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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat

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326 Ratings

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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 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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours clear as water with a yellow golden tint. There is a half-inch head of active white bubbles from an aggressive pour. I was surprised to see that the head fell within the first minute to end up as just a small ring around the top of the beer. Unusually, there is no lacing.

Aroma: Very pleasant aroma. It has the required wheaty graininess along with some very perfumy hop characteristics. The wheat malt as well as the yeast character gives this beer a very defined bread dough aroma.

Taste: The flavor has a bit lighter mouthfeel and body than I suspected from the aroma. The wheat and perfumy notes are still the big players here, but the beer is very attenuated, so it finishes very dry. There are some citrusy notes coming out as the beer warms a bit, but these are mostly light fruit like lemons.

Opinion: Well, what do I say about this beer? It is different for a wheat beer, and I like that fact. It is clear without a lot of banana and clove like the German styles normally have. I really enjoy the aroma, and I think that this is the best part. The flavor is a bit one sided for the style, and I would venture to guess that this is why most Weizens are normally cloudy because the increased yeast. There are some yeasty characteristics, but not Weizen like. This is a pretty good beer, and one that I wouldn't mind drinking again. This and Baltika's Porter are probably my favorites so far.

Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ST - 1 pint, 9 fl. oz. brown bottle. poured heartily into tall weizen glass.

A - started with a thick white head with pretty tiny bubbles, similar to the bubbles on a cream ale or nitro-guinness. after a few sips, there's still about a half a centimeter of foam on there, but the bubbles are a bit bigger now. slightly darker than many hefes, but not as dark as something like schneider. color of dark hay. uniformly hazy, with no chunks. bottle has no yeast residue on the bottom, so i'm guessing it might not be bottle conditioned.

S - great. i get a bit of bubble gum at first. closer inspection reveals a good deal of esters, namely banana and clove, "fighting each other for dominance" (jteece's (wife's) words!). scent is nearly classic bavarian hefe, but delving into wit territory, slightly.

T - banana bubble gum vs. clove. banana wins. very very low bitterness, very low hoppiness. only slightly sweet. very light citrus/lemon tang at the finish, not much at all really.

M - lots of little bubbles, very slightly tart and acidic.

D - i'd have this again. i'd almost put this up against paulaner or franziskaner, out of bottles at least.

this review was done at home, but we first had this beer at a nice russian restaurant in brookline, ma. we were pleasantly surprised by this russian wheat beer. didn't expect it to be so full and tasty.

i'd love to see this on draft somewhere, but won't hold my breath. my favorite baltika beer, by far.

paired well with homemade gnocchi and (store bought) vodka sauce with some parmesan cheese grated in there. not bad with some german chocolate either, if you don't mind the wheat/choco combo.

[EDIT: we did not read any of the other reviews before writing ours. we're amused to find the previous reviewer using some very similar phrases! :) ]

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy lemon yellow with a three finger frothy head. The head takes several minutes to dissipate. Extremely intense carbonation is visible. No lacing is left behind.

S - White grapes, lemon, granny smith apples and corainder. This sounds really, really good, but it's a bit worse than that. At a bit warmer temperature, an odor of overripe bananas becomes very pronouced. This has a pleasant odor, but it is nothing amazing.

T - Lemon citrusy notes, some banana and a bit of bubble gum over a light wheat malt. A tiny bit of hop bitterness appears early and does not linger for long.

M - Carbonation is too high, smooth and thin.

D - It is pretty good. I didn't expect much from this one, I am pleasantly surprised. It seems more like some belgian pales that I have had than a hefeweizen. It is sessionable and would work with food (the parmasean goldfish that I enjoyed with it brought out the wheat malt character).

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with a spongy white head that last and last. There is a nice strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of bubblegum with some soft notes of wheat in the background is strong in this one. No notes of hops or other fruity flavors.

T- There is a very soft bubblegum flavor at the beginning followed by some soft wheat notes that are almost bready. The finish is a very soft noble hops taste.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol.

D- This beer is very light and crisp which makes it easy to drink but is missing a lot of the great Hefe Weizen characteristics. The bubble gum is nice but I wish it had more depth to back it up.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with a major white bubbly head. Some head retention and lacing

Smell: Bubble Gum and yeast and some banana peel flavors

Taste: Wheat malt and fruitinesss. Refreshing and crisp

MF: Pleasant balance and good carbonation level

Very drinkable, not a huge Hefe fan but this hits the spot. This compare favarbly with some hefes I've had in germany. No slouch, a pleasant suprise

Photo of mmmbeer
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle with best by Dec. 9, 2005 on the back... oh well. Pours into the weizen glass a hazy peachy orange/brown with a 3/4 inch head and bubbles that are rising very rapidly. I accidentally spilled some out of the bottle when I was agitating the yeast, so some flavors were left out. It smells very much like a standard hefe with banana, pepper spiciness, fresh dough, yeast, and maybe pear, mango, or pineapple. The aroma began weak but became stronger and is quite nice. The flavor has light banana, spicy/clovey phenols, and maybe some tropical notes with a medium, tingly body that is perhaps a bit too thin, leaving a short to medium finish. A pretty good hefe, and the best I've had from this brewery.

