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White Oak - The Bruery

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 1,187
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 103
Gots: 293 | FT: 31
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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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Photo of corby112
1.91/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a very dark and hazy burnt orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy two finger white foam head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy aroma with a prominent honey presence as well as a very strong barrel character. Lots of ashy charred wood with a heavy dose of boozy bourbon and some subtle vanilla. Plenty of alcohol sweetness and earthy spice in the nose along with light fruit notes. Smells slightly damp and funky and just a weird combination of scents.

Medium bodied with very tight carbonation up front that is immediately countered by a blast of bourbon and burnt wood that overpower almost everything and lingers throughout into a very hot, burning finish. The barrel character is way too strong in this beer creating an overly hot, boozy, astringent mess. Lots of earthy oak and hot bourbon flavor with a decent bit of vanilla flavor that surprisingly doesn't mellow things out much at all. Underneath all of the heat there is a slightly creamy presence with hints of crisp light fruit and zesty, peppery spice. This beer is not very well balanced and is kind of an abrasive assault on the palate. It doesn't taste very good and is tough to choke down. It improves a bit as it warms but it is still a one dimensional failure.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.94/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Room-temperature (55 F in my place) bottle into a glass. Courtesy of Overlord. Many thanks, Mike.

A: Pours a murky golden-amber color with a short-lived finger of off-white fluffy head. It collapses into a thin film on the brew with a thick collar that deposits sheets of non-sticky bubbles during each swig. Not mindblowing for a BSPA, but decent.

S: Vanilla, cinnamon, honey, oak, wheat, caramel, toffee, mango, and a light ethanol scent. I can't find any bourbon.

T: Begins with yeast, vanilla, and cinnamon. Other spices (cardamom?) that I can't quite figure out. Mid-taste is honey, wheat, and more "traditional" malts of caramel and toffee. I also detect mango throughout, but it pops up at strange times. The finish reveals a light, peppery bourbon character with oak, but there is also a booze burn that pulls into the finish. Very strong-tasting. Unfortunately, the powerful and cloying combination of honey, vanilla, and booze in the aftertaste is pretty tough to swallow. Initially a 3, but after drain-pouring a lot of the beer I can't really give it anything higher than a 1.

M: This is sticky as hell. It clings to the mouth. A forced sipper no matter how you look at it. Unfortunately you do feel the 11% throughout, and it adds an unpleasant aftertaste to an already heavy beer. The style should be fluffier. A semi-dry finish.

D: Lots of strong tastes here. But it's very heavy on the palate, and the finish is challenging. I'm not sure barrel-aging was a good idea for this one. Also, I really should have split this with people. I was unable to finish the bottle and poured out about 40% of it. Gah. I hate throwing away expensive beer.

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Photo of MrFootstones
1.98/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

I was excited to open my painstakingly acquired White Oak (and Black Tuesday). I couldn't drink this one though. I split it with two BA's and luckily, they were able to polish off my bottle for me to avoid the alcohol abuse of a drain pour.

For me, a beer as delicate as this is just not appropriate for bourbon bbl aging. The poor beer was completely overwhelmed and it was just a boozy bourbon bomb. Both the smell and taste were overpowering sweet whisky. I had the same problem with Allagash Curieux before they toned it down (or maybe it was just more mellow on tap).

I feel bad giving a poor review to such a revered brewery but this one was unpalatable to me.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From 750mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 5/24/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for crackin' this one, Billiam --

A: Cloudy, murky Saison yellow. A good pour yields a white and loost 1.25 finger head that fades to a meager bubbly collar and no lacing. Meh.

S: Sage, mint, herbs. Not a lot of booze, yet this is lacking a significant amount of oomph. I mean why does a damn Wheatwine smell like an herb garden? Where's the bourbon? 50% is aged in bourbon barrels, yet I would've never known had the label not told me.

T: Wheat, booze, an imperial amount of clove and some overripe banana. There's a real Belgian quality to that just doesn't mesh well with the base beer. Again, no bourbon to speak of. Kind of a mess, to be honest.

