Zhiguljovskoje | Baltika Breweries

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Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
67
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
20.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 67
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 froghop
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear golden yellow with a medium size white head that goes away quickly, lively carbonation, some lacing.

smell of roasted grain, malt, some citrus.

taste is somewhat sweet, grain, malt, lemon, ends oily and a slight tart bite to it, leaves a thick film on the tongue.

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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 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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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 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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