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White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 816
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: 122 | Hads: 816
Photo of Dwkasper
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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. (428 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 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 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 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 Kendo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Body is hazy golden with -1.5 finger bright white head. Good lace.

S: Smells of spice - ginger and coriander come to mind readily.

T: First impression is the light body. As for flavors, I get a modest wheat twang over straw. Touch of ginger, lemongrass and spice. Finishes quite clean with modest lemony bitterness.

M: Light in heft, an easy drinker with appropriate carbonation levels.

O: Refreshing summer quaffer. (423 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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%. (382 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 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 GreesyFizeek
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear straw yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like lemon, citrus, wheat, and spicing.

I don't particularly know what lemongrass smells like, but there some indistinguishable spice flavor in here, so I'm guessing that's the lemongrass I'm tasting. Some mild ginger, with some very subtle wheat bitterness, strong lemon flavors (likely from the Sorachi Ace hops), other citrus, some orange and grapefruit. Subdued yeast flavors.

Nicely creamy mouthfeel, while still being fairly crisp at all. Medium carbonation. Light bodied.

This was alright. Witbiers aren't my favorite style, but like most Westbrook beers, it was executed well. (716 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this can at Oliver's in Albany NY, enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is a dull straw golden with wheat haze and thick bone white head of 3 fingers with fine bead with sticky lace. The smell is of coriander and a light wheat scent with mild herbal tinge and gentle citrus accent. The feel is very good with deep malt balanced by mild spice and medium high carbonation with yeast adding to the semi-dry earthy finish.

The taste is very good with tons of malt in the initial taste and gentle creaminess from the yeast which also adds a light fruit element with nice toasted flavor coming through and gentle tangy wheat quality throughout with mellow spice. Overall I enjoyed this -very good interpretation of the style and pretty yeasty with very good drinkability. (784 characters)

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a golden hue similar to what one would have seen from Angkor Wat's spires rising from the green jungle. The smell of lemongrass scented stir-fries is followed candied ginger desserts. The piercing spice of the bitter hops refreshes the palate. In fact, this beer nearly nails all the peripherals of witbier. But there is no sweetness in flavor; the spiciness of the ginger is refreshing, but one-dimensional. It would be the perfect compliment to anything spicy. But the taste alone is nothing lustrous on its own. (523 characters)

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 Metaldude05
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very light hazy color poured in a glass. Mouthfeel is like a typical pale ale/ipa. At first sip you get a very crisp refreshing hop flavor with minimal bitterness. A little citrusy with a perfect blend of spices. Very good and would buy again In a heartbeat. (258 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 6 pack of this for my husband, since he's a huge Witbeir person. After his first sip, his comment, was "Damn, this is good". And I'd have to agree. I like Witbeirs, but the White Thai actually reminded me a bit of a Hefeweisen too. It's very smooth, and lightly floral and sweet. I see this as being one of my go to beers to drink at my neighborhood pool. (369 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, described on the can as "a twist on the classic Belgian witbier style," pours a densely hazy straw gold color. It's capped with a couple fingers of soft, tightly packed white head. A portion of the head sticks around for quite a while and lends a nice frothy mouthfeel. Good lacing too.

The smell is pretty mild, especially for a Belgian style beer, and consists mostly of musty yeast, honey, lemongrass and a tinge of Belgian spice.

Tastes of honey and wheat, with a little lemongrass prickliness. The can says this beer is meant to pair with Asian food and I can see why. There's ample honey sweetness to compete with any hot spice and its overall just not as dry as I expected, which is a good thing. That prickly lemon finish also has a nice palate cleansing effect. Unfortunately I'm also getting a sulfuric off-note on the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and soft, with a sweet, voluminous body that dries out nicely at the finish. Good carbonation that provides for both a velvety feel and some prickliness at times.

Overall, this is a good beer, but not great. It doesn't quite deliver on the spices it boasts of on its packaging, but its appearance in the glass and feel on the palate are both top notch. I wouldn't pass this up if it were offered to me with some Szechuan noodles, but I doubt I'd seek it out again otherwise. (1,360 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (394 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy golden yellow with a tight white head and decent lacing. Nose is a fair bit of lemon, light yeast note, and a hint of pepper, some grassy, herbal hops in back. Taste has more spice to it, lemony up front with a hint of banana. Stronger pepper spice comes in behind, flavors thin out a little bit through the finish, grassy hop, a bit herbal. Strong carbonation and a lighter body. (393 characters)

Photo of BeernerdJeff
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of argock
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,495 characters)

Photo of Paincane
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (794 characters)

White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.