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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Photo of PatrickJR
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy bright yellow, a smidge lighter than most of the style. 2-3 finger head rises with moderate retention and no lacing. Decent for a hefe.

S - Strong banana aroma upfront with some lemon peel/juice peeking through from the wheat malt. Perhaps the cleanest banana aroma I've ever smelled in a hefe.

T - A mild sweetness comes on at first with a very crisp banana flavor. Banana fades quickly and delves into the lemony element of the wheat malt. Overall a mild sweet/sour flavor. This hefe lacks the big fruitiness and medicinal phenols of most hefeweizens. Not offensive, but certainly off balance for the style.

M - Light as most hefes, but fairly watery. Carbonation is high and definitely crisp. A little more thickness would've done this brew better.

D - I don't know if I'd buy it again, but it is a decidedly average hefeweizen. Great nose, but the taste is muddled up; by the mouthfeel not to mention the almost complete abscense of phenolic flavors.

Just another hefe really. Nothing remarkable about this brew, but it might be worth a taste for both fans of the style and brewery.

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Photo of juju7
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

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

Pours a deep hazy yellowish orange color with a thick off white head and a tiny bit of lacing. Smells of coriander, orange zest, and plenty of wheat. Tastes a little like coriander, orange and lemon zest, black pepper, and plenty of wheat almost like wheat germ. Mouthfeel is medium and decent. Drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of elniko
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the big bottle into weizen glass

A: Really nice looking brew, big fluffy two finger head that did dissipate but not super quick. High carbonation, murky.

S: Very nice weizen scents on the nose. Hints of spices and could definitely smell the wheatiness.

T & M: Very bready, almost sweet taste. Finish does not have the crispness that I've encountered in some recent weizens that I've had. Mouthfeel a little on the bland side due to no crispness.

D: Drinkable but this is was not my favorite weizen. I don't think I'll purchasing again as I think there are better options.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slight clouded orange color. A bit more than one inch slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly. Very little lacing. Slow bubbles rose to the top steadily.

S: Citrus of front; lemon and orange. Hint of clove.

T: Sweet malt, banana and cclove.

M: Light, thin and carbonated. Thought it might be too cold, but warming didn't really help.

D: Fairly good, I think between the sweet and carbonation it wore me out al little. ABV in that range though where a few is possible.

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Photo of cbutova
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another one from the numbered Baltika series, see how this goes.

A- Hazy pale yellow body into a Weizen glass with an extremely large white head, silky and creamy texture. Retention is pretty much infinite. Somehow lacks a significant amount of lace.

S- Yeast and citrus. Mostly a German yeast aroma with banana, clove, spice and bread. Also citrus zest and floral.

T- Follows the nose. A good clove, banana and German yeast influence. It does not dominate but is flavorful. Also wheat, bread, citrus and floral hops. Somewhat buttery sweet aspect.

MF- Light body with somewhat lower carbonation than I am used to in the style. Finishes sweet and somewhat bitter.

Something about the sweetness and buttery feel sort of throws me off. It almost isn't as crisp as most good Hefeweizens. Still a decent brew.

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Photo of treque
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a pale straw, thick, tons of carbonatation, long lasting white head, cloudy

S: not the best smell for a hefeweizen, some citrics orange peel, clove and malt, but no so notourius

T: lighter than expected, tastes more like a krystal one although is not filtred, very flat flavours

M: light body not so refreshing

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Production Date: 08-08-11
Best By: 080-08-12

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow in color with a two finger tall foamy white head. The head reduces to about a quarter finger tall head covering the entire beer over time but is retained throughout. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Not as pleasant an aroma as I usually associate with the style, it is a little harsh but there are notes of grains, banana, and clove.

