Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries
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3.08/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours into a glass with lots of head but slowly fades away. The color is a deep gold.
Very sweet tasting with a definite presence of alcohol but nothing like your cheap malt liquors. This would be a great beer on a hot summer day when you're not scheduled to perform brain surgery. One is enough unless you're lookin for a headache -- but that's subjective.
The mouth feel is smooth and not too harsh - it kinda reminds me of a cream ale.
It's readily available here in WA and cheap only $2 for a 16.9 fl. oz. bottle. Would buy again.
10-11-2007 22:51:18 | More by jkdrummer
3.33/5 rDev +19.4%
I had no idea what to expect except for the alcohol content on the label. When poured into a glass this beer looks like normal lager, deep golden color maybe a little skunky smelling. The first sip was a little reminiscent of Ballentine Ale, if that's still around anywhere, but much better. Tastes sweet and a little grassy. There really isn't anything special about the mouth feel, but it is harmless tasting like an everyday lager, but watch out! Better drink this one cold as it is damn strong. Strong beers tastes a little rough when warm in my opinion. At 8% two bottles should do the trick, if that's what you're looking for. Its a pretty good bang for the buck at $1.49 each. I'd certainly buy it again if it remains available.
10-04-2007 17:53:05 | More by hopalongassidy
3.5/5 rDev +25.4%
Pours golden yellow with a white head that become a slowly disappearing patch.
The smell is of sweet grain. It's fairly clean with some raw alcohol.
The taste is of sweet grain and a touch of caramel. Alcohol lends a fruity character. There is some hop bitterness though it remains sweet. Warming finish.
Medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. Alcohol lingers in a warming way.
Not bad - certainly "strong". There's enough to make it easy enough to drink one of these, but I wouldn't go for a second. Cleaner and crisper than some others I've had within this style.
09-22-2007 13:39:24 | More by jwc215
District of Columbia
2.78/5 rDev -0.4%
Who knew Russians made beer? Don't wanna act ignorant, but you certainly don't hear much about them in the states and the stereotype is that they're more 'hard liquor' types. But I was definitely proven wrong here. Got a huge plastic (?) bottle of this stuff, which made me guess this was probably a malt liquor type experience. Poured clear and golden. Nose was lots of solvent and malt. Not so great. Flavor was even worse - toffee malt, plastic, spicy solvent. Sort of felt like it bit into your mouth as you were going. Body is medium. No good, but it'll get you drunk.
09-19-2007 21:29:23 | More by soupyman10
2.25/5 rDev -19.4%
Of all places on the world, I found this beer (as well as four other) in a coast town in Southern México called Zihuatanejo (remember the movie The Shawshank Redeption?).
Pale yellow, white head and no lacing.
Smell is grainy, some malts and alcoholic.
Taste wasn't right. Too much alcoholic. Don't get me wrong. I love strong beers, actually I have Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer in the fridge for tonight.
Moutfeel was creamy.
Didn't finish this one.
09-16-2007 20:02:29 | More by Pepeton
2.2/5 rDev -21.1%
This was my first sink pour in a long time. This beer poured a piss yellow color with a big head. It smelled sweet, but mostly of alcohol. The flavor was the same. The alcohol was way to strong and overpowered everything. Mouthfeel was good with adequate carbonation. Well with the sink pour I think that pretty much sums up the drinkability.
09-08-2007 01:09:12 | More by crazybrody06
3.38/5 rDev +21.1%
Pours from the 16.9oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Clear, pale straw color with a decent sized head. Head doesnt last very long, but when it dissipates, there is a nice size foam left on top. Sporadic lacing.
Aroma is very sweet. Adjuncty and fusely. Smells like a malt liquor. I guess it is alright according to style, but still smells a bit sweet to me.
Flavor is that of a malt liquor as well. Sweet as well. There is actually some bubblegum type fruitiness in here as well. Im not sure if I like that, or if it belongs; but its interesting.
Im not big on the sweet, malt liquor type beers, but this one isnt too bad. I dont think I will buy another, but one try was okay. ABV keeps the drinkability to a minimum; well, average at best. Sweet and sticky mouthfeel, yet finishes fairly dry with minimal aftertaste. This one is best served COLD.
