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Orange Blossom Cream Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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351 Reviews

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Reviews: 351
Hads: 629
Avg: 3
pDev: 30.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 12-13-2003

A light ale with hints of fresh orange. Brewed with sweet orange peel, orange blossom extract and honey.
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Reviews: 351 | Hads: 629
Photo of Strwrs777
5/5  rDev +66.7%
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!

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Photo of callmeclemens
4.84/5  rDev +61.3%
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.

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Photo of hdofu
4.52/5  rDev +50.7%
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.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.47/5  rDev +49%
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.

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Photo of forceten
4.39/5  rDev +46.3%
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!

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Photo of clvand0
4.37/5  rDev +45.7%
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.

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Photo of madkap69
4.28/5  rDev +42.7%
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?

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Photo of Nutleybeer
4.27/5  rDev +42.3%
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.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.24/5  rDev +41.3%
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.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.24/5  rDev +41.3%
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.

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Photo of JacStance
4.21/5  rDev +40.3%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +38.3%
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.

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Photo of Sky
4.12/5  rDev +37.3%
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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Photo of WesWes
4.09/5  rDev +36.3%
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.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.08/5  rDev +36%
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.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.06/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've passed on buying this the past umpteen times I've been to the grocery store. I finally caved last week.
I expected a creamy, orange push-pop beer--a good summertime beer. There's a strong sweet aroma and flavor of oranges in this beer.

The ale is golden amber in color, and very clear. There was a decent head that dissipated quickly. There's a very strong orange blossom, orange peel, and sweet citrus. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It's nicely carbonated without exploding in your mouth.

As far as taste, orange dominates, but in a good way. Hints of the bitterness of the orange peel, and the surprising sweet orange flavor. My second taste revealed a nice surprise: floral notes and malt. As the beer warmed to room temperature, these flavors became more noticeable.

Overall, one of the better beers I've had. Not something I could drink a bunch of in one sitting, but it's pleasant, different, refreshing.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.01/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a crystal clear deep copper, forming a small white head with no discernable retention or lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nose is intensely aromatic, full of over-ripe oranges and rotting orange peel/ Very nice nose, cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium-light body. The taste begins with an intense orange expression, lots of juice and oil here, followed by some domestic macro-lager corn-like middle, a hint of malt husk, a moderate sweetness, very mild bitterness and a lightly ruddy finish. Sweet, but not cloying, this is like an orange Fanta meets Corona. This is refreshing, and I ended up buying a sixer of the stuff cause it goes down nice during the summer and is a refreshing change of pace. Not too shabby! Probably the best I've had for the style.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - orange-tinted gold color. Soda-pop head spritzes to a finger or so before subsiding to some stray surface bubbles.

Aroma - definite orange, sugary nose, like a popsicle, orange jello or soda.

Taste - it's an orange-owned operation all the way. A light feathery, watery orange flavor starts, a little like Gatorade. The sweetness is kept in check by the bubbles. After the swallow the orange taste intensifies on the sides and towards the back of my tongue, like I'm tasting orange syrup but without the heaviness. A tiny bit of sourness on the aftertaste, maybe hops but not sure. Ends with an orange Pez taste in the mouth. A fun twist on the often passed-over cream ale style.

Mouthfeel - light and crisp per the style, the carbonation gives the taste some added appeal.

Drinkability - I like Bert Grant's Mandarin Hefe and this one is just as tasty. Somewhat alco-poppish, yes, but distinctive and tasty nonetheless. The sweetness might knock it down a peg, but I could handle a few of these with no complaints.

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Photo of idResponse
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

and i thought the old grant's mandarin hefe was a good brew with citrus...

this pours crisp and clean, but i didn't get a whole lot of head out of it as i was pouring from 12 oz bottle, but it's retained it's lacing rather well!
it smells like a freshly peeled orange and tastes just about like one too! it really pretty much is like drinking an orange, but it's not super sweet or overly powerful or anything bad, it just plain tastes good. this is a great beer for a hot day. easily drinkable, i will definately buy this again.
Great Job!

