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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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82
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219 Reviews
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Reviews: 219
Hads: 330
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 12-24-2002

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Photo of dacrza1
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: April 19, 2015... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen... OCCASION: the Cavs (again) begin their journey to a title... APPEARANCE: cloudy, sallow yellow body with bubble that lazily, sporadically float; mountainous foams of white head spill over the glass--quite alive! tracings leave spore-like dots in their wake!... AROMA: heavy banana dominates; clove, pepper and mowed hay--the standard weizen array... PALATE: a surprisingly thin, even profile, especially for an "unfiltered" beer; easily drinkable and equally refreshing... TASTE: the banana is not as pronounced as the scent suggests, but beyond the fruit, subtle pepper; not much beyond these two soft offerings... OVERALL: Having tried just about every single-digit Baltika profile, this offering is somewhere in the middle--accurate to its genre but not memorable; a good pairing with warm weather or an after-workout refresher... (901 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, best before 5/4/2014. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light bready tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hefeweizen style. All around good robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,394 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 8/9/14.Comes in a 500ml (16.9) bottle for $2.99 (Spirit World in Omaha), though the label is newer. I have had a few different brews of theirs before. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a 1 liter handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with a good 1-finger foamy white head that settles to about 3mm on top. A decent amount of sediment is found at the bottom of the bottle. Spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of wheat, bananas, cloves and yeast. Pretty much the same for the taste that follows the nose. Perfect carbonation. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Overall, not a bad 'hefe' and you can't beet the price for this Russian beer. (726 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great Lenin's ghost! Straight from Mother Russia I finally found a bottleshop that stocks Baltika #8. I had a (non-beer connoisseur) friend describe it as the most banana tasting beer that they had ever tried. Ever. And that was incentive enough for a Weizen-lover like myself to purchase a trio of bottles, perhaps more in future if it lives up to this promise.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Presentation of the body is a hazy gold/yellow, dare I say 'banana' coloured? Yes I went there. With a fairly boisterous foamy white head that soon eases to a half centimetre lace.

S: The aroma is of banana, of course, cloves, bread yeast with a hint of red apple-peel lurking about in the background. It's a very barnyardy Weizen, not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact some of my favourite beers are barnyardy and Weizeny.

T: Flavour is a bit of a let-down. That banana flavour my friend promised tastes a bit like a chemical banana additive like in a Perky Nana, don't get me wrong I like a Perky Nana but it's a bit distracting as a flavour in my beer. The rest of the taste is a struggle between some overt bread yeast and some zesty spice (clove and cardamom are the notable ones).

M: Bit flat for a Weizen, but that could be more to do with my fridge being on the fritz than the brew. Body is a touch watery for a Weizen as well.

D: It's alright, nothing to write home about, yet here I am. If I'm honest the slightly cheaper Schofferhofer is a better Weizen, a staple in my fridge not likely to become usurped by this upstart renegade Russian wheat beer. I actually wish I hadn't bought 3 of these instead of 3 Weihenstephaners (which were on sale cheaper than this), oh well lesson learned.

Food match: I could only just imagine how good a big cold bowl of Borscht and large warm crusty roll would go with this.... Mmmmother Russia. (1,874 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks and smells (surprisingly) by the book.
Nice banana, wheaty malts, nice clove; Balanced taste.
Lemon zest, quite a lot, creating a bit too much crispness. Ruins the mouthfeel a bit along with the fizz.
Surprisingly, a nice non-german weizen, more than decent. (264 characters)

Photo of djura
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden color,excellent white thick as cream foam,lasting till the end.
S - Fruty citrus orange aroma. Yeast and hops also.
T/M - Very drinkable,crisp and fresh. fruits and herbal spices aromas. It goes very easy!

O - Manage to made it very good,true weizen. (268 characters)

Photo of Samp01
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

550 ml bottle. Pours a golden yellow a large white slowly fading head. Aroma and Taste of wheat, some grassy notes, lightly fruity and slightly barn yard. Palate is a medium body, with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a taste of wheat, grassy notes, light fruity. Basically a fairly boring brew, very non descript. ok for a hot summer day. (342 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle marked 07.0812-07:24/07.0813-5W. Sampled on March 31, 2013.

The color is a slightly cloudy yellow with a decent white head that eventually settles down.

The aroma is quite distinct with wheat along with an apple kind of ester. Even someone who is not a regular craft beer drinker would pick this up.

The body is light to about medium with a creamy texture.

Like the aroma the taste has a good dose of wheat malts and apple along with a thin twist of lemon to give it a summery sensation. The hops do not linger much but they offset the other qualities. Not a high quality wheat beer but far ahead of what Baltika normally has to offer. (668 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden in color, with a large, and dense white head, which retains quite well. The lacing is thick and coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Lots of wheat bread, cloves, and bananas. In my opinion, it could easily be mistaken for a German-brewed Hefeweizen.

