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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: 555
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 107 | 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: 555
Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance wasn't great: a clear, yellow-orange color, with a quick-fading fizzy, white head. Little of the hazy look at a great witbier. The smell was good and true to form: clear, crisp, and clean, plenty of wheat and yeast, nice and spicey, and cirtusy-sweet too. The taste was fairly average: it had all of the ingredients of a good witbier: plenty of wheat, malty and bready flavors, yeast, spices and clove (but not as much as the smell would indicate), and sweet, citrus flavors (more than the smell lead on). It was enjoyable enough, but it was just too sweet, and a bit watery. The flavor wasn't as complex or as full as I would have liked. The medium-fizzy carbonation and the thin mouthfeel only increased the feel that I could drink this beer like water. All in all, it was drinkable, but average, feeling more like a session beer than something finely crafted.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not all that happy with this one. Pours cloudy gold with very little head. Good spice and citrus in the aroma, but it is mixed with a dank basement odor that is supposed to be wheat. The taste is very yeasty, to the point of souring the beer. This could be pretty good if they would just tone that down.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of wheat, coriander, some orange peel and yeast. Tastes of orange peel, coriander, wheat, and very light yeast. Thinner body. Light sweetness in the finish.

Notes from 5/17/06

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3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle given as a sample. Welcome to Colorado Ballast Point. One more San Diego brewery for the "Napa of beer".

A: Kind of a weird funky head. One finger of off white frothy head that faded to a chunky lacing that floated all over the top of the body. Lacing stuck to the side of the glass in chunks. Body is totally cloudy and off yellow dirty piss colored.

S: Belgian yeast. Yummy touches of coriander, banana, clove, and fresh baked bread. Lots of smell as the beer warms. The bottle says "spiced with coriander, orange peel, and curacao". Don't know where curacao fits in but eh?

T: Yeasty banana, coriander, bread. Nice balance of the spice, malt, and yeasty-ness. Being a fan of big yeasty Belgian style wheats, this one is damn tasty.

M: Nice and heavy. Pretty poppy on the carbonation but that plays well with the spice.

D: Drink, drink, and drink again. Wonderful taste and balance. I wish this was in available in six packs. Wheat beers in 22oz's are odd.


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy light yellow/orange with a small white head that doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is somewhat strong with with the scents of clove,banana,and wheat. The taste is very crisp with wheat flavors; clove,banana,and some pepper. The m/f is light and the flavors mix well. Abit thin,but it's still a nice crisp summer beer.

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Photo of opwog
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Blonde Redhead - 23

Thanks to Beechwood for having this on tap!

A- cloudy, yellow gold boy with single finger white head
S- yeast, citrus, wheaty straw
T- Somehwat like it smealls, but with more belgian caracteristics. more restrained clove/banana than most US versions.
M- thinner, but fine. Actually, a more pleasant surprise than was expected.
D- Really god drinking wheat and this is coming from somebody who normally doesn't drink much wheat ales.

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Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late April for $2.79.

Beer pours a pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Nose has hints of lemony wheat. Taste is lemony wheat with a slight hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is light bodied, goes across the palate decently. Drinkability is good, this would be a very good tailgate beer the first part of the football season here in the desert.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter hazy yellow with little retention and a quickly disappearing head. The color's very nice though and saves it in that respect.

Smell: Plenty of yeast, spices, sweetness from the wheat, lemon zest, mild coriander. Balanced and above average but nothing more, and the aromas could be stronger, as it does seem a little tam, though balanced.

Taste: Yeast and spices up front with citrus and moderate wheat sweetness, mild phenolic earthiness, and some coriander. I wish the finish was longer and the flavors were more pronounced; like the aroma, they're balanced and solid, but there could be much more going on.

Mouthfeel: More watery than I'd have liked, though there's a nice burst of carbonation at the end, and I suppose the carbonation's fading since I've had it in the glass for a while also.

Drinkability: Solid drinkability, as it's very refreshing and has enough flavor to keep me going back. I went through this bomber pretty quickly and would certainly buy a six-pack if I saw one. It's better than a lot of domestics but not quite as good as a lot of real Belgians, but it's hard to find a good domestic Wit these days, one going back to, at least in my opinion.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear pale yellow with a very thin head that fades quickly to nothing. Subsequently there's no lacing to speak of. The bottle says this is unfiltered, this is extremely clear for an unfiltered wheat beer.

Smell; lemon grass, wheat, and orange peel are alll there, but overall the aroma is very subdued. Nowhere near what I would expect for a Wit aroma wise.

Taste; as with the aroma, the flavors are just thin and on the watery side. A little lemon, wheat and some faint hints of orange do some through, but fade away almost immediately after each sip. I suppose this would make a good lawnmower beer, just not a good one if your looking for a lt of flavor.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is on the thin side, and is only compounded by the lack of carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a cloudy yellow with a white head with big bubbles and moderate lacing. Nose of spices, with corriander and citrus in the front, on top of wheat Smooth and crisp mouthfeel, and nice flavors of citrus and spices. Dry finish. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber purchased from my local for about 4.99.

A- Light hazy golden color, think watered down applejuice. No head, no lacing. Pretty average run of the meal witbier is what my eyes are telling me.

S- Smell was grainy and bready, with a slight sweet/sour note.

T- Big lemmon pepper kick to this one. Wheaty/earthy but lacking individuality.

M- Light body with low carbonation. Easy going down, but this is due to the watery nature of the beer.

D- This beer really did not do it for me. Lacked individuality and drinkability due to the watery texture. Not exactly recommended, better witbiers out there.

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Photo of bashiba
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a light bit of white head.

Smell was light and yeasty with some light bits of citrus and banana.

Has a nice light wheat and grain taste with a touch of sweet and zesty citrus and yeast notes.

Mouthfeel was light with a nice bit of crisp carbonation.

A nice easy drinking Wit, good summertime beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly clear-ish yellow with a thin white head that dissapated fast.

Smells not very strong but some banana and yeast. Little bit of spicyness.

Tastes just as it smells. Not very strong. Pretty light and a little spicy. A little yeast but kind of thin.

Mouthfeel us very thin but a good carbonation.

This beer is kind if boring and I probably won't buy it again. I'll waste my money on other wit beers. Reminds me of a BMC with slightly more flavor. Not impressed.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale hazy yellow. Head is slight and quickly becomes non-existent.

Aroma is bubblegum and Belgian spices - especially coriander. Very citrusy, plenty of lemon and orange.

Taste is sweet and citrusy. Bready pale malt, and slightly grainy. Finish has mild hops and subdued yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Refreshing.

Overall a decent, but not outstanding offering. Flavor is pleasant and unified. Worth a try.

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Photo of Bobdope
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a nicely carbonated cloudy pour. It pours a nice light head that retained through the course of the beer. Minimal lacing involved. It is a very drinkable standard unfiltered wheat. I would like to see a draft pour. Nice wheat and light citrus taste.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ballast Point- Wahoo Wheat

A- Cloudy yellow with a small non lacing head.
S- Light fresh wheat with a touch of clove and pepper.
T- Light and crisp wheat with delicate spices. Pepper, clove, orange peels, and coriander comprise the flavors.
M- Very light and watery, flavors are subdued. Thin body with a nice sweet finish.

Overall- This 1 just didn't have enough of a punch. The flavors and feel were too weak. Otherwise easy to drink and could be quite refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

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