M: What am I drinking? This feels like a bubbly summer session lager or Pale Wheat Ale. Where's the viscosity? Where's the body and complexity? This seems to be a running theme with the current batches of the Bruery's specialty suds: thin and underwhelming.

O: What a train wreck of a beer. This isn't anywhere close to good. It feels lazy and uninspired, and it disappoints in most every facet. Do your palate a favor and introduce Mr. White Oak to Ms. Drain, pronto.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; I'm usually very underwhelmed by beers from this brewery - with the exception of Black Tuesday, which I was quite fond of. I hope this isn't overpriced mediocrity like many of The Bruery's other beers.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of slight soft cream, decent thickness, and very impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a murky hazy dark yellow. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. It looks rather nice; I'm excited to try it. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral, with clean wheat presence, cream, very light vague coconut, and tropical fruit esters. Pleasant, clean, and generally inviting - though not unique or special. A mild strength aroma.

T: Wheat is definitely the base, with strange bourbon and wood notes. Some light floral fruit notes are backgrounded. Coconut is distinct and recognizable, but I don't know that it's a good addition to the flavour profile. No alcohol comes through - quite a feat. The balance is off. Lacks a clear focus or emphasis, as though the brewers combined a bunch of difficult processes without any real regard for the balance of the end product. The wheat is nice and well executed, but the coconut mixed with the bourbon really bothers me. Complex but not at all subtle. Far too sweet. I get some vanilla, but it's not like it is in dark beers; here vanilla is troublesome.

Their own description on the label hints at the problem; "esque" and "ish" and "like" are used, but there are no solid firm flavours. It's a hodge podge of would-be notes, and the result is less appealing than the label makes it sound. Vaguely evocative of malibu coconut rum mixed with poor bourbon.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and somewhat creamy. Too thin. Adequately carbonated. Complements the flavour generally.

Dr: To its credit, the ABV is well hidden. That's probably the best element of this beer. It's difficult to drink; coconut is quickly overwhelming and far too sweet - especially over the course of repeated sips. Far too expensive for its quality (a staple of The Bruery). Another disappointment from The Bruery. I may never know why people like their beers so much. I wouldn't get this again, and I'd caution friends from trying it as well. Wasn't there supposed to be oak in the taste?

See Koko Brown from Kona Brewing for a far better (and motivated) use of coconut in the brewing process.


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Photo of BeTheBall
2.61/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750, very frothy head with golden color and dense carbonation. Smell was mostly of bourbon barrel, with some vanilla? Taset was heavy on the bourbob, not my favorite. Also sweet and fairly alcoholic. This should be served in 2 or 4 oz. size for me, as that's plenty. Not a refreshing or tasty beer. Mouthfeel was fine, but the taste missed for me.

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Photo of Auracom
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Courtesy of the RS. 6-7 oz. of the bomber poured into a Cantillon flute on May 6th, 2012.

A - Semi-clear golden coloring with a huge 4-finger, white, creamy head. Decent retention and great lacing. Looks a bit like a hefty geuze.

S - Lots of sharp lemon peel and vinegar with light malt sweetness and vanilla. A touch of oak and wheat-bread yeast underneath. Much, much less barrel character than I expected.

T - Front palate wheat grass, citrus, and tart sweetness. Mid palate transitions into caramel, light vanilla, and finally some semblance of barrel notes. Rear end is a wierd mixture of sweet, sour, and malty bread that leads into the finish.

M - Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit smooth, tart and lightly-dry finish.

D - Undoubtedly the strangest beer I've had from the Bruery yet. There are a lot of different elements within the aroma and taste, but I find them to clash rather the meld/blend. Ultimately that makes this pretty poor for drinkability, imo.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is VERY nice looking - it's two fingers high, white shaded, and beautifully creamy. I think it retains well for 11.5%, and the lacing it leaves behind is pretty but inconsistent. This one looks good in a glass.

