Baltika #5 Gold | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #5 GoldBaltika #5 Gold

Brewed by:
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 tone77
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild and a bit sweet. Taste is crisp with some maltiness and sweetness. Feels good in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall a quality beer that I could spend the entire day drinking.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsener malt with some grassy hops. The flavor is that of a basic lager. I get some pilsener malt, some wheat, lemons and grassy hops. This tastes like a very lightly hopped pilsener. Creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.67/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear bright yellow-gold appearance with little lacing or head. Aromas are actually quite nice with a mix of honey and grain. However, there is somewhat of a "sticky" aspect to the smell, making the aromas lag in your nose to a nuisance amount of time. Very, very sweet. Somewhat syrupy aftertaste on the tongue with a really strong honey flavor. Mouthfeel is very watery and thank goodness; the sweetness from this drink could have been much more potent if it were not watered down. Overall, quite a nice drink for your sweet tooth.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.6/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with modest white creamy head.
Smell demonstrates some malt fruitiness, with a slight note of hops in the background.
Taste also shows a nice fruity sweetness, but there is not enough hops to balance it.
Thin in the finish.
Very easy to drink, very refreshing, nothing offensive, but very boring.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.59/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden in color, with a faint haze, and a small white head, which soon utterly collapses, minimal lacing, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich toasted bread aroma, like the crust of freshly-baked home-made bread. There is a slight sweet alcohol presence, and a very faint spicy hop note. Despite the clear glass bottle, no skunk aroma is present.

Taste: Opens with a slightly sweet caramel note, which lingers as an undercurrent throughout. Soon after the open of the taste, a mild noble-like hop presence appears. Finishes with a faint sweetness, and a mild spicy hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly soft and full, with a slight sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, quite pleasing as a warm-weather beer, it seems much better than some more familiar examples of the style which I have tried.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce clear glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. In an apparent effort to conform to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's Byzantine regulations, a small label reading "Ale" has been affixed to the label.

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Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the second beer I've tried from Baltika, and I believe that it's the better of the two. Although the beer has a thin head and a lackluster but slightly hazy and not quite makes up for it in taste. A flavorful maltiness makes the beer stand out. It's a little oily, and has a slightly metallic characteristic. but I enjoyed it.

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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 skrib09
3.57/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a crispy gold color with a snow-like head. definetly a bright beer.

smell is malty. slight hints of corn meal or dried corn products.

taste is much is the same as smell. dough flavors, corn meal, bread crust maybe.

mouthfeel is crisp and clean. drinkable brew.

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Photo of ghebel
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear yellow with a bubbly white head true to the style. No laces on the glass.

S - Grainy malt, earthy hops. Maybe a hint of fruitiness in the background.

T - As with other Baltikas, this one also has a sweet sugary component to it. Other than that, it is quite flavorful for the style and has a mild bitterness as well.

M - Some bitterness and carbonation bite, but leaves that sugary "coating" feel in the back of the mouth and in the throat. Smoothe otherwise.

D - Drinkable, but not too many.

Overall - Similar to the other Baltika lagers. Probably the best of the bunch. It is a nice diversion from American lagers if that it your thing. Sometimes I like the style for variety or for something that I perceive as "lighter".

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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 EnojysAnyBeer
3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite drinkable but nothing special

A- Golden in a nicely shaped clear bottle. Lots of bubbles but little head

S- Grainy malts and perhaps a slight, mild hopping. Smells clean and un-skunked

T- Taste is like the smell. Very little taste but what's there is pleasing

M- Feel is high carbonation, light refreshing body

D- Drink cold and from the bottle and this stuff will be gone before you know it

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simple amber, easily seen through the clear glass bottle prior to the pour. The beer is topped by an eggshell white head that is fairly tight-bubbled and lasts more than a few minutes as a result. Very little lace makes it way to the glass in the end.

It spite of the bottle (the only clear glass in the entire Baltika line as far as I know), there's no hint of skunkiness. The nose consists of mildy sweet, untoasted grain and light musky hops. It isn't a standout, but it'll do.

Like most beer from this brewery, #5 tastes better than average to me and is definitely ahead of the game when it comes to most other EPLs. I was a little disturbed to see maltose syrup as one of the ingredients, but I'll be hanged if I can tell that something other than malt, hops and yeast is present. The beer is a little sweeter than usual, so I suppose that could be one clue.

Like the appearance and the nose, Golden Lager delivers simple, straightforward, no-frills flavor. Sweetened grain balanced by a modicum of noble hops is pretty much the extent of things. Even though I've given them all identical taste scores, I don't know if I like #5 quite as much as I liked the other Baltika EPLs, #2 (brewed with rice) and #3 (no maltose syrup).

The body/mouthfeel favors medium over light, especially considering the style, and is a little lacking in the carbonation department. A lack of bubbles works here though because it gives the beer a slightly more full feel that distinguishes it from its brothers.

Baltika #5 Golden Lager is a worthy member of the brewery's lineup despite being less than outstanding beer. On those rare occasions (okay, nonexistent occasions) when I have a hankering for a Euro pale lager, I know that Pivzavod Baltika will deliver the goods more often than not.

