White Chocolate | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

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

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1,195
Reviews:
170
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
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Photo of n2185
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Kuges
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 into a Teku

L: Crystal clear deep amber with a stubborn 1-finger head
A: Straight up chocolate chips cookies - heavy on the vanilla, some faint oak
T: Sweetness, heat, more vanilla, chocolate, not much bitterness, excellent
M: Full bodied, endless supply of carbonation, alcohol well hidden
O: Been chasing this one for a long time, it lives up to the hype

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Photo of bobhits
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a suprisingly intense amount of foam. Lacing is lacking but the density and thickness of the beer is rather apperent. While the desnity of the beer creates an opaque apperance when poured into a snifter, it is relatively clear with just a few minor floating protein particles.

The nose is understated to say the least. Vanilla sweetness on the back of a somewhat acidic dare I say sour base. Oak really come through on the back end as well and with it some fruit notes that create this almost sour oak/fruit combo. All this over a very sweet and vanilla dominated malt bill with perhaps vanilla waffer cookies notes.

The beer absolutely has a white chocolate finish, I can't express that note more. However in the finish there is a rather acidic note that's really not making this an ideal beer. Cream, cookies, vanilla, oak, and some kind of acidic fruit are all here. The oak comes and goes as I drink the bottle, sometimes it's very strong and other times I alomst forget it was a part of this one. The one problem with a vanilla/white chocolate beer is that vanilla over saturates the mouth and even in small pours the flavor gets overwhelming and one tends to stop tasting it as it just never stop lingering.

The beer despite the creamy chocolately promoise has a very dry and acidic mouth feel. The beer bites in a way not expected and not wanted. Acidic oak notes and astrengency really show them shelves here. The beer is very well carbonated to start but now about 20 minutes into a glass, it's starting to fade there. The initial carbonation levels are more like a champagne than most beer, this is not uncommon with a wheat wine but yet I've had some that avoided this issue.

There are moments of greatness here that are over shadowed by rather poor execution in the mouth feel and finish. At around 30 dollars a bottle this just doesn't offer enough. I applaud the effort and the direction, but ultimately this is a pass for me. Certainly if you can get a small pour at a reasonable price, the unique white chocolate flavor here is WELL WORTH a sample, but this one comes a bit short the greatness needed to justify the price.

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Photo of thoglund
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
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

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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.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brandonwnw
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hermit990
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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

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Photo of StephenCollinsMarshall
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

White Chocolate from The Bruery
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,195 ratings.
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