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Wavehopper - Big Bay Brewing Co.

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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 Strix:
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4.22/5  rDev +25.6%

Pale yellow, frothy initial head that leaves some lacing.

Grassy and pilsnery hops, quite fresh smelling, the slightest hint of a skunkier note, but hardly noticable.

Pilsnery malt highlighted by some grassy herbaly hops. Lemon. Cheerios. Grass. Very crisp.

Medium-full mouthfeel, crisp carbonation.

Maybe I was just in the mood, but was really refreshing and drinkable and just hit the spot. Balanced and tasty. I'm impressed, I'll have to seek out more Big Bay.

01-06-2012 04:13:28 | More by Strix
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4/5  rDev +19%

10-14-2012 20:59:05 | More by Swonkie
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Had at Miller Park in Milwaukee

A - High soapy foam that stays for a long time. Golden color and plenty of carbonation.

S - Some smell of fresh grain. Has a slight skunkiness to the scent.

T - Pleasantly refreshing flavor of fresh grain, bit of lemon tartess, and spices. Simple but tasty.

M - I thought this was a smooth beer that had a light feel and a tart finish.

O - Better than I expected since I never heard of this one. Nothing outrageous but I'd have this again.

07-27-2012 16:42:57 | More by socon67
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3.2/5  rDev -4.8%

12oz single, Why oh Why did i buy

appearance: served in a shaker pint, macro-clear straw body, light white film - rather unappealing

smell: light biscuit notes, light lemon peel, distant floral notes

taste: unsettling bittersweet finish - otherwise dry with lemon, dough, tea leaves. better than the amber, but neither are worth spending money on

mouthfeel: awkward finish - not crisp/fresh as it should be

drinkability: ok

03-11-2011 00:32:23 | More by dirtylou
Photo of tempest


3.63/5  rDev +8%

Picked up a bottle at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. The aroma and flavor have a toasty, creamy barley character with a crisp finish and hints of caramel and grassy, earthy hops. This is a fine summer beer, and I like the barley character, but this is missing some of the light fruit of a great kolsch.

08-20-2012 03:03:14 | More by tempest
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-11-2014 00:00:44 | More by kristenrae8
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

08-12-2012 01:49:16 | More by Fr0stb1te
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3.18/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with half inch of head that did not hang around for very long. The head settles to a thin cap. Surprisng amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass however.

Has a sweet, grainy aroma. There is a faint Noble hop aroma as well.

We have been getting dry, aggresively hopped Kolsch's lately, this is not one of those. This is a sweeter, milder version. Tastes more like a pilsner than an ale as in not having much of a yeast influence except for a touch of diacetyl.

Light body with nice carbonation.

Certainly respect the easy drinking and low ABV. I just prefer my Kolsch drier and more aggressively hopped.

02-16-2012 22:32:21 | More by morimech
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

03-15-2013 18:42:41 | More by wmobley
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

02-09-2014 15:39:29 | More by jubie921
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

05-28-2012 16:54:09 | More by Kunstman
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.91/5  rDev +16.4%

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!

01-20-2013 23:36:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.63/5  rDev +8%

12oz longneck. Pick this up on a summer road trip through Milwaukee.
A) Pours with a two finger head - fluffy and white. Slowly settles. Clear straw colored body. Fairly sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grassy with notes of lemon and "wet dog".
T) At first not much flavor but as it moves towards the finish grainy notes and subtle citrus fruit come to the front. Nutty finish with some sweet malt and linger hops.
M) Crisp. Light bodied. Dry and with tannin in the finish and aftertaste.
O) A well crafted brew with true profile characteristics. I'd have another one.

08-30-2011 00:13:47 | More by u2carew
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

06-29-2013 01:54:30 | More by enelson
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-19-2013 03:26:09 | More by bigbeers84
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

09-04-2013 18:00:02 | More by tommy5
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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

06-25-2012 02:06:28 | More by NodakEric
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-24-2012 23:22:26 | More by MyMindSpray
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

08-12-2012 21:48:58 | More by Ri0
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4/5  rDev +19%

10-13-2012 14:23:57 | More by yankinwis
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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%

from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear pale yellow color with a fresh 1 finger white head with a good amount of lacing thru-out

S- was lemon citrus baked bread with a nice amount of crisp noble hops

T- noble hops first crisp,floral with lemon citrus , next were light caramel baked bread malts

M- crisp and sweet with a dry finish of sweet malts and noble hops

O- very fresh and delicious tasted like euro pils

01-22-2012 01:03:06 | More by gatornation
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-05-2012 22:56:30 | More by minneapolitanjim
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

10-08-2012 01:46:34 | More by cofeeguru
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3.58/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

11-11-2012 00:09:42 | More by JamesMN
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Wavehopper from Big Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.