White Oak - The Bruery

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Reviews: 264
Hads: 1,154
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 96
Gots: 279 | FT: 27
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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 HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (360 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch off-white head. The head stayed around a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. It smells like oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, bready malt, and a bit of peppery spice and banana. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, citrus peel, peppery spice, and a bit of pear. The bourbon is more noticeable as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and coating, and is well carbonated. For an 11.5% ABV beer, I thought the alcohol was well hidden. I like this brew a lot, I'd buy it again. $17.99 a bottle. (685 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update:
Just had a fresh bottle from the recent 2012 release, about 4 months old and it is much more yeast and hop forward, not as enjoyable.
Revisited 2012 bottle in mid 2013 and it has mellowed so much, this beer is best with at least a year on it.

From the first batch, released sometime late 2009. Courtesy of GhettoFabulous in a recent trade.

The beer pours a cloudy light golden orange color with a tall white head that dissipates decently fast considering how monstrous the soapy white head was initially.

Aromas begin with a lemony sourness, a characteristic of many wheat dominant malted beers. Sweet light fruits such as pears & apples, then I get some sweeter honey and sugary notes with a little underlying oakiness, which imparts a touch of vanilla. Not too much, if any at all, of the bourbon/alcohol notes but after 2+ years of aging I would expect as much.

The tastes follow the nose opening up with honey and caramel sweet maltiness along with some more of the light fruit notes, lots of pears and granny smith apple. There is a light white vinous oakiness in the finish; also a little peppery spice in the finish. Light sourness is prevalent throughout which could be from the bourbon (which I am detecting more and more as it warms and it is really adding to the flavor profile) or from the hefty amount of wheat malt used here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high amount of carbonation. This is the one point of the beer that I am torn on, while I dislike beers with low carbonation, this may have a bit too much for a beer of this heft and ABV. (Oh yeah this drinks like a 7% beer so watch yourself...) The amble carbonation is appropriate for a normal ABV wheat beer but may be a bit too much for a bourbon aged beer or one of this high alcohol content, of which you cannot taste any. Finish is dry thanks to the ample carbonation that continues to scrub your palate as you consume.

Overall this was a really great, unique great beer. The flavor profile reminds me a lot how the Cascade Bourbonic Plague beer progressed as you drank it. Started off with predominant light fruitiness, bordering sourness, then as it warms you get a nice oak and light Bourbon presence. The 50% barrel aging was perfect for this because there aren't many (or any) that can hold up to the complete Bourbon Barrel treatment. Not sure what this was like fresh, but it is perfect right now. Kinda wished I saved this for slightly warmer weather but I was too anxious to try it. Definitely the best Wheat Wines I have ever had hands down. I heard there's a new batch coming out this year (2012) so definitely seek it out then as it is probably quite hard to come by now. (2,689 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thank you Bruery Reserve Society for the beer. Poured into a Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden yellow hue with a two finger fluffy white head that fades to a thinnish blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas of fresh coconut meat and earthy barrel and super light Bourbon. There is a light Belgian yeast/fruit ester to the back of the beer. Light vanilla notes too.

T - What the hell is this... sweet Carmel malts with light barrel notes and faint bourbon. Gentle coconut and vanilla but a TON of booze. A distracting amount of booze here. Super light answer faint flavours though. Its like they took a Belgian triple and just added a hodgepodge of flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is super carbonated and light for the ABV but this all said its still super boozy. Really really boozy.

O - Overall what the heck did I buy? Its such a jumble of flavours and is all kinda thin and faint. Had such high expectations for this beer and it was dashed wonderfully by a crummy flavour. Argh. (996 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL poured into large tulip

Pours a hazed straw golden color with a one-finger high white head resting on top. Slowly fades into a thick layer of retention with some patches of lacing on the glass.

Assorted notes of caramel, honey and vanilla in the nose. Oak and faint bourbon with some toasted bread malts and syrupy sweetness. Decent alcohol warmth.

Layers of sweet flavor with honey and caramel up front. Syrupy malts with vanilla hints and oaked bourbon. Hints of light fruit with pear and apple peek through momentarily along with a Belgian tone. Burly malt backbone with grain, toasted bread and a hint of spice. Finishes sweet and boozy.

Full body, slightly higher carbonation, chewy, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This beer definitely excels when it rises toward room temperature, but it doesn't quite reach the benchmark that many of the other barrel-aged Bruery beers have set. (903 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden body, hints of orange, with decent head and lace. A funky, earthy aroma hits me and there's also some minor oakiness and sweetness as well. The oak helps keeps things balanced and smooth, as there is something akin to yeast that keeps the beer fluffy and lively and then some sour/tart citric flavors and then a finish of vanilla sweetness. The ABV is rather well hidden as the booziness and medicinal/barrel taste that some barrel aged beers have is vaguely there on backend as beer warms. A beer that is out there as it touches on but doesn't excel at one particular taste sensation but I really enjoyed it. (630 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy yellow. A strong, creamy head. Light lacing.

