Baltika #4 Original (Dark) | Baltika Breweries

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

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 282 | Ratings: 436
Photo of DoktorEd
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - A bit of a cloudy amber color, not much carbonation rising. The head on this beer was short-lived after being poured into a British pub glass.

Smell was a bit on the weak side, but with mild bready notes that weren't unpleasant.

Taste is one of the better attributes - definitely with notes of wheat, just shy of being called a Hefe. A slight hint of bitterness from roasted malt.

Although the carbonation is weak to the eye, this beer is present and pleasant. Very middle-of-the-road. Not the best that Baltika has put out, but far from the worst.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pour from a large Baltika bottle into a stout glass.
Look: reddish mahogany color. Try to poured with some head, but it dissipated after 5 seconds. Lively though, a lot of bubbling.
Smell: Quite sweet, a lot of molasses smell, quite earthy also.
Taste: again, very sweet molasses taste. Some metallic taste also. A little bit of bitterness from the roasted malt, but not that much. Little presence of hop.
Feel: light body, malty aftertaste. Quite sticky and viscous for such a low amount of ABV.

Verdict: it was actually not bad at all, and was quite enjoyable in a hot day, and is better and tastier than the US macro-brews. However, it's not really that special.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Mini Mix, Barcelona (€1.05):
This one was an okay offering from the Baltika brewery without being the best from them that I've tried thus far. There was a nice sweetness to proceedings & I quite enjoyed the sticky patches that showed with the beer thanks to the caramel malts & sugars. Overall the balance was good & it was definitely an enjoyable beer but it just didn't seem to grab me.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown with some reddish highlights. The pour creates a small white head. The aroma is wheat, caramel malt and fruit. The taste is a perfect match for the aroma. A good beer.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass. It pours amber with rose hues, a thin, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of malt, cherry, and caramel. The taste features wheat, straw, sour cherry, faint caramel, and some bitter hops at the finish. This lager is has low - medium carbonation and a relatively low ABV of 5.6%. This finish is fairly bitter and not particularly smooth. It leaves a bitter aftertaste. Overall, it isn't bad but to my palate it is too sour and bitter for a lager.

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Photo of stevoj
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely done dunkel from Russia. Picked this one up as it was listed in 1001 Beers to Try Before You Die. Nice burnt toast/dark wood aroma. Color is dark brown, but clear. Taste again is roast grains and oak barrel. Smooth, with very mild bitterness.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Ruby brown color, clear, with beige, dense foam constitute a whole.
Fine-bubble foam, long time does not change its size.
Aroma: as befits this type of beer, crazy dumb, alongside the ubiquitous caramel are even cherries.
 Taste: caramel again in a fairly large amount of cherries and plums. With the latter comes acidity to sweetness of cherries and plums. Generally, the whole fairly well balanced.
And only a slight bitterness on the finish. Saturation high, biting tongue. Alcohol retracted.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from 16.9oz bottle in pint glass. Appearance: pours a thick cream color head that drops slowly with webbed lacing. Color mostly clear amber/light brown with mild streaming carbonation. Aroma: sweet toasted barley, caramel, ripe fruit, herbals hops. Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, frothy, with a dry finish. Flavor: caramel, whole wheat bread, raisin, molasses, mild hops in the finish. Overall: very enjoyable.

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Photo of Anacross
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very enjoyable beer, creamy and smooth, nutty and caramels all over and medium to low carbonation. very well balanced and priced right where it belongs. It's worth to try for sure.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - pours 2 quick fingers of mocha head, body is a transparent deep amber color, plenty of carb rising in the body, leaves intermittent lacing.

Smell - dark fruits, toffee, fruit cake, wheat bread, brown sugar.

Taste - starts dark fruit, toffee right behind it, then slightly sweet malt and wheat bread, finishes with fruit cake crust, and light alcohol. While all of these flavors are there, they are a bit muted, slightly watered down. Flavors are aided by the lighter smooth carb.

Mouthfeel - lighter side of medium, carb is lower side of medium and very soft and smooth, leaving just the slightest dryness at the end.

Overall - it's not a bad beer, and there are some nice flavors here. If you see it, give it a try - check the date code on the label. Someone gave me this one, had 9 months on it; might be even better fresh.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, This beer is loaded with good caramel malt, light chocolate tones and a slightly roasted malt character. Very good beer really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
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. Pours deep brown with red highlights. Vienna malts are present in both aroma and flavour. Bitterness is well balanced.

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Photo of Albianfire
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Scepter
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.78/5  rDev -47.5%
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 ...

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Photo of avwrite
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of BWED
2.61/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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