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Baltika #4 Original (Dark) - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #4 Original (Dark)Baltika #4 Original (Dark)

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366 Ratings

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002)
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Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was tremendously impressed with this one. For those who seemed skeptical, perhaps this just wasn't for them. I, however, was greatly impressed with this one. It poured a reddish brown colour. Very red, and crystal clear. About a 12mm thick head that quickly subsided to a thin haze. At this point, I'm still expecting mediocrity, perhap something even sub-standard. I gave my glass a swirl and took a smell. WOW...malt! ..and some sweetness, and that sweetness is un-deniably caramel. BIG sweet / caramel malt smell. The taste, too, was BIG malt and sweet. A little nutiness on the finish. Very tasty! I am greatly impressed. Smooth mouthfeel. Little to none carbonation/carbonation"sting". Nice smell, good taste, just plain satisfying. Do try this out if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 05:37:29 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of far333


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored with a thick quarter inch high head of beige foam. Or is that styrofoam? It's not really moving. Just sitting there. Full aroma of sweet malts and cinnamon, some light brown sugar, and some toffee and sweet pear. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel leads to a sweet malty flavor, a little syrupy. Only the second beer I've ever called cloying. There is molasses and sweet toffee, and tingly undercurrent of hops in the finish. A strange aftertaste lingers. Can't put my finger on that flavor, but it may keep me from finishing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 04:04:07 | More by far333
Photo of Brent


3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been burned by several Russian (or insert variant former USSR entity here) beers, so I wasn't expecting too much from my first pass at this brewery. I guess my basic reaction is "not too bad." Chestnut amberish-brown, with a nice head that stayed a while. Some caramel and cane sugar in the flavor, pretty sweet but not over the top. Finish is clean. On the heavy-handed side for a lager, but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 02:45:56 | More by Brent
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark amber/ brown color with alight tan head that does not stick around for long. It has a malty sweet aroma with a hint of molasses. The first taste gives you that molasses witha hint of licorice. Followed by a more balanced maltyness with a slight hop spiceyness. Even after the distinctive flavors weaken by the middle of the bottle you are still left with a malty sweetness at the back of your tongue. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 01:01:57 | More by ybnorml
Photo of AllThingsNinja


2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This copper brown lager formed an attractive head when poured into a pint glass. There was little aroma, simple hints of grassy spices. The flavors were watery caramel, spices, and a lager yeast finish. While it wasn't impressive, this brew was quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 01:46:43 | More by AllThingsNinja
Photo of Zorro


2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Despite the name this is a very clear dark red brew. Not a Good Omen!

Smell is clean and malty with a trace of banana in it.

Tastes of molasses and yeast and malt. No hops here.

Mouthfeel is Bud.

Drinkable? NO! This is Crap! OK so this isn't OE 800 but it is BAD!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 01:17:04 | More by Zorro
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sweet malty nose. Iced tea look in the pint glass. Decent reddish hued tan head on the pour. Sweet toffee/caramel taste with a slight burnt caramel finish. A little too much on the sweet side. Medium to lighter side on the mouth. Just too sweet for me... not balenced. enough to make it better than just average.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 23:02:47 | More by frank4sail
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, magenta color, highly carbonated, with a big, beige head, rocky, puffy, putting on quite a show until it slowly shifts.
Aroma is sweet and malty, hints of toffee and cocoa.
As for taste, sweetness starts off right away and never droops, becoming more caramelly throughout, though the body is very light. Texture is minimal, finish is tidy. Ends dryly in the mouth. Not a bad little dunkel lager at all, better than some for sure.
Surprisingly, I found that I hadn't had this yet, and chose it to accompany Ukrainian meatballs at Karmancyk's Russian Deli in NordEast Minneapolis for lunch today, and they met each other well.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 05:55:36 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Hex92


3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A tasty beer that probably is better than my rating indicates. Nice malty flavor and smells pretty good. Goes down smooth with a nice aftertaste. Its weird that I can't come up with more to describe it. Its good, but nothing really stands out. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 02:09:20 | More by Hex92
Photo of cerevisiaephilus


4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice red color, persistent head. Beautiful Munich malt notes in the nose. Light Munich malt flavor up front, creamy smooth mouthfeel, strong Munich malt finish. Really nice use of Munich malts through and through. Maybe they're crystal malts though...or in addition...either way, good use of them.

