Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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Style:
Lager - European Strong
Ranked #66
ABV:
8%
Score:
67
Ranked #49,071
Avg:
2.85 | pDev: 25.26%
Reviews:
425
Ratings:
725
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Baltika Breweries
 
Russian Federation
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  82
SCORE
67
Poor
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev +14%
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.
Overall – Pretty much a malt liquor. Not bad, but why go craft style when I can get the same for Hurricane High gravity.

May 26, 2020
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edward_boumil from New York

3.55/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

For the price, its not bad at all.

Apr 03, 2020
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InterdimensionalOddesey

3.54/5  rDev +24.2%
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

Feb 29, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

2.75/5  rDev -3.5%
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 wits & 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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Beech105 from Missouri

3.05/5  rDev +7%
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.

Feb 22, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

2.09/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Feb 09, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Jun 20, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

2.52/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Jun 05, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

2.49/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Feb 06, 2019
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
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

Feb 03, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Nov 25, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Sep 11, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev +23.5%
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

Jun 27, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.02/5  rDev +6%
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.

Aug 07, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

1.7/5  rDev -40.4%
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

Jul 27, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Jun 30, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

3.74/5  rDev +31.2%
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!

Jun 20, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.51/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Jun 17, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

3.32/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

May 03, 2017
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Ant777uk from England

1.36/5  rDev -52.3%
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

Mar 12, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Mar 02, 2017
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.61/5  rDev +26.7%
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!

Jan 30, 2017
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.04/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Jan 06, 2017
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.05/5  rDev +7%
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.

Oct 13, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

2.94/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Cheers

Oct 04, 2016
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Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 725 ratings