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White Oak | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States | website

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 beersnobraven
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The first thing I should say is this beer is dangerously drinkable. Tastes like it's in the 4-6% ABV range, not anywhere close to the 11.5 that it really is. Having said that, it looks beautiful, tastes great (like a traditional wheat ale but with added sweetness from the bourbon and vanilla added), and has a great fluffy mouthfeel. My only (slight) complaint about this beer is the smell. It still smells pretty awesome, but I do detect a bit of a macro-lagery wet cardboard aroma. But that's only nitpicking. Everything else, from the taste to the buzz from the 11.5% ABV, was phenomenal. Another great offering from The Bruery.

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Photo of Domvan
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This blend was a nice twist to a wheat wine, a very sneaky and smooth beer. The sweetness of the wheat wine went well with the belgian golden strong ale, haven't had white oak sap, but have had Mischief and can definitely see that end, but curious to try white oak sap alone.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very very very unique brew... Can definitely Smell and taste the bourbon but it's accompanied by a great mix of fruit and caramel. Overall a very good beer... If suggest trying it just for the sake of you're not going to find a taste quite like this out of any beer

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Photo of matt_duthie
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Edition. Pours a 2-finger white fluffy head, crystal clear golden-hue with very lively streams of carbonation. Pretty. Smells tart, of apples or pears at first; then the bourbon, light vanilla, and sugary caramel start to come through. Bourbon is not overpowering, very good, with the bottle-suggested flavors of vanilla and coconut making a presence. Sweet caramel, but with enough of the tart fruits and wheat to really balance it out well. Man is this sticking to the glass as the level slowly goes down. Medium mouthfeel, but very smooth and almost no heat for the abv. Really a very good beer. Will be enjoying this one for a another hour (or two), and I'll surely not grow sick of it.

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Photo of vince321
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours unfiltered with a slightly foamy head. Alcohol shows at the front, barrel on the finish. White wine throughout. Refreshing for a high abv beer. I would order again.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle aged for about two years.

Appearance: apricot color, cloudy, big foamy head.
Aroma: The aroma is prominent, but I'm not good at picking out all the components. But it's got a bigger nose than most beers.
Taste: Vanilla, a bit of bourbon (in moderation), mild sweetness (caramel), a little yeasty, some fruit (apple? pear?). In short it's a complex mixture of good flavors, all in harmony.
Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, ABV is well hidden.

Overall: This is really an unusual beer, in all the best ways. It's not quite like anything else. I could almost call this a bourbon aged tripel, but that's not quite right either. It's a very interesting beer. I'll be looking for a couple more bottles to age for another year or two.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, coconut, vanilla, alcohol on the nose. Pours hazy orangeamber under a 2" moussey pure snow white head that produces excellent lace. Wonderful rich malt on the palate joined by caramel, fruit, banana, vanilla, coconut - the vanilla coconut banana thing is extreme and nicely done. Very nice texture and body, medium to medium full with fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of orangebison
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Broke out a 2013 bottle for an epic bottleshare Friday evening. A confoundingly pleasant surprise! Light on the palate yet very complex, lots of bourbon aroma without overwhelming other elements, smooth despite its strength. This was one of the first BBA beers I tried (~6 years ago) and I didn't like it very much. Age, as well as change in my own palate, have served this one well.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Frothy bright white head it poured a pretty apricot body. The nose is deceptive for what this is. I catch a lot of Apple, like applesauce, some pear, and notes of a sour. It's a tad minerally, some balsamic character with a light pear and coconut.

This drinks with a mellow bourbon tone, coconut cream pie, light citrus fruit, lemon sour, caramel malt, toffee and a subtle wheat malt. Not much heat for 11.5% and it's a bit spritzy. Very good one here, but that's what I expect from Bruery.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first Bruery beer. 2013 vintage. One of the top five beers that I have had in the last calendar year. I have some difficulty ascribing the flavors; mild vanilla darkened a bit by light bourbon in the background, apples(?), mild sweetness yet a very mild tartness, a little caramel maybe? This is a very, very good beer. A sipper to be enjoyed slowly with a good friend.

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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 edition, at nearly 2 years old. From the bottle into a tulip, served slightly chilled. Poured a clear bright golden colour with a good initial head and really good retention and lace. Lots of visible carbonation a very attractive appearance.

S - some sweet notes of caramel toffee and honey sugar, vanilla bean, some coconut as well as per the bottle notes, also pear and a bright lemony floral character, some creaminess to it along with a lactic tartness. Sugary wheat notes, candied, with a hit of lemon curd as well and vanilla.

T - caramel, with a coconut and lemon character, definite vanilla notes and a full bodied sweet alcohol to it, very sweet/candied. Some of the bourbon character comes through, there is some oakiness and the vanilla, also a pleasing lemony tartness that acts as a good balance. Nearly maple syrupy at the beginning before getting more floral and fruity with pears and honeycomb, with some lingering coconut and toffee character on the finish. The bourbon barrel comes out a bit more noticeably on the finish, it is masked during most of the taste, but adds a nice dimension.

