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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 animal69
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this 1 had use by 8-12-07 on it; poured a slightly cloudy pale yellow w/ a slight head good lacing; yeasty fruit smell, a little bready, lots of fusels; a yeasty taste at first, smoothing out w/ some sweet malt undertones, a little thin, though; a light body w/ some residual sugars; an interesting beer, new to wheats, but i'm not sure i like it so I 3.5'd it...

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cellar 70 at the Stevens Point County Market

Appearance - Golden orange with a ghost like cloudiness. A truly unique looking brew. The head ours at about 1.5 inches but has no stamina. There is a moderate amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smell - The traditional soapy scent found with most wheat brews is present in this Russian as well.

Taste - The flavor is malty with a tiny sweet hint. A good tasting beer without a doubt.

Mouthfeel - The feel is on the coarse side. I'm not sure if I'm drinking it a little too cold but the carbonation seems to scratch across my tongue and the back of my throat.

~ All in all the flavor makes this beer worth it. The Saint Petersburg brewers have done a very good job with what can sometimes become a very average type of brew. Nice work.

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Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Baltika continues to surprise.

Honey-wheat flavoring, pours a paleish yellow with a nice unfiltered look. Not much head to speak of, but definitely carbonated.

The taste is mostly wheat, with some floral and banana tones mixed in. A really good, fairly affordable hefeweizen.

Good drink this for a while.

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Photo of iceball585
4.52/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Semi cloudy w/ a nice golden yellow hue, light fluffy head

S- Earth tones of wheat and grass w/ citrus tones of lemon and orange

T- Wheat, lemon, and banana flavor that lingers, slowly fades out

M- Light feel, slight fizz but not too strong

D- Very, very, very drinkable

This is the first russian beer that I've ever tried and I'd definatly be up for trying more. The is a great all around hefe weizen that tastes like it came right out of the heart of germany. If i didn't pour it myself then I would have swore it was a german hefe weizen.

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Photo of pieper
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one.

Appearance - nice cloudy beer, as expected from a wheat and great head retention -- no orange here baby
Smell - really strong clove and citrus aromas
Taste - great example of a wheat beer, wonderful citrus flavors coupled nicely with hints of cloves
Mouthfeel - solid, good carbonation
Drinability - I could easily throw these guys down.

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Photo of beeragent
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. The beer pours a light hazy gold, forming a massive white head. Light spots of lace dot the glass. The aroma is light fruit, mostly banana, along with a hint of spices. The aroma isnt as strong as other hefe weizens that I've tried. The taste is also lighter, but still full of flavor. The taste starts with a light fruity banana flavor, followed by a sharp mix of spices, and finishing with the same fruity flavor. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. A highly drinkable beer. Overall, I enjoyed this brew. Not as good as some other hefe's out there, but still very good.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
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 choyhosoi
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a strong head then fell really fast to almost nothing but when tilted left drizzle on the side of the glass so thats nice. The smell had a nice citrus scent with a nice golden yellow color. The taste is nice and smooth with a bit of a hoppy taste after the drink goes down besides that it worth a try.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I've had from Russia. Presented in a .5L bottle with the neck and cap adorned with gold foil. No best before date noted anywhere. Poured into my Franziskaner hefeweizen glass.
Appearance: cloudy apricot color, loads of fine-spun carbonation and a fluffy white head that left nice lace behind as it slowly receded. Quite attractive.
Smell: good Bavarian-styled hefe notes here. Nice bubblegum-and-clove aroma with a lesser degree of banana thrown in. All this fruity aroma was supported by a pleasant pale malt note.
Taste: surprisingly flavorful; lots of fruit flavor - banana backed with a touch of citrus - which carried a rich spiciness of clove and a hint of vanilla. Pale malt profile lent a hayfield dustiness and yeast added a doughy angle to the mix.
Feel: light, crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: this brew is dead-on for a good German hefe and one I could drink all day (and night) long. The price at my local store is very reasonable, too. A great find for me; a beer I'll happily turn to again. Worth trying out if you like a good hefeweizen.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with a huge head and lively carbonation putting on a show in a weizen glass. Head drops with no lacing.
Smell is doughy with some banana ,clove and ....Ivory soap.
Tastes very much like a hefe...banana , clove and bubblegum are prominent...hops very subtle. That soapy smell doesn't show up as a flavor until the aftertaste...not really bad...but it is a little weird...has not stopped me from drinking the rest of it.
Mouthfeel is medium...lots of carbonation.
Not bad ...1/2 liter for $1.59.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two four packs of Baltika products were available at the local Fresh Market, each with a different selection. I picked this one, more or less randomly - might have to come back for the other one.

Appearance: Pours with a very big white head! Golden in color. Good head retention. No lacing.

Smell: Clove is the most recognizable wheat beer aroma present, some banana and grain as well. I'm curious what temperature this was fermented at, my guess is lower than typical ale temperature, since the aromas are a bit lighter than I would have expected.

Taste: Solid wheat beer flavor profile. A bit tough to classify, I wouldn't think it's hoppy enough to count as an American Pale Wheat, but it's not cloudy so not a hefe - maybe a kristalweizen, but I'd expect more bubblegum... Fair malt backbone. Banana finally shows up a bit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body, carbonation not as high as it looked immediately when poured.

Drinkability: Quaffable. I'm looking forward to trying the porter more.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy, pale yellow topped with a few fingers of semidense head that slowly faded with little lacing.

S: Strong wheat and banana notes, subtle bubblegum undertones. Graininess very full.

T: Very wheaty flavor dominates, with a lemony citrus hop taste coming forth toward the middle, fading into a watery finish. Grain lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Well-carbonated with a light body, decent composition.

