Preservation Series: Or Xata | The Bruery

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Preservation Series: Or XataPreservation Series: Or Xata

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blonde ale brewed with rice, cinnamon, and vanilla beans.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quarter finger head on a hazy copper body with nice lacing. Aroma is a bit light but what's there is nice with gingerbread, cinnamon rum, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. The flavor follows with a stronger presence which for me is a little too unbalanced and sweet with again butterscotch, vanilla, rum, toffee and caramel with light malt presence. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one isn't bad but it doesn't really appeal to my beer tastes. That being said you can still tell its a well brewed beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, vanilla, cinnamon, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, cinnamon, and horchata flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium body mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is more horchata like in the taste versus the smell.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with rudzud.

Nice creamy bubbly 1 finger head fades at a med pace with plenty of lacing, hazy murky slight chestnut maroon apple brown color.

Nose is really interesting, lots of vanilla and cinnamon, caramel galore, my brain wants to think apple but none, flan thick sweet candy, tons of candied aromas but not burnt, but dulce de leche sweet creamy. Cinnamon and vanilla stick through it all.

Taste is super sweet like maple syrup, very syrupy, I want it on pancakes. Plenty more cinnamon in there again but not spicy cinnamon, candy like, lots of caramel again, so much candy syrup. Mild vanilla in there, more maple creams, fairly creamy too with light rice pudding, light warning apple. Finish is sweet and sticky, plenty more maple candy, caramel, light cinnamon and vanilla.

Mouth is syrupy, thicker, decent carb, decent creamy feel, light warming booze.

Overall, ehhhh, I want to like this, it has the flavors you'd expect, but for me who doesn't eat or drink anything sweet, it's hard to get through more than a sip or two. However, this with dessert, or mixed in ice cream or pancakes yum.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I adore this beer. The smell and taste are delicious, and they absolutely nailed it. One sip and I feel like I'm at a taqueria on a hot summer day, drinking Horchata on ice out of a plastic cup with a faint dusting of cinnamon on top. I can't get enough of this.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stakem for sharing this unique brew,enjoyed with Mandy and August drank chilled from a flute.

The color is deep medium brown with hazed look and thick white cap with fine bead, no lace is left and retention is ok. The smell is nice, lots of spice with a faint sweet aroma, mild alcohol esters with a mellow floral aspect, subtle vanilla and yeast adds a fruity essence. The feel is decent with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with moderately spiced texture and somewhat high alcohol for the style.

The taste is unusual but good, pretty interesting considering the origin of the idea, I have made horchata and shared with others who enjoy this specialty and it is not exactly what you would expect- I think the flavor of the alcohol is what seems to distract from the drink it pays tribute to. I understand the brewer who created this is not known for low alcohol versions of any style, but to me the spice is the best part of the taste a little less rice tangy-ness may have helped. I think this is pretty decent for what it is, but to me it missed the mark if Horchata or Or xata is what they wanted to pay tribute to. I think for a first taste of anything remotely similar to the original beverage it is better than average. Thanks again Adam, so glad I got to try this!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/13 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip, paired with some Mexican food.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber brown color with two inches of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla, cream, bready malts, and lots of cinnamon. It is nice; not a lot going on but a lot of vanilla and cinnamon which work well together.

t - Tastes of cinnamon, vanilla, cream, milk, spices, bready malts, and dough. Taste is very close to cream soda. Interesting, and pretty good.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Body is a bit too thin and watery for me.

o - Overall a very interesting beer that smells and tastes good, in small quantities, and I imagine is exactly what they were going for. If I had a 2 oz. pour of this is at a festival, or a 4oz. pour as part of a flight, I could find myself really liking this one even more, but trying to take down half a bottle got a little rough on the back end of the glass, as it is very sweet. Worth checking out, and goes well with Mexican food, but share the bottle with 3-4 other people.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is copper hued with ruby highlights. An inch or so of off white head with plenty of staying power. The aroma offers a huge dose of sweet vanilla, cinnamon, butterscotch candies, booze. Smells as advertised - like an alcoholic horchata. Overly sweet and cloying. A fun idea, but the sweetness combined with alcohol is just too much.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.77/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - A little hazy. Deep orange. Nice white head. Thick collar and nice surface foam.

