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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by GCBrewingCo on 07-04-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
67
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
20.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 67
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 UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that settles to a small cap. Random spotting of lace around the glass. Smell is of grains, honey, and some grass notes. Taste is of grains and honey with a slightly herbal bitterness on the finish. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I actually liked this one for what it was. One of the better Euro pale lagers that I have had in my opinion.

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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 Bookseeb
3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance pours a golden yellow with a fine crisp head. Smell of malt, corn and additional adjuncts and a light hop note. Taste mirrors the aroma leaving a clean finish. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Overall a clean easy drinking lager that I'd love to try on tap.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.36/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Best by date is 10-15-10 and today's date is 4-30-12. I hope I don't get sick lol... My review may be a little off.

Appearance - Pours a dark golden color with an inch thick, fluffy white head. Leaves a thin oily film on top of the beer and has nice lacing.

Smell - The smell is pretty feint.. all I detect is a subtle sweetness and a feint aroma of honey.

Taste - Strong flavor of honey and corn/grains, very sweet. Has a feint peppery flavor as well, with slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall - Well.. this is long expired but it doesn't taste like it is. This is actually a pretty good beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear golden with just a very slight white head which fell in an instant to barely trace the glass.

The aroma was strong saaz hops when first opened and poured, quickly fading into a strong caramel malt representation and a toasty aspect.

The flavor was very light with a very light tartness, more of an acidity that anything else. The flavor was lightly malty with a bit of a crispness, but nothing overly fruity. Just a light bit of an estery profile was present.

The finish was even to almost dry with just a light caramel impression lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and the carbonation was a bit low. If this was a bit crisper or had a more pronounced hop profile, this would actually be a very good beer instead of just an average representation.

2 Qt 11 ounce brown plastic bottle. Production date 05.02.06, Best Before 05.08.06.

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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 msubulldog25
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 1 pint, 0.9 oz (500ml) brown bottle, vibrant yellow label with a Production Date: 21.10.10'; a Best By Date: 21.10.11. Pretty incredible that a standard/low ABV lager could be granted a one-year shelf life, but such is the case here; purchased early July, consumed mid-August 2011. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Crystal-clear, 'straw' pale-colored. A finger (at leas)t of fizzy whiteness on top. Head lasts about 2 minutes, then drops to a gauzy film. Good and vigorous bubbles, steady carbonation.

S: A sweet and corny whiff, it's all flowers and honey. Crackery malty, decent strength.

T: Benign - rather grainy/sweet & light. Slight citric tang in the finish and peppery/dry spice backbone that's really pretty good for the style.

M: Fresh (surprisingly, after almost 10 months) and exceedingly light. Watery, but just enough citrus punch to drag it back in...

O: Plenty refreshingly, light and generally pleasant. As 'macro lager' as it gets from a Russian Republic: clean, crisp... and ultimately forgettable. It's 'beer', or rather, 'пиво', no more, no less...

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in straight-edged ale glass.

A: thin head, pear-juice colored; not much lacing; good carbonation
S: thin-smelling ; a bit of pear, but leaves quickly
T: thin, bland lager; not foul but nondescript; pear, sweet

It's ok. A little bit better than average for a east European lager.

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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 olympuszymurgus
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured from a sexy plastic bottle. i think this is one that you're supposed to drink from the plastic bottle. this is definitely a beer that should be served at all football games for $10/bottle. honestly, expecting total crap, i was pleasantly surprised by this beer. like the beautiful fields of the russian plains, and the fair hair of a russian prostitute, the sweetness of a bit leftover from fermentation, reminds me of a lap dance. a touch of hop, not too much! a decent beverage that goes very nicely with amazing pizza.

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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 WJVII
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the large 2 liter style plastic bottle this brew has a straw color with a half finger white head that settles to a faint cap. Very active carbonation present. The aroma is faint of malts and a little grain and bready yeast. The taste is light with a little dry fruit up front and a lot of bubbles from the carbonation. There is a decent balance and not much of an aftertaste. Crisp is a good word. This is not a bad brew and for $2.50 a great deal. Not an A worthy taste but worth the $ for a try.

