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Baltika #7 Export | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #7 ExportBaltika #7 Export
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
394
Avg:
3.07
pDev:
27.04%
 
 
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Photo of Morgana
2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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 jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw golden yellow with a large foamy, going to rocky, head that leaves lacing.

The smell is grainy with some lime and sulfur. A nice amount of subtle floral notes come through.

The taste is sweet grain (slightly caramelish) with a touch of lime. An underlying floral bitterness gives the sweet graininess a nice balance. Finishes refreshingly dry.

The feel is towards full for the style, but lands appropriately in light-to-medium bodied. Crisp.

Thirst-quenching, refreshing, easy-to-drink with a nice taste, I could easily "session" this. One of the better export lagers out there, IMO.

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

I'm guessing this is Russia's version of Miller Light or Budweiser. I drank it straight from the bottle, which seemed much more fitting for this than it did for the other Baltika's that I've tried. Anyway, it had a pretty mild flavor and watery texture. It had a generic but mostly clean taste. There's not much more to really say about this. Overall it was better than a Budweiser, but it was still pretty boring.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this poured a clear light golden, frothy head that quickly subsided to a thin collar.
aroma was slightly sweet and a bit musky.
taste was a bit sweet, mild hops and not much else I can say except that it was very smooth with no offputting qualities.mouthfeel was bubbly and a bit creamy. overall this was a pretty decent beer, I could easily have a session with these and they went down very smooth.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
2.29/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got the 'mini-keg' offering. Not bad taste, just not much taste at all (a little bit of corn, maybe?). Looks suprisingly good, refreshing, but no real taste. Very thin mouthfeel. Very well priced given the serving offering, but nothing too special. I would probably by overe most common Macros for the price.

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Photo of iceball585
2.91/5  rDev -5.2%
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 pmcadamis
3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey gold, but more pale yellow in the light. This one has a crispy snow white head that sits at about one finger and deposits some nice lace on the glass. Lots of champaign like bubbles rise to the top.

S - Saltine cracker, sea salt, and some peppery hops. Grassy.

T - Nice and fresh. Lots of sweet yeast and crisp crackery malts. The hops are focused on spicy white pepper notes and green grass.

M - Crisp and clean, but leaning toward medium bodied. The finish is very dry, but cleans up quickly leaving very little aftertaste.

D - A very simple and drinkable brew. Nothing special going on here....seems like a fairly run of the mill German Pils IMO, but I could drink a few of these with no problems. Might be nice with lighter foods.

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Photo of Ryan805Beer
4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from St. Petersburg Russia. 1 pint. 9FL oz, 5.49% Alc Vol.

A big foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. A nice golden lager. Impressive that it still retains a 1/32 inch head throughout drinking it. A very clean crisp taste with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of animal69
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BrewMaven
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed this in a pinch to go with a grilled chicken dinner.

Pours a nice clear gold with a two inch head that dropped to a half inch and stuck around "literally".

Has a grainy, macro, slightly skunky nose that had me thinking drainpour?

Thankfully it wasn't skunked at all going by the taste which was moderately sweet, grainy again and clean on the finish..Nice.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium and carbonation was lively.

Green bottle notwithstanding, this was a refreshing and tasty, pale lager. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Zorro
2.36/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow colored beer with a tall white head, looks a lot better than I would have expected.

The smell is sweet and fairly strong with the Nobel hops. A little herbal but no spice from the hops.

The taste begins sweet and a little grassy with a fairly strong amount of malt. And with that I have run out of anything to say about this beer, just not much to talk about. Inferior to a Heineken.

The mouthfeel is meh.

Drinkability is just so so. Nothing to really recommend here. To be honest the only reason to try this is if you are trying to try all the Baltika beers. Some of the Baltika's are winners like #6 and #8 and some are turkeys like this one.

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Photo of claytri
3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a light pale gold the head was white and quickly went from rocky to a lace. The aroma was of sour malt and beer. The taste was of sour malt with some light hops and a citrus finish. The feel was light and dry. Not a bad export, no bitterness and not overly hopped.

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Photo of mynie
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Expires on March 25, 2007. Bottled a year to the day before.

Very dark gold, a nice pilsener color. Minimal head, though, and what's there flies away real quick.

Has almost no odor, but what's there is decent. Light pilsener grain, soil.

Tastes like a nice, strong export pils. Sunshine grain, very dry european hops and light, aged hints of coffee and earth. Nice.

Export beers are meant to age a little while, which should explain why this beer is so much better than the other Baltikas that find themselves halfway across the world, in the Mid West. Though nothing special that's worth seeking out, this is a decent enough beer. I'd love to get a chance to try it fresh.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden golor with massive white puffy long-lasting head. Attractive lacing.
Smell is slightly sweet but really barely detectable.
Taste is light, crisp and very refreshing. Left a nice full mouthfeel with moderate taste retention.
Nice crisp finish with great drinkabilty.
Better tasting than a domestic lager and much more enjoyable.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.23/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

another beer from the Baltika Challenge we held. This one wasn't one of the better ones. poured with a totally white head and a straw colored body. malt and corn and ethanol odor like a stinky old malt liquor. taste is bitter, astringent and dry....im thinking amstel. its funny because Vlad (the Russian we were drinking with) said that this is supposed to be the version of #3 that they export out to everywhere else. why do they think non-russians want to drink a shittier version of #3? eh. thin and not a good drinkin' beer.

