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Wahoo Wheat Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-26-2002)
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

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

06-06-2009 20:55:38 | More by SPRichard
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katan

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

05-24-2009 23:50:54 | More by katan
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

On-Tap
I had two seperate pours from this. The first looked something like watered down orange juice with some small debris seen floating, the second was cleaner and had a dark yellow appearence with some faint head on the top. WW has scents of wheat, belgian yeast and some subtle hops. Taste is the same but I also get some squeezed lemon, spices(clove), and just a bit of hop taste. The feel was good for a wit but not as crisp as others, this was rather smooth. Drinkability is great with a low abv but this style is not my bag.

05-24-2009 07:55:40 | More by BARFLYB
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augustgarage

California

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

Vigorously poured into a rocks glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pale straw to pear colored body, topped with a bright white head which quickly vanishes leaving behind no lacing. Not as hazy as expected, it looks almost as if it has been lightly filtered.

The aroma is crisp malt/grain and could almost be mistaken for that of a lager or a pilsner. Slightly fruity, but not much spice...mild sweetness.

On the palate, there is the sourness of lemons with a metallic undercurrent. Flavors of orange peel (curaçao), white bread, and coriander are well balanced but not quite integrated. The lager-like flavors add an unwelcome note for me. The finish is an interesting combination of buttered oats, citrus, and spice but is more mentholated than refreshing (almost as if fresh cilantro was used rather than coriander).

The body is a bit thin but with a buttery slickness (lactic acid or diacetyl?). The carbonation level seems good, so the insipid head retention is kind of surprising. The ABV is maybe a bit low, even for this style.

Overall, the combination of different elements make this worth a try (my girlfriend liked it), especially for a summer session beer. Compared to a lot of American takes on Hefeweizen, I would rate it a little higher, but Wahoo is simply out-classed when compared to many other witbiers.

05-20-2009 02:43:59 | More by augustgarage
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +22.7%

Appearance: Cloudy/Creamy Orange.

Smell: Dried Orange, Grapefruit, Coriander

Taste: Slight Spice that turns into orange and melts off into a hint of cream. Salty essence on finish. A beautiful witbier!

Mouthfeel: refreshing medium bodied with soothing tannins.

Drinkability: Session beer for the summertime heat. A perfect beer for Cinco De Mayo to be shared with mexican style food. I strongly recommend.

04-28-2009 01:14:17 | More by LauraAlberts
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prototypic

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Wahoo's a very, very pale straw color. There's a light haziness to it, but not nearly as much I expected. A forceful pour resulted in a foamy white head that stood only a finger tall. It dissipated very quickly and left little to no lacing behind. Disappointing in every aspect and below average. Kind of shocking, I know.

The disappointment continues. The nose is weak and uninspired. Spices are probably its strongest asset and they're fairly weak. Light orange peel, corriander, and pepper are noted. It's grainy and earthy throughout. Sweet, fruity lemon is noted toward the end. There's something here to work with, but it's very disjointed and underpowered. I'm going with average, but that might be a little generous.

The flavor profile is average at best. I really want it to be better than this, but it just isn't. It's woefully short on flavor all around. Perhaps Woeful would be a more fitting name. Wahoo just isn't appropriate. Light orange peel, corriander, and pepper combine to create the strongest flavor here, but calling them strong mischaracterizes them quite a bit. Nothing about this beer is strong. Grain is noted throughout. A little lemon provides a slightly sweet, citrusy flavor on the tail. That about wraps it up. It finishes without any bang at all. I hate to bash this beer, but it's flat out below average. There's very little to like here at all.

It features a very light body that feels a little watered down. Carbonation is okay, but it's nowhere near smooth. Drinkability is very, very, very average. Yeah, it goes down easy. But, it's so short on everything and makes me anxious to move on. I guess if you're into sessioning beers with little to no flavor, then...well...maybe this is for you???

