Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
There's some vegetable-ness in this one. Thin, light yellow, fizzy, slightly acidic at the edges, an odd sweetness at the end that mixes with an unknown metal. That said, it's not quite horrible, I've had worse Russsian lager.
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thin head which does not last long. Pretty blue label though. Aroma is light with malts and a slight wiff of hops. Somewhat musty smell also. Color is a pretty pathetic light gold color. Flavor is weak and watery. Finish is dry a slightly bitter. There are plenty of better lagers out there and even some decent beers by Baltika.
jonas (6099) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2003
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Metallic bitterhop aroma.
Very pale, virtually no carbonation, bad head retention.
Bland malt and sawdust taste.
Medium bodied. Bland and boring.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9 oz. bottle Lovely bottle, only reasonable lager. Distinctive bitter-mushroom smell places this firmly in the lager class, pale, watery body places it in the after-work swill class... Although it's hardly offensive. Goes down smoothly, with a bitter prickle. Would be quite wonderful after a blazing hot day baling hay, for instance (like I ever get to do that kinda stuff anymore).
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
nice label oversees the opening and dispensing of a tinny looking pour, like cheap nickel-brass gromits or the clips on give-away ball point pens. head was egg-shell quality in both color and thickness. thin aroma of crisp lettuce, the graininess equivalency of approximately one sixteenth of a standard tortilla chip held at twelve to sixteen inches from one's best nostril (i have always favored my left nostril's smelling finesse; yes, like sandy koufax, i'm a southpaw). the flavor fails: some suggestion of diet frosted flakes--there are more floral honey tones in the fart of the average worker-bee in a disgruntled hive; a mere five o clock shadow nub of hops. dry on a brisk palatte. deals with thirst not by art ,subtlety or excellence, but by liquid mass--assuming it's applied correctly. dump it on, feel the power, bomb chetznia.
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, bread), trace hops (herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Hardly any aroma, and a somewhat grainy finish. Go for the Light instead.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2003
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale color. Mild hops. Little head. Astringent taste. I like this about as much as the Baltika 9... And that's not saying much. Russia seems to be worse off than Australia when it comes to beers. And that's saying a lot.
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draught at Andromeda restaurant - Pskov, Russia. Aroma is bland and slightly off. Appearance is relatively attractive, with excellent lacing and a large billowy head. However, head is mostly diminishing, and there is virtually no visible carbonation to speak of through the pale gold body. Flavor is bland and dull. Would give Budweiser a run for its money.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very pale clear straw color with a large creamy dimpled white head. Pleasant lager aroma with slight hop background. Very smooth, crisp beer.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
An ok beer I suppose. I don't plan on having another one any time soon.