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Wahoo Wheat Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Wahoo Wheat BeerWahoo Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
80
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293 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Lightly milky pastel lemon with waxed lemon edges. Actually, when viewed through a little indirect sunlight, the beer isn't all that hazy. The cumulus cloud white cap was on the small side to start--in spite of an increasingly elevated pour--and has fallen more quickly than I'd like. Another disappointment is that glass coverage is scant at best.

All of the pieces of the witbier puzzle are in place with regards to the nose, though none of them stand out. The aromaticity is a bit lacking which makes it hard to appreciate where one 'puzzle piece' ends and another begins. Orange and lemon peel are probably the most noticeable, followed by tangy wheat. Coriander, I'm sorry to say, is absent.

The flavor is nice and citrusy with plenty of candied lemon and sugared orange; and a faint dusting of coriander has now appeared on the scene. Why is lemon so prominent if no lemon juice or lemon zest has been added? I often want the flavor knob to be turned up a notch or two, no matter what I'm drinking, but this is one case in particular where the beer would benefit since what flavor is present is very good. Even a little more longevity on the taste buds would be welcome.

Wahoo is one of the lighter beers of this style that I've ever had. In terms of flavor, body and ABV, I'm not sure that it's possible to leave less of a footprint and still be considered a serious witbier. I'm okay with the airy body and the sessionable ABV, but I require more flavor than this in order for a beer to make any sort of positive impression.

The mouthfeel is as light as is possible without tipping over into frankly watery. There's very little to grab ahold of, but somehow, when flavor is factored in, it works. Ripping through several bombers on a hot, sticky day would be no problem at all. Despite poor head retention, there's enough carbonation to keep things hopping through the final few ounces.

I don't usually think of Ballast Point when I think of outstanding craft breweries (perhaps because California is chock full of them), but I've been more than pleased with the small handful of their beers that I've been fortunate enough to acquire. Wahoo Wheat is not one of their better efforts.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 23:20:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale honey color with the sorriest little head I have ever seen on a wheat beer; a few splashes of lace

Smell: Doughy and yeasty, but not very spicy, perhaps just a little lemon

Taste: Doughy, up front, with a candied lemon peel element appearing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness perks up and is joined by some of the spices, but the overall effect is somewhat muted

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy (the oat effect) with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: I was all set to expect an assertive West Coast angle on the style but what I got was a Wit that tips its hat to an American Wheat; ho-hum

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:27:43 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color typical of the style. A bit of haze and an appropriately-sized white head. Very nice smell with some of the typical wheat scents coming through in addition to a few hefe characteristics. Taste was nice with some of the German-type yeast coming through again. Simple, but quite enjoyable. Light-bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkability was very nice, as this was quite refreshing on a hot August day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 15:45:34 | More by Thorpe429
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, coriander, Belgian yeast, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is fruity and spicy up front with flavors of orange, lemon and coriander. A decent hops presence provides some balance. There's a thin malt character and a Belgian yeast backbone to it. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, not a bad beer but there are several others in the style that I'd pick first.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 02:52:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer at the end of a long road trip.
Attempted to convert a Blue Moon drinker with this, with some success. They liked it, but thought it could use an orange. It was tame enough that I tended to agree...

The beer poured a pale opaque straw color, just about right for a Wit. It was murky, and unfortunately didn't produce much of a head. Foam was white and left spotty bubbles on the glass.

Aroma was fairly subdued, but there were hints of wheat and citrus, which was good. It could have benefitted from more citrus to really whet the appetite.

Tasted of wheat, some light breadiness with low level citrus accents in the back. Fairly easygoing and thirst quenching. Body was a little bit thin, but passable. This would work outdoors in the summer, it's a fairly utilitarian Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 19:13:02 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebels in Wichita

Pours a hazed straw with one finger of beige head. Zero head retention & average lacing

S: Lemons, white pepper, & a touch of wheat tartness

T: Lemony hops, grainyness, white pepper & pear up front. Tartness, grapefruit & green apples as this warms. Finishes crisp, with a touch of juicy fruit & apples & citric hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, not quite on point for a WIT, but I'll just guess they were shooting for an American signature on the style. Much better wits out there to be sure

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 02:14:00 | More by russpowell
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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, highly carbonated, golden yellow color with a small, short-lived, white head.

