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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat

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BA SCORE
80
good

325 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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..

Photo of stcules
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light golden color, very clear for a wheat. Had a decent white head with very little staying power or lacing.

Aroma- Stong, clean smell of wheat and malt sweetness. Just a hint of banana. No cloves.

Taste- Starts out as a typical wheat, but has some sweetness and a puckering quality.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light body.Somewhat dry in the mouth with that puckering quality mentioned in the taste section.

Drinkability- Pretty good for a wheat beer. Would be good on a hot day.

Note: There is a lot of sediment in the bottom. If you pour half, swirl the bottle and then pour the other half, it looks and tastes more like an American wheat.

Photo of ctdfalconer
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find it interesting that Baltika has so many different varieties on the shelf and that so many of them are so similar. Variations on a theme. There are exceptions to that, this beer being one. It's definitely un-lagerlike. It looks quite a bit like a hefeweizen except that the yeast sediment came out of the bottle in big floppy sheets instead of fine sediment like a classic hefe. It has a big fluffy white head and hazy orange-gold color like a hefeweizen. The aroma and flavor come off considerably more like an American wheat beer than a German. It's drinkable, sure, but not outstanding. One thing that Baltika has going for it is that it's generally quite a bit cheaper than other .5-liter bottles on the shelves.

Photo of Greenfloyd
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Russian Wheat gets it's classification as an American Pale Wheat Ale due to the fact that is a little non-descript in flavor, as opposed to it's German counterparts. This beer pours a pleasant cloudy lighter yellow, with a slightly off white fairly carbonated head. The beer's nose gave only brief notes of banana and yeast. The flavor was "wheaty" but clean, with only hints of European styling. No clove or spice, only faint banana towards the end. Medium light in body, this beer could easily be a session beer during the summer time. This wheat brew pairs well with pizza, hearty salads, or grilled salmon....Enjoy

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.28/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bought in Melbourne, bottle resembles the one in the photo but with a paper collar instead of foil and perhaps a longer neck.

Poured into an Erdinger glass, a large fluffy head formed which broke down reasonably quickly into a thin retained head with lacing. Fairly dark yellow but not amber. A good amount of small bubbles. This is my first beer of the style - I thought this was a Russian take on a Bavarian Hefeweizen but the flavour is different. For a Weizen the appearance is below average.

Smell: Bizarre. I'd like to know what esters/acids are responsible for that whisky malt-like aroma, because as soon as I opened the bottle that smell pervaded the room. It wasn't very appealing since it's 43 degrees in Canberra today and I was after a cool refreshing Weissbier, not a nip of Scotch. On the upside, no adjunct aromas are present, although there is some bubblegum and something smelling a bit like burning plastic bag. If I'd known this brew was going to smell like this I would have served it colder... not a flattering comment.

Taste: Not too offensive, apart from an unpleasant, indefinable aftertaste on the palate. Maybe some lemon, malt and tart, unpleasant yeast notes... Can't elaborate on it too much. I don't know if it's the style I don't like - seeing as though this resembles a Hefe crossed with a bad English wheat ale: merely a bastardised form of one of my favourite styles, or if it's just a mediocre brew. In any case, it's not for a lack of a distinct flavour, just that the flavour is wrong.

The beer seems a little bit flat in the mouth too. As I get down to the bottom of the glass, my mouth isn't happy and it's starting to refuse to swallow. As for drinkability - this deserves an even lower score. I wouldn't drink another one of these if offered, unless under extenuating, extreme-thirst-inducing circumstances.

This brew got worse the more I drank. Probably wouldn't be too bad if drunk really cold. Still, more texture and depth to it than any other Russian beer I've had.

Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best Before date: 6/23/07.

2/3 inch fizzy white head forms over hazy golden yellow brew, recedes to a thin layer that is replenished by active carbonation. No lacing.

Very crisp and pleasant aromas of banana and citrus waft forth. No skunk. Fresh and clean.

Quite a nice and refreshing wheat style, none of that grassiness I find offputting in Blue Moon. The banana-citrus notes are backed by some medium-bitter hoppy backbone, tangy, not sweet. Fizzy and refreshing on the tongue. Restrained spiciness, however, more subtle clove than is found in the Germans. This aspect improves with some warming. A well made wheat ale, will be great at a summer party.

It seems that this beer could be classified a Hefe-Weizen since there is definitely banana and clove in the flavor/aroma profile. I am tasting this immediately after a Weihenstephaner, which is clearly better and more complex...but at $1.49/16.9oz here in NYC it's a good choice for a refreshing wheat beer.
EDIT: when I reviewed Baltika 8 it was classified as an American Wheat, nice to see that others agreed with my comment about classification.

Photo of dherling
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a pale golden color with a slightly orange hue. Had some nice citric odors in the nose, along with wheat, spice, and cherry blossoms. The taste is fairly bland, some malt and lemon, slight spice, but over all fairly bland. Moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

Photo of atigerlife
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a larger size [500 ml?] bottle into a pint glass. Couldn't get much info. from the bottle since I don't read Russian or Chinese [which is what was pasted on the back...a friend brought this to me from China].

Poured a rather clear golden color with a huge 3-finger slightly chunky head which dissipated rather quickly but left a foam ring. Decent lacing. Light carbonation seen rising. Was expecting the beer to be opaque, so was a little surprised.

Aroma is of wheat, sweetness, and bubblegum.

