1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

White Chocolate - The Bruery

Not Rated.
White ChocolateWhite Chocolate

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

893 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 893
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 406
Gots: 342 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  14.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The primary component of our "White Oak" ale is a 100% barrel aged wheat wine that we affectionately refer to as "White Oak Sap." Essentially a "summer" barley-wine style ale, but made with a wheat heavy grain base, White Oak Sap is aged in used bourbon barrels for nearly a year and comes out rich in flavors of coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of the beer, we've added cacao nibs and vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate...hence the name.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 893 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Chris for sharing this one!

Golden orange with bright clarity. Not much foam to speak of, it disappears almost immediately.

Smells very sweet, slightly woody, a little bit of chocolate. Pleasant though on the verge of diabetes.

Prickly alcohol heat, sugary sweetness. Viscous syrupy body. Chocolate and barrel flavors, not especially deep, more boozy than anything. Not really a high fan, though it lives up to it's name at least.

emerge077, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember who brought this - Jason? Served in a taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a to collar, leaving minimal lace and a few wisp on top. Murky orange-yellow body. Nothing unexpected for a 14% wheatwine but not much to look at either.

S - Typical wheatwine flavors - fruity yeast and and lightly toasted grains - but with an undercurrent of white chocolate and booze. Some vanilla and oak notes in the periphery. I don't generally like this style, and I was initially a bit put off by the aroma although it improved as it warmed up.

T - The taste is superior, and it's a dead ringer for white chocolate. Oodles of delicious vanilla bean and milk chocolate flavors, with only mild supporting notes from the wheatwine and barrel. Delicious stuff, and not as much booze as you'd expect from 14%.

M - Full bodied with lower carbonation. Smooth and creamy texture, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol warmth. Not as viscous as some of the Bruery's stouts, but there's sufficient heft here.

D - I didn't really like the aroma much, but once I got past that there was a really enjoyable beer to be found. It's very sweet and best enjoyed in small quantities, but may be the best Bruery offering I've had in a while. If you like white chocolate (like I do), then check this one out.

MasterSki, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been really excited for this one, and finally cracked it after fixing rudzud's car, and shared with him.

Pours a fizzy light small head covering that rises semi quickly with light lacing, nice legs too, starts clear then an accidental dregs pour brings lots of big and dark chunk sediment.

Nose starts great, plenty of bourbon out front, nice sweet smelling aromas, light toffee caramel, buttery oak, vanilla galore, some white chocolate buried which comes out a lot more as it opens, as well as a bit of cocoa reminds me of Easter as a kid. There is a bit of coconut initially that is not great, but that fades to nothing fairly quickly. Great sweet smelling fruits too, white raisin, brown sugar covered dates, and just a bit of clean booze. Very nice.

Taste starts oaky, then quickly into fruits, light coconut again that disappears quickly to the white raisin, candied dates, etc. Then vanilla, which some comes from the oak barrel and some from the vanilla beans but not as big as the nose. Bourbon is much lighter than I expected. Booze starts lighter then turns up a couple notches as it sits on my tongue, warming tingly booze that even burns the throat a bit. Chocolate comes in later more towards the finish but is light and present early, more of a chocolate covered raisins at first, then some white choc after but not a ton. The booze cuts in quite a bit and starts to become unpleasant but after a few sips it mellows and starts to tickle my gums just a bit. Malts are there too, some caramel, toffee, sweet syrupy reddish malts. Finish is long sticky syrupy mouth coating, lingering booze, hot booze, long lingering white choc, dark candied fruits, vanilla galore, etc.

Mouth is quite thick, syrupy, decent carb, lots of hot tingly booze.

Overall mixed, the nose is great, the taste starts great but seems to fade the more it opens and especially as the booze really kicks in. Quite a nice beer if the booze didn't really kick in, and I wish some of the great aromas like bourbon and vanilla were more present on the flavor. Curious how this will age, could be great as the booze mellows and the flavors merge, or could be bad as all the great characteristics fade out.

jlindros, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At the time of this review, this is #1 on the "Top Beers - Wheatwine" list on beeradvocate.com....fun. Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber and hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet...smells like white chocloate.

I wonder about beers like this...did the Bruery make this beer and then name it or set out to make a beer that tastes like white chocolate. Nailed it. The beer is really sweet, pushing it but not over the edge, and has a nice vanilla flavor to it, creamy smooth, no alcohol sneaking through...thick bodied. It is a good beer but it is a committment to drink it. I won't turn it down in the future but it is a big task to drink this alone...one of the only wheatwines I think tastes good.

drabmuh, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.6%

oline73, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got several bottles of this from being a Reserve Society member. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a hazy orange-brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute and leaves some tiny foam throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of white chocolate (surprise), fruity malts, vanilla, toasted malts, some oak, caramel malts, toffee, biscuit, bready malts, and sugar. Very interesting and nice nose. Load of vanilla and choclate mixing together, as well as alcohol.

t - Tastes of vanilla, white chocolate, alcohol, fruity malts, oak, toasted malts, caramel malts, bready malts, oranges, and bourbon. Again, lots of vanill and chocolate, and more bourbon comes through than in the nose. A small step up from the nose.

m - Medium to full bodied beer and low carbonation. Some bourbon and alcohol heat but not a lot considering the ABV. Pretty nice overall.

o - Overall a pretty interesting and well done beer; probably one of the better wheatwines I've had to be honest. Very interesting nose and taste with a lot of white chocolate and vanilla; pretty cool how they nailed it. The only downside I'd say here is that there is a fair amount of alcohol to it; not terrible considering how high the ABV is, but I was hoping it was hidden a little better than it is. Still quite good and something I look forward to revisiting.

mdfb79, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

MarkyMOD, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -3.6%

beernads, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into a 50cl brandy stem-snifter at Beer Belly in Koreatown last week. Expectations were high. 14% according to their menu. Cost was $7.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of milky beige colour. Recedes quite fast; retention is a scant one minute at best. Forgivable given the insane ABV. Decent creaminess and thickness.

