White Oak
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American Wheatwine Ale
Ranked #29
Ranked #9,878
3.94 | pDev: 11.42%
The Bruery
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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 LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of mildly caramel malt, light stone fruit, pears, vanilla, white grapes, oak and mild bourbon. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, apricot, orange, pears, oak, vanilla, white wine and a hint of bourbon. Fruity finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very fruity wheatwine that has a lot of white wine character, with chardonnay notes. Good oaky barrel character, but not much bourbon is present. A pleasant take on the wheatwine style, a little more vinous than I'd prefer for a wheatwine, but a bit different and great to sip. Recommended as a two year cellerable bottle, this is a bit over that and I hope to see this again to try fresh (I'm not sure why I this is still in may cellar, I'm pretty sure I have tried this before, but never reviewed it).

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 25.4 oz (766 ml) bottle; 2016 release, produced on 1/26/16.
A: Pours a cloudy amber to brown color with a two inch, white head, retention to a cap and rim, but rings of camo edged lacing. Very lively on pour.
S: Slightly pungent. Aromas of caramel, toasted coconut, and vanilla predominate.
T: Sweet. Flavor largely follows the nose. Balanced, so little or no excess bitterness.
M: Medium to full and solid, lively carbonation. Substantive and chewy.
O: Delicious. Celebrated St. Patrick's Day with it and it is clearly designed for celebration. Fun and flavorful.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Amazing. There I'm done. Ok, guess y'all want more. This is a beer I wanted to try when I first heard of it, but never did because I wouldn't pay $17 for it. Because I would have enjoyed it Saturday night before dinner, but at the end of the day, it wouldn't have been worth $17. So, when I got the chance to get this for $5, yes $5 at the coolest local beer store imaginable, yes I also got several $5 2016 Riserva there which has fallen off a bit, but still $5 Riserva. So, $5 for this master.

Aroma is an amazing almost perfect blend of vanilla, butter, caramel, oak, bourbon that recedes an tiny bit as it's poured but emerges stronger as the beer goes ... lots of boubon barrel influence throughout. Taste follows, the Belgian influence strong, almost sour, very yeasty blend of Belgian golden ale and bourbon barrel aged wheatwine. This is an style that's so remote, hard to describe other than reminds me of an Belgian barrel aged triple. Yes, butter, like drinking liquid butter, you could do worse. Smooth all day, stronger than most, a wonderful drink for $5. Will go get another bottle, probably two more. Wow. Yes this really is amazing. Tomorrow (Saturday) night I'm making dinner, of course.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good big beer, dominated by bourbon barrel and oak flavoring. Pours a hazy orange color with a small fast fading white head (as expected with 11.5% abv). Minimal lacing. Aroma is strong and pleasant, the bourbon barrel and oak are the most prominent smells. Taste is more complex. The oak and bourbon barrel flavors are prominent but there is also some strong caramel malt, vanilla and of course the booziness. Mouthfeel is rich with a strong warming alcohol presence. This is a slow sipper. Good beer, I would drink this again.

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Photo of brew-Ed
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper, reddish brown, half inch head, quickly dissipates to minimal lacing

Fruity, vanilla, caramel, bourbon

Sweet, apple, apricot, raisins, caramel, oak finish

Medium body, smooth, long oak finish, left a bit spiciness

Sweet, boozy, something to relax with.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a two finger creamy off white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, green apple, vanilla and bourbon.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Belgian yeast, green apple, pear, vanilla and bourbon.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - A tasty barrel aged wheatwine. The alcohol is very well hidden making this an enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of Giggy
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper color with white head which dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation yet smooth. Not sure if it's the wheat wine but there is some funkiness in the taste profile. Very sweet and easy to drink.

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Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Cloudy golden yellow, almost a light brown. Good short lived white head and decent lacing. The smell is a bit boozey with apples and vanilla. The taste has a lot going on. Vanilla, caramel, cherries, apples, along with a touch of bourbon, and a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Also some tartness. Not something for everyday, but a very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of xanderbock
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2016 release poured from bottle into a wine glass.

L: Pours amber with a white head. Head dissipates rather quickly but a thin ring does stay for the duration.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, light fruit, and oak. Vanilla and bourbon notes are more restrained than a 100% barrel aged and it doesn't smell hot for a 12.5% beer.