Taste:Opens with slightly sweet, white bread flavors, soon followed by classic ripe bananas and cloves. These flavors carry ell throughout the taste, with the bread notes more prominent towards the end of the taste. Finishes with a mild, lingering sweetness, and banana esters.

Mouth feel: A touch thin, with slightly spritzy carbonation, a bit of fullness would be most welcome.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, and a bargain at $2.19 for a half-liter bottle.

Presentation: Packaged in a 16.9 ounce brown glas bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (868 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/29/12. Best before 2/28/12.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a super foamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spices, yeast, and banana. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness in the flavor. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and definitely the best of the Baltika "#" beers I have had so far. (562 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks Great, pours a ver cloudy, dark straw color with a tall foamy white head. Smells a little tangy with grass and lemon and hints of banana and clove. The taste is smooth and balanced, wheat flavor, slightly tangy with a hint of lemon and again hints of banana and clove, not as much banana and clove as it's German and Belgian counterparts. Light with moderate carbonation, very smooth, could have had more carbonation. This is a solid wheat beer, it's nothing super special but it is satisfying. (500 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a thick foamy head. Head retention is ok but there is absolutely no lacing at all.

Aroma is fairly straight forward for a hefeweizen. Plenty of banana and cloves along with a pleasant yeasty-ness.

The flavor is where things go a bit awry. It all starts out good with the typical hefe flavors you would expect: banana, clove, and yeast. However these flavors tend to be pretty weak and do not last. The mouthfeel is very watery and not at all full and smooth like I expect a wheat beer to be. The finish is pretty sticky which is kind of odd for a beer lacking mouthfeel.

Overall, a decent attempt but it just doesn't quite come together. (709 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow tih a thick, white 3 finger head, below average retention, and a resulting lace that's sparse clinging mostly to the sides.

Smell - Mostly banana with hints of diacetyl hitting the nose. Faint spice.

Taste - All the flavors of a great hefe are here - banana, wheat, bubblegum and clove spice, and they all come through with great balance from start to finish. Hints of buttery diacetyl near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a soft carbonation. Goes down with a buttery smoothness.

Overall - This is a really good hefe. Great all-around balance. One I'm sure I'll have to revisit at some point in time. (663 characters)

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, cloudy, dull gold with a rich white head. Smells like bananas and wheat.

It has a very smooth wheat taste, sweetened a bit by something that tastes a bit like honey. The yeast adds to the creamy feel and taste. There's some banana flavor from the yeast, and with a touch of dark spices, it's almost like light banana bread. Drinks very smoothly. Overall, a solid, very drinkable beer. (401 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

30 ml bottle apparently dated Feb. 2011. Most sediment added.

Pours with a small whitish head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing. rather clear amber-copper tone.

Has a very sweet and fruity aroma with a clear suggestion of banana and clove. Beyond these it is also yeasty. These aromas also appear in the taste, including the rather high sweetness, along with allspice, apple juice and wheat.

Light body; crisp with medium carbonation; semi-dry.

O: Clearly appropriate for style but I find this style mostly unappealing. Nonetheless, I did find this to be moderately refreshing and drinkable. (609 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika #8 in a Penn Weizen glass. Orange-yellow with a good bit of swampy haze. A flat, but dense off-white capper crowns the beer. Gotta love the way ANY hefe looks in one o’these weizen glasses. 3.5

Rather clean aroma with lemon, crusty bread, light hops, and slight banana character. Not a big spice character thus far, but there’s something there in the line of clove. 3.5

Tangy wheat flavor with some barely ripe banana, a little orange, and some menthol/minty hops. A little attenuated, but a nice spice character in the flavor. Some peppercorn and grains of paradise. That banana shows up in the finish with a touch of noble hops and a minerally spring water character. I must say that this is a refreshing brew. 4.0

A little thin-bodied, and it could be a little smoother, but a nice carbonation evens the keel. Very comparable with the German hefes. 3.5

Can I just say that this is an absolute WINNER for $2.29 a bottle? An inexpensive hefeweizen that delivers. The best Russian hefe, for sure. It’s in your budget, so pick one up. 3.5 (1,055 characters)

Photo of beerme343
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled the Baltika Wheat out of a 16.9 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Fine white bubbles formed a medium sized head that did not last very long. The beer is a hazy golden color.

There is the prominent banana smell to this beer typical of most European Hefeweizen but not much else stands out.

Banana comes through on the palate and there is a little tropical fruit - possibly papaya evident also. A touch of spice comes through as well.

