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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat

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BA SCORE
81
good

289 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%


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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Here's my tribute to Russia Part I.

4.0 A: Hazy golden color. Big frothy head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

4.5 S: Big banana and clove bomb. Really nice aroma.

4.0 T: Rather neutral wheat flavor, though their are some esters and some spiciness. Just a really elegant brew.

4.5 M: Medium body. Plenty of carbonation, good for the style. Very smooth with a wheaty aftertaste.

4.0 D: I really wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. It's damn good.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 00:47:33 | More by DavoleBomb
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 15:37:47 | More by tigg924
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Pencible

Virginia

2/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Believe it or not, this was my first wheat beer ever. It had two features I noticed that distinguish it from other styles of beer:
1) The flavor was really weird (I can't even compare it to anything else.) I'm not sure if that's unique to this particular brew, or if all wheat beers taste the same way. I'm not sure I want to find out, either.
2) It had a very sticky, clinging texture.

Overall, this was not something I'd want to drink again, but it was interesting having an unfiltered beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 21:28:42 | More by Pencible
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika Wheat 8

Poured a cloudy yellowish with a thick white head that lasted to the last sip.
Smelled of bananas. Not a bad aroma.
Taste was actually very pleasent. Fruity with some spices present. No bitterness and no sharpness on the carbonation.
Mouthfeel was very smooth and went down nicely.

Even though I'm not a fan of Wheat beers Baltika 8 was a good beer that was quite refreshing. The best Wheat beer I've had to date. Worth buying!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 21:45:23 | More by NJpadreFan
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on my most recent trip to Champaign, IL. This pours a hazy testaceous color with a big bellowing 4 finger head that settles very slowly. The aroma is...HOLY SHIT...full of banana and spicey clove and a bit of the wheaty malt as well. What a positive let-down. I was expecting this half-assed american wheat with no character. I would have used a nice erdinger glass had I know this was the real deal. The flavor is a little weak. the banana and clove is there, it just all seems a little waterd down. The feel is much the same, missing the creamy thick texture. Overall, this is a very pleasant surprise for me. The flavors are very nice, the feel is just a bit off, but not bad. This is definately a beer worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 00:13:42 | More by kmpitz2
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Overlord

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika continues to surprise.

Honey-wheat flavoring, pours a paleish yellow with a nice unfiltered look. Not much head to speak of, but definitely carbonated.

The taste is mostly wheat, with some floral and banana tones mixed in. A really good, fairly affordable hefeweizen.

Good drink this for a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 08:52:14 | More by Overlord
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Muddled light amber beige color, with a decent lacing on top. Strong overripe fruit, yeast, wet bread and very faint cheap wine ... not sure where this beer is going, but the nose is way out there. Smooth and creamy with a medium- size body. Some breadiness but the fruitiness takes over; vinous with nearly rotten fruit and an odd warming alcohol. A chore to drink, this beer needs to be cleaned up, as the potential is there.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:23:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika #8 in a Penn Weizen glass. Orange-yellow with a good bit of swampy haze. A flat, but dense off-white capper crowns the beer. Gotta love the way ANY hefe looks in one o’these weizen glasses. 3.5

Rather clean aroma with lemon, crusty bread, light hops, and slight banana character. Not a big spice character thus far, but there’s something there in the line of clove. 3.5

Tangy wheat flavor with some barely ripe banana, a little orange, and some menthol/minty hops. A little attenuated, but a nice spice character in the flavor. Some peppercorn and grains of paradise. That banana shows up in the finish with a touch of noble hops and a minerally spring water character. I must say that this is a refreshing brew. 4.0

A little thin-bodied, and it could be a little smoother, but a nice carbonation evens the keel. Very comparable with the German hefes. 3.5

Can I just say that this is an absolute WINNER for $2.29 a bottle? An inexpensive hefeweizen that delivers. The best Russian hefe, for sure. It’s in your budget, so pick one up. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:51:39 | More by thecheapies
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 01:12:34 | More by cbutova
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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz heavy brown bottle. Clear best before date which is always great to see on imports.

The beer pours a dark hazy straw/yellow. Huge initial head.

The nose is of banana, some spices (coriander and pepper) and fresh bread.

The taste is solid. Nice but not overpowering banana, a bit of a pepper bite and some malty goodness that adds a touch of sweetness. More bready with a touch of citrus later.

The mouth is bit under carbonated, but it is still good. Very easy drinker. So far three of the four beers I have had from this brewery have been good.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:13:01 | More by Redrover
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Jeffo

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 16:27:51 | More by Jeffo
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allengarvin

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy pale gold with a large and lasting head of frothy foam. Very nice looking beer. Nose is sweet wheat malt, with a lot of fruity banana aroma. All the proper wheat flavors are present: tart, lemony banana fruitiness and spicy, clove-like phenols, with a pleasant wheat flavor. Finishes clean with a tad of sourness in the end. Good carbonation levels and a fairly average mouthfeel.

