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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: 3.11
pDev: 18.65%
Wants: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerphilosopher on 07-02-2008)
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear, pale amber body w/ thin, fizzy, white head. Light head retention and light lacing. Fairly active carbonation within.

Smell: Caramel and candied fruit (orange specifically). Smells mineral-y as well, like Flintstones Vitamins.

Taste: Same bizarre mineral-vitamin flavor comes through a lot. Orange citrus is there, but it comes with a whole handful of chalk. There are some bready malts initially, but the middle and end of the taste is dominated by chalky children's vitamins.

Mouthfeel: Generously carbonated with a nice malty backbone. Chewy, but then again, more of a fuzzy, chalky feel. Chalkiness everywhere!

Drinkability: I'm struggling with this one. I'll finish it, but its not very good. One of the crappier ambers I've had.

ThreeWiseMen, Jan 23, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +35.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of smc143
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Buckbean Brewing Company sent me some free beer. So I definitely owe a review. I also received a large "media kit," aka a folder full of official propaganda on the company. The gist of it was that people who adore beer start their own brewery, and decide that cans are much better for the environment. Probably cheaper too. They seem to only brew two styles/flavors of beer, and I got 2 of each. I reviewed them with my husband and a friend.

The materials sent by the brewing company stated explicitly that this is not a fruit beer. It is made with orange blossom water, but not oranges.We were a bit confused as to why it is not a fruit beer. It tasted like a fruit beer. It smelled a little reminiscent of BLVD's Lunar Ale, a little zesty, like orange flowers. When poured from the pint can into a pint glass, the first can had no head, and the second resulted in a thin head that ended up with minimal to no lacing down the sides of the glass. The taste was also zesty, fruity, a little hoppy, and very much like summery, chick beer.

smc143, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
2.08/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Well heck, I love good beer in cans. Whether or not this is good remains to be seen, but the energy drink/soda-like colors and design scare me. Still, I'm psyched to add a Nevada notch to my 50-states/50-beers belt (#43 for me). Thanks to msubulldog25 for being so thoughtful.

A half-inch head forms upon a fairly hard pour, foamy with big soapy bubbles around the rim of the crown. A murky orange/rust color forms the body.

A fun, loopy little aroma here. Total, absolute, 100% orange taffy. No more, no less.

Based on the look and smell, I was thinking this had potential, but the flavor is atrocious. Couldn't be more artificial in its orange-ness. Its soapy too. A weird bitterness on top of this plastic citrus fruit/dishsoap flavor is the final nail in the coffin. I'm thinking about my sink and how much it needs its pipes rinsed by this New Orange-Formula Liquid Plumber.

Like its looks and smell, the mouthfeel is just fine. Good balance of tingly bubbles and a round, firm medium body. Unfortunately it's incredibly hard to enjoy this aspect, because holding it in the mouth means the god-awful flavor is raping my tastebuds at the same time.

This probably should be considered an American Pale Ale or Fruit Beer on this site, but who cares? The flavor of this beer couldn't be more unappealing (despite faring well enough in the other departments) so I consider it barely drinkable. But, hey, I got my 43rd state crossed off the list!

Metalmonk, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of jh1982
3/5  rDev -3.5%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.08/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Kegatron, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of trappistlover
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
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

trappistlover, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

tone77, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

smakawhat, May 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My next in line of some good Nevada brews for the night. This one I grabbed out of the fridge when I got home tonight to get things going. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/02/2009.

The pour was the best part. Nice bright prange tinted yellow amber with a great clarity to it. Nice streams of carbonation rippling up toward the surface produced a copious white head of foam that hung around for a good few minutes before settling down to a subtle quarter inch throughout the session,

TJhe aroma was ver light. Hints of orange and light grain. Some small bread like tones are dancing around but it was a very light aroma. The flavor was a trainwreck. Far too light and almost non existent. Light orange, almost artificial in nature. Clean, crisp, propel water like flavor. Lots of carbonation and light feel on this one.

Nothing to write home about here, just not a well put together beer in any way. Not gonna go for this one again.

mikesgroove, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up in Washoe City on the way to Carson City to visit my fiance's relatives. I was looking for nevadan beers but had a hard time finding any. All I found was this ans Black Toddy Lager.

Appearance- copper color, good head

Smell- light aroma of tangerine

Taste- malt, little bit of citrus

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- it was ok. don't have it in California but would probably drink it again.

jeffjeff1, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks like an orange soda in many ways, with a short and fizzly head. It has a bit of murkiness that gives it a beer quality.

S: Very soft aroma - it's a good thing in that it's not horrible, but it's a little too light to really appreciate. The 'orange blossom scent' is around there... it adds some soft characters.

T: More flavour than I expected. The orange blossom is dominant, but not overwhelming. Fairly soft and soda-like in some ways. Soft sweetness, not too bad.

M + D: Slightly syrupy, and an assertive carbonation offering a bit of a sting over the tip of the tongue. Not atrocious, but not the best thing I've come across, personally . Not drain pour worthy.

