Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) | Baltika Breweries

Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
BA SCORE
2.81/5
686 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#43,983
Reviews:
412
Ratings:
686
pDev:
25.98%
Bros Score:
3.55
 
 
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Photo of artemfl
1.07/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of puck1225
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.7/5  rDev -39.5%
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

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Photo of ordybill
3.56/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

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Photo of monkist
3.74/5  rDev +33.1%
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!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.51/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of mishi_d
2.62/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Marvicsin
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of EmeraldMist
3.32/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of iamthen0ise
1.84/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.54/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elle_belles17
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ant777uk
1.36/5  rDev -51.6%
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

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Photo of bbtkd
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.61/5  rDev +28.5%
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!

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Photo of wonothesane42
3.29/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Narthax
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mongrel
3.04/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.74/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
2.79/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bear1964
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yaron73
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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