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White Thai | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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:
141
Ratings:
915
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
27.75%
 
 
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Photo of ms11781
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jpmclaug. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that reaches about a half finger or so and disappears. The carbonation is evident from appearance. Not much of a head, no real retention and zero lacing, but that's pretty much how it is with every wit I've had so it's not really surprising.

The nose comes off as being yeasty and fruity off the bat. There a citrusy element to it, lemon to be exact along with a nice spiciness. It's a pretty straightforward nose.

The taste is actually quite surprising. Yeasty and citrusy again but the citrus notes are kicked up a notch. At times it tastes like freshly squeezed lemon. There is a subtle earthiness that comes along with a nice spiciness, considerably more spice than in the nose.

Light body with high carbonation. The finish is really dry, as expected for the style.

This beer was really surprising. I'm not usually a fan of the style but the bigger citrus notes really added something to this one. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day.

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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 clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden body with good carbonation and head on top of an interesting aroma as the typical citric/lemonzest and spice one associates with a wit are replaced with ginger (and I guess Thai). Light, easy to drink, like most wits I've had but a little spicier and bitter, so to say, and has a crisp backbite. Enjoyable and an interesting take and while not my favorite I think it's a good beer.

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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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Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours a clear light yellow with a white fizzy head, very active carbonation.

The nose is ginger, lots of earthy grains and wheat, lemongrass, and just a faint citrus hop content. The flavor is pretty unique, lots of ginger, lemon, vegetables, grass and hay. There is more citrus on the finish as you drink it.

This is pretty good, sessionable, I don't like ginger in my beer, so this isn't something I would drink over and over, but you certainly could if you liked it.

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Photo of argock
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. 12/11/13 stamped on bottom of can. Received in a "locals" exchange with good friend Erinn from Atlanta.

A: Hazy golden with 1.5-finger white head with decent retention and a few lace streamers.

S: Great aroma of lemon, ginger, wheaty tang, pilsner candy sweetness, banana, overripe peach, and light clove with a touch of herbal hops.

T: The first sip I thought this taste like a witbier/hefeweizen cross because the banana and clove are so strong. The lemon and ginger do kick in after a few sips, and there is an odd clove spike mid-taste which seems out of place and carries through to an overly bitter finish. The fruity esters in the aroma don't translate all the way through to the flavor. There is some grassy, herbal presence that pervades the entire flavor -- I can see why people have described this as akin to a rye beer. There is no alcohol presence. Bitterness is light to start and then medium in the finish, mainly a spice bitterness from the phenolic clove.

M: Mouthfeel is lush and has that wheaty body, excellent even for the style. The strong clove note hurts feel a little -- it was very bitter for me. Carbonation is light as it should be to bring out the creamy nature of this beer.

O: A unique and interesting beer but a little too much clove and banana presence for me. I agree with others that the lemon and ginger notes could be stronger and would enhance the beer even more. Still a pretty good beer.

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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 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 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 cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazy golden yellow with a tight white head and decent lacing. Nose is a fair bit of lemon, light yeast note, and a hint of pepper, some grassy, herbal hops in back. Taste has more spice to it, lemony up front with a hint of banana. Stronger pepper spice comes in behind, flavors thin out a little bit through the finish, grassy hop, a bit herbal. Strong carbonation and a lighter body.

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

Tasty-ish witbier, in which I get the lemongrass notes, perhaps aided by the Sorachi Ace hops, but not as much the ginger. Overall, I think Upslope's Thai-style IPA gets the balance of Thai flavors a little better and doesn't get bogged down in mustiness, as this one can do. Still, not a bad effort, and I appreciate the attempt to do something different.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Been wanting to try this beer for some time. (Too bad the ipa wasn't available when I picked this up. Another time, I suppose.)

Very dark for a witbier. Nose seems almost like...clay. Flavor is quite muddled. Not the light and airy, or bright, character that witbiers typically come off as. This is definitely much more earthy. Much more. Feel is smooth. Easy to drink, but not precisely a witbier, by old world standards. Still though, this style comes off as a disaster from so many other breweries. A well made attempt. I could be convinced to try this again.

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Photo of DIM
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was a hazy straw color. It poured with a big rocky head.

I'm liking the smell. Lemony aromas both hoppy and yeasty plus fresh cut grass and wheat. Some spice and coriander as well.

Elements of a classic wit with extra lemon from the sorachi. I couldn't necessarily discern any extra spice specifically, but there was a mildly unpleasant dryness at the finish. Not bad overall, but not one I would revisit.

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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 GreesyFizeek
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear straw yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like lemon, citrus, wheat, and spicing.

I don't particularly know what lemongrass smells like, but there some indistinguishable spice flavor in here, so I'm guessing that's the lemongrass I'm tasting. Some mild ginger, with some very subtle wheat bitterness, strong lemon flavors (likely from the Sorachi Ace hops), other citrus, some orange and grapefruit. Subdued yeast flavors.

Nicely creamy mouthfeel, while still being fairly crisp at all. Medium carbonation. Light bodied.

This was alright. Witbiers aren't my favorite style, but like most Westbrook beers, it was executed well.

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Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy/milky gold. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight ginger, hint of citrus, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight ginger, hint of coriander, yeast, slight citrus, and a hint of hop. Overall, the ginger isn't too strong and the appearance, aroma, and body are good.

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Allen, Mandy, Renee, and Jim for making this one possible!
Can dated 7/2/13. Served in a tulip glass.

Though described as a Witbier, it came off more as an easy drinking Rye or Pale Ale.

Lightly hazed golden orange in the glass. Slightly pale but not the opaque pastel yellow of a Wit. Plenty of sudsy foam, lasting surface coverage, and spotty lace around the edges of the glass.

Grainy rye, light earthy coriander spiciness, vague hop greenery and lemon tea from the Sorachi Ace.

Flavor is also tea like with a bit of spice to it, earthy hop bitterness is light. Again, more of a pale ale impression. Light bodied with ample carbonation, finishes dry and slightly bitter. Good flavor and session potential. Would like to try this fresh on tap in SC to compare someday.

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

ST: 12oz can in a weizen glass.

A: Hazy orange with a huge white head.

S: Strong lemon, bright sunny hops.

T: Strong wheat, bright lemon, a touch of hops and spice from ginger.

M: Creamy and soft

O: Interesting flavor, the ginger is only in a hint of spice, the lemon most overpowers with a hint of bitter bright hops on the back. Worth a try, but I would like to see this with thai basil.

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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 SFNC
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy winter sun yellow with moderate white head. Smells of yeast, lemongrass, light citrus. Taste is good, a bit sharp on the front, yeat, grass, lemon in the middle, with a clean finish. I wanted to like this one more than I actually did, but it is overall a good thirst quenching pour.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

A-Cloudy yellow nice carbonation, one finger fluffy head.

S-Wheat, lemon, grass, nice spice as well.

T-Mainly wheat, some coriander and grassy spices. Mild lemon.

M-Light, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-An average tasting wit, nothing offputting.

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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 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 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 flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from 12oz can into a weizen glass.

Appearance: light, silvery-golden hue with a moderate haze and light effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly refreshing wheaty aroma with a relatively light spicing. Orange peel is definitely evident. Mild, but decent.

Taste: wheaty taste with a bit of a soapy spicing, although the orange peel certainly adds a little bitterness. Well-made, but pretty run-of-the-mill.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a perfectly competent witbier, it does take on a bit more bitter orange than I usually like. Still, it's quite drinkable. Worth a try.

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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