After drinking my first 7 lager, I now understand why Russia is famous for its vodka and not its beer. To say I was disappointed would not be an understatement. Especially when I was looking so forward to having my first ever Russian beer.
When I poured the beer no head formed despite it looking very carbonated. Its colour immediately struck me as being remarkably similar to Canada Dry ginger ale. and it had a light floral smell. I gamely took my first swallow and immediately noticed a fizzy bite in the back of my throat during the finish. It had the typical lager taste but there wasn't anything that stands out with this beer. In fact, I had trouble finishing it.
The best thing about Baltika Breweries No. 7 was the pull tab cap. It removed the plastic cap very easily and it is a much better then twist caps. I also liked the stamped logo on the bottle. Pretty sad, when the best thing about this beer is its container.
After reading the brewer's product page, it became clear to me why I didn't like 7. I don't think I'm the target market for this premium beer. Baltika says that ""Seven" consumers are open to communication; they value everything that is aimed at development and know that they are capable of achieving more in life. And the Baltika #7 enables them to feel progressive, striving for the best and for new achievements."
Despite this marketing hype I only give Baltika Breweries 7 two burps. I'm sticking to Russian vodka in the future.
Drinking the world.
One beer at a time.