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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
81
good

309 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 12-24-2002)
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kinger

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -20.3%

Baltika is one of the best value imports I have come across, this is my fourth from their line and two have been great and the other two, including this one have been so-so. Faint aroma of malted wheat with the banana and clove scents. Poured great into my glass, shiny golden yellow-orange with a pillowy white head and good yeast cloudiness. Creamy mouthfeel extremely full. Flavor is decent but not as powerful as I like my hefe's to be. Good beer, highly drinkable, but not close to being near the best.

08-12-2008 20:12:14 | More by kinger
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

Appearance - This is a light, hazy yellow in color with a head that came up OK but fell like a rock.

Smell - There's actually some good yeast in the nose though the stiff grain plays the spoiler. I've got a twist of lemon rind though and a bit of classic wheaty spicing that keeps it honest with the style.

Taste - This almost accomplishes the mission. There's a faint yeast flavor, some nice wheat, the grain from the nose seems gone, and I might even be getting some light fruit. I'm not feeling the banana here but maybe some light tangerine or other citrusy flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied and carbonated more like a light lager than a wheat beer.

Drinkability - The SFV heat helped this one go down fer shore.

07-02-2007 01:00:56 | More by RoyalT
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Pours hazy golden with a generous white head and a sea of rising bubbles.

Pretty standard nose of estery banana and clove with an added zesty citrus and woody note.

The flavors are very clean with brisk carbonation. Banana and clovey spice are well balanced with each other and lemony citrus. The body is light and refreshing.

On par with some of the better German versions. This should be great when warm weather rolls back around.

12-15-2009 00:54:45 | More by brownbeer
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-08-2014 07:11:04 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

12-15-2011 02:23:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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generallee

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-02-2012 13:12:57 | More by generallee
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-09-2011 16:56:27 | More by iemailjack
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Weizenmensch

Japan

2.28/5  rDev -35.8%

Bought in Melbourne, bottle resembles the one in the photo but with a paper collar instead of foil and perhaps a longer neck.

Poured into an Erdinger glass, a large fluffy head formed which broke down reasonably quickly into a thin retained head with lacing. Fairly dark yellow but not amber. A good amount of small bubbles. This is my first beer of the style - I thought this was a Russian take on a Bavarian Hefeweizen but the flavour is different. For a Weizen the appearance is below average.

Smell: Bizarre. I'd like to know what esters/acids are responsible for that whisky malt-like aroma, because as soon as I opened the bottle that smell pervaded the room. It wasn't very appealing since it's 43 degrees in Canberra today and I was after a cool refreshing Weissbier, not a nip of Scotch. On the upside, no adjunct aromas are present, although there is some bubblegum and something smelling a bit like burning plastic bag. If I'd known this brew was going to smell like this I would have served it colder... not a flattering comment.

Taste: Not too offensive, apart from an unpleasant, indefinable aftertaste on the palate. Maybe some lemon, malt and tart, unpleasant yeast notes... Can't elaborate on it too much. I don't know if it's the style I don't like - seeing as though this resembles a Hefe crossed with a bad English wheat ale: merely a bastardised form of one of my favourite styles, or if it's just a mediocre brew. In any case, it's not for a lack of a distinct flavour, just that the flavour is wrong.

The beer seems a little bit flat in the mouth too. As I get down to the bottom of the glass, my mouth isn't happy and it's starting to refuse to swallow. As for drinkability - this deserves an even lower score. I wouldn't drink another one of these if offered, unless under extenuating, extreme-thirst-inducing circumstances.

This brew got worse the more I drank. Probably wouldn't be too bad if drunk really cold. Still, more texture and depth to it than any other Russian beer I've had.

01-12-2007 08:09:34 | More by Weizenmensch
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -25.9%

Appearance: bright golden-yellow in color, one inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: banana, wheat, and clove

Taste: Wheat dominates...There are touches of bananas, clove, and a bit of honey

Mouthfeel: very light bodied, high carbonation, very very sweet

Drinkability: Light and weak for the style. Lately I have had the pleasure of trying complex hefes and this is not one. This is not a bad beer and I would have this again if offered--maybe even down a couple. However, in the style, there are much better.

01-10-2011 15:37:47 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

Pours straw colored with a huge white head. The aroma is wheat, yeast, banana and some cloves and citrus. The flavor is as expected with lots of bananas, cloves and other spices. You get some citrus as well. Very crisp and drinkable. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Finishes dry.

01-01-2010 18:17:35 | More by Mora2000
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magictrokini

California

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Without the label, you would never know this is not from Germany. Pours cloudy gold with a full white head. Nice strong aroma of yeast, bubblegum, and bananas. Great strong taste of the same, but tart with lemon and wheat. It is very carbonated, which is a drawback, but this is stil a really, really good hefe.

