Thursday, April 19, 2012

Baltika 5 Golden Lager

The Baltika Breweries are based in St. Petersburg, Russia.

This 5.3% ABV beer pours yellow golden in color, with a tall quarter-inch of pure white foamy head.  The leaves light to medium lacing on the glass.  The aroma is golden grains, some straw, and an herbal grassiness.  The taste follows the aroma, strong on the grain, light on the straw and less herbal notes than the aroma.  It is well carbonated, but also drinks slightly creamy.  The aftertaste is reminiscent of the flavor, and pleasant.  This is a solid "medium" lager, not great, but not bad, lacking in some areas, but better than many mass-produced beers.

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