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Baltika #7 Export | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #7 ExportBaltika #7 Export

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 401
Photo of Morgana
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Baltika #7 is really not much different that the other Baltika beers in appearance, aroma, or taste. The only thing that seems to vary is the strength with an ABV of 5:40%.

Big, white, fizzy head. Super clear, golden yellow beer.

It starts off skunk but grows on you like a hippy stank.

Tastes like sweet hay left out in the rain for 3 days, i love it... i hate it...the wet hay that is.

The sweet malt is playing tricks with the mouthfeel, one minute it seems crisp and the next it lingers like a well deserved hangover.

I'm thinking this beer doesn't have the depth of flavor to keep me coming back for more. I guess if I drank everything else in the room and the Ruskie was all that was left I would say Slainte since there is no cheers in Russian and bottoms up. Spasibo

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.79/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a pils flute.

Pours a light straw with a moderate soapy head that recedes quickly and laces a little. Perfect clarity.

Aroma is crystal malts, light and bready with a touch of honey. Usual suspect skunky hop aroma comes through, although it settles a bit as the beer warms.

Flavor is medicinal and even for the style quite odd. Sour and slightly bitter, the hops are almost menthol or minty. The malt has a funky DMS or cooked veggie flavor. Light struck hops are slightly bitter, but phenolic and medicinal. Wet cardboard flavor from the aroma sneaks in on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, carbonation is lively and slightly stinging on the tongue.

Wow, I've had a few Dort exports and this is not very re[representative of the style. This would even be a bad "light" version of a pils.

Do not recommend.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Situation: New Year's Eve--round one, thanks to the Baltika gift pack (8.99 witha glass)
Glassware: the Baltika gift glass...
Appearance: light, almost golden yellow body with a nice cirrus cloud of off-white head; diligent effervescence--not too bad on the approach...
Aroma: classic Eastern European pilsner scents--hay, honey and sharp sugars...
Palate: medium-bodied, puckerish on the lips and lacking on the backend; the aftertaste, albeit weak, has some staying power...
Taste: rounded, heavily malted lager--sweetness of sugar and honey; clean and smooth, with a hint of complexity...
Overall: excellent lacing and the Baltika glass makes this a compelling drink on New Year's Eve, although I bet if this were next Thursday night, I might not be as festively aroused by its aesthetics... pours well with potato skins, pizza bites and mozzarella sticks...

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had some success with the Baltika line, and I hope it can continue with their export lager. Skinny half-liter bottle with a pull-off top...and I thought Cervejaria Colorado was the only one to have pull-off tops....on to the beer:

Right as the cap is peeled off, I can smell the skunk. I proceed to pour into a stange. Clean straw yellow in color, with a soapy bone white head on top. It's fine to look at initally. Retention is around the mean. The aroma...c'mon, you knew I would say skunked. Some sulfur and green veggies...oh too common in these green bottled pale lagers from Europe.

It is a sweet tasting lager, like something from Asia. Pale sweet malt dominates here, but it's not cloying beyond my tolerance. A bit herbal, sulfur, and woody flavors on the side...I think that's the hops talking. Slightly carbonated in the mouth, not harsh or "heavy".

Although this is labeled as an export lager, it seems more like a Stella Artois with a pinch more of alcohol. At least this beer is inexpensive in the 500 ml bottles.

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Photo of Cellach
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a stemless red wine glass. Color is pure light gold, with no real head to speak of. The effervescence doesn't seem very emphatic, which is confirmed by the palate. Up front, this is light, totally dry, and slightly fruity, with light pear and honey, and just a hint of biscuity malt. The effervescence is very weak indeed (perhaps my closure was faulty?). This lager is eminently quaffable, and inescabaply boring.

I'm not the sort to drink beer while I do yard work and such, but if I were, I suppose I'd drink something like this. I see Baltika #7's chief selling point being that it is a worthy substitute for water. I suppose that's not saying much.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 500ml rip top bottle (5.5% ABV) obtained from my local Aldi supermarket. Brewed 17 Aug 2010, best before 17 Aug 2011, reviewed and drank 12 Dec 2010.

Looked fine in a 'Corsendonk' stemmed tulip glass. Good large snowy white head of tight bubbles. Very light golden body, typical clear and clean look this style is renouned for.

No smell, some cereal esters if you sniff hard enough, along with dried hay.

Refreashing and thirst quenching, but not really tastey in any way. Dry rather than sweet, but again not really dry either.

