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White Oak - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,095 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 97
Gots: 267 | FT: 29
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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 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%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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
2.61/5  rDev -32.6%
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%

White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.