Wahoo White Beer | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Wahoo White BeerWahoo White Beer
BA SCORE
3.55/5
642 Ratings
Wahoo White BeerWahoo White Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously known as Wahoo Wheat Ale

A fresh, unfiltered brew perfect for lazy summer days.
Our Wahoo White is brewed with unfiltered, un-malted wheat and oats that give it a distinctive cloudy complexity. True to the Belgian tradition, this Witbier boasts a refreshing, citrusy flavor thanks to the orange peel and coriander we add to the boil. This makes Wahoo an ideal beer for year-round beach weather.

Added by beernut7 on 08-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,136
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
642
pDev:
12.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
158
Trade:
2
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

different and far better than a great many of the american takes on this style we see in circulation. the oats are a big deal here, cloudy, thick, a little sweet, and fluffy, they really do add a lot to this one. it looks normal for what it is, but has a great aroma that is entirely yeast driven. less fruit and sugar than a lot of them have, cleaner and spicier at the same time, but also really delicate beer at the same time. notes of fresh cereal, white grape, lemongrass, lime leaf, basil, eucalyptus, and cream soda all jump out in the flavor, but despite all that, its not overly complex, just nuanced to high heaven and majorly crushable. low alcohol and alive in feel, its a classy beverage with a ton of character and a zippy crispness thats uncommon in a beer with this much texture. oats are an awesome addition. i know they do a lot of different stuff with this, chilies and ginger and all, but it really doesnt need any of that. a wonderful summer session beer, less hoppy than almost all the other stuff these guys make. big fan.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer at the end of a long road trip.
Attempted to convert a Blue Moon drinker with this, with some success. They liked it, but thought it could use an orange. It was tame enough that I tended to agree...

The beer poured a pale opaque straw color, just about right for a Wit. It was murky, and unfortunately didn't produce much of a head. Foam was white and left spotty bubbles on the glass.

Aroma was fairly subdued, but there were hints of wheat and citrus, which was good. It could have benefitted from more citrus to really whet the appetite.

Tasted of wheat, some light breadiness with low level citrus accents in the back. Fairly easygoing and thirst quenching. Body was a little bit thin, but passable. This would work outdoors in the summer, it's a fairly utilitarian Witbier.

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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale honey color with the sorriest little head I have ever seen on a wheat beer; a few splashes of lace

Smell: Doughy and yeasty, but not very spicy, perhaps just a little lemon

Taste: Doughy, up front, with a candied lemon peel element appearing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness perks up and is joined by some of the spices, but the overall effect is somewhat muted

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy (the oat effect) with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: I was all set to expect an assertive West Coast angle on the style but what I got was a Wit that tips its hat to an American Wheat; ho-hum

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, highly carbonated, golden yellow color with a small, short-lived, white head.

S - It smelled of lemon, clove, yeast and some wheat.

T - It was rather sweet tasting. Lots of wheat with a lemon and citrus kick. Also, some clove taste.

M - It was sharp and fairly crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty tasty beer.

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3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/25/2013. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, banana, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, banana, pear, coriander, clove, wheat, pepper, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; with a good amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice witbier. Very nice balance of malt. spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Wahoo Wheat"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "WH 206 17124 12:35"
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's amazing the number of beers I've tasted before and never reviewed; although you can't let that get in the way of enjoying yourself so sometimes you just have to put the reviews aside. This one, however, is one I'm quite familiar with, so I must have assume I'd already reviewed it. The appearance is not that great, and the head drops quickly and the lacing is OK but nothing more, but the aroma is right on for the style: lemony-orange, wheat, and some dull coriander - you know it's a witbier without even tasting it. The flavor follows, and although it's a bit sweetish that's OK, and the combination of wheaty malt and lemony citrus is quite nice, and some mildly phenolic yeast adds another level of depth to it (is there a hint of banana in there as well?). A mild bitterness helps to balance it, less than 20 IBUs for sure, but with the little bit of coriander and the citrus, and I think some peppery notes from the yeast, it finishes mainly dry as some of the malt steadily erodes - you don't want it to finish too quick, or too spicy, so it works just fine as it is. It's just a satisfying and refreshing beer, and thinking about it I've probably had 4 times as many 22 oz. bottles of this as I have 12 ouncers, all by myself! It's medium-light in body and gently effervescent. Whoops, I see now that the 22 oz. bottles were actually "Wahoo Wheat Beer" so I take that part back. Kind of, I'm pretty sure it was the same beer. But what about style? How does it stack up against the Belgian-style witbier guidelines? Pretty well I think. All of the ingredients, including the yeast are clear, and it's nicely balanced and highly drinkable. Could it be better? Yes, but there are beers from Belgium that could be better too. I'll take this as it is. It's great for a summer day, and yet it also works all year long. Nicely done!

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3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz bottle.
Hazy golden body with s very good head.
Lightly tart and lemony flavor with some nice, mild, lingering aftertaste.
Mild bitterness.
Light body with medium carbonation.

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Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 642 ratings
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