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White Oak - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 95
Gots: 260 | FT: 30
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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 Brent


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

A unique and complex flavor profile going on here. Oaky tannic notes and white grape are prominent up front, then some spicy, Belgian yeast and candy sugar move forward. The 11.5% abv is present in some sharp black pepper notes, but no boozyness. Prickly carbonation throughout.

10-04-2010 15:05:19 | More by Brent
Photo of TheJollyHop


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Big thanks to Jebus13 for cracking this one!

Extremely large head from a gentle pour; like Duvel. Some faintly tart and musty scents. Golden straw body and the large, expansive head settles to a small finger rather quickly.

Scents of bourbon come through right off the bat, with some earthy grapes, and a touch of vanilla.

On the taste, boozy and spicy bourbon assault the palate yet not exhibiting fusel alcohol harshness; quite a plus. Angel food cake and marshmallow middle. Essentially after the dominating aspect of the bourbon is looked past, the malt body is quite mellow and lightly sweet. Finish is a touch hot but more on the pleasant warming side with a very enjoyable tongue coating texture. Additionally it ends a touch dry and tart. Robust with respect to the bourbon quality and yet drinkable; solid.

09-11-2010 18:24:52 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of billshmeinke


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Shared this bottle with a cmorton and a friend at Blue Palms last night. Review from notes.

Pale golden color. Half finger of white head. Nice lacing. 4.5

Smells of sour apple and white grapes. Kind of tart. Very champagne like in the nose. Also, vanilla/butterscotch fudge. 4.5

Tastes of apple juice. Sweet toffee. Vanilla fudge. Slightly tart green apples and champagne ish white grapes. Smoky oak and a dash of bourbon. 4.5

Rich, but surprisingly light. Well carbonated, and slightly dry. 4.5

Surprisingly drinkable. Alcohol is barely noticeable. 4.5

08-17-2010 22:20:24 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of FLBeerGuy


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours a golden color with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates leaving some nice lacing.

Nose is subtle, oak stands out with some fruit and yeast

Taste is a complex blend of vanilla, oak, caramel, pepper, some Belgian yeast sweetness and a dry warming alcohol ending, finishes nice an clean. This is one tasty beer!

Mouthfeel features some nice carbonation.

This is a great beer, well done Bruery. This one is dangerously drinkable with a high ABV. Don't pass up the chance to drink this one.

06-25-2010 21:45:21 | More by FLBeerGuy
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4.22/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to HopDerek for sharing this 750ml bottle on 5/13/10.

A - Poured a cloudy golden/orange liquid with a finger's width of bubbly off-white froth that transformed into a bit of foamy lace around the glass.

S - White Oak's subtly complex nose reveals hints of vanilla, orange, slight woody notes, lightly toasted coconut and milky lactic notes. Interesting... can't wait to taste it!

T - The citrus, coconut and vanilla aspects work extremely well together, producing an ice cream-esque flavor with a hint of oaky, woody notes. Mild traces of alcohol emerge as the liquid warmed up, but remain fairly subdued throughout.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes on the sweet side with light woody and hoppy notes on the palate.

D - Easily my favorite Bruery beer to date. White Oak incorporates sweet, woody and hoppy elements to create a complex and flavorful ale that is pretty damn drinkable for an 11% Strong Ale.

05-18-2010 00:38:31 | More by ffejherb
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to HopDerek, I think, for bringing this to the Brass Rail.

A: The ale pours like a witbier, delicate with a sizeable head. It's autumn hue, think the brown-yellow of Central PA deciduous trees, is hazy to the point of opacity. It's thick head, still on first pour, is slow to dissapate.

S: The oak really stands out, drowning out any Belgian yeast by-products, good or bad. The wod is firm, imparting some coconut and vanilla.

T: Ahh, I see what the excessive head was there for! The first sip is quite spritzy, well-carbonated to the point of over-carbonated. The bubbly sensation is lively. It doesn't mask the barrel aspects, more vanilla and coconut, that are quite dry. Spices, again like a witbier, try to peak through but generally are no match for the barrel. This is the best bottled Bruery offering I've had.

