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White Oak | The Bruery

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The Bruery
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Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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.

Added by OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

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Photo of mjc3151
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - lots of head (may have been over-carbonated because i poured very slowly), light brown, slightly more clear than cloudy

S - smells sweet, almost like a saison. bourbon smell is prominent

T - tastes like a saison too. can definitely taste the alcohol. bourbon flavor is very noticeable. very sweet, slightly fruity. Tastes better warmer.

M - crisp, flows nicely

O - a very good beer, but at $16 a bottle i probably will not buy it again.

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Photo of walows
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint from Beachwood.

Brought to the table in a tulip, I nice golden color and white fluffy head. The smell is wonderful! It has a nice bourbon and caramel sweetness, with little hints vanilla and clove and a little bit if alcohol in the finish. The taste is very similar to the smell, lots of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and wheaty sweetness. It goes down super smooth and finishes very clean and dry. The bourbon plays very nice with beer. The bourbon and caramel in this beer are awesome. An absolute pleasure to drink. It coats my month very nice, medium bodied and just wonderful. The drinkability is pretty good. Overall, this is a wonderful beer! To bad this came out underneath the huge hype shadow that was Black Tuesday. But that leaves more for me!

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Photo of Patinthebronx
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Version. Poured out of the bottle into a tulip glass. Strong head leading to a beautiful golden-Amber beer, however not translucent. It has almost no nose, probably due to the three years of collaring. Taste of honey and earthly sweetness in front ending with a mellowed boozy earthiness. This is a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice and clear brassy hue with very white head that fades away to a thin lace quite quickly. Vinous like nose, notes of white wine, oak, apple and vanilla, soft sweet bourbon notes, touch of alcohol and caramel

Quite a gorgeous beer. Incredibly complex with lots of prickly carbonation despite the strength. Tart ripe apples and stone fruit covered in a light caramel glaze. Soft notes of oak and vanilla with just the right touch of bourbon. A delicate beer like this would be so easily overpowered but sweet bourbony notes come through just a bit on the back end and compliment some of the more savory and richer notes while letting some of the brighter fruit notes still shine. Complex, surprisingly lighter in body than expected. The wheat really creates an incredibly drinkable beer out of such a big one. Alcohol heat is noticeable on the back.end but provides balance to the intense flavors and drys out the finish. Finishes lingers long and is almost tannic in that it scrubs the gums. Very nice, and well worth the bottle cost.

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Photo of deuschbag
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought two 750 ml bottles at the bruery halloween night. this monster pours a a perfect clowdy golden color with a long lasting thick bubbly head.

when first pored this thing had a face smacking bourbon smell with some sourness behind it. as it gets warmer it fades away to a surprising balance of grapefruit bitterness, lemon and wheat.

once warm this beer has picture perfect balance. when it was cold very boozy and in your face. after some time a lot of flavors mellow and more appear. nice blend of tropical spices, bourbon, wheat with a nice bitter bite in the end.

mouthfeel is surprsingly soft and chewy. but be careful cause this does pack a punch at 11.5%

i shared this bottle with my sister(who is becoming quite a beer advocate herself now) and she says this is her favorite beer now. i'd have to say this is one of my top favorites as well now. they are going to go far with all these phenomenal beers they're making.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.6/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 4.0 Nice foamy-whitehead, one finger with good retention but not much lacing. Color is a hazy marigold, shiny, liquid gold.

Smell: 5.0 Honey, clover, spice, sweet wine. Some major aroma going. But it’s like going into a flower shop, can’t really identify one single smell. Lemongrass, nice citrusness. Riesling, OJ+Vodka.

Taste: Here I get first of all a waffle-like food sweetness, with butterscotch and caramel. Brown butter sauce, “refined sweetness”. Honeycomb, champagne. Light and delicious, a great brunch beer.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously carbonated, with a tad of tingly hops and a pleasant dryness at the end. Again, this reminds me more of a refined wine or spirit than a beer. Medium body, full flavor, great carbonation.

