White Chocolate
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
Ranked #7
Ranked #3,416
4.18 | pDev: 12.2%
Saturday at 01:44 PM
Aug 07, 2012
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Notes: ABV varies by batch.

The primary component of our "White Oak" ale is a 100% barrel aged wheat wine that we affectionately refer to as "White Oak Sap." Essentially a "summer" barley-wine style ale, but made with a wheat heavy grain base, White Oak Sap is aged in used bourbon barrels for nearly a year and comes out rich in flavors of coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of the beer, we've added cacao nibs and vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate...hence the name.
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by zeff80 from Missouri

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Sweet toffee, caramel and chocolate taste with vanilla and oak notes.

Saturday at 01:44 PM
4.49 by dan_amdg from Illinois on May 11, 2022
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4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Eddieeight from Ohio

Well this was rather expensive at $16 for a tall boy can. But it's been sitting on that shelf calling my name for the last several months so i finally gave in and bought it. This is a 2021 edition, and it's now 2022. Made by the Bruery, i'm excited to try this because i like other Bruery beers. The can is blue and white, not really an artisitic design, rather boring and straightforward. But that's ok let's dive in. Poured out a golden amber color, after all this is a wheat wine ale. There is a short-lived head that dissipates on contact. An extremely lively stream of tiny bubbles are gurgling up from the center and migrating to two sides of the glass, collecting in a white ring around the glass. The beer is really alive, bubbling and simmering. Pretty cool. Well the smell is quite awesome, it's like honey and sweets, caramel apples and a slight sting of alcohol. Very inviting. The taste is a bit sour, a bit puckery, a bit pungent, but not necessarily in a bad way. Mandarin orange and apple and honey, and a very dry finish. Mouthfeel: the effervescence is absolutely brilliant, bubbly and exciting, and i think may be the best quality of this brew. Overall, it's a refreshing and unique beer. I see that they call it white chocolate because of the use of cocoa nibs and vanilla in the brew, but this is fruitier than that. I would call this more of a champagne-style beer. Pretty interesting taste and experience, the smell and bubbles really sell this beer, but the taste is not as impactful.

Apr 03, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jjamadorphd from Florida

Boozy, flavorful, and truly a wonderful experience. The booze is definitely forward, you definitely feel it at 14%, and the mouthfeel is full-bodied and lightly thick. A great brew, not necessarily a a dessert beer but still very good.

Feb 13, 2022
4.25 by heysuz from Indiana on Nov 21, 2021
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Nov 21, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

L: big thick head, good lacing
S: I get vanilla and cocoa
T: vanilla, cocoa, some whiskey. At first sip, I get some grape flavor, that may go away when it warms up
F: all the mouthfeel is upfront
O: I’m not sure what this beer is trying to be, but I’m really not digging it

Nov 14, 2021
4.34 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Nov 07, 2021
4.31 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 07, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

16oz can stamped PKG 02/09/21 (9 months ago) poured into a Duvel glass at 55° F 14% ABV per label. The beer pours dense dark amber in color with light khaki head. The head recedes to fat ring and single layer of bubbles. Impressive lacing for the ABV. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring sweet cacao and vanilla prominently with subtle bourbon barrel. The taste is semisweet caramel, vanilla & cacao up front with bourbon and oak barrel anchoring the finish. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. It drinks like less than 14%, but the alcohol is there in the taste as a subtle heat. Not cloying or overly sweet. Overall, excellent wheatwine.

Nov 07, 2021
4.5 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama on Sep 17, 2021
4.31 by d5001986 from Wisconsin on Sep 13, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

2018 edition enjoyed up at Big Bear Lake in September 2021! This is serious stuff; heavy on the woody barrel bourbon flavors. Finishes sweet with pleasant spices and warmth. Wow.

Sep 11, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 750ml bottle, 2017 edition, bottled on 19th January 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A cloudy orange brown colour with a half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some fine spotty lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, cacao, caramel, toffee, vanilla, raisin, with a hint of nuts and orange.

Taste: Moderately sweet, caramel, toffee, vanilla, honey, bourbon, chocolate, coconut, boozy, and a lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Boozy yet still smooth, with good aroma, flavours and complexity.

