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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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581 Ratings

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 26.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.65/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Photo of kernalklink
1.86/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Photo of Byeast
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
1.72/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a really pale clear yellow with a two finger large bubbled white head that melts pretty quickly.
Aroma is lightly (read LIGHTLY) sweet malt and a touch of''...soap. (nope...honest...the glass was clean and soapless)
Taste is sweet...strangely sweet....a little corn...a little rice (are their adjuncts in this beer?)...a little bubblegum....a lot of alcohol...and enough 'nasty' to make it a drain pour for me.
The tastes just shouldn't be in this beer...the bubblegum really throws me off for a lager and especially one so strong.
No thank you....
Enough is enough and I can't finish this pint.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if I’m rating the same beer as everyone else. This one has a red label, and says "#9 Strong Lager". Since I found no others to match. I’ll rate this. I was actually impressed with this beer, much more so than the Baltika #6 Porter. The flavor, while not real recognizable, was smooth and left a good finish. If this really is the same beer, it was a far cry above the Schlitz (Bull) Malt Liquor I drank as a kid, and I must say I actually enjoyed this beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps a bit atypical of Euro Lagers. It didn't have a dead skunk in it! Actually the flavors were quite malty and sweet, with a noble hop earthyness and pungentcy. A grain aroma persisted under the heavy malts and (corn) adjuncts, which transpired through to the flavors. The grain 'bitey-ness' was light and overshadowed by pilner malt flavors and textures, and sugary sweetness. Hops were regulated to offsetting the sweetness, and adds an herbal quality to the beer. Tastes dangerously close to a malt-liquor with the residual sweetness and abrasive alcohols.

Photo of Neehan
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale gold with a very thin, quickly disappearing head. A sweet smell of malt and syrup is noted. A very sweet taste that lingers long after it goes down. It tastes like it is too low on the hops and needs a better balance with bitterness and carbonation. A light, mouthfeel that is unremarkable and consists of nothing exceptional. If this beer has been preceeded by several others, it's drinkable otherwise probably not the first drink of choice.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.01/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is apale golden with a short pure white head that vanishes to a ring pretty quickly.

Smell is mostly of adjuncts. Very sweet corn smell with a noticeable alcohol background.

Taste is very sweet with an unpleasant grain alcohol flavor that makes me want to gag. There is a faint hop taste on the finish, as well as a slightly unpleasant metallic taste. This beer would be better with lower alcohol- the hops would come through more, although you'd still have to deal with the strong corn flavor. Right now it tastes as if someone dropped a shot of cornschnapps into a slightly better than pedestrian lager.

Mouthfeel is okay- fairly sticky, not refreshing, not interesting. Carbonation is fine.

Not very drinkable. If I hadn't already had a couple of beers tonight, I'd finish it. Given that I have, this ones a drain pour.

Photo of karst
3.21/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 20.09.05 pours clear golden yellow with white dense short lived head that falls to a cap sustained by beading leaving the sides of the New Belgium0.4 L rastal sniffer well laced.
Aroma light but suggesting sweet malt with some light floral hops (Saaz?) hiding its 8%abv.
A medium body - slightly dextrinous mouthfeel - with moderate carbonation provides a creamy middle that finishes nearly dry with help of moderate hop IBUs and almost hidden alcohol. Been putting this off thinking it would taste much more harsh. Although the aromma and taste became slightly fusel with warming, drinking this was not that big of chore.

Photo of shertzogovina
2.47/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml can.
Pours bright yellow with a fluffy white head that disappeared quickly. large bubbles floating around.

A somewhat surprising fruity aroma with hints of pineapple, but other than that almost no malt or hops are present on the nose.

The taste is far from good. medicinal bitterness is dominating the mouth, the fruits are long gone, and still no signs of malt or hops . awful coarse finish flavored with pure alcohol.

decent mouthfeel, highly carbonated and light to medium bodied.

Not a fun drink to have. Avoid if you can and try the brewery's #6 instead.

Photo of klewis
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear and very light straw color with a bubbly 3-finger head.

S: Subtle aroma of malt and honey.

T: Sweet malty taste with some honey. Alcohol presence is nowhere to be found. Slight Heinekenesque aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

D: I have to admit that this is more drinkable than I expected. I bought this out of curiousity and probably won't buy it again, but at $1.72 for a 500ml, it's not bad.

