Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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European Strong Lager
Ranked #65
Ranked #47,464
2.84 | pDev: 25.35%
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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Photo of jkblr
3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

15.22oz (450mL) bottled 16.10.18 BB 16.10.19 poured into a mug at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with vague sweetness and malt. The taste is semisweet pale malt plus some cooked grain with an apple/pear fruit note that trails into a mildly bitter finish. There is some raw alcohol in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and semi dry in the finish. Overall, ok. It's a little rough, but better than most domestic malt liquors. Fermented too hot and not lagered long enough is my guess.

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Photo of jrc1093
2.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 10/16/18

Pours a clear pale straw with a very slight off-white head that recedes quickly to a spotty cap and thin collar of foam; fair amount of lacing is spread thinly across the walls of the glass.

Aromas of pear soaked in boozy disinfectant evened out by an almost syrupy cherry sweetness; there is a balance of malt and bready grain circulating somewhere here, though; sweet and boozy in equal measure, the bouquet no doubt screams 'fortified'.

Taste is booze-soaked cherry skins upfront followed by dense hay and a syrupy, malty sweetness; direct and uninteresting, if not fairly innocuous save for the boozier aspects.

Mouthfeel shows a lower carbonation and a pretty crisp medium body to start, but turns more syrupy over time; a boozy punch peaks with the mid-palate, and luckily largely softens into the relatively thin finish.

Rough stuff for sure, with a boozy presence that wavers at times but never quite leaves; unfortunately that's what holds this back from being anything but a last-ditch option in the fortified ale category.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
2.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks like a healthy Pils when poured- Nice bubbles,head, some lacing. Smell is a bit of a conundrum, Zero smell, I have never had a beer, let alone a 8% ABV with literally no smell. Usually some cereal grains or at least booze. Taste sort of weird ,pear and disinfectant-Feels crisp and finishes dry. If getting drunk is your objective I guess this some neutral way to do it.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s got a very light, almost watery taste. Sweet, no hops to speak of. If this is really eight percent, I’m going to feel it like a “Home Alone 2” brick to the head shortly, ’cause I’m downing it like it’s a four percenter. Later… Ah, there it is. All told, nothing foul to speak of for flavor, though nothing that truly stands out. But it’s got enough alcohol to give you a bit of a kick in the pants. 2018/09/26

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Photo of Harrison8
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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 the_awesometeer
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 jlindros
3.52/5  rDev +23.9%
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 puck1225
3.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -40.1%
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 +25.4%
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 +31.7%
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 +23.6%
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 EmeraldMist
3.32/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of Ant777uk
1.36/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Nothing I love more than a beer that is strong.

And this is Russian? Never had a Russian beer before, looking forward :) Will probably go totally crazy though after and start riding motorbikes through traffic jams and suspending myself from skyscrapers...

Nearly no head. Looks like apple juice...

Can't really smell anything. Maybe it's a good or a bad thing, we shall find out shortly.

Taste is seriously not good. Like...something is seriously fucked with the ingredients. Though as it's 8% I'm going to drink it anyway...this cannot be wasted...

It gets some extra marks for being strong. Without this, it would score around 0.

Ok cool my flat is on the 4th floor, balcony there is a full moon...going to steal a motorbike and fight some English and selfie time...woo

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Photo of bbtkd
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Baltika #9 Extra Lager, 8% ABV. Pours thin and pale yellow with a two finger white head that left some lacing. Nose is malty, taste is sweet and malty, with almost no bitterness, but slightly salty close. Great mouthfeel. Overall slightly excellent. I tried their #7 last night and this is similar, but with higher ABV and less carbonation.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.61/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: Sligjtly cloudy beer coming off an amber color with light to medium bubbles to the frame.

Smell: bland scent which dissipates after a while.

Taste: Sweet alcohol. Might overwhelm the tastes of the malts.

Mouth: Light carbonation but still sticky. Lacks a bit of body but has a raisin finish.

Overall: Descent brew, can't really complain when it's free. Definitely would drink again but wouldn't hunt the world for it. Salud!

