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Baltika #7 Export | Baltika Breweries

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,072
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
423
pDev:
18.95%
Bros Score:
3.03
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
1.84/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I did not like this beer. It was fresh, part of the LCBO gift pack. No direct sunlight, though you cannot stop the less disasterous flourescent lighting in the store. The beer had a light yellow colour to it, carbonation bubbleswere apparent, and there was a big cheesy head. The horse and cheese aromas made it unapproachable. Boozy and sugary.Watery.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.63/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 6/22/12. Best before 6/22/13.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a slightly skunky aroma. Taste is mainly of malt and grain with a mild corn flake flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that doesn't smell or taste very good.

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3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of the first Russian beers I had ever had. This brew reminded me of a Becks. The color was a yellowish gold, the aroma wasa little grassy and had a but of a funk to it. The taste was bitter in the same ways as the aroma. The brew seemed to be much like a German Lager and not so much of a Russian one.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of metter98
3.01/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of sweet malt in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is stronger with flavors of biscuit malts, corn and malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and goes down easily. I would have no problem knocking back a few of these.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Strange peel-off enclosure, which combines a traditional cap with a pop-top pull tab, to create a weirdly easy-to-use hybrid, if you can grok that particular twist of the wrist, that is.

This beer pours a crystal clear pale golden colour, with a teeming amount of foamy, webbed, cushioned white head, which leaves a broad Pangaea-scope of lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of barley graininess, some earthy yeastiness, a bit of muddled lemon oil, and musty grassy hops. The taste is browned apples, bready, yeasty pale malt, musty field honey, some slight drupe fruitiness, and a less than subtle weedy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is average, if a wee bit frothy, the body a decent medium-light weight, with nothing getting in the way of a certain abject smoothness - kind of like there's a KGB or Russian mafia diktat for suggesting otherwise. It finishes off-dry, the bready, yeasty sweetness persisting, with just a bit of fruit and weakly earthy hops joining in this particular end game.

Well, I was expecting a metric-tonne shitload's worth of Euro-skank, given the clear green bottle, and other unjust prejudices. Turns out, one should not judge a book by its cover, as this is a decently malty, softly-tinged hoppy Euro-lager. Maybe not up to the stringent standards of the Teutonic style source, but still agreeable enough - mea culpa, tovarisch.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.41/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Peel-top green bottle into Williams Bros. Brewing pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Bottle acquired in Ennis, Ireland, though I've also seen it at the Porterhouse(s) in Dublin.

A: Pours a four finger head of no cream, decent thickness, and generally favorable retention. Colour is a light clear yellow. Carbonation appears below normal; no bubbles are present.

Sm: Very light simple scent of clean barley.

T: Clear medium body of barley with cream overtones that feel somewhat artificial. I admit I'm new to the style, but it's not a style that seems to have a tough learning curve. It's not a great beer. The cream on the finish is nice, but the barley sharpens at the same time, negatively impacting the balance; I've noted this feature specifically in other beers from the same brewery, so it's not a matter of style adaptation. I can't adequately comment on the build in terms of the style, but it's built badly inasmuch as good beer is concerned.

Mf: Smooth in the first act, but gets much coarseness as the beer continues, progressing to an unnatural artifical coarseness and dryness by and through the climax. It's nicely wet in the first act elsewise.

Dr: In spite of its balance issues, it does maintain a certain perverted refreshment capability in its first half. I wish they'd clean up the latter bit, but it does have some value. It isn't worth its price in Ireland, but is likely worth it in other locations if you're looking strictly to get bollocksed. In general, I think it's a beer to be avoided if you're a serious beer fanatic.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a fluffy, pillowy, white, three-finger head. It left some nice sheets of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of corn, caramel malt and some spicy bitter hops. The hops were fairly light but provided some nice balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Compared side by side with #3, this our is so much better. More flavorful and with a light hop kick.

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Photo of superspak
3.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 5/21/2015. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Outstanding appearance. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish, and very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy/sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a nice Dortmunder style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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 chinchill
2.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz (500ml) bottle served in Austrian .6L glass mug. A few months past BEST BY date, but properly stored (recently at least).

Unusual pull top cap. Easy removal yet seems to seal well.

Looks like a macro-lager with an extra amount of white fluffy head.

There are some unpleasant component[s] in the aroma, including but not limited to a slight skunkiness. {2nd sample purchased and sampled in May 2012 is also a bit skunky}

Aside from the pop top and unusual bottle, there's nothing remarkable about this lager, for good or bad.
Moderate carbonation, typical lager mouthfeel (thin), slight dryness in the fiinish.

As an import beer, this lager is not competitive with many other domestic and imports, whether on price or interest or quality.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall bright white soapy head that reduces but never completely goes away. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some biscuity malts, some light lemon, and a slightly grassy hops.

T: The taste of this beer really follows the smell of the beer. Light flavor of biscuity malts with hints of citrus and a mild grassy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry.

O: This beer would be excellent on a really warm day, I wish had I had tried it earlier this week when it was in the upper 70s vs. this afternoon when it is in the high 50s. The beer is easy to drink and refreshing but not something I would go out of my way to find - though they likely carry it at any Russian or Eastern European grocery/convenience store.

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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 Gagnonsux
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfortunately this is packaged in a green bottle, but the price was right at $1.69 for a pint bottle. Baltika #7 is a pale yellow straw color. Carbonation is very good. The head is large and ultrawhite. After uncapping the bottle the aroma starts with a quick whiff of skunk followed by a pleasent, but generic grainy sweetness found in many euro pale lagers. The taste is diffenently that of a euro pale lager and not a Dortmunder. Flavor is nice and sweet with a mild grainy taste. The depth of flavor and malt profile are way better than the average euro pale. Drinkability is very good, this is a good session choice for those times when you feel like something tasty, but want something relatively light.

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Production date: 2/25/2014. Best before: 2/25/2015. 500 ml green bottle.

A: Tab-pull the cap to release a clear pale yellow fluid with an aggressive pour yielding 1-inch thick white head which settles to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Hay and grass, yeast, malt, damp earth.

T: Grainy, corn (?), lager yeast, mild lemon.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Thin, crisp, clean, sticky yeasty finish with slight bitterness.

O: Simple, basic, straight-up lager. Not a fan and will not have again.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good starting eggshell white head. Settles on the slow side, leaving some streaky lace. The beer is crystal clear. Darker straw color.

Mild hop aroma with an unmalty, grainy touch. I also notice some alcohol to the nose.

Tastes like the except sweeter, almost as if some maple syrup was added. A little distracting. Good body with a higher level of carbonation. Very short aftertaste--mostly grainy malt.

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Photo of russpowell
2.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light yellow with a 3 finger plus white bubbly head that drops to a film. Bubbles continously rise from the bottom of my glass. Some head retention and lacing

Smell: Graininess and faint hops aroma

Taste: Graininess and sweetness with slight fruitiness in the finish

MF: To sweet and cloying, but good carbonation level

Easy drinking, but also easy to forget, I've certainally had worse

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