Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries
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3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
Looks Great, pours a ver cloudy, dark straw color with a tall foamy white head. Smells a little tangy with grass and lemon and hints of banana and clove. The taste is smooth and balanced, wheat flavor, slightly tangy with a hint of lemon and again hints of banana and clove, not as much banana and clove as it's German and Belgian counterparts. Light with moderate carbonation, very smooth, could have had more carbonation. This is a solid wheat beer, it's nothing super special but it is satisfying.
10-13-2012 22:22:29 | More by JMad
2.58/5 rDev -27.3%
500ml bottle into a weizen glass.
Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a thick foamy head. Head retention is ok but there is absolutely no lacing at all.
Aroma is fairly straight forward for a hefeweizen. Plenty of banana and cloves along with a pleasant yeasty-ness.
The flavor is where things go a bit awry. It all starts out good with the typical hefe flavors you would expect: banana, clove, and yeast. However these flavors tend to be pretty weak and do not last. The mouthfeel is very watery and not at all full and smooth like I expect a wheat beer to be. The finish is pretty sticky which is kind of odd for a beer lacking mouthfeel.
Overall, a decent attempt but it just doesn't quite come together.
10-10-2012 22:28:14 | More by rangerred
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow tih a thick, white 3 finger head, below average retention, and a resulting lace that's sparse clinging mostly to the sides.
Smell - Mostly banana with hints of diacetyl hitting the nose. Faint spice.
Taste - All the flavors of a great hefe are here - banana, wheat, bubblegum and clove spice, and they all come through with great balance from start to finish. Hints of buttery diacetyl near the finish.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a soft carbonation. Goes down with a buttery smoothness.
Overall - This is a really good hefe. Great all-around balance. One I'm sure I'll have to revisit at some point in time.
08-22-2012 04:05:24 | More by TheSixthRing
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
Pours a thick, cloudy, dull gold with a rich white head. Smells like bananas and wheat.
It has a very smooth wheat taste, sweetened a bit by something that tastes a bit like honey. The yeast adds to the creamy feel and taste. There's some banana flavor from the yeast, and with a touch of dark spices, it's almost like light banana bread. Drinks very smoothly. Overall, a solid, very drinkable beer.
07-15-2012 00:21:39 | More by Zodijackyl
2.88/5 rDev -18.9%
30 ml bottle apparently dated Feb. 2011. Most sediment added.
Pours with a small whitish head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing. rather clear amber-copper tone.
Has a very sweet and fruity aroma with a clear suggestion of banana and clove. Beyond these it is also yeasty. These aromas also appear in the taste, including the rather high sweetness, along with allspice, apple juice and wheat.
Light body; crisp with medium carbonation; semi-dry.
O: Clearly appropriate for style but I find this style mostly unappealing. Nonetheless, I did find this to be moderately refreshing and drinkable.
06-11-2012 02:02:17 | More by chinchill
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
Baltika #8 in a Penn Weizen glass. Orange-yellow with a good bit of swampy haze. A flat, but dense off-white capper crowns the beer. Gotta love the way ANY hefe looks in one o’these weizen glasses. 3.5
Rather clean aroma with lemon, crusty bread, light hops, and slight banana character. Not a big spice character thus far, but there’s something there in the line of clove. 3.5
Tangy wheat flavor with some barely ripe banana, a little orange, and some menthol/minty hops. A little attenuated, but a nice spice character in the flavor. Some peppercorn and grains of paradise. That banana shows up in the finish with a touch of noble hops and a minerally spring water character. I must say that this is a refreshing brew. 4.0
A little thin-bodied, and it could be a little smoother, but a nice carbonation evens the keel. Very comparable with the German hefes. 3.5
Can I just say that this is an absolute WINNER for $2.29 a bottle? An inexpensive hefeweizen that delivers. The best Russian hefe, for sure. It’s in your budget, so pick one up. 3.5
05-09-2012 01:51:39 | More by thecheapies
2.93/5 rDev -17.5%
Sampled the Baltika Wheat out of a 16.9 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
Fine white bubbles formed a medium sized head that did not last very long. The beer is a hazy golden color.
There is the prominent banana smell to this beer typical of most European Hefeweizen but not much else stands out.
Banana comes through on the palate and there is a little tropical fruit - possibly papaya evident also. A touch of spice comes through as well.
The finish is smooth but a little watered down for a hefeweizen. Not overly impressed with the #8.
03-19-2012 08:09:45 | More by beerme343
3.13/5 rDev -11.8%
500ml bottle. Weizen glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale gold in color.Chill haze.Off white crown.Fairly well retention leaving some spots & rings.Floral & fruity to the nose.Bread crust,hints of honey & orange hues complete the aromatic profile.Fruity upfront,citric notes.Mildy malty flavor. Sparkling, slightly spicy mouthfeel.Medium body,soft carbonation.Watery in the middle.Orange zest & subtle hoppy bitter finish.Refreshing.Easy drinkability.
03-11-2012 13:14:22 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
81 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.