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White Oak - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 96
Gots: 262 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Greenplastic615, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tbone1384, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ScottStache, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

gunpwdr, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of VincentFrey
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

VincentFrey, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

acc88, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

aslamm75, Aug 08, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours a light amber color with a fair amount of white bubbly head. A thin layer retains, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S: Strong fuit notes with a background of bourbon, malt, and wheat. There's a touch of sweet burning campfire wood.

T: Bright fruit, sweet bready grain, leading into a malty and relatively dry finish, with a touch of citrus.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good, though quite strong.

seand, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

johnny29er, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

topdown, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Jonada
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

2013 release. Served in a Teku glass

Appearance: Golden, light orange in color with hints of amber. Pours with almost 3 fingers of a creamy white head. Body is hazy with medium/high levels of carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass. Really great looking beer.

Smell: Belgian yeast, sweet tropical fruits, vanilla, banana, spicy wheat character, wood

Taste: Mango, apricot, spicy yeast, oaky vanilla, bourbon. Alcohol presence helps taper some of the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel, but doesn't quite reach syrupy. Carbonation is relatively high, but is appropriate for this beer. Somewhat boozy but not overly hot.

Overall: This was my first wheatwine, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was really tasty. The bourbon barrel aging added nice additional complexity and really took this from a good beer to a really good beer. I would definitely get this again.

Jonada, Aug 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

bcm75, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

SourAddict, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

gratefulbeerhead, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

planbee, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Bierguy5, Aug 02, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

10oz draft pour at Oblivion In Orlando. This is a wheat-wine aged in bourbon barrels blended with a Belgian-style golden ale. The taste has some fruitiness with vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrel aging with a dry and slightly spicy finish with a lingering warmth from the alcohol. Overall, this is a solid Wheatwine that is definitely worth a try! Cheers!

cjgator3, Aug 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

HoppingAlong, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hopinista, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

admonster00, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

HopsintheSack, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Mattyb79, Jul 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Cookierachas, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

fsck, Jul 29, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

Zach136, Jul 29, 2013
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,025 ratings.