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Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Wahoo White BeerWahoo White Beer

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153 Reviews
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Reviews: 153
Hads: 556
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 108 | 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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Reviews: 153 | Hads: 556
Photo of mrjez
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: pours a hazy straw with a half finger of white head.
S: really gentle aroma of wheat and orange, I struggle to get much more out of it.
T: light coriander spice up front which glides smoothly into quite an aqueous wheat and citrus flavour.
F: the flavour falls away pretty quickly but there's a lingering spritz and spice.
O: there's a nice balance to it and it could quench well on a hot day, but it feels a bit entry-level and tame.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

different and far better than a great many of the american takes on this style we see in circulation. the oats are a big deal here, cloudy, thick, a little sweet, and fluffy, they really do add a lot to this one. it looks normal for what it is, but has a great aroma that is entirely yeast driven. less fruit and sugar than a lot of them have, cleaner and spicier at the same time, but also really delicate beer at the same time. notes of fresh cereal, white grape, lemongrass, lime leaf, basil, eucalyptus, and cream soda all jump out in the flavor, but despite all that, its not overly complex, just nuanced to high heaven and majorly crushable. low alcohol and alive in feel, its a classy beverage with a ton of character and a zippy crispness thats uncommon in a beer with this much texture. oats are an awesome addition. i know they do a lot of different stuff with this, chilies and ginger and all, but it really doesnt need any of that. a wonderful summer session beer, less hoppy than almost all the other stuff these guys make. big fan.

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Photo of Hahnin
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Love BP. Hate whites. Expected to hate this more than I did. Came in a variety pack, figured it would be gross, but not bad. I didn't finish it, but I just hate that white ale taste. For a white, pretty good and BP comes through again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Severely dented can brought back on a trip to Seattle, WA.

Look : What a beautiful white grapefruit juice looking body, with generous sediment and a 60% transparency. The head is huge, fluffy, and creamy. It leaves lace in sparse licks on the sides of the glass. I don't think there's much I'd change about this.

Smell : Fluffy pillow clouds of nectar here. Oranges and orange peel, yeast, wheat, spices, cilantro, nut. Medium strength.

Taste : Starts off fairly thin and lager-ish with pale malts, but mid-palate the clove and yeast come out, with baked biscuit crumbs near the finish. The finale is baked and sourdoughy.

Feel : Well-carbonated, but a little too lightweight in the feel. A bit thin, with a pleasant acidity, and a brushed toasty finish.

Overall : Seemed to be a superior brew until the main categories failed to deliver. I would opt for a different Witbier if I was in the area again. Still, not a bad third or fourth choice.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm shocked this is rated so low... I thought this was spot on as a Weisse. After my first sip I thought I was back in High School in Garching Germany sneaking into the teachers' lounge to raid their beer fridge. sharp crisp flavor; the mouthfeel was great... Well done Ballast Point, went into this with low expectations and you had me dreaming of Bavaria. Hmmm... Good job.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: silvery-white hue with a light haze and effervescence. Head pours a thin layer of frothy white foam.
Color's nice but head is nothing special.

Smell: nice and refreshingly wheaty with just a hint of fruity esters. I like it.

Taste: much like the aroma, the flavor is subdued yet satisfying. It's got a good wheaty character with just a hint of graininess and a hint of banana. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: while this beer is not particularly intense in any dimension, it is very drinkable. I feel like I could quaff a sixer of this at the beach, no problem.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold. Outstanding head volume, very poor lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of coriander with hints of wheat coupled with orange.

Heavy light body with a bit of smoothness in the texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is a bit weak on intensity, fairly complex and perfectly balanced. It begins with a moderate sensation of slightly spicy coriander that adds orange undertones as it progresses towards the middle. The middle produces a balancing biscuit that just hints at sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of subtle orange.

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pure refreshment.

Pours a very light, verging on white color. Head suds up a little bit but then subsides immediately. Very little lacing. It's a wheat beer.

The smell is delicious. Coriander and orange peel backed by moderate hops for balance and the underlying wheat malt.

The taste is awesome. It is perfectly refreshing after working out on a hot day.

The feel is thin, but combined with the flavors makes for a very refreshing ale.

Overall, this ale is terrific.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a pale straw with a quickly diminishing white head.
Aroma: Coriander up front, orange peaking through.
Taste: Sightly tangy with just the right amount of orange.
Feel: Medium high carbonation.
Overall: Refreshing and a great example of the style. A little pricey for the low ABV.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours pretty darn clear light straw with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

S: Light citrus and fruity notes, some spice, wheat, a little yeasty, a bit tart, but also a touch of sweetness.

