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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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 195
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 Conrad
1.42/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I know we are not supposed to review a bad beer, but going from the previous reviews, I know this was just my luck to get a bad bottle. It came from the World Of Beer in Clearwater, Fla. They store their beers in glass refrigerated wall cabinets. This one must have been light struck, and the clear bottle was a big factor in the nastiness. It poured with no head, no fizz, a bit cloudy, the colour of apple cider. It was flat and just not good. I couldn't drink it and poured it out. A word of advice: Seeing as it's a clear bottle, you should be able to judge the clarity. If it's cloudy, leave it on the shelf and advise the proprietor that he may have some skunky beer on his hands. Then go back the next day to see if he pulled it of the shelf or if he's trying to pass on his stuff.
Caveat emptor.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.83/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Why the clear bottle? That's a classic hallmark of amateur brewmastery. FAIL. The bottle was poured into a Williams Bros pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Bottle acquired in an off-license in Ennis, Ireland.

A: Pours a four finger head, quite thin, with a bit of cream. Retention is actually quite nice. Colour is a clear yellow without any bubbles at all.

Sm: Slightly musty barley with assorted tones of light cream and maybe vanilla. A moderately light smell.

T: Blandish barley body with undertones of cream and malt. Very simple and not at all great. Poorly built. The bittering hops destroy the balane and feel unnatural.

Mf: Very wet and rather coarse, even for the style. Doesn't suit the flavours of the body.

Dr: A bland beer not worth trying unless you're an obsessive fanatic of the style. It's not particularly easy to down, being more thick than it ought to be, and the ABV isn't that high, so it's not really even a good option for getting bollocksed. Move along, lads. Get yourself a more worthy beer for less money (especially if you're here in Ireland).

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Photo of DogFood11
1.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yikes!! I've had varied success from this brewery and this is the first time I've seen this variety so I had to pick it up. Bought it in denver as I've not seen it in my hometown to date.

Piss Yellow with mild carbonation. below average in every way.

Skunked smell and taste, although this brew is not spoiled this is a fresh sampling by import standards. Grain/wheat and some adjuncts combine for a debacle.

Notes: I've been a backer of some offerings from this brewery but they fall short this time.

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Photo of treehugger02010
1.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, the bottle was shinny. But that's about the only good thing I have to say about Baltika #5. In fact I think I am going to burn the pint glass I poured it in. Ok, well maybe it wasn't that bad, but it certainly wasn't very good either. I was given this "beer" (and I use that term losely) by my boss, since the company I work for is thinking about selling it. As far as I'm concerned as a beer buying customer, I am not thinking about purchasing it. Don't drink and review.

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2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml.Pokal glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale straw.Clear appearance.White crown.Large bubbled froth quickly dissipated. Wet paper aroma shows oxidation signs.An slightly sweet malt aroma is felt eventhough.Sparkling & bitter upfront then moderate malty flavor.Watery in the middle.Light body, unbalanced carbonation.Quite bitter finish.Bland beer.

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Photo of kwjd
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from an LCBO gift pack. Pours a pale yellow colour with small white head. Almost no smell to this, though no off smells either, so that's one up on the Baltika 7. Prety grainy flavour, no trace of hops or bitterness. I suppose this could work as a refreshing beer on a summer day, but why not just buy a better lager?

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Photo of yesyouam
2.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Baltika 5 is a very clear, very sparkling, pale golden lager with a small, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a slightly sweet, corny, funky aroma. It's light bodied, pretty smooth and the finish is pretty clean and dry. It's a little watery and a little gritty. It's a little sweet and pretty funky. It tastes like malt extract, water and creamed corn, but the flavor is light. Keep it cold and drink it quickly.

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

Bottle#2 of the expirment..

Pours extremely (can you say urine?) yellow with a white head that drops immediately, zero lacing

Smell: Sweetness and graininess

Taste: Over the top sweetness, with slight bitterness ad frutiness on the tounge

MF: Thin and way undecarbonated, out of whack

Too damn sweet. Try this if you have the guts! Otherwise stear clear

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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 TerryW
2.09/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks passing good. Clear golden yellow, very active carbonation, medium head that settles to a ring and gives up a wee bit of spotty lace early on.

Pretty much a let down from there. Skunky mushroom nose. Corny and veggies and mushroomsl. Cottony mouthfeel. Heavy handed and not real good.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Gold" was the loser of the Baltika challenge, which involved drinking all the available Baltikas. poured golden (surprize) with an off-white foamy head. very corny odor like a malt liquor. metallic odor too. a bit sour, kind of malty and corny taste. nothing special, a little unpleasant. thin. easy to drink, but not all that fun to do so.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 mL Bottle into a pint glass.
This beer kinda looks like MGD. Dammit... why'd I buy it.
The smell is that of buttery, citrus hops. Very mild skunkiness, yet not as much as a cheap pilsner. There might be a little bit of corn in this one. The taste has a faint wateriness but has an underlying toasted malt flavor. It tastes pretty clean and crisp but has an off-taste that I can't put my finger on. Perhaps tin?

Not very good people, thumbs down to team red.

