Wahoo White Beer | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Wahoo White BeerWahoo White Beer

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazy, low on carbonation for the style. Scent of fresh yeast, banana, light spice, wheat, and a hint or candi sugar. Taste is nearly identical; maybe a little more banana. The only real fault I find is the somewhat low carbonation.

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Photo of sechil93
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pale straw color, with a white head. When you pour it, has a lot of head, then after a little bit it disappears. Little to no lacing.

S- Fruity (orange) and spicy (coriander), also you can smell a little citrus tones in there like lemon and lime. Malty and yeasty as well. For some reason it has a little funky scent too.

T- very balanced, orange and yeast tasted. Towards the middle you can totally taste the spices. Does not have a long lasting tale. You taste it then it leaves the mouth immediately.

M- light bodied, little carbonation.

O- I really like this beer, its very easy to drink and so yummy! Would recommend it to anyone!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle dated early April:
Poured a hazy golden with hints of white. The head didn't build too high and dissipated quite quickly. Thin edges of white head remained. This beer seems too dark, too clear, and not very heady for the style.

The nose seems better, coriander, a hint of banana, some orange - a bit of spice and citrus on a witbier base.

Taste is similar to nose, checking the boxes for the style. However, the feel is almost more like a lager: a tad watery, with decent (but prickly) carbonation. The beer does have a nice earthy end with a twinge of spice bite.

Quite disappointed in this beer. It's drinkable and not off in any way, it just doesn't seem like a typical witbier.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.74/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ballast Point might be the best brewery in the country. I am not a huge fan of most regular White beers, but Wahoo has such a complex flavor and smell that it would be easy to mistake it for a much more expensive brew like Goose Island's Matilda. Seriously impressive.

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Photo of Lard_City
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spicy carbonation when I open the bottle. Tastes like home brewed wheat which is a good thing. Nicer color and clarity than my home brew. Very refreshing but a bit pricy.

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Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy golden body with a thick, foamy white head that slowly receded. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfectly on-point witbier. Scents of coriander, spicy clove and white pepper-like phenols at light levels in the background, moderate amounts of bright orange peel, light sweet honey, a balanced malt character that is softly sweet with notes of grainy wheat and a nice floral quality. Overall impression of aroma is of a well balanced, nicely done witbier that is very true to style and quite appealing. Flavor begins lightly sweet, with a pleasant soft malt quality, balanced with notes of sweet, zesty orange, light vanilla, spicy coriander and phenolic flavors of clove and white pepper. Middle is lightly tart, with notes of tangy wheat and orange balancing with spicy coriander, clove and peppery flavors. Finish is lightly dry with notes of grainy and tangy wheat, spicy notes of coriander, clove and delicate white pepper, along with tangy orange zest and hints of vanilla. Aftertaste is grainy, bready wheat malt, clove, coriander and white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a very good witbier that has all the typical flavors of the style present and balanced nicely. A good example of the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high, effervescent carbonation and a creamy feel that finishes dry. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a perfect witbier. Overall this is a fantastic witbier, that unlike so many American examples excels at representing what the style should be in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Svenson89
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: about a half finger head with minimal lacing. color is a light straw yellow. with a good amount of carbonation floating to the top.

Smell: I found the smell sweet almost bubblegum with mild clove as well.

Taste: Pretty light in the flavor department. I get a little clove/spice up front but nothing like a hoegaarden or weihenstephaner. finishes with maybe a little bit of yeast. overall flavor is pretty underwhelming. Not getting any citrus or banana profiles here.

Feel: mouth feel is decent, good amount of carbonation and finishes wet. definitely drinkable, but feels kind of thin.

Overall: Witbiers being one of my favorite styles that really got me started in craft beers, I feel i have a fair share of experience with what a good witbier should be. unfortunately, this one is pretty lackluster. Its not necessarily bad, but nothing about it really stands out either. pretty mediocre across the board. I feel like they tried to play it safe on this one, but maybe played it a little TOO safe. It feels thin on the mouth, no bready bite to it. it also lacks any real clove/banana punch that ive come to expect and love from the style. There are better options out there for a good white beer.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shock Top Belgian White beer glass.

The color is a cloudy yellow with some orange highlights. There is a finger of foamy white head on the top of this beer with some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is wheaty as expected, with a slight orange peel and some slight clove in the background. There is a bready aroma that smells like fresh white bread waiting to be buttered.

The taste is sweet with a Belgian candy sugar flavor. There is a slight bubblegum flavor here that walks along a line with a wheat flavor that melds well into a juicy fruit flavor that gives off hints of banana and more clove. There is also a tease of lemon zest in the background that hides on the edges of the sweetness here.

The feel of this beer is light bodied and pretty darn drinkable and pretty pleasant. The smooth body goes down easy and really makes for a refreshing beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Retention is quite unimpressive. On the other hand, a nice, splotchy ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: Well...it smells like a wheat beer. Lots of wheat comes through, along with a bit of coriander (make that a lot) and orange peel. Yep, exactly what I expected, no more, no less. (3)

Taste: It tastes like an average witbier to me. It's a little heavier in coriander than most, but otherwise it has the typical melange of wheat and orange peel flavors. There just isn't thing here that really stands out. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: This starts off fairly light, but it gets heavier and sweeter with each concurrent sip. It isn't that easy to drink for a witbier, due to how heavily it lingers on the palate. Carbonation is a bit low for the style. (2.75)

Overall: It's good to try a Ballast Point beer that isn't a Sculpin variant or Victory at Sea for a change. Unfortunately, this one isn't impressive - it's just another witbier without any standout qualities. The drinkability isn't even that great, either. In other words, utterly forgettable. (2.75)

2.83/5: Wahoos aren't as cool as sculpins

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Photo of Morganser
2.13/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Was the variety pack skunked? That's what I thought. This and the yellowtail pale were some of the least appealing beers I've had from a reputable brewery in a while. However the sculpin in the case was its usual sculpinrific self. All this beer did was make me drink it as fast as possible to get it over with. Citrus? As in a tablespoon of frozen orange juice conventrate in a gallon of water. BLUE MOON has more flavor and complexity. Granted maybe this style is more susceptible to mishandling on the voyage from CA to PA than Sculpin...or it was a bad batch. Only way I'd try it again would be if someone handed it to me....on draft.....at the brewery.....in a sample glass. Not a fan of the new label. Sculpin rules! Wahoo drools!

