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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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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Photo of andrenaline
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up bottle on clearance that was approaching best buy date. Great looking beer, not quite as murky as a wheat with good head that does not stick around long. Smell is awesome, hard to describe but wonderful. Taste was very interesting, could not compare it to anything. The boozy taste sticks around a little long from a guy who likes very big beers. Definitely more of a sipper, but a very good one with interesting taste. Very much enjoyed the beer and definitely worth trying as it is a bit unique

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy muted gold with thick white head.
S: It smelled like lots of fresh wheat and bourbon and fresh oak and toasted coconut and lemongrass.
T: It tasted like fresh wheat and lemon grass and toasted coconut, with some bourbon and vanilla oak and Belgian yeast. It had a clean sweet and sour aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice full and lively body.
D: This was nice and refined and complex. Well executed version of a difficult style, with nice scent and taste and body. It seemed like it could age really well, but it was also very good fresh.

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Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL poured into large tulip

Pours a hazed straw golden color with a one-finger high white head resting on top. Slowly fades into a thick layer of retention with some patches of lacing on the glass.

Assorted notes of caramel, honey and vanilla in the nose. Oak and faint bourbon with some toasted bread malts and syrupy sweetness. Decent alcohol warmth.

Layers of sweet flavor with honey and caramel up front. Syrupy malts with vanilla hints and oaked bourbon. Hints of light fruit with pear and apple peek through momentarily along with a Belgian tone. Burly malt backbone with grain, toasted bread and a hint of spice. Finishes sweet and boozy.

Full body, slightly higher carbonation, chewy, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This beer definitely excels when it rises toward room temperature, but it doesn't quite reach the benchmark that many of the other barrel-aged Bruery beers have set.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 4.0 Nice foamy-whitehead, one finger with good retention but not much lacing. Color is a hazy marigold, shiny, liquid gold.

Smell: 5.0 Honey, clover, spice, sweet wine. Some major aroma going. But it’s like going into a flower shop, can’t really identify one single smell. Lemongrass, nice citrusness. Riesling, OJ+Vodka.

Taste: Here I get first of all a waffle-like food sweetness, with butterscotch and caramel. Brown butter sauce, “refined sweetness”. Honeycomb, champagne. Light and delicious, a great brunch beer.

Mouthfeel: Deliciously carbonated, with a tad of tingly hops and a pleasant dryness at the end. Again, this reminds me more of a refined wine or spirit than a beer. Medium body, full flavor, great carbonation.

Overall: Exceptional. I thought I wouldn’t like it but it is so drinkable and tasty. “Ethereal”.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mig100
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 release. Notes from May 2012.

A - Pours a hazy orange with almost four fingers of white head. Head has good retention. Very little lacing.

S - Mostly caramel and juicy citrus, with some banana, faint vanilla and bready malt. Not really sure what to make of this, to be honest. Not bad, but doesn't really draw me in.

T - Caramel malt, with orange and other citrus pulp. Subtle bourbon character with vanilla and oak. Also, some banana taste and quite a bit of bread. Kind of an odd tasting brew, but pretty tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Somewhat sticky sweet, but finishes with an oaky dryness.

O - Not really sure what to make of this one. I wouldn't seek it out, but it does have some good things going on, including a pretty good flavor.

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Photo of dertyd
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bsuedekum
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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