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Photo of gestyr
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a white head that disappears quickly
S: Slight grainy smell with a touch of apple scent
T:grainy. not much else there. Not very much hops flavor. Sort of weak.
M: Light bodied and refreshing. No sting from the carbonation.
O: A drinkable beer. It is what it is, a euro-lager. Not great but then again not bad. I could drink this on a hot summer day after working in the yard.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Barely any smell at all. Light and clean yeasty aroma. Clear and yellow in appearance. Not the greatest looking head: very large bubbles that dissipates to nothing quickly. Tastes clean, very similar to water in mouthfeel. Super light carbonation, no body. I actually don't mind drinking this beer, its pretty refreshing. Wants to be served very cold.

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Photo of mynie
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I usually don't make fun at poor attempts of phonetic translation, but good god I dare anybody who doesn't know Cyrillic to try pronouncing this. Anyhow, it's yet another rare euro pale that is apparently only sold in Russia and Iowa.

Very gold pour. Decent head that dies quickly. A lot like High Life, actually, and that's not a bad thing.

Smells light and weedy. Nothing much going on here, though absolutely nothing is off.

Tastes more firm than it smells. That is, it actually has some taste to it. Crisp malt, dandelions, and a sourdry hop finishing it up. Nothing fancy, but I sure as hell wasn't expecting anything fancy.

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

I purchased a bottle of Zhiguljovskoje for $2.79 USD in Glendale,CA/USA.

Look: Zhiguljovskoje has a tan foam with a visual consistency similar to the meringue of a pie.
Smell: Zhiguljovskoje has an aroma of both minerals and musk.
Taste: Zhiguljovskoje has a bittersweet taste mixed with a high flavour of earth minerals.
Feel: Zhiguljovskoje has a medium amount of carbonation.
Overall: People who are willing to drink any beer would probably be willing to drink Zhiguljovskoje!

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Photo of drizzam
2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yikes! Lager in a big plastic bottle! From Russia! Why is it I'm imagining this stuff being brewed on a street corner in a 50 gallon drum?

Production date of 05.05.10...best by date of 05.11.10? Only fresh for 6 days?

A - Pours a clear gold in color, topped by a few frothy bubbles. No head to speak of so no lacing either.

S - There seems to be a certain lemon soapiness to the aroma, with a minute touch of hops. Very strange smell for a Pale Euro Lager, but it smells good I guess.

T & M - A very watered down, sweet cooked vegetable flavor. The hop flavor is very mild toward the back end. Almost a sweet bready beer. Carbonation was on the low end, and it didn't finish especially crisp.

D - This beer isn't one I would recommend, but it does have some good things going in its favor. I think if it had a touch more flavor and was a bit more crisp, it would be a solid brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.94/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright clear golden color. White head forms but no lace really. Aroma is grainy, with some stale noble hops and sweet corn. Corn and malt sweetness in the taste, perhaps rice too. The beer is light and sweet with a slight bitter stewed hop flavor. Not the tastiest beer in the world but it is just macro swill. Light bodied and pretty easy to drink. Overall, this is an average macro lager. I feel no need to drink it again though.

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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 corsendonkfan
2.92/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden yellow with little head and a good amount of carbonation. Head goes away quickly. Very transparent.

S: Has a strong wheat smell. Impressive considering how light the beer appears.

T: For a beer that I was not expecting much from it did have a definite corn, wheat, yeast taste to it. The taste and carbonation went away quickly as the beer warmed slightly.

M: Was nothing to be impressed with. Could feel the carbonation on your tongue a little but it was nothing much to note.

O: For what I expected, I was impressed there was a noticeable wheat taste. It was a very average beer that I would put in the same class as many national beers.

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