White Chocolate
The Bruery

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
Ranked #2
ABV:
13.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,444
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 12.06%
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
1,380
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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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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Today at 04:29 PM
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Mick666 from Canada (AB)

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Tuesday at 09:40 AM
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mschrei from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sunday at 10:21 PM
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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BergBeer from Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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KRug from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Anders91 from California

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: golden with no head

Smell: smells exactly like white chocolate and vanilla, bourbon and oak on the back

Taste: all the smells translate to the taste, bourbon is a bit more prominent in the taste than the nose.

Feel: silky

A very good, though not quite exceptional beer. I would certainly say it is overpriced for what it is.

Nov 29, 2020
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks beautiful, wheatwine an very obscure style that I've only had this, and the original 2016 White Oak blend with Mischief. I could smell this all day, butterscotch, vanilla, coconut, hints of chocolate and bourbon, actually reminds me of the Dragon''s Milk 6% White Stout I love, doubled. Taste follows, like all huge Bruery offerings, immensely sweet and decadent. Mouthfeel is of the charts perfect, look up smooth and you should see an picture of this. Lucky to get the last 3 cans discounted to $7 per. One of only 2 WOW beers in this, the year of stupid, the other being the one 1/2 price can of So Happens It's Tuesday I was lucky to get earlier this year.

Oct 07, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Knapp85 for sharing this one!

A - Orange amber color with nice clarity and very thin lacing ring.

S - Bourbon infused vanilla beans and cocoa on the nose.

T - Bourbon booziness with vanilla.

M - Thick and silky.

O - The booziness detracts from the overall flavor although this is a well brewed beer.

Aug 04, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Copper filtered with 2 fingers of fast dissipated white head.

Smells of coconut, creme brûlée, and butter.

Tastes of vanilla, butter, milk chocolate, creme brûlée, sour apple and red wine.

Medium light crisp body with moderate carbonation and a burn in the throat.

Complex and delicious. Drinking it in Redding July 31st, 2020.

Aug 01, 2020
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Radome from Florida

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Rastal glass.

L - Burnished gold color with lots of orange. Lightly hazy. Moderate, fluffy white head fades pretty quickly. No lacing but there are "legs" on the glass like a strong wine.

S - Strong bourbon aroma mixed with chocolate and a unexpected note like chili pepper. If I closed my eyes I might imagine it is a Mexican-style Mole Stout aged on bourbon. Very interesting and appealing.

T - The flavors follow the aromas, with again a pepper-like character that I was not expecting. It's not unpleasant, just not part of the advertised profile in The Bruery's description. Strong bourbon and minor oak.

F - Medium body with a silky feel, moderate carbonation. Medium hops bitterness. Alcohol presence is apparaent, but is not overwhelming.

O - This beer has huge flavors and aromas, as expected. It's bourbon is on full display, but the chocolate and vanilla are not as obvious as a dominant chili pepper note the brewer didn't seem to intend.

Jul 19, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper to amber in color with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. Light lacing is present. The aroma is of white chocolate, bourbon, and wheat. I’m tasting cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and wheat. The mouth is boozy and dry.

Jul 18, 2020
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter from a 16oz can packaged on 01/23/2020. Can labeled 14.8% ABV.

Appearance: Semi clear amber with an off-white head rising roughly one quarter of a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Deep whiskey with hints of toffee and vanilla bean extract.

Taste: A ridiculously complex vanilla mixed with brown sugar and deeper toffee and a round a light coffee...I might try to chase another can just for the fu₡k of it. It's litterally like drinking dessert in a glass but a beer that packs the punch.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a super full body.

Overall: Good brew, very good brew which needs no tweaking whatsoever. I am not trying to sell the beer just trying to put a little knowledge in your head. Always in a glass...Salud.

Jun 23, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*White Chocolate 2020 poured into a Teku glass from a 16oz can*

*Canned on: 01/15/20*

*Drank on: 05/21/20*

This beer poured a hazy apple juice-like golden color and had about a half-finger white colored head, which had little to no retention to it. This beer looked true to the style, but it didn't look very attractive to me in my opinion.

If I had to describe the aroma and the flavor profiles of this beer in one word, it would have to be "rich". The aromas were very barrel-forward providing strong notes of bourbon and vanilla upfront. In the middle nose, I got rich notes of coconut which then evolved to a buttery-like pastry aroma by having components of sweet honey, caramel, and cacao butter, almost reminiscent of a butter croissant with caramelized sugar. With all of these rich and decadent aromas considered, I can definitely see why The Bruery decided to call this "White Chocolate".

There was a big booziness from the bourbon upfront that was coupled with a very delicate vanilla taste. The bourbon then mellowed out to rich notes of coconut and cacao from the nibs in the middle of the palate. These flavors held on for only a second, until the boozy taste of the bourbon returned in the finish along with a rich sweetness of caramel. I thought the flavors overall were quite nice, but eventually, I felt like the bourbon flavors and the overall richness of the beer made the flavors a little too rich and overpowering for my tastes.

This beer doesn't try to hide its ABV. It definitely leaves you with a warmth in the throat and chest. This was very rich and boozy in both flavor and feel. It makes you really feel like you're actually drinking liquid white chocolate without all of the cloying sweetness. It's almost like eating white chocolate dipped in bourbon. This beer felt medium bodied and had a moderate amount of carbonation, despite this, this beer is definitely meant to be sipped on and enjoyed for a couple hours, letting it open and warm up in your glass allowing you to take in all of its complexities. The beer also left a strong bourbon and a rich buttery coating around my mouth, so you're constantly reminded that you're drinking a big, rich, boozy, decadent, and complex beer.

