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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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Beer is brown and forms a thin broken off white head of small bubbles. Carbonation is low. Beer is clear.

Aroma is mild, almost of a sweet pilsner malt variety, mild roast as well.

Beer is smooth and nice. Finishes cleanly with no aftertaste. There is a mild sweetness up front and not a whole lot in the back. This is a very drinkable beer overall mouthfeel is good but the flavor is a little mild. Second taste, I'm bumping the flavor up. Its reasonably sweet and has a hint of roast at the end but its not distracting. I like this beer. I tihnk Baltika is criminally underrated on this website. Shame on you.

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Photo of aasher
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 tempest
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a .5L bottle for $1.90 in Astoria. This beer actually tastes more like a Vienna lager thanks to the spicy hop finish. The beer starts with a big caramel flavor with a toasty edge. From a corporate lager, I didn't expect much, but this had a balance from Euro pepper and lemon hops. The body is a touch thick to be really drinkable, but I'd have a few.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is fruity with a mixture of pale and crystal malts; a bit breadlike. The taste is decent, but not great. Again there is the balance between malts, but there is an annoying amount of bread taste here. It tastes like a dark whitbread ale. The mouthfeel is alright. I would like a little more carbonation and a lighter body. It drinks fairly well. This is my first Russian brewed ale.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is actually pretty nice. I get notes of grapes, toffee, biscuits and iced tea. The flavor is similar, but a little more exciting. In addition to the dominant toffee malt characteristics, I get earthy and grassy hops, caramel, honey and graham crackers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad at all.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky dark amber hue with a two finger caramel head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy cereal grain and some molasses.

The taste lightly sweet, grainy and slightly herbal. Similar in fact to a maerzen.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a residual sweetness.

Overall a tasty dark lager.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby color when held up to the light. It is tipped by a frothy, slightly rocky light tan colored head. I smell aromas of thin grain, slight caramel, and a hint of toasted dark grain character. The beer has a light, filling fullness to it as it hits my palate for the first time. There is a light caramel sweetness here and it is joined by a slightly herbal, almost menthol like character. This beer has a slight character of aged malt in the finish, but other than this it is pretty clean. The finish on this beer is lightly sweet with a light, complimenting bitterness.

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Photo of Zorro
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Despite the name this is a very clear dark red brew. Not a Good Omen!

Smell is clean and malty with a trace of banana in it.

Tastes of molasses and yeast and malt. No hops here.

Mouthfeel is Bud.

Drinkable? NO! This is Crap! OK so this isn't OE 800 but it is BAD!

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Photo of John_M
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an ice tea brown color with pretty good head retention, albeit not a lot of lacing. I get some moderate brown sugar on the nose, though I have to say the aroma is pretty simple. The beer smells as if it will be light and moderately sweet, which is exactly how it tastes. There really isn't a whole lot of flavor on the palate, just some watery, straight forward, light sweet flavor. The beer is very light and watery on the palate, and the word that I think best describes this beer is boring. There's nothing wrong with this beer, but it's nothing special either, and I can't imagine why I would want to ever buy it.

The beer sort of reminds me of a dumbed down version of becks dark, which is not a particularly impressive beer to begin with. However, this beer has less flavor and is even more watery then Beck's. Not good.

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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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium umber brown, with a small white head leaving no lacing.

S: Sweet malt, bread, sugar, gingerbread, Rapadura.

T: Very sweet, a contrast to the usually dryer Munich dark lagers which this style is based on. Light molasses and brown sugar round out the flavour, some caramel, that really is the main flavour, tasty, but just so darn sweet at times.

M: Light absolutely, but at times gets very cloying from all the residual sugars in this beer, low in carbonation.

D: An interesting Dark Lager, a good buy at $1.99 a bottle, definitely drinkable, candy in a glass.

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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 jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-fingered off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a little lace. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Nice clear, deep amber. Nose is slightly malty. Starts smooth, malty and strong plum/raisin flavor, finishes smooth with hints of plum. A very good dark lager.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark ruby red/orange with a slight, frothy tan head.

S: a light fruitiness upfront followed by caramel and chocolate aromas.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and malty, almost syrupy sweet, with sweet roasted grains, toffee, and raisin bread. Flavor wont wow nor dissapoint but decent for what it is, a euro-lager.

M: syrupy, semi-sweet and light-medium fullness with light carbonation.

D: Ok drinkability.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Absolutely beautiful cherry red body, with a slightly filmy head of yellowish foam, riddled with pancake bubbles. Dissipates to a film with some lacing. The colour is quite beautiful though.

Very strong malty nose - lots of unprocessed molasses, malted grain, a hint of barnyard organics and a surprising note of coconut. Very rich, sweet and heavy. Possibly one of the most full on malt noses I've yet tried.

Also, just malt, malt, malt on the palate. Lightly roasted, but extremely sweet and heavy, almost to the point of insanity. There's no balance here - it's just sweet, thick, gooey, sugary, unrefined madness. Mouthfeel at least fits with the syrupy goop.

This is a pretty extreme beer as far as I'm concerned. I can't even notice any hops, just very, very sweet and malty - it clogs the throat with its insanity. Too much for more than a sip, or a drizzle over a rich and heavy dessert.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-deep brown color that is a little dense and has lots of tiny bubbles. The head is a nice creamy white head

S- malty aroma with a hint of apples and a bit of honey.

T- light and medium roast maltyness with good caramel honey notes and a light chocolate hint. Ends in a faint pepperyness and a fizzy finish.

M- full body with lots of fizziness and a hint of acidity from the carbonation. No hops astringency at all

D- A nice mellow all malt brew that is well built but not very interesting. There is no depth to the malt and no hops or alcohol to support it. It also had a powerful carbonation that detracted from the brew.

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Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to witbier for this 500 mL bottle.

A: The lager is a watered-down caramel color, a tawny color that shows off lots of red highlights. A sizeable head emerges on pour but the slight tan foam does not linger.

S: The nose is nondescript, a mere kiss of caramel sweetness that lacks an underlying hop presence.

T: The body of the lagerbier is quite sweet, not cloyingly so though. The caramel malts add a great deal of flavor, touches of chocolate and darker malts are also present. Grainy cereal flavors abound, vanquishing any and all traces of hops. The finish is more caramel with a sugary element.

M: The mouthfeel is enjoyable. The beer is malt-focused and doesn't fail to deliver on that front. This beer won't set the world on fire but it'll make for a good couple of hours of drinking.

D: A run of the mill dark lager, nothing stands out but nothing makes me turn away in disgust.

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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 bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a chestnut colour, a bit translucent, slightly chill hazed. The beige cap fell after a few minutes to a lingering collar. Not much in the way of lacing. Aromas of cereal grain, barley husk, caramel, and a kiss of hops. Malty, grainy sweetness with a little buttery toffee and chocolate adding some depth. Bitterness was low, but still present, and hop flavour was just noticeable in the finish. Lingering sugary caramel with light bitterness. Lightish body with average carbonation, some residual sugar. Decent, but fairly average.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mohagony appearance. A thinish light bronw head adorns the top of the beer. A nice creamy looking collar accentuates. Lacing is spotty. The nose is a pleasureland of carmelized malts, toffee, molasses and rum cake. Very nice. The flavor doesn't live up to the nose, but is good nonetheless....just a tad bit watered down. I get carmelized malt, brown sugar, bitterness (roasted malt and hop attributed I believe) and toasted malt. A nice comination overall. Mouthfeel is creamy, body is about medium. A very respectable Russian dunkel. Damn, this is the second beer I've tried from this brewery I like. Time to get some more.

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Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
3.39 out of 5 based on 434 ratings.
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