S - It smelled of lemon, clove, yeast and some wheat.

T - It was rather sweet tasting. Lots of wheat with a lemon and citrus kick. Also, some clove taste.

M - It was sharp and fairly crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 02:02:05 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, thin, just barely off white colored head, which disappears fairly quickly. The beer itself is a hazy straw gold color. Notes of dusty grain, with a hint of lemon-like tartness, and a light herbal hop character just about describe the aromatics on this beer.

The beer is light up front, with a touch of tartness that only makes it more drinkable. The tartness adds to a perceived light lemon-like flavor and also plays up the wheat-grain character. This beer is pretty dry, the sweet grain note that is here is well balanced by the tartness and the light herbal hop note as well as the prickling carbonation and noticeable hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is at a nice level that keeps this beer refreshing, and requests that you take another sip. And the bitterness is amplified a bit by the light zesty carbonation. Also, a light herbal note is quite nice here as well. As the beer warms up a bit the lemon note becomes more of an orange like note.

There is nothing that really jumps out in the flavor of this beer, but all of the components just seem to work. This is a light refreshing beer that is a perfect tipple for the hot, 100+ degree Fahrenheit day that we are having here in Tucson. The beer was served at 48*F, and could even be a bit colder to boost the refreshing quality of this brew. I was expecting another ho-hum wheat beer here, and this beer is not that. It is perhaps not the most flavorful Witbier, and in fact seems to have some leanings towards the American Wheat side of the spectrum, but this beer is a great beer to be drinking on this warm Summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 01:12:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle:

Pours cloudy bright lemon-drop yellow with a thin swirl and a ring. Vanishing lace slides down the glass without sticking.

The smell is of curacao orange peel, coriander and some dough.

The taste is of orange peel and coriander with a bready wheat tang. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long. The taste diminishes as it progresses, especially the coriander, leaving an aftertaste of sweetened orange, not much unlike the old Tang.

The addition of oats should have given it a rolling smoothness. It does - to a degree. However, the carbonation puts a dent in it. It begins quick, then vanishes. It becomes watery after awhile.

This brew had potential that soon vanishes. Seriously, after pouring the last part I walked away and temporarily forgot about it, as the orange (and lemony?) what should have been tart became sweet. This is not quite the refresher that this style should be.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 02:55:18 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 22 ounce offering pours like a banana smoothie, deep clouded yellow golden body, thick and creamy white head with specks of yeast imbedded in it. Thick chunks of lacing cling to the glass. Aroma has mild hints of citrus/a touch of banana/clove/coridander. Nice west coast style wheat, a touch of herbal hops really don't impart much bitterness low hop rates for sure. Flavor was fantastic a nice creamy texture citric/grassy wheat sweetness with a touch of banana/clove/citrus great carbonation level going on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied efferescent airy carbonation really creates a unique drinking experience. Drinkability overall was quality a wheat chock full of flavor, glad I didn't pass on this little gem of a session ale from the West Coast.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 17:35:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow into a Hoegaarden glass. Thin white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: Nice smell of bitter orange and coriander. Oats add a sugary touch, hint of molasses.

T: Taste is dominated by coriander and black peppercorns at first taste. Sweeter orange peel comes into balance it, with a sweet and wheaty aftertaste, similar to porridge.

M: Acidic, but not enough crispness for a wit, kind of thin overall.

D: An above average witbier made here buy Ballast Point, and widely available, would buy again, but there are better American wits made.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 04:07:30 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

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

Flavorful wheat beer.

Attractive pale golden in the tall Pilsener glass at The Linkery in San Diego. Full and malty with a pleasing creamy mouthfeel. Fruity and rich with what seems like the classic banana/clove German wheat flavors. Very spicy with a nice tartness to go with the rich and malty round flavors. Hops are crisp and pleasing, and give a great balance.

