Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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European Strong Lager
Ranked #65
Ranked #47,639
2.84 | pDev: 25.35%
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)
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Reviews: 419 | Ratings: 712
Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +20.1%
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 +5.6%

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 +10.2%

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 -2.5%
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 +15.5%
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 -9.9%
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 +6.3%
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 +16.2%
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 +0.4%
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 -63.7%
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 -45.1%
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 +26.4%
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 +15.5%
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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Photo of travolta
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Clean and clear golden color. A frothy egg-white head with nice retention and nice spotted lacing.

Nose: Grain, clean rice, medicinal.

Taste: Nice mouthfeel, lingering maltiness, cheap malt but not too strong, banana.

Notes: This is proof that "fizzy yellow beers" from pretty much anywhere else in the world are at least decent. This is not bad beer, it's an example of cheap international beer.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Dark golden color with a small white head.
Aroma: Sweet fruity smell.
Flavor: Has a sweet apricot flavor up front, with a slight alcohol bitter finish. Bold bodied, smooth carbonation.
Overall: This is not your light lager. It starts slightly sweet. The alcohol comes out toward the finish. Place this beer in the freezer and serve very cold. With its high percent ABV, you don't have worry about it freezing

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Photo of KhanC
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good color. Too much head but strangely not enough carbonation.

Smell: A bit metallic. Can be a bit offputting for most people, though I didnt mind it so much.

Taste: Sweet. Maybe a bit too sweet for the standard American beer palate. Not much body to the beer, which is strange, because the beer is STRONG and I LOVED that about it. I dont mean to sound sexist but it is an almost "feminine" taste but with a "masculine" kick. And I dont mind this one bit.

Mouthfeel: Flat, perhaps because of the low carbonation, and this is what I liked least about this beer.

Decent beer overall. If I were in Russia and this was cheap, I would buy it more often. But otherwise, you can get better beers for the money.

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Photo of 77black_ships
2.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

50 cl. bottle procured in that quaint (in the same way as all of these kinds of stores are) Russian/East-European store behind the library. Brown bottle was a bit odd considering the colour of the others when this one didn’t pour all too dark. Also don’t really see much if any Russian on.the label – it is hard to read the text – is this meant for export or? Bottled on 29.11.2012. Pours a bright, ligher shade darker golden with little synthetic head. Smells of malt and caramel syrup and additives cover a light, cheap industrial vodka-style alcohol coming through, pure cheap alcohol, citrus and cheap malts. Taste is sweet malty syrup / caramel additives attempting to cover an industrial strength lager, cheap alcohol is all over the place here, medicinal style, cleaning agent, dark sugar, cheap malts, highly processed grains, solvent, citrus. Light with a touch of syrup here. This is some serious industrial swill they tried masking here, harsh bro.

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Photo of LuckyLyle
1.59/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a pint beer of this on a whim from a Sprouts store. I was intrigued....

The pour looked okay, having a kind of Foster's hue to it.

The head was white and foamy, but quickly fizzled out.

The aroma smells very weird and off; almost like a cleaner or something.

The taste is very astringent and has a lot of off flavors.
The lacing was pretty non existent after the foam fizzled out.

There's not many beers I won't finish, but I had to toss this one.

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Photo of geoffpm
1.06/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased a relatively fresh can from a Russian Supermarket.

Immediately upon opening, a chemical smell wafted from the can. I have never smelled this in a beer.

The first taste magnified the chemical overtones. Absolutely no malt character. Can only taste the alcohol. Perhaps it's added alcohol that gives this such a bad smell and taste.

