White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
Serving type: growler
01-04-2011 02:09:26 | More by kkipple
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4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can (dated 1/20/14) into a Riedel tulip glass. The pour produces an incredibly huge cream-colored, meringue-thick head that takes several minutes to settle down. The liquid is a super cloudy, opaque orange.
Aroma is pretty sour - lots of lemony citrus and some peppery spiciness. I thought I smelled coriander, but the can says they used lemongrass and ginger root instead of coriander. The nose really reminds me of Westbrook's Gose. It's sour, fruity, and kind of savory - nicely complex.
Flavor follows the nose, but not nearly as sour. There's some citrus tartness, some of that peppery spiciness, and, especially as it warms, a kind of coriander-esque savoriness. Really brings in the complexity - each sip is a little different from the last.
Mouthfeel is really nice as well - moderately thick, but not too heavy.
If I wanted a beer to drink all night - this would easily be it - lots of complexity, but still easy-drinking, and perfect at only 5% ABV.
Serving type: can
03-10-2014 02:07:20 | More by MasterfulIdiot
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. 12/11/13 stamped on bottom of can. Received in a "locals" exchange with good friend Erinn from Atlanta.
A: Hazy golden with 1.5-finger white head with decent retention and a few lace streamers.
S: Great aroma of lemon, ginger, wheaty tang, pilsner candy sweetness, banana, overripe peach, and light clove with a touch of herbal hops.
T: The first sip I thought this taste like a witbier/hefeweizen cross because the banana and clove are so strong. The lemon and ginger do kick in after a few sips, and there is an odd clove spike mid-taste which seems out of place and carries through to an overly bitter finish. The fruity esters in the aroma don't translate all the way through to the flavor. There is some grassy, herbal presence that pervades the entire flavor -- I can see why people have described this as akin to a rye beer. There is no alcohol presence. Bitterness is light to start and then medium in the finish, mainly a spice bitterness from the phenolic clove.
M: Mouthfeel is lush and has that wheaty body, excellent even for the style. The strong clove note hurts feel a little -- it was very bitter for me. Carbonation is light as it should be to bring out the creamy nature of this beer.
O: A unique and interesting beer but a little too much clove and banana presence for me. I agree with others that the lemon and ginger notes could be stronger and would enhance the beer even more. Still a pretty good beer.
Serving type: can
02-27-2014 03:49:52 | More by argock
3.51/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Hazy golden body with thick white head & great lace and head retention.
S: Lemongrass, coriander, ginger, citrus and spicy aromas.
T: Citrusy Asian Belgian flavors blend nicely.
M: Crisp, refreshing, light and clean. Well-carbonated brew.
O: Unique beer. Very drinkable.
Serving type: can
02-15-2014 00:34:58 | More by Paincane
White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.