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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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Photo of azdback
1.48/5  rDev -52.4%
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!!

azdback, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of ifnkovhg
1.83/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

ifnkovhg, Aug 07, 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 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
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 mmilyko
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

mmilyko, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of msubulldog25
2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a couple cans on a whim a few weeks back; hadn't seen this Nevada brewer 'round these parts before. The audacious orange-labeled can practically leaps off the shelf, it's Reno-esque marquee shining in a sea of Silver Bullets, King of Beers and the like. 16 oz., poured from can to a pint glass.

"Ale with Orange Blossom Water"

"A real treat for the senses!"

A: Copper-orange glow, the finest-of-fine hanging silts detracts only a little from perfect clarity. Relatively little carbonation, a few tiny streams and that's about it. Fairly strong head, a tuft of ivory that builds to about a finger (a slim one, let's say a pinkie...), drops in a minute or two to a ringing cream and gauzy film. Pretty lace, light cross-stitching and droopy rings.

S: Sweet, sweet oranges, a lilting perfume. Simple - flowery (the obvious orange, something akin to jasmine), a touch of other fruits (pear, melon), indiscernible hops.

T: Not as sweet as the nose suspected; a mildly nutty mouthful of malt with a pithier 'orange' middle and finish. Something like soap or detergent is the lasting impression, along with an oily flower essence.

M: Mediocre feel from the start, carbonation subdued. Slick and oily, oddly coating, soapy. I somewhat suspect this is what a spritz of Orange Glow might feel like on the tongue' if the mood were to strike during housecleaning... Not good.

D: A seemingly worthy novelty went downhill fast once liquid met lips and tongue. The rather attractive look and alluring aroma don't redeem a quirky, off-putting flavor and downright nasty feel. After 8 oz. or so, a drainpour... Not one I'll return to...

msubulldog25, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

DoubleJ, Aug 04, 2010
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 steved64
2.63/5  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.

steved64, Aug 25, 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 tpd975
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsruger for this one.

A: Pours a light orange hue. Nice fizzy head, sort of soda like in appearence.

S: The soda quality carries over to the aroma. Smells like honey laced orange soda.

T: Artifical orange, dare I say soda. Light malt and a big blast of honey sweetness.

M: Light and fizzy.

D: Put this in the same category as those other fizzy drinks that call themselves beer.

tpd975, Feb 27, 2009
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 indiapaleale
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay, its like 85 degrees and humid at 10:08 on a Monday night. This seems like a nice refreshing beer to enjoy before calling it a night in front of two fans.

Pours a very bright amber, almost red color with a very, very thin head that quickly says its good-byes and sinks back into the beer itself. Carbonation levels looks fairly low for this one or maybe its just the head taking it out of this beer as well.

The smell is quite interesting. Sort of sweet like honey and some malt but also a fragrance that is not altogether orange or altogether perfume-y, its somewhere in between. Very floral but also a bit like soap or shampoo (but good soap or shampoo).

I'm diving in since its hot and I want to enjoy this before its boiling. Tastes a bit soapy and sweet, much like the aroma (soap/shampoo, perfume, floral and orange-y). Its got a certain flavor that really sticks in my mouth, its a sweet and citrusy but not the sort of flavor that is totally refreshing, maybe a tad bit cloying.

I'd have like to have more of the hops backing up the sweetness of this beer OR have it be below 5% abv and just nice, light and refreshing. Its a bit too sweet for my tastes BUT I might not be the target audience for this one.

Note: This was the first beer I've ever had from Nevada!

indiapaleale, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of JohnnyS17
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

JohnnyS17, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

yemenmocha, May 23, 2011
Photo of jh1982
3/5  rDev -3.5%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mhagler
3/5  rDev -3.5%

mhagler, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -3.5%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -3.5%

t0rin0, Sep 09, 2012
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 johnnnniee
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

johnnnniee, Jan 27, 2012
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
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Original Orange Blossom Ale from Buckbean Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.