White Mocha
The Bruery

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
Ranked #12
ABV:
16.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,962
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.98%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
101
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Notes: White Mocha is our bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style ale, known as White Oak Sap, with fresh coffee beans and cacao nibs. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate are joined by warm flavors of coconut, honey and vanilla that rise and shine on the palate.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer as part of a flight at the source in 2016. Brown in color, slight obscured haze to it. Light beige head that goes updown, settles into near obscurity at 1/16".

Aroma pushes coffee and bourbon. Hey a pairing Bruery does as good as anybody. Wheat would be a background aroma at best. Overall though, it smells very nice.

Taste, hey I can dig it. Generally like wheatwines more than the next guy, and here its paired up with adjunct city, but they're good adjuncts. Is there chocolate in this? Sweet like that. Toffee, coffee, caramel and brown sugar. Little bit of a dark fruit raisin like presence, but the sugar quickly envelopes it for the most part, but there is a slight bitter burn going on nonetheless. Not sludgy, I like how wheatwines can deliver a high abv without bogging down or getting too sticky or viscous. Another beer that is kinda expensive, but I could see ordering a bottle every year or two for a special occasion when you have friends or family around.

Nov 21, 2019
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter appears a hazy brown color with an off-white head thats quick to fade.

It has an aroma thats tangy with alcohol then abruptly musty with coffee and earth.

It tastes tangy with bourbon, caramel, molasses and musty earthy coffee like the nose suggests.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall a pretty tasty sipper despite the mustiness.

Jan 30, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.36/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber-copper with a moderate, bubbly foam beige head.

This sucker is hot with pungent rug, hickory and raisin. After that intro, I get sweet peanut, rummy booze, and yellow apple. I at first think this one was too old, then look at the bottle and see that this is only a 2016. WTF? Not a fan.

May 17, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml foiled and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

This one's muddy. Nose is a little weird. Boozy with hints of chocolate, molasses, tobacco and mocha. Syrupy sweet with roasty overtones. Beer opens with hints of blondie, molasses, maple and oak. Boozy from start to finish. Mocha, vanilla and more syrupy sweetness in the middle. Finishes molasses, tobacco and chocolate. Beer is full bodied with moderate carbonation. A little more prickly than I'd like. Goes down thick, rich and boozy.

Solid but this could have been so much more. A little too sweet overall.

Dec 23, 2016
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Beersnake1 from California

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp to small taster. Pours quite light, to my surprise. Getting lots of vanilla, cocoa, and bourbon on the nose. Taste has quite a bit of coffee - very nice. The cocoa and bourbon are definitely there. It certainly doesn't taste as the alcohol content would suggest. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a Bruery beer, but overall a fantastic beer.

Dec 23, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4900th review! 750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/10/2016. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, medium roast coffee, cocoa, fudge, bourbon, toasted coconut, oak, wheat, brown bread, golden raisin, apricot, plum, fig, date, light pepper, and roast/oak/toasted earthiness. A bit of booze as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cocoa/coffee, bourbon barrels, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, medium roast coffee, cocoa, fudge, bourbon, toasted coconut, oak, wheat, brown bread, golden raisin, apricot, plum, fig, date, pepper, and roast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/tannic oak spice and light roasted cocoa/coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, medium roast coffee, cocoa, fudge, bourbon, toasted coconut, oak, wheat, brown bread, dark/light fruits, pepper, and roast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of cocoa/coffee, bourbon barrels, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt and bourbon/tannic oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness and cocoa/coffee bitter/roasted notes, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/bready/slick, fairly sticky/chalky/tannic, and slightly syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish with some light barrel booziness; but not overwhelming. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged wheatwine style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cocoa/coffee, bourbon barrels, and moderate pale malt sweetness; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. Very strong on barrel character without being too boozy; and the balance of malt and cocoa/coffee flavors is amazing. The tannic drying character from the barrel makes this very easy to finish the whole bottle. A highly enjoyable offering.

