White Thai | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
906
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
28.01%
 
 
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Photo of UnderPressure
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Westbrook just started canning two of their beers a couple weeks ago. I was able to snag a couple six packs from their first shipment from the brewery.

The White Thai is a pale, cloudy yellow color. It pours with a white one-finger head that quickly melts into the beer. It's pretty weird to pour a beer like this out of a can.

Belgian yeast and light spice in the nose.

More spice comes through in the flavor. Spicy up front, then (Belgian) yeasty with a malty, sweet, spicy finish. A little bit of crisp citrus comes through, but more like citrus zest than citrus juice.

A nice mouthfeel. Smooth, light to medium bodied. The carbonation is just right for this style. Perfect mouthfeel for this beer.

This is a really cool beer. I think it has somewhat of a non-threatening, mass-market potential, even among non craft beer drinkers. But at the same time, I think people who enjoy and appreciate full-flavored beer will enjoy and appreciate this beer for what it is.

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Photo of kkipple
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First up: Hats must go off to Edward Westbrook and his very newly (December 2010) launched brewery in Mount Pleasant, SC. My current home state gets another brewery! Excellent... North Carolina has gotten far too much love of late. Ed launched with three beers, this is one. It's a Witbier, and I have to say, there are only a few styles I'd rather drink year round on the Charleston coast. Introduction aside, let's dive in and see if this is any good.

I should add that White Thai is brewed with lemongrass, ginger, and Sorachi Ace hops, among others.

A. Pours a hazy wispy yellow into my Cantillon tumbler, this is one of those beers that is darker in the middle than on the edges. A long lasting, wheaty head sticks around and falls, pitted, after some long minutes. A bit of sticky lacing remains. Looks good to me. The head is tight and compact. Nice.

S. On the soft side, but the expected coriander and lemon are there, plus the spicy yeasty notes I've grown to love. *Maybe* some ginger in the nose, but very slight if so. Gently sweet and spritzy with a fresh, wheat-heavy nose. I like it.

T. Solid. Easily on par with most American Witbiers - the wheat is engaging and almost fruity, while the spice is in level check and the coriander and hops play together quite well. A gently bitter, dry finish makes this quite re-approachable, and the lemon adds some fun tartness. Not sure I can taste the ginger. Works very well as a Witbier, less so as a WitbierPlus. But this is a beer in progress.

M / D. Light bodied, fully carbonated, and a pleasing, semi-dry, light citrus bitter flavor lingers into the finish. It works well and is very easy to put back. I can only imagine how quickly a growler of this would vanish during a Summer Charleston Zehner Deck Party. (SCZDP)

White Thai is a solid Witbier, no doubt about it. I'm really impressed with the fact that this is literally the first batch of this beer to leave the brewery and it only needs (in my mind) minor tweaks to get exactly where it needs to be. Personally, I'd up the ginger a tad so it creeps into the nose and dial the hops down so the finish doesn't linger so bitter... but these are minor quibbles.

The real bottom line is, White Thai is a better Witbier than some of the Big Dogs (Avery, Ommegang) and is brewed in my home state! I look forward to putting back a few dozen more of these and seeing how it evolves. Nice work, Westbrook.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one with my dinner during my birthday dinner with a few friends. Served from tap into a nonic. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, floral notes, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, bread, floral notes, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I had heard lots of people in the area talking badly about this beer, so I jumped at the chance to try it for myself. I found it quite enjoyable and easy drinking. It was pretty much spot on for what you would expect for the style with the addition of a few subtle spices to give it a little kick and stand out from the rest. A definite must try if you get the chance.

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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 gueuzedreg
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours a thick head out of the can. One finger head with medium retention.

S- Some light "Southeast Asian" spice in the background, lemony tart malt backbone.

T- Nice and light. Spices only play a minimal role in this brew. Has the witbier characteristics. Lemony and light

M- Very smooth, somewhat creamy. Coats the mouth with waxy feeling

O- A nice take on a witbier. Very sessionable

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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 Andrew041180
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This really was a pretty unique flavor. I like it for the same reason that I like Allagash: the flavors are well integrated and the feel is quite nice.

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Photo of tjnissly
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing! Great idea to add the lemongrass and ginger to a wit. I am not a big fan of the standard orange peel/clove/coriander stuff. This was a nice twist that made the beer interesting while maintaining drinkability.

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Photo of pburland23
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bar at Husk, Charleston, SC.

Served in a pilsener glass.

Beer pours a bright, light, cloudy yellow with a thick and lingering bright white head.

