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White Oak - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,105 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 97
Gots: 269 | FT: 30
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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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet wheat and some caramel malts, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, Bourbon, candi sugars, pineapple and other tropical fruits, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, some spices, and some booze.

T - Sweet wheat and light caramel malts, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, Bourbon, candi sugar, pineapple and other tropical fruits, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander and some other spices, and some booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very interesting mix of flavors, but very well balanced and complex.

Photo of rawfish
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark opaque gold, filtered sunlight, rough pour nets a fluffy two finger head that doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is pretty complex, Belgian candy spun sugar, grainy with lemon and of all things pineapple. Bourbon character wafts up with adding oak and vanilla. Moderate alcohol.

Caramel malt, slightly grainy and lighter lemony and apple juice flavors atop the toffee like sweetness. Bourbon character is pronounced, adding more oak and vanilla. Slight cinnamon spiciness and a large alcohol note on the finish. Some dark sweet citrus and bourbon lingers in the finish.

Alcohol is really overpowered by the complexity of the flavors in this beer. Moderate carbonation that goes down as an easy complex sipper.

The complex light dessert flavors really complement the alcohol in a beer that seems refined and is both complex and delicate.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the website: "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.

ABV: 11.5%, IBU: 20, SRM: 7, Release: Varies (1st Release October 2009)"

Pours a golden sunshine color showing off some lazy carbonation. Huge fluffy off-white head that begins sticking all over the glass. Pretty solid creamy head. Starts with some haze in the body, but after it warms up, the clarity becomes better.

The beer has a wonderful aroma that blends notes of oak, vanilla, and coconut from the bourbon barrels and a sweet wheat quality that is complimented very well. A robust beer, filled with flavors of sweet caramel, coconut, vanilla and oak, that finishes with an alcoholic bite and some bitterness. There is heat at the finish that warms the stomach in a comfortable way. On the exhale there is more of that oaky, scotch-like quality. Very delicious!
The wheat really lightens up the body, creating an almost fluffy, creamy mouthfeel, but not quite. As it warms, a tinge of tartness hits the back of the palate.

This is maybe my third time with this beer, and I have always been equally impressed with it each time. A great example of how barrel-aging needs to evolve, with a careful touch of blending and a remarkable balance that brings out a deeper flavor to the palate. I will be buying this again...highly recommended.

Photo of MichPaul
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of timc100
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold orange with a big foamy white head. Looks like a belgian strong ale

S: Spicy Belgian yeast, slightly musty, lemon. In the background is creamy bourbon sweetness- coconut, vanilla, and caramel nuances.

T: At the front of the tongue it is all Belgian strong ale - yeast, spices, light citrus. It finishes with smooth bourbon sweetness - lots of coconut and vanilla. Very interesting and well balanced.

P: Medium, creamy, smooth

O: Very interesting beer, well balanced and hit on all cylinders

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy muted gold with thick white head.
S: It smelled like lots of fresh wheat and bourbon and fresh oak and toasted coconut and lemongrass.
T: It tasted like fresh wheat and lemon grass and toasted coconut, with some bourbon and vanilla oak and Belgian yeast. It had a clean sweet and sour aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice full and lively body.
D: This was nice and refined and complex. Well executed version of a difficult style, with nice scent and taste and body. It seemed like it could age really well, but it was also very good fresh.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.