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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

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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 913
Photo of Adamanton
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this one on tap from Maggie's in orange beach. Poured into a tulip glass. A witbier is one of my favorite styles so I was excited to try a new twist. Nice one finger head with little lacing. Very nice color and smells like lemon candy. Great carbonation and fluffy texture. Awesome yeasty flavors with no alcohol punch at all. Not really getting the coriander but underlying ginger is a nice layer in the flavor. Orange zest bitterness to finish at first then sweet dry zest. Good stuff!

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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 cicirick
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

look was a little cloudier than expected. smells like a Belgian Wit. lemongrass is present, ginger is understated, the Sorachi Hops give it a nice finish. Mouthfeel was a bit more than a standard Wit. I would love to have this with roast duck or something sweet and sour.

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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 Terp96
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good version of the style. Smells like a lemon flavored desert. Taste is sweet, citrus with a nice little bite from the combo of sorachi ace and ginger. Very well done.

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Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The best things about this beer are its appearance and flavor. Aroma was slight and body was perhaps a touch thin. They did pretty good with the flavor though and I could see having more.

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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 Kadonny
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with Rlhinson2104, thanks Rebecca.

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a snifter glass.

A: Appearance is a golden orange color with a two finger white head.

S: Wow, the coriander is overwhelming on the nose. I get some yeasty notes and some citrus notes and musty Belgian yeast.

T: Follows the nose. The coriander flavor is huge. It gets mixed with a yeasty flavor and some lemon and grassy tones. The yeasty flavors linger as does the coriander. Finish yields the same with some ever so slight hops bitterness.

F: Pretty light mouthfeel with good carbonation and no alcohol.

O: A bit too much for me in the coriander department, but I'm still really glad I got to try it.

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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 tekstr1der
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Drank this with Jambalaya in Charleston. Greatly refreshing, I didn't pick up on the ginger much. Pours semi-hazy light yellow - a little lighter than other wheats. No head and no lacing. Aroma of citrus and some malt. Flavor is mild grass, lemon (yes, lemongrass), and wheat. Low alcohol, and a very crisp finish make this a great brew for hot summer session.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours honey to light orange colored. a big foamy white head, two fingers, with good retention and leaving a slight lacing behind. fairly hazy but not quite opaque.

Smell: some wheat and mustiness. strong coriander and slight herb to citrus

Taste: opens with a good strong kick of coriander. opens up with some herbaceous to lemony tastes. towards the end a grainy, musty wheat comes through

Mouthfeel: light and dry. a bit to hot on the coriander to be refreshing

Overall: a really good idea but the mixture of the coriander addition and the belgian yeast overloads the taste quite a bit making it a par to slightly sub par wit

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Photo of tkelley
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from the fridge poured into a tulip glass.

A - hazy straw colored body with a very thin white head. Expected more foam. Good amount of sediment from the yeast.

N - can definitely smell the ginger along with Belgian yeast and citrus .

T - relatively subdued flavors include ginger, hops, and Belgian yeast.

M - good carbonation and aftertaste.

O - pretty good variant on a classic style. Cheers!

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

poured from 12 oz can into snifter
A- hazy golden color with a moderate white bubbly head
S- lemon, spice, biscuit, a bit of ginger.
T- A little malty sweetness, some spiciness, wheat malt
M- Light feel, decent carbonation, easy sipper
O- Nice different take on the old Belgian Wit. Spicier than normal plus the Sorachi hops give it that lemony appeal.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Can from Lazy Dog in Warner Robins. Pours hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Pleasant aroma of wheat malts, bit if yeast funk, ginger, lemon peel, and some additional spice notes. Flavor is light wheat malt sweetness, spices, good amount of yeasty notes, lemon peel, apples. Light bodied with medium plus carbonation. Easy drinking wit with a little flare. Not bad.

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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 Immortale25
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says 09/08/14.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Thick sheet of lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Semi-rich wheat/yeast aroma with some underlying spices.

T- Smooth, slightly sweet wheat flavor with the spices playing off that and the yeast which makes for a zesty finish. A bit earthy and incredibly smooth.

M- A tad dry with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I could probably crush a whole sixer of this stuff and still want more. Extremely drinkable and very flavorful. One of my new top 5 American-made witbiers. So surprised this doesn't have a higher score.

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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 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 Dwkasper
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

A: cloud, lemon, wheat colored with thin white head

S: yeasty, spicy, bready with a hint of lemon

T: ginger up front, a dash of lemon, spicy but has that honey baked ham wheat beer taste.

M: slight carbonation, spicy after taste that lingers

O: the beer has a good unique taste to me but I don't like the hefeweizen-style taste of honey baked ham. Beer is true to style but not my favorite style. Interesting take though.

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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 Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is wheat malts, funky fruit and spices (ginger and others).

The flavor is wheat malts with some funk and some spicy fruit in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting wit - I like the Thai spices.

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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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Photo of SteveB24
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance; color is an opaque straw, pours a finger of white head that dissipates fairly quickly, save for a thin layer of bubbles as well as a ring of lacing.

Smell; fairly mild belgian yeast upfront, along with orange peel. cloves and coriander.

Taste; Nearly identical to the smell, first taste is belgian style spices such as cloves and coriander, orangy citrus follows, yeast and faint, toasty maltiness in the backbone, the finish is pure wheat.

Mouthfeel; Overall body is light, the beer is slightly crisp at first, then comes a chalky dryness, but creaminess lingers on the tongue at the end.

Overall; if i had access to this beer in my area, this would probably be an occasional repurchase, particularly in the summer, to me this beer is what Blue Moon tries to be, a flavorful, light, casual drinking experience.

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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 913 ratings.
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