White Oak - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 96
Gots: 277 | FT: 28
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

White Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.
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Reviews by Popkas:
Photo of Popkas
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange with a large creamy white head that lasts and leaves some nice legs behind it.

S: Earthy smell with hints of vanilla and bourbon.

T:Interesting combination of sweetness, spice and of course a boozy heat. The finish is dry and hot.

M: Feel is of a medium body with nice carbonation.

D: Drinkability is solid given the abv.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an overized wine glass a hazed orange infused copper color with a thin white head atop.Alot of hot booze in the nose along with heavy yeast esters,lingering vanilla and a hint of spiced pears.Really hot at first,it took a few swallows for it to tone down enough for me,vanilla and alot of yeasty notes,faint drying and toasted oak in the finish.A little hot for my liking,it has some rich flavors but they are masked a little by the yeast and big alcohol in my opinion.

Photo of diesel59
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from aprox 22 oz. bottle into tulip shaped pint glass.... nice initial head but soon disapates with no lacing.... reminds me of an oak aged saison/farmhouse ale... if i was blindfolded i would have bet it was brewed @ ommegang brewery... which in my opinion is a huge compliment...OMMEGANG RULES... a little pricey @ $16.99, but i would buy this again on occasion... very good stuff... but very little bourbon character... a little hot @ 11.5% ABV, but i like that...

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer surprised the hell out of me. I went over to the Bruery to reserve a bottle or two of Black Tuesday and they had a tasting flight of BT, White Oak and Papier...

The sweet vanilla notes of the bourbon barrel stand out so well in this beer that I swear it tasted like a glazed doughnut. The taste of pear also shines through wonderfully along with some other fruit flavors. Then, the aftertaste of booze finishes out in double time. Good booze.

All and all, I think I have been more impressed with this than any other Bruery beer (other than black tuesday which is made with Narwhal horn, the blood of the last known Mayans, and Panda tears...)

Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 release. Notes from May 2012.

A - Pours a hazy orange with almost four fingers of white head. Head has good retention. Very little lacing.

S - Mostly caramel and juicy citrus, with some banana, faint vanilla and bready malt. Not really sure what to make of this, to be honest. Not bad, but doesn't really draw me in.

T - Caramel malt, with orange and other citrus pulp. Subtle bourbon character with vanilla and oak. Also, some banana taste and quite a bit of bread. Kind of an odd tasting brew, but pretty tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Somewhat sticky sweet, but finishes with an oaky dryness.

O - Not really sure what to make of this one. I wouldn't seek it out, but it does have some good things going on, including a pretty good flavor.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer off my wants list.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat in it, as well as some pepper and bubblegum notes. The flavor is similar but more complex. I get a lot of wheat, as well as a big dose of alcohol up front. I also get some pepper notes, as well as a very light amount of whiskey and some Belgian yeast. The oak is very strong in the beer and really is what this beer is all about, which I guess you can expect given the beer's name. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden hued with vibrant carbonation and brilliant clarity. The head is easily an inch thick of tightly woven and off white in color. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of oak and pale wheat when combined almost give off a dry cider like note. The flavor is an intense blend of oak and pale wheat,which, like the aroma,almost give a dry cider like flavor. There's a residual sweetness that lingers that I find a bit cloying. I believe the bourbon notes and the oak are clashing with the pale wheat. The palate is highly carbonated and slightly warm from the alcohol.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, coconut, vanilla, alcohol on the nose. Pours hazy orangeamber under a 2" moussey pure snow white head that produces excellent lace. Wonderful rich malt on the palate joined by caramel, fruit, banana, vanilla, coconut - the vanilla coconut banana thing is extreme and nicely done. Very nice texture and body, medium to medium full with fine soft carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangish color with a big fat white head to it. Nice. Aroma was a little coconut, warm sweet alcohol, oak, honey.

