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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 Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured with a huge 4+ finger head for which I'm waiting to settle. Body is a clear, rich amber orange; head is pillowy and ivory in color with a slight orange cast. It looks pretty interesting and, actually, pretty tasty, but it doesn't really look like a dark lager.

Smell: big, sweet malt aroma. Caramelly with hints of a dark fruitiness. Quite enjoyable; better than I was anticipating.

Taste: more of what you get in the aroma. Rich caramel malt with some subtle, sweet dark fruit flavors. There is a little bitterness toward the end but the hops aren't the center of attention here. I might also note that there's a bit of a bite at the top of the sip; something lightly acidic. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a very good level of carbonation. Pretty darn creamy ... I like it a lot.

Drinkability: this beer is better than I was anticipating. I rather like the flavor, feel and smell of this beer; it might have to go into rotation around here.

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.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste is of malts, caramel, hops, slightly sweet, good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality brew.

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clear copper, which confused me as it is dark lager? The head is a very light tan that fades quickly but surprisingly leaves thin but full lacing.

The aroma is light with a touch of skunk but some sweet fruit like apricot.

The taste is ok a light as well. There is lots of dark sugar and apricots in taste as well, but that's it.

The feel is way to light for me, mostly water.

Overall, the beer is ok but nothing like I thought it would taste with the name dark lager. Its more like a light ale.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Russian beer, so here goes.... The freshness date on the back says 30.05.06 24KW. I hope its May 30, 2006 and not June 30, 2005. Either way it's past its expiration date, so I guess that's why the bottle was on sale.

Served in a pint glass, it pours a cloudy brown/orange color with an off-white fluffy head. I can only smell caramel and bready malts, not much else since the aroma isn't strong. It tastes the same way to me, like caramel and malt. It finishes slightly bitter, but the aftertaste doesn't linger for too long. The mouthfeel is slick, with a light/medium body. It is relatively easy to drink, with not too much carbonation. It's an OK beer, I guess. Nothing impressive, but it's not awful either. One day I'll have to try a fresher bottle of this. I'd drink this again, but I don't think this will become a regular beer for me.

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

Baltika #4, the original, a must tick. This one pours a medium bodied, light amber in color with ruby highlights. A scummy off white head laced the glass. It smells of sweet malts and kind of has a chocolate malt, like Ovaltine, aspect to it. I didn't quite expect that, so all in all in smells appealing. The flavor is very sweet and on the verge of syrupy. It's all malt and actually tastes like a Scottish/Wee Heavy. It's lightly nutty has a lot of sweet fruit going on. It's very interesting and much better than I thought it would be. It is very sweet though. It drinks between light and medium in body and is a really smooth drinker. Overall it's a solid brew and exceeded my expectations.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark ruby color with a nice 1 finger creamy tan head. Foam sticks to the glass with ease.

Not a very appealing nose-burnt raisins come to mind. Slightly sweet toast aroma. A pretty strong smelling lager, but not so delectable.

Overly sweet and toasty taste for me. Kind of acrid and cardboard-y. Some hoodlum unfermented sugars crept up and stole the rims of this civic. Not very tasty, but certainly not a drain pour either. I like the other 3 Baltikas I've had better (8,9 and 6). The dark fruitiness is too prevalent for a lager, IMO. Get rid of some of that sweetness and they may have something.

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

Deep amber with red highlights. Great clarity. Poor head retention.

Moderately-low roast and caramel aromas are in the forefront. I get no hops and a hint of yeast fruitiness.

Fairly crisp with moderate sweetness. Moderate caramel flavours come through as well. A light bitterness is present in the finish but the balance is decidedly sweet.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable to the style.

A sweet lager which I don't find incredibly pleasant to drink. It hits pretty much all the marks for the style though and is a decent representation of what it should be.

Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just came in at Lowertown Liquors with a brand new label, so I figured what the hell its got to be fresher then other times I've tried it. Crystal clear fiery orange color with a big foamy capping of froth thats abundently stacked and creamy with bumpy pocks and holes in it. Lacing is sticky and well distributed in thick foamy curtains.

Aroma is dry and plain with light roasted grain, super dry caramel sweetness, and a very light dry grassyness.

Taste is actually, and surprisingly, pretty good. Nice well rounded sweetness of light caramel malt. Clean and favorable notings of dryer caramel and whole grain toast. Keeps sweet with a low ended darkness about its nature with tiny slivers of molasses and dark fruity candy. Finish is a bit sticky with left over caramel and a light hint to some dry woodish hops.

Feel is clean and creamy within a medium sticky malt laden body. Not too sweet, it seems to fit just right for what it is. Which is pretty good all around in flavor, body, and drinkability. Just sweet enough with just the right amount of light dryness. A very nice little dark lager. Much better from other times I've ventured to try it. By far the best sample yet; helps to get it fresh. Well as fresh as it can get being from the otherside of the earth.

Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
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 champ103
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby/red color. A foamy two finger head forms to leave some lace as it gently recedes.
S: Toasted malt with some buttery and nutty aromas. Plenty of sweet caramel malt as well. A pleasant and soft aroma.
T: Lots of toasted malt again, and sweet caramel. A bit earthy and hardy for a lager. I like it a lot. MMM, malt.
M/D: Feels good on the tongue. Creamy and rich. A hardy beer, but one I could session without a problem.

