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White Chocolate - The Bruery

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 1,045
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.12%
Wants: 473
Gots: 363 | FT: 49
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  14.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-07-2012

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.
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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 1,045
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 2012 bottle into a Bruery tulip (proper!). Poured a vibrant yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wheat, sweet alcohol, vanilla, and cocoa nibs. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, wood, milk chocolate, wheat, earth, spice, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There is a ton of stuff going on in this one. The nose was really quite nice and balanced. Almost like this is just an unassuming beer for the masses. The flavor is the first hint that something is going on here. The booze on the follow through confirms it. This thing has simmered down some in the time before I opened it. Granted this made it really quite well balanced and easy to drink. Yes, I just said that. At 14+%, this was easy to drink. Could I kill an entire bottle to the face, probably. Would I recommend this to high schoolers to butt chug? Absolutely. The less of them there are, the better, after all. Definitely find a way to get this on your palate. Based on the rumors from the 2013 bottles, get a 2012. Based on this, you won't regret it. (1,284 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head without much retention and only minimal lacing on a murky burnt orange with golden and copper hues. Aroma of cardboard, white chocolate, apricot, cocoa, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor follows with vanilla dominant notes with additional flavors of cocoa, cane sugar and bourbon. Medium to full body and light to moderate carbonation. I am a little disappointed with this one. It's good but for me didn't live up to the hype. A very boozy beer in both aroma and flavor. (483 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky light golden color, looks like a saison or tripel or something.

Smells like sweet sugar cookies, vanilla, white chocolate, unbaked cookie dough.

Tastes like booze, vanilla extract, chocolate, cookie dough again, more booze.

Pretty thick feel, booze is really apparent, but this isn't really the kind of beer where the booze needs to be hidden.

Pretty good!

8.0/10 (374 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light tan-yellow in color. Forms a very minimal off-white head that more or less just sticks to the edge. No lacing.

S: As to be expected this smells of white chocolate. And vanilla frosting.

T: Mild to moderate sweetness. Starts with a bit of a toasty, bready, wheat flavor. There is a bit of creamy caramel. Then the flavor turns to an intense chocolate before it finishes off with a sweet vanilla frosting finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Slightly tart, but not sour, with a creamy feel to it. Lower carbonation.

O: This one ends up tasting like the name; well, maybe a bit more like frosting, but the white chocolate is definitely there. Which leads me to have mixed emotions about this beer: On the one end, this beer tastes the way it is supposed to. It is a well crafted beer and it is a very creative take on the style. The alcohol is well hidden. But on the other, it is sweet, with a candy-like taste. And I don't want to drink a glass of candy. In the end, I imagine your appreciation for this beer will largely depend on your like or dislike for white chocolate. (1,101 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks vitese for the hookup! 2014 edition.

Pours a light, hazy, amber-marmalade body with a big, frothy, off-white head that reduces slowly to leave leggy lacing that sticks around.

Aromas are quite potent and inviting.. white chocolate seems appropriate as aromas of vanilla cake, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and butterscotch all come into play.

Taste is a different story.. upfront is a muted caramel-toffee flavor, vanilla/bourbon and dark fruit on the follow through, somewhat astringent, almost sourness on the finish. A little boozy.

Mouthfeel is odd... watery, low carbonation, with a medium-light body. I'd expect something a little richer for a beer of this caliber.

Overall I wasn't impressed with White Chocolate, maybe a couple years will add some richness or balance to it. Will revisit. (868 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottled on 08/08/14.

Pours a hazy straw color. The one inch white head fades to a ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of grain, bourbon, cocoa and buttered bread.

The taste is of grain, bourbon, milk chocolate and vanilla.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

Another high gravity offering. There is no mistaking the bourbon presence in both taste and aroma. Boozy and grainy with accents of chocolate and vanilla. (449 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750mL waxed bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced some white froth and lacing.

(S)- So sweet! I totally get the name of this beer with the sheer and pure mountains of white chocolate this has in the aroma. One of the few times the name really does fit how the beer truly is.

(T)- Again, the name totally fits this. A huge sweet and rich white chocolate profile. Really no other way to describe this other than an immensely sweet, liquid alcoholic white chocolate.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets and extremely sweet white chocolate profile. Damn is this sweet though. Almost cloyingly too sweet for me.

(O)- This is so sugary sweet, but damn it does it fit the name perfectly. Very interesting to say the least. Very happy we split this 5 ways. (823 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - cloudy off copper, no apparent carbonation or head.

S - soft white chocolate, cocoa, hints of grapefruit, and citrus.

T - citrus, white chocolate, kind of oaty tasting, some warmth, hops nonexistant.

M - very rich mouthfeel, malt domination, and warming body.

D - really good, excellent flavor for description of beer. A bit warming, but not bad for 14.5 percent. Recommend sitting on it for a year or two. (414 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I've been waiting to try this one for a while.

