Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 612
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | 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 Fatehunter
2.56/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a plastic cup. Finger and half of head. Golden colored with a tinge of copper.

Smells of wet malt and candy.

Super sweet taste beginning to end. Nothing else happening here.

Medium body, low carbonation. Fairly crisp for high ABV and malt content.

With a high ABV it gets the job done. Nothing else to see here folks. (333 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.24/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally! A euro strong lager I can buy in America. Sadly, this is my least favourite euro strong I've had so far. But it's not terrible.

Pours a vibrant yellow into my mug with almost no head.
Smell is cheap, cheap graininess. Smells like all other euro strongs.
Taste sadly is not to the same standard as every other euro strong I've had. It's quite sweet as it should be, but it's quite lacking in flavour of higher alcohols. I can hardly detect any at all. It's as if there may not even be any present. Apparently, they didn't rush the brew on this one. There is also some cheap hops to balance, giving it sort of a pilsner-like taste. There's fruity, yeastiness present too. It's not as clean as other euro strongs. Tastes less like a chemistry project and more like a beer. This would probably be top notch to a beer snob within this particular category. However, I like that higher alcohol taste and am sad to see it lacking in this beer. However, it's still a decent lager and unique from anything else you can buy in America, so I will probably be getting it again. I'm very glad someone decided to import this and I think I'll look into some of Baltika's other beers as well. (1,185 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
2.02/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Saw the ugly monstrosity of a 51oz bottle in the store and had to buy it.

Clear, pale yellow, with some rising bubbles. Smell is light grain, and stinky/sweet alcohol. Smell isn't strong enough to be especially off-putting. The taste is more like bad wine than beer: Sickly-sweet overripe/rotten apple juice, stinging alcohol, and an odd 'garbage-juice' taste.

Got me good and buzzed, but I want my beer to taste like beer. (425 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up this beer to knock off another one of the 104 styles. I am down to something like six beers left.

I wasn't expecting much from this beer. I just needed it to be a Euro Strong Lager, but then... I really liked the Baltika #7.

This is beer tastes like the BMC should. It is really mild. The smell and taste are almost non-existant. The BMC's have more (bad) flavor.

I get a little alcohol in the background after each drink, but it wears off quickly.

I recommend the number 7 over this one. The only real reason to pick it up is to review the style. (565 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.62/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Should preface that "bottle" serving type means 51 oz. Plastic soda bottle.

Production date 23. 09. 11 07:28
Best Before 23. 05. 12 3W

A= Pours a fizzy yellow beer color. No real head on it or lacing. Pretty much what I expected

S= Smells really weird. Alcohol is one of the aromas but also some strange sort of spices. Typical corny macro lager smell but there is something deeper in there. I almost wanna say coriander but it's not that. Maybe it's all in my head and its just booze and corn.

T= Tastes about like you would expect. A strange mix of corn alcohol and a weird sweetness. Not as rough as I thought but still a rough drink. Holds up there with some quality malt liquors.

M= Highly carbonated and fizzy

O= This beer is unique to say the least. Well worth trying for the comical bottle type and worth trying again if you wanna get fucked up. It was cheap, came in a large bottle, and high in alcohol. Everything you could want in a Russian Lager. (964 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.16/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9oz served into a Great Divide pint glass.

A - After opening I noticed a rust ring around the opening of the bottle. Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with a bright white head that leaves some lacing behind.

S - Sweet and sour grain, apple juice,

T - Apple juice, very sweet rice malt, chalky yeast on the finish. Not a whole lot going on.

M - Firm body with ample carbonation.

Not too bad. Very sweet and the alcohol wasn't that noticeable. Good mouthfeel as well. (479 characters)

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.82/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a branded pilsner glass, poured like apple juice. It was a very sweet and heavy beer for the colour. Heavily malty finish, reminiscent of a quad style, almost chewy in effect. Light sweet citrus and pear on the tongue. Low carbonation, and very full body. (265 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with high amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin white head that quickly reduces to some small thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Lots of sweet adjunct malt aromas with lots of graininess. I also detect some hints of toffee sweetness and some corn. The aroma of alcohol is quite pleasant. I'm glad I was drinking this out of one of the pint glasses I have with a wider opening as the aroma of this beer was too aggressive to be contained and could have overwhelmed.

T: The beer starts sweet with adjunct malt graininess and some corn sweetness as well. There is a light hint of something like artificially flavored apple juice too. The beer has a really harsh finish with lots of booze present.

M: Slightly more than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thick and almost syrupy. The mouthfeel was tough to determine since the taste is so harsh with the alcohol that you did not really want to hold this in your mouth to make determinations.

