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White Oak - The Bruery

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 1,175
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 99
Gots: 290 | 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:
Beer added by: OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

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.
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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden colored with a thick, towering white head. The liquid is just a tad hazy and is teeming with effervesence. The head displays lasting retention and leaves ample lacing in it's wake.

The aroma offers a light touch of bourbon, bold oak character, citrus and yeast akin to a Belgian tripel.

The flavor is dominated by oak. Additional aspects include a touch of booze heat, yeast, citrus. The finish brings grain and wheat. Some vanilla character comes though more as the beer is allowed to warm.

Light bodied given the 11.5% abv. Moderate carbonation. Complex and very drinkable.

I am not normally a fan of wheatwines, but I am really enjoying this one. By far the best example of the style I have had.

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Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light orangish copper with a nice, dense, thick, foamy, pure white head that has decent retention

S - lemon, yeast, faint vanilla, faint wood

T - huge bourbon notes, fruity, apples, oak, vanilla, yeast, some spice, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warm, very crisp

The nose is deceiving. This is a bourbon forward beer. The underlying beer is good but doesn't hold up to the huge woody, earthy, bourbon flavors. It is a complex beer, but the overall product needs balance. In the end, it is a bit unique so in my book it's worth trying.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer off my wants list.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat in it, as well as some pepper and bubblegum notes. The flavor is similar but more complex. I get a lot of wheat, as well as a big dose of alcohol up front. I also get some pepper notes, as well as a very light amount of whiskey and some Belgian yeast. The oak is very strong in the beer and really is what this beer is all about, which I guess you can expect given the beer's name. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of billab914
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle. It poured cloudy orange in color with a thick, foamy, white head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of the sweeter, bready, wheat malts mixing with some herbal yeast spices. It's a little peppery and earthy with some noticeable crisp fruits to it as well.

The taste has some nice wheat malt flavors to it up front. The finish is where more of the earthy, herbal spices come out. It's got some oak to the finish, but it's also a little hot. I liked the wheat malts to it but spices and alcohol that showed through were a little overdone.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being high.
Overall it was a decent beer, but not one that really stands out. It felt over carbonated, over spiced, and lacked much barrel presence for being partially barrel aged.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at pizza paradiso Dupont into a snifter glass 9 oz.

A real nice bronze gold and crystal clear body, shining and superlative with a light white creamy half finger head presented. Looks like bold liquid gold.

Nose is a little off kilter. Hints of brine and oaky butter. Heavily buttery. Clean sensing crispness which is odd for a wheatwine.

Muted wheat chew, hints of warm apple and butter compliment nicely. Body is missing a lot of wheat density. Gets into warm wine territory slightly with tinges of bitter off sourness. Some slight honey sweetness kicks in with some warmth over time. Lighy fizzy texture as well at times.

Overall its good but had better and the oak and buttery character is overpowering with not enough chewy wheat backbone.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't wait to try this, although the coconut concerns me. Me no like coconuts.

A light golden pour with medium head. Nothing spectacular here, but looks good.

Aroma up front is booze and light vanilla. It sure smells like a barrel aged beer. But then the spices come in, and the coconut tames them. Some floral here and there.

Taste has the prominent, but not dominant, barrel vanilla/booze on it. Some light floral and citrus. Coconut fades in the flavor, i don't get much on it. The malt is great. Clean and crisp with that hint of bright wheat.

At 11.5% this is boozy, but not burning. Pretty good beer. May go well with a salad up front.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange with quite a big head. Settles to an off-centered chunky white collar. Not so much on the surface.

Smell - Very bright aroma. Boozy as hell. Some bourbon, but not prominent. Not sure if I imagine the coconut because of label, but definite coconut. Lots of vanilla. Tropical fruity aroma.

Taste - Definite tropical flavors. Some bourbon again, but it's not an easy flavor to discern. Almost lemony in its brightness. Strong wheat character. Dry and boozy.

Mouthfeel - Hefty alcohol presence. Medium low carbonation. Harsh grainy and boozy finish.

Overall - Fascinating combination of flavors. Not convinced it works all that well, but only the booze is offensive. The rest of it is just a crazy big wheat beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a deep gold with a moderate white head, some lace.

S: Nose is very unique and fragrant. I get mangoes and honeyed citrus immediately, once it warms a bit it gets very sugary/pastry-like with notes of almond and pie crust.

T: Very flavourful honey and fruit (mango and pear) with some caramel and ethanol. Puff pastry and some ester quality round out the flavour, it reminded me of a Vouvray in some respects, the honey character is quite interesting.

M: Has some crispness, viscosity from the alcohol is evident, quite smooth.

