Or Xata
The Bruery

Or XataOr Xata
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
The Bruery
California, United States
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #16
Ranked #13,062
3.96 | pDev: 10.1%
Apr 14, 2022
Jul 15, 2013
Very Good
Or XataOr Xata
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.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
3.75 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Apr 14, 2022
Photo of Iamaskier
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Very attractive glowing orange body. Smells like orange peel, cracker malt, with sweet floral hints. Taste is sweet- honey, orange cream, vanilla, just a hint of spice, and more orange cream. This is the closest beer to an orange cream soda I’ve ever had. It’s not bad, but a bit unbalanced for me— just a bit too much sweetness and a slightly artificial taste on the finish.

Jan 14, 2022
Photo of misteil
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by misteil from Ireland

you got to give it credit for being different - not a lot of horchata being made in Ireland, you’d be shocked to learn i’m sure, so this is a pleasant change. I think cinnamon in beer is something i’m quite fond of now, it’s tasty in this anyway, not a lot going on the nose, mostly bready malt aromas, but it tastes quite nice, biscuit, cinnamon, vanilla, honey/honeycomb, caramel, feint bit of bitterness on the finish, light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, smooth, wouldn’t have a clue it’s 7+%, bonus points for standing out, but even still a nice beer

Dec 15, 2021
3.77 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Sep 14, 2021
Photo of Rug
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 3/5/21

So, this a very oddly adjuncted blonde ale, coming off of a maple blonde ale last night that I was not a fan of very much. Arguably, the adjuncts here are even more out there, so I am a bit weary. However, it's The Bruery, and they've yet to disappoint me, let's hope this isn't gonna be their first time

Pours a mostly clear dark gold with 3 fingers of creamy white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

Yeah this one definitely smells strange, but it's not off putting by any means and actually quite nice, just spiced in a unique way. I'm picking up on aromas of cardamom, rice pudding, baked apple, sweet vanilla, and coconut milk

Oh wow, this is actually really good, and the adjuncts play nicely with blonde ale as a base and doesn't throw it out of balance. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting vanilla, doughy malt, honey, lemon rind and light floral hops. It really explodes on the swallow, bringing notes of creamed rice, earthy cinnamon, cardamom, caramel apple, toasted grain, bready malt, and a touch of pepper

A medium body pairs with very gentle carbonation, resulting in a rich and almost fluffy beer. Finishes off dry with a nice spice

Ok so this one was actually pretty damn good. I've never had actually horchata, but I'd love to try it. I'll definitely pick this one up again if I see it around

Jun 26, 2021
4 by cherche from Washington on May 16, 2021
Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by buschbeer from Ohio

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
2017 Edition

This beer pours amber with golden highlights and a slight haze. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is cinnamon dessert. I get cinnamon and vanilla. The smell reminds me of a cinnamon roll.

The taste follows the smell. Cinnamon and vanilla. It has a cinnamon roll flavor more so than Cinnamon Toast Crunch milk.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

Cinnamon forward beer are not my thing. This beer is pretty good, albeit old. I got it for half price. Seems about right.

May 06, 2021
4 by mpenske from California on May 02, 2021
3.85 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania on Jan 05, 2021
Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

Very nice! Poured from can to glass. Looks like a typical blonde ale with a soapy, expansive head that does down quickly. Aromas are attractive: bread and vanilla prominent, with some spice hiding in there. Flavor is somewhat reminiscent of apple pie, of all things: must be the crusty malt, creamy Vai, and cinnamon playing around. Creamy feel, very nice for a blonde. Would have again and again.

Sep 28, 2020
Photo of Roy_Hobbs
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Pours a pleasant light copper color with a thin layer of head. Smell is very sweet, almost cloyingly so, with cinnamon clearly present on the nose. On the tongue, I can't get past the cinnamon. It's there at the beginning, middle, and end, making this beer a spicy one. Low carbonation, and medium bodied. A very different beer. Glad I tried it, but not one I'd be likely to revisit.

