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

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682
Reviews:
410
Avg:
2.79
pDev:
25.81%
 
 
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Photo of orangemoustache
1.62/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A dull golden pour stirs up a foamy bleach white cap that retains like a solid styro-foam mass. As it slowly recedes it leaves big lacing that looks like a big snow drift clinging to the side of my glass. Cascading carbonation completes a pretty nice looking drink. The nose smells like cream corn and not fresh cream corn if I might add. Wow, this is not what I expected at all,after my last Baltika experience I was looking forward to something a bit smoother and enjoyable,this is neither. Barely drinkable, I do not blame others for pouring this out. This is garbage,must be Russia's version of Shlitz Bull Ice. Slightly malty, but mostly corn and offensive alcohol, zero hop presence that I can taste. I have never had the pleasure of tasting gasoline, but this is what I would imagine it tastes like. Give it a try, maybe you like?

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Photo of yesyouam
2.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Baltika #9 is a dense, clear, sparkling, light golden lager with a thin white head that dissipates slowly. It smells of alcohol, lemon rind and black pepper. There is, perhaps, a slight fusel note. It is medium bodied-- a little bubbly and syrupy, with a sticky finish. It tastes sweet. It's like... barley pop. It pretty much tastes like malt extract. There is the slightest green bitterness, but it's mostly just that sweet malt flavor. It's almost like it wasn't fully fermented. It's a simple flavor, but I must say it beats the heck out of any malt liquor I've had.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear, darkish golden with a half inch of white head that settles quickly. No lace.

S - Some alcohol is evident in the nose along with sweet grain. Slight fruity aroma hiding out.

T - The only way I can describe this beer is that it tastes like a tart, green apple soaked in alcohol. There is a quick malty sweetness upfront that gives way to a sourish, earthy taste. Bitterness and alcohol pull through in a big way late palate with a faint grassiness. Finish is full of overripe, sour apple with some big alcohol riding underneath. Not sure if it's bad or good, but I'm giving it half a point for being extremely unique (to me at least).

M - A very lightly syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

D - Not a beer I'd have more than one of. I like the overall fruity taste even if it is one dimensional, but the big alcohol presence pushes this one over the line for me.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well, i believe this is my first russian beer. its interesting to try beers from all over the world. this might be one of the clearest beers i've had, i mean there is no haze whatsoever in this beer, and little carbonation. it doesn't look like much, just a regular lager.

smell is pretty much the same, like a regular lager, nothing really special about it, normal smell of corn, water, and mot much else.

taste is surprisingly sweet, one of the sweetest beers i've ever had, has like a sugar flavor to it, really peculiar, so its not too bad really

mouthfeel and drinkability are average, its definitely a decent beer, and was pretty cheap, like 2 bucks for a pint

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale straw color, with a thin white head.

S: light fresh grains, some fruitiness, corn, and light flowery hops.

T: The initial flavor was corn mash, with lemon hopping, some sourness, buttery vegetables and some sweetness. The overall palate was dry, with a noticeable alcohol taste from the 8.0% and finished with some sour oranges/lemons that were subtle but complimented the beer.

M: The carbonation was light, but the texture was creamy.

D: average, nothing really that would make you seek out more, but really no good reason not to finish.

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Photo of Mdog
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Yellow-gold, ok sized head.

Smell: Boozy, wine-like, grape and alcohol.

Taste: Quite sweet with corn and grape flavors. A little hard to keep going, but I finished it.

Drinkability: I've seen this for super cheap on occasion, if you want your malt liquor to come from Russia maybe give it a shot.

By far the least impressive of the Baltika brews that I have tried. Tastes just like your garden variety high gravity malt liquor. I won't be having this again by choice.

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Photo of brdc
1.22/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Medium sized capped bottle poured into a pint.

Pale yellow, voluminous white head that drops quite quickly, leaving no lacing. It starts looking great, but dissipates rather quickly warning of what is coming.
It smells and tastes like sweetened alcohol; something like very cheap vodka with some sort of soda. Very difficult to qualify any better.
Absolutely horrible, a straight drainpour.

