Baltika 7

Baltika 7  5.4% ABVBaltika 7
Dortmunder / Export Lager
Baltika Breweries

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.

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