White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

780 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 32
Gots: 100 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kkipple on 01-04-2011

This beer, inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine, is a twist on the classic Belgian witbier style. Instead of the traditional coriander and orange peel spicing regimen, we add fresh lemongrass, ginger root, and a dash of Sorachi Ace hops. The result is a wonderfully refreshing ale with notes of lemon candy, citrus fruit, and a slight spiciness from the ginger. Best served at 45˚F in a tulip or wine glass.

16 IBU
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Photo of Immortale25
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says 09/08/14.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Thick sheet of lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Semi-rich wheat/yeast aroma with some underlying spices.

T- Smooth, slightly sweet wheat flavor with the spices playing off that and the yeast which makes for a zesty finish. A bit earthy and incredibly smooth.

M- A tad dry with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I could probably crush a whole sixer of this stuff and still want more. Extremely drinkable and very flavorful. One of my new top 5 American-made witbiers. So surprised this doesn't have a higher score.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours honey to light orange colored. a big foamy white head, two fingers, with good retention and leaving a slight lacing behind. fairly hazy but not quite opaque.

Smell: some wheat and mustiness. strong coriander and slight herb to citrus

Taste: opens with a good strong kick of coriander. opens up with some herbaceous to lemony tastes. towards the end a grainy, musty wheat comes through

Mouthfeel: light and dry. a bit to hot on the coriander to be refreshing

Overall: a really good idea but the mixture of the coriander addition and the belgian yeast overloads the taste quite a bit making it a par to slightly sub par wit

Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours a clear light yellow with a white fizzy head, very active carbonation.

The nose is ginger, lots of earthy grains and wheat, lemongrass, and just a faint citrus hop content. The flavor is pretty unique, lots of ginger, lemon, vegetables, grass and hay. There is more citrus on the finish as you drink it.

This is pretty good, sessionable, I don't like ginger in my beer, so this isn't something I would drink over and over, but you certainly could if you liked it.

Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Mike for tossing me one of his last cans of this. Golden, sunshine-y hue, hazy like a wit should be, with a cumulonimbus head that puffs up like a blowfish and takes its sweet old time as it slowly and methodically sinks (though it remains with the beer for seemingly forever). Nice lacing strewn all over the glass - pretty damn good looking for the style.

Lots of lemon in the aroma, as well as clumpy yeast that integrates a moldy, cheesy kind of funk, though not incredibly warranted or fitting in this case. Bubblegum, sharp ginger spices, and a bit of backing wheat roll out the rest of the profile. Kind of strange, weird, different, etc... Can't quite wrap my head around this smell. It's... okay. It just needs a little more... something.

The taste is filled with Belgian yeast, too, with that gumminess, along with some clove-like ester notes. Ginger is spicy, strong and sharp, though it doesn't go overboard, which is definitely a relief. Mild hints of lemon zest and spritzes throughout with a finishing touch of stale hops. Stale, spent hops with little life left... only a mild, grassy induction.

Some sweet bready malt finishes things off, hand in hand with a basket of bread and wheat flavors. That dry, clumpy, yeast-funk in present again at times, elevated by the spiciness of the esters, as well as the ginger. Medium bodied, given the relatively low ABV, with good carbonation that makes for a pleasant mouth feel - thick enough for a wit, though not too chewy, heavy, or cumbersome.

Hmmm... this one's not bad, it just very enigmatic. I think the problem is that it's a little too dry and spiced without anything there to balance it. The lemon notes are present, but don't provoke much tartness or sweetness, and so the beer suffers as a result (because the yeast and the ginger sure as hell provide some dryness and spice). Okay... but not something I'd reach for regularly.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is wheat malts, funky fruit and spices (ginger and others).

The flavor is wheat malts with some funk and some spicy fruit in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting wit - I like the Thai spices.

Photo of standardcherry
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a small white head.
S: Lots of lemongrass was the first thing I caught. Tiny amount of ginger. A bit of citrus/lemon and a hint of wheat. Smells great.
T: First thing I felt was the wheat, followed by a bit of ginger. Interesting taste. Some herbal/citrus flavors follow along with some lemongrass. A bit of lingering ginger and lemongrass. Odd, but I like it.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. I could crush these all day long. A bit of dryness at the end.
O: A great (but odd) wheat beer. Extremely drinkable, I love the strange flavors from the ginger/lemongrass.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a peroni glass.
Pours a hazy golden-yellow, with a good bit of visible carbonation and a moderately durable white head. Good lacing.

