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Baltika 8 Wheat

Rating: 3.35

The first review of a beer that I managed to try whilst in Barcelona recently and surprisingly it is actually a Russian beer, this being due to the fact that our apartment was located directly above a Russian mini market and it being a hot country, I decided to grab the only wheat beer I managed to see whilst in Barcelona. The beer will be my fourth in total from the Baltika brewery and follows on from their #5 Gold lager, #6 Porter and their #7 Export lager, with a review of their #4 Original dunkel to follow. This particular offering was first introduced back in 2001 as an unfiltered wheat beer and has won a few awards over the years, including the Platinum Osiris Best Wheat Beer in 2005 and gold medals at the 2003, 2004 and 2005 International Brewers Competitions. Despite the fact that this one wasn’t a locally brewed Spanish beer, I was quite glad I managed to check another couple of beers from the Baltika range off my list over the course of my holiday in Barcelona.

Baltika 8 Wheat

Appearance (4/5): This one pours slightly darker than expected, sitting in the glass as a deep amber colour with a foamy white head on top that’s creamy looking and about one centimetre tall, holding quite well.
Aroma (7/10): The nose starts with some solid wheat and banana notes that you would expect from the style, with some background citrus notes and a touch of clove in there too. There was some hints of spice coming through too before a couple of bread malts and caramel made an appearance alongside a basic sweetness.
Taste (6/10): Sweet and quite fruity tasting, this one started with some good banana and clove flavours that matched the nose well and opened things up nicely alongside the wheat and bread malts. There touches of spice from the nose also carried through and there was plenty of darker caramel flavours towards the middle of the beer, with touches of citrus following on not too far behind. There wasn’t really many surprises from this one and it was pretty much what I’d been expecting going in; it was still and nice beer though and the taste was enjoyable.
Palate (3/5): Fresh with a medium body and a faint tang thanks to the background citrus coming through. There was plenty of sweetness to this one, particularly with the taste and I got some nice, lively carbonation levels as well without it seeming overdone. An easy-going and fairly crisp beer with a semi-dry finish but nothing special to really set it apart from the rest.

Overall (13/20): This one was a nice beer but also a fairly average one on the whole without nothing that stood out about it or set it apart from the majority of good wheat beers out there. It was a slightly darker looking offering than I’d been expecting but this didn’t really translate to the aroma or flavour in my opinion, other than the darker malts coming through with the taste. There was a good combination of banana and wheat to kick things off though and some background fruits made a brief appearance too but for the most part it was pretty much what you’d expect from an average wheat beer really.

Brewed In: St. Petersburg, Russia
Brewery: Baltika Breweries
First Brewed: 2001
Full Name: Baltika 8 Pshenichnoe (Wheat)
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Mini Mix Russian Shop (Barcelona, Spain)
Price: €1.25 (approx. £0.98)

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  1. June 15, 2016 at 08:14

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