Or Xata | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Horchata is a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America that has become quite popular in Southern California, particularly with Mexican cuisine. Our take on the traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose for a little extra creamy character. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was carbonated horchata. The flavor is hard to describe, but for those who know it, you know you love it.

Added by ehammond1 on 07-15-2013

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pDev:
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Photo of dransburg
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love it, but it is a unique taste. Sweet with a slight hint of nutmeg.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rex_4539
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy amber color, half finger slightly off white head, ok lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hops, malts, cinnamon, vanilla. Smells like sweet lager.

T: Hops, malts, LOTS of cinnamon, vanilla. Amazing! This is how a good lager SHOULD taste :)

F: Medium bodied, tons of flavor. Very drinkable.

O: Happily surprised by this one. I didn't know what to expect but definitely not this! This is an amazing beer.

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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from City Swiggers Pours a clear orange gold with nice head andezent lacing, smells like mildly boozy vanilla cinnamon milk, tastes like straight up horchata, silky sweet cinnamon goodness, full bodied, creamy smooth. Yum!

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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery "Or Xata"
1 pint can, "B 6 8 1 PKG 10/23/18"

Notes via stream of consciousness: "Blonde ale brewed with rice and lactose" - doesn't that seem a little backwards? The rice will thin the beer and make it less sweet but the lactose will do the opposite. Odd. OK, so, it's poured a very hazy golden orange body beneath a massive head of pillowy white foam. I'll have to wait for it to settle so that I can top off the glass. The aroma is sweetish with soft vanilla, light cinnamon, and a touch of fruitiness. It's very delicate for a spiced beer. On to the flavor... it's sweet, and creamy due to the vanilla and cinnamon. I see that they were going for a horchata-like beer and I get that, although that wasn't noted anywhere on the can I have. And that explains the rice, and as such, then the lactose as well. Look how that all worked out! OK, so let's see. It's barely bitter which makes sense because it's supposed to be sweet, but it's also not too sweet. It's certainly not cloying. There's some malt character to it which is nice, showing that it's a beer and not something else. Hops? Nope, not needed. Overall it's pretty perfect for what it's intended to be. So what else? The head did not hold up very well and it didn't leave much in the way of lacing. Medium-light n body and gently crisp in the mouth. An interesting and unusual beer. Worth trying.
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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.74/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours a healthy headed golden colored beer. Looks the part.
S- The smell is very sweet. I pick up plenty of cinnamon, honey, vanilla and weirdly some agave maybe? Fresh rice is very present as well. Interesting.
L- Very sweet and nice flavor. Cinnamon and honey are present, some vanilla as well. Rice grain is kind of the backbone here with this beer. It complements the flavor of the beer an earthy, unexpected tone. It really is nice. I wasn't expecting this beer to be like this.
F- Well carbonated, medium bodied beer. The body fits well with the flavor of the beer.
O- Wonderful Spanish/hispanic flavor. I've never had horchata before, but I have a feeling that this beer honest to what it's replicating. I haven't had anything like this before, and I really, really enjoyed it.

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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice clear gold with a fizzy one finger head.
S: Rice, cinnamon and vanilla are immediately noticeable with hints of citrus peering through.
T: Cinnamon and Vanilla come through right away, some slight citrus and grainy notes are present as well. Not as sweet as one might expect, but sweet nonetheless. Almost no bitterness.
M: crisp, medium body, slightly dry, well carbonated.
O: This was very easy to drink and a pleasant surprise, I rather enjoyed it.

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Photo of onewayboogie
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Rip Current 8-oz. beer glass
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.79
Purchased: Sept. 7, 2018
Consumed: Sept. 7, 2018
Reviewed as: American Blonde Ale
Misc.: Canned on Aug. 20, 2018

Wow, Or Xata (really, The Bruery) in cans. Damn. Had this once before, giving it a 4.00 on Untappd on Jan. 7, 2017 at Chris’s Societe party. Had no other comment on it. Description read, “Horchata is a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America that has become quite popular in Southern California, particularly with Mexican cuisine. Our take on the traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose for a little extra creamy character. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was carbonated horchata. The flavor is hard to describe, but for those who know it, you know you love it.”

Poured a gold-to-light amber clear color with one finger of frothy-to-fizzy off-white head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Below average watery lacing. Bad retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled just like horchata. Yup. Cinnamon, vanilla, mulling spices, nutmeg, anise, wood and apple cider. Pretty much the same from the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was arguably even better than the nose. Mexican horchata, cinnamon, vanilla, tapioca, nutmeg, mulling spices, anise, wood, apple cider, orange, pineapple, gingerbread cookie, sticky caramel, citrus, passion fruit and Hawaiian punch. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was tremendous. Not sure how I only gave this a 4.00 on Untappd that day. Then again, I had about 25 boozy beers. (Overall - 4.25)

4.29 | 95 | A

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Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/20/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze but still has nice clarity to it; small white head that fades leaving decent retention and little lacing. The aromas have lots of ginger along with some cinnamon. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More ginger leading the way along with some more cinnamon. The vanilla comes through. The lactose is noticeable to give it a sweetness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, slick and smooth.

This is an interesting brew. There's moments where I'm really digging it, and moments where I'm not super crazy about it. I ultimately like it more than I don't. I love beers with cinnamon, but this is one I can't drink a ton of in one sitting. It's still a nice brew though and they deliver exactly what they advertise. I know I sound like I might not like it, but I do, it's not bad at all. It's well executed.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As explained in the commercial description, this beer is a take on horchata ("or xata") de arroz, a rice mik beverage featuring cinnamon and vanilla, popular in Mexico...

I've passed on this before, when it was in those big 750 mL (?) bottles, but figured I'd give it a go now in the tallboy cans...

Clear and golden body, it produced an audible fizzing on the pour, resulting a flat-looking, headless beer... I suppose it delivers on the concept, as this is a creamy, milky-feeling beer - very soft and smooth, with obvious elements of cinnamon and vanilla... Body is relatively flat, carbonation-wise, but rounded-feeling otherwise... Some mild fruit impressions underscore the rice, lactose, vanilla, and cinnamon...

I'm gonna say I'm not a big blonde ale guy to begin with, and this expression of sweet rice milk is off-the-mark for me - I knew what I was probably in for, so I can't be too harsh, but this is probably a love it or leave item, and maybe not even representative of a true blonde ale...

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3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16ox can served in a Duvel tulip glass. Date stamp - B640 PN3 08/20/18.

Appearance: Mostly clear gold color. Initial thick white head slowly died back with just a ring of foam at the edge. Occasional strand or island of lacing that slide back down the glass or dissipated where it stopped on the slide back down.

Smell: Strong cinnamon aroma, along with some cooked cereal and a hint of vanilla. Smells a bit like a rice pudding, but with a far stronger cinnamon smell.

Taste: Taste a lot like it smells - cinnamon dominates throughout with some underlying rice/cooked cereal/bready malt and just a bit of vanilla. Quite sweet, but not cloying. The finish isn't quite bitter - it's cinnamon with something else I can't place. It sort of adds a "period" at the end of the sentence of this beer, but it's not a counterbalance to all the sweetness either. Let's just say I can't place what it is and it's just different enough to notice.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness (a bit juice-like) and carbonation. Definitely sticky on the teeth

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty and unique and I would have loved to pair this with a dessert. But I don't feel it's a Blonde Ale. I realize the style can be lots of things, but I would have classified this as a Herb and Spice beer given the heavy cinnamon and no hops. Or if there are hops in here, they're really hard to pick out. I don't think I could have more than a 16oz serving though - by the end I was really wishing I had some food to go with it. By itself it's a bit palate tiring.

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