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White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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130 Reviews
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Reviews: 130
Hads: 858
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 28.27%
Wants: 36
Gots: 139 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Mildly hazed golden color. Two fingers of pillowy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This smells a lot more like a traditional witbier than I was expecting. Crisp wheat and spicy peppery yeast are predominant. The ginger is subtle with the lemongrass and sorachi ace (which is basically more lemongrass as far as I'm concerned) being more potent. More herbal than a normal witbier. Overall pretty good, but I wouldn't call it an improvement over the usual.

2.75 T: The taste I don't care for much and I know why. I really hate sorachi ace hops. It tastes like lemongrass and plastic. While the nose didn't have much of the plastic, the taste surely does. The ginger is stronger, which I like. Otherwise peppery spiciness and neutral wheat.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and smooth enough.

3.0 D: I would like this if it didn't have sorachi ace in there.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Classic wit look...fluffy head over a yellow cloud. Usually not a fan of ginger in beer (overpowering) but the nose of hops and lemongrass is only accented by it. Taste is better than expected and balanced with just the right amount if ginger. Little funk. Feels smooth and slicker than expected. Nice work!

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy soft orange color with 1 finger of head that settles quickly.
S - The aroma is lemon and cloves.
T - The flavor is lemony, bready and peppery on the finish.
M - Crisp mouth feel with medium carbonation.
O - I really like this beer. A unique flavor and very drinkable. Might be my favorite low ABV beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly opaque golden color with decent, fluffy white head, limited retention and limited lacing. The aroma is strong. The lemon hits you first, banana, bread, and a spice that I am not accustomed to, must be the ginger, outstanding! Taste is similar to the aroma, lemon, bread, less banana and ginger than aroma, and now there seems to be some clove. Nicely carbonated, full mouth feel, kinda juicy up front but finished more dry with something, seems like the spice lingering on the back of the tongue. Overall, a pretty interesting and quality brew.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is classic witbier but with a twist. You can definitely tell there are some other, non-traditional spices added. Taste confirms it. I get the ginger but just a hint. It's also more bitter and hoppy. Body is soft and has a good amount of carbonation. Quite nice overall, an interesting take on a belgian wit.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light orange color with a frothy white foam that dies out to a thin cap. Nice spice flavor. Scent is strongly of lemon followed by general spiciness and dough.

Flavor is more of the same general flavor and has a distinct progression. Initial wheat flavor turns into a nice interplay between the lemon and ginger. The finish is somewhat dry with the ginger becoming more assertive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

All around a good beer that I would recommend. Definitely a beer that would pair well with food. I enjoy the creative use of spices without becoming a distraction.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Hazy pale yellow with 1 finger of white head. Wisps of yeast spiral around the glass. Light carbonation.

Nose
Banana, wheat, clove, ginger, and lemongrass.

Taste
Banana, wheat, and lemon. Clove, ginger, and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, zesty, balanced, and refreshing.

Overall
Refreshing with well blended spices. Makes for a really nice summer beer.

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Photo of Hurley21
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really liked this. I was in Charleston during the hot, hot southern summer and this was perfect. The Ginger and lemongrass were a surprise. Drinks easy for a perfect beer after you cut the grass. I grabbed a case as I left Charleston.

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Photo of VT9091
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I hear what they're saying and I can kinda taste it. Ginger and lemongrass undertones in a Wit. Different as all of their beers seem to be. A 'drink with food' beer. Would buy the Gose though. Liking this more and more as I go through the 6 pack. Still needs to be had with food.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/28/15 Home

Pours kind of a dank hazy yellow orange with a little white head. You can tell instantly that this is a different take on a witbeir. It has the smell of w whit but something is different in a good way. Lemony kind aroma that is pretty pleasing. The taste definitely has a whitbeir base missing the coriander and some of the belgium spice you always find in this type of beer. Instead it's replaced with a lemon zest taste that can be a little bitter but good. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of whitbeir but this is a good new approach which is enjoyable.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Tasty Beverage.

Pours hazy yellow. Pillowy white head with great retention.

Nose is of tea and lemon most, bit of herb and spice come out as well. Body is on the light side, the extra character of herb and lemon is more on the nose than the palate. Still a nice light refreshing beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of NWFLyer
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Light in color, full of flavor; this beer was a pleasant surprise when I first tasted it. It combines classic Belgian Wit Beer qualities with hints of ginger and spices to provide a clean, refreshing beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'll start this off by saying that I am not the biggest Witbier fan. This is not your average witbier though. It's got a solid "asian" spice note on the palate and is quite refreshing. It's not something I would seek out on a normal basis, but every once in a while it's a refreshing sidestep from the usual hop-bombs.

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Photo of Adamanton
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

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Photo of tjnissly
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing! Great idea to add the lemongrass and ginger to a wit. I am not a big fan of the standard orange peel/clove/coriander stuff. This was a nice twist that made the beer interesting while maintaining drinkability.

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Photo of cicirick
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

look was a little cloudier than expected. smells like a Belgian Wit. lemongrass is present, ginger is understated, the Sorachi Hops give it a nice finish. Mouthfeel was a bit more than a standard Wit. I would love to have this with roast duck or something sweet and sour.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can, enjoyed from a brandy stemmed glass

A - The body pours a hazy light yellow. Considerable haze (granted, I did shake up the can before the end of the pour to get all that flavorful yeast in there!). While the head after the pour has some fizz to it, it quickly subsides to a thin and white rim of foam; no lacing to speak of.

S - Exotic and spicy - notes if clove, white pepper, ginger, lemon, apple, and cardamom.

T - At first, this beer tastes like any decent Belgian wit, with clove and cardamom spiciness paired with banana and lemon esters. Then, a earthy, sharp taste from the ginger and lemongrass coats the tongue. The finish is creamy and biscuity, and skillfully combines sweet, spice, and dry flavors that linger on the palate.

M - Creamy with a fairly mild and luxurious carbonation.

O - While not the premier wit bier out there, Westbrook adds some unique flavors to make it worth a six pack. Great for summer porch lounging or pairing with sushi or Thai.

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Photo of Terp96
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good version of the style. Smells like a lemon flavored desert. Taste is sweet, citrus with a nice little bite from the combo of sorachi ace and ginger. Very well done.

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Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of SFNC
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with Rlhinson2104, thanks Rebecca.

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a snifter glass.

A: Appearance is a golden orange color with a two finger white head.

S: Wow, the coriander is overwhelming on the nose. I get some yeasty notes and some citrus notes and musty Belgian yeast.

T: Follows the nose. The coriander flavor is huge. It gets mixed with a yeasty flavor and some lemon and grassy tones. The yeasty flavors linger as does the coriander. Finish yields the same with some ever so slight hops bitterness.

F: Pretty light mouthfeel with good carbonation and no alcohol.

O: A bit too much for me in the coriander department, but I'm still really glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.