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White Oak - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,011
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 95
Gots: 258 | 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 drewone


4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-17-2012 21:33:49 | More by drewone
Photo of Zorro


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

05-11-2013 02:12:01 | More by Zorro
Photo of mothman

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
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-23-2012 12:16:36 | More by ejimhof
Photo of BARFLYB


4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-11-2013 05:23:33 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of afsdan


4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-04-2014 03:14:03 | More by afsdan
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev +3.4%

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/8/2013. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, banana, apricot, pear, pepper, clove, toffee, coconut, oak, bourbon, wheat, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, apricot, pear, banana, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, bourbon, wheat, vanilla, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, wheat, candi sugar, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel flavors; with a nice moderate barrel presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Moderate alcohol warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice blended wheat wine style. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV despite the moderate warming on the finish. A very enjoyable offering.

09-07-2013 05:25:04 | More by superspak
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

06-16-2012 03:56:41 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Gonzoillini


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-10-2012 23:42:39 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of BillRoth


4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-15-2013 03:42:28 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.6/5  rDev -7%

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.

05-17-2012 05:00:41 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of smakawhat


3.79/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

04-26-2013 16:58:17 | More by smakawhat
Photo of rab53


4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-23-2012 02:32:45 | More by rab53
Photo of Viggo

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
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

11-10-2012 19:59:47 | More by tdm168
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Orangish color with a big fat white head to it. Nice. Aroma was a little coconut, warm sweet alcohol, oak, honey.

Warming sensation on the tongue, again, light coconut, wheat aspect is pretty much completely lost on me, but it may be what contributes to the effortless weight of the mouthfeel despite the high abv and ability to pick lots of different flavors and nuances out of this one. Vanilla and bourbon later on. The least bourbon flvor of any bruery bourbon barrel stuff, this stuff has the warming (not hot) heat, but it just doesn't impart much bourbon until you kinda look for it.

Pretty nice stuff. Goes well with Black Tuesday.
As far as any fruit flavors, they'd have to be light skinned type of fruit, I'm talking pear, lemon, white grapes type of stuff.

11-24-2011 04:14:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of sendbeer


5/5  rDev +29.2%

12-27-2012 05:45:45 | More by sendbeer
Photo of billab914


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

05-31-2012 19:26:53 | More by billab914
Photo of wrightst


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-20-2014 02:43:19 | More by wrightst
Photo of JohnGalt1


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
Photo of PEIhop


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-26-2012 19:55:16 | More by PEIhop
Photo of HopHead84


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

08-03-2009 09:02:54 | More by HopHead84
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-09-2013 15:24:10 | More by liamt07
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

04-20-2012 22:54:36 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

25.4oz bottle poured into my Bruery glass. Thanks t0rin0 for the bottle.

A - Pours a pale, light orange with a foamy off-white head. Crazy long retention and tons of lacing.

S - Bourbon, citrus, woody.

T - Citrus, bourbon, vanilla, oak, carmel.

D - High carbonation, lighter body.

O - Different, but I really loved this one. I would go for this one again.

09-06-2011 03:52:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
White Oak from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.