Aug 28, 2021
4.55 by dubnation from Kansas on Aug 25, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Billed as a white chocolate wheat-wine, and that is a fairly accurate description. The white oak barrels impart a white wine-like quality. The hazy, coppery crush-orange color is appealing if not entirely enticing. The color doesn’t match expectations about the nose or the taste, and the complete lack of lacing and head is mildly disappointing. The aroma is mainly cocoa and vanilla, with a hint of oak and distinctive booze. The vanilla beans and cocoa nibs are fairly subdued, and, while noticeable at first, are quickly dominated by a harsh bourbon barrel booziness. The crisp, extremely dry finish combined with the oaken barrel creates an unexpected tartness. Overall an enjoyable wheat wine, but given the high price point I won’t buy it again. While not for me, I hope this finds its audience as I can imagine certain pallets finding it exceptional. If you enjoy white wine and bourbon give it a try.

Aug 07, 2021
4.57 by chiefz1 from New York on Jul 31, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by eric5bellies from Australia

2021 edition poured at room temperature
A – Pours a hazy copper colour with a White head that reduces quickly
S – Difficult to explain. Tropical fruit, bitter sweet Oranges and small Chocolate. Imperial Weizenbock like aromas
T – Wow such an intense flavour. Tropical fruits, booze, hops
F - Full mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O – Unlike any beer I have ever tried. If you are expecting a Black oily Imperial stout that tastes like White Chocolate then forget this beer. Somehow it comes together to deliver that White chocolate flavour. A unique beer that is quite magnificent.

Jul 30, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BJB13 from Maryland

16 ounce can poured into a Tulip.
Labeled 14.8% ABV.
Canned 1/23/20.

Deep copper and somewhat cloudy. The one inch cap of large whitish bubbles fizzes away to nothing in about half a minute. Legs are visible on the side of the glass. The nose is strong and full of bourbon, sweet chocolate, caramel, dried fruit and mild alcohol. Tasting malty but only mildly sweet, wheat, grain/bread, caramel and bourbon and oak separately. Bitterness is restrained and hop flavor is very light. Finishes with a slight tang and a little heat. The medium full body is soft and smooth with low carbonation. Nice after dinner beer that goes down too easy for it's ABV. I don't even think I can call it "boozy".

Jul 29, 2021
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jul 25, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by robwired from Kansas

You want how much?!
Canned 02/09/21, it poured with nary a head. No ring, no lacing. Now, I poured it into a Rastal Teku glass instead of the tulip glass symbolized on the side of the pint can, but I don't think that would have made a difference from this amber-colored ale.
At first scent, booze. A taste, and this year's brew begins to acquit itself. Booze, yes. But this 14 percenter quickly follows with zests of citrus fruit with lingering coffee/chocolate flavor from a medium mouthfeel.

Jul 18, 2021
4 by EMV from Pennsylvania on Jul 12, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 16 oz can in a snifter. This monster pours a cloudy and murky
amber with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin swirling layer,
and sports some light lacing. Nose of bourbon, oak, grain notes, orange zest,
lemon zest, and touches of cocoa amongst astringent booze. Flavors hit the note
with bourbon, oak, vanilla, cream, orange zest, lemon zest, and astringent booze
with light hop touches. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth, lightly coating,
low carbonation, and a faintly dry finish.

Overall, a fantastic hybrid


Jul 04, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by trevormajor from Ohio

16 oz can, born on 1/26/21, poured into a tulip glass at 53 degrees F:
L - almost a blood orange color, with a frothy white head that slowly dissipated
S - vanilla, bourbon, coconut
T - amazing flavor, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, chocolate on the finish
F - thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O - very interesting and complex beer

Jun 30, 2021
4 by GClarkage from California on May 31, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

16 ounce can, canned on 01/26/21. 14% ABV stated on the can. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark golden/orange color with not quite an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, oak and bready/grainy malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some caramel, honey, earthy, white chocolate and coconut flavors. Mostly sweet tasting but not close to being overpoweringly so. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this bourbon barrel aged wheatwine a lot, grab a can or 2 of this if you're able!

May 14, 2021
3.5 by doctorgary from New York on May 07, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

16oz can into a tulip. Canned 2/9/21, so 3 months old. Tavour purchase.

