White Thai | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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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:
146
Ratings:
931
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
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39
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Photo of beer2day
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy lemon and honey mix with 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. No retention and very little lace.

Spice and ginger are all over the nose. A nice mix. Straw, lemon, and sweet tea round things out. Well done.

Ginger really kicks up the flavor. Fairly dry hit, but gets bittersweet in the finish with crystal ginger, lemon zest, and sweet tea.

Feel is about right. Thicker than expected but stands up well to the taste.

This would do very well on a hot summer day in the Holy City of Charleston.

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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 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 indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - hazy yellow to gold in color with a not too thick wispy head on top. Sort of soft and opaque in appearance with a good deal of yeasty cloudiness.

Aroma - spicy and sweet, lots of great aromas coming from the glass. Some nice citrus notes along with some hints of ginger and coriander. Very spicy, warm and inviting.

Taste - that first sip is all I need to know that this is a very well put together witbier. Lots of those traditional flavors are present such as the coriander and the citrus notes but the ginger and the lemongrass really bring this beer to another level. Very spicy and refreshing and I can't really say enough about what the addition of ginger does for a beer like this.

Overall - one of the best witbiers I've ever had. Absolutely great beer with such well measured spice flavor and a nice crisp finish. Altogether fantastic. Very well done and cheers to everyone at Westbrook Brewing Company.

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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 beernut7
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Took a growler home from the brewery. Cracked it when it was a week old. Good head retention with an average golden hue. Aroma is nothing to speak of. Very little spiciness to it. Getting a bit of wit type yeast aroma, but very low on the lemony or ginger notes. Aroma is best described as flat. The beer is clean, actually a bit too clean with an unbalanced bitterness that just doesn't fit with a refreshing wit type brew. Swampy finish with a bit of muddled earthy ginger flavor. Overall not a favorite. If you're looking for a refreshing wit in charleston mothership from new belgium and allagash white are readiy available and preferable.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/14/13. Hazy golden almost yellow pour with a quite nice head and long lasting lacing. Slight nose of Belgian yeast with lemon and banana notes over a spicy character. Medium bodied with a nice slick mouthfeel and normal carbonation. A quite interesting, but not overbearing, taste of ginger and lemon. As it warms, the lemon flavor takes on more of a zest quality. Crisp finish with a nice tart and bitter kick.

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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 GPHarris
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly white head into a tulip glass that left thin sheeting that was gone about halfway through the beer. the body was a hazy, straw golden color.
s - ginger and various spices dominate this but there is a hint of grassy and citrus hops. hint of yeastiness.
t - sweet citrus fruits with a ginger root finish.
m - medium thickness, crisp.
o - one of the best wits i've ever had. only real fault is i wish the head had stayed around longer.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/28/15 Home

Pours kind of a dank hazy yellow orange with a little white head. You can tell instantly that this is a different take on a witbeir. It has the smell of w whit but something is different in a good way. Lemony kind aroma that is pretty pleasing. The taste definitely has a whitbeir base missing the coriander and some of the belgium spice you always find in this type of beer. Instead it's replaced with a lemon zest taste that can be a little bitter but good. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of whitbeir but this is a good new approach which is enjoyable.

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Photo of Kromes
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy straw color with a thin white head.

It has a nice citrus, earthy, and Belgian funk aroma.

Lots of flavors going on here. A little citrus, ginger, soft wheat, and a nice funky yeast flavor. They all blend together very well and are balanced perfectly. I don't know if it's the name, but the finish is very Asian tasting. An almost rice-like starch with a touch of citrus and ginger. The hop just appears briefly in the finish also with just a touch of bitterness and herbal flavor to compliment the other flavors.

The feel is velvet smooth. Light and refreshing. The carbonation gives it just enough body, but doesn't interfere with the delicate feel of the beer.

My first time trying this beer and I'm a huge fan. It goes over and above the run of the mill Witbier and adds depth of flavor, aroma, and a great feel. Can't wait to crack one of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of kkipple
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First up: Hats must go off to Edward Westbrook and his very newly (December 2010) launched brewery in Mount Pleasant, SC. My current home state gets another brewery! Excellent... North Carolina has gotten far too much love of late. Ed launched with three beers, this is one. It's a Witbier, and I have to say, there are only a few styles I'd rather drink year round on the Charleston coast. Introduction aside, let's dive in and see if this is any good.

I should add that White Thai is brewed with lemongrass, ginger, and Sorachi Ace hops, among others.

A. Pours a hazy wispy yellow into my Cantillon tumbler, this is one of those beers that is darker in the middle than on the edges. A long lasting, wheaty head sticks around and falls, pitted, after some long minutes. A bit of sticky lacing remains. Looks good to me. The head is tight and compact. Nice.

S. On the soft side, but the expected coriander and lemon are there, plus the spicy yeasty notes I've grown to love. *Maybe* some ginger in the nose, but very slight if so. Gently sweet and spritzy with a fresh, wheat-heavy nose. I like it.

T. Solid. Easily on par with most American Witbiers - the wheat is engaging and almost fruity, while the spice is in level check and the coriander and hops play together quite well. A gently bitter, dry finish makes this quite re-approachable, and the lemon adds some fun tartness. Not sure I can taste the ginger. Works very well as a Witbier, less so as a WitbierPlus. But this is a beer in progress.

M / D. Light bodied, fully carbonated, and a pleasing, semi-dry, light citrus bitter flavor lingers into the finish. It works well and is very easy to put back. I can only imagine how quickly a growler of this would vanish during a Summer Charleston Zehner Deck Party. (SCZDP)

White Thai is a solid Witbier, no doubt about it. I'm really impressed with the fact that this is literally the first batch of this beer to leave the brewery and it only needs (in my mind) minor tweaks to get exactly where it needs to be. Personally, I'd up the ginger a tad so it creeps into the nose and dial the hops down so the finish doesn't linger so bitter... but these are minor quibbles.