M - quite big and very sweet, moderate carbonation, alcohol strength is apparent, but masked by the sweetness and the fruity tartness. It drinks appetizingly well, but you are very cognizant of the coating sugary feel to it. And that is my main critique.

As described, a rich and interesting beer. I'm not sure how I'll get through this bottle though, a lot of complexity and depth but I find the sweetness and alcohol on the high side. Not to say it isnt a very tasty and inspired beer, which it is, a lot of interesting things going on, but I think they are lessened by the strength and sweetness of this. Nevertheless, age has been good to this and it showed a good performance all around, a good balance struck between the two ales.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(2013 edition - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: ultra-thick cloudy as hell, kind of skin-tone yellow-orange in color... tiny tuft of semi-compact white foam... the suds stick a touch but the head breaks down out from intoxication

S: the characteristic vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrels leads in aroma... touch of the charred wood... ash, pink grapefruit flesh, hint of lemon zest, and vanilla creme... nothing forwardly boozy... not a penetrating scent in total

T: a lot of bright, spicy attack of citrus and the aforementioned vanilla/oak combo... light touch of caramel and animal cracker under and back a bit... slight green leafy element threading through... barrel flourishes accentuate the fruity tone of the alcohol flushing through the finish

F: somewhat sharp and dry with a nice blast of heat in the finish, which carries on then eventually fades... could be the barrel and golden ale blend factoring, but I was expecting a thicker mouthfeel... it has a core of delicate slickness in its bones, but its underweight

O: for some reason, I wasn't anticipating a light-colored beer here... mild shock but a pleasant surprise, as it certainly played into the interpretation of flavors... while it packs a decent punch, alcohol wise, it doesn't come across as heavy or filling... I feel they've made a fine wheat-ish beer here

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Photo of TruePerception
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Bruery's White Oak (2013), 50% golden strong ale, 50% ale aged in Bourbon barrels. 11.5% ABV.

A: More than two fingers of fluffy white head. Light peach skin in color. Almost completely opaque. Very tiny bubbles can be seen rising in the dimple, which is an off-white color. Decent lacing. Very light sheeting.

S: Softer caramel aroma, akin to caramel chews minus the added sugar. Lightly toasted wheat. Slight toasted coconut. Slight citrusy note. Just a touch of Bourbon-y caramels. The nose is very light, but quite nice.

T/MF: Bourbon is much more apparent in the mouth! More of the soft caramels, ending in a soft Bourbon burn, and some light spice notes. The spices settle into a softer, slightly charred toffee. There is a bright, and slightly sweet acidity towards the finish that is hard to identify. Caramels give off a more honeycrisp taste as the beer warms.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of safaricook
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

A wonderful, quite special brew. Coconut, vanilla, Oak barrel wheat body. Quite shy on showing its high ABV. Very complex. Dangerously drinkable. The bruery at its best!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottle 2013 vintage at 50 degrees into large snifter
Aroma of fresh bread
Head large (5 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer.
Lacing poor, some medium islands which eventually slide back into the ring
Body medium yellow, cloudy (Oops – I got the sediment, mea culpa)
Flavor of vanillin from the oak, a little bready, a little tart with a light hop bitter finish; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25. Final weighted score: 4.35
This is an interesting beer style. The breadiness in both the aroma and flavor is new to me as a desirable characteristic but works well in this beer. The alcohol is very well hidden but slowly sneaks up. This is the first time I’ve tried it but it won’t be the last.

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Photo of dyoung1843
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kinda a slightly wet dry taste with a light flavor of bourbon. Initially very large head had to pour immediately.

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Beer tasted pretty good will likely not get it very often though.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden apricot orange color. Some decent white froth and lacing.

(S)- An interesting smell of toast and apricot jam meets honey and oaky booze. Bits of orange citrus and wheat in the background.

(T)- Plenty of orange/apricot citrus meets wheat and biscuit. A splash of honey and oaky booze at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Not overly sweet but a serious punch of citrus for a wheatwine. The heat is a bit forward too, but not off-putting.

(O)- An interesting wheatwine that is quite potent in the citrus realm.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden hued with vibrant carbonation and brilliant clarity. The head is easily an inch thick of tightly woven and off white in color. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of oak and pale wheat when combined almost give off a dry cider like note. The flavor is an intense blend of oak and pale wheat,which, like the aroma,almost give a dry cider like flavor. There's a residual sweetness that lingers that I find a bit cloying. I believe the bourbon notes and the oak are clashing with the pale wheat. The palate is highly carbonated and slightly warm from the alcohol.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a rather striking beer. Vibrant gold with a contrasting snow white frothy head.

Deep vanilla and oak aroma. Light banana, grassy undertone.

