Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002

Previously known as Wahoo Wheat Ale

A fresh, unfiltered brew perfect for lazy summer days.
Our Wahoo White is brewed with unfiltered, un-malted wheat and oats that give it a distinctive cloudy complexity. True to the Belgian tradition, this Witbier boasts a refreshing, citrusy flavor thanks to the orange peel and coriander we add to the boil. This makes Wahoo an ideal beer for year-round beach weather.
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color typical of the style. A bit of haze and an appropriately-sized white head. Very nice smell with some of the typical wheat scents coming through in addition to a few hefe characteristics. Taste was nice with some of the German-type yeast coming through again. Simple, but quite enjoyable. Light-bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkability was very nice, as this was quite refreshing on a hot August day.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of Morganser
2.13/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Was the variety pack skunked? That's what I thought. This and the yellowtail pale were some of the least appealing beers I've had from a reputable brewery in a while. However the sculpin in the case was its usual sculpinrific self. All this beer did was make me drink it as fast as possible to get it over with. Citrus? As in a tablespoon of frozen orange juice conventrate in a gallon of water. BLUE MOON has more flavor and complexity. Granted maybe this style is more susceptible to mishandling on the voyage from CA to PA than Sculpin...or it was a bad batch. Only way I'd try it again would be if someone handed it to me....on draft.....at the brewery.....in a sample glass. Not a fan of the new label. Sculpin rules! Wahoo drools!

Photo of Dmann
4.8/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was one awesome beer. I had it on tap at Dave&Busters and if it weren't $5.35 a glass I would have drank much more. It poured a medium yellow color with a nice white head that stuck around till the end and left very nice lace. The beer was very hazy, of corse, and you could not see through it at all. The smell was very crisp and citrusy. The taste was awesome, one of the most refreshing beers I've had in awhile. There was a great orange-ish tang to it along with a slight hop bite at the end. I have a feeling that this would be a good transition beer for people trying to get into the world of craft brews.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with a hint of orange thrown in. I also get a little vanilla in the aroma, which was unexpected. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of wheat notes, as well as a hint of coriander. The orange notes from the aroma don't really come through in the flavor. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of sechil93
4.68/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pale straw color, with a white head. When you pour it, has a lot of head, then after a little bit it disappears. Little to no lacing.

S- Fruity (orange) and spicy (coriander), also you can smell a little citrus tones in there like lemon and lime. Malty and yeasty as well. For some reason it has a little funky scent too.

T- very balanced, orange and yeast tasted. Towards the middle you can totally taste the spices. Does not have a long lasting tale. You taste it then it leaves the mouth immediately.

M- light bodied, little carbonation.

O- I really like this beer, its very easy to drink and so yummy! Would recommend it to anyone!

Photo of magictrokini
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not all that happy with this one. Pours cloudy gold with very little head. Good spice and citrus in the aroma, but it is mixed with a dank basement odor that is supposed to be wheat. The taste is very yeasty, to the point of souring the beer. This could be pretty good if they would just tone that down.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 22 ounce offering pours like a banana smoothie, deep clouded yellow golden body, thick and creamy white head with specks of yeast imbedded in it. Thick chunks of lacing cling to the glass. Aroma has mild hints of citrus/a touch of banana/clove/coridander. Nice west coast style wheat, a touch of herbal hops really don't impart much bitterness low hop rates for sure. Flavor was fantastic a nice creamy texture citric/grassy wheat sweetness with a touch of banana/clove/citrus great carbonation level going on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied efferescent airy carbonation really creates a unique drinking experience. Drinkability overall was quality a wheat chock full of flavor, glad I didn't pass on this little gem of a session ale from the West Coast.

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz bottle.
Hazy golden body with s very good head.
Lightly tart and lemony flavor with some nice, mild, lingering aftertaste.
Mild bitterness.
Light body with medium carbonation.

Photo of SPRichard
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

yellow straw colored body...cloudy....small white head

citrus...lemon....wheat

tastes pretty much how it smells...clove and banana flavors that dominate most wheat beers here in the US are more subdued in this one

very thin compared to most of the American wheat beers....still very drinkable

i usually prefer the more creamier wheat beers, but this was still nice to try....i'd pass it over if there were other choices available

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe – thanks!

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a bright white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of lemon and citrus peel. Also present are slight amounts of soft coriander.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth light malts with mild wheat flavors up front are joined quickly by bright citrus peel. Midway through it dries out a bit with decent amounts of spices that carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, very crisp with a lot of flavor for a 4.0% ABV beverage. Well worth a shot.

