Wahoo Wheat Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
08-25-2012 05:27:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
02-17-2010 15:45:34 | More by Thorpe429
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
07-12-2006 23:20:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.38/5 rDev -4%
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
01-29-2009 01:27:43 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
07-17-2011 01:31:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-14-2008 19:13:02 | More by emerge077
3.8/5 rDev +8%
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.
05-30-2008 02:02:05 | More by zeff80
3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-08-2009 02:52:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
12-06-2010 17:35:46 | More by WVbeergeek
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
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
07-12-2008 02:14:00 | More by russpowell
Wahoo Wheat Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.