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White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 815
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 34
Gots: 120 | FT: 10
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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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 815
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First up: Hats must go off to Edward Westbrook and his very newly (December 2010) launched brewery in Mount Pleasant, SC. My current home state gets another brewery! Excellent... North Carolina has gotten far too much love of late. Ed launched with three beers, this is one. It's a Witbier, and I have to say, there are only a few styles I'd rather drink year round on the Charleston coast. Introduction aside, let's dive in and see if this is any good.

I should add that White Thai is brewed with lemongrass, ginger, and Sorachi Ace hops, among others.

A. Pours a hazy wispy yellow into my Cantillon tumbler, this is one of those beers that is darker in the middle than on the edges. A long lasting, wheaty head sticks around and falls, pitted, after some long minutes. A bit of sticky lacing remains. Looks good to me. The head is tight and compact. Nice.

S. On the soft side, but the expected coriander and lemon are there, plus the spicy yeasty notes I've grown to love. *Maybe* some ginger in the nose, but very slight if so. Gently sweet and spritzy with a fresh, wheat-heavy nose. I like it.

T. Solid. Easily on par with most American Witbiers - the wheat is engaging and almost fruity, while the spice is in level check and the coriander and hops play together quite well. A gently bitter, dry finish makes this quite re-approachable, and the lemon adds some fun tartness. Not sure I can taste the ginger. Works very well as a Witbier, less so as a WitbierPlus. But this is a beer in progress.

M / D. Light bodied, fully carbonated, and a pleasing, semi-dry, light citrus bitter flavor lingers into the finish. It works well and is very easy to put back. I can only imagine how quickly a growler of this would vanish during a Summer Charleston Zehner Deck Party. (SCZDP)

White Thai is a solid Witbier, no doubt about it. I'm really impressed with the fact that this is literally the first batch of this beer to leave the brewery and it only needs (in my mind) minor tweaks to get exactly where it needs to be. Personally, I'd up the ginger a tad so it creeps into the nose and dial the hops down so the finish doesn't linger so bitter... but these are minor quibbles.

The real bottom line is, White Thai is a better Witbier than some of the Big Dogs (Avery, Ommegang) and is brewed in my home state! I look forward to putting back a few dozen more of these and seeing how it evolves. Nice work, Westbrook. (2,421 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Immortale25
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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 (644 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (1,911 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (377 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of standardcherry
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (603 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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