Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

White Oak | The Bruery

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
88
very good
292 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
White OakWhite Oak
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
1,264
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
323
For Trade:
29
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 1,264
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden body, hints of orange, with decent head and lace. A funky, earthy aroma hits me and there's also some minor oakiness and sweetness as well. The oak helps keeps things balanced and smooth, as there is something akin to yeast that keeps the beer fluffy and lively and then some sour/tart citric flavors and then a finish of vanilla sweetness. The ABV is rather well hidden as the booziness and medicinal/barrel taste that some barrel aged beers have is vaguely there on backend as beer warms. A beer that is out there as it touches on but doesn't excel at one particular taste sensation but I really enjoyed it.

 630 characters

Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

 1,237 characters

Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

 591 characters

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, coconut, vanilla, alcohol on the nose. Pours hazy orangeamber under a 2" moussey pure snow white head that produces excellent lace. Wonderful rich malt on the palate joined by caramel, fruit, banana, vanilla, coconut - the vanilla coconut banana thing is extreme and nicely done. Very nice texture and body, medium to medium full with fine soft carbonation.

 367 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy yellow. A strong, creamy head. Light lacing.

S-Not what I was expecting. Mischief really shows up in the nose; pretty noticeable Belgian base. Yeasty and spicy. The other half of the beer delivers a noticeable, rich sweetness. Bourbon notes too. At first I thought it smelled Bretty - as if it was infected.

T-The Belgian influence of Mischief is again clear on the palate. Robust wheat flavor. Spicy and yeasty. It's not nearly as sickeningly sweet as I thought it would be. That being said, it's still pretty sweet. Oakiness is a mellow yet consistent feature of the flavor. Juicy and spicy.

M-I was anticipating a thick, brooding, cloying mess. It was shockingly light and lively. It still blatantly had body but it wasn't thick. I also enjoyed the carbonation. Alcohol was well integrated as well.

O/D-Didn't ever think about purchasing this. Split it with a group. It was better than expected. Definitely unique.

 938 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch off-white head. The head stayed around a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. It smells like oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, bready malt, and a bit of peppery spice and banana. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, citrus peel, peppery spice, and a bit of pear. The bourbon is more noticeable as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and coating, and is well carbonated. For an 11.5% ABV beer, I thought the alcohol was well hidden. I like this brew a lot, I'd buy it again. $17.99 a bottle.

 685 characters

Photo of Immortale25
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a very cloudy amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains quite well, then slowly fades to an 1/8 inch ring around the glass's edge and pocks of surface foam. Full sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S- Alcohol, a bit of astringency and a slight sour smell arise. Yes, it seems like this might have some tart to it.

T- Strong booze bite without a lot of flavor to back it up. Kind of harsh and, yes, slightly tart. Man, this is a hot one. Like I'm drinking champagne laced with an oz. of vodka. Not much oak detected, but what's there is certainly not complimentary or enjoyable.

M- As stated with the champagne comment, a high amount of carbonation (part of The Bruery's usual M.O.) makes one feel like they're drinking thick sparkling liquor. It does have some body to it, but not enough to balance out the gas. Hot and full of an ascerbic bite.

O- Wow, I'm a HUGE Bruery fan, but this is by far the most displeasing entry I've had from them. I've had good wheatwines before too (Smuttynose does a good one, for example). Hopefully this is one that absolutely needs to be cellared because, otherwise, it's just a hot mess.

 1,214 characters

Photo of sweemzander
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden apricot orange color. Some decent white froth and lacing.

(S)- An interesting smell of toast and apricot jam meets honey and oaky booze. Bits of orange citrus and wheat in the background.

(T)- Plenty of orange/apricot citrus meets wheat and biscuit. A splash of honey and oaky booze at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Not overly sweet but a serious punch of citrus for a wheatwine. The heat is a bit forward too, but not off-putting.

(O)- An interesting wheatwine that is quite potent in the citrus realm.

 591 characters

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

 793 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle poured into my Bruery glass. Thanks t0rin0 for the bottle.

A - Pours a pale, light orange with a foamy off-white head. Crazy long retention and tons of lacing.

S - Bourbon, citrus, woody.

T - Citrus, bourbon, vanilla, oak, carmel.

D - High carbonation, lighter body.

O - Different, but I really loved this one. I would go for this one again.

 360 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangish color with a big fat white head to it. Nice. Aroma was a little coconut, warm sweet alcohol, oak, honey.

Warming sensation on the tongue, again, light coconut, wheat aspect is pretty much completely lost on me, but it may be what contributes to the effortless weight of the mouthfeel despite the high abv and ability to pick lots of different flavors and nuances out of this one. Vanilla and bourbon later on. The least bourbon flvor of any bruery bourbon barrel stuff, this stuff has the warming (not hot) heat, but it just doesn't impart much bourbon until you kinda look for it.

