Baltika makes several different beers, and I’ll try to go through them, but it’s only fitting to do #9 first/again. Maybe this post will stay up, or maybe my partner will rewrite his original post and take this one down, or maybe we’ll just have 2 reviews, I don’t really know. What I do know is that Baltika #9 is one hell of a beer.
As the label says, its a lager and contains 8.0% abv. Would I have preferred it to be 9.0% for B9, of course. However lack of symmetry in the name and alcohol content certainly doesn’t make this Russian beer taste any worse. This beer from St. Petersburg comes straight at your face like a punch from Ivan Drago. Its not a bad tasting beer, especially if you like vodka. Because there’s a distinct vodka aftertaste with every sip. I’m pretty sure vodka and not water is used in the brewing process. I can’t back that up with anything other than stereotyping all Russians as vodka loving drunks, but that works for me. I’m certainly not complaining about the taste.
The best part of this beer is probably the sizes of it that are available. We’ve had a half liter and much more suprisingly, a 51oz mammoth plastic bottle. I’d like to see more beers come in 51 oz bottles, especially stronger beers like this.
If you feel like you need a break from boring cheap American beers and malt liquors, then why not go for the international flair of Russia’s Baltika 9? Remember, 51oz bottles of beer will improve just about anything you’re gonna do that night.
8 out of 10 skeets