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 travolta
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
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 -8.3%
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 +27%
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 -20.9%
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 -42.8%
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 -61.9%
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 +9.7%
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 +19.8%
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 -6.5%
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 +5%
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 -56.1%
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 +3.2%
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A ridiculously clear, crystal see through body with a mix of soda and small pinhead carbonation, with a buttery gold color and mirror like finish. Head forms slightly foamy, shocking white, and about three fingers. Settles down to a thin bubbly puck with scattered lacing. Not too bad.

Nose is fairly pleasant also. Mild sweet corn, and sticky soft malt and a little bit of honey. Not any sense of burning alcohol or fussel quality, fairly alright so far.

Palate hits with a thick honey and spicy sweetness quality. Mild hop bitterness but a corn and mixing sweetness fills the mid palate. Kind of an interesting spice and sweetness, but the body is also a bit thick as well and fairly syrupy. Fairly clean, with a minor alcohol bite.

Overall though not bad for what it is I guess, not having any problem drinking it that's for sure surprisingly.

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

Pale golden color with a three finger head with good retention.
Faint aroma of biscuit malt and grassy hops.
Sweet malty flavor with grassy hops and hints of booze and sweet syrup. Boozed aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation with small bubbles.
Right at the front it did not feel right to me. Too sweet with a non-harmonic booze giving a low drinkability, especially for a 500 ml bottle. I seemed that it would never finish.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this one at a fair in Yerevan, Armenia. It was about $2.50 and I was just looking for something that packed some high alcohol content. The smell was pretty off-putting, it smelled almost like someone just dumped some hard liquor into a non-alcoholic beer. The taste pretty much followed the nose. Can't speak for the appearance as I had it in a bottle and I don't know enough Russian to ask for a cup. I don't think I'd ever drink this again unless I'm really in a beer drinking bind somewhere in the ex-Soviet Union again.

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Photo of braugon
1.2/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Looks like ___, smells like ____.

Tastes like sugar, chalk, flour, ginseng root.

I would rather drink Olde English, not sure about this being better than any 40oz.

I was like hmm 1.99, in with the bombers, maybe they know something cool on the cheap...

Can't even pretend to be cool with this one.

I just take the loss, full responsibility, I need a BMC to bring my taste buds back.

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Photo of YardmanFTB
1.98/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Baltika Number 9. I, like probably everyone else that is not a raging alcoholic, tried this beer due to the fact that it cost $5 and came in a 51 ounce coke-like plastic bottle. There is a certain intrigue where you're thinking... It can't be that bad can it?

From that point of view, it's not that bad. If I were down on my luck and needed cheap booze, I would pick Number 9 before a 40 ounce of malt liquor any day.

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Photo of hardy008
1.72/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Straw color with a foamy 2 finger white head, with decent retention and lacing. Smells like overly sweet malt and alcohol.

Doesn't taste any better than it smells. Alcohol and sweet malt. Reminds me of Malt Liquor. Harsh in many ways, and unappealing in every way.

Medium to full bodied and overly carbonated. Not much to say about this beer other than it sucks. Definitely recommend avoiding this train wreck.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.97/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sweetness in a strong lager. It looks and acts a little weak on the pour. There is no huge billowy head or lacing. The aroma is nice but I enjoyed drinking this beer immensely with my meal. It went down very good with some Russian Jazz by the Ganelin Trio Poco a Poco playing in the background. This is a must try beer in my book. Good sweet stuff.

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Photo of Serick507
3.47/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from a bottle into a tall weissber glass

A: Deep yellow golden with two fingers of a fluffy white head lots of small streaming bubbles, nice thick lacing

S: Sweet, bready, fruity, alcohol

T: Grain, booze, over ripe fruits, slight metallic flavor on the end, the booze really stays with you, goes down nice and warm.

M:Medium body and carbonation, warm as it goes down

O: Very nice import malt liquor, packs a good punch, one of my go to beers for if I want to get drunk. Could be dangerous due to the relatively light mouth feel and 8.0% ABV. I enjoy the bite very much though.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured cold from the $1.99, 16.9 oz bottle.

It is a clear, very light yellow colour. It looks exactly like the ram's piss from the movie Beerfest... Slightly hoppy to the nose with a distinctive yeasty-funkiness. The taste is like a slap in the the face. The 8% ABV is QUITE apparent with a bit of grain-taste. There is a nice aftertaste of hops, but that doesn't help you get over the fact that you have a full glass to get through. You should expect to get what you pay for, but this is what I would think that the ram's piss from the movie Beerfest tasted like...

Would I buy it again? Never.

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Photo of Hellomjb
2.72/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First of all the giant 51oz plastic bottle is a pleasant surprise, very Eastern European!!

The appearance is yellowish gold with very little head. Next the smell, slightly fruity and grainy with hints of caramel, and almost a smokey leather with the alcohol coming through in force! The taste is strong with notes of a porter. Again the alcohol comes through as a major player. The finish is rather fast with only a slight linger on the tongue. Fairly smooth texture. Overall this beer reminds me of a cold Russian winter night. When the only thing on ones mind is staying warm and enjoying the company of ballerinas and comrades past.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

$1.99 for a 16.9 ounce bottle, so why not?

It pours a hazy yellow color. It must be unfiltered because I can see particles floating around. Reminds me of Sea Monkeys.

The small white head faded fast and so did the little bit of lacing that formed.

It has a smell of sweet grains and alcohol.

The taste is fruity and sweet, It is lightly carbonated and oh yes, there is a mild alcohol burn going down.

This is strong. 8% ABV but I think it might even be stronger.

Overall, as far as beer goes, it is not that great. But if you want a quick buzz on the cheap it is not half bad.

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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 TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Average retention, resulting in a sparse lace.

Smell - Grainy malt with hints of honey.

Taste - Follows the nose. Really big, sweet and raw honey notes wrapped around some earthy grain and with a bit of alcohol. Subtle notes of grass hop bitterness comes through near the end. The finish is quick and somewhat clean, with a lingering hint of honey and booze in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, but with some malty stickiness. Decently carbonated. Goes down fairly smooth, despite the mild alcohol burn.

Overall - Very malt liquor like, only with a much better flavor. The bright honey character is simple, but effective. All in all, not a bad beer. Would I ever buy it again? Eh, maybe... but probably not.

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
2.78 out of 5 based on 673 ratings.
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