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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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545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | 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)
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Photo of armock
1.8/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that dissipates to almost nothing

S - Sweet malt with an alcohol presance

T - Disappointing malt upfront then an alcohol taste

M - A little watery with medium carbonation

D - Theres not much that is good about this beer if anything I'd just call it a Russian malt liquor

armock, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of JDV
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Light medium gold yellow pour with little white head. Smell is an odd mix of Alcohol, yeastiness, and a chemically smell, so in other words, not great. Taste was similar with a bit of bitterness, sort of malty sweetness I guess, and a cheap, hot alcoholic. Not very good, and wouldn't get again.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of morimech
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This has a very pale appearance with a short lived head that leaves a ring on top of the beer. Carbonation bubbles cease to rise shortly after the pour.

Baltika #9 has a sweet malt with a little floral hop added.

Has a bit of a odd taste. Grain with a lot of unfermented sugars with a shot of alcohol. The beer also suffers from a lack of carbonation. It is a combination that makes this a hard drinking beer. This definately needs a stronger malt base. Not a good beer but I bet it would be good for getting a buzz fast.

morimech, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#9 pours two and one-half fingers of thick white head atop a clear golden body. The smell is mildly hopped and malted, sweet, and otherwise bereft. #9 is a bit too sweet for me, heavy on the maltose syrup and far too light on the hops. This could really use a good dose of bitter hops to offset the predominant corn sweetness. It could also be more carbonated, going a bit flat near the end of a mug that hasn't exactly been nursed.

All in all, this is a decent beer, drinkable and with good elements. But with several imbalanced elements, this requires a makeover. More hops + less maltose syrup = better strong lager.

Gehrig, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of berserker256
1.25/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I bought this beer in a 51 ounce plastic bottle mostly because I had never seen such a creature and partially because I wanted to reuse the bottle to bottle homebrew. It's got a hazy yellow-brown appearance with barely any head at all. It smells weird. It smells like old peaches and hay. Or perhaps an 11-year-old Jolly Rancher that nobody wanted to eat because it was apricot. It tastes sickeningly sweet and coats my tounge with an unpleasant chemical-like fruity, dry, hatred. Uuhhhh... I don't know how I'm going to finish this crap...

berserker256, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of steinlifter
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a clear medium golden color, thin tight collar.
smelled rather grainy and sweet.
pleasant taste nice little hop tang, followed by a very sweet aftertaste, kinda too sweet.
mouthfeel was creamy and bubbly
drinkability is o.k kinda reminds me of an American Malt Liquor, it's alright, is about all I can say...

steinlifter, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a clear deep golden color with a light white head and little lacing.

Aroma is sweet and grainy with a definite sense of alcohol to it.

Tastes is sweet grains and alcohol. Much like a malt liquor.

Light mouthfeel, alcohol warmth, and light carbonation.

This is pretty much your average Russian strong lager.

Monkeyknife, Nov 25, 2007
3.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9 oz. can. Can opens with what seems like no carbonation. The pour shows there is a good bit of carbonation resulting in a three finger off white head with crackling bubbles. Body is a very pale bright gold. Nose is soft with wheat and yeasty vanilla notes, very crisp and resembling a german pilsner. A soured malt hop mix is first to reach the tongue. Slightly sweet and syrupy long on the palate. A rich bitter hue stay on to make up the mouthfeel. By time it hits the belly the warming starts, thats the only thing that tells of the 8% alchol. Nothing bad to say about this one. Nicely drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of animal69
2.17/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this one had a 8-11-07 use by date on it (no wonder they're 0.97 USD each !! ); pours a golden colour w/ a fluffy white head which immediatly dissapates minimal lacing low co2; mostly alcoholic nose, maybe a hint of a toasted/caramel malt; not much for taste, adjuncts mostly, reminds me of a Steel Reserve Am. malt liquor, only w/ a faint hop presence; a syrupy sweet med-full body w/ no carb. flattish finish; not really looking forward to finishing this one, another strike for Baltika, their beers are either really good...or really bad....

animal69, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of jkdrummer
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jkdrummer, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of hopalongassidy
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

hopalongassidy, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jwc215, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

soupyman10, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Pepeton
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.


Pepeton, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of crazybrody06
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

crazybrody06, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

SaCkErZ9, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
3.9/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$1.45 / 16.9 Oz Bottle
County Market
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.

cdkrenz, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of livingregret
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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

livingregret, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Overlord, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of dkoehler42
4.22/5  rDev +51.3%
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.

dkoehler42, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Pegasus, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Clockwork420
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%
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!!!!)

Clockwork420, May 23, 2007
Photo of idResponse
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

idResponse, May 23, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

DrainBamage, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
3.73/5  rDev +33.7%
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.


neenerzig, Apr 24, 2007
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