O: Not easy to drink, sessionable, or very enjoyable. I could best describe this one as apple juice that has spoiled (really badly) with grain alcohol added to it. Alcohol is far too present in this beer. I will not be getting another of these. (1,309 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down and left a big patch of bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass; these never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of apple juice in the nose along with notes of alcohol.
T: The initial taste has sweet flavors of corn—this abruptly changes to harsh flavors of malt liquor. The alcohol in the finish leaves your tongue tingling like bad cough medicine.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has hints of syrup-like consistency.
O: I’m glad I found this beer in a tall boy can because it was much easier to drink compared to a large plastic soda bottle of this. The drinkability isn’t that good due to the alcohol in the finish. (856 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.47/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a slightly hazy golden color with one finger of off-white head. The retention was not bad and it left spots of lacing throughout my sample. The aroma was of macro grains, booze, a little metal, crystal malt and some bread. The flavors were actually not bad, given how strong this beer was. I tasted the cereal grains first and foremost but behind that was a more subtle note of pilsner malt and bread. However, these distinctions did have to be made by ignoring the undeniable punch of booze that left no doubt this was a Euro Strong Lager. My Russian gf used to get hammered drinking this with her friends when she was younger and I can see how that easily could have gone down. I actually didn’t mind the flavors, including the punch, but I’m sure many would not be impressed. The mouthfeel however was nice, the body medium and the carbonation light. A big Russian beer and not for the faint of heart (or palate). (957 characters)

3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.Pokal glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Golden color.Off white, close, crown.Retention is good.Mildy malty aromas, craspberrie & honey notes. Floral touches.Sweet malty upfront. Fruity tea-like flavor too.Slightly dry bitter in the middle with some apple skin astringency. Light body, medium-high carbonation.ABV well hidden as esters masking hoppiness results in a very pleasant drinkability.Fruty malty finish. Suggested pairing: salty grilled T-bone steaks. (464 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika 9 has a medium, white head and a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and little-to-no lacing. Aroma is of sweet malt and white bread. Taste is of grain husk, barley, bread, a touch of hop bitterness, and then, in mid sip, a rush of alcohol that stays with the drinker. One also picks up a lemony aspect with this. Mouthfeel is medium, and Baltika 9 finishes heavy and somewhat crisp. Drinkability is not high; it’s a sipper. Overall, this is a very good and interesting beer.

RJT (516 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.02/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Crystalline, yellow body with a large, rather bubbly, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, lightly cereal-scented notes behind stronger scents of soap and ethanol. Yick. I totally understand why I’ve put this Baltika off for so very long.

Taste: A little dash of sweet powdered corn sugar paired with some very lightly malted barley. Soap suds and a burn of alcohol instantly wipe the smile from your face. Low-grade lemon cough drop. Things just quickly fall apart at the finish with the harsh tastes taking over.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I eventually noticed that each mouthful was getting progressively smaller till they became teensy pained sips. That’s when I decided to call it quits with Baltika 9 and swap to a tall glass of water. (857 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
1.7/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Pale Yellow Orange and slightly hazy. There is a lot of carbonation going on here!

Smell - Very Sweet Cider with some grassy notes. There's some decent malts in here as well. The smell reminds me of a malt liquor almost as it's got a very sweet alcohol scent to it.

Taste - Very Strong & Sweet alcoholic flavor with a solid malty backbone and a disgusting cardboard flavor; There are no other flavors in here aside from those.

Mouthfeel - It's light in body but carbonation is way more intense that it ought to be.

Overall - If I wanted to drink malt liquor, I would've bought a 40 of Mickey's for $1.89, not $2.99 for what I paid for this. In fact, I actually PREFER Mickey's over this. It's got too much of an unbalanced & alcoholic flavor and it just feels unpleasant on the palette, so stay away from this! (856 characters)

Photo of gtermi
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pretty basic gold with a thick white head that quickly fades.

S: There is a weird malt smell, that almost smells just like wet cardboard.

T: This has your basic lager taste and actually masks the high alcohol very well, but its a pretty weak flavor for something so strong. It is not anything special, but not bad either.

M: A good amount of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue. It also leaves a dry feeling in my mouth.

O: This is just a basic boring lager. I am not a huge fan of lagers, but I have had much better lagers. (552 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
1.67/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured in a Pilsner glass. Reviewed live.

A- two finger white head. little retention and no lacing. Yellow and sort of a sickly greenish. Clear.

S- Grassy and light. Very mellow smell.

T- Malty and not special.

M- Light and lowly carbonated.

