Thai Chili Wahoo
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #192
Ranked #37,182
3.7 | pDev: 14.86%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Thai Chili WahooThai Chili Wahoo
Notes: Our Thai Chili Wahoo is a favorite in our tasting rooms for its complex balance of ingredients. Citrus and spice have long been a part of our trademark Wahoo White. In this edition, we added a dose of Thai Chilis, even more heat from ginger, and a counterpunch of lime. The flavors in this beer need to be experienced first-hand, so grab one and try it for yourself.
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allengarvin from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-tinted amber with not any head at all.
S: Definitely some capsicum going on here, with some lime. Not much beeriness.
T: Well, I like that taste, a nice mix of fruity lime citrus, very prominent chile taste, lots of ginger. Malt is very light, and the beer is light and drinkable as well, a nice change from many brewers that make their chile beers big and substantial.
M: Very spritzy, well-carbonated, light on the tongue.
O: Interesting and different beer. Not something I'd get very often, and I can't imagine it being a very good accompaniment to Thai food, but I enjoyed it.

Sep 04, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

A bomber with date code 16094 12:51 poured in a 13oz. snifter/tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a slightly cloudy yellow urine color with a trace amount of white foam.

Smell- Chili pepper forward with a hint of ginger and lime zest.

Taste- In your face chili peppers, ginger, a slight hint of lime and a weird used ashtray flavor in the finish.

Feel- Hot, hot and more hot.

Overall- I'm a lover of hot spicy foods, but this is ridiculous. In my opinion, peppers in beer work best when it's an accent and not the main ingredient. The flavors listed are all there, but the pepper heat just tramples everything making this a big hot mess for me. Lesson learned!

Aug 20, 2016
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CHickman from New York

2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

Split a bomber last night and it pours hazy yellow with a small head that faded quickly and left zero lacing. Looks like a urine sample or apple juice after each sip.

Smells and tastes like the bottle listed ingredients: Thai chili, ginger, lime, orange, coriander and other spices. Reviewing this beer based on how the beer was intended then I'll state they hit the mark since it sure is a wit beer with Thai chili and lime. Low ABV for the wit style is completely covered by the spices and heat. Personally it was way over the top and borderline drain pour and the Thai chili and ginger were so strong that it didn't even resemble a beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery but the heat and spices were so dominant that the beer to me was barely drinkable. It was like something I drank during rugby initiation, so it goes without saying that the drinkability was as low as possible. I respect what they tried to create but overall I did not like anything about this beer.

Aug 17, 2016
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: bold hot spice, ginger, lime, smokey, chili. Herbal delicate nose. Pale gold, mostly clear, average head, medium body. would pair well with spicy dishes.

Jul 20, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Heat meets wheat in spiegelau ipa glass with thai chili, lime, and natural ginger.

A: A pour grows a darken orange in the vessel with an almost instant dissipating head, leaving a polished surface. A quick rush of micro effervesce within, and no window dressing on the out. Looks like an orange soda.

S: Aroma of fresh chili peppers, green peppers, with a hearty spicing of ginger to sweeten the pot and balance things out. Some sweet and sour oranges, while the thai chili maintains a constant presence thoughout and a relatively good awareness factor.

T: The flavor was spicy from the thai chilis, bringing some respectable heat right from the gate. Fresh green peppers and lime spicing adds some flair, with some chili pepper skins and lots of heat. The abv% of 4.5, feels and tastes much higher, maybe due to the chili heat and oils. Some chili powder aftertaste.

M: Good vibes of carbonation, a bit light in the body, but hey its a wheat, an ever increasing heat factor on the tip of the tongue from the chili.

O: Assertive thai-chili heat for a 4.2% was expecting something softer, more subdued, but ballast brought the heat here, and is one of the spiciest and hottest 4.2% beers i can remember. While its no ghost face killa, it does ring close at times, and at a bombers helping becomes a long chore for one's self, best shared as the heat packs a wallop after every sip. This is no session 4.2%, and if you like a little heat in your beer, well you probably struggle with this, as this is a whole lotta heat in a whole lotta serving. Slow sips only increase the heat factor, the deeper i got, the faster i consumed just to be able to finish. Likely hood of repeat is low, but you can also torment your friends.

