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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

222 Reviews
THE BROS
60
poor

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 344
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation | website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very strange beers made by Baltika.
I tried a few various, this was one I tended to enjoy.

A. Small head dissipating quickly into the clear yellow body.

S. Bubble gum. Seriously.

T. Very unique sweet wheat taste, kind of like soda water was put in it.

M. Heavvvily carbonated.

D. Could have one or two, not bad.

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Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold with a puffy white head, It looks like a real Hefe Weizen!

Smell is a base of wheat malt with strong banana, clove, bubblegum and faintly mint scents. It smells like a German Hefe Weizen!

Taste is sweetish with an underlying sour tang. Lots of clove and banana flavor. Powdery yeast and slight bitterness in the finish. It TASTES like an Honest to God German Hefe Weizen.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Drinkability is as good as any German Hefe Weizen I have ever had. If you had hidden the bottle and handed me a mug of this and told me it was a fresh Franziskaner I would have believed it. I can't believe Baltika made this! A match for almost any German Hefe Weizen on the market. It might not be as good as a Weihenstephaner but I would have to taste them side by side to see! This was made in Russia? Unbelievable!

I absolutely recommend this brew!

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy and hazy light gold with a one finger white head that fades into a decent film that refuses to yield. Lots of sticky white lacing can be seen.
Smell is of bubblegum, banana, cream, and light spice.
Taste is of toasted wheat, light banana, cream, and a tasty yeast.
Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly watery in parts with a somewhat dry finish. Feels pretty full bodied for a wheat beer but I believe that is what they were aiming for.
Drinkability is nice. Why bother with malt liquor ever again when you can have this gem for only $1.85/bottle?
Even for the Russians doing their take on a German style...

Finger licking good.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a reasonable lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty nose. Starts sweet, lemony, yeast and hops are balanced nicely in background, finish is clean. Not a bad Hefe. $1.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass. Bottle says best before 7/18/2010, but four months is hardly super old for a beer.

Appearance: light golden-yellow hue with a touch of haze and plenty of effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of pillowy white foam. I rather like it.

Smell: nice wheaty aroma with a touch of clove to boot. This beer is certainly trending toward a true hefeweizen, but I feel like there isn't a whole lot of character to the aroma. Just a little bit of banana would help this beer a whole lot.

Taste: nice wheaty and clovey flavor. There's just the tiniest hint of banana here, but I still feel like there could be a lot more yeast character. The wheaty and malty aspects are pretty good, though, and I like the taste more than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent amount of carbonation. I would like to see a lot more creaminess in this brew.

Drinkability: a refreshing and quite drinkable hefeweizen. It's not my favorite, but it is above what most American breweries seem to pass off as hefeweizens.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with a spongy white head that last and last. There is a nice strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of bubblegum with some soft notes of wheat in the background is strong in this one. No notes of hops or other fruity flavors.

T- There is a very soft bubblegum flavor at the beginning followed by some soft wheat notes that are almost bready. The finish is a very soft noble hops taste.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol.

D- This beer is very light and crisp which makes it easy to drink but is missing a lot of the great Hefe Weizen characteristics. The bubble gum is nice but I wish it had more depth to back it up.

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Photo of tone77
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells of spices and citrus. Taste is excellent. A great combination of banana, citrus, and spices, this beer is bursting with flavor. Feels delicious in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this makes for a high quality brew.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy golden-orange with a slight sudsy white head that quickly faded leaving no lacing. some cloudy turbidity.

S: fresh wheat grains, citrus and lemon grind hopping.

T: pretty yeasty, with bananas, cloves and light bread notes. There was some citrusy and lemony hopping on the fade and finished dry and crisp.

M: creamy, light to medium fullness, with a light carbonation. Some dry citrus hop laced the tongue after the swallow. Palate was softly textured and wheaty.

D: A moderately enjoyable Russian wheat, citrusy, nice wheat backing making for a good enjoyment.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle marked 07.0812-07:24/07.0813-5W. Sampled on March 31, 2013.

The color is a slightly cloudy yellow with a decent white head that eventually settles down.

The aroma is quite distinct with wheat along with an apple kind of ester. Even someone who is not a regular craft beer drinker would pick this up.

The body is light to about medium with a creamy texture.