T: Great vanilla, bourbon, caramel flavors that are well balanced. Light alcohol notes, but not hot in any way. Caramel and vanilla more present as beer warms up.

F: Full body, but not as thick as you would expect from a barley/wheatwine barrel-aged beer. Slight tingle from the alcohol that gives way quickly to a slight stickiness left on the tongue.

O: An excellent beer that is restrained and approachable while showcasing the great flavors expected from aging in oak bourbon barrels. Extremely smooth for a beer at 12.5%ABV which can be dangerous!

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Photo of IPA1978
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid BB aged beer. Bourbon flavors aren't to strong which blends well with the wheat wine and golden strong. Nice fruity flavors and sweet malts are just held in check by the barrel aging.

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Photo of megapyro6
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/21/2016, so about 14 months after bottling.

Pours a hazy orange to copper. Carbonation is on the lower end but fine.

The initial aroma is all barrel. Vanilla, coconut, some alcohol and bourbon notes. There is a touch of fruitiness, but it kind of is overshadowed by the wood. Perhaps a little spice, but all blends really well together.

Taste is again vanilla and coconut up front. It's real smooth for so high in ABV. Very light alcohol warming. Back end notes of caramel or toffee like sweetness. A touch of oxidation or vinous notes on the very end.

This is a real smooth beer. There is a touch of warmth, but you'd never guess it's 12.5 ABV. The mouthfeel is slick and solid, but not overwhelming. It just reminds you that you're drinking a larger beer, but it goes down well.

Overall it's maybe a little thin for the size, but imminently drinkable. It drinks like something more in the 8-9% ABV realm. The barrel and bourbon drive this beer, but oh man does it drink well. Judging by other reviews, a little time does this good.

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, burnt orange in color and redolent of light fruit. Another whiff gathers belgian yeast/beer bread, fresh grapefruit and faint spice. Tastes slightly tart and fruity followed quickly by more beer bread, resulting in a soft, somewhat creamy body. Has a spicy alcohol heat to finish.

Very unique. Very tasty.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 vintage
~ 1 year from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a bright golden orange color, transparent. Half finger thick, slight off-white colored head, foamy and soapy. Patches of spotty head lacing on glass, moderate streaky alcohol legs.

Aroma- Fruity esters, crisp green apple, zesty fruits, banana, belgian yeast. Candied syrup, rich maltiness, toffee, hints of caramel and vanilla. Touch of oak and spice.

Taste- Sweet malts, honey, candied syrup. Zesty fruits, orange peel, green apple, banana bread, clove, belgian yeast. Creamy sweetness, caramel candy, toffee, vanilla, sweet bourbon, coconut, earthy oak and spice.

Feel- Medium bodied, lots of sticky sweetness, coating, semi-dry finish. Moderate carbonation, very creamy and smooth.

Overall- Blend of two different style beers is pulled off really well, neither overpowering the other. In the end it comes across as a really sweet and rich belgian strong ale. Lots of fruity esters and belgian yeast characteristics supported by a host of creamy sweet flavors. Barrel aging is subtle, touches of oak and bourbon on the finish. As unique a beer as you can get, something different and enjoyable.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sharp copper-gold hue, little-to-no head, light carbonation. Aroma is very sweet at first - there is an intense apple cider smell with underlying notes of honey, caramel and Kentucky straight bourbon (which takes more prominence as the beer opens up). Taste also is sweet, with more of a honey presence upfront transistioning into warm bourbon caramel. The apple flavor is there but definitely not as much as it is on the nose. No heat or booziness at the end. It ends up tasting like a barrel-aged hard cider, which is interesting & in my opinion satisfying, but your mileage may vary based on how much you like sweet beers or sweeter bourbon notes. It worked for me though. Mouthfeel is fairly slick, medium-to-light density, maybe could have been a bit fuller but that is more of a nitpick.

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

Toffee, vanilla and oak dominate. Such a full mouth of flavour. The aging presents more bourbon like. Finish is silky smooth with low carbonation. Love it

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Photo of zillarunner
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolutely delicious beer. Even when cold it has a warm smooth feeling that coats the mouth and throat.
This was the favorite tonight after our run. We will definitely seek this one out again soon.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - not much wrong with the look, nice clear golden Amber color with a white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - big wheat, some bourbon and oak, vanilla, green apple, banana
T - wheat, bourbon, oak, green apple, banana, other fruits, very slight white pepper
M - big beer, alcohol covered, aftertaste is wheat, green apple and other fruits
O - it's such a wierd style I'd have a hard time saying specifically what this should taste like. It's almost like a quality bourbon barrel aged malt liqour - Founders made one a little while back that I tried. It does have green apple type flavoring in there but it's honestly not offensive in this. It's just a different style, likely underrated because it wouldn't be most people's First choice (I mean, of course I'd rather have a Blake Tuesday, but who doesn't love bba impy stouts).

