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Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002)
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Photo of iemailjack
2/5  rDev -43.3%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Kirk
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Kirk, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of BigMike
2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
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

BigMike, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Jrockerboi
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Jrockerboi, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of hopmandu
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

hopmandu, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of rjvanston
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

rjvanston, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Kyrojack, Thursday at 12:17 PM
Photo of magictrokini
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of csmartin6
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

csmartin6, Dec 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

TTripp725, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Sammy, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of prototypic
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

prototypic, Apr 25, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

epim00, Jan 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

apasternak, Aug 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

caverog, Jul 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

TDizzel, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Pecan
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of MaChiNe
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

MaChiNe, May 19, 2012
Photo of maximum12
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

maximum12, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Jman01
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%

Jman01, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of flexabull
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

flexabull, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Goliveidaho
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
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

Goliveidaho, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Afroman
3/5  rDev -15%

Afroman, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

Mora2000, Oct 14, 2012
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Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.