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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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562 Ratings

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 26.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Ieatlambfries, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

VoodooBrew, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

HardTarget, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Absumaster, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of supernaut
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

supernaut, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber color with white puffy head that quickly fades. Smell is minimal with only a slight sweetness to be found. Taste is also minimal, but not unpleasant, with slight sweetness present. Finishes very light with little if any flavor. Way too easy to drink for an 8% beer. Alcohol is completely hidden.Almost seems as if it should be a malt liquor.

tgbljb, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of russpowell
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours straw colored with a white bubbly head that settles in at 1/4" head. Average head retention/some lacing

Smell: Sweetness, alcohol and some grainy notes

Taste: Intense sweetnes up front with dryness frutiness & alcohol in the finish

MF: Chewy, grainy and needing more hops and less carbonation& pricklyness

Worth a try drinkable for the the heft. Not sure I'd stay for more than one

russpowell, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of Drew966
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a 16.9 ounce brown bottle with a best before date of 18.04.06. Pours a pale yellow with fluffy head. This beer definitely smells like alcohol, and alcohol is defintely noticeable in the taste. Definitely tastes kind of like a malt liquor, but more drinkable than your typical forty in my opinion. I think this is pretty drinkable for an 8 percent lager. I don't think I'd go looking for this, but I wouldn't pour it drown the drain either.

Drew966, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of Redrover
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16.9 oz brown bottle with a clear best before date.

Beer pours a light gold with a large initial head.

The smell is a bit grainy, with grass and some pepper notes.

The taste is slightly harsh and metallic. The 8% alcohol is clearly present. Becomes more medicinal as you work your way through the beer. Hops appear to be MIA. Maybe it’s the Maltose syrup listed on the ingredients list that adds that foul taste. Moderates a bit at the end, but this beer borders on a drain pour.

The mouth is average but the drinkabilty suffers from the taste. I can’t believe this is the same brewery that makes the tasty porter. Perhaps this is the Russian version of a cheap malt liquor?

Redrover, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Baltika 9 pours out a clear yellowish color with a white head. It leaves an intricate pattern of lacing on my glass. Cloyingly sweet grain aroma with some corn. Decent grain flavor. Very simple, with little off flavor. Alcohol is very noticable, and hides any flavor there may be. Mouthfeel is a little bit thick. I wasn't a big fan of this beer, but I suppose it could be worse. Drinkability is poor. It's no easy task to finish a bottle of this stuff.

beveragecaptain, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear yellow color…unremarkable, with a moderate, fluffy head. The aroma is alcohol and sugary-sweetness. There’s a cereal and grainy quality of the aroma as well, but the alcohol smell is unshakable. Despite the initial smell, the beer is actually drier than expected. Moderate to heavy body. The finish is bitter, with a serious alcohol quality. Three’s really not a lot else going on with this one. I’ve been impressed with other beers from this brewery, but this one is simply uninspiring.

Suds, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of shirfan
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden with a thin but sticky layer of suds remaining after 2-3 minutes.

Aroma of pale malt, slightly peppery.

Taste: A definite note of alcohol leads the way here, appearing again as the sip ends with a warming, yet not overly unrefined presence. Medium-bodied light malt bridges the gap, with a very light lemon zesty flavor.

Nothing here that would appeal to another sample, but if you feel the urge to get tipsy on a couple bottles of Russian beer, this would do it.

shirfan, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of snilsen13
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It doesn't look like much. Maybe the Russian lettering is going to worry you some, but this is exactrly as advertised and how many strong lagers are you going to find? Well maybe a few if your lucky but this is the only one I've had access to.

Lager = chilled fermentation. Chilled fermentation to 8% ABV results in a crisp flavor that lets the strength of the brew go directly to the taste buds. This is a drink for those who like the taste of alcohol. If you like this drink you might also be fond of pouring shots of Scotch into lawnmower beers (this can be pretty yummy BTW).
EDIT: others don't detect the alcohol. This could be the case for the majority of drinkers (read below) but it's not a problem for me to taste the alcohol. I think these other folk are associating alcohol with bitters, this beer isn't bitter. It reminds me a strong pilsner, honestly.

My best experience with this is bringing a case to a NYE party and seeing that it was the right call! We all wanted that big ass bottle and it drinks really well in a party atmosphere. That's Baltika in a nutshell, good at parties. In fact it was my favorite brew in Santigao, Chile, where parties ran long and late into the night.

snilsen13, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew while visiting with a neighbor who happens to be a chef. He was given this as a gift by some of his Russian Co-workers who held this up as an example of Russian beer supremacy. "Much stronger than your American Beers". So followed some beer advocacy as he put down his Bud to share this with me. I pointed out the pale straw color and the white head that left some nice lacing on the glass the fairly faint aroma of alcohol and floral hops as well as some sweet malt. The very sweet taste up front with a short mildly dry finish. Fairly light bodied for it's gravity and overall we both agreed that it was very drinkable.

I found most of this exchange ironic as he was sharing some fine red-wines including Pinot Noir, Shiraz and some bold Cabernets...yet he was drinking Bud and was unable to identify anything in the flavor profile that he liked or disliked apart from wet and cold...

Citadel82, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of HochFliegen
2.35/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale gold. Nice amount of carbonation and head to go along with it.
Smell is plain except for a slight bit of honey. But thats about it.
Taste was like a carbonated water not much flavor at all just a slight hint of sweetness. Cant really detect the 8%abv either though.
Overall kinda bland.