This is easily the worst beer I have had in decades/

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a creamy white head that leaves bits of foam behind. Color is pale gold. Aroma is grainy adjuncts and alcohol. Flavor is clean, crisp and totally grainy and alcoholic. "is there vodka in there?" my wife asks. Might as well be, the EtOH afterburner on this shit is very strong and goes straight to your brain. Mouthfeel is slick, tingly and light. Easy to quaff and gets you drunk fast. If only American HG malt liquors were this smooth and slammable.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Baltika #9 Extra Lager: Russian, 8% ABV, decent head; Appearance: pale gold; Smell: standard lager smell; Taste/Mouthfeel: lager, slight perfumey sweetness, no extra alcohol taste; pretty good

Poured into a pint glass

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Photo of artoolemomo
2.6/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that appears to have some retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale golden straw which shows as more golden when held up to the light. Only the smallest traces of lace.

Nose- The smell from the bottle and the glass seem to be night and day. The glass shows little- typical lager notes of grain and cereal. The bottle shows some caramel, cinnamon, and light notes of perfume and flowers. Cinnamon seems to be the most dominant. Very odd indeed.

Taste- Almost as boring as the nose from the glass. Grain, cereal, and a spicy bitterness that seems to echo some Belgian yeasts. Cornflakes and definite alcohol on the finish. Borders on astringent but it isn't that strong. The bitterness is really weird and comes off as an off-flavor (at least to me). Very light cinnamon on the finish but not enough to counteract the dingy bitterness that seems to define this beer. Some white grape and vinous notes at the beginning. I understand why this gets low ratings on Beer Advocate. I fully agree with reviewers who have stated that this reminds them of malt liquor. Slight lemon and the bitterness seems to have mellowed a bit. Still, a below average beer.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with loads of carbonation, which works for this beer.

Drinkability- The dominant flavor of this beer makes it taxing. Some heat but it is pretty cheap. Still not really worth it.

Overall- Below average to almost poor. I really wouldn't recommend it and certainly will not be repurchasing this beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.92/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

How can I have extra when I haven't had any to begin with? Dammit, Smalls... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet corn, light flowers, light grass, very light white bread, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with a vague sweetness hanging pall-like over the proceedings. The body is a rather lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a drying finish. Overall, I think of this stuff as a Russian version of an approachable malt liquor, like an Earthquake. It's boring, it'll get ya drunk. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
1.22/5  rDev -57%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A- 2 inch white foamy head, dissipates slowly. No lacing, golden straw color. Very clear, champaign like appearance. Well carbonated beer, not very attractive overall.
S- very unappealing aroma, smells like your typical college drinking beer, colors, bud light, miller light, some malt and corn characteristics come out, very plain.
T- very very disappointing. I didn't have high expectations for this brew but was hoping for something slightly enjoyable. Metallic aftertaste, slight bitterness, lingering metallic taste after every sip, slight malt flavor stands out. Alcohol is very resent for only being 8% abc.
M- light mouthfeel, very sticky, terrible metallic aftertaste.
O- well what can I say, first beer in 9 months and it has to be one of the worst beers I've ever had, if not the worst. Metallic aftertaste that lingers. This is a beer that I will never drink again.

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Photo of VictorWisc
2.87/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 1/2L can into a large glass beer mug.

Up to 25% fine-structured, irregular head, dissipating quickly. Deep golden yellow with bleached white head.

Not a particularly intense aroma, with any hop notes disappearing quickly. Closest smell is that of a butter cracker, light and inoffensive.

Slightly honeyed flavor without a lot of sweetness. Quickly turns to young corn and rice malt notes. Nondescript underlying mild hop bitterness -- neither floral nor citrus.

Surprisingly light feel for 8% ABV. Fairly pedestrian lager feel with Bud-like finish. The alcohol punch comes later, explaining why it's the favorite beer chaser of Russian alcoholics.

Avoid the large plastic bottles as they skunk easily -- sort of the Russian equivalent of Colt 45. The cans and 12 oz bottles are drinkable but not something I would seek out. Might be a decent pour if available on tap, but that's highly unlikely outside Mother Country (and taps are unlikely in Mother Country, period). Better beer available for the price in the same style, but few approach the alcohol content (other than Baltic regional brews).

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 712 ratings