Baltika #4 Original (Dark) | Baltika Breweries

Baltika #4 Original (Dark)Baltika #4 Original (Dark)
BA SCORE
23.8%
Liked This Beer
3.38 w/ 442 Ratings
Baltika #4 Original (Dark)Baltika #4 Original (Dark)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,735
Reviews:
286
Ratings:
442
Liked:
105
Avg:
3.38/5
pDev:
14.5%
Alströms:
3.25
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
42
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 442 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of briandschorr
3.96/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found this beer in Wilmington, NC at Noni Bacca. Interesting. This beer could solve the problems between the US and Russia. You know, people drinking beer together. Anyway, this beer is a decent dark lager. The color is a deep copper with a dense two finger brown head with decent retention and mild lacing. The nose is nothing special but not terrible either. I got molasses, toast, raisin and an ambiguous earthiness. The taste almost follows the nose. The one element that parted ways with the nose is pepper and herbs. Medium carbonation and body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. My first from this Brewery and overall this is a decent lager.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.16/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From Decervecitas. In Bavaria hefe glass. At dinner, with nuggets + turkey steaks + york ham with cheese sandwich. Dunkelweizen wheaty remimiscences. Nice sweetness, good dose of compensating bitterness and amazing feel and drinkability. At level of their #6

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Photo of puck1225
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Light brown, no real head or lacing. Sweet malty smell and taste. The feel is a bit thin. I do like the bottle design. Not something I will buy often.

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Photo of monkist
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apple cinnamon, apple compot is what you get. Both in the nose and in the flavor. So apple-y that you are drinking it as if it was pure apple juice - and then the aftertaste is just too sweet, lacking the natural sour of the fruit juice. And it is not, of course.
This is the one though that resembles most closely of English Ales from Baltika, and which is not bad. Had 3, 4 and 9 from them so far and I might just as well say that this is their best.

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Photo of BellinghamBiker
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of sjrider
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of iamthen0ise
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RochefortChris
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very oxidized, the rating is skewed

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Photo of DoktorEd
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Griphon
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sokol_1993
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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%
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 Rick778
2.67/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 Beginner2
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.

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Photo of Kiro
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MacMalt
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +15.1%
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 MichialTanner1
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of juannmcc
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +18.3%
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 Didier
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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Beer rating: 23.8% out of 100 with 442 ratings
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