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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2003

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Photo of TerryW
2.06/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours clears with a very short-lived head that settles to a film. Some spotty lace early on.

No real nose to the thing. Some hoppiness typical of Eastern European stuff - hay, grass. Taste is just too sweet. Some hop bitterness, a bit of breadiness, but overwhelmed by corny sweetness. Lingers slightly bitter.

Nothing to recommend this one. Pretty anonymous like a zillion other Eastern Euro macros. Drinkable, but not interesting or exciting.

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Photo of Moe55
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6pack of green 11.2oz bottles. The pop-top opener was a real crowd pleaser. Poured into pint glass. Appearance was light yellow, some bubbles and head that disappeared rather quickly. Light carbonation. Taste was better than expected. Not as skunky as other Easter European beers. Sweet and malty. I Could drink plenty of these.

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Photo of Burt
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a tap.

Appearance; Clear straw colored with a small head that goes away quickly.

Smell; All I get is slight malty smell.

Taste; First sip is slightly sweet, malty up front with little hop flavor. The finish was biscuity.

Mouth feel; Slick with little body.

Drinkablility; This is a easy drinking session beer that goes great on a hot day like it was yesterday. Nothing special but great to have around when finished cutting the grass.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.66/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Fancy green glass 1 pint bottle... WITH A PULL TAB CAP. I've never seen such a thing. I pulled the tab and the cap didn't come off cleanly, had to pry it the rest of the way, so it doesn't seem to work too well. Bizarre.

Anyway... purchased for $2.49 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy, NY. Production date 22.04.09, best by date 22.04.10. Poured cold into a standard pint glass.

Clear yellow brew gives 3/4" of white fizzy head settles immediately to practically nothing. Smells like a macro pilsner... skunky saaz... but also seems to have a bit of malt behind it. Taste is not as hoppy as it smells. Instead, it is dominated by an unappealing corny sweetness. Not impressed. Some hops and the sweetness in the finish. Carbonation makes the mouthfeel crisp but I still get a slimy kind of sugar feeling from it.

If I don't think about it too much, it's really not a bad lager. Better than most American macros. This is a drinking beer, not a tasting beer.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle with freshness date on back of label. Poured into my Baltika glass. Bright yellow color with no head and not much added carbonation. Refreshing lager with some very minor hints of spice and hops. Slight metalic after flavor. Seems like a good solid choice for a lager on a warm day.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On my trip to finish this entire series. Poured a 500ml green bottle into my Hennepin globe glass. This beer pours a crystal clear straw with a big 3 inch bright white cap that leaves just a little lacing. A steady stream of tight bubbles emanate from the sides of the glass replenishing the head. Man, I cracked this one open and instantly the whole room spelled like green bottle funk. Wow, I had a #5 just a bit ago which came in a clear bottle and nothing like this. The nose is, well, funky. Sulfur from the spoiled hops, bready malts, and sweet corn. The taste is exactly the same. No difference. The green bottle funk definitely overpowers just about everything. Reminds me of Grolsch. I've had beers (Saison Dupont comes to mind) where the bottle funk adds just a subtle layer of sulfur to the flavor profile, but this just overwhelms it. Dang. And the say the use less hops in this then their other lagers. Kind of scares me. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a lager. Overall this isn't a horrible beer but the funk is just to much.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a clear pale yellow. With a slighty sweet smell that has a sharp finish.

This starts out sweet like the smell, but then finishes with a small amount of bitterness. I expected an explosion of carbonation, but was met with very little. This makes it easy to drink. I enjoyed it but didn't find it as anything special.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.81/5  rDev -8.5%
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 drizzam
2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
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 danetrain0101
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really reminds me of Heniken.

It has a very golden pale color with a silky thick foam head.

The smell is grainy and malty. Slightly sweet.

It tastes very much like a Heniken. I don't know if this is how it is supposed to taste, but it was skunky. I actually enjoy skunky beers so I enjoyed it.