The real bottom line is, White Thai is a better Witbier than some of the Big Dogs (Avery, Ommegang) and is brewed in my home state! I look forward to putting back a few dozen more of these and seeing how it evolves. Nice work, Westbrook.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. There's a hazy glow to the body, like sunshine pouring in through cloth drapes. Two fingers of gorgeous, cloud-fluffy white head, and lots of lacing to boot. A fantastic looking witbier.

White Thai's nose is immediately recognizable as a witbier, even though close scrutiny reveals that the usual witbier notes are not at all present. This is not a beer that uses orange peel or coriander! Instead, it achieves an unmistakable witbierness through ingredients inspired by Thai cuisine. The spices here are lemongrass (lots and lots of it) and ginger, primarily. Not used in the actual brewing of this beer, but registering to my mind when smelling it, are basil and maybe even fennel. No lemon peel, as far as I know, but this is a very lemony beer. It's got the infamously lemony Sorachi Ace hops, and they play very well with the lemongrass. Some sweet, light malt aromas are here too, but they are background players at best. It actually reminds me of Boulevard Collaboration No. 2 - White IPA. See, the Boulevard-bottled version of that beer was heavier on the lemongrass & sage than the Deschutes-bottled Conflux No. 2 (which is now available from them as Chainbreaker White IPA). It's less hoppy that that beer, but the impulse is very similar. Fantastic.

The malts are stronger on the palate, for sure. White Thai has an easy-drinking wheaty malt backbone. It's full of the lemony Sorachi Ace hop flavor, but it isn't at all bitter (I wish it had more hop bitterness, as I kind of want it to be a White IPA moreso than a Witbier). The ginger might just be the strongest flavor here, though the lemongrass does a good job of balancing it. There's a bit of a phenolic aftertaste here that isn't unwelcome.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft. I think it could use a bit more prickly carbonation (or perhaps more a typically-Belgian attenuation level), but there's nothing to complain about.

Overall, this is a fantastic Witbier. It's original and refreshing. I'd love to pair this with Thai food. It's also a perfect summer porch-drinking candidate. I'm impressed with Westbrook after having their two year-round beers, and I wish I could try their more limited offerings.

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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 orcrist_cleaver
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a golden hue similar to what one would have seen from Angkor Wat's spires rising from the green jungle. The smell of lemongrass scented stir-fries is followed candied ginger desserts. The piercing spice of the bitter hops refreshes the palate. In fact, this beer nearly nails all the peripherals of witbier. But there is no sweetness in flavor; the spiciness of the ginger is refreshing, but one-dimensional. It would be the perfect compliment to anything spicy. But the taste alone is nothing lustrous on its own.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy soft orange color with 1 finger of head that settles quickly.
S - The aroma is lemon and cloves.
T - The flavor is lemony, bready and peppery on the finish.
M - Crisp mouth feel with medium carbonation.
O - I really like this beer. A unique flavor and very drinkable. Might be my favorite low ABV beer.

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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 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 BlackBelt5112203
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 3-finger white frothy, bubbly, pillowy head. Really nice retention and lacing. Has the slightest bit of haze with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Wheat with some traditional banana and coriander aromas and some unique lemon and ginger aromas. The ginger aroma really shines through as the beer warms. Very nice and different.

T – Starts off sweet with wheat, lemongrass, and orange flavors. Spicy ginger and peppery yeast flavors come through mid-taste. Subtle lemon hop bitterness shines at the end.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly spicy, slightly bitter, and dry finish. Peppery yeast spice and lemon hop bitterness linger nicely.

O – Another tasty beer from Westbrook. I like their twist on the traditional witbier style. I think the ginger adds a great deal to the aroma and a nice little bite to the taste. A very drinkable beer. Don’t sleep on Westbrook. They don’t make bad beers.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours a thick head out of the can. One finger head with medium retention.

S- Some light "Southeast Asian" spice in the background, lemony tart malt backbone.

T- Nice and light. Spices only play a minimal role in this brew. Has the witbier characteristics. Lemony and light

M- Very smooth, somewhat creamy. Coats the mouth with waxy feeling

O- A nice take on a witbier. Very sessionable

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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 Huffs
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into sam adams glass, one finger head developed with mild lacing and retention, was white in color. Appearance was a very hazy lemon / orange color. Aroma was of citrus and some allspice with some hop and yeast notes. Tasted of spice and citrus with some grass notes. Aftertaste was a bit bitter with a medium, almost a syrup texture, mouth feel.

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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 Jmamay22
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light orange color with a frothy white foam that dies out to a thin cap. Nice spice flavor. Scent is strongly of lemon followed by general spiciness and dough.

Flavor is more of the same general flavor and has a distinct progression. Initial wheat flavor turns into a nice interplay between the lemon and ginger. The finish is somewhat dry with the ginger becoming more assertive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

All around a good beer that I would recommend. Definitely a beer that would pair well with food. I enjoy the creative use of spices without becoming a distraction.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this Witbier on tap, at the brewery, in a pint glass. This Witbier poured a cloudy yellow color, produced a small white head, poor retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted wheat, spicy herbs and citric lemon. Light in body, a foundation of malted wheat, banana, lemongrass, spicy ginger and coriander- there was an evident tea like quality as well. This was an interesting take on a Witbier- Outside of the box ingredients used made for an interesting session beer. Nothing exceptional here, but defiantly worth a try!

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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 931 ratings.
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