M: The ample carbonation is cleansing. Unfortunately that detracts from the wood, as it whisks some of the flavor away. The oak aging is nicely done though.

D: I really enjoyed White Oak, from the first vanilla notes to the last of the bubbles.

05-14-2010 11:21:44 | More by akorsak
Photo of JoeySchlitz


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Pours a straw yellow with a healthy two-three inches of a dense foam head. Seems a bit suspect with all of that carbonation.... but otherwise appears to be a typical belgian pale.

S: A faint coconut, pina colada aroma is mixed in with a strong, bready yeast aroma. There's also some funkiness, almost a sour tinge in the background, but is overtaken by some bourbon-vanilla notes. It is not overly aromatic but subdued.

T: Alcohol bites the tongue first, but leaves behind a buttery, bourbon, slightly acidic taste. There's a bit of a bitter aftertaste and is dry and crisp. Very tasty but a bit too much heat for a style that is on the lighter side.

M: Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation.

O: This is pretty tasty. Given the high alcohol, one would think that it would be a chore to go through a bottle, but I've gone through two glasses and am looking forward to a third.

05-01-2010 05:02:58 | More by JoeySchlitz
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Hugely carbonated, pouring this one into a snifter results in a good 3-4 fingers of rocky white foam, floating upon the dark straw colored brew. Nosing the beer, I get apricots, tropical fruits, wheat, vanilla and oak. Upon tasting the beer for the first time, I get a very complex blend of vanilla, oak, caramel, white pepper and soothing, warming alcohol. An outstanding blend and a great beer. Probably my favorite from the Bruery so far.

04-27-2010 23:40:42 | More by emmasdad
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

sampled april 10/2010 as part of our giant bruery tasting. Viggo and ritzkiss provided the brews, so thanks to eric and eric!

750ml bottle.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace behind as it falls.

aroma is good. light spice. coriander and cardamom. light funk. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. light alcohol.

taste is good. vanilla and caramel. lightly warming alcohol. touch of spice. white bread. cracker. medium-low bitterness level. touch of fruit. nice peppery spice.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and fairly light. it hides its alcohol pretty well. tasty and delicious.

04-22-2010 21:33:38 | More by grub
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into a rinsed tulip glass. The beer has a large volume of carbonation, but the white head does not persist for very long, it actually disappears very quickly. The beer is a nice cloudy deep golden color.

The smell is very nice with barrel elements coming through the strongest. It smells sweet, oaky, some dry fruit, slight bourbon, and coconut.

The taste is very similar to the smell except that you get some of that wheat tanginess. You get coconut, sweet pastry, and the barrel elements which come thru much stronger in the taste, but they do not overpower the beer. Very tasty.

I am not very familiar with this style but it seems like it should be much less carbonated, it is almost too prickly and distracts from the flavor. The drinkability is pretty good considering the heftiness of the beer, it finishes dry. Maybe the carbonation makes it more drinkable.

Overall, a very good beer and a style I would like to see more of and become more familiar with.

04-20-2010 03:10:47 | More by WeeObese
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Interesting beer. Pours a hazy, golden straw with a silky white head.

Nose has bourbon, oak, vanilla, tropical fruits, candy malts and peppery yeast.

Taste has sweet and tart tropical fruits, caramel, whiskey, vanilla, wood, herbal hops and spicy Belgian yeast.

Medium body has ample carbonation. Drinks a bit thick, but still quite quaffable for 11 percent.

Quite a unique beer. I really like what the Bruery. They not only make good beer, but also continue to push what beer can be.

04-19-2010 03:29:39 | More by rye726
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

750 ml bottle, big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this one. Part of the epic Bruery tasting.

Pours a light hazed golden, some light amber highlights, medium sized white head forms, settles to a very thick ring and layer around the glass, a few spots stick..

Smell is neat, wheat, some fruity, apricots and citrus, caramel, alcohol, some floral, grapefruit, vanilla, oak, toast, nice malty base, smells pretty good.

Taste is similar, sweet and caramelized up front, vanilla and bourbon, oak, very malty, apricots, citrus, some light grapefruit, coconut, wheat, a bit of spice, alcohol is well hidden, real nice barrel character, solid bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth but goes down pretty easy for its weight. Thanks Eric!

