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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Early summer, this barrel aged wheat wine is coming out very nicely (12% ABV) White Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance.
2012 vintage - 11.5% abv

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3.5
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Sigh. I take a deep breath before a open this. Yet another beer from the Bruery. It’s rare that I’m not underwhelmed by these beers. Luckily, this one pours with some lively carbonation. Amber hew with a big, thick offwhite head. Aroma of molasses, belgian yeast, banana and citrus. The nose on this is not exactly what I was expecting. I get some oak, some clove, and mild alcohol notes. First thing about the taste: I’m absolutely stunned how carbonated and light the mouthfeel of this beer is. Flavor of banana, oak and an apparent alcohol component. I get pear and other mild fruit notes as well as some citrus. As it warms, I get more bourbon and oak notes. A slight astringency from the alcohol. It kind of falls apart towards the end though. Still, I was into it for most of the beer. Actually, you know what, I kind of like this beer despite it’s flaws. I agree with the description. It is an exercise in balance in a weird way. It’s not perfect, but what is?

3.8
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a slightly hazy peach with small white head. Nose and flavor hold restrained vanilla from the barrel, nice stone fruit sweetness, and good touches of molasses, cake icing, and candied orange. Sweet but quite drinkable for the ABV. Pretty damn solid.

2.9
ICEatALAMO (1358) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2012
bottle. pours a hazy light golden color with a full and frothy head. Aroma is light and with some fruit notes. Taste is stronger than what I expected. Get a harsh bourbon taste for sure. Finishes a little strong and heavy alcohol throughout the drink. I was expecting more.

4.1
JoeMcPhee (10137) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle shared by Joet. Pale golden orange pour with a thick tight white head. The aroma has a lot of bright tart character. A vineous vanilla character along with a rich toasted woody character. A little bit of soft fruitiness and a touch of light spiciness. Soft and a little bit of peppery character. Awesome stuff.

3.5
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2012
750ml Bottle (at 11.5%ABV per the Bottle).: Aroma of fruit, pepper, wheat, Saison yeast, and pepper. Poured a muddy orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of fruit, pepper, Saison yeast, slight wheat, light Bourbon, light oak, and spices. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, fruit, Saison yeast, slight Bourbon, spice finish is dry. No "caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors." 11.5%ABV is very well hidden throughout.

3.7
wchesser (2163) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Tap at City Beer SF. Honey floral and caramel nose. cloudy gold. Tasty almost like a heavy gold belgian more than a barley wine.

3.8
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle. Hazy amber beer with a big cream head. malt and light bourbon aroma. Malt and oak flavor with bourbon and light spice. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon and oak lingers with light spice.

4
BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Dark honey colored pour with tangerine hues at its core. Maple, vanilla, caramel, tropical fruit, and candied citrus are abundant. Sticky and sweet but not at all cloying. Pretty damn good!

3.7
kappldav123 (6163) - GERMANY - JUN 24, 2012
Sample at Sour&Bitter Copenhagen. Looks good in the glass , deep golden, small head. Starts strong, some woody hints, modest sweet with fruity notes of peaches. Well balanced finish, strong, still modest sweet. Nice beer!

3.7
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
Tap. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma is of clove, wheat, caramel, some booze, coriander, black pepper, subtle oak notes and vanilla. Flavor follows the nose, some subtle oak and bourbon, vanilla, coriander, clove, black pepper, caramel, wheat and a decent amount of booze. The body is on the bigger side of medium with a very oily texture. Overall a pretty tasty Wheat Wine.


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