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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

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Reviews: 282 | Ratings: 436
Photo of Jdiddy
1.12/5  rDev -67%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very rarely am I so rough on a beer but this stuff is god awful. It smelled like metal so bad that I could barely get past that. There was NO substance to the beer. Very flat and no taste. If anything, it tastes like it smelled. BAD!!! It did have a decent color though.

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Photo of tigg924
1.78/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, amber in color, hazy

Smell: minerals, toffee, and grain

Taste: sweet toasted malt, grain, toffee, and tea

Mouthfeel: very sweet, light bodied, and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I find this beer to be cloyingly sweet and too malty. One is enough as the combination just does not work for me.

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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 B967ierhunter177
1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into lager glass and served at approximately 48 degrees.

A: poured a nice reddish brown color with half inch head, rapidly disappeared and left no lace

S: not sure what to think, some bready aroma and sme other notes, can't exactly tell what

T: hops, pine, plum, and a strong bitter aftertaste

M: good medium mouthfeel, along with appearance it's this beer's strong point

D: felt like it had a higher alcohol percentage than what it does, lingering finish

Not a beer to be recommended, but some may like it.

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Photo of ernie
2.01/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It used to be a very pleasant dark beer with substantial notes of rye, reminding to some of us home-made black bread... Sadly to say, quality has diminished in last two or three years and now No. 4 is another example of highly publicized crap from former USSR. There is an unpleasant tone in aroma, even more unpleasant sourness in the palate and quite a low-grade aftertaste. Stopped buying it. Not worth a try, definitely

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

#9 comes in an interesting shaped bottle and that is the best thing about this beer.
It is a dark, iced tea color beer. The head faded fast and no lacing on the glass.

The smell is of toasted malts, but not that pleasant.

Taste- Overly sweet toasted malts with a some dull hops in the finish.

Little carbonation and almost flat mouth.

Overall, this stuff is dreadful. I had a rough time of it finishing the 16.9 ounce bottle.

Makes me glad I do not live in Russia.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.14/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

500mL bottle for $2.49 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Best before 27.02.10 (guess I held on to this one a bit long). Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Medium brown brew reveals red highlights against a light. 1" of light tan head settles quickly to virtually nothing. Nose is overpowering with sweet burnt caramel. Taste is exactly the same and that's about it. Very simple and boring, pretty terrible. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, rather smooth, light carbonation. Finishes with the same burnt caramel with a bit of licorice.

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Photo of giblet
2.21/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured a nice dark amber color. 3/8" of head that settled quickly. nice steady carbonation. caramel and metalic smell. taste was not that great. kind of a metalic feel in my mouth. i was expecting a decent taste but it did not deliver.

i would pass on this one for there are many better ones to choose from.


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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
2.37/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted the day before the "best before" date.
Poured orange/amber with an off-white head that became an uneven, spotted lacing. The color was not bad - but inconsistent - It became lighter around the edges. The head/lacing had odd, uneven bumps.
The smell was thin - some caramel over a chemical-tasting aroma.
The taste was also thin - some caramel tried to find its way past the uneven butter and water. Not well-balanced. It was very malty - no hop presence. The only saving part was the hint of caramel.
Buttery caramel mixed with water was left in the mouthfeel. A bit of the alcohol came through, as the flavor was not enough to mask it.
Despite its blandness and lack of anything special, it was somewhat drinkable, but that was due more to its water qualities than beer qualities.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy brown hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

The only aroma that sticks out is smooth molasses.

Plain nutty flavor with some earthy yeast flavors. There is a bitter off-flavor, hard to put my finger on it. The finish is slowly fading light walnut flavor.

Not very enjoyable. The light flavors allowed the imperfections to stick out.

