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White Oak - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

994 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 95
Gots: 256 | 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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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-16-2013 23:44:16 | More by RedneckBeerz
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

02-24-2014 23:37:01 | More by JohnK17
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duff247

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-25-2012 23:25:14 | More by duff247
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Smarty_Pints

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-16-2014 02:48:08 | More by Smarty_Pints
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-19-2012 17:48:18 | More by tclapper
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with three big fingers of frothy white head. Tons of bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell. Grainy and slightly sour wheat, some clove and a bit of banana with just a trace of fresh barrel wood.

Taste. Grainy wheat, again some clove and a bit of banana, a little pear and just a bit of wood in the finish. Just a slight sourness that helps to cut through the sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. A decent and big wheat beer with a bit of that hefe flavour going on. Not really my thing but it's not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:33:34 | More by Rutager
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-12-2014 01:55:09 | More by twenty5
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-01-2013 01:37:09 | More by st9647v3
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-30-2014 12:31:11 | More by jbaker67
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-10-2012 23:27:15 | More by kaelingirl
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Arbitrator

California

1.8/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Room-temperature (55 F in my place) bottle into a glass. Courtesy of Overlord. Many thanks, Mike.

A: Pours a murky golden-amber color with a short-lived finger of off-white fluffy head. It collapses into a thin film on the brew with a thick collar that deposits sheets of non-sticky bubbles during each swig. Not mindblowing for a BSPA, but decent.

S: Vanilla, cinnamon, honey, oak, wheat, caramel, toffee, mango, and a light ethanol scent. I can't find any bourbon.

T: Begins with yeast, vanilla, and cinnamon. Other spices (cardamom?) that I can't quite figure out. Mid-taste is honey, wheat, and more "traditional" malts of caramel and toffee. I also detect mango throughout, but it pops up at strange times. The finish reveals a light, peppery bourbon character with oak, but there is also a booze burn that pulls into the finish. Very strong-tasting. Unfortunately, the powerful and cloying combination of honey, vanilla, and booze in the aftertaste is pretty tough to swallow. Initially a 3, but after drain-pouring a lot of the beer I can't really give it anything higher than a 1.

M: This is sticky as hell. It clings to the mouth. A forced sipper no matter how you look at it. Unfortunately you do feel the 11% throughout, and it adds an unpleasant aftertaste to an already heavy beer. The style should be fluffier. A semi-dry finish.

D: Lots of strong tastes here. But it's very heavy on the palate, and the finish is challenging. I'm not sure barrel-aging was a good idea for this one. Also, I really should have split this with people. I was unable to finish the bottle and poured out about 40% of it. Gah. I hate throwing away expensive beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 07:33:12 | More by Arbitrator
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 06:54:40 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Immortale25

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a very cloudy amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains quite well, then slowly fades to an 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge and pocks of surface foam. Full sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S- Alcohol, a bit of astringency and a slight sour smell arise. Yes, it seems like this might have some tart to it.

T- Strong booze bite without a lot of flavor to back it up. Kind of harsh and, yes, slightly tart. Man, this is a hot one. Like I'm drinking champagne laced with an oz. of vodka. Not much oak detected, but what's there is certainly not complimentary or enjoyable.

M- As stated with the champagne comment, a high amount of carbonation (part of The Bruery's usual M.O.) makes one feel like they're drinking thick sparkling liquor. It does have some body to it, but not enough to balance out the gas. Hot and full of an ascerbic bite.

O- Wow, I'm a HUGE Bruery fan, but this is by far the most displeasing entry I've had from them. I've had good wheatwines before too (Smuttynose does a good one, for example). Hopefully this is one that absolutely needs to be cellared because, otherwise, it's just a hot mess.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 00:35:58 | More by Immortale25
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-20-2014 02:56:22 | More by CRJMellor
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-17-2014 01:38:43 | More by kwjd
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rye726

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 03:29:39 | More by rye726
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-25-2012 10:04:47 | More by 2dogbrew
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-29-2013 19:59:54 | More by Sparky44
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Dad, thanks Pop! Pours hazy dark yellow with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is light citrus, pear, apple, yeast funk, dry oak. Was expecting more sweetness on the nose given my experience with White Chocolate. Really smells like a Saison. Flavor is sweet honey apples, and alcohol presence but unexpectedly light bodied. Maybe a bit of vanilla. The alcohol presence doesn’t mend well here and is slightly offensive. No trace of the beer that I tasted in WC. Adequate carbonation that prickles the tongue. Dryish finish. A bit disappointed here.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:52:07 | More by BMMillsy
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Brew33

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-14-2013 14:08:35 | More by Brew33
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-19-2013 21:52:54 | More by hilgart1
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TX-Badger

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy caramel colour, with a large white head. Fades slowly, leaves some lace.

Nose contains oak, bourbon, banana. Spices, caramel. Light fruits.

Taste is pretty good. Orange, banana, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Some spices, clove seems to be there. Caramel. Booze is noticeable, but pretty well hidden considering how strong thebeer is. Tastes like a big, heavy hefeweizen in bourbon barrels.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Heavy.

Overall, quite good, but pretty heavy slogging.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 17:58:54 | More by jrenihan
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.