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Thai Chili Wahoo | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Our Thai Chili Wahoo is a favorite in our tasting rooms for its complex balance of ingredients. Citrus and spice have long been a part of our trademark Wahoo White. In this edition, we added a dose of Thai Chilis, even more heat from ginger, and a counterpunch of lime. The flavors in this beer need to be experienced first-hand, so grab one and try it for yourself."

Added by notchucknorris on 01-19-2012

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden/lime green body, ring of white lace, a few lazy bubbles rise. Looks dead and sickly. Nose displays a good amount of real ginger root and some smoky chili, but they come across as thin, incomplete, and mismatched. Flavor is similar: the initial taste is... void. Nothing. Water. Weak ginger eventually lets me know that I did in fact drink some of this thin baby beer, and then, gradually, annoyingly, a heat rises in my throat. Yes, that's overcompensating, yet individually tasty, spicy and smoky chipotle chili flavor. Body is light, watery (duh), weakly carbonated. C'mon, at least overcarbonate it to let me know that this isn't the house drink of purgatory.
Even a people-pleaser like myself can't turn this into a positive. Either the bar where I tasted this waters down their taps to make each keg last longer (no) or this is a weak, silly beer (yes). Absolutely no character besides the forced, yet still feeble, ginger and the mismatched, yet actually cool, flavor of chilis. Beers this bad usually have at least 2-3x the alcohol content. Try again, BP... actually, don't.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the 22oz. Bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A muted slightly cloudy green tinged yellow body hits the glass making a lot of noise. Fills with some nice lined streams of carbonation, and a snapping three finger white head. Lots of cola sounding fizz, and this dissolves completely into nothing. Aside from a lifeless body, half the beer looks missing and dead on arrival.

Aroma is invigorating though. Thick reams of pepper aromas, and a juicy red powder kick. Lime zest and oils make a perfect match, a little bit of wheat chewy sweetness even manages to balance out. Quite solid and real appealing.

Palate doesn't hold anything back on the imagination. Slightly seltzery body that hits with a bit of orange and lime sweetness in the mid palate. Mouthfeel is a bit wet, and doesn't hold much wheat like density or flavors. Pepper angle is big in heat and flavor, but with control. Really opens up on the aftertaste and swallow as the peppers really build warmth and kick. Pepper quality is delicious and a nice match with zesty citrus qualities.

A true chili head brew, but also lacking some malt depth, and is to flat and lifeless otherwise.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.
LOOK: Clear yellow, small white head.
AROMA: Ginger is strongest, with hints of lime and the eggy wheat beer smell.
TASTE: Ginger is again the dominant flavor. Spicy pepper taste lingers, but I think the sharpness of the ginger also contributes to that. I "feel" the Thai Chili more than I taste it.
FEEL: Thin, medium carbonation. Pepper aftertaste.

Good Spicy Beer. The spice is just right; not too strong for me to enjoy (like Habanero Sculpin), but I think the ginger dominates too much. About average overall, all things considered.

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Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1/2 “ white sudsy foam cap that disappears with champagne like speed.
S: Ginger and lime aromas are initially apparent from 3’ away. Closer up some light vegetal and malt aromas fill in the background.
T: Starts calm and lightly sweet with lime and ginger flavors but as it moves to the finish the heart from the ginger and the Thai chili intensifies. The Thai chili heat builds as you drink the beer.
F: Bracing and refreshing with lingering and gradually building heat. The body is light and the carbonation is fizzy.
O: The heat is not sweat inducing but it does build.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Penn Hotel sports bar in Hershey PA, served in a pint chilled.

The color is cloudy golden with thick white head that settles. The smell is nice with tropical aroma and spice with ginger noticeable. The feel is spicier than I expected..in a good way with nice amount of wit yeast texture and slight malt sweetness the pepper has a lingering heat in the semi-dry finish but the carbonation is moderately high and balances.

this tastes unique - a never tried a thai chili beer other than my own homebrewed stout...but the wit is a good contrast with some nice tangy yeast and slight tropical qualities of ginger the pepper Is fruity and earthy and gives some heat to the back of the throat as it finishes with slight citrus aspect. This is better than I expected but different too -great amount of pepper in this so not for those who don't like spicy beers

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Photo of Schimms
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Pretty "meh". Looks like a Wit, I guess. Sedimenty in the bottle.

S: Chilis! Yay! That's about it. Nothing as far as the advertised ginger and lime. I do really like beers that do the hot peppers thing.

