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

A hazy orange yellow with 2 fingers of head. Smells like your typical wheat beer.. Spicy, bready, orangey. The taste is very refreshing.. The subtle peppery hints are a nice touch to the bready malt of this beer.. Slight bit of orange flavor.
Medium body, low carbonation.
This is pretty decent for the style but nothin outstanding.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Mike for tossing me one of his last cans of this. Golden, sunshine-y hue, hazy like a wit should be, with a cumulonimbus head that puffs up like a blowfish and takes its sweet old time as it slowly and methodically sinks (though it remains with the beer for seemingly forever). Nice lacing strewn all over the glass - pretty damn good looking for the style.

Lots of lemon in the aroma, as well as clumpy yeast that integrates a moldy, cheesy kind of funk, though not incredibly warranted or fitting in this case. Bubblegum, sharp ginger spices, and a bit of backing wheat roll out the rest of the profile. Kind of strange, weird, different, etc... Can't quite wrap my head around this smell. It's... okay. It just needs a little more... something.

The taste is filled with Belgian yeast, too, with that gumminess, along with some clove-like ester notes. Ginger is spicy, strong and sharp, though it doesn't go overboard, which is definitely a relief. Mild hints of lemon zest and spritzes throughout with a finishing touch of stale hops. Stale, spent hops with little life left... only a mild, grassy induction.

Some sweet bready malt finishes things off, hand in hand with a basket of bread and wheat flavors. That dry, clumpy, yeast-funk in present again at times, elevated by the spiciness of the esters, as well as the ginger. Medium bodied, given the relatively low ABV, with good carbonation that makes for a pleasant mouth feel - thick enough for a wit, though not too chewy, heavy, or cumbersome.

Hmmm... this one's not bad, it just very enigmatic. I think the problem is that it's a little too dry and spiced without anything there to balance it. The lemon notes are present, but don't provoke much tartness or sweetness, and so the beer suffers as a result (because the yeast and the ginger sure as hell provide some dryness and spice). Okay... but not something I'd reach for regularly.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 07/16/13

A: Pours a very cloudy yellow/orange color with a fingers worth of head that dies down to a thin cap

S: Quite yeasty with some spice and fruit notes. Ginger, lemon, and wheat are the standouts

T: Starts off with a bit of ginger and transitions to a light sweetness with lemony citrus notes. Finishes with a very light bitterness and some more of the ginger spiciness

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Lightly chalky

O: A decent wit with a definite twist. The ginger certainly keeps the traditional citrus notes toned down while stubbornly giving way to the lemon notes from both the hops and lemongrass. Probably one of the more unique wits I've had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Just different

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to egrace84 for the chance to try this can of beer!

Poured into tulip glass.

canned on 07/16/2013.

Appearance: hazy orangish yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of thick soapy white head. Slowely drops down to a thin cap, eventually a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: bready malt and fruity yeast. Lemon citrus and orange zest notes; light earthy and grassy hops with clove notes. Slightly spicy and sweet notes of ginger.

Taste: Lemon zest and orange zest. Grass and ginger. Really bready/doughy malt. Banana, clove, and slightly fruity yeast. Lots of earthy flavors with very mild bitterness. Hint of green tea and herbal. Really really well balanced flavors. No flavors overpower any of the other flavors found in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is soft and slightly creamy. Smooth and very drinkable.

Overall: This is a great beer in a can! I really like this Westbrook offering! Great lawnmower beer for sure.

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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 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 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 MighHighBrewer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on 8/6/13 from a can.

A: Pours a straw yellow with noticeable haze. The head is about 1/4-inch thick and never quits. Lacing is good. Overall, a very typical wheat beer appearance.

S: Lemongrass and citrus fruits. Not much ginger. No pepper. Very fruit-forward.

T: Lemongrass, citrus fruit, and a tiny backbone of ginger (I hate ginger but it's barely detectable in this beer). It's not very hoppy at all and I detect little to no pepper notes (both pluses in my book). This is a fantastic summer beer.