T: Slightly sweeter than I expected, this beer had notes of banana, clove, fruitiness, and a grassy hop aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: My first review of a Russian beer and it was enjoyable. I personally feel that Hefeweizen is a very easy to drink beer and this example is no different than the many others. While not the strongest Hefeweizen offering I have sampled, still good. I'll be interested to try some other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of Drew966
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Baltika #8 Wheat pours a hazy light gold color with a fluffy white head from a 500 ml bottle. Smell seems to be dominated by a citric aroma at first, then wheat. Taste is decent, not bad but not spectacular. A bit of grass along with the wheat flavor. A tobacco like aftertaste seems oddly present for this style, but its not overwhelming. Probably one of the most interesting offerings along with the porter from this brewery. Give it a try.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle marked 07.0812-07:24/07.0813-5W. Sampled on March 31, 2013.

The color is a slightly cloudy yellow with a decent white head that eventually settles down.

The aroma is quite distinct with wheat along with an apple kind of ester. Even someone who is not a regular craft beer drinker would pick this up.

The body is light to about medium with a creamy texture.

Like the aroma the taste has a good dose of wheat malts and apple along with a thin twist of lemon to give it a summery sensation. The hops do not linger much but they offset the other qualities. Not a high quality wheat beer but far ahead of what Baltika normally has to offer.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint .9 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Two finger loose bubbly head that falls quickly. High effervescence. Pale yellow.

S: Nice aromas of wheat and light orange zest. A little chalky aroma.

T: A little sour (in a nice way). Grainy. A touch of honey over the citrusy notes. Phenols.

M: Effervescence again. Thin and a little chalky.

D: Quaffable? Not overly remarkable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer has a hazy pale yellow body with a spongy white head that last and last. There is a nice strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of bubblegum with some soft notes of wheat in the background is strong in this one. No notes of hops or other fruity flavors.

T- There is a very soft bubblegum flavor at the beginning followed by some soft wheat notes that are almost bready. The finish is a very soft noble hops taste.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol.

D- This beer is very light and crisp which makes it easy to drink but is missing a lot of the great Hefe Weizen characteristics. The bubble gum is nice but I wish it had more depth to back it up.

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Photo of kennyo
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very nice head, not as long lasting as Bavarian wheats. Beer is a hefe but when in the glass the bee ris not as cloudy as expected. Wheaty aroma, a little lemony. Taste is a little sweet, bubblegum, not really clovey. It was very surprising to find a Russian wheat beer. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass since I don't have a Weizen glass.

Look - very pale golden color, a little murky, with decent carbonation and about two fingers' worth of frothy white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - somewhat typical wheat smell, but it seems a little watered down maybe.

Taste - the taste reflects a lot more of a wheat taste than the smell does. That almost pungeant taste hits right before the middle of the tasting, almost right away, with a fade off to a very minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but leans just a touch on the side of wateriness.

Overall - Not terribly interesting to taste, but not at all bad either.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Production Date 23.04.07 Best before 23.04.08

A- Cloudy golden yellow color with good white lingering head. Nice lacing

S- Wheat, Banana and clove

T/M- Not as strong of a banana flavor as the smell would indicate, very light carbonation subtle wheat sweet flavor

D- Very light wheat could easily have a number of them. Would be good on a hot day nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Dster
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a straw yellow with a 1 inch white head. The smell is not bad, but when I smell a typical high quality hefeweizen, it is a sensory overload of goodness. That is quite absent here.
After the smell, the taste is surprising. It is light with the taste of lemon peel and coriander. It tastes a little bready, but that is subdued. This would be a great hot weather beer. I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Decent 1-1.5" head that settles to a solid 1/8". Very slight cloudiness in this golden/yellow beer. Moderate carbonation rises to maintain the bright white fluffy head. The smell is a bit off-putting as I believe this beer might have been on the shelf a while. There is a nice wheat smell, but it is covered up with a very sharp soggy cardboard aroma giving it an almost pilsener-like funk. The taste reveals the wheat and citrus notes and doesn't show the cardboard as much. I have to try a fresh one, because the taste shows really strong potential of being a well balanced, crisp and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This will be (at least one of) my entry/entries for New Beer Sunday (Week 360) and I am kind of excited to tick it off. I have an affinity for Russian beers ever since I got on the Kvass Kick, Kamarade, and while I drank a LOT of #9 with Stosh, the owner of the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, during his lifetime, I kind of glossed over all of the other numbers. It's kind of a shame, since #1 seems to be retired and I cannot find #2 for looking.

