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White Thai | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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White ThaiWhite Thai

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

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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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +2.6%
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 -1.8%
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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Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

wow! i really thought i ws not going to like this but on a warm evening this is very refreshig! i totally get the lemon drops candy in this and it's not overpowering or cheap-tasting. it's a very quenching and tasty first beer after a long day at work....

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Photo of tjclark990
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting take on a witbier. The traditional citrusy flavors are still there, albeit somewhat muted by the lemongrass and ginger. A smooth drinker, with pleasant carbonation, clean flavors, and a nice ginger zing on the back end. Like most of Westbrook's beers, this one is quite good.

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Photo of BigGold
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. can into nonic pint. White Thai is filtered contrary to style, but the southeast Asian spices substituted for the traditional coriander and orange peel work very well.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 3/3/2016. Pours fairly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange, ginger, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, ginger, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, ginger, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero alcohol warming as expected of 5%. Overall this is a great witbier. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KABC
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy wheat color. Slight spicy taste with a highly carbonated mouthfeel. Refreshing but not as wheat flavored as some of the German Hefeweizens. Very good American version of a German classic.

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

Thanks to rudzud, 9/8/15

Big foamy fluffy messy head and messy lacing, hazy straw color.

Nose big yeasty doughy, bread dough, wheat, toasty, little ginger and floral spices, sweet mild bitter orange peel, lemongrass perhaps or mild lemony and grassy.

Taste brings creamy wheat, toasted grainy raw bread dough, stone orange zest little sweet, mild floral spices, lemongrass, spicy floral hops, little earthy, finish weird spicy bitter aftertaste, little sticky.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, bright carb.

Overall not bad, a bit too old i think, lost a bit of pizzazz but still pretty decent, wish I had it earlier.

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Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A -Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear golden hue with a huge white head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of nice citrus and wheat, good light coriander, solid lemon grass, nice ginger too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice wheat and lemons, the ginger has faded a bunch along with the lemongrass. There is a fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, nice fluffy finish.

O - Overall this is a solid beer, wish I had it fresh!

Serving Type: can

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Photo of ZAP
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting twist to a whit beer. Drinks like a cross between a saison and whit. Definitely lemony....ginger evident as well....nice quencher...just finished a couple hours of tennis and this hits the spot nicely...

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Mildly hazed golden color. Two fingers of pillowy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This smells a lot more like a traditional witbier than I was expecting. Crisp wheat and spicy peppery yeast are predominant. The ginger is subtle with the lemongrass and sorachi ace (which is basically more lemongrass as far as I'm concerned) being more potent. More herbal than a normal witbier. Overall pretty good, but I wouldn't call it an improvement over the usual.

2.75 T: The taste I don't care for much and I know why. I really hate sorachi ace hops. It tastes like lemongrass and plastic. While the nose didn't have much of the plastic, the taste surely does. The ginger is stronger, which I like. Otherwise peppery spiciness and neutral wheat.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and smooth enough.

3.0 D: I would like this if it didn't have sorachi ace in there.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Classic wit look...fluffy head over a yellow cloud. Usually not a fan of ginger in beer (overpowering) but the nose of hops and lemongrass is only accented by it. Taste is better than expected and balanced with just the right amount if ginger. Little funk. Feels smooth and slicker than expected. Nice work!

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy soft orange color with 1 finger of head that settles quickly.
S - The aroma is lemon and cloves.
T - The flavor is lemony, bready and peppery on the finish.
M - Crisp mouth feel with medium carbonation.
O - I really like this beer. A unique flavor and very drinkable. Might be my favorite low ABV beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly opaque golden color with decent, fluffy white head, limited retention and limited lacing. The aroma is strong. The lemon hits you first, banana, bread, and a spice that I am not accustomed to, must be the ginger, outstanding! Taste is similar to the aroma, lemon, bread, less banana and ginger than aroma, and now there seems to be some clove. Nicely carbonated, full mouth feel, kinda juicy up front but finished more dry with something, seems like the spice lingering on the back of the tongue. Overall, a pretty interesting and quality brew.

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

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is classic witbier but with a twist. You can definitely tell there are some other, non-traditional spices added. Taste confirms it. I get the ginger but just a hint. It's also more bitter and hoppy. Body is soft and has a good amount of carbonation. Quite nice overall, an interesting take on a belgian wit.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light orange color with a frothy white foam that dies out to a thin cap. Nice spice flavor. Scent is strongly of lemon followed by general spiciness and dough.

Flavor is more of the same general flavor and has a distinct progression. Initial wheat flavor turns into a nice interplay between the lemon and ginger. The finish is somewhat dry with the ginger becoming more assertive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

All around a good beer that I would recommend. Definitely a beer that would pair well with food. I enjoy the creative use of spices without becoming a distraction.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy pale yellow with 1 finger of white head. Wisps of yeast spiral around the glass. Light carbonation.

Banana, wheat, clove, ginger, and lemongrass.

Banana, wheat, and lemon. Clove, ginger, and lemongrass.

Light bodied, crisp, zesty, balanced, and refreshing.

Refreshing with well blended spices. Makes for a really nice summer beer.

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Photo of Hurley21
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really liked this. I was in Charleston during the hot, hot southern summer and this was perfect. The Ginger and lemongrass were a surprise. Drinks easy for a perfect beer after you cut the grass. I grabbed a case as I left Charleston.

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Photo of VT9091
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I hear what they're saying and I can kinda taste it. Ginger and lemongrass undertones in a Wit. Different as all of their beers seem to be. A 'drink with food' beer. Would buy the Gose though. Liking this more and more as I go through the 6 pack. Still needs to be had with food.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/28/15 Home

Pours kind of a dank hazy yellow orange with a little white head. You can tell instantly that this is a different take on a witbeir. It has the smell of w whit but something is different in a good way. Lemony kind aroma that is pretty pleasing. The taste definitely has a whitbeir base missing the coriander and some of the belgium spice you always find in this type of beer. Instead it's replaced with a lemon zest taste that can be a little bitter but good. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of whitbeir but this is a good new approach which is enjoyable.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Tasty Beverage.

Pours hazy yellow. Pillowy white head with great retention.

Nose is of tea and lemon most, bit of herb and spice come out as well. Body is on the light side, the extra character of herb and lemon is more on the nose than the palate. Still a nice light refreshing beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of coriander up front with some Belgian yeast, clove, peppercorn and bubblegum. It keeps a lemony mid palate before ending with more coriander and spice.

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Photo of NWFLyer
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Light in color, full of flavor; this beer was a pleasant surprise when I first tasted it. It combines classic Belgian Wit Beer qualities with hints of ginger and spices to provide a clean, refreshing beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'll start this off by saying that I am not the biggest Witbier fan. This is not your average witbier though. It's got a solid "asian" spice note on the palate and is quite refreshing. It's not something I would seek out on a normal basis, but every once in a while it's a refreshing sidestep from the usual hop-bombs.

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