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:
1,220
Reviews:
174
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember who brought this - Jason? Served in a taster pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a to collar, leaving minimal lace and a few wisp on top. Murky orange-yellow body. Nothing unexpected for a 14% wheatwine but not much to look at either.

S - Typical wheatwine flavors - fruity yeast and and lightly toasted grains - but with an undercurrent of white chocolate and booze. Some vanilla and oak notes in the periphery. I don't generally like this style, and I was initially a bit put off by the aroma although it improved as it warmed up.

T - The taste is superior, and it's a dead ringer for white chocolate. Oodles of delicious vanilla bean and milk chocolate flavors, with only mild supporting notes from the wheatwine and barrel. Delicious stuff, and not as much booze as you'd expect from 14%.

M - Full bodied with lower carbonation. Smooth and creamy texture, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol warmth. Not as viscous as some of the Bruery's stouts, but there's sufficient heft here.

D - I didn't really like the aroma much, but once I got past that there was a really enjoyable beer to be found. It's very sweet and best enjoyed in small quantities, but may be the best Bruery offering I've had in a while. If you like white chocolate (like I do), then check this one out.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At the time of this review, this is #1 on the "Top Beers - Wheatwine" list on beeradvocate.com....fun. Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber and hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet...smells like white chocloate.

I wonder about beers like this...did the Bruery make this beer and then name it or set out to make a beer that tastes like white chocolate. Nailed it. The beer is really sweet, pushing it but not over the edge, and has a nice vanilla flavor to it, creamy smooth, no alcohol sneaking through...thick bodied. It is a good beer but it is a committment to drink it. I won't turn it down in the future but it is a big task to drink this alone...one of the only wheatwines I think tastes good.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a bright yellow orange in color with brown highlights and a nice half finger of head with good retention that left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: WOW!!.. It really does have the aroma of white chocolate, I don't know how they pulled it off. Definitely was very very sweet but was able to detect plenty of caramel, vanilla, a little oakiness, hints of booze, malty sweetness and some underlying toffee notes.

T: just like the aroma suggest there was huge white chocolate flavor alongside caramel, toffee, sweet maltiness, good oaky accents, mild booze that was well balanced, a little yeast character, hints of banana and a touch of vanilla; very delicious.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a very sweet, white chocolatey, slightly oaky, mild fruity and boozey but with a silky rich finish.

O: I have to say I am by any means not a fan of white chocolate candy but damn this beer is delicious and the aroma is crazy nuts. The only con is that the sweetness is pretty intense and you might go diabetic after this one.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Bruery tulip.

A - Dark yellow with some orange in the centre. Completely cloudy/opaque. A thin layer of bright white head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Big vanilla and oak aromas up front. Some bourbon, caramel and a cocoa notes are also present that create a great white chocolate aroma - as advertised!

T - The bourbon comes to the forefront right away. Big vanilla notes and cocoa create and sweet white chocolate presence. The oak is present throughout. The white chocolate is not as well integrated as the nose indicated but still comes together well.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

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4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a murky dark amber yellow.

The beer is quite sweet throughout. The base beer brings light candy sugar, vanilla, coconut. There's a hints of bourbon, but then throughout there's a light white chocolate flavor.

An interesting attempt at playing around with the base beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

White Chocolate from The Bruery
4.16 out of 5 based on 1,220 ratings.
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