Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) | Baltika Breweries

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

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Euro 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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Reviews: 406 | Ratings: 676
Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.49/5  rDev +61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks very dull, like the usual pale lager or adjunct lager, low carbonation, nothing special. Smell is very mild and hard to perceive. But taste is absolutely awesome, it´s the best lager I´ve tried so far, wood notes, herbal hopps, alcohol, sweetness of the grain. It´s very good.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
4.4/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Before I get to the actual review, allow me a personal comment: Honestly, I'm a big fan of a sweeter beer (Now that doesn't mean I like my beer to taste like koolaid, but I like it to have that note of sweetness to balance the hoppy bitterness), and this one was right up my alley. It definitely wasn't perfect, and it needed a few more hops to get a 5/5, but overall I think it was an excellent representative of the Strong Lager family of beers. That said, lets get to the review.

Serving type was a bottle (1 liter bottle, cheaply priced at $2).

Appearance: clean golden yellow with obvious effervescence. 4/5

Smell: malty, sweet, reminds me of cornbread... or Hawaiian sweet bread. Definitely an inviting smell. 4/5

Taste: This is where it scored big points in my opinion. The taste is thick and sweet and again reminds me of either a good cornbread or maybe a Hawaiian sweet bread. Now the only reason it missed out getting a perfect 5/5 is the distinct lack of hops. I'm not a huge fan of ultra bitter beer, but this lacks even the faintest trace of sharpness to balance out the sweetness. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is perfect. Thick, somewhat sticky and extremely smooth with just enough effervescence to compliment the flavor without taking away from it. 5/5

Drinkability: It's definitely a very drinkable beer. Smooth, thick, and delicious. However, I don't think I could drink a whole lot of it in one sitting. 4.5/5

Overall: It's an excellent strong ale. It's not perfect, but no beer is. There are better ales out there, but for the price, I really can't complain at all. 4.5/5

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Photo of dkoehler42
4.18/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very surprised to find a Russian beer that was tasty as this. It's a clean, dry lager, but it's a very strong beer. It goes down fairly easy, but I had a 16 oz bottle, so it's not for the weak of heart. The beer has a nice golden color, and a reasonably good smell. It's not too bad once you get some in your mouth either. Definately worth a try.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.09/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Baltika #9 Extra has a unimpressive yellow colour and a decent head that subsides into good lacing. The smell is of honey and some piney hops. Like a tree. The taste is very interesting and mostly of honey and piney hops. The alcohol is noticable at the end. In the mouth it is medium bodied. This is a very nice beer.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.08/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pured a slightly hazy strawish golden color with very little head. Smell was a little weak but there was hints of hops and alchol. Tasted nice clean and crisp. It had hints of very sweet hops and malts. Slightly bitter and its higher alchol content makes it a very strong beer. Personally I enjoyed it and would reccomend it highly.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.07/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampler from brew club

A - Light yellow in color, little head, dissipates quickly.

S - Honey, caramel, and malts.

T - Honey, caramel, very sweet. Sugar cane too.

M - Super sweet and syrupy with a slight carbonation.

D - Very sweet, great dessert beer to enjoy with some bitter cheese. Too sweet to sip and enjoy several beers.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant gold under a persistent 3” white foam cap composed of very fine bubbles. Lacy.
S: Rich malt nose with faint hops in the background.
T: Very creamy and soft in the mouth, average carbonation, medium full body. Big malt flavors, faint caramel, borderline buttery to butterscotch with a big hop accent on the finish.
F: Medium full body and just above medium on the carbonation.
O: Despite the traces of diacetyl, surprisingly good.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

overall this is "good"...

thanks again to Alex for this sample.

Pours amber/brownish with a short fast dissolving white/tan head.

Smells mostly of malt, roasted malt.

It has a good taste, hence the 4 rating.

It doesn't bite and the 8% abv pretty much goes un-noticed.

I only had 1 bottle as a sample, but if I had another I would have drank it!

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Photo of frankiepop
3.97/5  rDev +42.8%
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.

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Photo of ORM1
3.93/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is a real strong beer, as a strong beer has to be. It goes very well in cold winter time and at shashlyk or BBQ countryside summer parties.
But never try to drink 3 bottles per head. :-) This beer is very serious, so the 3rd bottle can cut you down completely.
By the way in Russia "Baltika #9 Extra" is on the second place on popularity after "Baltika #3 Classic".

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$1.45 / 16.9 Oz Bottle
County Market
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - It offers 1 and 1/4 inch or so of bright white, firm head that holds strong but not for long. The body of the beer is a golden yellow.

Smell - The malt and barley is strong in the scent. I look forward to my first sip.

Taste - It has a bready flavor that's...hesitant. The taste is very interesting and I've never really had anything quite like it. Even at 8% alcohol there is not an overwhelming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - While it is smooth it's like many others as far as the feel. The majority of the texture is focused on the top of my mouth, which is new.

~ My first Russian brew and I'm impressed. I will recommend this to friends.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a hazy yellow color... fizzy head with good carbonation. Better looking beer than the standard lager, in my opinion.

The smell is a little odd... honey is dominant? A little floral note to it as well.

The taste is definitely more of the same... honey, floral notes, sweet... tastes more like a belgian ale than a lager. I like it though... good beer even if it's not what I was expecting.

The alcohol is very well masked, and the beer is light bodied.

A pleasant surprise!

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Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured froma bottle into an imperial pint glass. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Forms a thick white head of medium and small bubbles and the head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is steady but overall weak. Made up of large bubbles that rise quickly through the beer.

