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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

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Added by Naerhu on 12-24-2002

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Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +7.1%
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 -10.2%
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 beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy golden-orange with a slight sudsy white head that quickly faded leaving no lacing. some cloudy turbidity.

S: fresh wheat grains, citrus and lemon grind hopping.

T: pretty yeasty, with bananas, cloves and light bread notes. There was some citrusy and lemony hopping on the fade and finished dry and crisp.

M: creamy, light to medium fullness, with a light carbonation. Some dry citrus hop laced the tongue after the swallow. Palate was softly textured and wheaty.

D: A moderately enjoyable Russian wheat, citrusy, nice wheat backing making for a good enjoyment.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a wiezen glass. Unfiltered hazy golden straw color. Pretty head, large bubbles.

Smells like a sweet hefe. Citrusy orange, not too much wheat - just enough.

Whoa - this is a strange brew. Sweet and syrupy up front followed by lemoney tartness and ends up with an almost masa (think tamale batter) like finish. Leaves a grainey feel on the tounge. A unique yeast strain lends a distinctive quality to this one.

Interesting beer, nice price...might just have to buy this one again someday.

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Photo of armock
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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 kinger
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Baltika is one of the best value imports I have come across, this is my fourth from their line and two have been great and the other two, including this one have been so-so. Faint aroma of malted wheat with the banana and clove scents. Poured great into my glass, shiny golden yellow-orange with a pillowy white head and good yeast cloudiness. Creamy mouthfeel extremely full. Flavor is decent but not as powerful as I like my hefe's to be. Good beer, highly drinkable, but not close to being near the best.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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 pmcadamis
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A big healthy four fingers of dense white cream rises above a sunny light-apricot brew. This is cloudy and murky like a hefe should be...none of that filtered crap here! The head is long lasting and thick, and it never strays below a solid fat finger. Lots of creamy lace is left on the glass. This is a really nice lookin' hefe.

S - Banana peel and clove along with some slightly spicy hops. The yeast notes are very forward, and this is almost like banana baby food with added spice. This isn't off the wall stunning, but it smells exactly like a hefe should IMHO.

T - This is heavy on the banana and bubblegum. It's almost as if the Ruskies at Baltika read about what a Bavarian Hefe should taste like and then focused on those two flavor components. This one is very sweet...like mushed brown bananas, but a hint of hops and a bit of spice kick it up until the finish, which is oily sweet again.

M - Medium bodied with loads of residual sugar coating the palate for an almost oily or waxy feel after the swallow. Carbonation is prickly at first and then smoothed out by the sugary feel, and the finish is very sweet and long lasting.

D - This is sort of like a dessert hefe. It's a little too sweet IMO, but it's not bad at all. Sort of like a gooey banana flavored donut or something.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Hazy yellow color with a lot of carbonation. Small white head with some lace.

smell - Wheat, lemon zest, bananas.

taste - Has a sweet taste to it. Hints of wheat and lemons here.

mouthfeel - Kinda on the watery side.

drinkability - Very easy drinking beer. Cheap too for the size. Would buy it again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -6%
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 elniko
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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 BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I generally don't have high expectations with beers from this brewery, but maybe I should. Seems that all they make is quite solid. This wheat beer is no different. Begins with a firm yellow tone, loose knit head formation / retention, and shows lively carbonation. Haze is evident, but not in excess. Aromas are mostly of well attenuated malts, bready wheats, and a burst of lemons with a follow up of pepper and clove. Flavors bring about the same, allowing the lemon flavors to dominate. Hop intensity is low and brings a mild herbal note. The acidity keeps the beer balanced and avoids thickening or cloying. Proves to be a better thirst quencher than most bananna or malt dominant Hefe's. I'll gladly have another.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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 NHGrafx
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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 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 zeff80
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with an enormous, foamy, off-white head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, clove and yeast. It also had a very spicy nose.

T - It tasted of wheat and had a very spicy bite. The spiciness mellowed as the beer warmed up.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This was a very good hefe. I was surprised at how good it was for a Russian hefeweizen.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very strange beers made by Baltika.
I tried a few various, this was one I tended to enjoy.

A. Small head dissipating quickly into the clear yellow body.

S. Bubble gum. Seriously.

T. Very unique sweet wheat taste, kind of like soda water was put in it.

M. Heavvvily carbonated.

D. Could have one or two, not bad.

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Photo of champ103
2.46/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pale and cloudy yellow. A frothy white head forms that recedes fast. Just a touch of lace.
S: A musky fruity smell. I am not impressed at all.
T: Metallic and harsh. A bit of banana, coriander, and some spices.
M/D: Thin, watery, and just blah in the mouth. This is not a hard beer to drink, but whats the point?

A disappointing beer that is thin and week all around. Avoid.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really surprised by this one. I don't understand how a brewery with as many bad beers as Baltika manages to pull this off.
I got this at a Polish grocery store in Greenpoint, NYC.
Poured a hazy yellow, very cloudy in the last quarter of the bottle.
A big white, foamy head, that dissipated almost as quickly as it came. Very carbonated. It smelled slightly sweeter than your average German heffe.
The initial taste was wheat and banana. This yielded to a light, spicy finish, with a little citrus. The banana taste is very big up front.
A very pleasant beer, increasingly drinkable. I wish I had one right now. Gets better with every sip. The banana taste is sort of addictive. As you feel it disappearing, you want to build it back up again.
I drank this one kind of fast, and then had another one at a more leisurely pace. It's easy to drink it fast, though. I reccomend this as a session beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of Pencible
1.97/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Believe it or not, this was my first wheat beer ever. It had two features I noticed that distinguish it from other styles of beer:
1) The flavor was really weird (I can't even compare it to anything else.) I'm not sure if that's unique to this particular brew, or if all wheat beers taste the same way. I'm not sure I want to find out, either.
2) It had a very sticky, clinging texture.

Overall, this was not something I'd want to drink again, but it was interesting having an unfiltered beer.

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Photo of cichief
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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 mithrascruor
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy apricot color, with a good amount of visible carbonation. Dense white head is about an inch thick, and has ok retention but virtually no lacing.

Smell: Has a nice yet simple aroma of wheat, cloves, and bananas.

Taste: Refreshing taste of wheat with a bit of lemon and orange. The cloves and bananas come in towards the finish, and there's a bit of light hop bitterness with wheat in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, with a nice tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Really nice to drink; good flavor, not boring, and not too strong or extreme in any ways.

I wasn't sure if this would be a weizen-style beer, or an unfiltered wheat type beer when I bought it. A bit shocked (and aprehensive) when I found out it was a Hefeweizen, but it's really a good one. Certainly better than most American and some German Hefeweizens I've had. Refreshing, enjoyable, and really cheap.

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Photo of jwc215
4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 23.04.08:

Pours clouded light yellow (almost lemon-drop) with a thin white, slowly vanishing, head.

The smell is of lemon zest, wheat tang and fresh banana.

The taste is of wheat, banana and lemon. Dry, crisp finish. Not overly complex, but tasty.

Medium-bodied - heftier than typical. Very refreshing and smooth.

Very easy drinking with a wonderful aroma and nice taste - Nice refreshing crispness to it!

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