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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.

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Photo of Cinderbike
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a bottleshare last night. Cellared since 2009.

A - Murky light brown with a thin off-white head.

S-Coconut, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, malt, plums, and fresh baked bread.

T - Citrus, bourbon, and malty. At first you taste the barrel and then you begin to pick up on the wheatwine characteristics. Some pepperyness in the finish.

M - Coats your mouth, with high carbonation.

O - It's great after 2 years of cellaring. I want more.

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Photo of farrago
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely energetic pour fills half the glass with wispy off-white foam, luckily it is so airy and whipped up that it dissipates quickly to a thin if consistent surface coating, as might be expected not much stick in the lacing, what might be there. Super-cloudy orange which lightens at the outer edges, even given its opacity you can see a maelstrom of bubbles whipping around inside the glass, has a relaxed feel about it. The nose displays an initial burst of wheat and then lemongrass, follows up with honey, vanilla bean, caramel, grape skins and some coal and earth, gives up a bushel of peach, apricot, pear fruit scents with a little mixed sweet citrus on top, overall most notable for its restraint even as it openly offers the benefits of the barrel aging. Full-bodied, sweet yet with a sour side as well. Here banana and bubblegum comes through along with wheatgerm, mild sous bois and then that honey and lees. The orange peel is clearer, hint of a poached fruit character to the peach, apricot, pear, pineapple and apple fruit. It is damn foamy, the increasing dryness through the finish helps temper this. Interesting for how you sense its complexity but can’t quite tease them apart. The oak influence is moderate and not dominant. Creaminess helps it hug the palate and last longer.

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Photo of zminor
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a few weeks ago, finally brought home a growler today to give this beer some undivided attention.

Appearance is very cloudy golden-orange, with a nice thick head that dissipates to leave a pleasant ring on top of the beer.

Aroma is a wonderful medley of pineapple, coconut, vanilla and wood. Almost smells like a pina colada. Don't get much of the bourbon other reviewers have mentioned.

Malty vanilla dominates the taste, with just a little bit of the citrus noticed in the smell. The mouthfeel is really nice: crisp, light bodied. Very surprised by the amount of alcohol in this beer - dangerously drinkable.

Out of the three beers that make up Melange 3 (White Oak, Papier, and Black Tuesday), this is probably my least favorite. However, that does not mean it's a bad beer - on the contrary, its another wonderful small batch from the Bruery that carves out a nice niche among the rest of their lineup.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, subtle sweet alcohol, mango, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, and mango. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one was a little out of place with the other 44 brews that were cracked open as they were ALL sours (except for one or two others). This was a nice palate refresher and definitely was quite well received with the group. The fruit aspect going on here was quite nice and seemed to work well with the woody character I picked up on. The aroma let you know this one was going to be a heavy hitter, but there was no sign of this in the flavor at all. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity!

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Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Definitely my favorite Bruery beer so far. A huge meringue like head that leaves an appreciable amount of lace. A golden hazed amber liquid sits in the glass releasing a touch of carbonation off of the nucleation site of my DT glass.

Smell is very fruity with apricots and green apples wrapped in thin banana sheets. There is tropical edged component of mango and pineapples that carries the bit of alcohol that warns of a strong encounter of the Belgian kind. A light wheat malt with notes of oak, coconut, and vanilla as well.

Taste follows nose with an impressive balance of all the aforementioned. The oaken woodiness brings an expert balance to a caramel sweetness that floats the wheatwine like malt backbone. Vanilla and coconut flow vividly, deliciously as the fruits open subtly. Still this comes off like a BSPA more than anything as it is quite crisp and lighter than WW. A peppery spiciness adds dimension and complexity while cutting the sweetness of the core. Bitterness is firm but laid back as it lets the wood and vanilla linger while your mouth drys.

Feel is perfection. Full, creamy, effervescent, and supple on the tongue. The carbonation stays lively an hour after opening the bottle. The dryness gives a surprising touch of thirst quenching satisfaction even when you are parched.

Oh baby bring me more of this one. The abv is well integrated and while not invisible you can easily make the mistake of drinking this one too quickly.

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Photo of kbm
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery on a hot summer day. Staw colored with a light head.

I don't know what I was expecting but White Oak hit the spot on this hot day. It's a wheat beer with notes of vanilla. A whole lot of sweet with a tinge of sour fruit. Very drinkable. Left me wanting more. In fact, I want one now.

