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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2002

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Photo of Conrad
1.42/5  rDev -48.6%
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 TheLongBeachBum
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Totally different to previous Baltika’s that I have had to date (namely the #3, #4, #6, #8 and #9) because this one comes in a 500ml bottle (but labeled as 1 Pint .9 fluid ounces for the US market) tall clear glass bottle sealed with a gold, black and white cap with a the words “БAЛTИKA 5 ЗОЛОТОЕ” on it. Shiny gold label wraps the proboscis like neck. Main label is golden metallic gold and white with a hint of red in the coat of arms above the word “BALTIKA 5”. More English wording states “Golden Lager” below. Listed as 5.3% Alc./Vol. Reverse label has this listed as imported by Dime Group International, IL and with a Freshness Date listed as 04.04.06.

Appearance: Starts with a fizzing white head that rises up to form a thick creamy cap above the sheer and clear golden body. Rising streamers soon fade, as does the head. Dissolved carbonation is high at first but this too rescinds quickly.

Nose: Smells like…..a weak faded lager. Nothing too repulsive, but nothing too exciting either. Pale malts with a hint of delicate hops. Has a funny aspect to it, hard to describe, sort of “old - damp - musty” cellars.

Taste: Soft sweet malts, lagery with some low end sparkling condition that spreads the earlier damp-musty aspect that I picked up from the nose, directly onto the tongue. Some hops do tend to add to the finish, sweet fruit ending though.

Mouthfeel: Even when it “flattens” in appearance, it is fizzy in the mouth, a little prickly that tends to annoy a little and it detracts from the overall Drinkability, the burps can tend to be nose bound if imbibed a little too quickly.

Drinkability: Not one that was quaffable, but easy enough to finish the bottle without feeling like you got beaten by it.

Overall: Could be one of a thousand faceless World Lagers, and I would not return to this, but it was nice to try it at least and satisfy my curiosity.

Music: Thin Lizzy, Johnny the Fox - Borderline……rather appropriate really.

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Photo of russpowell
2.09/5  rDev -24.3%
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 DogFood11
1.9/5  rDev -31.2%
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 67cuda
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with one finger of white head. Nothing terribly exciting about the appearance, unless you count a bottle cap in Cyrillic; quite average. Fairly average smell too, weak malt, and it seemed a bit sweet to me as well. It tastes like many other of the more easily available Euro Pale Lagers out there, but amazingly, it had no skunk, quite surprising for a beer in a clear bottle. Specifically, it's a bit sweet, and is very smooth. The mouthfeel is alright, pretty light and a bit watery, the carbonation is good however. This beer is quite drinkable, at least if you want something boring and fairly bland. If you want to have a really good Russian beer, I'd recommend the Baltika #6 Porter.

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Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a weak pale malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. It's a bit musty and bitter. The taste is average as well. It has the standard pale malt and lager yeast taste. It's light and clean on the finish; an easy drinker. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a typical golden lager, nothing special. I will probably save my money or buy something else next time.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this one, because I’ve had so many standard lagers during my visit to Russia, each one as bland as the one before. This is pretty nice, but it’s pretty standard to-style stuff. Decenet pale straw color, light head, but the taste just says "I've been down this road before."

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Photo of scottum
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy very pale straw amber with a short white head which quits. Tastes sweet, but is almost crisp. Not hopy or malty. A very simple brew which does quench a thirst. Not amoung the better lagers produceded, but still better than your average american macrobrew. Not the best from Baltic, but not the worst either. Try some other numbers.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

nothing great here. turned out to be better than expected, actually. this one pours a very light gold...almost rolling rock-esque. smells of malt anf grain, though nothing overpowering here. one might just assume they were taking a whiff of a glass of water. it delivers a surprising smooth taste with hints of flavour, but nothing overpowering. still a bit too watery for my liking. i guess i might drnk this one again. i can't recommend it, but can't say stay away either.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.59/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The lady in the store said this only comes in cans. Guess that's for the domestic market, given the previous review of a bottled product. Oh well.

My canned version poured a nice golden color with a small head that lost no time in disappearing. Lace? Forget about it. Smell? Not really. The mouthfeel is fizz, with just a touch of malt. The taste is pretty neutral, maybe a touch of sweetness and a dab of fruit. A bit of hops comes out a little bit later, but only if you are trying real hard to find it. This is drinkable stuff if nothing else is around, but Baltika can and does do much better.

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Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev +30.1%
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 appearance...gold but slightly hazy and not quite appealing...it 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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