Baltika #8 Wheat | Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Naerhu on 12-24-2002

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 +12.7%
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 +12.7%
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 nasty15108
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 cancino45
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 orangemoustache
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a transparent medium gold at first and then I just couldn't resist the urge to cloud this up by agitating the settled yeast in the bottom. Now this is cloudy and not nearly as bright as before. A foamy bleach white cap is fed the duration by cascading carbonation, a thin cap remains while leaving little bits of lacing here and there. The nose reminds me of an Outkast song, so fresh and so clean. Really this Hefe has a nice bouquet of aromas lemon, banana, spice and floral as well. This is a well rounded offering with sweet fruitiness right from the start, subtle clove and doughy banana bread notes keep this Russian Wheat rocking. Soft,light and smooth with just the lightest sugary sweet coating left on the lips. This is a great Hefeweizen, from Russia with love.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best Before date: 6/23/07.

2/3 inch fizzy white head forms over hazy golden yellow brew, recedes to a thin layer that is replenished by active carbonation. No lacing.

Very crisp and pleasant aromas of banana and citrus waft forth. No skunk. Fresh and clean.

Quite a nice and refreshing wheat style, none of that grassiness I find offputting in Blue Moon. The banana-citrus notes are backed by some medium-bitter hoppy backbone, tangy, not sweet. Fizzy and refreshing on the tongue. Restrained spiciness, however, more subtle clove than is found in the Germans. This aspect improves with some warming. A well made wheat ale, will be great at a summer party.

It seems that this beer could be classified a Hefe-Weizen since there is definitely banana and clove in the flavor/aroma profile. I am tasting this immediately after a Weihenstephaner, which is clearly better and more complex...but at $1.49/16.9oz here in NYC it's a good choice for a refreshing wheat beer.
EDIT: when I reviewed Baltika 8 it was classified as an American Wheat, nice to see that others agreed with my comment about classification.

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Photo of skyguy
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: looks like a normal hef...maybe a little lighter than normal. good head retention

Smell: big banana, sweet, citrus as well

Taste: banana, more citrus than most hefs I have had. sweet.

Body: light body. a lot of carbonation

Overall: I actually really enjoyed this beer. I bought it randomly for about 2 bucks at a local store in the OC. I had no idea the Russians could brew like this. I was quite impressed

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine version of a style I am not fond of. It poured a nice, cloudy gold, thanks to being unfiltered. The head was classic wheat - off white, firm, plenty of contours like clouds as seen from above in an airplane. The smell was fresh and fruity, the mouthfeel plenty prickly from the carbonation. The taste was light and fruity like a good wheat should be. Baltika has done a great job with this style.

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Photo of billybob
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a hazy straw color in the glass with a thick white froth, excellent retention, and above average lacing. Somewhat sweet aromas of Banana, Biscuits, Clove, & a subtle earthiness follow through as flavors on the palate. As stated before, the beer is slightly sweet with crisp mouthfeel & long finish. Overall a solid beer that is a fantastic value & one that I definitely will recommend.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours clear as water with a yellow golden tint. There is a half-inch head of active white bubbles from an aggressive pour. I was surprised to see that the head fell within the first minute to end up as just a small ring around the top of the beer. Unusually, there is no lacing.

Aroma: Very pleasant aroma. It has the required wheaty graininess along with some very perfumy hop characteristics. The wheat malt as well as the yeast character gives this beer a very defined bread dough aroma.

Taste: The flavor has a bit lighter mouthfeel and body than I suspected from the aroma. The wheat and perfumy notes are still the big players here, but the beer is very attenuated, so it finishes very dry. There are some citrusy notes coming out as the beer warms a bit, but these are mostly light fruit like lemons.

Opinion: Well, what do I say about this beer? It is different for a wheat beer, and I like that fact. It is clear without a lot of banana and clove like the German styles normally have. I really enjoy the aroma, and I think that this is the best part. The flavor is a bit one sided for the style, and I would venture to guess that this is why most Weizens are normally cloudy because the increased yeast. There are some yeasty characteristics, but not Weizen like. This is a pretty good beer, and one that I wouldn't mind drinking again. This and Baltika's Porter are probably my favorites so far.

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Photo of Voonder
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to my Aventinus glass. Pale yellow, slightly cloudy with a puffy white head that gets clumpy and then dissipates down to about one fingah! Carbonation stays active throughout.
Aroma- Musty with yeast. Banana esters and clove aromas are present but a sweeter grassy smell mutes them somewhat. Different but pleasing!
Mouthfeel- sweeter malt flavors hit the palate first. A mild hop profile is mixed in. The banana and clove characteristics emerge as real flavors. A froth on the palate maintains the same flavor profile. The wheat bite comes close to the finish almost getting tart, but not sour. Baltika has a winner with this wheat. And, their brews are consistently good and price friendly.

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Photo of benteach
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, best before 5/4/2014. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light bready tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hefeweizen style. All around good robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After suffering through a few of the Baltika lagers, my expectations were low here. However, this turned out to be a completely respectable wheat beer. You know, I'd be happy to homebrew something like this.

There's a light, doughy malt character in the background. The main yeast character is a big creamy, sweet candy spice aroma and flavor, a bit like a spice cake, with a twist of orange. The body is light enough to make this a decent session beer. And it finishes with clean touch of wheat cracker and strawberry and citrus hit. Nice beer, not amazing, but I'd take it on a hot day.

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Photo of isualum12
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: yellow in color white foaming head.

smell- orange fruity wheat slight stink to it a little at first but I think I was a little confused on it.

taste- hefeweizen with extra wheat on it. the wheat seems strong on the tip.

mouthfeel- decent feel with mild carbonization. There was a little burn from the stomach on this.

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Photo of djura
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden color,excellent white thick as cream foam,lasting till the end.
S - Fruty citrus orange aroma. Yeast and hops also.
T/M - Very drinkable,crisp and fresh. fruits and herbal spices aromas. It goes very easy!

O - Manage to made it very good,true weizen.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
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