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Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 580
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 22.91%
Wants: 13
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 158 | Hads: 580
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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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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Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.