Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  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.

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Beer served from a 12 ounce bottle

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-Tap
I had two seperate pours from this. The first looked something like watered down orange juice with some small debris seen floating, the second was cleaner and had a dark yellow appearence with some faint head on the top. WW has scents of wheat, belgian yeast and some subtle hops. Taste is the same but I also get some squeezed lemon, spices(clove), and just a bit of hop taste. The feel was good for a wit but not as crisp as others, this was rather smooth. Drinkability is great with a low abv but this style is not my bag.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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