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Wahoo Wheat Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Wahoo Wheat BeerWahoo Wheat Beer

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wahoo Wheat looks a peach lemonade that suffers from anemia. It is ghastly pale despite being too hazy to allow transparency. But this is all written in the witbier guidelines; both straw paleness and cloudiness are customary. Also written in there somewhere is a line about a dense and white head but only one of those two words describes this one's.

The nose has a considerable level of graininess as well as a moderate coriander perfume and some peppery notes in the background. It smells like how most witbiers smell, but not exactly how the best ones do. Soft floral and citrusy elements contribute but are nudged out by a kind of saline character. And something about it smells stale, oddly celery-like.

None of this makes a bad beer - on the contrary, it's a rather nice beer - but these things (or lack of things) do put it out of contention for world's best example of the style. No matter, there's still plenty of goodness to be enjoyed, including a dry tartness and some pleasantly tamed spiciness. Light herbal notes show as does more of that whole-wheat graininess.

The beer has a certain acidic, lemony tartness - think lemonade without the sugar. I think that sums it up pretty fairly, mind you it does overlook the beer's pleasant floral and earthy components. But I still say unsweetened (or barely sweetened) lemon juice still paints an accurate picture (obviously allowing for some oat and wheat character).

In sticky-hot weather or an afternoon at the ballpark, this is exactly the kind of beer that would make you say "Wahoo!". It's not only in those conditions that it could be enjoyed, but those are probably the two situations in which I, personally, would turn to it. And even then I might reach for a better example if available. If not, I'd still be perfectly happy with this.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:21:51 | More by biegaman
Photo of IRONRakkasan


4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot of pro-Ballast Point talk amongst friends, so when I saw this one I knew I had to try it. Man, was it good in my opinion.

Finger-width head, bright yellow color, awesome nose. A yeasty sweet, coriander, and orange flavor that left a balanced dry tang on the tongue.

I must say, this one is a tops for me in the witbier style. Well done. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:14:48 | More by IRONRakkasan
Photo of ADZA


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After seeing this bottle and label makes you wonder where Gage Roads got their inspiration and it pours a very hazy pale yellow straw hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is spicy wheat and citrus,it has a light bodied silky mouthfeel and has tastes of candied wheat,corriander,citrus and finished with a spicy hop dryness and overall this would be a great Summer Session drop and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 11:23:36 | More by ADZA
Photo of mjyoung


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank 6/5/11.

A: A very light, crisp color with very little head. Only the slightest smattering of lacing is left on the side of the glass.

S: A one-note whiff of wheat dominates. There is a bit of citrus (lemon, orange?) that comes across at the end but there is a notable lack of spice.

T: There it is! Coriander appears in the finish with strong lemon and orange zest as well. The wheat isn't nearly as strong as comes across in the nose. Well-balanced, but a little on the weak side as far as as flavor is concerned.

M: A little on the light side, but not too bad. It's extremely light, which would make this hit the spot on a hot summer day.

O: I was all set to not like this beer, but the taste came through and bumped it up nicely. It's not the best I've had of this style, but I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 00:31:42 | More by mjyoung
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3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I sampled this one on tap at the Ballast Point Brewing Co./Home Brew Mart in Linda Vista. Poured a clear pale white-ish color, with a bubbly white head on top. Aromas of lemon, light dough and a hint of spice. On the palate, this one is light bodied and refreshing, with flavors of light bread, citrus zest and coriander.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 23:21:47 | More by emmasdad
Photo of mactrail


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 04:49:26 | More by mactrail
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery in a pint glass, the beer is an opaque, milky yellow color with chunky, wheat residue head. The head actually broke up into parts as it floated along the top of the beer. Spicy and sweet aroma, with highlights of lemony scents. The beer has a bready taste, with peppery and clove spiced characteristics. The beer maintains a light body desspite the appearance, smell, and flavors. It is a bit acidic, and the carbonation makes the finish sharp. Decent Wit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 04:28:14 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of SolomonGrundy


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darn, the Giants lose on opening day..

The basics: $4.99/bomber and 4% ABV...

Super carbonated, but unlike the Pacifico, this looks like natural carbonation. Beautiful creamy head. Nice lacing.

Very bread dough aromas - like the dough after it's risen a little. Some citrusy notes - that must be the orange peel - and also a hint of spice - that must be the coriander. Nice crystal malt backbone. EXcellent and to style.