Wahoo is easily the most disappointing beer I've had from Ballast Point. It's not impressive in any respect. I'd suggest that they remove this one from the lineup. If even they didn't replace it, their arsenal would be improved overall. I really like Ballast Point and wanted to like this one quite a bit. But, it's extremely disappointing. Can't recommend it.

04-25-2009 03:25:34 | More by prototypic
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a simple yet nice looking slightly hazed golden colour with a tiny head that leaves (surprisingly) nary a mark on the glass.

The aroma is candy sweet with some bubble gum specifically coming out toward the front, along with some slight lemon notes and a fair amount of wheat as well. Perhaps a bit of banana mixing with the bubble gum and a good amount of yeast is in the mix here as well.

Flavour is a tamer version of the aroma. Bubble gum is certainly more muted here as are the banana notes. General wheat flavours come out a bit more here and the sweetness doesn't' really hit you until the finish of each sip. I'd say lemon might break through a bit more here than in the aroma. Balanced overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit of a carbonation kick to it, yet is a bit thin at times.

I liked this one, but didn't love it. It's an easy drinking summer session beer for sure. I wish the aroma was duplicated a bit better in the flavour, although said flavour was still pretty good nonetheless.

04-25-2009 02:45:20 | More by SixpointJMH
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +2%

22 oz bottle

A: Cloudy yellow under a small white head. No retention or lace.

S: Decent mix of some banana, yeast, citrus and coriander. Good smell.

T: More of the same. Wheat, yeasty, tangy, bit of banana. Not really great, but good.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is low. Drinkability is pretty good. Very refreshing. Overall, nothing special, but a pretty good wheat beer. Not an especially good example of a wit (I think it's more of a hefe), but a solid brew.

04-20-2009 01:23:55 | More by NCSUdo
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -36.8%

Poured from a 22oz. bomber.

Very pale cloudy straw yellow with a tiny bit of head that disappears very quickly.

Smells of lemon zest, spice, and peppery citrus.

Taste closely mimics the nose. With a peppery spiciness in the forefront and some citrus and lemon rind also.

Mouth feel is very light. Almost no body and what little flavor is there is not very memorable. Carbonation is ok.

This could be drinkable on a hot day but even then there are much better choices out there. I've been impressed with Ballast Point and figured i'd see what their attempt at a witbier would be like.
It's not very impressive. It borders on BMC only with a bit more drinkablility

04-10-2009 21:03:46 | More by BigMike
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev 0%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: There was a sweet, citrusy smell that was surprisingly underplayed. Not nearly as strong a smell as I would've thought.

T: Tasted of orange, coriander, hops and some lemon. Kind of thin, but decent.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer (though not as much as other wits) with a slick, syrupy finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a decent American example of a witbier. Not what I'd call brilliant, but okay.

04-07-2009 12:44:53 | More by avalon07
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a light cloudy orange with middling lacing. Minimal spices in the nose like coriander and clove. This is a light wit w/ not too much going on but passes clean and smooth with some pleasant spices and a milt tart citric flavor. Very quaffable and easy-going; nice to have a on hot day to start off a few rounds of beer drinking.

04-06-2009 17:18:43 | More by clayrock81
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

The 22-ounce bomber bottle is labeled in typical fishy Ballast Point style, this time with the namesake razor-toothed speedburner of the deep. Cool picture.

I agitate the bottle a bit before decrowning, and in response Wahoo Wheat pours straw-gold with a shade of haze in its fire-orange heart and the beer sports a finger-thick cap of bright white foam atop. The head relaxes slowly, its mass continually augmented by streamers of active carbonation surging surfaceward from the depths of my weizen glass. Melting wisps of lacing mark the passing drink.

The smell is mild with a crisp lemony zip and a mild tangy note of nutty, savory wheat. Just a whiff of fresh spice affirms the presence of a bit of coriander.

The taste is mild and grainy with soft sweet wheaty notes and just a twist of tangy orange rind. A softly-scratchy grainess with mild mellow sweetness seems likely the result of unmalted oats used in the mash.

