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White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 837
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 28.27%
Wants: 35
Gots: 131 | FT: 7
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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Photo of sachsich
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the brewery. Not up to all the hype that is around Chas. Average wit. Cant really taste the ginger or lemongrass. Try their IPA. Its the best one they have. Very thin beer. Seems to be common with their beers.Color was on par with a wit. Smell was also very weak

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Photo of beernut7
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Took a growler home from the brewery. Cracked it when it was a week old. Good head retention with an average golden hue. Aroma is nothing to speak of. Very little spiciness to it. Getting a bit of wit type yeast aroma, but very low on the lemony or ginger notes. Aroma is best described as flat. The beer is clean, actually a bit too clean with an unbalanced bitterness that just doesn't fit with a refreshing wit type brew. Swampy finish with a bit of muddled earthy ginger flavor. Overall not a favorite. If you're looking for a refreshing wit in charleston mothership from new belgium and allagash white are readiy available and preferable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $2.25 at Sam's Beer & More in Lexington, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, dark yellow body with a fairly small, very brief, white head.

Smell: Throws off a full sniff of wheat malt, a little banana puree, and a mingling of spices, dried herbs, and citrus.

Taste: Malted wheat, smooth and moderately sweet. Flash of banana chips. We're mixing things up this go around with the use of lemongrass and ginger. Then, some coriander coming through. Citrusy character from the Sorachi Ace, though also the lemongrass, but not much bitterness, but that's where the coriander and ginger come in. Dry, firmly herbaceous and spicy on the finish with a little half-zip of suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Very slight creaminess from the wheat used here.

Overall: Tastes like a witbier cut with herbal tea, so a wit that's off the beaten path.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Hazy and cloudy golden yellow. Nice white head. Sticky lacing and good surface foam.

Smell - Very spicy. Lots of coriander. Some wheat and yeast.

Taste - Also spicy. Less intense on the coriander. More of the sharp citrus flavors. Again wheaty, but its not grainy. Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Almost creamy. Low carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Decent wit. I don't love the style, but its drinkable. Not sure I'd drink more than a taster, though.

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Photo of jegross2
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing the White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Company out of South Carolina.
Score: 80

Can code is "1 10 20 A2BM." Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed 06/03/12.

Appearance: Pours an opaque yellow color with a slight orange hue. A thin bubbly layer of white head at pour settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 2/5

Smell: Yeasty orange, clove, banana and ample coriander. A little fruitiness, lemon and grapefruit. 3/5

Taste: More hefeweizen-like in flavor than expected. Banana-yeast flavor upfront with modestly fruity midpalate. Ample coriander throughout and in the aftertaste. Light yeast flavor too. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter and malty finish. 3.5/5

Overall: A decent beer for the dog days of summer, but that's about the only nice thing I can really say about it.

Recommendation: I probably wouldn't say no if offered one at a BBQ, but I wouldn't seek this one out.

Pairings: Feta and walnut salad.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack of 12 oz cans.

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Photo of Dwkasper
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

A: cloud, lemon, wheat colored with thin white head

S: yeasty, spicy, bready with a hint of lemon

T: ginger up front, a dash of lemon, spicy but has that honey baked ham wheat beer taste.

M: slight carbonation, spicy after taste that lingers

O: the beer has a good unique taste to me but I don't like the hefeweizen-style taste of honey baked ham. Beer is true to style but not my favorite style. Interesting take though.

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Photo of Huffs
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into sam adams glass, one finger head developed with mild lacing and retention, was white in color. Appearance was a very hazy lemon / orange color. Aroma was of citrus and some allspice with some hop and yeast notes. Tasted of spice and citrus with some grass notes. Aftertaste was a bit bitter with a medium, almost a syrup texture, mouth feel.

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Photo of BeernerdJeff
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap. Came out cloudy, golden in appearance, with about 1 finger of creamy head.

Best way I know how to describe this Belgian white beer is an amped up Blue Moon. Though the White Thai is said to have lemon grass and ginger, this did not come through on the tap-only the notes of coriander and orange peel, making it taste strikingly similar to that other Belgian white.

Overall, this beer is drinkable, but I'd love to taste those other flavors advertised as that would take this beer from ordinary to really great.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this Witbier on tap, at the brewery, in a pint glass. This Witbier poured a cloudy yellow color, produced a small white head, poor retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted wheat, spicy herbs and citric lemon. Light in body, a foundation of malted wheat, banana, lemongrass, spicy ginger and coriander- there was an evident tea like quality as well. This was an interesting take on a Witbier- Outside of the box ingredients used made for an interesting session beer. Nothing exceptional here, but defiantly worth a try!

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Photo of Emarq
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember that exact ingredients list but lemongrass and Sorachi Ace hops were definitely used. Picked up a growler from Bill's in Summerville.

