Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries
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Reviews by MUSHROOMCLOUD:
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This wheat beer #8 poured out a pale gold with a 2" cloud of white foam on top. Ton of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. The head had great retention and left awesome lacing. The first pour from this 16oz. bottle actually looks like a filtered or kristall weizen, the second pour with all the yeast hazed things up and gave the beer a white appearance.
The smell is wheat right off the bat, there is some yeast spiciness and a little powder in there as well.
The taste is sour citrus and wheat up front. There was a slight metallic taste that went away quickly. The citrus notes turn into a dull lemon and banana flavor in the end.
The beer is well carbonated and very refreshing. The drinkability is very high. I would never turn this one down and at $1.69 a bottle I will be buying more.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2005 22:18:19 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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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.