Overall, this beer was very good, but also pretty rich and heavy. This is definitely meant to be sipped on and enjoyed with friends or family. Take your time, and enjoy.

May 24, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

**
05/15/2020

Can to tulip glass.

LOOK: opaque amber color, clear, small off-white head, legs but poor retention.
AROMA: lots of cocoa, hints of vanilla, wood, light barley, honey.
TASTE: tasty cocoa, a lot of wood also, baking soda, raisin, wine, brandy, vegetable.
FEEL: smooth, medium body, low carbonation,

very nice and smooth. the cocoa is fantastic and better than hoped for in this style. A really nice bru.

**

May 16, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can - not quite clear amber with quickly dissipating white head leaving minimal foamy lacing and a ring of bubbles. Nose is sweet and oakey . Taste follows more or less. Really smooth and woody. Hints of cocoa and vanilla. Very smooth. Would not hesitate to cellar one for a year or 2 .

May 15, 2020
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Scharmach

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It carries a classical ale look.
The smell, oh my goodness, this is one of the best smelling ales ever.
The taste is wonderful, follows the smell, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, pure joy for the palate.
A little heavy for an ale, but fits perfect for this ale.
Overall, this is the best ale I have ever had.

May 04, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought this totally by accident, thinking it to be an imperial stout -- it said a barrel-aged ale with cacao nibs! But I will review with an open mind.

Appearance: Pours a translucent gold with a quickly disappearing white head.

Smell: Pleasant honey, apple, bourbon, and vanilla. Kind of like a barrel-aged apple cider.

Taste: Sweet but not cloying. Malt predominates, butterscotch balanced with bourbon barrel. Bit of apple, bit of vanilla, but not really any chocolate. Hints of booze.

Feel: Very dry on the back of the finish, probably from booze. Medium-bodied.

May 03, 2020
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazy, nice brown color with a creamy head. Smooth appearance.
Nose is vanilla, butterscotch, vintage furniture, cocoa, caramel, slight hint of tobacco. What a blend.
Taste is a biting elixir of honey and vanilla, with the antique/ musty notes I picked up in the nose lending a Belgium-like flavor, kind of like an apple cider vinegar. Strong, sweet, and a dry finishing beer.
Feels well-carbonated and somewhat sticky.
More vanilla/ honey than chocolate. Bourbon-like. An interesting slow sipper, boozy but nice if you like anything in the barley-wine arena.

May 03, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent amber with two fingers of densely packed bubbles. Mild lacing.

Nose is bright and sweet. Malt and bourbon are the stars of the show here. Vanilla is strong on the nose as well. So much so that it reminds me of vanilla pudding or frosting. Kind of like egg nog before all of the spices. Booze is definitely detected. At 14% this isn't much surprise.

Taste is similar. Bourbon, malt, vanilla reminiscent of pastries, a very small amount of chocolate comes through now. A tiny bit of bitterness comes in on the back end, but I'm not sure if that's hop addition or the cacao nibs. Regardless it's a small force against the sheer amount of sweetness that this brew brings. The honey like quality starts to build the more I drink.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Fullbodied with mild carbonation.

A fun, novelty brew from The Bruery. Share it with someone or pair with a meal because this one is a big sweet beast and it will tap you out by the second round.

Apr 11, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is white chocolate/vanilla, caramel and very big barley/wheatwine malts. The flavor is big malts/wheat, caramel, white chocolate and a signature barley/wheatwine warming alcoholic finish.

Apr 10, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a moderately hazy, medium orange with a quarter finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly caramel malt, vanilla and light coconut and bourbon. Flavor is caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, hints of cocoa and coconut; a more fruity finish that has a bit of mild tartness. Lingering vanilla and bourbon. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. I'm not quite getting the white chocolate part, but it's been a long time since I had that form of chocolate. This does have a fairly traditional wheatwine style body with dominant bourbon flavors from the barrel. Vanilla seem to be the major secondary flavor. Hints of cocoa and coconut are present too. As I recall, white chocolate has more vanilla/crème flavor than cocoa, so I guess this is what they were aiming for. They had me at wheatwine, and I liked this quite a bit as a bourboned wheatwine with vanilla. Flavorful and solid; I've been wanting to try this for a long time. The fizzy, fruity finish makes me wonder about ageing this one.

Apr 04, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2017, poured into a tulip

A- A clear amber with a two finger off white head.

S- Bourbon, caramel, chocolate, some vanilla, hints of stone fruits.

T- Caramel, chocolate, bourbon, some vanilla, stone fruits, touch of oak.

M- Smooth, medium to full body, chewy.

O- Even at 3 years old it still has nice white chocolate flavors. The alcohol is well hidden, surprisingly easy to drink.

Mar 16, 2020
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear chestnut color. Didn't get a good look at the head and swirling couldn't bring it back to life.

Aroma is cacao, bourbon, cherry, cherry cordial, and hot alcohol vapors.

Flavor is cherry cordial, light vanilla, bourbon, some oak notes, hints of toffee and apple juice. Very noticeable alcohol flavor. Starts quite sweet, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel was heavy bodied, but not chewy. Light-ish carbonation (mine was sitting for some time before I could try it - millage may vary.) Alcohol is very hot, but appropriate for the high ABV.

Overall, very delicious and rich. Definitely recommend for bourbon lovers with friends to share this with.

Mar 06, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Playground in Santa Ana, CA.

Yep. If King Arthur pulled up to the bar, he’d be like, “Give me a White Chocolate.” This one is big and rich like Lizzo eating her supper, and it also is just so damn legit and smooth. Wow. This is 14.3%? For real? What a treat. This is some renisance shit, and you don’t even have to dress up like a dork to enjoy it.

Yep!

Jan 23, 2020
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