The appealing fruity-bready aroma is quite subtle compared to the flavor which is stronger and much more yeasty.

M: medium-light body with rather aggressive carbonation. a bit dry on the finish.

O: refreshing and good for style.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ST: 12oz can in a weizen glass.

A: Hazy orange with a huge white head.

S: Strong lemon, bright sunny hops.

T: Strong wheat, bright lemon, a touch of hops and spice from ginger.

M: Creamy and soft

O: Interesting flavor, the ginger is only in a hint of spice, the lemon most overpowers with a hint of bitter bright hops on the back. Worth a try, but I would like to see this with thai basil.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7%

White Thai is a beauty in several respects: its color, a pale gleam in polished gold with a brilliant and pure white shine deep within. The head is ivory white, cream just layered on the glass where it settles as the head slowly drops from its height of a finger and a half. It leaves a thick crown with an almost lustrous creamy and smooth lace nearly everywhere.
Herbal aromatics come cleanly and clearly off the nose, though what's what isn't as distinguishable as in the taste. The herbal notes, most prominent, are both strong and subtle.
The flavor starts sweet, candy sweet with a tangy zing before a little more sugary sweetness comes in along with cracker to counter with a little dryness. There's an extremely unusual meat/nut/herb/leaf/spicing (not bite) that I rather like. It's so soft, but not weak.
A fluffy feel on the tongue starts it off exceptionally smooth before some crispness comes in biting a bit. It moves from semi-dry to semi-sweet with the herb translating to the mouthfeel.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12 oz can into snifter
A- hazy golden color with a moderate white bubbly head
S- lemon, spice, biscuit, a bit of ginger.
T- A little malty sweetness, some spiciness, wheat malt
M- Light feel, decent carbonation, easy sipper
O- Nice different take on the old Belgian Wit. Spicier than normal plus the Sorachi hops give it that lemony appeal.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a wit fan, but still enjoyed this one immensely. Great aromas of bannana and lemon. Taste is yeasty, and wheat, the lemony spicy taste really works. Sorachi hops was genius. Above average mouthfeel. Lacey. Excellent drinkability, lovely summer beer.

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Literally, the start of it all

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Hazy and cloudy golden yellow. Nice white head. Sticky lacing and good surface foam.

Smell - Very spicy. Lots of coriander. Some wheat and yeast.

Taste - Also spicy. Less intense on the coriander. More of the sharp citrus flavors. Again wheaty, but its not grainy. Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Almost creamy. Low carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Decent wit. I don't love the style, but its drinkable. Not sure I'd drink more than a taster, though.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a soft, two-finger width, off-white head. The beer is a hazy, golden pale color. Lacing clings all the around the glass.

Aroma - Smells of coriander, lemon and orange peel, and a slight touch of Belgium yeast - all of which are equally balanced.

Taste - The taste is comparable to the smell - coriander and lemon along with a touch of spiciness and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light body, smooth, thin, and absolutely refreshing. This beer would be perfect on a hot summer day. There is a slight bit of bitterness as well.

Overall - A very refreshing and well balanced beer. The flavors play off each other nicely between the spice and citrus notes. I was able to have both this and One Claw from Westbrook and have been really impressed. Hoping to have Gose at some point soon.

Photo of tkelley
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from the fridge poured into a tulip glass.

A - hazy straw colored body with a very thin white head. Expected more foam. Good amount of sediment from the yeast.

N - can definitely smell the ginger along with Belgian yeast and citrus .

T - relatively subdued flavors include ginger, hops, and Belgian yeast.

M - good carbonation and aftertaste.

O - pretty good variant on a classic style. Cheers!

Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one with my dinner during my birthday dinner with a few friends. Served from tap into a nonic. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, floral notes, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, bread, floral notes, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I had heard lots of people in the area talking badly about this beer, so I jumped at the chance to try it for myself. I found it quite enjoyable and easy drinking. It was pretty much spot on for what you would expect for the style with the addition of a few subtle spices to give it a little kick and stand out from the rest. A definite must try if you get the chance.

Photo of SFNC
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy winter sun yellow with moderate white head. Smells of yeast, lemongrass, light citrus. Taste is good, a bit sharp on the front, yeat, grass, lemon in the middle, with a clean finish. I wanted to like this one more than I actually did, but it is overall a good thirst quenching pour.

