Baltika #1 Light | Baltika Breweries

Baltika #1 LightBaltika #1 Light
12 Ratings
Baltika #1 LightBaltika #1 Light

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-25-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by BeerResearcher:
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a lager, tastes like an ale. This Russian lager offering is pale gold in color with an herbal light/medium malt. Amply Hopped with a sharp, metallic bitterness and a hint of lime. The malt and hop flavors are quite separate - like an ale. Good malt and hop nose. Nice white head that lasts a fairly long time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gmann
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

**NOTE** I believe this sample may be old, d'oh

Pours a very pale copper color with no head to speak of, no lacing, real flat look. The aroma on the other hand is not bad, caramel malt, honey. The taste is of honey malt, caramel, tastes like a sweet EPA, no hops detected what so ever. The feel is watery, flat, and slick, not good. I can't comment on the drinkabiltiy as I believe this is a bad sample. Boo to Brightwaters for keeping this on the shelf.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.91/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can purchased from the corner Korean market for 79 cents.

I note the ever growing BA effect by the label stuck to the back of the can:

"BALTIKA #1 - Premium ale, crafted with the finest ingredients, is brewed to meet the standards of the most discerning ale enthusiasts."

Pours into my pint glass a shade lighter then ginger ale. A floating wispy bleached head reaches & dies just like champagne would. The lightest of remnants floating in between the rush of traffic to the top.

Smell is surprisingly pleasant, hinting with wheaty esters of banana & bubblegum. A very faint metallic tone, with a zest-like sense of sweetness overlaying a sparse layer of grain.

Taste & feel is seltzer-ish. Ever so slight citric bitterness tarts the grain, numbing my palate a bit, but instills an image of a very refreshing & tolerant beer. Slight, slight caramelization as it warms. It positively lacks much of the headache inducing phenols I find in most low priced Euro lagers. Satisfying.


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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The prototypical lager pour, a translucent gold with a bright white head that is impressive in size, frothy in texture and a nice sheet of lace is left after the head erodes. Nose is the quintessential lager, all malt, crisp and clean and a tad sweet with the start malt laden, somewhat sweet, the top middling in its feel. Finish is moderately carbonated, the hops present but understated, dry and long lasting aftertaste, an average lager, nothing that “Trips My Trigger”.

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Photo of Globetrotter
1.98/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is Baltika's "light" beer, with 4.0% ABV. It pours a pale yellow - just a tad darker than their non-alcoholic brew. The head is white and thin, disappearing quickly with no traces left. The smell is strong - rice, corn, some kind of grain (not malt). The mouthfeel is very fizzy, a la coke, with more corn. I detected no trace of hops at all, either while drinking or after. There was, in fact, no aftertaste at all. Maybe it's "easy drinking", but who needs that? Thanks, but no thanks.

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Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy yellow fizzy brew.

Smell is a little malt and some herbal bop scents. Slight lemony and cracker scents in here and the hop scent gets grassy as it warms.

Taste is a little sweet and there is a good dose of malt to this. A bit of caramel malt flavor to this and a good bitterness level.

Mouthful is good.

Just an OK lager but a GREAT light beer! This tastes as much like a real beer as any other light I have ever tasted. I suspect that this really has all the calories and is just a low alcohol beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always am a little wary when the lettering on a beer label isn't in the Roman alphabet, as generally the "cyrillic beers" like Greek, Ukraninan and the like aren't so good but lets see if this Russian lager can turn the tide.
Baltica cascades into a very light color reminiscent of apple juice and also features almost no head and a strong, grainy scent. Not too promising. Interesting taste that doesn't quite distinguish itself with either malt or hops but still tastes okay. A corny taste but somewhat refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean.
By no means a great beer Baltika is still an interesting lager with an unusual taste.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz can into nonic pint glass.

The can lists this as 4.4% ABV with no mention of "light" or any other descriptor beyond "#1."

A - Pale, clear yellow with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is fairly short, but a patchy film remains along with some minimal lace.

S - Very sweet, a little grainy, and a little artificial. Old hops pulling through perhaps?

T - Almost exactly what I expected from the nose. A processed, honey-like and slightly medicinal sweetness is most prevalent. Cereal grain lurks underneath. Late palate reveals a touch of sourness with a slight bitterness accompanied by faint mustard/cheese flavors, surely the old hops pulling through.

M - Great mouthfeel for a lager of this type. This brew is hanging between light and medium bodied and while the carbonation is unruly at first, it settles to a nice crispness that keeps some of the big sweetness in check.

D - Not bad, but the sweetness knocks it down half a point. Overall an enjoyable beer that held up well to warming.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-fingered white head that hang around and leaves a good lace. A light golden color. Nose is non-existant as if stale (it isn't) but the carbonation is quite good. Starts different - sweet but hoppy and has a crisp finish. Light bodied. $1.99 for 500ml. The ABV is 4.4& and there is nothing on the bottle about this being light.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.77/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very slightly dark golden colour. I say slightly dark because only moments ago, I poured a Baltika #9 which was extremely light in its golden tone. The head was about a finger thick and snow white, and wasted no time at all in fading away into a slight haze atop the surface of the beer in my glass. The smell is quite sweet, to be a lager. It's really quite nice. The taste is almost "vegetable" like, perhaps "earthy" would be a better choice of words. The mouth feel is nice in that it isn't really that carbonated. I fancy this one quite a bit it seems. I'll certainly buy this again.
Just for the record, this is NOT a light beer, no where on their site, nor the lable of the brew does it say anywhere "light". This is just Baltika Lager.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4.4% ABV. This is their light beer. Not bad, not one I will seek out often but not bad. I am trying to review this a light beer and be objective. All the Baltika Beers I have tried have a certain aroma to them, kind of funky sweet.

Pours a color like apple juice...thought it may have turned. apparently not- though the green botle gave me pause. No head to speak of, carbonation is faint but persistent. Leaves a scant ring around the glass and tiny scant clups of lace. Taste is very light, watery some grain, some fruitiness -tart apples??, nice drier hop finish, not much of an aftertaste. Not bad, not great but hey it's a light beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.95/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow appearance, clear, thick head that slims down assuredly. Feh.

Aroma: whispers of grainy husks, corn-y, but wetness is the predominant character. Moisture and that American macro crap flavor that has tainted the very notion of beer throughout the world.

Taste: Wetness is king here, hollowness rings in at second, and despair chimes in at #3. Not applicable for those perfectly content with nothing but dreary wetness, I'm sure there's enough of those to keep the bottling lines chugging in St. Petersburg, of that I do not doubt. But I can't imagine this inspiring a smile while I try to release it from the glass and into my insides...and I really don't think I'm going to go through with that. "Drain pour"? Maybe...Meh.

A hint of lemon kicks in, for a while to match the mood of's not enough...

Lightness incarnate, to the detriment of any taste whatsoever. No body, no finish, no texture, no memory of this will remain when the bottle is empty. Meh. Worth recommending to your friend who thinks Grolsch is good beer.

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Baltika #1 Light from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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