White Oak | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,621
Reviews:
310
Ratings:
1,335
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
328
Trade:
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Photo of ian_graf
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RacerX5k
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | 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 +2.3%
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 Patches826
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craftaholic
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wheat. Wine. Butter. Creamy.

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Photo of RMW66
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

2012

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Photo of advanracing62
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brew-Ed
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Smell:
Fruity, vanilla, caramel, bourbon

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

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

Overall:
Sweet, boozy, something to relax with.

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Photo of TylerJ
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Vylo
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ShawnL
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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 DavidR_9
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Rilesmiles
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mbw314
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xanderbock
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Bogdawg
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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