White Oak Sap
The Bruery

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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
4.12 | pDev: 13.11%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, vanilla, and white chocolate. Taste is much the same with a sweet vanilla flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that I can see working well as a blending beer.

Feb 25, 2013
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fatmcb1 from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, on tap at the Melange 3 Components Dinner

Pours a murky orange with white head that quickly dissipates.

Very sweet. Toffee, caramel, vanilla. Reminiscent of alcoholic cream soda.

Incredibly sweet, cloying, and rich. Liquid creme brulee.

Medium carbonation, a bit sticky.

Jan 12, 2013
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GregSVT from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the 2012 Melange 3 Components Dinner

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small white head that fades to a ring with no lacing.

S: The nose has really nice aromas of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, caramel, and wheat.

T: The taste is vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and some sweetness from the wheat. This really could use some hops or something else to counter act all that sweetness.

M: The feel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: Pretty sweet with nothing to cut the sweetness. I see why they only use this blend with. It's not so good on it's own but when blended with something else it only adds one aspect which is a nice sweet flavor. Glad I finally got to try this after years of curiosity.

Dec 02, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Melange 3 2012 Components Beer-Pairing Dinner
The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Cloudy, light, golden amber in color with a moderately-sized, somewhat pillowy off-white head. Nice retention and decent, dotted stick down the glass.

Sweet and rich aroma of bourbon, caramels, brown sugar, and maple syrup. There's definitely a wheat bread component as well pulling it all together. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the beer.

The flavor isn't quite as enjoyable or complex as the aroma would perhaps suggest. The sweet and bready elements make up the dominant flavor, with notes of dark fruit and bourbon on the periphery. Moderately bitter.

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Very glad I finally got to try this, but I prefer it in its blended iterations more than this version.

Nov 29, 2012
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Floydster from California

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass for seven dollars from my last visit to Beachwood BBQ out of the handpump, reviewed from notes on my cell phone, very similar to the standard version but with a more noticeable oak character, color is golden yellow with some orange tint, looks beautiful out of the cask, settles with absolutely no head, aroma consists of oak, milk, vine, bourbon, lots of vanilla, tannins, wheat, berries, and residual whiskey, taste starts off a little warming with the booze hitting you up front, candied fruits in the middle mixed with a little toffee, not chewy at all and mostly sweet, finish is hot with lots of sweetness, some caramel that is on the sweeter side lingers in the aftertaste, warms up nicely, would have been much better on a cooler day probably, sticky, sweet, warm, and fruity mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, cannot really judge the carbonation due to its serving style, taste lingers a while, could drink another glass but this stuff is strong, not too filling though, smooth, probably will not get to drink this again but it was very enjoyable, recommended

Aug 05, 2009
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LongBeachHopHead from California

4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach, CA

A: Poured a rich dark yellow with a thin head brushed on. Light carbonation and a little cooler than room temp.

S: I took one whiff and it brought back memories swiggin grandpa's bourbon. Called a wheatwine, this gave me a lot of oak infused bourbon, sweet potato with brown sugar and caramel.

T: For a 14.5% bourbon barrel aged beer, this one does pack a punch. Right off the bat, is the sweet bourbon presence that includes vanilla, dried apples and light caramel. When it warms up I get more of the oak flavor which is very inviting. Warm vanilla, fruit flavors and bourbon fuse together to create a pretty tolerable beer given the ABV.

M: The beer was slightly carbonated at first then died off to more flat. The beer is thicker and coats your mouth to allow the flavors to linger. Big alcohol presence.

D: I thought this beer was very tasty and had two in one visit. I knew it would blow quick since it was about a 3gal cask. I felt like I got mugged by five giant woodpeckers the next day and paid for it. I would stick to one if you ever get a chance to try this. Cheers to the Bruery!

If this were bottled I'd grab some.

Jul 19, 2009
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Halcyondays from California

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy golden with a soft cask head, good lace.

S: Very candy/pastry-like, caramel, butterscotch, sweet cream.

T: I've had this twice now. The first time I had it I would liken it to drinking a caramel candy, like a Werther's Original. Yesterday, I found it much more whiskey like on the outset, more boozy, but more complex - notes of vanilla, apples, cake - delicious cake, like a tawny port meets CA Chardonnay meets Sauternes, it definitely has some sweetness to it, a very unique tasty beer.

M: Soft carbonation and smooth, silky from the alcohol.

D: A sipper for sure, my 12 oz. glass lasted for over an hour, something I really treated more like a spirit when I was drinking it.

Jul 17, 2009
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vacax from California

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this Belgian-style Golden Wheat Ale on cask at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. According to Kyle, the bar manager, the difference between the "Sap" and standard White Oak is that this one is 100% barrel aged. A real treat to have this one from a firkin.

This beer could be described as a Belgian-style Wheatwine, though this is not a recognized style and therefore I am listing it as a BSPA for the sake of uniformity with the regular White Oak.

The ale pours as a golden amber, such as a golden honey or tree sap. It came with about a one inch eggshell white head, which was lighter than I expected, but as this one was handpumped the presentation was beautiful. Good retention considering the ABV this one clocked in at.

Aromas of bourbon, caramel, butter, brown sugar, and maple wafted into my nose. A lot of bourbon at first but as I imbibe the maple and brown sugar really opened up for me.

The flavor of this beer is full of wheat, bourbon, caramel, California chardonnay grapes (white wine grapes with lots of butter and green apple), oak, butter, and vanilla. Buttery finish. There is definite evidence this could be classified as a wheatwine, and the oak and spirit character is finely weaved into the brew. The body is relatively centrist for such a high gravity brew, and the carbonation is soft and nigh perfect for such a strong brew coming out of a cask.

White Oak Sap is quite a tasty wheatwine with lots of complexity, though it is full of strong barrel flavors. This is a hell of a sipper that I quite enjoyed. I had an inkling to order a second one, but I would probably still be at the bar instead of writing this had I done that...

Jul 17, 2009
White Oak Sap from The Bruery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 26 ratings