Baltika #0 Non-Alcoholic | Baltika Breweries

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

Style: Low Alcohol Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 0.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
14
Avg:
2.3
pDev:
36.09%
 
 
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3
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3
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of BeerWithMike
2.83/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled back on 1/3/15. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) nice embossed green bottle with a neat pull-off ring cap for $2.99 from Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a clear golden-yellow in color with close to a 3-finger foamy/creamy white head that stayed around for a little while before settling down to still a good 5mm or so. A decent amount of lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is just mostly of sweet malts. Pretty much would be said for the taste with a hint of corn syrup even and finishes a little on the pale side, flavor wise. No harsh or bitter aftertaste was noted. Not a bad tasting brew but it is was it is for the style. These Russian brews are cheap (price wise) and was $2.99 as I had several of their regular brews from this brewery. Lighter-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
2.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If I could read Russian (or could read the fine print), I would have known this was a non-alcoholic beer. As is pours very pale golden, but with nice creamy head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is faint, very faint malt and some lemons, overall it’s very watery in feel and palate.

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Photo of dcmchew
2.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 123321123321
3.09/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mjla
5/5  rDev +117.4%

Photo of vanderSchorpioen
1.5/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +63%

Photo of AlexAfonin
2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.09/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a super pale yellow lager. Aroma is bland with light sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by light sweet notes with bland aftertaste. Might as well drink water of you are going to be drinking this.

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Photo of mtomlins
1.5/5  rDev -34.8%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
'Thanks' to Lubiere for the bottle!

I don't even know why I bother rating these crap beers.... The wonderfull clear yellow reserved for microfiltration...the nose and taste of sweet corn syrup with no flavor depth...like having sex in a canoe....

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Photo of spinrsx
1.75/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Iaido
2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of wrightst
2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of alexkor
2.25/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Rayek
3/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Pegasus
2.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden in color with a modest, dense off-white head, which retains very well. The lacing rings the glass walls. The carbonation is profuse, with showers of very small bubbles.

Aroma:

Taste: Opens with caramel and cooked cereal, with a very faint hop presence. As the taste progresses, a little toasted malt appears. Finishes with a slight, lingering toasted malt and caramel flavors.

Mouth feel: Pleasant, fairly full, with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Not that bad, really, and very refreshing. If I had a choice of a soda or a Baltika 0, Baltika 0 wins hands down.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 500 ml green glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adam Boston Lager glass.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas in May of 2013. The price was $1.99 plus tax for a 16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle.

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Photo of GMB
3.5/5  rDev +52.2%

Photo of metter98
2.51/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of sweet malts along with hints of corn. No bitterness is present.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste that bad (especially when compared to other beers in the style), then again it doesn't taste that good.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev +52.2%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle.Dimpled mug.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale gold color. White brief crown.Floral notes,grainy malt aromas.Slightly metallic odor.Evident maltiness,no hops.Lemony hues & green pineapple hints.Unfortunately watery mouthfeel crashes the projected final result.Medium body,soft carbonation.Dry herbal finish,some astringency.Not the worst "Low" I´ve had eventhough.

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Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.44/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland. This bottle has a tab cap, not a cap requiring an opener.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of no cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Slight lemon zing rides on top of fresh barley. REally a pleasant scent.

T: Refreshing barley body with notes of lemon and lighter-but-not-subtle esters. Pleasant, but not great. As a low alcohol beer, I suppose it's a success if that's what you're seeking, but it's not a good beer in general. Built well for what it tries to do, and balanced.

Mf: Very coarse and wet.

Dr: May please the teatotaller demographic, but I doubt they're on this site. Not a terrible beer, nor should it be disparaged merely for having low ABV, but certainly not a worthy beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.25/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baltika #0 pours a clear, burnished straw-gold body beneath a short head of bright-white foam that drops almost instantaneously. However, it does leave short, rocky outcroppings of lace along the walls of the glass as it goes.

The nose is surprisingly restrained, offering just a whiff of maltiness. Just as there are some beers that deliver a "generic" beer aroma, this one delivers a "generic" non-alcohol beer aroma. On the plus side, however, it doesn't give you that overtly malty aroma that some do.

The flavor delivers the expected maltiness of a non-alcohol beer, but it's very nicely balanced by a lemony/grassy and floral hoppiness. If I had to guess, I'd say that the alcohol is removed by heating the finished beer given that it offers a lighter than usual level of maltiness; the burnished look of the body; and a dose of cardboard-like oxidation in the finish. That said, I find a slight defect in the oxidation, but that's a trade-off as I think I prefer it to the very malty NA's that use "dumb" yeast instead. (Of course, Anheiseur-Bush's removal by osmosis has got to be the finest system, although expensive and time-consuming). Back to the beer, although it does leave some maltiness behind in the finish, it doesn't stick in the mouth like many others, but rather leaves a sweetish, almost honey-like note on the front of the tongue.

As far as non-alcohols go, Baltika's is a pleasant surprise.

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