White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 800
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 34
Gots: 111 | FT: 10
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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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a wit fan, but still enjoyed this one immensely. Great aromas of bannana and lemon. Taste is yeasty, and wheat, the lemony spicy taste really works. Sorachi hops was genius. Above average mouthfeel. Lacey. Excellent drinkability, lovely summer beer. (258 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours a clear light yellow with a white fizzy head, very active carbonation.

The nose is ginger, lots of earthy grains and wheat, lemongrass, and just a faint citrus hop content. The flavor is pretty unique, lots of ginger, lemon, vegetables, grass and hay. There is more citrus on the finish as you drink it.

This is pretty good, sessionable, I don't like ginger in my beer, so this isn't something I would drink over and over, but you certainly could if you liked it. (485 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy light pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemongrass and lemony Sorachi Ace hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of lemongrass. It has some hints of ginger and herbal hops towards the finish that linger into the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this beer because it was easy to drink and the taste—particularly the lemongrass—was very unique for the style. (746 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (633 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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from jpmclaug. Thanks!

Cloudy, milky blond body capped by a clinging two-finger head.

Nose of tangy wheat, ginger, lemon flesh. Yeasty and floral, hint of lemongrass. Light but pretty characterful.

Palate is interesting - quite tangy and lemony, full bodied and semi-sweet. Lemongrass comes through more on the palate and pairs well with the more subtle presence of ginger. The spices are thankfully not overdone, taking a backseat to the grainy wheat backbone and floral yeast character. Pretty unique stuff, very refreshing and easy to drink. (553 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 mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent, light with ample carbonation and a small white head that was short and fleeting. Even still not terrible. Light aroma of grape, apple, hints of light spice and a touch of grassy aromas. Clean, light flavor, very nice in the middle of an 85 degree thuderstorm. Light wheat flavor, grape skins, hints of apple and a touch of clove almost peaking up. Dry finish with prickly carbonation on the tongue and a light kick of tart right at the end.

Overall this was solid. Not the greatest thing in the world, but I was really not complaining after I drank it. Would not mind trying again. (603 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Been wanting to try this beer for some time. (Too bad the ipa wasn't available when I picked this up. Another time, I suppose.)

Very dark for a witbier. Nose seems almost like...clay. Flavor is quite muddled. Not the light and airy, or bright, character that witbiers typically come off as. This is definitely much more earthy. Much more. Feel is smooth. Easy to drink, but not precisely a witbier, by old world standards. Still though, this style comes off as a disaster from so many other breweries. A well made attempt. I could be convinced to try this again. (563 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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/11/13 notes. 12 oz. can into a pint glass at Stag's Head in NYC.

a -Pours a hazy orange yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, lemon, coriander, spice, wheat, herbal notes, earthy notes, and fruity malts. Nice nose, lots of citrus and no pepper, which I like.

t - Tastes of oranges, lemongrass, citrus, wheat, dough, bready malts, tea, herbal notes, must, earthy notes, fruity malts, coriander, and spice. More fruit and less spice, and more herbal smooth notes. Tiny step up from the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a very interesting and nice witbier. No pepper, which is a big plus to me, and a lot of fruit and citrus. Worth checking out, would definitely pick it up sometime. (845 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a peroni glass.
Pours a hazy golden-yellow, with a good bit of visible carbonation and a moderately durable white head. Good lacing.

The appealing fruity-bready aroma is quite subtle compared to the flavor which is stronger and much more yeasty.

M: medium-light body with rather aggressive carbonation. a bit dry on the finish.

O: refreshing and good for style. (376 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy pale lemon yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some pale golden yellow + light orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large patch of extremely thin film and avery thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lemongrass and light amounts of ginger. There are light amounts of citrus/lemon from Sorachi Ace hops.

T: Upfront there are very light notes of wheat with light notes of ginger spiciness. There are moderate flavors of lemongrass along with some lighter flavors of herbal and lemon/citrus hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which linger along with the lemongrass.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be easy to drink and fairly refreshing. I thought the southeast asian influence of the lemongrass and ginger was really nice. (990 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by GT at his going away party.

The beer is hazy and pale yellow with a soapy white head. The aroma brings earthy hops, floral notes, lemongrass. Some nice citrus and pepper in the flavor. Coriander and orange zest. Really drinkable. Complex and intriguing but also something you could gulp straight from the can on a spring day. Very nice. (351 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to instantmessenger for passing on a couple of these in a trade in support of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Ale brewed with spices"; "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 [CAN]dy, citrus fruit, and a slight spiciness from the ginger."; "Best served at 45-50 [Deg.] F in a tulip or wine glass."

As it turns out, I have a tulip glass from Belgian Independence Day (21 July 2012) which I got at the celebration at the Bronx Ale House. Hooray! I used the inverted Crack & Glug and ended up with over two fingers of dense, bone-white head with great retention. Color was a very cloudy lemon-yellow and it looked like a glassful of lemon meringue pie. Nose was zesty with the lemongrass and the ginger seemingly fighting for supremacy. Mouthfeel was soft, like it was caressing my tongue and the melding of the flavors was beautiful. Lemon, definitely, but as to what type of CANdy they were alluding to, I do not know, Lots of nice ginger spiciness also and I was beginning to mull over which dishes I would order at a BYOB with a sixer of this in tow. Finish was very dry and very refreshing. This is just what The CANQuest (TM) ordered! (1,424 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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. (508 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)

Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Held at the right angle, White Thai can actually appear white but only along its base, the one place where light manages to seep through. This light orange coloured beer is extremely cloudy, which is actually a defining characteristic of the Witbier style, and, admittedly, is partially my own doing for ensuring I got every last drop - sediment included - from the bottom of the can.

The beer manages an imposing head but what's even more impressive are the scents that exude from just beneath it; rather than the traditional coriander and orange peel, this recipe uses lemongrass and grated ginger root. The result is a distinctly tropical and zestful bouquet that's full of fresh, spicy and invigorating flavours. It's like the kitchen of a Thai restaurant.

The beer manages to be expressively citrusy despite the absence of orange peel. What's its secret, you ask? The distinctively, notoriously 'lemon-y' Sorachi Ace hop. The brewery claims to have used only "a dash" but it was enough for the hop's naturally citric qualities to enhance (emulate even) the grassy and zesty elements of the lemongrass and ginger. A genius pairing.

What doesn't take a genius is imagining how enjoyable a beer with this much gusto and zestfulness would be on a hot summer day (mind you, I'm enjoying it plenty on a freezing cold winter evening). A beer with this much spice and seasoning should be a godsend for any kind of grilled seafood or white meat, to say nothing of its suitableness for a bitter green salad.

White Thai is my first offering from this South Carolina brewery and, although far from their highest rated beer, was still an immensely positive first impression; Westbrook Brewing have gotten a lot of high praise and it's easy to see why. They clearly know what they're doing (and seem to do it very well). Next time I'll be buying every beer of theirs I see. (1,880 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (449 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 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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a light yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very sweet aroma of malt, citrus, and spices.

T: Tasted of citrus (particularly lemon), malt, light spices, and slight hoppiness. Like the smell, the flavor is very sweet and inviting.

M: A nice amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A good take on the witbier. Drinkable. (462 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (1,911 characters)

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.