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Buffalo Gold Premium Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 19.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.95% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2002

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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 146
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.19/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulder Buffalo Gold has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, brilliant gold appearance, with tiny white particles throughout and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of cream, mild and sweet bread crust, cream cheese cake icing, and hop oil. Taste is of all of those elements wit low, yet noticeable hop bitterness to round it out. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Boulder Buffalo Gold finishes crisp, highly drinkable, and exceptionally refreshing.


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Photo of MisterClean
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a home brew club meeting.

A - Pours copper-gold with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates slow and leaves little to no lacing.

S - Sweet notes of honey and caramel.

T - A very sweet flavor of honey and caramel, with some bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, malt dominated, and finished dry. Carbonation was medium.

D - Although it does not have the traditional bitterness of a blonde ale, it is still a refreshing beer and a good quaff.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a perfectly crystal-clear golden hue, so clear you can hold it up to your computer monitor and read words through it. A frothy, soapy light cream head stays around for a while, leaving a thick film eventually. Massive sheets of light foam lacing coat the glass. Very impressive.

The beer smells slightly malty and sweet up front, but a nutty, peppery citrus comes through as well.

The taste is malt-forward, with a nice subtly tangy lemon peel finish. Offering nice balance. To mimic the aroma, faint black pepper comes through in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is dry, clean, and crisp.

Overall, I can't tell you how impressive the lacing is for this brew, such good head retention and webbed foam everywhere on the glass. But ultimately, this is just a perfectly clean, refreshing beer to session. Great in summer, great in spring.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Monthly club selection for May. Orangey gold color, almost clear, with creamy smooth white head. Smells of sweet malt and floral hops.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose, with nice grassy flavor, light fruitiness, and minimal bitterness. Good balance.

Smooth mouthfeel, body is between light and medium. Crispness is good.

Very easy-drinking and satisfying, a good summer beer that BA's and newbies will both like.

Tasted on 5/29/08.

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Photo of beernut7
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep inviting gold color with no head to speak of. The aroma is slightly grassy with just a hint of sweet malt. The flavor kicks up the hint to a huge malt presence and a medium body with a very light crisp hoppy finish. Easy drinking, this is a fine brew.

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Photo of Moxley
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden with a thin off-white head. Splotchy lacing. Smells of sweet malts and dark fruits. Light and fruity with a mellow, well-balanced combination of hops and malts. Smooth and mild.

Excellent representation of the style. Good choice if you're looking for something you could drink all day.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Luinous golden color with thick, frothy wheat-colored head with generous lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of woody, herbal hops aromas with a bit of citrus too. The caramel malts are sweet and prominent.

T: A full-flavored blonde ale with a very pleasant fruitiness mixed with a complex hops contribution that includes leafy-tobacco, earthy-herbal-tea, and peppery-lemon components with a slightly cherry tart finish. The aftertaste is thick and sweet with a bit of the nutty, woody character of the hops there, too.

M: An exceptionally creamy beer with a wonderful smoothness and medium-to-full body. Carbonation is medium.

D: A really nice blond ale that looks great and blends a really top-notch taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale malt scent with a light hop aroma; not much else. The taste is good. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes slightly fruity with a light hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brew, especially for those warm afternoons. It's light and tastey.

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Photo of inebrius
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brewery's attempt at making an ale accessible to all? Perhaps, but it works. Orange-hued golden under a thin sticky cap. Nose of honeyed toast and flora, subdued, but apparent. Slick draught brings creamy grain followed by a slight, yet lingering hop finale. Hint of lageresque sulfur in the finish? Not a big beer, nor does it need to be. Just your everyday type easy drinker.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nothing exceptional about the appearance of this beer. It was a light copper color with a white, coarse head. I got a finger of foam out of it with some coaxing, but it was gone in a flash. The small amount of bubbles that remained left no lace on the glass. It did have a pretty heavy bead, which I was surprised to see.

