Or Xata | The Bruery

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3.97/5
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,363
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
853
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
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Photo of puck1225
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an oddly homey beer, it has the feel of comfort food!

Had it on tap, golden yellow color with nice head and lacing. Nutty smell. Tastes of warm herbs, coconut, warm pound cake, orange, dried fruit. I will get it again!

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Photo of mkh012
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow with impressive clarity and a short-lived white head. Streaming bubbles are visible.

The nose is cinnamon and cookie-like sweetness.

The taste is vanilla-dominant, with some underlying spicy cinnamon and shortbread cookie. Pretty sweet but ultimately not too much so, with mild balancing bitterness. Vaguely tannic and white wine-like, too, actually (apple/pear/apricot flavors). Interesting.

The mouthfeel is medium. A bit slick but drinkable.

Overall, this is solid and does what it sets out to do. Drinks a tad heavy for 7%, though. 8/10

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Photo of drstalker
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Craftballer
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from standard serving bottle into 20oz tulip. The bottling date reads 12/29/16 (hard to believe if that is true, but that is what it says).

Look: Light amber in color, or more like darker goldenrod. Somewhat clear in appearance, but does has a slight murky/unfiltered look to it. During a fairly aggressive pour, a generous head formed. As I drink the beer, there is loads of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: What you would expect from a drink mimicking an horchata. The smell of rice is prevalent on the nose. Cinnamon is up next, with vanilla following. Has a sweet smell to the beer as well. Really nice smelling.

Taste: Follows the nose, and again, as expected if you're familiar with horchata. Cinnamon is upfront, with sweet backing. Vanilla also comes into play, as well as the rice flavoring. Almost has a rice pudding like taste. No bitterness to the taste. Just sweet on the tongue with some cinnamon bites. Damn delicious, I am surprised.

Feel: For a blond ale, this has a great feel. Medium in body and weight. Carbonation seems to be moderate, where it is present but not over done. This beer is soft and lush feeling. Really digging it.

Overall: I was very surprised about this beer. I am a fan of horchata and the Bruery, so I figured might as well give it a try. I am not disappointed. It is a perfect balance of rice and lactose sweetness, with a cinnamon kick. A job very well done by the Bruery, especially on something so far-out. As always, I am grateful to have tried this, and think it is very worthy of a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mnine
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bl00
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of advanracing62
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip glass. This is one of the best blonde Ales that I have had. The beer pours out a semi murky gold in color with a finger worth of white crown. The vanilla in this is great. Doesn't taste artificial at all and the cinnamon comes in to help it big time for a beautiful mix of the flavors. The mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. To me, that is what sets this apart from others I've had from the style. Is the mouthfeel. Love it.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tcsox
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
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 +6%
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 +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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