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White Oak - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 98
Gots: 265 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
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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 ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a tulip

A deep golden body with a huge, fluffy white cap rises and fills the tulip. A good amount of visible carbonation.

Delicious nose. Strong flavors from the oak (lightly toasted wood, vanilla, coconut), fresh, slightly damp wheat, black pepper, and some melon fruit.

On the palate, the flavors follow the nose. Strong oak and vanilla up front before leaving way to damp wheat, spice, and melon. The finish is dry oak, fruity sweetness, wheat, and some peppery spice.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Loads of flavor and aroma packed into this guy. High carbonation with a dry, lightly boozy finish.

This is a pretty complex beer, but surprisingly, it didn't wow me. It has a heck of a lot going on, broad and deep, but nothing that captivated me. Loads of strong, solid flavors.

ColForbinBC, May 20, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy pale golden straw color. There is a nice pillowy white head that has some nice dense bubbles. Retention is real strong with a slowly receding head and some nice slight lacing left on the sides.

Aroma of nice wheat malt and some nice phenols are present. Some citrusy notes can be perceived with some lemony and clean refreshing notes.

Taste is of strong wheat notes. Definitely an alcoholic burn with some slight molasses sweetness and some woody bourbon notes. Sugary sweetness and some slightly sweet fruit juice notes as well. Some mild grassy hop notes on the back end. Mouthfeel is fluffy and crisp but also has some stickiness on the back end with a heat.

Pretty good wheatwine. Strong alcoholic notes but that get tempered by some fruit juice notes and some wheat notes as well.

JoEBoBpr, May 18, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't wait to try this, although the coconut concerns me. Me no like coconuts.

A light golden pour with medium head. Nothing spectacular here, but looks good.

Aroma up front is booze and light vanilla. It sure smells like a barrel aged beer. But then the spices come in, and the coconut tames them. Some floral here and there.

Taste has the prominent, but not dominant, barrel vanilla/booze on it. Some light floral and citrus. Coconut fades in the flavor, i don't get much on it. The malt is great. Clean and crisp with that hint of bright wheat.

At 11.5% this is boozy, but not burning. Pretty good beer. May go well with a salad up front.

Mebuzzard, May 17, 2012
Photo of codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

codynevels, May 17, 2012
Photo of discord257
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

discord257, May 16, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great head production, amazing sticky lacing, not the fullest of power with completeness, orange hazy body, decent carbonation. Good start to this beer.

Nice generic carmale background, oranges, bits of tropical fruit, faint wheat malt character. The vanilla is muddled for sure. Tangerines and a light bitterness.

bursts of malty sweetness, caramels, oranges, tangerines, a light tropical fruityness. Some light bourbon sweetness, a faint oak chracter, and the vanilla rounds out the backend. Coconut my ass. If you call that coconut, marshmellows have a word with you..

Too crisp on the body, thick enough for me, fluid enough for me, sticky enough for me... in fact the flavors are perfect in intensity. It really benefits it on the flavor part to offset the intense crispness of carbonation.

This beer is tasty... very tasty... just want less carbonation is all.

Khazadum, May 16, 2012
Photo of craytonic
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: light cloudy golden yellow pour with a big head
Smell: Bread, bananas, honey, pale malts. Very sweet.
Taste: A bit bready and sweet, heavy on the banana.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body
Overall: Too much alcohol, not really that complex or enjoyable

craytonic, May 15, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Gonzoillini, May 11, 2012
Photo of MrTopher
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MrTopher, May 10, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with moderately dense, creamy white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of tart lemon and oak. There is some light banana and clove notes. Not much from the bourbon, perhaps some general sweetness. More oaky than anything else.

The taste starts off with a lemony twang from the oak. This is coupled with a brown sugar and caramel sweetness. I seem to pick up more bourbon alcohol notes than I do bourbon flavor. I do get some of the coconut flavors as stated on the bottle; they are subtle and add a layer of flavor. The wheat malt doesn't add much flavor but adds some heft.

The feel is light with sharp carbonation. A bit too active as it seems to hide the flavor of the beer. It starts off tangy and sour on the palate then the carbonation comes in and wipes it away. Bourbon and caramel sweetness finishes on the palate.

A bunch of different flavor notes but none of them excellent. Carbonation is too sharp.

Gmann, May 10, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

acurtis, May 10, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.5%

djrn2, May 10, 2012
Photo of Omer4176
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Omer4176, May 09, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mhaugo, May 08, 2012
Photo of Auracom
2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Courtesy of the RS. 6-7 oz. of the bomber poured into a Cantillon flute on May 6th, 2012.

A - Semi-clear golden coloring with a huge 4-finger, white, creamy head. Decent retention and great lacing. Looks a bit like a hefty geuze.

S - Lots of sharp lemon peel and vinegar with light malt sweetness and vanilla. A touch of oak and wheat-bread yeast underneath. Much, much less barrel character than I expected.

T - Front palate wheat grass, citrus, and tart sweetness. Mid palate transitions into caramel, light vanilla, and finally some semblance of barrel notes. Rear end is a wierd mixture of sweet, sour, and malty bread that leads into the finish.

M - Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit smooth, tart and lightly-dry finish.

D - Undoubtedly the strangest beer I've had from the Bruery yet. There are a lot of different elements within the aroma and taste, but I find them to clash rather the meld/blend. Ultimately that makes this pretty poor for drinkability, imo.

Auracom, May 07, 2012
Photo of calcio360jrd
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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

roblund, May 05, 2012
Photo of JMRSN
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JMRSN, May 03, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
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.

D+

kojevergas, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of monitorpop
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
Photo of Swervine44
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
Photo of bsuedekum
3/5  rDev -22.5%

bsuedekum, Apr 25, 2012
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.