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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat

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320 Ratings

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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 Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 19, 2008
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 DaveHS
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really surprised by this one. I don't understand how a brewery with as many bad beers as Baltika manages to pull this off.
I got this at a Polish grocery store in Greenpoint, NYC.
Poured a hazy yellow, very cloudy in the last quarter of the bottle.
A big white, foamy head, that dissipated almost as quickly as it came. Very carbonated. It smelled slightly sweeter than your average German heffe.
The initial taste was wheat and banana. This yielded to a light, spicy finish, with a little citrus. The banana taste is very big up front.
A very pleasant beer, increasingly drinkable. I wish I had one right now. Gets better with every sip. The banana taste is sort of addictive. As you feel it disappearing, you want to build it back up again.
I drank this one kind of fast, and then had another one at a more leisurely pace. It's easy to drink it fast, though. I reccomend this as a session beer. Enjoy!

DaveHS, Mar 28, 2008
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 cichief
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a .5 liter bottle in Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice straw-yellow, very cloudy, with a great white head, which doesn't last as long as other hefes.

S- Some clove and banana, more subdued than I prefer from a hefe.

T- Very refreshing, the clove and banana are prevalent, not as lasting as better hefes.

M- Somewhat fizzy, thinnish on the tongue.

D- A decent beer in warm weather, however there are much better hefeweizens available.

cichief, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy apricot color, with a good amount of visible carbonation. Dense white head is about an inch thick, and has ok retention but virtually no lacing.

Smell: Has a nice yet simple aroma of wheat, cloves, and bananas.

Taste: Refreshing taste of wheat with a bit of lemon and orange. The cloves and bananas come in towards the finish, and there's a bit of light hop bitterness with wheat in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, with a nice tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Really nice to drink; good flavor, not boring, and not too strong or extreme in any ways.

I wasn't sure if this would be a weizen-style beer, or an unfiltered wheat type beer when I bought it. A bit shocked (and aprehensive) when I found out it was a Hefeweizen, but it's really a good one. Certainly better than most American and some German Hefeweizens I've had. Refreshing, enjoyable, and really cheap.

mithrascruor, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 23.04.08:

Pours clouded light yellow (almost lemon-drop) with a thin white, slowly vanishing, head.

The smell is of lemon zest, wheat tang and fresh banana.

The taste is of wheat, banana and lemon. Dry, crisp finish. Not overly complex, but tasty.

Medium-bodied - heftier than typical. Very refreshing and smooth.

Very easy drinking with a wonderful aroma and nice taste - Nice refreshing crispness to it!

jwc215, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of americanaqualung
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

baltika #8 wheat

A - brownish tan, murky very big head (hard to control on pour)

S - a little like a german hefe-weizen; it was a little fruity, but nothing overly special.

T - had hints of banana but tasted almost like a mix of a good german hefe-weizen and a cheap pislener. nothing remarkable, a bit bland.

M - tingly with a fairly dry finish

D - Fairly average. If I was served it, I would drink it out of politeness, but I doubt I'll ever purchase this beer again.

americanaqualung, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of monkeybeer
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Production Date 23.04.07 Best before 23.04.08

A- Cloudy golden yellow color with good white lingering head. Nice lacing

S- Wheat, Banana and clove

T/M- Not as strong of a banana flavor as the smell would indicate, very light carbonation subtle wheat sweet flavor

D- Very light wheat could easily have a number of them. Would be good on a hot day nice and refreshing.

monkeybeer, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this 1 had use by 8-12-07 on it; poured a slightly cloudy pale yellow w/ a slight head good lacing; yeasty fruit smell, a little bready, lots of fusels; a yeasty taste at first, smoothing out w/ some sweet malt undertones, a little thin, though; a light body w/ some residual sugars; an interesting beer, new to wheats, but i'm not sure i like it so I 3.5'd it...

animal69, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cellar 70 at the Stevens Point County Market

Appearance - Golden orange with a ghost like cloudiness. A truly unique looking brew. The head ours at about 1.5 inches but has no stamina. There is a moderate amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - The traditional soapy scent found with most wheat brews is present in this Russian as well.

Taste - The flavor is malty with a tiny sweet hint. A good tasting beer without a doubt.

Mouthfeel - The feel is on the coarse side. I'm not sure if I'm drinking it a little too cold but the carbonation seems to scratch across my tongue and the back of my throat.

~ All in all the flavor makes this beer worth it. The Saint Petersburg brewers have done a very good job with what can sometimes become a very average type of brew. Nice work.

cdkrenz, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Overlord
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.

Overlord, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of iceball585
4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Semi cloudy w/ a nice golden yellow hue, light fluffy head

S- Earth tones of wheat and grass w/ citrus tones of lemon and orange

T- Wheat, lemon, and banana flavor that lingers, slowly fades out

M- Light feel, slight fizz but not too strong

D- Very, very, very drinkable

This is the first russian beer that I've ever tried and I'd definatly be up for trying more. The is a great all around hefe weizen that tastes like it came right out of the heart of germany. If i didn't pour it myself then I would have swore it was a german hefe weizen.

iceball585, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of pieper
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one.

