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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
82
good

219 Reviews
THE BROS
60
poor

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 330
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of cbutova
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

** NOTE: I tasted this blind, and for some reason it took me a very, very long time to realise it was wheat-based. I was probably drunk at the time **

Pours a very pale banana yellow with generous snowy head, good retention. Fair lacing but not much. Looks like a Euro lager, not a bad example.

Again very Euro-lager on the nose, with fair hops and that kind of sour soda-water aroma. Grassy and tangy, but one real note is all there is. Not too bad.

Very nice and refreshing on the palate, has a very tangy passionfruit kind of flavour, quite dry on the finish, a lot of sour kind of notes, bit subdued and slightly fizzy on the mouthfeel. Not bad, dry and refreshing with some good characters. Quite drinkable. (715 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow with a nice fluffy head of pure white foam. Lacing is heavy and pretty as well. Aromas are all banana, cloves, and spice as well as nice German yeasty aromas, and some fine bready malts. Taste is yeasty up front with some nice spiciness and wheat hints as well as banana fruitiness and cloves. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is very good as well. This is a damn solid wheat beer, my friend had a hard time convincing me that this was a baltika product. Up there with the German Franziskaners of this world, for sure! (550 characters)

Photo of Pencible
1.97/5  rDev -45.6%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked up a Bottle of the Baltika #8 during a recent trip to BevMo in Pasadena. I’m used to seeing the #3, #4, #6 and #9 around but I have never sent his one before….a Wheat as well…gotta give this on a whirl me thinks.

A metric sized half-litre (500ml) brown glass bottle, labeled as 16.9 fluid ounces for the US market. Metallic gold, yellow, cream and dark blue label, with a similarly colored foil covered neck, yet unlike other offering the foil does not cover the crown cap. Labeled across the middle of the label as BALTIKA, whilst the English wording states “Unfiltered” and “Wheat Ale” are above and below. Listed at Alc. 5.0% Vol. The back label has a Best Before Date of 04.09.05; I hope that’s a Euro style date.

Appearance: Superb rolling head forms a 3” thick but uniform capped covering which slowly rescinds to a dense 1” head. Solid large bubbled carbonation races around and helps to create a smattered lacing when the brew is swirled. Milky pale yellow body has some residual yeast floaties but not many. Looks supreme in the straight sided Pint glass I have to say especially as it has a long lasting head, really the biz in the looks department.

Nose: Aromas leap out as soon as this is poured. Wheat laded lemons and yeasty bananas with some citric tones. Heavy fruity banana in the nose though, pungent and volatile the odors were discernable some distance from my Glass. Beautiful nose.

Taste: Lovely soft cloves invade the entrance with a big banana hit in the middle. Bold yeasty tastes and wheaty flavors, fruity middle and finish, some lemon acidity in the back end lends a balance to the mushy banana feel that starts and finishes this beer. This is quite the Wheat Ale!!

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation and a high level fruity body give the mouthfeel a depth of character that defines this Wheat Ale. Above average feel throughout with a creamy texture of mashed bananas that nevertheless benefits from swathes of sharp tangy lemons.

Drinkability: Wow, I literally demolished this bottle in no time. Is this really a Baltika product…probably my first Russian Wheat Ale and I have to say its bloody drinkable stuff. Nicely put together and highly quaffable.

Overall: Damn, this is pretty good stuff…..well worth the investment. A nice surprise and one of the better Baltika products for my money. I would buy this again for sure, in fact I may pick up a few of these next time I’m at BevMo. Recommended. (2,477 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold body with three finger thick head. The head slowly fades and leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Tons of carbonation in this beer.

S: Lots of sweet fruit and I assume it is Belgian Yeast.

T: Lots of Belgian Yeast, fruity flavors and some nice malt. Its not bad, but nothing special.

M: Lots of carbonation and crispness. Burns on the back of the throat and tongue.

O: Nothing too special, but not bad either. The flavors and smell are nice, but the mouthfeel just takes it down a bit. (512 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured cloudy amber with a fluffy white 1.5" head that diminished soon after into a ring in my hefeweizen glass.

S - Strong "wheaty" smell with some tartness citrusy tones. Orange peel, yeast, light malts with a very slight alcohol aroma

T - Again, very wheaty, grainy and light malts with a touch of grassiness from the hops. Standard oranges, yeast, and breadiness.

M - light bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth and thirst quenching

D - highly drinkable, a good summer beer.

Overall - I'm not too familiar with many wheat beers and nor am I a huge fan of them but this one definitely did the trick and tasted great with our mid summer bbq. Much better than most other wheat beers I've had. (702 characters)

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quote from the label: "Unfiltred (sic) wheat beer. Countains (sic) special yeast which gives it cloudness (sic) and creates a reach (sic) head."

Pours a hazy yellow with a blossoming, milk white head.
Nose of banana, clove and vanilla, with backing mineral hardness and sea salt.
Begins with a mushy wheat hull note that straddles the line between dry and sweet. Gains the hefeweizen hallmarks of clove and banana and vanilla. Tiny squeals of lemon rind before yielding to hard water, metallic astringency...but one that is not upsetting or out-of-whack in the least. The triumvirate of banana, clove and vanilla reforms around the swallow.
Medium bodied, creamy and purposefully structured. It's got a bit of an industrial feel to it, but that's part of the allure. This is tons better than I thought it would be.
A solid second-tier hefeweiss. (854 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A brilliant white head tops a cloudy, murky liquid. The color ranges from a light gold to a very deep, burnt amber, while the head, initially mammoth, falls into a sustained 1/3 inch blanket. Nice lacing. There are lots of floaties in this one. Aroma is yeasty, phenolic, and full of banana, clove, and lemon. The smell is right-on, and very appetizing. Lots of carbonation. Relatively bitter, and very clean. Wheat flavors flow throughout. The bottom line: pretty good, maybe one of the best Baltika’s that I’ve had. (519 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 4/10/08
best by 4/10/09

pours clear darker gold with a 2 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells great bubblegum banana and lots of wheat

tastes as good as it smells - like rich banana bread - much different then most hefeys i have had

mouthfeel is good maybe a little over carbonated but it works well leaves a nice dry finish

overall/drinkability - went through this one fast and will buy the next time i see it - this beer really suprised me - its the best one i have had from their lineup (519 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy pale yellow color with an absolutely massive head, even after a careful pour. Smell is spicy with notes of cloves and corriander present. Taste follows through with the spiciness, and some citrus tones show through. Finishes very mild with nothing outstanding noted. Very good, easy drinking beer. (313 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (1,055 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika no. 8 Wheat Ale has a very thick, fluffy, egg-shell-colored head and a cloudy golden appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is grain husk with the head, but once this goes away, more of the banana and spice is detected. The flavor is subtle, but banana, coriander, white wheat bread, sugar, and spices are present. Mouthfeel is heavy, yet Baltika no. 8 Wheat Ale finishes pretty crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. This is a pretty good beer. It improved as it warmed and I drank it down.

RJT (508 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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! (452 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (432 characters)

Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.