bytemesis (6449) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy medium yellow with a small white head that dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is lemon, wheat, yeast, and a bit of banana. Flavor is light sweet, light lemon sour. Medium body
Alengrin (4340) - BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
As Baltika 8 Wheat Beer Premium, bottle from a Russian shop in Groningen. Very thick and dense but regularly shaped, egg-white, thickly ’membranous’ lacing head over an immediately misty peach blonde beer with orangey hue. Aroma of very strong banana and banana-flavoured bubblegum, ripe plum, powder sugar, industrial honey, lots of red apple, stewed rhubarb acetaldehyde, minerals, old bread, white cabbage, paper, soapy wheat but nothing of the clove-like phenols that make a true Bavarian Hefeweizen great. Sweet onset, very much dominated by banana and bubblegum isoamylacetate, very spritzy carbonation (overcarbonated even for the style) numbing the tongue and ’souring’ a bit, minerally, a bit chalky even, soft and fluffy bready middle while the banana sweetness persists relentlessly, soapy wheat clearly present and even ahead of the bready barley, becoming a tad less sweet towards the end - but in fact more neutral, with the wheat and barley fading away ingloriously, though a brief, faint grassy hop touch tries to rear its head far away at the back. Chalky and banana-like effects linger along with an unmistakable ’dull’ wheat sourishness. Quenching alright, but it does feel a bit industrial and more importantly, lacks all of the finesses found in Bavarian Hefeweizen. This is heavily banana-laden to the point where it becomes a mundane parody of the style, like e.g. the Dutch Weissbier examples I had. I know banana flavours are inherent to the style but this is ridiculous - where are the spicy phenols, where is the elegant breadiness, why is this overcarbonated to the point of becoming almost soda-like? Then again, what did I expect from a Russian Weissbier... To Baltika standards, or Russian standards in general, I guess this is not undrinkable, but this is by no means a satisfying Hefeweizen either. I also think this was pasteurized (cooked to death, in other words) and then resaturated and made cloudy with added starch - again, as is likely the case in the Dutch Hefeweizen caricatures coming from Grolsch (under SAB Miller) or Brand (under Heineken) as well.
flying_pig (1396) - SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Mini Mix Russian shop, Barceloneta, Barcelona (€1.25):
A nice but fairly average beer without standing out, it was slightly darker looking than expected but this didn’t translate to the aroma or flavour other than the darker malts coming through with the taste. There was a good combination of banana & wheat early on & some background fruits made a brief cameo too but for the most part it was a pretty average wheat beer really.
Toomio (485) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mukava lager. Ei nämä venäjän oluet pahoja ole. Oikeastaan tulee mieleen joku weihenstephaner tästä.
Jury (98) - RUSSIA - MAY 31, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Довольн& приятно& пиво, достойн& аромат, вкус с кислинк& большая шапка пены.
mrowax (8) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 27, 2016 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has all the wheat beer characteristics, hazy, straw colour, nice head and lacing. aroma:yests, cloves, a bit acetaldeyde. Tastes refreshingly, with smooth finish. Yeasts, a bit sour. Quite nice
minihame2 (439) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, pale yellow body with a small, bubbly, white head. Nice wheaty aroma, plenty of banana, some malts. Slightly bitter taste, quite dry, also has some yeast flavour. Soft mouthfeel with light carbonation, however, the body is light and kinda weak. Not that great for a wheat beer overall in my opinion.
Nijstrom (280) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle. Notes of wheat, bananas, yeast, hay and mild spices. Moderately sweet and mildly bitter. Quite dry and mildly bitter finish. Slightly astringent.
biir (705) - Berlin, - APR 20, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flasche aus einem russischen Supermarkt - Dunkelgelbe Farbe, schöne Tapete. Geschmack bananig, hefig. Voller Körper. Im Abgang etwas wässrig. Recht süß. Okay.
DrNosha (1533) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 13, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
500ml Flasche. Hellgelb trübes Bier mit grobem Schaum. Hefe und Kräuter Duft. Geschmack wässerig. Hefe, Getreide.
Rulymel (269) - SPAIN - MAR 2, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wheat and spicy. Better in aroma than classic 3. No so fruity as I expected. Far away from excellent hefeweizen of Germany