O- This is not a good beer. (276 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
2.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, label says production date of 24.04.11, best before 24.04.12. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear golden color with about an inch white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like corn/grain, sweet malt and some alcohol. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma. There's a strong corny/grainy sweetness, with some alcohol noticeable too. The sweetness was a little much after a while. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with a good amount of carbonation. Well, this beer isn't awful, but it's not exactly good either. I guess it's close enough to average overall, maybe a little below. (654 characters)

Photo of gestyr
2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a chalice from a 51 Oz plastic bottle.

Appearance: Pours a yellow with a very thin white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: corn and a strong cidery aroma. It also has a slight smell of alcohol.

Taste: Corn and cider, some alcohol

Mouthfeel;" Very light. Almost like water

Overall: Since this is a euro equivalent of a malt liquor, it holds to style. Nothing great here. (389 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.59/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, small alcohol notes and very faint fruitiness. In the taste, same as the smell, small alcohol burn and a small fruitiness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar like aftertaste. A big lager, a bit dry and a small alcohol presence all the way through. (348 characters)

Photo of Caterwaul
3.74/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the kind of beer that I REALLY shouldn't like, but there's just no helping me sometimes; this tastes great to me.

Probably because it just tastes and smells like honey kvass with hops added. It finishes a bit like a bourbon whisky; corny, grainy and a little woody- bracing, but it invites you back in.

as far as appearance is concerned, it's nearly amber in color- looks like cheap maple syrup straight from the microwave

This is what I buy when I want to get VERY drunk VERY quickly and not have too much to complain about as far as taste (it's a little like drinking a loaf of bread, soggy with hard liquor). It warms you up like no other.

Gotta be good for that Russian winter. (693 characters)

Photo of redleaves
2.21/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours light yellow. Crystal clear, nose is werther's, grain and something else that doesn't seem right. Taste is okay, nothing too off putting, sweet caramel malts. Doesn't actually taste that much like a lager, more like a high gravity ale. The 8% tastes more like 13%, not great not good, price is right and better than most high grav swill. (343 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
1.97/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From 12/24/11 notes. Picked this one up at Stateline in MD a few days before as I've never had a Euro Dark Lager. Style #101 of 104; closing in on all 104. Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat murky bright yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention at all and light, spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of corn, wheat, grains, and biscuit malts. Not too bad, though bland and nothing really going on in the nose. Way better than the taste as it wasn't offensive.

t - Tastes of corn, musty, earthy cardboard ntoes, grains, wheat, and biscuit. Something very weird here in the taste, and pretty bad.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overcarbonated which hurts it.

o - Overall just a bad beer. Overcarbonated, doesn't look very good, and the taste is pretty bad; couldn't finish the botte. The nose isn't too bad but based on everything else, I wouldn't buy this one again. (986 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
2.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours light yellow with a finger of white head. This is the lightest beer I've ever seen. For real. Almost looks like dirty water. The head settles down right away and leaves just a thin layer of white foam.

A little bit of sweetness here with some standard lager aromas. Perhaps corn with a biscuit aroma. This is kind of like drinking malt candy. A little bit of toasty caramel with a bit of sweetness to round out. I guess now that I've typed it it's not that bad, but I don't dig it for sure.

Light body with plenty of carbonation.

I bought this because I don't think I've reviewed a beer from Russia. So I guess this did what I wanted it to do. (688 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute glass.

Look - very light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and off-white colored foam.

Smell - a very fruity essence to the smell, almost like apple juice or something like that. Beyond that maybe something of a malty type of smell.

Taste - interesting initial taste. It tastes a lot like a barleywine if it were on the "light" or pale side. There's a maltiness in the general quality, but then a bitterness wins over toward the finish. Finish itself is smooth though.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but maybe just a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - very interesting brew. I'd not tried anything quite like it before and enjoyed the experience. (708 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

500ml bottle, bottled 19-9-2010, poured into a Duvel tulip. Style tick #100.

A: Crystal clear pale, bright gold body under 2 inches of pillowy white head. Strong retention and plenty of lace. Practically perfect for the style; no complaints at all.

S: Holy shite that's nasty. Flint, gunpowder, rotten hay, vanilla, and booze. It does get slightly sweeter and more tolerable as it warms, but it never becomes remotely tolerable.

T: Musty malt and fusel alcohol. Dry, boozy, and boring.

M: Medium body, plenty of frothy carbonation. Solid.

O: This is worse than your average malt liquor, so I have to assume that it's below average for a Euro Strong Lager as well. While not quite gross enough to be an instant drain pour, I'm not sure I'll be finishing the whole pint. At least it was only $2.

Cheers! (807 characters)

Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
65 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.