Or Xata | The Bruery

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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 ehammond1 on 07-15-2013

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#9,212
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
880
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
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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

Photo of 802
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BucannonXC5
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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Photo of damndirtyape
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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Photo of bigpty2003
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer for a fall night. So happy I got some all the way in New England.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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 Calraven
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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 SpaethJam
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
09/22/2018

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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Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The clear but chill hazed golden amber liquid pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes to a ring of foam and a thin irregular island of foam.

The aromas are filled with vanilla and cinnamon against a background of light grain.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but the cinnamon seems more forward than the vanilla. There’s a good bit of sweetness but a light bit of bitterness keeps it from being cloying.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft evenwith some prickly moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the cinnamon, vanilla and sweetness fade slowly to a semi-dry slightly bitter ending that is lightly spicy with some cinnamon and vanilla.

Overall a sipping beer that is reasonably enjoyable for sipping, not drinking. I’d be willing to have this one again sometime as a dessert treat but won’t be buying it again regularly or any time soon.

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4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of travelguy
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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