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Baltika #8 Wheat - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat

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BA SCORE
82
good

219 Reviews
THE BROS
60
poor

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 330
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.29 at House of Brews in Clarksville, Tennessee. Production Date: 11.10.08. Best Before: 11.10.09. Quick, toss me a bottle opener, there's not a moment to lose!

Appearance: Hastily poured out a cloudy, pale yellow body with a tall, frothy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, slightly tangy nose of malted wheat with notes of lemon, (mild) spice, and a graham crackers gently brushed on one side with honey.

Taste: Sweetish malt character largely encompassed by the taste of (lightly) tangy wheat malt. Drizzles of sweet wildflower honey cross my rather surprised tongue. Small touches of lemony citrus and mild spice. Mild hop bitterness. Comrade Baltika has a semi-dry finish that's crisp and provides a final flavor of graham cracker crumbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation for just the right amount of zip. Amply creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Surprisingly adequate! Though, for now, I'm just quietly plugging this into Windows Notepad on a computer lacking an internet connection and therefore providing no access to BeerAdvocate whatsoever, I still feel strongly in my opinion that this'll be the highest rated Baltika product for me... thus far! There's still a few out there. Now, at long last, there's a bit of hope added to the steely trepidation I feel for future Baltika products. (1,331 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with a cap of fine, white bubbles that fell to a collar over the course of a few minutes. Lemon and wheat aroma, crackers, slight banana, bread. Same in the flavour, but with a bit of clove in the finish. Light bodied with average carbonation, slightly slick in texture. Refreshing , but the flavour and aroma were a little bit muted. (346 characters)

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation:
16.9 oz brown bottle with the new Baltika "curvy" bottle design. (Thank God. Trying to scrape pieces of foil out of the lip of my drink is the most aggravating aspect of drinking beer.) Poured into an imperial pint glass. Freshness & bottling dates on back.

Visual:
Ridiculously cloudy/murky golden yellow with amber/orange hues. Massive puffy white head that takes a while to settle down, but never fully does. Despite swirling as much as I could into the glass, plenty of sediment was left in the bottle.

Aroma:
Woah. A lot going on here; some good, some bad. The standard hefe yeast esters are shining bright. Lots of clove, lots of banana bread, plenty of malt to boot and distant hop spices stir the mix up a bit. But there is also a smoky flavor that is not quite what I expected. To be honest, it reminds me of smoked salmon - and that's not good. Smoky peat, or smoked wood, maybe. But smoked salmon does not belong in my beer.

Taste:
Medium-full bodied. The carbonation is a bit loose and could tighten up a little to make the mouthfeel a little more crisp. It's a bit heavy yet watery at the same time. Lots of esters in the mouth with some nut bread, clove, spice, banana, and bready yeast. The malt is a mix of wet and dry grain with yeasty bread and spice notes. Less smoked salmon on the tongue than the nose, but it still seems to be present.

Overall:
Not a bad hefe, but certainly not good. I would only recommend this to those who are curious. It is definitely unique.
It would be interesting to try and pair it with a salmon dip that is heavier on the citrus ingredients. That funky smoke flavor just might make it a good pairing brew. Other wise, stick to the usual. Eggs, Edam, and seafood.

Cheers! (1,737 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one's a hazy yellow, perhaps just a shade paler than the typical hefe. The head isn't huge, but it's respectable; and, while it doesn't leave much lacing, there's a little thin lacing and the head sticks around almost the whole way.
The banana and yeast are there in the aroma, the clove very weak but present. There's just the slightest astringent twinge as well.
There's a slightly stronger wheat back in the flavor, though overall it's a bit light. There's also more sweetness than expected, and it's not really either an improvement or a detraction except for a slightly artificial note in an otherwise dry aftertaste.
The body is light and carbonation is a little heavy.
This one isn't bad. (700 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

mmm decent. Poured with a reasonable white head and a little lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow. Head lasts all the way down. Aroma is classic Bavarian Hefeweizen, with the traditional banana, clove, and spice. Flavor's the same way too. Not a lot of depth, but certainly solid. Body is perhaps a bit thin although carbonation is good. Finsih is decent. Good beer (366 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a pillow-like white head. Head retention isn't great and there is little lacing. Okay but not great.

Aromas are very fruity with lots of banana. The yeast has definitely tended towards the banana esters rather than the clove phenols.

The flavour is good with lots of banana and hints of wheat and clove. A tasty brew.

A full body and average carbonation work okay here but are a bit heavy and the carbonation could be crisper.

A tasty, easy to drink brew from this Russian brewery. The flavour is good and the whole beer would be just that little bit better if the carbonation was a touch higher. (630 characters)

Photo of benteach
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very think head that lasted quite awhile. Golden yellow color, very cloudy.

Aromas of fruit, banana and some citrus, and cloves.