Taste is also sweet and decent amounts of bubblegum. Also some light clove.

Mouthfeel is med/light and lightly cleansing. Somewhat dry in the mouth.

Very drinkable brew. Goes down easy and I could definitely drink several of these. Good on a hot day. Overall, a pleasant surprise.

Photo of aforbes10
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The 7th beer we drank for out Baltika Challenge. poured witha very white, massive head. beer itself is golden and clear, which was weird since i was expecting it to be cloudy. must be filtered? sour wheaty odor, appropriate for the style. taste is wheaty, banana-y, alcohol. actually smells a bit better than it tastes. just a regular old hefe, nothing great about it really....and its even a bit thin for the style. I should say that Vlad, our resident Russian, says it tastes better in Russia.

Photo of shivtim
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My personal favorite of the Baltikas, barely edging out #6 (the Porter). It's pale gold/yellow, a little too clear for a wheat beer. Has a nice big white head though. Nose is wheat, sweet bread, orange, and slight spiciness. Nice combination, something you'd expect but more complex and intricate than most wheat beers. Taste is wheaty mild citrus, and a hint of grapefruit. Banana comes through too. Mouthfeel is not bad, but could be more "tangy". Overall a good brew, and would make a nice summer beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The glass fills with a cloudy light yellow liquid capped with a massive, white craggy head that melts very slowly leaving a quarter inch of cap in the end.
Aroma is initially soft banana, pepper, and soap
Taste is a dry sharp wheat...very spicy like white pepper with a very light banana aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is tingly from both the carbonation and spicy wheat.
Nice take on the American Wheat Style.

Photo of Kulrak
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with clingy, tall head that takes a while to fade away. Smells very estery and hoppy with a little clove and banana to it. Tastes very clean with some wheat malt and a little hop flavor. Very pleasant. It's very fizzy, but without any harshness, excellent mouthfeel. It's very drinkable. Flavorful, but not overpowering. Very true to the style.

Photo of steinlifter
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden/orange hue, fizzy head that diminished rather quickly,but kept a thin collar all the way through.

Smell, was a rather faint aroma of clove/banana.

Taste: rather citrusy, with the clove/banana taste present, but mildly so.

Mouthfeel: is crisp and refreshing, a bit thin.

Drinkability: I would rate as high, this is a nice rather well-done wheat, that goes down easy, and is really refreshing,it would be no trouble at all to drink these all day long. but for a more substantial experience, I would go with a Hefe Weizen, but this is quite nice.

Photo of shertzogovina
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A newly designed elegant 500ml bottle, with new labeling from Baltika. Impressive.
The beer pours perfectly into a weizen glass with 3 fingers of thick white foam that stays nicely. Color is light orange and cloudy.
A very fruity aroma (bananas, apricots, lemons), iwth some faint spicyness.
Citrus is dominate on the palate together with grainy flavor of wheat and bready tones.
Highly carbonated and spritzy, creamy and refreshing.
A very nice surprise from that mega russion brewer. Second only to their #6 porter.

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of ernie
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good wheat beer from a large and boring brewery.

Color is pale golden, beer's a bit hazy with flacks of yeast in it. Well, true Hefe-Weizen it must be!

Smell is rich, fruity, with almost no hops and promise for good amount of sweetness.

Taste is not sweet or sweetish - it's very well balanced. Loses points to German classics, not to mention Belgian Witbier, but deserves OK and even more. Grainy, rich, citric-fruity.

This beer is light but almost chewy. Complex mouthfeel that makes you feel good. Complex mouthfeel, too. And yes, #8 is very, very drinkable!

Photo of goschool
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been tempted to try Baltika's porter in the past, but I had never seen their Wheat until this lone bottle at BevMo. Ah, what the hell; the clearance six-pack of 2004 Anchor OSA didn't set me back too much at $4.99.

The pour is a cloudy yellow with a massive foamy white head. I'm giving this a 4.0 appearance. Wait, there's a ton of white yeast floating around now. That's kind of a put off. 3.0 or 3.5? The floaters didn't last too long so appearance is back up to 4.0. Banana and lemon aromas leap out in the nose accompanied by wheat and clove. The flavor is has more clove and spice that in a way is similar, dare I say, to a saison, than the nose would lead you to believe. The white floaters were hiding at the bottom and they mixed back into the beer for the last few sips. The bottle says something about specially created yeast and the beer is tasty so I'll let the ugly floaters slide. Vashe zdorovie!

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a reasonable lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty nose. Starts sweet, lemony, yeast and hops are balanced nicely in background, finish is clean. Not a bad Hefe. $1.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of Drew966
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $1.69. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very hazy golden yellow coloration. The head was short lived creamy off white. Thin rings of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: The beer presents with a low hop profile. There is a nice bannana and clove combo.

Taste: The beer has a pleasing clove taste with bits of lemon citrus. There is a nice wheaty taste present.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkabilty: This is a very light and refreshing beer. There isnt a particular stand out taste or smell in the beer. This is a very easy drinking beer. I would happily have this one on another occasion.

Photo of Prufrock
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

hazy yellow with a touch of orange. thick, lumpy white head falls quickly and leaves touches of lace.

aroma of wheat, bananas, and bright citrus. touches of yeast, spice and cloves.

light and easy-drinking with a stiff carbonation. faint lemon and fruit flavors give way to a spicy clove and yeast finish. i've tried baltika #2 through #9 and this one is by far the best.

Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
80 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.