The mouthfeel was semi smooth. Wasn't the best feel.

Combination of taste and price makes this a quite affordable beer to sip.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the LCBO- Sparkling gold pour, topped with a foamy bleached white cap. Nose of grainy malts, mild grassy hop, a bit skunky to be honest. Tastes sweet, of pale malts, sharp grassy hop, a bit metallic. A bit of a bite to the finish. Overally pretty bland.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first let me say i have never seen a pulltab bottle that made a big pop sound like a corked bottle

poured a very pale gold with a 1 finger head that dissipated very quickly

smell was good light cereal and some grassy hops

luckily it tasted nothing like the smell
sweet grains and maybe a little friut

mouthfeel was good - light and crisp

drinkability is high and for 2bones a pint i will buy this again

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Photo of mnrider
2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. green bottle with pull top cap. Pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head which does not last at all. No lacing either. Carbonation is high.

S: Not much aroma. Just a little cereal and corn malts and grains. A little sweet also.

T/M: Not good really. A little too bitter and also a light skunky taste. Watery but crisp. taste is very minimal.

D: Very uninspiring and bland. Nothing i'd get again. Not horrible just not that good.


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Photo of mintjellie
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Baltika gift set. Poured into the branded glass it comes with.

Straw yellow body with fluffy white cushion of head resting on top. Head lasts fairly long and leaves patchy lace behind. Smells of bread and hay with some lemon lingering in the background. Doughy malt, bright lemon, and a kiss of hop bitterness in the finish. Crisp. Alcohol gets a little rough as it warms. Light bodied with low carbonation. Not watery, but close to it. A simple lager, just make sure you don't let it warm up to quickly. Better served cold.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
2.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well this came with a gift pack which included the Baltika porter so I figured might as well review it.

The head was nice white and porous slowly diminishing to a thin white film. The colour of the beer itself was very pale golden with a vague greenish hue to it, very clear and carbonated.

The smell, well not much going on here biting initial alcohol smell, bread citrus, corn, medicinal.

First taste brought malt sweetness and a powerful alcohol after bite. There was mild hop bitterness but, mostly medicinal alcohol taste and sweet tangy maltiness.

It was smooth but biting in the mouth from the omnipresent alcohol very watery and foamy from the carbonation.
Next to no hop smell and very bland malt taste really just cover up what tastes like it was based on rubbing alcohol.
Well it's an export luckily it only gets exported here in Christmas gift packs. Here's hoping the other beers in the pack are better.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
1.68/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Freshness date of 29.06.09/29.06.10 so it seems this one is pretty fresh. Pours a light gold color with a fizzy, large bubbled white head. Pretty typical Euro lager appearance.

Smells like stale malts, cardboard and a bit of butter. Not a very appealing aroma on this beer.

Ugh, taste unfortunately follows suit closely. Actually worse than it smells due to a molten plastic flavor joining the aforementioned foulness from the aroma. Tastes like groundwater pumped from one of the chemical plants on the ship channel. Drain pour for sure and easily the worst Baltika offering I have had.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green bottle with a cool pull-tab cap. Crystal clear and possibly the palest yellow beer I've ever seen. A soapy, frothy, bright white cap appeared during the pour and remained for a surprising amount of time. Streaky and spotty lace. Aromas of cereal grain, barley husk, hay, and lemon. Low bitterness. Sweet yet mild flavour, a bit of cereal and lemon/lime, slightly fruity, faint mineral finish. Very light bodied without getting to the point of being watery. Medium to low carbonation aided the texture, keeping it from being harsh. Actually, it was fairly smooth. Quite clean and refreshing. This one was a surprise for me, based on my experience with this line of products. Easily one of my favourites from this brewer and a superb lawnmower beer.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
2.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz green bottle with new "curvy" bottle design. Neat little peel-cap on top. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Freshness & bottling dates on back.

