jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16.9oz bottle-pours a retaining foamy white head and yellow color. Aroma is lime, grain, sulfur, Euroskunk. Taste is lime, sweet grain/light malt-caramel, Euroskunk, with some chemical.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
50 cl bottle - thanks to Eivind. Clear golden color, disappering white head. Aroma is grassy. Flavor is sweet and grassy. Refreshing, but thin.
Gypsy19 (728) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This isn’t a bad lager at all. Tastes like a Dutch or German lager, but with a little more flavor and mint undertones. Not great, but pleasant, and I’m the last one to readily complement lagers.
Drake (6497) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2008
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
500 mL bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Pours an apple juice color, clear, with a one-finger creamy head. Aroma is slight skunk, heavy grain and a sweetness I suppose comes from the rice. Very dry grassy taste. Medium bodied.
SHIG (3059) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 28, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Poured a clear golden color with a white head. Little to no aroma. Taste is a clean corn and grain, refreshing.
tgncc (2290) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is essentially a pale lager, an imitation of Budweiser and other odious brews. The aroma, flavor, appearance and palate all typical for this style. The beer emits a spicy, grassy aroma. The appearance is the same old yellow with white head. The flavor is affected mainly by the adjuncts, like rice and corn. The palate has a slight hoppynes to it, nothing remarkable. at least now I’ve had all the Baltika beers, 1-9.
Snojerk321 (2970) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
16oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Pretty much your standard Pale Lager, but a bit better. Pale yellow color, fizzy white head, Corn wheat and yeast account for most of the aromas and flavors.
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Basic good to quench the thirst better than Heineken, but not much. I think this is Russia’s version of heineken or carlsberg it’s a typical representation of the style.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
12-Feb-08 (12-oz bottle, expiration date of 08-Aug-07: Purchased 12-Feb-08 for $1.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) When beer is delivered by the wholesaler five months past expiration, what is one to do? This pale lager is like so many others: bready and somewhat sweet at first, but finishing with a strong cardboard aftertaste. Likewise, the sweet and cardboardy nose smells like most mass-produced pale lagers. Light in body and medium in carbonation, but the stale, cardboard flavor and total lack of hops makes for a very tired palate after only a few ounces. Crystal clear in appearance, the pale golden body is enhanced by the steady supply of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer. Nearly an inch in height after the pour, the white head subsides to and holds a thin layer while depositing a fair amount of dense, patchy lacing on the glass. Just not an enjoyable lager, but sadly, some of the other Baltika beers are even worse, though all these pale-colored lagers are tough to distinguish. A side-by-side blind tasting could show some differentiation, but I’m not up for that kind of self-inflicted torture.
ABUSEDGOAT (1937) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden color, large white head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is bread, pale malt, light grain and grass. Lighter bodied, somewhat sweet, quite drinkable.