1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

Not Rated.
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
66
poor

537 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 537
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 537 | Reviews: 367 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by marcobrau:
Photo of marcobrau
marcobrau

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +19.4%

Virtually no discernbile aroma to this extra strong light gold lager. Pours clear wtih a burst of foam that settles quickly. This lager is smooth and strong with a big malty sweetness and some notes of honey. It's short of being too sweet for my tastes, a definite cold weather beer. The finish is short with a hint of bubblegum and just enough hops to prevent that last sip from being too sticky. Not a bad strong lager for the price, $1.59 for a half-liter brown bottle.

Something I might try again when it's a little more Ukrainian outside...

08-13-2003 03:03:04 | More by marcobrau
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
RoyalT

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

04-07-2005 02:43:20 | More by RoyalT
Photo of braugon
braugon

Connecticut

1.21/5  rDev -56.6%

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.

03-26-2013 01:29:29 | More by braugon
Photo of tohe9384
tohe9384


4/5  rDev +43.4%

09-12-2012 00:00:14 | More by tohe9384
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +27.2%

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.

04-15-2002 11:04:56 | More by Jason
Photo of tigg924
tigg924

Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

01-20-2010 13:39:28 | More by tigg924
Photo of Mora2000
Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

08-20-2010 04:01:30 | More by Mora2000
Photo of donunrue
donunrue

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

02-21-2012 00:16:31 | More by donunrue
Photo of Byeast
Byeast

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

09-29-2006 00:24:59 | More by Byeast
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

04-09-2014 02:11:29 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
Photo of NilocRellim
NilocRellim

Minnesota

2.13/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

02-08-2013 05:04:03 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of fionn13
fionn13

Ireland

3/5  rDev +7.5%

06-26-2013 17:04:00 | More by fionn13
Photo of far333
far333

Connecticut

2.9/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

07-03-2003 14:38:48 | More by far333
Photo of geoffpm
geoffpm

Massachusetts

1.05/5  rDev -62.4%

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/

10-08-2013 11:35:25 | More by geoffpm
Photo of monkeybeer
monkeybeer

California

2.95/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

02-17-2008 02:17:21 | More by monkeybeer
Photo of HoppySeb
HoppySeb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

05-18-2014 05:13:25 | More by HoppySeb
Photo of Jeffwildcat
Jeffwildcat

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

07-01-2014 11:09:49 | More by Jeffwildcat
Photo of ADR
ADR

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

10-22-2003 15:11:38 | More by ADR
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

02-20-2011 21:04:32 | More by chinchill
Photo of frankiepop
frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +42.7%

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.

03-12-2013 23:00:35 | More by frankiepop
Photo of craiglcook
craiglcook

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +70.3%

01-29-2013 04:13:24 | More by craiglcook
Photo of rhoadsrage
rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.33/5  rDev -16.5%

(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.

02-27-2006 04:12:46 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of richkrull
richkrull

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev +7.5%

03-04-2012 19:50:56 | More by richkrull
Photo of LXIXME
LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

01-15-2014 23:10:02 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Brenden
Brenden

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

01-10-2014 18:35:32 | More by Brenden
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.