Photo of stcules
1.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Light golden yellow, abundant foam, even if not compact, and not too persistent.
At the smell some malt, a light floral. It's a relatively light smell for a beer of this alcoholic strenght.
The taste is malty too. Maybe too much. But the alcohol is well hidden.
Nothing to remark, anyway. Too malty. Light notes of honey and camomile.
In the aftertaste, again malt and honey. Too much. In the end, boring. Again light camomile notes.

Photo of soulgrowl
1.15/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pale champagne-straw. Fizzy white head breaks down into a cratered, quivering froth, and then into nothing.

Smell: Rock candy, sweet corn. Muffled whisper of dandelion. Mild skunky and sulfuric aromas poke through the sweetness. Slight rubbing alcohol character emerges as it warms.

Taste: Oh my god, who put vodka in my MGD?

Mouthfeel: Sharp, watery, numbing, and abrasive.

Drinkability: This beer is nightmarish. Maybe it would be passable if you drink it ice cold, but otherwise... ugh!

Photo of ernie
1.18/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Malt Liquor at its worst, an awful beer that gained a vast popularity in the skid rows all over Old World. Generally, it's possible to brew a really strong pale lager, and there are some very successful examples of the style. In St. Petersburg the brewers (or, more likely, managers) were busy only with packing their product with alcohol. Well, they succeeded and offered us a horrible brew. Thanx, no!

Photo of WMBierguy
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Here it is: the Russian version of Camo malt liquor. The beer looks like a Budweiser, but has a a half inch head that it retains for a minute or so. The taste is unpleasant, and is very similar to a strong American malt liquor. It does get a bit better as you drink it, but I expected more from it than what I got. If you really want that malt liqour taste, then buy an American malt liquor; you can get 2 for the price of a single Baltika 9.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden, but looks darker as it sits in the pint glass. One finger head that thinned out, but kept a 'skin' of head throughout.
Smell of malt, alcohol and damp grass.
Taste was totally absent of hops. Hidden pear affects and malt.
Creamy feel, did not go down smooth. Alcohol bites a bit, but nothing 'extra strong'.

Photo of plaid75
1.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a medium straw hue with no head to speak of.

The smell was rather subtle, with hints of alcohol and grain.

The the taste had a light sweetness to it, but was dominated by a heavy alcohol taste. With the ABV being high, but not insanely high, I was suprised by the strong alcohol flavor. I attribute it to the lack of body and flavor.

The mouthfeel was very heavy with alcohol.

Not a very drinkable beer. I did not enjoy this one.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer dispenses from the 500ml brown bottle an archetypal clear gold lager color, the head modest in size, frothy in texture, and the color bright white, after its erosion the lace a velum like sheet to cover the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, fresh and crisp; the start is sweet, the grain profile adequate and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is sternly acidic, the hop apropos to the style, the high ABV, does show through at the very dry finish, not a good beer, but not as bad as I remember.

Photo of daliandragon
2.82/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet notes of malt and caramel are the strongest of several in the nose of this frighteningly light and neon tan color. Head is just a flimsy cap of froth. It's strange to think that under that light yellowish hue lies 8% abv.
Ouch. That first sip was a bit of a doozy. I wish I had chilled that sucker a bit. The taste is a bit grainy and also saturated with alcohol. Subsequent gulps reveal some roof of the mouth astringency and a relatively clean mouthfeel and finish.
Not neccesarily good but I could see buying it again under the right conditions.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale golden yellow. Large puffy three finger white head, which dissipated within a few minutes. Not much lacing left at all. Some slow rising bubbles.

The smell was a mixture of sour malts and grains. A slight hop presence was detected as well as some alcohol.

Upfront flavor of grain and malt. Slight hop presence in the background. Presence of alcohol was easily detected in the finish. A flowery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was watery and thin.

Drinkability is average. Goes down easy, but with a heavy abv that would deter me from making a session out of this.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal-clear golden yellow with a big white head that disappears all too soon. Not much in the way of an aroma save for a slight tartness and evidence of alcohol. The flavor is for the most part neutral, with some malt and adjunct in there. The finish is moderately bitter -- surprisingly so -- and quite dry. The hefty alcohol (8%) finally perks up a bit in the aftertaste, and its warming effect stirs gently in the gut. For a basic, mostly flavorless lager, Baltika 9 could be a lot worse, and it's pretty cheap taboot. Worth a crack if you don't have any real expectations.

