Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries
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3.8/5 rDev +7%
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.
08-25-2005 01:10:27 | More by DogFood11
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-16-2005 23:08:04 | More by Gusler
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
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.
07-29-2005 12:30:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.48/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-29-2005 03:24:41 | More by Gueuzedude
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
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!
07-19-2005 03:21:57 | More by Zorro
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
07-13-2005 22:18:19 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.18/5 rDev -10.4%
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
07-09-2005 20:31:21 | More by paterlodie
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
07-08-2005 15:17:42 | More by weeare138
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
07-04-2005 04:20:56 | More by jamesclark
4/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
06-29-2005 22:42:01 | More by Gagnonsux
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
06-09-2005 01:18:30 | More by allengarvin
4/5 rDev +12.7%
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!
05-21-2005 00:55:13 | More by NeroFiddled
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
05-12-2005 20:28:05 | More by Sigmund
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
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!
04-10-2005 09:14:03 | More by hefevice
2.85/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
03-16-2005 07:23:07 | More by blitheringidiot
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
Presentation: Picked up a Bottle of the Baltika #8 during a recent trip to BevMo in Pasadena. Im used to seeing the #3, #4, #6 and #9 around but I have never sent his one before .a Wheat as well gotta give this on a whirl me thinks.
A metric sized half-litre (500ml) brown glass bottle, labeled as 16.9 fluid ounces for the US market. Metallic gold, yellow, cream and dark blue label, with a similarly colored foil covered neck, yet unlike other offering the foil does not cover the crown cap. Labeled across the middle of the label as BALTIKA, whilst the English wording states Unfiltered and Wheat Ale are above and below. Listed at Alc. 5.0% Vol. The back label has a Best Before Date of 04.09.05; I hope thats a Euro style date.
Appearance: Superb rolling head forms a 3 thick but uniform capped covering which slowly rescinds to a dense 1 head. Solid large bubbled carbonation races around and helps to create a smattered lacing when the brew is swirled. Milky pale yellow body has some residual yeast floaties but not many. Looks supreme in the straight sided Pint glass I have to say especially as it has a long lasting head, really the biz in the looks department.
Nose: Aromas leap out as soon as this is poured. Wheat laded lemons and yeasty bananas with some citric tones. Heavy fruity banana in the nose though, pungent and volatile the odors were discernable some distance from my Glass. Beautiful nose.
Taste: Lovely soft cloves invade the entrance with a big banana hit in the middle. Bold yeasty tastes and wheaty flavors, fruity middle and finish, some lemon acidity in the back end lends a balance to the mushy banana feel that starts and finishes this beer. This is quite the Wheat Ale!!
Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation and a high level fruity body give the mouthfeel a depth of character that defines this Wheat Ale. Above average feel throughout with a creamy texture of mashed bananas that nevertheless benefits from swathes of sharp tangy lemons.
Drinkability: Wow, I literally demolished this bottle in no time. Is this really a Baltika product probably my first Russian Wheat Ale and I have to say its bloody drinkable stuff. Nicely put together and highly quaffable.
Overall: Damn, this is pretty good stuff ..well worth the investment. A nice surprise and one of the better Baltika products for my money. I would buy this again for sure, in fact I may pick up a few of these next time Im at BevMo. Recommended.
03-13-2005 02:48:24 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.08/5 rDev -13.2%
0.5 liter bottle for 50 rubles. Pretty OK as these Russian beers go. Poured from the bottle, I got a thick rocky head that left a little lace as it dwindled. Color is hazy straw. Theres a brisk hefe smell, with some subdued banana that comes back in the, um, belch. Well balanced hop profile. Doesnt stand up to other hefes, but for $1.67 at a hotel bar, whadaya want?
02-25-2005 15:52:13 | More by DrunkMcDermott
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
this one pours a cloudy yellow color. the head is HUGE but i did pour it vigorously. even after settling, the head lingers a while and leaves a little lacing. would also like to add that they're are a LOT of yeast settlings in this bottle. DEFINITELY swirl this one cause there's a lot.
smells mainly of wheat, hops, and maybe a little corn. lemon might be there as well but it's kinda complex so it's hard to tell.
taste is pretty good. wheat, citrus, and a hint of hops. maybe even a hint of malt in there as well but not too noticeable.
mouthfeel is just about right. not too thick and not too thin and the carbonation level feels just right for the body of the brew.
drinkability is high as well due to the fact that it is smooth, tastes good, and isn't extremely potent.