M: Best mouthfeel beer of the year for me. This is silky smooth. They nailed the carbonation. This is a VERY easy-drinking beer. I finished my can way sooner than I anticipated simply because it's just so easy to drink.

O: Very impressed. This competes favorably against the nice 750ml wheat beers on the market for a fraction of the cost. If you like your wheat beers fruit-forward, not too spicy, and silky smooth, I highly recommend you check this out.

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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 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 inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, summer 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Hazy golden yellow color. Not a lot of head. Some lacing bits.

S: Coriander, clove and other spice. Belgian yeast for sure. Orange and lemon almost hoppiness. Some banana

T: Spice up front. Definitely some lemon like notes. Finish is dry. Refreshing on hot day. Decent.

M: Medium bodied.

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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 maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whomever sent this to me, but it's almost 1:00 AM & I'm watching River Monsters in my underwear & I'm not getting up to go check my records. Yeah. 12 oz. yellow can that's quite unlike anything else out there.

Pour is yellow, murked, one hundred percent opaque. Nose isn't strong; I almost end up snorting beer to find something. Good citrus hops, bare grassiness, wheat. Smells like a hoppy hefe.

White Thai lights up the head tilt scale. FIelds of wheat underlaid by a melange of spices that would make Paul Atreides raise an eyebrow. Nice citrus punch, orange, lemon. Florality adds to the mix. Is that hops or elderberries? The wheat & spices play tag in a very strange way. I keep drinking it at a rapid rate because it's so weird & I'm trying to teaste out...what? Did I say something?

Odd beer. Pretty good beer. Strange, but hey, I admire the effort behind it & the spirit of experimentation.

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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy yellow color with a two finger head with medium retention.
Light sour aroma with hints of lemon, wheat and lemongrass notes.
Flavor is different than a regular witbier given it is a bit sour and it has hints of lemongrass and a distant ginger, as opposed to focus on the regular coriander and orange peel. You can also feel the Sorachi hops and lemon-orange notes.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very refreshing and pleasant. If you pair that with very spicy foods, you will be in heaven.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice pour out of a can into my bhb tulip glass... white head... nice and cloudy yellow hazy just like a wit should be. Smell is of spices, clove, banana... everything I want in this style is in the nose hopefully it translates to the taste... don't really get the promised asian spices and flavors but damn a very drinkable hefe style beer... really wanted to get the promised ginger which hurts the rating only because I don't get it though I love the beer..

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Photo of Jekyll
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not the biggest fan of the style but the text on the can sold me into giving it a shot. Well still not a fan of the style but this one grows on you . Solidly refreshing after a hot day in the yard and it is definitly a twist on the style and can see this as a summer staple in many a wit lovers fridge .

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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 Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Hazy and cloudy golden yellow. Nice white head. Sticky lacing and good surface foam.

Smell - Very spicy. Lots of coriander. Some wheat and yeast.

Taste - Also spicy. Less intense on the coriander. More of the sharp citrus flavors. Again wheaty, but its not grainy. Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Almost creamy. Low carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - Decent wit. I don't love the style, but its drinkable. Not sure I'd drink more than a taster, though.

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

12 oz. can poured into tulip

A- Hazy pale yellow with a minimal, yet lacy white head.

S- Strong citrus/fruit, with a bit of a spicy earthy/grass note.

T- Citrus, slight spicy hop, but very delicate overall.

M- Light body, light carbonation, with a clean finish. Very slight bitterness in aftertaste.

O- Subtle, interesting twist on Wit. I couldn't put my finger on it, but it does have that asian influence. A really good drinker, it has such delicate qualities.

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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 coreyfmcdonald
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can into a tall tulip

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with a finger of fluffy, longlasting head.

S: The aroma starts off with banana, clove, and lemon - a very nice mixture of typical wit aromas. Behind it I get a hint of ginger. I really like ginger so it was welcome, but it's really faint in the aroma.

T: Banana and clove are again upfront. Lemon peel picks up in intensity as I sip, and ginger is stronger than the aroma, but still in the background.

M: Medium thickness with strong, fluffy carbonation.

O: Nice, but not superb. The ginger is subtle, but nice.

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