Smell: There was a great, warm, roasted malt smell. Roasted is hardly the word for it. It was more like fresh baked bread with a little bit of spice. Muffins, maybe?

Mouthfeel: With that warm, thick aroma I was expecting a mouthfeel that was comparable. It didn't quite deliver. Thin- to medium-thin bodied, with a fuzzy, velvety feel to it. It was nice, but I was expecting more.

Taste: Like the mouthfeel, the taste didn't quite match up to the aroma. Upfront, there was sweet malt and a little bit of roasted malt. In the middle arose a sourness that lingered into the aftertaste. There was the mildest hint of hops on the finish that helped to balance out this brew, but didn't quite do the job.

This was a pretty good beer that would make a great session brew. My biggest complaint would be the sourness in the flavor that I found somewhat distracting.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, with very little head at all. The small head falls quickly, taking on the appearance of hours old dishwater, with only the slightest trace of foam.

Aroma is faint, in every sense of the word. A tiny bit of caramel sneaks in, then runs away. If there are hops in the nose, my olfactory missed 'em. Would be disappointing but for the fact this is a gold.

Very little taste either. BMC drinkers might find it bitter, with the short blast of hops up front, but even that bit fades fast. What's left is a faintly sweet maltiness which also fades quickly, leaving zero aftertaste. Not much here from an advocate standpoint, but a great training wheels beer. Isn't that what a gold is about?

Mouthfeel is quite watery, and again, that's what you'd expect and want from the style.

Overall, there is scant little here to recommend this to a seasoned beer veteran, save for perhaps lawnmower applications. But for introducing the uninitiated, this one would work well. Nicely done, for what it is.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as "Buffalo Gold" at the Rock Bottom brewpub in Denver.

Pours a clear, warm amber with a decent head that sticks around. Aroma is richly malty with a hint of fruit. Flavor is delicious and mouth-filling with a caramel undertone. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. Very refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Amberstone Bar & Grill inside the Red Lion Hotel in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear honey orange color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Thin random clumps of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, honey, and orange marmalade. Taste is of sweet malt, subdued honey flavors, and orange/citrus fruits. This beer has a lower level of carbonation and is slightly thick. Overall, this is a solid blonde ale that I would get again.

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Photo of alittlehazy
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on sale at the store so I gave it a go. Poured lighter than I expected it to as a bubbly gold with a frothy white head. The smell wasnt bursting out of the glass, but I could pick up the maltiness from a whiff.

My only complaint was a slight metalic taste to it, but besides that the sweet malts and more subdued bitterness of hops tasted great. Decent mouthfeel, but it was definetely smooth going down. This was a very fine session beer to enjoy with friends hanging out at home. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of budgood1
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a clear golden colour...substantial foamy head and a nice lace left after a few sips. nice hoppy aroma...with some sweet malt and graininess to even things out. i was expecting a totally lame blonde ale experience, but am pleasantly surprised by the balance of flavours and the above average taste for the style. light pale malts with a healthy dose of northwest hops provide for a quenching and easy drinking blonde ale that can appeal to both the novice drinker and seasoned quaffer. dry in the finish, lingering hops in the aftertaste...a nice brew. it would go great with some pizza or burgers or nachos.

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Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, Supreme Court Bar, Adam's Mark Hotel, Denver, CO...

Clear, kind of a dull gold color, far lighter than bronze in appearance. Head is creamy and stable at under 1/2 an inch. Good adhesion on the laces. Aroma is subdued, really hard to pull anything out of it. Carbonation is understated, mouthfeel thinnish. Starts malty, bready with some tar qualities. Hops are minimal, but bitter in a grape leaf like way, perhaps combining with a touch of citric wheat. The finish is the most interesting thing -- nutty and almost chocolate-like as it unfolds. For a Blonde Ale, this one had more interest for me than many.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored with a head that shrank quickly to a nice coating on the surface.

S - A light wheat scent with a hint of sweetness.

T - All malt taste. No bitterness. Creamy and smooth. A nice amount of carbonation.