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Photo of Sammy
2.21/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

LCBO same gift pack as the #7. A typical Euro pale. A little cheesy arom. A light yellow colour with a big soapy head. A bit thin mouthfeel. Malt sugary taste, drinkable but a whole beer is not pleasurable. Still better than your macro brew, but not by much.

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Photo of zeff80
2.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, pale gold color with a bubbly, white, two finger head of foam. It faded quickly and left very little lace.

S - It smelled of corn and caramel malt. Not much else.

T - It tasted of candy sweet caramel with a buttery-like flavor. No bitterness or hop presence at all.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is not very good. I can understand why they imported stouts from England.

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Photo of ernie
2.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Apparently a try to design an Export Lager at cheapest price possible. Not a nice try, though.

Pale yellow color, fluffy head quickly dissipates, carbonation level higher than average for this type of lager.

Smell faint, malty-fruity. Start sweet, overall taste is also sweetish with grainy and yeasty accents. Body thin, mouthfeel somewhat watery. Light bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste metallic is displeasing.

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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 BeerSox
2.26/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear light gold hue with a white head that quickly fizzes to a thin bubbly cap.

Light malts with a little bit of a plastic smell.

Clean light sweet malts with a touch of hoppiness. Very quick finish.

There really isn't much to say about this beer. Not much taste, and what is there isn't very appealing. There are better beers in this style.

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Photo of shivtim
2.3/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow gold, small foamy white head... looks like a macro. Nose is metallic corn, with a slight sweetness. Maybe a tiny bit of hops. Taste is a bit skunky, possibly a bad bottle. Like old moldy corn in a metal bin. Mouthfeel is just ok, as is drinkability. Along with #7, this is at the bottom of the Baltika scale. Could possibly be related to limited shelf-life due to being the only Baltika with a clear bottle.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - This is a nice, straw-colored yellow in color with a wonderful head that was pure white and showed above-average retention.

Smell - The singular grain has a nice crispness to it although this is not a high-quality nose.

Taste - This beer falls to pieces at the taste. The grain is stale, almost rotten, with some cheap sugar at the finish.

Mouthfeel - This light-bodied lager had some nice carbonation and a touch of leafy bitterness.

Sinkability - I couldn't get past that rotten grain flavor to save my life. This was the hardest of the series for me to find and unfortunately the most disappointing.

PS: This beer was all over the place. I think this is only the second time in almost 2,000 reviews that I have five scores in which no two are the same.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 16.9oz glass into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale straw color with a fairly large white head that looks somewhat thin and dissipates quickly, leaving spots of lace. Lots of bubbles rising and sticking to the side.

Smell: Smells of grains and malts, with a hint of sugariness.

Taste: Begins with sweet maltiness, finishing with a grassy sweetness highlighted by sugar flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with balanced carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Nothing about this beer is great, but it's not really terrible either. However, with a price tag under $2, it may be worth a try- even if only once.

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Photo of baos
2.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz into Falstaff goblet.

A: Nice golden color with the slightest haziness. Head thats 1 finger completely disappears . No lacing.

S&T: Believe it or not this smells and kind of tastes like Purple Passion. The nasty shit I used to drink in Jr. High that came in plastic 2 liter bottles. This is a weird malt beer. I don't really recommend it. Tastes kinda like chewing grape Bubble Yum whilst drinking Coor's light dudes.

M: Actually the high point of this beverage. Light to medium body with medium to big carbonation.

D: Now this beer isn't terrible just strange. Almost a liquorice beer. Grape-flavored water beer dudes.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Effervescent straw gold and capped by a fluffy white head. Head is well retained and leaves behind a decent lace as it dissipates. Weak cereal and sweet grain aroma. This beers defining characteristic is a corn syrup sweetness. Because it actually is brewed with corn syrup. It says so on the ingredients list. Cloying. Tastes like sweet bread with hints of lemon and bittering hops. Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Feels a bit thin, but not watery. Off-flavours make this one a bit of a chore to drink.

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Photo of stockingcpl
2.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: This brew pours a litle spastic. A bunch of bubles whick quickly die. No pacing and almost no head surface ring. Color is a nice golden hue.

Smell: The smell was a rather skunky Euro Pale Lager. Not impressive.

Taste: Very Euro Pale Lager. This selection is well classified, however it did not carry off the taste very well. There are sweet overtones, presumably left over from and uncompleted fortification aging. Not well done.

Mouthfeel: After the spastic initial foam, all carbonation left this brew like Alter Boys fleeing a Priest's convention. Flat...stale...skunky...poor effort.

Drinkability: This tastes like crap. I wish I had passed this up. I did not complete the drink...THAT in itself explains it all.


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Photo of 38rakia
2.36/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My mom found this in a bottle in a gift pack which included the 6 and the 7, with a spiffy glass.

It pours a melted buttery yellow and smells like a lager should but very faintly. It wasn't very bubbly so it didn't produce a head of any kind when I poured it.

I'm not an expert and I don't have an experts palate but it was very light on lager taste, if any of that makes sense. I had the no 9 not to long ago and I didn't like that one either, but I'd drink this over the 9.

I'm not raving crazy mad over this beer but I'm not really disappointed either. It's just sort of an average lager, although I wasn't expecting it to be so watered down. The #9 is 8% alcohol, so I was hoping maybe the #5 would be too but it tasted like beer flavored water really.

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