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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat

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BA SCORE
81
good

316 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked up a Bottle of the Baltika #8 during a recent trip to BevMo in Pasadena. I’m used to seeing the #3, #4, #6 and #9 around but I have never sent his one before….a Wheat as well…gotta give this on a whirl me thinks.

A metric sized half-litre (500ml) brown glass bottle, labeled as 16.9 fluid ounces for the US market. Metallic gold, yellow, cream and dark blue label, with a similarly colored foil covered neck, yet unlike other offering the foil does not cover the crown cap. Labeled across the middle of the label as BALTIKA, whilst the English wording states “Unfiltered” and “Wheat Ale” are above and below. Listed at Alc. 5.0% Vol. The back label has a Best Before Date of 04.09.05; I hope that’s a Euro style date.

Appearance: Superb rolling head forms a 3” thick but uniform capped covering which slowly rescinds to a dense 1” head. Solid large bubbled carbonation races around and helps to create a smattered lacing when the brew is swirled. Milky pale yellow body has some residual yeast floaties but not many. Looks supreme in the straight sided Pint glass I have to say especially as it has a long lasting head, really the biz in the looks department.

Nose: Aromas leap out as soon as this is poured. Wheat laded lemons and yeasty bananas with some citric tones. Heavy fruity banana in the nose though, pungent and volatile the odors were discernable some distance from my Glass. Beautiful nose.

Taste: Lovely soft cloves invade the entrance with a big banana hit in the middle. Bold yeasty tastes and wheaty flavors, fruity middle and finish, some lemon acidity in the back end lends a balance to the mushy banana feel that starts and finishes this beer. This is quite the Wheat Ale!!

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation and a high level fruity body give the mouthfeel a depth of character that defines this Wheat Ale. Above average feel throughout with a creamy texture of mashed bananas that nevertheless benefits from swathes of sharp tangy lemons.

Drinkability: Wow, I literally demolished this bottle in no time. Is this really a Baltika product…probably my first Russian Wheat Ale and I have to say its bloody drinkable stuff. Nicely put together and highly quaffable.

Overall: Damn, this is pretty good stuff…..well worth the investment. A nice surprise and one of the better Baltika products for my money. I would buy this again for sure, in fact I may pick up a few of these next time I’m at BevMo. Recommended.

TheLongBeachBum, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of speter
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich, cloudy gold color with a fluffy off-white head that slowly fades to impressive lacing.

S: Barley and wheat malt, yeast and banana.

T: This is a delicious Russian take on the classic south German hefeweizen. The Russian twist, in my opinion, is the prevalence of banana over any spicy clove flavor. In fact, I couldn't detect any clove at all, but the sweetness of the malt and the banana esters make this a wonderful beer. We had it together with one of the first real salads I've had since we've been in Russia, and the match was perfect.

M: Good full body and ample carbonation.

D: If this were more widely available here (in Kazan), I'd drink more of it.

speter, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mora2000, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of HalfFull
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a light and hazy dirty lemon in color and offers a rich and lasting white head, throwing off artsy lacing throughout.

Intriguing nose of wheat and banana. A nice yeast sense is everpresent and muddled with just enough sweetness and a hint of clove spice.

Wheat and spice carry to the taste department seamlessly. Bit of citrus accompanies. Nice body and feel from start to finish without being too sweet. Bready in texture and with a well balanced sweet character yielding a solid feel and drink.

Value: A

HalfFull, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of medic25
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy, yellow pour, with a huge fluffy head that soon settled to around a quarter inch. Typical wheat beer odor; pleasant, a little fruity. The flavors seemed to become much more apparent as the beer warmed. Good wheaty flavor at first sip, with the banana element quickly following behind. Very little in the way of aftertaste; this is an extremely drinkable beer! Given the low price and the Russian maker, I wasn't expected such a good hefe. I'd hold this up favorably against most of the Germans.

medic25, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice suprise! As much as I enjoy their porter, I didn't expect too much from the wheat beer. This one leaps out with a fruity, lemony flavor (quite reminiscent of Ayinger). Nice full body and taste. I can't find anything negative to say. I'm going back tomorrow to get some more, as the store where I found this is the only place I've seen it. Try it if you see it, this is a high quality wheat beer.

JohnnyDuvel, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of goschool
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been tempted to try Baltika's porter in the past, but I had never seen their Wheat until this lone bottle at BevMo. Ah, what the hell; the clearance six-pack of 2004 Anchor OSA didn't set me back too much at $4.99.

