Baltika #4 Original (Dark) - Baltika Breweries

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408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

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Ratings: 408 | Reviews: 274
Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It´s a nice dark lager, complex and a little bit sweet.

Photo of Albianfire
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look: clear copper with slightly ruby hue. Effervescent but with only half a finger head.

Smell: Both my girlfriend and I came up with the same descriptor - lake water. Maybe that is what others are referring to as mineral like. It was not a pleasant aroma to us. No hop aroma which is fitting for the style.

Taste: Malty, biscuit, slightly salty, no noticeable hop presence, some alcohol sweetness. I found it quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: light to medium. It is slightly watery but the malt holds it up. Good carbonation. Not too biting but not flat and dull.

Overall: I bought this in a pint bottle for 2.50 at HEB grocery store. For the price it is a good beer. It is not going to knock your socks off but it is refreshing. I will buy it again.

Photo of Scepter
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Baltika 4 seems under-rated on this site. It's one of the best beers in Russia. While Russians will tell you 9 is best, personally I like 4 the best with a dark color, smell and overall great Dark Lagar.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a seidel mug.

A - Pours a clear ruby-brown with a three-finger off white head. Patches of lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of roasted malts, caramel, pumpernickel, and candied dextrin sweetness.

T - Sugary caramel malts forward. Nutty, with some toasted oat flavor coming out in the mid-palate. Generic dextrin sweetness at first but turns into more of a dark fruit note as it warms. Just a hint of earthy hop in the finish, but to call it "balancing" would be going overboard. Not complex, but I did enjoy the taste and the flavors are rich for the ABV.

M - Decently full body for a lager. Medium carbonation. Clean finish.

O - I can see flaws here, but there was something about the way that this all came together that I dug. The simpler flavor did wear out it's welcome by the end of the bottle. But overall quite good. I would have to be in the mood, but would likely buy again.

Photo of brother_rebus
2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Nothing good comes from a plastic liter bottle.

Photo of dacrza1
1.78/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

DATE TASTED: February 7, 2015... GLASSWARE: Baltika stange... OCCASION: A pinewood derby/violin recital/quiz bowl triple play--quite a day!... APPEARANCE: this beer is heard before it is seen, with a sizzling fizzle that quiets to an iced tea head of inconsistent bubbles; dark amber translucent body that holds steady effervescent; weak, spotty lacing... AROMA: caramel syrup is clearly present; pitchy, sweet malts are unbalanced by any hop aromas... PALATE: rather thin, watery mouthfeel that moves swiftly to the throat--akin to a sugarless iced tea...TASTE: mildly sweet, with faint caramel; a pungent finish, with awkward, cloying unbalanced corn maltiness--were are the hops? ...OVERALL: a slightly alcoholic, corny, malty, syrupy attempt at a dunkel...what’s not to like? not much...slightly enjoyable ...

Photo of Olegophren
4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice and dense dark beer from Russia. Recommend this one

Photo of avwrite
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%

Didn't have much expectation, but surprisingly good. Very smooth going down, nice dark, brown color and relatively low on carbonation. I sensed a bit of chocolate and slight bitterness. Overall, I'd buy this again at my local deli.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Malty nose with green apple and caramel, no hops, not a lot of roast, a little floral
Brilliant deep dark amber, tan to off-white head
Dry palate, malt flavors with a little chocolate on the finish.
medium body with low to medium carbonation, probably a little old.

Photo of Igormatos
3/5  rDev -11%

Nothing special.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 6/25/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, raisin, plum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, raisin, plum, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with very good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean lager flavors as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice dunkel lager style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml brown bottle. Production date: 7/12/2013. Best before date: 7/12/2014 (oh, oh).

A: Pours a clear dark amber/light brown with a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Caramel malts, slight roast, earthy and yeasty.

T: Dried raisins and figs, light caramel, mildly sweet malts, aged wood.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. Finishes with caramel malts and yeast.

O: Won't be having this again. Although I did drink this after the best before date.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Assi Plaza in Atlanta, GA.

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a lovely, translucent, dark brown. Nice, inch-high head faded to a thin but sturdy head that lasted the entire session. Decent lacing.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Smells of deep malt, barley and a slight smokiness. Also, nice hints of marshmallow and caramel.

Taste 3.5: Front is slightly sweet, but balanced. Middle is somewhat dry, but is balanced by very pleasant and semi-sweet waves of barley malt and hints of caramel. Finish is smooth, light and refreshing with tastes of dark brown sugar, grains and a very slight hoppiness. Aftertaste is very nice: dry, balanced with a final taste of barley.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Clean, balanced...great complement to the brew.

Overall 3.75: A surprise and a good beer. Would be a great complement to almost any food. While a bit on the sweet side, it is smooth and balanced. Definitely worth a try if you find it.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a nice buff, creamy head that falls to a creamy ring that persists. no significant lacing. Color is reddish dark brown and filtered clarity. Aroma is caramelized malts, molasses, honey graham crackers with a slight wisp of spicy hops. Flavor is malty and sweet but not as sweet as the nose implies. No discernible hops on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky. Overall, a decent quaff that is worthy of repeating.