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Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled april 10/2010 as part of our giant bruery tasting. Viggo and ritzkiss provided the brews, so thanks to eric and eric!

750ml bottle.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace behind as it falls.

aroma is good. light spice. coriander and cardamom. light funk. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. light alcohol.

taste is good. vanilla and caramel. lightly warming alcohol. touch of spice. white bread. cracker. medium-low bitterness level. touch of fruit. nice peppery spice.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and fairly light. it hides its alcohol pretty well. tasty and delicious.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to stevemcqueenjr for carrying this one cross-country. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a half inch frothy, bright white head that settles into a quarter inch skim. Some strands of lacing are revealed, but weak legs. Nose expresses, white grapes, cotton candy, toasted oak, vanilla and ethanol. Taste reveals coconut, citrus, whiskey, vanilla and buttery notes. Mouthfeel is medium-light, a little too high in terms of carbonation, but eases up as it dissipates. Amazing complexity to this beer with a fairly well-hidden abv. I'd love to see what some time in the cellar would do to this beer over time.

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Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 release. Served in a Teku glass

Appearance: Golden, light orange in color with hints of amber. Pours with almost 3 fingers of a creamy white head. Body is hazy with medium/high levels of carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass. Really great looking beer.

Smell: Belgian yeast, sweet tropical fruits, vanilla, banana, spicy wheat character, wood

Taste: Mango, apricot, spicy yeast, oaky vanilla, bourbon. Alcohol presence helps taper some of the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel, but doesn't quite reach syrupy. Carbonation is relatively high, but is appropriate for this beer. Somewhat boozy but not overly hot.

Overall: This was my first wheatwine, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was really tasty. The bourbon barrel aging added nice additional complexity and really took this from a good beer to a really good beer. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toffee, vanilla and oak dominate. Such a full mouth of flavour. The aging presents more bourbon like. Finish is silky smooth with low carbonation. Love it

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date, besides "2013 edition" on the front label.
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale orange with yellow highlights. Almost glows as light strikes it. A huge and thick, 3 fingers tall white head erupts out of the beer and leaves plenty of lacing behind as it slowly dissipates.

Aroma: Vinous, citrusy aromatics initially leap out of the glass, with lemony yeasty phenols in tow. Almost smells exclusively like a Belgian golden strong ale, until it starts to warm; Big notes of coconut and vanilla begin to shine as the oak bourbon barrel character begins to show. It almost smells like a great and complex white wine. Some very faint alcohol begins to meld with the oak. A very unique and complex nose.

Taste: Big notes akin to a traditional Belgian Golden Strong Ale up front; a bracing, orange-y hop character with some nice Belgian yeast phenols that are fairly reminiscent of plum and clove. On the back end this beer really shows its wild side; slightly tart and tangy wheat and biscuit-y malt. The beer finishes very dry, warming and bitter. The oak presence really comes out in the finish, with its light tannins as well as lingering notes of vanilla, coconut and of course, bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Robust with a very creamy full body. Moderate carbonation with some alcohol presence in the finish.

Overall: A huge, boozy, dynamic, well balanced and well blended beer. Very unique stuff, as usual from The Bruery. I think this beer will only get more refined with age. I'm definitely looking to aging some bottles of this, just to see how it develops. Highly recommended for someone who is looking to try a bourbon barrel aged beer that isn't a stout.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw yellow with a healthy two-three inches of a dense foam head. Seems a bit suspect with all of that carbonation.... but otherwise appears to be a typical belgian pale.

S: A faint coconut, pina colada aroma is mixed in with a strong, bready yeast aroma. There's also some funkiness, almost a sour tinge in the background, but is overtaken by some bourbon-vanilla notes. It is not overly aromatic but subdued.

T: Alcohol bites the tongue first, but leaves behind a buttery, bourbon, slightly acidic taste. There's a bit of a bitter aftertaste and is dry and crisp. Very tasty but a bit too much heat for a style that is on the lighter side.

M: Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation.

O: This is pretty tasty. Given the high alcohol, one would think that it would be a chore to go through a bottle, but I've gone through two glasses and am looking forward to a third.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopDerek, I think, for bringing this to the Brass Rail.

