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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
80
good

304 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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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IntriqKen

California

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quote from the label: "Unfiltred (sic) wheat beer. Countains (sic) special yeast which gives it cloudness (sic) and creates a reach (sic) head."

Pours a hazy yellow with a blossoming, milk white head.
Nose of banana, clove and vanilla, with backing mineral hardness and sea salt.
Begins with a mushy wheat hull note that straddles the line between dry and sweet. Gains the hefeweizen hallmarks of clove and banana and vanilla. Tiny squeals of lemon rind before yielding to hard water, metallic astringency...but one that is not upsetting or out-of-whack in the least. The triumvirate of banana, clove and vanilla reforms around the swallow.
Medium bodied, creamy and purposefully structured. It's got a bit of an industrial feel to it, but that's part of the allure. This is tons better than I thought it would be.
A solid second-tier hefeweiss.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 21:03:23 | More by cokes
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may very well be Baltika's best beer as the phenolic characteristics of the weizen yeast are able to cover up the minor flaws from their normally over-aggressive fermentation techniques. It pours a cloudy yellow gold body and appropriately huge, foamy, bright-white head. It maintains a surface covering because of the continually evolving bubbles from beneath, but it leaves nary a splotch of lace on the glass. The nose is typical of a Bavarian wheat, with fruity (berries, banana) and wheatish notes as well as a minor touch of clove. It's lightly sweet and subtly tart; and there is a background whiff of alcohol. The body is light and its delicate, effervescent carbonation foams to become airy and smooth. The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, but there's a bit more spice to it, and a bit more tartness as well. Still, it's well within the flavor characteristics normally associated with the style and I think it's fairly well done. I'm not sure you need to go to Russia for a hefe weizen, but for the price it's not bad!

p.s.- I actually think the Baltika # 6 Porter is their best beer, but this one is a close second!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 00:55:13 | More by NeroFiddled
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JayQue

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good!!! I had a Baltika 9 as the representative of a style I had not tried before and it was very average and boozy. This beer was like a fairly good hefe. Straw color, big bubbly delicate white head and a little lacing. Good solid smell of cloves bananas and lemon zest.

Crisp, tart taste, cloves, bananas, lemon zest and other spices. Very nice!!!!

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. overall a good solid summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 01:31:39 | More by JayQue
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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz heavy brown bottle. Clear best before date which is always great to see on imports.

The beer pours a dark hazy straw/yellow. Huge initial head.

The nose is of banana, some spices (coriander and pepper) and fresh bread.

The taste is solid. Nice but not overpowering banana, a bit of a pepper bite and some malty goodness that adds a touch of sweetness. More bready with a touch of citrus later.

The mouth is bit under carbonated, but it is still good. Very easy drinker. So far three of the four beers I have had from this brewery have been good.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:13:01 | More by Redrover
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice wheat malt and yeast scent that boasts of banana and clove. It's sweet with a citric edge. The taste is good. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity with a slight earthiness. This is a pretty damn good tasting beer. Who knew the Russians could brew hefes? The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's true to style a real delight. I'd drink this before a few American wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 22:49:28 | More by WesWes
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nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer at a bodega in in the Bronx for $1 so I really didn't know what to expect.

Poured from a 1pt .9oz bomber into a Weihenstephan glass.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with a thick head of white foam. Good carbonation and lacing.

S - What you would expect from a quality wheat beer, bready, with lots of banana, clove and a little bubblegum.

T - Light and yeasty up front, finishes off with a bit of citrus.

MF&D - Light and refreshing. Extremely drinkable. A nice suprise!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:16:28 | More by nasty15108
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cancino45

California

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color with a huge white head that held really well and had a continuance lace. Did someone say banana and gum? It reminds me of a great Belgium white with a great combination of spice and coriander moving to a slightly tart yeast finish. I enjoyed the complete package of this brew except the packaging that made it simply a wheat ale when it carries more than that.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 07:23:23 | More by cancino45
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mjgrady

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%

09-07-2012 15:44:14 | More by mjgrady
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright but cloudy straw yellow, with a huge frothy, rocky head of white foam. Lacing is ok, sticks a little like soap bubbles. Looks pretty tasty.

Nice Belgian yeast notes on the nose, hints of dark citrus, light floral herbs and a deep, almost meaty richness. Doesn't punch me in the nose with fragrance like many a better wheat beer, but very nice all the same.

Very smooth and wheaty on the palate; a long lingering sweetness with a great dry back palate. Thoroughly refreshing. Mouthfeel is very rounded and smooth.