Overall: Exceptional. I thought I wouldn’t like it but it is so drinkable and tasty. “Ethereal”.

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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...)

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Photo of john0721
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

update: 6/5/15

2013 bottle, aged at The Bruery, poured into a tulip.

Yellow, white full rocky lasting head, with excellent lacing.

White wine, apple, grape, banana in the nose.

The flavors in the nose continue in the taste, in addition to some creamy vanilla.

This beer is what I'm looking for in a wheat wine. I liked it fresh, two years later its still going strong.

I will definitely buy more bottles if The Bruery puts them up for sale.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 750 ml bottle into my Westvletern chalice.

The beer pours a medium honey gold with a white head. The head is very nice, rising several fingers and providing great retention and lacing. The head is very thick and creamy.

The aroma is pretty light, lots of wheat and clove. I was expecting some wood or bourbon but got noone of it. AFter the beer warms up and tasting you start to get a little bourbon in the aroma.

The taste starts our like a normal wheat kind of sweet then your are hit of a huge amount of flavor. Its very sweet vanilla and coconut then a ton of bourbon.

My one complaint is that the beer is a light in texture with an unremarkable finsih.

The drinkability is off the chart especially at 11abv, don't taste any of it.

I didn't have much hope for this before I tried, but after i'm floored. This beer is complex, totally drinkable, and very unique. Get a hold of this if you can.

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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.

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique and complex flavor profile going on here. Oaky tannic notes and white grape are prominent up front, then some spicy, Belgian yeast and candy sugar move forward. The 11.5% abv is present in some sharp black pepper notes, but no boozyness. Prickly carbonation throughout.

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Photo of Dean_Tadlock
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to enjoy it on draft

Deep gold in color.
Smells heavily of sweet barley and bourbon.
Taste is very rich with strong notes of vanilla caramel and bourbon barrel. Subtle notes of coconut. You can definitely tell it's a 12%.
Mouthfeel is warming and body is full.
Defiantly recommended for those who enjoy a strong ale or bourbon barrel aged beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hugely carbonated, pouring this one into a snifter results in a good 3-4 fingers of rocky white foam, floating upon the dark straw colored brew. Nosing the beer, I get apricots, tropical fruits, wheat, vanilla and oak. Upon tasting the beer for the first time, I get a very complex blend of vanilla, oak, caramel, white pepper and soothing, warming alcohol. An outstanding blend and a great beer. Probably my favorite from the Bruery so far.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mothman for breaking this out at the recent tasting.

I had never heard of this before, but as soon as it was described to me I knew I would like it.

Pours a cloudy and murky golden-orange color, with about two fingers of white fluffly head. Retention is good and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is fantastic. Smells like a Wit on 'roids. I get apples and pears, spices and wood. The characters picked up from the barrel aren't as prevelent, but they add just enough to make this extremely enticing.

The taste is fruity and spicey, with light bourbon, oak and vanilla notes. This is a great tasting beer. I had a feeling I would like it, but was totally blown away.

Appropriately high, but fine carbonation along with a medium body make for a great feel. It tingles in the mouth to excentuate the flavors. Drinkability is awesome, I didn't pick up any of the ABV. 11%, you gotta be kidding me!

This is a great beer, as the light barrel notes make this one unique and very enjoyable. Thanks Ben for breaking this one out.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with a cmorton and a friend at Blue Palms last night. Review from notes.

