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Bison Blonde - Buffalo Water Beer Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

27 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 19.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buffalo Water Beer Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 11-02-2008)
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raginghophead

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich creamy head. Nice carmelized malts. Good balance of sugur with very dry hop ending. For a pale lager I was very surprised by the character and hoppiness of the brew. One of the best pale lagers made in Wisconsin. This is a fantastic summer beer, although it does have many characteristics of an Octoberfest brew. Would recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 18:05:10 | More by raginghophead
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madcitydomer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Brickhouse BBQ in Madison, poured a lacey head, bright, hoppy taste. A full body and color for a lager. Pleasant bitter finish. One of the best craft lagers.

The lager had a czech yeast flavor, producing a very nice tight champagne style carbonation. The malts were well balanced, and obviously lightly roasted. Hops matched well with the malts.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 14:39:55 | More by madcitydomer
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ubvbeerhead

Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice blonde/amber color. Good head out of the bottle.
Smell: Malty, with hints of citrus and grass
Taste: Malty, but with a mildly bitter hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: Not a typical watery pale lager. Nice richer consistancy. Nice champagne like carbonation.
Overall: Had a bottle at a trade show in Burlington Vermont. They had many beers, and I kept comping back to this one. A ver good brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 04:09:57 | More by ubvbeerhead
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MKEbeerman


4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle. Cloudy golden color. Nice foamy head.Does not taste like a pale lager. Higher bitterness notes and darker color. Doughy aroma of yeast. Citrus and malty tones.A little light for a craft beer. But not bad for a pale lager. Purchased a Ray's Liquor.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:10:03 | More by MKEbeerman
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy pale yellow color.

S - Nice mild hop smell.

T - Really good. Slightly bitter at the end. Light, crisp and refreshing.

M - Light, bubbly

D - Great. I could drink the whole 6-pack without blinking.

I had never heard of this beer until i was wandering around my local liquor store, Party Mart in Lake Mills, WI. Decided to give it a shot and I'm glad I did. Really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 23:56:47 | More by richkrull
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Caskaway

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.6%

07-08-2014 02:20:22 | More by Caskaway
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never heard of this brewery until my visit to the local liquor store today...and it's local. Let's give it a shot.

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. An aggressive pour yielded a creamy and fluffy two finger white head topping a hazy yellow/orange body. Good head retention and decent lacing.

S - Some mild citrus hops in the nose, with maybe a bit of light malt.

T & M - The hops are more dominant in the taste than they were in the aroma. Not overwhelming by any means, but very nicely represented. The malt takes a back seat to the hops, yet still provides a nice bit of balance. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry with just the slightest hop aftertaste.

D - Color me impressed with the first beer I've tried from this brewery. I think this is a beer that could easily be sessioned on a warm Summer day. The 5% ABV helps the drinkability factor. A tasty brew I will certainly recommend to friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 21:11:42 | More by drizzam
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No info or date.

A - A fairly vigorous yet quiet pour revealed a white one-finger head with mediocre retention atop a very lightly chill-hazed pale golden amber that's inactive.

S - A pronounced but mild hop aroma of spices and herbs is accompanied by an underlying semi-sweet pale malt aroma. Light fruit esters give it a good touch. A bit of apricot and white grape.

T - Crisp and spicy hops are front and center followed by a muted pale malt flavor that quickly finishes hoppy and dry.

M - Somewhat creamy and fairly smooth with a nicely carbonated finish. Crisp and refreshing with a light dry finish.

D - While it's a fairly well crafted brew it's main talent lies in drinkability. A perfect session beer, this one could be consumed all night. I enjoy it's nice aroma and flavor profile. I'll have to get a six-er.

Their website claims this beer was created to compliment spicy buffalo wings. I didn't have the chance to try it, but I think it would pair nicely. I'll have to see if I can do it soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 19:49:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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livingtodie

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-28-2013 14:51:03 | More by livingtodie
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Deep golden hue, clear, nice lacing

SMELL: Spicy hop, grassy, very clean, bready, faint lemon pith

TASTE: Big crispness, bready, mild malt sweetness, nutty grain, balanced hop bitterness, floral, spicy; semidry, hoppy finish

Very well put together. Reminiscent of a Czech-style lager with all of the Saaz hopping, though the malt backbone is the real show here. Great to see a lager that has some body and sweetness, and at a very drinkable size and strength.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 22:15:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Brad007

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light blonde color with a two-finger head into my glass. Good presentation thus far, if not unremarkable.

Aroma is full of light, crisp pilsner malt with just a hint of graininess/sweetness.

Taste is full of sweet, crisp, grainy malt upfront. Certain has a light macro-lager feel to it without the crappiness of that style. Slightly chewy too!

Mouthfeel's full of lingering sweet, chewy malt. Like it should be. Just not that great.