Photo of HardTarget
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Big 1 pint, 9 oz brown bottle, label notes 8% abv. (whoa momma) and best by 18.04.06 (sampled 21.03.06).

Aroma: Firm yeast aroma with some sweet corn and light hops.

Appearance: Blindingly clear yellow mug with a lasting creamy white head

Flavor: Strong flavor. It starts with some citric/lemon, then goes over to a grainy middle, and finishes with an alcohol chaser. Tastes like a Bud and Vodka.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture, full carbonation, slowing drying finish, medium-light body.

Overall Impression: Wow, that’s a kick in the head. The 8% isn’t shy at all, really showing up in the finish. It’s big and bold, and I’m glad I tried it, but it’s Russian Malt Liquor, I think that says it all.

Re-Reviewed March 4, 2007

Bottle Inspection: Comical 2 qt. 11 fl. oz. plastic bottle, looks approximately to be 1 liter, complete with screw top cap. Given that, it actually has a lot of good information on it. 8% abv., best before … ok, two dates, 30.08.06 and 01.03.07, I’m going to assume the March 1 date, as it’s March 4, 2007. Small print circling the 9 lists no preservatives, ingredients: water, pilsner barley malt, maltose syrup, hops.

Aroma: Cloyingly sweet with corn and rice like aroma. A bit of fusel alcohol spikes it all.

Appearance: Fine bubbles cling to the sides of the glass, but don’t form a head. A mild orange amber yellow lightly hazed glass. I’m pouring the second day, as this was a dead soldier from last night.

Flavor: Malt liquor. Sugary sweet, firm hot alcohol, slight peppery hop, a bit of earthy grain. Given what it is, it’s fairly palatable.

Mouthfeel: Low carb (again, second pour), dry hot finish.

Overall Impression: I poured out a bit for my homies in the gulag. A fair malt liquor, with the positives and negatives of the style represented.
Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

Photo of Absumaster
3.21/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I poured this one, I was amazed by the brightness of the beer. It looks a lot like any pilsner, with a gold yellowish colour and with a small head.
The smell was also very similar to a pilsner, slightly grassy and some malt notes. very mild.
So I wasn't very surprised to taste a strong pilsner beer, not too much going on,slightly bitter and pretty dry, some hops in the back. It went down very smoothly.

I was disappointed by this beer, it is not bad, but it lacks identitiy.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.35/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pour a very thin pale yellow body that has almost no color. The head is a web of huge bubbles with a thin white film on the top of that. There is a really strong carbonation of medium bubbles.

S- A very light aroma with a hint of noble hops is all it has to offer.

T- This beer has a light crisp flavor with faint hints of slightly sweet pale malt and a noble hop hint of bitterness at the end.

M- This has a light mouthfeel with a light watery texture. No sign of alcohol.

D- This beer is too light and there is really no taste and aroma only faint hints of malt and hops. It is interesting that they can hide 8% abv in this beer with little flavor.

Photo of supernaut
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer in an ethnic market, and decided to give it a try, along with several other Easterners that I picked up with it (beers that is).

A - Very basic pale yellow pee color resembling any number of euro lagers. Virtually no head retention, no lacing. Nothing really all that impressive.

S - I'm not sure why I even bothered with wafting this one, as it lacked any truly interesting or noteworthy qualities.

T - Tolerable, possibly even average. Its not really fair to compare this large scale boozy beer with some of the equivalent craft beers I've been trying lately, so I gave Extra 9 a slight benefit of the doubt. You definitely pick up on a slight maltiness that only slightly masked a more pronounced booziness. The unfortunate thing is that the 8% ABV isn't really all that beneficial to this beer. It fits more into the Malt Liquor category than anything else (i.e. being boozy for the sake of being boozy). That being said, there are some very subtle and slightly pleasant bitter tones poking through from what I suspect is a meager hop content. There is nothing special about the taste profile here. Just simplicity to the utmost. Listed as the ingredients on the bottle are: water, pilsner barley malt, maltose syrup, and hops. Hmmm sounds like my first homebrew.

M/D - Despite its relative weakness in taste, Extra 9 does make a decent drinkable and cheap beer. It still comes off on the thin side, as evident from the first pour. It goes down no differently. It does however finish relatively cleanly.

Overall, it has an added rarity factor (at least stateside) and the minimal requisite degree of taste present to not be entirely out of place in my fridge.

Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.