White Oak | The Bruery

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88
very good
1,309 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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
Ratings:
1,309
Reviews:
303
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
332
For Trade:
26
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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden colored with a thick, towering white head. The liquid is just a tad hazy and is teeming with effervesence. The head displays lasting retention and leaves ample lacing in it's wake.

The aroma offers a light touch of bourbon, bold oak character, citrus and yeast akin to a Belgian tripel.

The flavor is dominated by oak. Additional aspects include a touch of booze heat, yeast, citrus. The finish brings grain and wheat. Some vanilla character comes though more as the beer is allowed to warm.

Light bodied given the 11.5% abv. Moderate carbonation. Complex and very drinkable.

I am not normally a fan of wheatwines, but I am really enjoying this one. By far the best example of the style I have had.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange with quite a big head. Settles to an off-centered chunky white collar. Not so much on the surface.

Smell - Very bright aroma. Boozy as hell. Some bourbon, but not prominent. Not sure if I imagine the coconut because of label, but definite coconut. Lots of vanilla. Tropical fruity aroma.

Taste - Definite tropical flavors. Some bourbon again, but it's not an easy flavor to discern. Almost lemony in its brightness. Strong wheat character. Dry and boozy.

Mouthfeel - Hefty alcohol presence. Medium low carbonation. Harsh grainy and boozy finish.

Overall - Fascinating combination of flavors. Not convinced it works all that well, but only the booze is offensive. The rest of it is just a crazy big wheat beer.

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

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a huge bone white head and a steady stream of carb bubbles rising from the depths. Smells of spicy wheat, yeasty phenols, a bit of oak and bourbon with a hint of fruity sour sweetness. This tastes much better than it smells. Dark fruity sugary sweetness up front. Lots of berries and caramel followed by a bit of barrel oak, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. There's a spicy earthy sweetness that turns into a long lingering heat in the finish. Medium to full body with a spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly sugary mouthfeel. I liked this one, but the carbonation might be a bit high and the alcohol is still a bit too present. Too bad I don't have another of these as it would be interesting to see how this ages.

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

750ml bottle from the most recent release. Poured into several sampler glasses with some friends. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow with 3 fingers of white froth. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass.

The smell initially opens with hints of sulfur and some tangy alcohol inclusion before giving way to spices like clove and orange zest. There is minor oak inclusion that comes out in the back when it warms up.

The taste is herbal with a mixture of dry oaky quality, clove and some other yeasty spice aspects. Herbal hop flavoring runs throughout with significantly more barrel presence than the aroma led on. The aftertaste includes oak, vanilla, herbal hops and lots of tangy alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. A decent sipper that seems like something is going on with it. Not really what I expected for a barrel aged wheatwine but wasnt horrible either.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light orangish copper with a nice, dense, thick, foamy, pure white head that has decent retention

S - lemon, yeast, faint vanilla, faint wood

T - huge bourbon notes, fruity, apples, oak, vanilla, yeast, some spice, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warm, very crisp

The nose is deceiving. This is a bourbon forward beer. The underlying beer is good but doesn't hold up to the huge woody, earthy, bourbon flavors. It is a complex beer, but the overall product needs balance. In the end, it is a bit unique so in my book it's worth trying.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at pizza paradiso Dupont into a snifter glass 9 oz.

A real nice bronze gold and crystal clear body, shining and superlative with a light white creamy half finger head presented. Looks like bold liquid gold.

Nose is a little off kilter. Hints of brine and oaky butter. Heavily buttery. Clean sensing crispness which is odd for a wheatwine.

Muted wheat chew, hints of warm apple and butter compliment nicely. Body is missing a lot of wheat density. Gets into warm wine territory slightly with tinges of bitter off sourness. Some slight honey sweetness kicks in with some warmth over time. Lighy fizzy texture as well at times.

Overall its good but had better and the oak and buttery character is overpowering with not enough chewy wheat backbone.

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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extra from jhenry04. Served in a taster glass at the Goose Island BA gathering.

A - Big white foam that settles to a thick creamy cap and plenty of lacework. Murky white peach juice body.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, buttery oak, coconut, alcohol, wheat and grain, light pale malts and stone fruit sweetness.

T - Initially very bourbon-heavy, with citrus and peach showing up mid-palate. As it warms up the oaky vanilla grows in intensity. Finish is heavy with grain, wheat, and lightly peppery Belgian yeast.

M - Carbonation is surprisingly zesty, and the body is creamy, full, and viscous. Some serious alcohol burn, and a dry tannic finish.

D - This would be alright if it was solid in 6oz nip bottles, and split two ways. Pretty tough to drink more than a few ounces.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

White Oak from The Bruery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,309 ratings.
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