Drake (7123) - Free Union, 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 (3283) - Wasilla, 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 (2514) - 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 (2975) - 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 (2988) - 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 (2170) - 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.
MontereyJimbo (79) - Monterey, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a pretty "laid back" lager for an import. The hops in it are not nearly bitter enough for my tastes. There was a background nutty taste and finish. Overall it isn’t a bad beer but is a little too "pacifist" for me.
biznizness (1056) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bad. I mean, not like you would expect anything else from a big green bottle from Russia. But yeah, in case you thought this one would be different, itís bad. (Thanks Snee for picking this one up for me!)
EithCubes (4421) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, green glass. Big grassy nose with very sweet citrus (lemon), corn and soft water. Touches of honey and straw. Pours off-golden with a soapy, lacing white head. Very crisp, tiny-bubbled, overly sweet and corn syrupy taste. Light malt and cereal, especially into the aftertaste. Some interesting notes here - not easy to tell if itís dirty water or German lager spice. Medium body. Adjuncty but not too bad!