White Oak - The Bruery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 908 | Reviews: 245 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by HattedClassic:
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
The beer pours a fairly vigorous white, fluffy yet slightly creamy head that dissipates somewhat quickly but still leaves a thin film on the surface of the beer and a surprising amount on the inner ring of the glass. The beer itself is a hazy orangish brown amber.
The beer smell contains a strong amount of coconut and oak from the barrel as well as a bit of vanilla. The malts give off a nice caramel that mixes well with the other smells. As the beer warms up, slight notes of alcohol and white grape begin to appear as well as some fruity smells that are overwhelmed by the stronger barrel smells.
The beer tastes similar to the smell but with the barrel flavors not as strong as the smells. Rather, the white grape seems to dominate the taste with the vanilla, oak, and caramel more visible in the aftertaste or as complements to the white grape taste. The beer begins to develop more fruity tastes as it warms up with hints of tropical fruit that includes the coconut.
The beer feels amazing. The carbonation is very prickly. The beer is heavy bodied but seems to go down rather smoothly. The beer has a little bit of a burn because of the ABV but is fairly tolerable.
Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting. I enjoy The Bruery's eclectic offerings and look forward to trying more of them.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2013 14:49:00 | More by HattedClassic
More User Reviews:
3.91/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Burnt orange, just a touch of haze, with a MASSIVE champagne-like yet foamy sand-colored head, ample bubbles. Full-coated lacing in areas, only spots in others.
S: Crisp apples, smoke, warm caramel, wood and warm bourbon.
T: Apples again, but muddled by strong overtones of oak and whiskey, especially on the finish. Yet apples again with the burps. At first the wood was harsh and overdone for me, especially after that light, fruity smell, but over sips it turns into warm caramel, with just hints of potent whiskey and alcohol in the background. Pretty neat, but can't quite make the transition to being perfectly enjoyable- I imagine even seasoned whiskey drinkers' systems aren't entirely copacetic with the taste of alcohol.
M: Light bodied, plenty of carbonation. Fits the nose very well- like a cider.
O: Full of character for sure, but it takes a while to get accustomed to it. Great clean apples supported by warm caramel malt tease the olfactory senses with a refreshing, crisp brew to come, but it turned into a heavily oak-dominated and deceivingly biting flavor. I ended up enjoying it overall, but after the first few sips I was reconsidering my choice. Get ready for an adventure with this one.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 07:03:19 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.