Body colour is a murky caramel-peach. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Okay overall, but not unique or special.

Sm: Surprisingly timid. No alcohol is detectable - which is shocking. No yeast is detectable. Maybe some fermented peach? Caramalt. Tropical hop notes. Light vanilla/creme brulee character. Light malty sweetness. A surprisingly mild aroma for the style and ABV. Not off-putting, but not appealing either. There's little going on here to get excited about.

T: Sweet. Floral hops. Some cream. Peach fruit - as murky and unevocative as it can possibly be. Some alcohol does come through, but it's not boozy or hot. Malty body is indistinct and forgettable. Some generic caramalts. Restrained unremarkable vanilla. Balance is muddled and far from ideal. Kind of a mess, actually. There's some complexity, but no subtlety. I'm underwhelmed and disappointed. Some light white chocolate does come through, but it's hardly well integrated and there's nowhere near enough to justify naming the beer after it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. On the thicker side. Adequately carbonated. Not crisp, soft, oily, or harsh. Suits the flavour profile in a general detached careless sense. The texture certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavours. Unrefreshing. Pretty good presence on the palate. Pretty good body.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV - I'll give it that. But boy am I sincerely disappointed; I'm shocked people pay a membership fee to buy beers as mediocre as this. Definitely not worth trading for. Severely underwhelming. I honestly wouldn't order this again. I hope it's better in bottled form. It hides its ABV well, but beyond that I really don't understand the appeal. I can't believe this is even talked about as a great beer. But in the words of a wise comedian, it'll get you drunk.

C+

kojevergas, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

oriolesfan4, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Halcyondays, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

drewone, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

yourefragile, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.6%

orangesol, May 17, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

weeare138, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml white wax dipped bottle into a matching Bruery branded snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden orange color with some lighter yellowish hints around the edges. A finger and a half worth of white froth forms across the top and slowly fades to a thin film across the top holding with about a half finger strength around the perimeter of the glass. Some small patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is pretty intense with a strong scent of bourbon infused tangy alcohol. When a deep whiff is taken, it is somewhat perfume-like and solvent/burning to the nostrils. But when you step back and take more sniffs, it has a lot of character to take in. White chocolate is pretty profound here almost like angel's food cake batter. More smells are reminiscent of cotton candy mixed with more white chocolate powder and lots of vanilla. Under all of the sweet candy tones is a familiar fruited quality of a wheatwine.

The taste is boozy with a tangy bourbon aspect that transitions immediately into sweetness of white chocolate, vanilla, mild oak, cotton candy and angel's food cake mix. There is a bit of fruity aspect here very typical of the base style. However, I cant get over how much other stuff is thrown into the mix here. They must have used a truckload of white chocolate to get it integrated this boldly in the flavor. Despite all the residual sugar here, that 14% is alive and well with a solid burn down the back of the throat. As the brew gets warmer, it has almost a bitter orange flavor that emerges along with the alcohol and the palate starts to numb. More sips reveal a bit of raw barrel character with a very mild hint of oxidation that is somewhat earthy.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is really fitting of the name. The aroma especially screams white chocolate with a pretty solid inclusion in the flavor as well. This is quite a hearty sipper that I could never imagine sitting down and wanting to kill a whole bottle of. The solvent alcohol aside, it really is taxing to the palate perhaps even more so than Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain. Fans of wheatwine will want to give this a try.

stakem, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

wrightst, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

dbrauneis, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: My bottle was a light gusher but when it was finished...Poured a light rusty like color with a dirty white cap, some lacing present vbut not much on head retention. Pretty fizzy, like overcarbonated head

S: Vanilla, oak, some faint cocoa. A wheat base is evident by smell and some booze stings the nostrils. A light bit of funk on their as well, a little bit of greenness almost

T: Another reviewer below sordove nailed it for me....boozey cream soda. You can tell there is a wheat base to it as a wheatwine because it sordove sticky sweet. Vanilla and oak tend to dminate for me, as does a little greennesss I would not desacribe as spoilage but young perhaps. I do believe this will go away in time. The cocoa is pretty tame. The finish is smoehwat hot, sweet, sticky with more creamcicle like flavor

M: Not as full as I expected, actually a bit overcarbonated making it feel thin and bubbly. Cloyingly sweet at times

O: I hope this beer rounds out and cleans up. Not bad right now but it has room for improvement, especially at the price point....

barleywinefiend, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

duceswild, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mothman, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

DoubleJ, Jul 01, 2013
White Chocolate from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.