Photo of Citadel82
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before 27/6/05 -- about 5 months ago or so ... shucks.

Pours a hazy pale straw with a foamy white head that recedes rather quickly.

Smell is mostly bananas, yeast and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is wheat malt, some lemon zest and bananas, then spicy hops mixed with doughy yeasty stuff... actually not half bad. Longish bitter hoppy finish. when you consider that this brew is past its prime it is definitely worth trying again...fresher.

Mouth feel is not as light as I had expected. It has a persistent slickness that coats the tongue and palate. Almost oily.

Very drinkable brew. Wish my sample was fresher.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Baltika comes in a rather cool looking bottle that I have to investigate to figure out what it is (I don't read Russian), and this is actually my first review of a Russian beer. Aroma smells a bit like a pilsner, with floral hops evident. The taste provides the sweetness you expect with a wheat, and a nice balance of hops. Neither flavour is overpowering and they're in good balance with each other. Sweet. Almost too sweet? Aroma hops are obvious, but bittering hops are not. Mouthfeel is light and almost watery. Drinkability is quite good with this brew. It's a nice thirst-quenching beer and worth a purchase if you've never had it.

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

Cotton yellow with a large white head that hangs for a long time and never fully dissipates. Champagne bubbliness, very active. Nose is spicy wheat and there is a hard water scent too that detracts a bit. Watery wheat with a touch of banana and a carbonic finish is serviceable. Mouthfeel is much too thin, especially from middle to finish. Change that to a fuller wheaty mouthfeel and this would be a fine example. It's drinkable, but not really as a hefe, more like an interesting but a tad boring, wheat-flavored lager.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serviceable hefeweizen, great white colour, very creamy, nice head. Lemon citrussy, banana, clove, in the wheat. Easy drink, slightly sweet aftertaste. A number of good hefeweizens have been popping up, none of which I dislike. Could stay on this all night.

Photo of mgdeth
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy, straw color. Freshness expiration date was 10/15/05, which is about two weeks from the day of this review.

Smell - Yeasty and spicy, with bananas. Maybe a bit subdued for a hefeweizen style, but still pretty good.

Taste - Wheaty and yeasty, with typical yeast derived spiciness

Mouthfeel - Light body, but not watery. A little more oomph in the body would have been nice.

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable beer. Not the most complex, but not disappointing. More carbonation would have been good.

Comments - I was surprised by this beer from Russia. 16.9 oz. for about $1.50, and overall a pretty good beer - I suggest that others give it a try.

Photo of kbub6f
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, white, foamy, noisy, hyper gingerale head tops a pale, pale, white-gold, hazy beer. Aroma of sweet sugar corn. Spicy. Good hefe smell. Up front there's bananas, corn and citrus. A somewhat light, citrusy, fizzy body gives way to some nice grains. Very nice. What a great surprise: a real Bavarian hefe taste.

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

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice wheat malt and yeast scent that boasts of banana and clove. It's sweet with a citric edge. The taste is good. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity with a slight earthiness. This is a pretty damn good tasting beer. Who knew the Russians could brew hefes? The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's true to style a real delight. I'd drink this before a few American wheat beers.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +13%
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!

Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a tall, white foamy head and lots of active carbonation. Aroma is a sweet wheaty beer with just a bare hint of lemon.

Taste is very similar to the smell: Nice, smooth wheat flavors, a gentle dry, mild sweetness, bare traces of citrus and bubblegum. No off flavors and not anywhere near phenolic enough to be a hefe, that is certain, but there are some clues that a hefe once passed this way.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, very drinkable, even quaffable. Carbonation keeps it lively on the palate, leaves a clean aftertaste. Puts to rest any jokes or urban legends about Russian beers. I could very easily session this one, especially on a hot day like today (103°F).

If you judge this as a hefe, it falls short -- but I believe this is meant as a weizen, in which case it is quite excellent.

Photo of DogFood11
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a fine representation of a hefe weizen. Pours a nice golden unfiltered look with a light textured head but maintains a blanket covering.

Yeast, Clove, Bananna aroma's the bury themselves in the nose. A thick rich smell. I was surprised a bit at the crispy mouthfeel as it smelled so rich but it has a little pop in the mouth. I picked up a faint metallic taste but if I didn't think about it too much it was gone. A little more spice would have upped the taste for me but overall a solid brewwwski.