Taste is quite good. Rich wheat flavor with a different aftertaste. The taste reminds me of a couple Belgium wheat beers that I have tasted in the past, but is distinct from them.

A but watery, but not too much.

A very good beer, the best I have had from the brewer. (409 characters)

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A blurry dirty yellow hefe fills my pint glass with a generous two finger head that fades away slowly.

S - I catch some earthy, yeasty and medicinal smells on the nose. It's a clean scent. Banna. A hint of clove is present too...

T&M - Crisp and carbonated for sure. Moderate mouthfeel. Tastes medicinal, earthy, fruity, citrtus, Banna, hint of yeast. The yeast really lingers on the aftertase...might be slightly offensive. Kinda lacking some complexity, but what is there, is noticeable and alive.

D - Overall not the most drinkable hefe. It's not the best for sure, but it is an honest effort. If you like medicinal yeasty flavors, this is your beer. I was looking for a bit more complexity and a bit more full taste, but I've found that to be a common ocurance with every baltika that I've tried. Just not my thing i guess. So do take that into consideration when reading this review...

One is enough for me... (923 characters)

Photo of skrib09
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a super cloudy gold with a nice white foam forming up top. good retention on the head.

smells of bananas and cloves or other spices, plenty of wheat notes, and a dull sweetness.

taste is of sweet bananas with a hit of wheat and malt following up. a dull spice flavor comes through in the form of clove or nutmeg.

light on the palate but the cloudiness of the brew is detectable on the tongue. you can feel the particulate with every sip. drinkable though. (465 characters)

Photo of roblowther
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is clear golden straw with good head retention. Looks more like a crystalweizen. It smells of honoey and lemongrass, fairly standard for the style. It is malt dominant with caramel notes. It really doesn't taste like a wheat beer. It feels heavy and slick. It's fairly drinkable but an acrid note in the aftertaste really limits it. OK if you're looking for a one night stand. Not a beer for a lifelong relationship. (419 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 4/10/08
best by 4/10/09

pours clear darker gold with a 2 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells great bubblegum banana and lots of wheat

tastes as good as it smells - like rich banana bread - much different then most hefeys i have had

mouthfeel is good maybe a little over carbonated but it works well leaves a nice dry finish

overall/drinkability - went through this one fast and will buy the next time i see it - this beer really suprised me - its the best one i have had from their lineup (519 characters)

Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer at a bodega in in the Bronx for $1 so I really didn't know what to expect.

Poured from a 1pt .9oz bomber into a Weihenstephan glass.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with a thick head of white foam. Good carbonation and lacing.

S - What you would expect from a quality wheat beer, bready, with lots of banana, clove and a little bubblegum.

T - Light and yeasty up front, finishes off with a bit of citrus.

MF&D - Light and refreshing. Extremely drinkable. A nice suprise! (500 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Here's my tribute to Russia Part I.

4.0 A: Hazy golden color. Big frothy head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

4.5 S: Big banana and clove bomb. Really nice aroma.

4.0 T: Rather neutral wheat flavor, though their are some esters and some spiciness. Just a really elegant brew.

4.5 M: Medium body. Plenty of carbonation, good for the style. Very smooth with a wheaty aftertaste.

4.0 D: I really wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. It's damn good. (497 characters)

Photo of juju7
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the first half decanted and the ssecond cloudy. Smells strongly of banana lollies. Not a bad thing seeing as I love banana lollies. Very sweet with some more of those banana lollies on the palate. A little tart and sticky. Not bad but don't think I could handle too many of them. (283 characters)

Photo of rugerj
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours straw yellow with a huge head that fades over the first couple of minutes, minimal lacing left in glass. Smell is of some sweet malt with banana hints. Beer is carbonated to style. Taste is banana and clove leaning more on the banana side with a bite of citrus. Decent mouth feel although not as full as some German examples.

I am actually impressed with this beer provided where it is brewed, not what I was expecting at all. For the money it is not a bad beer, especially when you take into account the .5 litre. A good solid hefeweizen. (552 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

** NOTE: I tasted this blind, and for some reason it took me a very, very long time to realise it was wheat-based. I was probably drunk at the time **

Pours a very pale banana yellow with generous snowy head, good retention. Fair lacing but not much. Looks like a Euro lager, not a bad example.

Again very Euro-lager on the nose, with fair hops and that kind of sour soda-water aroma. Grassy and tangy, but one real note is all there is. Not too bad.

Very nice and refreshing on the palate, has a very tangy passionfruit kind of flavour, quite dry on the finish, a lot of sour kind of notes, bit subdued and slightly fizzy on the mouthfeel. Not bad, dry and refreshing with some good characters. Quite drinkable. (715 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright but cloudy straw yellow, with a huge frothy, rocky head of white foam. Lacing is ok, sticks a little like soap bubbles. Looks pretty tasty.

