White Oak | The Bruery

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1,322 Ratings
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: 1,322 |  Reviews: 306
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 2/7/13

A murky orange liquid with enough clarity to see lots of little bubbles feeding a large three finger off white foam that quickly falls to a pinky's width leaving lots of random lace

S quite sweet and boozy, pear, apple juice, apricot, vanilla, not a massive barrel presence but I do get some bourbon and strangely enough some white vinous notes, Belgian yeast wasn't expected and I'm getting some wheaty dry cereal that's not as surprising

T candied pineapple and even more booze and vanilla then the nose, seems just a little rough though with some citric hops shinning through here and there, a little wood that wasn't really there on the nose, some maple syrup and brown sugar as it warms

M leaning towards full, enough bubbles to give it some life, slight tannins and still a little hot, maple cereal lingers on the finish

O something different and not at all what I was expecting, would benefit from some age as shes still a little hot, interesting take on a wheat-wine

one of those beers that I liked but doubt I'll be dropping the cash to age a bottle or two even though I think it would improve drastically. I'm stoked to get The Bruery here in Alberta but so far I'm overspending.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Good Life - Massapequa NY

A - Hazy orange pour with a white foam head. The small bubbles indicate it has some solid carbonation. Lacing is minimal.

S - Scents of maple and vanilla hit the nose and smell very much like a fresh box of Kashi cereal. There is a lingering boozy scent that became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

T - Interesting flavor of vanilla, candy sugar, and maple. Has a tangy flavor that I felt was more of an off-note than something that added to the beer. The complexity is impressive and overall a nice wheatwine.

M - Incredibly sessionable for the style; the ABV was masked well. Carbonation could be toned down a little. Started to have a slight seltzer vibe. Feels heavy.

O - Good example of a style that's not typical for me nor one I've had a bunch of. I like the complexity and ease of drinking this.

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3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up quite a bit of head which has some retention. The head is mostly cotton white with small hints of yellow. The body is a very hazy grapefruit/deep golden straw which glows a dull orange when held up to the light. Some lacing. Some sheeting around the edge of the beer.

Nose- This perhaps hasn't opened up enough- the aroma is rather subtle. I get some alcohol (no surprise at 11.5%), some weak citrus, a bit of grain, some fruity esters, and notes of oak. The bottle shows some honey and vanilla. After I swirl it a bunch of times, I get some nice mellow coconut. This beer definitely is showing some promise. Some peach as well.

Taste- Lots of zip from the carbonation to start off with. Weak notes of citrus (mostly orange, some orange peel), then a sweetness that shows oak and bourbon. A whole ton of bourbon mixing with orange. Lots of booze on this one. This could probably use some age- this will certainly inform my decision on cellaring Bois. Very complex but not integrated well at the moment. Some notes of solvent right now. Vinous notes- lots of white grape. Some musty barnyard characteristics (straw, basic funkiness). The bourbon, vanilla, and oak do not appear until the finish. Hints of fermented peach underneath the orange peel gives this some foundation. Definite notes of spicy yeast. I like a lot of what is going on in this beer but I think it needs more balance. The caramel gets lost in the mix and for the most part, I get burnt sugar. At this point, definitely not worth 15 bucks.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some syrupy aspects. Maybe a little too carbonated.

Drinkability- I had easier drinking beers, that's for sure. Very boozy and a little too much oak for me. Still, interesting enough to keep me going.

Overall- Sort of a letdown. I will need to search out other examples of this style. A 3.75 N 4 T 3.5 M 3.5 D 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow color.

The aroma has oak, lots of vanilla sweetness, some fruit.

The flavor follows. It reminds me of Mischief with its yeast and breadiness, but the wheat gives it a creamier body and wheat flavor. There's lots of peppery spice in there too.

There's some booze in the back and then you also get some woody oak notes. There's tons of sweetness, vanilla, oak, and bourbon from the barrel aging.

It's surprisingly refreshing and medium bodied for a partially barrel aged beer. This is a really cool take on Mischief and pushes it up to another level.

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


750ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed orange mango, towering dense cream color head, excellent lacing.

The aroma has tremendous depth. A belgian yeast dominates, belgian through and through. An over ripeness. Dirty sock. Sweetness and alcohol.

Very sweet. The barrel is obvious but far from dominant. It's only near room temp that it reaches its potential. A solvent alcohol note come forward towards the end of the aftertaste, increases with warmth. Full bodied lively creamy mouthfeel.
I would prefer the moniker Belgian Barleywine.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip

pours a hazy, cloudy dark yellow with a big, lingering white head. faint bourbon on the nose is all i can detect from the smell. Ooh. The taste is really intriguing. Its candy sweet up front with a bourbon flavor on the back of the tongue. the two flavors blend surprisingly well. definitely some hints of vanilla in there as well. wow, impressively drinkable. anytime i quickly take sip after sip trying to identify all the flavors you know that the brewery made something worthwhile. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Scarily drinkable for 11.5%

Overall i definitely recommend this one. such a good blend of flavors that come together very nicely. impressed by this one.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

White Oak from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,322 ratings
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