Proteus93, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of vacax
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint can in orange. Yeah buddy. The pour is dark orange with around a finger of creamy head. Little retention, however, as I end up with only a ring of bubbles quite quickly along with a couple bits of lace. The aroma has plenty of... wait for it... orange blossoms, which actually smell quite nice. There is also some earthiness to it as well as some tartness. The flavor also brings... wait for it... orange blossoms thanks to the distilled orange flowers in the orange blossom water. There is also some tangy tartness to it, which make sense for an orange beer, but could just as easily be off flavors. Touch of grain on the finish in addition to the orange blossoms. Medium body with a nice balance of carbonation to it.

This certainly delivers on the Orange Blossom, but not much else. I can imagine that 1 in 50 people who love this beer, but to most beer geeks it will probably miss the mark.

vacax, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Caesar024
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown growler into a clear plastic cup (sorry, we were camping).

Pours a dark amber with an orange glow and small light yellow head that dissipated quickly. Cannot really comment on lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and spicy, malt indistinguishable.

Flavor is similar, orange blossom really comes through, sharp finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, low carbonation. Although I really wanted to figure out these flavors, the sharp finish does not invite another quick sip. I could see myself having a pint of this, but not much more. Hopefully their brewpub's selection is a little more varied.

Caesar024, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of jbweld
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jbweld, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of mhagler
3/5  rDev -3.5%

mhagler, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of david18
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

david18, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Cinderbike
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Cinderbike, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this 1 pint can:

Pours hazed orangeish (orange/amber) with a thin off-white head that becomes a thin disappearing patch. Virtually no lacing sticks outside of a few dots near the end.

The smell is a quick whiff of caramel with a touch of vague hops (floral/citric?) that soon becomes...orange blossom - orange in a soda-pop way.

The taste is of caramel and orange soda (if I liked the latter more, I might appreciate this more, but then - I don't know that I really would in my beer.) The orange is on the "artificial sweetness" side, though it is backed by caramel and a touch of balancing hops - floral, perhaps somewhat citric - very light. Finishes on the sweet side of things.

Light side of medium-bodied, at most. I could be easily persuaded to put this in the light category. Carbonation is a bit odd/awkward - at times a bit more present than other times throughout the drink.

A mild, caramelish ale with orange soda character. Glad I had the chance to try it, and surprised that it disappeared so quickly, all things considered. Different, but I found myself indifferent towards it.

jwc215, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of sendsilk
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

sendsilk, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper color with a thick, bright white head after an aggressive pour. The head dissipates quickly and leaves thin streaks of lacing in the glass. Sparse carbonation bubbles drift up to the surface of the glass in long rows.

The nose is unique and pleasant with strong notes of orange blossom (I'm assuming) dominating. Caramel is hiding behind the floral explosion this beer presents. Extremely floral and almost candy-like in the nose. A nice nose on this one.

The palate is a decent balance of Munich and caramel malts offset with a generous dose of American hops. There's nothing distinct in the flavor profile, particularly, except for the addition of orange tree flowers. Though it's difficult to tell what is the result of generous hop additions or orange blossoms, the flavor hints at sweetness but remains on evenly balanced throughout. Without the orange blossom, I'd identify this beer as a run of the mill amber ale.

The mouth feel is where I really feel like this beer falls woefully short. For lack of a better description, the carbonation level in this beer is similar to a home brew that is a week or two short of achieving its full level of carbonation. I understand wanting to control the beer from being overly carbonated, but this beer (literally) falls flat and really lacks life. In all fairness to the brewery, it is theoretically possibly I received a bad can somehow.

A shame because I think there is true potential here for a very pleasing beer. As I said before, the orange blossoms impart a really unusual and pleasant character to the beer that the actual tasting experience just doesn't live up to because the beer is so under-carbonated. Bump that up and you've got a nice, flavorful brew that would be great during the warmer months of the year. Buckbean Brewing Company is new and they'll improve, I'm sure. I wish them the best of success.

beerphilosopher, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CAN you believe it? Yet another CAN to review!

From the CAN: " This well balanced, full flavored, copper colored ale combines the smooth, creamy flavors of Munich and Caramel malts and bright, refreshing American hops with the rich flavor and aroma of real orange tree flavors. A real treat for the senses!"; "Ale With orange Blossom Water"; "Made In Nevada"; "Native Nevadan".

The pour resulted in a finger of slightly off-white head with good retention. Color was a moderately cloudy orangish-amber. Nose had a definite orange tang to it, kind of candy-like in its sweetness. It made me think of those orange jelly slices. Mouthfeel was medium to full, but not quite creamy, with a definite orange flavor on the tongue. I kept thinking of candy, now an Orange Tootsie Pop, tangy but not too sweet. The finish was actually kind of dry and refreshing, almost like a soda pop on a hot, humid evening. Interesting. I now wonder how this and a Black Noddy Lager might be if they were blended together ...

woodychandler, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another canned brew, and this one is from Nevada. Right on! Keep up the canning craft breweries!

This one pours a bright orange color with a faint white head.

Aromas are floral and sweet. A bit like candy.

Taste is kind of odd, but not bad. There are some creamy malt flavors, spice, and sweet citrus. Finish feels a bit thick and sugary.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, full enough for my liking, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is OK. It's refreshing, but it's a different beast. Not all that beer like, but it is easy to drink on a hot day.

flexabull, Jul 23, 2008
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Original Orange Blossom Ale from Buckbean Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.