Nice Belgian yeast notes on the nose, hints of dark citrus, light floral herbs and a deep, almost meaty richness. Doesn't punch me in the nose with fragrance like many a better wheat beer, but very nice all the same.

Very smooth and wheaty on the palate; a long lingering sweetness with a great dry back palate. Thoroughly refreshing. Mouthfeel is very rounded and smooth.

This is a great wheat beer - almost tending towards a Belgian style wit - it has some characters there that are just spot on. Not as big as some of the better ones, but very tasty and extremely drinkable. Also surprisingly cheap, even imported half way across the world. (801 characters)

Photo of Voonder
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy straw yellow color with huge bubbly white head. Smell - wheaty, some banana and clove. Taste - fruity sweetness upfront, a bit spicy, wheaty, clean, a bit sweet finish. Very light, clean brew, pretty smooth. Drinkable. Pretty good stuff. (250 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Baltika brand is usually reasonably priced, but when it drops to $1.49 per half-liter, it becomes difficult to resist. On to the beer:

It looks like the usual hefeweizen, shiny wheat field golden color, cloudy, good head retention at first, but no lacing. The aroma strikes me as the kind I would expect from a Bavarian beer, not a Russian brewed hefe. Banana bread and a hint of clove, yum! ....maybe I should have saved the "yum" emphasis for the taste. Banana bread in the taste, along with faint gum. Ground clove and snappy wheat add the missing pieces to the puzzle. Light in feel, typical for a hefe, but with less carbonation. Maybe a tiny bit lighter that the usual hefe. Good drinking.

This turned out to be a good offering from Baltika. Better than some of the German counterparts, and more afforable as well. Recommended. (839 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle,

A: Pours a quite cloudy yellow with a firm white head, fair retention to style, looks a bit like a witbier.

S: Definite hefe sent, cloves and bananas, heavier on the cloves an wheat.

T: Light banana, lemon zest, pasta al dente. Moderate intensity in flavour.

M: Light/medium acidity, rather highly carbonated, light-bodied, a tad watery.

D: A nice wheat beer from Baltika. While not incredibly complex, it is nevertheless very drinkable and refreshing, a solid example of the style. (506 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a hefeweizen glass. A dulled, murky pale yellow color with a medium thick head is the general appearance of this drink. A thin lacing appears on the side. Aromas are quite nice and appetizing. Cloves, lemons, bananas, and grains help with an earthy tone. Taste is a little dull but has a citrus-sweet aftertaste to it. Carbonation is quite good, making it refreshing and crisp. Overall, a good hefe. (409 characters)

Photo of cancino45
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color with a huge white head that held really well and had a continuance lace. Did someone say banana and gum? It reminds me of a great Belgium white with a great combination of spice and coriander moving to a slightly tart yeast finish. I enjoyed the complete package of this brew except the packaging that made it simply a wheat ale when it carries more than that. (381 characters)

Photo of billybob
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my second russian beer. brown 16.9 oz. embossed bottle. poured a opaque straw color with a huge white head that held fairly well but not a lot of lace. light bubble gum and banana nose with a slightly sweet lemon taste up front with a hint of spice and coriander moving to a slightly tart yeast finish. very light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation going on. lighter and with more subtle taste than american style hefeweizen. very enjoyable very drinkable. (456 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the Slavic shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big 3+ finger, but thin white head. A lot of carbonation evident; bubbles flying up all over the place. Colour is amber-orange and partially cloudy. Not quite as opaque as others. Head is pretty persistent; levels out to a decent film but disappears and looks flat the last third of the pint. No real lacing to speak of. Definately below par.

SMELL: A decent nose of wheat malt, banana and lemon, and a little bubble gum as well.

TASTE: Some wheat malt and banana undertones, but a strong lemon taste is more prevalent. Quite sweet as well. The aftertaste is mild and lingering, and includes sweet malt and an ever so slight touch of bread and bubble gum. Not bad, but nothing special.

PALATE: Thin body and lighter on the palate. Higher end carbonation, goes down easy smooth and finishes rather dry. Could be a little thicker and have less carbonation for the style.

OVERALL: You wouldn't know it wasn't German by the taste of it. A decent drinkable brew, but not memorable or spectacular. A bit too much carbonation and a little too thin on the palate, but definitely smells and tastes the part for sure. Id have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way. (1,268 characters)

Photo of atis
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours yellow hazy with large and rocky head that is not very long-lasting. Aroma is very strong fruity banana, cloves, bit of bubble gum and very faint grainy wheat.

Taste is very fresh lemony banana, bits of grainy malt and a small bite of hops in the finish. Aftertaste has some sweeter notes in it. Mouthfeel seems to be lighter than for typical German Hefeweizens and there is rather high carbonation.

Overall, I liked this beer, I had not drank it for several years and had forgotten how good it was. (532 characters)

Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
82 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.