Poured rather thin and foamy. Too much foam actually, part of it started to dribble over the edge. But for all the huss and fuss, it ended up dying down to a whispy little cap of bubbles with some lacing here and there.

Corn much? Grainy pale malts here and there, with some bready earthy notes underneath. A bit sloppy in the nose if you ask me. It can't make up it's mind whether or not it wants to reveal the hops. Slight sweetness at the end.

The sweetness and corn really come through on the tongue. Only a slight bitterness from the hops, but no complexity or flavoring offered. Crisp along the palate via tight carbonation, but a bit watery in the mouthfeel. Lighter-medium bodied and not as thirst quenching as one would expect. Dry husky grain in the aftertaste.

Again, not bad for the price. Nothing seriously wrong, but nothing seriously right. The most enjoyment I got out of this brew was opening the pry cap.
I'd say pair this (or three) with some take out pizza. Anything heavy on the savory meats and/or creamy cheeses would go great with this less-than mediocre beer. But who am I to judge?


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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 bottle served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow clear color forming a big white and bubbled head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Sweet malts and grassy hops. Simple German Lager style. Quite crispy and bready

T: Follows the nose. Strong notes of sweet malts and grassy hops. Crispy malts and a bit metallic in the end. In overall, a dry taste with a mild but balanced bitterness

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Bready and mild bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Quite drinkable. Quite honest Lager

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Photo of Overlord
2.08/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

While, in general, I've found Baltika to offer some really well priced options, this one was a turd.

Pours a clear gold with a big white, macrolager-ish head. Smells somewhat skunked, but with a corn-y sweetness to it that's almost malt liquorish. People describe bananas. I get none in smell.

There is a bit to the taste, and it's the only thing redeeming about it. Overly sweet grain alcohol and an unpleasant syrupy mouthfeel really make this a one-note, off putting brew.

There are much better Baltika options.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. An odd pull cap adorned the bottle, akin to your typical can in a way, made of plastic and foil. Very interesting, letting off a pffftt of carbonation,. Pours a clear medium straw in color with a half inch of white head. Settles to a thin cap and throws out some light lacing.

Light Noble hop presence on the nose along with some pale malts. Becomes more bready on the nose with some air.

Decent body and with a somewhat creamy and sweet flavor. A souped up Euro Pale Lager with a touch of pepper/clove on the finish. Sweetness diminishes with air and brings about a moderately lingering finish which improves with some exposure and settling of the foam on this one, yielding a good texture on the feel.

Bready, coarse and lightly sweet. Not bad.

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Photo of vikingloki
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice green glass bottle with funky cap, bought at the local Wegman's. Gift from my beer friend, thank you!

Pours a clear straw yellow into a pilsener glass, 2 fingers white foam, disappears quick. Wow - no skunk! Smells ok.

Tastes strangely AmeriKan - how in the name of KGB did the Russains get the recipe for Budwieser??

Malt backbone, sweet corn, no noticable hops. It's a nice lawnmower beer,Comrade. Very drinkable on a "red" hot summer day.

I scored this lager as average across the board, so it got a C, it's not a yucky C, just..average. Glad mine wasn't skunked.

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Photo of Daredevil
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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 AlexCuse
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good summer beer. Tastes kind of like a heineken without the bite. Not quite as crisp as I'd like in a lager like this, but its' an adequate beer.

I did notice the skunky flavor that others remarked on, not sure if this is by design or the beer was old. This made the beer rather unpleasant as it got warm, so make sure to drink it while its cold!

The most remarkable thing about this beer was probably the cap - I've never seen a beer open like that.

I might buy this again, depending on the price.

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Photo of skrib09
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear gold with a striking white head. good retention.

smells skunky and malty. lots of raw corn smells.

tastes malty sweet, corn flavors and a bit of skunk. a bit of sweetness in the taste as well.

mouthfeel is light and crispy. light-bodied and drinkable. a refreshing brew for hot weather or in between big beers as a palate cleanser maybe.

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