White Thai
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #94
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,243
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 10.67%
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
992
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: 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: 163 | Ratings: 992
Photo of mikeg67
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, spices and citrus fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Wheat malt, yeast, herbal hops, lemon grass and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Good brew.

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Photo of RockHop
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice twist. Pours like a wheat, hazy yellow, with pillowy white head. Good retention. Nose is key lime pie, but light. Flavor is earthy with the lemongrass playing lead. I didn’t pick up the ginger or spice much. Different, but we’ll done and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a clear golden color with a small white head. Decent retention. A film remains, leaving rings of lacing.
The aroma offers banana, lemongrass, lemon zest, pear, red apple skin, cracker, hay, and clove.
The aroma is crisp apple and pear, followed by thin cracker malt with hints of banana. Faint lemongrass and lemon zest come in the middle. Finishes lightly dry with hay, coriander, and clove.
It feels medium on the palate, well carbonated, a bit watery upfront but smooth to the finish.
I think this was much better when fresher, but it still tastes good.

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Photo of Reef
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Main Street Publc House.
Straw yellow with generous three fingers head which lingers.
Aroma is coriander, ginger, citrus.
Intriguing flavor mix grounded by the wit beer coriander, with ginger and lemongrass incorporated harmoniously.
Light and very refreshing.
Made to order for a 95 degree Carolina evening.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into tulip glass. Canned March 26th 2018.

Fluffy topped three finger white head, quite bright actually with good retention. Body color is a pale orange, with nice dark yellow glow and a little bit opaque quality to it. A few bits of linear white carbonation rise along the sides of the glass.

Real nice crafted aroma. Big notes of corriander but more so lemongrass. A nice perfume like sweetness, trends a little soapy slightly though too. Chewy sensing malt like wheat bill, almost bakery soft as well. A few touches of citrus orange and lemon round out. Real neat smelling brew.

Very nice tasting palate if a bit jarrring. A good chewy mouthfeel, with a mid palate that is quite spicy and flavorful. Large touches of hot basil, with a lot of peppery flavor. Sweet finishing spices with mixed amounts of lemon, and a big corriander and lemongrass herbal finish. Great amounts of thai basil heat on this which goes into an almost black licorice like quality.

Real nice flavor on this, but it's also a bit strong and takes away from the base beers character. However, it's still very nice and enjoyable, and quite impressive in many ways.

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Photo of Beejay
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow in color with a white head and several floaties.

S: Light grain and perhaps a rice aroma, slightly tart with ginger and lemon grass.

T: Interesting brew, ginger and lemon grass for sure, citrus, lightly tart, and slightly fruity.. Rather lovely.

M: Light in body, lots of carbonation, and a dry mouthfeel.

O: Overall pretty enjoyable, everything I've had from this brewery has been excellent.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered dark orange with light lacing on the glass good balance to aroma lots of citrus not too Hoppy good feel on the way down one of my favorites

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Photo of 52Skiman
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brand: White Thai, Westbrook Brewing Company
Style: Spiced Belgian-style witbier
Purchase container: 12 oz. (355 ml) can
Served in: Weizen glass

Appearance: Unfiltered, translucent dirty orange color with lots of floaties, very thin very short-lasting cream-colored head, no lacing
Aroma: Malty, yet fruity, citrusy
Taste/flavor: Well-balanced. Very complex: Initially, sweet, but then fruitiness and spices take over, somewhat refreshing, drying finish with a strange astringency. An unusual brew
Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, strange drying finish, probably the ginger root?
Overall: This is certainly not a middle-of-the-road adjunct lager, it is, after all, a spiced Belgian wit bier. Even knowing this going in, it is still an oddly flavored (do not take this in a bad way) spiced beer with an unusual mouthfeel and texture. It may be an acquired taste, but one that is well-worth trying again.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is yellow-ish to orange-ish with a crystalline pour. When pouring, a one finger thick head appeared but it just fainted to a non-existent head after a while, showing little to no retention.
S: The aroma is incredibly savory, with orange peel, coriander, dandelion and ginger being such a fruity and herbal beer. It's amazing.
T: Taste starts off with a dandelion to ginger connection, moving on to the orange peel. It's so flowery it resembles a powered saison. It then ends with a bland weak finish of a witbier that is subpar, which is the only thing that's not good about this beer. If this was a BPA it could probably be a lot better.
M: Body is medium but clear. Carbonation is medium but velvety. Alcohol is unnoticeable, bitterness is low and sweetness is also low, having mild tart legitimacy.
O: I find it very interesting to have thai-ingredient-infused beers. The first one was Oedipus' Thai Tripel and it was very interesting. This is also a good thing to try every once in a while.

