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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 roblowther
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is clear golden straw with good head retention. Looks more like a crystalweizen. It smells of honoey and lemongrass, fairly standard for the style. It is malt dominant with caramel notes. It really doesn't taste like a wheat beer. It feels heavy and slick. It's fairly drinkable but an acrid note in the aftertaste really limits it. OK if you're looking for a one night stand. Not a beer for a lifelong relationship.

roblowther, May 30, 2009
Photo of americanaqualung
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

baltika #8 wheat

A - brownish tan, murky very big head (hard to control on pour)

S - a little like a german hefe-weizen; it was a little fruity, but nothing overly special.

T - had hints of banana but tasted almost like a mix of a good german hefe-weizen and a cheap pislener. nothing remarkable, a bit bland.

M - tingly with a fairly dry finish

D - Fairly average. If I was served it, I would drink it out of politeness, but I doubt I'll ever purchase this beer again.

americanaqualung, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of kinger
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

kinger, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of doktorhops
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great Lenin's ghost! Straight from Mother Russia I finally found a bottleshop that stocks Baltika #8. I had a (non-beer connoisseur) friend describe it as the most banana tasting beer that they had ever tried. Ever. And that was incentive enough for a Weizen-lover like myself to purchase a trio of bottles, perhaps more in future if it lives up to this promise.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Presentation of the body is a hazy gold/yellow, dare I say 'banana' coloured? Yes I went there. With a fairly boisterous foamy white head that soon eases to a half centimetre lace.

S: The aroma is of banana, of course, cloves, bread yeast with a hint of red apple-peel lurking about in the background. It's a very barnyardy Weizen, not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact some of my favourite beers are barnyardy and Weizeny.

T: Flavour is a bit of a let-down. That banana flavour my friend promised tastes a bit like a chemical banana additive like in a Perky Nana, don't get me wrong I like a Perky Nana but it's a bit distracting as a flavour in my beer. The rest of the taste is a struggle between some overt bread yeast and some zesty spice (clove and cardamom are the notable ones).

M: Bit flat for a Weizen, but that could be more to do with my fridge being on the fritz than the brew. Body is a touch watery for a Weizen as well.

D: It's alright, nothing to write home about, yet here I am. If I'm honest the slightly cheaper Schofferhofer is a better Weizen, a staple in my fridge not likely to become usurped by this upstart renegade Russian wheat beer. I actually wish I hadn't bought 3 of these instead of 3 Weihenstephaners (which were on sale cheaper than this), oh well lesson learned.

Food match: I could only just imagine how good a big cold bowl of Borscht and large warm crusty roll would go with this.... Mmmmother Russia.

doktorhops, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Foil covered top with triple label. Back label quote: "Unfiltered wheat beer contains special yeast which gives it cloudiness and creates a peach taste. This beer is brewed for you." Best before 27.06.05.

Foggy golden straw pour with 2 inch pillowy meringue excellent head retention, but leaves no lace. The second pour contains some suspended stormy scrod chunks.

Suppressed aroma of grainy adjunts under a monster froth.

First swigs: Metallic raw wheat grain. Bland overall with a lingering slightly vegatal leafy lettuce and celery note. Actually reminds me of corn flakes cereal.

Medium bodied and thick for an sdjunct. Soft shush sponge and tawdry single dimension narrows the drinkability factor. Pass on another.

Last swigs: Metallic corn grain. 5% ABV is the good part. Yum yum...yawn. Props for $1.60 at Circle Liquors Ewing, NJ. No more no less.. It's fun to drink Russian beers, otherwise, watch Rocky III for your U.S.S.R. kicks and grab a Bud. Ugh!

Forgetable but not regretable.

blitheringidiot, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of ThirstyBird
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow color with a huge creamy head that slowly falls to a half inch cap. Smell is pretty straight forward with sweet wheat and spicy clove and banana dominating. The taste is as the smell would indicate though I get a metallic taste which is distracting. The mouthfeel is very nice effervescent and smooth. Body is light.

If it wasn't for the metallic taste I would say that this is a pretty tasty brew.

