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White Oak - The Bruery

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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
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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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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

A- Cloudy pale golden color with a huge frothy white head. Lacing is all over the glass.

S- Belgian yeast, citrus, pineapple, vanilla, sugar, oak.

T- When it hits your mouth it takes like a traditional Belgian ale, then the sweet bourbon kicks in with vanilla, wheat and toasted coconut. Finish has some more coconut with a hint of smoked oak and alcohol.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, minimal alcohol burn.

O- Tastes a little hot, but I though Mischief was very hot when I tried it too. Complex flavors and drinkable for a 11.5% abv beer.

11-22-2012 01:31:29 | More by stephenjmoore
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma is pretty boozy with distinct notes of bourbon and some sweet caramel malt notes. Taste is a pretty complex mix of light fruity ester with some dominant bourbon notes with some woody notes and light bubblegum notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation and the alcohol is quite apparent. Interesting exercise with good idea of blending different beers but a bit too strong on the bourbon at the end of the day.

11-19-2012 20:50:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-17-2012 05:16:27 | More by MaseFace
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mixed_master7

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-16-2012 19:36:44 | More by mixed_master7
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-16-2012 08:30:31 | More by Anonymous1
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A - light orangish copper with a nice, dense, thick, foamy, pure white head that has decent retention

S - lemon, yeast, faint vanilla, faint wood

T - huge bourbon notes, fruity, apples, oak, vanilla, yeast, some spice, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warm, very crisp

The nose is deceiving. This is a bourbon forward beer. The underlying beer is good but doesn't hold up to the huge woody, earthy, bourbon flavors. It is a complex beer, but the overall product needs balance. In the end, it is a bit unique so in my book it's worth trying.

11-10-2012 19:59:47 | More by tdm168
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-03-2012 21:49:56 | More by Archemedies
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MrDanno96

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottled in February 2012, opened October 2012.

A: Pours a surprisingly bright, golden color. Even a gentle pour produced several fingers of foamy white head. Lots of foamy lacing and lots of bubbles.

S: Definitely some bourbon barrel in this one. Oak and vanilla for sure. Very strong notes of butterscotch, toffee, and caramel as well. Interesting, but maybe a little too sweet.

T: I've had lots of beers that claim to taste like coconut, but this is the first I've ever had where the coconut is actually a prominent flavor. Notes of oak, vanilla, and caramel meld with sweet citrus flavors from the yeast, making for a complex and quite interesting flavor experience. Unless I am mistaken, I don't think there is actually any coconut in this beer, but the flavors combine two create a distinctly coconut-like experience.

M: Despite the enormous head and impressive amount of bubbles, the mouthfeel isn't as crisp as I expected, but still fairly carbonated. Full bodied with a dry finish.

O: An interesting experience for sure. A well-made beer that is extremely complex. But not something I'll come running back to, especially with a price tag near $20.

10-28-2012 02:30:26 | More by MrDanno96
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Nothing like finishing a day on the town with a beer on the train ride home. This case-in-point pours a lightly hazy orange-gold topped by a finger if lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, vanilla, buttercream, light bourbon, oak, orange glaze, and banana. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the barrel is coming through a bit more powerfully, the caramel and vanilla have melded into a beautiful embrace of sweetness, the orange is joined by light pineapple and even lighter papaya, and some molasses sneaks in for good measure. A light booziness provides a bit of alcoholic heat, enough to allow you to feel it, but not enough to detract from the surrounding tastiness. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a damn fine wheatwine, the best I've had from the style in an awfully long time.

10-25-2012 16:14:42 | More by TMoney2591
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joshwith

Colorado

5/5  rDev +29.2%

10-23-2012 16:35:38 | More by joshwith
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Weebay

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

10-20-2012 23:33:27 | More by Weebay
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dumptruck81

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-20-2012 19:17:24 | More by dumptruck81
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

750mL poured into large tulip

Pours a hazed straw golden color with a one-finger high white head resting on top. Slowly fades into a thick layer of retention with some patches of lacing on the glass.

Assorted notes of caramel, honey and vanilla in the nose. Oak and faint bourbon with some toasted bread malts and syrupy sweetness. Decent alcohol warmth.

Layers of sweet flavor with honey and caramel up front. Syrupy malts with vanilla hints and oaked bourbon. Hints of light fruit with pear and apple peek through momentarily along with a Belgian tone. Burly malt backbone with grain, toasted bread and a hint of spice. Finishes sweet and boozy.

Full body, slightly higher carbonation, chewy, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This beer definitely excels when it rises toward room temperature, but it doesn't quite reach the benchmark that many of the other barrel-aged Bruery beers have set.

10-20-2012 04:15:01 | More by xnicknj
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

750ml (I believe B1) poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky orange-gold with a big white head. Big lacing as well.

