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White Oak - The Bruery

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270 Reviews
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Reviews: 270
Hads: 1,186
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 103
Gots: 293 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 270 | Hads: 1,186
Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a very thick head which settled at about a finger. Active carbonation in glass while drinking. Burnt orange color and a murky body.

Smell: The bright yeast golden ale aroma comes through on the front of this beer. Cinnamon, coriander, and pepper are present. There is a medium bodied wheat presence with a slight bourbon finish. Interesting but there is a lot going on here, some of it in a conflicting way.

Taste: The front is a bright carbonated champaign feeling. A honey like sweetness warms up on the palate. Earthy, straw, and yeast body dominates this beer. Some wheat dryness, barrel presence is light and gets lost in everything else going on here. Oaky funk finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy sweet start and finishes with some wheat and oak dryness.

Overall: An interesting blended beer with a lot going on. Some of it gets lost and other areas dominate a little more then others. A ride for the palate though, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of ADZA
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes a big beer is just what is needed and it pours a clear yellow straw hue with a one finger head with no lacing but a subtle rim,the smell is bourbon,vanilla,booze and coconut,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of vanilla,coconut,caramel,booze,candy and is finished just like a fine white port with a touch of warming bourbon on the back of the palette and overall it's such a unique drop that toes the boundaries of wheat beer and wine and even though I've tried it and liked it I probably wouldn't fork out the big dollars on it again cheers.

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Photo of gr0g
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 release. Hazy orange in appearance. Over one finger of white foam with good retention. A few streaks of lacing. Aroma contains aspects of both component beers. There's a vague phenolic Belgian yeast presence. Tart, yet sweet fruity note... Apricot maybe. A little bit of booze.

Interesting melange of flavors... A little bit of tartness melded with sweetness. A bit of an alcohol note on the finish. Vanilla and oak from the barrel-aged wheat wine component come through. They don't come together as harmoniously in a pale beer like they do in a rich, dark one.

Interesting take on a strong pale ale, sort of like a tripel.

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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 seand
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of Zach136
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle from 2011

A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a light orange with a rocky two finger head that is slow to fade to a large collar around the glass
S: smells of fruity esters, some spicy yeast, a bit of vanilla and sweetness and some alcohol
T: tastes of vanilla, some fruitiness, spices, a bit of oak, some sweetness from the malt. swallow brings more vanilla, some alcohol and more yeastyness
M: medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation. slightly drying on the finish
O: a solid beer. I'm not exactly a fan of it but it has some good flavors. It's a bit too sweet in my opinion

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Photo of sitarist
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow, it glows when held to the light. Two fingers of frothy head falls to a dusting that leaves a ring of lacing.

It has a straight forward barrel aged aroma. Vanilla, oak, subconscious hints of coconut, butterscotch, Yukon Jack, and a faint hint of bourbon. Any hint of the base beer is almost lost.

A mash of flavors... Vanilla, ginger, sarsaparilla, butterscotch, rubber, yukon jack, and hints of whiskey.

Its' body does not support the flavor, it seems to fall apart before it finishes.

I love barrel aged beers, but this has nothing to combat the barrel notes. Maybe a 75% Ale, 25% Barrel Aged Ale blend would suit this one better. Maybe age, maybe funk?

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

How served: 750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A: The beer poured a hazy deep yellow with a 3 finger white thick head which dissipated quickly leaving almost no lacing on the glass.

N: The nose is full of vanilla, oak, light bourbon, citrus, wheat and a hint of coconuts.

T: The taste initially tasted of vanilla and oak, mid way I picked up some peppery spices as well as wheat some citrus and a very mild bourbon flavor.

M: This beer had a light to medium body with a nice lively carbonation. The 11.5% abv was extremely well hidden.

Overall for a Bourbon Barrel aged beer at 11.5% abv. this was a smooth & easy drinking beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

White Oak.

