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Wahoo White Beer - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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153 Reviews
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Reviews: 153
Hads: 555
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 107 | 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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Reviews: 153 | Hads: 555
Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of gregshead
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of trianglebeerguy
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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)...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of hopjuicer
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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).

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color typical of the style. A bit of haze and an appropriately-sized white head. Very nice smell with some of the typical wheat scents coming through in addition to a few hefe characteristics. Taste was nice with some of the German-type yeast coming through again. Simple, but quite enjoyable. Light-bodied with ample carbonation. Drinkability was very nice, as this was quite refreshing on a hot August day.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.