Wonderful, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little much for me, but it's to style so hard to fault it. Nice upfront citrusy tang. Followed quickly by a slightly thin but bready, biscuity middle and the malt takes center stage through the finish. Super refreshing, well done to style. This would be great for those friends of the female persuasion that aren't yet into good beer, but could get there...

What I like most: The nice citrus notes that punctuate the whole experience.

What I like least: A touch thinner than I had hoped for.

Verdict: Decently priced, and it needs to be so you can drink enough of it. Good for warm weather and getting your non-beer drinking friends drunk. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:41:47 | More by SolomonGrundy
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3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some orange hues around the edges. Provides a thick white foam head with ample lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: A little light on the nose. Some wheat, citrus, banana, coriander and clove. All are there, but overall nothing is overly pronounced.

T: A really nice crisp clean taste. Lots of wheat taste is balanced with a vibrant citrus flavor with only a hint of spice from beginning to end.

M: Very clean and refreshing. Lots of carbonation to this medium bodied beer.

O: This is a really nice Witbier. A bomber of this would be quite perfect while grilling out in the summer. Very clean, balanced and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 23:21:40 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of gregshead


4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 1/22/11 from notes:

A: Golden yellow with a finger of fluffy white head. A thin layer of foam sticks around.

S: Wheat and more wheat. Some straight sugar aromas.

T: Nice wheat taste. A little strong on this adjunct malt for my taste buds.

M: Very light feel with lots of carbonation on the tongue.

D: Easy to drink if you enjoy this style. While not my top style, I appreciate the quality of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 06:18:08 | More by gregshead
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a ever-so-slightly hazy medium gold/straw color. Fizzy white head fizzles out really quick. Looks like neither a witbier nor a hefewiezen (the two styles referenced on the bottle).

Smell: The aroma isn't very distinct, but there's hints of pepper, wheat, and yeast in it, but no sweetness or fruit at all.

Taste: The flavors of wheat and orange predominate here, though there's some hints of yeast and pepper. Pretty constant flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: Quite grainy, though gets smoother towards the finish. Light- to medium-bodied with a pretty strong amount of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent to drink; goes down well and has a quite low ABV.

(Note: it seems that this beer settles pretty quick - a pour towards the end of the bottle looks more cloudy like a wit, but everything else stays the same.)

Perhaps the weakest offering from Ballast Point, being a cross between an American unfiltered wheat ale and a witbier. It isn't bad, just boring and lacklustre.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 02:01:39 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of trianglebeerguy

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber at a Total Wines, very good value at about $5...

Appearance is only average, pale but a bit cloudy like a good wheat beer.

Smelled was of wheat and a little citrus, a little banana

Taste was very wheaty and a little fruity, a little banana, some clove and citrus notes.

Very smooth and drinkable beer, for the price, could be a great session beer, nice for the summer (although I drank it in the winter and it was just fine)...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:31:52 | More by trianglebeerguy
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 17:35:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to July2Nov for this one.

A- Pours a hazy straw yellow with tons of tiny bubbles. Not much for head and no lacing left around the glass.

S- Big hints of wheat, clove and coriander. There also seems to be a little bit of lemon to go along with some grassy notes.

T- Wheat is pretty apparent from the get go. The spices are a little dormant but there is a good amount of Belgian yeast. The grassy notes are still there as well.

M- Lighter bodied and very crisp carbonation. Tons of bubble tickle the tongue on the way down. Very refreshing.

D- A low abv and good carbonation make this a nice choice for a warm summer night. Nothing about the flavor sticks out too much but pretty good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:32:19 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of hopjuicer


3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber served in Weiss glass

Cloudy straw golden appearance, with disappointing head. Vigorous poor yielded about half an inch of head consisting of large bubbles that faded quickly.

Smell is vague, consisting of honey and citrus.

Belgian yeast comes through in the flavor. Flavor shows mainly citrus and some tartness.

In the end, though it doesn't get me excited, it is an enjoyable and worthwhile drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 22:42:28 | More by hopjuicer
Photo of alleykatking


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy grapefruit color. Half finger white head that dies almost right away. No real lacing on the glass as it falls back into the beer.

S- The aroma is light with wheat being the dominate aroma. Very light citrus in the backend. Like I said this beer has very light aroma which is a downfall for me even for a wheat beer.