Pretty nice stuff. Goes well with Black Tuesday.
As far as any fruit flavors, they'd have to be light skinned type of fruit, I'm talking pear, lemon, white grapes type of stuff.

 772 characters

Photo of Bung
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Cloudy gold-orange pour, huge billowing white head. I know this looks nice, but damn is it annoying to drink until it recedes, which this tool a long time to do so.

Aroma, very fruity, apple, strawberry, some yeasty spice, clove. Caramel and vanilla is in there, but you have to look a little. A solid dose of citrus as well.

Taste, Caramel, caramel covered strawberry, apple. Booze is present, but to me it always is with Bruery beers, guessing I just don't care for their yeast strain. Some yeasty spice and estery notes. There is some vanilla and earthy oak, but it is kind of kept down by the heat.

Mid bodied, a fair amount of carbonation, but not quite creamy. Alcohol shows with a heavy warmth, could be much better hidden. Barrel aging is extreamely subtle. Certainly a descent enough beer, but another Bruery beer I wouldn't bother with again, especially at the price point.

 893 characters

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a tulip

A deep golden body with a huge, fluffy white cap rises and fills the tulip. A good amount of visible carbonation.

Delicious nose. Strong flavors from the oak (lightly toasted wood, vanilla, coconut), fresh, slightly damp wheat, black pepper, and some melon fruit.

On the palate, the flavors follow the nose. Strong oak and vanilla up front before leaving way to damp wheat, spice, and melon. The finish is dry oak, fruity sweetness, wheat, and some peppery spice.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Loads of flavor and aroma packed into this guy. High carbonation with a dry, lightly boozy finish.

This is a pretty complex beer, but surprisingly, it didn't wow me. It has a heck of a lot going on, broad and deep, but nothing that captivated me. Loads of strong, solid flavors.

 829 characters

Photo of claspada
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update:
Just had a fresh bottle from the recent 2012 release, about 4 months old and it is much more yeast and hop forward, not as enjoyable.
Revisited 2012 bottle in mid 2013 and it has mellowed so much, this beer is best with at least a year on it.

From the first batch, released sometime late 2009. Courtesy of GhettoFabulous in a recent trade.

The beer pours a cloudy light golden orange color with a tall white head that dissipates decently fast considering how monstrous the soapy white head was initially.

Aromas begin with a lemony sourness, a characteristic of many wheat dominant malted beers. Sweet light fruits such as pears & apples, then I get some sweeter honey and sugary notes with a little underlying oakiness, which imparts a touch of vanilla. Not too much, if any at all, of the bourbon/alcohol notes but after 2+ years of aging I would expect as much.

The tastes follow the nose opening up with honey and caramel sweet maltiness along with some more of the light fruit notes, lots of pears and granny smith apple. There is a light white vinous oakiness in the finish; also a little peppery spice in the finish. Light sourness is prevalent throughout which could be from the bourbon (which I am detecting more and more as it warms and it is really adding to the flavor profile) or from the hefty amount of wheat malt used here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high amount of carbonation. This is the one point of the beer that I am torn on, while I dislike beers with low carbonation, this may have a bit too much for a beer of this heft and ABV. (Oh yeah this drinks like a 7% beer so watch yourself...) The amble carbonation is appropriate for a normal ABV wheat beer but may be a bit too much for a bourbon aged beer or one of this high alcohol content, of which you cannot taste any. Finish is dry thanks to the ample carbonation that continues to scrub your palate as you consume.

Overall this was a really great, unique great beer. The flavor profile reminds me a lot how the Cascade Bourbonic Plague beer progressed as you drank it. Started off with predominant light fruitiness, bordering sourness, then as it warms you get a nice oak and light Bourbon presence. The 50% barrel aging was perfect for this because there aren't many (or any) that can hold up to the complete Bourbon Barrel treatment. Not sure what this was like fresh, but it is perfect right now. Kinda wished I saved this for slightly warmer weather but I was too anxious to try it. Definitely the best Wheat Wines I have ever had hands down. I heard there's a new batch coming out this year (2012) so definitely seek it out then as it is probably quite hard to come by now.

 2,689 characters

Photo of jrallen34
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 750 ml bottle into my Westvletern chalice.

The beer pours a medium honey gold with a white head. The head is very nice, rising several fingers and providing great retention and lacing. The head is very thick and creamy.

The aroma is pretty light, lots of wheat and clove. I was expecting some wood or bourbon but got noone of it. AFter the beer warms up and tasting you start to get a little bourbon in the aroma.

The taste starts our like a normal wheat kind of sweet then your are hit of a huge amount of flavor. Its very sweet vanilla and coconut then a ton of bourbon.

My one complaint is that the beer is a light in texture with an unremarkable finsih.

The drinkability is off the chart especially at 11abv, don't taste any of it.

