Wavehopper | Big Bay Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Big Bay Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
bigbaybrewing.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 12-14-2010

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75
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Finishing my introduction to this new-to-the-area brewery. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet corn, wheat, light funky rice, a half-pinch of black pepper, and a small dose of minerals. The taste brings in more of the same, but without the funk. Instead, the minerals combine with a mild citrus character and the wheat to form a soft, clean, mildly fruity flavor combination. Not bad. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a decently solid kolsch, an easy-drinker if there ever was one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed yellow with a thin white head that becomes a wide patch. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of some grain with mild floral notes.

The taste is light - a sweet (honey-ish?) kiss, slight nut from the malt, with a mild floral dryness in the finish.

The carbonation level works well enough to fit the character of the light brew. Leans a bit watery, but not too fizzy.

This is a light, easy-drinking, balanced beer that fits "kolsch" style well enough. It has a "refreshing" quality to it.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. The aroma and flavor have a toasty, creamy barley character with a crisp finish and hints of caramel and grassy, earthy hops. This is a fine summer beer, and I like the barley character, but this is missing some of the light fruit of a great kolsch.

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Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of sweemzander
2.79/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Bay stange.
4.8% ABV, no date.

A - Wavehopper is pale straw yellow in color with brilliant clarity and a billowing cloud-white head. Magnificent retention eventually leads to a plateauing pile and sticky lace clutching the glass like foamy waves lapping the shore.

S - Crisp and open like an afternoon trolling the lake in the breeze, this aroma starts with a grainy pale malt nose with sweet notes of pilsner malt, finishing with a touch of buttery diactyl and sea salt.

T - Dry straw and husky malt make a splash but the ripples die out as the pilsner sweetness rolls in. More butter diactyl joins the party but this beer finishes off with a clean hop addition of floral noble-like hops.

M - Wavehopper is light-bodied and moderately carbonated though slick on the palate, it almost finishes with a lager-like crispness, though not quite there. A tingle of dry, lightly hoppy bitterness for balance enters just before a pinch of minerals and salt beckons for another sip.

O - There's no question that Wavehopper is an entry-level beer that's more or less designed for the masses but, make no mistake, it's fashioned well. This will appeal to the everyman while dropping in enough flavor for the person looking for an easy-drinking, flavorful "light" beer. This is one of my go-to summer beers, especially when wake boarding!

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.03/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of socon67
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Miller Park in Milwaukee

A - High soapy foam that stays for a long time. Golden color and plenty of carbonation.

S - Some smell of fresh grain. Has a slight skunkiness to the scent.

T - Pleasantly refreshing flavor of fresh grain, bit of lemon tartess, and spices. Simple but tasty.

M - I thought this was a smooth beer that had a light feel and a tart finish.

O - Better than I expected since I never heard of this one. Nothing outrageous but I'd have this again.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear pale yellow color with a fresh 1 finger white head with a good amount of lacing thru-out

S- was lemon citrus baked bread with a nice amount of crisp noble hops

T- noble hops first crisp,floral with lemon citrus , next were light caramel baked bread malts

M- crisp and sweet with a dry finish of sweet malts and noble hops

O- very fresh and delicious tasted like euro pils

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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!

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Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Hallertau
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Ri0
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle

A- a rich golden yellow with a nice thick frothy white head. very bubbly and with a good amount of light penetration.

S- smells clean and wheaty. Like spring air near a hay filed barn.

T- Has a light wheat taste and is very crisp and clean. has a almost grainy breadiness that lingers at the end. Very tasty.

M- The head which lingers for almost the entire beer, feels delightfully fluffy. It is unlike the head of many beers I have tried before. The beer itself is very crisp while at the same time seeming somewhat almost thick. very smooth.

O- One of my favorite Kolsche's yet! very drinkable while still being a full bodied delicious beer. I could easily see this being session-able while at the same time it could also be great having just one! Very surprised by this beer! Something to make Shorewood proud!

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Wavehopper from Big Bay Brewing Co.
3.34 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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