White Oak Wheat Beer
Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Wheat Beer - Kristallweizen
3.58 | pDev: 10.61%
Jun 12, 2017
Apr 25, 2015
White Oak Wheat BeerWhite Oak Wheat Beer
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2.35 by ILOVEHAM from Canada (BC) on Jun 12, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by lwillitz from Wisconsin

11.2-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 1 finger white foam over a highly-carbonated transparent body of gold

S - citrus, wood, musty

T - oak, peppery spice with a suggestion of vanilla, touch of citrus, whiskey-like flavor and complexity

M - highly-carbonated syrupy medium body

O - decent for the style--not my favorite style

May 08, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I have had several bottles in this series tucked away for some time now, awaiting the moment to strike. I have just been inspired by another site's user and am now embarking on a journey, not of body, but of sight, mind and casks! The eradication of the Bottle Baklog at Chez Woody continues.

From the bottle: "Oak Aged like no other beer"; "Hand-Crafted Sottish Beer"; "Seasonal Edition"; "Wheat Beer with Bergamot Orange Peel and Orange Oil added"; "Carefully matured for 46 days prior to release"; "Approved for bottling [undersigned] Esther M Binnie"; "Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sharp"; "Innis & Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer Oak Aged Beer"; "Inspired by the aromas and flavours more typically found in a cup of Earl Grey tea, this German-style Wheat Beer has been brewed at a warmer temperature to encourage sweeter, spicier flavours to develop. The brew has been aged over oak and then finished with bergamot and orange to create a fragrant, refreshing finish."

I Pop!ped the cap & commenced a slow, gentle pour since I have gone off of aggro pours (unless) warranted). Once sufficiently decanted, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised two fingers of foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with 24-carat clarity, summoning forth The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon, all clamoring for a taste! Eek. Nose had the characteristic coconut-like smell of alcohol aged in oak, especially uncharred white oak. I love that smell! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much of white oak, but with a slightly citrusy twang. I was reminded of the transition to citrus-based solvents in the early-1990s and the way that the orange-citrus based cleaners made everything smell so pleasant as opposed to the old lab rat smell that the previous cleaners gave off. White oak & orange?!? What a brilliant combination, especially when used in a fairly clear-tasting style since filtration takes the yeast's banana & clove esters away. I dislike the former & do not mind the latter, but do not mind the absence of either. Warming, the citrusiness really began to assert itself and when I got both orange and oak together, I was ready to swoon. Finish was semi-sweet, but very mellow. Tea-like, indeed.

Apr 28, 2017
3.69 by nullbort from Canada (ON) on Feb 07, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

Carefully aged for 46 days. Aged in oak.

A clear, mellow gold coloration.a fat, tall solid white crown is a tower.

Big, wheat, sour, citrus and herbal mixture, vanilla-oak cask and spices make up this very pungent, delightful aromatic nose. The spice and wheat aroma is very heady. Orange peel and orange oil are additions, providing a peppery citrus effect that is unique.

A massive, sour, heady wheat flavor, mild citrus with a big, fat, sweet oak cask bottom end. The mix is full of crazy complexity, subtle tones of vanilla, old cedar, various herbs and spices, tangy, earthy wheat thing makes this a sipper worth savoring.

There is a very definate, classic German style wheat beer base, with mutating, electric notes of sour citrus, tangy vanilla and antique wood....spices all over the place! I rather like the unique approach to this oak cask aged beer with interesting additives. It all comes together very well.

A rather jazzy bite in the feel, relaxes and finishes smooth with a subtle dry bite. ....true.

Such a unique brew. Wheat based, aged. Very well done!

Jan 21, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by mothmanscott from Georgia

Pours a crystal clear gold with plentiful effervesce streaming up from the bottom, producing a 3 inch, white, tight/finely bubbled, somewhat lasting, foamy head that leaves only a few motes & strings of lacing. Aroma is wheat, floral & bready with thin notes of banana & citrus. Not much else in the nose & overall thin. Taste is very robust compared to the nose. A nice blend of boozy wheat, wood, orange, cloves & very thin banana with black pepper spice in the finish. Finish is oily & a little wet but dries rapidly in the floral, wood, citrus aftertaste. Medium-heavy (only slightly so but a touch above medium) bodied with a medium-high carbonation, oily with a chewy hint, dry in the aftertaste.

Jan 16, 2017
3.87 by GlendonTT from Canada (AB) on Dec 24, 2016
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3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Bottle from the ottawa lcbo.

Nov 25, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

Chinese gold, filtered with lots of carbonation. Topped with a finger of white head.

Smells of pee, cardboard, onion, orange and caramel.

Tastes malty and sweet with undertones of orange peel and caramel. Very little oak presence, if any.

Medium light, syrupy body with little carbonation.

Got at Sunnyview Station LCBO with my bro yesterday. Drinking in Kitchener at the Kitchener Hotel, Oct 19th, 2016. Now the taste is great. The look and feel are good, but the smell is lacking. Definitely worth a try.

Oct 20, 2016
3 by mikr from New Jersey on Oct 13, 2016
4 by ajdemma from New York on Aug 09, 2016
3.94 by Griphon from Florida on Aug 02, 2016
3.75 by mmilyko from Nevada on Jul 18, 2016
3.99 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jun 22, 2016
4.24 by zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina on Jun 17, 2016
3.79 by mikebu from Canada (AB) on May 31, 2016
3.69 by jakea from Wisconsin on May 14, 2016
3.75 by VABA from Virginia on May 07, 2016
3.81 by mrwrightttt from Wisconsin on Apr 17, 2016
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by mfnmbvp from Illinois

11.2 fl oz. bottle, best by April 2016 printed on the bottleneck. My first beer from Innis & Gunn, this one a "wheat beer with bergamot orange peel and orange oil added". 'Carefully matured for 46 days prior to release' Woah.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A golden amber orange body, semi-translucent with one finger of frothy white head that reduces to a ring that lingers. Leaves some moderate scattered fluffy lacing behind. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks nice for what it is.

