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: 1,316 |  Reviews: 304
Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber in to Bruery snifter

A - pours a hazy orange-straw color with active bubbly carbonation; significant white head present that dissipates a bit from a full inch to a half inch after settling; minimal lacing

S - Belgian sugars up front; oak; coconut; vanilla; just a hint of bourbon; some pineapple notes

T - Belgian sugars; bourbon and caramel; vanilla; coconut; wood; wheat

M - this beer is a little overly carbonated...it drinks like a sugary champagne; it's sweet though and pleasant towards the back-end; medium-bodied and hiding that 11.5 really well; really crisp

O - the complexity of the flavors is tasty; the mouthfeel isn't spectacular, at least not up-front; I dig what's going on here with all the flavor, but having recently had WC, this falls short...and I hate to compare the two, but I believe the base beers are the same; despite all that, this is a tasty beer with the Belgian sugars and other flavors coming through nicely.

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Photo of ManLoveBeer
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of BWH999
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MCDub
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of nova009
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass

A- pours a hazy golden straw color, a big fluffy white head appears and slowly dissipates, spotty lacing

S- sweet, i get a big hit of coconut, other tropic fruits like mango and pineapple, slightly woody, vanilla notes

T- slight bourbon flavors from the start, wheat, a little bit of caramel, Grain, some coconut notes, some woody oak flavors as well, slightly earthy

M- light to medium body, fairly high carbonation, the alcohol tends to beat up the palate as the beer warms

O- I'm not sure what to think of this beer, maybe a little age would help this, a little expensive for what I got out of it, I might come back to this later

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BlackTuesday
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

$13 for the 750mL bottle. Poured into a mini snifter
Sampled 07OCT12

[A] Average vigor on the pour and a bright head 1 1/2 fingers high is produced. Foamy on the bottom, fluffy on top. Retention is above average. A thick film and collar remains for quite some time. The body is a hazy peachy-orange with a little light showing through. Transparency is low. Lacing in wavy sheets.

[S] Bourbon infused caramel, light Belgian candi sugars, and an air of coconut wood, plus some wheat.

[T] Bourbon and wheat. Quite an unnatural combination of flavors. You can tell that White Oak is a high gravity beer, but I wouldn't have guessed anything close to 11.5%. So, in that respect...pretty impressive.

[M] The mouthfeel is great. Dances across the tongue with a consistent prickle, stays light, remains crisp, and a wheaty, tangy snap on the finish.

[O] While high gravity wheat beers don't really make sense to me, I actually think this would have been a pretty decent beer...sans the bourbon barrel treatment. The Bruery's website describes White Oak as: "50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels...and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale)..." - now, things are starting to make sense.

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Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A potent and unusual creation. Pours a lightly hazed, dull orange, with a sizeable white head that has good retention but minimal lacing. This one really changes as it warms; initially it's quite fruity and almost yeasty in the manner of a Belgian triple; over time layers emerge, bringing increased caramel sweetness, woody oak notes, warming bourbon, hints of vanilla, and a coconut character I looked for but didn't find initially.

This one really surges with booze after a while and it's not exactly easy drinking. Medium body and carbonation, slightly sticky, fruity and hot finish. Pretty wild. I probably would have preferred to split this three, rather than two, ways.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a tulip, hazy yellow pour, plus sized white head. The aroma was kinda weak, slight bourbon notes. The beer has some bourbon notes, bannana, very light clove, lingering finish. The body and carbonation are medium, no noticeable alcohol. IMO a dissapointment, there are much better wheatwines available for a lesser price.

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Photo of prototypic
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Release

White Oak pours a nice straw yellow color. It’s incredibly hazy. That’s not unusual for the style. Backlighting gives it a slightly gold look. A really nice bone white head covers the top. Carbonation looks active, yielding a head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It seemed to stick around forever. The motor in the bottom of this Samuel Adams glass kept it going. Lacing was sticky and thick.

The nose is pretty weak. It needs quite a bit more strength. Unfortunately, it smells rather average as there’s really not much going on. It does feature some earthy and grainy notes. No big shock there. There is a very light whiskey or bourbon scent. It’s extremely subtle though. As I understand it, only 50% of this was barrel aged. I wouldn’t have guessed that much from the smell. Alcohol is blended pretty well for 11.5%. I’m not getting much at all. Eh. Just okay.

The flavor is much better. Caramel strikes first. It’s sweet and is quite flavor. Anchors things down nicely. It’s followed by a strong mix of grainy and earthy notes. Those resonate throughout. There is a bit of bourbon, but it is rather light and subtle. I still wouldn’t have guessed 50% of this was aged in barrels. Nevertheless, the bourbon flavor works well with the other flavors. Secondary flavors include light oak and coconut. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but it doesn’t seem like 11.5%. Finishes sweet and grainy. Good stuff.

White Oak has a medium body. While the carbonation seems very active, the bubbles feel soft and smooth. It has a nice feel. Since the alcohol is pretty well hidden, it’s deceptively drinkable. Proceed with caution if you’re tackling a 750 solo. It is big!

White Oak is a pretty impressive beer. I was skeptical. For such a big beer, it is rather mild mannered and is definitely tasty. Perhaps three years has taken some of the edge off. Tough to say. It’s good stuff. The nose needs work, but it performs well in all other respects. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of bone white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Caramel, pepper, vanilla, coconut, and pineapple.

T - Spicy wheat up front with Belgian tripel like notes of pear and pineapple. Some coconut and rum notes in the middle and a finish full of pepper, clove, turpentine, and spicy Belgian yeast.

M - a thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - More of a tripel than a wheat wine to my taste, but it works well with the subtle barrel character.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger frothy head on a murky golden with amber hues body. nice retention and lacing.

S: popcorn butter, tropical fruits (mostly tangerine and pineapple), cream and grains. just right sweetness. bourbon and oak are mild players.

T: this one opens almost like a belgian beer with herbal, fruity and yeast notes moving to oak, bourbon, spice and apple. The alcohol is certainly well hidden for the ABV.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation, very crisp

Overall: surprisingly drinkable for the ABV which is very well hidden. The degree of carbonation probably helps.

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Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From beer journal:

Nose: Lemon, bready yeast, citrus, oak, vanilla, caramel, spicy notes, herbal (lavender, myrrh, potpourri)

Taste: Caramel, vanilla, oak, lemon, bread, coconut, booze, spice, herbal, bourbon. rich sweetness.

This is an awesome beer. Smelling it I thought "Oh crap, this is just gonna be a shitty wheat ale, and I HATE wheat ales :(" but the taste is soooo different. The bourbon barrel dominates in such an awesome way. I'd drink this every day.

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White Oak from The Bruery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,316 ratings.
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