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Wahoo Wheat - Thai Chili, Lime And Ginger - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 34.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Witbier | 4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: notchucknorris on 01-19-2012

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 134
Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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 +6.2%
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 -2.2%
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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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Talk about unique! I drank last night so going by memory. Pours a hazy light straw that produces lacing. Smells awesome, and tastes the same. Yeast wheat, with the pepper, and lime really coming through. The ginger was noticeable in blending all agents together. Definitely spicy. As busy as a beer gets. Lighter body really makes all parts come through, and somehow is refreshing. Nice effort BP!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler. Snifter.

Pale straw yellow bright white head fizzes and fades to nothing. Mild haze little effervescence.

Aroma: coconut curry! Pad Thai! The chili/ginger combo blows my mind. My brain fills in the missing coconut. I could sniff this all day.

Taste: whoa, pepper, ginger. Not a bit if sweetness. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp. Lacking the typical wheat slickness. Very mild carb.

Overall: Really interesting. Not something I would ever have bought, but glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The sort of beer that purists must hate, I'm sure, but the fact of the matter is that it's tasty as heck. I've had a lot of Ballast Point beers with interesting ingredients, particularly chili peppers, and I gotta say that every darn time they're on point. Is it the kind of beer you'd want a sixer of? Probably not. But was it really darn tasty? Sure was. Choose accordingly.

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Photo of anteater
1.38/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Looks like a normal beer, smells like fajitas, tastes like fajitas - grilled onions, peppers, ginger, lime, and WAY too much heat. Zero beer flavor detected. 5 of us couldn't take more than one sip each.

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Photo of Zach136
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy light straw, white head, great lacing.

Aroma: Intense Thai chili and ginger, citrusy ntoes from the lime and yeast are present but mostly covered.

Flavor: First sip hits you and you immediately think its going to be a heat bomb, then quickly fades off to a light residual burn on the back of your tongue. Subsequent tastes you can pull out flavors from the ginger and lime.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, well carbed, moderate lingering burn that kind of makes you want to keep drinking.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sip give way to strong ginger presence and nice taste of lime. Thai chili builds and sticks around and is just a bit hotter than habanero sculpin. Really damn good one here.

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Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap last night at The Foundry, Northampton, MA.

A- Poured from the tap to a tulip glass with a hazed up golden yellow body and a white head over one finger high. Decent head retention leads to a puffy ring and spotty lacing.

S- Earthy and spicy Thai chilies are apparent right off the bat with citrus, crusty wheat, ginger and floral tones. Not much of the Wit yeast for me as the chilies and lime resonate strongly.

T- Chilies are strong once again with plenty of flavor and by the end of the experience a decent amount of heat. I really like how the capture big Thai pepper flavor and not just spiciness. Herbal, floral, slight ginger, citrus with time and pale wheat grains.

MF- Light bodied and crisp with a semi-creamy texture. Carbonation is moderately high and heat from the chilies lingers and builds with each sip.

As with the other BP brews made with peppers that I have tried the chilies are kept at a reasonable heat level but the special part of the brew is how they integrate pepper flavor with the base beer. This is certainly spicy but for anyone that eats spicy food or hot sauce regularly it should not be a challenge.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From 10/01/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a somewhat clear pale yellow color with two inches of white head with lots of lacing, and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, peppers, chilis, bready maltes, yeast, and light fruit. Peppers are there but not getting any lime. Decent.

t - Tastes of peppers, lots of spice, hot chili peppers, wheat, grains, bread, light earth and floral notes, lime, and light fruit. Taste has way more peppers than the nose and is very spicy. Too much in my opinion.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some burn from the peppers.

o - Overall this one is just too spicy for me personally. I don't mind peppers in some beers, but if there is too much spiciness in my beer, I'm not a fan (and I love spicy food). Chili peppers dominate it, wouldn't seek it out again.

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

Enjoyed this beer on tap at LURES in Maryland

A: Pours a clear light yellow hue with a white head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace.

S: Sweet spicy aroma.

T: Spicy wheat flavor with a decent citrus background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Interesting brew – complex aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Sam's in Durham

Pours a very light pale yellow color with a medium white head. Smell is a normal wheat beer, i couldnt smell the spiciness on the nose of this one. Taste is much different though... lime, wheat and ginger dominate the initial flavor with a big spicy chilliness on the back of the tongue. as you get through a pint the spiciness starts to build up. Enjoyable novelty beer. Drinkability is fine, very light with medium carbonation.

Overall glad i had this beer, obviously its a novelty beer but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Categorize this one under strange brews. The color is a cloudy yellow with a moderate, quickly dying head. Spotty lace.

The smell reminds me of burning flowers (lavender?).

It's spicy with strong non-beer flavors. I definitely detect hot chilies and ginger. The beer is lip smackingly dry. The aftertaste is hot and lasting.

Great to try to taste the very fringes of the beer range.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a hazy dark gold with a soft frothy white head, leaves some solid lace.

S: Fajitas and lime juice.

T: Some notes of wheat and bread, but dominated by the upfront chili flavours that take over the beer. Refreshing in a weird way but begs for food.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, capsaicin heavy.

O: A fun beer, a bit one-dimensional, but an adventure nevertheless.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at BBC in Plymouth, MA.

Light fizzy head, golden yellow hazy lemon color.

Nose is like pure Thai, very nutty, peanut oil, light pepper, ginger, wheat, floral spices I want to think basil but I think that's more my mind's association, lemon zest and a light citrusy aroma.

Taste airy and floral, plenty of wheat to start, nice candy ginger, light floral spices, little nutty. Hint of pepper flavor and heat, and light lemon zest. Light golden malt with more wheat flavors. Finish is drier but not very, light sticky malt, some warming pepper heat, more spices and lemon, ginger lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, some pepper heat.

Overall interesting but not amazing, very unique Thai flavors, floral but not great.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Naja's

The pour is a hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Wow, almost overpowering ginger to open up on the nose. Quite a bit of lime and while there's some chili, it's not all that strong on the aroma. Just a bit of malt aroma and sweetness. The chili is heavy on the palate, particularly on the finish. As with the nose, tons of ginger! Light lime/citrus notes and even more restrained malt flavor and sweetness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, lime, and a variety of chili aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of chili head that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors and a good amount of heat that doesn’t destroy the palate.

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Photo of Speedstan
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at their homebrew outlet store on Linda Vista in San Diego on Tue 2/28. Please note that this was the third in a series of samples - it was preceded by the Sculpin IPA and Navigator Doppelbock, so I was a bit in hop overload at that point. In other words, I sort of did my testing bass-ackwards, so any subtle hints on the nose and tongue might not have been readily apparent. However, I have to say that even for chile beers, this was something else. The other beers have been your typical Corona-esque pale lagers, but the witbier makes a far better palate. The chile and lime was readily apparent and opened up the nostrils for sure, with the ginger as part of a nice crisp aftertaste. Comparing this to any other chile beer I have ever had would be like comparing a nice piece of sharp white cheddar to a chunk of Velveeta. Only caveat I can suggest is don't drink this if you have any cuts or abrasions on your mouth or gums, as I imagine it would sting a bit...

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Hazy yellowish golden color with a thin bone white head.

S: Thin wheat aroma with some lime and a bit of hay. I started picking up a bit of a yellow curry scent.

T: The balance between the lime and ginger is near perfect and the thai chili creeps in on the finish, leaving a lingering heat. Great notes of lime flesh and wheat throughout. This was really a pleasant surprise and probably the best chili beer I've had from Ballast.

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Wahoo Wheat - Thai Chili, Lime And Ginger from Ballast Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.