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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
81
good

314 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serviceable hefeweizen, great white colour, very creamy, nice head. Lemon citrussy, banana, clove, in the wheat. Easy drink, slightly sweet aftertaste. A number of good hefeweizens have been popping up, none of which I dislike. Could stay on this all night.

Sammy, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

t0rin0, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/29/12. Best before 2/28/12.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a super foamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spices, yeast, and banana. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness in the flavor. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and definitely the best of the Baltika "#" beers I have had so far.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bananas in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bananas, bubble gum and wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink and goes down quite smoothly. It has some refreshing properties.

metter98, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright maize that is partly cloudy, with clearing skies soon after the pour. The forecast calls for overcast conditions during the forthcoming yeast pour. An exceptionally large, off-white head filled nearly the entire glass initially, but is now an airy three fingers with dozens of shiny, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface. Despite its lack of density, the foam holds its structure remarkably well and leaves a bit of lace in no discernable pattern.

The nose can compete with some of the best that Germany has to offer. It's a classic hefe weizen aroma of soft wheat, banana and gentle clove spice. The beer smells like piping hot banana bread, fresh from the oven. The only slight negative is that it could be more vivid.

This is a terrific example of the style and is the best Baltika beer that I've ever had. I love bananarific hefe weizens like this one. It's well-malted with a sturdy, yet soft, backbone of wheaty goodness. Layered on top are tangy, fruity banana esters and a pinch or two of ground clove. A gentle sweetness is present throughout the mouthful, drying out just a tad on the finish. Banana and clove fade on the back end, leaving a pleasant toasted grain flavor to mop up.

The mouthfeel is barely lighter than medium and is slightly too bubbled. That's all well and good for those who like their hefe weizens light and refreshing. Not so good for those, like me, who like them to be more full, lush and velvety in the mouth.

Baltika #8 is one of the best non-German hefe weizens that I've tasted and can more than hold its own against the originals. A quality yeast strain is probably the critical element in any beer of this style, but yeast isn't magic. The brewers need to surround the yeast with quality ingredients and have clearly done so in this case. Baltika beer continues to impress. It's clearly the cream of the Russian crop.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I generally don't have high expectations with beers from this brewery, but maybe I should. Seems that all they make is quite solid. This wheat beer is no different. Begins with a firm yellow tone, loose knit head formation / retention, and shows lively carbonation. Haze is evident, but not in excess. Aromas are mostly of well attenuated malts, bready wheats, and a burst of lemons with a follow up of pepper and clove. Flavors bring about the same, allowing the lemon flavors to dominate. Hop intensity is low and brings a mild herbal note. The acidity keeps the beer balanced and avoids thickening or cloying. Proves to be a better thirst quencher than most bananna or malt dominant Hefe's. I'll gladly have another.

BEERchitect, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

kjkinsey, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.29 at House of Brews in Clarksville, Tennessee. Production Date: 11.10.08. Best Before: 11.10.09. Quick, toss me a bottle opener, there's not a moment to lose!

Appearance: Hastily poured out a cloudy, pale yellow body with a tall, frothy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, slightly tangy nose of malted wheat with notes of lemon, (mild) spice, and a graham crackers gently brushed on one side with honey.

Taste: Sweetish malt character largely encompassed by the taste of (lightly) tangy wheat malt. Drizzles of sweet wildflower honey cross my rather surprised tongue. Small touches of lemony citrus and mild spice. Mild hop bitterness. Comrade Baltika has a semi-dry finish that's crisp and provides a final flavor of graham cracker crumbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation for just the right amount of zip. Amply creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Surprisingly adequate! Though, for now, I'm just quietly plugging this into Windows Notepad on a computer lacking an internet connection and therefore providing no access to BeerAdvocate whatsoever, I still feel strongly in my opinion that this'll be the highest rated Baltika product for me... thus far! There's still a few out there. Now, at long last, there's a bit of hope added to the steely trepidation I feel for future Baltika products.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. So far this brew looks much like a traditional Hefeweizen. The smell of the beer was of sweet grains and wheat. The taste of the beer was smooth and grainy also. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated with a light body to it. Overall this brew wasn't too bad.

Knapp85, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with an enormous, foamy, off-white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, clove and yeast. It also had a very spicy nose.