Smell - Vanilla is most prevalent. Cinnamon behind it. I guess some graininess. Kinda like a wheatwine.

Taste - Sweet. Lots of vanilla. Spice builds into the flavor and lingers in the finish. The middle is an odd sweet body. I suppose that's rice, because it doesn't taste like malt.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet, but not by Bruery standards. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Having had two Or Xata beers, I can safely say I don't think I would enjoy the title beverage.

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Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a sort of tea to copper orange color with lighter yellow around the edges. A vigorous pour yields a finger of khaki head that fades back to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet almost like cream soda but with some vanilla and very mild cinnamon spice. At times it almost has a sort of orange marmalade character going on which is strange, yet enjoyable.

The taste is sweet with vanilla and a hint of beet sugar. Mild cinnamon spice and an overall flavor profile that seems more like a cream soda than a beer. As it warms up, a very mild sort of belgian yeast/clove spice emerges along with a complimenting fruitiness mildly reminiscent of pear/apple skins.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a very mild amount of carbonation. Having never had the drink that is the inspiration for this brew, I dont know how to grade this. I will say though that this pretty much drinks exactly as advertised with the listed ingredients. Quite unique and worth a try. I just have a difficult time scoring this since it is unlike anything ive had before and really just isnt beer-like in any way.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at the BFD Christmas party.
Cloudy amber color with a minimal head.
Aroma is heavy on the vanilla sugar and cinnamon.
The flavor follows the aroma.
This was entirely too sweet for my palette.
I'm glad to have tried it, but I'm also glad I didn't have to drink it alone.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm usually not a fan of super sweet beers Bruery makes, but for some reason, this one hit me just the right way.

The beer pours a golden amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is pretty exotic, and I get very noticeable banana, vanilla, light cinamon and maybe a hint of coconut. The flavor profile is more of the same, with tropical fruit component even more pronounced. The amount of banana, vanilla and coconut you get in this beer is truly astonishing. Granted, the beer is definitely a bit sweet (would give taste a 4.5 otherwise), and it's pretty hard to imagine pounding down multiple glasses of this stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the beer delivers a ton of flavor, and the finish is long and pretty clean. The touch of lacto referenced on the menu does seem to give the beer a bit more viscousity than I was expecting. Abv. is pretty reasonable in this beer, so maybe that's why the alcohol is so unnoticeable (many of the sweet beers from Bruery are very, very boozy).

Impressive effort. Would definitely order this again.

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Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros as part of our Bruery hoarders membership.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice super hazy honey hue with a two finger head that fades to leave thin clouds and light lacing.

S - Aromas of orchata hands down. Perfectly executed aroma, vanilla, cinnamon, super sweet sugars, caramel notes, like flan or dulce leche . Excellent!

T - Taste is quite sweet, rich caramel, vanilla, light cinnamon in the background, big rice pudding notes, very dessert like. Light alcohol. This drinks like a sweet orchata. Pleasant but sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, prevents it from being super syrupy.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, it would be a chore to get through a whole bottle though. Still, very well executed take on the cultural beverage.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a cloudy, milky color with a moderate white cap, some bubbles and scarce lacing

S: Cinnamon dominant with a bit of milky and vanilla notes in the mix.

T : Taste is cinnamon and milk upfront with a good bit of vanilla. It has a tapioca pudding taste. The finish is sweet, sordove silky and milky

M: Light-medium bodied, well carbonated. Creamy yet spicey and sweet.

O: My wife being Mexican and loving horchata was skeptical but we tried and liked it. Not my cup of tea but not a bad beer. I especially liked the cinnamon.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a Deschutes teku glass. 6/20/13 bottling date.

