Formerly brewed at Baltika Brewery (Baltic Beverages Holding - Carlsberg)
Style: Pale Lager
St. Petersburg, Russia


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
This is a drink for real enjoyment. It is distinguished by a delicate golden color, a pleasant malty flavor and hoppy aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Pale yellow appearance, clear, thick head that slims down assuredly. Feh. Aroma: whispers of grainy husks, corn-y, but wetness is the predominant character. Moisture and that American macro crap flavor that has tainted the very notion of beer throughout the world. Taste: Wetness is king here, hollowness rings in at second, and despair chimes in at #3. Not applicable for those perfectly content with nothing but dreary wetness, Iím sure thereís enough of those to keep the bottling lines chugging in St. Petersburg, of that I do not doubt. But I canít imagine this inspiring a smile while I try to release it from the glass and into my insides...and I really donít think Iím going to go through with that. "Drain pour"? Maybe...Meh. A hint of lemon kicks in, for a while to match the mood of malaise...itís not enough... Lightness incarnate, to the detriment of any taste whatsoever. No body, no finish, no texture, no memory of this will remain when the bottle is empty. Meh. Worth recommending to your friend who thinks Grolsch is good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2005
09.02.05 500ml bottle. Tarnished (greenish) pale brass color with thin but lingering white head. Itís not pretty. Aroma is lightly grassy, skim milk, vanilla, and some mint. Weird, but not horrible. Flavor is mostly sweet and malty but some vanilla and honey peek through along with very mild plum or white raisin. Oxidation comes through as cardboard but itís not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Time to update that photo as thereís alot more going on in the label and Iíve got a brown bottle. Plus the photo is just plain crappy.

Pale yellow with a slight haze and green reflections at times that remind me of anti-freeze (maybe itís the label or the greenery outside). Perfumed aromas on the initial pour, settling to indistinct malts. A little sour on the tongue, but that made way to more malts in the flavor. It was not nearly as thin as Iíd expected and I feel this is a good style competitor for a pale lager. Also, judging by the layer of sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle, Iíd say it has a decent shelf-life as I found no adverse aromas nor staleness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Very light golden color. Quick settling, bubbly white head. Light malts and hops with a bit of sweetness in the nose. Flavor matches the aroma with a slightly roasted aftertaste. Light body, smooth mouthfeel and touch of carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Not my style, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
muzzlehatch (4829) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2005
500 ml bottle. Pale clear gold with a healthy lasting head and decent lacing...very light corn-sweet nose, simple but clean...malty-sweet initial flavor is pleasant and easy, but too much carbonation and a thin, watery mouthfeel undercut it later...strange salty lime tonic water texture...bland but really quite drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Hereís a beer that needed to be brewed. Straw colored with a creamy white head, itís got a sweet, grainy malt aroma with no hints of hopping. Soft in the mouth, the sweet malts continue, along with some whispy grassiness. Sticky sweet finish. I will never have another of these (without pay), but actually, itís quite a heap better than #3, Baltikaís regular pale lager.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Pours a somewhat hazy golden color. Aroma is dominated by grains and malt. Taste is fairly yeasty. A little sweet up front. Grain and malt are also present. Not bad for a light beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2004
2003 or 4 bottle not sure. Pours a pale golden yellow, but not too pale, and it still has a good sparkle to it. Good foamy white head, not ultra clear; not all out filtration. Aroma is quite pleasant, a mix of light straw and grass, with hints of mint, lightly floral hops and a good touch of honey malt sweetness. Flavor is wonderfully refreshing; Light body that actually tastes of good quality malt, itís flavorful, dosent thin out and not overly watery for the style. Hints of ever so mildly bitter hops. No crappy adjunct tastes, no sharp or skunky tones. Lightly crisp pear rind flavors on the finish. Maybe my new favorite light beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2004
For a light beer this actually has some flavor profile. Pale yellow pour, with a fizzy white head. Corny, grainy malt aroma. Sweet malt, honey, with slight suggestion of butter. Some hops also. Unfortunately, becomes real bland and watery at the end. However, this is probably one of the better light beers I have had. My first russian brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Very pale yellow and very fizzy. Quickly vanishing white head. The aroma is mildly sweet with some *GASP* hops. I also get some corn, though that is no surprise. Rather non-offensive flavor, corn and some residual sweetness along with a wee bit of hops. Light fizzy body. Much better than I expected, but still the rest of hte bottle is going in with the bratwursts.

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