Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
65
poor

384 Reviews
THE BROS
81
good

(Read More)
Reviews: 384
Hads: 618
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 50 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (55) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) Alström Bros
Reviews: 384 | Hads: 618
Photo of nicholas2121
1.56/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Baltika # 9 had the taste of malt vinegar. A real strong taste real bitter. The color was a dark brown. Mouth Feel was the same as the taste. I was not impressed with this brew. I will not be buying this brew any more. This had to be the roughest brew I ever had. If you like your brew with a ton of malt this is for you. I is not for me overall I give it a 2. (360 characters)

Photo of complexnomenclature
3.59/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The nose is very pleasant. A warm, nutty overture with grassy textures. Complex but not overpowering. The appearance in the glass is very nice. A darker, richer, yellow colour with well adjusted head. Not a large head, but thick, creamy and firm. The taste is at first a fruity, earthy combination of sour and tart. Very mild and tender though, with a slight sweetness reminiscent of honey for a nice balance. As it travels over the tongue it becomes milder, feeling almost watery with a slight grassy, tart flavour as if it were tea. The finish is bold but now overpowering. Nutty, sweet and savory with the honey backing it. The flavours don't necessarily harmonize but do compliment one another well. This a well adjusted, flavorful lager. Though not the cream of the crop in terms of flavour and texture it does deserve respect and a solid 3.5. (848 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.3/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Clean and clear golden color. A frothy egg-white head with nice retention and nice spotted lacing.

Nose: Grain, clean rice, medicinal.

Taste: Nice mouthfeel, lingering maltiness, cheap malt but not too strong, banana.

Notes: This is proof that "fizzy yellow beers" from pretty much anywhere else in the world are at least decent. This is not bad beer, it's an example of cheap international beer. (404 characters)

Photo of Mike_Moe
2.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Dark golden color with a small white head.
Aroma: Sweet fruity smell.
Flavor: Has a sweet apricot flavor up front, with a slight alcohol bitter finish. Bold bodied, smooth carbonation.
Overall: This is not your light lager. It starts slightly sweet. The alcohol comes out toward the finish. Place this beer in the freezer and serve very cold. With its high percent ABV, you don't have worry about it freezing (421 characters)

Photo of KhanC
3.53/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good color. Too much head but strangely not enough carbonation.

Smell: A bit metallic. Can be a bit offputting for most people, though I didnt mind it so much.

Taste: Sweet. Maybe a bit too sweet for the standard American beer palate. Not much body to the beer, which is strange, because the beer is STRONG and I LOVED that about it. I dont mean to sound sexist but it is an almost "feminine" taste but with a "masculine" kick. And I dont mind this one bit.

Mouthfeel: Flat, perhaps because of the low carbonation, and this is what I liked least about this beer.

Decent beer overall. If I were in Russia and this was cheap, I would buy it more often. But otherwise, you can get better beers for the money. (721 characters)

Photo of 77black_ships
2.2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

50 cl. bottle procured in that quaint (in the same way as all of these kinds of stores are) Russian/East-European store behind the library. Brown bottle was a bit odd considering the colour of the others when this one didn’t pour all too dark. Also don’t really see much if any Russian on.the label – it is hard to read the text – is this meant for export or? Bottled on 29.11.2012. Pours a bright, ligher shade darker golden with little synthetic head. Smells of malt and caramel syrup and additives cover a light, cheap industrial vodka-style alcohol coming through, pure cheap alcohol, citrus and cheap malts. Taste is sweet malty syrup / caramel additives attempting to cover an industrial strength lager, cheap alcohol is all over the place here, medicinal style, cleaning agent, dark sugar, cheap malts, highly processed grains, solvent, citrus. Light with a touch of syrup here. This is some serious industrial swill they tried masking here, harsh bro. (967 characters)

Photo of LuckyLyle
1.59/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a pint beer of this on a whim from a Sprouts store. I was intrigued....

The pour looked okay, having a kind of Foster's hue to it.