T - It tasted of wheat and had a very spicy bite. The spiciness mellowed as the beer warmed up.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This was a very good hefe. I was surprised at how good it was for a Russian hefeweizen.

zeff80, May 18, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

NeroFiddled, May 21, 2005
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

SocalKicks, May 17, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, bananas, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then there are some mildly sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and a little bit spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful and inexpensive beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 05, 2011
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 russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with a major white bubbly head. Some head retention and lacing

Smell: Bubble Gum and yeast and some banana peel flavors

Taste: Wheat malt and fruitinesss. Refreshing and crisp

MF: Pleasant balance and good carbonation level

Very drinkable, not a huge Hefe fan but this hits the spot. This compare favarbly with some hefes I've had in germany. No slouch, a pleasant suprise

russpowell, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale, straw yellow color, very light haze, massive head, fluffy, snow-white, very long-lasting.
Big aromatics, yeasty, slightly citric, defintite banana, with a gentle hit of clove. Banana cream cookie.
Nice, smooth mouthfeel, briskly dancing on the palate, delivering that banana-y/citric, lightly spicy, easy drinking. Very light in body, with a diminishing finish. Not bad, but not the sort of weizen I'd reach for when I really, really want a weizen. Just a few inches away from being better than merely good.

feloniousmonk, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial wheat glass. Beer is yellow slightly dark with a haze to it. Forms a white / off white head of medium to large bubbles that falls away quickly leaving a little lacing on the glass.

Overall the aroma is pretty subdued for a hefeweizen. Slight wheaty feeling to it, some fruity esters but overall not much.

The beer has a medium to low body and is a little watery, or rather wet. The drinkability is really high and its about as refreshing as a beer can be without being water itself. Honestly, I love this beer. There isn't an aftertaste, there is a nice wheaty feel and taste to the beer overall. Its a good beer. Nothing too complex.

I will say that if I ever drink more than 2 of these beers in a night, the next morning I have the worst headache I've ever had. I drink this beer a lot and I've studied this with myself. Maybe there is something in the water they use that does this to me. I still recommend it, just drink one at a time.

drabmuh, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

WesWes, Oct 17, 2005
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 jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 23.04.08:

Pours clouded light yellow (almost lemon-drop) with a thin white, slowly vanishing, head.

The smell is of lemon zest, wheat tang and fresh banana.

The taste is of wheat, banana and lemon. Dry, crisp finish. Not overly complex, but tasty.

Medium-bodied - heftier than typical. Very refreshing and smooth.

Very easy drinking with a wonderful aroma and nice taste - Nice refreshing crispness to it!

jwc215, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy full gold color with a frothy thickish white head. The aroma has hints of lemon, and a bit of banana (which I was not expecting), and lightly grainy. The taste is quite tart, with a lemony spritzy of flavor. This beer is fairly clean, slightly off dry, a hint of fruitiness and quite refreshing. This beer has a bit more character than I was expecting, it is still not as characterful as a traditional German Hefeweizen. I am enjoying this beer and it is nice and refreshing on this hot summer night.

Gueuzedude, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle,

A: Pours a quite cloudy yellow with a firm white head, fair retention to style, looks a bit like a witbier.

S: Definite hefe sent, cloves and bananas, heavier on the cloves an wheat.

T: Light banana, lemon zest, pasta al dente. Moderate intensity in flavour.

M: Light/medium acidity, rather highly carbonated, light-bodied, a tad watery.

D: A nice wheat beer from Baltika. While not incredibly complex, it is nevertheless very drinkable and refreshing, a solid example of the style.

Halcyondays, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

oriolesfan4, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This will be (at least one of) my entry/entries for New Beer Sunday (Week 360) and I am kind of excited to tick it off. I have an affinity for Russian beers ever since I got on the Kvass Kick, Kamarade, and while I drank a LOT of #9 with Stosh, the owner of the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, during his lifetime, I kind of glossed over all of the other numbers. It's kind of a shame, since #1 seems to be retired and I cannot find #2 for looking.

OK, I'll cop to not being on top of my game from the outset with this one. The label reads "Wheat Ale" and this website identifies it as a Hefeweizen, so what does CAPT Clever do? He (I) pops the cap and begins to pour. Gee, it looks more like a Kristalweizen so maybe I should agitate what remains in the bottle ... Beer fountain time, baby! Beer all over the counter, a panic pour, jeez-o man, what hath I wrought?

Well, for one thing, there was no longer any doubt that it was a Hefe. The kitchen smelled like I was baking banana bread. I had a dense cap of a finger of bone-white head with excellent retention. The color was a muddy orange-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose, as previously alluded to, was VERY banana. Mouthfeel was a little thin for the style, but the taste managed to balance the banana with some clove, which I like. Just as many clamor for "More Cowbell", I say "More clove esters, please!" Finish was tasty enough and it was not cloyingly sweet like some hefes that I have drank in the past. Once more, you cannot really beat the Baltika lineup at its price point. Call it worth a try.

woodychandler, Jan 08, 2012
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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
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