T: Hrm. I really like the peppers, but...that's about it - only the peppers. Nothing else. No ginger, no hops, no lime, no real wit either. But...Peppers! So, this one is really confusing for me.

F: Fine, I guess. Nothing outstanding. Peppers!

O: Super disappointed with the lack of depth with the advertised characteristics. Fairly one dimensional - which is super disappointing coming from Ballast...love everything else that I've had from them...Peppers! though...the peppers...

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a fairly hazy deep straw with a medium sized but very quickly dissipating head. The first aroma I catch is coriander, but then the aroma starts to dominate. Orange peel and ginger also poke, through, but things are pretty much overwhelmed by the spice. The flavor starts with a light but full wheat sweetness, and then once again the spice takes over. However, the other flavors do start to come through - some orange peel, fresh ginger, mayeb some tartness from the lime? This one is very subtle, and hidden beneath the spice, which continues to burn for a few seconds on the swallow. Overall this is a decent beer, but the complexity is swallowed by the spice - It is not that it is too hot, I just find myself wishing it was more subtle to I could pick up the other things going on.

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Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot and spicy. Huge pepper flavors.

Not too much hops but that's okay. It tastes like a chines meal.

Medium bodied. Clean with heat.

I dig this beer because of how hot and spicy it is.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger of pearl white head. Hazes once more of the bottle is poured. Sad lacing & head retention, clears a bit

S: Lime & a little chili pepper

T: Chili, lime & a little pear up front. More chili heat as this warms & just a little lime ( needs more ). Finishes with heat & a little dryness

MF: Light body, light carbonation

Drinks okay, a little one dimensional to me, mostly heat. Not one I would buy again

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Thai chilis are present in the nose—these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of Thai chilis from start to finish and has notes of ginger and hints of lime.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers contribute a lot of heat to the finish.
O: This is an enjoyable beer to drink if you like spicy chili peppers. It's pretty hot, but you get a strong dose of the Thai chili flavors, which seem to taste like ghost chilis, but without as much of the heat. It's relatively light-bodied on the palate, so if you can get past the heat is could be considered drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of discostu1113
1.06/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If I could give this beer a -5 I would, it was terrible! I couldn't spit it out fast enough. Poured the entire thing down the drain. Beware of this beer!

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy, straw colored body; fluffy, sticky, white head; clinging rings and gobs of foam. Spicy, grassy aroma; some citrus; lemon; peppery. Hot chili flavor, long lasting; light malt grains in the background. Medium bodied; soft on the palate; mostly dry finish.

I wasn't expecting so much chili pepper heat yet it's there and nicely complements the wheat base. There is a subtle Belgian yeast thing going on as well, providing a lightness and gentle fruit-like quality to things in the background. Well-rounded, very tasty, and fiery...

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The body is a murky yellowish orange, really never good at describing that exact color. A white bubbly head recedes to a wisp with constant rising bubbles keeping the white film in tact. Lacing is watery and dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Dry Thai chili peppers are totally dominant with hints of lime. Under the cover of spices and heat lay a very basic reminder that this is a wit with soft layers of citrus.

Taste: Thai chili takes the attention at first but bright lime citrus emerges secondarily, much more than it does in the aroma. Orange zest and ginger spiciness fill out the back end. The finish coats the throat with peppery heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry. Hot.

Overall: This is my second bomber of this and I like it as much or more than the first one. It has a heat that lingers, so for pepper beer lovers like myself, this one is a good one. The lime and other citrus notes add a nice compliment to the overall experience.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into goblet style glass.

Golden yellow color, almost clear with very minimal white head.

You can smell the chili pepper and the lime with possibly a light citrus, but not the ginger.

Light lime taste at first with the spice from the chili hitting the tongue and lingering slightly. No ginger flavor at all.

Light and easy to drink, even with the spice which did sit at the back of my tongue.

The spice is stronger(not a bad thing) than I anticipated based on the color of the beer and the scent in the nose. Would have preferred to taste the ginger a little and maybe the lime a little more, but overall this was decent.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy yellow orange color with a micro-thin white lacing and steady carbonation.

S - Wheat, yeasty, ginger, lime, and chili peppers.

T - Follows the nose with a wheaty presence, yeasty, some lime, some ginger in the middle, and finishes with a pronounced burn on the back end.

M - Big medium body, chewy, definite chili pepper burn in the back of the throat, and the heat coagulates the saliva on the trongue.