T- Mostly light wheat notes with not much else. This beer has the light citrus tones in the aroma but only in the tailend of the beer. Not much else to go for in this beer. Even the flavor of the beer was light and distant.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer and style. Watery at times in the mouth. Light wheat notes on the palate with more in the aftertaste that just fade away. Flavors lacked so telling how well they blend together doesn't really happen. No alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer as low of a score I gave it I did kind of enjoy it a lot actually. The lower ABV makes this a good session beer. The light flavors on this beer made it easy to drink and I could see myself drinking a lot of this. This is why the drinkability is so high for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 04:35:03 | More by alleykatking
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3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Kona pint glass a cloudy straw. Head is limited to a small ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy, picking up a peanut-butter like scent. Lemon, Orange, and coriander are not very strong, but present.

Taste is lemon, yeast and pepper. Smooth and crisp. A little high on the carbonation.

Decent beer for the summer, wouldn't be my go to. Average.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 23:10:12 | More by pwoody11
Photo of srandycarter


3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky straw, near white thin head that leaves immediately. No lace to speak of.

S - Initially a little barny, then not much smell at all. Small grass and citrus notes.

T - Wheat, straw, lemony finish.

M - Thin, uninteresting. Watery.

D - Dull, but drinkable. My least favorite offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 04:54:43 | More by srandycarter
Photo of BretSikkink


3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a thin ring of white. Bottle mentions unmalted wheat and oats - I thought the haze was from bottle conditioning/not filtering the the beer, but presumably the fine folks at Ballast Point have more experience than me. The nose is grainy with light citric notes and that faint ester kick that identifies the wit. In the mouth, we've got a lot if carbonation, lending a slight metallic edge to orange peel and lemon. Backed by a slight spiciness (some coriander was harmed in the brewing of this beer), the pale malt, oats, and wheat base provides a smooth if overly thin drinking experience. The low abv and generally thin character do little to piqué my interest, but Wahoo is a fine companion for not thinking too much and enjoying a crisp, refreshing beverage on a warm, sunny day (March or otherwise).

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 21:53:52 | More by BretSikkink
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4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 15:45:34 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of July2Nov


3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured out as a hazy yellow, with a an inch of foamy head that soon vanished, leaving a bit of lace. Lots of carbonation in this one.

Smell: This thing is very pungent from the get go. Has that "earthy" smell to it from the wheat. That new cut grass smell comes through, with hints of coriander.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Upfront your hit with a "bubble gum" taste that mellows out with the coriander taste and leaves you with that "dry" feeling. Not very complex at all, but that's not such a bad thing. Good overall taste and the mouthfeel is very light with a slight tingling sensation towards the end.

Drinkability: Seeing as this one came in a 22oz. bottle, but goes down so easily. You could drink a few of these out on a warm day...hands down. Not really going to test your taste-buds, but the smoothness of it makes for a pleasurable drinking experience. Take a chance on it...seems like a dependable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 06:59:05 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 00:31:00 | More by Stinkypuss
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District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Found on Topsail Island, North Carolina. Pours a golden orange with a thin lacey white head. Has an aroma of orange peel and coriander. Tastes more like a classic wheat, flavors of banana and bubble gum. Very slight bitter edge at the very end. Very refreshing on a hot October day!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2009 15:57:02 | More by Travlr
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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber that was the last of the Ballast Point offerings that I picked up on vacation in Charleston. Oddly it was easier to find this down there than in the Philly region. Poured into a Shocktop weizen glass.

Appearance: Light, hazy lemon color seems to describe it best. No matter how aggressively I pour this, or no matter what glass, I can't get any kind of head whatsoever. Just a few bubbles that disappear instantly. Similarly, just a bit of very thin lacing. Good carbonation. Odd based on my expectations.

Smell: Loved this part. Good amount of orange peel, spice and yeast. Wheat dominates, however.

Taste: Sort of a chewy, bready flavor up front that gives way to the lemon peel/orange peel/wheat flavor that one would expect from the nose. As the beer warms the individual flavors of orang, lemon and yeast become more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Fuller body than expected for the style. Definitely had the carbonation element though.

Drinkability: Blew through this one, could have another bomber but I'd probably stop at that. A littler heavier body than expected and just not the dynamic flavor of other wit's or hefeweizen's that prompt you to open a second just to dig for more flavors.

Could've been better, could've been worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 20:31:03 | More by Ezekiel81923
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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | 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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 19:51:34 | More by Anthony1
Wahoo Wheat Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.