White Chocolate | The Bruery

165 Reviews
no score
Send samples
White ChocolateWhite Chocolate

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by womencantsail on 08-07-2012

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 1,178
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery White Chocolate (2017)

A: Finally, The Bruery's (in)famous wheatwine sees distribution. This formerly very difficult to acquire beer pours on the light end of amber, orange-hued, and crowned with nice cream-colored head of an unexpected three-finger height. It does not stick around all that long, but the high ABV (by normal, non-Bruery standards) of 13.8% eats into the possible retention. Lacing is also surprisingly nice. Alcohol legs are completely unsurprising, however. Clarity is very good, and carbonation appears moderate. This is a very appealing beer that ticks all the boxes. 4.75/5

A: The Bruery almost always delivers on their "gimmicks," and this is no exception: this beer smells so strongly of actual white chocolate that it is frankly unbelievable that no chemicals were used to mimic that very distinct scent. In support of the dominant white chocolate is vanilla, bourbon, oak, tons of coconut, caramel, honey, and hints of citrus fruit, mainly orange in the form of a creamsicle (the latter is likely a function of the wheat). Alcohol is detectable, but it is fruity, and at this ABV, it would be nearly impossible to completely hide. This is truth in advertising. 4.75/5

T: In another unbelievable showing, the flavors mostly live up to the incredibly promising nose. The hefty white chocolate is there again, but the caramel, vanilla, honey, and coconut all punch above their promises, adding complexity while also ruining the singular focus of the beer. The citrus fruitiness of it comes through more with orange peel, candied orange, and a hint of tartness (not infection but likely a byproduct of the high-wheat grainbill). There are suggestions of candied dried citrus fruits (maybe even light stonefruit); white raisin and white grape are feather-light additions. Alcohol is more present in the taste than in the aroma. It does not quite hit all the notes from the nose (and nowhere near as focused), but it is still enjoyable and actually quite drinkable. 4.5/5

M: The wheat keeps things light, which is nice and contributes to the unlikely drinkability, but it clashes a bit with the stickiness inherent in a beer this big with this much residual sugar. Carbonation is low, about where is should be, and there is a dryness (Alcohol? Wheat? Absent hops making an appearance?) that does play janitor at the end of every sip. Alcohol heat is not as present as alcohol flavor was, and the drinkability benefits. 4.25/5

O: I do not like white chocolate, but I really enjoy White Chocolate. This is a very enjoyable Bruery offering, and one that is significantly less intimidating than Black Tuesday and its ilk (though those beers have a time and place and are certainly also good). This actually hits the BJCP guidelines of its style fairly well. It is very drinkable to boot, at least relatively-speaking. The overall impression is something similar to a high-level all-grain whisky (think Compass Box Hedonism) as opposed to all-malt whisky, which would be barleywine in this comparison. Availability and price already limits this, but it would never be an everyday beer. It hits the single bullseye (as opposed to double) in regards to replicating white chocolate in a beer, and while it may not be perfect, it is still arguably the best wheatwine available. Pair with the Sithu Aye/Plini split "I," which has similar sweetness and surprising depth without getting too heady or complicated. 4.5/5

 3,442 characters

Photo of cjgiant
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brass color, reminding me of my coronet from my younger days. The haze I think does it. Noticeable pale cloudiness, yet I can still see through the beer. Head overflowed my beer as I misjudged its ability to grow. After getting it under control, it still showed strength, and colored the glass walls white in half the glass.

Nose is sweet and big on the vanilla, and quick sniff. Getting more into its business, the chocolate notes show up - subdued but obvious once my nose gets ahold of its scent. There bourbon alcohol does seem to add an astringency that I could do without, sadly. Luckily it's not a big attribute.

This is a light beer for all its boldness. The carbonation is light, lending a softness to the beer that I feel outweighs the mild flatness it also brings. Definitely a little heat from real and/or perceived alcohol.

Taste, like the initial nose, is vanilla forward. There is a light tang as well, almost leaning tart; I'll go with something like a wine that has some lemon notes. Before mid-taste the bourbon/barrel aspect comes out. The chocolate stays underneath these front flavors, but above what appears to me to be a tripel base beer.