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy golden body with a thick, foamy white head that slowly receded. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfectly on-point witbier. Scents of coriander, spicy clove and white pepper-like phenols at light levels in the background, moderate amounts of bright orange peel, light sweet honey, a balanced malt character that is softly sweet with notes of grainy wheat and a nice floral quality. Overall impression of aroma is of a well balanced, nicely done witbier that is very true to style and quite appealing. Flavor begins lightly sweet, with a pleasant soft malt quality, balanced with notes of sweet, zesty orange, light vanilla, spicy coriander and phenolic flavors of clove and white pepper. Middle is lightly tart, with notes of tangy wheat and orange balancing with spicy coriander, clove and peppery flavors. Finish is lightly dry with notes of grainy and tangy wheat, spicy notes of coriander, clove and delicate white pepper, along with tangy orange zest and hints of vanilla. Aftertaste is grainy, bready wheat malt, clove, coriander and white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a very good witbier that has all the typical flavors of the style present and balanced nicely. A good example of the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high, effervescent carbonation and a creamy feel that finishes dry. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a perfect witbier. Overall this is a fantastic witbier, that unlike so many American examples excels at representing what the style should be in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ballast Point- Wahoo Wheat

A- Cloudy yellow with a small non lacing head.
S- Light fresh wheat with a touch of clove and pepper.
T- Light and crisp wheat with delicate spices. Pepper, clove, orange peels, and coriander comprise the flavors.
M- Very light and watery, flavors are subdued. Thin body with a nice sweet finish.

Overall- This 1 just didn't have enough of a punch. The flavors and feel were too weak. Otherwise easy to drink and could be quite refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of jmz62565
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy light yellow/orange with a small white head that doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is somewhat strong with with the scents of clove,banana,and wheat. The taste is very crisp with wheat flavors; clove,banana,and some pepper. The m/f is light and the flavors mix well. Abit thin,but it's still a nice crisp summer beer.

Photo of asabreed
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter hazy yellow with little retention and a quickly disappearing head. The color's very nice though and saves it in that respect.

Smell: Plenty of yeast, spices, sweetness from the wheat, lemon zest, mild coriander. Balanced and above average but nothing more, and the aromas could be stronger, as it does seem a little tam, though balanced.

Taste: Yeast and spices up front with citrus and moderate wheat sweetness, mild phenolic earthiness, and some coriander. I wish the finish was longer and the flavors were more pronounced; like the aroma, they're balanced and solid, but there could be much more going on.

Mouthfeel: More watery than I'd have liked, though there's a nice burst of carbonation at the end, and I suppose the carbonation's fading since I've had it in the glass for a while also.

Drinkability: Solid drinkability, as it's very refreshing and has enough flavor to keep me going back. I went through this bomber pretty quickly and would certainly buy a six-pack if I saw one. It's better than a lot of domestics but not quite as good as a lot of real Belgians, but it's hard to find a good domestic Wit these days, one going back to, at least in my opinion.

Photo of augustgarage
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vigorously poured into a rocks glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pale straw to pear colored body, topped with a bright white head which quickly vanishes leaving behind no lacing. Not as hazy as expected, it looks almost as if it has been lightly filtered.

The aroma is crisp malt/grain and could almost be mistaken for that of a lager or a pilsner. Slightly fruity, but not much spice...mild sweetness.

On the palate, there is the sourness of lemons with a metallic undercurrent. Flavors of orange peel (curaçao), white bread, and coriander are well balanced but not quite integrated. The lager-like flavors add an unwelcome note for me. The finish is an interesting combination of buttered oats, citrus, and spice but is more mentholated than refreshing (almost as if fresh cilantro was used rather than coriander).

The body is a bit thin but with a buttery slickness (lactic acid or diacetyl?). The carbonation level seems good, so the insipid head retention is kind of surprising. The ABV is maybe a bit low, even for this style.

Overall, the combination of different elements make this worth a try (my girlfriend liked it), especially for a summer session beer. Compared to a lot of American takes on Hefeweizen, I would rate it a little higher, but Wahoo is simply out-classed when compared to many other witbiers.

Photo of tdm168
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with noticeable bubbles rising to the top. There's 1/4" of loose, fizzy head that quickly fades to nothing. The nose has notes of straw, yeast, and very faint orange peel. The taste is straw and grass with faint orange peel, but with very little coriander. The yeast probably plays the biggest role in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation; a little viscous.

This is a little disappointing. Overall, it's a little winey and has little in the way of substance. It's one dimensional and is lacking some of the nuances one would expect in a Belgian beer.

Photo of prototypic
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wahoo's a very, very pale straw color. There's a light haziness to it, but not nearly as much I expected. A forceful pour resulted in a foamy white head that stood only a finger tall. It dissipated very quickly and left little to no lacing behind. Disappointing in every aspect and below average. Kind of shocking, I know.

The disappointment continues. The nose is weak and uninspired. Spices are probably its strongest asset and they're fairly weak. Light orange peel, corriander, and pepper are noted. It's grainy and earthy throughout. Sweet, fruity lemon is noted toward the end. There's something here to work with, but it's very disjointed and underpowered. I'm going with average, but that might be a little generous.

