jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Allie (40) - USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
jbuzz (761) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Caterwaul (51) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the kind of beer that I REALLY shouldnít like, but thereís just no helping me sometimes; this tastes just fine to me. Tastes and smells like honey kvass with hops added. It finishes a bit like a bourbon whisky; corny, grainy and a little woody- bracing, but it invites you back in. Nearly amber in color- looks like cheap maple syrup straight from the microwave. This is what I buy when I want to get VERY drunk VERY quickly and not have too much to complain about as far as taste (itís a little like drinking a loaf of bread, soggy with hard liquor). It warms you up like no other. Gotta be good for that Russian winter.
Aggie80 (788) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kick Butt on the alcohol. Head and lace are decent. Flavor is pretty light all around, with a touch of aftertaste.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale colored with a white frothy head. Malty and sweet with a dry aftertaste. Pretty Good
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It greets you with a stinky nose of fuesal corn, a malt liquor resemblance that it doesn’t try to hide... the origins of the Great American Malt Liquor, this stuff is culturally pure. Heavy, stinky, challenging, the wet fuel and hints of fermented potatoes and sake hit the nose like a wrecking ball. Heavy, sickly sweet, and just generally unpleasent, you can’t help but be impressed. You’re proud of yourself for drinking it, for beating it.