Baltika #5 Gold | Baltika Breweries

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68
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198 Ratings
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Baltika #5 GoldBaltika #5 Gold
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
198
Reviews:
113
Avg:
2.77
pDev:
18.05%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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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 fionn13
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TonyT013
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of petluo
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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 beerme343
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed a bottle of Baltika #5 poured into a standard pint glass.

A very large head formed that was composed of medium to large bubbles. The beer is bright and straw colored.

There is a lightly sweet smell to this beer but a less remarkable aroma than other Baltika pale lagers like the #2.

A little bit of malt flavor comes through and there is some minimal bitterness. No strong flavors, just a hint of honey on the finish.

Number 5 is very light overall, smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
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 donunrue
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of HighballurRollby
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of woodychandler
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you are reading this review and notice that it remains on my "Gots", please understand that I am the creator of The CANQuest (TM) and as such, I still desirous of getting this beer in a CAN.

I have been on a Russian kick for a couple of years now, starting with Kvass and expanding to the language, the history, the literature, the women ... Well, as to that last, I have known that the Russkies are generating some drop-dead knockouts for some time. Hell, I remember this one towering honey-honey from Kiev that I hung out with for several days in Haifa, Israel during an inport period that left everybody's tongues lolling. I called her "Svetlana" and she would have answered to anything as long as this AmeriCAN sailor's money held up. What a giantess! She was nearly twice as tall as me and we made a great pair strolling around town. Ah, yes.

An aggro pour generated just over a finger of fizzy, foamy bone-white head that lasted about as long as a career sailor's inport relationship. Bye! Color was a pale yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. I could see right through it, through the neighbor's walls, and into the future. Nose had a certain je ne sais quois - it did not smell like the usual adjunct suspects, but at the same time, it had an unpleasant underlying mustiness. Label check: Bottled 25 March 11 Best by 25 March 12, so I was in the window and it had probably been pasteurized, given its clear bottle, so what was the problem? Mouthfeel was on the thin side and it had a slightly minty flavor on the tongue along with a mild lager sweetness. This was quickly shaping up to be a whole buncha nothin'! Finish was relatively bland and I REALLY wished that I had scored another bottle of the #4, which actually was enjoyable. This was not unpleasant, but instead lacking anything that would make me want to open another.

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Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev +8.3%

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 rab53
2/5  rDev -27.8%

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

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

Aroma:
Musty grains, hay, a little touch of herbal.

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

Body:
Medium-light bodied. Carbonation is light.

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

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Photo of kilustration
2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wife picked up a pint+ bottle for me, have to admit I was not expecting it to be very good.
Turns out its I was correct, but its not bad either.
Yellow color, pours with nice head yet disappears quick.
Smells grainy like an adjunct.
Taste an mouth feel is somewhat creamy and smooth, going down with out a grimace.
Would not actively seek out, but could have again.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden straw color with a fair head that dissipates thin but steady leaving spotty lace. Smell of different grain adjuncts with a yeast note background. Taste of the adjuncts having a buttery note leaving a fairly clean finish. mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. a simple easy drinking pale Russian lager.

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Photo of bluHatter
2.97/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours golden yellow. Looks a lot like Miller or similar light lagers. No head which quickly disappears, leaving little to look at.

S: Grainy, malty, wheat

T: Buttery malt beer.

M: Moderate carbonation, feels very light. Very easy to drink. Is this even alcoholic?

O: A descent average easy to drink beer. Nothing really interesting or stand out, but it's enjoyable. Heck, it's beer.

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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 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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Photo of tempest
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 500ml can from Euromart in Astoria. It smells of pale malts with a hint of honey and adjunct. The flavor is similarly sweet with an odd vegetal spice to it. Honestly, this beer reminds me of malt liquor more than anything. I'd avoid this one. Stick to the Baltika porter.

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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 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 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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Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
2.77 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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