S - Interesting aroma - white oak wood comes through uniquely. Subtle notes of vanilla / caramel come through. Not pulling much in the way of a basic wheat beer from this. Not grainy, I would say. Not too powerful of an aroma, but pleasant.

T - Taste follows the nose: a unique, distinct white oak wood flavor - subtle notes of vanilla, caramel, whiskey, wood. Very creamy, with mild earthy grassy wheat beer undertones, but the white oak wood aging is surprisingly dominant.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a unique and interesting beer from Innis & Gunn. Definitely glad I picked this one, as I was pleasantly surprised.

Innis & Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer -----3.5/5

Apr 13, 2016
4.26 by adip from Georgia on Apr 11, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by scotorum from Massachusetts


Obtained in a discontinued 2015 gift box set of four different I&G brews. I've had and reviewed the other three before. The Rum Cask Aged is a personal favorite.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Clear dark gold with a two inch thick white head which receded slowly to thick surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Alcohol.

t: Smooth bready malt with a light bite. Finish is on the sweeter side of dry. Later a few grape notes emerge.

m: Creamy smooth medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A good English wheat beer, although lacking the hoped for signature I&G woody notes. An easy drinking yet substantial-feeling brew, would probably be very nice with a meaty dinner.

UPDATE 3/19/16: Had another bottle from a gift pack and it showed definite light liquor notes from barrel aging that were previously lacking. Raised my ratings accordingly for smell (3.25-3.75) taste (3.75-4) and overall (3.75-4).

Feb 18, 2016
3.45 by jahbless from Pennsylvania on Feb 08, 2016
3.9 by rfgetz from New Jersey on Feb 01, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

With inspiration of Bavaria close at hand, the Scottish brewery of Innis & Gunn embark upon a filtered wheat ale with elevated citrus and a crisp and clean backbone for utter refreshment and effortless in drinkability.

Its bright gold austere and fluffy white froth suggests something more of a robust pilsner ilk, but the nose is bright with citrus, apple, banana, faint clove and white pepper. Bready-sweet to taste, the beer hosts a crisp cereal character with nuances of fruit and spice gaining steam.

As the middle palate develops, its bright and raw grain is pleasantly elegant and crisp with the character of fresh baking bread. Coriander leads with way with its perfumy citrus taste, followed quickly with background hefeweizen banana and clove balance. Lemon, orange and white pepper trail with slight vanilla and lingering grain sweetness for ongoing interest and intrigue.

Medium-light in body, the beer's residual sweetness and raw grain flavor continues to provide heft while its finish is minty, grassy and pleasantly tea-like as its aftertaste is quick, peppery and fleeting with a glipse of citrus peel.

Jan 21, 2016
3.65 by ChivoPepe from Puerto Rico on Jan 20, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Brenden from Ohio

This is a mostly clear beer lying somewhere between golden and amber in color. The head is a frothy one that rises pretty high and sustains itself rather well. The strong layer of foam that remains on the top leaves a good amount of sticky lacing behind.
There is a touch of oak to this one, adding a bit of dryness in the flavor particularly, and it seems just enough to temper the sweetness that borders on cloying. A very distinct note is orange oil, and the oil specifically, adding a specific bitterness and citric note that isn't the same as either flesh or rind. Mingling with the bergamot, it actually makes for an interesting and complex blend of aromas and flavors. Whether that's complementary is subjective, but I like it all in all.
The feeling is frothy but still crisp. It's semi-sweet the whole way through, and the oil just refrains from coating the tongue. The body is a pretty solid medium.

Jan 20, 2016
3.5 by ColForbinBC from New Jersey on Jan 10, 2016
3.16 by Hugh37 from Tennessee on Jan 05, 2016
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3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DJ-Hophead from England

330 ml bottle B and M stores, Bristol. Pours clear golden with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing. Smell - Spice, ginger. Taste - Sweet, light spices and orange with a crisp finish. Easy drinker but not a lot going on.

Dec 31, 2015
3.52 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Dec 29, 2015
3.32 by JPowell712 from Pennsylvania on Dec 29, 2015
3 by scottiethebody from California on Dec 25, 2015
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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bergamot and light spices with sweet wheat malt is intriguing. Taste is a sweet mix of wheat malt, some light char oak with some blood orange and bergamot notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Too sweet for my liking for interesting combination of unusual ingredients.

Dec 23, 2015
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3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by barczar from Kentucky

Aroma is dominated by orange and wheat, with herbal, tea-like notes adding complexity. Fairly floral, possible from bergamot.

Flavor reveals a big orange peel presence upfront, becoming dry and lightly bitter mid palate, finishing toasted and oaky. Perfumey floral notes surface as the beer opens up. There's a lot going on here.

Dec 23, 2015
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3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

A - Clear gold, with some haziness, and a white lacy head that tracks across the glass.

S - Sour grain, a hint of wood, a bit of funk.

T - The grain and a creamy vanilla hit. A mild bitterness in the close.

M - Moderate carbonation and light body.

O - A decent wheat, with sour and oak flavors showcased.

Dec 12, 2015
3.6 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Dec 11, 2015
3.32 by InspectorBob from New Jersey on Nov 29, 2015
3.67 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Nov 25, 2015
4.04 by TripelMark from North Carolina on Nov 24, 2015
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