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Or Xata | The Bruery

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556 Ratings
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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 halo3one on 03-02-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,057
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
556
pDev:
9.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
139
Trade:
16
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Photo of bluehende
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a milky yellow with an off white head about 1/4" deep. Aroma kicks the vanilla bean around very hard. Cinnamon follows in the nose. I think the aroma it imparts is the most impressive aspect of the beer.

Taste is a sweet and bitter (certainly more than I expected it to be) ride. The mouthfeel, I dunno I think the carbonation and bitterness are too high for this to be a nice smooth vanilla horchata like experience. I guess the hops are a little bit much for this kind of beer? That combination of bitterness and high carbonation is the wrong end of things. I think the cinammon and vanilla aspects of the beer are well done. It just deserves a more creamy texture and low carbonation to promote smoothness, and maybe a less thin malt base that seems very minimal.

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Photo of FLima
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color with a thin head.
Aroma with predominant notes of vanilla, cinnamon and rice pudding.
Flavor with predominant notes of sweet rice pudding, vanilla and cinnamon. Dry aftertaste finishing with spices.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
This really reminded both a Mexican horchata and a arroz doce (dulce). Worth trying.

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Photo of LindaLuna
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Slightly hazy golden color with creamy white head. Aroma has nice cinnamon and apple spices. Taste follows, nice and spicy with rice pudding and cinnamon apple pie. Medium body, quite smooth. Really well made, balanced and easy drinking.

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

Photo of Vylo
4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jtk21351
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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Or Xata from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 556 ratings
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