Pours a hazy orange color with an appropriate inch thick head. Smell is very pronounced with cinnamon being the dominant aroma, but i also get a good amount of vanilla as well. the taste is very sweet with a lot of cinnamon and sweet candy flavors. vanilla is on the back end. there is a lingering sweetness here too... its much sweeter than i anticipated. that being said i see this as a hit or miss beer for a lot of folks, if sweet candy isnt your thing in your beer, you might not like this one. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall i enjoyed it a lot, but not for everyone.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.30.13

A - Pours a hazy, medium to light amber with a large fizzy off-white head that fades pretty fast.

S - Strong nose, vanilla, sweet, and some cinnamon that packs a punch.

T - Lots of vanilla and cinnamon, very sweet from the rice.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Sweet, but great flavors. A truly unique beer, fun stuff.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle dated 6/19/13.

A: Pours a murky dirty dish water color with a thick off-white head that faded into a thin fuzzy collar.
S: Dominating lactose sugar nose with a touch of caramel and dulce de leche. Slight vanilla.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of lactose milk sugar, vanilla bean, dulce de leche and just a hint of cinnamon up front. Blond ale grain bill pokes through in the finish. The aftertaste is sugary and sweet with a faint hint of booze.
M: Thick body, very full and creamy mouthfeel, with soft frothy carbonation.
O: Not perfect but I can definitely see what they were going for. Creamy and delicious for dessert.

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Photo of popery
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium dark amber. Fairly cloudy but pretty far from opaquely so. Small to medium off white head, mostly dies off after a minute or two. The aroma is heavy on vanilla and ground rice. The cinnamon provides some depth and spice, as with the beer's inspiration. It smells about as close to Mexican-style horchata as I can imagine for a beer. A relatively mild boozy note. Smells a little syrupy, though less maple and more agave or simple syrupy. The taste is somewhat sweet with a lot of that same vanilla rice flavor. It's rich but also somewhat cloying. Lots of funny sweetness in the finish with a light boozy note. It's not altogether heavy on the palate but it is rather heavy for the abv. I would guess that this beer would be a mess at ~10% abv. It's an interesting beverage, and I applaud the effort, but it's not altogether pleasant to drink. It's like boozy horchata, which isn't something that I particularly like, I guess. Improves as it warms, but still, I would have preferred to split this one with a group and just get a taster's worth.

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Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an interest and unique brew. I would definitely try this again, but share with friends. Was very sweet as expected but a nice easy drinker for sure

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a dark gold to bronze with moderate haze, a thin off-white head and low visible carbonation.

S: Reminds me of cream soda. Vanilla, cinnamon, lactose creaminess, and overall sweet.

T: Big creamy sweet lactose and vanilla, cinnamon and Christmas spices, with some bready malts underneath. I don't get anything I could identify as rice. It finishes with more vanilla sweetness with a pinch of spice.

M: Full-bodied but still has a thin mouthfeel. Low carbonation sensation, though not quite flat. Modest alcohol presence.

O: This isn't offensive, but I don't find it particularly drinkable. I think a three-ounce taster would have been enough to see that it's a beer with some interesting flavors, and then been done with it. In the end, I couldn't make it through even my half-bottle pour before sharing it with the drain. Just too sweet and not enough complexity to make it worth pushing through.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery snifter. Appearance is clear gold with minimal head and no lacing. The nose is very sweet. Notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, and caramel come first followed by heavy vanilla character. Taste is super sweet up front with notes of burnt sugar, mild cinnamon, sweet cream, and caramel. The flavor is reminiscent of horchata, but I'd say this beer comes off a few degrees more sweet than most horchatas. Mouthfeel is bordering on syrupy with moderate carbonation. Overall, the Bruery did a good job of translating the delicious Mexican beverage into beer form. The resulting beer is very sweet and serves as more of a dessert drink than anything else.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

A murky copper in color--a melted, sun-kissed penny. Small near-white head. Not the stickiest of beers, though there are some irregular spotting and miscelanous bubbles left down the glass. Pretty enough, though this is an interesting, and certainly unique, style to judge.

This truly smells like the Mexican drink horchata, which happens to be a favorite of mine. A milky, creamy sweetness is met by distinctive cinnamon and vanilla notes. There's a soft, mild grain presence in the aroma, though it's a bit more discernible in the flavor.

The milky sweetness, cinnamon, and vanilla are all present in the flavor, and this tastes more and more like horchata as it warms. Lingering note of grain/rice. The cinnamon is a touch more dominant than the vanilla, but the cinnamon is merely a flavor, as opposed to presenting a harsh and/or bitter spice that I've experienced in other beers brewed with cinnamon. It doesn't leave my tongue feeling rough/abused, like cinnamon can.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation. While stylistically, it could perhaps use a bit more carbonation, I think The Bruery nailed their intended mouthfeel/carbonation level with this one.

A really delicious American experimental ale, and I think The Bruery pulled off exactly what they intended with this one. Looking forward to pairing my next bottle with carne asada nachos...because, why not?

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 6/18/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a golden tan hue with almost two fingers of dense near white head. Head fades to a thick halo that laces well.

Smells of sweet cream, vanilla and a little cinnamon spice. Yum.

Soft vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and gingerbread cookie with just a slight tickle of alcohol. Very easy to drink.

Creamy medium feel with just a tad more carbonation than I'd prefer for the body. Sweet, smooth gingerbread finish.

This is really good. And goes down super easily. I finished a whole bottle in less than a half hour like it was nothing (and felt the subsequent buzz). A slightly different beer- I'd almost say it's like a blonde version of a gingerbread stout. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great scent of horchata with a big vanilla nose. Golden body that drinks quite smooth. There is a sweet bite at the beginning for me. The vanilla really takes over but you get a roundness from the rice. I'm not getting a ton of cinnamon which might add a little more depth. Really fun to try, but quite sweet.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

A- Pours a translucent brownish, orange gold with about a half finger's white head that recedes to a thin layer leaving behind some spotty lacing. Fairly carbonated with a lot of small carbonation bubbles rising fairly fast.

S- Tons of cinnamon, a decent amount of vanilla bean that conflicts with the blonde ale aroma to create a weird slightly off-putting aroma, the rice doesn't contribute too much to the aroma. Fairly aromatic, but not a huge fan.

T- Creamy rice pudding topped with cinnamon, vanilla beans add a nice flavor balancing with the rice qualities, blonde ale aspect with a hint of bitterness hidden on the background and comes out a bit on the finish. This beer tastes extremely unique and quite tasty especially if you like rice pudding (which I definitely do). Overall the taste makes up for what the aroma is definitely lacking.

M- Medium bodied, slightly bitter, very slightly over-carbonated, fairly smooth.

O- I'm not a huge fan of blonde ales however Or Xata does not taste anything like a typical blonde ale and is extremely unique nailing what they are going for. The aroma was way too sweet and unbalanced with too much cinnamon and sweet vanilla bean. However the taste (in my opinion) was as spot on as it could be with nice vanilla bean qualities balanced with a pinch of cinnamon and rice pudding. Overall if you love rice pudding and unique beers I'd definitely check this beer out, if you don't I'd probably stay away.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, Spring 2013
The Bruery

A: Looks like an IPA in the glass. Opaque deep orange color. Can't see much through it. Nice full finger of off white head. Faded quickly into a thin layer.

S: Definitely pulling that spice note from the cinnamon, mixing with sweet vanilla. Sweet creamy hints from the added lactose? As it warms it almost smells like a candle to me.

T: Tip of the tongue, hit with that cinnamon spice. As the sip progresses into the middle of the mouth you get that Belgian blonde aspect of it mixed with the vanilla. The lactose and rice work to make the mouthfeel almost creamy. Finish isn't dry, because of the lingering sweetness.

M: Big medium because of how creamy and full the lactose makes it.

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