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RATINGS: 835   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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. 16.5į

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mahla (2) - - APR 18, 2016 does not count
caramel, bread, citrus, alcohol, golden, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, oily feel, full body, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dwyerpg (5640) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Smells like champagne, with pears! Initial taste is devoid,like a bad beer, but then the flavoring kicks in. The alcohol gives it a faint wine/barleywine taste. Overall, though, it canít escape being a malt liqour...high alcohol with little complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2005
The aroma is butter and lemons. The flavor is absent of alcohol and corn which is indeed odd for the style. Its kind of citrusy with some lemons present. Extremely smooth and maybe the best malt likka Ive had to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle at Oakwood High School, Rotherham 22/02/2003 Clear golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy. Creamy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
From a 1pt. 9oz. brown bottle with a best before on the front label, 31/05/06. Made an impressive appearance, poured an clear pale straw golden with a foamy, billowing white head that slowly settle into a clingy, foamy, thin pancake-like lacing, good carbonation. Had a grainy alcohol nose with some floral hoppiness and some faint grassiness. A crisp, biting coarse mouth feel, above average drinkability. Lager husky grainy and lemon grass hoppy taste with a little floral hoppiness, a mild bitterness, some alcohol warmth on the tongue and a crisp, sweet grainy malty finish. I admit, I like the lagers Iíve had from Baltika, they are not world beaters, but they are decent, affordable lagers, well worth trying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Not sure if Iím rating the same beer as everyone else. This one has a red label, and says "#9 Strong Lager". Since I found no others to match. Iíll rate this. I was actually impressed with this beer, much more so than the Baltika #6 Porter. The flavor, while not real recognizable, was smooth and left a good finish. If this really is the same beer, it was a far cry above the Schlitz (Bull) Malt Liquor I drank as a kid, and I must say I actually enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2007
A plesent surprise for the price. Pours sparkling medium yellow. Complex aroma, cookies, flowers, with leather and apple esters. Flavor starts balanced twards sweet, nice malt flavor, apple overtones, and peppery. Light to medium bodied, watery and creamy, softly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Allie (40) - USA - OCT 28, 2007
OK, most people donít seem to like this very well, but I donít mind being in a minority. I like the design a lot--the brown bottle with the big 9 is unforgettable. It poured with a thin, foamy head that sank quickly. The body was a clear yellow-gold, nicer than your average pale lager. The aroma was sweetish and yeasty, quite nice to my nose. The flavor was a lot richer and more interesting than most lagers: fruity and a little wheaty, almost hefeweizen-like but without the bloatiness I dislike in wheat beers. The palate was OK, not too watery and some warm tickles going down. The 8% ABV is definitely present; this stuff packs a wallop, but I found its other qualities worthwhile too. The dregs were unpleasant, but overall I liked this quite well and will definitely get it again. Itís good value where I am, $2.05 for more than a pintís worth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuzz (811) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Single from Garyís liquor Beautiful clear color with a stiff full head. Very smooth Malt, slightly bitter. With an alcohol after taste. Slightly metallic sent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Working very hard at trying to complete the Baltika gallery of beers, this one had been staring at me for awhile. So with nothing better to drink (ok, so I had better stuff, but I had to drink this sometime) I went ahead and got down to business. And Iím glad I did. Sure, this beer wonít set the world on fire for its greatness. But itís damn drinkable, and itís damned tasty, considering the style. Most malt likkaís are crappola. This was pretty damned good. An aroma of light apple juice, sweet malt, a bit of white wine and a touch corny. It pours out a light yellow color, clear with a few small bubbles here and there, and it all took place under a nice two-finger soap bubble cap. Flavor was smooth, suprisingly sweet almost like some kind of beer/sparkling cider combo. I really couldnít pick up anything wrong with it, and I drank it at the damned near perfect temp for it. So I guess what you can take out of this review, is that if you are ever in Russia and you need a malt likka to fit in with you Russian homies, then this can fill the void nicely.

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