Looks outstanding in the glass. Slightly hazy glowing orange/amber body. Well carbonated. Clean white head retains magnificently, impressive given the abv. Big fat ring and a solid covering. Streaks of lacing.

Sweet vanilla and chocolate aromas with a little oak poking through now and then. Chocolate stronger than vanilla.

On tasting, initially it reverses the nose, vanilla forward. As the drink warms, the chocolate comes through more. Alcohol is very strong, especially on the back end. Warming drink.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish a strong boozy burn.

Overall, enjoyable sipper over the course of an hour or so. A little more aging might lessen the burn a little. Hopefully the chocolate notes would retain. As it stands today, a very enjoyable wheatwine.

May 07, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Dark cloudy orange. One finger of foamy off-white head with long retention.

Smell: Chocolate, honey, mild vanilla.

Taste: Sweet chocolate and honey, followed by a mild earthy hop flavor. Virtually no hop bitterness. Taste is overall rather mild and subtle.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, with mild carbonation.

Overall: A nice, relaxing dessert beer.

May 06, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Mick666 from Canada (AB)

Poured with a finger of beige head. Diminished quickly. Let it warm up a bit and the smell is incredible. Honey and chocolate and a bready sweetness. Taste follows suit. Silky smooth vanilla. Just enough booze to warm your belly.

May 04, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

Longtime want. Canned 2/9/21. A real interesting beer. Cloudy bronze with mild head and lacing. Smell is strong chocolate and vanilla notes, reminiscent of a sweet kids cereal, with a bit of barrel presence. Taste is similar, but the barrel asserts itself stronger on the back end. Medium bodied, mildly mouth watering, strong alcohol presence. Glad I got to try this.

May 02, 2021
4.3 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Apr 30, 2021
3.5 by jeschaefer from Texas on Apr 29, 2021
1.84 by Demi from Minnesota on Apr 17, 2021
4.09 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 02, 2021
4.3 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Mar 16, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by WickedBeer from Alabama

2019 Vintage.

After immediately cracking you get sweet vanilla and baker’s chocolate that quickly gets swallowed up by rich malt. As it warms, an abundance of stewed fruit and malt interplay with the sweet base. Touch of astringency on the tail. Warm, boozy finish.

Mar 14, 2021
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BergBeer from Hawaii

Poured from a 16oz can into a shaker pint

Look: Slighty hazy golden yellow with a thick white head

Smell: Sweet. Vanilla, bourbon, we gute chocolate, and yellow cake.

Taste: Like rum cake but with bourbon and white chocolate frosting. Pretty wild.

Feel: Big and boozy. Cloying but not overly. Good carbonation. No bitterness.

Overall: A gimmicky beer but it’s brewed very very well. I’d never get another can but the craftsmanship is exceptional.

Feb 25, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

2017 vintage

We’re finally here, beer #500. What a journey it’s been up to this point. Interestingly enough, this is my first wheatwine, and it currently sits as the second highest rated of the style. Picked up a 32 oz growler of this yesterday at Half Time Mamaroneck and plan on finishing it all tonight, so I might be in rough condition tomorrow

Pours a murky glowing deep orange with a finger of white head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing and nice legs

Most of my favorite barleywines trend sweeter, and this wheatwine is also very sweet in the nose, but in a different sense. I'm picking up on aromas of white chocolate (duh), caramel malt, sticky honey, buttery oak, golden raisin, a touch of earthy bourbon, and lightly spicy wheat

The sweetness translates to the taste without a doubt, again leaving the impression of white chocolate. On the front end, I'm tasting rich toffee, vanilla, smooth oak, and a subtle stone fruit character. The swallow drives up the sweetness even more, bringing the characteristic white chocolate in addition to notes of dry coconut, sweet bourbon, pear, honey, light caramel, and a light wheat base to carry it all

Somehow, this goes down like water. It's quite concerning actually, it feels like 6-7%. A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation resulting in a super smooth beer that coats the mouth, yet finishes in a mostly drying sense

I'm happy to make this beer #500 for me. A rare treat for sure, as it was found 3 hours away from me, though I happened to be going there anyways. Regardless, a great beer, and a nice way to kick off the style for me. I plan on diving more into the style given my love for barleywines and this. Cheers BA!

Jan 31, 2021
4.12 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
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