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Photo of Floydster
2.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16.9 ounce bottle with gold foil on sale at the BevMo in Redlands for $1.49, drank alongside two other lagers from this brewery last night, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden orange color with some highlights, 1 1/4 inch fomay white head that left a small pillow, lasted for about five minutes, decent retention and lacing
S-Strong alcohol aroams, some very light hops, sweet bread, very light citrus, misplaced berries, sweetness, and other fruits
T-Starts off with a big sweet taste and does not look back from there, not much going on in the middle except for some chewy parts, not nearly dry enough, seemed even higher than eight percent with the amount of alcohol in the taste, was more of a sipper and I do not think that is what it was intended to be
M-Medium to full bodied, skunky, boozy, chewy, and full mouthfeel, needed some more carbonation, taste lasted a very long time
D-Heavy on the stomach, especially once it warmed, alcohol is not hidden very well, overly sweet and not smooth, made the mistake of letting this get warm

Not too familiar with Dortmunder lagers but this did not seem too far away from a standard Budwesier in many ways, again not bad for the money but probably would skip buying again, might be worth trying

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of t0rin0
3.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On sale at Bevmo for $1.49, 16.9 oz. Bottled 4/20/08.

Pours very clear, carbonated, medium head, halfway decent lacing, but not much retention. Golden in color.

Aroma is very sweet and alcoholy. A little malt and plenty of what I'm guessing is adjuncts. I've smelled much worse beer but its not great.

Flavor is very sweet, a little bitter, possibly a tad skunked, a little boozy. Not sure if the fact that this was bottled 7 months ago is affecting anything, it is 8% after all but then it was on the shelf at Bevmo. Over all good for the style but this is not one of my favorite styles.

Body is medium/light but loses its CO2 quickly and once that happens the beer loses its crispness. Quite drinkable, good hot weather beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhh, nothing like an 8% lager, right?

Pale yellow typical lager color with a fizzy bone white head that, like a badger, only comes out when provoked.

Grainy, corn-like nose. Smells macro-esque. Mostly sweet malty with maybe a hint of hops.

The sweetness hits the palate first, followed by bits of alcohol warming and the faintest hint of hops on the finish. Grainy and sweet, perhaps a bit too much...kinda has the same richness as the 8 hefe.

Overall, not bad for the price (<$2), worth giving a try, but just an ok beer.

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Photo of nickfl
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of white head that settles quickly and leaves no lace. The body is golden yellow with good clarity.

S - Grainy malt and a hint of hops, with a clean yeast profile.

T - Light malt, some grain flavors and a detectable hop presence. Some malt liquor sourness in the finish.

M - Medium high carbonation, medium light body, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a slightly better than average malt liquor, which means it is still pretty unpleasant.

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Photo of RedChrome
2.73/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright yellow crystal clear liquid. A pure white inch high head faded over a pair of minutes. A single stream of large meandering carbonation. Thick clumps of lace.

A very pert aroma of grain. Light touch of a corn scent. Bitterness is extremely light on the nose. A light plastic finish behind other scents.

A very sweet blend of hay and grass flavors is quickly overtaken by the strong taste of alcohol. Light corn and malt aftertaste. No bitterness to note.

Watery and carbonation heavy. Taste lingers on the tongue and sides of the mouth.

To much alcohol. This one can be used to wash down anything spicy. Balance is a bit off. This one should be passed on by all but the curious.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A foil-wrapped 500 mL bottle from State Line.

A: The lager is pale yellow, a shade or two below the Totally Naked that I had earlier. Lots of lace on this one, coating the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is sweet malts, perhaps some sugar or corn adjuncts added in. The strength of the malts do betray more alcohol than normal.

T: The alcohol jumps out at you immediately, warming with a rather strong kick. Underneath the alcohol are very sweet malts, fresh, green fruity flavors that have a bready undertone. Not much in the hops department, but the high alcohol seems to be a sufficient preservative. The boozy sweetness lingers for a long time.

M: The sweetness is a touch too much, especially because it leads straight to alcohol. The aftertaste is decent though.

D: The flavors are strong and the alcohol is heavy. One bottle is more than enough.

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Photo of JBogan
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a honey color with a small white head which left minimal lacing behind.

