Baltika #4 Original (Dark) | Baltika Breweries

Baltika #4 Original (Dark)Baltika #4 Original (Dark)
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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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Photo of droomyster
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very attractive ruby hue with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of toasty and fruity malts that promise a lot of sweet flavors to come. It is definitely sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Maraschino cherry-like taste, with lots of toasty and carmelly malts; it has a distinct spiciness that is hard to describe but makes it more interesting. It could definitely use some more hops to give it a nice roundness but it is quite good nonetheless. I would rate its taste higher if not for a small but pesky taste of alchol that should not be detectable in a beer with this abv level. Along with the hefeweizen and porter, this is one of my favorite Baltikas.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looks ruby red brown, viscous and turbid. Heavy creamy head lasts for a while before falling to haze.

Nose is pretty sweet and funky malts. Mild.

Pretty yummy taste, pleasantly nutty, like peanut butter, and sweetly fruity like figs and dry grapes. Nice dry lasting and flavorfully bitter hops in the after. Solid carbonation and nice thick feel. Somehow reminded me quite a bit of Anchor Steam, perhaps b/c I've been having so much of it lately.

I told myself this would be the final Baltika beer I'd try -- but I enjoyed this one, especially when it was cold. Really enjoyed this "dark lager" chilled.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a darkish red color with a creamy tan head.

Pretty grainy up front in the nose. Some redeeming toffee notes in the background.

Quick moving malts are about the extent of the flavor for me. It's a little too sweet and a little too thin to really get into. The finish has sort of a cola nut note.

I like several of the Baltika brews, this one is ok. Won't be revisiting with examples like Hofbrau or Spaten Dunkel on hand.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured a large off-white head with fine-small bubbles. There was fizzy carbonation observed with this beer. The beer had excelent lacing. The body was clear and the hue was amber. The nose was malty and the flavor was somewhat bitter. The body is light and thin and the mouthfeel was smooth and thin. This is a very drinkable beer that goes down very easily. I hope to have the chance to drink this one again.

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Photo of slimntubbs
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of jeremiahoden
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium brown w/ a nice two finger cocoa head. Pretty good carbonation and lacing. Nice looking lager overall. You can see through the beer, but not completely- cloudy in appearnce.

S- This is the weakness of this brew. Faint malt, slight hops, very faint fruit. Not much happening here.

T- Ok... Much better than the nose. The flavors pop out a lot more in the taste, and it's a good beer- especially for the style. The roasted/caramel malt comes out pretty well- fruit much more present as well. Nice- especially in the style.

M- Very smooth/ w/ slight hops bite to it. Fairly dry finish as well. Nice medium bodied creamy lager.

O- Pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's not the greatest in the world, but for the style it's very drinkable, and has a pleasant flavor. Recommended for the style.

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Photo of lmaduells
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of shadow1961
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Baltika 4 Dark Lager pours a rocky tan head over a dark amber brew. The
nose is a bit of molasses, and carbonation is low. The flavor is sweetish
malt up front with a slight hop finish. Aftertaste is more of those hops and a
bit of grain. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than most lagers, and a bit dry. If I
read the best before date correctly on the label it seems like this bottle peaked
out sometime last year. If so, it didn't seem to have a negative effect on the taste.
Nothing spectacular here, but I wouldn't turn down one either.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark brown color with a fluffy head. Lots of lace.

smell - Smells of chocolate and malt here.

taste - Lots of malt, and some hops here.

mouthfeel - Medium -full body.

drinkability - Easy drinking, cheap overseas beer, think it was $1.50 for a single, good size bottle. Nice for a dark lager, easy on the ABV.

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Photo of Schmoog
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of frank4sail
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sweet malty nose. Iced tea look in the pint glass. Decent reddish hued tan head on the pour. Sweet toffee/caramel taste with a slight burnt caramel finish. A little too much on the sweet side. Medium to lighter side on the mouth. Just too sweet for me... not balenced. enough to make it better than just average.

