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Buffalo Gold Premium Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Buffalo Gold Premium AleBuffalo Gold Premium Ale

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 145
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 13.98%
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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Photo of Dogbrick
1.7/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from Rock Bottom in Denver: Pale golden color with a medium thin white head and thin rings of lacing. Vinegar dominates the nose making me wary of a bad bottle. Light-bodied and astringent, tasting of stale malt and vinegar. The finish is overly tart with more sourness. Assuming Rock Bottom is carrying old stock, either way this was pretty much undrinkable.

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Photo of nickd717
2.24/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated March 22, 2011 at the Denver airport.

Nice appearance, clear bright golden with a one finger white head.

The aroma is not very good, as metal is the main thing I'm picking up. Some sweet malt and hops behind that.

The flavor is not anything too great either. Sweet pale malt, grain, mild floral hops, and metal.

Medium-light bodied and metallic on the mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation.

What can I say- this isn't very good. Disappointments all around from Boulder tonight.

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Photo of Buebie
2.3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 0z glass into a tulip.
Sudsy 3 finger white head. Deep golden transparent color.
Smell is mild piney grassy hops, very mild hop aroma. Some dough like smells as well. A little sweetness detected in the smell. Also smells like swadust, little fresh cut woodyness at the nose.

Taste....well, it has SOME taste. Mostly none though.
Corn, mild grassy hops, too much carbonation, some mild sweetness, but most of the flavor is overwhelmed with a dust like nothingness.
Not much to be said.

Mouthfeel, thin and watery. Wont be getting this again.

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Photo of denver10
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A yellowish golden with a half thumbs width white head. Before I sat the glass down in the other room the head had already left. Doughy aroma paired with a sweet malt aspect that is kinda diluted.Taste is pretty much on point with the aroma. Doughy at first, some honey enters into the middle, and closes a little bit too sweet. Medium body to this one with some carbonation. Not a bad beer, not a good beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again but I didn't have any problems drinking what I already had.

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Photo of AAG
2.49/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a room-temperature stein. Made the mistake of reading other reviews of this beer before drinking it (many were negative reviews). Beer is fresh - "enjoy by Feb 2013."

Appearance - Light/medium amber color; transparent; initially about a 1/2 finger white head but it dissipated quickly.

Smell - Very difficult to discern a smell. After agitating I can pickup a slight smell of yeast and malt....perhaps a slight berry-like smell.

Taste - Underwhelming initially. Bread, toasted grains flavor...remains throughout.

Mouthfeel - Easy on the palate; light-bodied; medium carbonation.

Overall - Not my favorite Boulder Beer but okay for a light-bodied, American Blonde Ale. It grew on me as I made my way through it and I would drink this again if I was looking for a light, refreshing beer.

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Photo of cthulu81
2.51/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So right off the bat, this ia an American blonde ale, a very finicky style for us very finicky drinkers. It is also a style I don't think should be served outside of a brew pub, or at least outside of a certain radius of the brewery as it is more vulnerable to bad shipping and storage conditions than most other styles. Read on to find out what happens when a blonde from Boulder gets reviewed by a red head in Northern Virginia. The aromas present smell almost like a soggy saltine cracker. There is an off-putting soapy scent, with a distracting sweet corn aroma completing the unappealing introduction to this beer. At least it looks ok. Blonde, straw colored, no visible sea monkeys floating around in the glass. Taste. I almost wish I didn't have to, but it for the purposes of a review. Sip, sip...well this isn't very nice at all. Harsh, sharp grain husk flavors lead to an even more unpleasant damp biscuit finish. Light sulfur compounds complete the woeful package. Oh, look there are even some rough vegetal flavors to despise as well. Drinkability? I don't want to. I will take a water instead please. I know this isn't what the beer was supposed to taste like, but I am judging it as what came out of the bottle. Please don't ship blonde ales long distances through less than reputable and responsible distributors. It doesn't help your brand and it certainly doesn't help such a delicate beer like a blonde ale.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts hoppy and stays that way, only slight hoppy/bitter aftertaste. At least it isn't vinegary like Dogbrick's. $1.39 for a 12oz bottle from John's Market Place Tigard, Or.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small, foamy, off-white colored head fades quickly to a film. Lightly sweet caramel malt and fruity (apple?) aroma. Transparent pale copper colored beer with a few streams of carbonation rising up from around the bottom. Fruity flavors dominate with a barely noticable malt base. Finish starts to go sour, but ends up just dissapearing. Moderately light body, nothing in the mouthfeel dept. Just barely not bad.

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Photo of rye726
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour a well carbonated golden color. Clear with a fizzy tan head. The smell is of some grainy malts and mellow hops. Taste is similar. Light malts and hops. Light to medium body with lots of carbonation. A drinkable brew, but nothing special. More light an expensive light beer than a micro.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden straw color. Insignificant head that vanished to a ring around the edge. Aroma reserved, barest hint of fruity hops. On first sip the beer seemed almost flavorless. Subsequent drinks developed a lager-like flavor profile. A little caramel-tinged malt, with sweet/tangy interplay, leading to a modest hops bittering at the finish. Way too flacid for the style, more like a lawnmower lager. Not bad, but a yawner.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden straw color. Insignificant head that vanished to a ring around the edge. Aroma reserved, barest hint of fruity hops. On first sip the beer seemed almost flavorless. Subsequent drinks developed a lager-like flavor profile. A little caramel-tinged malt, with sweet/tangy interplay, leading to a modest hops bittering at the finish.

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Photo of MinorThreat
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a pint glass, high clarity, golden brown in color. Not much of a head to speak of and minimal lacing.

S-Not too much going on in the nose. A small amount of cereal grain and some yeast lingering around in there.

