White Thai
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #108
ABV:
5%
Score:
85
Ranked #35,629
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 10.93%
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
1,010
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  42
Gots
  188
SCORE
85
Very 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
Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 1,010 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RaulMondesi from California

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First and foremost, your main man is not a fan of Witbiers. That being said, I can spot quality a mile away like watching Teddy Ball Game hit balls off a tee at the age of 6. And here, we don’t have a Teddy Ball Game Beer, we have one of those random black and white pictures on baseball reference of some dude from the 1890’s that played ball for a few years, but retired to be a farmer to make more money.

Peace.

Nov 27, 2021
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy pale yellow. Two fingers of thick, bubbly head with extremely long retention.

Smell: Ginger, banana, lemon peel.

Taste: Lemon peel, very mild ginger, floral hops with mild bitterness, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with very high carbonation.

Overall: A very refreshing and complex beer.

Aug 13, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, poured in to glass

hazy light yellow in color, bright white head. strong aroma of herbal Belgian yeast, ginger and lemongrass. similar flavor, drier finish. thin bodied, fizzy carbonation

Jul 29, 2021
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BucBasil from Rwanda

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy hay-golden color topped with a 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Banana bread and clove as expected, along with a bit of lemon and spice. Didnt get ginger but the smell is nice and bright.

T: Ginger makes an appearance right up front, then lemon and spice. Bready midpalate with banana and bubblegum. Finish has a slightly yeasty kick with honey and clove. Very carbonated but light.

Overall a pretty easy-drinking beer that would go well with lots of different foods. The unique aspefts of the beer werent as noticeable as I expected, but the beer itself is a good representative of the style.

Jun 25, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml can, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5%. Very pale yellow colour, only slightly hazy, moderate white head. Strong aroma of lemongrass / lemon and ginger, a hint of dill. Wheaty flavour with distinct notes of lemongrass and citrus, also ginger, with a hint of dill in the very moderately bitter finish. Nice and refreshing, definitely a beer I’ll have again - especially in summer.

May 08, 2021
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light straw color, massive white foamy head that refuses to dissipate. Pleasant Esther aroma, I get banana, cloves, allspice. Flavor follows nose; ample esther flavor of banana and clove. Semi sweet, carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Overall a good Belgian wheat beer, will buy again.

4/29/21
12 oz can dated 2/3/21
4 rating


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Apr 30, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First gut impression on my first can from the $10.99 USD sixer:

Soft feel on the palate. Brief impression of faint ginger. Lemongrass I wouldn't find in a blind taste test, but looking for it with the knowledge it was used, I can find it. Sorachi Ace hops here aren't as I remember them (in beers that showcase them well like Brooklyn Brewing's titular brew) but I do like its hop profile...it's not the overhopped witbier many American breweries turn out.

Highly drinkable. Would pair well with Asian food. Seems they succeeded at executing the premise well given their goals, but I'd still sooner nab Allagash White when craving a traditional witbier. Nice work from Westbrook in any case.

High B- (3.45) / WORTHY

***
02/21/21 can:

The Sorachi Ace hops barely register, but the lemongrass pairs nicely with the Belgian yeast, echoing the faint lemon peel and complementing the clove, biscuit, and spice. Rustic wheat gives this its backbone, but I might think I find rye if I tried this blind given the beer's spiciness.

Ginger is barely there, which I think is a good thing...too much could easily overpower it.

Not quite dry enough for my taste, but it's a rather well brewed witbier with an accomplished Asian twist. I'd definitely pick Allagash White over this any day of the week, but I'd certainly say it's one of the better American attempts at the style.

High B- / WORTHY

Feb 20, 2021
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

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.

Aug 12, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 15, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

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.

Nov 18, 2018
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Reef from South Carolina

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.

Jun 19, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Jun 11, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

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.

Apr 07, 2018
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Try-em-all from Missouri

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

Mar 07, 2018
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52Skiman from New York

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.

Feb 25, 2018
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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.

Dec 21, 2017
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scootny from New York

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

Aug 23, 2017
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Lucular from Maryland

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.

Aug 22, 2017
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Bierliebhaber7 from Maryland

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.

Aug 08, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

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.

Jun 14, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 09, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

May 29, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

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

May 23, 2017
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qrazvan from Romania

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.

May 09, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

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

Apr 01, 2017
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