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White Oak - The Bruery

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1,026 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,026
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 96
Gots: 260 | FT: 29
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

channels321, Sep 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

StarRaptor, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.4%

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch off-white head. The head stayed around a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. It smells like oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, bready malt, and a bit of peppery spice and banana. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, citrus peel, peppery spice, and a bit of pear. The bourbon is more noticeable as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and coating, and is well carbonated. For an 11.5% ABV beer, I thought the alcohol was well hidden. I like this brew a lot, I'd buy it again. $17.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

psychotia, Aug 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

sgoro, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

duff247, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Prost76
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Prost76, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of tclapper
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tclapper, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

A - Slightly hazy golden orange with fluffy white head.

S - Similar to a freshly emptied bourbon barrel. Light bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, coconut, coconut, apple, sweet pale malts and candi sugar.

T -Slightly boozy, more jack daniels than bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, very fruity, sweet wheat malt, some pepper spice and some belgian yeast. The oak is fairly strong for being a 50/50 blend.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation but the warming alcohol makes it a touch heavier than it is.

D - A bit boozy and heavy on the whiskey/oak aspect.

brewcrew76, Aug 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

IpeeA, Aug 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ms11781, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +3.4%

AlexM, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

2012 release. Notes from May 2012.

A - Pours a hazy orange with almost four fingers of white head. Head has good retention. Very little lacing.

S - Mostly caramel and juicy citrus, with some banana, faint vanilla and bready malt. Not really sure what to make of this, to be honest. Not bad, but doesn't really draw me in.

T - Caramel malt, with orange and other citrus pulp. Subtle bourbon character with vanilla and oak. Also, some banana taste and quite a bit of bread. Kind of an odd tasting brew, but pretty tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Somewhat sticky sweet, but finishes with an oaky dryness.

O - Not really sure what to make of this one. I wouldn't seek it out, but it does have some good things going on, including a pretty good flavor.

warnerry, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

thegerm87, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a very cloudy amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains quite well, then slowly fades to an 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge and pocks of surface foam. Full sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S- Alcohol, a bit of astringency and a slight sour smell arise. Yes, it seems like this might have some tart to it.

T- Strong booze bite without a lot of flavor to back it up. Kind of harsh and, yes, slightly tart. Man, this is a hot one. Like I'm drinking champagne laced with an oz. of vodka. Not much oak detected, but what's there is certainly not complimentary or enjoyable.

M- As stated with the champagne comment, a high amount of carbonation (part of The Bruery's usual M.O.) makes one feel like they're drinking thick sparkling liquor. It does have some body to it, but not enough to balance out the gas. Hot and full of an ascerbic bite.

O- Wow, I'm a HUGE Bruery fan, but this is by far the most displeasing entry I've had from them. I've had good wheatwines before too (Smuttynose does a good one, for example). Hopefully this is one that absolutely needs to be cellared because, otherwise, it's just a hot mess.

Immortale25, Aug 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

kaelingirl, Aug 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

KAP1356, Aug 10, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours hazy from the bomber. A massive head develops with dark yellow liquid underlying the white head. Decent lace here.
Smell is malt, oak, hops, spices and vanilla. Well balanced.
Taste is very well balanced with notes of malt, oak, spice(pepper), hops, vanilla and orange.
Tart up front getting smoother late/ Warming throughout. Full-bodied. Good though the aged part doesn't really seem to be too prevalent. The oak is nice, not overpowering like is some beers but a solid partner to the other flavors. Very nice overall and certainly better after it warms.

PorterLambic, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

UNCCTDawg, Aug 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jaidenjb, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.6/5  rDev -7%

Pours golden with orange hues. A very solid creamy white head sticks around for a bit. Little lacing.

Sweet nose. Caramel with some Belgian spice and a little wheat malt aroma.

Sweet caramel at first. Belgian spices then come into play, but are very subdued and don't overpower the beer as I feared they may. Strong alcohol taste although just tastes like a high ABV beer, not a bourbon aged one.

Medium bodied and packs a punch.

I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Belgian yeast complements the base beer nicely. A little too all around boozy and got sweet at times, but a solid beer.

jmarsh123, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DSlim71, Aug 09, 2012
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,026 ratings.