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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #13
Ranked #8,053
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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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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Viaduck from California

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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whisperquiet from California

4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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WildernessMonk from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 05, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

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.

Dec 05, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Sep 15, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 21, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jul 24, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 14, 2019
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Ahypercube from California

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?

Jun 15, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

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.

Jun 09, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

May 11, 2019
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

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

Apr 28, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

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.

Apr 27, 2019
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lillycee from California

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.

Mar 19, 2019
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awalters from Missouri

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.

Feb 16, 2019
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rex_4539 from Greece

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.

Dec 26, 2018
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ChipChaight from New York

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!

Dec 26, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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"
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

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

Dec 17, 2018
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

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.

Nov 16, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

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.

Nov 15, 2018
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