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 ghebel
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 +20.3%
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 -9.6%
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 -35.6%
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 +1.4%
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 -3.2%
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 +15.3%
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 +38.1%
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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Photo of fitzy84
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, golden yellow appearance with no real head or lacing. Aromas were incredibly faint. What could be sensed were almost burnt floral hints. The taste had a really off aftertaste. Unbalance combination of malts and what does taste like a vodka finish. Mouthfeel does help this drink with a relatively crisp, good body. Overall, really bad taste to a below average looking beer.

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Photo of KeefD
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this at Whistle Binkies, just because. Best before date of 4-20-09. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a decent white head that fell quickly leaving behind some light lacing. Aroma is very sweet and grainy with no trace of hops. Taste is very sweet for a lager. The flavor bounces back and forth between table sugar and green apples with hints of grainy malts mixed in. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the 8% ABV could barely be detected under the sweetness. One of these was more than enough for me. Can't see ever drinking this again. Just too sweet for a lager IMO.

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Photo of orangemoustache
1.62/5  rDev -42.3%
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 -22.4%
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 +2.5%
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 +12.8%
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 +12.8%
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 -26%
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 -56.6%
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 -10.7%
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 +17.1%
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 +7.8%
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 -2.1%
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 -2.8%
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 +32.7%
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 -4.6%
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 -42.7%
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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