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Photo of Billolick
2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
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

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle. Baltika #4 pours out a brownish color with a small head. The aroma is sugary and nutty. Sweet molasses and nut flavor. Spices in the finish. No real hop flavors or bitterness. This is a sweet, sticky mess. The nutty flavors are nice, but the sweetness is cloying. Alcohol level is noticable and high. I became bored with this beer long before I reached the end of the half liter. Could be worse, but certainly nothing I'll ever buy again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

from notes 8/01/04

16.9 oz bottle. no freshness date noted.

Pours a dirty water brown, no real head to speak of.
Aroma is sweet, caramel, malt, yeast,

Flavor is syrupy sweet, caramel with some mild clove spice on the finish.

Too sweet for me, will not buy again

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Photo of Metal4Breakfast
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$2.50 at ABC Liquors in Ocala, FL for the 16.9 Fl. Oz. bottle. Production date: 24-04-08. Best before: 24-04-09.
A: Poured a slightly cloudy, red-hued amber into a Sam Adams glass. One finger head of large bubbles dies down quickly and then disappears completely. I am left with what could pass for a dark iced tea.
S: Very sweet... a lot less of fruits and a lot more of sweet honey. Like honey used in recipe as it warm and starts to caramelize
T: The sweet honey is there in the front but, it turns very tart going down. Something like tart apples. Maybe a cider of some type.
D: This one is a lot sweeter than I expected. Nothing wrong with a cold sweet iced tea but, this is not really what I want from a "dark lager".

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Photo of beerguy101
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color. Small to medium head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied dunkel. Malts are sweet and fruity. Hops are very mild and a touch spicy. Its overly sweet and very one-dimensional It much better than the strong ale, but its still only just marginally drinkable. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is very sweet.

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Photo of rangerred
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear ruby-brown with a tiny half finger head.

Smells of caramel and toffee and slightly metallic.

Taste is incredibly sweet off the bat. There is some roast along with caramel and a light bitterness but the sweetness just throws everything off. The beer is actually somewhat difficult too drink.

Overall this is really a sugar bomb. Drinkability suffers as a result and really the actual flavors just aren't that good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.61/5  rDev -23%
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.

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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 Lauthaha
2.62/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a half-liter beer glass. Perfect fit!

Appearance: Beer is a nearly-opaque burnt sienna color. Some sediment visible in the mix; before I finished pouring, I left an ounce or so of liquid in the bottle, swished it around, then poured with a flourish. Head quickly recedes to a velvety coating on the surface of the beer, leaving no lacing at all. Meh.

Smell: Prunes, first and foremost. Underneath that, a thick, banana-bread-like malt quality; or maybe cinnamon-raisin-muffin-like quality. Very sweet, almost cloying, but enough tone shift to remain above average.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer seems to have almost no carbonation...all tastes are very mellow, light breadiness, light prune flavor, light cinnamon flavor. Where's the beef? If I swish the beer around like crazy in my mouth, I can detect just a touch of carbonation, which does nothing. Aftertaste is dull, though the burps are full of vine fruit. Blechh.

Drinkability: Only so-so. I suppose it's worth a try, somebody is bound to like this beer. It's just not cutting it for me.

Let me just say, this isn't a bad beer by any means...I've had far more disgusting brews. That being said, this beer really falls short in the taste category. Seeing as I don't have any general characteristics upon which to base Euro Dark Lagers, I can only go by what I know...and I know this should be darker, meatier and foamier.

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Photo of Gusler
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unimpressed, even with its 89 score at BevMo. Pours clear brown with a minimal off-white head. Caramel, molasses, and dough inthe nose. Watery taste of the same, except with a bitter metallic bite that goes away as the beer warms. Did not live up to its billing.

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Photo of BAbaracus
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One finger tan head, moderate carb bubbles and reddish brown body. Coriander, pepper, bit of banana esters, not an overpowering aroma altogether. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, fizzy, slightly chewy, leads you to expect more out of this than what you get. Taste is overwhelmingly malt, maybe a hint of hops on the back end. Drinkable but not really impressive in any regard.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.74/5  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.

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