Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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Lager - European Strong
Ranked #68
Ranked #50,299
2.85 | pDev: 25.26%
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
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frankiepop from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

Mar 12, 2013
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Bottle at 35 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of grain
Head large (6 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and irregular layer
Lacing OK – wide partial rings of various size bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins with grain, alcohol burn starts immediately after swallowing; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Aroma 3, appearance 3.5, flavor 3, palate 3.5, overall 3.25 Final score: 3.125
I don’t really care for this beer because of the weak taste paired with high alcohol content. It’s OK, but I probably won’t be buying more.

Aug 17, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Labeled as an "Extra" Lager which must mean "Strong". 500 ml brown bottle.
Production date: 3-15-2014. Best before: 3-15-2015.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a one-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotches of lace.

N: Corny, grainy, malty, yeasty, with some boozy notes.

T: Grainy and corn-like, sweet, yeasty, slightly metallic, slightly "off" - something odd.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes with a sweet, syrupy corn-like malty and yeasty.

O: There is some crispness, but the higher ABV reduces the lightness of the lager style.

Jul 23, 2014
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metter98 from New York

2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Apr 08, 2012

3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.Pokal glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Golden color.Off white, close, crown.Retention is good.Mildy malty aromas, craspberrie & honey notes. Floral touches.Sweet malty upfront. Fruity tea-like flavor too.Slightly dry bitter in the middle with some apple skin astringency. Light body, medium-high carbonation.ABV well hidden as esters masking hoppiness results in a very pleasant drinkability.Fruty malty finish. Suggested pairing: salty grilled T-bone steaks.

Mar 11, 2012
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Bryan12345 from Texas

3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 29, 2016
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Magpie14 from Michigan

2.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: a washed out corn yellow with a slight glowing appeal. I am surprised by the overall thin appearance. Bubbles are busily flailing about and a thin layer of bleach white icing sits atop. No lacing at all

S: malts, candied honey and sugar. Not much else is wallowing in the nose here. Seems very sweet

T: sticky and cloyingly sweet...gee. The candied flavors range from sugary honey, artificial sweeteners, and a maltiness that favors a disaccharide jolt. Anyway, if I dig deep I can gather some grains and dried husks of various vegetation in the mix. This is not a very pleasant experience. A bizarre fruitiness takes shape as it warms up, reminiscent of ripe alcohol soaked apples

M: has a thin to mild body with a sticky feel. Carbonation is still very active

D: I feel that somehow someone has dropped a few sugar cubes in each bottle. I guess things are not all that bad as it does go down the hatch, as my knees get weaker. I find myself making the occasional unpleasant beer face...a bit rough and shall never grace my fridge walls again

Mar 18, 2010
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

2.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This came in a plastic bottle, the same kind of bottle my Diet Rite comes in. But I'm not going to let that little tidbit taint my perception of this possibly elegant brew. Here, watch this; this is how you win a Pulitzer:

On a fair to middling afternoon, I found myself strolling about through the local liquor shoppe. The recent heatwave was on the verge of unbearable, but I was certain the remedy for my ailment would be found in the walk-in coolers nearby. Swinging open the doors, a sudden wave of euphoria came over me. The bead of sweat on my brow was instantaneously transformed into a hydrating salve, as was the complementing saturation in my shirt. I could have stood in that cooler forever and been happy, but "it" beckoned. From my peripheral, the vibrant red plastic cap peered out above the other teeming bottles on that shelf, head and shoulders above as if to revel in its superiority over the inferior shortcomings of its peers. I was drawn in, but hesitated. I had fallen for more persuasive suitors in the past, I would not be so naive a second time. Yet it continued to sing, like a siren from the shore, arrogant and pompous. I knew I could not resist and began stride toward the voice. Visions of dropping the bottle and it not breaking because it's made of plastic danced in my head. Such a luxury must only be afforded by the most privileged. "You can reseal me," it continued in my alluring delusions. "What?" I found myself questioning to no one in earshot, except for that weird skinny guy wearing the green apron, stocking the cooler shelves with his emo bangs matted on his acne covered forehead. "I have a plastic twist-on cap, you can open me and pour me into mugs and stuff and then put the cap back on." This titillating truth was the straw to break my parched, camel's back. Without a subsequent thought, the bottle was in my cart and I was en route to our private rendezvous.

Once home, I gently rotated the piercing red bottle cap to give way to the gratifying hiss of escaping carbon dioxide, soon followed by the clicking sound of the attached plastic thingies on the little ring thing underneath the cap. Mmm, very satisfying. I slowly tipped the bottle, allowing a cascade of bubbling, golden effervescence to flow into the impatient glass. The straw yellow hue congealed into a deeper gold than most of the American style lagers I had been taken advantage of by in college. The obligatory white head was fizzy and short lasting, but I ventured on, unphased. Deposits of sediment remained steadfast in the feet of the plastic bottle, lending credence to what could be an interesting experience. The aroma wafted through my nostrils: surprising sweetness remained prevalent with honey and molasses being the primary benefactors. It was much more than I anticipated, but I hoped for more. I found myself whisked away to open fields of beehives dangling from low tree limbs, and their abundant sweet production flowing like fountains from beneath the hive clusters. I was running through the fields, embracing the inviting aroma of sweet, fresh honey and flailing my arms like a maniac because they were still bees and they were stinging the shit out of me. Snapping back into reality, I placed the glass to my lips and imbibed. Immediately, the warm bite of a stiff nightcap overtook my body. Slowly, the arresting grasp subsided, giving way to a low to medium amount of carbonation, sweet caramel notes and a gratuitous honey sweetness lingering far after. Dry malt made itself known towards the end to round out the profile, a post script addition ensuring I understood that this was still just a lager and to stfu about all that other stuff.

