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White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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87
very good

121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 815
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 34
Gots: 121 | 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
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy/milky gold. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight ginger, hint of citrus, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight ginger, hint of coriander, yeast, slight citrus, and a hint of hop. Overall, the ginger isn't too strong and the appearance, aroma, and body are good. (463 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Allen, Mandy, Renee, and Jim for making this one possible!
Can dated 7/2/13. Served in a tulip glass.

Though described as a Witbier, it came off more as an easy drinking Rye or Pale Ale.

Lightly hazed golden orange in the glass. Slightly pale but not the opaque pastel yellow of a Wit. Plenty of sudsy foam, lasting surface coverage, and spotty lace around the edges of the glass.

Grainy rye, light earthy coriander spiciness, vague hop greenery and lemon tea from the Sorachi Ace.

Flavor is also tea like with a bit of spice to it, earthy hop bitterness is light. Again, more of a pale ale impression. Light bodied with ample carbonation, finishes dry and slightly bitter. Good flavor and session potential. Would like to try this fresh on tap in SC to compare someday. (786 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ST: 12oz can in a weizen glass.

A: Hazy orange with a huge white head.

S: Strong lemon, bright sunny hops.

T: Strong wheat, bright lemon, a touch of hops and spice from ginger.

M: Creamy and soft

O: Interesting flavor, the ginger is only in a hint of spice, the lemon most overpowers with a hint of bitter bright hops on the back. Worth a try, but I would like to see this with thai basil. (396 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy winter sun yellow with moderate white head. Smells of yeast, lemongrass, light citrus. Taste is good, a bit sharp on the front, yeat, grass, lemon in the middle, with a clean finish. I wanted to like this one more than I actually did, but it is overall a good thirst quenching pour. (290 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

A-Cloudy yellow nice carbonation, one finger fluffy head.

S-Wheat, lemon, grass, nice spice as well.

T-Mainly wheat, some coriander and grassy spices. Mild lemon.

M-Light, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-An average tasting wit, nothing offputting. (261 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: A dense snow cap ontop of a cloudy golden yellow. Good retention that leaves a creamy ring of lacing.

S: Salty pale malt, peach, watermelon bubblegum, grains and tobacco.

T/M: Bubblegum and Copenhagen long cut. Sun drenched grains, salt, lemon and b vitamins. Light medium body with a zesty carbonated tingle. Finish is dry and lingers lemon and grains.

O: A nice refreshing Wit that satisfies the palate. The salty tobacco profile is a winner for me. This is something I would drink all summer long. (508 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from 12oz can into a weizen glass.

Appearance: light, silvery-golden hue with a moderate haze and light effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly refreshing wheaty aroma with a relatively light spicing. Orange peel is definitely evident. Mild, but decent.

Taste: wheaty taste with a bit of a soapy spicing, although the orange peel certainly adds a little bitterness. Well-made, but pretty run-of-the-mill.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a perfectly competent witbier, it does take on a bit more bitter orange than I usually like. Still, it's quite drinkable. Worth a try. (692 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deeply pastel yellow with a softness to a slight hint of orange hue. Milky , hazy and a scant head of white foam. Visually very appealing even thought the head does fall off fast and leaves only a think ring. Nose is lemony with a touch of ginger for a back note. It has a cracker like malt scent on the nose. Tall wheat with a perfume that is a touch sweet. A bit of spice form the sorachi ace hops but not too much. Pervading sweetness. The taste is a creamy and soft malt on a delicate hop body. The ginger is very understated but it lends a bit of lightness to the drink rather than heat or spiciness. Lemongrass uplifts the nose and this one is delicate and yet has a fullness on the palate that is all about flavor and not heaviness. The wheat is naturally sweet, crisp, dry but also soft. Yielding. Has a nice juicy middle without any real tartness and a delicate blending of the hops and the what malt finish it not dry but with a touch of sweetness. (966 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The best things about this beer are its appearance and flavor. Aroma was slight and body was perhaps a touch thin. They did pretty good with the flavor though and I could see having more. (187 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Can from Lazy Dog in Warner Robins. Pours hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Pleasant aroma of wheat malts, bit if yeast funk, ginger, lemon peel, and some additional spice notes. Flavor is light wheat malt sweetness, spices, good amount of yeasty notes, lemon peel, apples. Light bodied with medium plus carbonation. Easy drinking wit with a little flare. Not bad. (368 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, summer 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Hazy golden yellow color. Not a lot of head. Some lacing bits.

S: Coriander, clove and other spice. Belgian yeast for sure. Orange and lemon almost hoppiness. Some banana

T: Spice up front. Definitely some lemon like notes. Finish is dry. Refreshing on hot day. Decent.

M: Medium bodied. (325 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, no canning date- at the bottom, it is marked "- - -", which is fairly cryptic. Poured into an unmarked snifter 7/19/2014.

A- Hazy, murky yellow body with a two finger white head with good staying power that leaves rings of lacing as it disappears. Looks good.

S- Whoa. Lots of ginger and lemongrass. At least, I think that's what I'm getting. Pretty herbal, spice-filled nose with a clean wheat and candi sugar base. This is pretty interesting, even though I'm not the biggest fan of heavy ginger flavours.

F- Lemongrass up front, some Belgian candi, a slight bit of freshly cut raw onions, wheat, pale malt, and a heavy ginger finish. The ginger is fairly strong but doesn't quite dominate. If you're a fan of ginger flavours (e.g. you like eating the ginger side on its own when you order sushi) then you are going to love this beer. As it is, it's quite floral and ginger forward.

