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White Oak - The Bruery

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1,088 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 96
Gots: 269 | FT: 31
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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Photo of andrewinski1
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine taster. The color is light orange; kind of straw. There is a nice white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma has a bit of toffee and caramel, with a slight hint of peach.

The taste starts out with some light caramel sweetness. There is a great fruity finish that hits the sides of the tongue. There is a bit of a spicyness to this beer as well.

This is medium to full bodied, with a full mouthfeel. This is a slow sipper. This one isn't bad, but the barrel flavors seem compromised, and the wheatwine flavors are a bit harsh at times; keeping this from being really great.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one shared by Andy. Poured into a tulip. This pours a cloudy golden yellow with about an inch of fluffy white head.

Toffee and oak in the aroma with hints of vanilla in the background. Berries and a little bit of spice in the background. Starts of with sweet caramel and rounds out with vanilla and some berries. The bourbon flavor is a little more notable on the pallet than the aroma.

The body is thick and heavy with soft carbonation.

This one is pretty solid. Really enjoyable.

Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

...from Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA) White Oak - good Christ. Citrus, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spice, green peppercorn, and tropical fruit notes highlighted with papaya. Medium full bodied, peaches resounding, and reminding me of southern comfort in a way. Some heat of abv is evident but enjoyable under the circumstances. A sipper to enjoy after dinner. In their words, "oakey-dokey!"

Photo of aasher
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White Oak pours a lighter bodied, slightly cloudy honey gold with a two finger bright white head. The nose is odd, a lot of slicing and alcohol with slight Belgian yeast and chamomile and other herbal notes. The flavors are odd. It's a weird mix of Belgian yeast, intense slicing, alcohol, and unripe vegetables. It's almost a super spiced wheat with a lot of alcohol and fresh green veggies. I cant get behind it. It's awkward, its boozy, its just not well integrated and is pretty disjointed. This is one of the few beers I can't like from the Bruery.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium straw yellow to golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thick film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of bourbon, vanilla, and oak from the barrel aged portion of the beer. Additionally there are buttery notes that I normally associate with some Napa chardonnays.

T: The flavor of this beer is very complex - again the butteriness from the smell comes through in the flavor. There are strong flavors from the bourbon barrel aging - bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Additionally there are some interesting coconut notes as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Very enjoyable and an interesting blend of styles that make up this beer. I think bourbon barrel aging added a lot to this beer and the contribution of coconut was unique. Definitely one to try again.

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a little more complex and has flavors of bourbon and coconut.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is an interesting mix of beers (half wheatwhine aged in bourbon barrels and half Mischief)

Photo of tylermains
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is interesting but at the same time it is sort of falling into the category of a 'experimental beer' that doesn't taste all that unique.

Pours with a fizzy white head that dies to a ring, with a very cloudy orange colored hue body with some gold highlights.

The smell is a sort of booze soaked wheat and just a touch of bourbon though it is slight, and mostly I just get a kind of strong though lighter malt note.

The taste has a very distinct 'the Breuery' yeast and malt profile, touched with some oak and a semi sweet to sweet booze flavor. Seem tropical fruit flavors in there as well, which is very interesting and adds in well to the bready malt base.

The feel is good, ok carbo and medium feel, not too hot in the booze.

The beer is good, but not something I'd pay $16 for again honestly. Worth a try.

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of mikereaser
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a very murky light orange with a frothy bright white foam that takes its time fading and leaves a nice amount of lacing down the glass
S - For me the aroma is very nondescript. I can pick up the wheat along with a hint of some coconut and/or a sort of sap smell.
T - Very interesting flavor, kind of oak-ey, sprucey flavor with coconut coming on strong, some vanilla and oak from the barrel, i taste a little bit of the bourbon but not enough to really pick it out. I'm starting to warm up to this one and am enjoying it more as I drink it.
M/D - medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. It sort of has a syrupy mouthfeel to it and that detracts a little. It really reminds me of a spruce ale I brewed. I like it, not sure i'd go for another bottle on my own though.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BeTheBall
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750, very frothy head with golden color and dense carbonation. Smell was mostly of bourbon barrel, with some vanilla? Taset was heavy on the bourbob, not my favorite. Also sweet and fairly alcoholic. This should be served in 2 or 4 oz. size for me, as that's plenty. Not a refreshing or tasty beer. Mouthfeel was fine, but the taste missed for me.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bmoney
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of silentjay
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cashmier
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Sixt9coug
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a very golden yellow beer that pours out with a mildly off white/fluffy white head. I had lots of foam on my pour. I blame it on bottle conditioning and not technique. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

S - LOTS of oak and bourbon in the smell. Wheat comes through shortly after, but dominated my oak and bourbon.

T - I've had this a few times now and I can best describe it as a handful of wheat tossed into a bourbon vat. Oak meets you up front, wheat and bourbon in the middle with more wheat on the finish. Warming bourbon and the 11.5% lingers a bit but the ABV is never really knocking you out.

M - medium bodied, more carbonation that I expected the first time I tried it, but with this style of beer the extra carbonation really helps to keep it from feeling too starchy.

O - The first wheat wine I've ever had, and really an enjoyable one. One of the easiest drinking high abv beers I've had. Bourbon goodness in a lighter colored beer.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden colored with a thick, towering white head. The liquid is just a tad hazy and is teeming with effervesence. The head displays lasting retention and leaves ample lacing in it's wake.

The aroma offers a light touch of bourbon, bold oak character, citrus and yeast akin to a Belgian tripel.

The flavor is dominated by oak. Additional aspects include a touch of booze heat, yeast, citrus. The finish brings grain and wheat. Some vanilla character comes though more as the beer is allowed to warm.

Light bodied given the 11.5% abv. Moderate carbonation. Complex and very drinkable.

I am not normally a fan of wheatwines, but I am really enjoying this one. By far the best example of the style I have had.

Photo of bamadog
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer that I was able to add to the little tasting shindig that Pete put together. Review is from notes taken on 6/10/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a cloudy coppery color; starts with a huge billowy off-white head; tons of cloudiness in the body; lots of lacing hanging on the sides of the glass, and ultimately summed up in the firm cap resting at the top.

Taste: Tons and tons of mulch wheat, but I have to be honest, the smell of this beer is more reminiscent of whole leaf, moist and sticky tobacco with plant of raisin and fig blending; there is a nice vanilla and oaky sweetness with a bit of the astringency that also comes from the oak adde two more levels of complexity to this already hearty beer and it's big booziness. I'm really please that this was crack with friends, because I feel that if I tried to nurse one of these to myself, it would have ended poorly. A great beer that would be a great dessert beer with nothing else needing to hold up any end or obligation.

Mouthfeel: Body was of medium weight; very warm and boozy; carbonation was rather sot and smooth -- avoided being sharp the entire time.

Overall: This is a sweet beer with a lot going on, and that big ABV would throw your thoughts straight to the hopper if you drink too much and try to think about it. Moderation is certainly key with this bad boy, but I'll say i again, The Bruery has certainly come though.

Photo of M27
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of CJ11
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.