T: Light citrus, orange zest and lemon, a little coriander spice, bubble gum, slightly tart, nice tangy wheat, and some yeasty goodness.

M: Light to medium body, prickly moderate carbonation. Pretty crisp.

O: Tame, but in a good way. It isn't overwhelming with the traditional banana/clove character. Just a nice clean refreshing wheat beer, perfect for warm summer days.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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..

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Photo of do_ob
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Clear, straw yellow in color with lots of carbonation. Virtually no head. Weak nose, but hints of lemon, grass, straw, citrus, and coriander sneak out. Light weight, with an expectedly crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. There's a subtle tartness initially with notes of salt, orange, lemon, and light citrus. Finishes clean and crisp with a grassiness on the back end. The aftertaste is dry and quite sweet.

Overall, not bad. Not one of my favorite styles, but still satisfying.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body on this straw-colored Witbier is uncharacteristically clear; it is slightly hazy, and what haze there is seems to be mostly chill haze. A thick white pebbly head settles quickly to a thin head that lingers. The nose is predominately wheat and orange, with underlying banana/clove spice and a hint of coriander. On the palate the spice comes to the forefront, but is still rather subdued, leaving plenty of room for the clean wheat flavors to show through. The finish is balanced, wheat-forward with hints of alcohol and spice, and linger is negligible. The mouthfeel is a bit bigger than one would expect for the style; the carbonation is peppery and on-point. This is a very clean, drinkable Witbier with all of the appropriate flavor notes and a good balance between the spice and the wheat backbone.

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Photo of teromous
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz bottle.
Hazy golden body with s very good head.
Lightly tart and lemony flavor with some nice, mild, lingering aftertaste.
Mild bitterness.
Light body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazy, low on carbonation for the style. Scent of fresh yeast, banana, light spice, wheat, and a hint or candi sugar. Taste is nearly identical; maybe a little more banana. The only real fault I find is the somewhat low carbonation.

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Photo of sechil93
4.68/5  rDev +30.7%
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!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle dated early April:
Poured a hazy golden with hints of white. The head didn't build too high and dissipated quite quickly. Thin edges of white head remained. This beer seems too dark, too clear, and not very heady for the style.

The nose seems better, coriander, a hint of banana, some orange - a bit of spice and citrus on a witbier base.

Taste is similar to nose, checking the boxes for the style. However, the feel is almost more like a lager: a tad watery, with decent (but prickly) carbonation. The beer does have a nice earthy end with a twinge of spice bite.

Quite disappointed in this beer. It's drinkable and not off in any way, it just doesn't seem like a typical witbier.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.74/5  rDev +32.4%
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.

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Photo of Lard_City
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Svenson89
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: about a half finger head with minimal lacing. color is a light straw yellow. with a good amount of carbonation floating to the top.

Smell: I found the smell sweet almost bubblegum with mild clove as well.

Taste: Pretty light in the flavor department. I get a little clove/spice up front but nothing like a hoegaarden or weihenstephaner. finishes with maybe a little bit of yeast. overall flavor is pretty underwhelming. Not getting any citrus or banana profiles here.

Feel: mouth feel is decent, good amount of carbonation and finishes wet. definitely drinkable, but feels kind of thin.

Overall: Witbiers being one of my favorite styles that really got me started in craft beers, I feel i have a fair share of experience with what a good witbier should be. unfortunately, this one is pretty lackluster. Its not necessarily bad, but nothing about it really stands out either. pretty mediocre across the board. I feel like they tried to play it safe on this one, but maybe played it a little TOO safe. It feels thin on the mouth, no bready bite to it. it also lacks any real clove/banana punch that ive come to expect and love from the style. There are better options out there for a good white beer.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shock Top Belgian White beer glass.

The color is a cloudy yellow with some orange highlights. There is a finger of foamy white head on the top of this beer with some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is wheaty as expected, with a slight orange peel and some slight clove in the background. There is a bready aroma that smells like fresh white bread waiting to be buttered.

The taste is sweet with a Belgian candy sugar flavor. There is a slight bubblegum flavor here that walks along a line with a wheat flavor that melds well into a juicy fruit flavor that gives off hints of banana and more clove. There is also a tease of lemon zest in the background that hides on the edges of the sweetness here.

The feel of this beer is light bodied and pretty darn drinkable and pretty pleasant. The smooth body goes down easy and really makes for a refreshing beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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

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Photo of Morganser
2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
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!

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Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.