Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Wavehopper - Big Bay Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

34 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 34
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 27.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 12-14-2010

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (10) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 34 | Hads: 75
Photo of Garwood64
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. Kolsch style glass:
Appearance- nice straw color with bright white head, good foam retention and lacing.

Smell- subtle but good notes of malt, wheat, hops.

Taste- a little thin in comparison to some of the German Kolsch tasted but nice balance with a touch of sweetness coming out in concert with the hops.

Mouthfeel- good, no residue or grain textures

Overall- potential for a "go to beer" when not feeling adventurous

 431 characters

Photo of hwwty4
2.14/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

 826 characters

Photo of mynie
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Asked what it was--since I couldn't see it too good, in a glass case behind the bar. Barrtender said "Wavehopper." Knowing the mindset of upstart breweries as I do, and seeing the word "hopper" in there, I figured it was an A or IPA. But then, to make sure, I said "you know what kind of beer it is," and she said "it's like an ale, I think." So, okay, figured it was an APA, and since I already felt like a bit of nerdlinger for having asked so many questions, I didn't bother to read the bottle before pouring it into to the glass I had requested.

First sip, hated it. Expectations mean so much, don't they? If blindfold you and tell you get ready for an APA but then I pour you some New Glarus Belgian red, you'll probably be unhappy. And, well, Kolshes are just kinda weird, with their fizzy beginnings and ashen backends. You have to prepare yourself for them.

So I took a few more sips, began to tolerate and finally appreciate it. It's a solid Kolsch. It starts out with gentle nodes of lemon and biscuit malt, and finishes with some bittersweet nodes of ash and peat.

 1,079 characters

Photo of Soneast
2.33/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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!

 836 characters

Photo of uwmgdman
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours clear straw yellow with a thin white head that leaves just a bit of lacing. The aroma is medium-low grainy, grassy malt, a bit sweet and fruity. The flavor is moderately sweet, slightly grainy, and balanced by medium-low hop bitterness and a slightly dry finish. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-light. Overall a refreshing beer, yet still flavorful beer that is great for the summer.

 410 characters

Photo of MrPhield
4.75/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in signature 16oz Kolsch glass, with big fluffy head crowning almost an inch over the brim of the glass. a pale straw color, very subtle fruity notes from kolsch yeast.
Taste is amazing! a creamy start, with a little hoppy punch, from Perle and Hersbrucker, not too much thou because the body of the beer is light, just the right amount!!
mouth feel is bigger that the beer looks, because of the wheat. it was a nice surprise.
over all i love this beer, and this is coming from someone that likes having a bruised tongue after drinking a beer. this beer has great flavor notes that work with each other. so instead of bruising my tongue after one i can bruise my liver after having 6.

I had it again, This time I bought a 6pk from Woodman's. I stand by my Earlier statement. This will be a great everyday beer all year round for me.

 841 characters

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pils glass.

Pours a champagne clear with active carbonation rising the glass. Modest one finger head recedes to a cap.

Aroma is slightly fruity, a bit weak but crisp. Vinous and light.

Flavor is crisp, grape and light crackery malt. Middle yields to a smallish hop flavor, then comes the green apple. Finishes dry and tart, but light on the grainy malt flavors I usually get from a Kolsch. Huskiness in the grain along with the dusty yeast flavor that I am accustomed to in Kolsch is not very present. The malt profile is thin here could use more.

Mouthfeel is light and crsip, very refreshing. Carbonation is good.

Very drinkable, just a bit thin in the malt department.

 704 characters

Photo of dirtylou
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

 428 characters

Photo of crossovert
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

 587 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Wavehopper from Big Bay Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.