This is a great wheat beer - almost tending towards a Belgian style wit - it has some characters there that are just spot on. Not as big as some of the better ones, but very tasty and extremely drinkable. Also surprisingly cheap, even imported half way across the world.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:34:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
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monaquee


4/5  rDev +13%

04-15-2012 06:12:14 | More by monaquee
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow with a nice fluffy head of pure white foam. Lacing is heavy and pretty as well. Aromas are all banana, cloves, and spice as well as nice German yeasty aromas, and some fine bready malts. Taste is yeasty up front with some nice spiciness and wheat hints as well as banana fruitiness and cloves. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good as well. This is a damn solid wheat beer, my friend had a hard time convincing me that this was a baltika product. Up there with the German Franziskaners of this world, for sure!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 03:27:01 | More by francisweizen
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Trex

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +13%

12-05-2013 21:56:26 | More by Trex
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OgreSanchez

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%

07-27-2013 19:18:54 | More by OgreSanchez
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika #8 is a hazy straw color with lots of carbonation. The head is large and thick. Retention is great. The aroma is classic hefeweizen: a sweet banana and clove mixture with a whiff of wheat. The taste is more of the same, Baltika did a great job of replicating this classic German style. The yeast flavor is dead on and the underlying wheat body is just strong enough to balance this out nicely. Drinkability is great, I could put back a lot of these at almost any time.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 22:42:01 | More by Gagnonsux
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev +13%

04-08-2014 01:28:03 | More by paulish
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SoCaliC8

California

4/5  rDev +13%

01-16-2014 05:16:10 | More by SoCaliC8
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kenito799

New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best Before date: 6/23/07.

2/3 inch fizzy white head forms over hazy golden yellow brew, recedes to a thin layer that is replenished by active carbonation. No lacing.

Very crisp and pleasant aromas of banana and citrus waft forth. No skunk. Fresh and clean.

Quite a nice and refreshing wheat style, none of that grassiness I find offputting in Blue Moon. The banana-citrus notes are backed by some medium-bitter hoppy backbone, tangy, not sweet. Fizzy and refreshing on the tongue. Restrained spiciness, however, more subtle clove than is found in the Germans. This aspect improves with some warming. A well made wheat ale, will be great at a summer party.

It seems that this beer could be classified a Hefe-Weizen since there is definitely banana and clove in the flavor/aroma profile. I am tasting this immediately after a Weihenstephaner, which is clearly better and more complex...but at $1.49/16.9oz here in NYC it's a good choice for a refreshing wheat beer.
EDIT: when I reviewed Baltika 8 it was classified as an American Wheat, nice to see that others agreed with my comment about classification.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 23:35:47 | More by kenito799
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skyguy

California

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: looks like a normal hef...maybe a little lighter than normal. good head retention

Smell: big banana, sweet, citrus as well

Taste: banana, more citrus than most hefs I have had. sweet.

Body: light body. a lot of carbonation

Overall: I actually really enjoyed this beer. I bought it randomly for about 2 bucks at a local store in the OC. I had no idea the Russians could brew like this. I was quite impressed

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 18:18:49 | More by skyguy
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a transparent medium gold at first and then I just couldn't resist the urge to cloud this up by agitating the settled yeast in the bottom. Now this is cloudy and not nearly as bright as before. A foamy bleach white cap is fed the duration by cascading carbonation, a thin cap remains while leaving little bits of lacing here and there. The nose reminds me of an Outkast song, so fresh and so clean. Really this Hefe has a nice bouquet of aromas lemon, banana, spice and floral as well. This is a well rounded offering with sweet fruitiness right from the start, subtle clove and doughy banana bread notes keep this Russian Wheat rocking. Soft,light and smooth with just the lightest sugary sweet coating left on the lips. This is a great Hefeweizen, from Russia with love.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 05:13:31 | More by orangemoustache
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine version of a style I am not fond of. It poured a nice, cloudy gold, thanks to being unfiltered. The head was classic wheat - off white, firm, plenty of contours like clouds as seen from above in an airplane. The smell was fresh and fruity, the mouthfeel plenty prickly from the carbonation. The taste was light and fruity like a good wheat should be. Baltika has done a great job with this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 17:24:20 | More by Globetrotter
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my second russian beer. brown 16.9 oz. embossed bottle. poured a opaque straw color with a huge white head that held fairly well but not a lot of lace. light bubble gum and banana nose with a slightly sweet lemon taste up front with a hint of spice and coriander moving to a slightly tart yeast finish. very light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation going on. lighter and with more subtle taste than american style hefeweizen. very enjoyable very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 16:37:58 | More by billybob
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BevMoAndrew

California

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a hazy straw color in the glass with a thick white froth, excellent retention, and above average lacing. Somewhat sweet aromas of Banana, Biscuits, Clove, & a subtle earthiness follow through as flavors on the palate. As stated before, the beer is slightly sweet with crisp mouthfeel & long finish. Overall a solid beer that is a fantastic value & one that I definitely will recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 15:23:27 | More by BevMoAndrew
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:05:24 | More by TheSixthRing
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80 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.