Pours a whiter amber. Looks as woody as I hope it is. Too strong for head to stick or stay.

Marshmallow, whiskey, caramel, malty cereal, booze, paler grains, and vanilla.

Bourbon peeks around gooey marshmallow and vanilla/caramel notes. Has more booze than bitterness, so you know where this falls in the spectrum. Has more of that grain note, like a barley and wheat mix.

Has a share of booze, but doesn't hurt until late in the night. Carb is very low. Body has medium to medium-full girth. A little difficult to drink.

A good blend of American and Belgian. Lovely stuff.

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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 HattedClassic
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a fairly vigorous white, fluffy yet slightly creamy head that dissipates somewhat quickly but still leaves a thin film on the surface of the beer and a surprising amount on the inner ring of the glass. The beer itself is a hazy orangish brown amber.

The beer smell contains a strong amount of coconut and oak from the barrel as well as a bit of vanilla. The malts give off a nice caramel that mixes well with the other smells. As the beer warms up, slight notes of alcohol and white grape begin to appear as well as some fruity smells that are overwhelmed by the stronger barrel smells.

The beer tastes similar to the smell but with the barrel flavors not as strong as the smells. Rather, the white grape seems to dominate the taste with the vanilla, oak, and caramel more visible in the aftertaste or as complements to the white grape taste. The beer begins to develop more fruity tastes as it warms up with hints of tropical fruit that includes the coconut.

The beer feels amazing. The carbonation is very prickly. The beer is heavy bodied but seems to go down rather smoothly. The beer has a little bit of a burn because of the ABV but is fairly tolerable.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting. I enjoy The Bruery's eclectic offerings and look forward to trying more of them.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 2/7/13

A murky orange liquid with enough clarity to see lots of little bubbles feeding a large three finger off white foam that quickly falls to a pinky's width leaving lots of random lace

S quite sweet and boozy, pear, apple juice, apricot, vanilla, not a massive barrel presence but I do get some bourbon and strangely enough some white vinous notes, Belgian yeast wasn't expected and I'm getting some wheaty dry cereal that's not as surprising

T candied pineapple and even more booze and vanilla then the nose, seems just a little rough though with some citric hops shinning through here and there, a little wood that wasn't really there on the nose, some maple syrup and brown sugar as it warms

M leaning towards full, enough bubbles to give it some life, slight tannins and still a little hot, maple cereal lingers on the finish

O something different and not at all what I was expecting, would benefit from some age as shes still a little hot, interesting take on a wheat-wine

one of those beers that I liked but doubt I'll be dropping the cash to age a bottle or two even though I think it would improve drastically. I'm stoked to get The Bruery here in Alberta but so far I'm overspending.

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Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Good Life - Massapequa NY

A - Hazy orange pour with a white foam head. The small bubbles indicate it has some solid carbonation. Lacing is minimal.

S - Scents of maple and vanilla hit the nose and smell very much like a fresh box of Kashi cereal. There is a lingering boozy scent that became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

T - Interesting flavor of vanilla, candy sugar, and maple. Has a tangy flavor that I felt was more of an off-note than something that added to the beer. The complexity is impressive and overall a nice wheatwine.

M - Incredibly sessionable for the style; the ABV was masked well. Carbonation could be toned down a little. Started to have a slight seltzer vibe. Feels heavy.

O - Good example of a style that's not typical for me nor one I've had a bunch of. I like the complexity and ease of drinking this.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up quite a bit of head which has some retention. The head is mostly cotton white with small hints of yellow. The body is a very hazy grapefruit/deep golden straw which glows a dull orange when held up to the light. Some lacing. Some sheeting around the edge of the beer.

Nose- This perhaps hasn't opened up enough- the aroma is rather subtle. I get some alcohol (no surprise at 11.5%), some weak citrus, a bit of grain, some fruity esters, and notes of oak. The bottle shows some honey and vanilla. After I swirl it a bunch of times, I get some nice mellow coconut. This beer definitely is showing some promise. Some peach as well.

