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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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391 Ratings

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002)
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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium umber brown, with a small white head leaving no lacing.

S: Sweet malt, bread, sugar, gingerbread, Rapadura.

T: Very sweet, a contrast to the usually dryer Munich dark lagers which this style is based on. Light molasses and brown sugar round out the flavour, some caramel, that really is the main flavour, tasty, but just so darn sweet at times.

M: Light absolutely, but at times gets very cloying from all the residual sugars in this beer, low in carbonation.

D: An interesting Dark Lager, a good buy at $1.99 a bottle, definitely drinkable, candy in a glass.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Russian beer obtained on a trip to Antwerp. Best before 7th July 2010, drank 19th May 2010. The brown 500ml bottle was poured into a Westmalle Chalice and a La Chouffe tulip.

Clear red/brown colour, white head, thinning quicker than most and leaving a collar only.

Sweet molasses, toffee and caramel came to mind when smelling this beer, a litle too sweet for me.

The flavours were very close to the smells, molasses, toffee and caramel, again too sweet in my eyes.

I thought the body a bit weak and a little like a sugar water because of the sweetness encounted from the first impression the beer gave.

Didn't really enjoy the experience, should of spend my Euro's on a Belgian beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear garnet red to medium brown in color. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Sweet malt aromas with just a hint of something metallic.

T: Lots of sweet malt flavors, possibly caramel, with some subtle hints of pepper/spice.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is not a great beer and that is unfortunate because Baltika makes some decent beers. I am unlikely to buy this beer again. The best part of this beer is the appearance.

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know that I strike many people on this site as being insane, but there actually is a method to my madness. In this case, I want to review all of the numbered Baltika beers and this brings me just that much closer to my goal. Prosit!

My pour produced over two fingers worth of fizzing mocha-colored head with surprisingly decent retention. Underneath the head was a glass of burnt orangish-amber beer with NE-plus quality clarity. BUPGOO! Bringing the glass up to my sniffer, it evinced a nutty, chocolaty odor and I was primed! Mouthfeel was medium and it had a grainy, nutty, chocolaty taste in my mouth, like a chocolate-covered granola bar. Boy howdy, after having sifted through CAN after CAN of AALs, this was a welcome change of pace. I have never felt ripped off after drinking a Baltika beer, even if it was not all that great, given their relatively low price point. Finish continued with that same nutty chocolate flavor and I found myself wishing that I had another bottle. Good stuff.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Billolick
2.45/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Largish bottle, pours dull cloudy brown, unsightly largish bubble quickly deoparting head, next to no nose picked up. Pretty boring beer, sweetness picked up but minimal hops and flavor notes. Not worth the $1.49 I paid, I spilled 1/2 of this down the drain..not worth loosing the brain cells and adding girth to my belly

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Absolutely beautiful cherry red body, with a slightly filmy head of yellowish foam, riddled with pancake bubbles. Dissipates to a film with some lacing. The colour is quite beautiful though.

Very strong malty nose - lots of unprocessed molasses, malted grain, a hint of barnyard organics and a surprising note of coconut. Very rich, sweet and heavy. Possibly one of the most full on malt noses I've yet tried.

Also, just malt, malt, malt on the palate. Lightly roasted, but extremely sweet and heavy, almost to the point of insanity. There's no balance here - it's just sweet, thick, gooey, sugary, unrefined madness. Mouthfeel at least fits with the syrupy goop.

This is a pretty extreme beer as far as I'm concerned. I can't even notice any hops, just very, very sweet and malty - it clogs the throat with its insanity. Too much for more than a sip, or a drizzle over a rich and heavy dessert.

Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a .5L bottle for $1.90 in Astoria. This beer actually tastes more like a Vienna lager thanks to the spicy hop finish. The beer starts with a big caramel flavor with a toasty edge. From a corporate lager, I didn't expect much, but this had a balance from Euro pepper and lemon hops. The body is a touch thick to be really drinkable, but I'd have a few.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drink by date of 5/25/2012

A: Pours a clear ruby/brown/caramel color with a two finger tan head on top. The head is rather thick upon pouring, but quickly reduces to a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S: Not a whole lot going on. There is some caramel and some candied fruit, but rather hard to pick anything specific out.

T: Light in caramel than the nose indicated and much sweeter. Its not overly sweet, but certainly on the heavy side, and candied fruit/sugar at that. Has a slightly metallic finish to it.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Rather slick and creamy.

O: Besides the slightly metallic finish, nothing bad about this beer, but nothing stands out either. Hard to review it since this style does not have a description.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to witbier for this 500 mL bottle.