Very drinkable, will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 05:07:02 | More by cerevisiaephilus
Photo of jlervine


3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark copper brown with a slightly off-white head that stuck around for quite a ways into the glass. Smell is of caramel and toasted malts, hint of noble hops in the aroma, too. Taste is flat and unimpressive compared to the appearance and aroma. Big let-down. Bit of hops to lead things off, then when you expect the caramel and toasted malt flavors, you get a big hole filled with a vague malt flavor that never truly develops to its potential. Finishes off with a nice hop aftertaste, kinda like a bite, but more of a slow gnawing instead. Mouthfeel is alright, medium bodied. Very drinkable, but not too interesting to keep ordering round after round.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 22:04:25 | More by jlervine
Photo of genaro


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika #4 was a dark copper/red color. There was a big frothy head and some decent lace. It had a nice caramelly aroma with some hop bouquet. The taste was sweet and malty (caramel and a hint of molasses) with some hop bite. The finish was dry and slightly bitter. A pretty good, well-balanced beer with a bit of complexity to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 01:14:05 | More by genaro
Photo of DESTRO


3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep runby copper, quite nice but the head immediatly is killed and thats a bummer. smells lightly sweet (hint of caramel) and malty. malty in the mouth, semi sweet, a little toffee, light hop profile....rather subdued. a bit thin in the mouth, watery. it is drinkable though...im not very picky, when i want a beer i want a beer and this would do fine.

$1.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 06:57:45 | More by DESTRO
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-fingered off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a little lace. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Nice clear, deep amber. Nose is slightly malty. Starts smooth, malty and strong plum/raisin flavor, finishes smooth with hints of plum. A very good dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 23:30:14 | More by jdhilt
Photo of rkhaze


3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy amber color with red hues. Foamy beige head. No lacing. Basic, but nice aroma of sweet toasted malt, caramel and a hint of fruit.
The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma with the addition of a smidge of chocolate and a slightly skunky, mild bitter aftertaste. Very mild flavors.
Thin to medium mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation. Not one I'd drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 00:48:32 | More by rkhaze
Photo of allboutbierge


2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally tried it after hearing about it several times.

The color of the body is a thick and murky brownish black with an off biege colored head. Aroma is fairly subdued but presents carmel like aromas. Taste is much the same with an dominant carmel flavor over the normal chocolately and coffee tastes of a porter. Typical porter tastes take a back seat. Mouthfeel is full but by no means 'chewy'. One could drink alot of these but I felt that one, maybe two would be enough for me. It left a heavy aftertaste that surely would linger on for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 07:01:39 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of BitteBier


3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, amber red color with a substantial amount of beige head fed by active carbonation. Sweet, caramely malts dominate the smell. A touch of bready yeast is present as well. Sweet from start to finish with a bit of bitterness and yeast toward the beginning. A decidedly unremarkable finish typical of many macro lagers. Mouthfeel is clean but also somewhat watered down. In terms of drinkability, this beer goes down easily, but it's probably not sufficiently interesting to find its way back into my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 01:41:57 | More by BitteBier
Photo of beergeek279


3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in the 500 mL bottle. The color is a dark amber, with a clumpy white head. The smell is a sweet dark malt. The taste is fairly sweet, with a bit of an off taste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability-wise, probably wouldn't have another.

