Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2007
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is standard BMC type crap. A very pale yellow color with a non pleasing white head. The aroma is full of corn and lemons. The flavor is a little sweet with some hay present. Overall swill and nothing else.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle (BBD 04/05/06) from Woodmans on Gammon Road served in a Caryle pint glass, frigid. Big, puffy, surpisingly long-lasting snow-white head even laces a bit, topping a dull clear yellow-gold body....reasonably fresh honey-malty aroma, lightly grassy-hoppy (saaz?) aroma, with a nice bit of pungent weedy character evident.....sweet, somewhat sticky with light pale malt, a hint of the crisp grassy hops, honey; gets a bit fatiguing rather quickly but quite fresh and clean with no off notes....watery, low to moderate carbonation, dull short finish. I would certainly not drink this every day, but this is surprisingly decent; I think I just lucked out and got a really fresh-seeming, well-cared-for bottle.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light golden color with a decent size white head. Aroma is lightly malty with a tinge of sourness. Flavor is somewhat sweet and malty.Pretty one dimensional, but not too bad.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2006
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This stuff is the Budwieser of Russia. I think I’d rather drink a Coors light actually. I dumped it.
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2006
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
The aroma has sour malted barley and faint grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a clumpy head. The flavor is no better than the aroma with all the same qualities and an off bitterness. The palate is thin. Wow, I don’t know why anyone would want to import this stuff. I guess it’s an export because they are just trying to get rid of it.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2006
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Russia is known for many things, Vodka, beautiful women, murdering ex KGB agents, but beer is not one of them. This does nothing to enhance the reputation. Poor pale colour and fleeting head, corny vegetable soupiness and insipid flavour generally. Nyet.
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
first russian beer, not too bad . More on the malty side, definitely could use more a hoppy kick to it. Not very complex but a refreshing brew
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2006
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is the worst beer i sell in my work. Aroma is corn and rubbish cheesey hops. Taste is totally rubbish indeed one of the worst taste ever rivaling carlton cold for greatnesson the shite scale.
NosirIwont (1939) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours pale, pale yellow with a white head. Citrusy hoppy aroma with cereal notes. Cereal flavour, slightly sour. Milky notes appear as it warms. Not much to say here. 26-10-06.
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2006
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
From Russia With Skunk. This latest Baltika production left me shaken, not stirred. I’d like to say it’s as pale and lovely as Tatiana Romanova but in reality this Russian bear is more like Rosa Klebb. It has the standard lager appearance, some green bottle skunk and aromatic malts and buttery diacetyl. Piercing carbonation, grassy hops, adjuncts and a sour finish. Not dreadful, just another cheap macro lager of no special character, tradition or sense of place. There are one or two gems hidden in Baltika’s long list of numerals but there’s plenty of dross. They can keep this one. (330ml bottle from Dan Murphys, Kingsford. Best before 5/3/07)