Baltika #5 Gold | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #5 GoldBaltika #5 Gold

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Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2002

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Photo of ordybill
3.57/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, Georgia. The appearance is a light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grain driven and slightly skunky. The taste is grain with some light bitterness at the end.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought from Times Fukiokas $2.79
Light clear golden color
Medium-high carbonation
Grassy malt smell
Light, slightly sweet malt taste
Overall not that great. Wouldn't drink again.

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Photo of tzieser
2.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 11/19/16; poured from clear bottle into pint glass.

Bright golden in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head with great retention. Good carbonation. Dull aroma of malted grains and a slight corny adjunct note. Flavor is lightly toasted grain subdued by an awkward adjunct flavor (rice/corn) and a bit of diacetyl. Not a very clean not dry finish and the alcohol is slightly noticible. Not a very good lager. Basically a Russian MGD. Not very offensive but not something you crave everyday. Worst Baltika beer I've had so far (have yet to try #8, #2)

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From bottle, Pours a clear golden colour with an average sized foamy white head. Aroma of cereal, with a touch of caramel. Taste sweet and grainey malts, grass. Very crisp and clean.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.06/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle from SuperValu in Fermanagh, Ireland (£2.29):
Average really, nothing grabbed your attention other than the lack of off-flavours & skunk. Basic with subtle hops & faint sweetness backing up some biscuit malts & grain; nothing special really & nowhere near as good as the brewery's #6 Porter.

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Photo of stevoj
2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

For a pale lager, this is pretty good. Very smooth flavor, aroma is light. Appearance is kind of flat and not much weight or lingering flavor in the palate. This would be a good summer time beer, lightweight, but tasty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts and grainy malts with just the slightest hint of grassy + floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet malts and grainy malts with a slightly metallic element to it. That is followed by very light flavors of grassy + floral hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink but nothing special - surprised that it is not skunky considering the clear glass bottle. Nothing is offensive with this one.

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from 16.9 oz bottle in pint glass

Appearance: a 1" white head drops quickly with moderate lacing. Color is clear pale straw with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: lightly toasted barley and some grassy/floral hops

Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a mostly dry finish.

Flavor: light malt sweetness is the dominate flavor, there is some hop presence for balance but quite mild.

Overall: good, but nothing particularly exciting here.

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Photo of blackcompg
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours 2 quick fingers of bright white foam that dissipates quickly, body has no carb rising and is a transparent light yellow gold, a few small spots of lacing here and there.

Smell - very light fruit like apple and pear, white bread.

Taste - much like the nose, light apple and pear flavors, very light grains, all of this rides a sweet malt base, very light fruit skins and kiss of alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel - light weight, medium carb is crisp and effervescent, finish is slightly sweet and clean.

Overall - it's okay, and similar to other macros out there - reminds me of bud platinum actually. A few hops would go a long way here, but I don't sense any. Your run of the mill macro lager.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.81/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This one looks beautiful in the bottle and pours out a rich golden color with a somewhat fleeting pure white head. The high praise ends with the first sip. This is basic Euro Pale Lager. If I hadn't had known I would have said I was drinking a Heineken since it shares its flavor profile.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Beautiful thick head with great retention! That's about it. Light flat flavor with no malt or hop bite. After the presentation I was very let down by the rest of the experience

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.46/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours witha clear and golden color and is topped with an avergae white frothy head that soon settles down to almost nothing.
The aroma is mild. Some malts, some grains and surprisingly slighty soury smell.
The taste is light and sweet, balanced body finishes with a slight hoppiness. Slight, really slight bittery feel in the aftertaste.
Ok, but nothing special.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.24/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This lager is a nice golden color, light and bright with a clear body and topped off with a thick white head. The head forma a billowy mountaintop and you continue to pour, and the stream of lively carbonation slowly settles and disappears completely. There is a nice thins strong layer of lacing to mark every sip. The first aroma to hit you is the malts followed by some light grassy and lemony scents. It sweet overall and very refreshing. This is a light bodied lager, not much to the taste but still very refreshing.

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Photo of Rayek
1.21/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Words cannot accurately describe how terrible this beer was. Did I get an old bottle? Was it something I said before I opened it?

It looks just fine out of the bottle. There's excellent clarity from the pale gold body, and a decent white cap that actually sticks around a bit. Everything goes way downhill from there.

If dry was a flavor, that would be the most positive comment I could make. Unfortunately, it's not. The beer is a strange mix of corn, chemicals, odd sweetness, plus a bonus face wincing sourness. The bitterness is light, yet harsh on the palate. It combines with the chemical flavors at the end to linger for what seems like an eternity. At least the body is light.

Overall, it's terrible stuff.

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Photo of 77black_ships
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

50 cl. clear (oh, lord) bottle @ home. Procured from Anna Maria in Antwerp. German import like most of the East-European goods available at these kinds of stores in Belgium. Bottled on 19.05.2013. Clear pale golden, foamy white head. Sweet sugary corn & cornflakes nose, light sunk accompanying the whole. Taste is soggy cornflakes, lots of them, corn, skunk, sugary, lightly syrupy & oily, sweet & soggy, touch artificial sweeteners, sweetish. Taste is soggy & oily. Crappy but manageable pale lager. The blond Baltika’s so far have been just crappy pale lagers unfortunately, too bad the 6 was pretty nice.