Pale golden color. Half finger of white head. Nice lacing. 4.5

Smells of sour apple and white grapes. Kind of tart. Very champagne like in the nose. Also, vanilla/butterscotch fudge. 4.5

Tastes of apple juice. Sweet toffee. Vanilla fudge. Slightly tart green apples and champagne ish white grapes. Smoky oak and a dash of bourbon. 4.5

Rich, but surprisingly light. Well carbonated, and slightly dry. 4.5

Surprisingly drinkable. Alcohol is barely noticeable. 4.5

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. Pours a very hazy, golden-orange color with a large white head that goes down rather slowly. Pours very nicely. Scent is initially hoppy with some Belgian yeast aromas. Sweet coconut with spicy aromas...Very unique nose on this one. Vanilla and oak make their way to the nostrils...the oak is quite pleasant as it warms. Lots of citrus as well...orange peel, lemon, etc. Subtle bourbon. Quite the complex smelling brew we have here. Taste initially remind me of Mischief...you get that bold, spicy, hoppy, bright citrus flavor...but then it smoothly transforms to oaky coconut and caramel flavors. Sweet vanilla and bourbon...wow...just phenomenal flavors here. Finishes with a bit more citrus...somewhat bitter. A bit of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very high, as I cannot believe this is 11.5%. Overall, such an amazing beer. I bought my full allocation of 5 bottles. I will gladly buy 5 more if I get the chance to head to Orange before it is sold out.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a small but bulbous snifter/tulip hybrid glass. I believe this is the 2013 version.

Appearance (4.25) - Ruddy brown-orange with highlights of yellow make up the cloudy body. An yellowish-white head of about a finger and a half rests atop with ample bubbles. A film of head remains throughout the beer, with a little more thickness around the edges of the glass. Lacing is moderate and silky.

Smell (4.5) - An intoxicating smell with note of fruit--mango specifically--along with a grainy wheat presence highlighted by veins of citrus and an underlying boozy element from the high alcohol content. Smells strong, but balanced and promising. Gives the impression of a stronger dessert wine, like a sauterne.

Taste (4.25) - The fruity element continues to have a strong presence, but is now flanked by notes of sweet caramel and even some cinnamon. Vanilla comes through from the heat of the bourbon barrels. Again, the wine-y elements are present to make this a very complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and highly viscous, with the liquid oozing back down the side of the glass after taking a drink. Carbonation is lower, but enough to counterpoint the thickness of the beer.

Overall (4.25) a wonderful beer from The Bruery, which is probably good, given the cost of this particular 750. Brings to mind the feel of cognac or even moreso a strong brandy. If this was more available, I would definitely keep it around.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Thanks Cheesemoose! White, frothy head, high retention on a hazy golden body. Soapy, sudsy lacing, sticky. Aroma includes sweet fruits, banana, percimmon, a pleasant tartness and a hint of vanilla. Taste includes candi sugar, slight tartness, slight alcohol, some coconut as advertised. All the flavored work well together and the beer is delicious and highly drinkable for a high abv.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage bottle dated from 03/2013 sered in a wine glass cold.

Appearance: light orange with a nice foamy had and some unusually dark and grainy sediment. Kinda like black sand.

Nose: orange, vanilla, Woody, oak, caramel, coconut, nice malty backbone and a touch of wheat.

Taste: spicy and complex, oaky, caramel, coconut, tons of Barrel character, boozy orange candy

Overall: this bottle aged nicely and all has some significant hop character. I really enjoyed this beer and want some more. I just need to get the full visited White Chocolate.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates leaving some nice lacing.

Nose is subtle, oak stands out with some fruit and yeast

Taste is a complex blend of vanilla, oak, caramel, pepper, some Belgian yeast sweetness and a dry warming alcohol ending, finishes nice an clean. This is one tasty beer!

Mouthfeel features some nice carbonation.

This is a great beer, well done Bruery. This one is dangerously drinkable with a high ABV. Don't pass up the chance to drink this one.

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Photo of Xul
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden, capped by a somewhat rocky three finger white head with very good retention

S: Almost experienced sensory overload after taking a few extended whiffs. Starts out with a subtle, spicy mix of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg before opening up into a melange of aromas. Ripe bananas, berries, vanilla, oaky notes, sweet bread, some green apple. Various combinations of these aromas hit at different times, creating composite aromas of apple pie, berry cobbler, or a banana heavy smoothie.

