Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 496
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 70 | 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 Dmann
4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of milwaukee512
4.74/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ballast Point might be the best brewery in the country. I am not a huge fan of most regular White beers, but Wahoo has such a complex flavor and smell that it would be easy to mistake it for a much more expensive brew like Goose Island's Matilda. Seriously impressive. (270 characters)

Photo of sechil93
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
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! (647 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The wifey went and got me a growler of this tasty brew from Ballast Point/Home Brew Mart in SD - thanks babe!

A: Pours an unfiltered strawlike/blonde hue with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates within a few sips, leaving massive amounts of lacing in its tracks.

S: Big blast of banana berry bubble gum, spices - cloves and coriander, with sourdough and fresh cut grain finish.

T: Pretty on-point with the nose but with a citrus bight. The finish is as the nose suggested though - bread and grain. A real tasty one for the style!

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied but standin tow to tow with any medium bodied ale out there. Crisp clean finish makes this one really stand out for a Witbier. Honestly one of my most cherished session beers, and having this brewery just a 10 minute drive from my pad and fillin growlers for 8 bucks makes it a regular in my rotation and definitely one of my faves. (908 characters)

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot of pro-Ballast Point talk amongst friends, so when I saw this one I knew I had to try it. Man, was it good in my opinion.

Finger-width head, bright yellow color, awesome nose. A yeasty sweet, coriander, and orange flavor that left a balanced dry tang on the tongue.

I must say, this one is a tops for me in the witbier style. Well done. Definitely recommended. (379 characters)

Photo of gregshead
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 1/22/11 from notes:

A: Golden yellow with a finger of fluffy white head. A thin layer of foam sticks around.

S: Wheat and more wheat. Some straight sugar aromas.

T: Nice wheat taste. A little strong on this adjunct malt for my taste buds.

M: Very light feel with lots of carbonation on the tongue.

D: Easy to drink if you enjoy this style. While not my top style, I appreciate the quality of this beer. (420 characters)

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy/Creamy Orange.

Smell: Dried Orange, Grapefruit, Coriander

Taste: Slight Spice that turns into orange and melts off into a hint of cream. Salty essence on finish. A beautiful witbier!

Mouthfeel: refreshing medium bodied with soothing tannins.

Drinkability: Session beer for the summertime heat. A perfect beer for Cinco De Mayo to be shared with mexican style food. I strongly recommend. (411 characters)

Photo of Hokies
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass with a light head that leaves little lacing.

A: Pours an opaque cloudy beer.

S: Very surprised, excellent smell gives off a tremendous banana smell that ends with a nice aroma of cloves with a light hint of citrus.

T: Excellent version of an American wit, that starts with a banana citrus note with nice carbonation that finishes with a light peppery taste.

M: Nice and smooth with moderate carbonation that finishes nice.

D: A nice beer for warm weather but I would say that it would be a top choice for a wheat beer all year long. A tad expensive at $5 a bomber but worth it. (609 characters)

Photo of skullucr
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-It is a wheat beer, and looks that way, out of the pour it has the color of golden wheat, thick with no floaters of any kind. Great carbonation, easy pour with little head, but great activity.

S-Different layers to the smell, has the instant aroma of a wheat beer, but after scent of a hefewiezen. Not over powering at all, compliments the beer well and promises what it delivers.

T-Taste was very good, not amazing, but very good. Grows on you after every drink. No long after taste, enough of the wheat and hef flavor that I think anyone who enjoys a light beer would find this beer very intriguing. Could use a little more kick, perhaps more carbonation?

M-Goes down great, no complaints there, in my opinion, one of the best beers I have had regarding mouthfeel. Doesn't coat the mouth, still crisp.

D-I enjoyed this beer alot, it does really grow on you. It's great out the door, and gets better as you go. I guess that applies for a lot beers though huh? It was very good, I am recomending this beer to my friends who all drink coors light or blue moon seasonals. I love the idea of supporting a local Southern California brewery as well.I picked this up at a Bev Mo' pretty far from that brewery. Good for Ballast Point, keep up the good work. (1,256 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber picked up at Bruisin Ale's in Asheville, NC.

A - A cloudy bright yellow, with a hazy complexion. 2 big fingers of head and tons of sticky lace left on the glass. Lots of yeast sediment drifts to the bottom of the glass

S - Sweet, with hints of orange and tropical flavors, and wheat.

