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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
82
good

219 Reviews
THE BROS
60
poor

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 330
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Naerhu on 12-24-2002

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Reviews: 219 | Hads: 330
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

mmm decent. Poured with a reasonable white head and a little lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow. Head lasts all the way down. Aroma is classic Bavarian Hefeweizen, with the traditional banana, clove, and spice. Flavor's the same way too. Not a lot of depth, but certainly solid. Body is perhaps a bit thin although carbonation is good. Finsih is decent. Good beer (366 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: April 19, 2015... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen... OCCASION: the Cavs (again) begin their journey to a title... APPEARANCE: cloudy, sallow yellow body with bubble that lazily, sporadically float; mountainous foams of white head spill over the glass--quite alive! tracings leave spore-like dots in their wake!... AROMA: heavy banana dominates; clove, pepper and mowed hay--the standard weizen array... PALATE: a surprisingly thin, even profile, especially for an "unfiltered" beer; easily drinkable and equally refreshing... TASTE: the banana is not as pronounced as the scent suggests, but beyond the fruit, subtle pepper; not much beyond these two soft offerings... OVERALL: Having tried just about every single-digit Baltika profile, this offering is somewhere in the middle--accurate to its genre but not memorable; a good pairing with warm weather or an after-workout refresher... (901 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy and cloudy; straw yellow; frothy head that dissipates rather rapidly; not much lacing

S: A surprising amount of the typical hefeweizen aromas: bananas and cloves; also an earthy graininess; something a bit metallic as well

T: Citrus--lemon but more like lemon juice squirted in; the complexities of the aroma are all but gone in the taste; watery and overly lemony--rather boring; it's not offensive but not interesting in the least

F: Quite thin and watery; runs right through the mouth

D: This does quench the thirst and is drinkable but it's not something you would want to drink too much of because it's just not that great (639 characters)

Photo of cichief
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a .5 liter bottle in Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice straw-yellow, very cloudy, with a great white head, which doesn't last as long as other hefes.

S- Some clove and banana, more subdued than I prefer from a hefe.

T- Very refreshing, the clove and banana are prevalent, not as lasting as better hefes.

M- Somewhat fizzy, thinnish on the tongue.

D- A decent beer in warm weather, however there are much better hefeweizens available. (444 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

0.5 liter bottle for 50 rubles. Pretty OK as these Russian beers go. Poured from the bottle, I got a thick rocky head that left a little lace as it dwindled. Color is hazy straw. There’s a brisk hefe smell, with some subdued banana that comes back in the, um, belch. Well balanced hop profile. Doesn’t stand up to other hefes, but for $1.67 at a hotel bar, whadaya want? (372 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle, this beer pours a hazy yellow color with a decent cap of foam. The aroma is dominated by sweet, almost artificial-like, banana with a touch clove. The texture is a little chewy from the wheat. The flavor mimics the aroma somewhat with sweet banana, boarding on cloying. Afterward the palate is coated, trapping the flavor next to the tongue. The beer bested my expectations, but it still far from excellence. (423 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The 7th beer we drank for out Baltika Challenge. poured witha very white, massive head. beer itself is golden and clear, which was weird since i was expecting it to be cloudy. must be filtered? sour wheaty odor, appropriate for the style. taste is wheaty, banana-y, alcohol. actually smells a bit better than it tastes. just a regular old hefe, nothing great about it really....and its even a bit thin for the style. I should say that Vlad, our resident Russian, says it tastes better in Russia. (495 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Weizen glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale gold in color.Chill haze.Off white crown.Fairly well retention leaving some spots & rings.Floral & fruity to the nose.Bread crust,hints of honey & orange hues complete the aromatic profile.Fruity upfront,citric notes.Mildy malty flavor. Sparkling, slightly spicy mouthfeel.Medium body,soft carbonation.Watery in the middle.Orange zest & subtle hoppy bitter finish.Refreshing.Easy drinkability. (444 characters)

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A blurry dirty yellow hefe fills my pint glass with a generous two finger head that fades away slowly.

S - I catch some earthy, yeasty and medicinal smells on the nose. It's a clean scent. Banna. A hint of clove is present too...

T&M - Crisp and carbonated for sure. Moderate mouthfeel. Tastes medicinal, earthy, fruity, citrtus, Banna, hint of yeast. The yeast really lingers on the aftertase...might be slightly offensive. Kinda lacking some complexity, but what is there, is noticeable and alive.

