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White Oak - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

904 Ratings
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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: OlieIPA on 07-12-2009)
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Schmaltzy

California

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into Chimay glassware.

A- cloudy golden color with a nice ample white 2 finger head. Head retention throughout.

S- sweet wheat/bread scents, coconut, sweet meyer lemon, nice vanilla oak and small amounts of bourbon.

T- very nice, meyer lemon right away followed by sweet wheat/bready yeast flavors, definately strong coconut and vanilla oak, honey, finishes with some baking spices and bourbon flavors.

M- loads of carbonation but dies down as the beer opens/warms up. Medium body not syrupy with a nice dry slight alcohol burn finish. Give it more time to cool down.

D- very nice flavors in this beer, I finished the bottle and enjoyed all of it. Swirl in glass to release some of the extra carbonation, it helps. Gonna have to go buy some more of this and let it sit for a year and try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 22:54:24 | More by Schmaltzy
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White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.