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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%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
164
For Trade:
7
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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 915
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy light pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemongrass and lemony Sorachi Ace hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of lemongrass. It has some hints of ginger and herbal hops towards the finish that linger into the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this beer because it was easy to drink and the taste—particularly the lemongrass—was very unique for the style.

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

light golden hazy hues with a thick but fluffy white head that persists until the glass is gone.
Aroma is of pilsner malt and hay mixed with lemon and slight fruity Belgian esters.
all components come through in this beer especially the sorachi ace hops that I think meld very well in this beer with the lemongrass and ginger. It finishes dry and clean.
this beer does exactly what its meant to do quench your thirst and keeps you wanting another sip. pairs very well with food and great for sunny days by the pool

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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 orcrist_cleaver
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a golden hue similar to what one would have seen from Angkor Wat's spires rising from the green jungle. The smell of lemongrass scented stir-fries is followed candied ginger desserts. The piercing spice of the bitter hops refreshes the palate. In fact, this beer nearly nails all the peripherals of witbier. But there is no sweetness in flavor; the spiciness of the ginger is refreshing, but one-dimensional. It would be the perfect compliment to anything spicy. But the taste alone is nothing lustrous on its own.

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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 dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy pale lemon yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some pale golden yellow + light orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large patch of extremely thin film and avery thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of lemongrass and light amounts of ginger. There are light amounts of citrus/lemon from Sorachi Ace hops.

T: Upfront there are very light notes of wheat with light notes of ginger spiciness. There are moderate flavors of lemongrass along with some lighter flavors of herbal and lemon/citrus hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which linger along with the lemongrass.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this beer to be easy to drink and fairly refreshing. I thought the southeast asian influence of the lemongrass and ginger was really nice.

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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.

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

Nose
Banana, wheat, clove, ginger, and lemongrass.

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

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

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

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Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip. This one's a witbier, but instead of the traditional spices there's lemongrass, ginger root and sorachi ace hops.

Cloudy apricot, totally opaque. On finger of fizzy white bubbles and thin, rounded lace.

Sugared lemon candy, sweet pear syrup, a flash of floral hops. Mild ginger, crackers. Sweet but complex.

More spice in flavor. Ginger is noticeable, as are sorachi ace. Sweet lemon, flowers, pear syrup flashes at the swallow.

Medium light, fluffy body. High carbonation, fizzy.

Not a ton of Thai flavor, but enough to make things interesting, and a solid wit base besides. Nice.

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

I purchased this can at Oliver's in Albany NY, enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is a dull straw golden with wheat haze and thick bone white head of 3 fingers with fine bead with sticky lace. The smell is of coriander and a light wheat scent with mild herbal tinge and gentle citrus accent. The feel is very good with deep malt balanced by mild spice and medium high carbonation with yeast adding to the semi-dry earthy finish.

The taste is very good with tons of malt in the initial taste and gentle creaminess from the yeast which also adds a light fruit element with nice toasted flavor coming through and gentle tangy wheat quality throughout with mellow spice. Overall I enjoyed this -very good interpretation of the style and pretty yeasty with very good drinkability.

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Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Held at the right angle, White Thai can actually appear white but only along its base, the one place where light manages to seep through. This light orange coloured beer is extremely cloudy, which is actually a defining characteristic of the Witbier style, and, admittedly, is partially my own doing for ensuring I got every last drop - sediment included - from the bottom of the can.

The beer manages an imposing head but what's even more impressive are the scents that exude from just beneath it; rather than the traditional coriander and orange peel, this recipe uses lemongrass and grated ginger root. The result is a distinctly tropical and zestful bouquet that's full of fresh, spicy and invigorating flavours. It's like the kitchen of a Thai restaurant.

The beer manages to be expressively citrusy despite the absence of orange peel. What's its secret, you ask? The distinctively, notoriously 'lemon-y' Sorachi Ace hop. The brewery claims to have used only "a dash" but it was enough for the hop's naturally citric qualities to enhance (emulate even) the grassy and zesty elements of the lemongrass and ginger. A genius pairing.

What doesn't take a genius is imagining how enjoyable a beer with this much gusto and zestfulness would be on a hot summer day (mind you, I'm enjoying it plenty on a freezing cold winter evening). A beer with this much spice and seasoning should be a godsend for any kind of grilled seafood or white meat, to say nothing of its suitableness for a bitter green salad.

White Thai is my first offering from this South Carolina brewery and, although far from their highest rated beer, was still an immensely positive first impression; Westbrook Brewing have gotten a lot of high praise and it's easy to see why. They clearly know what they're doing (and seem to do it very well). Next time I'll be buying every beer of theirs I see.

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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 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 Jacurdy60
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz snifter from can

A-Beautiful, deep orange color that is a bit pale with a tall, white, creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly into a half finger width.

S-Dank cheese, oranges, faint herbal hopped note hits the nose as well.

T-Vibrant citrusy fruits, earthy hops, some zesty spices. The citrusy fruits balance well with the zesty spice that fade into a more rich, cheese flavored finish at the back of the palate. The cheese lingers for a while as it is coupled with a zesty spice

MF-A bit watery and dry. Overcarbonated but still satisfying.

O-This beer would go great with some spicy Indian food or out on the beach. I'll definitely be picking it up again, it is a very unique style.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/14/13. Hazy golden almost yellow pour with a quite nice head and long lasting lacing. Slight nose of Belgian yeast with lemon and banana notes over a spicy character. Medium bodied with a nice slick mouthfeel and normal carbonation. A quite interesting, but not overbearing, taste of ginger and lemon. As it warms, the lemon flavor takes on more of a zest quality. Crisp finish with a nice tart and bitter kick.

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

A: Pours a light, hazy yellow with a medium foamy white head that rises and falls pretty slowly. Moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Somewhat muted aroma, but there is a good bit of lemon, some banana, coriander, and maybe some clove. The yeast is definitely there, too, really helping it come together and keeping it in line with the style.

T: Starts out sweet with the fruit shining through and then becomes a little spicy with the coriander and clove coming out. Nice bready, yeasty background. Slightly tart/bitter finish.

M: Light-bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Good transition between sweetness and gentle bitterness.

D: I'm not a big fan of wits, but this is pretty tasty and refreshing. A nice little beer that I'd love to come back to when I'm in SC again over the summer.

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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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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 915 ratings.
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