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 beerme343
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled the Baltika Wheat out of a 16.9 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Fine white bubbles formed a medium sized head that did not last very long. The beer is a hazy golden color.

There is the prominent banana smell to this beer typical of most European Hefeweizen but not much else stands out.

Banana comes through on the palate and there is a little tropical fruit - possibly papaya evident also. A touch of spice comes through as well.

The finish is smooth but a little watered down for a hefeweizen. Not overly impressed with the #8.

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3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Weizen glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale gold in color.Chill haze.Off white crown.Fairly well retention leaving some spots & rings.Floral & fruity to the nose.Bread crust,hints of honey & orange hues complete the aromatic profile.Fruity upfront,citric notes.Mildy malty flavor. Sparkling, slightly spicy mouthfeel.Medium body,soft carbonation.Watery in the middle.Orange zest & subtle hoppy bitter finish.Refreshing.Easy drinkability.

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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 mrfrancis
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a pillowy white head that gradually recedes into a thin, creamy mousse.

S: Harsh aromas of grain and minerals initially dominate the nose, but after a couple of seconds, aromas of yeast, spices, and banana become noticeable.

T: A sweet, mellow entry presents notes of cream, vanilla, bubblegum, minerals, overripe banana, wheat toast, butter, and clove. There is also a fine, grassy hop backtaste present that is most noticeable around mid-palate. The finish is clipped and mellow with notes of bubblegum and banana.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body and quite smooth. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a bit weak after the entry, rendering this beer thinner and more watery than it should be.

O: As is, this is a mediocre hefeweizen, but it clearly has the potential to be more than that. All of the components are there, but the final product is just a bit too muddled and bland to really be a winner.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baltika no. 8 Wheat Ale has a very thick, fluffy, egg-shell-colored head and a cloudy golden appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is grain husk with the head, but once this goes away, more of the banana and spice is detected. The flavor is subtle, but banana, coriander, white wheat bread, sugar, and spices are present. Mouthfeel is heavy, yet Baltika no. 8 Wheat Ale finishes pretty crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. This is a pretty good beer. It improved as it warmed and I drank it down.


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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 BierStein711
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into weizen glass

Three finger head: looks like a weissbier

Smells of cloves, ripe fruit, especially bananas

T: Just alcohol

M: Watery and weak

Overall: I'm glad I tried one of Russia's beers, but frankly I don't ever see myself offering this to anyone for something refreshing. This beer is definitely one that would be better if the taste was more complex and if it felt like an ale not a water.

I'll probably not have this again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.54/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Muddled light amber beige color, with a decent lacing on top. Strong overripe fruit, yeast, wet bread and very faint cheap wine ... not sure where this beer is going, but the nose is way out there. Smooth and creamy with a medium- size body. Some breadiness but the fruitiness takes over; vinous with nearly rotten fruit and an odd warming alcohol. A chore to drink, this beer needs to be cleaned up, as the potential is there.

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

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in West Omaha, NE
Produced on 6/11/2011, best by 6/12/2012(?).
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Beer has, as expected, a huge off-white head made up of small and medium-sized bubbles. Declines over a minute or two to a ring around the glass. Leaves very minimal lacing on glass sides. Body is a dark gld in color when away from the light; close to a point source, it's a cloudy yellow. Murky, as expected, from the yeast. Carbonation noticeable, despite the haze, and quite active.

Aroma of wheat and barley malts fairly dominant, along with less noticeable banana, apple, and slight yeast. It was necessary to dig for the less obvious components of this beer; not particularly robust.

Taste opens with wheat and barley malt flavors and sweetness, quickly moving to extra sweet bubblegum, banana esters, coriander, and clove. Closes with characteristic tartness and applesauce flavors. Lingering aftertaste of cider or sweet, tart, white wine. Good taste: a little too sweet, a little lacking on the non-estery components, but generally quite tasty.

Medium-bodied, but carbonation makes this slightly prickly on the initial sip; by mid-taste, carbonation has lessened, giving this a smoother mouthfeel overall. Finish is semi-dry.

This comes across as a solid middle-tier hefeweizen. Less complex than Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, etc., but with plenty of traditional German wheat beer flavors, this is one that's worthy of partaking of.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, bananas, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then there are some mildly sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and a little bit spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful and inexpensive beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance has a natural wheat color thats cloudy having a thick head thats slow to dissipate leaving a shreaded curtain of lace. Smell of wheat, yeast, light spice with background malt all thats been hanging around in storage. taste again of the aroma, but not having the clove and banana as in other Euro hefe's. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not a bad wheat beer, just not complex as others.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. So far this brew looks much like a traditional Hefeweizen. The smell of the beer was of sweet grains and wheat. The taste of the beer was smooth and grainy also. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated with a light body to it. Overall this brew wasn't too bad.

