Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 497
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 Morganser
2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
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! (736 characters)

Photo of BigMike
2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bomber.

Very pale cloudy straw yellow with a tiny bit of head that disappears very quickly.

Smells of lemon zest, spice, and peppery citrus.

Taste closely mimics the nose. With a peppery spiciness in the forefront and some citrus and lemon rind also.

Mouth feel is very light. Almost no body and what little flavor is there is not very memorable. Carbonation is ok.

This could be drinkable on a hot day but even then there are much better choices out there. I've been impressed with Ballast Point and figured i'd see what their attempt at a witbier would be like.
It's not very impressive. It borders on BMC only with a bit more drinkablility (667 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of prototypic
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (2,098 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Retention is quite unimpressive. On the other hand, a nice, splotchy ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: Well...it smells like a wheat beer. Lots of wheat comes through, along with a bit of coriander (make that a lot) and orange peel. Yep, exactly what I expected, no more, no less. (3)

Taste: It tastes like an average witbier to me. It's a little heavier in coriander than most, but otherwise it has the typical melange of wheat and orange peel flavors. There just isn't thing here that really stands out. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: This starts off fairly light, but it gets heavier and sweeter with each concurrent sip. It isn't that easy to drink for a witbier, due to how heavily it lingers on the palate. Carbonation is a bit low for the style. (2.75)

Overall: It's good to try a Ballast Point beer that isn't a Sculpin variant or Victory at Sea for a change. Unfortunately, this one isn't impressive - it's just another witbier without any standout qualities. The drinkability isn't even that great, either. In other words, utterly forgettable. (2.75)

2.83/5: Wahoos aren't as cool as sculpins (1,220 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Talk about your traditional witbier. This bottle had a solid 1/2 inch of junk in the bottom that I worked around carefully to avoid getting in the pint glasses. I like a little big of gunk in my wits & hefes, but not a full shovel full of sludge!

The floaties & sinkers impart an eery look to this brew, light golden but almost opaque. Smell is what I hope for in a wit, grassy, wheaty, with more spices & flowers & fruits that mud & oats.

Taste is a letdown. The pleasant aroma dissipates quickly into a light-bodied experience - I never liked Kate Moss types in women, either - without much taste to back it up. Where did all that smell go? Seems like ingredients were all invested in the nose, or in the bottom of the bottle, not so much in the taste buds. A touch of hops, wheat...& water. Thin & dull on the tongue.

At 4% I suppose you could drink this all day, but why? Adequate. (889 characters)

Photo of Goliveidaho
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This is New Years Eve 2013 drinking the Wahoo along side Firestone Double Jack and Sam Adams Third Voyage. I should say my wife is drinking the Wahoo, had a glass to review it. Pours delightfully light....head non existence...lacing? Refreshing light, balanced. Aroma ....Florida orange groves...no not that strong..maybe orange furniture polish after about an hour. Nice light brew ...refreshing ...Hop Heads stand down...this one is for the other 90 percent. Cheers (467 characters)

Photo of flexabull
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very cloudy yellow cream color, with a weak odd shaped head.

Aromas are fruity, zesty, lemon like, and a bit sour.

Taste is zesty, full bodied, and sour. There is an obvious wheat and coriander like quality. But the flavors seem to really sloppy, and scattered.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, it has a nice full bodied feel to it.

Drinkability is ok. But I don't really care for this one. Don't think I'd buy it again. The last two Ballast Point beers I have had were quite good, this one however was not. (521 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -16%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of TrojanRB
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Enjoy by date was 12/27/13, drank on 8/17/13.

Pale gold color, somewhat more translucent than you would expect for a Witbier. Very thin head. Smells of citrus. Not getting a ton of citrus in the taste though. Clean, although somewhat watery. Goes down very easy.

Ideally suited to a hot day. Overall just okay. I would drink it again, but probably wouldn't purchase it. (402 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wahoooo. This might be the cheesiest of all their labels.

Pours a cloudy pale lemony yellow. Looks as if there is a layer of dredge in here. It looks like those mom jeans, but with overweight moms in them. Dumpy and thick.

Smells somewhat spicy, some of the orange peel that the label boasts is on there. But you gotta dig through it to smell it. Like Dig Dug, I loved that game.

Tastes... not good. Some peppery, some fruitness, but mostly water.

Macro aftertaste with a thickening of the glyven. Think of the Mom Jeans analogy.

Skip this one... (554 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow with minimal head and lacing.

Smell - Wheat, minor hop aroma, Some yeasts and spices. Rather light on the nose.

Taste - First sip is wheat with some minor floral fruits and a little orange, lemon and coriander spice flavor. A little bready and grainy but not much else going on.

Mouthfeel - Very light, tongue gets wheat, some fruits, palate gets spices, some sugars and grainy/bready malts. Aftertaste is a bit watery and wheat influenced.

Overall - Rather weak and bland. Super easy to drink but minimal flavors, combined with the expensive price tag, this is nothing id ever buy again, nor really care to drink again. (674 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, unfiltered almost flourescent piss yellow. Minute white head fades way to quickly into a ring with no lacing.

Nothing really stands out on this wit unfortunately. Slight orange peel and corriander with a zesty wheat aspect. Just hard to grasp and bring forth.