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Photo of Mongrel
3.04/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoying(?) this beer somewhat blind. I've seen it around plenty but had no idea what it was aside from an 8% Russian lager that received the "superior taste award" in 2008.. hmm.

Actually thought it was a porter. Couldn't have been more wrong. More like a double bock/malt liquor hybrid. Not terribly bad though. Sweet for sure, but there are actually some hops present that lend some crispness. A little peppery spice. You could do a lot worse if looking for a cheap buzz.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Straw colored with dissipating white head in the medium carbonate brew. Smells of grass, malt, and faint hops. Tastes similar, off balanced with corn and grain, grass, touch of hoppyness. Over sweet flavor. Finishes good but a little flat.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.94/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle in a snifter via a friend from work--Thanks KEVIN!
This decent little lager pours a lightly hazy straw color with a nice
white head of foam that settles to a thick ring and subtle pool with
little lacing. Nose of sweet malts, apples, and light biscuit. Flavors
follow the nose with honey and apple touched breaded notes with a
grassy hop flavor on the rear. Decent moth feel, warming, crisp, and
a sweet finish. Overall a decent brew at a good price. Nothing to hate--
it's better than many mass produced macros out there.


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Photo of sokol_1993
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Darker yellow, Lively but not that much head or retention. Dissipated quite fast.
Smell and taste is quite malty, with some biscuit and hop taste. Clean. Quite easy to drink despite its high level of alcohol, which is not present.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From a bottle, pours a clear yellow with a quickly dispersing white head. Essentially zero aroma. Wow, this beer traveled a really long way to taste so utterly mediocre. It tastes like a Bud Light that someone's dropped a vodka shot into and then stirred to remove most of the carbonation. Sad really.

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Photo of DanLane
2.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A: pours well with an appealing gold amber color, a 1cm head that quickly disappears.
S: very mild scent of hops but very little else discernable. Not a fragrant brew.
T: surprisingly mild on the palate initially considering the alcohol content, but that malty flavor really lingers in the aftertaste.
F: sharp with a lot of carbonation.
O: 99 cents for a 16oz can didn't give me high expectations, but this is decent considering the price. There's nothing complex about it and it does have that malty aftertaste, but for the money it's a bargain.

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Photo of SaltofOH
2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 21.10.15, BB 21.10.16. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a crystal clear yellow gold with half a finger white head that recedes to a ring of white with some large bubbles on the surface. Very little visible carbonation. Zero lacing.

S: some lager yeast, some grain, fairly clean and typical lager smell. A little funky, malt dankness hanging out in the background.

T: arrives a sweet, light tasting, full-on malt attack. I picked this over a brown ale, and apart from the roast and esters, I'm hard pressed to tell the difference. Mid palate that maltiness and frankly sweetness grows. Not a corny, overpowering or cloying sweetness, though; it is restrained by hops-barely. Ending is heavy Pilsner malt sweetness with ever so slight bittering hops. Initially it tastes better than malt liquor, but then becomes cloying.

M: full bodied and perhaps on the lighter side of heavy, maybe just heavy. Not much carbonation for a lager. I can feel this settling in my stomach and it weighs a ton.

O: superficially, this tastes better than the Steel Reserve; but that didn't ever get cloying or feel heavy, and this does. Though this was only 60 cents more expensive, which blows my mind and says something, not sure what. I don't dislike this, but it seems like it is purpose designed to promote unhealthy drinking habits, and is Russian, so this is likely a one-off for me.

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Photo of smbslt
2.32/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright, clear yellow with a bright white head that fades quickly. Too little carbonation.
Damp granary smells
Sweetness does not gives way. Once it does fade it is replaced by a faint alcohol taste and sting
Like others tried it because it was a Russian beer. Can't see a reason to ever consider again.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled back on 3/2/16. Bought a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) nicely embossed brown bottle for $2.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 500ml handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a clear golden in color with a decent head. A decent amount of lacing was seen as well. Aroma is of musky grains, malts with some spice. Taste was close to the aroma with a decent amount of sweetness from the malt coming through. Medium+-bodied with just below average carbonation. Overall it was OK. This line of Russian brews are a great value for the money if you can find them. I tried 5 different ones so far.

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 711 ratings