White Oak | The Bruery

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White OakWhite Oak

Brewed by:
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.

Added by OlieIPA on 07-12-2009

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Ratings: 1,318 |  Reviews: 305
Photo of jmg480
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason1221
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Watersox
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of mjwellman
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mavors
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rhyzy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of That_Turtle
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Caseyk1088
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 jeschaefer
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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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White Oak from The Bruery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,318 ratings.
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