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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

320 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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 Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Haybeerman, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of stcules
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

stcules, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

dgilks, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of champ103
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

champ103, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

puboflyons, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a light, hazy yellow in color with a head that came up OK but fell like a rock.

Smell - There's actually some good yeast in the nose though the stiff grain plays the spoiler. I've got a twist of lemon rind though and a bit of classic wheaty spicing that keeps it honest with the style.

Taste - This almost accomplishes the mission. There's a faint yeast flavor, some nice wheat, the grain from the nose seems gone, and I might even be getting some light fruit. I'm not feeling the banana here but maybe some light tangerine or other citrusy flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied and carbonated more like a light lager than a wheat beer.

Drinkability - The SFV heat helped this one go down fer shore.

RoyalT, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Brenden, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

laituegonflable, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of mrfrancis
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

mrfrancis, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

francisweizen, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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

drpimento, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of DmanGTR
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

DmanGTR, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

cokes, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of dcmchew
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks and smells (surprisingly) by the book.
Nice banana, wheaty malts, nice clove; Balanced taste.
Lemon zest, quite a lot, creating a bit too much crispness. Ruins the mouthfeel a bit along with the fizz.
Surprisingly, a nice non-german weizen, more than decent.

dcmchew, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Gagnonsux, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Pencible
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.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of tigg924
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.

tigg924, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of cdwil
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

cdwil, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Suds, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of cbutova
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.

cbutova, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

gtermi, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, May 01, 2009
Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
81 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.