Westbrook is a craft brewery in Mt. Pleasant, SC. It was founded by the husband and wife team of Morgan and Edward Westbrook in December 2010. They claim that their “mission is to make the most interesting, drinkable, and generally awesome beer possible.” They love experimenting with different ingredients and brewing techniques. One of their offerings is a witbier spiced with lemongrass, ginger root, and a dash of Sorachi Ace hops named White Thai.
The beer pours a hazy light golden yellow color. The two finger dense white head shows excellent retention. Once the head has dissipated completely a light lacing remains both atop the beer as well as along the sides of the glass.
On the nose you’ll find abundant aromas of wheat and yeast that are accented by notes of orange zest, lemon and ginger. There are grassy and floral hop notes that mingle with spice notes of pepper and clove.
The palate is very similar to the bouquet. Wheat notes highlighted by clove and pepper spice are immediately met by lemon and ginger. Grassy and floral hop notes add a slight bitterness. The finish is crisp and clean and carries a light spiciness. The creamy mouthfeel of the beer is what really makes it stand out.
An interesting play on a traditional witbier. Westbrook really lived up to their mission on this one! A refreshing and easy to drink brew that is perfect for pairing with a nice goat cheese, Thai lemongrass roast chicken or lemon spice cake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Pints out of 5