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Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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153 Reviews
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Reviews: 153
Hads: 556
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 108 | 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: 556
Photo of Hokies
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass and noticed the beer had a pale yellow color very little head to speak of and had a slight citrus scent. The taste is very good it went down very smooth. This is my second Ballast Point beer and I am becoming a fan of the label. I would recommend this to anyone who agrees with my reviews.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly above average in all respects.

A - Very light yellow, hazy body with a nice looking white head. Minute amount of lacing.
S - Wheaty pine with a twist of lemon.
T - Wheat, corn, lemon all in small proportions. Reminds me a little too much of an American light beer.
M - Light. Only a little souring on the tongue. This is a pretty smooth beer.
D - Goes down easily, but the taste doesn't inspire the tastebuds to had a second one.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber just like the one in the pic. Poured into a pilsner glass. Had a slightly cloudy sunflower yellow color topped by a sputtery white head that quickly collapsed down to a thin skim.
Spicy, citrusy nose that had a soft yeasty aroma. Coriander notes and mild hoppy note of orange rinds.
Dusty, almost powdery feel. Light and refreshing. Nice spice and citrus flavor that rolls well with the yeasty malt tones. Not as flavorful as, say Hoegaarden, but still hits the mark style-wise. Worth a try, especially if you enjoy the Ballast Point line.

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Photo of flexabull
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very cloudy yellow cream color, with a weak odd shaped head.

Aromas are fruity, zesty, lemon like, and a bit sour.

Taste is zesty, full bodied, and sour. There is an obvious wheat and coriander like quality. But the flavors seem to really sloppy, and scattered.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, it has a nice full bodied feel to it.

Drinkability is ok. But I don't really care for this one. Don't think I'd buy it again. The last two Ballast Point beers I have had were quite good, this one however was not.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Cloudy lemon gold. Short, fizzy, cracking head of dirty white bubbles that quickly vanishes leaving a floe of fine foam. Big bubbled, chunky carbonation streams pop at the surface. Wheaty aromas, filled with coriander, and a hint of sharp orange peel, are on the light side, but still nice. Orange peel and coriander play along a medium light body peppered with sparky carbonation. The wheat adds a gentle fruitiness while the orange peel adds some zip to the finish. There is a tingly mouthfeel from the carbonation and at times the body feels a tad thin. The finish is spiked with a dash of cloves and lingering orange rind zest. Overall, this is a nice wheat beer, adequately, but not overly, spiced and nicely carbonated.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nvsblman for the trade.

Pours a hazy light-yellow, like pineapple juice with a very small head that had no retention. The faint aroma of citrus gently touched the nose, I couldn't pick out much afterwards. The taste was a nice surprise. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but very refreshing. The spices were nicely balanced with the light hopiness that tingled across the tongue. Very drinkable, would be a perfect beer on a warm summer evening. Will have to search this one out next summer.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice orange hazy color, but absolutely no head at all on this one, looking super flat.

smell: hints of orange peel

taste: an interesting flavor profile. I taste orange peels and oats. A very fruity tasting beer, almost like orange juice, yet I don't taste much yeast out right.
not tasting much like any wit i've ever had, but I dig it.

mouthfeel: nice, the oats add a nice texture. medium to light.

drinkablilty: a good drinker. an interesting beer which i liked.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber $3.50 from Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA. Label explains the usual hefe info: curacao, orange peel, coriander...

Pours a lemonade light fully cloudy glass, topped with an ivory pillowy wafer thin headcap, leaving no lace in the glass.

Nose appears with plenty of flaked malt grain and slight lemony spritz to suggest hefeweizen all the way. This one really grabs the pith of the orange peel. A perfect refreshing scent for the heat.

First swigs: Benign hefe lemon hard candy lolipop but no sulfer or off putting flavors. A soft carbonation and fast sweet lemon cake finish that suggests some marshmellow.

Thin and gentle feel that seems to lack a zip.