Smelled of sweet grains, I don't know any other way to put it. Not real complex in this department.

Tasted of sweet honey along with some grassy notes. A small sign of alcohol in there in the aftertaste. In a way a bit different from anything I've had before. Again, it's not a very complex beer and not one that's especially memorable either.

Mouthfeel was very oily. Not a lot of carbonation combined with a very slick and somewhat thick body.

This was not an awful beer, but also not one I'd care to revisit again. An average if somewhat strange taste coupled with a very greasy mouthfeel. Nowhere near the best beer of this type out there.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.61/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Clear light golden yellow with a prodigious fluffy bone white head. The head is dense and shows good retention. Spotty wet dishwater lace is left sporadically around the glass after a swirl. Pretty good looking for a basic pale lager.

S - Sweet thick corn syrup and Corn Flakes breakfast cereal. This smells a lot like a malt liquor, but slightly more refined and less obviously cheaply made. There is a phenolic medicinal note in there that I don't care for. Soapy.

T - Oh my God. This is a super sweet syrupy mess. This is like drinking viscous high fructose corn syrup straight up. Corny as all get out. This is like Kellog's Corn Flakes with about a pound of sugar piled on top as a child might do when left to his own devices to make breakfast. Blech.

M - Thick, syrupy, and slick with loads of sugar. Very little carbonation is present, and the lack of either carbonation or hop bitterness does not help the hopelessly syrupy feel of this brew.

D - No thanks. This is just a really expensive cheapo malt liquor IMO. Save your dough and pick up a man sized can of Hurricane High Gravity or Steel reserve 211. It's about the same thing. Decent looking beer though...just stare at it, don't drink it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight in response to the Malt Liqur Challenge:

http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/1526065

Thanks for the inspiration Chuck!

Presentation - a brown plastic pebble-surfaced bottle of epic proportions. 1.5 liters of Russian brewing prowess set to unleash itself upon my person. Oddly enough, this big ass bottle is a contradiction of sorts, for, while it plainly states EXTRA *LAGER* in large white letters around a black 9, above and to the left is the simple word ALE in gold lettering. Lager? Ale? 51 ounces later, will it even matter? Probably not, and I Euro Strongly doubt that I will attempt to finish this jurassic thing off tonight.

Appearance - pours a yellowish straw color, a thin white cap on top. Despite its limited size, there is some notable lacing left behind, not bad.

Aroma - smells exactly like white zinfandel.

Taste - sweet, grainy stuff, and again, a generic sweet and fruity taste similar to white zin. The abv and grain have a fiery, woody hint to it, reminds me of pit fires in the driveway. The swallow is slick and mildly alcoholic with a sweet, boozy, winy finish. I dig it much more than expected. As it warms it takes on some wine cooler aspects, fruity type stuff. I had my expectations rather low for this and was pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel - thinnish, medium carbonation despite no activity from the SA glass etching.

Drinkability - the selling ad for this beer could be 'the one to have when you're only having one...' ;-) I mean, come on, it's 51 ounces at 8%. Pretty tasty for a pseudo-wine, that's what I thought of it anyway. Two glasses in and the headache is forming... Still interesting and definitely a re-buy.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.12/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 oz. poured into pint glass
Lots of nice carbonation, pretty much no head at all. Color is very good, not much different from your average lager, maybe a little darker gold. Some decent lacing for a lager. Smell is mild, but pleasant, a touch of alcohol. Kind of sweet. Taste is extremely sweet and malty followed by a dry and bready alcohol aftertaste. Not too bad for 8%. Mouthfeel is heavy for a lager with plenty of carbonation. Baltika continues to impress me with decent beer for reasonable prices at 2 bucks a pop for all of their single bottles. It should also be noted that this is a sipping lager, which kind of defeats the purpose.

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Photo of BretSikkink
2.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale, rather sickly yellow, white cap leaps up over one inch in the glass but falls pretty rapidly. I'm impressed with the lacing and the head overall. The clear, yellow color is not impressive.

Clean, inoffensive aroma that is somewhat high on the alcohol and otherwise is just sweet grains.