04-12-2010 19:27:50 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to one of the Erics.

Pours a creamy, cloudy golden, great thick white head. This looks beautiful.

The aroma begins with a nice spicy, clove forward snap, followed by some pepper, lemon zest, some apples, the earthy character of bosc pears, then it blows up into the characters of the barrel aging, some caramel sweetness, bourbon and fruity banana esters.

There is a fair amount of alcohol on the tongue. Sweetness up front of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and honey, followed by some apples and raisins, some light cloves and pepper on the back of the tongue. It has a lot of fruity esters bouncing on the tongue with a sharp wheat character. This is pretty complex and makes the tongue look for something familiar.

Very high carbonation, good body with it's great crispness. Pretty drinkable, though nothing to get too excited about.

04-12-2010 02:18:12 | More by bartle
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

750ml sent my way by the generous fishbowled, had at our mega Bruery tasting.

Pours a cloudy fresh squeezed apple juice color with about 2 plus fingers of foamy head.

Nose is the most superior aspect of this beer, nice and fruity pear, apple, white grapes, touch of graininess, esters, honey. Fresh yet big and sweet.

Body doesn't seem as integrated, bourbon coming through and not really jiving with the rest of it IMO. Honey sweetness, coconut, vanilla, pear and apple, orange, grains, alcohol shows in the finish too much, pretty hot. Heavy carb which seemed slightly overdone.

Not really bad (in fact, still pretty good) but with all the Bruery beer we had this one was kinda "meh" for me, a bit of a mess that perhaps would integrate better with some time.

04-12-2010 01:18:03 | More by ritzkiss
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Thanks to whichever Eric sprang this one.

Hazy light golden pour with a large white head that left sheets of lace. Spicy, wheat beer aroma on steroids. Lots of grain, brown sugar, coconut and honey. Tasted like some sort of crazy imperial wit, and drinks like a beer half its weight. Very spicy with a nice sweetness. Good caramel, vanilla, bourbon and coconut notes compliment a wheat backbone. The body was medium-light and surprisingly refreshing considering the ABV.

Pretty tasty!

04-11-2010 12:38:26 | More by bobsy
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Ditmier busted this out at a tasting at his house a couple weeks ago... Awesome Eric!!

Foamy 2 finger head.. slightly hazed golden brew.. good lacing and a very firm cap.

Nose is a complex (yet sorta a mess) of spicy and fruity notes... slammed with some barrel presence.

apricot and white peach dominate mid palate and are enhanced by some spicy elements... pale malts are there and seem a bit biscuity.. an odd honey element on the finish... alot of vanilla.. too sweet... pretty hot.

This one seemed all over the place.. nothing really stuck out except some fruity esters... but nothing ever fell into place... I enjoyed the overall product, but I think it needs to really be dialed in.


Thanks again Eric... I would buy a few of these if we got them into town.. but I doubt I would open one for at least a year.

04-08-2010 09:10:35 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Was lucky enough to try this at a recent tasting night some BA's and myself held.
Poured into a tulip glass a nice pale straw yellow with a nice big fluffy head.
Smells of caramel, coconut, and some other sweet notes.
The flavor is extremely smooth with flavors of sweet malt and cocnut. Not sure why I pick up so much coconut but it's tasty nonetheless. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is light/medium.
A good beer that is very drinkable for the abv.

04-04-2010 18:01:18 | More by kbutler1
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden, capped by a somewhat rocky three finger white head with very good retention

S: Almost experienced sensory overload after taking a few extended whiffs. Starts out with a subtle, spicy mix of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg before opening up into a melange of aromas. Ripe bananas, berries, vanilla, oaky notes, sweet bread, some green apple. Various combinations of these aromas hit at different times, creating composite aromas of apple pie, berry cobbler, or a banana heavy smoothie.

T: A bit of a booze hit up front before going into a similar mixture of flavors as the nose. Spices come in a bit stronger up front with heavier clove and cinnamon, while the vanilla takes a back fruit. From there it transitions into fruit again with the banana, spices and the wheaty base combining to form a sort of banana bread character. Finishes sweet with the vanilla coming back into the picture along with a bit oak.

