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White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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84
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735 Ratings
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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 30
Gots: 84 | FT: 8
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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Ratings: 735 | Reviews: 116
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of ButtonBeer
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to have a canned beer for a friend's boat and discovered this at Frugal McDougal's in Ft. Mill, SC. Excellent discovery! I recently took a cooler of it to a BBQ festival in Charlotte, NC and it was a big hit. I'm going to Charleston in early Dec. 2012 and have wife approval for a stop at the brewery.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light hazy yellow
Smell: citrus and spice
Taste: nice citrusy flavor, lemongrass with hints of spice
Overall: this is a great refreshing beer that would pair very well with all sorts of foods. Asian food as well as backyard grill. If you see it, get it.

Photo of Oakenator
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique spiced flavor to this witbier - nice change of pace on a classic!

Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. There's a hazy glow to the body, like sunshine pouring in through cloth drapes. Two fingers of gorgeous, cloud-fluffy white head, and lots of lacing to boot. A fantastic looking witbier.

White Thai's nose is immediately recognizable as a witbier, even though close scrutiny reveals that the usual witbier notes are not at all present. This is not a beer that uses orange peel or coriander! Instead, it achieves an unmistakable witbierness through ingredients inspired by Thai cuisine. The spices here are lemongrass (lots and lots of it) and ginger, primarily. Not used in the actual brewing of this beer, but registering to my mind when smelling it, are basil and maybe even fennel. No lemon peel, as far as I know, but this is a very lemony beer. It's got the infamously lemony Sorachi Ace hops, and they play very well with the lemongrass. Some sweet, light malt aromas are here too, but they are background players at best. It actually reminds me of Boulevard Collaboration No. 2 - White IPA. See, the Boulevard-bottled version of that beer was heavier on the lemongrass & sage than the Deschutes-bottled Conflux No. 2 (which is now available from them as Chainbreaker White IPA). It's less hoppy that that beer, but the impulse is very similar. Fantastic.

The malts are stronger on the palate, for sure. White Thai has an easy-drinking wheaty malt backbone. It's full of the lemony Sorachi Ace hop flavor, but it isn't at all bitter (I wish it had more hop bitterness, as I kind of want it to be a White IPA moreso than a Witbier). The ginger might just be the strongest flavor here, though the lemongrass does a good job of balancing it. There's a bit of a phenolic aftertaste here that isn't unwelcome.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft. I think it could use a bit more prickly carbonation (or perhaps more a typically-Belgian attenuation level), but there's nothing to complain about.

Overall, this is a fantastic Witbier. It's original and refreshing. I'd love to pair this with Thai food. It's also a perfect summer porch-drinking candidate. I'm impressed with Westbrook after having their two year-round beers, and I wish I could try their more limited offerings.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to egrace84 for the chance to try this can of beer!

Poured into tulip glass.

canned on 07/16/2013.

Appearance: hazy orangish yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of thick soapy white head. Slowely drops down to a thin cap, eventually a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: bready malt and fruity yeast. Lemon citrus and orange zest notes; light earthy and grassy hops with clove notes. Slightly spicy and sweet notes of ginger.

Taste: Lemon zest and orange zest. Grass and ginger. Really bready/doughy malt. Banana, clove, and slightly fruity yeast. Lots of earthy flavors with very mild bitterness. Hint of green tea and herbal. Really really well balanced flavors. No flavors overpower any of the other flavors found in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is soft and slightly creamy. Smooth and very drinkable.

Overall: This is a great beer in a can! I really like this Westbrook offering! Great lawnmower beer for sure.

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color verging on golden; the rocky head hangs for a while and leaves the occasional strand behind

Smell: Ginger, lemongrass and clove waft atop the bready backbone

Taste: The spices jump right out, with the lemon and ginger tones being joined by the clove at mid-palate; the bready malts linger underneath to serve as a platform for the spice; the finish is almost puckery it has so much lemon and ginger in it

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Looking around for a summer beer with a difference? Look no further than this gem, even if you aren't a big fan of Wits

Photo of UnderPressure
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 kkipple
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of michele_bove
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev +11%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 3-finger white frothy, bubbly, pillowy head. Really nice retention and lacing. Has the slightest bit of haze with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Wheat with some traditional banana and coriander aromas and some unique lemon and ginger aromas. The ginger aroma really shines through as the beer warms. Very nice and different.

T – Starts off sweet with wheat, lemongrass, and orange flavors. Spicy ginger and peppery yeast flavors come through mid-taste. Subtle lemon hop bitterness shines at the end.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly spicy, slightly bitter, and dry finish. Peppery yeast spice and lemon hop bitterness linger nicely.

O – Another tasty beer from Westbrook. I like their twist on the traditional witbier style. I think the ginger adds a great deal to the aroma and a nice little bite to the taste. A very drinkable beer. Don’t sleep on Westbrook. They don’t make bad beers.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Andrew041180
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This really was a pretty unique flavor. I like it for the same reason that I like Allagash: the flavors are well integrated and the feel is quite nice.

Photo of jminch
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of pburland23
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bar at Husk, Charleston, SC.

Served in a pilsener glass.

Beer pours a bright, light, cloudy yellow with a thick and lingering bright white head.

Smell was mostly lemon and other citrus notes, not much spice or pop in the aroma. The taste is where all the action was. The lemongrass was again up front with some notes of ginger. You can definitely pick up the lemony zest from the Sorachi Ace hops. A very nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel was light and very refreshing. On a warm Charleston evening, a very nice, tasty, refreshing spin on the tradition witbier.

Photo of GPHarris
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly white head into a tulip glass that left thin sheeting that was gone about halfway through the beer. the body was a hazy, straw golden color.
s - ginger and various spices dominate this but there is a hint of grassy and citrus hops. hint of yeastiness.
t - sweet citrus fruits with a ginger root finish.
m - medium thickness, crisp.
o - one of the best wits i've ever had. only real fault is i wish the head had stayed around longer.

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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