Roble Blanco | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Living in Southern California, we're huge fans of both Mexican cuisine and, of course, Mexican cocktails. This is a tribute to our favorite blended fiesta beverage, the Margarita. We aged this wheat-based beer in Tequila barrels for an extended period of time, lending warmth and a roasted agave character. Coupled with a slight lime tartness and a classic, salty finish, this brew is a great approximation of the refreshing summer afternoon Margarita.

Added by CTJman on 10-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by rudzud:
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2.81/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear honey hue with a thin head that fades to leave great legs and thin lacing.

S - Aromas of really pour quality tequila. Like, plastic bottle bad. I feel like there wants to be lime but yeah, bad tequila assault.

T - Taste is better than the nose. The lime juice and zest come out much more, nice salt notes. I don't really get the base beer at all. The tequila is really strong, quite hot. Again, very poor quality tequila. Argh.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, quite boozy. Hmm...

O - Overall this beer was a huge mess. The theory behind it was nice but, just not well executed. A shame. So much potential squandered.

Serving type: Bottle

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gregmoscetti
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%

I have been keeping reviews to a minimum, but this needs to be a PSA... Easily one of the worst things the Bruery has ever put into a bottle.

This beer pours about the shade of white chocolate (which makes sense) as the base is most likely white oak sap, in a tequila barrel.

Whether this beer was intentionally soured or botched throughout the Bruery's string of bad beers, the "sourness" of a 15% abv, as you can imagine, is lost in its overly sweet malt bill. I can only assume that this beer, much like Soroburo, was a bad barrel that the Bruery couldn't afford to dump so they "intentionally" soured the rest and hoped for the best. The taste is spot on for a terrible margarita. Cloying and puckering, like drinking the sour mix straight out of the bottle. Gets you in the corners of your mouth and makes your eyes kind of hurt.

Overall, I'm insulted that this is the RS Mystery Beer. If you don't live close enough to try this at the tasting room before you buy, heed my advice and skip it-- or buy it at your own risk.

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Photo of IrishColonial
2.37/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smells like an old margarita. Tastes like an old woman's vagina. Foul, foul.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.5/5  rDev +57.3%

It's easy to hate this beer, but hear me out. If this was served to me blind, I would hate it. But trying to execute a "margarita" beer can't be easy (I assume), but for what it is, the Bruery nailed it. Appearance is a dark amber colored beer with little to no head. The smell is margarita mix melded with the boozy sweetness of a wheatwine style ale known as White Oak. The tequila, lime and salt are there, and evenly balanced in smell and taste. This beer is exactly how the label reads. Actually, maybe a little better because I thought this was a sour ale, but it's not. It's tart, but not sour by any means. But that works for what they are going for in my opinion. The mouthfeel is perfect as light carbonation represents a cocktail beer well. Overall, I am impressed with what they achieved here. I am disappointed it was a mystery beer as I honestly would not want more than one. I expected a different direction for the mystery beers, but that has nothing to do with my rating.

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Photo of 01001111
4.75/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dirty wheat.

S: Initially an almost overpowering nail-polish remover scent. After it breathes a bit you get a tequila caramel apple.

T: String tequila, lactic and citrus tartness, fresh lime, and salt on the lips.

M: Thick.

O: I was prepared for the worst but I actually really liked this. A lot. A failure for most but a definite winner in my book.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.95/5  rDev +73.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tequila everywhere. Great beer. Nailed it!

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Photo of BDeibs
3.66/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is definitely weird but the goal was to make a beer that tasted like a margarita and I think they made a great effort at it. Not something I want to drink every day but huge tequila flavor and some nice acid helps them meet their goal and that is how I was judging the beer.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

21-Dec-14 on Tap at the Bruery, 4 ounce pour. 13-Feb-15 bottle, drank in a teku.

I understand why people don't like this and it's certainly got a bit of a bite, but I'm a fan. I liked it more on tap than from the bottle, as the bottle had less of a tequila and salt flavor, but all in all was still a pretty accurate depiction of a margarita (though perhaps a cheaper one).

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of freshflesh
3.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aquazr1
2.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

an absolute mess of flavors

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Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart, sour but not overpowering. Tequila is present but not offensive. Light saltiness. This is surprisingly a nice recreation/integration of a margarita and beer. Enjoyable but one glass is probably the max I can handle.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
2.79/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep orange color with a razor thin head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- aroma is very tequila forward, with notes of green apple skin, agave nectar, oak and sea salt

T- tart green apple skin flavor up front quickly turns to a salty watered down tequila, the turns to a flavor of straight agave, before finishing extremely salty

M- medium thick body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and slick dry finish

O- this is one of those beers where the brewer probably nailed what he was intending, it just wasn't the best idea to begin with. I actually think that this would be pretty decent served on the rocks on a hot summer day though

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Photo of EliotRosewater
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.19/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This didn't taste anything like a Margarita. It was extremely bready/sweet and an off-putting sour flavour. The lime notes were present by certainly not in a positive way either. This might be my least favourite Bruery beer (infections aside). 6 people shared this beer and not one of us got through our 4 oz pour.

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Photo of largadeer
2.24/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lime, salt and tequila are all present, along with a fair share of booze. The citrus component comes off as almost plastic, strangely. While it sort of tastes like a margarita, the execution is lacking here - it's an overbearing mix of sweet, salty and citrus without any of the refreshing qualities of a good margarita. Perhaps a different base beer with significantly lower alcohol and sweetness would have worked better for this idea.

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Photo of SveNss0N
2.79/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SHODriver
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: poured into a snifter to a hazy light gold with a finger of dense off white head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of lime and tequila with a slight hint of oak
T: Taste is a little tart off the bat with some lime and a little salt. There's a lot of tequila influence as well. Swallow is more tequila and lime with a little funk on the aftertaste plus a little oak. Ever so slight alcohol is apparent as well.
M: Surprisingly light on the palate for the ABV. carbonation is low and almost nonexistent and the beer has a drying finish
O: An interesting beer that I think could have been better with a lower ABV and more sour. Not bad but not great and unfortunately it doesn't really do a good job for the style because of the intent of the beer.

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