The finish is smooth but a little watered down for a hefeweizen. Not overly impressed with the #8. (555 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Weizen glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale gold in color.Chill haze.Off white crown.Fairly well retention leaving some spots & rings.Floral & fruity to the nose.Bread crust,hints of honey & orange hues complete the aromatic profile.Fruity upfront,citric notes.Mildy malty flavor. Sparkling, slightly spicy mouthfeel.Medium body,soft carbonation.Watery in the middle.Orange zest & subtle hoppy bitter finish.Refreshing.Easy drinkability. (444 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Production Date: 08-08-11
Best By: 080-08-12

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow in color with a two finger tall foamy white head. The head reduces to about a quarter finger tall head covering the entire beer over time but is retained throughout. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Not as pleasant an aroma as I usually associate with the style, it is a little harsh but there are notes of grains, banana, and clove.

T: Slightly sweeter than I expected, this beer had notes of banana, clove, fruitiness, and a grassy hop aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: My first review of a Russian beer and it was enjoyable. I personally feel that Hefeweizen is a very easy to drink beer and this example is no different than the many others. While not the strongest Hefeweizen offering I have sampled, still good. I'll be interested to try some other offerings from this brewery. (912 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a pillowy white head that gradually recedes into a thin, creamy mousse.

S: Harsh aromas of grain and minerals initially dominate the nose, but after a couple of seconds, aromas of yeast, spices, and banana become noticeable.

T: A sweet, mellow entry presents notes of cream, vanilla, bubblegum, minerals, overripe banana, wheat toast, butter, and clove. There is also a fine, grassy hop backtaste present that is most noticeable around mid-palate. The finish is clipped and mellow with notes of bubblegum and banana.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body and quite smooth. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a bit weak after the entry, rendering this beer thinner and more watery than it should be.

O: As is, this is a mediocre hefeweizen, but it clearly has the potential to be more than that. All of the components are there, but the final product is just a bit too muddled and bland to really be a winner. (940 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold body with three finger thick head. The head slowly fades and leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Tons of carbonation in this beer.

S: Lots of sweet fruit and I assume it is Belgian Yeast.

T: Lots of Belgian Yeast, fruity flavors and some nice malt. Its not bad, but nothing special.

M: Lots of carbonation and crispness. Burns on the back of the throat and tongue.

O: Nothing too special, but not bad either. The flavors and smell are nice, but the mouthfeel just takes it down a bit. (512 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika no. 8 Wheat Ale has a very thick, fluffy, egg-shell-colored head and a cloudy golden appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is grain husk with the head, but once this goes away, more of the banana and spice is detected. The flavor is subtle, but banana, coriander, white wheat bread, sugar, and spices are present. Mouthfeel is heavy, yet Baltika no. 8 Wheat Ale finishes pretty crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. This is a pretty good beer. It improved as it warmed and I drank it down.

RJT (508 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This will be (at least one of) my entry/entries for New Beer Sunday (Week 360) and I am kind of excited to tick it off. I have an affinity for Russian beers ever since I got on the Kvass Kick, Kamarade, and while I drank a LOT of #9 with Stosh, the owner of the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, during his lifetime, I kind of glossed over all of the other numbers. It's kind of a shame, since #1 seems to be retired and I cannot find #2 for looking.

OK, I'll cop to not being on top of my game from the outset with this one. The label reads "Wheat Ale" and this website identifies it as a Hefeweizen, so what does CAPT Clever do? He (I) pops the cap and begins to pour. Gee, it looks more like a Kristalweizen so maybe I should agitate what remains in the bottle ... Beer fountain time, baby! Beer all over the counter, a panic pour, jeez-o man, what hath I wrought?

Well, for one thing, there was no longer any doubt that it was a Hefe. The kitchen smelled like I was baking banana bread. I had a dense cap of a finger of bone-white head with excellent retention. The color was a muddy orange-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose, as previously alluded to, was VERY banana. Mouthfeel was a little thin for the style, but the taste managed to balance the banana with some clove, which I like. Just as many clamor for "More Cowbell", I say "More clove esters, please!" Finish was tasty enough and it was not cloyingly sweet like some hefes that I have drank in the past. Once more, you cannot really beat the Baltika lineup at its price point. Call it worth a try. (1,572 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into weizen glass

Three finger head: looks like a weissbier

Smells of cloves, ripe fruit, especially bananas

T: Just alcohol

M: Watery and weak

Overall: I'm glad I tried one of Russia's beers, but frankly I don't ever see myself offering this to anyone for something refreshing. This beer is definitely one that would be better if the taste was more complex and if it felt like an ale not a water.

I'll probably not have this again. (452 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Muddled light amber beige color, with a decent lacing on top. Strong overripe fruit, yeast, wet bread and very faint cheap wine ... not sure where this beer is going, but the nose is way out there. Smooth and creamy with a medium- size body. Some breadiness but the fruitiness takes over; vinous with nearly rotten fruit and an odd warming alcohol. A chore to drink, this beer needs to be cleaned up, as the potential is there. (485 characters)

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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
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