Photo of BWED
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Pours a dark amber/chestnut hue, with some good light shining through. Bubbly tan head doesn't stay around very much.

S- Big caramel aroma, with some sweet bready malt. No hop character around. It's a bit of a fake, cheap aroma. Like all extract and no grain.

T- Caramel, with a mild hop character to cut the sweetness, but not by much.

M- A little syrupy. Fizzy carbonation makes the thicker body more palatable, and the finish is sweet.

O- Okay. Really, better than I was expecting, but still cheap tasting and syrupy.

Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown reddish color with a thick off-white head with medium retention.
Malty and grainy aroma with good caramel notes.
Nice bready malt flavor with some peppery yeasty and earthy notes. Hints of caramel, rum, lemon and herbs. Mildly dry with a low bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
This the most balanced of the Baltikas, likely the best one along with number 6. But it is good, not great. If you like caramel beers, this may be your choice.

Photo of puboflyons
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the bottle stamped: 02:08:12-08:48-02:08:13-O-W. Sampled on June 22, 2013. I think the stamp suggests this is past its expiration date by about 4 months.

The pour is a dark reddish-amber with a short-lived head that dissipates into nothing. Busy carbonation.

The aroma is full of sweet malts, vanilla, and brown sugar with a nearly absent hop sensation.

The body is fairly smooth and in the medium range.

The sweetness is prevalent in the flavor at first with a quick hint of low bitterness at the end. It seems to fit into the style well enough but there is nothing extraordinary about it. Easy to drink though.

Photo of SteveTheDog
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think this is a very middle of the pack output from Baltika. The color looked great & inviting progressing from a dark brown to dark yellow. There was a hint of sweetness to the smell that wasnt supported by the taste. The finish reminded me of caramel both in taste & in sucking it off the sides of my mouth. I think in the future I'll stick with #6 if I can, but this wouldn't be the worst 3rd choice.

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.1/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

#9 comes in an interesting shaped bottle and that is the best thing about this beer.
It is a dark, iced tea color beer. The head faded fast and no lacing on the glass.

The smell is of toasted malts, but not that pleasant.

Taste- Overly sweet toasted malts with a some dull hops in the finish.

Little carbonation and almost flat mouth.

Overall, this stuff is dreadful. I had a rough time of it finishing the 16.9 ounce bottle.

Makes me glad I do not live in Russia.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/13/12. Best before 10/13/13.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a toasted bread flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors and one of the better Baltika beers in my opinion.

Photo of kvnstfrd
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a 12 oz.mug.
Pours a crystal clear, medium brown; the color of strong pekoe tea. Sweet smells of warm pumpernickel, waffles. Taste is toasty with definite notes of rye/pumpernickel. Sweet caramel and toffee on the swallow. Medium body. Smell of rye malt really picks up as it warms a bit. This is an awesome beer!

Photo of pkalix
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my first russian!! prefer blondes, but she'll do...
pours a clear light brown with a slight creamy head on top.
smells like a dark hofbrau or something; apparently they get their malts from munich?? sweet and caramel-y.
tastes like a dark hofbrau, with the same kind of malts, but with a dark, sinister bite which i think i like.
it's got a medium density feel to it, seems like an almost generic beer (but with a nice accent), and it makes me want to try others from Baltika. i've got an open mind, i think russian women are hot, so i might as well try some more of these, right?
Carlsberg bought Baltika out? and Bev bought Budweiser out? the two superpowers have succumbed? it says the contents are (literally) water caramel, rye malt and hops. caramel? did they add caramel? and rye? i like rye.
overall, it's a really good brew. nice head, beautiful lacing, can session it (for awhile), and it makes me want to try the others in its line up. and maybe a blonde russian farm girl, too!

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear reddish-amber in color, with a modest off-white head, thin scattered lacing, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Dark bread notes, slight dark fruit, and some mild hops.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt notes, dark bread, and caramel. These tastes carry throughout the taste, and seem reminiscent of home-baked dark bread. Late in the taste, some mild herbal hops appear to bring the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, although undistinguished example of the style. Not one of the best Baltika beers, but one can easily do worse.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom half-liter brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer had a tan/light brown colour.
Smell: This beer had a light aroma of both grains and hops.
Taste: Baltika #4 had a mellow dark beer taste. Very smooth.
Mouthfeel: The amount of carbonation within Baltika#4 is correct. Not too strong, yet not too weak!

Overall: Grains and hops could be tasted in this beer. Baltika #4 is a practical dark beer. The taste does not seek to overpower anybody. Baltika #4 has the dark beer flavour without any harshness. There are no rough edges with Baltika#4. Baltika #4 is a mellow dark beer that is easy to drink.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown with a an off white head with a light orange tan tint. It is little weak as far as size settles to less less than 1/8" without sipping.

Smell: Heavy malt scent, disapears quick though and that's why I am not rating it higher.

Taste: Like the smell Heavy malt and lightly bitter. Like brown sugar or molasses collaberated with the right touch of hops.

Mouth: Not exactly smooth but it's sweet after-taste is something just a little different from the rest.

Overall: Very good beer, I just have two things in mind when I drink it. If it is best suited for after dinner or after dessert, that is the question? Salud!

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