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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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Reviews: 393
Hads: 641
Avg: 2.78
pDev: 33.45%
Wants: 8
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

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 FLima
2.51/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color with a three finger head with good retention.
Faint aroma of biscuit malt and grassy hops.
Sweet malty flavor with grassy hops and hints of booze and sweet syrup. Boozed aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation with small bubbles.
Right at the front it did not feel right to me. Too sweet with a non-harmonic booze giving a low drinkability, especially for a 500 ml bottle. I seemed that it would never finish.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this one at a fair in Yerevan, Armenia. It was about $2.50 and I was just looking for something that packed some high alcohol content. The smell was pretty off-putting, it smelled almost like someone just dumped some hard liquor into a non-alcoholic beer. The taste pretty much followed the nose. Can't speak for the appearance as I had it in a bottle and I don't know enough Russian to ask for a cup. I don't think I'd ever drink this again unless I'm really in a beer drinking bind somewhere in the ex-Soviet Union again.

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Photo of braugon
1.2/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Looks like ___, smells like ____.

Tastes like sugar, chalk, flour, ginseng root.

I would rather drink Olde English, not sure about this being better than any 40oz.

I was like hmm 1.99, in with the bombers, maybe they know something cool on the cheap...

Can't even pretend to be cool with this one.

I just take the loss, full responsibility, I need a BMC to bring my taste buds back.

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Photo of YardmanFTB
1.98/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Baltika Number 9. I, like probably everyone else that is not a raging alcoholic, tried this beer due to the fact that it cost $5 and came in a 51 ounce coke-like plastic bottle. There is a certain intrigue where you're thinking... It can't be that bad can it?

From that point of view, it's not that bad. If I were down on my luck and needed cheap booze, I would pick Number 9 before a 40 ounce of malt liquor any day.

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Photo of hardy008
1.72/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Straw color with a foamy 2 finger white head, with decent retention and lacing. Smells like overly sweet malt and alcohol.

Doesn't taste any better than it smells. Alcohol and sweet malt. Reminds me of Malt Liquor. Harsh in many ways, and unappealing in every way.

Medium to full bodied and overly carbonated. Not much to say about this beer other than it sucks. Definitely recommend avoiding this train wreck.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.97/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sweetness in a strong lager. It looks and acts a little weak on the pour. There is no huge billowy head or lacing. The aroma is nice but I enjoyed drinking this beer immensely with my meal. It went down very good with some Russian Jazz by the Ganelin Trio Poco a Poco playing in the background. This is a must try beer in my book. Good sweet stuff.

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Photo of Serick507
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from a bottle into a tall weissber glass

A: Deep yellow golden with two fingers of a fluffy white head lots of small streaming bubbles, nice thick lacing

S: Sweet, bready, fruity, alcohol

T: Grain, booze, over ripe fruits, slight metallic flavor on the end, the booze really stays with you, goes down nice and warm.

M:Medium body and carbonation, warm as it goes down

O: Very nice import malt liquor, packs a good punch, one of my go to beers for if I want to get drunk. Could be dangerous due to the relatively light mouth feel and 8.0% ABV. I enjoy the bite very much though.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured cold from the $1.99, 16.9 oz bottle.

It is a clear, very light yellow colour. It looks exactly like the ram's piss from the movie Beerfest... Slightly hoppy to the nose with a distinctive yeasty-funkiness. The taste is like a slap in the the face. The 8% ABV is QUITE apparent with a bit of grain-taste. There is a nice aftertaste of hops, but that doesn't help you get over the fact that you have a full glass to get through. You should expect to get what you pay for, but this is what I would think that the ram's piss from the movie Beerfest tasted like...

Would I buy it again? Never.

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Photo of Hellomjb
2.72/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First of all the giant 51oz plastic bottle is a pleasant surprise, very Eastern European!!

The appearance is yellowish gold with very little head. Next the smell, slightly fruity and grainy with hints of caramel, and almost a smokey leather with the alcohol coming through in force! The taste is strong with notes of a porter. Again the alcohol comes through as a major player. The finish is rather fast with only a slight linger on the tongue. Fairly smooth texture. Overall this beer reminds me of a cold Russian winter night. When the only thing on ones mind is staying warm and enjoying the company of ballerinas and comrades past.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

$1.99 for a 16.9 ounce bottle, so why not?

It pours a hazy yellow color. It must be unfiltered because I can see particles floating around. Reminds me of Sea Monkeys.

The small white head faded fast and so did the little bit of lacing that formed.

It has a smell of sweet grains and alcohol.

The taste is fruity and sweet, It is lightly carbonated and oh yes, there is a mild alcohol burn going down.

This is strong. 8% ABV but I think it might even be stronger.

Overall, as far as beer goes, it is not that great. But if you want a quick buzz on the cheap it is not half bad.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.16/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled 6/7/12. Best before 6/7/13.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity flavor on the finish. There is an alcohol kick and a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is strong and pretty much undrinkable.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Average retention, resulting in a sparse lace.

Smell - Grainy malt with hints of honey.

Taste - Follows the nose. Really big, sweet and raw honey notes wrapped around some earthy grain and with a bit of alcohol. Subtle notes of grass hop bitterness comes through near the end. The finish is quick and somewhat clean, with a lingering hint of honey and booze in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, but with some malty stickiness. Decently carbonated. Goes down fairly smooth, despite the mild alcohol burn.

Overall - Very malt liquor like, only with a much better flavor. The bright honey character is simple, but effective. All in all, not a bad beer. Would I ever buy it again? Eh, maybe... but probably not.

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Photo of djura
2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Poor appearance. Almost no foam,no bubbles,yellow color.

S-A bit of brown sugar,sweet,usual for strong lagers.

T/M-Sweeter taste,caramel,warm alcohol. It's not undrinkable,but not so good for this style,above average.

O-Expected much better,but this time i got not so good beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-dark golden with a nice white head

S-bitter european grains and some dark honey. Strong scent

T-comes in with a bitter taste of dark honey and grains. The after-taste is strong of syrupy honey. Has a touch of booze to it, though not too evident. Not terrible

M-low carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-okay, this isn't terrible. Reviews make it seem like its going to be undrinkable, but it's really okay. It definitely doesn't go down too easily. It's a cheap beer, and it's okay considering. It has a certain taste to it that makes it fairly interesting 

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Photo of rangerred
2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml can into a pint glass.

Pours a very slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin fizzy head. Poor head retention and no lacing.

Smells like rotten apple juice. Very citrusy but not in a good way. Some alcohol comes through as well.

The taste is not very good either. Very sweet and fruity. A little bit of bread up front but it is quickly overtaken by a nasty, sweet, apple citrus. Alcohol in the finish.

Overall, not a good beer. It is pretty hard for me to choke down and definitely not something I would buy again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.24/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.02/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.62/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.16/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.82/5  rDev +37.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
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).

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.