Baltika #4 Original (Dark) | Baltika Breweries

Baltika #4 Original (Dark)Baltika #4 Original (Dark)
443 Ratings
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 John_M
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Latarnik
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Zorro
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
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 pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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 BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
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 Haybeerman
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
1.78/5  rDev -47.3%
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 Evil_Pidde
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DucksFan16
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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 jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -3%
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 harpus
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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 rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +3%
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 cbutova
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Euro dark lager eh? Reviewed from notes.

A- Brown with a small head that rapidly falls to nothing. Very minimal cloud covers the top and leaves no lace or suds. Starts to look like juice.

S- Not much to say here at all. Low strength, just some caramel malt and a hint of dark fruit.

T- Caramel malt and some dark fruit notes up front. A bit on the sweet end, even for me. A bit of Brown Ale like nutty flavors come through, not bad.

MF- High carbonation stings the palate over a slightly creamy light bodied ale. Refreshing and crisp. Finishes with a coat of caramel.

DB- Cheap stuff, wanted to try some of their offerings. The flavor has its good points but is a bit sweet, certainly a refreshing dark lager. Not bad for what it is.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Suds
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An attractive beer: reddish-brown with a big tan head. There is a noticeable metallic and astringent flaw in the beer, but it is drinkable. Sweet, molasses and malt nose. Not a lot of bitterness, and sometimes cloying. Alcohol is pronounced for the concentration. I didn’t know what to expect (I bought the bottle simply because I’d never had a Russian beer before.)

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Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +21.9%
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
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 443 ratings
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