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Baltika #8 Wheat | Baltika Breweries

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3.52/5
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363 Ratings
Baltika #8 WheatBaltika #8 Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,515
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
363
pDev:
14.77%
Bros Score:
2.54
 
 
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Photo of PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow. Small head drops fast and leaves no lace.
Smell is wheat, malt, banana and yeast.
Taste is as above with a vety slight acidic note, tangy almost with aa hint of vanilla. Atouch of alcohol in the aftertaste.
Light-medim body with good effervescence. A good, solid middle-of-the-road performer with good balance throughout.

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Photo of speter
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich, cloudy gold color with a fluffy off-white head that slowly fades to impressive lacing.

S: Barley and wheat malt, yeast and banana.

T: This is a delicious Russian take on the classic south German hefeweizen. The Russian twist, in my opinion, is the prevalence of banana over any spicy clove flavor. In fact, I couldn't detect any clove at all, but the sweetness of the malt and the banana esters make this a wonderful beer. We had it together with one of the first real salads I've had since we've been in Russia, and the match was perfect.

M: Good full body and ample carbonation.

D: If this were more widely available here (in Kazan), I'd drink more of it.

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Photo of 0beerguy0
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a straw yellow color, cloudy, had about two fingers worth of a head on it that retained and laced nicely.

Aroma: You can defiantly smell the yeast in this beer, but it is not overwhelming. Bit of lemon and spice smell to it as well.

Taste: Clove and banana flavor, a bit of vanilla. Light citrus taste. Hint of nutty flavors. The best way to describe it is Banana nut bread with a little lemon.

Mouth feel: Good amount of carbonation, Smooth body. It went down smooth.

Drinkability: Great wheat beer. Even better than some of the German Hefe and American wheat beers I have had

Definitely a great Wheat beer.

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Photo of madvoice
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy light golden colour with sudsy head which dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S - Very light wheaty smell with yeast undertones.

T - I think my mouth orgasmed. It really made the tastebuds tickle. Light and smooth with a sweet banana flavour with a crisp apple like aftertaste.

M - Light on the fizz medium bodied beer. Very refreshing.

D - The only bad thing I have to say about this for drinkability is that I'm kicking myself for only buying one bottle. I will be actively seeking this one out again!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden color with a large white head that dissipates quickly and only leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet banana and clove with yeast and wheat notes in the background.

Taste: Sweet fruits- apple, banana, and clove, with a sweet wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery with light carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not the best hefeweizen, but still a very solid one. It's price is also a plus- this beer is definitely worth a look.

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Photo of dbossman
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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 beer2day
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darker than expected. Yellow gold, clear, and actively carbonated. Light, frothy 2-finger head with decent retention and lacing.

Lemongrass and straw dominate the nose. Some weak cloves in there, too.

Very clean and crisp. More sour than anticipated. Sweet lemons in the finish.

Feel is slightly fizzy, but not bad.

Easy drinker on a hot day. Will have to remember this one once the weather warms.

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Photo of spoons
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

A slighty couldy yellow as expected for wheat. seems to be very carbonated. a great pillowy white head.

Smells like bananas and yeast. A hint of spice. pretty nice actually.

The taste is smooth. Yes it definitely has some carbonation to it.
This is a decent drinking examle of a german wheat...from Russia...

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Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 500ml bottle into my Flying Saucer globe. This beer pours a hazy golden wheat with a massive cloudy white cap that leaves some massive lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is classic Hefe. Big banana notes, clove, a bit of bubble gum and a slight nuttiness. The clove is really mild and the banana is really big. They really nailed the nose. The flavor is like banana nut bread. Bruised bananas, yeasty biscuits, clove, and fatty nuts. No bubble gum is present on the palate. The mouthfeel is light and coats the mouth with a big banana flavor. It finishes a bit dry for the style but, dang, I like it. Overall this is probably the 2nd best Baltika beer I've had. Absolutely solid.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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 thekanna
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at The Russia House near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

A: Cloudy light yellow with a large, foamy head.

S: Strong wheat malts shine through with a bit of citrus.

T: Excellent wheat malt / banana taste; big, bready yeasts, slightly spicy.

M: Slightly watery, but has the carbonation to compensate.

D: Baltika can give the Germans a run for their money. Excellently drinkable Hefe. I'm constantly surprised by how good Baltika's brews are.

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Photo of skyguy
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: looks like a normal hef...maybe a little lighter than normal. good head retention

Smell: big banana, sweet, citrus as well

Taste: banana, more citrus than most hefs I have had. sweet.

Body: light body. a lot of carbonation

Overall: I actually really enjoyed this beer. I bought it randomly for about 2 bucks at a local store in the OC. I had no idea the Russians could brew like this. I was quite impressed

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

Appearance: Poured a few shades lighter than I'm used to seeing with this style. It wasn't for the fact that it's cloudy and came with a massive 3 finger head I may have mistaken it for an adjunct. In case you haven't already fingered it out it's a very light straw yellow. The head didn't stick around to play.

Smell: The nose is mostly of banana bread. Very sweet and fruity. There's also a little bit of bubblegum poking around in the background. It's pleasant but lacking in any kind of spiciness.

Taste: Following the smell this is very strong on the banana bread. The bubblegum isn't present here and there is some of the yeasty, spicy tones that were absent in the nose. The banana flavors are quite overwhelming and I really wish there was more here to balance them out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Fair level of carbonation, light to medium bodied. It has a very enjoyable dry finish. That could be the best aspect of this beer.

