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Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 511
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 82 | 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: 144 | Hads: 511
Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.57/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
3.07/5  rDev -14%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (585 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Bobdope
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of Hokies
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass with a light head that leaves little lacing.

A: Pours an opaque cloudy beer.

S: Very surprised, excellent smell gives off a tremendous banana smell that ends with a nice aroma of cloves with a light hint of citrus.

T: Excellent version of an American wit, that starts with a banana citrus note with nice carbonation that finishes with a light peppery taste.

M: Nice and smooth with moderate carbonation that finishes nice.

D: A nice beer for warm weather but I would say that it would be a top choice for a wheat beer all year long. A tad expensive at $5 a bomber but worth it. (609 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite cloudy, with a dull, biege color tinged with green. Tiny head that leaves a faint collar. The nose is quite spicy with coriander and some other spices I can't name, although the overall effect is dry and cinnamon-like. Relatively little citrus character exists in the nose. On the palate, brisk bitterness and carbonation first off, followed up by a creamy coriander note and then a light, fresh fruit note. The finish is spicy and a tad yeasty. Overall, this is a decent witbier, albeit lacking in citrus and fruitiness. Still, it's a drinkable and mildly thirst quenching beer. (591 characters)

Photo of birdypowder
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured Wahoo Wheat slowly, cautious of the active and massive heads often lurking in wheat beers. However head was lacking so I poured with more vigor and quickly created a moderate sized brillant white head. Wow! I've never seen a wheat beer with this color before! Pale, straw, golden for sure but Wahoo shows me a bit of lemon too! I sniff and find cloves and a hint of orange. I drink and immediately notice a thinness to the brew but at least it is very smooth. Maybe from the oats used in the grist? Thinness aside, Wahoo is very drinkable and refreshing, a bit of tartness in the finish. My lady friend liked it too, which of course skews my perception of this unfiltered Belgian style Wheat brew. (706 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle the GF brought from Cali.

A:Cloudy straw color with almost no head.

S: Not much at all. Grapes maybe?

T: More of a wheat then a Heff which the bottle says it is.The only thing I taste is wheat.

M: Light body. Thin side with almost no carbonation.

D: Despite all of the above it is super drinkable and a good choice for a lawnmower beer. I think she paid $3 for the 22 which also makes it a regular choice if it is available. (441 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow color with a bright white head. Has many "champaigne" bubbles. The color seems odd to me. Nice lacing.

Spice and citrus abound in the nose.

Tasts sour, dry, yiesty, spicey (corriender), sourdogh bread like. A short hop aftertaste.

Mouthfull is dry and bubbly. I would call this beer like champaigne in both looks and color. I do not like champagne.
Over all this is a decent wheat beer. Not my favorite. (429 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange/yellow appearance, decent head.

Taste is rather odd. Orange, lemon, some other citrus flavors (maybe a bit of grapefruit), with an odd wheat/yeast aftertaste. Interesting for about half a bottle, then quickly grows less enjoyable.

Not my favorite Ballast Point offering. (279 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, unfiltered almost flourescent piss yellow. Minute white head fades way to quickly into a ring with no lacing.

Nothing really stands out on this wit unfortunately. Slight orange peel and corriander with a zesty wheat aspect. Just hard to grasp and bring forth.

Ahhh a little better in the flavor. Rich with orange pill and candy sugar with corriander and pale wheat. Straighforward approach, very light therefore very drinkable. Not a bad wit yet much is lacking that could help benefit this brew. (514 characters)

Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.