Not a lot of depth, but a delicious beer and satisfying drink. Everything about this beer works together well. Recommended.

Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a slightly clouded coppery-red with an unimpressive head that fades a bit quickly but does leave some lacing, albeit quite thin.
The aroma is of malts, notes of dark fruits, and a light note of caramelized sugars with an alcoholic tinge and an unexpected astringency.
The caramel malt is stronger in the flavor, making for a sturdy base. The caramelized sugars and ripe fruits make for perhaps an overdone sweetness. Hops fade in and out and are stronger in the aftertaste and don't provide an especially good balance. The astringency I found in the nose remains in the flavor, fortunately to a lesser degree.
There's a good balance of crispness and smoothness is a well-rounded mouthfeel complimented by a carbonation that's just the right level in a medium to full body.

Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is a pretty, light brown in color. It’s almost orangish when held up to the light and gave off a good, moderate head.

Smell – The darkish malts show off a bit of complexity here. The toast is light with some sticky caramel and maybe a dab of molasses to go along for the ride. There’s a doughy aroma here as well.

Taste – Ah, all the complexities from the nose made their way nicely to the taste. This is not a heavy-hitting Dark Lager, but it’s very tasty and dead-on for the style. The finish is bittersweet with hints of toffee.

Mouthfeel – This one isn’t quite medium-bodied, but it does show off some pretty serious bitterness that gives this lager a drying finish.

Drinkability – This was on the lighter side of the EDLs that I’ve had, but it was very tasty and made for a great mid-afternoon snack.

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddy bronze kind of colour, transparent with a very slight bead. Head is decent but doesn't really stick around. Produces very nice lacing. A very appealing-looking drop, but I wouldn't exactly call it 'dark'.

Very sticky and jammy on the nose, with a strong raisin undertone and hints of oak and blackcurrant. Virtually one aroma, although there is a modest, very modest hop hit at the back, but it's more malty than anything else.

Surprisingly refreshing although there is that deep, sticky flavour of spicy raisins on the mid-palate. I think it's just too cold. Waiting for it to warm up now... Still waiting.... Okay, slightly sour on the front, very fruity, with overtones of burnt toffee throughout. Hint of artificial lemon flavour towards the back, like those lemon sherbet lollies (without the sherbet). The dominant flavour though, is that toffee, raisin character. Very heavy for breakfast. Very sweet and heavy, but very good in the mouthfeel. I'd rather have this in my mouth than Saddam's cock. Not all that drinkable this early in the morning, but that's my fucking fault for drinking it this early in the morning.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of dcmchew
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

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

A - poured dark honey brown with red hues in a glass tumbler, fluffy bubbly head that leaves no traces after a few minutes

S - very strong maltiness with fruity overtone, reminiscent of raisins and prunes

T - sweet maltiness, nearly overpowering the fruity floral notes. Leaves a distinct malty aftertaste.

M - medium/light bodied, very light carbonation. Washes over the palate almost like water.

D - not bad, the light carbonation and medium body allows for decent drinkability, yet the chewiness and sticky malt feel may hinder some

Overall - this is a beer that is definitely worth a try. I got mine for less than $2 a bottle (a decent sized bottle too). It has the characteristic Baltika maltiness but even more so, since this is a darker version. Not for everyone, but those who like Baltika will enjoy it.

Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour into my pint produces a .75" off white head that gradually recedes. The beer is a slightly hazy, rich, reddish amber in color.

smell: Up front is a banana scent...banana pudding, overripe bananas, and banana bread. Some caramel-like malty sweetness too. A light spicy hop aroma way in the back. The banana like flavors dominate...I am assuming they are some type of ester from the yeast used.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just over medium.The body is around medium, and has a sort of slick feeling in the back that I don't care for in a lager like this.

taste: Yeasty, banana like esters up front again. Moderately sweet maltiness. Hints of molasses at times. Not any hop flavor evident to me, and a light bitterness that lingers into the finish with banana flavors. Smells and tastes pretty yeasty for a lager...there's even yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

drinkability: It's not a bad beer, but nothing great, and the mouthfeel further limits drinkability.

Received from Zorro in BCG BIF. A best before date of 31.03.06 is printed on the reverse label.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baltika #4 is dark brown in color with an above average-sized, light brown head. Retention is pretty good. The aroma is of dark caramel malts, very German in smell, but not as powerful as it could be. The taste is also very German-like. Very full and malty. Caramel and bready tastes with some sugary sweetness. This definently isn't a typical generic dark euro lager, there is plenty of ease in drinkability without sacrifice of flavor.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a large head, fading to a small layer.
Nose shows some chocolate malt, with lots of bready and nutty notes. No hops stand out.
Flavours are more of the same, with very sweet bready and nutty malt. Too sweet, in fact - once you add in the noticeable alcohol it becomes cloying.
Carbonation is too low, and lets the sweetness run rampant.

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

This beer pours a clear watery dark amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and hints of chocolate. It is a pleasant aroma. The taste is much like the aroma. It lacks any sort of complexity, but is mildly interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation that is a little too low. Overall, this is a decent beer that I could drink again.

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