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 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 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 BryanCarey
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Baltika 5 is a very average beer with a yellowish color and a body that is completely clear. The nose of this beer is sweet, grainy, and slightly skunked and there is almost no foam to speak of. Within moments after pouring, the foam is gone. There is very little carbonation, giving it the appearance of a flat glass of ginger ale.

Baltika 5 Golden Lager has a taste that is malty- sweet, with some flavors like honey in the background and a fruit component that offers the taste of apples and perhaps even a touch of grape. There is only a slight sensation of a hop presence, which helps lead to a slowly drying, crisp finish.

This is a very simple, direct lager with little complexity and a downright ugly appearance. I can't say it's terrible, but it isn't all that tasty, either. Its about as average as a beer can be and if it wasn't for the low price, I doubt many would take this beer seriously.

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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 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 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 jwc215
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10.04.08:

Pours golden yellow with a thin white head that soon disappears, with quick reappearances only upon hefty swirling.

The smell is of "Euro-skunk" - lime and sulfur - some traces of graininess.

The taste - after the "Euro-skunk" dissipates - some graininess with something corn/veggie-like (don't know if adjuncts are used - my guess is not - but - hard to tell) Some slickness and a vague hint of spicy hops. Ho-hum finish.

Mild carbonation with some semi-dryness lingering.

Not a wreck, but with enough minor flaws and irritants - and lack of anything notable - to put it in the "typical Euro Pale Lager" range.

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Photo of rmcnealy
2.65/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Baltika 5 - exp. date of 5/2008.

Poured transulent light gold. Whatever head was generated vanished quickly to nothing. Has heavy scents of grains... alcohol. Taste is mediocre. By no means anything special. Tastes very similar to a Czech pilsner like Golden Pheasant. Have other beers from Baltika... not expecting much because of this first one.


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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 crazybrody06
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow color nice head that faded quick. No lacing. Smell is mostly alcohol, grains, a little sweetness, pretty light on smell. Taste is about the same, just a touch of sweetness towards the end. Mouthfeel is thin, but its crisp and smooth and I could see this tasting good on a hot day.

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Photo of Pepeton
2.76/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of all places on the world, I found this beer (as well as four other) in a coast town in Southern México called Zihuatanejo (remember the movie The Shawshank Redeption?).

Yellow, yellow, yellow. Almost cake frosting yellow. White head and no lacing to talk about.

Smell, again, is grainy (what sort of malts do these guys use?). Some residual chemical in the back. Formaldehide, maybe?

Taste is crisp, naturally. No surprises, no turn downs.

Mouthfeel is somehow buttery, with a faintly bitter finish.

Not a winner, at least for me.


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Photo of goochpunch
2.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out gold with moderate bubbles and a thinnish head. Looks about right. Smell starts off rather malty, but then quickly switches to a grainy, corn-like aroma. Some whiffs of rubber bands. Flavor brings more of a malty backbone than in the smell, but there is still the underlying corn and rubber band thing there. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Yeah, I don't think I'd choose this over Baltika's porter again.

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Photo of BeerZack
2.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color; mediocre head, decent lacing.

Smells like a mild malt liquor; sweet and malty with the slightest bit of skunk.

Not much going on here in the way of flavor- sweet malt that never gets balanced out enough by bitterness OR skunkiness.

Mini-Malt Liquor; very unimpressive. Tastes like it should have more than 5.3%abv (actually, if it did and was labeled as a ML, I would rate it higher).

Kinda bad, even for the weakass EPL category.

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Photo of irishtimepiece
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Baltika 5, left at my house by a Russian couple that I do not know. They also left some sort of herring. Strange folks.

Pours bright gold with a foamy, white, soda like head that lasts for about 20 seconds.
Smells like raw grain and my barn.
Grainy taste with a strange hint of something roasted. No detectable hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was sharp and overly carbonated.
Given how generally inoffensive it is, I could drink a lot of them. I'd rather not... but I could.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.02/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden in color, very clear. Big white head, but little retention and no lacing.

Smell: Sweet, grainy aroma. No hint of skunk, despite the clear bottle.

Taste: Very light, grainy like cereal. Enough hops bitterness to balance the light malt sweetness, but no real hop flavor. That said, probably not a bad lawnmower beer. Aftertaste is vegetative.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, carbonation fine.

Drinkability: For what it is - very light and boring - it's fairly refreshing.

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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 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 mynie
3.07/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in Russia. "Production Date" is Nov 30 2005, and it sez that it was supposed to be consumed before Nov 30 2006. My rule is 90 days past expiry date before I discount a review.

Pours a pretty gold with absolutely no head. Mediocre.

Smells of decent euro pils grains and a simple but solid hop background, along with some of the earthen fruitiness that comes with age.

Tastes very much like it smells, like a watered-down Czech Pilsener that's showing some light fruitness from age.

It's held up pretty well in the year since it was made, but I can't imagine it was too great to start with. Probably better fresh, but not much better.

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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 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 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 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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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 Drew966
2.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Baltika 5 pours a light golden yellow with a fluffy white head from a clear 16.9 ounce bottle. Aroma is somewhat floral, somewhat fruity. At least it doesn't have that skunky Euro lager profile, but its not especially good. Not especially bad either, just kind of mediocre.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.99/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Chrystal clear light amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet, faint hint of blueberry?? almost like a light, clean finish. Very good lawnmower beer. $1.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Baltika #5 Gold from Baltika Breweries
2.77 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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