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Photo of bmeehan
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a deliciously fruity taste that borders on a hard cider meeting a white beer. It's carbonated to the point where you're again second guessing if it's beer you're drinking, but it's got such a unique flavor that you can't not love it.

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Relative clear yellow golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Nice aroma with notes of yeast, orange peel, coriander and bread.
Refreshing flavor with notes of orange citrus, mild bubblegum, coriander, white pepper, ginger, pears, lemon and passion fruit flowers.
Light body with slightly effervescent carbonation.
Very drinkable and refreshing Witbier, light but still with all the right expected flavors.
Ap.3 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

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Photo of seedyone
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum. Aside from there being no head or lacing whatever the flavor and body are great. Nice citrus taste with substantial mouthfeel made me order a second. The lack of aroma had me concerned but it came through in the end. Just the thing with light summers lunch.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ballast Point Wahoo White is my favorite witbier and the best beer I have had from Ballast Point (I have said this once before, but since then I got my hands on this gem). This is my first max score of 5 and it is an impressive beer if you are a fan of witbier.

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Photo of scootny
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and pale gold with a white head. A relatively quick fade leave a bit of lace. Smell lovely with melon and light bubble gum notes. A light bit of wheat and yeast. Taste is bang on with a wheat graininess and Belgian wit level of of fruitiness. A touch of hefe like banana and clove subtly flowing. Bubble gum with sweet light malt. Finish is crisp and mild characterized by a lemony zestiness. Smooth carbonation and lighter body make this a superb summer quaffer. This is the ultimate lawn mower beer and stands head and shoulders above the usual fare. Low abv makes this a no brainer when you are busy and thirsty.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow with minimal head and lacing.

Smell - Wheat, minor hop aroma, Some yeasts and spices. Rather light on the nose.

Taste - First sip is wheat with some minor floral fruits and a little orange, lemon and coriander spice flavor. A little bready and grainy but not much else going on.

Mouthfeel - Very light, tongue gets wheat, some fruits, palate gets spices, some sugars and grainy/bready malts. Aftertaste is a bit watery and wheat influenced.

Overall - Rather weak and bland. Super easy to drink but minimal flavors, combined with the expensive price tag, this is nothing id ever buy again, nor really care to drink again.

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Photo of Skendawg
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I haven't had this beer in a while so I will just give my general overall feelings for it.

For a friend's birthday party we purchased a Keg of Wahoo, wanting something light and refreshing to drink in the afternoon and into the evening. The taste was by far better than what some people had suggested we get, some cheep piss-style light beer, but not something which by any stretch of the imagination anything spectacular. Extremely light, and rather flavorless, in fact a little watery. No real head to speak of, but a very pale white layer of foam remained for a little.

Overall, a decent light wheat beer, but not the best.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Wheat aroma, lager yeast, grassy hops, a little spicy, and not really much else going on.

Taste: Citrus and coriander is a bit more noticeable in the taste with the wheat, yeast, and mild hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, a little watery, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, crisp, refreshing, and nothing spectacular.

Overall: @ 4%, you really cannot expect much from this beer without the addition of orange perl and coriander. Very sessionable, but lacking flavor.

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Photo of Goliveidaho
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This is New Years Eve 2013 drinking the Wahoo along side Firestone Double Jack and Sam Adams Third Voyage. I should say my wife is drinking the Wahoo, had a glass to review it. Pours delightfully light....head non existence...lacing? Refreshing light, balanced. Aroma ....Florida orange groves...no not that strong..maybe orange furniture polish after about an hour. Nice light brew ...refreshing ...Hop Heads stand down...this one is for the other 90 percent. Cheers

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Photo of TrojanRB
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Enjoy by date was 12/27/13, drank on 8/17/13.

Pale gold color, somewhat more translucent than you would expect for a Witbier. Very thin head. Smells of citrus. Not getting a ton of citrus in the taste though. Clean, although somewhat watery. Goes down very easy.

Ideally suited to a hot day. Overall just okay. I would drink it again, but probably wouldn't purchase it.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a yellowish/white color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, wheat, a bit of citrus. Taste is coriander, wheat, some citrus, very easy drinking but not the most flavorful wit out there. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden tumbler.

Out of the pour she comes a little dull and unfiltered pale lemon, but a real white and super creamy head is formed with some pretty good retention to it. Whipped up and merringue in appearance.

Nose is quite grainy, almost husky, with a slight lemon and mild green coriander sense. Fairly solid, with a hint of yeasty stench sensations.

A fairly neutral palate, bringing the citrus qualities to taste, but the body really shines with a full and rich juicy character. Malt rich dense and chewy, with a lemony finish. Mild very subtle hop it even seems hanging out just giving a little bit of bitterness. The flavors seem to mesh somewhat ok, but dont feel as bold as the mouthfeel would seem to indicate.

Overall though a real solid witbier, I'd have this again easily.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with a hint of orange thrown in. I also get a little vanilla in the aroma, which was unexpected. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of wheat notes, as well as a hint of coriander. The orange notes from the aroma don't really come through in the flavor. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Wahoo White Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 637 ratings.
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