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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of utah44
3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a pilsener glass revealed a light colored brew with little head and carbonation. Smell, taste and mouthfeel were as expected for a regular lager. However, there was an excessive sweetness that was not pleasing. One of the ingredients is maltose syrup. Maybe that accounts for the sweetness. Other than that, this is a good beer and held up well on the shelf -- the production date was ll months before I bought it for $2.99 in a grocery store. It may be cheaper if bought in a liquor store. I would recommend it to anyone who likes sweet beer, but I don't have any friends in that category. Even my daughter turned her nose up on this one.

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Photo of drpimento
1.71/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Feel guilty for drinking this one. Like I should be down on the corner mooching smokey treats and coins. This poured with a medium to small white head and a little lace. Aroma was fairly mild and a little beery. Flavor is massively sweet and just a hint of beer and I guess malt. Lots of booze. Finish is a little like circus peanuts. And I wish, more forgettable.

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Photo of benteach
2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden yellow. Good amount of thick head, lasted quite a while.

Smells grainy, a bit fruity, but not a particular kind.

Tastes like richer malt liqour. Fruity, but again, it does not really add anything to the drink. Too sweet. Perhaps that has something to do with the 8% alcohol content.

Slightly syrupy

Ehh. It's okay.

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Photo of ruckus232
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 Ounce brown bottle poured into a Pilsner glass

Appearance: Light yellow coloring with a medium white head and a little lacing

Smell: Smells a good amount like alcohol with only a slight grass/straw smell

Taste: The alcohol taste is there but not as bad as in the smell, but still more then should be there. The rest is a slight corn taste that leads into what almost seems like a sweetness that fades quickly.

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Photo of skrib09
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured a pale gold, a bit hazy, with a white head that disappeared quickly.

clean scent with basic malt smells. detection of carbohydrate flavors with a hint of alcohol. slight flowery or clean aroma.

malty corn flavor, a hint of alcohol, and a base of pale malt. no hops are really detectable but there's a light or flowery feel.

medium mouthfeel that plays off as crispy and clean.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light pale yellow with a big three-finger head that settled quickly and a ton of visible carbonation. The smell is mostly malt with a bit of alcohol and just a touch of floral hops. The taste starts off with some malt that reminds me very much of an American Malt Liquor, possibly some corn malt that gives way to some big alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a ton of carbonation visible all the way through drinking the glass. Not an entirely unpleasant beer to drink, I just couldn't shake the feeling that I was drinking a Hurricane.

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Photo of bmwats
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 50 cl bottle into an imperial pilsner.

A: Bright golden. Heavy carbonation. Pours into a huge cascading, 3 or 4 finger, frothy white head. Slowly settles, leaving some dry sticky lacing as it does. Bubbles cling to the sides of the bottle, and carbonation continues to rise throughout. Fairly substantial lacing remains as you drink.

S: A light subtly sweet malt, hay, and maybe just a touch of lemon citrus and clove.

T: Harsh malt flavor. Has something of a "rubbery" palette for lack of a better way of putting it. Strong alcohol flavor, too. . . a hard liquor, tastes almost like scotch or irish whiskey.

M: Kind of a heavy feel. But full flavored. That rubbery taste lingers throughout experience, as well as the strong liquor style flavor.

D: Not bad. Although not great, flavor is not too offensive. The aftertaste that lingers is not my favorite either.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Really solid appearance (except maybe a little too much carbonation. Nose is not all that prominent, and pretty typical of this style. Flavor is not my favorite. Has a strange palette, and unusually strong whiskey-like taste. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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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 BeerBelcher
2.51/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up a the Winerak in Zanesville for 2 reasons: first, I wanted to cross Russia off the list of countries I've rated beer from and second, I have fond memories of enjoying some Baltika 9's at a UN party after the elections in Afghanistan (call me sentimental). I expected it to be awful, but 8% ABV and brown glass does good things for the preservation of beer. It is hardly terrific, but is far from awful.

It poured a nice, clear golden lager color. Aroma is not so good - corn, some graininess, and an off-note that I just can't identify. Flavor is a full-mouthed graininess...a puckery sort of graininess that is full in the mouth but not terribly intense in taste. Alcohol notes are noticeable, but not astringent. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Not awful, and actually better than a lot of more popular imported lagers. In a weird kind of way, I'd recommend it.

