White Thai | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by kkipple on 01-04-2011

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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 875
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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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz snifter from can

A-Beautiful, deep orange color that is a bit pale with a tall, white, creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly into a half finger width.

S-Dank cheese, oranges, faint herbal hopped note hits the nose as well.

T-Vibrant citrusy fruits, earthy hops, some zesty spices. The citrusy fruits balance well with the zesty spice that fade into a more rich, cheese flavored finish at the back of the palate. The cheese lingers for a while as it is coupled with a zesty spice

MF-A bit watery and dry. Overcarbonated but still satisfying.

O-This beer would go great with some spicy Indian food or out on the beach. I'll definitely be picking it up again, it is a very unique style.

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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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

light golden hazy hues with a thick but fluffy white head that persists until the glass is gone.
Aroma is of pilsner malt and hay mixed with lemon and slight fruity Belgian esters.
all components come through in this beer especially the sorachi ace hops that I think meld very well in this beer with the lemongrass and ginger. It finishes dry and clean.
this beer does exactly what its meant to do quench your thirst and keeps you wanting another sip. pairs very well with food and great for sunny days by the pool

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

P: A dense snow cap ontop of a cloudy golden yellow. Good retention that leaves a creamy ring of lacing.

S: Salty pale malt, peach, watermelon bubblegum, grains and tobacco.

T/M: Bubblegum and Copenhagen long cut. Sun drenched grains, salt, lemon and b vitamins. Light medium body with a zesty carbonated tingle. Finish is dry and lingers lemon and grains.

O: A nice refreshing Wit that satisfies the palate. The salty tobacco profile is a winner for me. This is something I would drink all summer long.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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

12 oz. can poured into tulip

A- Hazy pale yellow with a minimal, yet lacy white head.

S- Strong citrus/fruit, with a bit of a spicy earthy/grass note.

T- Citrus, slight spicy hop, but very delicate overall.

M- Light body, light carbonation, with a clean finish. Very slight bitterness in aftertaste.

O- Subtle, interesting twist on Wit. I couldn't put my finger on it, but it does have that asian influence. A really good drinker, it has such delicate qualities.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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 zac16125
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Westbrook White Thai
12oz can into a hefeweizen glass
canned on: 12/21/12

A: Pours a hazy light straw yellow with 1 fingers width of bright white colored head. Good retention but leaves almost no lacing.

S: Smells like a standard wit, lots of clove, and some banana. Hints of citrus, a fair amount of ginger. Some bready malts. Quite nice.

T: Fair amount of spice, and lots of wheat as is expected. There is a rather interesting sweetness, thats not the normal wheat like sweeness, but I cant place what it is. Like the nose there is a fair amount of clove and ginger. Hops are noticable at times. Pretty tasty.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum, but is appropriate. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a pretty good beer. Witbier's are certainly not my favorite style, but I enjoy this brew. Id drink again, but I doubt its something Id go to often. Certainly not going to replace Westbrook IPA as a standard in my fridge.

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Photo of Kromes
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy straw color with a thin white head.

It has a nice citrus, earthy, and Belgian funk aroma.

Lots of flavors going on here. A little citrus, ginger, soft wheat, and a nice funky yeast flavor. They all blend together very well and are balanced perfectly. I don't know if it's the name, but the finish is very Asian tasting. An almost rice-like starch with a touch of citrus and ginger. The hop just appears briefly in the finish also with just a touch of bitterness and herbal flavor to compliment the other flavors.

The feel is velvet smooth. Light and refreshing. The carbonation gives it just enough body, but doesn't interfere with the delicate feel of the beer.

My first time trying this beer and I'm a huge fan. It goes over and above the run of the mill Witbier and adds depth of flavor, aroma, and a great feel. Can't wait to crack one of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of chakazulu352
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had a can while staying in Charleston. Holy cow! So delicious. On phone, so I'll keep it simple: smoothest, most balanced witbier I've ever had. Lost points for lacking spicyness they advertised. At 5% abv I could see myself drinking plenty of these.

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Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip. This one's a witbier, but instead of the traditional spices there's lemongrass, ginger root and sorachi ace hops.

Cloudy apricot, totally opaque. On finger of fizzy white bubbles and thin, rounded lace.

Sugared lemon candy, sweet pear syrup, a flash of floral hops. Mild ginger, crackers. Sweet but complex.

More spice in flavor. Ginger is noticeable, as are sorachi ace. Sweet lemon, flowers, pear syrup flashes at the swallow.

Medium light, fluffy body. High carbonation, fizzy.

Not a ton of Thai flavor, but enough to make things interesting, and a solid wit base besides. Nice.

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Photo of ButtonBeer
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to have a canned beer for a friend's boat and discovered this at Frugal McDougal's in Ft. Mill, SC. Excellent discovery! I recently took a cooler of it to a BBQ festival in Charlotte, NC and it was a big hit. I'm going to Charleston in early Dec. 2012 and have wife approval for a stop at the brewery.

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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 BlackBelt5112203
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 3-finger white frothy, bubbly, pillowy head. Really nice retention and lacing. Has the slightest bit of haze with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Wheat with some traditional banana and coriander aromas and some unique lemon and ginger aromas. The ginger aroma really shines through as the beer warms. Very nice and different.

T – Starts off sweet with wheat, lemongrass, and orange flavors. Spicy ginger and peppery yeast flavors come through mid-taste. Subtle lemon hop bitterness shines at the end.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly spicy, slightly bitter, and dry finish. Peppery yeast spice and lemon hop bitterness linger nicely.

O – Another tasty beer from Westbrook. I like their twist on the traditional witbier style. I think the ginger adds a great deal to the aroma and a nice little bite to the taste. A very drinkable beer. Don’t sleep on Westbrook. They don’t make bad beers.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
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!

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Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a thin ring of foam on top.

S: Aroma is of lemongrass, slightly yeasty, some of the Sorachi Hops come through with a small note of nwheaty malts.

T: Taste is quickly a bitter lemongrass which fades to a bready yeasty flavor and then changes again into some spicey blend of ginger and coriander.

M: Mouthfeel would be of a fuller bodied beverage with a smooth slick oily coating on toungue, chewy and creamy.

O: Overall a very drinkable brew with a great finish and awesome flavor combinations, semi complex with a good bit of things happening in here!

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.