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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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BA SCORE
81
good

314 Ratings
THE BROS
61
poor

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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 OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

OregonGrown7, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Garlicjosh
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Garlicjosh, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottled 2/29/12. Best before 2/28/12.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a super foamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spices, yeast, and banana. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness in the flavor. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and definitely the best of the Baltika "#" beers I have had so far.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of ShakaShakaShaka
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

ShakaShakaShaka, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

harpus, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of JMad
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.

JMad, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of rangerred
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.

rangerred, Oct 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

mjgrady, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

TheSixthRing, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Zodijackyl
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.

Zodijackyl, Jul 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Brian15, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of chinchill
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.

chinchill, Jun 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

JohnBender, Jun 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

TonyT013, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

SocalKicks, May 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jcampe, May 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

WesM63, May 12, 2012
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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

thecheapies, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

PaBeerLover, May 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

hannaho, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

monaquee, Apr 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

OldTime, Apr 08, 2012
Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
81 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.