Dec 18, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a frothy ecru head layered over the hazy amber liquid; a few squiggles of lacing appear

Smell: Coffee, toasted coconut, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and Bourbon

Taste: A lot of sweet tones, up front, with caramel, toasted coconut and vanilla; the Bourbon builds, after the swallow, and chocolate and coffee appear in the aftertaste; very boozy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and syrupy, with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A lot of nice aromatics, but too sweet and boozy (though I know the Bruery likes their beers that way)

Dec 08, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Barry last night, thanks man.

This one pours a light brown color, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like fruity and earthy coffee, vanilla bean, caramel, sweet wheat, and toffee.

This is quite boozy, but the flavors are really nice. The coffee flavor is great, roasty and sweet, with sweet vanilla bean flavor, creamy caramel, toffee, and some light wheat. Even with the booze, I'm a big fan.

This is fairly light bodied, but not thin, with a good level of carbonation, surprisingly.

This is another wonderful dessert beer from this brewery.

Nov 05, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

White and silver foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 2/10/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque, muted orange brown with about a finger and a half off white head. That froth crackles away, leaving a dotted band around the edges but no lacing.

Aromas of coffee, bourbon, caramel, cocoa, coconut and a wisp of berries. Unique nose for a wheatwine and more than a little bit enjoyable.

Taste hit the notes found in the nose rather well. Coffee, caramel, bourbon, semisweet strawberry jam, wheat grain, chocolate, oaky vanilla and of course a fitting bite of alcohol that occasionally surfaces between the other flavors. Deceptively easy to drink for the hefty abv and really tasty.

Syrupy, fullish body with pleasantly understated carbonation. Delicious bourbon doused caramel macchiato lingers in the finish.

White Mocha is another fantastic barrel aged wheatwine from The Bruery. I remain confused as to why they won't bottle White Oak Sap, as it is the base from which several of their delicious concoction ls stem. I truly hope to see this return as an annual offering.

Aug 13, 2016
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vibrant dark orange body with a few clear bubbles on top. Aroma is very sweet bread, sweet vanilla, hints of coffee. Flavor is very sweet up front, lots of sugary dough, with the coffee coming through in the middle, finishing with sweet vanilla and bourbon. Booze presence is there throughout. Feel is sticky, full bodied, medium carbonation. Big on booze, huge on sweetness. I know this is a common criticism of The Bruery, but this one is really over the top. Vanilla comes through nicely though.

Jul 30, 2016
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krisbobbrown from California

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yo, this shit is tangy. At this point I'm wondering if that's just what their wheatwine tastes like, because I've noticed this before, but only on beers and batches with acknowledged spoilage (white chocolate, mash and grind). I was expecting caramelly but got prickly. It's still not a bad beer, but it's definitely tart, and I'm wondering why nobody is talking about it. (My ratings are inflated because I don't want to be the guy to downgrade based on a poor representation of the beer.)

Jun 23, 2016
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IKR from California

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage

Appearance: Clear dark-amber color with a modest-sized off-white head that quickly faded. A nice looking beer.

Smell: Bourbon, brown sugar, mild coffee and some mild chocolate notes. The barrel elements are the prominent features in the nose.

Taste: True to the nose, Bourbon, moderate coffee, mild chocolate notes, honey, mild oak, and some fruit notes. The finish features the bourbon notes and moderate coffee notes. Fairly mild alcohol presence for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium to light full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Very nice mouth-feel.

Overall: A good bal-aged Bruery beer. I get less of a chocolate presence than White Chocolate but the coffee may be masking it.

May 28, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly hazy a light chestnut hue with a nice one finger head that fades to leave light lacing and wisps.

S - Aromas of rich caramel, nice fresh coffee, bright grinds. The chocolate is rather light, really good bourbon and light barrels. Nice and rich with the alcohol hidden excellently.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, big caramel notes, really good coconut bourbon barrels, nice light char, really good coffee notes, bright coffee grounds. Decent chocolate, booze definitely makes itself known.