I'd say this is a better Hefeweizen than a lot of beer claiming the style. Definitely not the typical sharp and skinny Wit. I'll have to try this in the bottle; it's definitely great on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 04:49:26 | More by mactrail
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Zorro

California

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour reveals a slightly cloudy yellow colored beer with basically no head formation.

Smell is distinctly of wheat malt and is quite bready to the nose. There is a vaguely Belgian Witbier aroma here delivering mostly lemon and yeast and some spices. Mild but detectable aromas of coriander and orange. They did use Belgian Witbier yeast in this beer and it shows.

Taste is quite spot on for witbier. Slightly sweet with a big flavor of wheat and spice. There is a bit of a buttery flavor here that isn't really to be expected in the style but works well here as in butter and bread. No detectable hops in this beer. Distinctly lemony in flavor the coriander is a little subdued here.

Mouthfeel is good with a lesser than average carbonation level.

Not a half bad wheat beer here it is certainly the equal of Blue Moon and far better than 90% of the uninspired wheat beers produced in the USA. Very drinkable and well worth a try for anyone who like the beer style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 03:05:52 | More by Zorro
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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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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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy lemonade color with a soapy, off white head, barely ½ finger in height initially, and quickly collapsed leaving a bare surface in a matter of a minute or two.

S: proved promising with a strong yeasty and wheaty character with light tart lemons, and orange juice concentrate. A light showing of musky grains and lemon peels rounds things out.

T: The flavor had a nice smooth tartness to it of lemons and wheat. Dry, smooth with a slight carbonation bite. The flavor overall was fairly solid, nothing outstanding, but should appease the masses. Some light bananas, cloves are detected as well some fruitiness of apples and pear juice. A slight peppery accent is also noted with a light herbal (sage) quality for hopping.

M: spritzy, lively, and tingles the tongue. Viscosity is light, with a smooth texture that easily slides off the back of the tongue.

D: Drinkability is good overall. Found it to be crisp, refreshing, tart and easy enough going down. While it wont knock your socks off per style, it does prove to be a nice summer time picnic session beer that you can pass the time with.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 22:42:38 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first offering from Ballast Point; the Wahoo Wheat Beer. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 22 oz Franziskaner Weizen glass. Small short livid head. A hazed darker yellow in color.

Strong yeasty aromas prevelant in the nose, Hay and Wheat featured prominantly.

Clean wheat beer flavors. Faint bubblegum/banana in the background but not overstated or sweet. Wheat malt lends a barnyard element. Fresh squeezed lemon/orange/citrus flavors from the hops. Faint spices round everything out.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. A little heavy for the style.

A nice sessionable wheat beer here. Kind of a cross between a wit and a hefeweizen leaning closer to being a full fledged hefe' than a belgian style witbier.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 00:31:00 | More by Stinkypuss
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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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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After its release from the 22 ounce bottle, its has a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a king sized white creamy head that ever so slowly dissolves letting the lace from a fine sheet to encircle the glass. Nose has a citrus like crispness, sweet grain aroma, also a hint of fruit, pleasing to the nose and the eyes. Start has a perfect grain presents, somewhat sweet, a minimal bite at the back, top is medium in its feel. Finish has a crisp acidity, the hops subdued and pleasant, dry aftertaste, a great beer for those bygone days of summer, heck it’s a good beer anytime.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 20:03:58 | More by Gusler
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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

pours a very pale golden with constantly streaming bubbles that create a tightly beaded snow white head that quickly fades to a thin cap. The bubbles keep on coming, though. Pretty light in the nose, with some clean, slightly lemony, grassy smells, but little spice and quite faint. The taste is a little more developed and somewhat more assertive, but still a little soft. Still, pleasant tastes of lemon, light cream, an herbalness, a trace of minerality, and some light floral bitterness. The mouthfeel is soft and creamier rather than sharper. Tasty, but a bit too soft. It needs a bit more citrus and/or spice to give it some more crispness and bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 05:07:09 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wahoo Wheat Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.