The head was white and foamy, but quickly fizzled out.

The aroma smells very weird and off; almost like a cleaner or something.

The taste is very astringent and has a lot of off flavors.
The lacing was pretty non existent after the foam fizzled out.

There's not many beers I won't finish, but I had to toss this one. (467 characters)

Photo of geoffpm
1.06/5  rDev -61.6%
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/ (399 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a creamy white head that leaves bits of foam behind. Color is pale gold. Aroma is grainy adjuncts and alcohol. Flavor is clean, crisp and totally grainy and alcoholic. "is there vodka in there?" my wife asks. Might as well be, the EtOH afterburner on this shit is very strong and goes straight to your brain. Mouthfeel is slick, tingly and light. Easy to quaff and gets you drunk fast. If only American HG malt liquors were this smooth and slammable. (459 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Baltika #9 Extra Lager: Russian, 8% ABV, decent head; Appearance: pale gold; Smell: standard lager smell; Taste/Mouthfeel: lager, slight perfumey sweetness, no extra alcohol taste; pretty good

Poured into a pint glass (268 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
2.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that appears to have some retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale golden straw which shows as more golden when held up to the light. Only the smallest traces of lace.

Nose- The smell from the bottle and the glass seem to be night and day. The glass shows little- typical lager notes of grain and cereal. The bottle shows some caramel, cinnamon, and light notes of perfume and flowers. Cinnamon seems to be the most dominant. Very odd indeed.

Taste- Almost as boring as the nose from the glass. Grain, cereal, and a spicy bitterness that seems to echo some Belgian yeasts. Cornflakes and definite alcohol on the finish. Borders on astringent but it isn't that strong. The bitterness is really weird and comes off as an off-flavor (at least to me). Very light cinnamon on the finish but not enough to counteract the dingy bitterness that seems to define this beer. Some white grape and vinous notes at the beginning. I understand why this gets low ratings on Beer Advocate. I fully agree with reviewers who have stated that this reminds them of malt liquor. Slight lemon and the bitterness seems to have mellowed a bit. Still, a below average beer.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with loads of carbonation, which works for this beer.

Drinkability- The dominant flavor of this beer makes it taxing. Some heat but it is pretty cheap. Still not really worth it.

Overall- Below average to almost poor. I really wouldn't recommend it and certainly will not be repurchasing this beer. (1,550 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

How can I have extra when I haven't had any to begin with? Dammit, Smalls... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet corn, light flowers, light grass, very light white bread, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with a vague sweetness hanging pall-like over the proceedings. The body is a rather lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a drying finish. Overall, I think of this stuff as a Russian version of an approachable malt liquor, like an Earthquake. It's boring, it'll get ya drunk. 'Nuff said. (655 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
1.22/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A- 2 inch white foamy head, dissipates slowly. No lacing, golden straw color. Very clear, champaign like appearance. Well carbonated beer, not very attractive overall.
S- very unappealing aroma, smells like your typical college drinking beer, colors, bud light, miller light, some malt and corn characteristics come out, very plain.
T- very very disappointing. I didn't have high expectations for this brew but was hoping for something slightly enjoyable. Metallic aftertaste, slight bitterness, lingering metallic taste after every sip, slight malt flavor stands out. Alcohol is very resent for only being 8% abc.
M- light mouthfeel, very sticky, terrible metallic aftertaste.
O- well what can I say, first beer in 9 months and it has to be one of the worst beers I've ever had, if not the worst. Metallic aftertaste that lingers. This is a beer that I will never drink again. (879 characters)

Photo of VictorWisc
2.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 1/2L can into a large glass beer mug.

Up to 25% fine-structured, irregular head, dissipating quickly. Deep golden yellow with bleached white head.

Not a particularly intense aroma, with any hop notes disappearing quickly. Closest smell is that of a butter cracker, light and inoffensive.

Slightly honeyed flavor without a lot of sweetness. Quickly turns to young corn and rice malt notes. Nondescript underlying mild hop bitterness -- neither floral nor citrus.

