it just me, or does it seem like less American breweries are making
witbier these days? I don’t know why since they tend to be so light and
refreshing – they definitely have crossover appeal for the mainstream.
Ballast Point Wahoo White is one of the best American examples of the
style I can recall: true to form, tasty, and easy to drink. Plus the
price is right, too. Why are we just now getting this beer here?
I poured a 12oz can into a flared snifter. It was canned on 7/11/15 and a
six-pack cost $12.49 ($2.08 per can or $0.17 per ounce).
Appearance: A very hazy shade of bright yellow/pale orange. Pours to an
average-sized, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves some
Smell: Orange fruit with noticeable wheat and a lightly sweet cereal scent.
Taste: There’s a light tartness up front akin to that found in orange
juice. In fact, there’s a lot of orange flavor to be found in this beer
due to its use of orangepeel in the brewing process. Wheat and oatmeal
also create for a bit of a slight cracker character and a cereal
sweetness. Coriander quickly follows right at the crest of the swig and
imparts a quick spicy note. It complements the orange flavor quite
nicely. Additional orange and coriander flavors on the backend, but
everything fades away quickly and completely. I would not consider this a
particularly complex palette, nor even a strong one, but I will say
it’s a good-tasting brew.
Drinkability: The word “crushable” gets thrown around a lot as marketing
hyperbole these days, even though few truly deserve that term. Ballast
Point Wahoo White absolutely does, though, since it’s light and crisp,
yet genuinely refreshing in the mouth. The calm carbonation makes it
very smooth going down and the clean finish means it doesn’t leave you
parched. At only 4.5% I’m quite impressed by the amount of flavor here
and I definitely consider it a candidate for a summer session beer
especially considering the fact it comes in cans.