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Photo of tdm168
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale, clear yellow with a thick, soft cap of dense, foamy, white head that has great retention

S - grass, straw, apples, sweet, caramel

T - apples, sweet, bread, warming alcohol in the finish

M - warm, light to medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

By appearance this is better than your average lager. It smells like a good effort was made. By teste it's too sweet and fruity. The bready malts try to save the day but to no avail. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of evanlarkin
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very clear yellow, lots of carbonation bubbles but no real head.

Clean and thin. Slightly sweet with a touch of grain. Not very aromatic, but nothing particularly unpleasant.

Schlitz, anyone? That's what it reminded me of immediately. Clean tasting, crisp. Light hop bitterness that's balanced fairly well with the grain, though it doesn't have any really strong flavors to it.

Light and mellow, and very carbonated.

Because this has such light flavors, it would be easy to drink a lot of them. It doesn't give your palate a strong workout.

If you can find grenchki (very crispy rye bread toast-fries with garlic and mozzerella), 7 fits well with them for a night of drinking in St. Petersburg.

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Photo of drizzam
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type - big green 1 pint .9 oz bottle with production date of 28.01.08 and best before date of 28.01.09. Since I'm drinking this in 2010, does it mean I got a very old bottle? I assume so but let's drink it anyways...

A - Crystal clear straw color...about 3 degrees SRM according to my "Tasting Beer" book. Fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Big skunk in the nose as I poured it into the glass. Once in the glass the skunk wasn't so pronounced, and it had a bit of a sweet malty nose, with just a bit of skunkiness.

T & M - A rather sweet number, not alot going on here. Kind of a one dimensional sweet malt flavor with a tiny bit of skunkiness...not like Heineken skunkiness to be certain, but there is a small amount there. Light bodied and finishes fairly clean with no real hop presence to note.

D - It's cheap and the ABV is fairly low but this beer doesn't have a whole lot else going for it. Maybe it's better on tap in Russia.

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Photo of iceball585
2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow color, clear, one finger thick fluffy head that lowered slowly, tiny carbonation bubbles rising

S- Pale malts, corn, toasted grains, slight metallic smell

T- Grains, wheat, malts, corn, rice, hint of sweet honey flavor

M- Light/medium body, low/medium carbonation, clean, slightly watery

D- Worth trying if you like light beers

This isn't an instant favorite of mine but it is still a decent beer. It's just another typical export lager.

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Photo of nickfl
2.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white head settles quickly and leaves no lace. Light yellow body with good clarity.

S - Malty with little to no hop character.

T - Sweet and malty with low bitterness, otherwise clean.

M - Medium high carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish.

D - Very light. Nothing offensive about it, but not a particularly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Myotus
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured at 43°F from an 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 10Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers worth of white foam. At 3 minutes, the edges of the foam head have dissipated into a fingers worth of foam while the center of the head has only shrunk by 1 finger. The result is a nice, little plateau of foam. Pale gold in color (almost straw yellow). There is an abundance of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and thick with some areas being very thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of biscuits, hand soap, car exhaust, and sugar water are backed by hints of skunk.
TASTE: Mild flavors of biscuits and sugar water eneter initially and are immediately followed by subtle spicy and floral hop flavors. No car exhaust, hand soap, nor skunk flavors are present.
FEEL: Somewhere between Medium-bodied and light-bodied. Carbonation is high. Goes down rough. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: My second beer from this brewery and I'm not sure which one disappointed me more. The previous one tasted worse, but this one was a terrible example of what a Dortmunder should be. I like Dortmunders and had high hopes for this, regardless of my previous experience with the brewery.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" head which dissipated pretty quickly. Pale pee yellow in color. Aroma has hops and citrus. Taste is standard cheap lager with corn and not much else. I'd say though this is equal or better to most of the American versions of cheap lager. And I'm grateful due to the can it didn't have even a hint of skunking despite all the time and distance between its foreign brewery and my mouth.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The on tap version of this beer comes out closer to golden than the canned rendition. The head is also much more substantial, almost up to average. Interestingly, the malt smell from the can is much weaker on tap - hardly noticeable at all. The mouthfeel is all bubbly, like a Coke. The malts are definitely present, but I'm still looking for some hops. There was no finish and no aftertaste. Yeah, it's drinkable, but I'll always ask the bartender what else is on tap.

