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White Oak - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 97
Gots: 267 | FT: 29
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The Bruery visit their website
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 nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of bone white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Caramel, pepper, vanilla, coconut, and pineapple.

T - Spicy wheat up front with Belgian tripel like notes of pear and pineapple. Some coconut and rum notes in the middle and a finish full of pepper, clove, turpentine, and spicy Belgian yeast.

M - a thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - More of a tripel than a wheat wine to my taste, but it works well with the subtle barrel character.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger frothy head on a murky golden with amber hues body. nice retention and lacing.

S: popcorn butter, tropical fruits (mostly tangerine and pineapple), cream and grains. just right sweetness. bourbon and oak are mild players.

T: this one opens almost like a belgian beer with herbal, fruity and yeast notes moving to oak, bourbon, spice and apple. The alcohol is certainly well hidden for the ABV.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation, very crisp

Overall: surprisingly drinkable for the ABV which is very well hidden. The degree of carbonation probably helps.

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From beer journal:

Nose: Lemon, bready yeast, citrus, oak, vanilla, caramel, spicy notes, herbal (lavender, myrrh, potpourri)

Taste: Caramel, vanilla, oak, lemon, bread, coconut, booze, spice, herbal, bourbon. rich sweetness.

This is an awesome beer. Smelling it I thought "Oh crap, this is just gonna be a shitty wheat ale, and I HATE wheat ales :(" but the taste is soooo different. The bourbon barrel dominates in such an awesome way. I'd drink this every day.

Photo of stabbingcontest
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of loony4lambic
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of StPaulSuds
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Squatchito
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of srhoadsy
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a hazy straw color with two inches of foamy white head that quickly recedes.

Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar and dried stone fruits.

Alot going on with the flavor. Vanilla, caramel, wood, leather and dried fruits. Strong, warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel was medium but with a crisp, dry bite. Moderate carbonation that continues to effervesce when swirled.

Overall a good beer for certain occasions. Would make a great winter warmer. Very complex with touches of sweet,slightl sour and woody notes. Will definitely cellar one and see how it ages.

Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an overized wine glass a hazed orange infused copper color with a thin white head atop.Alot of hot booze in the nose along with heavy yeast esters,lingering vanilla and a hint of spiced pears.Really hot at first,it took a few swallows for it to tone down enough for me,vanilla and alot of yeasty notes,faint drying and toasted oak in the finish.A little hot for my liking,it has some rich flavors but they are masked a little by the yeast and big alcohol in my opinion.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mixed_master7
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Anonymous1
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MrDanno96
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joshwith
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Weebay
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of dumptruck81
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of litheum94
2/5  rDev -48.3%

White Oak from The Bruery
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