Orange Blossom Cream Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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BA SCORE
70
okay

618 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A light ale with hints of fresh orange. Brewed with sweet orange peel, orange blossom extract and honey.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 12-13-2003)
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Photo of Strwrs777
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

by far my favorite beer ever....perhaps im a bit biased since im from NorCal!?

Its great for summer. but dont expect an Orange Two Tone popcicle taste....if you want that try Dudes Blood Orange from Torrance, CA!

this one is definitely more floral!

Photo of abs0lutedefense
5/5  rDev +66.1%

Photo of DrTrygga
5/5  rDev +66.1%

Photo of K_HARKINS4
5/5  rDev +66.1%

Photo of callmeclemens
4.85/5  rDev +61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The brothers and I never seem to agree. Oh well. Poured from a bottle a nice orange/gold color, nice thick foamy white head, and nice lacing. Like a brilliant dark bold creamsicle. The taste was exellent, with a nice milky mouthfeel with orange, florals, and nice light grains, wonderful. For me this will become a summer staple.

Photo of hdofu
4.55/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sort of a clear gold color to it with a puffy head. Smells lusciously of orange. Taste is intensely of wheat and finishes with orange almost like an orange muffin. Goes down smooth and crisp. Pretty drinkable too and low alcohol count which is a plus.

Photo of RCLOHR267
4.5/5  rDev +49.5%

Photo of Kelbelclark
4.5/5  rDev +49.5%

Photo of MarcGetty
4.47/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly Buffalo Bill's Orange Blossom is only the second beer I've ever had with the words "Cream Ale" on the label. My first experement with a "Cream Ale" - Genesee Cream Ale - ended quite badly with a 3/4 full beer left abandoned and the inevitable "Genesee Screamers" on their way.

With a reluctance to purchase another Cream Ale coupled with the possibility of an orange flavored beer I bought one. I was not disappointed.

Pours with a great head that disapates nearly immedately. :-( Creamy taste but the consistency of a light ale. The only thing creamy is the taste, not the mountfeel.

The balacned taste of the orange was very good. Not too strong up front or with an aftertaste.

Overall very good. Over the past year Orange Blossom has become a staple in my fridge, and deservedly so.

Photo of forceten
4.4/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

There is but one purpose for this beer - outdoor, hot, summer barbeques/picnics, or outdoor gardening work. If you marry such situations with this beer, you will have a whole new appreciation. THIS is what the macrobreweries are attempting to sell you when they pitch their beers as refreshing for a hot summer day.

OK. So it's Orange Blossom Honey Cream Ale... sounded bizarre. It's a lighter beer. Has a light gold/orange color. A very floral nose. White head. The taste is crisp and fresh, light bodied, but with a strong dose of the orange blossom -- has the traditional cream ale characteristics.

In short, very refreshing! It's tasty. It doesn't have orange flavor in the we-added-orange-juice-to-the-beer way. It's scented.. the honey doesn't come through as strong as the orange blossom or cream ale style.

Overall - it's unremarkable in appearance, it has light mouthfeel, but smells and tastes great - and on a hot summer day, the light, slightly sweet brew is JUST what the doctor ordered. Have one or four outside... grab a badminton racquet!

Photo of clvand0
4.4/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an orange-gold color with very little head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is all orange - like an orange cream soda or as my friend Kevin says, that orange drink from McDonald's. Very light body and the flavor is just like the aroma. Not very beer-like, but it's really enjoyable to drink. I could drink these all night. A little light for a cream ale, but it still tastes really good.

Photo of madkap69
4.28/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this brew in a sample pack from WM. Crisp, amazing nose. The orange is present, but not dominant...follows up at the end for a nice finish! Have only tasted a handfull of times but had to put in a special order for when Lent is over...what the hell was I thinking, giving up beer?

Photo of Nutleybeer
4.28/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A perfect summer drink. A nice, clear golden-orange color. Pours with little to no head and a slight fizziness. Smells not overly orangey, but the fruit scent is there.

A smooth and easy drinking ale. Great for a summer BBQ. The taste is fruity, I would hardly say soda-like or syrupy, but not bitter or hoppy.