I didn't have much hope for this before I tried, but after i'm floored. This beer is complex, totally drinkable, and very unique. Get a hold of this if you can.

 923 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Medium gold with a sticky white head and gentle carbonation.

S - Oak, lightly bready, white grapes, bourbon, fruit tartness.

T - Pears, sour apples, white grapes, oak, bourbon, light vanilla. An even blend with lingering oak, bourbon, and pear mild bitterness.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation and velvety.

O - Delicate balance and perfectly blended.

 375 characters

Photo of mltobin
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on draft in a goblet on the east coast.

Appearance is a cloudy yellow tone with a short white head. Its` nose has vanilla, oak and coconut. A very interesting smell complex to be sure. The taste contains orange, wheat, more of the oak and a strong punch of bourbon....mmm, sip this one. Mouthfeel is med-full, quite a bit of alcohol bite in the finish. The ABV here is not well-masked, but that is fine by me. I very much enjoyed White Oak and had been looking out for it. For me, it did not disappoint.

 519 characters

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

 619 characters

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a a golden straw with orange hues. There is about one finger of pure white head that dissipates quickly. Little to no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is mainly sweet with notes of caramel and vanilla. There is a slight funky yeast note mixed with some citrus. It's interesting.

T: It starts out sweet, some citrus notes hit right after. Yeast and spice follow, with a mix of caramel. The finish is tart, effervescent, yeasty, and packed with flavor. The lingering notes are citrus, funk, and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied beer. It looks light, but this beer is high in abv and you can really feel it. Sweet to start with funk and lemon lingering.

O: This beer is pretty good. It's a little too boozy for my liking, but the nose is nice and the flavor transitions work well. Solid beer. I'd drink this again.

 817 characters

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to totoropanda for this bottle amongst others I'm looking forward to even more, which is tough, since I love wheatwines. And barrels. And beer. Hey, look! Big 750ML bomber split with my wife while Top Gun flickers on the tube for the 283rd time. Wait, can I call a plasma a tube? Life has gotten so confusing.

Pour is sehr foamy for a muscled bruiser, light orange/yellow. Would be funny to tell someone this is an IPA or a Coors Light & see the reaction when they sip it, eh? Not much for the inhaler to pick up, light notes of grass, sweet malt. Meh.

White Oak lowers a beery boom. Wham! Bam! I am! A Man! Sorry. Alcohol. It's strong in this one. Getting past the pure alcohol shot, there's really not much depth here. Nice vanilla, some wheat & grassy plain, quad hit of sweetness, but it's a little, well, plain. Almost like a mild hefe with a hint of barrel. Easy but dangerous to drink.

I love wheatwines but they tend to be on two ends of a fault line: delicious or bland, with little in between. This one, unfortunately, leans towards the latter. Odd to wish a Bruery beer was more extreme but, well, I do. Pretty good.

 1,140 characters

Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow gold with three big fingers of frothy white head. Tons of bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell. Grainy and slightly sour wheat, some clove and a bit of banana with just a trace of fresh barrel wood.

Taste. Grainy wheat, again some clove and a bit of banana, a little pear and just a bit of wood in the finish. Just a slight sourness that helps to cut through the sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. A decent and big wheat beer with a bit of that hefe flavour going on. Not really my thing but it's not terrible.

 580 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

 903 characters

Photo of Resuin
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a hollow stemmed Goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy blonde and leaves a solid 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Looks nice and light.

Smell: Wheat, apricot, peaches, Belgian yeast, caramel, vanilla. A load of flavors in the aroma - definitely a lot of standard wheat beer smells as well as some completely different smells like caramel and vanilla which changes the overall profile.

Taste: Caramel, cloves, lemon, banana, vanilla, apricot. Matches the smell but packs a kick at the end. This one has an interesting combination of flavors that meld to make a "wheat-wine" type of profile.

Mouth-feel: Highly carbonated with a medium body. Much thicker than other wheat beers I have had, a little bit of syrupy texture as well. Interesting feel to it.

Overall: A very interesting brew. It reminds me of a wheat beer just taken up a few notches: heavier mouth-feel, more flavor, stronger aroma. I don't get the impression that any of this was aged in bourbon barrels, like the label says that it was, which is interesting. Definitely a lot going on in this one.

 1,093 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Dad, thanks Pop! Pours hazy dark yellow with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is light citrus, pear, apple, yeast funk, dry oak. Was expecting more sweetness on the nose given my experience with White Chocolate. Really smells like a Saison. Flavor is sweet honey apples, and alcohol presence but unexpectedly light bodied. Maybe a bit of vanilla. The alcohol presence doesn’t mend well here and is slightly offensive. No trace of the beer that I tasted in WC. Adequate carbonation that prickles the tongue. Dryish finish. A bit disappointed here.

 558 characters

Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

 774 characters

White Oak from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Quick Navigation

    Open the Quick Navigation

  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe