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White Oak - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 96
Gots: 270 | 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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Ratings: 1,119 | Reviews: 263
Photo of brotherloco
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2012 edition. Served in a snifter.

Pours a clear, slightly-pale gold with a big two finger head of white foam. Settles to a pillowy ring. Medium swaths of lacing left behind.

Aroma of sweet caramel, garden flowers, oak, vanilla, and coconut. Some hints of bourbon and sourness come through as well. Some funky Belgian yeast. Not much alcohol given the big ABV.

Taste follows the nose, I get all of the same elements. A very nice level of initial sweetness gives way to a drier middle and finish. Just like the aroma, the alcohol is present, but very well hidden.

Slightly above medium bodied with a lively, sharp carbonation.

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a a golden straw with orange hues. There is about one finger of pure white head that dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is mainly sweet with notes of caramel and vanilla. There is a slight funky yeast note mixed with some citrus. It's interesting.

T: It starts out sweet, some citrus notes hit right after. Yeast and spice follow, with a mix of caramel. The finish is tart, effervescent, yeasty, and packed with flavor. The lingering notes are citrus, funk, and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied beer. It looks light, but this beer is high in abv and you can really feel it. Sweet to start with funk and lemon lingering.

O: This beer is pretty good. It's a little too boozy for my liking, but the nose is nice and the flavor transitions work well. Solid beer. I'd drink this again.

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

750mL into a chalice. Pours a crystal clear golden orange w/ a 1-finger white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is sweet malt and candi sugar, bourbon, oak. Smells kind of like a tripel.

Taste is heavy on the bourbon, lots of fruity esters and oak. Apples and pears. Wheat malt takes a back seat to all the stronger flavors. Again, reminds me somewhat of a BSPA or tripel. Lots of fermentable sugars.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, finishes dry. Booze warms the throad.

Overall a solid barrel-aged wheatwine. A little heavy-handed w/ the bourbon though and I still prefer Harvest Dance, and not only because it costs half as much.

Photo of headbucket
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I broke this bottle up into a bunch of little pours into my glass throughout the night, but the initial pour gave a nice thin and foamy head that filled the top half of the glass pretty well.
After that, there is a small head on top of the beer, not much in the way of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. A hazy, orangish straw color.

The smell is my favorite thing about this beer. A very nice bourbon oak scent at first followed up by fruity and sweet notes and a bit of alcohol burn.

initial sweetness to start off on the taste, followed by nice bourbon presence (woody but not too charred and heavy like some, followed by the vanilla and light coconut notes) follow up with some fruity sweetness that lasts into the aftertaste along with a bit of spicy and almost tart flavors(but this might actually just be the abv showing up-I'm not really sure).

mouthfeel:medium thick, a bit prickly, and a bit viscous. it coats the mouth and hangs around.

overall, this beer has a really nice barrel presence that I really enjoy. Why am I feeling pretty buzzed after drinking the majority of this bottle over multiple hours- oh yea its 11.5%- its becoming a bit much to finish this bottle off by myself, and the alcohol content is becoming a bit more apparent the further i get into the bottle but it is still enjoyable. Overall a nice, big beer with a great barrel presence that doesn't go too overboard. The high abv and large format detracts slightly here.

Photo of farrago
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely energetic pour fills half the glass with wispy off-white foam, luckily it is so airy and whipped up that it dissipates quickly to a thin if consistent surface coating, as might be expected not much stick in the lacing, what might be there. Super-cloudy orange which lightens at the outer edges, even given its opacity you can see a maelstrom of bubbles whipping around inside the glass, has a relaxed feel about it. The nose displays an initial burst of wheat and then lemongrass, follows up with honey, vanilla bean, caramel, grape skins and some coal and earth, gives up a bushel of peach, apricot, pear fruit scents with a little mixed sweet citrus on top, overall most notable for its restraint even as it openly offers the benefits of the barrel aging. Full-bodied, sweet yet with a sour side as well. Here banana and bubblegum comes through along with wheatgerm, mild sous bois and then that honey and lees. The orange peel is clearer, hint of a poached fruit character to the peach, apricot, pear, pineapple and apple fruit. It is damn foamy, the increasing dryness through the finish helps temper this. Interesting for how you sense its complexity but can’t quite tease them apart. The oak influence is moderate and not dominant. Creaminess helps it hug the palate and last longer.

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of imbuckeye
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of AdamBear
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy light orange with a frothy white head

S-pale Belgian malts with caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Strong scent. Intimidating smell

T-comes in with a boozy and sweet taste of slightly roasted caramel and white grapes. It has a slight bitterness to it. The after-taste is mostly vanilla and bourbon. It's a very complex beer and it unravels new flavors with each sip. 

M-high explosive carbonation with a dry finish. Exactly how I want any Belgian style to be.

O-This is an intense beer that I recommend you share. It's another beautiful beer from the Bruery. It's unique and complex, but it's slightly more serious and strong than most other Bruery beers I've had. It is the best wheat wine I've had.

Photo of hyoung41
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Serving Type - 22 oz bottle

Appearance - Light golend yellow/tan with a frothy, 3+ inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Sweet fruits like lemon, apples, grapes. Oak, lots of yeast and wheats, sugars. Coconut and a little bourbon aroma also is present.

Taste - Huge yeast and wheat bomb, mixed with spices, oak and a large coconut flavor. Warm, strong, bold, yet smooth and drinkible. A nice floral fruit note mixed with the bourbon adds flavor, and is not overpowering. The wheat adds a nice grainy/bready flavor.

Mouthfeel - The bourbon oak nails tounge along with the coconut flavor. The palate gets spices, floral fruits, wheat and alcohol. The finish is warm, wheaty, and spicey.

Overall - A great big beer, lots of flavor, complex and unique. The coconut flavor is really good, as is the floral fruits. This is a intense drink, something id drink on occassion, not all the time. Worth a drink for sure.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer off my wants list.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat in it, as well as some pepper and bubblegum notes. The flavor is similar but more complex. I get a lot of wheat, as well as a big dose of alcohol up front. I also get some pepper notes, as well as a very light amount of whiskey and some Belgian yeast. The oak is very strong in the beer and really is what this beer is all about, which I guess you can expect given the beer's name. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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

Recently hit shelves on the east coast, very excited to try this one. Split with Jessica, poured into Russian River Belgo glasses.

Big white head sits atop a slightly opaque orange body. Smell is sweet.. Hints of coconut and spice. The taste is really well balanced.. Citrus, noticeable wheat, spice and yeast. The oak yields some coconut and vanilla, very nice fit. This is a great blend of beers here, if you've had mischief in the past you'll notice that as well. Glad I grabbed 2 of these.. Looking to save the other for cooler weather.

Photo of baybum
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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White Oak from The Bruery
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