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Photo of scootny
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great looking brew!. Big white head that fades slowly to a light, persistent covering. It leaves tons of lacing, more than is typical for the style. The beer itself is a cloudy golden fluid

Nose is wheat malt with lemon and ginger.

Taste is superb. The wheat malt is really well developed and flows into the lemongrass beautifully. The ginger is a great counter the the traditional curaçao pepper. It offers a spiciness that is crisp and and enhances the complexity. Bitterness is mild but a bit more than is typical. No matter, the tightness and character of it make for a clean dry finish. Somewhat tea like and earthy with a peppery spiciness from the ginger.

Feel crisp with a medium weight and high drinkability. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Refreshing and thirst quenching and highly sessionable.

A really innovative take on the style. I could quaff this all day every day during the warmer months. Yum

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Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Hominy Grill in Charleston (brunch beer!). It's a nice citrusy witbier, pours with a small white head and cloudy color, and is slightly spicy from the ginger.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

At the Tap House in Greenville SC. Not exactly something I would have purchased, but I wanted the local sample flight and this was prominently featured. Fresh grass, lemon and ginger in the very unique flavor profile, but all very subtle and surprisingly refreshing. It was a bit off-putting given the Mexican food I was eating, so perhaps better paired with Asian cuisine. Regardless, worth trying. A very unique beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a tulip glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a mildly murky gold color with a small white head. The aroma is lemongrass, citrus and some ginger. The taste is ginger, wheat and some citra hops.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a hazy yellow kinda golden colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies to a film within about thirty seconds, clingy foamy rings form around the pint glass. The smell opened up with a yeastiness of sorts and then pop! all of a sudden there’s the spicy elements of ginger and black pepper, some oranges and lemons start to come through and combine pretty nicely. The taste takes the previously mentioned aromas and adds a bitter aspect to it, spicy yeasty aftertaste, dry and somewhat citrusy crisp finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium, somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is good for the Witbier style as there’s an ample amount of harshness but not too much, could also fit a saison for the peppery notes coming through on the tongue and mouth. Overall, witbier or saison, I like it and don’t care how its labeled, well worth to have again and worthy of having it with its recommended food.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decanted into a conical pint glass; no production information evident.
A: Slightly hazy golden to light copper color. Very minimal white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Light malts with lemon citrus, hay aromas and a floral (? lilac) note up front.
T: Light malts with lemon and coriander evident, balanced with the light bitterness of the hops.
M: Light bodied with limited effervescence.
O: Conceptually interesting, not clearly realized in the execution.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap

A- pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small foamy white head that leaves great lacing behind

S- spicy yeast, banana, lemongrass, ginger, toasted wheat

T- spicy yeast and ginger up front, followed by lemon peel, candied fruit, toasted wheat. The finish is dry with a spicy ginger linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- a nice take on the style, well done

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Photo of qrazvan
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow colour, small head. Citrus, floral aromas.
Light body with hints of oranges and limes, peaches and a bit of ginger in the end.
Refreshing, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Golden with clarity, 1 full finger of head and some nice lacing left all over the top of the brew and the glass

S - Mild aroma, but you can pick up wheat and citrus aromas

T - Slight belgian yeast flavor, wheat, lemongrass, and lemons

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - A tasty sessionable belgian wheat style brew. Easy to drink and enjoyable

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hazy strong yellow body under an off-white head. Full flavored and apparently spiced, the effect is only marginal, and I don't get a lot of "Thai." However, it is a fine Belgian style wit, if perhaps a little heavy in feel and body. There is a little more bitterness than I would prefer, but I imagine the brewers intended this. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer. I don't think it stands out in today's ultra-competitive craft market.