D: I'm glad I finally got to try their wheatwine on it's own. This beer is fairly pronounced in Melange No. 3 which I loved, so I'm glad to see the basis of that brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of corby112
1.91/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a very dark and hazy burnt orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy two finger white foam head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy aroma with a prominent honey presence as well as a very strong barrel character. Lots of ashy charred wood with a heavy dose of boozy bourbon and some subtle vanilla. Plenty of alcohol sweetness and earthy spice in the nose along with light fruit notes. Smells slightly damp and funky and just a weird combination of scents.

Medium bodied with very tight carbonation up front that is immediately countered by a blast of bourbon and burnt wood that overpower almost everything and lingers throughout into a very hot, burning finish. The barrel character is way too strong in this beer creating an overly hot, boozy, astringent mess. Lots of earthy oak and hot bourbon flavor with a decent bit of vanilla flavor that surprisingly doesn't mellow things out much at all. Underneath all of the heat there is a slightly creamy presence with hints of crisp light fruit and zesty, peppery spice. This beer is not very well balanced and is kind of an abrasive assault on the palate. It doesn't taste very good and is tough to choke down. It improves a bit as it warms but it is still a one dimensional failure.

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Photo of Zorro
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold colored beer with a puffy white head that doesn't last.

Extremely strong scented, glass is three feet away from me and I can really smell it. Strong apple aroma. Whiskey and vanilla with ginger and cinnamon. Certainly strongly scented reminds me of apple butter.

Starts out tasting of apples and whiskey, strong vanilla after taste. Powdery yeast and vanilla, the taste is far milder than the scent. Tastes a lot like apple butter too.

Mouthfeel is light for the beer style.

Overall not something I would buy often, strong beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

...from Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA) White Oak - good Christ. Citrus, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spice, green peppercorn, and tropical fruit notes highlighted with papaya. Medium full bodied, peaches resounding, and reminding me of southern comfort in a way. Some heat of abv is evident but enjoyable under the circumstances. A sipper to enjoy after dinner. In their words, "oakey-dokey!"

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Photo of HopHead84
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery. The beer appears hazy dark orange with an immortal creamy white head. Lacing is scattered.

The aroma is of white pepper, oak, spices, and wheat. I get some candied sugar and apricot. The fruit opens up quite a bit with warming and I notice some...cantaloupe? I think that's a first. Bourbon is apparent but not prominent in the nose. The alcohol is quite apparent and some tannins are noticeable.

The flavor opens up with sweet citrus: peach, apricot, lemon, and orange. Other fruit notes are of honeydew melon. The flavor has a distinct spiciness that I associate with white pepper. I also detect a hint of coriander (though I might be imagining that), as well as wheat, oak, and tannins. Alcohol is quite apparent. The finish is sweet citrus and alcohol.

The beer is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. This is tasty, but the alcohol in the flavor wore on me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a a golden straw with orange hues. There is about one finger of pure white head that dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is a blend of sweet vanilla, some light toffee and caramel to boot. A nice little citrus zest appears as well. A little booze stings the nostrils.

T: Initially it is quite sweet and rather warm...no complaints here. A bit of vanilla, toffee, caramel and faint butterscotch appear but mainly sweet vanilla riding some booze. The finish is a bit warm, sticky, sweet and effervescent. A nice Earthy yeastiness provides some good tasting notes in this beer.

M: Medium-full bodied. Well carbonated, a bit effervescent and a tad high but if this beer had been lowly carbonated it would have been difficult to drink

O: I thought this was a pretty solid wheatwine. Defintiley worth trying and worth the cash.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle courtesy of BrewtifulMind. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Cloudy medium orange colour with a big yellow glow throughout. Two generous fingers of white head on the pour that receded to a half finger with good retention.

S - Big oak aroma up front with Belgian yeast, some cloves and light citrus notes. There is a slight sour aroma evident that is odd an unexpected but not off-putting. The Mischief seems to dominate the nose and it is difficult to pick up any wheat wine aromas.

T - Oak and bourbon up front that gives way to some grassy hop flavours and Belgian yeast. Some sweet caramel is present in the background. The flavours of the mischief dominate. Not getting the coconut at all. This is good, but not what I expected. The flavours don't seem to come together as well as they could have and the wheatwine is definitely playing the secondary role here. As the beer warms up more of the sweet bready/caramel white oak sap flavours being to show up. The oak plays such a big role here, more so than any other oak aged beer I have had. The finish is dry and contains a good mix of the oak barrel and the Belgian hopping from the Mischief.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

