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Wavehopper - Big Bay Brewing Co.

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78
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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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Photo of FightingEntropy
1.35/5  rDev -59.8%

I will admit up front that I am not a fan of kolsch as a style. Occasionally, I will find an excellent, delicate and flavorful kolsch that I will tolerate and enjoy. Tonight is not that night.

Wavehopper from Big Bay Brewing looks fine in the glass with a white head that falls with a nice lace over a slightly anemic looking yellow brew. Pungent nose has some of the classic kolsch characteristics, but overwhelmed by a sour apple and mineral wafting up. Just as watery in the mouth as it looks, the taste has a barely perceptible sweet malt and a sharp chalky flavor and unpleasant sourness.

In spite of my general beer optimism, I cannot find any redeeming characteristics in this brew. In a phrase, avoid this beer. Unfortunately, I didn't review Big Bay's Portside when I had it in March at Grumpy's in Minneapolis. My simple rating of Portside was much higher, which is what made me hopeful for Wavehopper. While it would take some convincing to get me to try Wavehopper again, my experience with Portside on tap will at least give me reason to try Big Bay again some day.

FightingEntropy, May 13, 2012
Photo of NodakEric
1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

NodakEric, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of jubie921
2/5  rDev -40.5%

jubie921, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of KarlHungus
2.03/5  rDev -39.6%

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with large visible floaties. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is heavy on the butterscotch to such an extent that nothing else comes through. The taste is similar to the aroma, but not quite as strong. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture, and high carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer that I will not drink again.

KarlHungus, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of hwwty4
2.13/5  rDev -36.6%

Poured a 12oz bottle into my La Chouffe tulip.

This beer pours a crystal clear straw with a massive 3 inch head that leaves a good amount of lacing. I'm surprised about how filtered this beer is. When I think of a Kölsch , I normally assume they are going to be a clear with just a hint of haze. This looks like its been filters 27 times. The aroma is weak. Its all encompassing cracker like malts. That's all. The flavor is just as weak. Lightly toasted crackers, almost like a unsalted saltine cracker with just a hint of artificial lemon. The mouthfeel is light and a little dry. Once again, it reminds me eating saltines. Overall, I'm just not impressed by this beer. Maybe, if you have a friend looking to get into beer and needs a gateway or like bland Americanized versions of German beers then this might be for you.

hwwty4, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Soneast
2.28/5  rDev -32.1%

Pours a not-quite-clear, pale yellow color. Grows a mediocre, watery head that recedes rapidly.

Aroma is about what I'd expect with some mild graininess and a light fruity note, with some sulphury, skunk-like aromatics.

The flavor is somewhat muddled. Malty grain characteristics are evident with some unpleasant acetaldehyde and the finish is unrefined and un-balanced. The mouthfeel is a little thick, could use some more carbonation, and I think a bit more carbonic acid would help balance the finish as well, adding to the overall lack of bitterness.

I think this beer needs a little work, the basics are there, but my favorite kolsch's are a lot more crisp, refreshing with a semi-dry finish and a decent noble hop presence. This beer pretty much falls short on all counts.

And oh yeah, their logo looks like cock & balls. WTF!

Soneast, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Satan70
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Satan70, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of wmobley
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

wmobley, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of NicholasOfMKE
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

NicholasOfMKE, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
2.79/5  rDev -17%

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color. Some pure white froth with decent retention.

(S)- Light cereal and biscuit-like grains with hints at lemon and spice.

(T)- Quite sweet for the style with a big honey wheat sweetness going on. reminds me of buttered toast with honey. Very grainy.

(M)- Very light bodied but carries a rather potent sweetness for the style.

(O)- I actually quite like the flavor this has, that, and being lighter and crisp, but really very little about this reminds me of a kolsch.

sweemzander, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Fr0stb1te
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Fr0stb1te, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Kunstman, May 28, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -10.7%

bigbeers84, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of MyMindSpray
3/5  rDev -10.7%

MyMindSpray, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of FlandersNed
3/5  rDev -10.7%

FlandersNed, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Hallertau
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Hallertau, Jul 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Shy5, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Kempski
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Kempski, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%

Reviewed from session notes.

Somewhat hazy golden straw color with a receding foam collar for a head, no real retention or lacing left behind. Smells of wheat malt mostly and has a touch of grassy herbal aroma. Taste is on the sweeter side for my personal preferences in a Kolsch, but not terribly much so. Tastes of perhaps a mixture of wheat and crystal malt sort of flavor, with a twist of lemon peel. The grassy herbals from the nose do not unfortunately make an appearance in the flavor. Body is on the thicker side of light-bodied, dries out somewhat in the finish but just barely misses the mark of being 'crisp' for me.

WastingFreetime, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%

Had a non-beer-crazy friend suggest Big Bay to me so. Despite his very suspect taste in beer, I'm always on the lookout for a good Kolsch, so here we are. 12 oz. bottle poured in preparation for a dinner of raspberry chicken & potatoes with Gruyere cheese. Mmmm.

Pour is...well, imagine all the carbonation in the world. It's now gone. Because it was all bottled up in this tiny little shard of glass. Three pours & five minutes to get the beer into a pint glass. It's yellowish with light-speed bubbling. Smells like a puff of air: not much coming off the surface. Faint grains & yeast if I really pull.

Wavehopper's first sip is promising. Then the aftertaste takes hold like The Claw. Clean, wheaty, & crisp on the front, yeasty in the middle, then an unpleasant...something on the back end. A little musty, almost, but not quite, like a hop twist that didn't quite make it. Overcarbed, seriously, but like any decent Kolsch, easy to down.

This is pretty close, honestly, to being very good. Instead, the carbonation & aftertaste drag this down into the mediocre range. Maybe a couple days old, super-fresh? Either way, decent enough beer. Off to my dinner.

maximum12, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of KFBR392
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%

Appearance: Transparent body with straw yellow color. Poured with a finger of head which settled in to a thin layer across the top while drinking. Active carbonation is on the lower side for the style.

Smell: Straw, honey, and dough on the front. Sweet biscuity malts are really potent on the body. Cereal and nutty finish fits well.

Taste: Dough and buttery malts on the front. Watery forgettable body. The finish is some earthy yeast and sprite fruits.

Mouthfeel: Drinkable almost to a fault. No notable lingering textures are left behind.

Overall: The aroma is no doubt the highlight. So disappointed the taste couldn't follow it up.

KFBR392, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%

12 oz bottle, new brewery out of Milwauke, they brew 2 pedestrian beer styles.

This one pours crystal clear straw with a bright, foamy white head.

The smell is light and airy, with some grains and hops.

The flavor is interesting, it has a nice crispness and a higher hoppiness for the style. The yeast gives it a subtle frutiness. It has kind of a crappy malt flavor though.

If you like Americanized versions of German beers you might like this one.

The brewery has a nice beer out of the gate, I would love them to brew a different style though, this doesn't touch the German ones.

crossovert, Dec 28, 2010
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Wavehopper from Big Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.