M: Medium bodied with low, but sufficient, carbonation. Feels very sticky as it moves over the tongue and even in the finish.

D: Takes a hit from the noticeable alcohol, but still pretty drinkable for an 11.5% beer.

04-01-2010 04:03:43 | More by Xul
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades to a thin layer. Leaves splattered lace. Color is a hazed sunset orange.

Aroma: Tons of coconuts and vanilla. Very sweet. Oak flavors with some fruit.

Taste: Big oak flavors and vanilla. Coconut is present with a slight amount of bourbon (more wood than bourbon flavors though). Very solid beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Ends boozy and dry.

Overall, a decent beer. It is very interesting for the style. It is drinkable, but going down slower than some. I like it.

03-27-2010 16:04:44 | More by mothman
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Thanks to Mothman for breaking this out at the recent tasting.

I had never heard of this before, but as soon as it was described to me I knew I would like it.

Pours a cloudy and murky golden-orange color, with about two fingers of white fluffly head. Retention is good and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is fantastic. Smells like a Wit on 'roids. I get apples and pears, spices and wood. The characters picked up from the barrel aren't as prevelent, but they add just enough to make this extremely enticing.

The taste is fruity and spicey, with light bourbon, oak and vanilla notes. This is a great tasting beer. I had a feeling I would like it, but was totally blown away.

Appropriately high, but fine carbonation along with a medium body make for a great feel. It tingles in the mouth to excentuate the flavors. Drinkability is awesome, I didn't pick up any of the ABV. 11%, you gotta be kidding me!

This is a great beer, as the light barrel notes make this one unique and very enjoyable. Thanks Ben for breaking this one out.

03-23-2010 02:45:29 | More by Mistofminn
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden color with an inch of white head. Little carbonation.

s - Smells both sweet and sout. Some Vanilla, oak, apples.

t - Taste mostly of vanilla and bourbon. Hints of fruit and oak.

m - High carbonation and medium body.

d - Overall I really enjoyed this pale ale. I thought the vanilla, oak, and bourbon combined for a great smell and taste. Would definitely have again.

03-22-2010 03:11:40 | More by mdfb79
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

I think this one came from floydster.

A: Pours a somewhat murky orange with a small white head.

S: Aromas of apples, oak, and brown sugar.

T: Flavors of sweet summer fruit, caramel, and light honey. Hints of vanilla, and light oak.

M: On the fuller side of medium, smooth, with just a bit of booze on the back end.

D: Pretty good. Solid beer.

03-11-2010 01:47:47 | More by tpd975
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Pours murky brass, tons of white head, stays for awhile. Cascading bubbles persist. Cling lace looks like it is digging in for the long haul. Pretty beer.

S - I get apples and bourbon, maybe a little vanilla.

T - Bourbon, a little boozy, sweet with vanilla notes.

M - Creamy, very carbonated, medium bodied, balance pretty good, maybe a little on the cloy side at finish.

D - Considering the ABV, pretty darned drinkable!

03-10-2010 04:44:46 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Popkas


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a golden orange with a large creamy white head that lasts and leaves some nice legs behind it.

S: Earthy smell with hints of vanilla and bourbon.

T:Interesting combination of sweetness, spice and of course a boozy heat. The finish is dry and hot.

M: Feel is of a medium body with nice carbonation.

D: Drinkability is solid given the abv.

02-24-2010 01:41:38 | More by Popkas
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a huge head of white fluff on a hazy straw yellow body.

Strong smell of bourbon, mixed fruits (green apple, apricot), pepper , doughy yeast and booze.

Taste is similar to the aroma, only the bourbon just clearly overpowers everything to dominate the taste. Peppery belgian yeast strain is there underneath the bourbon and oak, also the familiar high abv vanilla cookie flavors present. Green apple is there for sure when you take a second sip and focus on not tasting the bourbon. Many flavors under one roof - just not a balanced ale. High booze factor. Finished with Champagne yeast maybe? it has that champagne dry finish

Feel is light as should be expected for a Wheat ale with Belgian yeast. Highly carbonated, light mouthfeel.

02-24-2010 00:47:52 | More by alpinebryant
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.