D - Overall not the most drinkable hefe. It's not the best for sure, but it is an honest effort. If you like medicinal yeasty flavors, this is your beer. I was looking for a bit more complexity and a bit more full taste, but I've found that to be a common ocurance with every baltika that I've tried. Just not my thing i guess. So do take that into consideration when reading this review...

One is enough for me... (923 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a thin bubbly white head.

Aroma of bananas, sweet malts, and bubblegum.

This tastes like a cup of sugar is added to every glass. Too bad it overpowers the more subtle notes. The banana and lemon factor is there, but just barely.

Lighter mouthfeel and moderately carbonated.

I wanted to really like this Russian Hefe but the sweetness made it hard. Not bad- but not as good as many others out there. (464 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a natural wheat color thats cloudy having a thick head thats slow to dissipate leaving a shreaded curtain of lace. Smell of wheat, yeast, light spice with background malt all thats been hanging around in storage. taste again of the aroma, but not having the clove and banana as in other Euro hefe's. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not a bad wheat beer, just not complex as others. (406 characters)

Photo of kflorence
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a fair amount of dissipating head and some yeast particulates. The smell is pretty faint, mostly tart lemon, wheat and yeast. Not a very pleasing aroma in my opinion, almost stale (perhaps due in part to its overseas journey). The taste is heavily dominated by wheat, yeast and citrus. Not a very complex brew. There might be some vanilla in there... but it's not sweet, I'd say more on the tart side. Not one of my favorite hefeweizens, but it's drinkable and cheap ($1.99 for a 22oz bottle). I think I prefer the darker beers when it comes to Baltika. (584 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very hefe-like with a yellow-orange opaque color and an okay head. Smell is hefe, but weak on everything, and that goes for the taste as well. It's like you gargled a bunch of liquid plastic and then drank a hefeweizen, so everything's not-quite-there. Feel is okay, not terrible. Overall, not terrible, but what's the point? Not a mockery of beer like their #9 though, which is a plus. (392 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely clear dark-golden amber with a thick head. Aroma is strongly malty and wheaty, with hints of lemon. Flavor is malty and typical of a good wheat beer, and has a citrus undertone. Finish is crisp, smooth and refreshing. An excellent summer beer, perfect for a picnic or a ball game. (295 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 31-07-05. Good and overwelming head, clowdy and golden colored beer. Nose is style like; very banana like and 4 venyl guiyacol also present. Sourness and wheat caracter make it into a good bavarian wheatnose. To bat this sharp yeatnote was in it but not to disturbing.
Taste is litle less but refreshing. Very dry, not sour enough and litle thin overal with a litle hanging yeastbitterness make it overal just average in taste. Good carbonisation gives plesant mouthfeel and easy drinkable but rather drink something else (525 characters)

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation:
16.9 oz brown bottle with the new Baltika "curvy" bottle design. (Thank God. Trying to scrape pieces of foil out of the lip of my drink is the most aggravating aspect of drinking beer.) Poured into an imperial pint glass. Freshness & bottling dates on back.

Visual:
Ridiculously cloudy/murky golden yellow with amber/orange hues. Massive puffy white head that takes a while to settle down, but never fully does. Despite swirling as much as I could into the glass, plenty of sediment was left in the bottle.

Aroma:
Woah. A lot going on here; some good, some bad. The standard hefe yeast esters are shining bright. Lots of clove, lots of banana bread, plenty of malt to boot and distant hop spices stir the mix up a bit. But there is also a smoky flavor that is not quite what I expected. To be honest, it reminds me of smoked salmon - and that's not good. Smoky peat, or smoked wood, maybe. But smoked salmon does not belong in my beer.

Taste:
Medium-full bodied. The carbonation is a bit loose and could tighten up a little to make the mouthfeel a little more crisp. It's a bit heavy yet watery at the same time. Lots of esters in the mouth with some nut bread, clove, spice, banana, and bready yeast. The malt is a mix of wet and dry grain with yeasty bread and spice notes. Less smoked salmon on the tongue than the nose, but it still seems to be present.

Overall:
Not a bad hefe, but certainly not good. I would only recommend this to those who are curious. It is definitely unique.
It would be interesting to try and pair it with a salmon dip that is heavier on the citrus ingredients. That funky smoke flavor just might make it a good pairing brew. Other wise, stick to the usual. Eggs, Edam, and seafood.

