Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 129
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 NCSUdo
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BigMike
2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Photo of avalon07
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of tdawgydog
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of maximum12
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | 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; ho-hum

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of magictrokini
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of hopdog
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

T:

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy light yellow/orange with a small white head that doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is somewhat strong with with the scents of clove,banana,and wheat. The taste is very crisp with wheat flavors; clove,banana,and some pepper. The m/f is light and the flavors mix well. Abit thin,but it's still a nice crisp summer beer.

Photo of opwog
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Blonde Redhead - 23

Thanks to Beechwood for having this on tap!

A- cloudy, yellow gold boy with single finger white head
S- yeast, citrus, wheaty straw
T- Somehwat like it smealls, but with more belgian caracteristics. more restrained clove/banana than most US versions.
M- thinner, but fine. Actually, a more pleasant surprise than was expected.
D- Really god drinking wheat and this is coming from somebody who normally doesn't drink much wheat ales.

Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late April for $2.79.

Beer pours a pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Nose has hints of lemony wheat. Taste is lemony wheat with a slight hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is light bodied, goes across the palate decently. Drinkability is good, this would be a very good tailgate beer the first part of the football season here in the desert.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very pale golden with constantly streaming bubbles that create a tightly beaded snow white head that quickly fades to a thin cap. The bubbles keep on coming, though. Pretty light in the nose, with some clean, slightly lemony, grassy smells, but little spice and quite faint. The taste is a little more developed and somewhat more assertive, but still a little soft. Still, pleasant tastes of lemon, light cream, an herbalness, a trace of minerality, and some light floral bitterness. The mouthfeel is soft and creamier rather than sharper. Tasty, but a bit too soft. It needs a bit more citrus and/or spice to give it some more crispness and bite.

Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter hazy yellow with little retention and a quickly disappearing head. The color's very nice though and saves it in that respect.

Smell: Plenty of yeast, spices, sweetness from the wheat, lemon zest, mild coriander. Balanced and above average but nothing more, and the aromas could be stronger, as it does seem a little tam, though balanced.

Taste: Yeast and spices up front with citrus and moderate wheat sweetness, mild phenolic earthiness, and some coriander. I wish the finish was longer and the flavors were more pronounced; like the aroma, they're balanced and solid, but there could be much more going on.

Mouthfeel: More watery than I'd have liked, though there's a nice burst of carbonation at the end, and I suppose the carbonation's fading since I've had it in the glass for a while also.

Drinkability: Solid drinkability, as it's very refreshing and has enough flavor to keep me going back. I went through this bomber pretty quickly and would certainly buy a six-pack if I saw one. It's better than a lot of domestics but not quite as good as a lot of real Belgians, but it's hard to find a good domestic Wit these days, one going back to, at least in my opinion.

Photo of RedHaze
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear pale yellow with a very thin head that fades quickly to nothing. Subsequently there's no lacing to speak of. The bottle says this is unfiltered, this is extremely clear for an unfiltered wheat beer.

Smell; lemon grass, wheat, and orange peel are alll there, but overall the aroma is very subdued. Nowhere near what I would expect for a Wit aroma wise.

Taste; as with the aroma, the flavors are just thin and on the watery side. A little lemon, wheat and some faint hints of orange do some through, but fade away almost immediately after each sip. I suppose this would make a good lawnmower beer, just not a good one if your looking for a lt of flavor.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is on the thin side, and is only compounded by the lack of carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebels in Wichita

Pours a hazed straw with one finger of beige head. Zero head retention & average lacing

S: Lemons, white pepper, & a touch of wheat tartness

T: Lemony hops, grainyness, white pepper & pear up front. Tartness, grapefruit & green apples as this warms. Finishes crisp, with a touch of juicy fruit & apples & citric hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, not quite on point for a WIT, but I'll just guess they were shooting for an American signature on the style. Much better wits out there to be sure

Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.