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Baltika #5

This #5 is also a light beer. Not at all like the #6, which is my favorite sipping beer. Density is at 13%, alcohol content is 6%. Sold in 1/2 liter bottles. This beer is a little heavier than Yaroslavl Original, with a bit more richness in the flavor. It is not nearly as rich as Baltika #6..A good light beer again. Somehow this beer has a rich flavor without being dark. It has been my experience in the Ohio area, especially the Northeast part, that the best beer there tends to be from the micro-breweries. These beers are the closest to what I am experiencing here in bottles and cans. Too bad the large companies can't make a good canned & bottled beer in the USA. I think they are more concerned with marketing than the quality of their product. I for one will not buy into that garbage. 

Testing beer at night, daytime interviewing ladies. Not bad.

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Baltika #4

Tried the #4 variety last night, this is also a dark beer. The bottle and label look exactly like the #6, but this dark beer is a bit lighter than the #6. Good flavor, really about the same as #6, just a bit lighter. Density is 15%, alcohol content is 5.6%. Higher density than #5, which is at 13% with just a bit less alcohol content. You remember #5 is a light beer. I generally prefer the dark varieties, more rich & flavorful. This particular flavor is made in St. Pete.

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Baltika #3

This is a very light beer. Same dark bottle, blue labels. Alcohol content is at 4.8%, density is at 12%. I tend to like darker, full beers with higher densities. This beer does not have much flavor. Reminds me of the light American beers, almost, but not quite that bad. Probably OK for light beer drinkers. Not as filling. I'll take #6.

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Botchkarev

As far as I know, there are at least 3 different flavors of this beer. I have the dark bottle with green labels. Alcohol content is 5.5%, density 12%. This is a light beer, but much better tasting than Baltika #3. Good beer flavor, not too bitter. This variety is made in St. Pete. As a bonus, there is a love story printed on the back of the bottle. The love story translates into something like this:

"A man meets a woman, she tells him she likes him. He decides to ask her out on a date, she agrees and he is to call her in a few days. Our guy is so excited, he goes to the local pub to tell his friends about his new girl friend. He of course buys two Botchkalevs. His friend and he have a beer together."

I don't know if this is a continuing story or not. I'll buy some more later to see how the story turns out, if it does continue. This beer is good enough to take a chance.

 The story is on the back label, with the yellow background. 
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Alivaria

Nice light beer made in Minsk. Alcohol is at 5.1%, density is 12%. Nice full flavor for a light beer. Better than many other light beers in my opinion. Guess what. Priced at about 26 cents for a 1/2 liter, this beer costs about half as much as Baltika. 
What a deal.
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Bochka

Bochka is the Russian word for "barrel." If you see a fat woman walking on the street, call her a Bochka..Then..Run For Your Life.

This is a nice dark beer full of flavor. Made in Kaluga Russia, about 100 KM from Moscow, brewed since 1875. Alcohol content is 5%, density is 12%. This beer has won many awards. Not surprising as it has a full, rich flavor, but not too heavy. Priced about the same as the Baltica products, this is a fine beer worth a try.
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Windmill

This is a light beer, alcohol content is at 4.6%. Density is 11%. Nice flavor, not as rich as some of the other light beers, but nice. Perhaps I'll have a few tonight, see if I can learn to pronounce the name in Russian.
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Ovolone

This is a great Ukranian beer, dark, full of flavor. This beer rivals my favorite Baltika #6. Alcohol content at 5% density at 14%. This beer has a great flavor, very rich. If you like dark beer, do give this product a try. Priced about the same as Baltika products.
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OLIVERIA

Our Good Friend Eric..
Got Back From Vitebsk..
Sent His Beer Review..
Plus Photo.
Thanks Eric!
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Finally got a chance to write this, and remembered it.

For the record, beer is not my forte.
I enjoy American Budweiser for the Clydesdales,
and original Bud I can tolerate.

Light beer I find atrocious. 

That said, I would recommend....

Oliveria Porter (bottle pictured)

Nice deep dark beer, nice heavy taste as I believe a beer should be.
Possibly similar to the Baltica Number 6 Greg described.

Available at the corner market in Vitbesk close to the hotel.
Couldn't locate a Baltica 6 to compare it too.

Brought home 2 bottles to Bennett Iowa.
Wish I had brought more. 

Have a good day,
Eric
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