S: I get both the BSPA portion and the BA wheatwine portion, with the former coming through more vividly. Apple and pear esters tend to dominate, while its barrel characteristics (oak, vanilla, even coconut!) slowly build up as this opens up. If there's a problem, it's that there seems to be a disconnect between the fruit esters and the barrel notes - as if they're not coexisting in perfect harmony with each other. Individually, though, these two tones are actually quite satisfying.

T: Apple and pear esters are at the forefront of the flavor profile, and incidentally, that's the best part of this beer. After that, it goes right into 'clusterfuck city'. I'm getting wisps of a lot of notes (oak barrel, vanilla, booze, marshmallow, coconut, tomato, tart cherries, wheat), all popping up at various stages in the flavor profile. I will give it this - it's complex. Wait, no, it isn't complex. It's complicated. Complex beers have a semblance of harmony and balance, this is just a hilarious jumble of flavors. A sweet, boozy hilarious jumble of flavors, with a finish that's cloying to the point of annoyance.

M: Because all the notes sort of get jammed together in a doorway, it doesn't really inspire the palate to find them out - and that means you don't care to find the notes, therefore you just want to drink this. Insomuch as the drinkability goes, it's actually quite good. It's pretty light on the palate, and in spite of all the booze and sugar, goes down relatively easily...that is, until the sweetness overwhelms the palate. Which it will.

O: I declare this the Three Stooges of beerdom. All the flavors do is get jammed in a doorway, with the sugary sweetness poking the fruit esters in the eyes and bonking the oak barrel in the head. There's no way I could finish a whole 750 solo, which is why I split it with a couple friends. Don't need to ever have this one again...I really hope the bottle of Bois I'm sitting on isn't like this.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a very cloudy amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains quite well, then slowly fades to an 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge and pocks of surface foam. Full sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S- Alcohol, a bit of astringency and a slight sour smell arise. Yes, it seems like this might have some tart to it.

T- Strong booze bite without a lot of flavor to back it up. Kind of harsh and, yes, slightly tart. Man, this is a hot one. Like I'm drinking champagne laced with an oz. of vodka. Not much oak detected, but what's there is certainly not complimentary or enjoyable.

M- As stated with the champagne comment, a high amount of carbonation (part of The Bruery's usual M.O.) makes one feel like they're drinking thick sparkling liquor. It does have some body to it, but not enough to balance out the gas. Hot and full of an ascerbic bite.

O- Wow, I'm a HUGE Bruery fan, but this is by far the most displeasing entry I've had from them. I've had good wheatwines before too (Smuttynose does a good one, for example). Hopefully this is one that absolutely needs to be cellared because, otherwise, it's just a hot mess.

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Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thank you Bruery Reserve Society for the beer. Poured into a Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden yellow hue with a two finger fluffy white head that fades to a thinnish blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of fresh coconut meat and earthy barrel and super light Bourbon. There is a light Belgian yeast/fruit ester to the back of the beer. Light vanilla notes too.

T - What the hell is this... sweet Carmel malts with light barrel notes and faint bourbon. Gentle coconut and vanilla but a TON of booze. A distracting amount of booze here. Super light answer faint flavours though. Its like they took a Belgian triple and just added a hodgepodge of flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is super carbonated and light for the ABV but this all said its still super boozy. Really really boozy.

O - Overall what the heck did I buy? Its such a jumble of flavours and is all kinda thin and faint. Had such high expectations for this beer and it was dashed wonderfully by a crummy flavour. Argh.

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3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

$13 for the 750mL bottle. Poured into a mini snifter
Sampled 07OCT12

[A] Average vigor on the pour and a bright head 1 1/2 fingers high is produced. Foamy on the bottom, fluffy on top. Retention is above average. A thick film and collar remains for quite some time. The body is a hazy peachy-orange with a little light showing through. Transparency is low. Lacing in wavy sheets.

[S] Bourbon infused caramel, light Belgian candi sugars, and an air of coconut wood, plus some wheat.

