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White Oak - The Bruery

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1,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 97
Gots: 265 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.50% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: OlieIPA on 07-12-2009)
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Ratings: 1,046 | Reviews: 253 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

1FatJ, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Omnium, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bpasquini, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +3.4%

whatname, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

last guy's description of 'soapy head' is perfect. light and fluffy, settles a bit on top of a hazy golden, carbonated nectar.
smell is kind of sweet and rich. kind of that rich Belgian smell.
strong twang-y taste. kind of Belgian rich and sweet, demonstrates the mix of their mischief as advertised. some hint of maybe barreling. not getting the caramel, vanilla or coconut as advertised, but some burnt sugar, fruit and white wine.
overall, I've had better from the bruery. but I suppose they cant ALL be awesome.... I suppose it serves a purpose, and it is a different blend of style. still very drinkable, refreshing to a degree and high abv. mixed with a couple o' painkillers after surgery, i'm inclined to rate this one higher than deserved.... maybe....

pkalix, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

alamode, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Kegatron, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

GennyCreamAle, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Matt_Ortiz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Matt_Ortiz, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dirty orange color, slightly reddish. One inch head, not much lacing.

Smells like bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel, and boooze.

Pretty boozy taste. Lots of bourbon here, very spirit forward. Luckily, the other nice flavors- vanilla, coconut, caramel and oak- do everything they can to play the booze off. They almost play it all off, but it's still quite boozy, and necessitates slow sipping. Sweet almost to the point of cloying.

Less than drinkable. Fully and lively carbonation, creamy, pretty crisp.

Would be better with some age on it, I think. The present alcohol just gives the beer a boozy spiciness that's hard to get past. The other flavors are great, though, and would probably shine after a few years of rest.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Jas45678
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip

Pours a slightly hazy amber- orangish with a huge soapy off-white head that fades very slowly. Smell is citrusy, oak and Belgian yeast. Taste has a touch of tartness, some citrus and carmel. A little boozy but not overpowering, with just a hint of the barrel. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation and a little dry. Overall it is good, if you like wheat wines it's worth a try.

Jas45678, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Greywulfken, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

MatthewPlus, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

miggy96, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

RedneckBeerz, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JimGlonke, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Denoas, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

smithj4, Sep 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Focusf111, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

KimenTshom, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy caramel colour, with a large white head. Fades slowly, leaves some lace.

Nose contains oak, bourbon, banana. Spices, caramel. Light fruits.

Taste is pretty good. Orange, banana, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Some spices, clove seems to be there. Caramel. Booze is noticeable, but pretty well hidden considering how strong thebeer is. Tastes like a big, heavy hefeweizen in bourbon barrels.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Heavy.

Overall, quite good, but pretty heavy slogging.

jrenihan, Sep 08, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BUNZILLA, Sep 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

ohiobeer29, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

lonewolfcry, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/8/2013. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, banana, apricot, pear, pepper, clove, toffee, coconut, oak, bourbon, wheat, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, apricot, pear, banana, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, bourbon, wheat, vanilla, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, wheat, candi sugar, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel flavors; with a nice moderate barrel presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Moderate alcohol warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice blended wheat wine style. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV despite the moderate warming on the finish. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 07, 2013
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.