A very good beer! I was quite surprised, given the price and the standards of the other Baltika beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 01:18:30 | More by allengarvin
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Pegasus

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium golden in color, with a large, and dense white head, which retains quite well. The lacing is thick and coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Lots of wheat bread, cloves, and bananas. In my opinion, it could easily be mistaken for a German-brewed Hefeweizen.

Taste:Opens with slightly sweet, white bread flavors, soon followed by classic ripe bananas and cloves. These flavors carry ell throughout the taste, with the bread notes more prominent towards the end of the taste. Finishes with a mild, lingering sweetness, and banana esters.

Mouth feel: A touch thin, with slightly spritzy carbonation, a bit of fullness would be most welcome.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, and a bargain at $2.19 for a half-liter bottle.

Presentation: Packaged in a 16.9 ounce brown glas bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:08:32 | More by Pegasus
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. I didn't have high hopes for this one, but it surprised me. The aroma has some spicy notes as well as hints of banana and clove. Very nice. The flavor has all the characteristics of a good hefe - fruits, wheat, spicy yeast. The body could use a little more thickness, but this is a really nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 17:22:43 | More by clvand0
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armock

New York

3.23/5  rDev -9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 21:18:24 | More by armock
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 07:23:07 | More by blitheringidiot
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DogFood11

California

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a fine representation of a hefe weizen. Pours a nice golden unfiltered look with a light textured head but maintains a blanket covering.

Yeast, Clove, Bananna aroma's the bury themselves in the nose. A thick rich smell. I was surprised a bit at the crispy mouthfeel as it smelled so rich but it has a little pop in the mouth. I picked up a faint metallic taste but if I didn't think about it too much it was gone. A little more spice would have upped the taste for me but overall a solid brewwwski.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 01:10:27 | More by DogFood11
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JayQue

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good!!! I had a Baltika 9 as the representative of a style I had not tried before and it was very average and boozy. This beer was like a fairly good hefe. Straw color, big bubbly delicate white head and a little lacing. Good solid smell of cloves bananas and lemon zest.

Crisp, tart taste, cloves, bananas, lemon zest and other spices. Very nice!!!!

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. overall a good solid summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 01:31:39 | More by JayQue
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crossovert

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half liter brown bottle. Best before 30.05.11.

It pours a hazy gold color with a fizzy and tall white head.

It actually smells like a Hefeweizen, unlike many American wheat beers. It has a ton of ripe banana, a hint of clove, a bit of lemon, and a hint of bubblegum, it hits all of the classic scents.

The flavor is kind of remniscent of an American wheat brew. It has the banana, clove, and lemon, but it is super light and airy and doesn't pack quite the punch that German Hefeweizens do.

It is something I would prefer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 19:37:18 | More by crossovert
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine version of a style I am not fond of. It poured a nice, cloudy gold, thanks to being unfiltered. The head was classic wheat - off white, firm, plenty of contours like clouds as seen from above in an airplane. The smell was fresh and fruity, the mouthfeel plenty prickly from the carbonation. The taste was light and fruity like a good wheat should be. Baltika has done a great job with this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 17:24:20 | More by Globetrotter
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 ml bottle into my pint glass. Foam foam foam! Patience required.

Looks cloudy pale yellow with lots of lacing. The foam remains throughout.

Quite wheaty smell, very nice.

Wheaty chalky taste - wheat a touch firmer than most hefes I have had - almost moving to a gritty territory, but hangs on the border and remains tatsy. Some kind of spice buried in there I can't nail down. Nice balance.

Smooth mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. Good drinker, one to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 11:37:45 | More by KTCamm
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HalfFull

California

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a light and hazy dirty lemon in color and offers a rich and lasting white head, throwing off artsy lacing throughout.

Intriguing nose of wheat and banana. A nice yeast sense is everpresent and muddled with just enough sweetness and a hint of clove spice.

Wheat and spice carry to the taste department seamlessly. Bit of citrus accompanies. Nice body and feel from start to finish without being too sweet. Bready in texture and with a well balanced sweet character yielding a solid feel and drink.

Value: A

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 06:12:27 | More by HalfFull
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Drew966

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Baltika #8 Wheat pours a hazy light gold color with a fluffy white head from a 500 ml bottle. Smell seems to be dominated by a citric aroma at first, then wheat. Taste is decent, not bad but not spectacular. A bit of grass along with the wheat flavor. A tobacco like aftertaste seems oddly present for this style, but its not overwhelming. Probably one of the most interesting offerings along with the porter from this brewery. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 00:00:22 | More by Drew966
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:30:22 | More by Monkeyknife
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magictrokini

California

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Without the label, you would never know this is not from Germany. Pours cloudy gold with a full white head. Nice strong aroma of yeast, bubblegum, and bananas. Great strong taste of the same, but tart with lemon and wheat. It is very carbonated, which is a drawback, but this is stil a really, really good hefe.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 16:48:16 | More by magictrokini
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