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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Naerhu on 12-24-2002

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Photo of BierStein711
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into weizen glass

Three finger head: looks like a weissbier

Smells of cloves, ripe fruit, especially bananas

T: Just alcohol

M: Watery and weak

Overall: I'm glad I tried one of Russia's beers, but frankly I don't ever see myself offering this to anyone for something refreshing. This beer is definitely one that would be better if the taste was more complex and if it felt like an ale not a water.

I'll probably not have this again.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a pillowy white head that gradually recedes into a thin, creamy mousse.

S: Harsh aromas of grain and minerals initially dominate the nose, but after a couple of seconds, aromas of yeast, spices, and banana become noticeable.

T: A sweet, mellow entry presents notes of cream, vanilla, bubblegum, minerals, overripe banana, wheat toast, butter, and clove. There is also a fine, grassy hop backtaste present that is most noticeable around mid-palate. The finish is clipped and mellow with notes of bubblegum and banana.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body and quite smooth. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a bit weak after the entry, rendering this beer thinner and more watery than it should be.

O: As is, this is a mediocre hefeweizen, but it clearly has the potential to be more than that. All of the components are there, but the final product is just a bit too muddled and bland to really be a winner.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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

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Photo of dacrza1
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: April 19, 2015... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephaner weizen... OCCASION: the Cavs (again) begin their journey to a title... APPEARANCE: cloudy, sallow yellow body with bubble that lazily, sporadically float; mountainous foams of white head spill over the glass--quite alive! tracings leave spore-like dots in their wake!... AROMA: heavy banana dominates; clove, pepper and mowed hay--the standard weizen array... PALATE: a surprisingly thin, even profile, especially for an "unfiltered" beer; easily drinkable and equally refreshing... TASTE: the banana is not as pronounced as the scent suggests, but beyond the fruit, subtle pepper; not much beyond these two soft offerings... OVERALL: Having tried just about every single-digit Baltika profile, this offering is somewhere in the middle--accurate to its genre but not memorable; a good pairing with warm weather or an after-workout refresher...

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Photo of DocRoc
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Dutch Ale glass.
A- cloudy deep yellow and burnt orange. Fluffy Whitehead (+30sec)
S- grainy, malty
T- mild alcohol, biscuit
M- medium, mouth coating
O- good hefe, paired really well with regular Gouda cheese and Publix's deli fried chicken wings

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Photo of dbossman
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy and cloudy; straw yellow; frothy head that dissipates rather rapidly; not much lacing

S: A surprising amount of the typical hefeweizen aromas: bananas and cloves; also an earthy graininess; something a bit metallic as well

T: Citrus--lemon but more like lemon juice squirted in; the complexities of the aroma are all but gone in the taste; watery and overly lemony--rather boring; it's not offensive but not interesting in the least

F: Quite thin and watery; runs right through the mouth

D: This does quench the thirst and is drinkable but it's not something you would want to drink too much of because it's just not that great

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Photo of cichief
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a .5 liter bottle in Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice straw-yellow, very cloudy, with a great white head, which doesn't last as long as other hefes.

S- Some clove and banana, more subdued than I prefer from a hefe.

T- Very refreshing, the clove and banana are prevalent, not as lasting as better hefes.

M- Somewhat fizzy, thinnish on the tongue.

D- A decent beer in warm weather, however there are much better hefeweizens available.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

0.5 liter bottle for 50 rubles. Pretty OK as these Russian beers go. Poured from the bottle, I got a thick rocky head that left a little lace as it dwindled. Color is hazy straw. There’s a brisk hefe smell, with some subdued banana that comes back in the, um, belch. Well balanced hop profile. Doesn’t stand up to other hefes, but for $1.67 at a hotel bar, whadaya want?

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle, this beer pours a hazy yellow color with a decent cap of foam. The aroma is dominated by sweet, almost artificial-like, banana with a touch clove. The texture is a little chewy from the wheat. The flavor mimics the aroma somewhat with sweet banana, boarding on cloying. Afterward the palate is coated, trapping the flavor next to the tongue. The beer bested my expectations, but it still far from excellence.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The 7th beer we drank for out Baltika Challenge. poured witha very white, massive head. beer itself is golden and clear, which was weird since i was expecting it to be cloudy. must be filtered? sour wheaty odor, appropriate for the style. taste is wheaty, banana-y, alcohol. actually smells a bit better than it tastes. just a regular old hefe, nothing great about it really....and its even a bit thin for the style. I should say that Vlad, our resident Russian, says it tastes better in Russia.

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3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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...

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a thin bubbly white head.

Aroma of bananas, sweet malts, and bubblegum.

This tastes like a cup of sugar is added to every glass. Too bad it overpowers the more subtle notes. The banana and lemon factor is there, but just barely.

