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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) | Baltika Breweries

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Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Reviews: 396 | Ratings: 650
Photo of smbslt
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright, clear yellow with a bright white head that fades quickly. Too little carbonation.
Damp granary smells
Sweetness does not gives way. Once it does fade it is replaced by a faint alcohol taste and sting
Like others tried it because it was a Russian beer. Can't see a reason to ever consider again.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled back on 3/2/16. Bought a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) nicely embossed brown bottle for $2.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 500ml handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a clear golden in color with a decent head. A decent amount of lacing was seen as well. Aroma is of musky grains, malts with some spice. Taste was close to the aroma with a decent amount of sweetness from the malt coming through. Medium+-bodied with just below average carbonation. Overall it was OK. This line of Russian brews are a great value for the money if you can find them. I tried 5 different ones so far.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought 22oz bottle $2.79 from Times Fujiokas
Clear golden color
Musky malt smell
Light mouth feel
Malt taste, Alcohol aftertaste, reminds me of malt liquor
Tried because never had Russian beer before. Would not buy this again

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sweeter malt than the original #3, thicker body and subdued lager bitterness. Drinks heavy, bordering on syrupy. Very little carb on this. Bit boozy tasting. Eh.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.31/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

0.5l can.
Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear golden with fizzy white head, quick reduction to thin roing of froth.
Smell - malts, paper, honey hues.
Taste - spiritus, malts, sweet.
Full body, low carbonation, soft texture, heavy alcohol.
Boozy and bad.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.84/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 4x03. Alcohol is noticeable but not too much disgusting. However, I'd prefer if it were more hidden

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Photo of stevoj
2.16/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Malty aroma and taste,. Although mouthfeel is fairly heavy, taste is mostly pure malt, but not overbearing. Pours fairly flat. No alcohol burn even though it has a relatively high ABV.

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Photo of spoony
1.97/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

From a 16.9 oz can (produced November 3, 2015; best by November 3, 2016) into a nonic.

A-The beer is clear and light yellow in color. An active carbonation keeps the tall, white head well supported. A bit of shiny lace clings to the glass as I drink. It looks alright, but...

S-The aroma is vaguely sweet and suggests cooked vegetables. There is just a slight whiff of hops that come across more as pepper spice than anything else. The beer presents with surprisingly little alcohol; it is pretty subtle. A little metallic.

T-Oof. This stuff is rough. The alcohol is aggressive and suggests cough syrup, drain cleaner, and aspirin. Bitter and syrupy flavors abound. The same cooked corn and carrot sweetness from the smell only serves to amplify the unpleasant alcohol flavors.

M-The body is medium in heft and the carbonation is surprisingly soft and near creamy for this style of beer.

O-I came into this beer expecting to get something akin to an American Malt Liquor, but this beer was hard to drink. The flavors were all over the map and mostly offensive. My other (limited) experiences with Baltika brews have not been my favorite, but this stuff was bad. I will not be buying again.

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Photo of Foyle
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled in pint glass from 16.9 oz bottle.

Appearance: pours a 2" sudsy white head that drops slowly with mild lacing. Color is clear light gold with moderate streaming bubbles.

Aroma: strong grain husks and lightly toasted barley with some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, crisp, with a dry, somewhat astringent finish.

Flavor: strong sweet barley malt (almost cloying), grain husks, some grape like flavor, grassy hops.

Overall: too strong for my tastes, but has no off flavors. Recommended for those that like the style.

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Photo of Gajo74
2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look- straw golden color, modest head quickly disapates and leaves no lace.
Smell- sweet, green apples, hint of honey and some grain. Later, the alcohol kicks in.
Taste- at first, it was kind of pleasant. The sweetness from the aroma, particularly the green apples, was reflected in the taste. A malt forward drink with only slight hops buttering. The finish was also sweet. The spicy alcohol flavor balanced it out, yet, this became the problem. As the drink warmed, the alcohol tracted from the flavor. It's not that it was overly boozy, it's just that it felt like a malt liquor with a hint of cheap booze. Also, it became apparent that there were adjunct flavors that were off puting.
Feel- medium bodied and semi crisp at first. However, the alcohol and the cough medicine feel made it hard to get through.
Overall- Although I'm glad I tried this and it wasn't horrible, it was not good either. I will probably not revisit this one.

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Photo of Myotus
2.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (best by date 25Feb16) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth after 1 minute. Straw yellow in color. Ascending bubbles are medium in sized and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of sugar (sweet, quite literally!) that mix with subtle barley aromas and hints of spicy hops and metal.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild sugar and barley flavors. Mild metal and subtle flavors of neutral-scented hand soap enter immediately after. As all flavors persist, except for soap which grows slightly stonger, subtle spicy hops enter the palate.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down rough and finishes crisp.
NOTE: This was pretty bad. No beer should taste like soapy metal.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
2.61/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold pour (4) with thin white head that disappeared quickly; no cap or lace; good clarity and carbonation. Sweet corn and a slightly floral nose. Super sweet corn flavor. Watery mouthfeel and gummy tongue coating. Off putting sweet flavor - I could not finish.

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Photo of Kubishark
1.73/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

You might think at first that this could be a interesting beer to have every once in awhile. Good price, pretty good alcohol percentage. You open it up and everything seems to be going well. It looks ok, and it smells decent, but then you taste it. Oh no. The flavor can best be described as cough syrup. And it lingers in the back of your throat. It doesn't go away. There is no escape. I'm still interested in trying Baltika's other offerings but I will surely never be having this one ever again.

