|Baltika - 5.5%|
This appears to be the Budweiser of Russia. It was everywhere and I was rather surprised to see it back home recently.
The Baltika Brewery was formed during the Soviet Union and survived to become a private business in the years after its fall. In 2008 they were snapped up by Carlsberg and they are now letting it out into the wider world. Talking to a Russian, when I was in St. Petersburg for work, he didn't rate it too highly.
But what does he know? Well as lagers go Baltika is a nice clean refreshing one. It goes nicely with spicy food doing a great job of complimenting the heat and taking the edge of it as well.
There is a slight after taste, but for once it is one that I like. Think of a clean lager crossed with a hint of honey.
Za vashe zdarovye!