Surprisingly light feel for 8% ABV. Fairly pedestrian lager feel with Bud-like finish. The alcohol punch comes later, explaining why it's the favorite beer chaser of Russian alcoholics.

Avoid the large plastic bottles as they skunk easily -- sort of the Russian equivalent of Colt 45. The cans and 12 oz bottles are drinkable but not something I would seek out. Might be a decent pour if available on tap, but that's highly unlikely outside Mother Country (and taps are unlikely in Mother Country, period). Better beer available for the price in the same style, but few approach the alcohol content (other than Baltic regional brews). (1,116 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A ridiculously clear, crystal see through body with a mix of soda and small pinhead carbonation, with a buttery gold color and mirror like finish. Head forms slightly foamy, shocking white, and about three fingers. Settles down to a thin bubbly puck with scattered lacing. Not too bad.

Nose is fairly pleasant also. Mild sweet corn, and sticky soft malt and a little bit of honey. Not any sense of burning alcohol or fussel quality, fairly alright so far.

Palate hits with a thick honey and spicy sweetness quality. Mild hop bitterness but a corn and mixing sweetness fills the mid palate. Kind of an interesting spice and sweetness, but the body is also a bit thick as well and fairly syrupy. Fairly clean, with a minor alcohol bite.

Overall though not bad for what it is I guess, not having any problem drinking it that's for sure surprisingly. (898 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color with a three finger head with good retention.
Faint aroma of biscuit malt and grassy hops.
Sweet malty flavor with grassy hops and hints of booze and sweet syrup. Boozed aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation with small bubbles.
Right at the front it did not feel right to me. Too sweet with a non-harmonic booze giving a low drinkability, especially for a 500 ml bottle. I seemed that it would never finish. (442 characters)

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this one at a fair in Yerevan, Armenia. It was about $2.50 and I was just looking for something that packed some high alcohol content. The smell was pretty off-putting, it smelled almost like someone just dumped some hard liquor into a non-alcoholic beer. The taste pretty much followed the nose. Can't speak for the appearance as I had it in a bottle and I don't know enough Russian to ask for a cup. I don't think I'd ever drink this again unless I'm really in a beer drinking bind somewhere in the ex-Soviet Union again. (527 characters)

Photo of braugon
1.2/5  rDev -56.5%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of YardmanFTB
1.98/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Baltika Number 9. I, like probably everyone else that is not a raging alcoholic, tried this beer due to the fact that it cost $5 and came in a 51 ounce coke-like plastic bottle. There is a certain intrigue where you're thinking... It can't be that bad can it?

From that point of view, it's not that bad. If I were down on my luck and needed cheap booze, I would pick Number 9 before a 40 ounce of malt liquor any day. (419 characters)

Photo of hardy008
1.72/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Straw color with a foamy 2 finger white head, with decent retention and lacing. Smells like overly sweet malt and alcohol.

Doesn't taste any better than it smells. Alcohol and sweet malt. Reminds me of Malt Liquor. Harsh in many ways, and unappealing in every way.

Medium to full bodied and overly carbonated. Not much to say about this beer other than it sucks. Definitely recommend avoiding this train wreck. (413 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
3.97/5  rDev +43.8%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Serick507
3.47/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from a bottle into a tall weissber glass

A: Deep yellow golden with two fingers of a fluffy white head lots of small streaming bubbles, nice thick lacing

S: Sweet, bready, fruity, alcohol

T: Grain, booze, over ripe fruits, slight metallic flavor on the end, the booze really stays with you, goes down nice and warm.

M:Medium body and carbonation, warm as it goes down

O: Very nice import malt liquor, packs a good punch, one of my go to beers for if I want to get drunk. Could be dangerous due to the relatively light mouth feel and 8.0% ABV. I enjoy the bite very much though. (595 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
2.14/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of Hellomjb
2.72/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (637 characters)

Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
65 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.