M - A crisp, clean feel.

D - Very drinkable. I can have a couple will watching the game easily. Very good.

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Photo of rowew
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle - no freshness information.

Appearance: Poured into a New Belgium globe - reddish gold color with a thin head that quickly fades.

Smell: Aroma is very faint, but mostly malt with just a bit of hops showing up in the finish.

Taste: Taste is very malty, with a nice dry finish. The hops are subtle, but keep the beer fairly balanced.

Overall impression: Not the best offering from Boulder Beer, but a great gateway beer. I still enjoy this one, and make sure to always have a 12 pack in the fridge for parties.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Included in the Boulder Sampler pack even though it wasn't listed on the outside of the box. What's the reasoning behind that?

An American Blonde Ale, a tough style to make this BA happy.

It pours a clear light gold with close to 1 finger head of foam. Straight off the bat, though, it has some very good lacing.

The smell is light with notes of grain, some malt sweetness and earthiness, and a bit of hop bitterness. Best nose of the sampler pack so far.

The taste pretty much destroys every positive I wrote about the smell. Toasted/bready malt, once again in a Boulder beer, dominates completely leaving little room for any hop presence but... after a few sips, I *do* find some nice hoppy tones so I take some of what I said back. For a Blonde Ale, I think the hops are where they should be. It's the damn toasty malt that is overbearing and throws the flavours askew. Still, I think the damage done was not as bad as it could be so this isn't a bad brew to sip on.

Typical Boulder beer(regular lineup) mouthfeel and carbonation. They have this down well.

Drinkability? I'll just say good drinkability. I could drink more than 1 Buffalo Gold at a sitting.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger stark white coarse head with fair retention for the style. Light, broken lacing.

S: Light malts, very faint light fruits aroma. Light bitter hops in the finish.

T: Malts and subtle hops. Dry finish. Nicely balanced.

D: Very drinkable that's nicely done. The style is a bit dull, but it was done right - nice balance, no offensive off-tastes.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium gold color with a nice big foamy white head that held up well and provided plenty of lacing.

Smells like grains and malts with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is floral hops and some sweet malts with a bit of citrus. The finish is different and hard to explain, but not unpleasant. Overall a nice easy drink.

Mouth feel is medium body and medium carbonation. Not a heavy feel, but not thin either.

Drinkability is pretty good. Definitely qualifies as a session brew.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boulder Beer's Buffalo Gold Ale pours a finger of stiff foam over a
clear orangy-yellow brew. Carbonation is slow. The nose is light
malt, yeast, and citrus. The flavor is slightly sweet barley malts
balanced by a citrus/herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean,
and balanced. Nothing here is overdone, but each subtle component
has a part to play and they each do it well. This is another simple but
refreshing beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant gold color with an oh so subtle haze. Frothy white head has average retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Pleasant dry maltiness has a bit of straw to it. There's a mild citrus aroma that lets you know this beer has some hops in it.

T: Very nicely balanced. Not the most interesting brew, but there are some nice flavors to be had. Malt comes across with an almost grassy sweetness. Hops add a citrus and fruity bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the palate. Finishes rather clean, with a bit of residual bitterness.

M: Medium-light body is a touch on the fizzy side.

D: I have a friend who's such a huge University of CO football fan that he insisted on having this beer at his wedding (the beer is called Buff Gold for a reason). It's a nice safe micro that most macro drinkers seem to be able to get behind. Not my first choice in beers, but not something I would ever turn down.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down and left intermittent lacing. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell is quite sweet and also has some aromas of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by a moderate amount of malty sweetness and also has some fruity flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and refreshing; it would be a good selection on a hot summer day.

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Photo of manahansf
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this in a flight at the brewery. Semi-sweet malty nose over a lacy white head. The golden color is clear and shows mild carbonation levels. Great malt/hop balance and transition in flavor. Finishes with a semi-dry and light citrus bitterness. Nice session strength but things change at those altitudes.

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Buffalo Gold Premium Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
76 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.