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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,195
Reviews:
170
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
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483
Gots:
468
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64
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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

Photo of n2pux
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of epyon396
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

3/3/17 bottle

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Photo of npachl
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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