09-06-2007 21:21:09 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.9/5 rDev +39.8%
$1.45 / 16.9 Oz Bottle
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Appearance - It offers 1 and 1/4 inch or so of bright white, firm head that holds strong but not for long. The body of the beer is a golden yellow.
Smell - The malt and barley is strong in the scent. I look forward to my first sip.
Taste - It has a bready flavor that's...hesitant. The taste is very interesting and I've never really had anything quite like it. Even at 8% alcohol there is not an overwhelming alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel - While it is smooth it's like many others as far as the feel. The majority of the texture is focused on the top of my mouth, which is new.
~ My first Russian brew and I'm impressed. I will recommend this to friends.
08-20-2007 05:33:33 | More by cdkrenz
2.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Another Pint bottle for me....
Appearance: Pours out straw coloured w/ a 2 finger whitish head that dissipated pretty quickly
Taste: Smells like most lagers aka malty and light. A touch of fruit shine through
Taste: It has a fairly smooth taste but a bit odd of a taste as you finish the drink off. It's almost as if there is something sweet(fruity)at the very end of the drink that seems out of place. Lemon would be my guess. That being said...I would have never guessed at the alcohol percentage w/ out reading the label
Mouthfeel: Crisp, slighty carbonated
Drinkability: This is my 1st Russian lager i've had and I'm relatively pleased w/ the drink. Not my favorite Lager but for the amount of alcohol in it and the price you can't complain to much if the taste is a little off due to lemon like taste
08-16-2007 03:21:56 | More by livingregret
3.23/5 rDev +15.8%
I appear to have liked this beer more more than most.
It definitely has a malt liquor mouthfeel and after-taste, but it doesn't taste like god-awful swill, so it has that going for it. Some fruit aftertaste, a comfortable amount of carbonation, it won't bowl you over but it's very solid.
For 1.50 a bottle, I'd buy a sixer.
08-02-2007 03:18:50 | More by Overlord
4.22/5 rDev +51.3%
I was very surprised to find a Russian beer that was tasty as this. It's a clean, dry lager, but it's a very strong beer. It goes down fairly easy, but I had a 16 oz bottle, so it's not for the weak of heart. The beer has a nice golden color, and a reasonably good smell. It's not too bad once you get some in your mouth either. Definately worth a try.
07-15-2007 08:16:49 | More by dkoehler42
3.13/5 rDev +12.2%
Appearance: Deep golden in color, with a slight haze, a small white head, which retains well, with thick lacing, and moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Sweet, almost vinous alcohol aroma, with some fruit notes, also fusel alcohols. In all, the aroma is similar to malt liquor.
Taste: Aggressive alcohol wave at the open, mildly sweet midway through the taste. The finish is dry, with a lingering metallic note. The alcohol presence is quite warming.
Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, quite full, pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: This would seem to be the Russian equivalent to malt liquor.
Presentation: Packaged in a one liter brown plastic bottle, with a plastic screw cap. Served in a standard pint tap glass.
07-08-2007 13:11:05 | More by Pegasus
2.8/5 rDev +0.4%
Pint bottle poured into a glass mug.
The color is a straw pale yellow. Had a decent amount of a head and it quickly dissipated. Very little lacing after having some gulps.
Nice champagne like bubbles going up the side.
The smell is of a strong lager, Even if I didnt know it was 8% ABV. I would have said the same thing. Very intense lager-y smell.
The Taste is almost the same as the smell. The taste is like BLAM! Its not like a skunky kinda taste. ITs fruity and very drinkable after a few good drinks. DOESNT TASTE LIKE 8% TO ME!!! Taste more like 4.5%.
Cant really explain the mouth feel. It kinda feels thick on the teeth. I cant explain it any other way other than chewy.
Sticks to yo teeth, ha.
Surprizingly, its easy to drink and not too bad of a price. $1.59 a pint.
By the end of this one it wasnt easy to finish as a first beer of the day. Ehhh.
It works for my first Russian beer.
Hail Russia for this cheaper, decent (Says 8% ABV I dont believe it, until the end of the bottle) Lager beer. Good for a change.
Hail Russia for this one.
(I love the price!!!!)