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

The beer disembogues the 500ml brown bottle a beclouded golden amber color with large bright white creamy head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick and sticky coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose has sweet malt aroma, backed by a fresh citrus-like crispness, hints of wheat also present, start is sweet with a nice grain presence, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a biting acidity with the hops mellow but appealing to the palate, quite dry and a nice drinkable beer on a hot Arizona Day.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright maize that is partly cloudy, with clearing skies soon after the pour. The forecast calls for overcast conditions during the forthcoming yeast pour. An exceptionally large, off-white head filled nearly the entire glass initially, but is now an airy three fingers with dozens of shiny, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface. Despite its lack of density, the foam holds its structure remarkably well and leaves a bit of lace in no discernable pattern.

The nose can compete with some of the best that Germany has to offer. It's a classic hefe weizen aroma of soft wheat, banana and gentle clove spice. The beer smells like piping hot banana bread, fresh from the oven. The only slight negative is that it could be more vivid.

This is a terrific example of the style and is the best Baltika beer that I've ever had. I love bananarific hefe weizens like this one. It's well-malted with a sturdy, yet soft, backbone of wheaty goodness. Layered on top are tangy, fruity banana esters and a pinch or two of ground clove. A gentle sweetness is present throughout the mouthful, drying out just a tad on the finish. Banana and clove fade on the back end, leaving a pleasant toasted grain flavor to mop up.

The mouthfeel is barely lighter than medium and is slightly too bubbled. That's all well and good for those who like their hefe weizens light and refreshing. Not so good for those, like me, who like them to be more full, lush and velvety in the mouth.

Baltika #8 is one of the best non-German hefe weizens that I've tasted and can more than hold its own against the originals. A quality yeast strain is probably the critical element in any beer of this style, but yeast isn't magic. The brewers need to surround the yeast with quality ingredients and have clearly done so in this case. Baltika beer continues to impress. It's clearly the cream of the Russian crop.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy full gold color with a frothy thickish white head. The aroma has hints of lemon, and a bit of banana (which I was not expecting), and lightly grainy. The taste is quite tart, with a lemony spritzy of flavor. This beer is fairly clean, slightly off dry, a hint of fruitiness and quite refreshing. This beer has a bit more character than I was expecting, it is still not as characterful as a traditional German Hefeweizen. I am enjoying this beer and it is nice and refreshing on this hot summer night.

Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold with a puffy white head, It looks like a real Hefe Weizen!

Smell is a base of wheat malt with strong banana, clove, bubblegum and faintly mint scents. It smells like a German Hefe Weizen!

Taste is sweetish with an underlying sour tang. Lots of clove and banana flavor. Powdery yeast and slight bitterness in the finish. It TASTES like an Honest to God German Hefe Weizen.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Drinkability is as good as any German Hefe Weizen I have ever had. If you had hidden the bottle and handed me a mug of this and told me it was a fresh Franziskaner I would have believed it. I can't believe Baltika made this! A match for almost any German Hefe Weizen on the market. It might not be as good as a Weihenstephaner but I would have to taste them side by side to see! This was made in Russia? Unbelievable!

I absolutely recommend this brew!

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

This wheat beer #8 poured out a pale gold with a 2" cloud of white foam on top. Ton of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. The head had great retention and left awesome lacing. The first pour from this 16oz. bottle actually looks like a filtered or kristall weizen, the second pour with all the yeast hazed things up and gave the beer a white appearance.

The smell is wheat right off the bat, there is some yeast spiciness and a little powder in there as well.

The taste is sour citrus and wheat up front. There was a slight metallic taste that went away quickly. The citrus notes turn into a dull lemon and banana flavor in the end.

The beer is well carbonated and very refreshing. The drinkability is very high. I would never turn this one down and at $1.69 a bottle I will be buying more.

Photo of paterlodie
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 31-07-05. Good and overwelming head, clowdy and golden colored beer. Nose is style like; very banana like and 4 venyl guiyacol also present. Sourness and wheat caracter make it into a good bavarian wheatnose. To bat this sharp yeatnote was in it but not to disturbing.
Taste is litle less but refreshing. Very dry, not sour enough and litle thin overal with a litle hanging yeastbitterness make it overal just average in taste. Good carbonisation gives plesant mouthfeel and easy drinkable but rather drink something else

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy and hazy light gold with a one finger white head that fades into a decent film that refuses to yield. Lots of sticky white lacing can be seen.
Smell is of bubblegum, banana, cream, and light spice.
Taste is of toasted wheat, light banana, cream, and a tasty yeast.
Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly watery in parts with a somewhat dry finish. Feels pretty full bodied for a wheat beer but I believe that is what they were aiming for.
Drinkability is nice. Why bother with malt liquor ever again when you can have this gem for only $1.85/bottle?
Even for the Russians doing their take on a German style...

Finger licking good.

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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
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