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White Oak - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 252
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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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

calcio360jrd, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

roblund, May 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JMRSN, May 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

macrosmatic, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; I'm usually very underwhelmed by beers from this brewery - with the exception of Black Tuesday, which I was quite fond of. I hope this isn't overpriced mediocrity like many of The Bruery's other beers.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of slight soft cream, decent thickness, and very impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a murky hazy dark yellow. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. It looks rather nice; I'm excited to try it. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral, with clean wheat presence, cream, very light vague coconut, and tropical fruit esters. Pleasant, clean, and generally inviting - though not unique or special. A mild strength aroma.

T: Wheat is definitely the base, with strange bourbon and wood notes. Some light floral fruit notes are backgrounded. Coconut is distinct and recognizable, but I don't know that it's a good addition to the flavour profile. No alcohol comes through - quite a feat. The balance is off. Lacks a clear focus or emphasis, as though the brewers combined a bunch of difficult processes without any real regard for the balance of the end product. The wheat is nice and well executed, but the coconut mixed with the bourbon really bothers me. Complex but not at all subtle. Far too sweet. I get some vanilla, but it's not like it is in dark beers; here vanilla is troublesome.

Their own description on the label hints at the problem; "esque" and "ish" and "like" are used, but there are no solid firm flavours. It's a hodge podge of would-be notes, and the result is less appealing than the label makes it sound. Vaguely evocative of malibu coconut rum mixed with poor bourbon.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and somewhat creamy. Too thin. Adequately carbonated. Complements the flavour generally.

Dr: To its credit, the ABV is well hidden. That's probably the best element of this beer. It's difficult to drink; coconut is quickly overwhelming and far too sweet - especially over the course of repeated sips. Far too expensive for its quality (a staple of The Bruery). Another disappointment from The Bruery. I may never know why people like their beers so much. I wouldn't get this again, and I'd caution friends from trying it as well. Wasn't there supposed to be oak in the taste?

See Koko Brown from Kona Brewing for a far better (and motivated) use of coconut in the brewing process.


kojevergas, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

monitorpop, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice big fizzy pasty white 1 finger head, great head for the abv, but fades at med pace with just a touch of lacing, semi clear slight chill hazed, golden almost pilsner apricot color. Great head for the abv.

Nose is more like a Belgian trippel, plenty of wheat almost bock like aroma, golden Belgian malts, some booze and big malts, some fruity esters like a Belgian yeast would bring, the more I nose it I get some coconut flesh, and light buttery toasted barrel with coconut, and a light toffee like coconut.

Taste starts again like a Belgian strong ale, golden malts, really sweet, very boozy like fusel alcohol boozy. Then esters again, fruity esters that get a bit too much, grainy as well. Hints of coconut come through in the background, light belgian spices, and wheat like bock flavors again. Light toasted barrel with just a hint of bourbon and vanilla, and some caramel toffee. finish is fairly dry but slightly sticky, plenty of hot booze lingering, golden Belgian malts and yeast, esters, linger.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied but feels fairly thin for what it is, too much carbonation, wicked boozy.

Overall meh, not what I expected, way too much booze and carb, feels thin, its like they made a Belgian tripel strong ale and tried to do a bunch of things with it that didn't pan out well, and just got way too boozy and carbonated, and where the hell is the bourbon, where they fifteenth fill barrels?

jlindros, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Swervine44, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thank you Bruery Reserve Society for the beer. Poured into a Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden yellow hue with a two finger fluffy white head that fades to a thinnish blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of fresh coconut meat and earthy barrel and super light Bourbon. There is a light Belgian yeast/fruit ester to the back of the beer. Light vanilla notes too.

T - What the hell is this... sweet Carmel malts with light barrel notes and faint bourbon. Gentle coconut and vanilla but a TON of booze. A distracting amount of booze here. Super light answer faint flavours though. Its like they took a Belgian triple and just added a hodgepodge of flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is super carbonated and light for the ABV but this all said its still super boozy. Really really boozy.