[T] Bourbon and wheat. Quite an unnatural combination of flavors. You can tell that White Oak is a high gravity beer, but I wouldn't have guessed anything close to 11.5%. So, in that respect...pretty impressive.

[M] The mouthfeel is great. Dances across the tongue with a consistent prickle, stays light, remains crisp, and a wheaty, tangy snap on the finish.

[O] While high gravity wheat beers don't really make sense to me, I actually think this would have been a pretty decent beer...sans the bourbon barrel treatment. The Bruery's website describes White Oak as: "50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels...and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale)..." - now, things are starting to make sense.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Dad, thanks Pop! Pours hazy dark yellow with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is light citrus, pear, apple, yeast funk, dry oak. Was expecting more sweetness on the nose given my experience with White Chocolate. Really smells like a Saison. Flavor is sweet honey apples, and alcohol presence but unexpectedly light bodied. Maybe a bit of vanilla. The alcohol presence doesn’t mend well here and is slightly offensive. No trace of the beer that I tasted in WC. Adequate carbonation that prickles the tongue. Dryish finish. A bit disappointed here.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: a golden honey color. slight haze but still able to see through it. three fingers of a frothy head that fades slowly and lives a pretty solid lacing

Smell: wheaty thats a little bit grassy. strong oak and a little bourbon.

Taste: the taste are a bit muddled together. but i get wheat, with some oak and vanillay bourbon. i don't know if its the combination or just in general the taste but it is really missing something here

Mouthfeel: fairly light. not very sticky or bourbon-like. strong sweetness at the end. some alcohol warmth

Overall: a huge disappointment as a barrel aged beer. also makes 2 of 3 breury beers that have let me down largely (the other was just good not great)

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Photo of VincentFrey
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Appearance: For a blended beer, it's pretty solid. Orange and blond hues, with a delightfully resilient head. Very cloudy, likely the combination of the aged wheatwine (White Oak Sap) and the bottle conditioning. Not a bad example at all, and fits the style, but far too average.

Smell: Actually some oddly tart notes pretty quickly. I dig it myself, and it fits the flavors I was expecting, but I figured the bourbon barrel would be more noticeable. Instead it falls into the background notes, complementing a nice wheat malt and some caramel notes. The tartness is surprising but I dig it.

Taste: What a strange combination of bourbon, tartness, and traditional belgian strong ale. The wheat doesn't impact the flavor as much as I expected, and it's a bit too sweet to my liking. Perhaps some more time aging would help the flavors blend a bit further, but it seems to be stretching for too much. Makes me wonder more about how White Oak Sap would taste than the beer I'm drinking.

Mouthfeel: Nicely lasting, with alcohol heat and vanilla sweetness primarily. A bit thin while drinking but the lingering makes up for it. A big beer without a big impact.

Overall: Not my cup of tea, but seeing as I'm not a big belgian fan, I think I'd prefer the original wheat wine instead of this blend with Mischief. Interesting, and oddly refreshing for such a big beer, but won't be buying it again.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Very light with a nice little head; minimal lacing; looked a lot like a mimosa.
S Light fruit--it smelled very much like a dry chardonnay with a slight wheaty, yeasty nose
T Tastes much like the smell--it reminded me more of a chardonnay than a beer
M Bubbly and light--airy--again, less like beer than chardonnay
O Not bad, but I more than likely would not go out of my way to buy this again

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange with quite a big head. Settles to an off-centered chunky white collar. Not so much on the surface.

Smell - Very bright aroma. Boozy as hell. Some bourbon, but not prominent. Not sure if I imagine the coconut because of label, but definite coconut. Lots of vanilla. Tropical fruity aroma.

Taste - Definite tropical flavors. Some bourbon again, but it's not an easy flavor to discern. Almost lemony in its brightness. Strong wheat character. Dry and boozy.

Mouthfeel - Hefty alcohol presence. Medium low carbonation. Harsh grainy and boozy finish.