O - I wouldn't spend another $10 for a bomber of this stuff but I would be interested in pairing it with the right Asian dish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A pretty spicy Witbier style aroma with a scent of chili peppers, ginger, and lime. Big upfront scent of the chili peppers along with some ginger and lime. Belgian yeast with spice hints of pepper, clove, and slight coriander. Malt hints of wheat, grains, and cracker. Slight hints of citrus. A pretty interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty spicy and hot Witbier style taste with notes of chili peppers, ginger, and lime. Big upfront and fairly hot taste of chili peppers along with ginger and lime. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, peppers, and coriander. Malt notes of wheat and grains along with cracker. Subtle notes of citrus. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and fairly hot with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty unique and solid twist on a Witbier. The spices and lime blend well with the light Belgian flavors. Better as it warms.

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Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info to be found

Pours hazed lighter near dull golden, minimal head and leaving a tiny bubble film and next to no lacing.

On the nose its the advertised lime, ginger and chili...alot of chili

Snappy and flavorful brew, lots of chili, if chili beer is not your thing this is NOT the one for you. Bright notes of more ginger, lime, some wheaty malts and yeast and then their is the chili....Thai chili...thai chilis are tasty and they can be very hot....the chili here, according to my chili loving taste buds, is about at a 4 or 5 level..not to hot, not overpowering, but also present..I'd love to try this along with some tasty and spicy thai food, or any spicy food....well worth a try and happy to find this BP variant

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like a chili like Tostitos. The wheat gives that wheat chip flavor, but the heat is very present. It is definitely a lime chili beer. Be prepared for a kick in the mouth. Not bad on a 12oz I got.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy bright yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is funky yeasty malt with chili spice and some lime.

The flavor is funky yeasty Belgian malts with citric lime and ginger and quite a bit of chili spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer with a lot of spice.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy straw with minimal head and minor lacing. Lemongrass and chili peppers in the nose. Light bodied and crisp. Spicy peppers and building heat on the palate. A hint of lime can be found before the pepper assault. Zero malt or bitterness. Finishes with hot peppers and lemongrass.

Pretty tasty and the heat level is nice but I would have really enjoyed some ginger and lime in this.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles down to a small island and a thin ring and leaves a leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Plenty of ginger, some lime, chili, mild spice, a bit earthy, a touch of spice, and a little light malt.

T: Ginger and lime up front, the Thai chili comes out as it warms giving some mild heat, some earthy herbal notes, a touch of citrus, and a little light malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Cool take on a beer that can honestly get a little boring. I think the ginger could be toned down as it can kinda dominate and the lime bumped up a bit.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not usually a big chili beer guy, but this is done just exactly perfectly. its a nice wit beer to start though, a little limey already, and with a cooling lemongrass character and less of the estery spicy wit yeast than is common. seemingly lighter than most, and it works with the extra ingredients here. the nose is the wit and the peppers, which smell fresh and spicy, reminds me of vietnamese cuisine, citrus and heat, fresh chili, really pretty pungent and intense. the ginger cools it out in the flavor quite a bit, and there ends up being very little heat or even none at all in the flavor. the ginger is as hot as the pepper, oddly enough. citrus is cutting and nice, refreshing and cleansing. it seems like there would be too much going on for this to be any good, but thats just not the case. the flavors all marry together really well, and the pepper would be missed if it wasnt there. overall an excellent beer, hard to balance these ingredients out i think, so its brilliant on a number of levels. this is maybe the only chili beer i have ever had that i would want to drink a full pint of, even several pints. beautiful brew.

edit: just had this on draft and its not as good, too much heat from the peppers, not enough lime to quench it. also much less carbonation really slows it down, and it warms up poorly. i much preferred the bottled option on this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Yard House, Atlanta.

Pale Amber body with an good head.

Bready and lightly spicy aroma.

The flavor is way more spicy but with judicious use of chili and Thai spices such that it is not too hot and not so spicy as to mask the underlying wheat beer. Interesting and complex. (Chili) heat level is probably about right for most people.

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Photo of donspublic
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK anotherbeer from ballast point to assault the senses. Pours with minimal head, looks just like an unfiltered wir. Smell, you know something is going on. Faint ginger is predominant. Taste....my daughter is about to steal this from me. Big ginger/lime hit followed up by nice ginger burn. Great mouthfeel. Also getting a kind of jalapeño taste on the back end of the ginger. Nice beer

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Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. This beer has an interesting combination of ingredients with Thai chills, ginger, and lime. The taste is unquestionably unique and intriguing. I dig it for what it is. There is a lot of heat but the subtle lime and citrus help to balance it out a little.

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