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White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

384 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%


Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: kkipple on 01-04-2011)
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Reviews by alk3kenny:
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice pour out of a can into my bhb tulip glass... white head... nice and cloudy yellow hazy just like a wit should be. Smell is of spices, clove, banana... everything I want in this style is in the nose hopefully it translates to the taste... don't really get the promised asian spices and flavors but damn a very drinkable hefe style beer... really wanted to get the promised ginger which hurts the rating only because I don't get it though I love the beer..

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 03:03:00 | More by alk3kenny
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.


Serving type: can

04-18-2014 20:16:13 | More by Mongrel
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Betajeff

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-18-2014 02:31:09 | More by Betajeff
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M1A2

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-15-2014 22:21:27 | More by M1A2
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Fargrow

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-14-2014 19:50:55 | More by Fargrow
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schaffer9252

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-13-2014 13:39:26 | More by schaffer9252
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OnryAndMean

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-12-2014 04:47:00 | More by OnryAndMean
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abkayak

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-10-2014 16:24:12 | More by abkayak
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-10-2014 02:50:07 | More by twenty5
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Joecaddie

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-09-2014 22:16:03 | More by Joecaddie
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Danimal25

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-08-2014 05:13:25 | More by Danimal25
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i would have liked to see more sorachi ace hops in this. i mean, i know its not a hop forward style or anything, but they are so unique and would have complimented the flavors here really nicely, but instead they are extremely muted, just subtle lemon in the finish that might just as possibly come from the lemongrass. fun beer though, frothy and well carbonated and lower in alcohol, a nice interesting summer session. i appreciate the subtle use of ginger, usually in beer its just way too much, almost hot, defeating the purpose to some extent. here its just a little twist that marries well with the wheat malt, while the meadowy sort of grassy tones make it a nice spring seasonal. more sorachi ace character would make this one of a kind, but i still appreciate this unique take on a wit. westbrook has done a great job of tweaking classic styles to make entirely new beer, and this is a great example of that.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 15:39:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours a thick head out of the can. One finger head with medium retention.

S- Some light "Southeast Asian" spice in the background, lemony tart malt backbone.

T- Nice and light. Spices only play a minimal role in this brew. Has the witbier characteristics. Lemony and light

M- Very smooth, somewhat creamy. Coats the mouth with waxy feeling

O- A nice take on a witbier. Very sessionable

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 23:03:03 | More by gueuzedreg
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pinnser

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-03-2014 23:55:03 | More by pinnser
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-03-2014 23:06:35 | More by MarkyMOD
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Minnesota_beer_guy

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-01-2014 12:15:42 | More by Minnesota_beer_guy
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-31-2014 12:45:30 | More by ShanePB
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caitlinds

Alabama

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-30-2014 23:10:33 | More by caitlinds
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77apm

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-26-2014 06:37:48 | More by 77apm
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy golden yellow with a tight white head and decent lacing. Nose is a fair bit of lemon, light yeast note, and a hint of pepper, some grassy, herbal hops in back. Taste has more spice to it, lemony up front with a hint of banana. Stronger pepper spice comes in behind, flavors thin out a little bit through the finish, grassy hop, a bit herbal. Strong carbonation and a lighter body.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 00:11:01 | More by cpetrone84
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-23-2014 16:51:45 | More by lupercmda
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marleyr

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-23-2014 05:09:42 | More by marleyr
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sendsilk

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

03-21-2014 04:44:09 | More by sendsilk
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BeernerdJeff

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap. Came out cloudy, golden in appearance, with about 1 finger of creamy head.

Best way I know how to describe this Belgian white beer is an amped up Blue Moon. Though the White Thai is said to have lemon grass and ginger, this did not come through on the tap-only the notes of coriander and orange peel, making it taste strikingly similar to that other Belgian white.

Overall, this beer is drinkable, but I'd love to taste those other flavors advertised as that would take this beer from ordinary to really great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 20:40:19 | More by BeernerdJeff
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Rion

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-17-2014 21:16:42 | More by Rion
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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.