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A strong lager beer with a taste close to classic lager varieties. The flavor is light and there is a suggestion of malt, together with sweetish notes and mild hops bitterness.
Ingredients: water, light barley malt, maltose syrup and hops.
Produced since 1998. 16.5°

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jonas (5847) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2004
Malt and corn nose. Morning urine color, soapy head. Sugary and corny with a sticky mouthfeel - it hides the alcohol behind sweetness - and now my drain is hiding the brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Hazy yellow with a thin white head. Cereal aroma with some stale fruits. Fizzy palate, with some wateriness. I may be rating this a bit high, but for the price this is good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2004 Bottled. Hmm, it’s been a while since I had a malt liquor; think back to winter of ’89, I was hangin’ wit’ my homez, splitting a 40 of St. Ides at the White Castle on 115th... But this is a different time and place, specifically, Russia. Has the same cloying sweetness of a Baltika 3. Yes, I can already feel the alcohol headache coming on. I guess it’s just a shade below an inoffensive beer. Well, I was warned about the beer in Russia, wasn’t I?
Re-Rated, canned. Okay, trying it again, the alcohol warmth is kind of welcoming. There's still a big sugary taste, but for some reason it doesn't bother me as much.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Deep golden with a sweetness in aroma and flavor. Soda-like carbonation. Malty, but sickly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Bright, clear yellow beer. Small white film head. Semi-sweet beer without much bitterness. Not much flavor other than the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2004
Foamy head on a clear yellow body. Sweet and heavy hay and alcohol aroma. Also sweet flavor with apples notes and some alcohol but not overwhelming. Actually quite all right for a malt liquor.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - APR 28, 2004
Bottlted from local bodega- pours pale yellow white head,smells wack,lots of carbnation,tastes alright taste like beer not malt liquor, ok over all cheap too so it's ok

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 A clear golden (urine) yellow with a large diminishing white head. Mostly sweet, slightly sour aroma of cereal, honey, and soap with hints of straw and peach. Light-medium watery body with lively carbonation. Flavor is mostly sweet with honey, light bread, pepper and straw coming through. The sweetness is kind of odd and unfamiliar (adjunct related?). Somewhat astringent. Not really offensive, just not good. At least now I will have the 'Malt Liquor' style category filled.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Heh, my first Malt Liquor: Bottle pours a thin color or yellow with a big white head and some lace. The aroma is sweet (corn?). The flavor is very sweet with a cardboard like finish. The palate is fizzy in some ways, but sort of thick in other ways. Overall, I can't really rate to style since I don't know how its supposed to taste. Additionally, I really don't like it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
At long last m y search for a Russian malt liquor has ended. Straight from the streets of St Petersburg we have Baltika 9. Big foamy white head. Clear yellow body. Aroma is not too bad, no off skunky horrible metallic aromas like most malt liquors. Instead it is slightly grassy and sweet. The flavor is sweet with alcohol coming through. The body is odd, no fizzy mouth feel and somewhat watery. Overall not bad for the style but the palate was a real letdown.

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