The drink is fluffy and medium in body with lively carbonation and soda-pop drinkability. No, the taste isn't anything to write home over, but with the brew clocking in at only 4% ABV, this is a beer I could drink all day.

03-29-2009 16:10:16 | More by cvstrickland
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HeyItsChili

China

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Pours an opaque orangey golden with a big ass white head.

S - Chalky wheat, citrus zest, cloves and other assorted mild spices or similar ilk, light candy sugar.

T - Milky, chalky wheat, faint hops. The citrus takes hold in the finish and then mellows out to an oaty, wheaty, earthy aftertaste.

M - Just under medium bodied, lots of carbonation.

03-27-2009 17:22:35 | More by HeyItsChili
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +13.3%

A - Poured a hazy yellow/orange color, with a light two finger head. Little retention and lacing.

S - Refreshing, fruity banana and coriander. Smells like an above average hef to me.

T - Light maltiness. Fruity banana flavors at the front. Some mild apple and orange flavors in the background.

M - Feels great in the mouth. Slides down smooth and easy.

D - This could be an easy stand-by beer to go to when nothing else strikes your fancy. I wouldn't stick with drinking it all night, but it's good to give your palate a break once in a while with something that easily tastes good.

03-22-2009 00:08:56 | More by djaeon
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%

22 oz. bottle tried 27 May 2008.

Small airy white head. Hazy yellow color. Aroma is tart, wheaty. Tart lemon flavor, bit of wheat. Hint of grapefruit becomes slightly stronger throught the bottle. Finish with a bit of citric sweetness. Overall seems a bit muted. Light body, minimal alcohol.

Not much coriander or orange in this wit...

03-14-2009 05:20:09 | More by htomsirveaux
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tdawgydog

New York

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured the bottle of Wahoo Wheat into my Stone Ruination Pint Glass. This unfiltered brew had a load of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The bottle identifies this as a Hefeweizen, but it is more of a Blegian White. Anyway the beer poured with a 2 finger head which quickly dissipated. It was a nice golden cloudy yellow. The ABV is low enough that you could enjoy a few of these without going overboard (no pun intended). The wheat was a little strong but still enjoyable. Nothing else stands out about this wit beer.

03-11-2009 02:13:34 | More by tdawgydog
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%

22oz. bomber into 12oz. glass on 2/4/09.

A - Poured a clear light yellow/blonde color with plenty of carbonation and a slim white head that receded to a thin ring of retention and yielded scant lacing.

S - Clean, malty nose with some yeast, mild clove notes and a subtle orange/citrus character.

T - Sweet bready malts with a touch of spicy yeast and mild citrus hops. Finishes with a bit of a sour tang.

M - Light bodied with lively carbonation and a slight syrupy texture. While the finish is not very bitter, there is a bit of spiciness and sourness on the palate.

D - Decent wheat beer, perhaps a little past its prime. Still, it was pretty tasty overall, but I won't be in a big hurry to get more.

02-06-2009 03:38:39 | More by ffejherb
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -20.7%

Talk about your traditional witbier. This bottle had a solid 1/2 inch of junk in the bottom that I worked around carefully to avoid getting in the pint glasses. I like a little big of gunk in my wits & hefes, but not a full shovel full of sludge!

The floaties & sinkers impart an eery look to this brew, light golden but almost opaque. Smell is what I hope for in a wit, grassy, wheaty, with more spices & flowers & fruits that mud & oats.

Taste is a letdown. The pleasant aroma dissipates quickly into a light-bodied experience - I never liked Kate Moss types in women, either - without much taste to back it up. Where did all that smell go? Seems like ingredients were all invested in the nose, or in the bottom of the bottle, not so much in the taste buds. A touch of hops, wheat...& water. Thin & dull on the tongue.

At 4% I suppose you could drink this all day, but why? Adequate.