T: A bit of a booze hit up front before going into a similar mixture of flavors as the nose. Spices come in a bit stronger up front with heavier clove and cinnamon, while the vanilla takes a back fruit. From there it transitions into fruit again with the banana, spices and the wheaty base combining to form a sort of banana bread character. Finishes sweet with the vanilla coming back into the picture along with a bit oak.

M: Medium bodied with low, but sufficient, carbonation. Feels very sticky as it moves over the tongue and even in the finish.

D: Takes a hit from the noticeable alcohol, but still pretty drinkable for an 11.5% beer.

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Photo of Zach136
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku.

A - Pours straw yellow, with excellent carbonation. Nice white pillow of a head. Good lacing.

S - Insanely complex. Nutmeg, pecan, wheat sweetness along with oak and bourbon.

T - More complex than the nose. Wheat based sweetness is most present with the bourbon barrel giving some toffee, oak and naturally bourbon flavors to the brew. While the base beer throws a very slight lemon grass tartness into the mix.

M - For 11.5% I found the mouthfeel very dry, the taste lingers on the palate for a while. Booze is also fairly present.

O - Phenomenal beer. Only aging half of it in the bourbon barrel was a great call, as I don't see the subtle notes of the wheat and yeast standing up to much more. Probably should have saved this brew to share with some one considering I don't think drinking the entire thing by yourself is very healthy. Going to grab another to cellar as I imagine this brew will be absolutely incredible with a few years.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold and hazy beer; into a tulip I was able to produce ivory foam a coupla fingers high; left laces down the glass as it slid by

S: wheat and fruit, oaky wood notes; sweet and citrusy

T: wheaty base malt is apparent, offering some suggestions of wheat beer tartness, fruits, and spices; meanwhile, caramel sugars and honey notes sweeten the pot; crisp, tart, bright, and fresh - owing to the yeasts presumably, among other things. Reminiscent of Belgian ales, with spice and sweetness, but also elegance.

M: fizzy, fuzzy, soft, tingly; medium-full feeling - tart moments and a nice close, just short of dry, almost clean...

O: the label speaks the truth! The bourbon is applied with subtlety, giving airs of wood and whiskey to the mix; lots of fruits for fans: tropical and orchard; citrus comes through, assisted by the hops (?), and the wheat provides some characteristic flavors and smells; this came across like a wheat tripel, bourbon barrel aged. Can't imagine not enjoying this.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bruery tulip as it should be.

Perfect mid-day sun yellow with bright white head made of the biggest bubbles of foam I've ever seen. Cloudy with touches of orange and Arizona sunrise. The head fades away leaving little to no traces of lacing. Just a thin foam of brilliant white resides.
Sweet Banana bread, orange peel, homemade caramel, slightly toasted oak, vanilla beans, tart/sour fermented wheat, touches of bourbon, caramelized onion, cloves, star anise, all spice. This is very unique!!! Wheatwines are one of my least favorite styles, but something about this one keeps me dipping my nose into the glass. It must be the mix of banana, bourbon/vanilla, sour apple and citrus.
Sour banana, vanilla/oak, tart citrus, and notes of dead flowers, cloves, onions, chinese 5-spice, bourbon and fermented wheat grass. For the style itself, it's fantastic... but for the taste... it's not my bag at all!!! I gotta rate it for what it is and not for what I like. What it is, is damn near perfect for the style.
Sour, bitter, sweet, vanilla, toasted wood, tropical, green apples, nutty, and full of spice. All over the place as are most Wheatwines. The best I've EVER had of this style which is how I rate. Rotted banana, citrus peel, toasted bourbon oak barrel and slightly sweet and tangy wheat... but I somehow like it!
Every time I have a Wheatwine my mouth says WTF? Lots of flavors that don't mesh nor go away! LOL!!! This one is even more over the top and if this is wrong to my tongue, I don't wanna be right! Certainly not something I would or could drink daily. This may get better and smooth out with age. I'll grab another bottle and let you know in a few years.

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