Smell was mostly lemon and other citrus notes, not much spice or pop in the aroma. The taste is where all the action was. The lemongrass was again up front with some notes of ginger. You can definitely pick up the lemony zest from the Sorachi Ace hops. A very nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel was light and very refreshing. On a warm Charleston evening, a very nice, tasty, refreshing spin on the tradition witbier.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly white head into a tulip glass that left thin sheeting that was gone about halfway through the beer. the body was a hazy, straw golden color.
s - ginger and various spices dominate this but there is a hint of grassy and citrus hops. hint of yeastiness.
t - sweet citrus fruits with a ginger root finish.
m - medium thickness, crisp.
o - one of the best wits i've ever had. only real fault is i wish the head had stayed around longer.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can, enjoyed from a brandy stemmed glass

A - The body pours a hazy light yellow. Considerable haze (granted, I did shake up the can before the end of the pour to get all that flavorful yeast in there!). While the head after the pour has some fizz to it, it quickly subsides to a thin and white rim of foam; no lacing to speak of.

S - Exotic and spicy - notes if clove, white pepper, ginger, lemon, apple, and cardamom.

T - At first, this beer tastes like any decent Belgian wit, with clove and cardamom spiciness paired with banana and lemon esters. Then, a earthy, sharp taste from the ginger and lemongrass coats the tongue. The finish is creamy and biscuity, and skillfully combines sweet, spice, and dry flavors that linger on the palate.

M - Creamy with a fairly mild and luxurious carbonation.

O - While not the premier wit bier out there, Westbrook adds some unique flavors to make it worth a six pack. Great for summer porch lounging or pairing with sushi or Thai.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is more than a Witbier. With the amount of spices it has, its in a category of its own. And at 5% too, I'll take a 6 pack of this any day.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head, that last for a little but slowly faded. I cant see through my glass. The smell is sweet and spicy, lemongrass, orange, and a hint of hops. It tastes awesome. It says it is brewed with Sorachi Ace Hops which come through just enough to give it a nice spice bitterness, and it has some ginger too. It is still very much a wheat beer but with these other flavors it pulls in some flavors similar to a Belgian style tripel. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with a good bit of carbonation.

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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 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 Brenden
4/5  rDev +4.7%

White Thai is a beauty in several respects: its color, a pale gleam in polished gold with a brilliant and pure white shine deep within. The head is ivory white, cream just layered on the glass where it settles as the head slowly drops from its height of a finger and a half. It leaves a thick crown with an almost lustrous creamy and smooth lace nearly everywhere.
Herbal aromatics come cleanly and clearly off the nose, though what's what isn't as distinguishable as in the taste. The herbal notes, most prominent, are both strong and subtle.
The flavor starts sweet, candy sweet with a tangy zing before a little more sugary sweetness comes in along with cracker to counter with a little dryness. There's an extremely unusual meat/nut/herb/leaf/spicing (not bite) that I rather like. It's so soft, but not weak.
A fluffy feel on the tongue starts it off exceptionally smooth before some crispness comes in biting a bit. It moves from semi-dry to semi-sweet with the herb translating to the mouthfeel.

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

I am not a wit fan, but still enjoyed this one immensely. Great aromas of bannana and lemon. Taste is yeasty, and wheat, the lemony spicy taste really works. Sorachi hops was genius. Above average mouthfeel. Lacey. Excellent drinkability, lovely summer beer.

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

Extra from jpmclaug. Thanks!

Cloudy, milky blond body capped by a clinging two-finger head.

Nose of tangy wheat, ginger, lemon flesh. Yeasty and floral, hint of lemongrass. Light but pretty characterful.

Palate is interesting - quite tangy and lemony, full bodied and semi-sweet. Lemongrass comes through more on the palate and pairs well with the more subtle presence of ginger. The spices are thankfully not overdone, taking a backseat to the grainy wheat backbone and floral yeast character. Pretty unique stuff, very refreshing and easy to drink.

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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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a light yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very sweet aroma of malt, citrus, and spices.

T: Tasted of citrus (particularly lemon), malt, light spices, and slight hoppiness. Like the smell, the flavor is very sweet and inviting.

M: A nice amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A good take on the witbier. Drinkable.

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

A: Body is hazy golden with -1.5 finger bright white head. Good lace.

S: Smells of spice - ginger and coriander come to mind readily.

T: First impression is the light body. As for flavors, I get a modest wheat twang over straw. Touch of ginger, lemongrass and spice. Finishes quite clean with modest lemony bitterness.

M: Light in heft, an easy drinker with appropriate carbonation levels.

O: Refreshing summer quaffer.

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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 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 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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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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