White Oak | The Bruery

White OakWhite Oak
BA SCORE
77.1%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 1,321 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
Ranking:
#6,648
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
1,321
Liked:
1,019
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
11.79%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
329
Trade:
26
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,321 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of kyle86
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ludachris
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've read a lot about the Bruery but I've never had a sip of any of their beers, mostly due to living in Ontario. Thank you again Premier Gourmet in Buffalo and Premier Wines and Spirits in Halifax!

A loud hiss from prying off the crown is instantly followed by beer quickly making its way up the neck and almost out of the bottle. Its big, thick, foamy white head is generated by a gentle pour. I'm surprised at how well it retains itself and how the lace coats all sides of the glass. The carbonation is very active, looking almost like champagne. The body is a hazy golden amber hue. This looks like a bubba of a Belgian.

I'm getting more of the Belgian characteristics of their Mischief than the bourbon aged quality of its other half. Quite spritzy with lemon peel and a touch of tartness, maybe vinegar. Banana comes through as well but it isn't as sweet as the pear drop it's mixed with. The bourbon quality is infused into the center of this beer. It's sweet and syrupy but soft and unobtrusive, much unlike other bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. If it were more pronounced however, I think it would have clashed with the delicate Belgian characters that are so prominent in the nose. The barrels themselves imbue a pleasant coconut and caramel sweetness.

A big and sweet boozy kick to the back of the palate starts things off. It intensifies the fruity esters of banana and pear that are part of the first impression. The sweet bourbon qualities come in slowly and gradually become more pronounced. Vanilla, and coconut, and caramel all swirl along the middle of the tongue. These qualities, similar to the aroma, are soft and silky. They're integrated into the rest of the beer rather than shouting out over the rest. A bit of lemon peel in the finish comes with the last tingle of carbonation.

The body is full with the majority of its weight coming from the booziness that is present throughout. It is so effervescent however, with its tingly and lively carbonation, that it doesn't make it a task to take sips of this massive beer.

It's still hard to justify its $30 price tag but I'm glad I can come out of this saying I thoroughly enjoyed my first beer from the Bruery. On paper, an 11.5% ABV wheatwine with half of it aged in bourbon barrels sounds like a defeating task to drink. Boozy with the sweetness from all of the malt needed to establish its alcohol content only added on to by the bourbon barrels. But that isn't the case. The high level of carbonation and Belgian forward characteristics help to make this not only enjoyable but drinkable as well. They did a fantastic job at making a potentially intense, very pronounced, boozy mother of a beer into one that is well rounded, soft, and delicate and I commend them for that. Sour in the Rye is next and I can't wait!

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Photo of mquartuccio87
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of 1FatJ
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Omnium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

last guy's description of 'soapy head' is perfect. light and fluffy, settles a bit on top of a hazy golden, carbonated nectar.
smell is kind of sweet and rich. kind of that rich Belgian smell.
strong twang-y taste. kind of Belgian rich and sweet, demonstrates the mix of their mischief as advertised. some hint of maybe barreling. not getting the caramel, vanilla or coconut as advertised, but some burnt sugar, fruit and white wine.
overall, I've had better from the bruery. but I suppose they cant ALL be awesome.... I suppose it serves a purpose, and it is a different blend of style. still very drinkable, refreshing to a degree and high abv. mixed with a couple o' painkillers after surgery, i'm inclined to rate this one higher than deserved.... maybe....

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Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Matt_Ortiz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dirty orange color, slightly reddish. One inch head, not much lacing.

Smells like bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel, and boooze.

Pretty boozy taste. Lots of bourbon here, very spirit forward. Luckily, the other nice flavors- vanilla, coconut, caramel and oak- do everything they can to play the booze off. They almost play it all off, but it's still quite boozy, and necessitates slow sipping. Sweet almost to the point of cloying.

Less than drinkable. Fully and lively carbonation, creamy, pretty crisp.

Would be better with some age on it, I think. The present alcohol just gives the beer a boozy spiciness that's hard to get past. The other flavors are great, though, and would probably shine after a few years of rest.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip

Pours a slightly hazy amber- orangish with a huge soapy off-white head that fades very slowly. Smell is citrusy, oak and Belgian yeast. Taste has a touch of tartness, some citrus and carmel. A little boozy but not overpowering, with just a hint of the barrel. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation and a little dry. Overall it is good, if you like wheat wines it's worth a try.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold and hazy beer; into a tulip I was able to produce ivory foam a coupla fingers high; left laces down the glass as it slid by

S: wheat and fruit, oaky wood notes; sweet and citrusy

T: wheaty base malt is apparent, offering some suggestions of wheat beer tartness, fruits, and spices; meanwhile, caramel sugars and honey notes sweeten the pot; crisp, tart, bright, and fresh - owing to the yeasts presumably, among other things. Reminiscent of Belgian ales, with spice and sweetness, but also elegance.

M: fizzy, fuzzy, soft, tingly; medium-full feeling - tart moments and a nice close, just short of dry, almost clean...

O: the label speaks the truth! The bourbon is applied with subtlety, giving airs of wood and whiskey to the mix; lots of fruits for fans: tropical and orchard; citrus comes through, assisted by the hops (?), and the wheat provides some characteristic flavors and smells; this came across like a wheat tripel, bourbon barrel aged. Can't imagine not enjoying this.

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Photo of MatthewPlus
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Focusf111
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of KimenTshom
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy caramel colour, with a large white head. Fades slowly, leaves some lace.

Nose contains oak, bourbon, banana. Spices, caramel. Light fruits.

Taste is pretty good. Orange, banana, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Some spices, clove seems to be there. Caramel. Booze is noticeable, but pretty well hidden considering how strong thebeer is. Tastes like a big, heavy hefeweizen in bourbon barrels.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Heavy.

Overall, quite good, but pretty heavy slogging.

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Photo of BUNZILLA
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

White Oak from The Bruery
Beer rating: 77.1% out of 100 with 1,321 ratings
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