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Preservation Series: Or Xata - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 26
Gots: 54 | FT: 12
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ehammond1 on 07-15-2013

Blonde ale brewed with rice, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.
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Ratings: 334 | Reviews: 41
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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

A murky copper in color--a melted, sun-kissed penny. Small near-white head. Not the stickiest of beers, though there are some irregular spotting and miscelanous bubbles left down the glass. Pretty enough, though this is an interesting, and certainly unique, style to judge.

This truly smells like the Mexican drink horchata, which happens to be a favorite of mine. A milky, creamy sweetness is met by distinctive cinnamon and vanilla notes. There's a soft, mild grain presence in the aroma, though it's a bit more discernible in the flavor.

The milky sweetness, cinnamon, and vanilla are all present in the flavor, and this tastes more and more like horchata as it warms. Lingering note of grain/rice. The cinnamon is a touch more dominant than the vanilla, but the cinnamon is merely a flavor, as opposed to presenting a harsh and/or bitter spice that I've experienced in other beers brewed with cinnamon. It doesn't leave my tongue feeling rough/abused, like cinnamon can.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation. While stylistically, it could perhaps use a bit more carbonation, I think The Bruery nailed their intended mouthfeel/carbonation level with this one.

A really delicious American experimental ale, and I think The Bruery pulled off exactly what they intended with this one. Looking forward to pairing my next bottle with carne asada nachos...because, why not?

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.77/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - A little hazy. Deep orange. Nice white head. Thick collar and nice surface foam.

Smell - Vanilla is most prevalent. Cinnamon behind it. I guess some graininess. Kinda like a wheatwine.

Taste - Sweet. Lots of vanilla. Spice builds into the flavor and lingers in the finish. The middle is an odd sweet body. I suppose that's rice, because it doesn't taste like malt.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet, but not by Bruery standards. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Having had two Or Xata beers, I can safely say I don't think I would enjoy the title beverage.

Photo of Javi_bobby
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells just like horchata
This beer is creamy, smooth and tastes just like horchata. Has little to no head at the top and leaves no lacing on the glass. Great with mexican food. If you have a chance to grab one of these you should try it. One of my favorite beers

Photo of Ruderaven52
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter.

Hazy-ish, light copper. Very thin head with a few bubbles lingering on the side, but this is not lacing.

This smells like a rice, cinnamon, vanilla ice cream. I am not a huge Horchata fan, but this smells like a Horchata dessert. A Horchata float. Smells on the sweet side.

This taste is Horchata. Lots of vanilla and rice. Not quite as sweet as the smell. This gets better with every sip. The bottles says drink fresh, but this is almost two month old now (bottle 6/19/13). I imagine the taste is even more spot on Horchata coming off the bottling line. All the cinnamon comes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Cream soda with lighter carbonation. Nice.

Overall, while I don't love Horchata, this beer is right on the money. They made Horchata into a beer! The bottle calls this a blonde beer, but it is what it is. Great experimental brew (odd, but tasty).

Photo of JulioH
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is like drinking alcoholic horchata. I find it very cool, because most beers fall into the same categories, except for this type of beers. They are out there.

Or xata pours a nice yellow beer. Foamy. Smells a bit to some yeast and vegetables. Taste sweet.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip to a deep orange with a small fluffy off white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of vanilla and cinnamon
T: tastes of vanilla, and cinnamon with some creamy sweetness. very impressive. Slight hint of some bitterness but mostly the flavors of horchata. Swallow is more vanilla, sweetness, and cinnamon
M: full and creamy on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: This beer hit the marks they were going for and I'm sure fresh the vanilla was much more apparent. Very well crafted and very well done. I don't know if we'll be seeing this one again but I wouldn't be opposed to it.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 6/18/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a golden tan hue with almost two fingers of dense near white head. Head fades to a thick halo that laces well.

Smells of sweet cream, vanilla and a little cinnamon spice. Yum.

Soft vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and gingerbread cookie with just a slight tickle of alcohol. Very easy to drink.

Creamy medium feel with just a tad more carbonation than I'd prefer for the body. Sweet, smooth gingerbread finish.

This is really good. And goes down super easily. I finished a whole bottle in less than a half hour like it was nothing (and felt the subsequent buzz). A slightly different beer- I'd almost say it's like a blonde version of a gingerbread stout. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of Azyrien
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Brilliant. Horchata + carbonation + 7% alcohol. This may be my new favorite beer - it needs to be in a bottle more often. This beer is like a cream soda, an horchata, and a "butter beer" from Potter-verse all in one. Do yourself a favor and try it!

Photo of AaronFriedman
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Don't let anyone fool you, this is a cool beer.