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Photo of blackcompg
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance - pours 2 quick fingers of white eggshell foam, body is a transparent pale yellow, no carb in the body, and very sporadic spots of lace.

Smell - sweet light fruits like white grape and pear and apple, and very faint white bread.

Taste - just like the nose, starts with sweet light fruits of white grape, pear and apple, quickly joined by sour light fruit skins and peels, then some adjunct and warming alcohol finishes things off.

Mouthfeel - almost medium, very juicy and sweet with some alcohol heat, carb is lower side of medium and very smooth, a few edges along the sides of the tongue. But with no scrub or bittering hops the mouth finishes with both a sweet and sour heat, somewhat unpleasant.

Overall - if you like the thought of carbonated Apple and white grape juice spiked with alcohol then you'll love this. But I'm guessing most of you don't, and neither do I. Okay for a cheap buzz, otherwise I can't recommend this beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

BBD 5/24/15. Clear golden pour. Poor head volume, lacing and retention.

The nose is similar to standard BMC adjunct offerings coupled with a higher level of alcohol noted.

Light body with a touch of smoothness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in a middle and a nice finish.

Unlike BMC, this offering actually has some flavor. It is reasonably intense, lacks complexity and is poorly balanced. A mild alcohol astringency dominates throughout, with a distinct grain alcohol character. A semisweet corn character arrives in the middle where a very subtle hop presence is also noted. Approaching the finish, a light biscuit is detected. The finish begins with the arrival of alcoholic heat and the astringency lingers.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.49/5  rDev +61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks very dull, like the usual pale lager or adjunct lager, low carbonation, nothing special. Smell is very mild and hard to perceive. But taste is absolutely awesome, it´s the best lager I´ve tried so far, wood notes, herbal hopps, alcohol, sweetness of the grain. It´s very good.

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Photo of BranfordBound
1.43/5  rDev -48.6%
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. The malts have a weird, medicinal aftertaste and the alcohol comes through too much.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +43.9%
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.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.62/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everyone else is too harsh on this Russian brewski. I bought the entire line of Baltika bottles, this one happens to be my favorite. The best part about this one is the flavor, as the aroma isn't as impressive- (a little dark malt and alcohol). Full bodied, nice and dark.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle, it pours golden into the glass with a short lasting head. Easy to drink but relatively light in flavor, so not exceptional. Dangerous.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this one up with a few other Baltika brews. This one looks like it will be the final review as it packs an 8% ABV. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a breads malt waft. On the pour this brew is bright yellow with a creamy foam gears that quickly recedes and laces lightly. The taste is typical lager sweet yet semi bitter mostly consistent throughout with a similarly balanced but slightly drier finish. Not much of a clue this brew has a 8% ABV. Drinkable but deadly.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$4.49 in a pop bottle the size of a football. I couldnt NOT buy it; I mean come on - it's like 3 liters and it's Russian.

Appearances : A very small head, descending to a stark white ring. The body is somewhat Amber gold in color, with a slight haze that makes it about 20% opaque.

Aromas : oh jeez. First thing I think of is malt liquor and Jim beam. It's taking me back to high school. It's so uncanny. If I could place a smell on the post-football game parties, this is it. Anyways it smells much like a strong sticky sweet liquor, with honey and sap...just a real sticky/sweet smell, that's the best I can think of. Some barrel aged woodiness and malts; almost no detectable hop. Major points for being the most creative beer I've nosed.

Tastings : wow this is both horrible and delicious at the same time. It really could go either way. It's indescribable really. The taste is like the smell - saccharine and bourbon-like, and some sour notes like licking a wood floor and chewing on a clover leaf. There's a garbagey hop going on but its faint... I mean this beer is honestly an enigma. I could see how there would be fans and haters. I'll call it the "political beer", as you'll probably be in one party or the other. I haven't decided my side yet, but I'm leaning toward "don't think I'll buy this again".

Mouthfeel : somewhat starchy, sticks to the palate, medium bodied, ends slightly dry.

Overall : I'm going to just Echo what I've heard and that's to just try it yourself. It's unlike any beer I've ever had and that's both a good and a bad thing.

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Photo of Shinko
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical Russian malt lager. Over here it comes in pop bottles. I detect a faint taste of raisins to go with the alcohol in all honesty. Sounds bad, looks average, but the taste is unique. Worth it to try and see if you like it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.57/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a typical off-white head. Not impressive, but this is a pale lager. Aroma is crisp and malty, and has a hint of fruit. Flavor is malty, just a touch fruity - not much more. Texture has decent fizz, but body leaves something to be desired. Fair to middlin’, leaning towards fair.

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Photo of Spikester
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Mostly clear gold with two fingers of off white head that lasts about 4 minutes as shows no sign of lace.
Smell is light malt with a hint of apple or grape skins and ethanol.
Taste is like a slightly refined malt liquor. There are a bit of bready malt flavors but the boozy or cheap white wine character kind of pushes them far into the background. Mouthfeel is modest carbonation and has a medium body. There is a tinge of bitterness in the finish if you chew it some. Not sure that would be hops though.
This beer came it a handsome can which led me to believe it would be better than it is. I would probably rate it lower if I were more familiar with Euro Strong Lager style beer.

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