Jul 16, 2016
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JeffBlue from California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

7-3-16 (22oz, Long Beach CA) interestingly different first taste with a nice spicy backbite, has that shroomy yeast thing going on which I still don't love, very different and a great value for the price, 3.25

Jul 09, 2016
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Jeffwise from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Damn... This is an intense brew. About as spicy of a beer as you're going to find. Hazy gold pour... Foamy white head... Smells of citrus... Spice spice spice... Ginger... And spicy spice spice. When the beer hits ur lips and tongue you get some fruity citrusy teases. And then boom on the way down dayummm this is hot. It's not really an intense burn... But half way through the glass I found myself with the feeling I get after I'm forcing hot wings down. It lingers and lingers hard. A small burn in ur throat keeps u coming back, very very odd because the initial taste and feel refreshes the heat for about three seconds and then it comes back. If you aren't a fan of anything spicy don't waste your time. If you dig the heat this is a pretty awesome brew.

Jul 01, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden/lime green body, ring of white lace, a few lazy bubbles rise. Looks dead and sickly. Nose displays a good amount of real ginger root and some smoky chili, but they come across as thin, incomplete, and mismatched. Flavor is similar: the initial taste is... void. Nothing. Water. Weak ginger eventually lets me know that I did in fact drink some of this thin baby beer, and then, gradually, annoyingly, a heat rises in my throat. Yes, that's overcompensating, yet individually tasty, spicy and smoky chipotle chili flavor. Body is light, watery (duh), weakly carbonated. C'mon, at least overcarbonate it to let me know that this isn't the house drink of purgatory.
Even a people-pleaser like myself can't turn this into a positive. Either the bar where I tasted this waters down their taps to make each keg last longer (no) or this is a weak, silly beer (yes). Absolutely no character besides the forced, yet still feeble, ginger and the mismatched, yet actually cool, flavor of chilis. Beers this bad usually have at least 2-3x the alcohol content. Try again, BP... actually, don't.

Jun 28, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the 22oz. Bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A muted slightly cloudy green tinged yellow body hits the glass making a lot of noise. Fills with some nice lined streams of carbonation, and a snapping three finger white head. Lots of cola sounding fizz, and this dissolves completely into nothing. Aside from a lifeless body, half the beer looks missing and dead on arrival.

Aroma is invigorating though. Thick reams of pepper aromas, and a juicy red powder kick. Lime zest and oils make a perfect match, a little bit of wheat chewy sweetness even manages to balance out. Quite solid and real appealing.

Palate doesn't hold anything back on the imagination. Slightly seltzery body that hits with a bit of orange and lime sweetness in the mid palate. Mouthfeel is a bit wet, and doesn't hold much wheat like density or flavors. Pepper angle is big in heat and flavor, but with control. Really opens up on the aftertaste and swallow as the peppers really build warmth and kick. Pepper quality is delicious and a nice match with zesty citrus qualities.

A true chili head brew, but also lacking some malt depth, and is to flat and lifeless otherwise.

Jun 25, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.
LOOK: Clear yellow, small white head.
AROMA: Ginger is strongest, with hints of lime and the eggy wheat beer smell.
TASTE: Ginger is again the dominant flavor. Spicy pepper taste lingers, but I think the sharpness of the ginger also contributes to that. I "feel" the Thai Chili more than I taste it.
FEEL: Thin, medium carbonation. Pepper aftertaste.

Good Spicy Beer. The spice is just right; not too strong for me to enjoy (like Habanero Sculpin), but I think the ginger dominates too much. About average overall, all things considered.