Noting that it's a wheat wine (which I've had less experience with), a few things I perceived make sense. This was a beer I really liked some whiffs/sips. In others I felt it was slightly disjointed. The former beat out the latter more often than not. At the price, I'd need a special occasion to grab again, but I wouldn't hesitate if the planets aligned so.

 1,548 characters

Photo of Angerhaus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pour at a festival. - It's nice to come across the occasional The Bruery beer that's worth drinking, but I still feel they're overpriced and overvalued across their entire lineup. Probably wouldn't pay what they're asking to try it again.

 244 characters

Photo of BikenBeerTwo
2.8/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a fan of the sour offerings from The Bruery, but this one was not for me. It had a stabbing alcohol flavor at the beginning and then a taste reminiscent of stomach acid. It did finish with a "white chocolate" aftertaste, but the road was too long to get there. Others may like this one, but again, it was not for me.

 320 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bit of an odd beer- pours lighter in color than I would have thought, and it's also remarkably light in body for the huge abv and flavors here. My only real complaint is that the delicacy of the wheatwine is alittle overwhelmed by the barrel ageing, while the chocolate and vanilla notes seem in harmony. Really does taste like white chocolate, with just a hint of sourness and barrel flavors. It gets a little cloying after awhile- this is one to share with a couple of other people.

 486 characters

Photo of AndrewP17
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best wheatwine ales ive ever had. tons of chocolate and vanilla in the smell and taste.... its a weird combo for a wheatwine but it works. wont be disappointed with this one

 187 characters

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy copper tinted orange body with minimal head and lace but the lace present stays present. Overpowering aroma of chocolate and vanilla bean although you can detect some wood and booze as well. The beer itself is a little boozy and hot but not medicinal and has a pronounced white chocolate taste. Retains a woody smoothness and at times you do get other flavors such as caramel/(butterscotch?) malt and ark fruits like figs. Finishes slightly hot with a sweet edge.

 492 characters

Photo of darktronica
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best wheatwines available to a fairly wide market. That said, I would argue that, as backed up by review scores for Chocolate Rain and other beers with cacao nibs and vanilla beans, the concept is better suited to a stout or porter base. White Oak definitely provides a lighter, but still complex, foundation for the additives and ageing to act upon, but it also picks up a bit of tart yogurt from the oak that lingers through the finish and contrasts with the intended effect.

 488 characters

Photo of CJNAPS
2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Maybe I received a bad bottle but I didn't think this one was very good. Might have to revisit but I really don't see me buying this one again. I'd rather buy more Chocolate Rain or the week days from them.

 206 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Vintage 2017.

Deep opaque reddish orange body color, quite an impressive light khaki colored head as well, reaching an easy three fingers, with light retention. Settles to easily a fat finger with sheets of ring like lace. The faintest bit of slow rising carbonation just barely can be seen on the glasses edge.

Many does the aroma hit pay dirt. Soft caramel and butterscotch like aromas, mixing in with real big vanilla tones. Yup as true to the bottle a buttery cocoa kicks in smelling just like white chocolate. Aromas are also nice and soft not overpowering either, with much complexity and exploring to take into. Great smelling brew.

Oh man. This beer delivers in spades. A surprising light bodied feel for a wheatwine, but certainly not wet and lacks a bit of chewy character, still providing a wonderful almost silky coating. That's the few minimal criticisms though. The flavors are just gangbusterrs. Mid palate hits with a light toffee crisp, touches of caramel waffer. The aftertastes is just a bursting vanilla and buttery cocoa, and truly tastes like cocoa butter. True white chocolate. Stunning. Like drinking a waffer white chocolate crisp in hand. Light touches of milk, and minimal sugars, a hint of little bitterness too with some light oak flavors as well.

I am speechless, I never thought this could actually happen, but there is the craft creating and barrel magic happening right there in print. This is one of those rare beers where I wish I could have this every day. I don't know how this gets more impressive as a wheat wine, maybe some more dense body, but then it could ruin it. I want a case. It will just hurt when I finish this in 5 minutes cause it will be over.

 1,770 characters

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: very clear, unique honey, light bronze color. Some fluffy off white head on the pour that mostly recedes. Some lingering lacing. Gorgeous.
smell: Decadent rich, vanilla, coconut, and that distinguishing wheatwine thing.
taste: Much like the nose. decent rich, loads of flavors as advertised...vanilla, coconut, bourbon. Very nice indeed.

