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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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

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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 25.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of livingregret


2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 03:21:56 | More by livingregret
Photo of Overlord


3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 03:18:50 | More by Overlord
Photo of dkoehler42

New York

4.22/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 08:16:49 | More by dkoehler42
Photo of Pegasus


3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 13:11:05 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Clockwork420


2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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!!!!)

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 05:15:35 | More by Clockwork420
Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 01:29:44 | More by idResponse
Photo of DrainBamage


3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2007 03:21:24 | More by DrainBamage
Photo of neenerzig


3.73/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 00:04:18 | More by neenerzig
Photo of shbobdb


2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-07-2007 00:12:40 | More by shbobdb
Photo of UkiPiper

New York

2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 didn’t coat the mouth either. The beer leaves a bitter after taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 03:46:01 | More by UkiPiper
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 02:14:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Risser09


2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 22:21:56 | More by Risser09
Photo of BeerSox


2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 06:38:04 | More by BeerSox
Photo of auntfloyd

New York

2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 01:08:29 | More by auntfloyd
Photo of cheers2beers


2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 01:02:00 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of Commandogeraldo


3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 05:02:42 | More by Commandogeraldo
Photo of shadow1961


3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 08:50:55 | More by shadow1961
Photo of chadspivey


2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

december 2006....poured into a pint glass

A: pours a clear yellow, very light yellow. Head is impressive, about two fingers, but dissipates fast.

S: not impressed here. smells like budweiser or something related. Macro swill is what I think of. Very light malts, very little hop presence.

T: slightly better than the smell. From the smell, i didn't know if i'd finish this beer. apples and vanilla in the taste make this beer bearable.

M: very light mouthfeel. suitable for a lager, i guess, but nothing impressive.

D: this is one of those beers that you say, "well, you can't taste it after about 4 beers, anyway...". I'd probably choose to keep drinking this over just going sober at a party, but only if there were no other beers available.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 01:46:02 | More by chadspivey
Photo of Cresant


2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 16.9 oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottle was dated 06.04.06. Body was rich golden with a moderate off-white head. A lazy bead of carbonation rose steadily.

Smell was corny and grainy. Pilsner like at times (husky and lemony).

Taste was sweet. Lemons, sugary syrup. Husky grains. Well covered alcohol.

Mouthfeel was medium, body and carbonation. This is not one I will have again, too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 02:40:06 | More by Cresant
Photo of aforbes10


2.15/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

the "loser" of our Baltika Challenge. this is a clear beer with a white head that pours almost like a spirit. doesn't smell strongly, which i wasn't expecting....kind of corny like baltika's #2 and #3. some alcohol on the nose too. Taste had too much on the ethanol/rubbing alcohol side of things and too little on the beer-ness. way to go, you created alcohol. thinner than expected and off-putting overall. Vlad says that in Russia its much better and popular (likely due to the ABV).

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 15:58:56 | More by aforbes10
Photo of shivtim


2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The last beer of the Baltika challenge. A very clear, mildly yellow beer with a white foamy head. Way too clear. Nose is sweet alcohol, mild hops, and some corn. Taste is grainy with strong alcohol and more alcohol. Mouthfeel is ok. Drinkability is hurt by the alcoholic taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 02:55:26 | More by shivtim
Photo of AltBock


2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. bottle with a label that is a little different that the one pictured on BA. Mine is a black label with gold trim on the top and bottom and with a big circle in the middle that's 4 circles deep. The outer circle lists the ingredients, next comes the word "Extra Lager" in white letters with a red background, then comes 4 barley rows, and then it finishes with a big black "9" with a beige background. Above the main picture is the Baltika brewery crest, right is the Govt. warning, and to the left is the refund values. If you go southeast of the label, you'll find a Best Before date. Mine says, which I'm guessing is a born on date of 06.04.06 and a Best before date of 06.04.07. I just found out that there is information about the beer in small words next to a barcode on the black with gold trim neck label.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was a pale straw yellow with a 1 finger head of white foam. What made this appearance so nice was the fact that the head of foam had really good retention and left behind plenty of white foamy rings and plenty of white sticky lace. After 30 to 40 minutes, there was still a small head of white foam on it. For a beer that looks like an average American macro, it had an appearance that I enjoyed seeing.

Smell: I guess the aroma of this beer could have been worse. It had a simple, yet average aroma of sweet corn, little malt, a hint of bitter hops, and all of this was in front of a subtle juicy fruit background.

Taste: Like the smell, the taste of this beer could have been worse. The initial taste was just sweet malt and corn. After that comes from what I believe is a subtle taste of metallic juicy fruits. The sad thing is, is that was the highlight of the taste. A slight taste of bitter hops after that kinda covered up the metallic juicy fruits taste. I thought that since it has an ABV of 8% that there was going to be a strong taste of alcohol. I really could taste any alcohol to this.

Mouthfeel: For a beer that supposed to have an ABV of 8%, this has to be one of the lightest beers I've had. I'm not joking! There was no sign of a strong beer. If they didn't tell me it had an 8% ABV, I would have guessed it would have been at 4% or 5%. Other than that, there wasn't much going on in the mouthfeel. It was light and with an aftertaste of subtle bitter juicy fruits.

Drinkability: If you happen to like light beers with little flavor that are supposed to be relatively strong, then you better pick this cheap import up. I had it and I don't hink I'd pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 20:17:51 | More by AltBock
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.65/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale but rich gold with a frothy and very lacy snow-white head. Smells of sweet pale malt, very faint grassy hops.

Hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste but there's a good amount of alcohol heat here too. Keeps the beer on the dry side although there is considerable sweetness from the malt. Mouth is semi-sweet with a dry herbal aftertaste. Warming alcohol in the belly. A good drinker. Decent malt liquor style beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 01:40:36 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of kernalklink


1.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured well, though distinct strong malt aroma was present. Taste was as advertised- strong alcohol with a rice cereal-like sweetness, most definately from the added maltose. The Extra 9 must be the eastern European answer to the Steel Reserve, if not a little more sophisticated.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 14:15:47 | More by kernalklink
Photo of Byeast


3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 00:24:59 | More by Byeast
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.