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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all, it's refreshing and a bit of a twist on the Wit style. The only problem is that the Thai elements need to be amped up. While it sounds delicious to have lemongrass in a Wit, you're left wanting after a taste- everything's just a bit too muted. The beer isn't terrible. just too bland, soft, and boring. Amp up the Thai elements and add some crispness and it could be stellar.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, no canning date- at the bottom, it is marked "- - -", which is fairly cryptic. Poured into an unmarked snifter 7/19/2014.

A- Hazy, murky yellow body with a two finger white head with good staying power that leaves rings of lacing as it disappears. Looks good.

S- Whoa. Lots of ginger and lemongrass. At least, I think that's what I'm getting. Pretty herbal, spice-filled nose with a clean wheat and candi sugar base. This is pretty interesting, even though I'm not the biggest fan of heavy ginger flavours.

F- Lemongrass up front, some Belgian candi, a slight bit of freshly cut raw onions, wheat, pale malt, and a heavy ginger finish. The ginger is fairly strong but doesn't quite dominate. If you're a fan of ginger flavours (e.g. you like eating the ginger side on its own when you order sushi) then you are going to love this beer. As it is, it's quite floral and ginger forward.

M- Medium bodied, not lacking in any way. Good carbonation, refreshing with a good bubbliness to it. Very easy to drink despite the heavy ginger-forward finish.

O- I'm not a fan of ginger, but Westbrook executed this very well. This is what they intended, and they pulled it off. Its just a question of whether you like ginger and lemongrass in your witbiers.

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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 Bung
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into Sam Adams pp. Fairly clear bright pour, finger of white that recedes to a thin layer. Carbonation quite present throughout though.

Aroma, a little more yeasty and earthy than the typical fruit leaning aroma. Some lemon and herbal hops.

Taste, more typical here. Some bananna, ginger keeps it more interesting. Very light yeasty bread. Citrus and herbal spiciness. Kind of finishes that way.

Lighter bodied, nice carbonation. A bit thin, a bit watery, but drinks easy. I imagine much more suited for warmer weather. I think the best way to sum it up is that this has much less of the characteristics I normall dislike about a Witbier.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one with my dinner during my birthday dinner with a few friends. Served from tap into a nonic. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, floral notes, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, bread, floral notes, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I had heard lots of people in the area talking badly about this beer, so I jumped at the chance to try it for myself. I found it quite enjoyable and easy drinking. It was pretty much spot on for what you would expect for the style with the addition of a few subtle spices to give it a little kick and stand out from the rest. A definite must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Mildly hazed golden color. Two fingers of pillowy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This smells a lot more like a traditional witbier than I was expecting. Crisp wheat and spicy peppery yeast are predominant. The ginger is subtle with the lemongrass and sorachi ace (which is basically more lemongrass as far as I'm concerned) being more potent. More herbal than a normal witbier. Overall pretty good, but I wouldn't call it an improvement over the usual.

2.75 T: The taste I don't care for much and I know why. I really hate sorachi ace hops. It tastes like lemongrass and plastic. While the nose didn't have much of the plastic, the taste surely does. The ginger is stronger, which I like. Otherwise peppery spiciness and neutral wheat.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and smooth enough.

3.0 D: I would like this if it didn't have sorachi ace in there.

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

Poured a slightly opaque golden color with decent, fluffy white head, limited retention and limited lacing. The aroma is strong. The lemon hits you first, banana, bread, and a spice that I am not accustomed to, must be the ginger, outstanding! Taste is similar to the aroma, lemon, bread, less banana and ginger than aroma, and now there seems to be some clove. Nicely carbonated, full mouth feel, kinda juicy up front but finished more dry with something, seems like the spice lingering on the back of the tongue. Overall, a pretty interesting and quality brew.

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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 Reagan1984
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a couple glasses of this beer at dinner in Charleston. Really nice beer. Perfect summer session beverage.

Each pint came with a finger plus of bright white whipped egg white head. Fairly decent retention. The beer is a light hazy straw color with a dull tone to it. Very nice rings of lacing. Good looking beer. Spot on for style.

Aroma was fantastic. Bright and fresh. Pale grains, definitely the lemongrass pops, a touch of yeast and spice. I don’t specifically smell the ginger, but there are lots of spice notes.

Very nice bright, lively flavor. Lemongrass and other citrus notes, a touch of vanilla, banana and lots of spice notes. The wheat notes produce a nice light bready aftertaste

Very light and delicate body. Very refreshing. A creamy sense while remaining delicate.

Really enjoyed this beer. Excellent representation of the style and a perfect match for food. Seek this beer out when visiting Charleston in the summer.

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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