Baltika #3 Classic
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 20.07.09 in bottle
43 / 100
(Not Great)
Pours a pale golden colour with strong, vibrant carbonation frothing up a very pleasant snowy head that sinks slowly, about a finger thick, 1 minute in. Lacing is pretty slippery, but overall it's a decent, refreshing-looking lager.

Nose is quite pungent, with a lot of biscuity vanilla malt, quite sweet with a slight phenolic edge. Hints of a dusty character, some grass clippings as well, overall not all that fresh, a bit sweet for all the lagery goodness.

Taste has a similar malt underlay, with a strong and persistent biscuity malt flavour, with some other elements creeping in: anise, peppermint and a very metallic hop hit on the back. Slight tartness comes through midway. Has a bit of an off flavour towards the end, kind of like a rotten potato, which I think is just a bit of unbalance between flavours.

Feel is nice, with a pleasant tingle, although the body is overall a bit sticky. Yeah, flavours are just a bit skew-whiff and they don't taste fresh or crisp, which means this isn't all that pleasant or drinkable. It's close to being both though.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.0 | drinkability: 2.5
Baltika #3 Classic
Reviewed by Jez on 11.01.07 in bottle
28 / 100

Very pale yellow body with a quite frothy fine-bubbles white head. The head collapses after a while but leaves some decent lacing. Carbonation is subtle.

Unpleasantly metallic nose, with a large whack of yeasty bread dough. Other than that, very bland.

Very bland on the palate as well. A little ashy bitterness at the end just emphasises how bland the rest of the beer is. If this beer were a film it would be Snakes on a Plane without the texture or subplots. Mouthfeel also very limp.

Drinkable? Maybe. But only if your options are very limited.

appearance: 2.5 | aroma: 2.0 | taste: 2.0 | feel: 2.0 | drinkability: 2.0