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Wavehopper - Big Bay Brewing Co.

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.94%


Brewed by:
Big Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 12-14-2010)
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Reviews by JamesMN:
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: About three fingers worth of beer and six fingers of white foam on the top. Waiting to pour the rest of the bottle. That being said, the neon yellow color of the beer is appealing and the white soapy foam gives it a nice look.

Aroma: Lots of yeast and not much else. A 'dry' smell.

Taste: The first half is reminiscent of white grape juice and is moderately sweet. The second half adds a coriander spice taste (maybe from the yeast) and finishes crisp. It's interesting because the first half almost feels juicy like an IPA might be. Not getting much malt flavor on this one so I'm guessing it's a light malt bill. The hops add a slight bitterness that compliments the sweetness from the malt. At 4.8% ABV this is a good session beer.

Mouthfeel: Wet and medium bodied. Good effervescence for the style and easy to drink. Decently refreshing.

Final Thoughts: Usually I hate spiced beers but this one keeps the flavor in check and delivers a nice drinking experience. I could see someone going through a sixer of this with a buddy while watching a game and having some pizza or burgers. Would I drink it again? I'm tempted.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:09:42 | More by JamesMN
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

10-09-2013 03:17:25 | More by teichsta
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

09-04-2013 18:00:02 | More by tommy5
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

08-21-2013 01:15:12 | More by sgttibbs
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw in color with moderate carbonation and a white soapy head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Nose has grainy straw malt notes with a hint of sweetness, slightly spicy hops and a big straw backbone.

Taste follows the nose. Grain and straw notes are forward. While the flavor is light, it is robust and delicious lots of great grainy qualities that the clean herbal hops play nicely with.

Mouthfeel is great for a hot day. Light, crisp clean and lots of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:20:34 | More by Fcolle2
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -10.7%

07-04-2013 19:36:32 | More by Hallertau
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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Kempski

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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mrmitsui29

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

04-22-2013 05:29:09 | More by mrmitsui29
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1DAC3

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wavehopper is a very nice American Kolsh style beer. It has a nice creaminess with a subtle hoppy finish. This will do very well during a Chicago summer. In addition, I love the marketing of life on the water and the white caps. I grew up vacationing in the great lakes region and have a boat in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 21:55:14 | More by 1DAC3
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ChefFelipe11

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The lightest of all Big Bay Beers but not a light beer. I would consider this beer a li-dium body...Haha. Yes Li-dium body its in between the two. The taste is good again well balanced very social type of beer. When in Germany, you can compare this beer to Fruhl (Cologne) and the Kolsch style wouldnt be able to be distinguished. Overall a great beer! Its now selling in Illinois!!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 19:14:06 | More by ChefFelipe11
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wmobley

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

03-15-2013 18:42:41 | More by wmobley
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Finishing my introduction to this new-to-the-area brewery. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet corn, wheat, light funky rice, a half-pinch of black pepper, and a small dose of minerals. The taste brings in more of the same, but without the funk. Instead, the minerals combine with a mild citrus character and the wheat to form a soft, clean, mildly fruity flavor combination. Not bad. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a decently solid kolsch, an easy-drinker if there ever was one.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 21:38:40 | More by TMoney2591
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steveh

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stumbled on this by chance a local that's been carrying some new beers. Interesting that it's a brew-pub beer contracted by Point.

A -- Clear, very pale gold/yellow with a pretty firm white head that holds up well.

S -- Grainy malts with a mellow fruitiness. Vaguest sulfur in the background.

T -- Light grainy to bready malts up front, same fruit character follows then finishes with good bready character and a light balance of spicy hops.

M -- Smooth to crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish and light body.

O -- A very nice, clean and crisp beer -- delicate flavor and body with no faults showing thru -- talk about a difficult beer to brew. Perfect for summer afternoons at the grill. I'll have to remember this in a few months.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 21:29:47 | More by steveh
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Bay stange.
4.8% ABV, no date.

A - Wavehopper is pale straw yellow in color with brilliant clarity and a billowing cloud-white head. Magnificent retention eventually leads to a plateauing pile and sticky lace clutching the glass like foamy waves lapping the shore.

S - Crisp and open like an afternoon trolling the lake in the breeze, this aroma starts with a grainy pale malt nose with sweet notes of pilsner malt, finishing with a touch of buttery diactyl and sea salt.

T - Dry straw and husky malt make a splash but the ripples die out as the pilsner sweetness rolls in. More butter diactyl joins the party but this beer finishes off with a clean hop addition of floral noble-like hops.

M - Wavehopper is light-bodied and moderately carbonated though slick on the palate, it almost finishes with a lager-like crispness, though not quite there. A tingle of dry, lightly hoppy bitterness for balance enters just before a pinch of minerals and salt beckons for another sip.

O - There's no question that Wavehopper is an entry-level beer that's more or less designed for the masses but, make no mistake, it's fashioned well. This will appeal to the everyman while dropping in enough flavor for the person looking for an easy-drinking, flavorful "light" beer. This is one of my go-to summer beers, especially when wake boarding!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 23:36:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Wiscivore


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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Satan70

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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Wavehopper from Big Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.