Taste- Lots of zip from the carbonation to start off with. Weak notes of citrus (mostly orange, some orange peel), then a sweetness that shows oak and bourbon. A whole ton of bourbon mixing with orange. Lots of booze on this one. This could probably use some age- this will certainly inform my decision on cellaring Bois. Very complex but not integrated well at the moment. Some notes of solvent right now. Vinous notes- lots of white grape. Some musty barnyard characteristics (straw, basic funkiness). The bourbon, vanilla, and oak do not appear until the finish. Hints of fermented peach underneath the orange peel gives this some foundation. Definite notes of spicy yeast. I like a lot of what is going on in this beer but I think it needs more balance. The caramel gets lost in the mix and for the most part, I get burnt sugar. At this point, definitely not worth 15 bucks.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some syrupy aspects. Maybe a little too carbonated.

Drinkability- I had easier drinking beers, that's for sure. Very boozy and a little too much oak for me. Still, interesting enough to keep me going.

Overall- Sort of a letdown. I will need to search out other examples of this style. A 3.75 N 4 T 3.5 M 3.5 D 3.5

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Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow color.

The aroma has oak, lots of vanilla sweetness, some fruit.

The flavor follows. It reminds me of Mischief with its yeast and breadiness, but the wheat gives it a creamier body and wheat flavor. There's lots of peppery spice in there too.

There's some booze in the back and then you also get some woody oak notes. There's tons of sweetness, vanilla, oak, and bourbon from the barrel aging.

It's surprisingly refreshing and medium bodied for a partially barrel aged beer. This is a really cool take on Mischief and pushes it up to another level.

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Photo of impending
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


750ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed orange mango, towering dense cream color head, excellent lacing.

The aroma has tremendous depth. A belgian yeast dominates, belgian through and through. An over ripeness. Dirty sock. Sweetness and alcohol.

Very sweet. The barrel is obvious but far from dominant. It's only near room temp that it reaches its potential. A solvent alcohol note come forward towards the end of the aftertaste, increases with warmth. Full bodied lively creamy mouthfeel.
I would prefer the moniker Belgian Barleywine.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip

pours a hazy, cloudy dark yellow with a big, lingering white head. faint bourbon on the nose is all i can detect from the smell. Ooh. The taste is really intriguing. Its candy sweet up front with a bourbon flavor on the back of the tongue. the two flavors blend surprisingly well. definitely some hints of vanilla in there as well. wow, impressively drinkable. anytime i quickly take sip after sip trying to identify all the flavors you know that the brewery made something worthwhile. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Scarily drinkable for 11.5%

Overall i definitely recommend this one. such a good blend of flavors that come together very nicely. impressed by this one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a a golden straw with orange hues. There is about one finger of pure white head that dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is a blend of sweet vanilla, some light toffee and caramel to boot. A nice little citrus zest appears as well. A little booze stings the nostrils.

T: Initially it is quite sweet and rather warm...no complaints here. A bit of vanilla, toffee, caramel and faint butterscotch appear but mainly sweet vanilla riding some booze. The finish is a bit warm, sticky, sweet and effervescent. A nice Earthy yeastiness provides some good tasting notes in this beer.

M: Medium-full bodied. Well carbonated, a bit effervescent and a tad high but if this beer had been lowly carbonated it would have been difficult to drink

O: I thought this was a pretty solid wheatwine. Defintiley worth trying and worth the cash.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into piraat tulip at gnarly barley in Orlando FL. Pours a hazy golden straw color with 3 fingers of head. Nice wheat hefe meets belgian pale aromas...banana and straw subtle peppery hops. Taste is just awesome. Belgian pale hop and german hefe banana bu it finishes with woody vanilla and toffee bourbon notes...wow smooth as hell.
The alcohol is hidden so well its scary.
Such a great brew...deff reccommend this.

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