ThirstyBird, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of chinchill
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

chinchill, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of ctdfalconer
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find it interesting that Baltika has so many different varieties on the shelf and that so many of them are so similar. Variations on a theme. There are exceptions to that, this beer being one. It's definitely un-lagerlike. It looks quite a bit like a hefeweizen except that the yeast sediment came out of the bottle in big floppy sheets instead of fine sediment like a classic hefe. It has a big fluffy white head and hazy orange-gold color like a hefeweizen. The aroma and flavor come off considerably more like an American wheat beer than a German. It's drinkable, sure, but not outstanding. One thing that Baltika has going for it is that it's generally quite a bit cheaper than other .5-liter bottles on the shelves.

ctdfalconer, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of BierStein711
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into weizen glass

Three finger head: looks like a weissbier

Smells of cloves, ripe fruit, especially bananas

T: Just alcohol

M: Watery and weak

Overall: I'm glad I tried one of Russia's beers, but frankly I don't ever see myself offering this to anyone for something refreshing. This beer is definitely one that would be better if the taste was more complex and if it felt like an ale not a water.

I'll probably not have this again.

BierStein711, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of heavy216
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 1 pint bottle. 2 finger head, light lacing, gold color, somewhat

S: heavy strong wheat aroma iwtha touch of sweetness

T/M: served cold light body. tasted fruity, average carbonation. watery, wheat flavor

D: basic standard wheat beer, nothing to write home about

heavy216, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the Slavic shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big 3+ finger, but thin white head. A lot of carbonation evident; bubbles flying up all over the place. Colour is amber-orange and partially cloudy. Not quite as opaque as others. Head is pretty persistent; levels out to a decent film but disappears and looks flat the last third of the pint. No real lacing to speak of. Definately below par.

SMELL: A decent nose of wheat malt, banana and lemon, and a little bubble gum as well.

TASTE: Some wheat malt and banana undertones, but a strong lemon taste is more prevalent. Quite sweet as well. The aftertaste is mild and lingering, and includes sweet malt and an ever so slight touch of bread and bubble gum. Not bad, but nothing special.

PALATE: Thin body and lighter on the palate. Higher end carbonation, goes down easy smooth and finishes rather dry. Could be a little thicker and have less carbonation for the style.

OVERALL: You wouldn't know it wasn't German by the taste of it. A decent drinkable brew, but not memorable or spectacular. A bit too much carbonation and a little too thin on the palate, but definitely smells and tastes the part for sure. Id have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Jeffo, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of e11iott
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: 1 pint bottle. 1 finger head, light lacing, sorta cloudy, light yellow in color.

S: Strong sweetness of wheat and honey for smell.

T/M: Light body, water like. Small amount of fruit and honey, medium carbonaito, very full wheat flavor.

D: Standard wheat beer, was way better ice cold, alcohol was well hidden.

e11iott, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of beerme343
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled the Baltika Wheat out of a 16.9 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Fine white bubbles formed a medium sized head that did not last very long. The beer is a hazy golden color.

There is the prominent banana smell to this beer typical of most European Hefeweizen but not much else stands out.

Banana comes through on the palate and there is a little tropical fruit - possibly papaya evident also. A touch of spice comes through as well.

The finish is smooth but a little watered down for a hefeweizen. Not overly impressed with the #8.

beerme343, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a pillowy white head that gradually recedes into a thin, creamy mousse.

S: Harsh aromas of grain and minerals initially dominate the nose, but after a couple of seconds, aromas of yeast, spices, and banana become noticeable.

T: A sweet, mellow entry presents notes of cream, vanilla, bubblegum, minerals, overripe banana, wheat toast, butter, and clove. There is also a fine, grassy hop backtaste present that is most noticeable around mid-palate. The finish is clipped and mellow with notes of bubblegum and banana.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body and quite smooth. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a bit weak after the entry, rendering this beer thinner and more watery than it should be.

O: As is, this is a mediocre hefeweizen, but it clearly has the potential to be more than that. All of the components are there, but the final product is just a bit too muddled and bland to really be a winner.

mrfrancis, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -15.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jan 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -15.5%

dertyd, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of dbossman
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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

dbossman, May 09, 2010
Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -15.5%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of teyuders
3/5  rDev -15.5%

teyuders, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Sspeer1, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Boone757, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Garlicjosh
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Garlicjosh, Nov 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

foghornleghorn22, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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

drpimento, Aug 05, 2009
Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
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