Jun 11, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1/2 “ white sudsy foam cap that disappears with champagne like speed.
S: Ginger and lime aromas are initially apparent from 3’ away. Closer up some light vegetal and malt aromas fill in the background.
T: Starts calm and lightly sweet with lime and ginger flavors but as it moves to the finish the heart from the ginger and the Thai chili intensifies. The Thai chili heat builds as you drink the beer.
F: Bracing and refreshing with lingering and gradually building heat. The body is light and the carbonation is fizzy.
O: The heat is not sweat inducing but it does build.

Jun 06, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Penn Hotel sports bar in Hershey PA, served in a pint chilled.

The color is cloudy golden with thick white head that settles. The smell is nice with tropical aroma and spice with ginger noticeable. The feel is spicier than I a good way with nice amount of wit yeast texture and slight malt sweetness the pepper has a lingering heat in the semi-dry finish but the carbonation is moderately high and balances.

this tastes unique - a never tried a thai chili beer other than my own homebrewed stout...but the wit is a good contrast with some nice tangy yeast and slight tropical qualities of ginger the pepper Is fruity and earthy and gives some heat to the back of the throat as it finishes with slight citrus aspect. This is better than I expected but different too -great amount of pepper in this so not for those who don't like spicy beers

May 25, 2016
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Schimms from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Pretty "meh". Looks like a Wit, I guess. Sedimenty in the bottle.

S: Chilis! Yay! That's about it. Nothing as far as the advertised ginger and lime. I do really like beers that do the hot peppers thing.

T: Hrm. I really like the peppers, but...that's about it - only the peppers. Nothing else. No ginger, no hops, no lime, no real wit either. But...Peppers! So, this one is really confusing for me.

F: Fine, I guess. Nothing outstanding. Peppers!

O: Super disappointed with the lack of depth with the advertised characteristics. Fairly one dimensional - which is super disappointing coming from everything else that I've had from them...Peppers! though...the peppers...

May 24, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a fairly hazy deep straw with a medium sized but very quickly dissipating head. The first aroma I catch is coriander, but then the aroma starts to dominate. Orange peel and ginger also poke, through, but things are pretty much overwhelmed by the spice. The flavor starts with a light but full wheat sweetness, and then once again the spice takes over. However, the other flavors do start to come through - some orange peel, fresh ginger, mayeb some tartness from the lime? This one is very subtle, and hidden beneath the spice, which continues to burn for a few seconds on the swallow. Overall this is a decent beer, but the complexity is swallowed by the spice - It is not that it is too hot, I just find myself wishing it was more subtle to I could pick up the other things going on.

May 22, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot and spicy. Huge pepper flavors.

Not too much hops but that's okay. It tastes like a chines meal.

Medium bodied. Clean with heat.

I dig this beer because of how hot and spicy it is.

May 20, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger of pearl white head. Hazes once more of the bottle is poured. Sad lacing & head retention, clears a bit

S: Lime & a little chili pepper

T: Chili, lime & a little pear up front. More chili heat as this warms & just a little lime ( needs more ). Finishes with heat & a little dryness

MF: Light body, light carbonation

Drinks okay, a little one dimensional to me, mostly heat. Not one I would buy again

May 15, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Thai chilis are present in the nose—these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of Thai chilis from start to finish and has notes of ginger and hints of lime.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers contribute a lot of heat to the finish.
O: This is an enjoyable beer to drink if you like spicy chili peppers. It's pretty hot, but you get a strong dose of the Thai chili flavors, which seem to taste like ghost chilis, but without as much of the heat. It's relatively light-bodied on the palate, so if you can get past the heat is could be considered drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

May 13, 2016
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discostu1113 from California

1.06/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If I could give this beer a -5 I would, it was terrible! I couldn't spit it out fast enough. Poured the entire thing down the drain. Beware of this beer!

May 11, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft into a pint glass. Pours a straw cloudy yellow, with a one inch white head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is ginger, chili peppers, and lime.

Taste follows ginger, clove, peppers, and lime, it definitely is spicy, but not over the top.

