Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries
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Reviews by Sorcerer:
United Kingdom (England)
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
0.5 litre bottle poured into same size hefe glass.
Foamy head forced an even slower pour, and a pause to prevent overflow. Swilled the bottle while waiting for the head to subside. Final pour yielded a generous sediment to the hazy faded school-bus yellow brew.
Looks right. Head dissipated quickly and left no lace.
Smells okay, almost good. It would be interesting to make a side by side comparison with some baseline hefe. Can a hefe smell good? Of course it can.
Tastes good. My mouth did not reject it anyway. There's a lot going on in there. Crackers, orange peel, coriander, some banana and bubble gum, hidden alcohol...but
Mouthfeel is a tad watery. Not that that is a bad thing mind you, if it was a very hot day and this was very cold beer, it would be excellent. It drinks easily. Moderate to low carbonation (after the head-pour settled down) allows the flavors to come forward in the mouth. Good to drink fast or slow!
Overall I find myself quite surprised with this one! I was expecting to be disappointed in flavor. Favourable result indicates future refreshment is necessary. A test against some baseline hefeweisen will occur in the near future I am absolutely certain.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2011 00:09:01 | More by Sorcerer
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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.