05-23-2007 05:15:35 | More by Clockwork420
3.3/5 rDev +18.3%
this beer pours a nice golden amber with a rich foam at first that dissipates into a persistant lace. it smells like a flat hop tire with a little malt bed under it. it tastes like a russian industrial lager. i expect what this is, or it's a really dumbed down american import of a russian beer. it says it's 8.0% abv but i don't believe them. it feels okay to drink and it is certainly an easily drinkable beer but it is hardly anything interesting. i've tasted more character in a cold pbr. the abv overweighs it's limitations on taste. the russians at least know how to brew a heavy as fuck beer that goes down easy without being a malt liquor like big bear or 211 or olde english.
05-23-2007 01:29:44 | More by idResponse
3.33/5 rDev +19.4%
Pours a golden color and has light carbonation. Head is minimal and mostly just a lace on the edge of the glass. After smelling it I thought it was just gonna be a generic macro lager. Fortunately the taste is decent and quite strong. You can definitely taste the 8% alcohol. Bitterness is at a minimum. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and somewhat smooth. Overall this beer is nothing special unless you want a beer to get you tanked and have a little more flavor to go with it.
04-27-2007 03:21:24 | More by DrainBamage
3.73/5 rDev +33.7%
This beer pours a medum golden color with a good white foamy head that settles to a nice film layer with a nice white ring lining the inside of the glass and some decent lacing. Pleasant aromas of roasted sweet malt are present and not much else as far as the smell is concerned. The taste is also of sweet, roasted malts and not really much else. There may be a subtle bit of hops in the aftertaste, but I am not sure. Has a crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The ABV is certainly well hidden. Fairly easy to drink. This is a unque beer. Never had a beer of this style taht tasted quite like this. It was tasty, but not great either. Worth a try. I'd probabley drink this again.
04-24-2007 00:04:18 | More by neenerzig
2/5 rDev -28.3%
Aw man, this takes me back. Back to more innocent times and games of Edward 40-hands. This is hard-core malt liquor, but of the European variety, which means that rather than creating rocket fuel and expecting people to pound it as quickly as possible, they add a good deal of sugar to it post-fermentation and you get a sticky-sweet mess.
The beer pours a delightful gold. The head is initially bubbly, but fades like it is a macro lager (which it is).
The smell is actually not that bad. It smells faintly of malt, but nothing too much. Just faint and inoffensive. Basically what a Euro-lager ought smell like.
But the taste. Yuck! As it hits your tongue, it tastes like water. Then there is a quick blast of faint malt followed by a sticky-sweet malt syrup! It tastes like unfermented wort and ass. Terrible. The aftertaste lingers for a mercifully short period of time and you think to yourself, "Well, it can't have been THAT bad . . ." and then you taste it again and you get that same terrible taste. Again and again. Yuck, yuck!
The mouthfeel is thin yet sticky. I've experienced other brews with this mouthfeel, and I've always found it pretty offensive.
Drinkability? Well, I can't give it a 1, because I am actually able to finish it. But it isn't good, that is for sure! I wouldn't buy this beer again, even if I just wanted a cheap vehicle for getting drunk -- there are better options out there.
04-07-2007 00:12:40 | More by shbobdb
2.33/5 rDev -16.5%
Балтика Девята №9
Bottle into Glass: The bottle has a new, modern label not the one show here.
This beer pours a yellowish color, with a thick full whip cream like head. The head disappears slowly and never fully, the top was always covered and the lacing on the glass remained the whole time.
It was a strong malt smell followed by a strong malt taste. The taste is so full of malt and true that it reminded me of whisky, though it was nice and sweet. For my taste it was a bit too much like whisky. Well I guess I should expect that from a malt liquor type beer
The consistency was nice, not too watery but it didnt coat the mouth either. The beer leaves a bitter after taste.
04-03-2007 03:46:01 | More by UkiPiper
4/5 rDev +43.4%
overall this is "good"...
thanks again to Alex for this sample.
Pours amber/brownish with a short fast dissolving white/tan head.
Smells mostly of malt, roasted malt.
It has a good taste, hence the 4 rating.
It doesn't bite and the 8% abv pretty much goes un-noticed.
I only had 1 bottle as a sample, but if I had another I would have drank it!