Mouthfeel is less than medium, plenty of life, not overly dry, and the drinkability depends on if you like spicy stuff. For it goes down pretty easy.

Overall for a spice beer this is pretty nice. I like all the flavors, especially the ginger.

May 02, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazy, straw colored body; fluffy, sticky, white head; clinging rings and gobs of foam. Spicy, grassy aroma; some citrus; lemon; peppery. Hot chili flavor, long lasting; light malt grains in the background. Medium bodied; soft on the palate; mostly dry finish.

I wasn't expecting so much chili pepper heat yet it's there and nicely complements the wheat base. There is a subtle Belgian yeast thing going on as well, providing a lightness and gentle fruit-like quality to things in the background. Well-rounded, very tasty, and fiery...

May 02, 2016
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The body is a murky yellowish orange, really never good at describing that exact color. A white bubbly head recedes to a wisp with constant rising bubbles keeping the white film in tact. Lacing is watery and dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Dry Thai chili peppers are totally dominant with hints of lime. Under the cover of spices and heat lay a very basic reminder that this is a wit with soft layers of citrus.

Taste: Thai chili takes the attention at first but bright lime citrus emerges secondarily, much more than it does in the aroma. Orange zest and ginger spiciness fill out the back end. The finish coats the throat with peppery heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry. Hot.

Overall: This is my second bomber of this and I like it as much or more than the first one. It has a heat that lingers, so for pepper beer lovers like myself, this one is a good one. The lime and other citrus notes add a nice compliment to the overall experience.

Apr 30, 2016
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timmy2b from New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into goblet style glass.

Golden yellow color, almost clear with very minimal white head.

You can smell the chili pepper and the lime with possibly a light citrus, but not the ginger.

Light lime taste at first with the spice from the chili hitting the tongue and lingering slightly. No ginger flavor at all.

Light and easy to drink, even with the spice which did sit at the back of my tongue.

The spice is stronger(not a bad thing) than I anticipated based on the color of the beer and the scent in the nose. Would have preferred to taste the ginger a little and maybe the lime a little more, but overall this was decent.

Apr 29, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy yellow orange color with a micro-thin white lacing and steady carbonation.

S - Wheat, yeasty, ginger, lime, and chili peppers.

T - Follows the nose with a wheaty presence, yeasty, some lime, some ginger in the middle, and finishes with a pronounced burn on the back end.

M - Big medium body, chewy, definite chili pepper burn in the back of the throat, and the heat coagulates the saliva on the trongue.

O - I wouldn't spend another $10 for a bomber of this stuff but I would be interested in pairing it with the right Asian dish.

Apr 29, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A pretty spicy Witbier style aroma with a scent of chili peppers, ginger, and lime. Big upfront scent of the chili peppers along with some ginger and lime. Belgian yeast with spice hints of pepper, clove, and slight coriander. Malt hints of wheat, grains, and cracker. Slight hints of citrus. A pretty interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty spicy and hot Witbier style taste with notes of chili peppers, ginger, and lime. Big upfront and fairly hot taste of chili peppers along with ginger and lime. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, peppers, and coriander. Malt notes of wheat and grains along with cracker. Subtle notes of citrus. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and fairly hot with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty unique and solid twist on a Witbier. The spices and lime blend well with the light Belgian flavors. Better as it warms.

Apr 28, 2016
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Billolick from New York

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info to be found

Pours hazed lighter near dull golden, minimal head and leaving a tiny bubble film and next to no lacing.

On the nose its the advertised lime, ginger and chili...alot of chili

Snappy and flavorful brew, lots of chili, if chili beer is not your thing this is NOT the one for you. Bright notes of more ginger, lime, some wheaty malts and yeast and then their is the chili....Thai chili...thai chilis are tasty and they can be very hot....the chili here, according to my chili loving taste buds, is about at a 4 or 5 level..not to hot, not overpowering, but also present..I'd love to try this along with some tasty and spicy thai food, or any spicy food....well worth a try and happy to find this BP variant

Apr 26, 2016
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