T - A tropical wheat, light and refreshing, with hints of citrus and coriander. So much flavor and taste for a 4% abv. Well done!

M - Medium to light bodied, not much carbonation. Average mouthfeel

O - A very drinkable wheat, more than perfect for a hot summer night. Like the bottle says, light and refreshing (613 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,555 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow/orange color, with a light two finger head. Little retention and lacing.

S - Refreshing, fruity banana and coriander. Smells like an above average hef to me.

T - Light maltiness. Fruity banana flavors at the front. Some mild apple and orange flavors in the background.

M - Feels great in the mouth. Slides down smooth and easy.

D - This could be an easy stand-by beer to go to when nothing else strikes your fancy. I wouldn't stick with drinking it all night, but it's good to give your palate a break once in a while with something that easily tastes good. (586 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This impressive and refreshing Belgian white ale is quite a good catch. The presenting color is cloudy and almost white with a nice head. The aroma and flavor is a nice tangy ester with a subtle hop presence. A very nice representation. (239 characters)

Photo of trianglebeerguy
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber at a Total Wines, very good value at about $5...

Appearance is only average, pale but a bit cloudy like a good wheat beer.

Smelled was of wheat and a little citrus, a little banana

Taste was very wheaty and a little fruity, a little banana, some clove and citrus notes.

Very smooth and drinkable beer, for the price, could be a great session beer, nice for the summer (although I drank it in the winter and it was just fine)... (447 characters)

Photo of Bobdope
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a nicely carbonated cloudy pour. It pours a nice light head that retained through the course of the beer. Minimal lacing involved. It is a very drinkable standard unfiltered wheat. I would like to see a draft pour. Nice wheat and light citrus taste. (263 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.. (600 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zorro for the chance to try this.
Pours a cloudy pale yellow with virtually no head. Smells of wheat bread and spicy lemon. The aroma is a bit yeasty as well. The taste is of spicy wheat and a very strong lemon flavor with some orange mixing in. Very light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Good choice for a hot summer day. (332 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darn, the Giants lose on opening day..

The basics: $4.99/bomber and 4% ABV...

Super carbonated, but unlike the Pacifico, this looks like natural carbonation. Beautiful creamy head. Nice lacing.

Very bread dough aromas - like the dough after it's risen a little. Some citrusy notes - that must be the orange peel - and also a hint of spice - that must be the coriander. Nice crystal malt backbone. EXcellent and to style.

Wonderful, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little much for me, but it's to style so hard to fault it. Nice upfront citrusy tang. Followed quickly by a slightly thin but bready, biscuity middle and the malt takes center stage through the finish. Super refreshing, well done to style. This would be great for those friends of the female persuasion that aren't yet into good beer, but could get there...

What I like most: The nice citrus notes that punctuate the whole experience.

What I like least: A touch thinner than I had hoped for.

Verdict: Decently priced, and it needs to be so you can drink enough of it. Good for warm weather and getting your non-beer drinking friends drunk. Worth trying. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After its release from the 22 ounce bottle, its has a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a king sized white creamy head that ever so slowly dissolves letting the lace from a fine sheet to encircle the glass. Nose has a citrus like crispness, sweet grain aroma, also a hint of fruit, pleasing to the nose and the eyes. Start has a perfect grain presents, somewhat sweet, a minimal bite at the back, top is medium in its feel. Finish has a crisp acidity, the hops subdued and pleasant, dry aftertaste, a great beer for those bygone days of summer, heck it’s a good beer anytime. (581 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of wheat, coriander, some orange peel and yeast. Tastes of orange peel, coriander, wheat, and very light yeast. Thinner body. Light sweetness in the finish.

Notes from 5/17/06 (310 characters)

Photo of Lard_City
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spicy carbonation when I open the bottle. Tastes like home brewed wheat which is a good thing. Nicer color and clarity than my home brew. Very refreshing but a bit pricy. (170 characters)

Photo of tdawgydog
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle of Wahoo Wheat into my Stone Ruination Pint Glass. This unfiltered brew had a load of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The bottle identifies this as a Hefeweizen, but it is more of a Blegian White. Anyway the beer poured with a 2 finger head which quickly dissipated. It was a nice golden cloudy yellow. The ABV is low enough that you could enjoy a few of these without going overboard (no pun intended). The wheat was a little strong but still enjoyable. Nothing else stands out about this wit beer. (523 characters)

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Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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