beeracoon (511) - - NOV 18, 2012
Medium white head. Clear golden color. Spicy aroma. Caramel taste with a full roasty palate. Good one. Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 Odd. The description at the store sounded good, but I apparently had no idea what I was getting when I bought this. It was ok and had some pleasant elements but it neither smelled nor tasted remotely like beer. Pouring a deep golden yellow with bubbles that soon stilled, it had a white head that dissipated quickly but left a thin, sticky, persistent white head that stayed to the end. Its aroma was pungent and distinct, but smelled just sweet, with a faint, vague musky fruitiness like old, sweet grapes and alcohol. The taste was largely the same, tasting primarily just thickly sweet and alcoholic, with the same vague fruitiness & perfuminess of thick, sweet cheap white wine. It left a faint metallic finish. After I ate some chips, it tasted downright nasty - rough, harsh, alcohol and vague perfume. The whole is a rough, thickly sweet, alcoholic taste with a thick, sticky palate. The full palate and taste have some good points, it certainly doesn’t lack flavour, and I will drink this if not eating food with it, but it doesn’t really taste like beer at all. cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 12, 2008
Clear amber, no head, notes of cardboar, little malt, sweet flavoer and some not well hidden alcohol in finish. Never again! Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle. Light / pale yellow. Aroma is reasonably fresh, sweet, corn, malt. Guessing this one will be indistinguishable from the Baltika 3....Bingo. Same flavor profile, very sweet, no hoppiness. An off bitterness lingers at the end, which competes with the over the top sugary sweet finish. Nobody’s a winner of that competition. gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
This was a bottle of the Extra Lager 9. It poured a clear golden amber color, which doesn’t agree with some of the ratings here. There was a tall white head and plenty of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. There was a mild citrus hops aroma. There was a strong flavor with a bit of sweetness and a good amount of bitterness that developed and lasted well into the finish. There was some alcohol warmth towards the finish as well.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Huge frothy white head on pour and very clear light yellow in appearance with sticky lace. Nose is light malt. Corn sweetness and alcohol dominate flavor. Finish is acidic and dry. The aftertaste of this beer is the best thing about it- although still bad. I could barely finish the bottle. I think the russians do worse at creating malt swill than the americans do. njnut (486) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2014
Poured at tasting with 2 others and I was the only one brave enough to swallow. Pale yellow with a weak white "head" little to no aroma and taste was same. Terrible, drain pour. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Sure looks pretty. Straw yellow with a nice head and a really nice lace.
Smells...weird, as if there's something wrong with it. There's some fruit esters but other than that it's malt. And that weird scent.
Tastes... Wait, this is supposed to be a lager? WTF? Serious fruit esters but they're just not right. It does hide the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is much thicker than I was expecting. Drinkability? Pass. I'll take the other Baltikas first, thanks. kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2006
not too swift here. Suggest you pass. Taste of corn, some malt and a rather unpleasant psudo hop finish.
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Clear yellow pour with a white head that vanishes real quick. Nose of some corn, and floral scents. Flavor is slightly sweet honey with no detectable hops. Its very brazen about its alcohol content making next to no attempt to disguise its fuel notes. Might be good for a cold winter night in Russia, but it was a poor choice for a warm summer day at lunch.