Like the aroma the taste has a good dose of wheat malts and apple along with a thin twist of lemon to give it a summery sensation. The hops do not linger much but they offset the other qualities. Not a high quality wheat beer but far ahead of what Baltika normally has to offer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with a cap of fine, white bubbles that fell to a collar over the course of a few minutes. Lemon and wheat aroma, crackers, slight banana, bread. Same in the flavour, but with a bit of clove in the finish. Light bodied with average carbonation, slightly slick in texture. Refreshing , but the flavour and aroma were a little bit muted.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a pillow-like white head. Head retention isn't great and there is little lacing. Okay but not great.

Aromas are very fruity with lots of banana. The yeast has definitely tended towards the banana esters rather than the clove phenols.

The flavour is good with lots of banana and hints of wheat and clove. A tasty brew.

A full body and average carbonation work okay here but are a bit heavy and the carbonation could be crisper.

A tasty, easy to drink brew from this Russian brewery. The flavour is good and the whole beer would be just that little bit better if the carbonation was a touch higher.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disembogues the 500ml brown bottle a beclouded golden amber color with large bright white creamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick and sticky coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose has sweet malt aroma, backed by a fresh citrus-like crispness, hints of wheat also present, start is sweet with a nice grain presence, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a biting acidity with the hops mellow but appealing to the palate, quite dry and a nice drinkable beer on a hot Arizona Day.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of champ103
2.46/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pale and cloudy yellow. A frothy white head forms that recedes fast. Just a touch of lace.
S: A musky fruity smell. I am not impressed at all.
T: Metallic and harsh. A bit of banana, coriander, and some spices.
M/D: Thin, watery, and just blah in the mouth. This is not a hard beer to drink, but whats the point?

A disappointing beer that is thin and week all around. Avoid.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: bright golden-yellow in color, one inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: banana, wheat, and clove

Taste: Wheat dominates...There are touches of bananas, clove, and a bit of honey

Mouthfeel: very light bodied, high carbonation, very very sweet

Drinkability: Light and weak for the style. Lately I have had the pleasure of trying complex hefes and this is not one. This is not a bad beer and I would have this again if offered--maybe even down a couple. However, in the style, there are much better.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a wiezen glass. Unfiltered hazy golden straw color. Pretty head, large bubbles.

Smells like a sweet hefe. Citrusy orange, not too much wheat - just enough.

Whoa - this is a strange brew. Sweet and syrupy up front followed by lemoney tartness and ends up with an almost masa (think tamale batter) like finish. Leaves a grainey feel on the tounge. A unique yeast strain lends a distinctive quality to this one.

Interesting beer, nice price...might just have to buy this one again someday.

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Photo of stcules
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw coloured, tending to a light greenish. Abundant, creamy, white head.
Weizen smell, quite banana, not unpleasant. Quite sweet, but not too much.
The taste slips away a little, nothing to remember.
No defects, but not really interesting.
Wheta notes, and cloves.
Sweetish aftertaste, average persistence.

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Photo of cbutova
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another one from the numbered Baltika series, see how this goes.

A- Hazy pale yellow body into a Weizen glass with an extremely large white head, silky and creamy texture. Retention is pretty much infinite. Somehow lacks a significant amount of lace.

S- Yeast and citrus. Mostly a German yeast aroma with banana, clove, spice and bread. Also citrus zest and floral.

T- Follows the nose. A good clove, banana and German yeast influence. It does not dominate but is flavorful. Also wheat, bread, citrus and floral hops. Somewhat buttery sweet aspect.

MF- Light body with somewhat lower carbonation than I am used to in the style. Finishes sweet and somewhat bitter.

Something about the sweetness and buttery feel sort of throws me off. It almost isn't as crisp as most good Hefeweizens. Still a decent brew.

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Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one's a hazy yellow, perhaps just a shade paler than the typical hefe. The head isn't huge, but it's respectable; and, while it doesn't leave much lacing, there's a little thin lacing and the head sticks around almost the whole way.
The banana and yeast are there in the aroma, the clove very weak but present. There's just the slightest astringent twinge as well.
There's a slightly stronger wheat back in the flavor, though overall it's a bit light. There's also more sweetness than expected, and it's not really either an improvement or a detraction except for a slightly artificial note in an otherwise dry aftertaste.
The body is light and carbonation is a little heavy.
This one isn't bad.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
81 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.