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White Oak | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 280 | Ratings: 1,231
Photo of TruePerception
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Bruery's White Oak (2013), 50% golden strong ale, 50% ale aged in Bourbon barrels. 11.5% ABV.

A: More than two fingers of fluffy white head. Light peach skin in color. Almost completely opaque. Very tiny bubbles can be seen rising in the dimple, which is an off-white color. Decent lacing. Very light sheeting.

S: Softer caramel aroma, akin to caramel chews minus the added sugar. Lightly toasted wheat. Slight toasted coconut. Slight citrusy note. Just a touch of Bourbon-y caramels. The nose is very light, but quite nice.

T/MF: Bourbon is much more apparent in the mouth! More of the soft caramels, ending in a soft Bourbon burn, and some light spice notes. The spices settle into a softer, slightly charred toffee. There is a bright, and slightly sweet acidity towards the finish that is hard to identify. Caramels give off a more honeycrisp taste as the beer warms.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of safaricook
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

A wonderful, quite special brew. Coconut, vanilla, Oak barrel wheat body. Quite shy on showing its high ABV. Very complex. Dangerously drinkable. The bruery at its best!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.35/5  rDev +11%

Bottle 2013 vintage at 50 degrees into large snifter
Aroma of fresh bread
Head large (5 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer.
Lacing poor, some medium islands which eventually slide back into the ring
Body medium yellow, cloudy (Oops – I got the sediment, mea culpa)
Flavor of vanillin from the oak, a little bready, a little tart with a light hop bitter finish; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25. Final weighted score: 4.35
This is an interesting beer style. The breadiness in both the aroma and flavor is new to me as a desirable characteristic but works well in this beer. The alcohol is very well hidden but slowly sneaks up. This is the first time I’ve tried it but it won’t be the last.

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Photo of dyoung1843
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kinda a slightly wet dry taste with a light flavor of bourbon. Initially very large head had to pour immediately.

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Beer tasted pretty good will likely not get it very often though.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden apricot orange color. Some decent white froth and lacing.

(S)- An interesting smell of toast and apricot jam meets honey and oaky booze. Bits of orange citrus and wheat in the background.

(T)- Plenty of orange/apricot citrus meets wheat and biscuit. A splash of honey and oaky booze at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Not overly sweet but a serious punch of citrus for a wheatwine. The heat is a bit forward too, but not off-putting.

(O)- An interesting wheatwine that is quite potent in the citrus realm.

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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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Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a rather striking beer. Vibrant gold with a contrasting snow white frothy head.

Deep vanilla and oak aroma. Light banana, grassy undertone.

It's one if my favorite bruery wooded beers because the wood adds depth without overwhelming it. The vanilla and oak smooth it out. Sweet without being sugary. Banana and wheat.

Heavy mouthfeel, slightly hot. Moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one and it drank much lighter than I expected.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange, just a touch of haze, with a MASSIVE champagne-like yet foamy sand-colored head, ample bubbles. Full-coated lacing in areas, only spots in others.

S: Crisp apples, smoke, warm caramel, wood and warm bourbon.

T: Apples again, but muddled by strong overtones of oak and whiskey, especially on the finish. Yet apples again with the burps. At first the wood was harsh and overdone for me, especially after that light, fruity smell, but over sips it turns into warm caramel, with just hints of potent whiskey and alcohol in the background. Pretty neat, but can't quite make the transition to being perfectly enjoyable- I imagine even seasoned whiskey drinkers' systems aren't entirely copacetic with the taste of alcohol.

M: Light bodied, plenty of carbonation. Fits the nose very well- like a cider.

O: Full of character for sure, but it takes a while to get accustomed to it. Great clean apples supported by warm caramel malt tease the olfactory senses with a refreshing, crisp brew to come, but it turned into a heavily oak-dominated and deceivingly biting flavor. I ended up enjoying it overall, but after the first few sips I was reconsidering my choice. Get ready for an adventure with this one.

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Photo of Lukass
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this beer for my 1,000th, so figured I'd better review this one. Poured into a snifter, and started drinking this a little colder than they had suggested, so let sit for a little bit. Huge frothy white head started off on the pour, then dissipated to a thin white, uneven, dense film after just a few minutes.

After warming up a bit, this had the smell of a weizenbock, with some banana presence. Strong malt, caramel and wheat undertones as well.

Taste was similar to the nose – had a strong weizenbock/wheat flavor up front, and then the caramel, coconut, vanilla, and bourbon notes came in after the initial swallow. Heat from the 11.5 abv was pretty pronounced after the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was a little more carbonated than I had expected, but overall was a tasty beer, and would love to try more from this place. I expect great things from a brewery that call themselves 'The Bruery'. They live up to the name!

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A short-lived, almost immediately dissipating bubbly head forms one or two layers. White Oak is an old brass amber (SRM 6-7) with a slight haze. No lacing on the glass.

The Offero glass helps to bring out fruit aromas of white wine that are quite strong. Vanilla with oak tannins are mixed with spices. The oak aromas become more pronounced with warmth.

Sweetness is offset by light acidity. White wine flavors are strong with lots of oak. The subtle, dry finish adds an odd coconut flavor.