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Photo of shivtim
2.41/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold, with a slight white head. Nose is, surprise, grainy corn. Slight alcohol, and a bit of mustiness. Taste is mild old malts and grains. Not too interesting, but not offensive. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, drinkability is so-so. Overall it's just a bit boring.

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Photo of bodybyadam
2.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My wife’s Russian friend at work brought this over for me not knowing much of anything about it.

A: Poured into a pint was a beautiful translucent golden color with frothy white foam to form a nice 1” head. This was the most appealing aspect of this lager.

S: I’m sure it had some other notes than the mild notes of a bitter hop thrown in there. I say this because I was getting over a cold with nasal congestion. (Probably unfair for a review)

T: The first sip was a distinct lager that you would enjoy at a stadium-sporting event with that mild bitter hop. This was a familiar taste but not a bad familiar taste. It reminisces of some other pale ales.

M: Smooth for a lager but you notice the grainy taste try to mix with the light bitter hop and the combination isn’t quite the balance I was looking for.

D: I like trying these different lagers and ales from regions all over and try to notice a pattern to the brewers making the recipes. I was glad I had it.

Adam

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Photo of RoyalT
3.16/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – This poured a beautiful clear bright yellow in color with a big, pure white head. The head came up wonderfully on an easy pour and just looked gorgeous on top of this bright yellow lager.

Smell – There’s a faint lagered grain aroma here and that is about it. I can also get a mild processed sugar.

Taste – The grain here is pilsneresque with a light grainy sweetness. The finishing sugars taste a bit stale but otherwise this is a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a good, clean, crisp carbonated finish.

Drinkability – I’m not a huge fan of the style but this seemed right on the mark.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.26/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Chrystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Skunky nose. Starts sort of sweet, corny/grainy not much flavor. Easy enough to drink on a hot day but I'm glad I bought only one. $1.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of ernie
2.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another try to brew a Dortmunder Export for the masses. Another bland beer as a result.

Appearance is boring - pale liquid from a cheap-looking can. High carbonation level helped to stage a spectacular bubble show in my glass but didn't contribute much to the head. No crown to wet my moustache in, what a pity!

Smell faint, malty. Start fizzy to the point of itching. Taste flat, on the malty-sweetish side. Bitterness in the finish, unpleasant aftertaste.

Not recommended in any way.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sallow amber with a sparse cloud of fine particulates and the occasional bubble journeying up to a nice looking cap of bright white foam. The head looks a great deal like meringue since it's soft and firm at once. There isn't a huge amount of lace, but it's no slouch in that department either.

The aroma follows the appearance in that it's simple and effective without being a standout. Although there's nothing here that hasn't been smelled countless times in countless versions of this style, Pivzavod Baltika usually manages to eliminate the nastier tendencies of most Euro lagers. I can appreciate musty/musky hops on a pale malt base.

The brewery describes #7 as a higher alcohol, lower hop version of their other lagers. After all this time I don't recall how #3 and #4 tasted, but after a few mouthfuls of this one, that seems pretty accurate to me. Untoasted pale malt is able to contribute a modicum of sweetness due to the laid back nature of the noble hops.

This isn't outstanding beer, but it does seem to be a worthwhile variation on the brewery's other pale offerings. As a lightly sweet, non-palate fatiguing, easy drinking lager to imbibe while contemplating the mess that Putin has made of your country, it ain't half bad.

The mouthfeel is decent too. Despite all my prodding and probing, I really can't find much to fault. If anything, there's a bit more substance than in most EPLs. Yeah, I know it's technically a Dortmunder/Export Lager, but it's European, pale and a lager, so...

Other than the exceptional #8 (Wheat) and the very good #4 (Porter), most of the beer from this brewery is merely above average. That's pretty much where #7 settles out as well. In a region of the world where good beer is pretty hard to come by, that's nothing to sneeze at.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a fluted strange)

A- This beer has a straw yellow crystal clear body with a cascade of tiny bubbles flowing upward. The head is a big thick creamy white layer that turns rocky very quickly but last and last.

S- The smell of noble hops is strong with sulfur note in the finish. There is a note of cooked corn in the pale malt note.

T- This beer starts with a zippy hop flavor combined with carbonic acid bite. There is a sweet pale malt flavor that is crisp with some sulfur notes. The hops and carbonic acid lingers on the taste buds still fizzing away for a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery texture that makes it feel lighter.

D- This light lager has some nice qualities but the carbonation really dominates the beer. It does enhance the hops a bit, and I would drink this over soda pop, but it just doesn't have the depth of flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
2.66/5  rDev -13.4%
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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Photo of Drew966
2.37/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased a bomber (unfortunately it is in a green bottle). It pours a very pale straw color with a nice head. Smell is mild, as is the taste, not bad compared to a typical Euro lager. Nothing special, but drinks fairly well. I would drink this again, but not worth looking for.

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Photo of pentathlete
2.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear wet straw gold with a 3/4 inch white head, that didn't last more than a minute or so leaving a small thin table and some bubbles on the glass. The smell is sweet hay with a clean malt base, a bit boring. Taste is sweet with a mild, but not too important, bitterness that is quickly overwhelmed by a sweet finish. The body is light and while this is drinkable enough, it isn't anything special. I'm not sure if it's the style or the beer, but it isn't my thing.

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Baltika #7 Export from Baltika Breweries
72 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.
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