M - Mouthfeel is rather lowly carbonated, heavy, syrupy.

O - Overall this was a rather mediocre beer. Started off real good but this became really boozy. Super unfortunate.

Serving Type: bottle

May 27, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud

Huge touch creamy frothy 1.5 finger head fades at a med pace, very little lacing, ok legs, hazy auburn almost orange reddish color.

Nose fresh coffee grinds and fresh roasted coffee with toasted coconut, a little peppery note, mild chocolate cocoa, some spicy chewy hops in the background, some sweet caramel, mild bourbon, vanilla barrel, touch booze.

Taste brings sweet caramel malts, toasted wheat and caramel candy, syrupy mess and very sweet, candy marinade sauce mess, into big booze tingle and warmth, little peppery phenol note, caramel into mild bourbon barrel and candy wheat, some fresh roasted coffee bit more mild, nutty earthy coffee, little fudgey cocoa note, touch vanilla barrel. Finish is sticky sweet syrupy mess more booze.

Mouth is fuller bod syrupy, lighter carb, plenty of warming tingly booze even in the nose.

Overall mixed, some great characters, great nose especially but coffee was light on the taste and booze was opposite, nice malts but too sweet.

May 27, 2016
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Beautiful coffee and chocolate smell. Taste is heavy on the coffee, moderate bourbon and chocolate. This is a monster and I love everything about it. Anxious to see how this ages. I'm sure the coffee will mute a bit over time.

May 21, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paid a hefty sum for this and I am glad I tried it, but probably wouldn't revisit. Too heavy on the coffee; the beans dominate everything. Pretty hot to boot- boozy but not as bourbon-y as I would expect.

It was a chore to finish, and it pales in comparison to the mighty White Chocolate.

Apr 23, 2016
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Tele from California

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 2.10.16)
Consumed: 4.3.16

A: 4.25 Pours a mostly clear, amber-gold with a small, light tan head.

S: 4.5 Like Mocha Wednesday, this has a lot of freshly ground coffee on the nose. There’s also big barrel character with lots of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. I’m not getting much chocolate, but there’s a mild roast element that could be coming from the either the cacao or coffee - definitely not from the malt.

T: 4.25 Starts off big and sweet with lots of fresh coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and caramel; not much chocolate. There’s a very slight astringency and booziness that’s a bit off-putting, but the finish is really great with a little bitterness and berry flavor that almost makes up for the less tasty flavors.

M: 4.5 Nice body and subtle carbonation make this satisfying and surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer.

O: 4.25 Another excellent big beer from The Bruery. They work wonders with coffee on Mocha Wednesday and this is almost to that level. The coffee and barrel elements are terrific, but a couple other things make this a notch below their stouts.

Apr 04, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty boozy tasting beer. No head or carbonation whatsoever. Coffee flavor blends with barrel aged wheatwine flavor though the booze still dominates. I prefer White Chocolate over this, but still a nice beer.

Apr 01, 2016
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johnInLA from California

3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Servering temp 50F.

Orange, brown, a bit dark for what I would expect from a wheat wine.

Nose initial was all coffee. Some nuttiness developed as it oxidized.

Flavor was also dominated by coffee but offered more complexity, some caramel, malty sweetness, chocolate and fruitiness.

The feel is nice, medium bodied, a bit syrupy, some alcohol warmth, a lingering finish.

The coffee is a bit heavy for me. But would buy and try future vintages. If you like coffee heavy beers, its worth a try.

Mar 27, 2016
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Stillyman11 from California

4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is caramel color with minimal head, nose is coffee and more coffee pretty incredible, taste is sweet bourbon caramel and coffee, not too boozy like the Bruery can be. Overall, a fantastic beer.

Mar 27, 2016
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