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

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Wahoo Wheat - Thai Chili, Lime And Ginger
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: notchucknorris on 01-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by smcolw:
Photo of smcolw
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Speedstan
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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...

Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ckollias
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Wahoo Wheat - Thai Chili, Lime And Ginger from Ballast Point Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.