The name "Orange Blossom" really fits this ale quite perfectly. Maybe not a good fit for all serious beer drinkers, but good nonetheless. Reminds me of Avery's White Rascal. If you like that, you'll like this.

Photo of wilfonzo
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of michele97394
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of beertaster13
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow was I suprised by this beer. I've had this in my fridge for about 2 months and finally decided this hot sweaty day was the day for this beer. Pours an amber/orange with a semi white/tan head that rose 2 inches then vanished into a little puddle of white. The lacing was average, it was traceable at best. The smell is a strong blast of orange citrus, it smells like an orange soda mixed with cream soda. Unbeliavably refreshing to the nose. The taste is phenomenal, upfront is a sweet orange/cream and in the rear is slight hops. The only downfall is that the sweetness is a little to much and the hops are almost untraceable to the tongue. This is a great summer beer, on this site it says winter but I can still find this in certain stores here in June so I don't know what the deal is with that. This is by far the best fruit beer I have ever had, I agree if you don't like orange/cream sodas you probably won't like this beer. Great for summer BBQ's.

Photo of ChesterCopperpot21
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.2/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear orange-yellow color with a medium head.

Smell: Oranges and grain.

Taste: A well-balanced combination of sweet honey and orange with malt and medium hops bitterness.

Drinkability: This was quite nice. I knew I was drinking beer and not a fruit wine cooler. Flavors worked nicely and the honey taste really came through. Definately worth trying.

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
4.18/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light pale orange color with little to no head. Smell is light and airy with obvious orange front. It lightens up after sitting out for a couple minutes ... soft metallic notes with a semi-sweet layer of spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is light and wet ... could use a heavier feel but definitely easy to swallow. Taste ... well there is so much to say ... Orange ... Creamy front with sweet orange that tastes like a orange cream soda. Finish is nice and well balanced with slight bitterness of orange zest and acidity with smooth malty undertones. This tastes more like a soda than a beer and for a fruit beer it is an excellent summer pourch pounder.

Photo of JacStance
4.18/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow with a white head. The head doesn't have much retention or lacing, as it dissipates about halfway through the beer, but it does have a pretty impressive head when first pouring, and if you pour too aggressively it might just run over.

The beer smells fantastic. Orange blossoms and slightly sweet smells reminiscent of honey are dominant, and overpower any other smells there might be. The smell is floral and sweet and pleasantly unusual. It might not be the manliest smelling beer around, but I found myself enjoying the aroma nonetheless.

The beer itself is very inoffensive, and can be compared to a large corporate brew at first glance, but the added floral notes gives it a little more character. The after-notes of orange blossoms and honey also give the beer some much needed depth and change of pace.

This beer is very, very carbonated. The bubbly brew is very light on the palate with basically no noticeable bitterness.

Overall, I rather enjoyed this beer. It's definitely something different, and that, to me, is always welcome in this business. It is a super light and refreshing beer that has me welcoming the summers heat. It's nice to see a spring/summer time beer that can be refreshing but doesn't fall back on the old standby; citrus.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.08/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel snifter. No apparent date, but some cryptic characters on neck label.

Appearance - Huge offwhite head. No stick. Hazy dull orange body. Some clouds of sediment.

Smell - Creamy. Flowery. Some orange. Smells sweet given a swirl. Something between an orange creamcicle and a garden. Strange.

Taste - Lightly sweet. Musky. Faintly orange flavored. Slight alcohol, more noticable in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light. Crisp. Refreshing. Good effervescence. Prickly clean finish.

Overall Drinkability - Great light refreshing beer. Interesting and unorthodox, offering a decent amount of complexity despite its lightness.

Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light and refreshing orange scent along with a bit of pale malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a light malt core with an extremely flavorful orange taste that is achieved through the use of orange peels. It tastes like your drinking orange soda. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with excellent carbonation. This is a fine fruit style brew. The aroma and taste are out of this world. One of the best I've had.

Photo of Sky
4.08/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I would say this is a good summer beer. Slightly sweet but doable. Refreshing, but sort of bitter. It's smells like a creamsicle with a dry orange peely taste. I could see myself drinking this beer, but I would prefer a shandy. This just simply comes down to preference. When it comes down to a fruity beer I would prefer a lemon to an orange. Overall a good beer, just not something I would buy a lot of.

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Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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