Appearance - nice cloudy beer, as expected from a wheat and great head retention -- no orange here baby
Smell - really strong clove and citrus aromas
Taste - great example of a wheat beer, wonderful citrus flavors coupled nicely with hints of cloves
Mouthfeel - solid, good carbonation
Drinability - I could easily throw these guys down.

pieper, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. The beer pours a light hazy gold, forming a massive white head. Light spots of lace dot the glass. The aroma is light fruit, mostly banana, along with a hint of spices. The aroma isnt as strong as other hefe weizens that I've tried. The taste is also lighter, but still full of flavor. The taste starts with a light fruity banana flavor, followed by a sharp mix of spices, and finishing with the same fruity flavor. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. A highly drinkable beer. Overall, I enjoyed this brew. Not as good as some other hefe's out there, but still very good.

beeragent, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Decent 1-1.5" head that settles to a solid 1/8". Very slight cloudiness in this golden/yellow beer. Moderate carbonation rises to maintain the bright white fluffy head. The smell is a bit off-putting as I believe this beer might have been on the shelf a while. There is a nice wheat smell, but it is covered up with a very sharp soggy cardboard aroma giving it an almost pilsener-like funk. The taste reveals the wheat and citrus notes and doesn't show the cardboard as much. I have to try a fresh one, because the taste shows really strong potential of being a well balanced, crisp and enjoyable beer.

Rudgers73, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of choyhosoi
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a strong head then fell really fast to almost nothing but when tilted left drizzle on the side of the glass so thats nice. The smell had a nice citrus scent with a nice golden yellow color. The taste is nice and smooth with a bit of a hoppy taste after the drink goes down besides that it worth a try.

choyhosoi, Jul 04, 2007
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 Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I've had from Russia. Presented in a .5L bottle with the neck and cap adorned with gold foil. No best before date noted anywhere. Poured into my Franziskaner hefeweizen glass.
Appearance: cloudy apricot color, loads of fine-spun carbonation and a fluffy white head that left nice lace behind as it slowly receded. Quite attractive.
Smell: good Bavarian-styled hefe notes here. Nice bubblegum-and-clove aroma with a lesser degree of banana thrown in. All this fruity aroma was supported by a pleasant pale malt note.
Taste: surprisingly flavorful; lots of fruit flavor - banana backed with a touch of citrus - which carried a rich spiciness of clove and a hint of vanilla. Pale malt profile lent a hayfield dustiness and yeast added a doughy angle to the mix.
Feel: light, crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: this brew is dead-on for a good German hefe and one I could drink all day (and night) long. The price at my local store is very reasonable, too. A great find for me; a beer I'll happily turn to again. Worth trying out if you like a good hefeweizen.

Boilermaker88, Jun 25, 2007
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 Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with a huge head and lively carbonation putting on a show in a weizen glass. Head drops with no lacing.
Smell is doughy with some banana ,clove and ....Ivory soap.
Tastes very much like a hefe...banana , clove and bubblegum are prominent...hops very subtle. That soapy smell doesn't show up as a flavor until the aftertaste...not really bad...but it is a little weird...has not stopped me from drinking the rest of it.
Mouthfeel is medium...lots of carbonation.
Not bad ...1/2 liter for $1.59.

Hautacam, May 25, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two four packs of Baltika products were available at the local Fresh Market, each with a different selection. I picked this one, more or less randomly - might have to come back for the other one.

Appearance: Pours with a very big white head! Golden in color. Good head retention. No lacing.

Smell: Clove is the most recognizable wheat beer aroma present, some banana and grain as well. I'm curious what temperature this was fermented at, my guess is lower than typical ale temperature, since the aromas are a bit lighter than I would have expected.

Taste: Solid wheat beer flavor profile. A bit tough to classify, I wouldn't think it's hoppy enough to count as an American Pale Wheat, but it's not cloudy so not a hefe - maybe a kristalweizen, but I'd expect more bubblegum... Fair malt backbone. Banana finally shows up a bit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body, carbonation not as high as it looked immediately when poured.

Drinkability: Quaffable. I'm looking forward to trying the porter more.

hunteraw, May 13, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy, pale yellow topped with a few fingers of semidense head that slowly faded with little lacing.

S: Strong wheat and banana notes, subtle bubblegum undertones. Graininess very full.

T: Very wheaty flavor dominates, with a lemony citrus hop taste coming forth toward the middle, fading into a watery finish. Grain lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Well-carbonated with a light body, decent composition.

D: Another easydrinking wheat, but this one lacks a standout flavor to speak of. Nevertheless, this wouldn't let you down on a warm day.

CharlieMopps, May 11, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a hazy golden straw colour. Creamy white head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to good thick layer. Loads of carbonation drifts quickly to the surface... some very wispy lacing...

Aroma - Good strong spicy, juicy, tropical fruits (pineapples, lemons, limes, oranges), spicy / peppery, light cloves, yeasty, biscuity / cookie notes, floral honey, some salty notes, grassy, wheat notes, no real hops or malts...

Taste – Sadly not as good as the aromas would indicate... watered down fruits (light lemons, apples, oranges), salty notes, light spiciness (cloves, peppercorns), wheaty, floral notes, grassy / hay, no real sweetness - maybe just the faintest hint of honey, again no real hops or malts...

M&D - Sharp initially then smooths out. Light body... Very refreshing and drinkable - would be good on a hot summers day...

Overall - An OK wheat beer... The aromas indicate that it's going to be pretty good but sadly the taste doesn't live up... worth a try though..

mdagnew, Apr 17, 2007
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
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