Sep 26, 2020
Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Pours a golden orange with slight haze - short lived bubbly white head.
Malty nose with notes of vanilla, bready/doughy, cinnamon and a slightly floral aroma.
Sweet caramel malt, cinnamon bread, somewhat floral/fruity on palate; vanilla and lactose sweetness.
Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation tingling tongue and leaving with a lingering malty sweetness - does build and becomes a little cloying - nonetheless an enjoyable drinking experience but suggest sharing the 16 ounce can.

Sep 24, 2020
Photo of Viaduck
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Viaduck from California

Pour a dark, hazy amber, almost no head. Aroma: wow, this is different, doesn’t smell like beer, flowery spices, vanilla & cinnamon. Tastes: wow, this doesn’t taste like beer, cinnamon on rice, moderately sweet & very nice flavor. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat flat. This is totally different from the hundreds of beers I’ve tried but I like it.

Aug 22, 2020
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 09, 2020
Photo of GarrettB
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

April 7th, 2016 -

Much spicier than I anticipated. Smells like a banana or richly vanilla flavored froyo. A touch of flan, but not so much of that caramelization. A high, clean, pearly scent too, something I associate with iris.

Flavor is basically exactly the same, but with coconut and Shea butter that lasts well into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft, medium weight, perfect for the flavor. Very tropical here, like the smell of my father's old sunscreen from beach trips when I was growing up. And then it hits me. Actually, this tastes dead on like a beer mixed with Mai Tai.

Jul 25, 2020
4.25 by trek7000 from Illinois on Jul 24, 2020
Photo of eppie82
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by eppie82 from Illinois

Smells like funk up front, but it's all cinnamon taste with a sweeter finish.

Jul 18, 2020
Photo of whisperquiet
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by whisperquiet from California

In lesser hands, this concept would be a sickeningly sweet yet somehow spicy drink with not much else going for it (I'm looking at you, Evil Twin). Instead it's a refreshing, enjoyable yet complex, and doesn't run you the risk of knocking you on your back as quick as other Bruery brews. One of the few American beers that makes good on its Mexican cuisine inspiration. Can't recommend highly enough.

Jun 05, 2020
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 05, 2020
Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cbutova from Massachusetts

A- The 16oz can pours into a goblet glass with a semi-cloudy golden-orange body. The cap is quite foamy with big bubbles, a peak at one finger and fairly good retention. Lacing is rare and spotty.

S- Cinnamon and vanilla open things up with moderate strength atop some yeasty bread, pale fruits and medium sweetness. Reminds me of a hot toddy or tea.

T- Very much as the aroma suggested the beer is centered around the adjuncts with cinnamon and vanilla highlighted with a medium sweetness. Those three things create nice harmony for bready, pale malt, slight pale fruit and crackery hints. With time some apple esters come out.

MF- Creamy approaching chewy texture with a medium-low level of carbonation and overall a fluffy feel on the palate. Ends with some cinnamon spiciness lingering on the taste buds. Lactose provides that softness.

I mean its been a while since I have had Horchata but this definitely brings back some memories with the balance of the moderate sweetness, vanilla and cinnamon. Fairly simple and pretty effective besides some pale fruit flavors from the yeast that don't fully belong.

Mar 22, 2020
3.99 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Feb 28, 2020
4.1 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Jan 30, 2020
3.92 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Jan 13, 2020
Photo of WildernessMonk
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WildernessMonk from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 05, 2020
3.75 by archero from Texas on Jan 04, 2020
4.01 by cgrunin from Texas on Dec 13, 2019
3.09 by Demi from Minnesota on Dec 12, 2019
2.9 by dansmcd from Australia on Dec 08, 2019
Photo of BerryKumquat
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BerryKumquat from California

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.

Dec 05, 2019
3.62 by merglegm from California on Oct 28, 2019
3.94 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 25, 2019
Photo of hoptheology
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Sep 15, 2019
4 by crob3888 from California on Sep 11, 2019
4 by Commandophile from Illinois on Sep 07, 2019
4.15 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB) on Aug 31, 2019
5 by ArcaneGoose from Texas on Aug 30, 2019
4.43 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Aug 29, 2019
Photo of MikeWard
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 21, 2019
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2019
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jul 24, 2019
Or Xata from The Bruery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 965 ratings