Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)

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BA SCORE
66
poor

611 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 25.98%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Baltika 9 Extra Lager is a decent tasting beer. It pours to a golden straw color with aromas of pale malt, hay, and alcohol. The body is completely clear and the head of foam on this beer is decent- not incredibly long lasting but able to hold its own for several minutes before leaving behind a glass of brew that looks like a typical American macro lager.

This beer is quite sweet in flavor with a taste that combines pale barley malt, bread, honey, fruit, and alcohol. There is little hop character, and the beer finishes with a slight alcohol sensation that is quickly replaced by a sugary flavor.

Baltika 9 Extra Lager is stronger than most beer, and because of this, I expected the flavor to be harsher. I expected it to have an alcoholic bite in the finish that would linger. Instead, the sugary flavors overpower the alcoholic taste. The presence of alcohol is easy to detect but it's a sweeter alcohol taste. In many ways, Baltika 9 Extra Lager reminds me of the flavor of malt liquor with added malt sugar.

Baltika 9 Extra Lager is a little lighter in body than I expected, but its overall flavor is good enough to make it worthy of a try. It's nothing special, but it does offer enough good taste to make it acceptable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wethorseblanket
2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Labeled as an "Extra" Lager which must mean "Strong". 500 ml brown bottle.
Production date: 3-15-2014. Best before: 3-15-2015.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a one-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotches of lace.

N: Corny, grainy, malty, yeasty, with some boozy notes.

T: Grainy and corn-like, sweet, yeasty, slightly metallic, slightly "off" - something odd.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes with a sweet, syrupy corn-like malty and yeasty.

O: There is some crispness, but the higher ABV reduces the lightness of the lager style.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%

Bottle at 35 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of grain
Head large (6 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and irregular layer
Lacing OK – wide partial rings of various size bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins with grain, alcohol burn starts immediately after swallowing; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Aroma 3, appearance 3.5, flavor 3, palate 3.5, overall 3.25 Final score: 3.125
I don’t really care for this beer because of the weak taste paired with high alcohol content. It’s OK, but I probably won’t be buying more.

Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is maybe even lighter than the #3 with a head that was just as big and white.

Smell – The grain here is not quite as big as its little brother “Classic”, but there’s a presence of alcohol from this 8.0% ABV monster.

Taste – Yes, the booze trumps the modest grain leaving this one tasting like mild ghetto juice.

Mouthfeel – This lager is light to medium-bodied with some light carbonation and a sharp alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This went down a litter rougher than the #3. I can enjoy and appreciate a stiff, boozy brew but this was a bit harsh for my preferences.

Photo of braugon
1.2/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Looks like ___, smells like ____.

Tastes like sugar, chalk, flour, ginseng root.

I would rather drink Olde English, not sure about this being better than any 40oz.

I was like hmm 1.99, in with the bombers, maybe they know something cool on the cheap...

Can't even pretend to be cool with this one.

I just take the loss, full responsibility, I need a BMC to bring my taste buds back.

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz brown bottle with a foil wrap around the cap and neck, "best before" date on the back label. Thin film of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Pale slightly hazy straw golden colour, decent little powdery white lace that clings here and there.

Smell: Very clean higher alcohols at play in the aroma with suggestions of distilled grain spirits. Mild flowery hop and some hay in the nose to show that there is some solid beer character there.

Taste: Crisp biting carbonation that runs towards coarse, the brazen spicy sweet alcohol attacks the palate with a distilled spirit like prickle. Malt sweetness is very pale with some cereal grain characteristics, grain and husk that flow like fresh cut hay. Hops dangle a medium bitterness that tags along for the ride with the strong armed alcohol. Alcohol is a touch fusel though mostly clean and is quick to warm the mouth, throat and body. Sweet finish that runs semi-clean.

Notes: Do they sell this one in 40’s down in their hood? Spot on for the American Malt Liquor Style though this is probably not what they were going for. Careful with this one meaning don’t make this one of your last beers of the night.

Photo of tigg924
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, golden color, clear

Smell: toasted malt, straw, and alcohol

Taste: toasted malt, straw, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: very smooth, high carbonation, moderately sweet

Drinkability: It does taste like a high alcohol Euro light beer or Budweiser. The taste I find a bit too sweet and alcoholic. I think I am fine with the first pour into my pint glass but have no desire to finish the whole bottle.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grassy, bready malt and a lot of grain. The flavor is grass, grain, sweet malt and alcohol. The sweetness is the predominant flavor component. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great beer, but for the style, it is not bad.