A. Milky-whitish yellow appearance with a long lasting, thick, white head.

S. The use of the lemongrass and Soarchi Ace hops really bring out a zesty lemon aroma. Phenolic overtones are too prolific for a witbier, they are more in line with a Hefeweissen.

T. Somewhat sweet but also with a dry tart finish. Once again I am picking up phenolic notes that remind me more of a Hefeweissen than a witbier. The lemony zest from the Sorachi Ace hops really makes itself known. It's not a commonly used hop but every time its used its screams lemon.

M. Medium-light bodied. Smooth and light creamy up front with a dry/tart finish. Refreshing for a hot summer day.

D. Its refreshing, tart, with all too much phenolic notes. The lemon character of this beer really stands out. Easy to drink a lot of because of the body and crispness. A decent representation of the style but its off the mark for me.

I really thought it was a cross between a Hefe and a witbier. I look forward to trying his other beers as I've tasted many of his homebrews and know how good of a brewer he is.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can to Founders tulip.

A - Cloudy light to medium orange colour. Half a finger of white head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, spice, lemon.

T - Big Belgian pale ale flavours up front -cloves, Belgian yeast, light banana and a lot of spice. Some lighter lemon and bready malt flavours in the background.

M -Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat higher carbonation that I would like.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whomever sent this to me, but it's almost 1:00 AM & I'm watching River Monsters in my underwear & I'm not getting up to go check my records. Yeah. 12 oz. yellow can that's quite unlike anything else out there.

Pour is yellow, murked, one hundred percent opaque. Nose isn't strong; I almost end up snorting beer to find something. Good citrus hops, bare grassiness, wheat. Smells like a hoppy hefe.

White Thai lights up the head tilt scale. FIelds of wheat underlaid by a melange of spices that would make Paul Atreides raise an eyebrow. Nice citrus punch, orange, lemon. Florality adds to the mix. Is that hops or elderberries? The wheat & spices play tag in a very strange way. I keep drinking it at a rapid rate because it's so weird & I'm trying to teaste out...what? Did I say something?

Odd beer. Pretty good beer. Strange, but hey, I admire the effort behind it & the spirit of experimentation.

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Photo of Paincane
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to woodychandler for a great package, including this one. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, spice. Taste is lemons, wheat, a touch of ginger. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and pretty good beer.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my 668 Neighbor tulip. Hazy amber body with a two-finger, fluffy white head. Some lacing.

Smells slightly of ginger, some nutmeg, and lemon.

Tastes pretty crisp. Nutmeg, lemon especially, and--again--only the tiniest bit of ginger.

Very thin mouthfeel. Mild carbonation.

This beer is tasty, but very muted. Good for drinking at a barbecue at an easy 5%.

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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 coreyfmcdonald
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can into a tall tulip

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with a finger of fluffy, longlasting head.

S: The aroma starts off with banana, clove, and lemon - a very nice mixture of typical wit aromas. Behind it I get a hint of ginger. I really like ginger so it was welcome, but it's really faint in the aroma.

T: Banana and clove are again upfront. Lemon peel picks up in intensity as I sip, and ginger is stronger than the aroma, but still in the background.

M: Medium thickness with strong, fluffy carbonation.

O: Nice, but not superb. The ginger is subtle, but nice.

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Photo of tkelley
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from the fridge poured into a tulip glass.

A - hazy straw colored body with a very thin white head. Expected more foam. Good amount of sediment from the yeast.

N - can definitely smell the ginger along with Belgian yeast and citrus .

T - relatively subdued flavors include ginger, hops, and Belgian yeast.

M - good carbonation and aftertaste.

O - pretty good variant on a classic style. Cheers!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i would have liked to see more sorachi ace hops in this. i mean, i know its not a hop forward style or anything, but they are so unique and would have complimented the flavors here really nicely, but instead they are extremely muted, just subtle lemon in the finish that might just as possibly come from the lemongrass. fun beer though, frothy and well carbonated and lower in alcohol, a nice interesting summer session. i appreciate the subtle use of ginger, usually in beer its just way too much, almost hot, defeating the purpose to some extent. here its just a little twist that marries well with the wheat malt, while the meadowy sort of grassy tones make it a nice spring seasonal. more sorachi ace character would make this one of a kind, but i still appreciate this unique take on a wit. westbrook has done a great job of tweaking classic styles to make entirely new beer, and this is a great example of that.

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Photo of Momar42
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into Duvel tulip

A - cloudy yellow, small head that vanishes before I can toss the can.

S - lemon and tea. Very little wit aromas.

T - the wit base is there but it's overshadowed by the tea and lemon infusions. It's a very drinkable if somewhat light bodied brew.

M - light bodied and easy. Finishes clean

O - really suited for summer. Not a full bodied beer by any stretch but enjoyable. Perhaps not for the wit purist, but enjoyable and and fun to try.

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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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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.