A: The ale pours like a witbier, delicate with a sizeable head. It's autumn hue, think the brown-yellow of Central PA deciduous trees, is hazy to the point of opacity. It's thick head, still on first pour, is slow to dissapate.

S: The oak really stands out, drowning out any Belgian yeast by-products, good or bad. The wod is firm, imparting some coconut and vanilla.

T: Ahh, I see what the excessive head was there for! The first sip is quite spritzy, well-carbonated to the point of over-carbonated. The bubbly sensation is lively. It doesn't mask the barrel aspects, more vanilla and coconut, that are quite dry. Spices, again like a witbier, try to peak through but generally are no match for the barrel. This is the best bottled Bruery offering I've had.

M: The ample carbonation is cleansing. Unfortunately that detracts from the wood, as it whisks some of the flavor away. The oak aging is nicely done though.

D: I really enjoyed White Oak, from the first vanilla notes to the last of the bubbles.

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Photo of headbucket
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I broke this bottle up into a bunch of little pours into my glass throughout the night, but the initial pour gave a nice thin and foamy head that filled the top half of the glass pretty well.
After that, there is a small head on top of the beer, not much in the way of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. A hazy, orangish straw color.

The smell is my favorite thing about this beer. A very nice bourbon oak scent at first followed up by fruity and sweet notes and a bit of alcohol burn.

initial sweetness to start off on the taste, followed by nice bourbon presence (woody but not too charred and heavy like some, followed by the vanilla and light coconut notes) follow up with some fruity sweetness that lasts into the aftertaste along with a bit of spicy and almost tart flavors(but this might actually just be the abv showing up-I'm not really sure).

mouthfeel:medium thick, a bit prickly, and a bit viscous. it coats the mouth and hangs around.

overall, this beer has a really nice barrel presence that I really enjoy. Why am I feeling pretty buzzed after drinking the majority of this bottle over multiple hours- oh yea its 11.5%- its becoming a bit much to finish this bottle off by myself, and the alcohol content is becoming a bit more apparent the further i get into the bottle but it is still enjoyable. Overall a nice, big beer with a great barrel presence that doesn't go too overboard. The high abv and large format detracts slightly here.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of rawfish
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark opaque gold, filtered sunlight, rough pour nets a fluffy two finger head that doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is pretty complex, Belgian candy spun sugar, grainy with lemon and of all things pineapple. Bourbon character wafts up with adding oak and vanilla. Moderate alcohol.

Caramel malt, slightly grainy and lighter lemony and apple juice flavors atop the toffee like sweetness. Bourbon character is pronounced, adding more oak and vanilla. Slight cinnamon spiciness and a large alcohol note on the finish. Some dark sweet citrus and bourbon lingers in the finish.

Alcohol is really overpowered by the complexity of the flavors in this beer. Moderate carbonation that goes down as an easy complex sipper.

The complex light dessert flavors really complement the alcohol in a beer that seems refined and is both complex and delicate.

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

2016 vintage
~ 1 year from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a bright golden orange color, transparent. Half finger thick, slight off-white colored head, foamy and soapy. Patches of spotty head lacing on glass, moderate streaky alcohol legs.

Aroma- Fruity esters, crisp green apple, zesty fruits, banana, belgian yeast. Candied syrup, rich maltiness, toffee, hints of caramel and vanilla. Touch of oak and spice.

Taste- Sweet malts, honey, candied syrup. Zesty fruits, orange peel, green apple, banana bread, clove, belgian yeast. Creamy sweetness, caramel candy, toffee, vanilla, sweet bourbon, coconut, earthy oak and spice.

Feel- Medium bodied, lots of sticky sweetness, coating, semi-dry finish. Moderate carbonation, very creamy and smooth.

Overall- Blend of two different style beers is pulled off really well, neither overpowering the other. In the end it comes across as a really sweet and rich belgian strong ale. Lots of fruity esters and belgian yeast characteristics supported by a host of creamy sweet flavors. Barrel aging is subtle, touches of oak and bourbon on the finish. As unique a beer as you can get, something different and enjoyable.

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, burnt orange in color and redolent of light fruit. Another whiff gathers belgian yeast/beer bread, fresh grapefruit and faint spice. Tastes slightly tart and fruity followed quickly by more beer bread, resulting in a soft, somewhat creamy body. Has a spicy alcohol heat to finish.