S: Smells like a slightly bretty BSPA with a hint of woody booze. Pineapple, vanilla, cloves, slight bourbon.

T: Dry barrel tannins, pale malt and Belgian esters (stone fruit, cloves, cakey), some vanilla and bourbon. Reminds me of Curieux a little bit.

M: Light-bodied with high carbonation. ABV barely detectable.

O: This is very drinkable for its strength. Not mind-blowing, but somewhat tasty.

10-18-2012 00:42:54 | More by Etan
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litheum94

California

2/5  rDev -48.3%

10-16-2012 04:21:46 | More by litheum94
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

definitely the best wheatwine ive ever had. this is so complex and different. it pours a pale yellow almost white color, with a playful head a couple inches tall and bone white. the nose is a little heavy on the bourbon, but theres a lot of funky yeast, new fresh oak, and hefty wheat malts. oh yeah, and plenty of booze. the flavor is great, wildly complex. starchy oak notes first, sappy but not sweet, like a freshly milled tree, not some old decaying barrel. the what malt is strong for its color, really robust biscuity notes, and some vanilla from the bourbon in the finish. the booze doesnt taste as strong is it smells, but boy can you feel it. one bottle of this is goodnight. mouthfeel is great. vibrant carbonation and a little acidity in the mouth. almost has the feel of a sour, but it isnt. the body is medium, lighter than other wheatwines ive had. its scary drinkable, and easy to do because theres so much going on. one of the better beers ive had this month.

10-15-2012 18:31:27 | More by StonedTrippin
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-14-2012 14:26:06 | More by Holland
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funkel81

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

10-13-2012 19:16:21 | More by funkel81
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

750mL from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 18.00. Bottled 02/21/12 if I deciphered the date correctly. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours murky deep yellow with three frothy fingers of white head. Big sheets of lace

Smells of tart funky Belgian yeast, mild coconut, white bread and a little booze.

Taste is a mixture of sweet bread, toasted coconut, funky yeast, apple, trace banana, sugar and some spice I can't quite identify.

Medium body with arguably too much fizzy carbonation. Long dry yeasty/ nutty aftertaste.

A fine wheatwine, particularly as it warms and the overdone carbonation fades. I'm pretty sure my second bottle is going to be awesome in another year or so.

10-10-2012 01:25:33 | More by ThickNStout
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JosephThompson

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-09-2012 21:36:28 | More by JosephThompson
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

2012 vintage 750 ml bottle poured into The Bruery branded short stemmed tulps/snifters

Pours a hazy gold with amber accents capped with a two finger bright white foamy head. Very good retention, limited amount of splotchy lacing on the glass. The aroma of toasted coconut, vanilla, and a very understated hint of oak on the nose. The taste follows the nose initially coconut and vanilla are both present joined by mild hints of ripe fruit and caramel. Finishes crisp, clean, and dry with a very mild hint of oaky bourbon and medicinal alcohol. Medium bodied with fairly effervescent carbonation. There was a lot about this brew that was unexpected including it's lighter body. Also, there was little overt evdience of barrel aging as it is much more subtle. The crispness of the finish was very pleasing along with many other subtle complexities.

10-07-2012 05:02:17 | More by chanokokoro
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djre4orm

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-04-2012 16:40:52 | More by djre4orm
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mfield14

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-02-2012 03:35:28 | More by mfield14
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

750ml, 2012 (winter/spring)
HF glass

A: Pours a very hazy cloudy yellow orange color. Two fingers fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles from the bottom of glass. Head sticks around. Tons of sticky lacing.

S: Initial smells of Mischief, that Belgian yeast from the strong white ale. Then you get some vanilla notes and some banana from the yeast again. That coconut is there. That's the barrel sign.

T: Really impressed by the blend. Up front you get light Belgian strong character. That yeast the bubble gum and banana and clove, THEN bang the barrel comes in. It gets softer. You get the vanilla, the coconut, the oak. The barrel is nice! Soft close. Lingering flavors. You do get some booze on the back end, but nothing overpowering. I downed the whole 750ml without problem.

M: Medium leading to full. Big.

10-01-2012 18:33:09 | More by inlimbo77
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

Appearance
Hazy brownish gold with 1-2 fingers of head. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Watered down whiskey, Caramel Creams and touches of oak.

Taste
Watered down whiskey flavors make up most of the palate. Tons of caramel and wheat. Caramel Cream candies and vanilla cream soda. Some candy sugar and touches of oak.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied and warming with a subtle crispness.

Overall
I really expected this to be darker and take on some kind of chocolate or toffee character, but this beer stays pretty true to its Wheat roots. However, the bourbon really overtakes it at times. Pretty easy drinking for 11.5%.

10-01-2012 17:48:12 | More by justintcoons
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.