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Zhiguljovskoje | Baltika Breweries

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BEER INFO

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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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 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 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 Alpha309
2.74/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours straw in color. Almost no head at all. About 1/8 inch. Dissipates almost immediately.

Very sweet and sugary on the nose. Smells like a bag of sugar.

Aluminum on the taste. Sweet and almost no bitterness.

Watery body and minimal carbonation. Very slight stickiness on the tongue.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Good Ole fashioned slightly skunked lager from a foreign country. Boarder line foul, yet I'm still drinking it. If you see this, no need to pick it up. It's like a slightly worse ripe Heineken.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 mactrail
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light beer but surprisingly heavy body. Strange thick malt liquor taste, but very low alcohol. Bitterness seems to be missing, though there is a touch of dirty cardboard that might be hops. Looks nice, pleasant head, all the elements of beeriness. Just very sweet with no redeeming flavors. The stuff is drinkable enough, apparently clean tastes, but I have to mark it down as a poor representative of this category. Personally I think we need an International Adjunct Lager category for these low-rent specimens.

In the interest of research I gave a 21 year old female a couple of glugs, and she liked it. But then she thinks Olympia is too hoppy.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.24/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #5

Bottle #8 from johnbjaeger 

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice big white foamy cap on top that slowly receded leaving some nice lacing down the glass

A - The aroma is alot of corn, lemon, dish soap,

T - well the taste is well, i'm not sure. sugary sweet, corn, vegetable flavor. its like a light lager, not alot of flavor and whats there is not that enjoyable.

M - syrupy and just not enjoyable. I feel like i'm in the parking lot of a July concert and the beer has gotten too warm and it takes all of me to get it down.

D - I think the beer won out in this one and I am going to stop now. I have a few left and I don't want to ruin my enjoyment of beer before I get to them.

4/2.5/2/2/2

So lets tear the paper off
Oh hell, after doing some searching since I can type the label, its Zhiguljovskoje Fomr Baltika Brewing in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Its cool to try a beer from Russia, but I'll stick to vodka and leave this one on the shelf.

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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 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 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 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 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 afksports
2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't taste great, but it appeals to my senses in its low abv state and my high abvc(consumed) state.

It's actually got a nice head with good lacing, it's clear, but a bit murky for being such a light lager. Smell is very basic, there's not much to it, in fact. Taste is also very easy. Ultimately, it's got some hops, a little bitterness, and not much else. Sawdust finish. Very light.

It's drinkable, and with a light to medium body, I suppose it could be consumed in mass. But I'm not sure if I would want to...

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.07/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A - Slightly darker than yellowish orange with a third of an inch of nice white head.

S - Sweet, almost a cider aroma. Brown sugar and sweet cereal. Far too sweet.

T - Much malt with sweet cereal making up the most of the flavor. The flavor is too sweet for my liking.

M - The feel is rather soft for a lager. However, the feel does aid the flavor in allowing the beer to flow down easily. This is good in my case considering I don't care for the taste.

~ Overall I have to say this one doesn't do it for me. I've enjoyed other beers brewed by this brewer and have been impressed. Unfortunately, this brew falls short.

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