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Original Orange Blossom Ale - Buckbean Brewing Company

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Original Orange Blossom AleOriginal Orange Blossom Ale

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BA SCORE
74
okay

55 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buckbean Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerphilosopher on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 47
Photo of Cinderbike
2.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with fluffy off-white head.

S - Oranges, lemons, and malt. Not your usual citrus aroma, however - more akin to orange soda.

T - Again, the orange essence used gives it a unique, almost artificial orange flavor. Very tart with some lemon tones and a bit of diacetyl. There is a little bit of caramel and toasted bread in the finish but the 'orange blossom' flavor dominates.

M - Thin and effervescently carbonated.

O - It's a strange beer. I suppose for a session beer or someone new to craft it might be good, but I just found it too weird to enjoy.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.

I smell oranges as soon as I crack open the can. Pours out quite the hazy orange color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus and orange with a sweet almost sugary malty background. Wow this has quite an odd flavor to it. Its almost like someone took an orange popsicle and mixed it in a thin amber ale. It's heavy on the oranges for sure and there must be some malt in there somewhere. Bone dry finish with a fairly thin body. Moderate level of carbonation with a tart prickly mouthfeel. Well they get an A for being distinct, but this only worked for the first sip or two before I tired of it. I'm glad I got to try this.

Photo of sendsilk
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer starts out pretty refreshing. Nice orange and floral hops in the aroma. Looks clean and crisp in appearance but slightly cloudy.

The taste. It starts off fairly well but rapidly gets old. Very one dimensional and the beer seems to become less appealing as it warms. The mouthfeel is a little light but seems appropriate for the style.

I only bought 1 16 oz can of this and am glad the have tried it but I probably won't be going back to it anytime soon.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.07/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a big fluffy white head.

Smells like light orange blossoms and a light floral hop presence.

The taste has a nice floral orange blossom taste with a hint of orange juice, but mostly floral qualities. Lingering blossom and floral hop notes. Good balance keeps it from being one-dimensional.

Nice light feel keeps with the light floral nature of this beer.

Overall, this was a very pleasant surprise. good balance and refreshing qualities make this a great lawnmower beer. I enjoyed mine in almost 100 degree heat with damn near 100% umidity. Perfectly refreshing.

Photo of steved64
2.64/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: gold to copper, no haze.

S: DMS, cooked corn. I have tasted many a homebrew with this flaw and rather supprised to see it in a commercial beer. Some folks don't mind this but I cannot stand it. The orange stuff is in there somewhere.

T: Balance on the sweet side, pretty much what I expect for a fruity beer. Again hard for me to get past the DMS. I can tell what they were trying to do and it could have been very successful if not for the DMS dominating.

M: crisp, reasonably light

O: Sad to say I did not drink more than a few ounces before giving up on this one.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a pint can into a pint glass.

A – Pours a cloudy orange yellow pour with about a finger of off white fluffy head.

S – Very sweet smell, reminds me of orange Kool Aid.

T – Nice smooth orange flavor. Some hops present but faint. Tiny bit of bitterness present. Slight warming at the finish.

M – Lively carbonation. Light to Medium body.

O – After smelling this I thought it was going to be very sweet. It is actually not. It has a strong taste of orange of course but it still retains a beer flavor. Pretty solid.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.31/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Nevadan tick, huh? This one pours an amber-orange hue and is capped with a very scant film of microbubbles. The nose is pleasant enough - and is definitely suggesting orange blossom water - with a faintly perfumed citric odor standing above smaller hop and grain notes. Flavor-wise, it is pretty good; I get mild orange blossom notes atop a lightly spicy-herbal and crackery base. The feel is very watery, which actually serves this brew well. Overall this seems like a perfectly reasonable libation for a sweltering desert like NV.

Photo of JohnnyS17
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky orange and brown with about an inch or two of thin white head. The head subsides pretty quickly into a very thin lacing. The particles are very tiny unlike a Hefeweizen where you can see individual bits of wheat and yeast. It smells of flowers and oranges; it would make a nice potpourri for your bathroom.

The taste is kind of odd. It starts out like a wheat beer and finishes like a pale ale. There are mild hints of wheat and hops, with very subtle sweetness. It is a bit too bitter for my liking. There is a moderate, crisp carbonation. It is a very thin body with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, the most interesting part of the beer was the unique smell. Besides that, it is not an extremely exciting beer.

Photo of yemenmocha
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light amber with white head. Nose has a clear floral orange character. Palate has some toasty grainy flavors with the orange floral flavors taking over. Hard to enjoy this one, almost like drinking an orange soft drink. Light bodied. A bit watery.

Photo of smakawhat
2.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A very soapy large bubbled off white head of three fingers comes off the pour. It seems to fall at a good clip. Body is slightly cloudy and a nice orange amber, but it looks a little unpleasant.

An obvious whiff of faint orange soda, airy. Also some sweetness that's kind of odd. There's something kind of funky/musty almost with a little veggie like, but this is actually kind of interesting to me. Slight hint of malt to go too.