Very unique. Very tasty.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good lookin out joe for hooking me up a bottle

A: poured a vibrant golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a half finger of bubbly leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice vanilla aroma upfront with good bourbon character, some caramel, toffee, and various grain notes but had nuttiness. It did have hints of booze as well.

T: the nuttiness and vanilla flavors blended quite well in the taste with bourbon, oaky, boozy,toffee, caramel accents and a touch of coconut.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, oaky, mild boozy, nutty, and a sticky finish.

D: definitely a sipper due to the ABV but was really tasty and was digging the variation of flavors going on. Glad I got to grab another bottle of this brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy light orange with a frothy white head

S-pale Belgian malts with caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Strong scent. Intimidating smell

T-comes in with a boozy and sweet taste of slightly roasted caramel and white grapes. It has a slight bitterness to it. The after-taste is mostly vanilla and bourbon. It's a very complex beer and it unravels new flavors with each sip. 

M-high explosive carbonation with a dry finish. Exactly how I want any Belgian style to be.

O-This is an intense beer that I recommend you share. It's another beautiful beer from the Bruery. It's unique and complex, but it's slightly more serious and strong than most other Bruery beers I've had. It is the best wheat wine I've had.

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Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whichever Eric sprang this one.

Hazy light golden pour with a large white head that left sheets of lace. Spicy, wheat beer aroma on steroids. Lots of grain, brown sugar, coconut and honey. Tasted like some sort of crazy imperial wit, and drinks like a beer half its weight. Very spicy with a nice sweetness. Good caramel, vanilla, bourbon and coconut notes compliment a wheat backbone. The body was medium-light and surprisingly refreshing considering the ABV.

Pretty tasty!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into piraat tulip at gnarly barley in Orlando FL. Pours a hazy golden straw color with 3 fingers of head. Nice wheat hefe meets belgian pale aromas...banana and straw subtle peppery hops. Taste is just awesome. Belgian pale hop and german hefe banana bu it finishes with woody vanilla and toffee bourbon notes...wow smooth as hell.
The alcohol is hidden so well its scary.
Such a great brew...deff reccommend this.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into Chimay glassware.

A- cloudy golden color with a nice ample white 2 finger head. Head retention throughout.

S- sweet wheat/bread scents, coconut, sweet meyer lemon, nice vanilla oak and small amounts of bourbon.

T- very nice, meyer lemon right away followed by sweet wheat/bready yeast flavors, definately strong coconut and vanilla oak, honey, finishes with some baking spices and bourbon flavors.

M- loads of carbonation but dies down as the beer opens/warms up. Medium body not syrupy with a nice dry slight alcohol burn finish. Give it more time to cool down.

D- very nice flavors in this beer, I finished the bottle and enjoyed all of it. Swirl in glass to release some of the extra carbonation, it helps. Gonna have to go buy some more of this and let it sit for a year and try again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

big thanks to portable for sending me a bottle of the 2012 vintage of this, enjoyed from a pair of bruery snifters with the mrs.

a - brew poured a crisp transparent yellow with a hint of orange and a massive few fingers of big foamy head that hung out for eons and left chunky lacing coating the side of the glass like a milkshake from the diner.

s - crisp, tropical, a bit citric...some bourbon sweetness and oaky vanilla. banana and some caramel and a bit of smarties.

t - big boozy sweetness hits me first then a bouquet of banana, bubble gum, citric acid comes sliding in. smarties tang but vanilla oakiness. big sour apple snip. extremely sweet.

m - a bit of a boozy tingle. vinous. sour apple pucker.

o - overall a nice wheatwine. the bourbon and oak give a big sweetness. enjoyable, but a bit overly sweet and i tend to love sweet beers.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this one. Part of the epic Bruery tasting.

Pours a light hazed golden, some light amber highlights, medium sized white head forms, settles to a very thick ring and layer around the glass, a few spots stick..

Smell is neat, wheat, some fruity, apricots and citrus, caramel, alcohol, some floral, grapefruit, vanilla, oak, toast, nice malty base, smells pretty good.

Taste is similar, sweet and caramelized up front, vanilla and bourbon, oak, very malty, apricots, citrus, some light grapefruit, coconut, wheat, a bit of spice, alcohol is well hidden, real nice barrel character, solid bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth but goes down pretty easy for its weight. Thanks Eric!

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White Oak from The Bruery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,302 ratings.
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