Or Xata | The Bruery

Or XataOr Xata
BA SCORE
81.9%
Liked This Beer
4 w/ 546 ratings
Or XataOr Xata
BEER INFO

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 halo3one on 03-02-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,853
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
546
Liked:
447
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
9.75%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
137
Trade:
15
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Nat1975
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. This is 2017 edition.

Hazy golden color with a slight orange shade, it tops with one finger and a half of foamy white head that retains for a while before collapsing to some bubble along the rim and some sheet on the surface. The lacing left is mild with some patch and spot on the glass-side.

The aroma explodes with huge cinnamon upfront. Then it follows closely with vanilla, sweet creamy and milky lactose as well as rice. The other inner layers are presented with the aromas of herb, spice, pepper, bready malt, and just a hint of mild fruity hop. Very sweet and aromatic.

Cinnamon and vanilla kicks off through the palate sensation before creamy milk and sweet lactose as well as rice joining in creating sweet and creamy smooth taste. Bready malt, peppery spice, mild fruity hop, and subtle herbal bitterness disclose thereafter but still under the domination of cinnamon, vanilla, and sweet milky lactose.

Medium to a bit full body with smooth mouthfeel and rather lively carbonation through the palate, the feeling is crisp and proper to carry all the things well with a pleasantly dry finish.

I have never tried the original Horchata but I know this beer is so good. It is about pure bombardment of cinnamon, vanilla, lactose, sweet sugar, and creamy milk that lead through and nicely take over the palate and nose. It is mainly sweet overall but not too overwhelming with fruity hop, herbal, yet peppery spice trying to leverage.

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Photo of jaketaz
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlakeAM
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up from Woodland Hills, CA.

Look: pours a golden yellow, with a small head of white foam.
Smell: Honestly difficult to derive anything different than what was added to this blonde! Strong aromas of rice and cinnamon.
Taste: again getting rice and cinnamon, but clearly getting those milky notes as well. Really nice balance, amazing how close they came to a cold glass of Horchata.
Feel: nice level of carbonation, slightly sticky with a slightly heavier mouthfeel.

Really great beer! Very different, and they really pulled it off. Would definitely buy again, highly recommended.

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Photo of danicalikesthings
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueKurenai
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
2.53/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Lucnifter
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of durwood64
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elamb106
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color with a 1/4" of white foam. Totally surprised, did not expect a clear beer.
S - Aroma of cinnamon, vanilla and lactose.
T - Flavor is sweet with cinnamon, vanilla and rice.
M - Creamy mouth feel with average carbonation.
O - This beer has it all - looks good, nice aroma and interesting flavors. I agree it would go nicely with spicy mexican food. I would not drink this all the time but it is tasty and unique.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden blonde color with a one finger head. The head is white is creamy and poor retention. The beer has some carbonation bubbles. and no lacing on the glass.

A horchata aroma is the first thing that i get, rice, cinnamon, vanilla, and some lactose. The malt is lightly toasty malt, a touch of fruity hops and some yeast.

The flavor is eerily similar to a horchata but beer. Rice, cinnamon, vanilla, creamy, lightly toasted malts, fruity and touch of citrus, and biscuit note.

The beer is medium minus body, carbonated, and a creamy medium finish.

The beer is really good and yet weird. I do like this and the creamy finish gives it an original and unique take on the beer. I would drink again.

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Or Xata from The Bruery
Beer rating: 81.9% out of 100 with 546 ratings
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