Warming sensation on the tongue, again, light coconut, wheat aspect is pretty much completely lost on me, but it may be what contributes to the effortless weight of the mouthfeel despite the high abv and ability to pick lots of different flavors and nuances out of this one. Vanilla and bourbon later on. The least bourbon flvor of any bruery bourbon barrel stuff, this stuff has the warming (not hot) heat, but it just doesn't impart much bourbon until you kinda look for it.

Pretty nice stuff. Goes well with Black Tuesday.
As far as any fruit flavors, they'd have to be light skinned type of fruit, I'm talking pear, lemon, white grapes type of stuff.

Photo of rudylaw
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring into a tulip glass, a get a colossal head that isn't going down any time soon. When it does recede, I get a pretty golden straw color.

A heavy smell of vanilla, coconut, grapes and an underlying woodiness. This is very unique.

A lot of heat in the initial sip... tons of booze to kick this off. The woodiness is most apparent as is the coconut and vanilla. I'm picking up slight hints of caramel to smooth this out as I continue through the bottle.

I think this beer is too carbonated. The drinkability isn't terrible, but I can already tell you it's going to be a long night's work polishing off this 750ml bottle myself. Halvsies would have been perfect!

Photo of daveytheformer
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to juhl31 for this!

Poured into a Delirium Tulip.

Is a thick opaque apricot color with a bright white head that turns into nice lacing that isn't going anywhere.

Smells like vanilla and caramel. A little booze as well. A little nuttiness comes out too sort of like butter pecan ice cream.

Tastes are toffee, mildly tart apple juice, sweet vanilla, bourbon and oak. Some coconut cake like qualities and cinnamon spice give way to booze shining through on the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with good carbonation. Sticky and a little heat from the alcohol.

Overall is amazing and I'm really excited to have got to try this beer.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Edition.

A: Pours a very hazy golden amber with a dense two finger white head. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Tough to see any visible carbonation with the opacity.

S: Light fruitiness and yeastiness come to the forefront. Banana, citrus and pale malts. A good amount of sweetness, from the candied sugar. Can tell there is some booze along with the bourbon notes.

T: Balanced yet strong beer. Can notice the wheatwine, bourbon barrel, belgian yeast and candied sugar. I like the combination they got going on here, it is unique. Alcohol asserts itself on the tail end. Aftertaste lingers with the wheat flavors and bourbon as it warms.

M: Medium to full body with a very creamy mouthfeel. For the flavor of the alcohol there really isnt much of a harshness, perhaps smoothed out by the wheat. Finish is clean considering the sweetness.

Overall my introduction to The Bruery and its a tasty one. Havent had a blend like this and welcome the style with open arms. Wheat really makes this creamy and smooth allowing it to pack a lot of punch.

Photo of timc100
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold orange with a big foamy white head. Looks like a belgian strong ale

S: Spicy Belgian yeast, slightly musty, lemon. In the background is creamy bourbon sweetness- coconut, vanilla, and caramel nuances.

T: At the front of the tongue it is all Belgian strong ale - yeast, spices, light citrus. It finishes with smooth bourbon sweetness - lots of coconut and vanilla. Very interesting and well balanced.

P: Medium, creamy, smooth

O: Very interesting beer, well balanced and hit on all cylinders

Photo of weonfire
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark Golden, Big 2 finger white thick head, dissipates slowly, patchy lacing, hazy, opaque

S - white grape, wheat, carmel, bourbon

T - Carmel, coconut, vanilla, wheat, light bourbon, spices, and slightly boozy

M - carbonation is high, fully body, froth is medium, booze does linger a bit

O - really enjoyed. Bourbon doesn't dominate. wheat/vanilla/coconut is balanced out really well. yes, finish is a bit boozy in the finish but real smooth. wish it was a bit more frothy. do recommend.

Photo of Magbas
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted after a year of aging. I do think this beer will develop in another 6 months and becomes even more complex.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2013 edition. Another Bruery product available freely (well, not that kind of free) on Alberta store shelves. I actually have been to Placentia, and worked right across the street from the brewery, back when I was unaware of its existence. Sigh.