HochFliegen, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of rebel1771
2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold color with not much head. First thing you notice with this brew is the malt sweetness followed by a not so lovely corn flavor. Wasn't expecting much from this brew and I wasn't suprised by the outcome. The only saving grace of this beer is the 8% alc. Probably won't be picking this up again in the near future.

rebel1771, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a big bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt with a dose of cough medicine. Taste is more enjoyable then I was expecting with a nice base of sweet malt, limited amount of corn or adjunct is detectable and then cough medicine appears at the end to ruin it all. Could have been worse but could have been a lot better.

Phyl21ca, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Head is big, white, noisy, fluffy. Beer is very clear gold. Pretty. Sweet fruit and some spice share the nose with a little barbershop. The beer starts fruity sweet with some alcohol. Middle is thick and fruity: a little cherry syrupy. Finishes sweet with peanuts and anise. Alcohol sours the mix a little. Again, not really bad. Some decent spice, sweet fruit. But alcohol and some syrupy cloy detract.

kbub6f, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale cornmeal yellow with huge bubbles clinging to the bottom and sides of the glass. The cap looks incredible, especially for such a high-ABV beer. It's blindingly bright white and as sticky as all get out. Multiple bridges of foam have formed from head to glass and look like a taffy pull when they break. Quite a bit of lace helps what is already a good looking beer.

#9 Extra smells like an especially rough, raw, alcoholic malt liquor. Grain soaked in grain alcohol pretty much covers it. I have a feeling that words like complex, subtle and refined won't apply from here on out. Offensive? Not quite. Appealing? Not in the least.

It isn't quite as bad on the palate, but then I knew what was coming. As far as the flavor is concerned, I don't know that I'll be able to improve upon the 'rough, raw, alcoholic malt liquor' comment, so I think I'll use it again. It tastes like the brewers wanted to cut corners and just added a copious quantity of rubbing alcohol to Baltika #3.

I can usually get past an overwhelming alcohol presence and delve into the underlying beer, but I'm finding that task especially difficult in this case; mostly because ethanol is such a large part of the flavor profile. I've had a few Euro strong lagers that were decent, so I know it's possible to brew such a beer. Baltika missed the boat with this one though. Some of the better American malt liquors are nectar compared to this stuff.

The finish is sweet and hot. I'm beginning to get hot as well and feel like I've just done a few shots of Stoli. The mouthfeel is indistinguishable from Baltika #2 or #3 (both EPLs), lending credence to my theory that this is simply a higher alcohol version of those beers. Drinkability would be higher if I'd retire this pint glass and break out a shot glass.

Prior to today, my assigning of scores to Baltika products was directly proportional to the number on the label. From #2 and #3 on the low end to #8 (wheat) on the high end. Baltika #9 shoots that relationship all to hell. This is an ethanolic mess of a beer that I can't recommend under any circumstances. Homies in Red Square would be better served by a mass importation of Steel Reserve High Gravity.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Different label than shown, all-English for the US market. Half-liter, labeled as "Extra Lager" (whatever that means), best before date 18.04.06.

Pours a light clear gold with a medium white head with some staying power. Aroma is corn and watery grass, not far off from an American malt liquor. Very fine carbonation rises throughout.

Taste is sweet and a bit fruity without being too off-putting. The hops are faint but present, mostly a grainy sweetness dominates. Finish is dry with just a touch of alcohol. Nothing offensive or revolting, just not my cup o'tea.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy, not surprising. I would definitely characterize this as a malt liquor, although a shade better than the US brands. Interesting, possibly worth a second look, not sessionable though.

assurbanipaul, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a creamy large white head that settled over unusually bright yellow/gold liquid with just a touch of haziness. The nose is sweet sugary maltiness mixing with sharp bitter smelling hops. The taste is pretty much as the nose was described...very sweet malt, almost saccharine sweet followed by strong hop bitters and some palpable alcohol in the throat. Finishes long and bitter with a sweet flourish...nice to enjoy as a one-off, but not as a session brew.

beerluvr, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.35/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eh. I had no idea what i was buying when i picked this up. Didn't realize there was even a category for "Euro Strong Lager." I saw that it was a Russian lager at 8% ABV, and i thought it would be interesting. Whoops. Basically, this is Russian malt liquor. Olde English for Eastern Europeans.

Pale straw color. Decent aroma. Not skunky or medicinal or anything. A little bit of spicy hops come through. But very thin on the taste. Alcohol hits you in the nose. Just one dimensional and boring.

I'm really disappointed, because i guess i was hoping there was something like a Russian doppelbock and this was it. Nope. Bleh.

Bonhoeffer, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of dungaree
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Corn, corn, corn! It smelled like corn, taste like corn. Poured light golden, like corn. Tasted some stale hops. I got the impression that they were doing their best to cover the high alcohol content, but I could definitely taste the alcohol. Of course, the first thing I tasted was corn, then the alcohol would poke through. Not a bad mouthfeel, lots of bubbles. Russians are known for vodka, not beer, so I guess this is a notable try at brewing. Reminded me of Budweiser with lots more alcohol.

dungaree, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a malt liquor I don't care what the label says. I sampled a king cobra today and this tastes like a clone.

head retention is decent, crystal clear super filtered and straw pale yellow color. mixed carbonation that sizzles in the mouth.

crispy up front with some biscuity,wheat taste that fades rapidly into a slight slight hop finish. An odd drying spicyness in the middle slammed together with a massive carbonation smacks the palate around abit. This one could get you crocked fast at 8% and the bonus is that this beer is fairly cheap for an import and has maximum warming without the coarse feel of some local malts. I kinda wish there was one more ranking category "price vs quality"

DogFood11, Aug 22, 2005
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66 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.