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: 11.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 12-24-2002

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a transparent medium gold at first and then I just couldn't resist the urge to cloud this up by agitating the settled yeast in the bottom. Now this is cloudy and not nearly as bright as before. A foamy bleach white cap is fed the duration by cascading carbonation, a thin cap remains while leaving little bits of lacing here and there. The nose reminds me of an Outkast song, so fresh and so clean. Really this Hefe has a nice bouquet of aromas lemon, banana, spice and floral as well. This is a well rounded offering with sweet fruitiness right from the start, subtle clove and doughy banana bread notes keep this Russian Wheat rocking. Soft,light and smooth with just the lightest sugary sweet coating left on the lips. This is a great Hefeweizen, from Russia with love. (783 characters)

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

Pours up cloudy pale yellow, nice two fingers of rocky billowy head that dwindles down to a fine layer with some ok lacing.

Smell is...spicy with a little bubblegum...very mild.

Tastes of bubblegum and banana with some spice background.

Carbonation edge at the first of the pull and a smooth finish. Very quaffable. (318 characters)

Photo of xenolithic
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Baltika 8 was poured into a pint glass with vigorous pour to a 2 finger head with a pale lemondrop color with cloudiness. Good head retention, bottle produced 10/4/08 with a drink by label of 10/4/09.

Smells grainy, a hair sweet. There are cloves and other spices in the nose as well as the typical bannana bread smell to it. It's not overly strong but it is certainly a pleasant smell.

Tastes like more of the same. A little spicy, with a nice drying quality to it. Tons of sweet bready notes, and I really like this.

Mouthfeel is watery with a thirst quenching aftertaste. The finish is short and only slightly bitter.

This beer is extremely drinkable. I love wheat beers, and I love beers from the Baltika brewery, so I might have just found a match. They come in large 1p.9oz bottles, and are nothing to scoff at, but I can easily drink a few bottles of these and not feel guilty.

Beers of the World has a case of this. I like it so much I might just swing by for one. The price really is right. (1,009 characters)

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I'll always be biased about this beer, and all Baltika products in a way. I spent a summer in St Petersburg and it became the go-to beer. I had the privilege of touring the brewery as well. I remember these tasting better fresh in St Petersburg, and that may be partially reflected in my review, but that's life.

A - Pours a cloudy bright yellow-gold with a thick, booming, foamy white head.

S - Yeasty, bready, faint coriander or clove or both, strong fruity banana essence.

T - Sweet, fruity, with an earthy yeastiness, clean and crisp backend.

M - Medium carbonation, medium to thin bodied, bordering on watery.

D - I could drink these all day, but I don't mind good, sweet wheat beers. Good breakfast beer. (716 characters)

Photo of xxthepatientxx
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 1pint 0.9oz brown bottle poured into my 0.50L-marked tall Paulaner mug.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow and, even with a gentle pour, a huge, creamy, dense head of very small bubbles that lasts forever. Not much lacing.

S - Very dry wheaty/grainy smell (reminds me of Heineken, actually...) with lemon and a slight hint of banana hidden waaayyy in the background. No noticeable clove. Not as full of an aroma as I tend to like.

T/M - It tastes like a combination of Heineken and an American hefe. First I get the pleasant wheat flavor with a pleasant yeastiness from the sediment. Then the finish and after taste are very Heineken to me; dry, grainy and sharp. The lemon zest flavor is quite nice. There's an aggressive carbonation of very fine bubbles; champagne-like, but not quite and calms down as you go. Body is pretty typical of a wheat; maybe on the thin side of average.

D - Not entirely unpleasant. Goes down easy, very refreshing. Light, but not too light....but that damned after taste just won't cut it for me. I'm glad I only bought one. If someone offered me one, I'd take it, but not something I'd buy again. Plenty of better Hefes out there. (1,175 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy bright yellow, a smidge lighter than most of the style. 2-3 finger head rises with moderate retention and no lacing. Decent for a hefe.

S - Strong banana aroma upfront with some lemon peel/juice peeking through from the wheat malt. Perhaps the cleanest banana aroma I've ever smelled in a hefe.

T - A mild sweetness comes on at first with a very crisp banana flavor. Banana fades quickly and delves into the lemony element of the wheat malt. Overall a mild sweet/sour flavor. This hefe lacks the big fruitiness and medicinal phenols of most hefeweizens. Not offensive, but certainly off balance for the style.

M - Light as most hefes, but fairly watery. Carbonation is high and definitely crisp. A little more thickness would've done this brew better.

D - I don't know if I'd buy it again, but it is a decidedly average hefeweizen. Great nose, but the taste is muddled up; by the mouthfeel not to mention the almost complete abscense of phenolic flavors.