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Photo of SandstormPaul
3.35/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with white head that fades quickly. Very light smell a little grainy. Taste is sweet, grainy, mildly bitter. Decent carbonation, light in the mouth, slight butter-like quality. Despite being in a clear bottle no skunkiness detected. Nothing altogether exceptional, but nothing really unlikable. Very easy to drink, might even try this one again.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On my quest to try all of the Baltika line. Poured #5 into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. This beer pours a crystal clear straw with a bright white cap that leaves, surprisingly, no lacing down the sides of the glass. The nose is pretty typical of a Euro Pale. Big notes of canned corn, .powered sugar, and grains. The flavor is really sweet but not in a obnoxious way. It reminds me of powdered sugar and sweet corn. Slight graininess with just a hint of musty hops. Crazy as it is, there is absolutely no hint of skunk. This bottle has probably been sitting on the shelve for a while in a clear bottle but no funk. Man, you put a Heineken on the shelf in front of a tinted window for 5 minutes and you start getting a little funk. I wonder if they use some sort of hop oil that doesn't skunk, like Miller does. Over all, this is a highly drinkable lager. I would much rather have one of these then any BMC.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle with freshness date on the back of the gift box. Poured into Baltika half liter glass. About 2 inches of head that quickly disappeared. Golden color that looks appealing. Nothing to exciting as far as smell or taste. Basic clean lager flavor. Some hints of corn and rice. Mouthfeel is smooth and would be highly drinkable.

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Photo of animal69
3.27/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another 97 cent brew ( 6-22-07 ubd, no wonder they're so cheap ) ; this one poured a nice golden color, but w/ a non-existant head, no lacing either; has a "macro" lager nose w/ a slight hop aroma ( might be skunked a bit too, though ) ; a faint malt flavor comes through a mostly "winey" adjunct malt profile, but a not too unpleasing balance w/ the underlying hop taste blending in a bit at the end ; a light bodied, semi flat mouthfeel w/ some dextrins added ; prob. a poor rep. of this one due to the age, but if AB put this out, i'd prob. drink more american macro. beers ....

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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 olegv40
3.24/5  rDev +17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw colored and absolutely no head after a minute. Smells, well like beer, nothing special at all, but not off putting either.

Tastes of slight hops and is pleasantly malty. As per the style there is not much nuance but it tastes fresh and is remarkably easy to drink. A nice change of pace and very drinkable.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Look – very pale golden color, clear, with heavy carbonation and about two-and-a-half fingers’ worth of frothy off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – typical of any pale lager, bright and crisp but with an almost cereal grain type of smell.

Taste – also typical of a pale lager type of brew, but there’s an odd hint of something else in the background. Maybe there’s a little more hop added in, because there’s just a bit of a bite that gets cut off almost as soon as it hits.

Mouthfeel – typical of this type of brew. It leans more on the watery side of texture.

Overall – Not a bad tasting brew, but not interesting at all.

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Photo of armock
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is fairly light some grainy malt and a touch of fruit

T - Is a lot better than I expected some how theres no skunk to this some fruit maybe apples comes out with the grainy malt

M - This is a fairly light bodied beer with medium carbonation to it

D - #5 is surprisingly easy to drink its nice and light with a pretty decent taste that goes down smooth overall not a bad beer

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL clear bottle from the Total Wine,

A: Pours a clear, pale yellow with a soapy white head, some lace.

S: Grainy, husky notes, brown sugar, maybe a bit of DMS and corn smell.

T: Solid malt, cereal grains, some caramel and sugar with very light hopping, not bad for the style.

M: Light-bodied, thin at times, smooth, off-dry.

D: A average lager altogether, drinkable, but nothing to rush out and buy again, quite inexpensive.

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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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Photo of mjurney
3.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden color, clear. Lots of carabonation. Bright white soapy head.

Musty grains, hay, a little touch of herbal.

Sweet grainy up front along with dry grape skin towards the end. Very grainy character, sweet cereal with butter and toffee mix together.

Medium-light bodied. Carbonation is light.

Smooth finish, but it's not crisp like most lagers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have an itch that only Baltika can scratch! Now, mind you, these are in a can; the only way to enjoy a Baltika brew.

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling cereal nose with light floral hints. You know, the usual.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a unabashed sweetness throughout -- like liquid breakfast time cereal! Hint of cooked veggies when you drink deep, so you might want to avoid that. Very skimpy on the hops, with only a very minor bitterness present. A touch watery on the finish, with a tiny touch of grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Good? Heavens no! But it's not altogether terrible for being just a simple pale lager.

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Photo of sommersb
3.1/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the local Russian market. 500ml clear glass bottle with a drink by date of 11-09-11.

Bright and clear beer has a light yellow color. Two fingers of white head with little lacing and retention. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is on the weak side with light malty smells and some floral hop character. Slight sweet fruity smell as well.

Taste is crisp, but not overly flavorful. Bitterness is low and some malty sweetness makes for a nice balance. I do notice the vegetable taste that other reviewers mentioned.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with high carbonation. Aftertaste is lightly dry. Overall this is an OK lager as a no frills warm-weather refreshment.

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