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
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
676
Avg:
2.78
pDev:
25.9%
 
 
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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 BranfordBound
1.43/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pretty much the worst beer I've ever had in my life. Not sure what they even call this garbage, but it's awful. Simply unpalatable. The malts have a weird, medicinal aftertaste and the alcohol comes through too much.

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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 JMS1512
3.62/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everyone else is too harsh on this Russian brewski. I bought the entire line of Baltika bottles, this one happens to be my favorite. The best part about this one is the flavor, as the aroma isn't as impressive- (a little dark malt and alcohol). Full bodied, nice and dark.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle, it pours golden into the glass with a short lasting head. Easy to drink but relatively light in flavor, so not exceptional. Dangerous.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked this one up with a few other Baltika brews. This one looks like it will be the final review as it packs an 8% ABV. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a breads malt waft. On the pour this brew is bright yellow with a creamy foam gears that quickly recedes and laces lightly. The taste is typical lager sweet yet semi bitter mostly consistent throughout with a similarly balanced but slightly drier finish. Not much of a clue this brew has a 8% ABV. Drinkable but deadly.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$4.49 in a pop bottle the size of a football. I couldnt NOT buy it; I mean come on - it's like 3 liters and it's Russian.

Appearances : A very small head, descending to a stark white ring. The body is somewhat Amber gold in color, with a slight haze that makes it about 20% opaque.

Aromas : oh jeez. First thing I think of is malt liquor and Jim beam. It's taking me back to high school. It's so uncanny. If I could place a smell on the post-football game parties, this is it. Anyways it smells much like a strong sticky sweet liquor, with honey and sap...just a real sticky/sweet smell, that's the best I can think of. Some barrel aged woodiness and malts; almost no detectable hop. Major points for being the most creative beer I've nosed.

Tastings : wow this is both horrible and delicious at the same time. It really could go either way. It's indescribable really. The taste is like the smell - saccharine and bourbon-like, and some sour notes like licking a wood floor and chewing on a clover leaf. There's a garbagey hop going on but its faint... I mean this beer is honestly an enigma. I could see how there would be fans and haters. I'll call it the "political beer", as you'll probably be in one party or the other. I haven't decided my side yet, but I'm leaning toward "don't think I'll buy this again".

Mouthfeel : somewhat starchy, sticks to the palate, medium bodied, ends slightly dry.

Overall : I'm going to just Echo what I've heard and that's to just try it yourself. It's unlike any beer I've ever had and that's both a good and a bad thing.

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Photo of Shinko
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical Russian malt lager. Over here it comes in pop bottles. I detect a faint taste of raisins to go with the alcohol in all honesty. Sounds bad, looks average, but the taste is unique. Worth it to try and see if you like it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.57/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a typical off-white head. Not impressive, but this is a pale lager. Aroma is crisp and malty, and has a hint of fruit. Flavor is malty, just a touch fruity - not much more. Texture has decent fizz, but body leaves something to be desired. Fair to middlin’, leaning towards fair.

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Photo of Spikester
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Mostly clear gold with two fingers of off white head that lasts about 4 minutes as shows no sign of lace.
Smell is light malt with a hint of apple or grape skins and ethanol.
Taste is like a slightly refined malt liquor. There are a bit of bready malt flavors but the boozy or cheap white wine character kind of pushes them far into the background. Mouthfeel is modest carbonation and has a medium body. There is a tinge of bitterness in the finish if you chew it some. Not sure that would be hops though.
This beer came it a handsome can which led me to believe it would be better than it is. I would probably rate it lower if I were more familiar with Euro Strong Lager style beer.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +7.9%

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).

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 QT. 1 PINT 0.2 fl oz. bottle, with bottled on date 04/30/2014, and best by 01/30/2015 printed on the giant plastic bottle. My first beer from this brewery, acquired at the local Binny's for $2.99. My first review of a beer from a plastic bottle. "Brewed in Russia".

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, for the sake of knowledge, and shared with friends.

A - It pours a murky coppery golden orange colored body with barely any conjuration of white head. Some thin white lacing. Not great looking.

S - The aroma is extremely strange and unexpected - smells almost more like a wine than a beer. Grapey, vinous, appley, with a bit of graininess present. It's not a horrible aroma, but it certainly doesn't have much going for it.

T - The taste follows the nose - grapey / vinous / appley, lightly medicinal, with a kiss of alcohol. Grainy & malty. Very sweet. Definitely not what I was expecting at all.

M - The feel is smooth & fluid. Easy drinking, despite the high abv. Lightly grainy & husky on the finish.

Overall, it personally exceeded the expectations I had set for it. I was assuming it would be on par with swill like Steel Reserve 211, but I would definitely drink this over that. Very sweet and grainy. My friends don't like it, but I don't mind it.

Baltika #9 Extra Lager -----3/5.

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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 DoktorEd
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured into a tulip glass. Color was a very clear yellow, had a small head that dissipated in less than a minute.

Slightly bready smell, taste was somewhat bitter and ultimately unredeeming. This beer, even with a high ABV is pretty disappointing. Large bottle does well for sharing (if you're into that thing). Not really worth the time.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

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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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Photo of puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. It's old I think. Stamped: 290812-290813. Sampled on 7/11/14.