The pour is a cloudy yellow with a massive foamy white head. I'm giving this a 4.0 appearance. Wait, there's a ton of white yeast floating around now. That's kind of a put off. 3.0 or 3.5? The floaters didn't last too long so appearance is back up to 4.0. Banana and lemon aromas leap out in the nose accompanied by wheat and clove. The flavor is has more clove and spice that in a way is similar, dare I say, to a saison, than the nose would lead you to believe. The white floaters were hiding at the bottom and they mixed back into the beer for the last few sips. The bottle says something about specially created yeast and the beer is tasty so I'll let the ugly floaters slide. Vashe zdorovie!

goschool, May 18, 2006
Photo of xenolithic
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Baltika 8 was poured into a pint glass with vigorous pour to a 2 finger head with a pale lemondrop color with cloudiness. Good head retention, bottle produced 10/4/08 with a drink by label of 10/4/09.

Smells grainy, a hair sweet. There are cloves and other spices in the nose as well as the typical bannana bread smell to it. It's not overly strong but it is certainly a pleasant smell.

Tastes like more of the same. A little spicy, with a nice drying quality to it. Tons of sweet bready notes, and I really like this.

Mouthfeel is watery with a thirst quenching aftertaste. The finish is short and only slightly bitter.

This beer is extremely drinkable. I love wheat beers, and I love beers from the Baltika brewery, so I might have just found a match. They come in large 1p.9oz bottles, and are nothing to scoff at, but I can easily drink a few bottles of these and not feel guilty.

Beers of the World has a case of this. I like it so much I might just swing by for one. The price really is right.

xenolithic, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I'll always be biased about this beer, and all Baltika products in a way. I spent a summer in St Petersburg and it became the go-to beer. I had the privilege of touring the brewery as well. I remember these tasting better fresh in St Petersburg, and that may be partially reflected in my review, but that's life.

A - Pours a cloudy bright yellow-gold with a thick, booming, foamy white head.

S - Yeasty, bready, faint coriander or clove or both, strong fruity banana essence.

T - Sweet, fruity, with an earthy yeastiness, clean and crisp backend.

M - Medium carbonation, medium to thin bodied, bordering on watery.

D - I could drink these all day, but I don't mind good, sweet wheat beers. Good breakfast beer.

HeyItsChili, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of ghurux86
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one pours a cloudy yellow color. the head is HUGE but i did pour it vigorously. even after settling, the head lingers a while and leaves a little lacing. would also like to add that they're are a LOT of yeast settlings in this bottle. DEFINITELY swirl this one cause there's a lot.
smells mainly of wheat, hops, and maybe a little corn. lemon might be there as well but it's kinda complex so it's hard to tell.
taste is pretty good. wheat, citrus, and a hint of hops. maybe even a hint of malt in there as well but not too noticeable.
mouthfeel is just about right. not too thick and not too thin and the carbonation level feels just right for the body of the brew.
drinkability is high as well due to the fact that it is smooth, tastes good, and isn't extremely potent.

ghurux86, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of BeerManDan
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured was of a hazy wheaty yellow with an orange hue. The aroma was of yeast,spice and a hint of vanilla and banana.

The flavor was of sweet/tangy yeasty malts, with vanilla,banana, and a hint of spice to balance the component into a pleasant Hefeweizen. Not to sweet and not to tart. A little different taste from the German Hefe. But, still a very good beverage.

BeerManDan, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy pale gold with a large and lasting head of frothy foam. Very nice looking beer. Nose is sweet wheat malt, with a lot of fruity banana aroma. All the proper wheat flavors are present: tart, lemony banana fruitiness and spicy, clove-like phenols, with a pleasant wheat flavor. Finishes clean with a tad of sourness in the end. Good carbonation levels and a fairly average mouthfeel.

A very good beer! I was quite surprised, given the price and the standards of the other Baltika beers.

allengarvin, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, white, foamy, noisy, hyper gingerale head tops a pale, pale, white-gold, hazy beer. Aroma of sweet sugar corn. Spicy. Good hefe smell. Up front there's bananas, corn and citrus. A somewhat light, citrusy, fizzy body gives way to some nice grains. Very nice. What a great surprise: a real Bavarian hefe taste.

kbub6f, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a tall, white foamy head and lots of active carbonation. Aroma is a sweet wheaty beer with just a bare hint of lemon.

Taste is very similar to the smell: Nice, smooth wheat flavors, a gentle dry, mild sweetness, bare traces of citrus and bubblegum. No off flavors and not anywhere near phenolic enough to be a hefe, that is certain, but there are some clues that a hefe once passed this way.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, very drinkable, even quaffable. Carbonation keeps it lively on the palate, leaves a clean aftertaste. Puts to rest any jokes or urban legends about Russian beers. I could very easily session this one, especially on a hot day like today (103°F).

