White Oak | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Wheatwine

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.

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

2016 edition, at 12.5% ABV. Looks, tastes and feels like an amped-up Weihenstephaner Vitus, albeit at a much higher price. It is only in the smell that we get the barrel notes. A very carbonated, and sugary beer; almost refreshing except for the ABV. First time trying a wheat wine. Worth a try, but unlikely to repeat.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber from a 750 ml bottle. More bright and an orange hue in the ligtht. Initial pour offers a half inch of whitish foam which lingers moderately.

Aroma is dominated by some barrel notes at first, with bourbon up front and some notable oak in the mix. Wheat more evident with warming. Taste is slightly sweet and pleasantly viscous with wheat and oak running the show. Barrel notes return on the finish and accompany a rather soft and lightly carbonated finish. Feel is well attenuated for a wheatwhine but not unexpected given the ABV and barrel factors involved.

Overall, not quite what I expected but to have expectations for a Bruery brew is paramount to suicide. This one is well done and well presented.

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Photo of Almac
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.

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Photo of Radome
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head is weak to nonexistent, slightly hazy golden color. Delicious aromas of wheat, heavy oak and boozy alcohol. Flavors follow the aromas, but it is smooth and more drinkable than expected. Moderate, smooth carbonation. Medium to high hops bitterness and strong alcohol presence that is still drinkable. Delicious!

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

Pour from the bottle. A lot going on in the aroma and taste of this beer. Oaky, estery, with a balance of sweet cooked Flavors melded nicely with a vanilla bourbon character that is a little more than subtle but not at all overpowering. Nice finish and very well executed blended beer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light orange color. Big, creamy head on the initial pour. Beautiful, creamy lacing. Aroma of fresh honey and wheat bread. Tastes like a semi sweet white wine with dense wheat tones. Subtle wood and bourbon. Spicy floral hop. Excellent balance. Full body. Sticky finish. Descent carbonation. Awesome brew.

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Photo of Dean_Tadlock
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to enjoy it on draft

Deep gold in color.
Smells heavily of sweet barley and bourbon.
Taste is very rich with strong notes of vanilla caramel and bourbon barrel. Subtle notes of coconut. You can definitely tell it's a 12%.
Mouthfeel is warming and body is full.
Defiantly recommended for those who enjoy a strong ale or bourbon barrel aged beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750-ml. bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: 8-oz. (I think) hotel shaker glass
From: Kelly’s Liquors in San Jose, Calif.
Price: $14.85
Purchased: April 14, 2016
Consumed: April 15, 2016
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 21, 2016 at 8:52 a.m. PT

Had a taster of this on Feb. 12, 2016 and gave it a 3.75 on Untappd. Did not stop me from buying this at a random liquor store in San Jose, Calif. Bottled reads “50% wheatwine-style ale aged in bourbon barrels 50% ale.” Looking forward to a patient full review of this while stuck in a hotel. Poured this a bit too cold.

Poured a honey, pale, clear color with two fingers of off-white, fizzy head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled caramel, vanilla and smooth bourbon in order to start. Also honey, toffee, somewhat boozy, coconut sunscreen, apple, pear, green grapes, hints of apricot and oak. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste kind of followed the nose. Getting smooth vanilla, bourbon, apple, pear, green grapes, honey wheat, coconut, rather boozy, still getting slight apricot and oaky vanilla beans. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Was hoping this would be better than the taster from February, but came about what to I originally had it. Still liked it though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.82 | 86 | B+

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Photo of zonker17
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour to snifter. No head to speak of, some lacing, hazy amber. Barnyard, lemon on the nose. Bourbon and wood come through on the taste with some tartness, more citrus, and so e bitter. Rather flat and medium body.

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

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 1.21.16)
Consumed: 4.9.16

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, orange-gold with a one-inch, very light tan head. Good retention a little lace left in the glass.

S: 4.25 Very interesting aroms. Lots of sweet wheat, vanilla, rye-like spice, Riesling grapes, oak, and very mild roast. The bourbon is mild, seeming to add to the sweetness and some of the spice, but the wheat really takes over.

T: 4.25 Pretty similar to the nose with balanced sweetness, vanilla, and more bourbon and oak. The spice is dialed up here as well, balancing out some of the sweeter wheat and interesting white wine qualities. Berries linger on the finish.

M: 4.5 Body and carbonation are both nice. There’s something very light and easy-drinking about this beer that’s really nice.

O: 4.25 This is are really interesting beer with some nice flavors and aromas. The combination of white wine flavors and an almost rye spiciness seems strange, but it’s well integrated.

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