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 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 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 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 dacrza1
2.51/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Situation: New Year's Day watching PSU vs. LSU...
Glassware: Baltika glass...
Appearance: White head that laces and rims well; "golden" body is golden indeed with constant effervescence, much like the 7...
Aroma: crisp haylike malts, as expected--but the malty, almost malt liquor scents provide expectations of a heavier body...
Palate: medium-bodied, with minimal stopover on the tongue; again, the body of a malt liquor...
Taste: malty, malty, malty lager--thick and syrupy, with the honey notes predominant...
Overall: Much like the 7, but not as strong--a palate cleanser or a barbecue companion, but no need to purchase another now that I have a glass...

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Photo of jrallen34
2.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours crystal clear straw gold with a white head not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is not much, just light skunk.

The taste is the same just ligit skunk, not much flavor. Like you're typical ameriacan lager.

Moutfeel is light.

Overall a very boring disappointing beer.

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Photo of mnrider
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz Clear bottle with gold label. Pilsner Glass.

A: Pours a yellow color with a one finger white head which almost immediately disappears. Carbonation is moderate. Lacing is almost none existent.

S: Almost nothing. Watery with faint fruits and malts.

T/M: Watery like all hell. Not a bad taste really, just none to be found. Cereal grains and light malts.

D: Not very good at all. Very bland and funky. Not something I would get again.


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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.04/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Time for round 2 of the Blatika gift pack, number 5, gold jerry gold! Here's hoping she pours a bit fairer then the less them comely maiden Baltika 7.

Well it definitely looks like a lager pale gold with a pure white head about an inch thick, eventually settling down to the thin film above the liquid "gold."

Smell well what smell besides some faint whiffs of wheat, old white bread, a bit of hoppy grass notes, and a hint of apple.

Very sweet malt tastes to begin with more akin to watered down honey than the complex sweetness provided by good malts. Stale bread and crackers mixed with corn syrup is about as vivid as I can get when describing this flavor. Some alcohol presence as we progress down the glass. Next to no hop profile whatsoever, everything just seems so watered down.
The water theme carries on to the feel foamy reasonably drinkable but just thin and watered down overall.

Well it's certainly a euro lager. Not terrible but definitely not amazing, good for washing down the pizza I had but that's about it. Come on Baltika only the porter can save you now!

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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 BeachRez
2.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle. Thank you Freddie J!

A- Gold water. Wow, not very inviting. Very minimal head that disappeared quickly. From the bottle it reminds me of cream soda.

S- Smells like cheap lager. Take that Nirvana.

T- Tastes like corny-not so malty. Very blah. I took my time drinking this, and it actually tastes better warm.

M- Easy to drink. No flavor, just kind of there.

Overall, easy to drink. In fact, it goes down so easy, that it could be drunk all day. Not sure if I would unless VERY cheap.

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Photo of DrJay
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, pale yellow with a think fine, white cap. Sticky lace, decent retention after the head fell to a collar. Aromas of cooked veggies, floral hops, and light sweetness. Low bitterness. The flavour was the same as the aroma, lots of veggies and not much else. Fairly clean though without a lot of sulfur or skunk. Light bodied with average carbonation, fairly dry. Not bad, but nothing here worth revisiting.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
2.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz clear glass bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Freshness & bottling date printed on back.

Clear golden yellow body with this whispy head that doesn't stick around too long. Slight collar and minimal lacing left behind.

Dry grain, slight corn-like malt, and stale... something. Slight skunk (I can only imagine comes from the clear glass not blocking the sun), with a side of vegetables for the nose to worry about. No hops. Faint dry husk at the end.

Cereal/grainy malt, and simple bitterness to follow. More veggies and cooked corn in the mix with a bit of a dry finish. Crisp carbonation in this medium bodied lager with a wet moutfeel. The only hop presence is possibly the overly simple bitterness that doesn't seem to leave the tongue.

Hmm. I am enjoying trying these Baltikas for their price. But am some what let down and probably won't make them (especially this one) a regular in the fridge. This is pretty much a mediocre lager with little to offer: nothing good, but also nothing bad. Drinkability is so-so as it does little to entertain or offend my tongue.
I'd say, give it a try for the price. Pair it with some spicy cuisine, some pasta, some chicken, and see what happens.


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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear 500mL bottle with a freshness date of 03.04.10. Pours a very clear dark yellow color with a medium sized white head that disappears at a macro-esque clip. It does leave a decent collar with some low-hanging lace.

Nose is grainy and a bit stale. A few whiffs of skunk-funk, but not quite up to Heineken levels. Hops are pretty secretive, but a few grassy notes are detectable. This beer just does not smell very good.

Taste is heavy on the wet grains and I would be willing to gamble there is some corn in here as well. Alcohol is very drying on the palate and has a harsh edge to it. Hops are virtually a no-show here but could have provided some much needed depth. It does taste better than it smells and drinks like it is higher than 5.2%. Another less than stellar Baltika experience, but at a buck-fidy it's worth a try.

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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 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 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 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 atis
2.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours pale golden with thin white head that fades fast, weak patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is somehwat sweet weak grainy malt, hints of grassy hops.

Taste is mild grainy malt with light bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with average carbonation.

Overall, quite average Pale lager.

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

Golden hued, but very light in color and thin looking; loads of carbonation keep a frothy white head afloat for a few good minutes

Cereal grain, something a bit sour/funky about it; not appealing

Taste & Mouth Feel
Flavor is pretty inoffensive and the body is nice; decent malt character though it's got a bit of corn flavor on the edges; little bitterness

Just another pale lager to be forgotten in the sea of this ubiquitous style.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale gold, with about a finger of white head that rises and falls quickly. No lace.

S - Off the bat, skunked. Otherwise there's some spicy hops hanging around, some sweetness, and small doses of cereal and DMS.

T - Little to nothing going on here. Bland, almost tasteless grain for the first half. Out of nowhere a very dough-like, almost chalky flavors jumps out bringing with it a touch of sweetness. Late palate the hops make a brief appearance with the weird doughy taste and cereal grain in the background.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. What I would expect; it neither helps nor hinders the beer.

D - It isn't offensive, but there is a big lack of flavor here. No problems getting through this, but it is boring and uninspiring, certainly not Baltika's best.

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

A - Small, fizzy white head that disappears quickly and leaves little lace. The body is light yellow with good clarity.

S - A light, grainy smell along with some weak hops, otherwise clean

T - Very light, grainy flavor. The finish is clean with a little bit of bitterness.

M - High carbonation, light body, and a very dry finish.

D - This is a very light beer. Similar to an American lite beer with just a hint of hops. Not really worth the effort of prying the cap off the bottle.

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Photo of froghop
2.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head that didspates rapidly, above average carbonation, no lacing

smell is of sweet grain, few hops, some citrus.

taste is crisp, grain, some malt, few hops, some lemon, ends dry with a touch of bitterness.

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Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
2.77 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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