Baltika #4 Original (Dark)
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European Dark Lager
Ranked #88
Ranked #46,879
3.4 | pDev: 14.12%
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
Baltika #4 Original (Dark)Baltika #4 Original (Dark)
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a light brownish color with a ruby red highlight color. Upon pouring the brew has a one finger head of off-white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew a biggest of a mix of roastiness and graininess coupled with a rather decent showing of caramel, cherry, and plum. Along with these smells comes a little bit of molasses and a touch of toast. Overall, the smell is dark, sweet, and roasty. Very inviting!!
Taste – The taste begins with a nice blend of lightly toasted bready malt and sweet caramel and molasses. These tastes are present throughout the flavor profile and create a nice balanced base flavor for the brew. Upfront there is also a little bit of a toasted and char taste, which seem to lessen as the taste moves forward. At the same time the molasses also drops out, but is replaced by some cherry and raisin tastes, maintaining the sweetness level, if not enhancing it a tiny bit. At the very end there is a touch of a hay like flavor that comes to the tongue and with the rest leaves on with a nice, slightly sweeter, lightly roasty, and very balanced taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average to slightly thicker for a brew of its abv., with a carbonation level that is average. Overall the feel is great for accentuating the sweet and roast and makes this brew a slower sipper with lots of flavor all while only at 5.6 % abv.!
Overall – A very nice, approachable, slightly sweeter, but very balanced dark lager. Very well done!

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Photo of mj24053
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty. Caramel taste. Reminds me some of a German dunkel. First taste is pretty good, aftertaste not so much. Medium to low carbonation. Good, solid. Would drink it again, but not go out of my way to get it.

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mj24053 from North Carolina, Nov 21, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
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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briandschorr from North Carolina, Aug 28, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
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 -11.2%
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 +15.6%
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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monkist from Hungary, Jul 25, 2017
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3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
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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DoktorEd from California, Mar 26, 2017
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3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
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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sokol_1993 from California, Aug 22, 2016
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3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Jun 09, 2016
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4/5  rDev +17.6%
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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ordybill from Georgia, Feb 27, 2016
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3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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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MacMalt from New Jersey, Jan 02, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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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stevoj from Idaho, Dec 31, 2015
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +17.6%
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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Foyle from North Carolina, Nov 11, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Anacross from Washington, Sep 12, 2015
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3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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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blackcompg from Illinois, Aug 08, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Andrewharemza from Australia, Jul 12, 2015
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3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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 -6.5%
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 +21.8%
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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Scepter from Texas, Apr 17, 2015
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3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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 -47.6%
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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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Feb 08, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev +10.9%

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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avwrite from California, Oct 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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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pat61 from Minnesota, Sep 19, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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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superspak from Michigan, Aug 14, 2014
Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
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