The flavor is very sweet, overbearingly sweet, as though pure cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup was added. Almost no other characteristic shows up besides the sugary sweet grain.

Too much ethanol heat on the finish to be considered something I would ever drink again. Mouthfeel is superthin except for the extra heft from the alcohol sugars.

This is my first review of a high gravity euro lager. I tried Carlsberg Elephant a few years ago among a bunch of other beers. This is not the style for me.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.07/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampler from brew club

A - Light yellow in color, little head, dissipates quickly.

S - Honey, caramel, and malts.

T - Honey, caramel, very sweet. Sugar cane too.

M - Super sweet and syrupy with a slight carbonation.

D - Very sweet, great dessert beer to enjoy with some bitter cheese. Too sweet to sip and enjoy several beers.

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Photo of UA8
3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crisp transparent lager gold light amount of white head

S- Scents of heavy grains and a touch of alcohol

T- Tastes of light grains and a touch of malt finishes kinda off and sweet.

M- Light and refreshing not overly carbonated

D- Not too great not too shabby. Its an average macro tasting beer with an above average ABV and less than average price so if your aim is too knock a few back and get snookered than this is your brew.

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Photo of kinger
2.24/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first drink from my glass and my goodness, I paid too much....or so I thought. I let this beer warm up and air out a little bit and it got much better, that's not to say it was a great beer experience. The color looks like your typical american pale lager, better head, and great lacing though. The aroma smelled of corn sweet, and a bit bitter to the nose. The taste like I said wasn't good at first but it did get better. Very metallic flavor especially in the aftertaste. You can detect the sturdy alcohol content but it is not overwhelming. Now I can see why the Russians pride themselves on their vodka and not their beer.

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Photo of zeff80
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out straw yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a three-finger white head that did not leave much lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and light malt.

T - The first sip was bittersweet and high on the alcohol flavor. But as the beer warmed it became sweeter and malty. Almost like a barleywine.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is better than I expected. The main drawback is that it seemed to become increasingly heavy to drink.

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Photo of tab021
1.38/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Clear yellow with a decent head. doesn't appear to be much really

S - like dry malt sweetness but not much

T - Holy atrocious beer batman... this seriously tastes like a cheap malt mixed with popov or some other cheap vodka. horrible horrible taste

M - to be honest I couldn't keep it in long enough to figure this out. bubbly...

D - put it this way... i feel bad for my sink because I have to dump 49 of the original 51oz down the drain because this is so terrible. If you like vodka and would for some reason like the taste of it mixed with a cheap malt liquor then be my guest, but I will use this only to pull pranks on others... just plain horrible

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Photo of giblet
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ya Comrad..i had to try the Russkie beer. poured nice in the glass with one half inch of head. pail golden color. good carbonation. smells a little skunky sour and alcohol. not a bad skunky like soured beer but more like the canadian beer smell. taste was not as good with a grain alcohol taste with a sour aftertaste. i am guessing that this would leave a hell of a hangover if you had 3 or 5 of them in a row. especially since the bottle is one pint nine oz.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Baltika 9 Extra Lager is a decent tasting beer. It pours to a golden straw color with aromas of pale malt, hay, and alcohol. The body is completely clear and the head of foam on this beer is decent- not incredibly long lasting but able to hold its own for several minutes before leaving behind a glass of brew that looks like a typical American macro lager.

This beer is quite sweet in flavor with a taste that combines pale barley malt, bread, honey, fruit, and alcohol. There is little hop character, and the beer finishes with a slight alcohol sensation that is quickly replaced by a sugary flavor.

Baltika 9 Extra Lager is stronger than most beer, and because of this, I expected the flavor to be harsher. I expected it to have an alcoholic bite in the finish that would linger. Instead, the sugary flavors overpower the alcoholic taste. The presence of alcohol is easy to detect but it's a sweeter alcohol taste. In many ways, Baltika 9 Extra Lager reminds me of the flavor of malt liquor with added malt sugar.

Baltika 9 Extra Lager is a little lighter in body than I expected, but its overall flavor is good enough to make it worthy of a try. It's nothing special, but it does offer enough good taste to make it acceptable.

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
2.79 out of 5 based on 682 ratings.
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