Just another hefe really. Nothing remarkable about this brew, but it might be worth a taste for both fans of the style and brewery. (1,149 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (311 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 kflorence
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a fair amount of dissipating head and some yeast particulates. The smell is pretty faint, mostly tart lemon, wheat and yeast. Not a very pleasing aroma in my opinion, almost stale (perhaps due in part to its overseas journey). The taste is heavily dominated by wheat, yeast and citrus. Not a very complex brew. There might be some vanilla in there... but it's not sweet, I'd say more on the tart side. Not one of my favorite hefeweizens, but it's drinkable and cheap ($1.99 for a 22oz bottle). I think I prefer the darker beers when it comes to Baltika. (584 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of armock
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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 (460 characters)

Photo of kinger
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Baltika is one of the best value imports I have come across, this is my fourth from their line and two have been great and the other two, including this one have been so-so. Faint aroma of malted wheat with the banana and clove scents. Poured great into my glass, shiny golden yellow-orange with a pillowy white head and good yeast cloudiness. Creamy mouthfeel extremely full. Flavor is decent but not as powerful as I like my hefe's to be. Good beer, highly drinkable, but not close to being near the best. (507 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 pmcadamis
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A big healthy four fingers of dense white cream rises above a sunny light-apricot brew. This is cloudy and murky like a hefe should be...none of that filtered crap here! The head is long lasting and thick, and it never strays below a solid fat finger. Lots of creamy lace is left on the glass. This is a really nice lookin' hefe.

S - Banana peel and clove along with some slightly spicy hops. The yeast notes are very forward, and this is almost like banana baby food with added spice. This isn't off the wall stunning, but it smells exactly like a hefe should IMHO.

T - This is heavy on the banana and bubblegum. It's almost as if the Ruskies at Baltika read about what a Bavarian Hefe should taste like and then focused on those two flavor components. This one is very sweet...like mushed brown bananas, but a hint of hops and a bit of spice kick it up until the finish, which is oily sweet again.

M - Medium bodied with loads of residual sugar coating the palate for an almost oily or waxy feel after the swallow. Carbonation is prickly at first and then smoothed out by the sugary feel, and the finish is very sweet and long lasting.

D - This is sort of like a dessert hefe. It's a little too sweet IMO, but it's not bad at all. Sort of like a gooey banana flavored donut or something. (1,297 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Hazy yellow color with a lot of carbonation. Small white head with some lace.

smell - Wheat, lemon zest, bananas.

taste - Has a sweet taste to it. Hints of wheat and lemons here.

mouthfeel - Kinda on the watery side.

drinkability - Very easy drinking beer. Cheap too for the size. Would buy it again. (321 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of elniko
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the big bottle into weizen glass

A: Really nice looking brew, big fluffy two finger head that did dissipate but not super quick. High carbonation, murky.

S: Very nice weizen scents on the nose. Hints of spices and could definitely smell the wheatiness.

T & M: Very bready, almost sweet taste. Finish does not have the crispness that I've encountered in some recent weizens that I've had. Mouthfeel a little on the bland side due to no crispness.

D: Drinkable but this is was not my favorite weizen. I don't think I'll purchasing again as I think there are better options. (587 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of ByTor2112
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to my Aventinus glass. Pale yellow, slightly cloudy with a puffy white head that gets clumpy and then dissipates down to about one fingah! Carbonation stays active throughout.
Aroma- Musty with yeast. Banana esters and clove aromas are present but a sweeter grassy smell mutes them somewhat. Different but pleasing!
Mouthfeel- sweeter malt flavors hit the palate first. A mild hop profile is mixed in. The banana and clove characteristics emerge as real flavors. A froth on the palate maintains the same flavor profile. The wheat bite comes close to the finish almost getting tart, but not sour. Baltika has a winner with this wheat. And, their brews are consistently good and price friendly. (699 characters)

Photo of NHGrafx
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml Brown Bottle

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, fairly typical of a wheat beer. Has a 2 finger head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing. There is a nice amount of yeast sediment that took some swirling to loosen up.

Aroma is of wheat and yeast, with some spicyness and what smelled kind of like orange peel, but very faint.

Taste is very yeasty with the wheat flavors coming out. It is also slightly sour tasting on the finish. Might be a freshness issue as the "expiration date" is just 3 weeks away from the time of this review. But still pretty good. Has a slight sweetness to it as well. Mouthfeel is ok, seems a bit watery, but not bad.

Overall, this is not a bad one, pretty average. (724 characters)

Photo of scottg
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Production date 11.03.07
Best before 11.03.08

Pours a cloudy golden color with orange hues and a one finger white head with good retention. Lots of little bubbles floating up the glass. Very strong wheat aromas with hints of clove and banana. Up front sweet citrus/orange flavor, followed by wheat and cloves with a banana finish with slight vanilla. Light bodied and very carbonated, this beer is clean, crisp and refreshing. At $1.49 for a pint+, this is one of the best bargains around. (533 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very hefe-like with a yellow-orange opaque color and an okay head. Smell is hefe, but weak on everything, and that goes for the taste as well. It's like you gargled a bunch of liquid plastic and then drank a hefeweizen, so everything's not-quite-there. Feel is okay, not terrible. Overall, not terrible, but what's the point? Not a mockery of beer like their #9 though, which is a plus. (392 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (317 characters)

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