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Photo of Daredevil
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: straw colored, nice perlage (which keeps up for quite some time)

Smell: sweetcorn, sandalwood

Taste: quince, stem turnip, german mustard

Interesting, quite sweetish brew, however not a champion in smoothness; leaves a sweet-bitter aftertaste, which perhaps makes this a good thirst quencher

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Photo of Svingjo
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow straw colour with a thin white head. The nose leads with some pale malts, wet straw and a slight funky yeast. There is some grassy hop and a almost sweet biscuit and malt. The carbonation in the mouthfeel is quite active with a medium body feel.

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Photo of animal69
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another brew from Russia; this one pours a pale yellow w/ fluffy white head which dissapates quickly, good lacing; slight hop aroma, some underlying "ricey" kinda smell; very "watered down" tasting, slight hop bitterness, light macro-rice syrup type flavor, maybe a little better grain-rice ratio than a US beer, tho; again, very thin, light, watery body, thirst quenceing, could possibly drink a few on a warm fall day...

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Photo of FLima
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bright golden color with lots of thick head with good retention.
Aroma of malt and grassy hops.
Sweet malt flavor balanced by its grassy hops. Mildly dry but bitter aftertaste. Some buttery notes.
Full body with strong carbonation.
On the lower range of drinkability among Pilsners. I found it a bit too heavy given its buttery notes on a sweet malty base. Number 4 is still their best bet.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a branded pilsner style glass. Very light in colour, with a sweet nose. Grains come in strong at the front, but it finishes fruitlike, perhaps a melon, I has having trouble determining what type. Not terribly complex, but pretty solid and consistent. A nice afternoon beer.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, this beer is a clear golden/yellow colour that reminds me a bit of citrus soda. Head, at first, is big and billowy, but fades quickly to nothingness. Smells of biscuits, citrus, grass and grains. Tastes very clean. Subtle citrus, some grains, and a touch of dry hops. Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, and a tad dry. A decent lager, and a few steps above swill.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 25 fl. oz. green bottle with the screwy flip top. No. 13.08.12-15:10/13.08.13-5W. Sampled on March 31, 2013.

The pour is yellow with a longer lasting head than Baltika's #2 and #5 pale lagers. Good clarity.

The nose is fairly weak with some grains, grass, and a slight hop note but they all meld together in a blase fashion and do not make the beer all that enticing.

The body is light.

The flavor has a little more character with grainy malts, astringency, and a slightly lingering clean hop finale. Heineken, Carlsberg, St Pauli Girl - take your pick. It is very much like those but I think it is meant to be. Baltika #2 is better.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Baltika #7 is really not much different that the other golden Baltika beers in appearance, aroma, or taste. The only thing that seems to vary is the strength. It pours a clear golden body with yellow highlights and a full and foamy bright-white head that dissipates quickly. It keeps a decent collar through most of the glass, and even leaves some lace. The aroma displays some semi-grainy malt with a light sweetness. The body is medium with a soft carbonation that helps to give the impression of a fuller body than actually exists. The flavor is as the nose suggests, with an adjunct laden but still mildly grainy maltiness. The bitterness is restrained, and it finishes with some gently lingering sweetness. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but if I want an overly sweet adjunct lager I think I'll just stay domestic and have a Pabst Blue Ribbon!

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after its extraction from the 500ml green bottle resides in my glass a luminous gold with a diminutive frothy white head that evaporates quickly leaving a thin cover of lace upon the glass. Nose is archetypal lager sweet malt that is fresh, crisp and clean, with the start slightly sweet and the grain presence adequate but a bit light, top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is pleasantly spicy as far as the hops go acidity moderate and the aftertaste desert bone dry, a passable beer, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More brew from the local Carulla. Like the easy pop top, let's give it a whirl. Popping the easy pop top that is like a champagne pop, I get a big European classic adjunct lager whiff. Pours to a bright light yellow with huge bubble three finger head. Taste is uneventful, dry biscuity malt with limited bitterness. An easy drinker. Should go good with the sushi it is about to accompany.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass.

After being told about this whole Baltika line by a former co-worker, I was relatively jazzed to find a few at my local Caputo's. This one pours a clear pale golden-straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises wild rice, generic grain, light flowers, very light grass, and a splash of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, though a firm semi-biscuit backbone is evident, and the flowers provide a cleaner hop thrust than before. Still, everything just kinda lies there, mostly lifeless, certainly character-less. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slickly watery feel. Overall, this is just a boring, unassuming, little guy, something I'd likely confuse with any other bland Euro lager. It's not bad, per se, just nothing I'd ever really wanna drink again.

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Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
3.06 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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