White Oak - The Bruery

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88
very good

263 Reviews
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Reviews: 263
Hads: 1,153
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 5.34%
Wants: 96
Gots: 278 | FT: 27
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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 ibbjamin:
Photo of ibbjamin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from The Bruery. Split this with my fiancee and poured into a chalice.

Bottlecap opens with a pleasant pop and fizz. Beer pours with a light fizzy white head of about 3/4 inch in height which settles down to a more dense nice layer of retention. Very cloudy and straw orange in color. Pretty good lacing.

Tons of great oak aroma balanced with vanilla, bourbon, nutmeg, biscuity malts and a complex fruit bouquet of white grape, plum, pear and green apple. Wheat and Belgian yeast strains faintly present in the nose as well. All in all, very pleasant and complex.

Taste brings forth tons of brown sugar, perhaps a bit overboard in this department. The oak is still evident with the bourbon. Not quite hot, but the bourbon certainly is quite warming nodding at the 11.5% ABV. Reminds me a bit of Christmas with the gingerbread cookies noted. Many of the aforementioned fruits are not detectible in the taste.

Medium full body. Pretty thick going down and quite smooth with a lasting oaky bourbon finish. Well carbonated and goes down pretty easily.

I'd recommend this one around the holiday, but on a warm spring day, it didn't hit the spot for me. There are so many other great beers from this brewery that I will likely not seek this out again, but I commend them for producing this one. (1,319 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of diesel59
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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... (474 characters)

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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...) (654 characters)

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of Callmecoon
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of aquazr1
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -13%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (367 characters)

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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White Oak from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.