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Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of Travlr
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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!

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Anthony1
3.47/5  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

Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Murchmac
3/5  rDev -15%
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...

Photo of skullucr
4.27/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of SPRichard
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of prototypic
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
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
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.