OK, I'll cop to not being on top of my game from the outset with this one. The label reads "Wheat Ale" and this website identifies it as a Hefeweizen, so what does CAPT Clever do? He (I) pops the cap and begins to pour. Gee, it looks more like a Kristalweizen so maybe I should agitate what remains in the bottle ... Beer fountain time, baby! Beer all over the counter, a panic pour, jeez-o man, what hath I wrought?

Well, for one thing, there was no longer any doubt that it was a Hefe. The kitchen smelled like I was baking banana bread. I had a dense cap of a finger of bone-white head with excellent retention. The color was a muddy orange-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose, as previously alluded to, was VERY banana. Mouthfeel was a little thin for the style, but the taste managed to balance the banana with some clove, which I like. Just as many clamor for "More Cowbell", I say "More clove esters, please!" Finish was tasty enough and it was not cloyingly sweet like some hefes that I have drank in the past. Once more, you cannot really beat the Baltika lineup at its price point. Call it worth a try.

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Photo of lmaduells
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I take this beer after doing a running session of 30 kms, preparing marathon. Looking for a cold beer without alcohol, regenerating without complexity, remove thirst and hydrate myself quietly with pleasure. I guess. No need to look for anything else.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale yellow appearance with frothy, mostly diminishing white head. Classic wheat aroma: Banana, vanilla, honey, and clove spiciness. Balanced sweet honey, bubble gum, nutty flavor with spicey finish. Hints of lemon tartness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, active, sparkling carbonation. Tasty hefeweizen from Russia.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a cloudy golden body with a very frothy off white head and full lace. The aroma is slightly clove and wheat like. The body is little bit thinner than a lot of wheat beers and somewhat watery. The flavor is fruity. There are tones of banana and citrus. It has some spiciness from the yeast. It is not bad but there a bit of adjunct flavor to the wheat beer.

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Photo of gtermi
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold body with three finger thick head. The head slowly fades and leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Tons of carbonation in this beer.

S: Lots of sweet fruit and I assume it is Belgian Yeast.

T: Lots of Belgian Yeast, fruity flavors and some nice malt. Its not bad, but nothing special.

M: Lots of carbonation and crispness. Burns on the back of the throat and tongue.

O: Nothing too special, but not bad either. The flavors and smell are nice, but the mouthfeel just takes it down a bit.

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Photo of skrib09
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of necoadam
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Russian Hefe... Why the hell not! I've noticed some of the reviews for their other beers and buying this lesser known wheat beer got me thinking twice of buying it, but I really can't complain about this offering. Poured out a honey color with a huge head that took awhile for it to settle down. Smell could have been a little better. It was mostly cloves with nothing else to come out from behind. A little bit of lemon, but that was about it. Taste was decent. Cloves, bananas, wheat and some yeast all come together in this brew. Those bananas seem to last in the aftertaste which was nice to see. Perhaps a little bit too thin, but I think that's from the huge carbonation in this beer. A little too much I thought. But overall not a bad offering at all. Pick up some.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika Wheat 8

Poured a cloudy yellowish with a thick white head that lasted to the last sip.
Smelled of bananas. Not a bad aroma.
Taste was actually very pleasent. Fruity with some spices present. No bitterness and no sharpness on the carbonation.
Mouthfeel was very smooth and went down nicely.

Even though I'm not a fan of Wheat beers Baltika 8 was a good beer that was quite refreshing. The best Wheat beer I've had to date. Worth buying!

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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
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