Photo of krl2112
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thought the description of this one was going to taste weird but it was delicious. Tastes just like horcata to me!

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with rudzud.

Nice creamy bubbly 1 finger head fades at a med pace with plenty of lacing, hazy murky slight chestnut maroon apple brown color.

Nose is really interesting, lots of vanilla and cinnamon, caramel galore, my brain wants to think apple but none, flan thick sweet candy, tons of candied aromas but not burnt, but dulce de leche sweet creamy. Cinnamon and vanilla stick through it all.

Taste is super sweet like maple syrup, very syrupy, I want it on pancakes. Plenty more cinnamon in there again but not spicy cinnamon, candy like, lots of caramel again, so much candy syrup. Mild vanilla in there, more maple creams, fairly creamy too with light rice pudding, light warning apple. Finish is sweet and sticky, plenty more maple candy, caramel, light cinnamon and vanilla.

Mouth is syrupy, thicker, decent carb, decent creamy feel, light warming booze.

Overall, ehhhh, I want to like this, it has the flavors you'd expect, but for me who doesn't eat or drink anything sweet, it's hard to get through more than a sip or two. However, this with dessert, or mixed in ice cream or pancakes yum.

Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm usually not a fan of super sweet beers Bruery makes, but for some reason, this one hit me just the right way.

The beer pours a golden amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is pretty exotic, and I get very noticeable banana, vanilla, light cinamon and maybe a hint of coconut. The flavor profile is more of the same, with tropical fruit component even more pronounced. The amount of banana, vanilla and coconut you get in this beer is truly astonishing. Granted, the beer is definitely a bit sweet (would give taste a 4.5 otherwise), and it's pretty hard to imagine pounding down multiple glasses of this stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the beer delivers a ton of flavor, and the finish is long and pretty clean. The touch of lacto referenced on the menu does seem to give the beer a bit more viscousity than I was expecting. Abv. is pretty reasonable in this beer, so maybe that's why the alcohol is so unnoticeable (many of the sweet beers from Bruery are very, very boozy).

Impressive effort. Would definitely order this again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.30.13

A - Pours a hazy, medium to light amber with a large fizzy off-white head that fades pretty fast.

S - Strong nose, vanilla, sweet, and some cinnamon that packs a punch.

T - Lots of vanilla and cinnamon, very sweet from the rice.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Sweet, but great flavors. A truly unique beer, fun stuff.

Photo of cvm4
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Pours a red mahogany in color body with a one finger eggshell head. Not much retention or lacing going on here.

S - Definitely a healthy mix of cinnamon and vanilla on the nose. Like a reviewer below me stated, getting a cream soda vibe here.

T - Vanilla takes over here and the cinnamon goes to the background. The blonde base isn't hidden and a grainy aspect of rice pokes in & out.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. The vanilla wasn't cloying to me, but I could see how it would be for some.

O - Such a fun, easy drinking beer. The Bruery knows how to make an odd mix of ingredients come together and be a pleasure to drink.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at the BFD Christmas party.
Cloudy amber color with a minimal head.
Aroma is heavy on the vanilla sugar and cinnamon.
The flavor follows the aroma.
This was entirely too sweet for my palette.
I'm glad to have tried it, but I'm also glad I didn't have to drink it alone.

Photo of scottfrie
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle dated 6/19/13.

A: Pours a murky dirty dish water color with a thick off-white head that faded into a thin fuzzy collar.
S: Dominating lactose sugar nose with a touch of caramel and dulce de leche. Slight vanilla.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of lactose milk sugar, vanilla bean, dulce de leche and just a hint of cinnamon up front. Blond ale grain bill pokes through in the finish. The aftertaste is sugary and sweet with a faint hint of booze.
M: Thick body, very full and creamy mouthfeel, with soft frothy carbonation.
O: Not perfect but I can definitely see what they were going for. Creamy and delicious for dessert.

Photo of litheum94
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with a bottled on date of 6/9/13.

The body is a dark golden color, with a bubbly, dirty white head. The head fizzes out to a nothingness, leaving no trace behind.

The aromas nail the essence of horchata perfectly: cinnamon, vanilla, rice and lactose. Yup. That’s horchata.

The body has a creamy feel to it, with flavors of vanilla and a lactose sweetness. A grainy essence comes up, with a huge, spicy bite of cinnamon and cloves. There’s a thin-bodied, rice flavor towards the end, with a lingering sweetness, but with a somewhat dry finish from the carbonation.

This beer really does what it sets out to accomplish, and drinks exactly like an alcoholic horchata. This is an even better option to pair with Mexican food, as well as being a great summertime beer. I'd love to have a 4 pack of tallboys for a day at the beach.

Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a sort of tea to copper orange color with lighter yellow around the edges. A vigorous pour yields a finger of khaki head that fades back to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet almost like cream soda but with some vanilla and very mild cinnamon spice. At times it almost has a sort of orange marmalade character going on which is strange, yet enjoyable.

The taste is sweet with vanilla and a hint of beet sugar. Mild cinnamon spice and an overall flavor profile that seems more like a cream soda than a beer. As it warms up, a very mild sort of belgian yeast/clove spice emerges along with a complimenting fruitiness mildly reminiscent of pear/apple skins.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a very mild amount of carbonation. Having never had the drink that is the inspiration for this brew, I dont know how to grade this. I will say though that this pretty much drinks exactly as advertised with the listed ingredients. Quite unique and worth a try. I just have a difficult time scoring this since it is unlike anything ive had before and really just isnt beer-like in any way.

Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery snifter. Appearance is clear gold with minimal head and no lacing. The nose is very sweet. Notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, and caramel come first followed by heavy vanilla character. Taste is super sweet up front with notes of burnt sugar, mild cinnamon, sweet cream, and caramel. The flavor is reminiscent of horchata, but I'd say this beer comes off a few degrees more sweet than most horchatas. Mouthfeel is bordering on syrupy with moderate carbonation. Overall, the Bruery did a good job of translating the delicious Mexican beverage into beer form. The resulting beer is very sweet and serves as more of a dessert drink than anything else.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a dark gold to bronze with moderate haze, a thin off-white head and low visible carbonation.

S: Reminds me of cream soda. Vanilla, cinnamon, lactose creaminess, and overall sweet.

T: Big creamy sweet lactose and vanilla, cinnamon and Christmas spices, with some bready malts underneath. I don't get anything I could identify as rice. It finishes with more vanilla sweetness with a pinch of spice.

M: Full-bodied but still has a thin mouthfeel. Low carbonation sensation, though not quite flat. Modest alcohol presence.

O: This isn't offensive, but I don't find it particularly drinkable. I think a three-ounce taster would have been enough to see that it's a beer with some interesting flavors, and then been done with it. In the end, I couldn't make it through even my half-bottle pour before sharing it with the drain. Just too sweet and not enough complexity to make it worth pushing through.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, vanilla, cinnamon, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, cinnamon, and horchata flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium body mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is more horchata like in the taste versus the smell.

Photo of earljones199
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells very sweet with a lot of vanilla.

Tastes like cake batter. Very sweet taste with a lot of vanilla. Not a lot of booze in the taste. Pours a very yellow color with not much head. Very good!

My buddies didn't like it as much as me. Very sweet. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stakem for sharing this unique brew,enjoyed with Mandy and August drank chilled from a flute.

The color is deep medium brown with hazed look and thick white cap with fine bead, no lace is left and retention is ok. The smell is nice, lots of spice with a faint sweet aroma, mild alcohol esters with a mellow floral aspect, subtle vanilla and yeast adds a fruity essence. The feel is decent with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with moderately spiced texture and somewhat high alcohol for the style.

The taste is unusual but good, pretty interesting considering the origin of the idea, I have made horchata and shared with others who enjoy this specialty and it is not exactly what you would expect- I think the flavor of the alcohol is what seems to distract from the drink it pays tribute to. I understand the brewer who created this is not known for low alcohol versions of any style, but to me the spice is the best part of the taste a little less rice tangy-ness may have helped. I think this is pretty decent for what it is, but to me it missed the mark if Horchata or Or xata is what they wanted to pay tribute to. I think for a first taste of anything remotely similar to the original beverage it is better than average. Thanks again Adam, so glad I got to try this!

Photo of RobNewton
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is kind of awful. I don't know what I'm about to get when I stick it under my nose, but then I taste it and BAM, there's the cinnamon, rice, and vanilla that you know is horchata! Is it the best beer ever, maybe not, but did they nail what it's supposed to be? Yes.

Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros as part of our Bruery hoarders membership.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice super hazy honey hue with a two finger head that fades to leave thin clouds and light lacing.

S - Aromas of orchata hands down. Perfectly executed aroma, vanilla, cinnamon, super sweet sugars, caramel notes, like flan or dulce leche . Excellent!

T - Taste is quite sweet, rich caramel, vanilla, light cinnamon in the background, big rice pudding notes, very dessert like. Light alcohol. This drinks like a sweet orchata. Pleasant but sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, prevents it from being super syrupy.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, it would be a chore to get through a whole bottle though. Still, very well executed take on the cultural beverage.

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Preservation Series: Or Xata from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.