D: Another easydrinking wheat, but this one lacks a standout flavor to speak of. Nevertheless, this wouldn't let you down on a warm day.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a hazy golden straw colour. Creamy white head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to good thick layer. Loads of carbonation drifts quickly to the surface... some very wispy lacing...

Aroma - Good strong spicy, juicy, tropical fruits (pineapples, lemons, limes, oranges), spicy / peppery, light cloves, yeasty, biscuity / cookie notes, floral honey, some salty notes, grassy, wheat notes, no real hops or malts...

Taste – Sadly not as good as the aromas would indicate... watered down fruits (light lemons, apples, oranges), salty notes, light spiciness (cloves, peppercorns), wheaty, floral notes, grassy / hay, no real sweetness - maybe just the faintest hint of honey, again no real hops or malts...

M&D - Sharp initially then smooths out. Light body... Very refreshing and drinkable - would be good on a hot summers day...

Overall - An OK wheat beer... The aromas indicate that it's going to be pretty good but sadly the taste doesn't live up... worth a try though..

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Photo of stcules
2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw coloured, tending to a light greenish. Abundant, creamy, white head.
Weizen smell, quite banana, not unpleasant. Quite sweet, but not too much.
The taste slips away a little, nothing to remember.
No defects, but not really interesting.
Wheta notes, and cloves.
Sweetish aftertaste, average persistence.

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Photo of theopholis
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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 ctdfalconer
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find it interesting that Baltika has so many different varieties on the shelf and that so many of them are so similar. Variations on a theme. There are exceptions to that, this beer being one. It's definitely un-lagerlike. It looks quite a bit like a hefeweizen except that the yeast sediment came out of the bottle in big floppy sheets instead of fine sediment like a classic hefe. It has a big fluffy white head and hazy orange-gold color like a hefeweizen. The aroma and flavor come off considerably more like an American wheat beer than a German. It's drinkable, sure, but not outstanding. One thing that Baltika has going for it is that it's generally quite a bit cheaper than other .5-liter bottles on the shelves.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Russian Wheat gets it's classification as an American Pale Wheat Ale due to the fact that is a little non-descript in flavor, as opposed to it's German counterparts. This beer pours a pleasant cloudy lighter yellow, with a slightly off white fairly carbonated head. The beer's nose gave only brief notes of banana and yeast. The flavor was "wheaty" but clean, with only hints of European styling. No clove or spice, only faint banana towards the end. Medium light in body, this beer could easily be a session beer during the summer time. This wheat brew pairs well with pizza, hearty salads, or grilled salmon....Enjoy

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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.28/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bought in Melbourne, bottle resembles the one in the photo but with a paper collar instead of foil and perhaps a longer neck.

Poured into an Erdinger glass, a large fluffy head formed which broke down reasonably quickly into a thin retained head with lacing. Fairly dark yellow but not amber. A good amount of small bubbles. This is my first beer of the style - I thought this was a Russian take on a Bavarian Hefeweizen but the flavour is different. For a Weizen the appearance is below average.

Smell: Bizarre. I'd like to know what esters/acids are responsible for that whisky malt-like aroma, because as soon as I opened the bottle that smell pervaded the room. It wasn't very appealing since it's 43 degrees in Canberra today and I was after a cool refreshing Weissbier, not a nip of Scotch. On the upside, no adjunct aromas are present, although there is some bubblegum and something smelling a bit like burning plastic bag. If I'd known this brew was going to smell like this I would have served it colder... not a flattering comment.

Taste: Not too offensive, apart from an unpleasant, indefinable aftertaste on the palate. Maybe some lemon, malt and tart, unpleasant yeast notes... Can't elaborate on it too much. I don't know if it's the style I don't like - seeing as though this resembles a Hefe crossed with a bad English wheat ale: merely a bastardised form of one of my favourite styles, or if it's just a mediocre brew. In any case, it's not for a lack of a distinct flavour, just that the flavour is wrong.

The beer seems a little bit flat in the mouth too. As I get down to the bottom of the glass, my mouth isn't happy and it's starting to refuse to swallow. As for drinkability - this deserves an even lower score. I wouldn't drink another one of these if offered, unless under extenuating, extreme-thirst-inducing circumstances.

This brew got worse the more I drank. Probably wouldn't be too bad if drunk really cold. Still, more texture and depth to it than any other Russian beer I've had.

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Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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 dherling
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a pale golden color with a slightly orange hue. Had some nice citric odors in the nose, along with wheat, spice, and cherry blossoms. The taste is fairly bland, some malt and lemon, slight spice, but over all fairly bland. Moderate carbonation and a clean finish.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a larger size [500 ml?] bottle into a pint glass. Couldn't get much info. from the bottle since I don't read Russian or Chinese [which is what was pasted on the back...a friend brought this to me from China].

Poured a rather clear golden color with a huge 3-finger slightly chunky head which dissipated rather quickly but left a foam ring. Decent lacing. Light carbonation seen rising. Was expecting the beer to be opaque, so was a little surprised.

Aroma is of wheat, sweetness, and bubblegum.

Taste is also sweet and decent amounts of bubblegum. Also some light clove.

Mouthfeel is med/light and lightly cleansing. Somewhat dry in the mouth.

Very drinkable brew. Goes down easy and I could definitely drink several of these. Good on a hot day. Overall, a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of shivtim
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My personal favorite of the Baltikas, barely edging out #6 (the Porter). It's pale gold/yellow, a little too clear for a wheat beer. Has a nice big white head though. Nose is wheat, sweet bread, orange, and slight spiciness. Nice combination, something you'd expect but more complex and intricate than most wheat beers. Taste is wheaty mild citrus, and a hint of grapefruit. Banana comes through too. Mouthfeel is not bad, but could be more "tangy". Overall a good brew, and would make a nice summer beer.

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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 361 ratings
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