White Oak | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,318
Reviews:
305
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
331
For Trade:
26
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger frothy head on a murky golden with amber hues body. nice retention and lacing.

S: popcorn butter, tropical fruits (mostly tangerine and pineapple), cream and grains. just right sweetness. bourbon and oak are mild players.

T: this one opens almost like a belgian beer with herbal, fruity and yeast notes moving to oak, bourbon, spice and apple. The alcohol is certainly well hidden for the ABV.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation, very crisp

Overall: surprisingly drinkable for the ABV which is very well hidden. The degree of carbonation probably helps.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with an off-white head that fades to oily wisps on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is very grainy and fruity with some woody aromas. Taste is of grain, fruits, wood, and subtle bourbon flavors. There is a slight tartness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the barrel aging is very subtle and comes out more in the aftertaste.

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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew in a growler, a day old from the tap, takes on different characteristics than straight from the tap at the Bruery.

Still pours dark honey orange with thick white head; white wine nose with reduced lemon/citrus character and much more of a bourbon/alcohol character. There is also a stronger "sweet" nose that is the very noticeable alcohol.

Heavy and bold mouthfeel and body, seemingly heavier than when tasted right from the tap. Full sweet malt and bourbon flavors. A "malt bomb" but the whiskey flavors and character is very assertive and the most noticeable character from the growler pour. Again, this one is not for you if you don't like big, rich and assertive whiskey.

The whiskey character is off-set, if not balanced, by huge oak and cooked carmel which is also the case from the growler pour.

Repeat, the only downside is that the alcohol is very noticeable in all respects, nose and mouth. Some of the sweetness is the alcohol which is not the "sweetness" one really desires. Still, nice to try.

One of the few really big brews that I've tried where the tap pour and the growler pour have been noticeably different. Still, both very nice and well worth the try. A great effort and one that I would consider extreme in bold flavors; to my liking.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely the best wheatwine ive ever had. this is so complex and different. it pours a pale yellow almost white color, with a playful head a couple inches tall and bone white. the nose is a little heavy on the bourbon, but theres a lot of funky yeast, new fresh oak, and hefty wheat malts. oh yeah, and plenty of booze. the flavor is great, wildly complex. starchy oak notes first, sappy but not sweet, like a freshly milled tree, not some old decaying barrel. the what malt is strong for its color, really robust biscuity notes, and some vanilla from the bourbon in the finish. the booze doesnt taste as strong is it smells, but boy can you feel it. one bottle of this is goodnight. mouthfeel is great. vibrant carbonation and a little acidity in the mouth. almost has the feel of a sour, but it isnt. the body is medium, lighter than other wheatwines ive had. its scary drinkable, and easy to do because theres so much going on. one of the better beers ive had this month.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking cloudy yellow color with a nice looking white head on top. The head settles and just leaves a thin white ring around the glass. The smell of the beer is boozy and sweet, lots of grainy aromas in there too. The taste of the beer is sweet and had a nice amount of wheat flavors upfront, it fades into a slight bitterness that finishes with a subtle sweetness from the barrel aging. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it's got a low carbonation to it. It's not overly heavy for the ABV. Overall I thought this was a really good brew. I'd like to try it again sometime.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a little more complex and has flavors of bourbon and coconut.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer is an interesting mix of beers (half wheatwhine aged in bourbon barrels and half Mischief)

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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2013 edition. Another Bruery product available freely (well, not that kind of free) on Alberta store shelves. I actually have been to Placentia, and worked right across the street from the brewery, back when I was unaware of its existence. Sigh.

This beer pours a very hazy medium golden yellow hue, with a rising tower of rather puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a rather strange swath of thick, swoopy, caked lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of sharp wooden barrel staves, the kind well soaked in nutty, corny, and spicy whisky, airborne white pepper, dry vanilla beans, an apple and pear fruitiness, a bit of earthy honey, and thin wheaty malt. The taste is very bourbon-like, leaning towards the sweet corny side, with a lesser, but still present rye component, with the caramel and vanilla notes fairly restrained, the wood big like the titular tree, some middling black pepper wisps and subtle drupe fruit esters, and a grainy wheatiness making surprising strides among it all. The alcohol is pretty well integrated - well, at least obfuscated by all that whisky fuss.

