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White Oak - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 96
Gots: 260 | FT: 29
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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 rye726
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rye726, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Viggo, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of bartle
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bartle, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ritzkiss, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

bobsy, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JohnGalt1, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kbutler1, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Xul, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mothman, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mistofminn, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mdfb79, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

tpd975, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

srandycarter, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of Popkas
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Popkas, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

alpinebryant, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 750 ml bottle into my Westvletern chalice.

The beer pours a medium honey gold with a white head. The head is very nice, rising several fingers and providing great retention and lacing. The head is very thick and creamy.

The aroma is pretty light, lots of wheat and clove. I was expecting some wood or bourbon but got noone of it. AFter the beer warms up and tasting you start to get a little bourbon in the aroma.

The taste starts our like a normal wheat kind of sweet then your are hit of a huge amount of flavor. Its very sweet vanilla and coconut then a ton of bourbon.

My one complaint is that the beer is a light in texture with an unremarkable finsih.

The drinkability is off the chart especially at 11abv, don't taste any of it.

I didn't have much hope for this before I tried, but after i'm floored. This beer is complex, totally drinkable, and very unique. Get a hold of this if you can.

jrallen34, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Schmaltzy
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into Chimay glassware.

A- cloudy golden color with a nice ample white 2 finger head. Head retention throughout.

S- sweet wheat/bread scents, coconut, sweet meyer lemon, nice vanilla oak and small amounts of bourbon.

T- very nice, meyer lemon right away followed by sweet wheat/bready yeast flavors, definately strong coconut and vanilla oak, honey, finishes with some baking spices and bourbon flavors.

M- loads of carbonation but dies down as the beer opens/warms up. Medium body not syrupy with a nice dry slight alcohol burn finish. Give it more time to cool down.

D- very nice flavors in this beer, I finished the bottle and enjoyed all of it. Swirl in glass to release some of the extra carbonation, it helps. Gonna have to go buy some more of this and let it sit for a year and try again.

Schmaltzy, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at a tasting 1/29. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 8oz. pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: A gentle pour reveals a carbonated monster generating 4 fingers of fluffy, frothy, messy head that's so thick it doesn't move even with agitation. Retention is decent.

S: Nose is a boozy strong vanilla. Never smelled anything like this one before. Completely unique. Bourbon and woodiness are also very apparent. Hint of maple syrup adds the finishing touches.

T: Boozy and strong on the vanilla. Sugary backbone is strong and completely outrageous. Very hot. A unique yogurt sourness and a sweet spice at the finish. Following the nose, I've never had anything like this before... and its hard to compare... not quite sure why its a BSPA but I wouldn't know how else to characterize it. A bump up in the grade is deserved as its unlike anything else and isn't just a sugary mess.

M: Medium bodied, hot, boozy, and coarse. Smoothes out as it warms with a clean, spicy finish. Aftertaste doesn't linger which is good since it doesn't add to an already very sweet beer.

D: This one is very memorable but I don't know if I would go out of my way to come back to it. Definitely worth a try as it defies categorization.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle. Much thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing this treat at a recent tasting. The bottle was uncapped and poured into my snifter. The ale appears a hazy golden amber color with a good inch or so of fluffy white head. The head produces a slight lace with each sip. The flavors and aromas consist of oak, vanilla, nutty, sweet caramelized grains, toasted coconut, wheat bread, fruity yeast. Medium to full bodied for a BSPA and adequately carbonated as well. Thanks again for sharing this one Kevin - tasty stuff.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of bulletrain76
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle thanks to sandstone. Hazy orange with a big white head. The aroma is like a lemon meringue pie with a ton of vanilla. Very crusty with a buttery, flaky crust. The flavor has the same lemon-vanilla pie quality with some oak and caramel sweetness. Low on the hops with the sweetness carrying through the finish. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. Almost a little too sweet, but very unique and complex flavors.

bulletrain76, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of MrFootstones
1.95/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

I was excited to open my painstakingly acquired White Oak (and Black Tuesday). I couldn't drink this one though. I split it with two BA's and luckily, they were able to polish off my bottle for me to avoid the alcohol abuse of a drain pour.

For me, a beer as delicate as this is just not appropriate for bourbon bbl aging. The poor beer was completely overwhelmed and it was just a boozy bourbon bomb. Both the smell and taste were overpowering sweet whisky. I had the same problem with Allagash Curieux before they toned it down (or maybe it was just more mellow on tap).

I feel bad giving a poor review to such a revered brewery but this one was unpalatable to me.

MrFootstones, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Definitely my favorite Bruery beer so far. A huge meringue like head that leaves an appreciable amount of lace. A golden hazed amber liquid sits in the glass releasing a touch of carbonation off of the nucleation site of my DT glass.

Smell is very fruity with apricots and green apples wrapped in thin banana sheets. There is tropical edged component of mango and pineapples that carries the bit of alcohol that warns of a strong encounter of the Belgian kind. A light wheat malt with notes of oak, coconut, and vanilla as well.

Taste follows nose with an impressive balance of all the aforementioned. The oaken woodiness brings an expert balance to a caramel sweetness that floats the wheatwine like malt backbone. Vanilla and coconut flow vividly, deliciously as the fruits open subtly. Still this comes off like a BSPA more than anything as it is quite crisp and lighter than WW. A peppery spiciness adds dimension and complexity while cutting the sweetness of the core. Bitterness is firm but laid back as it lets the wood and vanilla linger while your mouth drys.

Feel is perfection. Full, creamy, effervescent, and supple on the tongue. The carbonation stays lively an hour after opening the bottle. The dryness gives a surprising touch of thirst quenching satisfaction even when you are parched.

Oh baby bring me more of this one. The abv is well integrated and while not invisible you can easily make the mistake of drinking this one too quickly.

scootny, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by Sandstone at a tasting - thanks, Roger! Call me crazy, but I thought this was a wheatwine (-bal aged).

Pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a huge white head and some solid lacing.

Aroma is nice and smooth with wheat, light tropical fruits, and herbal notes.

Flavor is wheat, citrus, tropical fruit, and oak. Really smooth and tasty, a great wheat wine. Don't believe the haters that say that this isn't good. It is in fact good.

Nice medium-light palate with lively carbonation, not too boozy, belying the 12% kick.

Drinkability is very high for the style and ABV.

nickd717, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of bret27
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of sandstone

S: Lemons, oak

A: Light yellow, cloudy, good head w/lacing

T: sweet, honey, smooth... vanilla, not really oakey?

M: smooth and syrupy - exceptionally smooth in IMO

D: Strong sweet flavors and alcohol, but still smooth and delicious. It seems the wheat portion really smooths things out a bit.

bret27, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy Sandstone. Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a fading tan head. Aroma is scotch-like, both in character and in alcohol. Strong estery notes with pear and stone fruit, some vanilla/honey. Flavor is delicious but very sweet; honey, candied citrus, vanilla, maybe a touch of tropical fruit. Not to mention bourbon. Rich but still hot, could use some time to mellow out.

illidurit, Jan 10, 2010
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.