with an unusual tan tint; modest and short-lived, sudsy white head.

Aroma: light malt and hops with a slight skunkiness and a hint of honey.

T: slightly sweet and floral, with a low level of hops compared to the malt. However, the malt dominates at the start, but the hops come out on top in the finish.

M: rather light and slightly watery body; carbonation is medium (very good); smooth; semi-dry.

Overall: this beer is quite drinkable; I found this to be much better than Baltica's #2 lager.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the first Baltika-made beer I'd tried that didn't have a number instead of a name. I just wish it had a name I had a hope of pronouncing...

Looks fairly standard, golden and crystal clear with perhaps a slightly more clingy than average head on it. Smells like rotting corn husks.

It's really not much of a beer, flavor-wise. It's rather watery, seems to be light on both malts and hops, really about as generic a lager as you can get.

The cool looking medals on the label can't make up for the fact that this is a somewhat boring beer. You could probably find something more interesting than this.

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Photo of brother_rebus
1.87/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Miserable rice starch wheat grass slop.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rather different packaging delivery than many a beer I've tried, and generally liked quite a bit, from this Russian brewery. Poured into a pils glass from a 500 ml. bottle, this offering shows a clear golden straw with a lively carbonation and a half inch of white foam. Decent retention and lacing follow.

Distinct Euro Lager nose with a hint of spice and some light lemon notes. Pleasant and without distractions.

Breaks down a bit in the taste department, starting off as lemon water, shifting to a lightly coarse bready quality and finishing with lemony grain notes. Spritzy, lemony and slightly sweet direct from the bottle(well, it didn't fit into one pils pour) this brew is easy drinking and quite refreshing, albeit not too challenging.

Offers a decent grainy texture for such a light beer and best consumed from the bottle. This is a decent looking and well adjusted girl, don't take her out in public, keep her in the bottle.

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Photo of Solo007
1.51/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I'm giving Russia's Baltika Breweries another chance to redeem itself from a series of disappointing and under-average beers . . .

OK: Poured from my 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle into a tulip glass.

Nose is somewhat light, a bit of dandelion but with has that cheap mass grain production, I can smell the alcohol something sweet like corn syrup (Uh oh, not good . . .).

The pour is clear, slightly dark golden hue (my first thought: Urine): Head starts of well, about an inch high, but vanishes after 35 seconds. From the glass, very light nose, just the alcohol and that sweet com something . . .

Taste is weak, no floral, no hop notes, no style, bland, watery: And a bit on the stale side. On second taste: No . . . DEFINITELY stale. And leaves a waxy, kinda sticky film on the tongue and back of the throat. This is not good at all: I don't even know if I can finish this glass, let alone the bottle.

Real Russian piss water. Look, there are many good and decent cheap beers out there - But this most certainly isn't one of them. I should have known better when I saw the the picture below of this alleged "beer"with a blue plastic soda bottle screw cap on it. Bottom Line: one of the worst beers I've ever drank. A travesty. I want my money back. And my taste buds too.

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Photo of wewantbeer
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of Gottesverachter
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of invertedrdm
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of tclapper
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Russian beer, wahoo. Pours a brilliantly clear gold with 2 fingers of white foam that retains for a few minutes before dissipating completely. Smells clean, grainy, semi-sweet. No hop aroma to speak of. On the palate, it's sweet up front, crackery, grainy, a bit slick and slightly metallic with a clean finish that drops off pretty quickly. Not a terrible little lager, I'd gladly drink this if I were in Russia and there were no better alternatives.

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Photo of metter98
2.92/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples and bits of sweet malts are present in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of corn and bits of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable but is lacking when it comes to the aroma and flavor department.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown half litre bottle obtained from a Russian shop in Antwerp (Belgium). Best before 15th Oct 2010, drank 26th July 2010.

Poured (three times) into one of my small Veltins Pilsner glasses.

The beer is a mid-range pilsner/helles/lager golden yellow, the regular pure white foaming head appeared on each pour. Bright, clear and what you'd expect from a Helles Bier.

The aroma was fairly sweet, and floral (sweetpea?).

The initial taste was also on the sweet side, however a tinny/metallic taste came along in the aftertaste.

The beer was more enjoyable when I was hot and the beer cold, but as I cooled and the beer warmed, my mood changed and I had trouble with the final sips.

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Photo of zoso1967
2.67/5  rDev -7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My wife bought me this as a joke after I had expressed horror that it was in a plastic bottle.
This beer pours a very unattractive brownish golden color and has plenty of carbonation. It carries an equally unattractive head that quickly fades. The aroma is of slightly sweet bready malt, a hint of saaz hops and maybe a bit of caramel. Surprisingly, the flavor is not so bad. No real hop flavor to speak of, bready malt, and a touch of caramel or toffee. It is not a good beer by any stretch of the imagination, but I would gladly drink it over your standard BMC. The mouthfeel is light and watery with a fairly dry finish. Pretty drinkable. Would make a good conversation piece at a college party. Also, it would be good for Edward forty hands since the plastic bottle is lighter than a glass one.

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Photo of Zorro
3.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a tall strong head. This is darker than your usual European lager.

Smells very herbal spicy with a soapy hop scent. Grassy with some yeast.

Starts out a little sweet and a little herbal. Hop is a little spicy and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Highly drinkable beer tasty and mild. This is a bit bigger flavored than most Euro Lagers it is a nice surprise to drink one that isn't trying to be a Heineken clone.

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Photo of Kuongming
3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gabepesce
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

nothing like a beer from a 2 liter

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Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is New Beer Sunday and I am flush with new beers, having spent the bulk of the day yesterday in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach (Little Odessa) area, scouting for Kvass and other eastern European beers. It was a successful outing and now it is time to see what I scored.

A plastic bottle with a label that reads "1QT, 1 Pint 3 Fl. Oz." Okay, that's 51 Fl. Oz., which equates to 1.5 L, at least according to my calculations. I purchased this gem at the Brighton Bazaar, worthy of a visit in and of itself, for the wealth of great food for sale. I tried Okroshka soup for the first time yesterday and I am hooked. This beer is also notable in that it may be alphabetically last (or close to it) of all of the beers that I have reviewed. This beer brought to you by the letter "Z"!

My pour created a finger-and-a-half of bone-white head that fell like Wile E. Coyote going off of a cliff. Color was a deep golden-amber, very much like apple juice in terms of its color and clarity (NE-Quality, BTW). Nose was up front with cooked vegetables. Uh oh. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a tartness on the tongue that was unexpected, but not unpleasant. There were no noticeable hops in its flavor profile and I could really taste cooked vegetable matter as it warmed. I have to say that none of this was terribly unpleasant, believe it or don't. I was deeply enamored of Rolling Rock when it was made in Latrobe, PA and this reminded me a lot of that old friend. This may not be a beer that you want to allow to warm up too highly as the off flavors really begin to become evident, but given its low price point and portability (a plastic bottle as opposed to a glass one), it might be suitable for a beach outing. Finish was semi-dry, not terribly clean for a lager, but not totally off-putting, either.

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

51 oz brown, plastic, twist off capped bottle. It is fresh too, bottled only a month ago.

Pours into my 750ml glass an apple cider amber/gold. The head is fizzy and white and dissipates pretty quickly.

The smell is mild, there is mineral water, melon rind, a touch of hops, and sweet grain notes.

The taste is mellow, but fruity. There is a definite bit of adjunct that I can't pinpoint. There is a distinct fruitiness going through it, maybe strawberry/melon and a mineral water body.

For how cheap it is and the use of adjuncts, it isn't bad.

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Zhiguljovskoje from Baltika Breweries
2.87 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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