Woah what happened to this body? This seems as something a little bigger bodied is coming but it is incredibly wet and watery. Taste dissipates very quickly, with a faint old stale orange, but not much malt either. This feels like an incredibly weak lager and very just... wow boring.

Overall I am not impressed with this for it's category. It seems to start off well but is incredibly weak in taste and feel. It just feels like flavored weak soda and orange.

Photo of beagle75
3.87/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a goblet at Brix in Sunset Beach.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber with one finger of diminishing mango-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: While slightly toasty, it is most like standing next to a large citrus tree that is in full bloom--very aromatic and appealing.

T: Begins off-dry, with early floral aromatics carried from the smell that yield to the cream ale core of soft toasted malt (and perhaps adjuncts). Acidity is low despite its citrus theme. A whiff of authentic orange blossom persists through to the end, amidst a finish that entirely lacks bitterness. Flavors are careful to never cross an important line toward sweetness--in fact, the opposite is more true--which lends validity to this beer's approach that would otherwise be easy to not take seriously.

M: Medium viscosity, oily and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Here is an interesting American-brewed alternative to England's cream ales. It is not undermined by the involvement of the orange blossoms, instead gaining interest and floral complexity from them. It reminds of 21st Amendment's watermelon wheat, not in similarity of flavor but in similarity of approach to pairing questionable botanical elements with beer and still respecting the style.

Photo of azdback
1.52/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Darker side of orange in color. A bit cloudy. Head is bright white and fizzy and a bit creamy looking. Lace doesn't stick much at all though.

Smell is really interesting. Bready, musty and watery? I don't smell any orange or any citrus hop for that matter or really anything else at all.

Holy shit!! This one is interesting. First thing I taste is yeast, or bread. The second is water. After that, which was kinda hard to swallow, I do taste orange blossoms. But is this really what the brewer had in mind, or did they taste this disaster and then name it ? Probably the latter.

The mouth is not good for any style. And I don't even know what style this is supposed to be. A lot of unnecessary puckering and water. Blah!!

Overall I must say it is very hard for me to pour beer down the drain, but I think it was a lot harder for me to try and finish this train wreck. So down the drain it went. Pass on this one!!

Photo of david18
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a draft tasting of this at the Holstein's at the New Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. I notice this because the tap handle was a bright orange can, which immediately caught my eye. I tried it and unfortunately didn't like it enough to have a full glass but those who like obvious fruit flavor in beer might like it.

Poured a hazy amber/orange color with plenty of foamy carbonation.

Aroma had nice hints of orange and a lot of yeast for an "amber/red" ale.

Flavor had a lot of orange/yeast; for me, too much.

Overall not a bad beer for fruit beer lovers but this one wasn't for me.

Photo of tbrown4
3.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz can -> Pint glass. Picked up a four pack at my local store for about $9. Passed by it several times in the previous weeks. Decided to give it a try.

A - Hazy light copper orange with bright white foamy head. Little sticky lacing. Heavy carb streams for a few minutes.

S - Tart almost sour orange, sweet bread, creamy/savory

T - Same as the aroma. The tartness doesnt really compliment the orange sweetness. It's certainly not bad, but I was expecting more. The middle is nice and creamy. Finishes tart.

M - Light to medium light, decent carb fizz

O - I'd get this again. Chill it really well in a cooler for a Summer time tailgate. This did not knock my socks off, but it's a decent beer. Certainly different that what I usually drink. Variety is good.

Photo of trappistlover
2.26/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(16oz can). Pours a hazy amber color with 1 finger chunky off-white head. Aroma have lots of perfumey notes with a bit of light fresh orange. Taste follows suit with a non-descript malt backbone yet that perfume taste is there followed with a slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. As I drink more I am reminded of orange blossoms and that's the key here. This is not like Papago's creamsickle-like orange blossom wheat beer. This is more about the flower and the beer seems as if it was steeped with orange blossoms as if it were a tea. Having said that, I don't really like this beer, but I get what they were trying to do and maybe they were even successful. I now know its not a flavor I like in beer

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up four tall-boy cans from Olive Tree Market here in OB for $1.99 a piece.

A: Drank them all from the can - i'm a sucker for tall-boy cans and just couldn't bring myself to pouring it into a glass. I just average'd the score based on the rest of the review.

S: A lot of malt, sweet jasmine and orange blossom, camomile tea, with a faint hint of earthy hop at the very end.

T: Herbal tea, jasmine flowers and orange essence upfront, balanced well with a bit of hop and a real tasty malt back that is somewhat dominant, but not out of place.

M: Very nice mouthfeel - light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation (but not too much), smooth and creamy, finishing dry and clean with a lingering citrus/floral essence.

D: Extremely drinkable - I picked up two just out of curiosity to drink for the NCAA finals and after getting into one of them, I had my wife stop off on her way home and grab me two more. I know some complain about it being too fruity, but I think it's a perfect amount of orange essence in the flavor and the malt really works well with the orange blossom flavor. Great summertime session beer.

Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pleasant malty lager with a unique floral taste.

Beautiful glowing color-- orange is the only way to describe it. Modest head with good carbonation in the mouthful. The crazy orange nose is the story though it has enough body with malt coming through. Not orange peel, but a truly unusual perfumey flavor and aroma. A hint of medicinal taste. Hops are barely evident, but maybe hops and orange blossoms are not the ideas pairing. Still, it's clean and well balanced for a flavored lager.