Ahhh a little better in the flavor. Rich with orange pill and candy sugar with corriander and pale wheat. Straighforward approach, very light therefore very drinkable. Not a bad wit yet much is lacking that could help benefit this brew. (514 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very good clarity for a Witbier; there is just a slight haze around the edges of shapes but I can read through this. The head is a short white fluffy cap. The body is a light gold color.

Smell: It has a very characteristic wheat tangy aroma (even though that's usually associated with a taste) and a pungent clove smell. There's a bit of a Cheerios aroma. Pretty average smelling. I feel that it's important to note that the label mentions orange peel and coriander. I don't pick up any coriander at all.

Taste: It has a very mild flavor profile. That Cheerios flavor comes out the most and then there is a bit of clove flavor at the end. I'm not getting any coriander flavor at all.

Mouthfeel: It is a bit thin and watery feeling.

Overall: I wouldn't say it's a bad beer but it's more of a "middle of the road" beer. Nothing really stood out and it didn't strike me as a fresh beer. I didn't see a date code on the bottle so that could have something to do with it. I wouldn't pick it up again. (1,011 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 27 May 2008.

Small airy white head. Hazy yellow color. Aroma is tart, wheaty. Tart lemon flavor, bit of wheat. Hint of grapefruit becomes slightly stronger throught the bottle. Finish with a bit of citric sweetness. Overall seems a bit muted. Light body, minimal alcohol.

Not much coriander or orange in this wit... (337 characters)

Photo of Molson2000
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Belgian style wheat, has the tart acidity on the tongue, but not a whole lot else. Not a lot of yeast or spice flavour. Okay, but not really Belgian. Would make a good session beer and pretty good for a light (4%) beer but not a great representation. (250 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear pale yellow with a very thin head that fades quickly to nothing. Subsequently there's no lacing to speak of. The bottle says this is unfiltered, this is extremely clear for an unfiltered wheat beer.

Smell; lemon grass, wheat, and orange peel are alll there, but overall the aroma is very subdued. Nowhere near what I would expect for a Wit aroma wise.

Taste; as with the aroma, the flavors are just thin and on the watery side. A little lemon, wheat and some faint hints of orange do some through, but fade away almost immediately after each sip. I suppose this would make a good lawnmower beer, just not a good one if your looking for a lt of flavor.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is on the thin side, and is only compounded by the lack of carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good. (812 characters)

Photo of Travlr
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Found on Topsail Island, North Carolina. Pours a golden orange with a thin lacey white head. Has an aroma of orange peel and coriander. Tastes more like a classic wheat, flavors of banana and bubble gum. Very slight bitter edge at the very end. Very refreshing on a hot October day! (282 characters)

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance wasn't great: a clear, yellow-orange color, with a quick-fading fizzy, white head. Little of the hazy look at a great witbier. The smell was good and true to form: clear, crisp, and clean, plenty of wheat and yeast, nice and spicey, and cirtusy-sweet too. The taste was fairly average: it had all of the ingredients of a good witbier: plenty of wheat, malty and bready flavors, yeast, spices and clove (but not as much as the smell would indicate), and sweet, citrus flavors (more than the smell lead on). It was enjoyable enough, but it was just too sweet, and a bit watery. The flavor wasn't as complex or as full as I would have liked. The medium-fizzy carbonation and the thin mouthfeel only increased the feel that I could drink this beer like water. All in all, it was drinkable, but average, feeling more like a session beer than something finely crafted. (873 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber picked up at BevMo. Not sure why there is no freshness date on a 4% wheat beer but I'll dive in. Tough to get much action out of this puppy, with some aggressive pouring I got a limp fizzy head that was never to be seen again. Hazy and pale yellow.

Soft aroma's include a belgiany yeast, Hay, lemon.

Fruitier in the taste, Orange, and a sweetened lemon backer blend together quite nicely. Wheat flashes in and out and then back in late in the aftertaste. Lemondrops, and a medium strength carbonation crispen this baby up. Fairly clean finish.

Notes: It was really about average in my book. Nothing fascinating to talk about ....it was rather mundane. A topic thats been on the boards alot is how can a brewery not put freshness dates on their beers. While it doesn't bother me that much on most beers a freakin 4% Wit needs one for sure. (854 characters)

Photo of Skendawg
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I haven't had this beer in a while so I will just give my general overall feelings for it.

For a friend's birthday party we purchased a Keg of Wahoo, wanting something light and refreshing to drink in the afternoon and into the evening. The taste was by far better than what some people had suggested we get, some cheep piss-style light beer, but not something which by any stretch of the imagination anything spectacular. Extremely light, and rather flavorless, in fact a little watery. No real head to speak of, but a very pale white layer of foam remained for a little.

Overall, a decent light wheat beer, but not the best. (628 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber purchased from my local for about 4.99.

A- Light hazy golden color, think watered down applejuice. No head, no lacing. Pretty average run of the meal witbier is what my eyes are telling me.

S- Smell was grainy and bready, with a slight sweet/sour note.

T- Big lemmon pepper kick to this one. Wheaty/earthy but lacking individuality.

M- Light body with low carbonation. Easy going down, but this is due to the watery nature of the beer.

D- This beer really did not do it for me. Lacked individuality and drinkability due to the watery texture. Not exactly recommended, better witbiers out there. (614 characters)

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Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.