 344 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When this beer isn't infected, its one of my favorite summertime nightcap kind of beers. Pours out a hearty amber color, off white head, 1/3". Aroma of cocao, sugar, chocolate, bourbon. All the sweetness overwhelms picking up notes of oak.

The taste is a sugary foray into the wheatwine territory, light body, big strength, but the sweetness covers it up nicely. Lots of vanilla and caramel hide that big abv. The bourbon is mild behind all the cocao/vanilla/caramel. Creamy stuff. Great mouthfeel, this is a very underrated beer in my opinion. Certainly the amount of infected stuff in previous years might weigh its score down, but the good thing about Bruery is they always make it up to you. Would bang again even though pricey.

 743 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, surprisingly. Little head.

This 2013 vintage has a little apple cider vinegar, definitely white chocolate and bourbon somewhere in there.

Flavor, maybe flawed. White chocolate mixes with apples, caramel, and bourbon.

Feel is medium to full.

Overall nice wheatwine with character.

 297 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

This one pours a light golden color, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like vanilla, sweet white chocolate, and bourbon.

This has a pretty simple but sweet character to this, but it's nice. There's lots of vanilla and soft white chocolate, with butterscotch and caramel, and light silky bourbon. The flavors are melded well together.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This was quite decadent, but probably a bit too sweet.

 512 characters

Photo of g00ey
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was good but not great. An interesting beer that does taste like white chocolate. A true dessert beer. Nice as novelty but not something I could see drinking with any regularity.

 186 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. 2015 Edition.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Rich, caramelly bourbon aroma with lots of vanilla and sweet milk chocolate held together by a blanket of oak.

T- So much going on in here. Notes of maple, malted milk balls, vanilla, bourbon and caramel. Truly creates the illusion of eating white chocolate fudge all with this boozy overtone that balances out the big sweetness. Nutty aftertaste.

M- Somewhat silky but with a sizable booze bite. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Well I'll be damned, but they really made this taste like white chocolate. Though I don't actually like the taste of white chocolate as it's too rich for me, this bourbon-soaked approach to the flavor I can get down with. There's also plenty of oaky complexity to keep things interesting but this is certainly a slow sipper that I recommend sharing with friends. My first of the truly big Bruery beers.

 1,172 characters

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml foiled and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

The nose is out-of-this-world! Smells exactly like white chocolate syrup infused with bourbon. Deep, aromatic and boozy. Beer opens white chocolate, fudge, molasses and booze. Sweet and syrupy in the middle with loads of cocoa powder and vanilla bean. Finish is syrup, dark fruit, booze and more vanilla sauce. On point for sure. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down hot and oily. Sticky sweet finish.

There are a lot of "White Chocolate" beers out there but this Bruery offering blows them all completely out of the water. Never had a brew that tastes almost exactly what you'd imagine a White Chocolate beer to taste like. The vanilla is there, the chocolate is there, the booze is there and the flavor is incredible. Definitely worth having.

 861 characters

Photo of cvm4
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage

L - Pours an amber body with a fizzy less than half finger head. No lacing or retention.

S - What's that, oh booze! Huge whiff of cocoa nibs and bourbon at the front followed by oak and vanilla. At the very back end, there is a teeny tiny acidic sharpness. Aside from the sharpness, the beer is really well balanced on the nose.

T - Sweet chocolate, caramel and malts in the beginning. Bourbon, oak and vanilla hits midway through. Straight forward taste here.

F - Thick bodied and low carbonation. Smooth/silky/velvety all the way around.

O - Such a rich and decadent beer. I definitely get the white chocolate taste The Bruery was going after. The 16.6% abv was pretty well hidden to make this an easy sipper.

 738 characters

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep amber to honey in color with little to no head in the glass. No lacing, but definitely some alcohol legs.

S- Hello booze! Huge bourbon and barrel scents hit the nose first, quickly followed by very sweet and boozey malts. I'm not sure I would call the overall impression white chocolate, but I would call it sweet.