O - Overall what the heck did I buy? Its such a jumble of flavours and is all kinda thin and faint. Had such high expectations for this beer and it was dashed wonderfully by a crummy flavour. Argh.

rudzud, Apr 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

bsuedekum, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

AApparel, Apr 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Rollzroyce21, Apr 22, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a huge bone white head and a steady stream of carb bubbles rising from the depths. Smells of spicy wheat, yeasty phenols, a bit of oak and bourbon with a hint of fruity sour sweetness. This tastes much better than it smells. Dark fruity sugary sweetness up front. Lots of berries and caramel followed by a bit of barrel oak, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. There's a spicy earthy sweetness that turns into a long lingering heat in the finish. Medium to full body with a spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly sugary mouthfeel. I liked this one, but the carbonation might be a bit high and the alcohol is still a bit too present. Too bad I don't have another of these as it would be interesting to see how this ages.

johnnnniee, Apr 20, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well who knew that this was distributed in my area? Probably a lot of people but now me. Completely opaque and hazy, bright golden yellow in color with sligh orange highlights. One finger lightly dense head with just ok retention. Aroma is chock full of coconut, and big on raw oak. Some vanilla and caramel and a little bit of hops a hint of solventy alcohol, but the aforementioned flavors are the main players. The flavor is big on fresh cut oak and coconut. Some vanilla along with a touch of pine and citrus notes from the hops. There is a distinct tropical nature to this beer. Pretty abundent alcohol flavor on the back end. Pretty huge body, thick, full, and round. I love the Bruery and seek there beers out when possible so I was really happy to have this, but I won't be seeking it out again. To much alcohol, and could use some additional blending so smooth out the divergent flavors.

pmlondrigan, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Souleman, Apr 18, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a murky golden color with a slight amount of yeast sediment which snuck its way into the glass with two fingers of pure white fluffy head which lingers nicely before dissipating and leaving behind a very nice amount of lacing
S: a very nice sharp scent which is reminiscent of white grape juice as i often find is the case with this style, its interesting to note that i also find a slight coconut note which im note sure is actually from my nose or is just from me reading it on the bottle
T: very nice bright and sharp taste, grape notes and a nice bready undertone which lingers long afterwards
M: medium carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling distinctly dry
O: this is a very nice representation of the style, nice taste notes and depth, really drinks incredibly well for an 11.5% number on it, quite happy with this offering from the bruery

BigPlay1824, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

bpfrush, Apr 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Soxfanmcgee, Apr 16, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden in color. Plenty is lace is left behind from the huge pure white head, which holds for a time, then rapidly collapses in on itself. A constant supply of bubble from the glass keep a nice ring around the glass.

Smells fruity and woody. Tangy with a hint of the bourbon, some citric odor, and macaroons.

Starts out like a wheat taste and builds up to the bourbon notes in the middle, and a wheaty citrus finish that really fits the beer.

Goes down pretty smooth, even with the bubbly explosion and light bite that hits after drinking. However, a bit of burn on the finish makes this a sipper for sure. Medium to full bodied give the beer some great texture, however, it's the worst part of the beer, IMO.

Nice beer, gonna see how this one ages. Too bad the price is quite hefty, but I found my 2nd bottle for 13$, so I was pretty happy.


Drinkerofales, Apr 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

ObeMaltKinobee, Apr 13, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on draft in a goblet on the east coast.

Appearance is a cloudy yellow tone with a short white head. Its` nose has vanilla, oak and coconut. A very interesting smell complex to be sure. The taste contains orange, wheat, more of the oak and a strong punch of bourbon....mmm, sip this one. Mouthfeel is med-full, quite a bit of alcohol bite in the finish. The ABV here is not well-masked, but that is fine by me. I very much enjoyed White Oak and had been looking out for it. For me, it did not disappoint.

mltobin, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

amrozga, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

tjfinkle, Apr 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

ineva, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(fresh) 2012 Vintage into a Duvel Tulip

HUGE white foamy head. Super high initial carbonation to go along with. Hazy clarity, which is appropriate for the style, in fact, I'd worry had it been clear. No too much lacing to speak of, expected from the high ABV.

Very nice wheat scent, not too deep. Light fruit along with light vanilla line the innards of this well-balanced brew. Smells like kumquats... Mild tropical wheat scent, interesting.

Whoa! great heavy wheat flavor without the heavy heat. Orange, vanilla, lemon and coriander stand out to me. Amazing crisp smoothness. Grassy and light body.

Flavor could stand to be more aggressive and forward, but overall, a very nice and well thought out brew. Another great offering from Famille Rue! Recommended and worth *some* hype, but over priced at $18/750ml. I have two more and can't wait to report back once some age has been put on them...

chugalug06, Apr 08, 2012
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.