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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 BayouBengal1537
3.32/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was straw color, clear, golden. White head about 1 finger thick and dissipates into sudsy lacing

Smell - strong alcohol smell with a malty aroma. But the alcohol was just too much

Taste - strong alcohol taste turns into bready grains, sweet flavor at the end. This beer has a deep lager taste to it

Medium body with not much carbonation

Drinkability - a little too strong for my taste. This is very Euro-Lager. I probably won't try this beer again. But it is an OK beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored, clear, stark white .5 inch head leaves to disk. Sudsy thin lacing.

S - Light but solid malt. Tropical notes.

T - Malty, but a little tinny.

M - Medium to light body, fair carb, so so coating.

D - Easy to drink, especially at the ABV.

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Photo of jsh420
2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

bottled 11/11/08
best by 11/11/09

pours clear golden with a 2finger head that leaves no lacing

smells of alcohol fruit and grains

taste is very alcohol forward then comes the sweet bready grains - not my cup of tea tooo much alcohol

mouthfeel is good for a 8% brew medium body with ample carbonation

drinkability - not good since i dont like malt euro

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Photo of philipquarles
1.81/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml bottle. Pours a completely clear pale gold with a towering white head. Nice pillowy consistency. Smells faintly of pilsener malt. Sweet and grassy and quite straightforward. Taste is quite sugary sweet and a bit metallic. Little malt or hop character; akin to simple syrup. Feel is light and carbonation is too low. Bland, characterless, and unenjoyable. At least it masks the alcohol well.

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Photo of Monsteruss
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The foam was very light wheat/white in color, somewhat puffy foam and dissapated a little quickly. The color was a light honey pils. The smell was that of a typical lager with a hops overtone. It had a deep lager taste with a bit more hops. Mouthfeel - med-bodied with a rich thickness. Drinkability - it would be alright except for the very heavy feel.

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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 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 ghebel
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very clear, yellow to gold in color. Head is 1 1/2 inches, white, and bubbly. It dissipates quickly leaving scant lacing on the glass.

S - Grainy malt dominates with some fruitiness and spicy hops as well. Alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms in the glass.

T - Grainy malt and something seems "sugary". The website states they use maltose syrup. Maybe that's the taste. Mild bitterness.

M - Thin to moderate, smooth, but again a strange sugary sweet residue seems to coat the mouth. Nice bitterenss and carbonation bite. Finishes with a lingering sensation of alcohol in the mouth, like after gargling mouth wash.

D - Actually, this is a smooth beer that hides the alcohol relatively well until it gets warm. At 8.0%, I doubt I would drink a bunch.

Overall - I drank a lot of this overseas in 2003 and remember it to be smooth for the ABV it contains. I will not dispute that now. Since that time the only #9 I have had was from a mail order retailer and it was not good. I was happy to find this relatively locally and fresh.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright clear golden yellow, half finger head.

S- Grainy malt aroma with hints of Saaz hops.

T- Bready malt sweetness hit in all its simplistic glory. This switches up at midpoint to strong, dry, vinous character. The finish is suprisingly clean and balanced.

M- Medium/light bodied, relatively crisp.

D- If kept cold, it's quite drinkable.

Interesting enough for anyone to try once. A must for malt liquor fans or frat boys looking to class things up a bit.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.54/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear, pale golden color with lots of active carbonation visible. The head is an average size with good retention and some lacing.

S: Some rough graininess and vague maltiness. A dose of alcohol. A hint of fruity and (as it warms) corny sweetness as well.

T: Husky, rough graininess up front. Boozy alcohol flavor and some faint, corny sweetness into the finish. A spicy, herbal hop flavor adds some life but quickly fades.

M: Medium-full in body, with some fairly lively carbonation. A somewhat coating feel at times, along with a liquor-esque dry finish.

D: This is a malt liquor...if you consider it in those terms, it's fine. Any other way, this has serious issues. Rough, adjuncty, blatantly boozy. It's like a half-shot of bad vodka dropped into a High Life. That should speak for itself.

