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Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002)
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Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

emmasdad, May 28, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

mactrail, May 06, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

SolomonGrundy, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

IronCitySteve, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of gregshead
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

gregshead, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

mithrascruor, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of trianglebeerguy
4/5  rDev +13%
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)...

trianglebeerguy, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Wisconsinality, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of hopjuicer
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

hopjuicer, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

alleykatking, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

pwoody11, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

srandycarter, May 08, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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).

BretSikkink, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of July2Nov
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

July2Nov, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Stinkypuss, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Travlr
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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!

Travlr, Oct 25, 2009
Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Ezekiel81923, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Anthony1, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light lemon in color with half an inch of white foam from a 22 oz. bottle. Brief retention settles to a durable surface film and casts off some slippery lacing.

Nose is somewhat unique and offers a slight sour yeast character. Otherwise wheat notes dominate along with orange peels and a rather light spice character.

Bready on the tongue with some spice revealing itself mid palate and a subtle yet pronounced orange citrus close that lingers briefly. Offers a good feel and a carbonation that is good for the body of the beer, which is somewhat fuller than typical for the style. Decent drink, limited only by the general lack of pizazz in the flavor department, which does expand and improve with some warming however.

HalfFull, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wahoooo. This might be the cheesiest of all their labels.

Pours a cloudy pale lemony yellow. Looks as if there is a layer of dredge in here. It looks like those mom jeans, but with overweight moms in them. Dumpy and thick.

Smells somewhat spicy, some of the orange peel that the label boasts is on there. But you gotta dig through it to smell it. Like Dig Dug, I loved that game.

Tastes... not good. Some peppery, some fruitness, but mostly water.

Macro aftertaste with a thickening of the glyven. Think of the Mom Jeans analogy.

Skip this one...

Murchmac, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of skullucr
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-It is a wheat beer, and looks that way, out of the pour it has the color of golden wheat, thick with no floaters of any kind. Great carbonation, easy pour with little head, but great activity.

S-Different layers to the smell, has the instant aroma of a wheat beer, but after scent of a hefewiezen. Not over powering at all, compliments the beer well and promises what it delivers.

T-Taste was very good, not amazing, but very good. Grows on you after every drink. No long after taste, enough of the wheat and hef flavor that I think anyone who enjoys a light beer would find this beer very intriguing. Could use a little more kick, perhaps more carbonation?

M-Goes down great, no complaints there, in my opinion, one of the best beers I have had regarding mouthfeel. Doesn't coat the mouth, still crisp.

D-I enjoyed this beer alot, it does really grow on you. It's great out the door, and gets better as you go. I guess that applies for a lot beers though huh? It was very good, I am recomending this beer to my friends who all drink coors light or blue moon seasonals. I love the idea of supporting a local Southern California brewery as well.I picked this up at a Bev Mo' pretty far from that brewery. Good for Ballast Point, keep up the good work.

skullucr, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

yellow straw colored body...cloudy....small white head

citrus...lemon....wheat

tastes pretty much how it smells...clove and banana flavors that dominate most wheat beers here in the US are more subdued in this one

very thin compared to most of the American wheat beers....still very drinkable

i usually prefer the more creamier wheat beers, but this was still nice to try....i'd pass it over if there were other choices available

SPRichard, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of katan
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours a very bright golden color. Not much for head formation at all - not even any filming. Little hazing or yeast suspension, which is a bit of as surprise for the style.

S - Lemony and sweet - somewhat spicy. Not much for coriander or orange peel, but certainly a summer style beer.

T - The same smooth lemon sweetness starts this thing off but then builds to a nice mid-stream of very spicy yeast and coriander. Refreshing for certain. After taste is very muted. Some fruity esters are retained on the tongue.

M - moderate to light body - in with the style. Very little carbonation bite. Not oily in texture - leaves little on the palette.

D - Very easy drinking summer beer - I could session this beer like mad. Very refreshing on a hot day due to its light palette impact, and very moderate abv.

katan, May 25, 2009
Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.