12-05-2008 16:48:16 | More by magictrokini
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-26-2012 21:03:35 | More by xdefeatsy
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monkeybeer

California

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

Production Date 23.04.07 Best before 23.04.08

A- Cloudy golden yellow color with good white lingering head. Nice lacing

S- Wheat, Banana and clove

T/M- Not as strong of a banana flavor as the smell would indicate, very light carbonation subtle wheat sweet flavor

D- Very light wheat could easily have a number of them. Would be good on a hot day nice and refreshing.

10-29-2007 01:49:45 | More by monkeybeer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

Appearance: Cloudy apricot orange hue with a white creamy head forming that leaves lacing evenly around the glass. Aroma: Banana, clove, and vanilla tones aromatic as all hell light but a standout sharp sweetness makes for a great hefeweizen. Taste: Good mix of yeast deriven esters with banana, clove, and vanilla tones an excellent Russian brewed authentic hefe, very nice. Mouthfeel: Light refreshing semi spritzy somewhat fluffy texture, overall smooth, very smooth. Drinkability: Wow, summer brew from Russia that impresses me whole heartedly, I could definitely go for a few more of these.

06-13-2004 07:08:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

06-11-2012 02:02:17 | More by chinchill
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured to my Aventinus glass. Pale yellow, slightly cloudy with a puffy white head that gets clumpy and then dissipates down to about one fingah! Carbonation stays active throughout.
Aroma- Musty with yeast. Banana esters and clove aromas are present but a sweeter grassy smell mutes them somewhat. Different but pleasing!
Mouthfeel- sweeter malt flavors hit the palate first. A mild hop profile is mixed in. The banana and clove characteristics emerge as real flavors. A froth on the palate maintains the same flavor profile. The wheat bite comes close to the finish almost getting tart, but not sour. Baltika has a winner with this wheat. And, their brews are consistently good and price friendly.

06-21-2008 02:21:44 | More by ByTor2112
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craiglcook

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

01-29-2013 04:16:11 | More by craiglcook
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

02-26-2014 22:03:08 | More by JIMTRK16
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with a spongy white head that last and last. There is a nice strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of bubblegum with some soft notes of wheat in the background is strong in this one. No notes of hops or other fruity flavors.

T- There is a very soft bubblegum flavor at the beginning followed by some soft wheat notes that are almost bready. The finish is a very soft noble hops taste.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol.

D- This beer is very light and crisp which makes it easy to drink but is missing a lot of the great Hefe Weizen characteristics. The bubble gum is nice but I wish it had more depth to back it up.

02-27-2006 03:24:51 | More by rhoadsrage
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-15-2014 23:13:55 | More by LXIXME
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Brenden

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev 0%

This one's a hazy yellow, perhaps just a shade paler than the typical hefe. The head isn't huge, but it's respectable; and, while it doesn't leave much lacing, there's a little thin lacing and the head sticks around almost the whole way.
The banana and yeast are there in the aroma, the clove very weak but present. There's just the slightest astringent twinge as well.
There's a slightly stronger wheat back in the flavor, though overall it's a bit light. There's also more sweetness than expected, and it's not really either an improvement or a detraction except for a slightly artificial note in an otherwise dry aftertaste.
The body is light and carbonation is a little heavy.
This one isn't bad.

09-03-2009 21:56:01 | More by Brenden
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

I was taken by surprise with this beer. I've seen it in the store along with their #6, but at the low price I just figured it was a think light nothing type of beer.
Finally, we tasted some and was impressed. It had a nice aroma, typical of a wheat beer and had that nice cloudy hue about it
The wheat 'flavor' was not as pronounced as with some other wheat beers, but still it was really nice It didnt have the typical orange, coriander spice to it, but none the less it was an enjoyable and inexpensive beer

06-19-2011 03:04:07 | More by rdilauro
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IntriqKen

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

The glass fills with a cloudy light yellow liquid capped with a massive, white craggy head that melts very slowly leaving a quarter inch of cap in the end.
Aroma is initially soft banana, pepper, and soap
Taste is a dry sharp wheat...very spicy like white pepper with a very light banana aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is tingly from both the carbonation and spicy wheat.
Nice take on the American Wheat Style.

09-13-2006 23:29:07 | More by IntriqKen
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -2%

Baltika Wheat 8

Poured a cloudy yellowish with a thick white head that lasted to the last sip.
Smelled of bananas. Not a bad aroma.
Taste was actually very pleasent. Fruity with some spices present. No bitterness and no sharpness on the carbonation.
Mouthfeel was very smooth and went down nicely.

Even though I'm not a fan of Wheat beers Baltika 8 was a good beer that was quite refreshing. The best Wheat beer I've had to date. Worth buying!

12-30-2003 21:45:23 | More by NJpadreFan
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TheSixthRing

California

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

08-22-2012 04:05:24 | More by TheSixthRing
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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
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