Cheers! (1,737 characters)

Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light golden color, very clear for a wheat. Had a decent white head with very little staying power or lacing.

Aroma- Stong, clean smell of wheat and malt sweetness. Just a hint of banana. No cloves.

Taste- Starts out as a typical wheat, but has some sweetness and a puckering quality.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light body.Somewhat dry in the mouth with that puckering quality mentioned in the taste section.

Drinkability- Pretty good for a wheat beer. Would be good on a hot day.

Note: There is a lot of sediment in the bottom. If you pour half, swirl the bottle and then pour the other half, it looks and tastes more like an American wheat. (663 characters)

Photo of armock
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow lighter than most hefes with a white head

S - Is of sweet malt and some banana scents

T - The sweetness in the malt really comes out followed by some banana and clove

M - This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation to it

D - Hefeweizens are one of my favorite styles but this one seems closer to an American wheat because its sweeter and has less banana and clove to it but its not a bad beer just not what I was expecting (460 characters)

Photo of NHGrafx
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml Brown Bottle

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, fairly typical of a wheat beer. Has a 2 finger head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing. There is a nice amount of yeast sediment that took some swirling to loosen up.

Aroma is of wheat and yeast, with some spicyness and what smelled kind of like orange peel, but very faint.

Taste is very yeasty with the wheat flavors coming out. It is also slightly sour tasting on the finish. Might be a freshness issue as the "expiration date" is just 3 weeks away from the time of this review. But still pretty good. Has a slight sweetness to it as well. Mouthfeel is ok, seems a bit watery, but not bad.

Overall, this is not a bad one, pretty average. (724 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (735 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy bright yellow, a smidge lighter than most of the style. 2-3 finger head rises with moderate retention and no lacing. Decent for a hefe.

S - Strong banana aroma upfront with some lemon peel/juice peeking through from the wheat malt. Perhaps the cleanest banana aroma I've ever smelled in a hefe.

T - A mild sweetness comes on at first with a very crisp banana flavor. Banana fades quickly and delves into the lemony element of the wheat malt. Overall a mild sweet/sour flavor. This hefe lacks the big fruitiness and medicinal phenols of most hefeweizens. Not offensive, but certainly off balance for the style.

M - Light as most hefes, but fairly watery. Carbonation is high and definitely crisp. A little more thickness would've done this brew better.

D - I don't know if I'd buy it again, but it is a decidedly average hefeweizen. Great nose, but the taste is muddled up; by the mouthfeel not to mention the almost complete abscense of phenolic flavors.

Just another hefe really. Nothing remarkable about this brew, but it might be worth a taste for both fans of the style and brewery. (1,149 characters)

Photo of juju7
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the first half decanted and the ssecond cloudy. Smells strongly of banana lollies. Not a bad thing seeing as I love banana lollies. Very sweet with some more of those banana lollies on the palate. A little tart and sticky. Not bad but don't think I could handle too many of them. (283 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep hazy yellowish orange color with a thick off white head and a tiny bit of lacing. Smells of coriander, orange zest, and plenty of wheat. Tastes a little like coriander, orange and lemon zest, black pepper, and plenty of wheat almost like wheat germ. Mouthfeel is medium and decent. Drinkability is pretty good. (323 characters)

Photo of elniko
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the big bottle into weizen glass

A: Really nice looking brew, big fluffy two finger head that did dissipate but not super quick. High carbonation, murky.

S: Very nice weizen scents on the nose. Hints of spices and could definitely smell the wheatiness.

T & M: Very bready, almost sweet taste. Finish does not have the crispness that I've encountered in some recent weizens that I've had. Mouthfeel a little on the bland side due to no crispness.

D: Drinkable but this is was not my favorite weizen. I don't think I'll purchasing again as I think there are better options. (587 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slight clouded orange color. A bit more than one inch slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly. Very little lacing. Slow bubbles rose to the top steadily.

S: Citrus of front; lemon and orange. Hint of clove.

T: Sweet malt, banana and cclove.

M: Light, thin and carbonated. Thought it might be too cold, but warming didn't really help.

D: Fairly good, I think between the sweet and carbonation it wore me out al little. ABV in that range though where a few is possible. (482 characters)

Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.