Lighter mouthfeel and moderately carbonated.

I wanted to really like this Russian Hefe but the sweetness made it hard. Not bad- but not as good as many others out there.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a natural wheat color thats cloudy having a thick head thats slow to dissipate leaving a shreaded curtain of lace. Smell of wheat, yeast, light spice with background malt all thats been hanging around in storage. taste again of the aroma, but not having the clove and banana as in other Euro hefe's. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not a bad wheat beer, just not complex as others.

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Photo of kflorence
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a fair amount of dissipating head and some yeast particulates. The smell is pretty faint, mostly tart lemon, wheat and yeast. Not a very pleasing aroma in my opinion, almost stale (perhaps due in part to its overseas journey). The taste is heavily dominated by wheat, yeast and citrus. Not a very complex brew. There might be some vanilla in there... but it's not sweet, I'd say more on the tart side. Not one of my favorite hefeweizens, but it's drinkable and cheap ($1.99 for a 22oz bottle). I think I prefer the darker beers when it comes to Baltika.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very hefe-like with a yellow-orange opaque color and an okay head. Smell is hefe, but weak on everything, and that goes for the taste as well. It's like you gargled a bunch of liquid plastic and then drank a hefeweizen, so everything's not-quite-there. Feel is okay, not terrible. Overall, not terrible, but what's the point? Not a mockery of beer like their #9 though, which is a plus.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely clear dark-golden amber with a thick head. Aroma is strongly malty and wheaty, with hints of lemon. Flavor is malty and typical of a good wheat beer, and has a citrus undertone. Finish is crisp, smooth and refreshing. An excellent summer beer, perfect for a picnic or a ball game.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 31-07-05. Good and overwelming head, clowdy and golden colored beer. Nose is style like; very banana like and 4 venyl guiyacol also present. Sourness and wheat caracter make it into a good bavarian wheatnose. To bat this sharp yeatnote was in it but not to disturbing.
Taste is litle less but refreshing. Very dry, not sour enough and litle thin overal with a litle hanging yeastbitterness make it overal just average in taste. Good carbonisation gives plesant mouthfeel and easy drinkable but rather drink something else

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light golden color, very clear for a wheat. Had a decent white head with very little staying power or lacing.

Aroma- Stong, clean smell of wheat and malt sweetness. Just a hint of banana. No cloves.

Taste- Starts out as a typical wheat, but has some sweetness and a puckering quality.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light body.Somewhat dry in the mouth with that puckering quality mentioned in the taste section.

Drinkability- Pretty good for a wheat beer. Would be good on a hot day.

Note: There is a lot of sediment in the bottom. If you pour half, swirl the bottle and then pour the other half, it looks and tastes more like an American wheat.

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Photo of armock
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow lighter than most hefes with a white head

S - Is of sweet malt and some banana scents

T - The sweetness in the malt really comes out followed by some banana and clove

M - This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation to it

D - Hefeweizens are one of my favorite styles but this one seems closer to an American wheat because its sweeter and has less banana and clove to it but its not a bad beer just not what I was expecting

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Times Fujiokas $2.79
Fruity smell
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Tastes of banana, wheat, fruits, sweet
Overall a good wheat ale. So far the best of 4 Baltikas I've tried.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml Brown Bottle

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color, fairly typical of a wheat beer. Has a 2 finger head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing. There is a nice amount of yeast sediment that took some swirling to loosen up.

Aroma is of wheat and yeast, with some spicyness and what smelled kind of like orange peel, but very faint.

Taste is very yeasty with the wheat flavors coming out. It is also slightly sour tasting on the finish. Might be a freshness issue as the "expiration date" is just 3 weeks away from the time of this review. But still pretty good. Has a slight sweetness to it as well. Mouthfeel is ok, seems a bit watery, but not bad.

Overall, this is not a bad one, pretty average.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from Mini Mix Russian shop, Barceloneta, Barcelona (€1.25):
A nice but fairly average beer without standing out, it was slightly darker looking than expected but this didn't translate to the aroma or flavour other than the darker malts coming through with the taste. There was a good combination of banana & wheat early on & some background fruits made a brief cameo too but for the most part it was a pretty average wheat beer really.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a light, hazy yellow in color with a head that came up OK but fell like a rock.

Smell - There's actually some good yeast in the nose though the stiff grain plays the spoiler. I've got a twist of lemon rind though and a bit of classic wheaty spicing that keeps it honest with the style.

Taste - This almost accomplishes the mission. There's a faint yeast flavor, some nice wheat, the grain from the nose seems gone, and I might even be getting some light fruit. I'm not feeling the banana here but maybe some light tangerine or other citrusy flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied and carbonated more like a light lager than a wheat beer.

Drinkability - The SFV heat helped this one go down fer shore.

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