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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat

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BA SCORE
80
good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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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Ratings: 326 | Reviews: 218
Photo of foghornleghorn22
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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

Photo of Hoppy_Hippy
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of dbossman
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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

Photo of cichief
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
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?

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Olegophren
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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...

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of kflorence
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Phil-T_Phil_30
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of hannaho
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of alexkor
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
80 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.