Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries
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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Poured a few shades lighter than I'm used to seeing with this style. It wasn't for the fact that it's cloudy and came with a massive 3 finger head I may have mistaken it for an adjunct. In case you haven't already fingered it out it's a very light straw yellow. The head didn't stick around to play.
Smell: The nose is mostly of banana bread. Very sweet and fruity. There's also a little bit of bubblegum poking around in the background. It's pleasant but lacking in any kind of spiciness.
Taste: Following the smell this is very strong on the banana bread. The bubblegum isn't present here and there is some of the yeasty, spicy tones that were absent in the nose. The banana flavors are quite overwhelming and I really wish there was more here to balance them out a bit.
Mouthfeel: Fair level of carbonation, light to medium bodied. It has a very enjoyable dry finish. That could be the best aspect of this beer.
Drinkability: If you couldn't already tell I found this beer leans a little to far into the sweet and fruity aspects of a hefeweizen. There's no reason to drink this when a proper German example could be had for marginally more cost.
Overall I'm a novice in the grand scheme of wheat beer. I've concentrated a lot of my time on big boy stouts and hop bombs. But I think I have an understanding of what a top notch hefeweizen tastes like and this is just not it. It's a good try and I'd still take it over just about any American Pale Wheat.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2010 06:57:43 | More by DrDoitchbig
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2.85/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 07:07:51 | More by doktorhops
Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
80 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.