Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries
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4.88/5 rDev +37.5%
This was my first wheat beer, and it hooked me. I tried it while I was in Russia and was disappointed when I could not find it in the United States. I have not found an equal. The beer had a fairly strong banana smell, quite refreshing. The taste was wonderful (even while room temperature). It went down so smooth I could drink it any day any time. If anyone knows of a place where I can buy it please tell me.
12-24-2002 07:14:52 | More by ElTimo
4.65/5 rDev +31%
served into Paulaner Weizen glass
A-typical straw color with haziness and white head
S-grainy with CO2 output from the yeast
T-very banana like..clean wheat taste..no noticeable hops
M-highly carbonated as per style with no cloyingne
The Verdict- Easily one of THE most under rated of the Hefeweizens.I personally think it stands up to the German "Masters" and is a steal for $2 for a pint 9oz. where as the Germans cost $4. Definitely one of my favorite Hefeweizens but would like to see it on tap somewhere (which I doubt I will ever see). Perfect summer beer!!
04-15-2011 23:22:14 | More by tlamond
4.55/5 rDev +28.2%
A- Semi cloudy w/ a nice golden yellow hue, light fluffy head
S- Earth tones of wheat and grass w/ citrus tones of lemon and orange
T- Wheat, lemon, and banana flavor that lingers, slowly fades out
M- Light feel, slight fizz but not too strong
D- Very, very, very drinkable
This is the first russian beer that I've ever tried and I'd definatly be up for trying more. The is a great all around hefe weizen that tastes like it came right out of the heart of germany. If i didn't pour it myself then I would have swore it was a german hefe weizen.
08-16-2007 22:28:44 | More by iceball585
4.47/5 rDev +25.9%
ST - 1 pint, 9 fl. oz. brown bottle. poured heartily into tall weizen glass.
A - started with a thick white head with pretty tiny bubbles, similar to the bubbles on a cream ale or nitro-guinness. after a few sips, there's still about a half a centimeter of foam on there, but the bubbles are a bit bigger now. slightly darker than many hefes, but not as dark as something like schneider. color of dark hay. uniformly hazy, with no chunks. bottle has no yeast residue on the bottom, so i'm guessing it might not be bottle conditioned.
S - great. i get a bit of bubble gum at first. closer inspection reveals a good deal of esters, namely banana and clove, "fighting each other for dominance" (jteece's (wife's) words!). scent is nearly classic bavarian hefe, but delving into wit territory, slightly.
T - banana bubble gum vs. clove. banana wins. very very low bitterness, very low hoppiness. only slightly sweet. very light citrus/lemon tang at the finish, not much at all really.
M - lots of little bubbles, very slightly tart and acidic.
D - i'd have this again. i'd almost put this up against paulaner or franziskaner, out of bottles at least.
this review was done at home, but we first had this beer at a nice russian restaurant in brookline, ma. we were pleasantly surprised by this russian wheat beer. didn't expect it to be so full and tasty.
i'd love to see this on draft somewhere, but won't hold my breath. my favorite baltika beer, by far.
paired well with homemade gnocchi and (store bought) vodka sauce with some parmesan cheese grated in there. not bad with some german chocolate either, if you don't mind the wheat/choco combo.
[EDIT: we did not read any of the other reviews before writing ours. we're amused to find the previous reviewer using some very similar phrases! :) ]
04-10-2006 22:47:30 | More by HighCarbDiet
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
Pours a cloudy gold with a puffy white head, It looks like a real Hefe Weizen!
Smell is a base of wheat malt with strong banana, clove, bubblegum and faintly mint scents. It smells like a German Hefe Weizen!
Taste is sweetish with an underlying sour tang. Lots of clove and banana flavor. Powdery yeast and slight bitterness in the finish. It TASTES like an Honest to God German Hefe Weizen.
Mouthfeel is very good.