Photo of Byeast
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very clear golden , with a frothy white head that stuck around. Alot of nice bands of lacing were left on the glass. Very grainy malt in the nose , slight hop , and definate bit of alcohol. The taste is also a grainy ride with a noticable spirit like alcohol throughout. Some sweet cereal like malt , probably from the maltose syrup. The carbonation and alcohol bites the back of the tongue , as well as just a touch of hop bitterness to round out the mildly sweet malt profile.

Photo of NilocRellim
2.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured cold from the $1.99, 16.9 oz bottle.

It is a clear, very light yellow colour. It looks exactly like the ram's piss from the movie Beerfest... Slightly hoppy to the nose with a distinctive yeasty-funkiness. The taste is like a slap in the the face. The 8% ABV is QUITE apparent with a bit of grain-taste. There is a nice aftertaste of hops, but that doesn't help you get over the fact that you have a full glass to get through. You should expect to get what you pay for, but this is what I would think that the ram's piss from the movie Beerfest tasted like...

Would I buy it again? Never.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant gold under a persistent 3” white foam cap composed of very fine bubbles. Lacy.
S: Rich malt nose with faint hops in the background.
T: Very creamy and soft in the mouth, average carbonation, medium full body. Big malt flavors, faint caramel, borderline buttery to butterscotch with a big hop accent on the finish.
F: Medium full body and just above medium on the carbonation.
O: Despite the traces of diacetyl, surprisingly good.

Photo of far333
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light straw color with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly, but leaves some chunky lacing randomly around the glass. Smell is grassy, with hints of pine and citrus. No alcohol smell for such a strong beer. Taste is bitter upfront, hot hoppy, just bitter. A pine and lemon flavor rolls to the back of the tongue, and then an alcohol bitter warmth settles in. A little skunk creeps in afterward. All right, it's not a kick ass beer, but it's better than most malt liquors and doesn't leave that furry phlegm ball in the back of your throat.

Photo of geoffpm
1.06/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased a relatively fresh can from a Russian Supermarket.

Immediately upon opening, a chemical smell wafted from the can. I have never smelled this in a beer.

The first taste magnified the chemical overtones. Absolutely no malt character. Can only taste the alcohol. Perhaps it's added alcohol that gives this such a bad smell and taste.

This is easily the worst beer I have had in decades/

Photo of monkeybeer
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Production Date: 22.09.07
Best Buy: 22.09.08

A- Pours a golden yellow with a nice white foamy head and good lacing

S- A crisp smell of malt and hops

T/M- Taste is like a standard lager with a bit more bitterness to it mixed with some sweetness.

D- It is drinkable, not the best around pretty average a very typical lager with slightly more flavor.

Photo of BranfordBound
1.43/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pretty much the worst beer I've ever had in my life. Not sure what they even call this garbage, but it's awful. Simply unpalatable.

Photo of ADR
2.56/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold and crystal clear, light puffy fine-bubbled head and crystalline lace. Distinct raisiny grape aroma, lots of fusels. Malt is honeyish but masked by an astringent pruney grape and cheap table wine-like character. Finishes lighter but still vinous with a speck of hop that's a bit clove-like. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel, harsh alcohol without fun or redeeming flavors that make it worth it. Has a real Malt Liquor style and flush to it, and overall, its a little weird and on the sour side. Harsh and worsens as it warms, I can't say this is at all worth keeping stocked.

Photo of chinchill
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle date best by 6/2010, so a bit past date but properly stored at least in the last months. Produced June 21,2009.

hazy straw color with moderate white head. Head has decent retention.

aroma makes me think of a beer liquor; i.e. higher alcohol obvious. Odd aroma profile is hard to describe or untangle.

Taste is surprisingly sweet and fruity. Grape juice? Some malt in finish. Too sweet and too low in flavor, especially for high ABV. Interesting but otherwise not recommended.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light with medium carbonation.