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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 Sorcerer
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 litre bottle poured into same size hefe glass.

Foamy head forced an even slower pour, and a pause to prevent overflow. Swilled the bottle while waiting for the head to subside. Final pour yielded a generous sediment to the hazy faded school-bus yellow brew.

Looks right. Head dissipated quickly and left no lace.

Smells okay, almost good. It would be interesting to make a side by side comparison with some baseline hefe. Can a hefe smell good? Of course it can.

Tastes good. My mouth did not reject it anyway. There's a lot going on in there. Crackers, orange peel, coriander, some banana and bubble gum, hidden alcohol...but

Mouthfeel is a tad watery. Not that that is a bad thing mind you, if it was a very hot day and this was very cold beer, it would be excellent. It drinks easily. Moderate to low carbonation (after the head-pour settled down) allows the flavors to come forward in the mouth. Good to drink fast or slow!

Overall I find myself quite surprised with this one! I was expecting to be disappointed in flavor. Favourable result indicates future refreshment is necessary. A test against some baseline hefeweisen will occur in the near future I am absolutely certain.

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Photo of isualum12
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: yellow in color white foaming head.

smell- orange fruity wheat slight stink to it a little at first but I think I was a little confused on it.

taste- hefeweizen with extra wheat on it. the wheat seems strong on the tip.

mouthfeel- decent feel with mild carbonization. There was a little burn from the stomach on this.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle, this beer pours a hazy yellow color with a decent cap of foam. The aroma is dominated by sweet, almost artificial-like, banana with a touch clove. The texture is a little chewy from the wheat. The flavor mimics the aroma somewhat with sweet banana, boarding on cloying. Afterward the palate is coated, trapping the flavor next to the tongue. The beer bested my expectations, but it still far from excellence.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bananas in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bananas, bubble gum and wheat.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink and goes down quite smoothly. It has some refreshing properties.

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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 rdilauro
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was taken by surprise with this beer. I've seen it in the store along with their #6, but at the low price I just figured it was a think light nothing type of beer.
Finally, we tasted some and was impressed. It had a nice aroma, typical of a wheat beer and had that nice cloudy hue about it
The wheat 'flavor' was not as pronounced as with some other wheat beers, but still it was really nice It didnt have the typical orange, coriander spice to it, but none the less it was an enjoyable and inexpensive beer

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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 JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since I never tried it before and this is prime season for this type of beer. While it wasn't anything bad, this may have been the most "plain jane" Hefe that I've ever had one of most plain beers overall. It's by no means a drain pour like the mass-market macros would be for me but there wasn't anything memorable about this either.

Standard pour to this with an off-gold hue and lots of cloudiness to it. The head reminded me of soda based on the sound and how long it lasted - lots of fizzle with little substance. There wasn't any lacing to be seen and for the most part, that was the taste too. Lots of starch like potato chips or crackers with just a hint of clove, bubble gum, and banana here. Nowhere near as pronounced as its German counterparts and the aftertaste could hardly be detected either. Just a bit of carbonation here too but nothing that detracted from the beer itself.

Sure, it's a bigger bottle but this was easy to down and if I had another, I might have opened that too afterwards. I came in with no expectations and left feeling the same way - not quite "blah" and not impressed either. I wouldn't mind giving other beers from these guys a go, if for no other reason to see if this brewery is middle of the road on all of their offerings. This is only worth a try if nothing else in this style is readily available.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After suffering through a few of the Baltika lagers, my expectations were low here. However, this turned out to be a completely respectable wheat beer. You know, I'd be happy to homebrew something like this.

There's a light, doughy malt character in the background. The main yeast character is a big creamy, sweet candy spice aroma and flavor, a bit like a spice cake, with a twist of orange. The body is light enough to make this a decent session beer. And it finishes with clean touch of wheat cracker and strawberry and citrus hit. Nice beer, not amazing, but I'd take it on a hot day.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good!!! I had a Baltika 9 as the representative of a style I had not tried before and it was very average and boozy. This beer was like a fairly good hefe. Straw color, big bubbly delicate white head and a little lacing. Good solid smell of cloves bananas and lemon zest.

Crisp, tart taste, cloves, bananas, lemon zest and other spices. Very nice!!!!

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. overall a good solid summertime brew.

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Baltika #8 Wheat from Baltika Breweries
3.55 out of 5 based on 359 ratings.
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