White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.39/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
Serving type: can
09-23-2013 22:01:50 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
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.
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