White Oak
The Bruery

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
Ranked #30
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,755
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 11.42%
Reviews:
315
Ratings:
1,346
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The Bruery
 
California, United States
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SCORE
88
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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Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jul 16, 2012
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Almac from California

4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer. The closest to my favorites I enjoyed while living 4 years in Belgium, and the best tasting beer I have had recently in the USA. If you are into overly hopped beers, this is probably not for you. But if you enjoy good tasting slightly sweet beers this is a must try. It definitely has a light coconut taste at the end.

Jun 12, 2016
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xanderbock from Massachusetts

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!

Jul 02, 2017
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light amber. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding complex nose of light bourbon, hints of oak, soft fruit (pear) that is also a bit tart (orange), and a solid background sweetness (biscuit with very subtle caramel). As it warms, grain alcohol notes are present.

Heavy medium body that is quite smooth. Superb carbonation with an effervescent middle and prickly finish.

While similar to the nose, the flavor profile is less bourbon and oak is merely a hint. Sweetness is well balanced. Spicy notes appear in the middle over a rising wheat influence, as does a bit grain alcohol astringency and associated burn. The finish is a slow fade of the middle with alcohol influences gaining strength.

Nov 02, 2015
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ritzkiss from Canada

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml sent my way by the generous fishbowled, had at our mega Bruery tasting.

Pours a cloudy fresh squeezed apple juice color with about 2 plus fingers of foamy head.

Nose is the most superior aspect of this beer, nice and fruity pear, apple, white grapes, touch of graininess, esters, honey. Fresh yet big and sweet.

Body doesn't seem as integrated, bourbon coming through and not really jiving with the rest of it IMO. Honey sweetness, coconut, vanilla, pear and apple, orange, grains, alcohol shows in the finish too much, pretty hot. Heavy carb which seemed slightly overdone.

Not really bad (in fact, still pretty good) but with all the Bruery beer we had this one was kinda "meh" for me, a bit of a mess that perhaps would integrate better with some time.

Apr 12, 2010
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Tricerahops from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Aug 26, 2014
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ambruns1979 from California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Dec 30, 2013
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PumaSaysRawrr from Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -55.6%

Oct 06, 2013
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embass from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Oct 31, 2014
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jun 16, 2013
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dcloeren from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

May 20, 2013
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Cookierachas from California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Jul 29, 2013
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ajtorres311 from Florida

2/5  rDev -49.2%

Jul 15, 2013
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PorkBelly1974

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 22, 2015
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

1.91/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a very dark and hazy burnt orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy two finger white foam head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy aroma with a prominent honey presence as well as a very strong barrel character. Lots of ashy charred wood with a heavy dose of boozy bourbon and some subtle vanilla. Plenty of alcohol sweetness and earthy spice in the nose along with light fruit notes. Smells slightly damp and funky and just a weird combination of scents.

Medium bodied with very tight carbonation up front that is immediately countered by a blast of bourbon and burnt wood that overpower almost everything and lingers throughout into a very hot, burning finish. The barrel character is way too strong in this beer creating an overly hot, boozy, astringent mess. Lots of earthy oak and hot bourbon flavor with a decent bit of vanilla flavor that surprisingly doesn't mellow things out much at all. Underneath all of the heat there is a slightly creamy presence with hints of crisp light fruit and zesty, peppery spice. This beer is not very well balanced and is kind of an abrasive assault on the palate. It doesn't taste very good and is tough to choke down. It improves a bit as it warms but it is still a one dimensional failure.

Feb 23, 2011
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draheim from Washington

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

750mL into a chalice. Pours a crystal clear golden orange w/ a 1-finger white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is sweet malt and candi sugar, bourbon, oak. Smells kind of like a tripel.

Taste is heavy on the bourbon, lots of fruity esters and oak. Apples and pears. Wheat malt takes a back seat to all the stronger flavors. Again, reminds me somewhat of a BSPA or tripel. Lots of fermentable sugars.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, finishes dry. Booze warms the throad.

Overall a solid barrel-aged wheatwine. A little heavy-handed w/ the bourbon though and I still prefer Harvest Dance, and not only because it costs half as much.

Jul 25, 2012
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SkeeterBoganski from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber in to Bruery snifter

A - pours a hazy orange-straw color with active bubbly carbonation; significant white head present that dissipates a bit from a full inch to a half inch after settling; minimal lacing

S - Belgian sugars up front; oak; coconut; vanilla; just a hint of bourbon; some pineapple notes

T - Belgian sugars; bourbon and caramel; vanilla; coconut; wood; wheat

M - this beer is a little overly carbonated...it drinks like a sugary champagne; it's sweet though and pleasant towards the back-end; medium-bodied and hiding that 11.5 really well; really crisp

O - the complexity of the flavors is tasty; the mouthfeel isn't spectacular, at least not up-front; I dig what's going on here with all the flavor, but having recently had WC, this falls short...and I hate to compare the two, but I believe the base beers are the same; despite all that, this is a tasty beer with the Belgian sugars and other flavors coming through nicely.

Jan 10, 2013
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StephRai from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Sep 25, 2014
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CloudStrife from New York

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Edition.

A: Pours a very hazy golden amber with a dense two finger white head. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Tough to see any visible carbonation with the opacity.

S: Light fruitiness and yeastiness come to the forefront. Banana, citrus and pale malts. A good amount of sweetness, from the candied sugar. Can tell there is some booze along with the bourbon notes.

T: Balanced yet strong beer. Can notice the wheatwine, bourbon barrel, belgian yeast and candied sugar. I like the combination they got going on here, it is unique. Alcohol asserts itself on the tail end. Aftertaste lingers with the wheat flavors and bourbon as it warms.

M: Medium to full body with a very creamy mouthfeel. For the flavor of the alcohol there really isnt much of a harshness, perhaps smoothed out by the wheat. Finish is clean considering the sweetness.

Overall my introduction to The Bruery and its a tasty one. Havent had a blend like this and welcome the style with open arms. Wheat really makes this creamy and smooth allowing it to pack a lot of punch.

Oct 07, 2013
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Soxfanmcgee from Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Apr 16, 2012
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Graviz from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Apr 28, 2013
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Ak555667 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Apr 20, 2013
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moundbz from North Dakota

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 01, 2016
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nycwinter from California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Aug 09, 2012
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Wowcoolman from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Mar 17, 2012
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