After the excellent #6, this is a bit of a disappointment. Though not an awful beer, it's certainly not one I'd jump for.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 03:46:26 | More by beergeek279
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


2.23/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Picked up a Bottle of the Baltika #4 along with #3 and #9 offerings and decided to give them all a whirl recently. After having had the #3 yesterday I am not expecting much from the #4. But here goes:

A metric sized half-litre (500ml) brown glass bottle, labeled as 16.9 fluid ounces for the US market. Metallic gold, black and red label, with a similarly colored foil covered crown capped top third. Labeled across the middle of the label as БAЛTИKA, whilst the English wording states “Baltika Original” above, whilst “#4 – Alc. 5.6% vol. Dark Beer” is below.

Appearance: Murky dark brown color, the semblance of the tan colored head that forms during the pour, soon gets sent packing to a cold Siberian Wasteland. Not much carbonation, it soon looks like a 2 day old malt extract homebrew when it settles. No head or lacing whatsoever. Awful.

Nose: Sweet toffee, caramel and some toasted malts. Not much else!

Taste: Tastes are pretty much simple; malts, toffee, caramel. An average, rather basic profile. Reminded me of swallowing your own saliva after you eaten a couple of particularly sticky chewy home-made Toffees.

Mouthfeel: Average body no doubt helped aided by the alcohol levels and high dissolved sugars – but hindered by the lack of carbonation.

Drinkability: The rather flat, sweet, sickly doughy bread feel lends a massive off-putting dimension to the beer for me. I struggled to finish the bottle I had.

Overall: It’s very easy and not very constructive to knock a beer you don’t like – but this is just plain awful. The lack of a freshness date on the Bottle even robbed me of a chance to offer an explanation for its one-dimensional flat body and appearance. $1.69 for the Bottle, worth spending to remind me not to waste my money again.

It’s not even on the Ќяїѕтмдѕ Lїѕт for my worst enemy.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 04:56:52 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color. Small to medium head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied dunkel. Malts are sweet and fruity. Hops are very mild and a touch spicy. Its overly sweet and very one-dimensional It much better than the strong ale, but its still only just marginally drinkable. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 02:16:46 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Gusler


2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours a limpid deep mahogany color, the head impressive in size, frothy in consistency, the color a light tan with the lace a fine sheet. Nose is all malt, lightly sweet, as is the start with the top skeletal in feel. Finish is crisply acidic, the hops minimal, the aftertaste dry. Drinkable, but certainly not very impressive in any category.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 00:39:57 | More by Gusler
Photo of ADR


3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brownish and dull appearance with a low bodied head that doesn't have much to keep it from falling in on itself. Minimal lacing properties. Aroma is decent, somewhat buttery with some accent of raisin. Malt is pretty sweet, bready, but somewhat thin in in overall impression, as well as the finely carbonated body. Creamy, slightly watery, without a lot of initial distinction other than overall sweetness. De-constructs slightly with a slightly sour tea-like hop underscoring the finish. Better beginning than end to this beer, but decently average and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 15:42:38 | More by ADR
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 50cl or 16.9 Fl OZ bottle.

Poured a slightly hazy amber red with a big ecru head. The head fades fairly quickly, but the beer leaves a fair amount of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt and dough. Hints of fruit.

Tastes of slightly over caramelized malt. Slight wheat and dough. A little chewy, but lacks real body. A little overly sweet for my tastes. For a relatively lower alcohol content you can really taste the alcohol. Not all that wonderful, but not all that bad either.

Had worse, but had much, much better.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 22:09:16 | More by Loki
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is fruity with a mixture of pale and crystal malts; a bit breadlike. The taste is decent, but not great. Again there is the balance between malts, but there is an annoying amount of bread taste here. It tastes like a dark whitbread ale. The mouthfeel is alright. I would like a little more carbonation and a lighter body. It drinks fairly well. This is my first Russian brewed ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 01:25:42 | More by WesWes
Photo of granger10


2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bier was pretty good looking but when I drank it I wondered how something as dark as this could be so watery in taste. No real hoppiness at all in the nose or on the tongue. Caramel malts come through as well as some molasses. Finishes with a spicy alcohol taste. The finish is the best part of this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 16:39:53 | More by granger10
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77 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.