Photo of Mongrel
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, described on the can as "a twist on the classic Belgian witbier style," pours a densely hazy straw gold color. It's capped with a couple fingers of soft, tightly packed white head. A portion of the head sticks around for quite a while and lends a nice frothy mouthfeel. Good lacing too.

The smell is pretty mild, especially for a Belgian style beer, and consists mostly of musty yeast, honey, lemongrass and a tinge of Belgian spice.

Tastes of honey and wheat, with a little lemongrass prickliness. The can says this beer is meant to pair with Asian food and I can see why. There's ample honey sweetness to compete with any hot spice and its overall just not as dry as I expected, which is a good thing. That prickly lemon finish also has a nice palate cleansing effect. Unfortunately I'm also getting a sulfuric off-note on the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and soft, with a sweet, voluminous body that dries out nicely at the finish. Good carbonation that provides for both a velvety feel and some prickliness at times.

Overall, this is a good beer, but not great. It doesn't quite deliver on the spices it boasts of on its packaging, but its appearance in the glass and feel on the palate are both top notch. I wouldn't pass this up if it were offered to me with some Szechuan noodles, but I doubt I'd seek it out again otherwise.

Photo of mscudder
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 5/20. Served in a pint.

A - Murky lemon hue with a pleasant off-white head. Fair retention with poor lacing.

S - Lemon-dominated Wit aroma. Notes of coriander and citrus.

T - Lemongrass bomb! Mix of ginger, wheat and spices really makes this one a cool refresher.

M - Silky smooth medium body for such a light brew. Moderate carbonation.

O - Looking for something to switch up the summer rotation? This is it.

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of coriander up front with some Belgian yeast, clove, peppercorn and bubblegum. It keeps a lemony mid palate before ending with more coriander.

Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into Sam Adams pp. Fairly clear bright pour, finger of white that recedes to a thin layer. Carbonation quite present throughout though.

Aroma, a little more yeasty and earthy than the typical fruit leaning aroma. Some lemon and herbal hops.

Taste, more typical here. Some bananna, ginger keeps it more interesting. Very light yeasty bread. Citrus and herbal spiciness. Kind of finishes that way.

Lighter bodied, nice carbonation. A bit thin, a bit watery, but drinks easy. I imagine much more suited for warmer weather. I think the best way to sum it up is that this has much less of the characteristics I normall dislike about a Witbier.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to woodychandler for a great package, including this one. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, spice. Taste is lemons, wheat, a touch of ginger. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and pretty good beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Allen, Mandy, Renee, and Jim for making this one possible!
Can dated 7/2/13. Served in a tulip glass.

Though described as a Witbier, it came off more as an easy drinking Rye or Pale Ale.

Lightly hazed golden orange in the glass. Slightly pale but not the opaque pastel yellow of a Wit. Plenty of sudsy foam, lasting surface coverage, and spotty lace around the edges of the glass.

Grainy rye, light earthy coriander spiciness, vague hop greenery and lemon tea from the Sorachi Ace.

Flavor is also tea like with a bit of spice to it, earthy hop bitterness is light. Again, more of a pale ale impression. Light bodied with ample carbonation, finishes dry and slightly bitter. Good flavor and session potential. Would like to try this fresh on tap in SC to compare someday.

Photo of UnderPressure
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Westbrook just started canning two of their beers a couple weeks ago. I was able to snag a couple six packs from their first shipment from the brewery.

The White Thai is a pale, cloudy yellow color. It pours with a white one-finger head that quickly melts into the beer. It's pretty weird to pour a beer like this out of a can.

Belgian yeast and light spice in the nose.

More spice comes through in the flavor. Spicy up front, then (Belgian) yeasty with a malty, sweet, spicy finish. A little bit of crisp citrus comes through, but more like citrus zest than citrus juice.

A nice mouthfeel. Smooth, light to medium bodied. The carbonation is just right for this style. Perfect mouthfeel for this beer.

This is a really cool beer. I think it has somewhat of a non-threatening, mass-market potential, even among non craft beer drinkers. But at the same time, I think people who enjoy and appreciate full-flavored beer will enjoy and appreciate this beer for what it is.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can to Founders tulip.

A - Cloudy light to medium orange colour. Half a finger of white head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, spice, lemon.

T - Big Belgian pale ale flavours up front -cloves, Belgian yeast, light banana and a lot of spice. Some lighter lemon and bready malt flavours in the background.

M -Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat higher carbonation that I would like.

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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