Friday, March 11, 2011

Baltika #8 - Russia 11-3-11




The Low Down:
I have a weak spot for Hefeweizens (wheat beer) and this one is pretty damn good. It's the first import I've reviewed in a 500ml bottle, and what a bottle it is. Spouting the glory of mother Russia with clean branding and embossed relief.

Number 4 is the lager, number 6 is the porter, there are many of these, each different, but all the same. the brewer takes the marxist concept even further as there is nothing apart from the 8 to even identify this bear as the heff.

The taste however, is not remotely socialist, and flavours of freedom, pineapple, and other fruits abound.




Packaging: 9/10
Socialism in design. Have you ever seen a brick building in Magadan? Elegant in simplicity
Refreshment: 9/10
An amazing example of the effervescence that should exist in a good heff.
Flavour 7/10:
Fruity and wheaty without overly pronounced hops.
Alcohol Content: 7/10
5.0%. A solid score for a heff. Because it comes in a pint, it's more than enough.
Price: 6/10
$5.29 seems a bit high for a heff, but it is imported. I suppose that's what you get for letting the workers control the means of production.
Total: 38/50








Conclusion:
a perfectly permissible heff, really great flavour and design. Additionally, since it's from Russia, you can drink it while talking in a thick Bond villain accent.
Cheers