Original Orange Blossom Ale - Buckbean Brewing Company
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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.
Serving type: can
10-05-2008 02:50:35 | More by smc143
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.
Serving type: growler
09-02-2008 00:49:21 | More by Caesar024
3.53/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours hazy copper color with thin white head that quickly dissipates to barely a film. The aroma is interesting, malty with obvious sweet orange blossom and maybe a hint of floral hops. The flavor is pretty nicley balanced with malty and lightly bitter IF that transitions into a short lived relatively sweet aftertaste. The orange blossom is definitely there, not quite as pronouced as in the aroma, but also not somthing I would generally seek out in a beer. It is medium bodied with a alightly creamy texture but a little low on carbonation. Crisp finish though. This is a pretty unique beer, but it is surprising to me that this is one of only 2 beers they can. It seems like a really small niche (sweet, slightly fruity beer), and I would expect more variety. Maybe we will see it in the future. Worth a try, but not overyly complex, and I probably wouldn't ever drink more than one in a sitting.
Serving type: can
09-02-2008 00:29:29 | More by walshclimb
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.
Serving type: can
07-23-2008 04:14:06 | More by flexabull
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.
Serving type: can
07-02-2008 03:05:06 | More by beerphilosopher
Original Orange Blossom Ale from Buckbean Brewing Company
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