Smell is very understated-served a bit too cols at rhe Bruery taproom. That is until later as the nectar warms a bit, then the subtlties come out.

The taste comes out gently, gracefully. I get a hint of cream soda meets vanilla infused nectar, leaning towards a mead or very gentle sherry. Almost as if a sherry got kissed by a Chardonnay. Subtle, but quite enjoyable...every sip hints at something new. sometimes it's vanilla meets a lite peach, while at other times it's more like a honeyed & vanillaed muscat meets I don't quite know. But always coquettish.

The finish leaves lite vanilla, which is nice for me, because I am not a big vanilla fan. A slightly slick finish.

A very interesting concoction. Thanks again Patrick, Tyler et al. (799 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a CCB snifter. Golden with a soft, white head. Nose smells of bourbon and chocolate; a nice counter-intuitive nose based on the appearance. When taking a big whiff, I fully expect something darker in my glass. So very cool, indeed, on that front.

The general flavor seems very bourbon-centric. Not that I am opposed to that; I love the taste of bourbon and really like most things put into a bourbon barrel within reason. However, I feel like some other aspects of this are overpowered by the bourbon. I get the vanilla -- which of course gets muddled in with the general bourbon quality -- and I pick up on some type of coconut-chocolate note. However, the white chocolate quality is a bit lost on me.

Mouthfeel is smooth and is incredibly easy to drink given the ABV. In this respect, this has some danger to it.

Good night cap. (846 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at the Bruery tap room during RBSG 2012. Pours a murky brownish gold color. Aroma is boozy and unwelcoming, disjointed. Flavor is much better: lots of vanilla, thick and sweet caramel/honey. Not much alcohol, just delicious confectionary delight. In sample size, this is awesome. If only it smelled good. (320 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ejyoung, poured into a Russian River wine glass.

Cloudy apricot. Very little head, just a thin white ring.

I feel like I just gained a pound by smelling this. Huge, sugary caramel, white chocolate, toffee. A soft hoppiness and a touch of overripe orange.

Translates directly to the flavor. Heaping scoops of caramel offset a little by fruity wheat and orange. Touch of vanilla. Smooth white chocolate interacts interestingly with the hops. Surprisingly clean finish.

Alcohol heat in the nose, like fire. Medium body, mild fizzy carbonation.

The drinkability of this is dangerous. I don't feel at all like I'm drinking a 30-proof beer. Sweet, sugary. Good for dessert. (691 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light and thick appearance. Above average mouthfeel. Mild chocolate aroma. The taste is coconut and vanilla. the vanilla aligns itself with the flavour put in almond milk or soymilk tetra packages. This is a sipper, and I had to stop halfway in the bottle, from the extent of weight of the syrup, and the coconut. Extra point for being a wheat wine.
Bottle from Steve in Warren.
Follow up: gave a great spiciness to my slow cooked meat pot, 2 weeks after opening (462 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 1. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky light amber body. Thin collar with a few bubbles on the surface.

Smell - Lots of vanilla and chocolate. Bourbon. Harsh booziness. Really does smell like white chocolate, though.

Taste - Bourbon and vanilla up front. Chocolate is very strong. The white chocolate flavor is still apparent, but not like the smell. Sweet with a hint of grain. Intense vanilla bean finish.

Mouthfeel - Harsh and boozy. Medium carbonation. You taste every bit of the ABV.

Overall - The white chocolate concept is spot on, but the vanilla is as intense as vanilla extract. (640 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Riding on the heels of Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain, expectations are high for White Chocolate. But with a restructured recipe, this ale is like no other!

As the ale pours, its nearly champagne exuberance strikes the eye with its bright golden color, modest haze and racy carbonation. As a partly fizzy head rises, it falls nearly as fast- showing off its cotton white bubbles before they collapse back into the a with hardly a trace of lacing.

Honey-sweetened sugar cookies kick things off with a backing of tangy acidity, vanilla and oak. With an undertow of sourdough, white grapes and green apples- the mix of wheat and sweet takes on complex tangy scents. A finish of pepper, clove and cumin offer up an oddly placed balance to the sweet and tangy balance.

Its taste is complicates as the flavor of vanilla, heavy whipping cream and sugar cookie provide a whimsical creamy-sweet taste early. But the middle lacks much of that as the raw sourdough flavors weave in tart fruit, champagne and spicy flavors instead. Finishing on that dry, tangy, and sourish spice note, the ale challenges the palate with flavor combinations that have never been seen before.

But the texture of the ale is most confusing. Where promises of silk and cream is promised, a dry film coats the palate, just ahead of the acute pang of champagne carbonation and dryness sets in far too soon. Finishing with that spicy oak note, fleeting textures of powder dryness and spicy astringency offers final impressions.

