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Wahoo Wheat Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Wahoo Wheat BeerWahoo Wheat Beer

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%


Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002)
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -36.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 21:03:46 | More by BigMike
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magictrokini

California

2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 23:54:33 | More by magictrokini
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PeprSprYoFace

California

2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 20:23:29 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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prototypic

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:25:34 | More by prototypic
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 02:34:28 | More by maximum12
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flexabull

California

2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 06:35:43 | More by flexabull
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Goliveidaho

Idaho

2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:11:27 | More by Goliveidaho
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Murchmac

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 05:30:55 | More by Murchmac
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 05:06:02 | More by Mora2000
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TrojanRB

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 19:01:03 | More by TrojanRB
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 05:20:09 | More by htomsirveaux
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micahgoldfus

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 03:58:57 | More by micahgoldfus
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 21:08:26 | More by Molson2000
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mcallister

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 21:35:40 | More by mcallister
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 22:47:15 | More by RedHaze
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2009 15:57:02 | More by Travlr
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DogFood11

California

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 00:29:11 | More by DogFood11
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Skendawg

California

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2014 05:46:20 | More by Skendawg
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 00:29:36 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 09:06:43 | More by MrKennedy
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 22:21:25 | More by NJpadreFan
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Overlord

California

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange/yellow appearance, decent head.

Taste is rather odd. Orange, lemon, some other citrus flavors (maybe a bit of grapefruit), with an odd wheat/yeast aftertaste. Interesting for about half a bottle, then quickly grows less enjoyable.

Not my favorite Ballast Point offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 04:27:57 | More by Overlord
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 17:07:01 | More by tdm168
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DoubleJ

California

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Here's the day match of the Second Unorganized Invitational, a Belgian wheat ale from Ballast Point. I love a good witbier, and I have expectations this will meet that criteria. On to the beer:

It pours like fizzy, straw colored water into my weizen glass with zero head. Uh oh. But it sure does smell nice. It tastes fine too, although there's very little carbonation in the body. Feels almost like seltzer water. The lack of carbonation has wrecked a potentially good brew. Of what there is, there's some citrus peel, the coriandor, and a subtle bite of nutty yeast. Force carbonate the poor guy if you have too. (Update: Under further review, it's more acceptable to me. Taste and mouthfeel get a +0.5 bump.)

We still have one beer left in the Second Unorganizied Invite, which will end tonight, and then we'll reveal the winner of this invite.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 23:36:22 | More by DoubleJ
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into 12oz. glass on 2/4/09.

A - Poured a clear light yellow/blonde color with plenty of carbonation and a slim white head that receded to a thin ring of retention and yielded scant lacing.

S - Clean, malty nose with some yeast, mild clove notes and a subtle orange/citrus character.

T - Sweet bready malts with a touch of spicy yeast and mild citrus hops. Finishes with a bit of a sour tang.

M - Light bodied with lively carbonation and a slight syrupy texture. While the finish is not very bitter, there is a bit of spiciness and sourness on the palate.

D - Decent wheat beer, perhaps a little past its prime. Still, it was pretty tasty overall, but I won't be in a big hurry to get more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:38:39 | More by ffejherb
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Wahoo Wheat Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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