White Thai | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
62.1%
Liked This Beer
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:
#21,966
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
958
Liked:
595
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
10.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
177
Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 958 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of Nichols33
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Whiskeydeez
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of dwagner003
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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 rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +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 Stinger80OH
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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