The flavor profile is average at best. I really want it to be better than this, but it just isn't. It's woefully short on flavor all around. Perhaps Woeful would be a more fitting name. Wahoo just isn't appropriate. Light orange peel, corriander, and pepper combine to create the strongest flavor here, but calling them strong mischaracterizes them quite a bit. Nothing about this beer is strong. Grain is noted throughout. A little lemon provides a slightly sweet, citrusy flavor on the tail. That about wraps it up. It finishes without any bang at all. I hate to bash this beer, but it's flat out below average. There's very little to like here at all.

It features a very light body that feels a little watered down. Carbonation is okay, but it's nowhere near smooth. Drinkability is very, very, very average. Yeah, it goes down easy. But, it's so short on everything and makes me anxious to move on. I guess if you're into sessioning beers with little to no flavor, then...well...maybe this is for you???

Wahoo is easily the most disappointing beer I've had from Ballast Point. It's not impressive in any respect. I'd suggest that they remove this one from the lineup. If even they didn't replace it, their arsenal would be improved overall. I really like Ballast Point and wanted to like this one quite a bit. But, it's extremely disappointing. Can't recommend it.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber thanks to a trade with ADZA, poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass.

Has a hazy appearance, almost a lemon shade, with some light gold colour as well. Decently fluffy white head of foam adorns the top and is retained quite well.

Smells of banana and clove, predominantly the former with the latter playing a lesser role. Clear and defined, but not over the top.

Taste is reserved. Some coriander is there, likewise wheat and clove, not a lot of banana as i thought there would be given the smell.

Body suits the style, while not overly light. Not a tonne of carbonation.

This is a pretty safe wheat beer, nothing out of the ordinary, though in saying this, nothing is offensive either.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly clear-ish yellow with a thin white head that dissapated fast.

Smells not very strong but some banana and yeast. Little bit of spicyness.

Tastes just as it smells. Not very strong. Pretty light and a little spicy. A little yeast but kind of thin.

Mouthfeel us very thin but a good carbonation.

This beer is kind if boring and I probably won't buy it again. I'll waste my money on other wit beers. Reminds me of a BMC with slightly more flavor. Not impressed.

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tried any of Ballast Point's more "regular" beers. By that I mean things that aren't IPA's or Imperial Somethings. I've always wanted to and the manager at the store I work at has finally decided to bring some more Ballast Point.

The color on this is a nice very hazy yellow with not much of a head. I was a bit surprised by the lack of head because I'm used to wheat beers having a lot of foam to them.

I really like the smell on it. It's not a heavy wheat smell like some of the American wheat beers, but it's a like citrusy Belgian wheat smell. Honey and coriander are definitely on the smell.

The flavor is a bit more disappointing given the nice smell of it. There aren't any bright flavors that come through and it's a bit of a muddy flavor. It's hard to tell what I get up front. Banana? Honeydew? Something along those lines. It finishes with, oddly enough, a ground peppery flavor.

Nice carbonation with a bit of stickiness that coats your mouth. A good enough mouthfeel.

I would definitely drink this if it was summer and I wanted a good session beer. Overall it's not something that I'm going to be craving, but it's pretty decent.

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebels in Wichita

Pours a hazed straw with one finger of beige head. Zero head retention & average lacing

S: Lemons, white pepper, & a touch of wheat tartness

T: Lemony hops, grainyness, white pepper & pear up front. Tartness, grapefruit & green apples as this warms. Finishes crisp, with a touch of juicy fruit & apples & citric hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, not quite on point for a WIT, but I'll just guess they were shooting for an American signature on the style. Much better wits out there to be sure

Photo of sjones5045
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Home 7/4/15

Not a fan of whitbier but I to try since it is Ballast Point. Pour true to style, straw yellow with thin fizzy head.

The smell is a bit more mild than most whitbier. Faint coriander and spice but not too strong.

The taste is pretty good. I guess I'm not a huge fan of coriander and over the top spice and this beer has just the right amount.

It's a very mild beer with enough taste to know you are drinking a white beer but not overpowering enough to make you sick of it after 1 beer.

Nice job by ballast point on this. Still not a huge fan of the style but this is pretty good..

Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light lemon in color with half an inch of white foam from a 22 oz. bottle. Brief retention settles to a durable surface film and casts off some slippery lacing.

Nose is somewhat unique and offers a slight sour yeast character. Otherwise wheat notes dominate along with orange peels and a rather light spice character.

Bready on the tongue with some spice revealing itself mid palate and a subtle yet pronounced orange citrus close that lingers briefly. Offers a good feel and a carbonation that is good for the body of the beer, which is somewhat fuller than typical for the style. Decent drink, limited only by the general lack of pizazz in the flavor department, which does expand and improve with some warming however.

Photo of bashiba
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a light bit of white head.

Smell was light and yeasty with some light bits of citrus and banana.

Has a nice light wheat and grain taste with a touch of sweet and zesty citrus and yeast notes.

Mouthfeel was light with a nice bit of crisp carbonation.

A nice easy drinking Wit, good summertime beer.

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Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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