White Oak | The Bruery

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1,318 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 1,318 |  Reviews: 305
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden body, hints of orange, with decent head and lace. A funky, earthy aroma hits me and there's also some minor oakiness and sweetness as well. The oak helps keeps things balanced and smooth, as there is something akin to yeast that keeps the beer fluffy and lively and then some sour/tart citric flavors and then a finish of vanilla sweetness. The ABV is rather well hidden as the booziness and medicinal/barrel taste that some barrel aged beers have is vaguely there on backend as beer warms. A beer that is out there as it touches on but doesn't excel at one particular taste sensation but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, a slightly hazy golden color with a surprisingly thick, creamy head that retained well and left some soapy lacing on the glass. Looked pretty nice. Aroma of toasted wheat and sweet malts, candi sugar, notes of stone fruit and coconut. This was pretty indicative of the taste, wheat and pale malts, fruity, peachy flavors, on the sweeter side, with a pretty big hit of fusel alcohol, no real bourbon or barrel notes, but a definite coconut sensation came through. Body was medium, mouthfeel was pretty thin, quite unexpectedly, but I guess it would have been less drinkable if it were a chewy full-blown malt bomb. Alcohol was present for sure, but actually it wasn't too hot. Not bad overall, but not great. I was glad to have it on tap instead of committing to a bomber.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is VERY nice looking - it's two fingers high, white shaded, and beautifully creamy. I think it retains well for 11.5%, and the lacing it leaves behind is pretty but inconsistent. This one looks good in a glass.

S: I get both the BSPA portion and the BA wheatwine portion, with the former coming through more vividly. Apple and pear esters tend to dominate, while its barrel characteristics (oak, vanilla, even coconut!) slowly build up as this opens up. If there's a problem, it's that there seems to be a disconnect between the fruit esters and the barrel notes - as if they're not coexisting in perfect harmony with each other. Individually, though, these two tones are actually quite satisfying.

T: Apple and pear esters are at the forefront of the flavor profile, and incidentally, that's the best part of this beer. After that, it goes right into 'clusterfuck city'. I'm getting wisps of a lot of notes (oak barrel, vanilla, booze, marshmallow, coconut, tomato, tart cherries, wheat), all popping up at various stages in the flavor profile. I will give it this - it's complex. Wait, no, it isn't complex. It's complicated. Complex beers have a semblance of harmony and balance, this is just a hilarious jumble of flavors. A sweet, boozy hilarious jumble of flavors, with a finish that's cloying to the point of annoyance.

M: Because all the notes sort of get jammed together in a doorway, it doesn't really inspire the palate to find them out - and that means you don't care to find the notes, therefore you just want to drink this. Insomuch as the drinkability goes, it's actually quite good. It's pretty light on the palate, and in spite of all the booze and sugar, goes down relatively easily...that is, until the sweetness overwhelms the palate. Which it will.

O: I declare this the Three Stooges of beerdom. All the flavors do is get jammed in a doorway, with the sugary sweetness poking the fruit esters in the eyes and bonking the oak barrel in the head. There's no way I could finish a whole 750 solo, which is why I split it with a couple friends. Don't need to ever have this one again...I really hope the bottle of Bois I'm sitting on isn't like this.

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