Drinkability: If you couldn't already tell I found this beer leans a little to far into the sweet and fruity aspects of a hefeweizen. There's no reason to drink this when a proper German example could be had for marginally more cost.

Overall I'm a novice in the grand scheme of wheat beer. I've concentrated a lot of my time on big boy stouts and hop bombs. But I think I have an understanding of what a top notch hefeweizen tastes like and this is just not it. It's a good try and I'd still take it over just about any American Pale Wheat.

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Photo of tone77
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells of spices and citrus. Taste is excellent. A great combination of banana, citrus, and spices, this beer is bursting with flavor. Feels delicious in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this makes for a high quality brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial wheat glass. Beer is yellow slightly dark with a haze to it. Forms a white / off white head of medium to large bubbles that falls away quickly leaving a little lacing on the glass.

Overall the aroma is pretty subdued for a hefeweizen. Slight wheaty feeling to it, some fruity esters but overall not much.

The beer has a medium to low body and is a little watery, or rather wet. The drinkability is really high and its about as refreshing as a beer can be without being water itself. Honestly, I love this beer. There isn't an aftertaste, there is a nice wheaty feel and taste to the beer overall. Its a good beer. Nothing too complex.

I will say that if I ever drink more than 2 of these beers in a night, the next morning I have the worst headache I've ever had. I drink this beer a lot and I've studied this with myself. Maybe there is something in the water they use that does this to me. I still recommend it, just drink one at a time.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw colored with a huge white head. The aroma is wheat, yeast, banana and some cloves and citrus. The flavor is as expected with lots of bananas, cloves and other spices. You get some citrus as well. Very crisp and drinkable. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Finishes dry.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a hazy straw color in the glass with a thick white froth, excellent retention, and above average lacing. Somewhat sweet aromas of Banana, Biscuits, Clove, & a subtle earthiness follow through as flavors on the palate. As stated before, the beer is slightly sweet with crisp mouthfeel & long finish. Overall a solid beer that is a fantastic value & one that I definitely will recommend.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a light and hazy dirty lemon in color and offers a rich and lasting white head, throwing off artsy lacing throughout.

Intriguing nose of wheat and banana. A nice yeast sense is everpresent and muddled with just enough sweetness and a hint of clove spice.

Wheat and spice carry to the taste department seamlessly. Bit of citrus accompanies. Nice body and feel from start to finish without being too sweet. Bready in texture and with a well balanced sweet character yielding a solid feel and drink.

Value: A

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Photo of brownbeer
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with a generous white head and a sea of rising bubbles.

Pretty standard nose of estery banana and clove with an added zesty citrus and woody note.

The flavors are very clean with brisk carbonation. Banana and clovey spice are well balanced with each other and lemony citrus. The body is light and refreshing.

On par with some of the better German versions. This should be great when warm weather rolls back around.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle - $2.29 at House of Brews in Clarksville, Tennessee. Production Date: 11.10.08. Best Before: 11.10.09. Quick, toss me a bottle opener, there's not a moment to lose!

Appearance: Hastily poured out a cloudy, pale yellow body with a tall, frothy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, slightly tangy nose of malted wheat with notes of lemon, (mild) spice, and a graham crackers gently brushed on one side with honey.

Taste: Sweetish malt character largely encompassed by the taste of (lightly) tangy wheat malt. Drizzles of sweet wildflower honey cross my rather surprised tongue. Small touches of lemony citrus and mild spice. Mild hop bitterness. Comrade Baltika has a semi-dry finish that's crisp and provides a final flavor of graham cracker crumbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation for just the right amount of zip. Amply creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Surprisingly adequate! Though, for now, I'm just quietly plugging this into Windows Notepad on a computer lacking an internet connection and therefore providing no access to BeerAdvocate whatsoever, I still feel strongly in my opinion that this'll be the highest rated Baltika product for me... thus far! There's still a few out there. Now, at long last, there's a bit of hope added to the steely trepidation I feel for future Baltika products.

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Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with a cap of fine, white bubbles that fell to a collar over the course of a few minutes. Lemon and wheat aroma, crackers, slight banana, bread. Same in the flavour, but with a bit of clove in the finish. Light bodied with average carbonation, slightly slick in texture. Refreshing , but the flavour and aroma were a little bit muted.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation:
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.

Visual:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Overall:
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one's a hazy yellow, perhaps just a shade paler than the typical hefe. The head isn't huge, but it's respectable; and, while it doesn't leave much lacing, there's a little thin lacing and the head sticks around almost the whole way.
The banana and yeast are there in the aroma, the clove very weak but present. There's just the slightest astringent twinge as well.
There's a slightly stronger wheat back in the flavor, though overall it's a bit light. There's also more sweetness than expected, and it's not really either an improvement or a detraction except for a slightly artificial note in an otherwise dry aftertaste.
The body is light and carbonation is a little heavy.
This one isn't bad.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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 dgilks
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a pillow-like white head. Head retention isn't great and there is little lacing. Okay but not great.

Aromas are very fruity with lots of banana. The yeast has definitely tended towards the banana esters rather than the clove phenols.

The flavour is good with lots of banana and hints of wheat and clove. A tasty brew.

A full body and average carbonation work okay here but are a bit heavy and the carbonation could be crisper.

A tasty, easy to drink brew from this Russian brewery. The flavour is good and the whole beer would be just that little bit better if the carbonation was a touch higher.

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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 363 ratings
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