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Wahoo Wheat Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Wahoo Wheat BeerWahoo Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002)
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Wheat aroma, lager yeast, grassy hops, a little spicy, and not really much else going on.

Taste: Citrus and coriander is a bit more noticeable in the taste with the wheat, yeast, and mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, a little watery, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, crisp, refreshing, and nothing spectacular.

Overall: @ 4%, you really cannot expect much from this beer without the addition of orange perl and coriander. Very sessionable, but lacking flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 06:21:13 | More by Flounder57
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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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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a yellowish/white color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, wheat, a bit of citrus. Taste is coriander, wheat, some citrus, very easy drinking but not the most flavorful wit out there. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 12:53:17 | More by tone77
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/25/2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, banana, pear, coriander, clove, wheat, pepper, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; with a good amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice witbier. Very nice balance of malt. spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:48:18 | More by superspak
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden tumbler.

Out of the pour she comes a little dull and unfiltered pale lemon, but a real white and super creamy head is formed with some pretty good retention to it. Whipped up and merringue in appearance.

Nose is quite grainy, almost husky, with a slight lemon and mild green coriander sense. Fairly solid, with a hint of yeasty stench sensations.

A fairly neutral palate, bringing the citrus qualities to taste, but the body really shines with a full and rich juicy character. Malt rich dense and chewy, with a lemony finish. Mild very subtle hop it even seems hanging out just giving a little bit of bitterness. The flavors seem to mesh somewhat ok, but dont feel as bold as the mouthfeel would seem to indicate.

Overall though a real solid witbier, I'd have this again easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 23:11:41 | More by smakawhat
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 05:27:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a cloudy pale yellow with a slight hint of orange with less then a fingers worth of head that dissipates very quickly and leaves blotches of head all across the top.

S: Usual banana esthers with some coriander and an ever so slight hint of citrus.

T: Very nice tangy tart at the start. Spicyness of the coriander comes next and then the citrus and belgian yeast flavors come into play and then the alcohol at the very end. All the flavors are very mild and blend smoothly into one another. Very enjoyable.

M: Light carbonation. Nice crispness with the flavors, and the usual dryness in the after taste.

O: Very well put together brew. All the typical flavors are represented. Have to say it has less spice then most of the witbiers i've had but their absence is not missed here. This is my third Ballast Point brew and I have to say they've done a great job and are def becoming one of my favs.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 02:40:36 | More by ChrisPratz
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a point glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with decent carbonation and about half a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - interesting bananas and/or cloves type of smell. The coriander and orange peel are pretty evident.

Taste - pretty much exactly like the smell, only a little less obvious. There's a earthy, corn-like taste in the middle and aftertaste. Interesting.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, not leaning too far on the watery or creamy sides.

Overall - pretty interesting and thought-provoking brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 04:34:50 | More by Nerudamann
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 02:34:13 | More by BeerDawgs
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from bevmo la quinta ca for 4.19$

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon/oranges, grains, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons/oranges, corn, grains and a bit of yeast. There is also a bit of a clove/coriander spiciness. It ends with a corn syrup and coriander/clove slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - I expected more from this fantastic brewer. It's very drinkable and would be great during the warmer weather but the flavours are fairly boring and it doesn't have many features that would leave me seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:45:38 | More by spinrsx
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20ozmonkey

California

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 23:34:03 | More by 20ozmonkey
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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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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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TheDinger

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Wheat colored with a bit more yellow than orange. A healthy 2 finger white head with spotty lacing.

S- More lemon and some earthy/citrus notes on the end. Not a very strong aroma.

T- Light bodied and surprisingly fruity. Some wheat and citrus which make it easy to drink. Only 4% ABV which also helps.

M- Just the right carbonation to liven the tongue. A bit toward the dry end which was nice and added to the drinkability.

O- A refreshing easy to drink Witbier. Nothing mindblowing, but I'd certainly drink another. Not overpowering, but adequate. Good mix of flavors to keep it intersting throughout-

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:21:16 | More by TheDinger
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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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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy leon yellow with a white cap that fell quickly to a collar. A bit of spott lacing. Bready malt aroma, lemon citrus, not much else but it's clean. Low to medium bitterness with more lemon and bread, a little on the sweet side. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry, decent texture. A pretty basic wheat ale, solid as far as execution but nothing inspired.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:19:50 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 15:59:21 | More by glid02
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hints of banana, cloves, and an almost bubble gum like aroma peeking in through the mammoth wheat smell. Same held true for the flavor, with massive amounts of wheat present right away that melded themselves into a nice banana and clove profile that seemed to continue to develop as it continued to warm. Nice balance here with a light to medium body and smooth carbonation, left with a slightly dry flavor in the mouth, I went in for a few more sips leaving a nice bubble gum flavor throughout.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:31:06 | More by mikesgroove
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wahoo Wheat looks a peach lemonade that suffers from anemia. It is ghastly pale despite being too hazy to allow transparency. But this is all written in the witbier guidelines; both straw paleness and cloudiness are customary. Also written in there somewhere is a line about a dense and white head but only one of those two words describes this one's.

The nose has a considerable level of graininess as well as a moderate coriander perfume and some peppery notes in the background. It smells like how most witbiers smell, but not exactly how the best ones do. Soft floral and citrusy elements contribute but are nudged out by a kind of saline character. And something about it smells stale, oddly celery-like.

None of this makes a bad beer - on the contrary, it's a rather nice beer - but these things (or lack of things) do put it out of contention for world's best example of the style. No matter, there's still plenty of goodness to be enjoyed, including a dry tartness and some pleasantly tamed spiciness. Light herbal notes show as does more of that whole-wheat graininess.

The beer has a certain acidic, lemony tartness - think lemonade without the sugar. I think that sums it up pretty fairly, mind you it does overlook the beer's pleasant floral and earthy components. But I still say unsweetened (or barely sweetened) lemon juice still paints an accurate picture (obviously allowing for some oat and wheat character).

In sticky-hot weather or an afternoon at the ballpark, this is exactly the kind of beer that would make you say "Wahoo!". It's not only in those conditions that it could be enjoyed, but those are probably the two situations in which I, personally, would turn to it. And even then I might reach for a better example if available. If not, I'd still be perfectly happy with this.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:21:51 | More by biegaman
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IRONRakkasan

California

4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:14:48 | More by IRONRakkasan
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ADZA

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After seeing this bottle and label makes you wonder where Gage Roads got their inspiration and it pours a very hazy pale yellow straw hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is spicy wheat and citrus,it has a light bodied silky mouthfeel and has tastes of candied wheat,corriander,citrus and finished with a spicy hop dryness and overall this would be a great Summer Session drop and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 11:23:36 | More by ADZA
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mjyoung

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank 6/5/11.

A: A very light, crisp color with very little head. Only the slightest smattering of lacing is left on the side of the glass.

S: A one-note whiff of wheat dominates. There is a bit of citrus (lemon, orange?) that comes across at the end but there is a notable lack of spice.

T: There it is! Coriander appears in the finish with strong lemon and orange zest as well. The wheat isn't nearly as strong as comes across in the nose. Well-balanced, but a little on the weak side as far as as flavor is concerned.

M: A little on the light side, but not too bad. It's extremely light, which would make this hit the spot on a hot summer day.

O: I was all set to not like this beer, but the taste came through and bumped it up nicely. It's not the best I've had of this style, but I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 00:31:42 | More by mjyoung
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:41:47 | More by SolomonGrundy
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Wahoo Wheat Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.