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White Oak - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,010 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 95
Gots: 258 | 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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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-17-2013 01:46:21 | More by Stinger80OH
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-16-2013 02:16:32 | More by Gatordaddy
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. It's a beautiful pour. Perfectly clear and gold in color with just a hint of amber. It has rather high carbonation and produces that nice fluffy head that is typical of bottle conditioning. The nose is not as assertive as I had hoped it would be, but I do get notes of grain, cherries, booze, wood, and sherry.

The beer has a full body and a strong, sharp flavor. After a soft cereal flavor teases the tip of your tongue, your mouth is assailed with bourbon and oaky notes. Booze, cherries, vanilla, dried fruit, and the coconut promised by the label all join in. The finish is winey and warming, though not so winey as to betray the nearly 12% ABV present in this beer.

I've only had a couple of wheatwines so my opinion doesn't count for much here. I enjoyed this beer, but I'm not sure the high carbonation suits it well. It opens the palate and intensifies the flavors, where I found that a bit of degassing tends to smooth the beer and adds to the drinkability. After trying two of these barrel-aged (in this case, partially barrel-aged) wheatwines, I must confess I'm not entirely sold on the concept of a barrel-aged wheatwine. I'm not sure that the grainy, cereal-like qualities of the style are well complemented by the bourbon notes it inherits. I find the transition on the palate from soft wheat to harsh booze to be offputting at first, but who knows. It might be a taste I could acquire.

06-16-2013 01:09:33 | More by deadonhisfeet
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-15-2013 22:41:50 | More by DanGeo
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FlussigkeitMut

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-15-2013 16:37:23 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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George2744

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

06-15-2013 12:27:31 | More by George2744
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-14-2013 16:26:56 | More by BigOldOaf
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Brew33

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-14-2013 14:08:35 | More by Brew33
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-14-2013 12:37:49 | More by Hugonaut13
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BKBassist

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-13-2013 05:57:56 | More by BKBassist
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-12-2013 23:00:05 | More by hoptualBrew
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AndrewScottPentland

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-12-2013 12:54:48 | More by AndrewScottPentland
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BeezNeezy22D

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-12-2013 00:00:44 | More by BeezNeezy22D
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-11-2013 17:26:07 | More by GraduatedCashew
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dominic4beer

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-11-2013 06:29:29 | More by dominic4beer
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-11-2013 03:19:04 | More by zestar
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-10-2013 18:36:40 | More by ajzy
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-10-2013 17:38:21 | More by TheRuss9585
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Pours a cloudy/hazy orange that slants towards amber. An eggshell white head billows to a two finger head and sticks around for the duration of the drink.

S - Tropical fruit & bourbon collide. Mango, wheat, bready malts, caramel and bourbon are noticeable.

T - Same as the smell. Tropical fruits surround the bourbon. Sweet, vanilla, oak, bourbon characteristics and tropical fruits.

M - Very carbonated... Wet, thick body but not cloying at all.

O - Interesting combo that some thought went into.

06-09-2013 22:50:33 | More by cvm4
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

06-09-2013 16:13:29 | More by Jslay013
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-09-2013 02:48:30 | More by RoryOMoore
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mcdonald422

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-09-2013 02:45:57 | More by mcdonald422
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.49/5  rDev +16%

Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle into a small but bulbous snifter/tulip hybrid glass. I believe this is the 2013 version.

Appearance - Ruddy brown-orange with highlights of yellow make up the cloudy body. An yellowish-white head of about a finger and a half rests atop with ample bubbles. A film of head remains throughout the beer, with a little more thickness around the edges of the glass. Lacing is moderate and silky.

Smell - An intoxicating smell with note of fruit--mango specifically--along with a grainy wheat presence highlighted by veins of citrus and an underlying boozy element from the high alcohol content. Smells strong, but balanced and promising. Gives the impression of a stronger dessert wine, like a sauterne.

Taste - The fruity element continues to have a strong presence, but is now flanked by notes of sweet caramel and even some cinnamon. Vanilla comes through from the heat of the bourbon barrels. Again, the wine-y elements are present to make this a very complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and highly viscous, with the liquid oozing back down the side of the glass after taking a drink. Carbonation is lower, but enough to counterpoint the thickness of the beer.

Overall a wonderful beer from The Bruery, which is probably good, given the cost of this particular 750. Brings to mind the feel of cognac or even moreso a strong brandy. If this was more available, I would definitely keep it around.

06-08-2013 20:54:23 | More by LambicPentameter
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shuajw

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-08-2013 10:23:28 | More by shuajw
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ajdemma

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-08-2013 00:17:09 | More by ajdemma
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.