It's one if my favorite bruery wooded beers because the wood adds depth without overwhelming it. The vanilla and oak smooth it out. Sweet without being sugary. Banana and wheat.

Heavy mouthfeel, slightly hot. Moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one and it drank much lighter than I expected.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice and clear brassy hue with very white head that fades away to a thin lace quite quickly. Vinous like nose, notes of white wine, oak, apple and vanilla, soft sweet bourbon notes, touch of alcohol and caramel

Quite a gorgeous beer. Incredibly complex with lots of prickly carbonation despite the strength. Tart ripe apples and stone fruit covered in a light caramel glaze. Soft notes of oak and vanilla with just the right touch of bourbon. A delicate beer like this would be so easily overpowered but sweet bourbony notes come through just a bit on the back end and compliment some of the more savory and richer notes while letting some of the brighter fruit notes still shine. Complex, surprisingly lighter in body than expected. The wheat really creates an incredibly drinkable beer out of such a big one. Alcohol heat is noticeable on the back.end but provides balance to the intense flavors and drys out the finish. Finishes lingers long and is almost tannic in that it scrubs the gums. Very nice, and well worth the bottle cost.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange, just a touch of haze, with a MASSIVE champagne-like yet foamy sand-colored head, ample bubbles. Full-coated lacing in areas, only spots in others.

S: Crisp apples, smoke, warm caramel, wood and warm bourbon.

T: Apples again, but muddled by strong overtones of oak and whiskey, especially on the finish. Yet apples again with the burps. At first the wood was harsh and overdone for me, especially after that light, fruity smell, but over sips it turns into warm caramel, with just hints of potent whiskey and alcohol in the background. Pretty neat, but can't quite make the transition to being perfectly enjoyable- I imagine even seasoned whiskey drinkers' systems aren't entirely copacetic with the taste of alcohol.

M: Light bodied, plenty of carbonation. Fits the nose very well- like a cider.

O: Full of character for sure, but it takes a while to get accustomed to it. Great clean apples supported by warm caramel malt tease the olfactory senses with a refreshing, crisp brew to come, but it turned into a heavily oak-dominated and deceivingly biting flavor. I ended up enjoying it overall, but after the first few sips I was reconsidering my choice. Get ready for an adventure with this one.

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Photo of Lukass
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this beer for my 1,000th, so figured I'd better review this one. Poured into a snifter, and started drinking this a little colder than they had suggested, so let sit for a little bit. Huge frothy white head started off on the pour, then dissipated to a thin white, uneven, dense film after just a few minutes.

After warming up a bit, this had the smell of a weizenbock, with some banana presence. Strong malt, caramel and wheat undertones as well.

Taste was similar to the nose – had a strong weizenbock/wheat flavor up front, and then the caramel, coconut, vanilla, and bourbon notes came in after the initial swallow. Heat from the 11.5 abv was pretty pronounced after the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was a little more carbonated than I had expected, but overall was a tasty beer, and would love to try more from this place. I expect great things from a brewery that call themselves 'The Bruery'. They live up to the name!

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A short-lived, almost immediately dissipating bubbly head forms one or two layers. White Oak is an old brass amber (SRM 6-7) with a slight haze. No lacing on the glass.

The Offero glass helps to bring out fruit aromas of white wine that are quite strong. Vanilla with oak tannins are mixed with spices. The oak aromas become more pronounced with warmth.

Sweetness is offset by light acidity. White wine flavors are strong with lots of oak. The subtle, dry finish adds an odd coconut flavor.

A medium body with light carbonation and light alcohol. It is difficult to accept this is an 11.5% ABV. It is very dry.

While enjoyable it would be better served with a strong cheese. It is remarkably similar to carbonated white wine, if there were such a thing.

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Photo of tviz33
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle, served in a snifter.

A- Pours a murky yellow-orange body with a short white head that settles to a thin cap pretty quickly.

S- Very much like a sweet white wine. Spicy yeast and berries for sure. Slightly oakey, but not what I was expecting. The oak and bourbon/ alcohol come through as it warms.

T- Just like the bottle says, "crisp yet robust." Less wine-like than the nose would have you believe. Slightly boozy, but it contributes positively overall. Flavors are very oakey and there's a lot of dark fruit flavor as well. Pretty solid.

M- Full and well-carbonated. Creamy and warm.

O- Nothing to seek out, but certainly worth a try if you can find it. I think the fullness of the feel is the best part.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Very light with a nice little head; minimal lacing; looked a lot like a mimosa.
S Light fruit--it smelled very much like a dry chardonnay with a slight wheaty, yeasty nose
T Tastes much like the smell--it reminded me more of a chardonnay than a beer
M Bubbly and light--airy--again, less like beer than chardonnay
O Not bad, but I more than likely would not go out of my way to buy this again

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White Oak from The Bruery
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