02-04-2009 02:34:28 | More by maximum12
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

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; ho-hum

01-29-2009 01:27:43 | More by brentk56
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micahgoldfus

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%

Appearance wasn't great: a clear, yellow-orange color, with a quick-fading fizzy, white head. Little of the hazy look at a great witbier. The smell was good and true to form: clear, crisp, and clean, plenty of wheat and yeast, nice and spicey, and cirtusy-sweet too. The taste was fairly average: it had all of the ingredients of a good witbier: plenty of wheat, malty and bready flavors, yeast, spices and clove (but not as much as the smell would indicate), and sweet, citrus flavors (more than the smell lead on). It was enjoyable enough, but it was just too sweet, and a bit watery. The flavor wasn't as complex or as full as I would have liked. The medium-fizzy carbonation and the thin mouthfeel only increased the feel that I could drink this beer like water. All in all, it was drinkable, but average, feeling more like a session beer than something finely crafted.

01-21-2009 03:58:57 | More by micahgoldfus
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, coriander, Belgian yeast, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is fruity and spicy up front with flavors of orange, lemon and coriander. A decent hops presence provides some balance. There's a thin malt character and a Belgian yeast backbone to it. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, not a bad beer but there are several others in the style that I'd pick first.

01-08-2009 02:52:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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magictrokini

California

2.65/5  rDev -24.9%

Not all that happy with this one. Pours cloudy gold with very little head. Good spice and citrus in the aroma, but it is mixed with a dank basement odor that is supposed to be wheat. The taste is very yeasty, to the point of souring the beer. This could be pretty good if they would just tone that down.

12-04-2008 23:54:33 | More by magictrokini
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of wheat, coriander, some orange peel and yeast. Tastes of orange peel, coriander, wheat, and very light yeast. Thinner body. Light sweetness in the finish.

Notes from 5/17/06

11-23-2008 00:32:01 | More by hopdog
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MYJELLOMISFIT

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

22oz Bottle given as a sample. Welcome to Colorado Ballast Point. One more San Diego brewery for the "Napa of beer".

A: Kind of a weird funky head. One finger of off white frothy head that faded to a chunky lacing that floated all over the top of the body. Lacing stuck to the side of the glass in chunks. Body is totally cloudy and off yellow dirty piss colored.

S: Belgian yeast. Yummy touches of coriander, banana, clove, and fresh baked bread. Lots of smell as the beer warms. The bottle says "spiced with coriander, orange peel, and curacao". Don't know where curacao fits in but eh?

T: Yeasty banana, coriander, bread. Nice balance of the spice, malt, and yeasty-ness. Being a fan of big yeasty Belgian style wheats, this one is damn tasty.

M: Nice and heavy. Pretty poppy on the carbonation but that plays well with the spice.

D: Drink, drink, and drink again. Wonderful taste and balance. I wish this was in available in six packs. Wheat beers in 22oz's are odd.

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11-21-2008 02:06:10 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Poured a hazy lemonade color with a soapy, off white head, barely ½ finger in height initially, and quickly collapsed leaving a bare surface in a matter of a minute or two.

S: proved promising with a strong yeasty and wheaty character with light tart lemons, and orange juice concentrate. A light showing of musky grains and lemon peels rounds things out.

T: The flavor had a nice smooth tartness to it of lemons and wheat. Dry, smooth with a slight carbonation bite. The flavor overall was fairly solid, nothing outstanding, but should appease the masses. Some light bananas, cloves are detected as well some fruitiness of apples and pear juice. A slight peppery accent is also noted with a light herbal (sage) quality for hopping.

M: spritzy, lively, and tingles the tongue. Viscosity is light, with a smooth texture that easily slides off the back of the tongue.

D: Drinkability is good overall. Found it to be crisp, refreshing, tart and easy enough going down. While it wont knock your socks off per style, it does prove to be a nice summer time picnic session beer that you can pass the time with.

10-30-2008 22:42:38 | More by beerthulhu
Wahoo Wheat Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.