The carbonation is soft, yet a bit gaily frothy at times, the body a solid medium weight, especially for a wheat ale, and doubly so after the barrel treatment, and actually quite smooth, with a strong case made for creaminess. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the woody graininess doing well to cut through the various caramel, vanilla, and orchard fruit essences, not to mention that slowly burgeoning alcohol warmth.

Like the best in the admittedly limited examples of this style that I've tried, White Oak possesses a heady wheat heft, aided and abetted by the elevated, and integrated ABV, an attendant fruitiness, and here, some overarching whisky barrel indoctrination. That's a good thing - oakey dokey, indeed!

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2.46/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; I'm usually very underwhelmed by beers from this brewery - with the exception of Black Tuesday, which I was quite fond of. I hope this isn't overpriced mediocrity like many of The Bruery's other beers.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of slight soft cream, decent thickness, and very impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a murky hazy dark yellow. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. It looks rather nice; I'm excited to try it. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral, with clean wheat presence, cream, very light vague coconut, and tropical fruit esters. Pleasant, clean, and generally inviting - though not unique or special. A mild strength aroma.

T: Wheat is definitely the base, with strange bourbon and wood notes. Some light floral fruit notes are backgrounded. Coconut is distinct and recognizable, but I don't know that it's a good addition to the flavour profile. No alcohol comes through - quite a feat. The balance is off. Lacks a clear focus or emphasis, as though the brewers combined a bunch of difficult processes without any real regard for the balance of the end product. The wheat is nice and well executed, but the coconut mixed with the bourbon really bothers me. Complex but not at all subtle. Far too sweet. I get some vanilla, but it's not like it is in dark beers; here vanilla is troublesome.

Their own description on the label hints at the problem; "esque" and "ish" and "like" are used, but there are no solid firm flavours. It's a hodge podge of would-be notes, and the result is less appealing than the label makes it sound. Vaguely evocative of malibu coconut rum mixed with poor bourbon.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and somewhat creamy. Too thin. Adequately carbonated. Complements the flavour generally.

Dr: To its credit, the ABV is well hidden. That's probably the best element of this beer. It's difficult to drink; coconut is quickly overwhelming and far too sweet - especially over the course of repeated sips. Far too expensive for its quality (a staple of The Bruery). Another disappointment from The Bruery. I may never know why people like their beers so much. I wouldn't get this again, and I'd caution friends from trying it as well. Wasn't there supposed to be oak in the taste?

See Koko Brown from Kona Brewing for a far better (and motivated) use of coconut in the brewing process.

D+

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma is pretty boozy with distinct notes of bourbon and some sweet caramel malt notes. Taste is a pretty complex mix of light fruity ester with some dominant bourbon notes with some woody notes and light bubblegum notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation and the alcohol is quite apparent. Interesting exercise with good idea of blending different beers but a bit too strong on the bourbon at the end of the day.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Shane.

Golden and hazy, but not entirely opaque. A rocky three finger head rises from a hard pour, settling quickly to a thick ring.

Smells of white pepper, honey, melon and vanilla. I don't pick up any bourbon barrel. This essentially smells like a Belgian golden ale, perhaps with a touch more sweetness.

The taste opens with apricot and melon-like sweetness, honey, pepper and clove. Carbonation is very high, reminiscent of beers like Duvel. Again, I don't pick up much bourbon barrel character. The finish is semi-dry, woody, peppery. This is pretty good, but I don't think it's the most harmonious blend. A barrel-aged wheatwine sounds great on its own, but it seems like it lost some complexity and body in the blend. Taken as a Belgian golden ale, this beer is too sweet and heavy. These beers were probably best left separate.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/8/2013. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, banana, apricot, pear, pepper, clove, toffee, coconut, oak, bourbon, wheat, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big pineapple, apricot, pear, banana, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, bourbon, wheat, vanilla, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, light fruit, banana, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, wheat, candi sugar, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel flavors; with a nice moderate barrel presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Moderate alcohol warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice blended wheat wine style. All around nice balance and complexity of yeast, malt, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV despite the moderate warming on the finish. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades to a thin layer. Leaves splattered lace. Color is a hazed sunset orange.

Aroma: Tons of coconuts and vanilla. Very sweet. Oak flavors with some fruit.

Taste: Big oak flavors and vanilla. Coconut is present with a slight amount of bourbon (more wood than bourbon flavors though). Very solid beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Ends boozy and dry.

Overall, a decent beer. It is very interesting for the style. It is drinkable, but going down slower than some. I like it.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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