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:
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Added by Naerhu on 12-24-2002

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Photo of roblowther
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.26/5  rDev +20%
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

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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 DavoleBomb
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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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 rugerj
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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 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 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 Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 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 Jeffo
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of atis
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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 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 aeminter
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up cloudy pale yellow, nice two fingers of rocky billowy head that dwindles down to a fine layer with some ok lacing.

Smell is...spicy with a little bubblegum...very mild.

Tastes of bubblegum and banana with some spice background.

Carbonation edge at the first of the pull and a smooth finish. Very quaffable.

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Photo of xenolithic
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Baltika 8 was poured into a pint glass with vigorous pour to a 2 finger head with a pale lemondrop color with cloudiness. Good head retention, bottle produced 10/4/08 with a drink by label of 10/4/09.

Smells grainy, a hair sweet. There are cloves and other spices in the nose as well as the typical bannana bread smell to it. It's not overly strong but it is certainly a pleasant smell.

Tastes like more of the same. A little spicy, with a nice drying quality to it. Tons of sweet bready notes, and I really like this.

Mouthfeel is watery with a thirst quenching aftertaste. The finish is short and only slightly bitter.

This beer is extremely drinkable. I love wheat beers, and I love beers from the Baltika brewery, so I might have just found a match. They come in large 1p.9oz bottles, and are nothing to scoff at, but I can easily drink a few bottles of these and not feel guilty.

Beers of the World has a case of this. I like it so much I might just swing by for one. The price really is right.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I'll always be biased about this beer, and all Baltika products in a way. I spent a summer in St Petersburg and it became the go-to beer. I had the privilege of touring the brewery as well. I remember these tasting better fresh in St Petersburg, and that may be partially reflected in my review, but that's life.

A - Pours a cloudy bright yellow-gold with a thick, booming, foamy white head.

S - Yeasty, bready, faint coriander or clove or both, strong fruity banana essence.

T - Sweet, fruity, with an earthy yeastiness, clean and crisp backend.

M - Medium carbonation, medium to thin bodied, bordering on watery.

D - I could drink these all day, but I don't mind good, sweet wheat beers. Good breakfast beer.

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Photo of xxthepatientxx
2.64/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 1pint 0.9oz brown bottle poured into my 0.50L-marked tall Paulaner mug.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow and, even with a gentle pour, a huge, creamy, dense head of very small bubbles that lasts forever. Not much lacing.

S - Very dry wheaty/grainy smell (reminds me of Heineken, actually...) with lemon and a slight hint of banana hidden waaayyy in the background. No noticeable clove. Not as full of an aroma as I tend to like.

T/M - It tastes like a combination of Heineken and an American hefe. First I get the pleasant wheat flavor with a pleasant yeastiness from the sediment. Then the finish and after taste are very Heineken to me; dry, grainy and sharp. The lemon zest flavor is quite nice. There's an aggressive carbonation of very fine bubbles; champagne-like, but not quite and calms down as you go. Body is pretty typical of a wheat; maybe on the thin side of average.

D - Not entirely unpleasant. Goes down easy, very refreshing. Light, but not too light....but that damned after taste just won't cut it for me. I'm glad I only bought one. If someone offered me one, I'd take it, but not something I'd buy again. Plenty of better Hefes out there.

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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 magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Without the label, you would never know this is not from Germany. Pours cloudy gold with a full white head. Nice strong aroma of yeast, bubblegum, and bananas. Great strong taste of the same, but tart with lemon and wheat. It is very carbonated, which is a drawback, but this is stil a really, really good hefe.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured cloudy amber with a fluffy white 1.5" head that diminished soon after into a ring in my hefeweizen glass.

S - Strong "wheaty" smell with some tartness citrusy tones. Orange peel, yeast, light malts with a very slight alcohol aroma

T - Again, very wheaty, grainy and light malts with a touch of grassiness from the hops. Standard oranges, yeast, and breadiness.

M - light bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth and thirst quenching

D - highly drinkable, a good summer beer.

Overall - I'm not too familiar with many wheat beers and nor am I a huge fan of them but this one definitely did the trick and tasted great with our mid summer bbq. Much better than most other wheat beers I've had.

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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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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
3.55 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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