T- On the tongue, this one follows the scent pretty closely. Big, boozy, and bourbon forward flavors hit the palate first. Sweet and chocolatey malts come next, and give somewhat of a white chocolate impression. The back end of the drink gives the vanilla flavor a prominent showing before the boozy flavors return to dominate and finish the drink.

M- Thick, heavy, and sticky, this hugely boozy beer is a very slow drinker. Between the booze and the heavy flavors, this one is just a beast to sit down and drink. I definitely recommend splitting this bottle with a friend.

Overall, this is your typical imperial style from The Bruery; it is huge, boozy, and a little overwhelming. I'm not entirely certain why it is called White Chocolate, because, even though it contains chocolate flavor notes, it just doesn't give the overall white chocolate impression. In the end, this is a decent beer, but nothing to write home about.

 1,261 characters

Photo of nawpnawp
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very clear, light red/gold with champagne-esque bubbles that dissipate very quickly. The smell is all chocolate up front with an acidic wine smell at the back. The smell has me anticipating something epic. The flavor is much like the description from The Bruery -- tons of white chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon perfectly balanced by the malty backbone and hop profile; followed up by a cider like aftertaste. The sweetness is minimal, which helps keep this drinking like a strong ale. The mouth feel is thin and dry like a white wine. The ABV isn't well hidden, but that's not a bad thing.

Overall, I'm surprised this brew doesn't receive as much love as all of their other brews. It is surprisingly complex for such a chocolate infused brew. This may be one of my favorites of theirs, and I've had a majority of them.

 838 characters

Photo of Stevem68
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice cognac Amber color. Aroma boozy, sweet and chocolaty. Flavor is rich white chocolate rich a little fattiness like real white chocolate. Has a smooth rich creamy body and overall I thought this was pretty cool. You can absolutely see the white chocolate in this beer.

 279 characters

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2015

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep orange topped by a finger of dense white head that fades to a small collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of vanilla beans with a slight chocolate and coconut notes along with some hints of oak and bourbon. Very nice nose
T: Taste is light chocolate and vanilla with some oak and slight caramel sweetness. This is a very sweet beer on the palate. The swallow on this one is some oak with more vanilla and white chocolate flavors with a little coconut on the back end. Slightly boozy but hidden behind all the sweetness.
M: Thick and silky on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish from the ABV.
O: Overall a very sweet and decadent beer. This one is most definitely not infected and tastes great. Pretty high ABV at 16.6 but it carries itself well. Definitely one to try.

 886 characters

Photo of WesMantooth
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My bottle was the 2015 version that came in at 16.6%. I didn't find it to boozy at all. Very rich and decadent, but fairly easy to drink. It was like a light barleywine if that was a thing.

Smells kind of odd. I have heard people mention beef jerky. I can see that a little. Almost like a teriyaki aroma. I think it is just the combination of some dark fruits along with maybe some coconut and charred smell from the barreling.

It actually tastes like white chcolate quite a bit. Very sweet with some cocoa hidden in there. I think it taste like cookie dough and marshmallows too. Also some distinct bourbon notes of wood and vanilla.

Very, very tasty beer.

 663 characters

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours dark orange with a finger of head
S: slight vanilla and barrel.
T: so much sweet vanilla mixed with chocolate and bourbon. Just awesome flavors
F: a little warmth as it goes down, very smooth.
O: This beer surpassed all expectations. Huge vanilla followed by nice smooth bourbon and an overall sweetness. I want more!

 328 characters

Photo of DaltonCastle
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. 2 hours after having a taste of Garage Brewings' Marshmallow Stout, we are now splitting this massive gem 3-ways.

Look- Looks a whiskey amber color. Head dissipated fairly quickly. Quite a bit of alcohol legs on this one.

Smell- Wow! Bourbon bomb with some chocolate notes. A lot of vanilla and some malt. Pretty much white chocolate. Good stuff.

Taste- Tastes like I dipped a Hersheys Cookies and Cream bar into a glass of fine bourbon. Quite sweet but if you were expected anything else than I don't know what to tell you.

Feel- A very slight alcohol twinge but that is to be expected. Very velvety and slick.

Overall- I feel like I am a kid being let loose in a candy store without any adult supervision. Going to cellar my second bottle for a year and revisit this. Looking forward to it.

 803 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
White Chocolate from The Bruery
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,178 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.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.