This beer pours a very hazy medium golden yellow hue, with a rising tower of rather puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a rather strange swath of thick, swoopy, caked lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of sharp wooden barrel staves, the kind well soaked in nutty, corny, and spicy whisky, airborne white pepper, dry vanilla beans, an apple and pear fruitiness, a bit of earthy honey, and thin wheaty malt. The taste is very bourbon-like, leaning towards the sweet corny side, with a lesser, but still present rye component, with the caramel and vanilla notes fairly restrained, the wood big like the titular tree, some middling black pepper wisps and subtle drupe fruit esters, and a grainy wheatiness making surprising strides among it all. The alcohol is pretty well integrated - well, at least obfuscated by all that whisky fuss.

The carbonation is soft, yet a bit gaily frothy at times, the body a solid medium weight, especially for a wheat ale, and doubly so after the barrel treatment, and actually quite smooth, with a strong case made for creaminess. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the woody graininess doing well to cut through the various caramel, vanilla, and orchard fruit essences, not to mention that slowly burgeoning alcohol warmth.

Like the best in the admittedly limited examples of this style that I've tried, White Oak possesses a heady wheat heft, aided and abetted by the elevated, and integrated ABV, an attendant fruitiness, and here, some overarching whisky barrel indoctrination. That's a good thing - oakey dokey, indeed!

Photo of augustgarage
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a generic tulip glass.

Silky butterscotch body, very thin collar with a thumbprint of beige foam in the center. Heavy ropes of legs grab hold of the thin spattering of lacing, rolling it slowly back into the glass. An iridescent ring remains suspended ominously around the edges.

To summarize the aroma in one word: "BOURBON." All the elements of a mid-shelf whiskey without the fusel notes some brands exhibit. Vanilla, corn, Worthers', brown butter, tobacco, and a hint of ash.

Sweet boozey flavor, but without the heat you might expect. Reminds me a bit of bourbon balls. Some spices emerge mid-palate: cinnamon, pink pepper, and clove. Very smooth, more like Woodford Reserve than say, Old Crow. The Bruery seems to have obtained a higher quality of barrel (say from Heaven Hill, though maybe not as good as Buffalo Trace) than most brewers use. Finish has a touch of bitterness and smoke.

Round, rich, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Mildly astringent, but no effervescence (I realize it is 11%, but so is Bière Du Boucanier!) though.

Delicious really, but definitely one for contemplation, if not dessert. If you are a fan of bourbon or single malt, you will probably enjoy this - if not, then stay far far away. If I weren't rating for style, I might increase my score...

Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light orangish copper with a nice, dense, thick, foamy, pure white head that has decent retention

S - lemon, yeast, faint vanilla, faint wood

T - huge bourbon notes, fruity, apples, oak, vanilla, yeast, some spice, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warm, very crisp

The nose is deceiving. This is a bourbon forward beer. The underlying beer is good but doesn't hold up to the huge woody, earthy, bourbon flavors. It is a complex beer, but the overall product needs balance. In the end, it is a bit unique so in my book it's worth trying.

Photo of McMatt7
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Coconut and caramel deliciousness

Photo of zaphodchak
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Straw to gold body. Some trace of head.

Yeasty and rich, pungent and nice.

Very tripel like, with plenty of yeast, a bit of spice. Not too much oak character, but mellow and well rounded, maybe a trace of coconut.

Pretty light and bright, actually. A bit too much so, but no complaints.

Complex and mellow, may or may not be worth the price.

Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Good Life - Massapequa NY

A - Hazy orange pour with a white foam head. The small bubbles indicate it has some solid carbonation. Lacing is minimal.

S - Scents of maple and vanilla hit the nose and smell very much like a fresh box of Kashi cereal. There is a lingering boozy scent that became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

T - Interesting flavor of vanilla, candy sugar, and maple. Has a tangy flavor that I felt was more of an off-note than something that added to the beer. The complexity is impressive and overall a nice wheatwine.