If the ale could have finishes like it started, then the tart and spice would have offered enough intrigue and complexity to fit right in. But because of its misplaced dryness and carbonation, those spices and acidities are left on an island to fend for themselves. (1,765 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml into a Bruery tulip. 2013 vintage. Released around 8/1/13, so around 3 mos old now. Bought from the Bruery for $29.99 ($25.50 w/ discount). Note: Bottle did not gush or explode when opened. Did have way to much wax on it.

A - Very cloudy apricot color. Looks like unfiltered apple cider. Not the most appealing. Eggshell head leaves minimal lacing.

S - Coconut, vanilla, butterscotch, white chocolate, tartness. Very pungent and a lot going on. Enjoyable.

T - The coconut, vanilla, and butterscotch are right up front. Then the tartness hits you. It is very subtle, not vinegary, more tart apple flavor. On the end you get the creamy white chocolate.

M - Body is on the light side of full. Doesn't coat your mouth, but has some substance. Has a slightly watery finish, not isn't the best.

O - Had the 2012 and thought it was much better from what I remember. Fuller body and lower tartness. Will open a 2012 in the next few days to compare. (966 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass and shared with friends.
Thanks to pushkinwow for the bottle!
2013 Vintage, poured 4/2014

Pours clear and golden color with minimal head and no lacing. The nose is light but heavy on sweet malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla and hot alcohol. The taste is very similar, a cloying mix of vanilla, caramel and overly sweet malt. It has a heavy body and minimal carbonation making it oily, silky and thick. Overall, an interesting brew that was just to sweet and unbalanced for me. (513 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
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.... (1,057 characters)

Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle courtesy of the one and only mhksucess . My west coast brother!! Served into a Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks good. Similar to appearance of '12 WC. Remember this is a BA wheat wine NOT a BA stout. A subtle pour created a very effervescent head, kinda like a 7up but faded fast.

Smell: A good wiff of the bottle once open: all tart green apple. No chocolate or sweetness. Uh oh. However, another big smell, this time from the glass: tart green apple almost entirely gone. Lots of super sweet chocolate, little tartness.

Taste: Front of the palate is mostly tart green apple. BUT, as it moves to the back of my palate I notice tartness fades and creamy, sugary white chocolate takes over. As I patiently wait and take small sips I'm noticing as it warms up to room temp it's mostly creamy, sugary white chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Couldn't ask for better.

Overall: Maybe it's something with the bottle? Once it's in a glass and sits for a while it completely changed and was enjoyable. People also need to remember that regardless of the name and description on the label it's still a wheat wine style beer. All said I will voluntary pick up a couple more of these as I suspect this will be really great with a year or two under its belt. (1,259 characters)

Photo of Slikybump
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

A good wheat wine and the fact that it's bourbon barrel aged helps obviously. The only negative is it's advertised as "white chocolate". The bottle I got tasted nothing like white chocolate or vanilla for that matter. The bruery has def put out better barrel aged beers in the past. (282 characters)

Photo of deford
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Couldn't say this was an outstanding beer. It did have a white chocolate taste in a strange sort of way. Bourbon and yeast on the nose. Very little carbonation. Something sweet on the pallet, not really cocoa but maybe toffee or something like that with a slight metallic edge that I didn't really enjoy. Overall a little odd...would like to try it on tap...might be a different story. (386 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, shared at a gathering of 15 or so people. The perfect size for this dessert in a bottle.

A: Pours a hazy, golden-orange body with a pinky finger of off-white head. Decent retention, but no lace.

S: Vanilla, sherry-esque oxidation, butterscotch, cream, bourbon. This is what Creme Brulee set out to do, but shat the bed on. It's a dessert in a bottle, as I said above.

T: Vanilla-drizzled cheesecake, butterscotch (this is really the biggest drawback for me), honey, bourbon-drenched waffles. There is a very light astringency in the finish that doesn't make a dent in the sweet flavors of the beer.

M: Despite being sweet, the beer isn't treacly, and it drinks relatively lightly for something of its gravity. It isn't quite on par with BT for being thick and viscous. Well-disguised ABV.

O: When the beer was announced, I was skeptical; I thought White Oak was horrendous, and taking a component of it seemed similarly destined for failure. I will concede that this was better than I had anticipated, but it was still not a great beer; as someone else remarked, "I'm a little sad that I have 14 bottles of it." I don't think I'm in the target market here. (1,195 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of white chocolate is actually surprising with some residual sugars and some vanilla. Taste is also very reminiscent of white chocolates with some vanilla and quite a bit of residua sugars. Taste is quite over-the–top so it is probably best to drink this in small doses. Body is about average for style with good carbonation with no alcohol being easily apparent. Interesting experiment for sure but not something I would seek on a regular basis. (560 characters)

White Chocolate from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.