Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
682
Reviews:
410
Avg:
2.79
pDev:
25.81%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +79.2%

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4.95/5  rDev +77.4%

Photo of blues_fever
4.78/5  rDev +71.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I am about the lager lifestyle.

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4.75/5  rDev +70.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +70.3%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.49/5  rDev +60.9%
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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4.4/5  rDev +57.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +52.3%

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4.19/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprised the general rating is low. Somewhat sweet taste and the ABV balance is nice. Light color but bold taste.

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4.18/5  rDev +49.8%
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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4.09/5  rDev +46.6%
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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4.08/5  rDev +46.2%
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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4.07/5  rDev +45.9%
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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4/5  rDev +43.4%

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4/5  rDev +43.4%
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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4/5  rDev +43.4%

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4/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
2.79 out of 5 based on 682 ratings.
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