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Photo of metter98
2.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down, leaving some patches of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a bit sweet and has flavors of malt extracts along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink and surprisingly didn't have any skunked flavors, especially since it came from a clear glass bottle, although there was nothing interesting about the taste.

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Photo of Brenden
3.06/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gold?...almost. It's paler than that, though brilliantly clear. Never judge a beer by its color, I suppose. This one, though, doesn't establish much of a head. Clean white, it's barely able to cap at half a finger before it dies away to a wispy foam. At least that remains, though, and even drops a little spotting on the way down.
The aroma's a bit too vegetal coming off a lightly grassy note, and pale malts aren't offering too much here. There's a fruity sweetness and something dry and husky as well. I know basically what to expect from this style, though it is a catch-all. This aroma, at least, is lacking something. It's average if not for the overly vegetal note.
The flavor drops a bit of the husk and vegetation and even gives a touch of noble hops spiciness. That's a pleasant surprise. Malts are still light and it's not exciting, but it's an improvement over the nose and just above average in an admittedly weak style.
The feel isn't bad. I expect a light body, and these beers tend sometimes to have an odd slickness, which this beer avoids. It's a bit crisp and even has a mild smoothness to it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.09/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 25 ounce clear bottle marked 03.09.12-01:34, 03.09 9.13 0-W. Sampled on March 31, 2013.

The color is pale yellow with a white fizzy head that disappears almost on contact. It looks the way it should.

The aroma is a multitude of grains and malts with a syrupy sugar feel and a clean, crisp hop background. Not offensive.

The body is light and the texture is creamy.

The taste brings out the barley malts a bit more with a standard clean lager hop finish. Drinkable but nothing that a hundred different pale lagers don't have.

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Photo of pkalix
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not even a straw yellow pour; looks and smells like a pathetic attempt of trying to emulate a corona (which is really going in the wrong direction, in my opinion).
taste is . . . . oh crap, do i have to drink this? oh well, here goes... is it corn? the OFFICIAL WEBSITE even leaves #5 OFF ITS WEBSITE!!! oh my horrid god. well, maybe it's not that bad...
overall, uh... dont bother. if you're trying new beers to sample- dont bother. if you're financially challenged, but some miller lite.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and grain. Taste is much the same with a slight metallic flavor on the finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer and I think it may have something to do with the clear bottle it comes in.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.76/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-hazy golden with a sticky white head

S-smells like an adjunct lager. Creamy grains, not too great.

T-comes in with a taste of clean adjunct grains. It's tastes much like any adjunct lager. It's creamy.

M-medium creamy almost watery carbonation. Matching finish

O-even for the style, it's pretty bad. So far from this brewery, this has been my least favorite by a long shot. It's just not even easy difficult to finish.

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Photo of alankwak
2.09/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Light golden, clear lager. Low /medium head retention and lacing.

S: Little to none.

T: Tastes a bit like lager beer. Not much in the way of hop flavor at all but a grainy backbone is there. Weak overall.

M: None to speak of. Very thin.

O: Lame. And they would like to be part or Europe???!!! They obviously are still commies.

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Photo of rangerred
3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml clear bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a half finger head. Tons of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer help to hold the head for a long time. Really a pretty beer.

A very light skunkyness in the aroma but much less than what I was expecting with a clear bottle. Lots of grain and grassy hops and a slight hint of lemon.

A nice breadyness in the taste quickly followed by hay and grass from the hops. Bitterness is on the light side and really the taste kind of falls apart about halfway through. The crispness I was expecting just didn't come with the beer finishing up a little bit sweet.

Overall, this is very similar to Baltika #3. I haven't done a side by side tasting but the similarities are remarkable. This one may be a little less sweet but not much. Really it isn't a bad beer just completely unremarkable. I would pick up again, though.

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Photo of chinchill
2.81/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz clear bottle into a snifter.

A: a rather ordinary looking lager: Golden color; clear; largish, white soapy head. The head was surprisingly durable and capable of coating most of the glass with lacing on the way down.

Aroma: light malt and hops with hints of hay and white bread.

T: slightly sweet and floral, with low but balanced levels of hops and malt. Some corn and butter here too.

M: light and rather watery body; carbonation is good; smooth.

Overall: Despite clear glass, this sample showed no skunkiness or others signs of deterioration. It was quite drinkable but lacking in character, richness and complexity ... I.e., nothing to support a recommendation or lead me to buy it again.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.17/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bomber this beer was a straw gold color with one finger of head that was rather short lived and left very limited lacing consequently .The aroma was of the usual macro suspects: cereal grains and corn with some pilsner malt, a little bread and a hint of must. The flavors were better than the aroma in my opinion: I tasted sweet malt, cereal grains, a little bit of yeast and hay as well as a simple but not unpleasant note of hops on the finish. A marginal palate, but better than some of the other Baltika products. The mouthfeel, however, was average, the body medium/light and the carbonation on the lighter side.

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