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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

319 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
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 Citadel82
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Citadel82, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

DaveFL1976, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

pentathlete, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Sammy, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

mgdeth, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

kbub6f, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

WesWes, Oct 17, 2005
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 tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

tgbljb, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

assurbanipaul, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

DogFood11, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Gusler, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

Zorro, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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

paterlodie, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

weeare138, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of jamesclark
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The back of the bottle reads (in all caps): "Unfiltred wheat ale. Countains special yeast which gives it cloudness and creates a reach taste. This beer is brewed for you!"

The beer pours a very light hazy yellow - more transparent than I was expecting, though there is still some "cloudness". The head is very foamy and doesn't budge, instead creating a landscape of bubbly hills and valleys.

The smell is an assertive hefeweizen aroma - a thick yeasty smell, with sour apple and citrus.

It tastes rich and creamy, wheaty and yeasty, mildly sweet. The carbonation is moderate-to-low, producing fine bubbles in my mouth which only add to the medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. After I swallow I am left with a little wheat flavor which vanishes quickly to a dry finish.

This is a good beer, my second russian-born beer - the first was another Baltika. The bottle is both amusing and big (16.9 fl oz), and I love the naming (numbering) scheme. So far I am impressed by this brewery.

jamesclark, Jul 04, 2005
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 allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy pale gold with a large and lasting head of frothy foam. Very nice looking beer. Nose is sweet wheat malt, with a lot of fruity banana aroma. All the proper wheat flavors are present: tart, lemony banana fruitiness and spicy, clove-like phenols, with a pleasant wheat flavor. Finishes clean with a tad of sourness in the end. Good carbonation levels and a fairly average mouthfeel.

A very good beer! I was quite surprised, given the price and the standards of the other Baltika beers.

allengarvin, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may very well be Baltika's best beer as the phenolic characteristics of the weizen yeast are able to cover up the minor flaws from their normally over-aggressive fermentation techniques. It pours a cloudy yellow gold body and appropriately huge, foamy, bright-white head. It maintains a surface covering because of the continually evolving bubbles from beneath, but it leaves nary a splotch of lace on the glass. The nose is typical of a Bavarian wheat, with fruity (berries, banana) and wheatish notes as well as a minor touch of clove. It's lightly sweet and subtly tart; and there is a background whiff of alcohol. The body is light and its delicate, effervescent carbonation foams to become airy and smooth. The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, but there's a bit more spice to it, and a bit more tartness as well. Still, it's well within the flavor characteristics normally associated with the style and I think it's fairly well done. I'm not sure you need to go to Russia for a hefe weizen, but for the price it's not bad!

p.s.- I actually think the Baltika # 6 Porter is their best beer, but this one is a close second!

NeroFiddled, May 21, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway. Some sediment in the bottle, pours with a typical enormous weissbier head. Pale straw coloured, just a slight haziness. Strong typical hefe-weissbier aroma, distinct cloves and banana-flavoured sweets, very nice. Light bodied, thinner mouthfeel than many German hefe-weissbiers, but refreshing. Cloves and moderate hops in the aftertaste. Not bad for a Russian macro brewery.

Sigmund, May 12, 2005
Photo of hefevice
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From botte. Wow, this surprised me. Was not expecting much, but it turns out to be a very competent hefe. Pours a very pale cloudy yellow, more like a witbier than a hefeweizen. Classic big hefe head and good retention. Classic hefe aroma, abeit a little attenuated. Classic hefe taste, although lacking the depth and complexity of some of the better examples. A little light in the mouth as well, but nothing serious. Very drinkable!

hefevice, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Foil covered top with triple label. Back label quote: "Unfiltered wheat beer contains special yeast which gives it cloudiness and creates a peach taste. This beer is brewed for you." Best before 27.06.05.

Foggy golden straw pour with 2 inch pillowy meringue excellent head retention, but leaves no lace. The second pour contains some suspended stormy scrod chunks.

Suppressed aroma of grainy adjunts under a monster froth.

First swigs: Metallic raw wheat grain. Bland overall with a lingering slightly vegatal leafy lettuce and celery note. Actually reminds me of corn flakes cereal.

Medium bodied and thick for an sdjunct. Soft shush sponge and tawdry single dimension narrows the drinkability factor. Pass on another.

Last swigs: Metallic corn grain. 5% ABV is the good part. Yum yum...yawn. Props for $1.60 at Circle Liquors Ewing, NJ. No more no less.. It's fun to drink Russian beers, otherwise, watch Rocky III for your U.S.S.R. kicks and grab a Bud. Ugh!

Forgetable but not regretable.

blitheringidiot, Mar 16, 2005
Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
81 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.