Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
Baltika Breweries

Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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From:
Baltika Breweries
 
Russian Federation
Style:
European Strong Lager
Ranked #46
ABV:
8%
Score:
66
Ranked #30,218
Avg:
2.82 | pDev: 25.53%
Reviews:
435
Ratings:
751
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 04, 2022
Added:
Nov 08, 2001
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  82
SCORE
66
Poor
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
Notes: The first bottling of the Baltika #9 Strong took place as far back as 1998. Beer lovers immediately appreciated the novelty.

In 2005 the brand cardinally changed its exterior and a little later Baltika Breweries started filling it into a convenient PET package that quickly became popular with consumers. At the same time the "Devyatka" (meaning "Nine") popular name became the official name and is now used on the label.

The collection of the Baltika Nine brand contains about ten awards of various international contests. In spring 2008 the Baltika Extra won a silver award of the annual Superior Taste Award contest in Brussels (Belgium) that is one of the most recognized contests of product quality in the world. The jury includes representatives of prestigious European culinary institutes and the International Sommelier Association (ASI) who make "blind testing" of the samples of the products submitted for the contest, which guarantees an unbiased voting result. The honorary award of the "Nine" is another proof of the compliance of this brand’s quality with the highest international requirements.

Baltika Nine is produced under a license in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan & Azerbaijan.
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3.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
The pour is straw colored with a moderate amount of carbonation. The taste is between light to medium body, corn, mild caramel, grains, a little alcohol heat on the backend but nothing too off putting. Surprisingly, the 8% strong abv for a pale lager is melded well in this beer. All in all, I've not had too many strong abv pale lager but from what I've had I did care for much because the abv was not hidden well, this is actually not bad and I'm not drinking it bone chilling ice cold temperature either. If you thought about giving up on high abv pale lager you need to give this one a try, this is definitely not a poor grade failure of a beer but the beer is a little too sweet tasting for a lager. Cheers! B-
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
i didnt love this, its strange, but a strong export lager is cool when its challenging a little bit, so many samey beers in this space, so i liked it as a one and done, something new, especially with russian cuisine, cool we can even get this here in idaho! it pours a pretty honey color, not much head after a second, but it looks bubbly and about right for what it is, no complaints here. the nose is a tad sweet, corny to me, or even extract malt rather than all grain, cheap a little bit, but the alcohol is invisible which i think is somewhat uncommon in these. the flavor is sweet in a strange way up front, apple juice, hard cider, that kind of thing, definite red apple, honey, again maybe pale malt extract, a little caramel. thankfully i can taste some lager yeast which makes this more dynamic, and it finishes less sweet than it starts. very light hopping to finish, maybe not super fresh either, but it satisfies with rich flavorful food, study but palate cleansing enough too, and the carbonation is good. not in a hurry for another one, and i have liked some other baltika offerings better, but this was fun to try and better than its ratings here...
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Reviewed by C-Stockwell from New Hampshire

3.22/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
L: stale urine with minimal white head
S: faint bananas, malt, and hops
T: hopped water
F: somehow thick and cloying

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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Poured from a 15.22 Oz bottle into a pils glass.

Look is actually quite nice. Big fine and rocky 2 finger head. The head dissipated to a covering of white bubbles. Lively carbonation and a golden color with a very slight haze. Somehow this even does some lacing better than some craft beers.

Smell is not as nice as the look. Kind of reminds me of an American malt liquor but not as bad. This one does have some hops on the nose and some malt behind the off-ness of it. It is however an old bottle, and it says it's brewed on 23-10-20 which was about 1 year 3.5 months ago.

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Feel is quite watery. Wish there was a bit more body. It's easy to put down but that's because it is so thin. The head does add a bit of mouth feel but it's not the longest lived.

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2.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours a brilliant golden color. Clear, with a handful of large bubbles coursing upwards. Three finger white head forms on the beer before dissipating.However tons of lacing coats the glass as the head recedes and the beer is consumed. Also a thin residual layer of foam sticks around on the top of the beer. Aroma has notes of sweet malts, sweet bread - it kind of reads on the nose like an under attenuated beer. Very one note as well.

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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Beautiful clear, honey yellow body; lots of excellent carbonation; thick and creamy head, white and sculpted; thick foam rings circle the inside of the glass. Little aroma; very quiet sweetness and spiciness. A pleasantly sweet taste with a prominent but not in-your-face booziness; herbal; mild bitterness; some phenol presence. Heavy body with a slight velvety texture, creamy; fairly heavy residual sugar smoothness; slight alcohol warmth.