Drinkability is as good as any German Hefe Weizen I have ever had. If you had hidden the bottle and handed me a mug of this and told me it was a fresh Franziskaner I would have believed it. I can't believe Baltika made this! A match for almost any German Hefe Weizen on the market. It might not be as good as a Weihenstephaner but I would have to taste them side by side to see! This was made in Russia? Unbelievable!
I absolutely recommend this brew!
07-19-2005 03:21:57 | More by Zorro
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
This is a great beer. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one.
Appearance - nice cloudy beer, as expected from a wheat and great head retention -- no orange here baby
Smell - really strong clove and citrus aromas
Taste - great example of a wheat beer, wonderful citrus flavors coupled nicely with hints of cloves
Mouthfeel - solid, good carbonation
Drinability - I could easily throw these guys down.
08-12-2007 23:06:58 | More by pieper
4.38/5 rDev +23.4%
A - Pours a cloudy light golden colour with sudsy head which dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.
S - Very light wheaty smell with yeast undertones.
T - I think my mouth orgasmed. It really made the tastebuds tickle. Light and smooth with a sweet banana flavour with a crisp apple like aftertaste.
M - Light on the fizz medium bodied beer. Very refreshing.
D - The only bad thing I have to say about this for drinkability is that I'm kicking myself for only buying one bottle. I will be actively seeking this one out again!
06-12-2010 11:34:00 | More by madvoice
4.33/5 rDev +22%
Best before 23.04.08:
Pours clouded light yellow (almost lemon-drop) with a thin white, slowly vanishing, head.
The smell is of lemon zest, wheat tang and fresh banana.
The taste is of wheat, banana and lemon. Dry, crisp finish. Not overly complex, but tasty.
Medium-bodied - heftier than typical. Very refreshing and smooth.
Very easy drinking with a wonderful aroma and nice taste - Nice refreshing crispness to it!
01-07-2008 02:37:03 | More by jwc215
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
best by 4/10/09
pours clear darker gold with a 2 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing
smells great bubblegum banana and lots of wheat
tastes as good as it smells - like rich banana bread - much different then most hefeys i have had
mouthfeel is good maybe a little over carbonated but it works well leaves a nice dry finish
overall/drinkability - went through this one fast and will buy the next time i see it - this beer really suprised me - its the best one i have had from their lineup
05-17-2009 20:21:19 | More by jsh420
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
Had at The Russia House near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.
A: Cloudy light yellow with a large, foamy head.
S: Strong wheat malts shine through with a bit of citrus.
T: Excellent wheat malt / banana taste; big, bready yeasts, slightly spicy.
M: Slightly watery, but has the carbonation to compensate.
D: Baltika can give the Germans a run for their money. Excellently drinkable Hefe. I'm constantly surprised by how good Baltika's brews are.
03-14-2010 03:29:45 | More by thekanna
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
Bright maize that is partly cloudy, with clearing skies soon after the pour. The forecast calls for overcast conditions during the forthcoming yeast pour. An exceptionally large, off-white head filled nearly the entire glass initially, but is now an airy three fingers with dozens of shiny, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface. Despite its lack of density, the foam holds its structure remarkably well and leaves a bit of lace in no discernable pattern.
The nose can compete with some of the best that Germany has to offer. It's a classic hefe weizen aroma of soft wheat, banana and gentle clove spice. The beer smells like piping hot banana bread, fresh from the oven. The only slight negative is that it could be more vivid.
This is a terrific example of the style and is the best Baltika beer that I've ever had. I love bananarific hefe weizens like this one. It's well-malted with a sturdy, yet soft, backbone of wheaty goodness. Layered on top are tangy, fruity banana esters and a pinch or two of ground clove. A gentle sweetness is present throughout the mouthful, drying out just a tad on the finish. Banana and clove fade on the back end, leaving a pleasant toasted grain flavor to mop up.
The mouthfeel is barely lighter than medium and is slightly too bubbled. That's all well and good for those who like their hefe weizens light and refreshing. Not so good for those, like me, who like them to be more full, lush and velvety in the mouth.