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light copper with well over a finger of head. The nose has barrel notes but also something sweet that I could not quite place. The flavor is a nice blend of sweet notes like vanilla with definite hints of bourbon and oak. The body is very thin for the style and the thinness detracts from the richness of the flavors. However, the thin body certainly helps make this high ABV offering eminently drinkable.

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Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter.

Pours a very cloudy apricot color, with a two finger head and lots of foamy lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, bourbon, vanilla, malt, toffee, caramel, a little maple, light coconut, and black peppercorn, when warm. The taste diverges a bit, leading with the bourbon and caramel, then vanilla, malt, coconut, Candi sugar, honey, cloves, some oak. Smooth, a solid medium body, a little creamy, well carbonated.

The flavors are well blended. It's barrel forward, but not overwhelmingly so. Definitely worth a purchase.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has bourbon but it's well integrated with the sweet malt and floral notes. Taste starts with malt sweetness, bourbon and continues with floral notes. Quite good but a bit boozy for my taste.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White oak pours a hazy copper with big lacing head. Big cask oak aromas. Flavors is big oak, lots of vanilla and caramel. Good body and feel. Overall complex but good.

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Photo of hman43
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden-orange with a moderate off white head. The clarity is a bit hazy but clears up quite a bit as it warms.

Smell: It has strong malt aromas with orange, caramel, wheat, and low aromas of oak and bourbon.

Taste: It has a rich malt, sweet flavor. It is highlighted by caramel, honey, orange, oak, bourbon, and alcohol. The overall balance is towards the malt.

Feel: It has a heavy body, not quite chewy, with a moderately high bitterness. It is fairly smooth in spite of the high alcohol content There is also a fair amount of alcohol warming.

Overall, this is a malty rich balance beer with a complex blend of fruits that packs a solid alcohol punch, but is fairly smooth.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a clear pale gold with a decently large head. The aroma is complex, with apricot, banana, motor oil, clove, nutmeg, and other muddy, grass aromas. The flavor is rich and sweet, with lots of banana, clove, dried apricot, guava, passionfruit, lot sof nutmeg and clove. The sweetness is tempered by bot the alcohol, dried spice, and some muddy hop bite. The mouthfeel is full, almost syrupy, with creamy foamy, c arbonation. Overall this is a hell of a beer. Three years ago I would have hatred this, but now I love the way new spice and fruit notes come forward in every sip. Deeply complex, the bourbon barrel aging has not conmtributed flavor as much as body. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours with a very thick, foamy head. The nose has a lot of smells to it. It had hint of banana. Some caramel. A bit of vanilla. The taste is interesting. It is barrel forward. It then vanilla hits. Some banana, but muted. It has a boozy feel to it. A good product from Bruery.

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Photo of Myotus
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 48°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled 26Jan16) into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 18Jun16.
LOOK: Two fingers of off-white foam dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within a minute and a half. Gold in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a very subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thin and thick in various areas.
SMELL: Mild aromas of peaches, pears, bananas, white grapes, cloves, oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and coconut intertwine with subtle wheat, tree nut, plum, and fig aromas.
TASTE: A fruity combination initially presents itself as mild flavors of peach, banana, white grape and pear caress the palate. An additional sweetness is added as mild caramel, vanilla, and coconut flavors immediately follow. Mild oak with subtle bourbon and tree nut flavors next flow on to the palate as caramel flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild plum and fig along with subtle wheat flavors finish off the taste profile as all previous flavors persist, except for tree nut and bourbon, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Incredibly full-bodied with moderate levels of carbonation. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness. A strong and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it travels down the throat.
NOTE: This beer is a mastery of balance and complexity. The sweetness presided over the taste profile, yet the bourbon, oak, and tree nut flavors were present in just the right quantities to prevent cloying. I would have liked to have had more wheat qualities in this, but given that this was a 50% Wheatwine blend, the subtle amounts that I perceived were as expected.

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