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Photo of Naugros
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My last Baltika made me fear drinking this one, but here goes.

It looks pretty good...a clear, dark copper color, like an old penny polished from years in the "take a, leave a" tray at a convenience store. The head is beige and creamy...not all that tall.

You get sweet caramel immediately...smell again and you'll get some Saaz hops in there as well. Not the most perfect of marriages and the bickering is a bit distracting, but not horrible due to a sense of raisin bringing back into some semblance of harmony. But it's still not quite there.

The taste is better and the caramel comes off like that you'd find in a Milky Way. Sweet and yummy, this is a candy bar in a bottle. The hops back off and let the sweetness take control...a bit too much sweetness for my liking, but I know many people who would enjoy this.

The finish continues the redundancy of sweetness and I can't help but think that if the yeast had more aggressive in their feasting that this beer would have come out a little drier and more enjoyable for my palate.

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Photo of stoutman
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Baltika 4 Baltika Original is labeled a "Dark Beer" and comes in at 5.6% alcohol by volume. From the 16.9 FL OZ bottle pours the dense, dark amber brew sporting a weak head. The flavor balance is toward the sweet side, with a big malty character matched to a big body and culminating in a clean, dry finish. Was expecting a little bit more from this dark beer.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Euro Dark Lager from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy amber color, produced a small cream colored head, poor retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma of this lager consisted of sweet candy syrup and caramel. The foundation of this brew consisted of sweet cereal grains, caramel, grapes, and some spicy hops. The balance of this brew was off- it was way to sweet- Unlike any Euro Lager I have had. Decent session beer if your looking for something different, but not something that I would go back to if there are other options.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome tan leather color with a quick-to-drop head; no carbonation visible

Sweet malts, like a doppelbock almost, with strong notes of raisins and caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel
Taste follows nose closely with the sweet malts dominating the flavor profile; leaves a pleasant aftertaste; avoids being cloying with a slightly dry, bready component; little to no bitterness; full body that has a good, airy texture

Pretty tasty dark lager and by far the most flavorful I've had from Baltika.

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Photo of javlin624
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of sephyrott
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Freshness date clearly marked on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear deep ruby, an astounding colored body. This beer would command a high number for its "appearance" if only the head retention was better (it is nonexistent and devoid of lacing).

S: Nondescript inoffensive mild grain and hop.

T: Sweet one-dimensional malts throughout, a little bit of hop bitterness, and some caramel in between. A bit alcoholic and syrupy.

M: Smooth mouth-feel, could use more carbonation but not more bite. Still good however.

D: Moderately drinkable, not especially inviting but not a turn off in any way.

Overall: Not a very good beer in terms of taste. I would advise you to buy it for two reasons: The color is excellent and worth pouring just to see, and the packaging also is intriguing and artistic.

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Photo of giblet
2.21/5  rDev -34.6%
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 BWED
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
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 BeerNinja007
2.14/5  rDev -36.7%
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 DrunkMcDermott
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a big frothy head that hangs around, atop a good amber body. Happy little "beer" smell, slightly better than your average "dark" beer. Taste is a little bit biscuity, but mouthfeel is somewhat watery. It’s labaled as "Original," some presumably this was the first style for this brand, but tellingly their advertising pushes the "3" pale lager. An alcohol burn sneaked up on me as I got to the bottom of my .5 liter serving.

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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 Citadel82
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer.

500ml bottle from Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Pours a clear red amber with light insistent carbonation and an a healthy short-lived tan head that fades to a sheet then a ring. Leaves sparse lacing.

Smell is Caramel, Molasses Cookies and English Toffee... yes the Heath Bar kind! wonderful!

Taste is sweet malt, molasses, toffee and a short dryish finish, some chicory or bitter herb notes. Medium leafy hop then bready finish.

Very drinkable this one.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium

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Baltika #4 Original (Dark) from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 23.8% out of 100 with 442 ratings
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