Baltika #8 is one of the best non-German hefe weizens that I've tasted and can more than hold its own against the originals. A quality yeast strain is probably the critical element in any beer of this style, but yeast isn't magic. The brewers need to surround the yeast with quality ingredients and have clearly done so in this case. Baltika beer continues to impress. It's clearly the cream of the Russian crop.
07-29-2005 12:30:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.25/5 rDev +19.7%
Poured from 500 ml bottle into my pint glass. Foam foam foam! Patience required.
Looks cloudy pale yellow with lots of lacing. The foam remains throughout.
Quite wheaty smell, very nice.
Wheaty chalky taste - wheat a touch firmer than most hefes I have had - almost moving to a gritty territory, but hangs on the border and remains tatsy. Some kind of spice buried in there I can't nail down. Nice balance.
Smooth mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. Good drinker, one to enjoy.
09-17-2010 11:37:45 | More by KTCamm
4.22/5 rDev +18.9%
Pours a nice golden color with slight haze. Has a nice clove aroma. Taste is very refreshing like a hefeweizen. Seems a little cleaner than the traditional hefe, making it more of a cross between an American Wheat and a Germen Hefe. If you are a wheat beer connoisseur, then you should try this beer. Baltika hit a home run with this one--this is the best Baltika beer I've had so far.
12-27-2010 23:32:26 | More by zymurgy4all
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
4.2/5 rDev +18.3%
Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells of spices and citrus. Taste is excellent. A great combination of banana, citrus, and spices, this beer is bursting with flavor. Feels delicious in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this makes for a high quality brew.
01-23-2010 14:28:47 | More by tone77
4.2/5 rDev +18.3%
16.9 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Appearance: Pours a very cloudy apricot color, with a good amount of visible carbonation. Dense white head is about an inch thick, and has ok retention but virtually no lacing.
Smell: Has a nice yet simple aroma of wheat, cloves, and bananas.
Taste: Refreshing taste of wheat with a bit of lemon and orange. The cloves and bananas come in towards the finish, and there's a bit of light hop bitterness with wheat in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, with a nice tingly carbonation.
Drinkability: Really nice to drink; good flavor, not boring, and not too strong or extreme in any ways.
I wasn't sure if this would be a weizen-style beer, or an unfiltered wheat type beer when I bought it. A bit shocked (and aprehensive) when I found out it was a Hefeweizen, but it's really a good one. Certainly better than most American and some German Hefeweizens I've had. Refreshing, enjoyable, and really cheap.
02-13-2008 03:39:31 | More by mithrascruor
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured into a weizen glass. Here's my tribute to Russia Part I.
4.0 A: Hazy golden color. Big frothy head with good retention and plenty of lacing.
4.5 S: Big banana and clove bomb. Really nice aroma.
4.0 T: Rather neutral wheat flavor, though their are some esters and some spiciness. Just a really elegant brew.
4.5 M: Medium body. Plenty of carbonation, good for the style. Very smooth with a wheaty aftertaste.
4.0 D: I really wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. It's damn good.
05-01-2009 00:47:33 | More by DavoleBomb
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.
A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, bananas, some citrus and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out bready flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then there are some mildly sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and a little bit spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful and inexpensive beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.
11-05-2011 22:43:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
07-15-2012 00:21:39 | More by Zodijackyl
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
Baltika comes in a rather cool looking bottle that I have to investigate to figure out what it is (I don't read Russian), and this is actually my first review of a Russian beer. Aroma smells a bit like a pilsner, with floral hops evident. The taste provides the sweetness you expect with a wheat, and a nice balance of hops. Neither flavour is overpowering and they're in good balance with each other. Sweet. Almost too sweet? Aroma hops are obvious, but bittering hops are not. Mouthfeel is light and almost watery. Drinkability is quite good with this brew. It's a nice thirst-quenching beer and worth a purchase if you've never had it.
01-02-2006 05:58:11 | More by DaveFL1976
Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
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