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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Photo of EagleTalon
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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Photo of djura
2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Poor appearance. Almost no foam,no bubbles,yellow color.

S-A bit of brown sugar,sweet,usual for strong lagers.

T/M-Sweeter taste,caramel,warm alcohol. It's not undrinkable,but not so good for this style,above average.

O-Expected much better,but this time i got not so good beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-dark golden with a nice white head

S-bitter european grains and some dark honey. Strong scent

T-comes in with a bitter taste of dark honey and grains. The after-taste is strong of syrupy honey. Has a touch of booze to it, though not too evident. Not terrible

M-low carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-okay, this isn't terrible. Reviews make it seem like its going to be undrinkable, but it's really okay. It definitely doesn't go down too easily. It's a cheap beer, and it's okay considering. It has a certain taste to it that makes it fairly interesting 

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Photo of rangerred
2.13/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml can into a pint glass.

Pours a very slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin fizzy head. Poor head retention and no lacing.

Smells like rotten apple juice. Very citrusy but not in a good way. Some alcohol comes through as well.

The taste is not very good either. Very sweet and fruity. A little bit of bread up front but it is quickly overtaken by a nasty, sweet, apple citrus. Alcohol in the finish.

Overall, not a good beer. It is pretty hard for me to choke down and definitely not something I would buy again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a plastic cup. Finger and half of head. Golden colored with a tinge of copper.

Smells of wet malt and candy.

Super sweet taste beginning to end. Nothing else happening here.

Medium body, low carbonation. Fairly crisp for high ABV and malt content.

With a high ABV it gets the job done. Nothing else to see here folks.

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

Finally! A euro strong lager I can buy in America. Sadly, this is my least favourite euro strong I've had so far. But it's not terrible.

Pours a vibrant yellow into my mug with almost no head.
Smell is cheap, cheap graininess. Smells like all other euro strongs.
Taste sadly is not to the same standard as every other euro strong I've had. It's quite sweet as it should be, but it's quite lacking in flavour of higher alcohols. I can hardly detect any at all. It's as if there may not even be any present. Apparently, they didn't rush the brew on this one. There is also some cheap hops to balance, giving it sort of a pilsner-like taste. There's fruity, yeastiness present too. It's not as clean as other euro strongs. Tastes less like a chemistry project and more like a beer. This would probably be top notch to a beer snob within this particular category. However, I like that higher alcohol taste and am sad to see it lacking in this beer. However, it's still a decent lager and unique from anything else you can buy in America, so I will probably be getting it again. I'm very glad someone decided to import this and I think I'll look into some of Baltika's other beers as well.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.02/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Saw the ugly monstrosity of a 51oz bottle in the store and had to buy it.

Clear, pale yellow, with some rising bubbles. Smell is light grain, and stinky/sweet alcohol. Smell isn't strong enough to be especially off-putting. The taste is more like bad wine than beer: Sickly-sweet overripe/rotten apple juice, stinging alcohol, and an odd 'garbage-juice' taste.

Got me good and buzzed, but I want my beer to taste like beer.

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
2.78 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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