Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of BubbleBobble
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MizzouBrew
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chrismattlin
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Harrison8
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent straw with a finger of white foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is straw, barley, pilsner, bready, earthy malts. There is a prick of alcohol popping through the nose, but fades quickly. Flavor profile is straw, pilsner, bready, toasty malts with herbal, citrus, medicinal hops and red apples. It starts thin and then expands into an expanse of flavors. Alcohol lingers on the tongue after the malts and hops fade. Mouth feel is lightly effervescent with a crisp texture. Combine the crisp texture with the medium-thin consistency and it makes for a refreshing fairly high octane beer. Overall, fair balance between malts and hops, with the 8% ABV somewhat tamed.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 500mL bottle.

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Photo of DOCRW
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of the_awesometeer
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer is a clear straw color with a thin head. The beer smells a little grassy and grainy. The taste is like a Bud or something. There is no real flavor. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, watery, and a slight hint of alcohol.

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Photo of cryptichead
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of wize
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a Russian supermarket in Berlin
Light fizzy head fades semi quickly but reinforced by tons of bubbles, fair lacing, clear watery tan color

Nose big sweet malts, like candy, honey candy and little caramelized sugar, mild alcohol, little perfumey fusel alcohol

Taste sweet candy malt, toasted grainy malt, mild lager notes, but perfumey fusel alcohol, again a bit of honey malt and honey spirit, candy extracted into alcohol, mild fruity esters like banana

Mouth is med bod tingly carbonation and alcohol

Overall not bad much better than I expected, although not great. I wonder if the stuff we get in the States is very old or cooked on the boat over

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Photo of epyon396
2.47/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueSpader
3.54/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemmy187
2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Buglumpbeer1971
1.57/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

This has to be the Russian equivalent of Schlitz Malt Liquor. Watery with a very strong alcohol finish. College kids would like this stuff

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Photo of dandy14
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of artemfl
1.07/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of puck1225
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass. Clear yellow color with good head and lacing. Sweet grassy smell and taste and some earthiness. A bit of a boozey finish and some warming feel. Not a bad beer, but I will likely stick to double IPAs, etc. for this level of ABV.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.7/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Couldn't pass this up at $1.50 USD per 1 pint .9 fl oz can at a beer shop in Brooklyn, NY.

"Extra lager." 8.0% ABV.

Can is a standard pull-tab with a generic label but a red and black motif that works.

APPEARANCE: Clear dull pale copper. Off-white head of decent frothiness. ~5 minute head retention (not too shabby for an 8% ABV lager).

Looks okay. Not particularly enticing, but there's nothing egregiously off about its appearance.

AROMA: Candied aromatics are prominent, actually, evoking a cheap fruity brew. Malt syrup/extract. Heavy malt sweetness. 6-row barley, pale malt, maybe crystal malt. Sweet bread.

Aroma suggests a saccharine brew with no hop flavour whatsoever and a syrupy mouthfeel. I'd rather have the booze than the covering malty sweetness, but at least there are no off-notes.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE: Cloyingly sweet, hitting on heavy 6-row barley, pale malts, and crystal malt sweetness as well as cheap malt syrup. Horridly attenuated. Sweet bread.

Lacks any hop presence whatsoever. No yeasty notes aside from maybe fruity esters (which shouldn't be there in a lager anyway).

Simple, shallow, off-putting, cheap in taste.

TEXTURE: Syrupy. Overly thick. Unrefreshing. Off-puttingly chewy. Overcarbonated. Poorly executed.

OVERALL: Syrupy boozy garbage with heavy saccharine sweetness that destroys any chance at drinkability. I'd rather have almost any American malt liquor...this is pretty repugnant swill. Russian rotgut through and through. I'll be blending this with what's left in my can of Busch Light just to get it down.

To its credit, though, it could be boozier, could have a worse mouthfeel, and could have more egregious off-flavour. Not the worst beer I've had by a long-shot, and I'd happily take 2 cans of this over 1 of Budweiser Chelada.

F (1.70) / AVOID

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Photo of ordybill
3.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light golden color with a small white head. The aroma is faint grass. The taste is fairly watery with a large alcohol bite.

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Photo of monkist
3.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quite bright in color despite its higher ABV content of 8% - made me scared, thought of the strong FAXe for a moment... Was expecting something like Golden Pride, something maltier, a strong ale or its kind. But what is it really? A strong lager, it seems like, with a characteristic smell but in its taste overdoing it quite soon. On the borderline between being good (taste) and bad (smell) but somehow for being quite dense it tends to be to the good side. Honestly it is not bad at all, just its lager-y nose makes you kind of confused at every sip. Its slight booziness is well covered by its dense and sweet overtone and you keep wondering where its density comes from.
After Trekhgornoye and the grand 5th Okean, this Baltika also proves that Russia is quite good at making stronger beers, although in a much rougher, pub-friendly manner than what you would expect in the west. But that they make with high standards!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.51/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nearly 16-oz bottle (damn metric system) into a typical tall-tap glass

Pours very much like a typical American nondescript lager, except for the size of the bubbles--they are massive. The effervescence persists throughout the drink. Otherwise, the expected honey-gold of an adjunct lager.

Grainy aromas are the most present and persistent (corn for the most part) with some remarkably strong and pleasant floral notes. The aroma is not complex, but very inviting. Sweet for sure, but not offputting at all.

Compared to the nose, the flavor is a bit of a disappointment, but still solid. Clean booze is very present, and evokes comparisons to a malt liquor. Still, there is a point counterpoint going on here. Malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness, and boozy/grainy bite are all there.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, but not watery. A nice crisp finish.

I've always been tempted to try a Baltika, but was scared off by the reviews. Will I try this one again? Probably not soon. But I'm glad I did. It's remarkably solid compared to what I expected.

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Photo of mishi_d
2.62/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Marvicsin
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of EmeraldMist
3.32/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours a slightly hazy clear golden color, a finger of bright white head, a few patches of lacing.
Aroma - Sweet, faint honey, raw grains.
Taste - Like the aroma. Syrupy sweetness up front, wonder bread malt body, mellow alcohol, maybe a bit of honey, no real hop flavors or bitterness to pick up. Finishes grainy.
Feel - Medium bodied, ample carbonation, surprisingly low alcohol warmth.

Overall - It's weird. Reminds me of a malt liquor crossed with mead crossed with a pilsner. Not bad.

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