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White Oak - The Bruery

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87
very good

1,104 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,104
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 97
Gots: 269 | FT: 30
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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 imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of corby112
1.91/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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!"

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of HopHead84
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +29.2%

White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.