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White Thai - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 823
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 28.27%
Wants: 38
Gots: 126 | FT: 8
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 argock
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 ChrisL24481
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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 tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/14/13. Hazy golden almost yellow pour with a quite nice head and long lasting lacing. Slight nose of Belgian yeast with lemon and banana notes over a spicy character. Medium bodied with a nice slick mouthfeel and normal carbonation. A quite interesting, but not overbearing, taste of ginger and lemon. As it warms, the lemon flavor takes on more of a zest quality. Crisp finish with a nice tart and bitter kick.

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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 portia99
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (canned 6/7/13) poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A - Pours a very pale golden color with touches of orange in the body. Translucent and hazy with almost a light glow to it. A finger of frothy white head forms briefly and falls quickly leaving a thick collar on the edge of the glass.

S - Very fruity and spicy on the nose...lots of citrusy oranges and tons of lemon. Cloves, ginger, grass, sweet malt, black pepper, nutmeg. A lot going on here - smells more saison-y than witbier...but I like what I am smelling.

T - Yeasty, spicy, fruity and hoppy bitterness. Bready malt base, lightly grassy, a bit of gingerale with a light gingery bite to it, lemon, oranges. Crisp bitterness from the hops that mutes the fruity and spicy flavors a bit, keeping them from matching the aroma in intensity.

M - Lightish medium body...a bit heavy for the Witbier style, ample tingly carbonation, crisp hoppy bitterness, lots of spices - ginger comes thru especially as this warms up a bit.

O - I would definitely call this a saison instead of a witbier...and an enjoyable one. I like the spicy ginger bite against the Sorachi Ace hops...complements well. Good citrusy character too. Body is a bit heavy for style, but works if you think saison. Glad to try this one.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 BEERMILER12
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to egrace84 for the chance to try this can of beer!

Poured into tulip glass.

canned on 07/16/2013.

Appearance: hazy orangish yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of thick soapy white head. Slowely drops down to a thin cap, eventually a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: bready malt and fruity yeast. Lemon citrus and orange zest notes; light earthy and grassy hops with clove notes. Slightly spicy and sweet notes of ginger.

Taste: Lemon zest and orange zest. Grass and ginger. Really bready/doughy malt. Banana, clove, and slightly fruity yeast. Lots of earthy flavors with very mild bitterness. Hint of green tea and herbal. Really really well balanced flavors. No flavors overpower any of the other flavors found in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is soft and slightly creamy. Smooth and very drinkable.

Overall: This is a great beer in a can! I really like this Westbrook offering! Great lawnmower beer for sure.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a small white head.
S: Lots of lemongrass was the first thing I caught. Tiny amount of ginger. A bit of citrus/lemon and a hint of wheat. Smells great.
T: First thing I felt was the wheat, followed by a bit of ginger. Interesting taste. Some herbal/citrus flavors follow along with some lemongrass. A bit of lingering ginger and lemongrass. Odd, but I like it.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. I could crush these all day long. A bit of dryness at the end.
O: A great (but odd) wheat beer. Extremely drinkable, I love the strange flavors from the ginger/lemongrass.

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on 8/6/13 from a can.

A: Pours a straw yellow with noticeable haze. The head is about 1/4-inch thick and never quits. Lacing is good. Overall, a very typical wheat beer appearance.

S: Lemongrass and citrus fruits. Not much ginger. No pepper. Very fruit-forward.

T: Lemongrass, citrus fruit, and a tiny backbone of ginger (I hate ginger but it's barely detectable in this beer). It's not very hoppy at all and I detect little to no pepper notes (both pluses in my book). This is a fantastic summer beer.

M: Best mouthfeel beer of the year for me. This is silky smooth. They nailed the carbonation. This is a VERY easy-drinking beer. I finished my can way sooner than I anticipated simply because it's just so easy to drink.

O: Very impressed. This competes favorably against the nice 750ml wheat beers on the market for a fraction of the cost. If you like your wheat beers fruit-forward, not too spicy, and silky smooth, I highly recommend you check this out.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden body with good carbonation and head on top of an interesting aroma as the typical citric/lemonzest and spice one associates with a wit are replaced with ginger (and I guess Thai). Light, easy to drink, like most wits I've had but a little spicier and bitter, so to say, and has a crisp backbite. Enjoyable and an interesting take and while not my favorite I think it's a good beer.

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Photo of mscudder
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 5/20. Served in a pint.

A - Murky lemon hue with a pleasant off-white head. Fair retention with poor lacing.

S - Lemon-dominated Wit aroma. Notes of coriander and citrus.

T - Lemongrass bomb! Mix of ginger, wheat and spices really makes this one a cool refresher.

M - Silky smooth medium body for such a light brew. Moderate carbonation.

O - Looking for something to switch up the summer rotation? This is it.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 FLima
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice pour out of a can into my bhb tulip glass... white head... nice and cloudy yellow hazy just like a wit should be. Smell is of spices, clove, banana... everything I want in this style is in the nose hopefully it translates to the taste... don't really get the promised asian spices and flavors but damn a very drinkable hefe style beer... really wanted to get the promised ginger which hurts the rating only because I don't get it though I love the beer..

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Photo of Jekyll
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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 .

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