Overall - Fascinating combination of flavors. Not convinced it works all that well, but only the booze is offensive. The rest of it is just a crazy big wheat beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of slader
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My scores reflect that I am not a fan of the wheat wine style. However, I shared this bottle with my wife and she loved it. Gave it her highest marks. My words scores

Appearance- perfect
Smell - fair
Taste - delicious ...texture of wine with flavor of beer...with a slight hint of wheat
Mouthfeel - smooth
Overall - best beer my wife has ever had

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Photo of billab914
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured cloudy orange in color with a thick, foamy, white head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of the sweeter, bready, wheat malts mixing with some herbal yeast spices. It's a little peppery and earthy with some noticeable crisp fruits to it as well.

The taste has some nice wheat malt flavors to it up front. The finish is where more of the earthy, herbal spices come out. It's got some oak to the finish, but it's also a little hot. I liked the wheat malts to it but spices and alcohol that showed through were a little overdone.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being high.
Overall it was a decent beer, but not one that really stands out. It felt over carbonated, over spiced, and lacked much barrel presence for being partially barrel aged.

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Photo of harrymel
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 08MAR13

Pours golden with a solid quilt of light yellow foam; brilliant clarity. Smells like co2, pears, vanilla, some apple skin, some dandelion. Flavor is booze, sweet malt, sweet vanilla, some bourbon, some oak, some more pear and honeydew. Full bodied with moderately hi carb and a semi dry finish. Meh, tastes more like an old ale than a wheatwine, and although I'm not a wheatwine fan on most occassions, this one isn't at the top of that list. I think it will age gracefully however. A little sweet and a little too much pear for me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, a slightly hazy golden color with a surprisingly thick, creamy head that retained well and left some soapy lacing on the glass. Looked pretty nice. Aroma of toasted wheat and sweet malts, candi sugar, notes of stone fruit and coconut. This was pretty indicative of the taste, wheat and pale malts, fruity, peachy flavors, on the sweeter side, with a pretty big hit of fusel alcohol, no real bourbon or barrel notes, but a definite coconut sensation came through. Body was medium, mouthfeel was pretty thin, quite unexpectedly, but I guess it would have been less drinkable if it were a chewy full-blown malt bomb. Alcohol was present for sure, but actually it wasn't too hot. Not bad overall, but not great. I was glad to have it on tap instead of committing to a bomber.

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Photo of charlzm
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four ounce sample, consumed 2009/11/14 at the Hollywood Brewfest.

Hazy golden beer with a creamy, one finger head.

Aroma of... grapes? Like white wine, almost. Is that a hint of diacetyl? Soft, powdery... There's a definite aroma of some kind going on, anyway.

Flavor is subtle - white grapes again, some woodiness. Sweet. Bitterness on the finish. Reminds me a bit of champagne, especially in its dry finish.

Alcohol is concealed very well.

Interesting, but not entirely enjoyable.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App- Golden color with a light orange hue. its pretty hazy. Thin laced head, when You first pour it (on draft not growler) it has a rich "whipped" head that dissipates. since this was in a growler I think the head presence wasn't as strong.

Ar- Pineapple is the first thing that comes to mind. its boozy,sweet nectar, for some odd reason I get Agave(?).a bit of a citrus note is present.

T-similar to aroma, I get Pineaple,peach, some sort of Syrup (almost like an organic maple syrup), a tad bit of bitter fruit.

Mf- very strong presence, even though carbonation isn't visible you can definetly "taste" it or feel it. a bit bitter as well as tart.

D-even though this has a nice taste, it can be a bit harsh. maybe it is worth "cellaring/holding on to" for a few months longer.

I really dig this beer on draft, growler probably doesn't do it justice, but I am glad that I was able to get this in Growler form.

(for those who don't know; this beer is a Barrel aged Wheatwine blended with Mischief)

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Photo of craytonic
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: light cloudy golden yellow pour with a big head
Smell: Bread, bananas, honey, pale malts. Very sweet.
Taste: A bit bready and sweet, heavy on the banana.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body
Overall: Too much alcohol, not really that complex or enjoyable

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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White Oak from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.