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White Thai | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

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:
138
Ratings:
899
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
28.01%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
160
For Trade:
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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 899
Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip. This one's a witbier, but instead of the traditional spices there's lemongrass, ginger root and sorachi ace hops.

Cloudy apricot, totally opaque. On finger of fizzy white bubbles and thin, rounded lace.

Sugared lemon candy, sweet pear syrup, a flash of floral hops. Mild ginger, crackers. Sweet but complex.

More spice in flavor. Ginger is noticeable, as are sorachi ace. Sweet lemon, flowers, pear syrup flashes at the swallow.

Medium light, fluffy body. High carbonation, fizzy.

Not a ton of Thai flavor, but enough to make things interesting, and a solid wit base besides. Nice.

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Photo of ButtonBeer
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to have a canned beer for a friend's boat and discovered this at Frugal McDougal's in Ft. Mill, SC. Excellent discovery! I recently took a cooler of it to a BBQ festival in Charlotte, NC and it was a big hit. I'm going to Charleston in early Dec. 2012 and have wife approval for a stop at the brewery.

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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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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 chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to instantmessenger for passing on a couple of these in a trade in support of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Ale brewed with spices"; "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 [CAN]dy, citrus fruit, and a slight spiciness from the ginger."; "Best served at 45-50 [Deg.] F in a tulip or wine glass."

As it turns out, I have a tulip glass from Belgian Independence Day (21 July 2012) which I got at the celebration at the Bronx Ale House. Hooray! I used the inverted Crack & Glug and ended up with over two fingers of dense, bone-white head with great retention. Color was a very cloudy lemon-yellow and it looked like a glassful of lemon meringue pie. Nose was zesty with the lemongrass and the ginger seemingly fighting for supremacy. Mouthfeel was soft, like it was caressing my tongue and the melding of the flavors was beautiful. Lemon, definitely, but as to what type of CANdy they were alluding to, I do not know, Lots of nice ginger spiciness also and I was beginning to mull over which dishes I would order at a BYOB with a sixer of this in tow. Finish was very dry and very refreshing. This is just what The CANQuest (TM) ordered!

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Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a thin ring of foam on top.

S: Aroma is of lemongrass, slightly yeasty, some of the Sorachi Hops come through with a small note of nwheaty malts.

T: Taste is quickly a bitter lemongrass which fades to a bready yeasty flavor and then changes again into some spicey blend of ginger and coriander.

M: Mouthfeel would be of a fuller bodied beverage with a smooth slick oily coating on toungue, chewy and creamy.

O: Overall a very drinkable brew with a great finish and awesome flavor combinations, semi complex with a good bit of things happening in here!

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to woodychandler for a great package, including this one. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat, spice. Taste is lemons, wheat, a touch of ginger. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and pretty good beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from can into a CCB pint glass.

A: Yellow in color with some haze, and a two-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Decent amount of visible carbonation.

S: Bready wheat, yeast, and a light spiciness in the background.

T: Wheat bread malt, ginger, and is a little spicy; a little bitter too, but it's not a hop bitterness.

M: Lighter mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation but not bad. Not much noticeable alcohol.

O: Not really my favorite but not offensive. I can't really find anything wrong with it, just didn't do anything to excite me. That said, I have a few more in the fridge, so if a second impression changes my mind, I will update the review.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can to Founders tulip.

A - Cloudy light to medium orange colour. Half a finger of white head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, cloves, spice, lemon.

T - Big Belgian pale ale flavours up front -cloves, Belgian yeast, light banana and a lot of spice. Some lighter lemon and bready malt flavours in the background.

M -Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat higher carbonation that I would like.

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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 Momar42
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into Duvel tulip

A - cloudy yellow, small head that vanishes before I can toss the can.

S - lemon and tea. Very little wit aromas.

T - the wit base is there but it's overshadowed by the tea and lemon infusions. It's a very drinkable if somewhat light bodied brew.

M - light bodied and easy. Finishes clean

O - really suited for summer. Not a full bodied beer by any stretch but enjoyable. Perhaps not for the wit purist, but enjoyable and and fun to try.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $2.25 at Sam's Beer & More in Lexington, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, dark yellow body with a fairly small, very brief, white head.

