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Buffalo Gold Premium Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2002)
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Photo of claspada
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

claspada, May 28, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Haybeerman, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -8.3%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of hopdog
3.1/5  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

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Brent
2.68/5  rDev -18%
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.

Brent, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

argock, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -8.3%

crobinso, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

WDJersey, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

ADR, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of nickd717
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

nickd717, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

cliff1066, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of arizcards
3.53/5  rDev +8%
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!

arizcards, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.68/5  rDev -18%
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.

rye726, May 12, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Rayek, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
2.78/5  rDev -15%
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.

MinorThreat, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of mentor
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

mentor, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of marc77
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear dark blonde hue. Thick, dogged porcelain white head leaves frothy lace. Soft, doughy malt with traces of husky grain along with an floral hop tinge in aroma. Simple, maltose sweetness arises as the meager hop nose fades. Understated, simple, but appetizing aromawise. Toasted malt upfront in flavor yields to a gentle combination of hop bitterness and mildly sweet, dextrin malt. Ashen floral hop flavor unfortunately develops a soapy twang mid palate, which lingers and detracts from an otherwise clean flavor profile. Bready, cracker like malt undertone persists throughout. Lightly bodied, with a thin, yet slightly oily mouthfeel. Finishes watery, with slowly fleeting herbal hops and dilute residual sweetness. Almost a good blonde ale, that falls a bit short on complete balance. Akin to a watered down Helles in overall character. Innocuous.

marc77, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of budgood1
3.7/5  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.

budgood1, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buffalo Gold Premium Ale pours a golden color with a minimal white head. Smell is malty, cracker or biscuit like and there are some floral notes. I would have to say that the taste is similar to the nose, malty/biscuity flavors and some floral flavors. The floral flavors are strong in the finish, biscuity flavors in the beginning. Not too bad, maybe a little better balance would help, but this actually is quite decent and drinkable. Worth a try.

Drew966, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color, faint head that disappears rapidly, good active carbonation. Strong nose of piney hops, faint malt. The tangy hops start out strong in the taste, but the flavor diminishes into an unremarkable finish. The bready malt flavor is quite weak. Decent bitterness overall. The mouthfeel is a bit thin watery/thin but not bad. I liked the carbonation. The drinkability is not bad on this one, could have used more flavor, but its still easy to drink and its a step up from light macro-lagers. This one is almost like a weak pale ale if anything. Worth a try...

bennetj17, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

UnionMade, Jul 29, 2003
Buffalo Gold Premium Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
76 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.