M- Medium bodied, not lacking in any way. Good carbonation, refreshing with a good bubbliness to it. Very easy to drink despite the heavy ginger-forward finish.

O- I'm not a fan of ginger, but Westbrook executed this very well. This is what they intended, and they pulled it off. Its just a question of whether you like ginger and lemongrass in your witbiers. (1,260 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance; color is an opaque straw, pours a finger of white head that dissipates fairly quickly, save for a thin layer of bubbles as well as a ring of lacing.

Smell; fairly mild belgian yeast upfront, along with orange peel. cloves and coriander.

Taste; Nearly identical to the smell, first taste is belgian style spices such as cloves and coriander, orangy citrus follows, yeast and faint, toasty maltiness in the backbone, the finish is pure wheat.

Mouthfeel; Overall body is light, the beer is slightly crisp at first, then comes a chalky dryness, but creaminess lingers on the tongue at the end.

Overall; if i had access to this beer in my area, this would probably be an occasional repurchase, particularly in the summer, to me this beer is what Blue Moon tries to be, a flavorful, light, casual drinking experience. (827 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 07/16/13

A: Pours a very cloudy yellow/orange color with a fingers worth of head that dies down to a thin cap

S: Quite yeasty with some spice and fruit notes. Ginger, lemon, and wheat are the standouts

T: Starts off with a bit of ginger and transitions to a light sweetness with lemony citrus notes. Finishes with a very light bitterness and some more of the ginger spiciness

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Lightly chalky

O: A decent wit with a definite twist. The ginger certainly keeps the traditional citrus notes toned down while stubbornly giving way to the lemon notes from both the hops and lemongrass. Probably one of the more unique wits I've had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Just different (737 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy yellow color with a two finger head with medium retention.
Light sour aroma with hints of lemon, wheat and lemongrass notes.
Flavor is different than a regular witbier given it is a bit sour and it has hints of lemongrass and a distant ginger, as opposed to focus on the regular coriander and orange peel. You can also feel the Sorachi hops and lemon-orange notes.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very refreshing and pleasant. If you pair that with very spicy foods, you will be in heaven. (500 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from can into a CCB pint glass.

A: Yellow in color with some haze, and a two-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Decent amount of visible carbonation.

S: Bready wheat, yeast, and a light spiciness in the background.

T: Wheat bread malt, ginger, and is a little spicy; a little bitter too, but it's not a hop bitterness.

M: Lighter mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation but not bad. Not much noticeable alcohol.

O: Not really my favorite but not offensive. I can't really find anything wrong with it, just didn't do anything to excite me. That said, I have a few more in the fridge, so if a second impression changes my mind, I will update the review. (735 characters)

Photo of Adamanton
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this one on tap from Maggie's in orange beach. Poured into a tulip glass. A witbier is one of my favorite styles so I was excited to try a new twist. Nice one finger head with little lacing. Very nice color and smells like lemon candy. Great carbonation and fluffy texture. Awesome yeasty flavors with no alcohol punch at all. Not really getting the coriander but underlying ginger is a nice layer in the flavor. Orange zest bitterness to finish at first then sweet dry zest. Good stuff! (491 characters)

Photo of Jekyll
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not the biggest fan of the style but the text on the can sold me into giving it a shot. Well still not a fan of the style but this one grows on you . Solidly refreshing after a hot day in the yard and it is definitly a twist on the style and can see this as a summer staple in many a wit lovers fridge . (303 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into Sam Adams pp. Fairly clear bright pour, finger of white that recedes to a thin layer. Carbonation quite present throughout though.

Aroma, a little more yeasty and earthy than the typical fruit leaning aroma. Some lemon and herbal hops.

Taste, more typical here. Some bananna, ginger keeps it more interesting. Very light yeasty bread. Citrus and herbal spiciness. Kind of finishes that way.

Lighter bodied, nice carbonation. A bit thin, a bit watery, but drinks easy. I imagine much more suited for warmer weather. I think the best way to sum it up is that this has much less of the characteristics I normall dislike about a Witbier. (648 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Drank this with Jambalaya in Charleston. Greatly refreshing, I didn't pick up on the ginger much. Pours semi-hazy light yellow - a little lighter than other wheats. No head and no lacing. Aroma of citrus and some malt. Flavor is mild grass, lemon (yes, lemongrass), and wheat. Low alcohol, and a very crisp finish make this a great brew for hot summer session. (370 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 facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy orange yellow with 2 fingers of head. Smells like your typical wheat beer.. Spicy, bready, orangey. The taste is very refreshing.. The subtle peppery hints are a nice touch to the bready malt of this beer.. Slight bit of orange flavor.
Medium body, low carbonation.
This is pretty decent for the style but nothin outstanding. (332 characters)

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)

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of coriander up front with some Belgian yeast, clove, peppercorn and bubblegum. It keeps a lemony mid palate before ending with more coriander and spice. (158 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all, it's refreshing and a bit of a twist on the Wit style. The only problem is that the Thai elements need to be amped up. While it sounds delicious to have lemongrass in a Wit, you're left wanting after a taste- everything's just a bit too muted. The beer isn't terrible. just too bland, soft, and boring. Amp up the Thai elements and add some crispness and it could be stellar. (398 characters)

White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.