S-Not what I was expecting. Mischief really shows up in the nose; pretty noticeable Belgian base. Yeasty and spicy. The other half of the beer delivers a noticeable, rich sweetness. Bourbon notes too. At first I thought it smelled Bretty - as if it was infected.

T-The Belgian influence of Mischief is again clear on the palate. Robust wheat flavor. Spicy and yeasty. It's not nearly as sickeningly sweet as I thought it would be. That being said, it's still pretty sweet. Oakiness is a mellow yet consistent feature of the flavor. Juicy and spicy.

M-I was anticipating a thick, brooding, cloying mess. It was shockingly light and lively. It still blatantly had body but it wasn't thick. I also enjoyed the carbonation. Alcohol was well integrated as well.

O/D-Didn't ever think about purchasing this. Split it with a group. It was better than expected. Definitely unique. (938 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to stevemcqueenjr for carrying this one cross-country. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a half inch frothy, bright white head that settles into a quarter inch skim. Some strands of lacing are revealed, but weak legs. Nose expresses, white grapes, cotton candy, toasted oak, vanilla and ethanol. Taste reveals coconut, citrus, whiskey, vanilla and buttery notes. Mouthfeel is medium-light, a little too high in terms of carbonation, but eases up as it dissipates. Amazing complexity to this beer with a fairly well-hidden abv. I'd love to see what some time in the cellar would do to this beer over time. (619 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, subtle sweet alcohol, mango, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, and mango. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one was a little out of place with the other 44 brews that were cracked open as they were ALL sours (except for one or two others). This was a nice palate refresher and definitely was quite well received with the group. The fruit aspect going on here was quite nice and seemed to work well with the woody character I picked up on. The aroma let you know this one was going to be a heavy hitter, but there was no sign of this in the flavor at all. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity! (1,096 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a tulip

A deep golden body with a huge, fluffy white cap rises and fills the tulip. A good amount of visible carbonation.

Delicious nose. Strong flavors from the oak (lightly toasted wood, vanilla, coconut), fresh, slightly damp wheat, black pepper, and some melon fruit.

On the palate, the flavors follow the nose. Strong oak and vanilla up front before leaving way to damp wheat, spice, and melon. The finish is dry oak, fruity sweetness, wheat, and some peppery spice.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Loads of flavor and aroma packed into this guy. High carbonation with a dry, lightly boozy finish.

This is a pretty complex beer, but surprisingly, it didn't wow me. It has a heck of a lot going on, broad and deep, but nothing that captivated me. Loads of strong, solid flavors. (829 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden apricot orange color. Some decent white froth and lacing.

(S)- An interesting smell of toast and apricot jam meets honey and oaky booze. Bits of orange citrus and wheat in the background.

(T)- Plenty of orange/apricot citrus meets wheat and biscuit. A splash of honey and oaky booze at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Not overly sweet but a serious punch of citrus for a wheatwine. The heat is a bit forward too, but not off-putting.

(O)- An interesting wheatwine that is quite potent in the citrus realm. (591 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to totoropanda for this bottle amongst others I'm looking forward to even more, which is tough, since I love wheatwines. And barrels. And beer. Hey, look! Big 750ML bomber split with my wife while Top Gun flickers on the tube for the 283rd time. Wait, can I call a plasma a tube? Life has gotten so confusing.

Pour is sehr foamy for a muscled bruiser, light orange/yellow. Would be funny to tell someone this is an IPA or a Coors Light & see the reaction when they sip it, eh? Not much for the inhaler to pick up, light notes of grass, sweet malt. Meh.

White Oak lowers a beery boom. Wham! Bam! I am! A Man! Sorry. Alcohol. It's strong in this one. Getting past the pure alcohol shot, there's really not much depth here. Nice vanilla, some wheat & grassy plain, quad hit of sweetness, but it's a little, well, plain. Almost like a mild hefe with a hint of barrel. Easy but dangerous to drink.

I love wheatwines but they tend to be on two ends of a fault line: delicious or bland, with little in between. This one, unfortunately, leans towards the latter. Odd to wish a Bruery beer was more extreme but, well, I do. Pretty good. (1,140 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dirty orange color, slightly reddish. One inch head, not much lacing.

Smells like bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel, and boooze.

Pretty boozy taste. Lots of bourbon here, very spirit forward. Luckily, the other nice flavors- vanilla, coconut, caramel and oak- do everything they can to play the booze off. They almost play it all off, but it's still quite boozy, and necessitates slow sipping. Sweet almost to the point of cloying.

Less than drinkable. Fully and lively carbonation, creamy, pretty crisp.