T-Not too shabby. This is what the big macro's would taste like in a perfect world. Light, refreshing, some light toasted grains, a light touch of green apples (yeast maybe). Nothing overwhelming but an overall balanced easy drinking beer. Patio pounder of a beer.

M-Really nice for the style, just viscous enough while remaining light.

D-Its a pretty solid offering. Lawnmower beer or a great intro into good micros.

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Photo of peabody
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours out clear amber with a one finger white foam head. Lacing abounds here. The suds dissapate quickly.
Grapes and nuts are what I smell first. sour yeast and light malt come into play later. Is there wheat here?
Taste has a bland grapeftuit and caramel with a slight hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is bland at best. Nothing being savored here.
Not a great beer at all.

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Photo of sauron681
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow-gold color. Quickly thinning head that just barely stuck around long enough to notice. Light fruit smell, that of perhaps apricots. Slight sour/vinegar taste, not overpowering though. Little carbonation, bubble trails did not last very long either. Not a bad beer, worth a single bottle try anyways.

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Photo of strengthdoc
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured from the bottle to reveal a light golden color. The aroma was very mild and slightly malty. The taste was very light and slightly sweet at first thrn yhere was a slight change as it hit the back of the tongue and a hint of hops came through. The beer was refreshing and would be OK on a hot summer day, but there was nothing to make it stand out to me.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden amber, with a light head that quickly dissipates to a thin mist covering the beer.
Aroma is light and malty, with a bit of breadiness and slight hop character. Mild fruitiness.
Flavor is malty and sweet, with a bit of lagery dryness. Hops come through lightly in the middle, with less emphasis in the finish. A touch of fruitiness and some grassy flavors. Fuller bodied than most golden ales, yet still summery. The balance is nice, flavors are well done, but it's a little dull. I'm not big on this style to begin with.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a brilliant, light orange body with a small, though bubbly, white head.

Smell: Basic, sweetish cereal malts with light background floral notes and, well, that's pretty much all she wrote. It's one of those exasperating aromas where you swirl and swirl and let it warm and swirl some more and it never provides anything new or interesting beyond the original ho-hum scent.

Taste: A sweet taste of steeped grains with a vague hint of simple honey. Floral hops with a minimal hint of citrus provides no more than a mild bitterness. Finishes semi-dry, fairly brief, and with some lingering dull floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Whenever they boldly, unabashedly throw up a term like "PREMIUM", you know you're in for something real special. In truth, it's one of those golden/blonde ales that shamelessly leans towards being bland and lifeless. A "stampede of flavor," huh? More like it slowly shuffles along the palette like the grim line at the DMV.

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Photo of mentor
2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One finger very light tan head over a crystal clear light apricot colored liquid. Smells are very mild, in fact only some mild malt and mild apricot ester. Taste: Malt is gentle with faint caramel and also faint apricot and strawberry esters. If I'm getting hops at all, they are really low, but have an orange citrusy quality. Not much to this beer. Light body and mild carbonation.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light copper color with an orange twinge. Head is off white and falling fast

S: Slightly malty with subtle hop and hints of citrus

T: Malty sweetness with various degrees of fruit (apricot, orange, even bananas). Grain sprinkled in between.

M: Thin and dull.

D: About what I expected.

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Photo of laintringulis
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pub glass. Pours a golden amber color with a thin white head. Moderate carbonation. Very light lacing.

Smells primarily bready/yeast with light apple pectin and corn-water undertones.

Very light tasting. Malty sweetness in the beginning with a very slight dryness. Mostly a sugar and corn taste. No real fruitiness or hop flavor to it. Slight floral quality. No real flavor to it.

Light on the mouthfeel; watery. Too flat. This beer is undercarbonated for my taste and other ales that I have had.

Drinkable and sessionable, if you liked the taste. Might be fine to continue the buzz after you drank some beer that rocked your tastebuds. Nothing is bad tasting or offensive, but I don't want to do cartwheels when I drink it.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a limpid gold color with a modest white head that is frothy in texture, the lace a sealing sheet to seal off the glass. Nose is malt and somewhat sweet, clean and fresh, the start is malt and once again lightly sweet, top is cadaverous. Finish is mild in its carbonation, hops are light in presence, and aftertaste is dry and long lasting, a drinkable beer, but just not one that does much for me, then again a good lawn mower beer I guess.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a light yellow/gold color with a 3/4 finger white head and decent lacing. Not much retention though.

S - The aroma is of a fairly light toasted barley with hints of sweetness and very mild bitterness from earthy hop aromas. Not much here and pretty average.

T - The beer starts with a lot of bread flavors in the toasted grains. This pretty much dominates the beer from start to finish. The middle brings out a very minor hop character in earthy tones similar to the nose, but is very subdued.

M - Medium carbonation and light body.

D - Average

Overall I found this to be a pretty average brew. Not sure I'd be back again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-11-2011 14:04:36

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was gold in color. It had a good-sized white head with a bit of lace.

Kind of an average beer. Toasty, grassy aroma, not that exciting.

Same with the taste. White toast, mild hops.

Pleasant enough, inoffensive. Good for quenching a thirst.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The pour is a very pale gold color with a thin white head.

S: Doesn't really smell like much at all. Very light malt and hop aromas, maybe a bit of straw and bread. Just a bit of cereal sweetness to it.

T: Somewhat sweet, but also a very mild flavor. Some bread notes and a bit of floral hops and straw, very mild fruit esters. A bit watery and bland.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not much to say about this other than it is bland and uninteresting.

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Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear golden color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of graininess with some sweet malts. Tastes of pretty much the same - grainy and lightly sweet. Drinkable, but not too much there.

Notes from and tasted on: 10/28/06

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