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Photo of TLove
1.81/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16.9 oz bottle into a tumbler glass. $1.49 at Rodman's in DC.

This beer doesn't deserve a gold foil wrapper. This is a beer that cannot decide what it wants to be. The ABV of 8% pushes for a strong brew, the subtle sweetness for an ale, the body for a malt liquor, and the finish for a bad lager. Confusing and thoroughly disappointing.

The color is yellow and watery, with a roily, tepid head.

Smell is really bad. Taste is a bit better, but the comforting cereal graininess takes a backseat to the American malt liquor body and wannabe subtle sweetness of a Japanese Sapporo or Kirin.

Doesnt finish well. The mouthfeel pushes for a lager consistency, but doesnt achieve it.

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Photo of bsend
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 51 oz. plastic bottle (similar to a soda bottle), and into a standard pint.

The beer poured into a glass yellow with a brown tint. Little to no head was present. Overall not an extremely appealing color, but not horrendous either.

The beer smelled like a typical lager, however there was a small hint of pears.

Upon tasting, I noticed a strong cider taste. It was sharp and left an apple after taste.

Surprisingly drinkable. The beer feels like a lot less than 8% by volume, and leads to an extremely drinkable brew for what it is.

Final thoughts - Overall the beer has some redeeming qualities. For being a beer found in a plastic bottle (51 oz. for $2.38) Baltika strong lager is not that bad. It was definitely a great beer to have with friends over. You can pour 4 solid beers, and let them sample a beer that might not usually try. Recommended for a sampling, but definitely not a regular choice for me.

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Photo of becktone
2.72/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes 11-20-08

Eye: Terrible on the eye, sure I know that this is going to be a light colored beer, but at least give me a damn head. No head formation, maybe just a ring around the edges of the glass. The beer itself is gold in color and is crystal clear. I would have expected at least a decent head on this sucker, but alas....I regress.

Nose: Not really much at all. Maybe some malt sweetness, maybe some graininess. Not really any hop aroma. I really think that this is the most dead aroma I've ever come across. Its not repulsive, yet it really doesn't have any that bad?, I don't know.

edit: okay so I thought that it was the residual soap on my hands, but its not...I keep smelling peaches when my nose is in this brew. I mean the glass is more than half empty, the glass surrounds my nose, I smell peaches. The soap I washed my hands with not more than 10 mins ago has a peach scent. Yet when I smell my hands, no peach aroma...definitely in the brew, maybe that's how I'm perceiving this high sugared beer.

Tongue: At least this beer tastes like it has an all malt base, no adjuncts really stand out to me. Alcohol is noticeable, some plastic type aromas (maybe thats because I bought the 51oz plastic bottle....hmmm?). Really no malt flavor or hop flavor. It has a weird flavor, sweet and unbalanced. Beer, yet almost like a malt-liquor malternative mix. Not a bad brew, but definitely not what I was expecting. I've really not run into any flavor profile like this in a beer before, quite hard to describe, hard to get anything out of it. Nothing I'd seek out again, yet something I can see myself drinking again...if only to get smashed. Its not a bad beer...especially for the price. I do, however, think that this beer has used a high percentage of corn syrup/corn sugar to get it this high in alcohol.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer feels heavier on the palate than it should with a lot of residual sugars left over in the brew. The beer has a very clean finish. Carbonation is high, which nicely offsets the heavy and sugary body of the brew. This is one that I'm sure I'll not readily go back to, yet I can see myself drinking it again if I want to get messed up for cheap. Not the greatest beer, but for the buy...I mean if you want to get fucked up, how many other brews are there that you can get 51oz of for $4-5? Drinkability is pretty low, but I do think that they did a good job with the mouthfeel, sure its heavier, way heavier than it should be. Too much sugar, but still the idea to give it some high carbonation was smart. It makes it easier to drink.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 2/10/2009 (bottle Produced 25.11.08, BB 25.11.09):

Pours a very pale yellow colored body, with a small white head, very quickly diminishing. Grapey, malty aroma. Effervescent. Grainy smelling. Grainy malty taste, somewhat watery. A little hot. Very malty tasting. Flavorful.

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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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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
2.78 out of 5 based on 684 ratings.
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