1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

White Oak - The Bruery

Not Rated.
White OakWhite Oak

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,119 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 96
Gots: 270 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,119 | Reviews: 263
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with an off-white head that fades to oily wisps on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is very grainy and fruity with some woody aromas. Taste is of grain, fruits, wood, and subtle bourbon flavors. There is a slight tartness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the barrel aging is very subtle and comes out more in the aftertaste.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew in a growler, a day old from the tap, takes on different characteristics than straight from the tap at the Bruery.

Still pours dark honey orange with thick white head; white wine nose with reduced lemon/citrus character and much more of a bourbon/alcohol character. There is also a stronger "sweet" nose that is the very noticeable alcohol.

Heavy and bold mouthfeel and body, seemingly heavier than when tasted right from the tap. Full sweet malt and bourbon flavors. A "malt bomb" but the whiskey flavors and character is very assertive and the most noticeable character from the growler pour. Again, this one is not for you if you don't like big, rich and assertive whiskey.

The whiskey character is off-set, if not balanced, by huge oak and cooked carmel which is also the case from the growler pour.

Repeat, the only downside is that the alcohol is very noticeable in all respects, nose and mouth. Some of the sweetness is the alcohol which is not the "sweetness" one really desires. Still, nice to try.

One of the few really big brews that I've tried where the tap pour and the growler pour have been noticeably different. Still, both very nice and well worth the try. A great effort and one that I would consider extreme in bold flavors; to my liking.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Max for bringing this bottle back from California.

Pours a light caramel color with a nice, light off white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose really brings nice notes forward and I really like the oak characteristics. Some light bread notes as well. The taste and mouthfeel combine quite well, bringing down some really nice, creamy oak as well as light caramel and bread. Really digging the mouthfeel. Drinks quite well overall and was a nice treat.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a little more complex and has flavors of bourbon and coconut.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is an interesting mix of beers (half wheatwhine aged in bourbon barrels and half Mischief)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger frothy head on a murky golden with amber hues body. nice retention and lacing.

S: popcorn butter, tropical fruits (mostly tangerine and pineapple), cream and grains. just right sweetness. bourbon and oak are mild players.

T: this one opens almost like a belgian beer with herbal, fruity and yeast notes moving to oak, bourbon, spice and apple. The alcohol is certainly well hidden for the ABV.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation, very crisp

Overall: surprisingly drinkable for the ABV which is very well hidden. The degree of carbonation probably helps.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma is pretty boozy with distinct notes of bourbon and some sweet caramel malt notes. Taste is a pretty complex mix of light fruity ester with some dominant bourbon notes with some woody notes and light bubblegum notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation and the alcohol is quite apparent. Interesting exercise with good idea of blending different beers but a bit too strong on the bourbon at the end of the day.

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking cloudy yellow color with a nice looking white head on top. The head settles and just leaves a thin white ring around the glass. The smell of the beer is boozy and sweet, lots of grainy aromas in there too. The taste of the beer is sweet and had a nice amount of wheat flavors upfront, it fades into a slight bitterness that finishes with a subtle sweetness from the barrel aging. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it's got a low carbonation to it. It's not overly heavy for the ABV. Overall I thought this was a really good brew. I'd like to try it again sometime.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super happy to be able to crack this one open. I decided to sip on it throughout the night, which was a darn good idea given its power. Served chilled to cellar temp and poured into a large wine glass this one was consumed on 11/08/2009.
Much lighter then I would have though on the initial pour, but it was a beast to say the least. Rich golden amber in color with a nice big head of white that came up and over the top to a very nice level. Receded slowly and never did go much further then a few inches leaving that nice cap on top throughout the session. Aroma was spicy. Rich notes of vanilla and cinnamon mixing oddly, hints of bourbon, fresh grassy notes, and everything but the kitchen sinks kind of approach for me. Warming brings out subtle notes of fig, hints of almost lemon zest for a brief moment but loads of vanilla and caramel rule the roost here. Each sip seems to get a bit more complex now. Rich bourbon notes are riddled throughout with the lovely touches of vanilla, woody overtones and hints of spiced fruit. Very interesting blend here. All the while keeping a very nice, and very light feel to it. Great carbonation here, as it really just pops for me, wonderfully done. Long flavors of vanilla and woody bourbon leave the tongue last as this one really just whooped my butt and I did not see it coming.
Overall one of the most interesting and enjoyable blends I have had it quite some time. I would have no trouble at all with splitting this one with some family and friends again any day. Really a remarkable style they are going for here.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely the best wheatwine ive ever had. this is so complex and different. it pours a pale yellow almost white color, with a playful head a couple inches tall and bone white. the nose is a little heavy on the bourbon, but theres a lot of funky yeast, new fresh oak, and hefty wheat malts. oh yeah, and plenty of booze. the flavor is great, wildly complex. starchy oak notes first, sappy but not sweet, like a freshly milled tree, not some old decaying barrel. the what malt is strong for its color, really robust biscuity notes, and some vanilla from the bourbon in the finish. the booze doesnt taste as strong is it smells, but boy can you feel it. one bottle of this is goodnight. mouthfeel is great. vibrant carbonation and a little acidity in the mouth. almost has the feel of a sour, but it isnt. the body is medium, lighter than other wheatwines ive had. its scary drinkable, and easy to do because theres so much going on. one of the better beers ive had this month.

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another tick from my old notes. I was clearly not as diligent about transcribing my notes in my ticking infancy. Bottle opened shortly after Black Tuesday 2009.

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with a tall head, white in color.

S: Fairly phenolic with a lot of pepper notes and a fair bit of alcohol. Sweet light fruits such as pears, apples, and bananas. Sugar, honey, and pale malts provide what amounts to a substantial sweetness. Some vanilla, but not all that much of the bourbon.

T: The flavor is perhaps a bit too intense for me. Strong alcohol notes, though not much of the bourbon barrel. Honey and sugar sweetness along with some more of the light fruit notes. White pepper provides a bit more bite/heat.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: A bit too strong in the booze department for me. Interesting beer, but not something I'd care to drink a lot of.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Shane.

Golden and hazy, but not entirely opaque. A rocky three finger head rises from a hard pour, settling quickly to a thick ring.

Smells of white pepper, honey, melon and vanilla. I don't pick up any bourbon barrel. This essentially smells like a Belgian golden ale, perhaps with a touch more sweetness.

The taste opens with apricot and melon-like sweetness, honey, pepper and clove. Carbonation is very high, reminiscent of beers like Duvel. Again, I don't pick up much bourbon barrel character. The finish is semi-dry, woody, peppery. This is pretty good, but I don't think it's the most harmonious blend. A barrel-aged wheatwine sounds great on its own, but it seems like it lost some complexity and body in the blend. Taken as a Belgian golden ale, this beer is too sweet and heavy. These beers were probably best left separate.

Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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 biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,119 ratings.