I placed the brown plastic bottle down on the table, staring at the now depleted reservoir. I wanted to be satisfied, yet found myself confused. Was this was I had be yearning for? Was this what I needed? I pondered for a moment, digesting the experience we shared and came to the inevitable conclusion: A $4, 1.5 liter beer at 8% alcohol? The sole purpose here is to get you drunk...and it's working. Yeah, f**k you, Baltika. And thank you. I guess.

Aug 27, 2011
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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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billybob from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 16.9 oz bottle a nice clear golden color, short white head that did hold for a while with a spotty power like lace. fresh corn husk, malt grain and floral nose although slightly weak. has a nice taste to it sweet malt grain, just a hint of spice and dry finish. beats a bud hands down would be a easy session beer.

Feb 13, 2009
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

2.12/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Aug 12, 2016
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thierrynantes from France

2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance : golden color with white foam head.
Smell : malty aroma
Taste and mouthfeel : malty, honey sweet and full bodied.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Strong Lager (too strong !), I continue to try to find the Porter version.

Mar 16, 2008
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ElCommodoro from Texas

3.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Jun 26, 2012
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yaron73 from Israel

3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nov 04, 2016
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bmwats from Louisiana

2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 50 cl bottle into an imperial pilsner.

A: Bright golden. Heavy carbonation. Pours into a huge cascading, 3 or 4 finger, frothy white head. Slowly settles, leaving some dry sticky lacing as it does. Bubbles cling to the sides of the bottle, and carbonation continues to rise throughout. Fairly substantial lacing remains as you drink.

S: A light subtly sweet malt, hay, and maybe just a touch of lemon citrus and clove.

T: Harsh malt flavor. Has something of a "rubbery" palette for lack of a better way of putting it. Strong alcohol flavor, too. . . a hard liquor, tastes almost like scotch or irish whiskey.

M: Kind of a heavy feel. But full flavored. That rubbery taste lingers throughout experience, as well as the strong liquor style flavor.

D: Not bad. Although not great, flavor is not too offensive. The aftertaste that lingers is not my favorite either.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Really solid appearance (except maybe a little too much carbonation. Nose is not all that prominent, and pretty typical of this style. Flavor is not my favorite. Has a strange palette, and unusually strong whiskey-like taste. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Jul 01, 2009
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

May 12, 2012
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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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monkeybeer from California

2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Production Date: 22.09.07
Best Buy: 22.09.08

A- Pours a golden yellow with a nice white foamy head and good lacing

S- A crisp smell of malt and hops

T/M- Taste is like a standard lager with a bit more bitterness to it mixed with some sweetness.

D- It is drinkable, not the best around pretty average a very typical lager with slightly more flavor.

Feb 17, 2008
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3/5  rDev +5.3%

Purchased a bottle of Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) for $1.69 USD in Los Angeles, USA.
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) had light foam.
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) had medium carbonation in the beginning but almost became flat.
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) had a medium honey sweet taste.
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) has great alcohol content.
People who enjoy a beer with great taste and alcohol content would enjoy Baltika #9 Extra (Strong).

Nov 25, 2014
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elle_belles17 from District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Mar 21, 2017
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.29/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

single bottle picked up at greens today and poured into a pilsner glass after dinner. consumed on 08/25/2010.

nice pour with a medium amber color and smooth, even head that unfortunatly fades out far too quickly. still though not the worst look in the world.

aroma is hints of honey an banana, tons of grains and a touch of some muted earthy hopes. interesting mix i have to say as the flavor mirrors it pretty much exactly. has almost a malt liquor like bite to it before it settles with a light caramel and sweet bread like flavor that has a touch of booze and a light, drying finish.

overall this was an interesting one, definitely different and hard to put my finger on the full profile, i would actually say this may be worth a try.

Aug 26, 2010
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Caterwaul from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the kind of beer that I REALLY shouldn't like, but there's just no helping me sometimes; this tastes great to me.

Probably because it just tastes and smells like honey kvass with hops added. It finishes a bit like a bourbon whisky; corny, grainy and a little woody- bracing, but it invites you back in.

as far as appearance is concerned, it's nearly amber in color- looks like cheap maple syrup straight from the microwave

This is what I buy when I want to get VERY drunk VERY quickly and not have too much to complain about as far as taste (it's a little like drinking a loaf of bread, soggy with hard liquor). It warms you up like no other.

Gotta be good for that Russian winter.

Jan 06, 2012
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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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morimech from Minnesota

2.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This has a very pale appearance with a short lived head that leaves a ring on top of the beer. Carbonation bubbles cease to rise shortly after the pour.

Baltika #9 has a sweet malt with a little floral hop added.

Has a bit of a odd taste. Grain with a lot of unfermented sugars with a shot of alcohol. The beer also suffers from a lack of carbonation. It is a combination that makes this a hard drinking beer. This definately needs a stronger malt base. Not a good beer but I bet it would be good for getting a buzz fast.

Jan 30, 2008
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DarthKostrizer from California

2/5  rDev -29.8%

Jul 06, 2013
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 733 ratings