White Thai | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
62.1%
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3.74 w/ 958 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#21,980
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
958
Liked:
595
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
10.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
177
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 958 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i would have liked to see more sorachi ace hops in this. i mean, i know its not a hop forward style or anything, but they are so unique and would have complimented the flavors here really nicely, but instead they are extremely muted, just subtle lemon in the finish that might just as possibly come from the lemongrass. fun beer though, frothy and well carbonated and lower in alcohol, a nice interesting summer session. i appreciate the subtle use of ginger, usually in beer its just way too much, almost hot, defeating the purpose to some extent. here its just a little twist that marries well with the wheat malt, while the meadowy sort of grassy tones make it a nice spring seasonal. more sorachi ace character would make this one of a kind, but i still appreciate this unique take on a wit. westbrook has done a great job of tweaking classic styles to make entirely new beer, and this is a great example of that.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 emerge077
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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 brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color verging on golden; the rocky head hangs for a while and leaves the occasional strand behind

Smell: Ginger, lemongrass and clove waft atop the bready backbone

Taste: The spices jump right out, with the lemon and ginger tones being joined by the clove at mid-palate; the bready malts linger underneath to serve as a platform for the spice; the finish is almost puckery it has so much lemon and ginger in it

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Looking around for a summer beer with a difference? Look no further than this gem, even if you aren't a big fan of Wits

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a peroni glass.
Pours a hazy golden-yellow, with a good bit of visible carbonation and a moderately durable white head. Good lacing.

The appealing fruity-bready aroma is quite subtle compared to the flavor which is stronger and much more yeasty.

M: medium-light body with rather aggressive carbonation. a bit dry on the finish.

O: refreshing and good for style.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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 dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 62.1% out of 100 with 958 ratings
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