Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | 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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Ratings: 480 | Reviews: 152
Photo of seedyone
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum. Aside from there being no head or lacing whatever the flavor and body are great. Nice citrus taste with substantial mouthfeel made me order a second. The lack of aroma had me concerned but it came through in the end. Just the thing with light summers lunch.

Photo of scootny
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and pale gold with a white head. A relatively quick fade leave a bit of lace. Smell lovely with melon and light bubble gum notes. A light bit of wheat and yeast. Taste is bang on with a wheat graininess and Belgian wit level of of fruitiness. A touch of hefe like banana and clove subtly flowing. Bubble gum with sweet light malt. Finish is crisp and mild characterized by a lemony zestiness. Smooth carbonation and lighter body make this a superb summer quaffer. This is the ultimate lawn mower beer and stands head and shoulders above the usual fare. Low abv makes this a no brainer when you are busy and thirsty.

Photo of wvsabbath
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow with minimal head and lacing.

Smell - Wheat, minor hop aroma, Some yeasts and spices. Rather light on the nose.

Taste - First sip is wheat with some minor floral fruits and a little orange, lemon and coriander spice flavor. A little bready and grainy but not much else going on.

Mouthfeel - Very light, tongue gets wheat, some fruits, palate gets spices, some sugars and grainy/bready malts. Aftertaste is a bit watery and wheat influenced.

Overall - Rather weak and bland. Super easy to drink but minimal flavors, combined with the expensive price tag, this is nothing id ever buy again, nor really care to drink again.

Photo of Skendawg
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I haven't had this beer in a while so I will just give my general overall feelings for it.

For a friend's birthday party we purchased a Keg of Wahoo, wanting something light and refreshing to drink in the afternoon and into the evening. The taste was by far better than what some people had suggested we get, some cheep piss-style light beer, but not something which by any stretch of the imagination anything spectacular. Extremely light, and rather flavorless, in fact a little watery. No real head to speak of, but a very pale white layer of foam remained for a little.

Overall, a decent light wheat beer, but not the best.

Photo of Flounder57
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Wheat aroma, lager yeast, grassy hops, a little spicy, and not really much else going on.

Taste: Citrus and coriander is a bit more noticeable in the taste with the wheat, yeast, and mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, a little watery, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, crisp, refreshing, and nothing spectacular.

Overall: @ 4%, you really cannot expect much from this beer without the addition of orange perl and coriander. Very sessionable, but lacking flavor.

Photo of Goliveidaho
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This is New Years Eve 2013 drinking the Wahoo along side Firestone Double Jack and Sam Adams Third Voyage. I should say my wife is drinking the Wahoo, had a glass to review it. Pours delightfully light....head non existence...lacing? Refreshing light, balanced. Aroma ....Florida orange groves...no not that strong..maybe orange furniture polish after about an hour. Nice light brew ...refreshing ...Hop Heads stand down...this one is for the other 90 percent. Cheers

Photo of TrojanRB
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Enjoy by date was 12/27/13, drank on 8/17/13.

Pale gold color, somewhat more translucent than you would expect for a Witbier. Very thin head. Smells of citrus. Not getting a ton of citrus in the taste though. Clean, although somewhat watery. Goes down very easy.

Ideally suited to a hot day. Overall just okay. I would drink it again, but probably wouldn't purchase it.

Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a yellowish/white color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, wheat, a bit of citrus. Taste is coriander, wheat, some citrus, very easy drinking but not the most flavorful wit out there. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/25/2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, banana, pear, coriander, clove, wheat, pepper, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; with a good amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice witbier. Very nice balance of malt. spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden tumbler.

Out of the pour she comes a little dull and unfiltered pale lemon, but a real white and super creamy head is formed with some pretty good retention to it. Whipped up and merringue in appearance.

Nose is quite grainy, almost husky, with a slight lemon and mild green coriander sense. Fairly solid, with a hint of yeasty stench sensations.

A fairly neutral palate, bringing the citrus qualities to taste, but the body really shines with a full and rich juicy character. Malt rich dense and chewy, with a lemony finish. Mild very subtle hop it even seems hanging out just giving a little bit of bitterness. The flavors seem to mesh somewhat ok, but dont feel as bold as the mouthfeel would seem to indicate.

Overall though a real solid witbier, I'd have this again easily.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with a hint of orange thrown in. I also get a little vanilla in the aroma, which was unexpected. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of wheat notes, as well as a hint of coriander. The orange notes from the aroma don't really come through in the flavor. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light yellow with a meringue head of a finger's height. 4.0

Tart lemon, unleavened bread, vanilla, salty crackers, brute-y yeast, and musty citrus hops. 3.5

Mellow lemon and vanilla. Almost a creme fraiche flavor. Herbal notes from the hops and a yogurty appeal. Sandy coriander finish. 4.0

Wet and light. Carbonation is medium-light, as well. Championship drinking. 4.0

Nice wit with loads of lemon and creme and a bit of stank. 4.0

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a cloudy pale yellow with a slight hint of orange with less then a fingers worth of head that dissipates very quickly and leaves blotches of head all across the top.

S: Usual banana esthers with some coriander and an ever so slight hint of citrus.

T: Very nice tangy tart at the start. Spicyness of the coriander comes next and then the citrus and belgian yeast flavors come into play and then the alcohol at the very end. All the flavors are very mild and blend smoothly into one another. Very enjoyable.

M: Light carbonation. Nice crispness with the flavors, and the usual dryness in the after taste.

