frankenkitty (1965) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The most impressive thing about this beer was the fact that it held up despite being in a clear bottle. Golden with a small white head, aromas were grainy and herbal with milky undertones. Flavor starts sweet and ends bitter, but not terribly excitingly in either case. It is what it is... a Russian pale lager, and you should expect nothing more. (However, finding it was like the Holy Grail for me, completing my search of Baltika 1 through 9.)
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Dorqui (2125) - Brescia, ITALY - SEP 15, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yellow limpid color, clearly and of medium shining. Compact and brittle foam, medium duration. Light and bitterish scent, presents herbaceous and hoppines notes. Lightly watery and overbearing alcoholic taste. Its seems very more fort than 5,3%. Powerful and top heavy.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
This is what a plain old unassuming lager should be like...and I would bet $20 they use Hallertauer hops in this. The honeysuckle flower nose is uncanny, and quite attractive. Clean enough, and I’d almost go as far to call this a Helles. The difference between this and the atrocious pale lagers I just rated (Haagen, Bud Select, and Hurricane HG) is like night and day, just no comparison at all. Not a great beer overall, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it and it’s easy to drink.
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2005 bottle, fresh on the shelves at Colonial Spirits. Pale gold, very clear and bubbly. Thin head of bubbles does not even cover the entire surface. Cornbread and light mineral water, some powder in the nose. No crispness of any kind noted. Flavor is all powdered sugar, lightly sponge-like texture with some stale hops and metal on the end. Huge, obnoxious bubbles make it difficult to drink. Not the wateriest of pale lagers, but just horribly bland. Light wafers, and a hint of some sugar on the end. Very quick fermentation time shows through. Light body. Still getting the stale/bitter character at the end, which is quite unpleasant. Notes of wax/crayons as it warms. Wow, either this went bad, or I don’t know. Not up to this brewery’s usually good standards, IMHO.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer has a light yellow body - hue apperance and a coarse white scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had no carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is like water.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Faint aroma, just some german style hops. Pale golden color, white head, fair lace. Crisp, clean, some honey in the finish with a sticky feeling that’s to be expected with honey is well, faint hops. Technically quite ok but not exciting.
pivnizub (9163) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can: Pale golden coloured, thin white foam; malty and light fruity nose (citrus?); malty beginning, light sweet flavour, shy bitter-sweet finish; all in all drinkable and in some ways refreshing.....
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Just how many pale lagers does Baltika have to brew? They’ve shown with their Baltic porter, for example, that they’re capable of much better things. Oh well, this one, at least, isn’t too massively offensive. It looks okay, pale yellow and well carbonated with a frothy white head. (Too bad, it didn’t hang around long.) The aroma is malty sweet with little detectable adjuncts. It’s also spritzy and lively in the mouth. The flavor is some grassy malts, a bit of tin, and a hint of floral hop bitterness in the finish.
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ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Golden colour with a fast disappearing white head. Aroma is malty with some sweetness. Flavor is malty with hints of some artificial sweetness.
thegreenrooster (3432) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour is a bland yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma is not a skunky as i thought it would be coming out of the clear glass bottle. Flavor is clean and slightly malty but hops are not present. Bland overall.