02-25-2005 08:02:07 | More by ghurux86
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. I didn't have high hopes for this one, but it surprised me. The aroma has some spicy notes as well as hints of banana and clove. Very nice. The flavor has all the characteristics of a good hefe - fruits, wheat, spicy yeast. The body could use a little more thickness, but this is a really nice beer overall.
02-07-2005 17:22:43 | More by clvand0
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
Found this on my most recent trip to Champaign, IL. This pours a hazy testaceous color with a big bellowing 4 finger head that settles very slowly. The aroma is...HOLY SHIT...full of banana and spicey clove and a bit of the wheaty malt as well. What a positive let-down. I was expecting this half-assed american wheat with no character. I would have used a nice erdinger glass had I know this was the real deal. The flavor is a little weak. the banana and clove is there, it just all seems a little waterd down. The feel is much the same, missing the creamy thick texture. Overall, this is a very pleasant surprise for me. The flavors are very nice, the feel is just a bit off, but not bad. This is definately a beer worth checking out.
02-05-2005 00:13:42 | More by kmpitz2
4.1/5 rDev +15.5%
Very hazy, yellow pour, with a huge fluffy head that soon settled to around a quarter inch. Typical wheat beer odor; pleasant, a little fruity. The flavors seemed to become much more apparent as the beer warmed. Good wheaty flavor at first sip, with the banana element quickly following behind. Very little in the way of aftertaste; this is an extremely drinkable beer! Given the low price and the Russian maker, I wasn't expected such a good hefe. I'd hold this up favorably against most of the Germans.
01-22-2005 21:58:13 | More by medic25
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
A brilliant white head tops a cloudy, murky liquid. The color ranges from a light gold to a very deep, burnt amber, while the head, initially mammoth, falls into a sustained 1/3 inch blanket. Nice lacing. There are lots of floaties in this one. Aroma is yeasty, phenolic, and full of banana, clove, and lemon. The smell is right-on, and very appetizing. Lots of carbonation. Relatively bitter, and very clean. Wheat flavors flow throughout. The bottom line: pretty good, maybe one of the best Baltikas that Ive had.
11-13-2004 20:39:20 | More by Suds
4/5 rDev +12.7%
Quote from the label: "Unfiltred (sic) wheat beer. Countains (sic) special yeast which gives it cloudness (sic) and creates a reach (sic) head."
Pours a hazy yellow with a blossoming, milk white head.
Nose of banana, clove and vanilla, with backing mineral hardness and sea salt.
Begins with a mushy wheat hull note that straddles the line between dry and sweet. Gains the hefeweizen hallmarks of clove and banana and vanilla. Tiny squeals of lemon rind before yielding to hard water, metallic astringency...but one that is not upsetting or out-of-whack in the least. The triumvirate of banana, clove and vanilla reforms around the swallow.
Medium bodied, creamy and purposefully structured. It's got a bit of an industrial feel to it, but that's part of the allure. This is tons better than I thought it would be.
A solid second-tier hefeweiss.
10-07-2004 21:03:23 | More by cokes
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
Pale, straw yellow color, very light haze, massive head, fluffy, snow-white, very long-lasting.
Big aromatics, yeasty, slightly citric, defintite banana, with a gentle hit of clove. Banana cream cookie.
Nice, smooth mouthfeel, briskly dancing on the palate, delivering that banana-y/citric, lightly spicy, easy drinking. Very light in body, with a diminishing finish. Not bad, but not the sort of weizen I'd reach for when I really, really want a weizen. Just a few inches away from being better than merely good.
08-23-2004 00:47:23 | More by feloniousmonk
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
pours a very nice head, not as long lasting as Bavarian wheats. Beer is a hefe but when in the glass the bee ris not as cloudy as expected. Wheaty aroma, a little lemony. Taste is a little sweet, bubblegum, not really clovey. It was very surprising to find a Russian wheat beer. Very tasty and drinkable.
08-13-2004 23:59:28 | More by kennyo
Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
81 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.