O: Very well put together brew. All the typical flavors are represented. Have to say it has less spice then most of the witbiers i've had but their absence is not missed here. This is my third Ballast Point brew and I have to say they've done a great job and are def becoming one of my favs.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a point glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with decent carbonation and about half a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - interesting bananas and/or cloves type of smell. The coriander and orange peel are pretty evident.

Taste - pretty much exactly like the smell, only a little less obvious. There's a earthy, corn-like taste in the middle and aftertaste. Interesting.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, not leaning too far on the watery or creamy sides.

Overall - pretty interesting and thought-provoking brew.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber picked up at Bruisin Ale's in Asheville, NC.

A - A cloudy bright yellow, with a hazy complexion. 2 big fingers of head and tons of sticky lace left on the glass. Lots of yeast sediment drifts to the bottom of the glass

S - Sweet, with hints of orange and tropical flavors, and wheat.

T - A tropical wheat, light and refreshing, with hints of citrus and coriander. So much flavor and taste for a 4% abv. Well done!

M - Medium to light bodied, not much carbonation. Average mouthfeel

O - A very drinkable wheat, more than perfect for a hot summer night. Like the bottle says, light and refreshing

Photo of spinrsx
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from bevmo la quinta ca for 4.19$

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemon/oranges, grains, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons/oranges, corn, grains and a bit of yeast. There is also a bit of a clove/coriander spiciness. It ends with a corn syrup and coriander/clove slightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - I expected more from this fantastic brewer. It's very drinkable and would be great during the warmer weather but the flavours are fairly boring and it doesn't have many features that would leave me seeking it out again.

Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tried any of Ballast Point's more "regular" beers. By that I mean things that aren't IPA's or Imperial Somethings. I've always wanted to and the manager at the store I work at has finally decided to bring some more Ballast Point.

The color on this is a nice very hazy yellow with not much of a head. I was a bit surprised by the lack of head because I'm used to wheat beers having a lot of foam to them.

I really like the smell on it. It's not a heavy wheat smell like some of the American wheat beers, but it's a like citrusy Belgian wheat smell. Honey and coriander are definitely on the smell.

The flavor is a bit more disappointing given the nice smell of it. There aren't any bright flavors that come through and it's a bit of a muddy flavor. It's hard to tell what I get up front. Banana? Honeydew? Something along those lines. It finishes with, oddly enough, a ground peppery flavor.

Nice carbonation with a bit of stickiness that coats your mouth. A good enough mouthfeel.

I would definitely drink this if it was summer and I wanted a good session beer. Overall it's not something that I'm going to be craving, but it's pretty decent.

Photo of Molson2000
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Belgian style wheat, has the tart acidity on the tongue, but not a whole lot else. Not a lot of yeast or spice flavour. Okay, but not really Belgian. Would make a good session beer and pretty good for a light (4%) beer but not a great representation.

Photo of tdm168
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with noticeable bubbles rising to the top. There's 1/4" of loose, fizzy head that quickly fades to nothing. The nose has notes of straw, yeast, and very faint orange peel. The taste is straw and grass with faint orange peel, but with very little coriander. The yeast probably plays the biggest role in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation; a little viscous.

This is a little disappointing. Overall, it's a little winey and has little in the way of substance. It's one dimensional and is lacking some of the nuances one would expect in a Belgian beer.

Photo of TheDinger
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Wheat colored with a bit more yellow than orange. A healthy 2 finger white head with spotty lacing.

S- More lemon and some earthy/citrus notes on the end. Not a very strong aroma.

T- Light bodied and surprisingly fruity. Some wheat and citrus which make it easy to drink. Only 4% ABV which also helps.

M- Just the right carbonation to liven the tongue. A bit toward the dry end which was nice and added to the drinkability.

O- A refreshing easy to drink Witbier. Nothing mindblowing, but I'd certainly drink another. Not overpowering, but adequate. Good mix of flavors to keep it intersting throughout-

Photo of MrKennedy
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber thanks to a trade with ADZA, poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass.

Has a hazy appearance, almost a lemon shade, with some light gold colour as well. Decently fluffy white head of foam adorns the top and is retained quite well.

Smells of banana and clove, predominantly the former with the latter playing a lesser role. Clear and defined, but not over the top.

Taste is reserved. Some coriander is there, likewise wheat and clove, not a lot of banana as i thought there would be given the smell.

Body suits the style, while not overly light. Not a tonne of carbonation.

This is a pretty safe wheat beer, nothing out of the ordinary, though in saying this, nothing is offensive either.

Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy leon yellow with a white cap that fell quickly to a collar. A bit of spott lacing. Bready malt aroma, lemon citrus, not much else but it's clean. Low to medium bitterness with more lemon and bread, a little on the sweet side. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly dry, decent texture. A pretty basic wheat ale, solid as far as execution but nothing inspired.

Photo of HopHead84
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/2/2011

On tap at Home Brew Mart.

A: The beer is the color of pale straw with a soapy white head. The body is completely transparent.

S: Wheat, perfumy coriander, vanilla, and honey, with pronounced orange and orange peel notes. It's lightly peppery with herbal and grain notes.

T: Notes of wheat with orange and honey. The beer is lightly sweet. Vanilla is faint, and coriander provides a mild spiciness. The finish is dry and crisp with a very light tartness.

M: Light in body with high carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: I can't recall the last time I tried this, but it's a light, refreshing, and enjoyable Wit. The 4% ABV is a plus.

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the main brewery's tasting room.

A - Poured a yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of spices wheat and citrus

T - Follows the nose the spice comes out first then mellows letting the citrus and wheat through

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

O - This was a pretty good beer nothing crazy going on here just a well made enjoyable wheat ale worth trying if you see it

Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.