O - This was not what I expected but still very good. I am very interested to see what some age does to this.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip

pours a hazy, cloudy dark yellow with a big, lingering white head. faint bourbon on the nose is all i can detect from the smell. Ooh. The taste is really intriguing. Its candy sweet up front with a bourbon flavor on the back of the tongue. the two flavors blend surprisingly well. definitely some hints of vanilla in there as well. wow, impressively drinkable. anytime i quickly take sip after sip trying to identify all the flavors you know that the brewery made something worthwhile. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Scarily drinkable for 11.5%

Overall i definitely recommend this one. such a good blend of flavors that come together very nicely. impressed by this one.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From 750mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 5/24/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for crackin' this one, Billiam --

A: Cloudy, murky Saison yellow. A good pour yields a white and loost 1.25 finger head that fades to a meager bubbly collar and no lacing. Meh.

S: Sage, mint, herbs. Not a lot of booze, yet this is lacking a significant amount of oomph. I mean why does a damn Wheatwine smell like an herb garden? Where's the bourbon? 50% is aged in bourbon barrels, yet I would've never known had the label not told me.

T: Wheat, booze, an imperial amount of clove and some overripe banana. There's a real Belgian quality to that just doesn't mesh well with the base beer. Again, no bourbon to speak of. Kind of a mess, to be honest.

M: What am I drinking? This feels like a bubbly summer session lager or Pale Wheat Ale. Where's the viscosity? Where's the body and complexity? This seems to be a running theme with the current batches of the Bruery's specialty suds: thin and underwhelming.

O: What a train wreck of a beer. This isn't anywhere close to good. It feels lazy and uninspired, and it disappoints in most every facet. Do your palate a favor and introduce Mr. White Oak to Ms. Drain, pronto.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good lookin out joe for hooking me up a bottle

A: poured a vibrant golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a half finger of bubbly leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice vanilla aroma upfront with good bourbon character, some caramel, toffee, and various grain notes but had nuttiness. It did have hints of booze as well.

T: the nuttiness and vanilla flavors blended quite well in the taste with bourbon, oaky, boozy,toffee, caramel accents and a touch of coconut.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, oaky, mild boozy, nutty, and a sticky finish.

D: definitely a sipper due to the ABV but was really tasty and was digging the variation of flavors going on. Glad I got to grab another bottle of this brew.

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Photo of aasher
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White Oak pours a lighter bodied, slightly cloudy honey gold with a two finger bright white head. The nose is odd, a lot of slicing and alcohol with slight Belgian yeast and chamomile and other herbal notes. The flavors are odd. It's a weird mix of Belgian yeast, intense slicing, alcohol, and unripe vegetables. It's almost a super spiced wheat with a lot of alcohol and fresh green veggies. I cant get behind it. It's awkward, its boozy, its just not well integrated and is pretty disjointed. This is one of the few beers I can't like from the Bruery.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A potent and unusual creation. Pours a lightly hazed, dull orange, with a sizeable white head that has good retention but minimal lacing. This one really changes as it warms; initially it's quite fruity and almost yeasty in the manner of a Belgian triple; over time layers emerge, bringing increased caramel sweetness, woody oak notes, warming bourbon, hints of vanilla, and a coconut character I looked for but didn't find initially.

This one really surges with booze after a while and it's not exactly easy drinking. Medium body and carbonation, slightly sticky, fruity and hot finish. Pretty wild. I probably would have preferred to split this three, rather than two, ways.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10oz draft pour at Oblivion In Orlando. This is a wheat-wine aged in bourbon barrels blended with a Belgian-style golden ale. The taste has some fruitiness with vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrel aging with a dry and slightly spicy finish with a lingering warmth from the alcohol. Overall, this is a solid Wheatwine that is definitely worth a try! Cheers!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 2/7/13

A murky orange liquid with enough clarity to see lots of little bubbles feeding a large three finger off white foam that quickly falls to a pinky's width leaving lots of random lace

S quite sweet and boozy, pear, apple juice, apricot, vanilla, not a massive barrel presence but I do get some bourbon and strangely enough some white vinous notes, Belgian yeast wasn't expected and I'm getting some wheaty dry cereal that's not as surprising

T candied pineapple and even more booze and vanilla then the nose, seems just a little rough though with some citric hops shinning through here and there, a little wood that wasn't really there on the nose, some maple syrup and brown sugar as it warms

M leaning towards full, enough bubbles to give it some life, slight tannins and still a little hot, maple cereal lingers on the finish

O something different and not at all what I was expecting, would benefit from some age as shes still a little hot, interesting take on a wheat-wine

one of those beers that I liked but doubt I'll be dropping the cash to age a bottle or two even though I think it would improve drastically. I'm stoked to get The Bruery here in Alberta but so far I'm overspending.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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White Oak from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.