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White Oak - The Bruery

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

A: Hazy yellow pour that's brown at its deepest colors. Three or four fingers of white head build up and last forever, lacing nicely as it recedes.

S: The aroma is amazingly light for what it is. Wheat is the forefront, and I can't actually smell a lot of bourbon or booze. Spicy like a triple, some light fruits like banana are coming out as well.

T: The booze and bourbon are much more notable here! Sweet vanilla, alcohol, wheat, and some more banana. It's nicely balanced albeit a bit strange. I've never had a wheatwine with bourbon involved, but I like it. It's deep and every sip seemingly brings a new flavor.

MF: Light body with more carbonation than average. However the high carbonation does not lead to a bubble feel on the mouth. Quite the contrary, it goes down really smooth. This is very drinkable for how high the ABV is.

O: Interesting experiment. I can't say it blew me away, but it was definitely above average. The bourbon didn't take the beer over, but simply imparted some really nice characteristics to an already interesting style.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Split 3 ways.

Appearance: Free pour yields a fluffy, popping white head that dissipates slowly. Pours an opaque lightish orange.

Smell: Musty, kind of Belgian yeast-y. Some mild oak notes. Smells like a really powerful Belgian witbier.

Taste: Very, very bourbony up front, with some light witbier flavor. Funky through the middle, almost as if it had brettanomyces. Dry finish, with tons of oak. Tastes like it's spiced.

Pretty straightforward. Lots of oak flavor. Less wheatwine than "imperial witbier" / Belgian golden ale, barrel aged with a heavy hand. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy. Dry finish. Really grows on you; sort of subtly balanced, well crafted feel that enhances the flavor.

Overall: Interesting beer. I think it would probably age well. It swings a little bit too far toward witbier for me, but I'm also a sucker for really overdone barrel aging.

I like many of the Bruery's barrel treatments even more than this, but I greatly enjoyed this beer.

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

Served on-tap in a clear 10 oz snifter at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly murky orange-amber with soft cap of off-white head which leaves some lace sticks behind.

S: Big barrel character with coconut and pineapple bolstering a huge malt presence with some tangy wheat.

T: The alcohol from both the beer and the barrel is large but not unbearable. The barrel notes with pineapple, vanilla, and coconut meld nicely with the wheaty malt blast. The tangy nature fits well with the citrus qualities. It is a powerful beer and drinks like a heavier Curieux.

M: The heat is on with this one which hurts drinkability. Pretty heavy in the body also but 10oz is plenty.

O: I really liked this beer but I would rather drink Curieux I think instead.

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mkennedy119
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of alexipa
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light and straw colored, small film of a head.

S: Yeasty. Too yeasty, nothing else is discernible.

T: After the appearance and smell, it surprised me. Very complex and good. Nice and light up front (almost like a hefe), some coconut and possibly a bit of the barrel aging comes through. Ends yeasty and slightly hot.

M: Not as light as it looks. Drinks nice and smooth, but the ABV is very apparent.

O: I was surprised, I liked this quite a bit. Wheatwine is a style that is very underrepresented in my opinion. It's nice to find one that's not too expensive, easy to find, and quite delicious.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Straw to gold body. Some trace of head.

Yeasty and rich, pungent and nice.

Very tripel like, with plenty of yeast, a bit of spice. Not too much oak character, but mellow and well rounded, maybe a trace of coconut.

Pretty light and bright, actually. A bit too much so, but no complaints.

Complex and mellow, may or may not be worth the price.

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking cloudy yellow color with a nice looking white head on top. The head settles and just leaves a thin white ring around the glass. The smell of the beer is boozy and sweet, lots of grainy aromas in there too. The taste of the beer is sweet and had a nice amount of wheat flavors upfront, it fades into a slight bitterness that finishes with a subtle sweetness from the barrel aging. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it's got a low carbonation to it. It's not overly heavy for the ABV. Overall I thought this was a really good brew. I'd like to try it again sometime.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cnbrown313
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this on a day where it was 100 degrees and humid, so I wasn't sure if an 11.5% Wheatwine would be the best choice, but I was glad that I went with it!

A - The beer pours a murky orange color with a giant off white head that recedes a little and leaves some nice lacing.

S - It smelled pretty sweet and a little bready too. The smell reminded me of caramel.

T - At first you get a very nice caramel sweetness upfront, but there is also some kind of spice at the end too. Clove maybe? And also a little bit of citrus too. This beer is surprisingly easy to drink for an 11.5% beer. You can definitely taste the barrel aging, but it isn't overpowering at all.

M - I loved the giant head upon pouring and the fine carbonation. Very nice mouth feel.

O - This bottle wasn't cheap, so I don't know how many more I will pick up, but I was very happy to have tried one!

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JMBSH
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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%

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