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - hazy golden orange, huge white head, good retention, and some lacing on the first few sips.
Smell - lemon, ginger, spices, some piney hop notes.
Taste - similar to the nose except for the hop notes and finishes very dry.
Feel - high carbonation, medium body, smooth.
Overall, the yeasty attributes are overshadowed by the lemon and ginger, but it's still a nice example of the style.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours a hazy orange lemon golden, sugar white head retains indefinitely as a film.

Smells of lemon citrus, lemongrass, hints of ginger, cracker malt and a light grassy hop finish.

Flavor is of light bready and cracker malts with lemondrop, white grape, lemongrass, ginger, and a mild citrus and grassy hop finish.

Light body with stinging carbonation.

A very nice twist on the wit style with some welcome alterations that mesh well with the style. Result is a nice light refreshing ale with easy drinkability. Worth a try for fans of wits or lighter wheat ales, good session candidate.

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Photo of rex_4539
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Slightly hazy golden color, one finger white head, nice lacing, light carbonation.

S: Grapes, wine.

T: Grapes, wine, wit.

F: Quite dry mouthfeel.

O: Not very beer-tasting, more like wine.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good witbier. The citrus and yeast are the standard witbier aroma and taste. The ginger and lemongrass add an Asiatic touch. Both these ingredients are subdued enough so as to keep the witbier characteristics up front. Too many beers with lemongrass overdo it. I had this on tap at the Oyster House on Market in Charleston. Small white head (chilled glass), hazy bright gold color with some filmy lacing. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Very nice take on a Wit.

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Can into a tall chalice with a very slightly hazed medium golden body. The cap is white, thick and rather creamy in consistency exhibiting pretty good retention. A few wide sheets of lacing stick around.

S- Mostly just a classic Witbier yeast aroma with heavy spices like peppercorn alongside faint citrus, crusty wheat grains, fresh bread, coriander and a hint of ginger. For me the adjuncts could donate some of this but not enough to differentiate from what Witbier yeast provides.

T- On the mild side especially after the aroma provided quite a bit of strength. Dilute notes of peppercorn, clove, coriander and lemony citrus lead things off with vanilla sweets, ginger, banana, wheat bread and cooking herbs beyond that. A breadth of flavors but overall it is soft on the palate.

MF- Extremely silky and creamy texture to a medium body; just superbly smoothed out by that consistency. The carbonation is rather high but as mentioned the body keeps it in check. Soft bitterness in the finish.

The lemon aspect of the brew's added ingredients comes through the most with general spiciness and herbal feelings throughout. I don't need a barrage of flavors but considering the name and the ingredients added I was expecting more strength of flavor. A good brew but it comes off just a bit too mild.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a sucker for all thing Thai, a special take on the Belgian witbier style lands it to spice differently. Forego the floral fruitiness of the classic style and layer with wheat beer instead with ginger, lemongrass and herbal hops and we have a spicier, exotic and sushi-worthy ale.

Milky straw and capped with a delicate sea foam swath, the beer's spicy scent awakens the senses with the piquant character of ginger and citrus with a delicate doughy backdrop. Its taste is creamy and semi-sweet with hints of sugar cookie, confectioner's sugar and a suggestion of hard lemon candy.

As the sweetness drifts and the spiciness tightens, the beer trends drier and grainier. The brightness of lemon, grassiness, white wine and tart green apple refresh the palate while the balance of tea-like herb, frehly grated ginger and the lemony bitterness of Sorachi Ace hops give the taste a playful wine-like tang to complement the peppery bitterness.

Medium-light, the witbier trends drier and spicier than usual, celebrating its raw grain character through its spice and hop warmth and bite. Lemongrass and ginger linger briefly longer than the malt with a quick finish and brisk aftertaste- ideal for the most delicate but complex sushi dishes.

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 992 ratings