Photo of frankiepop
3.97/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sweetness in a strong lager. It looks and acts a little weak on the pour. There is no huge billowy head or lacing. The aroma is nice but I enjoyed drinking this beer immensely with my meal. It went down very good with some Russian Jazz by the Ganelin Trio Poco a Poco playing in the background. This is a must try beer in my book. Good sweet stuff.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pour a very thin pale yellow body that has almost no color. The head is a web of huge bubbles with a thin white film on the top of that. There is a really strong carbonation of medium bubbles.

S- A very light aroma with a hint of noble hops is all it has to offer.

T- This beer has a light crisp flavor with faint hints of slightly sweet pale malt and a noble hop hint of bitterness at the end.

M- This has a light mouthfeel with a light watery texture. No sign of alcohol.

D- This beer is too light and there is really no taste and aroma only faint hints of malt and hops. It is interesting that they can hide 8% abv in this beer with little flavor.

Photo of JMS1512
3.62/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everyone else is too harsh on this Russian brewski.

Photo of Brenden
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Strongly alcoholic, perhaps, or a strong beer using lots (?) of pale malts, its appearance is more to the unlearned that of a weaker style. It's a pale yellow, not quite gold but very clear and bright with just more than a wispy white head that has some structure and leaves spotting in moderation.
It's highly ethanolic, but hops show up with grass and earthy greenery in the nose, grains underlying with a fruity edge to the ethanol. There's a certain metallic note, as expected from most European derived beers. The earth has the slightest hint of funk, almost wet clippings. It's odd, but it is what it is and that's not bad.
The flavor has a bit more of an astringent, medicinal note over fruits, buttered biscuits, grass and leaf under alcoholic heat, bitterness actually here but in a flavor a bit marred by harsher notes.
It's actually crisp and for all the alcohol and the fairly light body, it's not too thin and fairly smooth, not perfectly clean but more than expected. It fights the fusel slickness by giving slight powdery dryness into the finish.

Photo of Hellomjb
2.72/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First of all the giant 51oz plastic bottle is a pleasant surprise, very Eastern European!!

The appearance is yellowish gold with very little head. Next the smell, slightly fruity and grainy with hints of caramel, and almost a smokey leather with the alcohol coming through in force! The taste is strong with notes of a porter. Again the alcohol comes through as a major player. The finish is rather fast with only a slight linger on the tongue. Fairly smooth texture. Overall this beer reminds me of a cold Russian winter night. When the only thing on ones mind is staying warm and enjoying the company of ballerinas and comrades past.

Photo of IntriqKen
1.72/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a really pale clear yellow with a two finger large bubbled white head that melts pretty quickly.
Aroma is lightly (read LIGHTLY) sweet malt and a touch of''...soap. (nope...honest...the glass was clean and soapless)
Taste is sweet...strangely sweet....a little corn...a little rice (are their adjuncts in this beer?)...a little bubblegum....a lot of alcohol...and enough 'nasty' to make it a drain pour for me.
The tastes just shouldn't be in this beer...the bubblegum really throws me off for a lager and especially one so strong.
No thank you....
Enough is enough and I can't finish this pint.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.32/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a one finger white foamy head on top upon pouring. This quickly dissolves leaving nothing on top.

S: Some sweet malt, a little bit of grain, and some apple actually.

T: Very biscuity with some sweet malts and some more apple.

M: Medium bodied, but thicker than most lagers I have had. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not too bad actually. Not something I am stocking my fridge with, but better than I expected it to be.

Photo of shredsofautumn
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint, 9 0z. bottle purchased 10/20/2010 for $2.20 plus deposit. Did not notice at time (must pay more attention) but the beer was bottled on 6/09 with a "best before" date of 6/10. Oh well, the liquor store seemed to be cool enough temperature-wise, I'll drink it.

Appearance- Fizzy straw yellow, minimal head with minimal lacing.

Smell- Smells like your average malt liquor, with a strange farmhouse-ale funk to it.

Taste- Well, the alcohol really shines through on this one. Being 8% abv, any beer of decent substance would cover it. But what I taste is a Miller Lite-esque brew with twice the alcohol. Do I hate it? No. It tastes like what normal blue collar folks consider "beer". It's perfect for washing down the burger I am eating, but that's about all. For $2.20, I couldn't be happier. Beats the hell out of all things Natty Ice & Olde English.

Mouthfeel- Thin, Fizzy, as expected.

Drinkability- Goes great with burgers. That's all I can say. Poundable, not pleasurable.

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
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