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Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | 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 Molson2000
3.05/5  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 MasterMustace
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of RichBeer
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Annesemj
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of garuda
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +1.4%
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
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -0.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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%
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

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The wifey went and got me a growler of this tasty brew from Ballast Point/Home Brew Mart in SD - thanks babe!

A: Pours an unfiltered strawlike/blonde hue with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates within a few sips, leaving massive amounts of lacing in its tracks.

S: Big blast of banana berry bubble gum, spices - cloves and coriander, with sourdough and fresh cut grain finish.

T: Pretty on-point with the nose but with a citrus bight. The finish is as the nose suggested though - bread and grain. A real tasty one for the style!

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied but standin tow to tow with any medium bodied ale out there. Crisp clean finish makes this one really stand out for a Witbier. Honestly one of my most cherished session beers, and having this brewery just a 10 minute drive from my pad and fillin growlers for 8 bucks makes it a regular in my rotation and definitely one of my faves.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe – thanks!

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a bright white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of lemon and citrus peel. Also present are slight amounts of soft coriander.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth light malts with mild wheat flavors up front are joined quickly by bright citrus peel. Midway through it dries out a bit with decent amounts of spices that carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, very crisp with a lot of flavor for a 4.0% ABV beverage. Well worth a shot.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hints of banana, cloves, and an almost bubble gum like aroma peeking in through the mammoth wheat smell. Same held true for the flavor, with massive amounts of wheat present right away that melded themselves into a nice banana and clove profile that seemed to continue to develop as it continued to warm. Nice balance here with a light to medium body and smooth carbonation, left with a slightly dry flavor in the mouth, I went in for a few more sips leaving a nice bubble gum flavor throughout.

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of mjyoung
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.