Would be better with some age on it, I think. The present alcohol just gives the beer a boozy spiciness that's hard to get past. The other flavors are great, though, and would probably shine after a few years of rest. (783 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

big thanks to portable for sending me a bottle of the 2012 vintage of this, enjoyed from a pair of bruery snifters with the mrs.

a - brew poured a crisp transparent yellow with a hint of orange and a massive few fingers of big foamy head that hung out for eons and left chunky lacing coating the side of the glass like a milkshake from the diner.

s - crisp, tropical, a bit citric...some bourbon sweetness and oaky vanilla. banana and some caramel and a bit of smarties.

t - big boozy sweetness hits me first then a bouquet of banana, bubble gum, citric acid comes sliding in. smarties tang but vanilla oakiness. big sour apple snip. extremely sweet.

m - a bit of a boozy tingle. vinous. sour apple pucker.

o - overall a nice wheatwine. the bourbon and oak give a big sweetness. enjoyable, but a bit overly sweet and i tend to love sweet beers. (849 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky amber orange with an enormous thick white head that shows exceptional retention and stays on as a healthy thick white cap. The lacing very good as well.

The aroma is light and sweet with white grapes and honey. There is also some white pepper and lots of Belgian yeast and the bourbon barrel comes out faintly in the background as well.

The taste is massive with all kinds of things going on. There's lots of honey sweetness with sugar-dipped light fruits. The backbone is full of Belgian yeast and that brings plenty of peppery spiciness, especially in the finish. The oak comes out in the taste with plenty of wood and a Bourbon burn going down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely lively on the palate with lots of carbonation. As sweet as it is on the palate, it still has a slightly dry woody finish.

This is a big beer with tons of flavors and a seriously sweet character overall. Despite that and the high ABV, it remains exceptionally drinkable. Really well done. (998 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on draft in a goblet on the east coast.

Appearance is a cloudy yellow tone with a short white head. Its` nose has vanilla, oak and coconut. A very interesting smell complex to be sure. The taste contains orange, wheat, more of the oak and a strong punch of bourbon....mmm, sip this one. Mouthfeel is med-full, quite a bit of alcohol bite in the finish. The ABV here is not well-masked, but that is fine by me. I very much enjoyed White Oak and had been looking out for it. For me, it did not disappoint. (519 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy muted gold with thick white head.
S: It smelled like lots of fresh wheat and bourbon and fresh oak and toasted coconut and lemongrass.
T: It tasted like fresh wheat and lemon grass and toasted coconut, with some bourbon and vanilla oak and Belgian yeast. It had a clean sweet and sour aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice full and lively body.
D: This was nice and refined and complex. Well executed version of a difficult style, with nice scent and taste and body. It seemed like it could age really well, but it was also very good fresh. (615 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 release. Notes from May 2012.

A - Pours a hazy orange with almost four fingers of white head. Head has good retention. Very little lacing.

S - Mostly caramel and juicy citrus, with some banana, faint vanilla and bready malt. Not really sure what to make of this, to be honest. Not bad, but doesn't really draw me in.

T - Caramel malt, with orange and other citrus pulp. Subtle bourbon character with vanilla and oak. Also, some banana taste and quite a bit of bread. Kind of an odd tasting brew, but pretty tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Somewhat sticky sweet, but finishes with an oaky dryness.

O - Not really sure what to make of this one. I wouldn't seek it out, but it does have some good things going on, including a pretty good flavor. (774 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow color.

The aroma has oak, lots of vanilla sweetness, some fruit.

The flavor follows. It reminds me of Mischief with its yeast and breadiness, but the wheat gives it a creamier body and wheat flavor. There's lots of peppery spice in there too.

There's some booze in the back and then you also get some woody oak notes. There's tons of sweetness, vanilla, oak, and bourbon from the barrel aging.

It's surprisingly refreshing and medium bodied for a partially barrel aged beer. This is a really cool take on Mischief and pushes it up to another level. (591 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Cloudy gold-orange pour, huge billowing white head. I know this looks nice, but damn is it annoying to drink until it recedes, which this tool a long time to do so.

Aroma, very fruity, apple, strawberry, some yeasty spice, clove. Caramel and vanilla is in there, but you have to look a little. A solid dose of citrus as well.

Taste, Caramel, caramel covered strawberry, apple. Booze is present, but to me it always is with Bruery beers, guessing I just don't care for their yeast strain. Some yeasty spice and estery notes. There is some vanilla and earthy oak, but it is kind of kept down by the heat.

Mid bodied, a fair amount of carbonation, but not quite creamy. Alcohol shows with a heavy warmth, could be much better hidden. Barrel aging is extreamely subtle. Certainly a descent enough beer, but another Bruery beer I wouldn't bother with again, especially at the price point. (893 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with moderately dense, creamy white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of tart lemon and oak. There is some light banana and clove notes. Not much from the bourbon, perhaps some general sweetness. More oaky than anything else.

The taste starts off with a lemony twang from the oak. This is coupled with a brown sugar and caramel sweetness. I seem to pick up more bourbon alcohol notes than I do bourbon flavor. I do get some of the coconut flavors as stated on the bottle; they are subtle and add a layer of flavor. The wheat malt doesn't add much flavor but adds some heft.

The feel is light with sharp carbonation. A bit too active as it seems to hide the flavor of the beer. It starts off tangy and sour on the palate then the carbonation comes in and wipes it away. Bourbon and caramel sweetness finishes on the palate.

A bunch of different flavor notes but none of them excellent. Carbonation is too sharp. (961 characters)

White Oak from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.