M - Incredibly sessionable for the style; the ABV was masked well. Carbonation could be toned down a little. Started to have a slight seltzer vibe. Feels heavy.

O - Good example of a style that's not typical for me nor one I've had a bunch of. I like the complexity and ease of drinking this.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at a tasting 1/29. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 8oz. pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: A gentle pour reveals a carbonated monster generating 4 fingers of fluffy, frothy, messy head that's so thick it doesn't move even with agitation. Retention is decent.

S: Nose is a boozy strong vanilla. Never smelled anything like this one before. Completely unique. Bourbon and woodiness are also very apparent. Hint of maple syrup adds the finishing touches.

T: Boozy and strong on the vanilla. Sugary backbone is strong and completely outrageous. Very hot. A unique yogurt sourness and a sweet spice at the finish. Following the nose, I've never had anything like this before... and its hard to compare... not quite sure why its a BSPA but I wouldn't know how else to characterize it. A bump up in the grade is deserved as its unlike anything else and isn't just a sugary mess.

M: Medium bodied, hot, boozy, and coarse. Smoothes out as it warms with a clean, spicy finish. Aftertaste doesn't linger which is good since it doesn't add to an already very sweet beer.

D: This one is very memorable but I don't know if I would go out of my way to come back to it. Definitely worth a try as it defies categorization.

Photo of cjgator3
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10oz draft pour at Oblivion In Orlando. This is a wheat-wine aged in bourbon barrels blended with a Belgian-style golden ale. The taste has some fruitiness with vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrel aging with a dry and slightly spicy finish with a lingering warmth from the alcohol. Overall, this is a solid Wheatwine that is definitely worth a try! Cheers!

Photo of prototypic
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Release

White Oak pours a nice straw yellow color. It’s incredibly hazy. That’s not unusual for the style. Backlighting gives it a slightly gold look. A really nice bone white head covers the top. Carbonation looks active, yielding a head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It seemed to stick around forever. The motor in the bottom of this Samuel Adams glass kept it going. Lacing was sticky and thick.

The nose is pretty weak. It needs quite a bit more strength. Unfortunately, it smells rather average as there’s really not much going on. It does feature some earthy and grainy notes. No big shock there. There is a very light whiskey or bourbon scent. It’s extremely subtle though. As I understand it, only 50% of this was barrel aged. I wouldn’t have guessed that much from the smell. Alcohol is blended pretty well for 11.5%. I’m not getting much at all. Eh. Just okay.

The flavor is much better. Caramel strikes first. It’s sweet and is quite flavor. Anchors things down nicely. It’s followed by a strong mix of grainy and earthy notes. Those resonate throughout. There is a bit of bourbon, but it is rather light and subtle. I still wouldn’t have guessed 50% of this was aged in barrels. Nevertheless, the bourbon flavor works well with the other flavors. Secondary flavors include light oak and coconut. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but it doesn’t seem like 11.5%. Finishes sweet and grainy. Good stuff.

White Oak has a medium body. While the carbonation seems very active, the bubbles feel soft and smooth. It has a nice feel. Since the alcohol is pretty well hidden, it’s deceptively drinkable. Proceed with caution if you’re tackling a 750 solo. It is big!

White Oak is a pretty impressive beer. I was skeptical. For such a big beer, it is rather mild mannered and is definitely tasty. Perhaps three years has taken some of the edge off. Tough to say. It’s good stuff. The nose needs work, but it performs well in all other respects. Easy recommendation.

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by Sandstone at a tasting - thanks, Roger! Call me crazy, but I thought this was a wheatwine (-bal aged).

Pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a huge white head and some solid lacing.

Aroma is nice and smooth with wheat, light tropical fruits, and herbal notes.

Flavor is wheat, citrus, tropical fruit, and oak. Really smooth and tasty, a great wheat wine. Don't believe the haters that say that this isn't good. It is in fact good.

Nice medium-light palate with lively carbonation, not too boozy, belying the 12% kick.

Drinkability is very high for the style and ABV.

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White Oak from The Bruery
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