Aroma is slightly sweet but overall weak. It smells fine, at least there isn't any hint of sulfur.

Hmmm...this is way better tasting than I expected. It is sweet (kind of) and has some fruitiness to it. Beer is medium bodied and finishes nicely with almost no aftertaste. Drinkability high. Second taste, slightly bitter this time. This beer is really good. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.82/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a branded pilsner glass, poured like apple juice. It was a very sweet and heavy beer for the colour. Heavily malty finish, reminiscent of a quad style, almost chewy in effect. Light sweet citrus and pear on the tongue. Low carbonation, and very full body.

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Photo of northaustin
3.82/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an imperial pint glass. pours a thin yellow with one finger of quickly disappearing white head.

smell is all sweetness and alchohol. very typical of the lager style.

taste is of the traditional lager with a bit more alchohol heat to it.

ive loved this beer since the first time i tried it. very affordable and it gets the job done. fairly full flavored also.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.81/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Great pour, classic lager color with a perfect 3 finger head. Looks delicious. Able to pick up a good amount of hops with a deep wiff, otherwise standard. Extra super smooth. Actually masking the crispness I come to expect from a lager with how smooth it is. Really exceptional. All that smoothness feels mildly heavy on the pallet. Very easy to drink, would definitely recommend it as a very good strong lager.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.8/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a low profile white head over a honey-yellow body. Carbonation rising from the bottom is slow and random, but sufficient to maintain a film of foam on the surface and some residual sticking on the sides of the glass as the brew descends from consumption.

A clean, biscuit and alcohol nose tips off the high gravity contents. The clarity and color could almost pass for Bud Light, but one sip reveals the difference.

Being four months past the best-by date (and nearly eighteen months after brewing), a fall off in carbonation might be expected, but this does not seem appreciably different from a bottle opened a year ago. A good mouthfeel with plenty of fizz involves the senses. The generous malt bill presents substantial grain flavors in the middle of the palate with a slightly sweet aftertaste (almost like a Belgian strong ale) and a small spike of hop accents.

A few of these would probably be welcome after skiing in the Urals.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute glass.

Look - very light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and off-white colored foam.

Smell - a very fruity essence to the smell, almost like apple juice or something like that. Beyond that maybe something of a malty type of smell.

Taste - interesting initial taste. It tastes a lot like a barleywine if it were on the "light" or pale side. There's a maltiness in the general quality, but then a bitterness wins over toward the finish. Finish itself is smooth though.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but maybe just a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - very interesting brew. I'd not tried anything quite like it before and enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.77/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pale Gold with one finger of white, fizzy head that settles quickly. Little lace.

Smell- Fairly standard lagerish aromas, with some light hop-fruitiness (namely banana). Lightly toasted grain.

Taste- Nice, sweet caramel and slightly toasted malt flavors. Some light yeastiness. Definite banana flavor and possibly some light clove. Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body with a slight stickiness on the palate. Nice, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability- For the price, I think this is a pretty excellent lager. Vastly better than any macro, and actually a bit cheaper. High abv should be a downside... unless that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.77/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bottle in a stein.

Appearance: ultra pale yellow with a small head

Nose: very malty and sweet honey

Taste: honey, malty, coriander spice, absolutely no hops bitterness, delightful

This is a beer that completely surprised me. I thought it was going to completely suck but it actually turned out to be very delightful. I loved the sweetness of it. It almost seemed like a mead. This is a beer that you can drink endlessly on a warm summer day. I loved it and will continue to buy it when ever I can.

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Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good strong lager but it slowly degrades as one drinks it, becoming rougher and more alcoholic.

Deep gold, it has a very big white head steadily shrinking to a smaller rocky head and leaving some lace.

The aroma is nice, being grain, apple, fruity wine, bread, hints of herb.

The taste is good at first with strong raisiny alcohol/sweet wine with burnt fruit hint, grain, and a nice, full, oily feel. It is sweet but with light bitternmess, tasty, and very drinkable. However, it steadily degrades, becoming rougher, more sharply alcoholic and with a medicinal aftertaste. Its' stll pretty good, though. Overall, it's a lot like a good American malt liquor.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika 9 has a medium, white head and a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and little-to-no lacing. Aroma is of sweet malt and white bread. Taste is of grain husk, barley, bread, a touch of hop bitterness, and then, in mid sip, a rush of alcohol that stays with the drinker. One also picks up a lemony aspect with this. Mouthfeel is medium, and Baltika 9 finishes heavy and somewhat crisp. Drinkability is not high; it’s a sipper. Overall, this is a very good and interesting beer.


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Photo of Caterwaul
3.74/5  rDev +34.5%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A foil-wrapped 500 mL bottle from State Line.

A: The lager is pale yellow, a shade or two below the Totally Naked that I had earlier. Lots of lace on this one, coating the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is sweet malts, perhaps some sugar or corn adjuncts added in. The strength of the malts do betray more alcohol than normal.

T: The alcohol jumps out at you immediately, warming with a rather strong kick. Underneath the alcohol are very sweet malts, fresh, green fruity flavors that have a bready undertone. Not much in the hops department, but the high alcohol seems to be a sufficient preservative. The boozy sweetness lingers for a long time.

M: The sweetness is a touch too much, especially because it leads straight to alcohol. The aftertaste is decent though.

D: The flavors are strong and the alcohol is heavy. One bottle is more than enough.

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