A: The lager is a watered-down caramel color, a tawny color that shows off lots of red highlights. A sizeable head emerges on pour but the slight tan foam does not linger.

S: The nose is nondescript, a mere kiss of caramel sweetness that lacks an underlying hop presence.

T: The body of the lagerbier is quite sweet, not cloyingly so though. The caramel malts add a great deal of flavor, touches of chocolate and darker malts are also present. Grainy cereal flavors abound, vanquishing any and all traces of hops. The finish is more caramel with a sugary element.

M: The mouthfeel is enjoyable. The beer is malt-focused and doesn't fail to deliver on that front. This beer won't set the world on fire but it'll make for a good couple of hours of drinking.

D: A run of the mill dark lager, nothing stands out but nothing makes me turn away in disgust.

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!

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-deep brown color that is a little dense and has lots of tiny bubbles. The head is a nice creamy white head

S- malty aroma with a hint of apples and a bit of honey.

T- light and medium roast maltyness with good caramel honey notes and a light chocolate hint. Ends in a faint pepperyness and a fizzy finish.

M- full body with lots of fizziness and a hint of acidity from the carbonation. No hops astringency at all

D- A nice mellow all malt brew that is well built but not very interesting. There is no depth to the malt and no hops or alcohol to support it. It also had a powerful carbonation that detracted from the brew.

Photo of jdhilt
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.

Photo of John_M
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an ice tea brown color with pretty good head retention, albeit not a lot of lacing. I get some moderate brown sugar on the nose, though I have to say the aroma is pretty simple. The beer smells as if it will be light and moderately sweet, which is exactly how it tastes. There really isn't a whole lot of flavor on the palate, just some watery, straight forward, light sweet flavor. The beer is very light and watery on the palate, and the word that I think best describes this beer is boring. There's nothing wrong with this beer, but it's nothing special either, and I can't imagine why I would want to ever buy it.

The beer sort of reminds me of a dumbed down version of becks dark, which is not a particularly impressive beer to begin with. However, this beer has less flavor and is even more watery then Beck's. Not good.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky dark amber hue with a two finger caramel head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy cereal grain and some molasses.

The taste lightly sweet, grainy and slightly herbal. Similar in fact to a maerzen.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a residual sweetness.

Overall a tasty dark lager.

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark ruby red/orange with a slight, frothy tan head.

S: a light fruitiness upfront followed by caramel and chocolate aromas.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and malty, almost syrupy sweet, with sweet roasted grains, toffee, and raisin bread. Flavor wont wow nor dissapoint but decent for what it is, a euro-lager.

M: syrupy, semi-sweet and light-medium fullness with light carbonation.

D: Ok drinkability.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mohagony appearance. A thinish light bronw head adorns the top of the beer. A nice creamy looking collar accentuates. Lacing is spotty. The nose is a pleasureland of carmelized malts, toffee, molasses and rum cake. Very nice. The flavor doesn't live up to the nose, but is good nonetheless....just a tad bit watered down. I get carmelized malt, brown sugar, bitterness (roasted malt and hop attributed I believe) and toasted malt. A nice comination overall. Mouthfeel is creamy, body is about medium. A very respectable Russian dunkel. Damn, this is the second beer I've tried from this brewery I like. Time to get some more.

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

Sort of a chestnut colour, a bit translucent, slightly chill hazed. The beige cap fell after a few minutes to a lingering collar. Not much in the way of lacing. Aromas of cereal grain, barley husk, caramel, and a kiss of hops. Malty, grainy sweetness with a little buttery toffee and chocolate adding some depth. Bitterness was low, but still present, and hop flavour was just noticeable in the finish. Lingering sugary caramel with light bitterness. Lightish body with average carbonation, some residual sugar. Decent, but fairly average.

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

Ah what the hell, its a Russian Lager Day.
I wish I had read the side of the bottle before I purchased this as this bottle expired in February.
Pours a slightly hazy deep reddish copper brown color with a decent beige head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lace. Smells of caramel molasses and brown sugar with hints of corn and grain deep underneath. Very little hop presence but hints of earthy floral hops. Sweet caramel toffee and molasses flavor, almost a bit too sweet. Little to no hop taste whatsoever. Crisp carbonic acid is the only thing keeping this from being overly cloying. Medium body with a sweet slick mouthfeel. Despite the fact that this is an old bottle I actually kind of enjoyed it. I wonder if a fresher bottle might have more hops to counter the sweetness. Further research is surely warranted.

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
78 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.