Not something I crave a pitcher of, but very pleasing malt to go with the unusual aromatics. A must-try if you like to taste all the variations of flavoring that folks add to beers.

Photo of THECPJ
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to yuriruley for sending this my way.

Appearance: Amber orange with 2 finger white head

Smell: orange and some spice

Taste: sour, bitterness, orange soda like, orange blossom

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp,

Drinkability: Easy drinker if you like orange beer soda.

cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/brownish color with a small head. Smell is of oranges, not much else. Taste is rather mild, some oranges, slightly sour, interesting but nothing great. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick and clumpy head forms over the light orange liquid. Lacing is almost immaculate. Definitely smells of orange blossom flowers, big time.

Lots of citrus flavor, a mild degree of hop bitterness to it. Beer, oranges and flowers. A neat little uniqueness to the Reno area, in the land of beer rip offs and usual ho hum stuff. Gets a little tiresome after 16oz of it, this is a good one to have 4-8 oz of to change things up. Not for oversimplified hopheads with an exclusive deal to drink cheap hops. Very sessionable if you have things to do out in the yard or disc golf.

This beer really expands the mind as to what beer can be, without being "to the extreme". An interesting beer.

Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what distilled orange blossom is, but its in here.

a: This was a bright, chill hazed golden orange color. It poured with a smallish sticky head.

s: Odd, but oddly appealing. I definitely get orange, in the form of powdered drink mix and tea. I also got a little caramel in the backround.

t: This isn't very "beery" but it is pretty damn tasty. Up front there was some orange peel bitterness that was quickly joined by some very hard to describe orange flavors. They were dry and kind of powdery or tea-like. I don't thnink that description really fits, but I can't do any better than that. The finish adds some caramel sweetness to help cut the dryness.

m: Moderately creamy and heavily carbonated.

d: Thanks to titosupertramp for the oddity. I never had anything like it and I'd love to come across it again.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Original is correct--anyone else know of a beer brewed with orange blossom water? Minimal foaming produces a thick, cropped white lace. Hazed copper color. Smells of sweet nectar of the orange blossom flower, slight toasted malt and a mildly citric hop. The flowery aroma is a tad on the strong side. Slick medium body with a very smooth carbonation. The orange blossom flavor sticks to the palate throughout. Behind the veil of blossom is a toasted graininess that is a sufficient base, a little bready but more of a biscuity note. Slight warmth from the alcohol and a faint yeast flavor in the middle. Hop bitterness keeps this beer level and drops a complementing citric flavor middle to end. Finishes semidry with lingering blossom and citric hop flavors.

This is as subtle as Extreme Beer can get. Interesting and complex, yet still drinkable, especially if you like citrusy orange flavors. The beer and orange character really work together here.

Photo of ifnkovhg
1.9/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer was my first drain-pour. I guess I was expecting a mimosa-kind of beer. The smell encouraged that hope, but the taste sooo did not. Tasted like a skunky lager. Blech.

To each his own, but this is the first beer I've disliked that others didn't, prompting me to think, "WTF?"

Don't bother.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Orange ale may not be the best tasting type of beer out there, but it can sure be refreshing, and that's what I need right now. 16 ounce tallboy, on to the beer:

We're looking at the leafs changing color; an autumn orange colored beer with bright yellow hues and solid head retenion. Some lacing is left on the glass. The aroma isn't straight-up sweet orange nectar; it's more like walking past an orange glove. Unripened orange aromas, very floral and very perfumy. This could get interesting.

It's not sweet in slang or being literal. It's a BOMB of bitter orange peel crushing the palate with lots of acidity. My pH balance just shifted three levels over. I can find a whisper of caramel in the aftertaste, but that's the only "anything else?" I can get. Interesting at first, but it becomes unpleasant quickly. The high carbonation doesn't help matters either despite a medium body that wants to be creamy.

I think Buckbean should try to sell this as perfume instead.

Photo of Kegatron
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours hazy coppery orange in the glass, topped with several fingers of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with a thin yet frothy layer which leaves a cascade of heavy spotty lacing behind that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, with some definite juicy smelling orange character going on. There is also some sugary feeling grainy sweetness present, which fills out the back of the nose. Unfortunately, I'm also getting a bit of an off-flavor here, in the form of a plastic band-aid smell that throws things off a bit.

The taste has lots of orange flavor to it, which blooms out in the mouth. Creamy malt sweetness does a decent enough job of filling out the profile and complimenting the fruity aspects of the profile. A light tinge of earthy hops gives this a smidge of balacing bitterness. There is also some tartness present. It's not necessarily sour feeling but also seems a little to much to be coming from a hop or citric component of this. Maybe a bit of a light infection (especially after smelling the aroma) is present, as that is what lingers most in the finish, along with some leafy bitter notes. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with an easy bubbly air about it that maintains some crispness to it as well. Even with those off-flavors this still actually drank moderately well.

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Original Orange Blossom Ale from Buckbean Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.