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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
L: Murky yellow straw with a short lived white head
S: not too bad, pleasant sweet malts and straw
T: Oh Dear God! Bitter and sweet at the same time and not in a good way. Over ripe apples & pears with background apple seeds, stale bread, undertones of some sort of solvent
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O: I've tried to review this to the BA guidelines, but there are no redeeming qualities
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Reviewed by SolaceSniper

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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.39/5  rDev -15.2%
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours an amber color with a small white head of puffy foam. The head fades rather quick leaving tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a caramel smell mixed with a bit of breadiness and a moderately strong alcohol smell. Along with these smells comes a bit of a corn aroma and a touch of hay.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet corn and caramel syrup flavor mixed with a bit of bread and grain. As the taste advances more and more booziness come to the tongue and with a touch of paper and hay, it leaves one with a big malt liquor like taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly thicker and more chewy with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of flavors the feel is pretty good and makes for an easy drinking feel for the boozy and sweeter taste.
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Reviewed by edward_boumil from New York

3.55/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Overall, its an ok beer. Nothing bad about it, maybe it is just that its very boozy for a lager, which takes away from its drinkability. Despite this, its still quite drinkable.

Has really good head retention as well.

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Reviewed by InterdimensionalOddesey

3.54/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Overall, it's incredibly smooth for an 8% beer that is relatively lightly hopped. The overall flavor is decent, the smell and overall mouthfeel is pretty good. I'd say that it generally has a very good overall mouthfeel. The only real negative attribute is that it does not have much of a head, but generally speaking I'd say it's a pretty good beer. Have had it several times already and would definitely drink it again. I'd say it's a pretty good beer overall
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
A bottle dated 25 11 19 (Nov 25, 2019)

A 2$, 15.22oz bottle of 8% lager from Russia? Why not? (Other than it's big bottle of 8% lager for only $2. ;) )

Clear gold , with quickly-dissipating white head. Pretty beer, except for that blink-and-it's-gone aspect of the head.

Smell is sweet bready grain, and fruity mix of sweet apple juice & pear. Slight solvent-like alcohol aroma , similar to a WCDIPA that's still a bit young. First impression is helles-like, but stronger, before the alcohol scent registers. I'll perceive this as a pleasant aroma , if the taste is also, but suspect it doesn't auger well.

Taste is initially like the fruity aroma, but less sweet, then a lightly spicy component like some witbiers & saisons, with an almost vodka-like flavor, but less strong, from the alcohol . It teeters on the knife-edge between "pleasant" and "too much". Not horrible , but not sure how much of this I can drink. Might be good with spicy food, or simple, rich desserts such as cheesecake with a fruit topping . Maybe macaroni & cheese (w/ hot peppers?) ? By itself .....?????

Feel is light-side of medium, surprisingly light for 8% , with light very,very fine carbonation tingle. Some "tang" after finish, as well as some light alcohol burn/astringency, and olfactory cleansing/penetration, as with a menthol cough drop or mouthwash.

Overall, pass. I've gotten through slightly more than half the bottle in reviewing it, and that's enough . As previously mentioned, if paired with certain foods, & you can share it , it might be tolerable.
Feb 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Beech105 from Missouri

3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Kinda hazy yellow. Head went away pretty quick. There's a sweet smell.. vanilla, apple. Sweet taste, a little bitter. An ok beer. Wanted something from Russia. Probably wont get again.
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2.09/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Clear light strawpiss pour. 2 fingers of fizzy head. Falls fast... zilch on the lacing.

S: Sweets and adjunct. A wisp of citrus but mostly adjunct.

T.F: Sweet and syrupy. Corn and boiled flour. Mostly awful... not much hops. A little citrus. Cloying... medium bodied. Awful and undrinkable as it warms.

O: The equivalent of drinking out of a Russian toilet. It's only purpose is to get drunk... yarf.
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2.93/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This is malt liquor.
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Rated by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

2.49/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Awful. Too sweet
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Rated by elnachooo from Spain

2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Cerveza con una buena cabeza espumosa de retención baja. Aroma a malta y a hierbas. En boca es ligeramente dulce. Sencilla pero correcta.
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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 751 ratings