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White Oak - The Bruery

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1,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 97
Gots: 265 | FT: 30
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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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

AApparel, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Rollzroyce21, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
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
Photo of pmlondrigan
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
Photo of Souleman
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Souleman, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
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
Photo of Drinkerofales
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
Photo of mltobin
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
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
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

BDeibs, Apr 07, 2012
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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
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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
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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
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.