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:
678
Reviews:
407
Avg:
2.78
pDev:
25.9%
 
 
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7
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67
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Ratings: 678 |  Reviews: 407
Photo of GRG1313
2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A bit disappointed with this one. Pours a rich honey color with a lovely thick white pillowing head.

Nose of light oranges and perfume with the perfume winning out. Literally, this smells great; you wouldn't mind it if it was the perfume that you favorite girl wore out on a date!

Light and short carbonation. Mouthfeel is therefore a bit thin and "short" all around.

Flavors of "rusty" banana and "rusty" oranges. Orange soda flavors, character and body. Short all around and a bit thin. A sweet pine resin finish; also short. Conclusion: soda pop character all around.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.16/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled 6/7/12. Best before 6/7/13.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity flavor on the finish. There is an alcohol kick and a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is strong and pretty much undrinkable.

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.29/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On sale at Bevmo for $1.49, 16.9 oz. Bottled 4/20/08.

Pours very clear, carbonated, medium head, halfway decent lacing, but not much retention. Golden in color.

Aroma is very sweet and alcoholy. A little malt and plenty of what I'm guessing is adjuncts. I've smelled much worse beer but its not great.

Flavor is very sweet, a little bitter, possibly a tad skunked, a little boozy. Not sure if the fact that this was bottled 7 months ago is affecting anything, it is 8% after all but then it was on the shelf at Bevmo. Over all good for the style but this is not one of my favorite styles.

Body is medium/light but loses its CO2 quickly and once that happens the beer loses its crispness. Quite drinkable, good hot weather beer.

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Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps a bit atypical of Euro Lagers. It didn't have a dead skunk in it! Actually the flavors were quite malty and sweet, with a noble hop earthyness and pungentcy. A grain aroma persisted under the heavy malts and (corn) adjuncts, which transpired through to the flavors. The grain 'bitey-ness' was light and overshadowed by pilner malt flavors and textures, and sugary sweetness. Hops were regulated to offsetting the sweetness, and adds an herbal quality to the beer. Tastes dangerously close to a malt-liquor with the residual sweetness and abrasive alcohols.

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a big bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt with a dose of cough medicine. Taste is more enjoyable then I was expecting with a nice base of sweet malt, limited amount of corn or adjunct is detectable and then cough medicine appears at the end to ruin it all. Could have been worse but could have been a lot better.

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Photo of zeff80
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out straw yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a three-finger white head that did not leave much lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and light malt.

T - The first sip was bittersweet and high on the alcohol flavor. But as the beer warmed it became sweeter and malty. Almost like a barleywine.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is better than I expected. The main drawback is that it seemed to become increasingly heavy to drink.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 12/6/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, white grape, cracker, bread, honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with decent balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity/estery on the nose. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid pale lager style. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white head that settles quickly and leaves no lace. The body is golden yellow with good clarity.

S - Grainy malt and a hint of hops, with a clean yeast profile.

T - Light malt, some grain flavors and a detectable hop presence. Some malt liquor sourness in the finish.

M - Medium high carbonation, medium light body, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a slightly better than average malt liquor, which means it is still pretty unpleasant.

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Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a fresh bottle that's just a few months old. It pours a hazy yellowish (and almost green-tinted) body that's capped by a foamy bright-white head which holds well and maintains a thin surface covering throughout most of the glass. unfortunately, it leaves only minor lace. The nose expresses sweet malt that's grainy and bready alongside some limited grassy hops. It's surprisingly nice compared with most strong Russian Lagers which incorporate high levels of adjunct! However, in typical Russian-style, the medium body is coupled with a fine-bubbled but moderate carbonation that leaves it more smooth & creamy than crisp. Still, it's fairly nice and doesn't work against the beer. The flavor is mainly of sweet grainy malt with a light touch of hop flavor and a supportive bitterness. The alcohol is almost completely hidden and it finishes clean, but only semi-dry with some lingering sweet malt. It's well done and surprisingly drinkable considering its strength.

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Photo of chinchill
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle date best by 6/2010, so a bit past date but properly stored at least in the last months. Produced June 21,2009.

hazy straw color with moderate white head. Head has decent retention.

aroma makes me think of a beer liquor; i.e. higher alcohol obvious. Odd aroma profile is hard to describe or untangle.

Taste is surprisingly sweet and fruity. Grape juice? Some malt in finish. Too sweet and too low in flavor, especially for high ABV. Interesting but otherwise not recommended.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light with medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a large white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains adjuncts, light malts, some alcohol, some lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness followed by bready flavors of grain, adjuncts and lager yeast. A bit of alcohol creeps in which is to be expected for this kind of beer as is the very mild hops presence and lack of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style which is not much of a compliment, flat out just not a good beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with high amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin white head that quickly reduces to some small thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Lots of sweet adjunct malt aromas with lots of graininess. I also detect some hints of toffee sweetness and some corn. The aroma of alcohol is quite pleasant. I'm glad I was drinking this out of one of the pint glasses I have with a wider opening as the aroma of this beer was too aggressive to be contained and could have overwhelmed.

T: The beer starts sweet with adjunct malt graininess and some corn sweetness as well. There is a light hint of something like artificially flavored apple juice too. The beer has a really harsh finish with lots of booze present.

M: Slightly more than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thick and almost syrupy. The mouthfeel was tough to determine since the taste is so harsh with the alcohol that you did not really want to hold this in your mouth to make determinations.

O: Not easy to drink, sessionable, or very enjoyable. I could best describe this one as apple juice that has spoiled (really badly) with grain alcohol added to it. Alcohol is far too present in this beer. I will not be getting another of these.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.77/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +43.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.02/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Crystalline, yellow body with a large, rather bubbly, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, lightly cereal-scented notes behind stronger scents of soap and ethanol. Yick. I totally understand why I’ve put this Baltika off for so very long.

Taste: A little dash of sweet powdered corn sugar paired with some very lightly malted barley. Soap suds and a burn of alcohol instantly wipe the smile from your face. Low-grade lemon cough drop. Things just quickly fall apart at the finish with the harsh tastes taking over.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I eventually noticed that each mouthful was getting progressively smaller till they became teensy pained sips. That’s when I decided to call it quits with Baltika 9 and swap to a tall glass of water.

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2.78 out of 5 based on 678 ratings.
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