Not bad. Drinkable. For a new brewery, it's a good way to get started. Hopefully, it leads to better things.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 23:07:23 | More by Brad007
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kmeves

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper with a dense creamy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is corn, light fruit, citrus and yeast. Flavor is more hoppy than a typical pale lager, very floral and lemony. Malt is present but only to balance the brew. Medium bodied, dry finish. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 23:04:13 | More by kmeves
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appears straw yellow in color with a slight murkiness from a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle which is fine by me. Head is short-lived but three fingers tall while it does exist, leaving some mild lacing behind. Texture is definitely medium thick and deliciously creamy on this one, I'm impressed! Smells rather bready for a pale lager, with an underbelly of spiced hopping. The sip hits you first with a brief spice hop zing that is gone in a flash, overtaken completely by bready and honeyed malt with a relatively abrupt finish. This one stands out in my memory mostly for its thicker than average mouthfeel, so if a somewhat medium-bodied pale lager appeals to you, than this one is probably worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:49:39 | More by WastingFreetime
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Bison Blonde pours a very hazy golden body beneath a short head of slightly off-white foam. The head retention is fair at best, and it drops readily to an average collar. Little lacing is left behind.

Some spicy hops greet you in the nose but there's very little malt.

In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body, but with a dextrinous edge. A bristling carbonation livens it.

The flavor is oddly kind of muddled. The hops are still there, but they don't shine any brighter than they do in the nose (well, they're a little more floral). And although the grainy malt is far more evident than the nose suggests, it's not particularly clear either. They do meld well together though, with its honey-bread like maltiness threaded through with spicy and floral hop notes, but it would be nice to get a little more clean malt upfront before finding the hops, than to just get them both in one whole lump together. In a sense it's perfectly rounded and balanced, backed by a solid bitterness, but it just lacks excitement - kind of like a half-baked loaf of bread. And perhaps part of that is the flavor of the yeast. It seems to surround the malt and hop flavors, and dampen them. I think a little bit tighter filtration might help to polish it up a bit. But I also think there may be a mash temperature / fermentation issue as it doesn't seem quite thoroughly attenuated.

So, overall, not bad, but neither is it great. And with a lackluster appearance and an "OK" flavor and aroma I think there are much better lagers to be sampled.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 22:43:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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pathead

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

04-04-2014 23:29:44 | More by pathead
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johanvond

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From The Dead Man's Chest
Nov 8th 08

Crystal Clear BLonde body with a viggorus head that quickly dissapates into a light dusting. Crisp and cracker like malt profile with a slight citric hoppyness in the end. This blonde is light and frilly, you get some wheat and a bit of hops. It seems balanced and simple. What you would drink if you didn't want to think about it. Pair with a spring roll or a grilled walleye.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:22:25 | More by johanvond
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enelson

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

08-26-2013 23:09:29 | More by enelson
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yankinwis

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

08-17-2013 15:20:40 | More by yankinwis
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with lots of sudsy bone-white head that leaves lots of lacing. Great retention for a lager.

Nose: Spicy, somewhat earthy, a little wild flower honey aroma, some faint skunk-hops. Pleasant. So far, better than I was expecting.

Palate: A lot richer and fatter than I was expecting. The honey notes continue, and that earthiness, stewed oranges maybe? Medium-bodied and creamy carbonation. The finish starts to bring in some creamed corn notes which sort of ruin it for me.

Notes: You know, this is surprisingly good. Not a hoppy lager, not a watery lager, but bigger and bolder. I'm thinking kolsch-style? Worth a try. A nice gateway beer perhaps, but I don't know who owns this company so I'm not willing to call it a "micro" yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:20:51 | More by SFLpunk
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -13.3%

10-17-2012 03:30:25 | More by Kunstman
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

The things you find on the mixed-six rack when you haven't been around for a while... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises cornmeal (if you wanna be really too specific, it's the cornmeal that surrounds the meat of a Portillo's tamale), light flowers, and a hint of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, increases and sweetens the flowers, and adds a gentle caress of sweetgrass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, there's just nothing going on here. Nothing. I can't say it's bad, nor can I hate it. No, I nothing it. It's boring almost to its complete detriment.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 06:39:48 | More by TMoney2591
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SheboyganJake


3/5  rDev -13.3%

04-15-2012 23:38:00 | More by SheboyganJake
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

mmmm... beer. Straightforward beer. Nothing wrong with it. Nothing really right with it either. Pretty close to the quintesential "beer". That's it and that's that. Poured with a small head that lasted some and a bit of lace. Color is a medium amber. Flavor is medium: some malt and hops; nothing wrong and nothing right. A study in averageness. Drinkable. Ok body and finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 03:33:06 | More by drpimento
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I ordered this beer because I'd never heard of it and they had it on tap at the Transfer Pizzeria on Mitchell in Milwaukee alongside some Lakefront taps. From the name, i was expecting a blonde ale and hopeful to get some nice fruitiness from this beer, and was a bit disappointed by what I got. A blonde lager, offering not much flavor other than some tinges of metallic. Not bad, but flavor-wise reminded me a bit of a Kolsch. OK, but not really recommendable nor worthy of any serious searching.

Appearance was a slightly hazy blond. Aroma was non-existent. Flavor was faintly (if I used my imagination) malty, but offered more metallicness than anything else. Mouthfeel was pretty thin.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2008 19:27:17 | More by BeerBelcher
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blackearth

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from the Market Basket in Brookfield, WI. Pours a light yellow or "blonde" color with a finger of white foam. Sweet malt and citrus aroma. Faint hop flavor and minimal bitterness. Light bodied and crisp, just a little bit of a dry finish. I wish I had some wings to go with this beer for which their website claims the beer was invented. This is not a bad beer, just not that great.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 22:09:41 | More by blackearth
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Bison Blonde from Buffalo Water Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.