Last swigs: Entry level hefe that would do any salad proud. Otherwise, move along, nothing to see here.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy brew the color of merangue but a bit lighter. The head is snow white made up of medium sized bubbles. Head fell quickly, not overly sticky.

S: Fresh like a spring breeze. Lots of cloves, yeast, lemon grass and an overall floral goodness.

T: Begins slightly acidic. Citrusy, fresh cut grass. This beer if fairly spicy with loads of fresh yeast. Has a grainy aftertaste with a buttery residue.

M: Light to medium body with a fuzzy mouthfeel.

D: Light and refreshing. Lightly cloying but not overpowering...I think its probably from the heat (outside temperature) though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zorro for the chance to try this.
Pours a cloudy pale yellow with virtually no head. Smells of wheat bread and spicy lemon. The aroma is a bit yeasty as well. The taste is of spicy wheat and a very strong lemon flavor with some orange mixing in. Very light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Good choice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of DogFood11
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber picked up at BevMo. Not sure why there is no freshness date on a 4% wheat beer but I'll dive in. Tough to get much action out of this puppy, with some aggressive pouring I got a limp fizzy head that was never to be seen again. Hazy and pale yellow.

Soft aroma's include a belgiany yeast, Hay, lemon.

Fruitier in the taste, Orange, and a sweetened lemon backer blend together quite nicely. Wheat flashes in and out and then back in late in the aftertaste. Lemondrops, and a medium strength carbonation crispen this baby up. Fairly clean finish.

Notes: It was really about average in my book. Nothing fascinating to talk about ....it was rather mundane. A topic thats been on the boards alot is how can a brewery not put freshness dates on their beers. While it doesn't bother me that much on most beers a freakin 4% Wit needs one for sure.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber. Ballast Point main label follows the styles of all their other offerings, the Wheat Beer label has a picture of a Wahoo fish on it, never heard of this one myself but it seems that it also goes by the scientific name of Acanthocybium solandri, or just ono, oahu fish, Pacific kingfish or ocean barracuda to you and me. No strength or Best Before Date listed but there is a nice explanation on the right hand side.

Appearance: Pale wet straw body with a milky yellowy appearance due to its unfiltered nature. Billowing white head rises very quickly on the pour to produce a superb looking white cap that has a myriad of different sized bubbles on its surface. Solid presentation.

Nose: Lots of diffused wheat and a low key lemon citric angle, hints of orange peel and curacao in the middle but I seem to find that lemon is the highest of the aromas in the finish, even though it apparently does not use any!!! The strength is toward the low end of the scale but nice enough.

Taste: Wheat starts with a little coriander tang plus some gentle orange tingle. The center-piece is a lovely soft refreshing lemony-wheat waistline with some grassy herbal flashes. A little bitterness tussles with an oatmeal feel here and there. Finishes with a wheat struck ending that soon rescinds against a lemon background.

Mouthfeel: Flaked oats lend a dry feel, the wheat accentuates this but the citrus input assists in adding some sharp fruits, hops do play a part and whilst the bitterness is very delicate it balances nicely with the carbonation.

Drinkability: Simplistic but clean and refreshing with a lovely lemon trait weeding its way throughout. Somehow though it just misses something to be anything else than a “just above average” Wheat.

Overall: Funny how I thought “Woo-Hoo” when I saw this new Wahoo brew from Ballast Point in BevMo. Ballast Point is a personal favorite amongst the West Coast breweries that seem to lay low on the radar stakes. This is nice enough but it lacks a little ‘specialness’ for me to pick this one up again.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in March 2006 for $3.49

Pours a cloudy straw yellow into a German Hefewezen glass, a thin white head of tiny bubbles hanging on through the pour and the session. A lot of carbonation is present, as this beer "reminds me" that I drank it some time after I finished it.

Aroma is faint- lemon and wheat and grass. Flavor follows through, with the lemon being the dominant flavor. Maybe slight cloves. Flavor is bolder than the aroma. Mouthfeel is solid considering the ABV.

A pleasant, easy drinker. Kind of mellow for the style, which is interesting since it's a mellow style to start with.

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