Smell: Throws off a full sniff of wheat malt, a little banana puree, and a mingling of spices, dried herbs, and citrus.

Taste: Malted wheat, smooth and moderately sweet. Flash of banana chips. We're mixing things up this go around with the use of lemongrass and ginger. Then, some coriander coming through. Citrusy character from the Sorachi Ace, though also the lemongrass, but not much bitterness, but that's where the coriander and ginger come in. Dry, firmly herbaceous and spicy on the finish with a little half-zip of suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Very slight creaminess from the wheat used here.

Overall: Tastes like a witbier cut with herbal tea, so a wit that's off the beaten path.

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Photo of jegross2
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing the White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Company out of South Carolina.
Score: 80

Can code is "1 10 20 A2BM." Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed 06/03/12.

Appearance: Pours an opaque yellow color with a slight orange hue. A thin bubbly layer of white head at pour settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 2/5

Smell: Yeasty orange, clove, banana and ample coriander. A little fruitiness, lemon and grapefruit. 3/5

Taste: More hefeweizen-like in flavor than expected. Banana-yeast flavor upfront with modestly fruity midpalate. Ample coriander throughout and in the aftertaste. Light yeast flavor too. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter and malty finish. 3.5/5

Overall: A decent beer for the dog days of summer, but that's about the only nice thing I can really say about it.

Recommendation: I probably wouldn't say no if offered one at a BBQ, but I wouldn't seek this one out.

Pairings: Feta and walnut salad.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack of 12 oz cans.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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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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 rachelerin
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chose my favorite beer for my first review!

It pours a hazy yellow with bleach white head, lots of carbonation and some lacing.

The smell has a lot of lemongrass, lemon zest, bread, and a little hint of herbal spice.

The flavors are blended very well with some lemon zest, lemon basil, wheat, tonic, and herbal spices.

It has a lot of carbonation for a beer and sits very light on the palate.

Overall, this is an excellent, very refreshing beer that seems to stay very consistent.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is more than a Witbier. With the amount of spices it has, its in a category of its own. And at 5% too, I'll take a 6 pack of this any day.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head, that last for a little but slowly faded. I cant see through my glass. The smell is sweet and spicy, lemongrass, orange, and a hint of hops. It tastes awesome. It says it is brewed with Sorachi Ace Hops which come through just enough to give it a nice spice bitterness, and it has some ginger too. It is still very much a wheat beer but with these other flavors it pulls in some flavors similar to a Belgian style tripel. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with a good bit of carbonation.

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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 ms11781
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jpmclaug. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that reaches about a half finger or so and disappears. The carbonation is evident from appearance. Not much of a head, no real retention and zero lacing, but that's pretty much how it is with every wit I've had so it's not really surprising.

The nose comes off as being yeasty and fruity off the bat. There a citrusy element to it, lemon to be exact along with a nice spiciness. It's a pretty straightforward nose.

The taste is actually quite surprising. Yeasty and citrusy again but the citrus notes are kicked up a notch. At times it tastes like freshly squeezed lemon. There is a subtle earthiness that comes along with a nice spiciness, considerably more spice than in the nose.

Light body with high carbonation. The finish is really dry, as expected for the style.

This beer was really surprising. I'm not usually a fan of the style but the bigger citrus notes really added something to this one. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day.

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

A: Pours a light, hazy yellow with a medium foamy white head that rises and falls pretty slowly. Moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Somewhat muted aroma, but there is a good bit of lemon, some banana, coriander, and maybe some clove. The yeast is definitely there, too, really helping it come together and keeping it in line with the style.

T: Starts out sweet with the fruit shining through and then becomes a little spicy with the coriander and clove coming out. Nice bready, yeasty background. Slightly tart/bitter finish.

M: Light-bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Good transition between sweetness and gentle bitterness.

D: I'm not a big fan of wits, but this is pretty tasty and refreshing. A nice little beer that I'd love to come back to when I'm in SC again over the summer.

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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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White Thai from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.
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