Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Pours light amber. Aroma of malt and palate follows the same. Caramel and crystal malts dominate. Still at 8.5 % but yet a nice malty sweet finish. Some people really down this beer but I think its great blackisle (2590) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2015 Sweet malty nose, bread, roasty, bit yeasty, honey, grass, herbs, clove; clear light golden, frothy touch of off-white head, reduces to thin layer that remains all the way, nice lacing; full mild bitterness in combination with light malty sweetness and spicy undertones; full body, thick texture, good carbonation; finish at first dry mild bitterness, followed by slightly sweet roasted maltiness, some alcohol. Well-balanced beer, I like it. superspak (5606) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 12/6/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, white grape, cracker, bread, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with decent balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity/estery on the nose. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid pale lager style. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A pleasantly enjoyable offering. mahla (2) - - APR 18, 2016 does not count
caramel, bread, citrus, alcohol, golden, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, oily feel, full body, soft carbonation, long finish, Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2005
The aroma is butter and lemons. The flavor is absent of alcohol and corn which is indeed odd for the style. Its kind of citrusy with some lemons present. Extremely smooth and maybe the best malt likka Ive had to date.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle at Oakwood High School, Rotherham 22/02/2003
Clear golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy. Creamy finish. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
From a 1pt. 9oz. brown bottle with a best before on the front label, 31/05/06. Made an impressive appearance, poured an clear pale straw golden with a foamy, billowing white head that slowly settle into a clingy, foamy, thin pancake-like lacing, good carbonation. Had a grainy alcohol nose with some floral hoppiness and some faint grassiness. A crisp, biting coarse mouth feel, above average drinkability. Lager husky grainy and lemon grass hoppy taste with a little floral hoppiness, a mild bitterness, some alcohol warmth on the tongue and a crisp, sweet grainy malty finish.
I admit, I like the lagers I’ve had from Baltika, they are not world beaters, but they are decent, affordable lagers, well worth trying.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2007
A plesent surprise for the price. Pours sparkling medium yellow. Complex aroma, cookies, flowers, with leather and apple esters. Flavor starts balanced twards sweet, nice malt flavor, apple overtones, and peppery. Light to medium bodied, watery and creamy, softly carbonated. Caterwaul (51) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2013
This is the kind of beer that I REALLY shouldn’t like, but there’s just no helping me sometimes; this tastes just fine to me. Tastes and smells like honey kvass with hops added. It finishes a bit like a bourbon whisky; corny, grainy and a little woody- bracing, but it invites you back in. Nearly amber in color- looks like cheap maple syrup straight from the microwave. This is what I buy when I want to get VERY drunk VERY quickly and not have too much to complain about as far as taste (it’s a little like drinking a loaf of bread, soggy with hard liquor). It warms you up like no other. Gotta be good for that Russian winter.
MohaBeer (284) - Lima, PERU - JUN 24, 2016
Dorado con transparencia, buena espuma y retención. Malta maltoso moderado, diacetilo, lúpulo especiado moderado, licorosa. En boca malta maltoso moderado-moderado alto, lúpulo especiado moderado, fenoles a pimienta blanca, vainilla, tibieza alcohólica, ésteres a frutos secos, lúpulo de amargor bajo-nulo. Final maltoso prolongado con cuerpo y carbonatación regular.