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White Oak - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,028 Ratings
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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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Photo of GregSVT
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle into a snifter - 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow with a huge white head that stays a good finger tall for a long time and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is slightly funky and sweet with some spicy and earthy yeast and sweet bready malt. There's a touch of vanilla and grape in the background.

T: The taste is much like a Saison with some nice citrus and estery yeast flavors along with a bit of vanilla and earthy hops. This definitely tastes like a slightly barrel aged Imperial Saison.

M: The feel is between medium and light bodied with a great creaminess. It's close to being overcarbonated.

O: I was hoping this would be something awesome like Nemesis 2009 but apparently blending this with Mischief has turned this into a belgian farmhouse beer instead of a wheatwine. I would love to try the pure barrel aged version of White Sap as I feel it could be more of what I am looking for.

GregSVT, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of BDeibs
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

BDeibs, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of TGS
5/5  rDev +29.2%

TGS, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of diesel59
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from aprox 22 oz. bottle into tulip shaped pint glass.... nice initial head but soon disapates with no lacing.... reminds me of an oak aged saison/farmhouse ale... if i was blindfolded i would have bet it was brewed @ ommegang brewery... which in my opinion is a huge compliment...OMMEGANG RULES... a little pricey @ $16.99, but i would buy this again on occasion... very good stuff... but very little bourbon character... a little hot @ 11.5% ABV, but i like that...

diesel59, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

DarthKostrizer, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a light bourbon smell and no sediment. The beer has a light, sweet taste that carries the bourbon well. It's very well balanced and drinkable, but doesn't wow me in he end. I would say for notes of bourbon, for someone that's not used to BA beers, this may change their ways. The fruitiness in the aftertaste is quite refreshing as well and makes this beer a winner!

ThePorterSorter, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle sent to my by my trustee JRSD. It was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

White Oak pours a hazy, slightly dull tangerine. More than three fingers of white foam coalesce atop the beer, and the head displays very good retention. Lacing is fairly spotty though. There's a lot going on in the nose, though nothing's there that i would call a focus, or centerpiece. Notes of coconut, bourbon, oak, fruity booziness, and vanilla all blend together, without anything establishing itself as the primary aroma. The flavor is just a little bit more boozy, with the alcohol soaked fruit and bourbon notes taking over somewhat, and any coconut from the nose being lost. The body is surprisingly light for more than an 11% beer, and it's paired with an overactive carbonation that leaves the beer coming across as way too effervescent for what should be a malt driven beer. White Oak is an alright tasting beer that doesn't rank as one of the Bruery's best offerings.

axeman9182, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of MordorMongo
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MordorMongo, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of IKR
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow color. Thick white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Slight bready aroma with some faint barrel notes (bourbon and vanilla). I also pick up some mild citrus notes as it warms.

Taste: Sweet citrus notes with some bourbon and vanilla. The barrel influences are fairly subtle and integrated. The beer has a very clean and crisp tasting finish. I also pick up some mild spiciness.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a spritz-y carbonation.

Overall: A good beer that I feel works well in any season but would be very tasty on a hot day. The Mischief/White Oak Sap is a good combination resulting in a good taste profile.
Note: Beer was even tastier above recommended serving temp.

2012 Vintage

IKR, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of mthomas84
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mthomas84, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

drummermattie02, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Dan25D
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Dan25D, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with an off-white head that fades to oily wisps on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is very grainy and fruity with some woody aromas. Taste is of grain, fruits, wood, and subtle bourbon flavors. There is a slight tartness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the barrel aging is very subtle and comes out more in the aftertaste.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

pmarlowe, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of MikeRMII
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

MikeRMII, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Wowcoolman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Wowcoolman, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +3.4%

drewone, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ezperkins2, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. Pours a very hazy, golden-orange color with a large white head that goes down rather slowly. Pours very nicely. Scent is initially hoppy with some Belgian yeast aromas. Sweet coconut with spicy aromas...Very unique nose on this one. Vanilla and oak make their way to the nostrils...the oak is quite pleasant as it warms. Lots of citrus as well...orange peel, lemon, etc. Subtle bourbon. Quite the complex smelling brew we have here. Taste initially remind me of Mischief...you get that bold, spicy, hoppy, bright citrus flavor...but then it smoothly transforms to oaky coconut and caramel flavors. Sweet vanilla and bourbon...wow...just phenomenal flavors here. Finishes with a bit more citrus...somewhat bitter. A bit of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very high, as I cannot believe this is 11.5%. Overall, such an amazing beer. I bought my full allocation of 5 bottles. I will gladly buy 5 more if I get the chance to head to Orange before it is sold out.

DovaliHops, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Callmecoon
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Callmecoon, Mar 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

TrojanWheels, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of marct
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

marct, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of EinWeizenbitte
4/5  rDev +3.4%

EinWeizenbitte, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update:
Just had a fresh bottle from the recent 2012 release, about 4 months old and it is much more yeast and hop forward, not as enjoyable.
Revisited 2012 bottle in mid 2013 and it has mellowed so much, this beer is best with at least a year on it.

From the first batch, released sometime late 2009. Courtesy of GhettoFabulous in a recent trade.

The beer pours a cloudy light golden orange color with a tall white head that dissipates decently fast considering how monstrous the soapy white head was initially.

Aromas begin with a lemony sourness, a characteristic of many wheat dominant malted beers. Sweet light fruits such as pears & apples, then I get some sweeter honey and sugary notes with a little underlying oakiness, which imparts a touch of vanilla. Not too much, if any at all, of the bourbon/alcohol notes but after 2+ years of aging I would expect as much.

The tastes follow the nose opening up with honey and caramel sweet maltiness along with some more of the light fruit notes, lots of pears and granny smith apple. There is a light white vinous oakiness in the finish; also a little peppery spice in the finish. Light sourness is prevalent throughout which could be from the bourbon (which I am detecting more and more as it warms and it is really adding to the flavor profile) or from the hefty amount of wheat malt used here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high amount of carbonation. This is the one point of the beer that I am torn on, while I dislike beers with low carbonation, this may have a bit too much for a beer of this heft and ABV. (Oh yeah this drinks like a 7% beer so watch yourself...) The amble carbonation is appropriate for a normal ABV wheat beer but may be a bit too much for a bourbon aged beer or one of this high alcohol content, of which you cannot taste any. Finish is dry thanks to the ample carbonation that continues to scrub your palate as you consume.

Overall this was a really great, unique great beer. The flavor profile reminds me a lot how the Cascade Bourbonic Plague beer progressed as you drank it. Started off with predominant light fruitiness, bordering sourness, then as it warms you get a nice oak and light Bourbon presence. The 50% barrel aging was perfect for this because there aren't many (or any) that can hold up to the complete Bourbon Barrel treatment. Not sure what this was like fresh, but it is perfect right now. Kinda wished I saved this for slightly warmer weather but I was too anxious to try it. Definitely the best Wheat Wines I have ever had hands down. I heard there's a new batch coming out this year (2012) so definitely seek it out then as it is probably quite hard to come by now.

claspada, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of John11486
5/5  rDev +29.2%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.