It pours your basic pale yellow with a fizzy white head, Good clarity. Busy carbonation.

Aroma: Not much excitement here, Russian malts, cardboard, cream, cardboard, but clean crisp hops.

The body is light to medium and somewhat on the smooth side.

Taste: Well, nothing thrilling here. Toasted biscuit malts. sweet caramel, some hop notes but generally pretty boring, Definitely not the kind of "strong ale" I prefer to drink. Although I do feel like listening to to Anya Muzafaroza "Music of the Rain" as I drink it.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 51 oz plastic bottle (yes you read that correctly. Pours murky gold with thin white head. The nose is sweet and grainy with notes of musty grapes. The taste is sugary sweet with light grain and more sweetness. Mouthfeel is well carbed with thick body. Overall, this brew is an experience... Not necessarily good.

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Photo of LiveWire_13
3.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. My scores do account for that.

I learned of Baltika #9 years ago at a bar, quickly embracing it's strong bready flavor and sweet, malty aroma. When Russians say a beer is strong, they aren't kidding. Don't bother with this brew if you like hops; nothing seeps through the extreme malty flavor.

Unfortunately, I've found nothing but skunked excuses for this beer in the occasional bottle I find on the shelf. After three or four tries, I've all but given up. Maybe it's just guaranteed to be fresher at a bar.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a medium light amber with a strong head. Lots of carbonation. Slightly sweet aroma and an even sweeter taste. Lots of carbonation and quite frankly, not bad. It's got a nice medium flavor that goes down pretty good. Not sure what the negative reviews are about but I thought this was a decent beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden filtered body with little carbonation, almost none. Huge yellowish head that fades relatively slow with creamy bubbles - some large some small.

S: Corny maize, Check or perhaps German pilsner hops, dry grass, light metallic, some alcohol coming through as a burn on the nostrils, hay, light maltiness.

T: Corn, pilsner hops, then a lot of sweetness, some malt, mostly a sweetness with a touch of sourness that covers most of the alcohol, but its evident through the throat burn.

M: Thick and syrupy, little carbonation.

O: Other than being a strong beer, it really does not have much going on for it.

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Photo of Caveworm
1.03/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ok first off, this came in a PLASTIC bottle, dead giveaway that its gonna be hairy. By "extra strong", I'm assuming it meant extra malt. The aroma was acrid. Imagine malt vinegar you put on boardwalk fries, but on crack&steroids. Yes, its THAT overpowering. The appearance was that of malt vinegar. I could barely get over the disgusting smell before I took a swig. After I swallowed it, the fumes were just too much&it came right back out. I don't mean to bash this product, this is just my firsthand experience when I drank it. Judging by the bottle itself, I'm assuming this is the Russian equivalent to a 40 oz of malt liquor here in the States. To wrap this up, if you wanna say "I drank a Russian 40" and are feeling frisky, by all means try it. If not, its no loss. Just an oddity more or less.

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Photo of nicholas2121
1.56/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Baltika # 9 had the taste of malt vinegar. A real strong taste real bitter. The color was a dark brown. Mouth Feel was the same as the taste. I was not impressed with this brew. I will not be buying this brew any more. This had to be the roughest brew I ever had. If you like your brew with a ton of malt this is for you. I is not for me overall I give it a 2.

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Photo of complexnomenclature
3.59/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The nose is very pleasant. A warm, nutty overture with grassy textures. Complex but not overpowering. The appearance in the glass is very nice. A darker, richer, yellow colour with well adjusted head. Not a large head, but thick, creamy and firm. The taste is at first a fruity, earthy combination of sour and tart. Very mild and tender though, with a slight sweetness reminiscent of honey for a nice balance. As it travels over the tongue it becomes milder, feeling almost watery with a slight grassy, tart flavour as if it were tea. The finish is bold but now overpowering. Nutty, sweet and savory with the honey backing it. The flavours don't necessarily harmonize but do compliment one another well. This a well adjusted, flavorful lager. Though not the cream of the crop in terms of flavour and texture it does deserve respect and a solid 3.5.

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Photo of Brenden
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Strongly alcoholic, perhaps, or a strong beer using lots (?) of pale malts, its appearance is more to the unlearned that of a weaker style. It's a pale yellow, not quite gold but very clear and bright with just more than a wispy white head that has some structure and leaves spotting in moderation.
It's highly ethanolic, but hops show up with grass and earthy greenery in the nose, grains underlying with a fruity edge to the ethanol. There's a certain metallic note, as expected from most European derived beers. The earth has the slightest hint of funk, almost wet clippings. It's odd, but it is what it is and that's not bad.
The flavor has a bit more of an astringent, medicinal note over fruits, buttered biscuits, grass and leaf under alcoholic heat, bitterness actually here but in a flavor a bit marred by harsher notes.
It's actually crisp and for all the alcohol and the fairly light body, it's not too thin and fairly smooth, not perfectly clean but more than expected. It fights the fusel slickness by giving slight powdery dryness into the finish.

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
2.78 out of 5 based on 676 ratings.
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