If you judge this as a hefe, it falls short -- but I believe this is meant as a weizen, in which case it is quite excellent.

assurbanipaul, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of scottg
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Production date 11.03.07
Best before 11.03.08

Pours a cloudy golden color with orange hues and a one finger white head with good retention. Lots of little bubbles floating up the glass. Very strong wheat aromas with hints of clove and banana. Up front sweet citrus/orange flavor, followed by wheat and cloves with a banana finish with slight vanilla. Light bodied and very carbonated, this beer is clean, crisp and refreshing. At $1.49 for a pint+, this is one of the best bargains around.

scottg, May 23, 2008
Photo of Sigmund
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway. Some sediment in the bottle, pours with a typical enormous weissbier head. Pale straw coloured, just a slight haziness. Strong typical hefe-weissbier aroma, distinct cloves and banana-flavoured sweets, very nice. Light bodied, thinner mouthfeel than many German hefe-weissbiers, but refreshing. Cloves and moderate hops in the aftertaste. Not bad for a Russian macro brewery.

Sigmund, May 12, 2005
Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A brilliant white head tops a cloudy, murky liquid. The color ranges from a light gold to a very deep, burnt amber, while the head, initially mammoth, falls into a sustained 1/3 inch blanket. Nice lacing. There are lots of floaties in this one. Aroma is yeasty, phenolic, and full of banana, clove, and lemon. The smell is right-on, and very appetizing. Lots of carbonation. Relatively bitter, and very clean. Wheat flavors flow throughout. The bottom line: pretty good, maybe one of the best Baltika’s that I’ve had.

Suds, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 500ml bottle into my Flying Saucer globe. This beer pours a hazy golden wheat with a massive cloudy white cap that leaves some massive lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is classic Hefe. Big banana notes, clove, a bit of bubble gum and a slight nuttiness. The clove is really mild and the banana is really big. They really nailed the nose. The flavor is like banana nut bread. Bruised bananas, yeasty biscuits, clove, and fatty nuts. No bubble gum is present on the palate. The mouthfeel is light and coats the mouth with a big banana flavor. It finishes a bit dry for the style but, dang, I like it. Overall this is probably the 2nd best Baltika beer I've had. Absolutely solid.

hwwty4, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy pale yellow color with an absolutely massive head, even after a careful pour. Smell is spicy with notes of cloves and corriander present. Taste follows through with the spiciness, and some citrus tones show through. Finishes very mild with nothing outstanding noted. Very good, easy drinking beer.

tgbljb, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. I didn't have high hopes for this one, but it surprised me. The aroma has some spicy notes as well as hints of banana and clove. Very nice. The flavor has all the characteristics of a good hefe - fruits, wheat, spicy yeast. The body could use a little more thickness, but this is a really nice beer overall.

clvand0, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of aeminter
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up cloudy pale yellow, nice two fingers of rocky billowy head that dwindles down to a fine layer with some ok lacing.

Smell is...spicy with a little bubblegum...very mild.

Tastes of bubblegum and banana with some spice background.

Carbonation edge at the first of the pull and a smooth finish. Very quaffable.

aeminter, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 8/9/14.Comes in a 500ml (16.9) bottle for $2.99 (Spirit World in Omaha), though the label is newer. I have had a few different brews of theirs before. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a 1 liter handled glass stein.

Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with a good 1-finger foamy white head that settles to about 3mm on top. A decent amount of sediment is found at the bottom of the bottle. Spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of wheat, bananas, cloves and yeast. Pretty much the same for the taste that follows the nose. Perfect carbonation. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Overall, not a bad 'hefe' and you can't beet the price for this Russian beer.

BeerWithMike, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I've had from Russia. Presented in a .5L bottle with the neck and cap adorned with gold foil. No best before date noted anywhere. Poured into my Franziskaner hefeweizen glass.
Appearance: cloudy apricot color, loads of fine-spun carbonation and a fluffy white head that left nice lace behind as it slowly receded. Quite attractive.
Smell: good Bavarian-styled hefe notes here. Nice bubblegum-and-clove aroma with a lesser degree of banana thrown in. All this fruity aroma was supported by a pleasant pale malt note.
Taste: surprisingly flavorful; lots of fruit flavor - banana backed with a touch of citrus - which carried a rich spiciness of clove and a hint of vanilla. Pale malt profile lent a hayfield dustiness and yeast added a doughy angle to the mix.
Feel: light, crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: this brew is dead-on for a good German hefe and one I could drink all day (and night) long. The price at my local store is very reasonable, too. A great find for me; a beer I'll happily turn to again. Worth trying out if you like a good hefeweizen.

Boilermaker88, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of atis
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours yellow hazy with large and rocky head that is not very long-lasting. Aroma is very strong fruity banana, cloves, bit of bubble gum and very faint grainy wheat.

Taste is very fresh lemony banana, bits of grainy malt and a small bite of hops in the finish. Aftertaste has some sweeter notes in it. Mouthfeel seems to be lighter than for typical German Hefeweizens and there is rather high carbonation.

Overall, I liked this beer, I had not drank it for several years and had forgotten how good it was.

atis, Jan 20, 2009
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