Baltika 7 5.4% ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager
I have never had a Dortmunder / Export Lager before. I have never poured a beer into a flute glass before. I have never had a beer that had a tab opener on the cap (see the bottom of the picture) before.
I have had a Baltika beer before, the Baltika 6, to be exact. I do have an unfair bias towards things Russian. One of my most read reviews, and a personal favorite, is the Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.
With this combination of history and novelty I proceeded to pull the tab which peeled up on the aluminum foil of the cap. A “pop” sounded from the pressurize bottle, almost like that of a champagne bottle being uncorked. While I have yet to smell or taste this beer, I’m already enjoying myself.
I took a waft of the beer, and there was the faintest hint of a skuny smell. I would hold off any criticism until my initial taste, due to the fun of the bottle opening experience. I’m not sure what, if any expectations I had with the flavor of this brew. Whatever my anticipation was, after three sips, it has not been exceeded, nor have I been disappointed. So far I can say that I’m intrigued. Each sip sparks a yearning for further investigation. As far as I’m concerned, this is high praise for a beer.
It is light and crisp, as has been said for most of the “Beers of the World Cup.” But this one has a much higher effervescence level. There is a similarity and yet, a uniqueness I can’t place. The beer is very consistent and thoroughly enjoyable, though my thoughts of calling it complex have faded. Unlike the other beers reviewed in this series, I would recommend buying one of these, and will most likely purchase another one soon.
I hope that Russia is able to beat Algeria and that Belgium either beats Korea or plays them to a draw. If these things happen, Russia will advance in the World Cup, giving me a good excuse to buy another Baltika 7.