03-28-2007 02:14:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
2.6/5 rDev -6.8%
16.9 oz Bottle - 2006 Vintage - Served at 45 Degrees Into A Pint Glass
Appearance: 2 inch head pours with a champagne-esque consistency. The head is white and the beer is a pale yellow color. No sediment is apparent. The head subsides quickly with very little lacing to speak of.
Smell: Sweet wheat! Slightly metallic and some earthy aromas. Smells of sweet corn, daisy and other flowers.
Taste: Wow. This beer is pretty darn sweet compared to what I thought it would be. Clover honey and dandelion are the flavors. I've had this beer before and don't remember this same taste. Aftertaste reveals a hop bitterness. This is an odd and imbalanced taste to say the least.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation hits you up front and fades fast. Feels smoothe and light with little presence of alcohol, despite the 8.0% abv. Can't say it's any better than a BMC beer.
Drinkability: Not bad, but not good. Needs more flavor to contend with what's out there.
03-16-2007 22:21:56 | More by Risser09
2.9/5 rDev +3.9%
1PT .9oz bottle into pint glass. A sticker that says "ALE" covers up the best-by date. There is an ALE sticker because in Texas, anything above 5%ABV is considered an Ale, even if it's a Lager.
Ultra clear pale straw hue with a two finger frothy head that holds well for a beer of this style. Stringy lacing along the glass.
Light grain with a little bit of sweet alcohol.
Odd flavor, very light sweet cracker light grain with a strong alcohol presence that is usually paired with deep and complex flavors. It's almost like drinking like an alcohol-fortified Dortmunder Export. Almost no hop presence at all. Light bodied with high carbonation. The finish is sweet with the alcohol coming through.
I have to say, this is a very weird beer in my opinion. The light body is oddly paired with a high amount of alcohol. It's surprisingly drinkable, but it doesn't seem like a revisitable beer for me.
02-16-2007 06:38:04 | More by BeerSox
2.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Served from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a pale yellow color, with a big white head, looks very much like a macro. The smell is not very noticeable; slightly sweet and grainy. The flavor is fairly sweet as well, with definite fruit and vanilla notes. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, and drinkability is ok.
This is sort of like a slightly better than average macrolager, but not really anything special.
02-16-2007 01:08:29 | More by auntfloyd
2.98/5 rDev +6.8%
Appearance: This beer poured a light yellow hue with a foamy bright white head that stacked up roughly an inch and a half. There are many columns of bead floating to the top.
Smell: The aromas are all around vague. Corn/corn husks is the dominate scent in this one. Smells like most pilsner styled beers.
Taste: A corn flavor is present but it is not the pilsner I thought it to be. It has a slight Belgian Tripel taste with some buttered bisquits. My palate keeps telling me" hay field" but its still not quite there. The alcohol is strong but it plays hide-and-go-seek very well.
Mouthfeel: Thin bodied with a low side of high carbonation. Easy to drink. Almost spritzy on the togue.
Drinkability: At first, I was thinking this was going to be another beer that just bombs all around, but after takeing a few more gulps it slowly...slowly.. grows on you. Perhaps it is the strong 8% that I like about it. I wouldn't mind buying this up again, but it would not be in my regular rotation.
02-03-2007 01:02:00 | More by cheers2beers
3.3/5 rDev +18.3%
Working on my Baltika Extra 9 Lager as I speak, right here at the keyboard. First beer review for me! Not a bad balance on this one in my eyes, hints of sweetness in there, but with enough hops present to keep it interesting. The head was thick at first, but it was not a creamy one and had very little staying power. I could see buying it again at two bucks for a single; not a bad value at all. Three quarters of the way through the drink I can definitely feel the warming effects of the eight percent alcohol content. Not a bad beer, would not mind recommending it to someone for a try.
01-23-2007 05:02:42 | More by Commandogeraldo
3.43/5 rDev +22.9%
Baltika 9 Extra Lager pours out a fluffy white head
over a transparent yellow brew. Carbonation is steady
and moderate, and the nose is very pleasantly of malt
and yeast. The flavor is light malt, grain, citrus, and the
smallest touch of hop. I think the 8% alcohol by volume
really adds to the crispness of this brew. To be honest,
I've had beers with more a sophisticated blend of flavors,
but there's something strangely refreshing about this one-
it's one of the better lagers I've had and I really think I would
buy it again.
01-12-2007 08:50:55 | More by shadow1961
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.