A medium body with light carbonation and light alcohol. It is difficult to accept this is an 11.5% ABV. It is very dry.

While enjoyable it would be better served with a strong cheese. It is remarkably similar to carbonated white wine, if there were such a thing.

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Photo of tviz33
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle, served in a snifter.

A- Pours a murky yellow-orange body with a short white head that settles to a thin cap pretty quickly.

S- Very much like a sweet white wine. Spicy yeast and berries for sure. Slightly oakey, but not what I was expecting. The oak and bourbon/ alcohol come through as it warms.

T- Just like the bottle says, "crisp yet robust." Less wine-like than the nose would have you believe. Slightly boozy, but it contributes positively overall. Flavors are very oakey and there's a lot of dark fruit flavor as well. Pretty solid.

M- Full and well-carbonated. Creamy and warm.

O- Nothing to seek out, but certainly worth a try if you can find it. I think the fullness of the feel is the best part.

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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 JamieDuncan
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up bottle on clearance that was approaching best buy date. Great looking beer, not quite as murky as a wheat with good head that does not stick around long. Smell is awesome, hard to describe but wonderful. Taste was very interesting, could not compare it to anything. The boozy taste sticks around a little long from a guy who likes very big beers. Definitely more of a sipper, but a very good one with interesting taste. Very much enjoyed the beer and definitely worth trying as it is a bit unique

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out with a big thick fluffy white head and a hazy golden orange body. Long lasting head and plenty of lace left.

Coconut and vanilla barrel character, caramel and butterscotch sweetness, oak, wheat, pear, apple, and white grape.

Coconut, vanilla, caramel, plenty of alcohol warmth from that 11.5% , fruitiness and spicy yeast.

Lots of carbonation tingles the tongue. Was expecting more than a medium body on a big wheat wine.

Interesting beer. Lots going on and it transforms greatly from cold to room temp. Misses the wow factor that a lot of Bruery beers have for me. Still very good.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy yellow. A strong, creamy head. Light lacing.

S-Not what I was expecting. Mischief really shows up in the nose; pretty noticeable Belgian base. Yeasty and spicy. The other half of the beer delivers a noticeable, rich sweetness. Bourbon notes too. At first I thought it smelled Bretty - as if it was infected.

T-The Belgian influence of Mischief is again clear on the palate. Robust wheat flavor. Spicy and yeasty. It's not nearly as sickeningly sweet as I thought it would be. That being said, it's still pretty sweet. Oakiness is a mellow yet consistent feature of the flavor. Juicy and spicy.

M-I was anticipating a thick, brooding, cloying mess. It was shockingly light and lively. It still blatantly had body but it wasn't thick. I also enjoyed the carbonation. Alcohol was well integrated as well.

O/D-Didn't ever think about purchasing this. Split it with a group. It was better than expected. Definitely unique.

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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 john0721
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
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 korguy123
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into snifter.

Crystal clear gold pour with some copper hues. Creamy finger and a half off white head. Lacing is spotty.

Definitely getting the bourbon and the oak. It's warming up front. The Mischief is bright and bold. Slight peppery spice and vanilla.

Peppery spice, some lemon rind, big amount of vanilla and brown sugar and than a good solid bourbon presence. The oak and bourbon warm up your stomach and just smooth out the beer to make this an all round great experience.

Medium body with prickly carbonation.

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Photo of bmwats
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Pours a hazy, opaque golden hue. 2 finger bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly. Slight lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: White wine grapes are prominent, yeast and raspberry, a little caramel, and bourbon from the barrel aging.

T: Buttery roasted malt, yeast, white wine grapes, yeast, peat, and booze.

M: Crisp yet syrupy body. Lightly bitter balanced with a little sweet, dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Opaque golden coloration, bubbly head, no real lacing. Nose is wine, yeast, funk, and booze. Buttery and yeasty, with hefty prominence of white wine grapes. Peaty and boozy, bitter and sweet, with a dry finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden body, hints of orange, with decent head and lace. A funky, earthy aroma hits me and there's also some minor oakiness and sweetness as well. The oak helps keeps things balanced and smooth, as there is something akin to yeast that keeps the beer fluffy and lively and then some sour/tart citric flavors and then a finish of vanilla sweetness. The ABV is rather well hidden as the booziness and medicinal/barrel taste that some barrel aged beers have is vaguely there on backend as beer warms. A beer that is out there as it touches on but doesn't excel at one particular taste sensation but I really enjoyed it.

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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 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 jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Medium gold with a sticky white head and gentle carbonation.

S - Oak, lightly bready, white grapes, bourbon, fruit tartness.

T - Pears, sour apples, white grapes, oak, bourbon, light vanilla. An even blend with lingering oak, bourbon, and pear mild bitterness.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation and velvety.

O - Delicate balance and perfectly blended.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an extremely hazy golden straw color with a finger+ of near white head perfect retention, great lacing too

S - tons of oaky bourbon, sweet coconut and vanilla. Definitely getting grape like wine aromas as well.

T - boozy grapes mostly, definite oak and vanilla at the finish. Aftertaste is wine and boozy oak.

M - medium bodied or less, great carb, very drinkable

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White Oak from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.