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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #10
Ranked #7,003
3.99 | pDev: 10.28%
The Bruery
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Photo of WildernessMonk
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very weird beer...in a good way! Cinnamon,vanilla , slightly creamy. Not to sweet with just the right amount of lactose. 7.2 ABV is hidden well. Paired great with my extra cheese slightly oily pizza..lol Would go great with Taco’s.

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Photo of BerryKumquat
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden blonde ale.
S: A bit of cream but a lot of cinnamon spice flavor.
T: A rush of fizz into cinnamon and a bit of cream. Could be a bit thicker but overall very true to it's name.
F: A bit thinner or xata.
O: Or xata as a beer. A bit less thick and golden blonde but checks all the other boxes.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can sent from my friend Donald.
Canned 11/18/18, shouldn't be a problem though.
New Belgium snifty.
Here we go.

Blonde as promised, perhaps more gold in color, with a creamy tall head of 3 fingers, receding to 1 and staying put. Not much lace just some ghostly hilly lace here and there.

Aroma...well there's hop spoilage, that's odd, especially for a dessert beer, but I'll roll with it anyways. Some stanky onion and caramel with hints of lactose and cinnamon rice; some plant matter, light malts.

It might be the age on this one, but it's kind of a cloying mess. I get pure wet sugar, then banana peel, then cheap banana liquer, slight rum, some cinnamon toast crunch, and then lactose and hop spoilage intertwined. This is an odd duck.

Feel is creamy and smooth, moderate stabbing carbonation, continues stabbing pleasantly on the finish with hot alcohol prickly stabs to the tongue. Light mouth coating.

Overall, this was a dump. But I still would like to try it fresh...my buddy just doesn't quite get the can date thing right, but that's okay because he's my homeboy and we're cool on other levels.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Sabatinis beer bar, Exeter, PA this lunchtime. 10oz pour.

Well, it certainly looks odd for a blonde ale. A slightly hazy pale amber body with a small white head which persisted throughout, leaving some very good lacing.

Aroma of vanilla and cinnamon.

This beer is nicely put together. They seem to have a light hand with the cinnamon, which I certainly appreciate. no burn or bitterness. A little sweet, and the vanilla is more of a suggestion wafting through the mouth. Can't find any rice flavor, but likely wouldn't know it either.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a sweet cinnamon wash.

Overall, this beer was an eye opener throughout. Happy to have been able to try it, I'll look for it again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip because of its ABV.
The appearance was a semi-cloudy burnt orange to copper color topped by a flimsy white foamy head. This settled to leave some wispy concave lace.
The aroma started off with some milky sweet lactose then a touch of honey. The cinnamon rippled through with some wafer crisp sweetness. The end shows some vanilla, sweet rice and earthy character.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side initially then follows into a sly crisp spicy cinnamon earthy tone. Long sweet rice to vanilla and lactose aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Some cinnamon harshness punctuates my tongue. Ample finish of sticky rice, lactose and vanilla.
Overall, imperial blonde ale? As far as I can tell, it is one and brewed in "The Bruery" creativity. I could come back to this.

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Photo of tone77
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty, golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, light rice, hints of cinnamon. Nothing is mild about the taste. Lots of cinnamon, some vanilla, it tastes like a fine made Horchata. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth trying.

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Photo of Ahypercube
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yikes, I usually don't disagree this heavily with the general consensus on BA. I think this is pretty lame though, honestly.

L: Pours with a straw yellow body and a short-lived white head. No lacing to note.

S: I get a sake-like creamy rice wine aroma off the bat, followed by vanilla, cinnamon, milk sugar, booze, and a faintly sour aroma that reminds me of frozen yogurt.

T: Obnoxiously sweet at first. Takes a while for that to die down. Amid the onslaught of milk sugar, I get notes of vanilla, cinnamon, some blonde ale hop bitterness, and sake.

F: A little syrupy, but not as bad as it could be.

O: It's drinkable. And it does taste like Horchata. The question is: was that a good idea?

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden amber coloration with a medium, fluffy head. Smell is dominated by sweet'ish, biscuity, grainy malt and cinnamon and vanilla, with the cinnamon standing out particularly. Taste follows the nose, with sweet'ish biscuity, grainy and slightly caramelly malts and cinnamon and vanilla absolutely dominating and very little hops coming through, although there is a mild estery yeast presence to this as well, with hints of apple and clove/nutmeg. Finishes semi-dry, with a light sweetness and some cinnamon and vanilla lingering in the aftertaste. Soft mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I never had Horchata, but this kinda reminds me of cinnamon rice pudding, especially the aroma, which goes in kind of a similar direction, I think. Anyway, while this is a rather unusual brew, there definitely is a great balance of sweetness and spicyness going on here, which lends a sweet character to this that never becomes cloying through, even finishing somewhat semi-dry. I'm not really a huge fan of cinnamon-heavy beers and this generally isn't particularly to my taste, but I still enjoyed it well enough due to its uniqueness and good balance.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At least medium carbonation with an above average body. Has a bit of a thick,full, heavy feel
Aroma is malt, cinnamon, a mildly sweet vanilla
Taste is malt,cinnamon, vanilla isn't overpowering but can still be found. A mix of malt and spice is the most prominent flavor and overall it's fairly complex and flavorful

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: clear gold color, thin white head, little lacing
S: tons of cinnamon
T: vanilla and cinnamon are prevalent
F: very creamy, nice mouthfeel
O: I really enjoyed this beer

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Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a tall, wrapped aluminum can, this brew is a honey-colored, hazy liquid. The head is slim, the first, but then quickly disperses. The aroma is layered and complex. Sweet malt, cinnamon, plenty of fruit, and more. The label says it is made with rice, but I find it hard to place. The beer is textured and wonderful.

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Photo of lillycee
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

First off the smell was great! the bartender told me it would be a very sweet beer and somehow I still wanted to try it. I have never tasted a beer like this but the taste grew on me and I can’t stop thinking about this beer ! It’s a must try for sure.

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Photo of awalters
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is not as sweet as one would think. It has a strong ABV so it is a little stronger than one would probably think based on the description. It is still very good overall and is one you would enjoy over a longer period of time on a colder night or after dinner.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of ChipChaight
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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.
Review# 6,393

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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 BucannonXC5
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -6%
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 -6.3%
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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a bright, golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. So-so lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, spices, vanilla, and rice as well.

T: Tasted of a little bit of rice (present throughout), a good shot of vanilla (also quite prevalent), lots of spices (cinnamon, in particular), and a malty / grainy quality in the finish. This is a sweet, spicy, lively flavor. The finish is a little lackluster, but everything else more than makes up for it. It's definitely more interesting than your typical blonde flavor.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: An oddly enjoyable beer. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a teku

A- pours an amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- cinnamon and vanilla on the nose, along with undertones of rice and toasted grain

T- milky sweetness up front, followed by notes of vanilla cream and cinnamon, the finish gives more vanilla with a sweet finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a unique beer that offers much more than a typical American Blonde Ale, worth a try

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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


had this awhile back on tap at Uno, but did not rate it. Tonight it is can to snifter at home as a pairing with s'mores.

LOOK: golden yellow, large white head, fades quickly, OK retention.
AROMA: vanilla and lactose are very apparent. cake batter!
TASTE: pastry, sugar, vanilla, light malts.
FEEL: Heavy for a "light" beer. medium carbonation. very smooth and an awesome choice with dessert.


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