Baltika #8 Wheat | Baltika Breweries

Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat
361 Ratings
Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 12-24-2002

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Photo of shivtim
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My personal favorite of the Baltikas, barely edging out #6 (the Porter). It's pale gold/yellow, a little too clear for a wheat beer. Has a nice big white head though. Nose is wheat, sweet bread, orange, and slight spiciness. Nice combination, something you'd expect but more complex and intricate than most wheat beers. Taste is wheaty mild citrus, and a hint of grapefruit. Banana comes through too. Mouthfeel is not bad, but could be more "tangy". Overall a good brew, and would make a nice summer beer.

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Photo of scottg
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
Production date 11.03.07
Best before 11.03.08

Pours a cloudy golden color with orange hues and a one finger white head with good retention. Lots of little bubbles floating up the glass. Very strong wheat aromas with hints of clove and banana. Up front sweet citrus/orange flavor, followed by wheat and cloves with a banana finish with slight vanilla. Light bodied and very carbonated, this beer is clean, crisp and refreshing. At $1.49 for a pint+, this is one of the best bargains around.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I've had from Russia. Presented in a .5L bottle with the neck and cap adorned with gold foil. No best before date noted anywhere. Poured into my Franziskaner hefeweizen glass.
Appearance: cloudy apricot color, loads of fine-spun carbonation and a fluffy white head that left nice lace behind as it slowly receded. Quite attractive.
Smell: good Bavarian-styled hefe notes here. Nice bubblegum-and-clove aroma with a lesser degree of banana thrown in. All this fruity aroma was supported by a pleasant pale malt note.
Taste: surprisingly flavorful; lots of fruit flavor - banana backed with a touch of citrus - which carried a rich spiciness of clove and a hint of vanilla. Pale malt profile lent a hayfield dustiness and yeast added a doughy angle to the mix.
Feel: light, crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: this brew is dead-on for a good German hefe and one I could drink all day (and night) long. The price at my local store is very reasonable, too. A great find for me; a beer I'll happily turn to again. Worth trying out if you like a good hefeweizen.

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Photo of atis
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The glass fills with a cloudy light yellow liquid capped with a massive, white craggy head that melts very slowly leaving a quarter inch of cap in the end.
Aroma is initially soft banana, pepper, and soap
Taste is a dry sharp wheat...very spicy like white pepper with a very light banana aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is tingly from both the carbonation and spicy wheat.
Nice take on the American Wheat Style.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good!!! I had a Baltika 9 as the representative of a style I had not tried before and it was very average and boozy. This beer was like a fairly good hefe. Straw color, big bubbly delicate white head and a little lacing. Good solid smell of cloves bananas and lemon zest.

Crisp, tart taste, cloves, bananas, lemon zest and other spices. Very nice!!!!

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. overall a good solid summertime brew.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz heavy brown bottle. Clear best before date which is always great to see on imports.

The beer pours a dark hazy straw/yellow. Huge initial head.

The nose is of banana, some spices (coriander and pepper) and fresh bread.

The taste is solid. Nice but not overpowering banana, a bit of a pepper bite and some malty goodness that adds a touch of sweetness. More bready with a touch of citrus later.

The mouth is bit under carbonated, but it is still good. Very easy drinker. So far three of the four beers I have had from this brewery have been good.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of h2wtr
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of ebeye
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of cancino45
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of mjgrady
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Aidanhitt
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of monaquee
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of Trex
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of OgreSanchez
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SoCaliC8
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 361 ratings
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