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Buffalo Gold Premium Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 145
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 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 StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this one is a bit of a bore for me, and truly one of the lightest beers ever, that can still be considered a craft product. it pours a clear bright yellow color, lots of bubbles, but not a ton of head. the nose features some lighter pilsener malts and a generic ale yeast. a little citrus in the flavor, but not much hop at all. it goes down super easy, and is a fine hot weather beer, but it can hardly hold my attention through a single bottle. the feel is also not quite right for a light beer like this. its simple enough, but id like even a little more carbonation, or at least better carbonation retention, and I need just a bit more meat on the bones in terms of body. personal preference though. my dad found this to be delightful on his visit to Colorado, and has encouraged my to bring him a case back east when I go. to me though, this just wasn't interesting enough, which has been true with several boulder beers lately.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden to yellow color. Good carbonation. Little head retention.
Smells malty with some sweet sourness that hides in the background.
Tastes malty sweet with deep fruitiness. Tastes a little prune or raison like. Faint hopping only for balancing sweetness and flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Perhapse a bit metalic. Finishes crisp. Hints of fruit malt and bitter remain. A good beer for typical micro.

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

Bright kumquat with an orangish cream-colored head. The moderately firm foam remains rumpled as it falls, leaving a fair amount of lace in blurred rings. The nose is balanced in that lightly toasted malt and citric-herbal hops are present in roughly equal proportions. On second smell, the hops are slightly more assertive.

The flavor is definitely balanced. Caramel malt holds down the bottom end while hops (Nugget, Willamette, Cascade) provide a respectable amount of flavor and bittering. As is usually the case with beer that isn't either excessively malty or excessively hoppy, sweet is favored early while bitter is favored late. The body is firmly medium and provides a pleasing, medium-length finish.

Buffalo Gold isn't one of Boulder Beer's better known offerings, but it's a decent version of an American Blonde Ale. It tastes like it was designed to be all things to all people; not that there's anything wrong with that. Even though it doesn't shine nearly as brightly as the Looking Glass series, it's still a worthwhile purchase.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an amber/orange color with a one-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grain and malt. Some sweet notes, too.

T - It tasted of malt with a little citrus kick. There was a subtle blend of hops, too.

M - A smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Also, very light-bodied.

D - This was an okay beer. It really didn't blow me away with flavors, but it is still worth a try.

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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 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 russpowell
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at old chicago with lunch

Poured golden/bronzw with a 2 fingers deep head. Great head retention & very good lacing

S: Floral hops & hints of honey

T: Floral hops & malt sweetness. Some citric hops in the middle. Finished crisp & sweet, with hints of grainyness & grass

mF: Light bodied with a little too much carbonation & lacking in depth & balance

Drinks okay, worse examples out there, but one & done unless you're stuck with BMC

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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 Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly simple beer. I had it after a 'what the heck' decision and was not disappointed given the thought process. Light amber color, thining head.

Honestly I can't say too much about the taste b/c I was in a mood to drink fast and a lot. This beer fulfilled that purpose, so it can't be too bad.

It's a nice balance between lightly toasted biscuit and some zip from the hops.

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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 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 Tone
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, slight hop, citrus, and slight pine. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight metallic, sweet malt, pale malt, slight grain, yeast, and slight hop. Overall, fairly good; good appearance, blend, and aroma.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 arizcards
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in early June as part of the MicroBeerClub May shipment.

Beer poured a golden amber with a long lasting white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose has hints of citrus hops. Taste is somewhat sweet, hints of caramel malts with citric hops apprearing at the end. Mouthfeel is decent, has a medium body that leaves a feeling of satisfaction on my palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good. This beer gave me more than I expected for the advertised style. It is worthy of a shot and quite refreshing on a warm humid July afternoon!

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