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Photo of al3
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, golden yellow.Not much of a top or retention, but looks good to me.

S - clean, airy-orangy aroma. Not overpowering or overly sweet.

T&M - Crisp semi sweet orange/orange peel flavor with a slightly bitter note. Finish is clean and dry.

D - Good for the hot weather

Overall, this is one of the better fruit beers I've had. Not overly sweet or overloaded with fruit flavor, well balanced. Would pick up a six every now and then in the warmer months and the wife likes it.

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Photo of erosier
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear orange-yellow color with a medium and medium bodied, sort of creamy, white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of sweet orange and floral aromas, just as they said it would.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, a nice mix of floral and orange flavors. The taste is just what it says - cream ale brewed with orange and it's kind of refreshing.
M: Feels smooth, clean, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, refreshing.
D: Overall pretty drinkable, it's a medium abv beer with refreshing orange flavors and not too bitter or sweet. I liked it, nice job.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-gold color, no head at all. This beer smells just like the Shasta's I used to drink at my grandparents'. Flavor is similar, not so much beer as like those fruity soda-pops sold at grocery store chains. Very light malt, undetectable bitterness, with some hints of vanilla and citrus twang. Somewhat sweet, but not cloying. Body is highly spritzy.

Talk about a wacky beer--I like it! Not very complex and not for everyone, but it reminds me of some Belgian wits that are as drinkable as soda.

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Photo of Polyhymnianmuse
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised with the low scores on this beer, I really enjoyed drinking this one. At $13 a six pack it was a little pricey, but a nice fresh citrus taste with no off flavors that I can taste. A smooth beer with just the smallest amount of cloudiness. Seems like an awesome beer for drinking in the summer!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear with a decidedly orange cast, a small snow-white head, and modest carbonation.

Aroma: Orange oils and lesser notes of honey dominate the aroma. The orange notes are somewhat less sweet than might be expected, more like orange peel than orange juice.

Taste: Begins with a distinct note of slightly bitter orange and an underlying note of honey. The taste turns slightly sweet towards the middle and the orange notes become more prominent. Finishes fairly dry, likely due to the honey, with a lingering note of orange rind.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, although the carbonation is slightly sharp.

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, and quite drinkable, although better suited to warm weather than cold; it would be excellent on a hot summer day. My fiancée liked this very much; I suspect that women who are less than enthused with beer might enjoy this beer instead of an “alcopop” malt beverage.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.94/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Buffalo Bill's Orange Blossom Cream Ale caught my eye when I was shopping at my local grocery store the other day. I had tried their Pumpkin Ale last year and liked it, so I thought that I'd give this a go. It has a colorful label on it, and it looked like the perfect buy on a sunny and warm late-winter-on-the-edge-of-spring day in Central Texas.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery is actually a brewpub in Hayward, California. They brew a variety of beers, mostly for consumption at the pub. When they retail a beer, they contract out the recipe to the Portland Brewing Company, a craft brewer in Oregon that primarily markets it's products under the MacTarnahan's brand name. The PBC also produces Scotch whisky.

The Orange Blossom Cream Ale is an odd treat. It didn't excite me with it's appearance. It poured with a minimal head at best, and it looked a little weak in the mug. Very nice nose. The orange oils were out in front and left no doubt that this beer would be heavily influenced by the citrus content. I actually loved the smell of this beer.

The taste is also dominated by the orange flavors. There is a malt backbone to this brew, but it takes a back seat to the orange peel and coriander flavors that stick to the palate. Hops are there, but they only add a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. Orange, orange, and more orange in the aftertaste.

An average mouthfeel, a little overcarbonated perhaps. They might have been trying to go for an orange soda feel for this product. It wasn't overly sweet, but it was sort of like drinking an alcoholic Orange Crush without all of the overbearing sugar content. Very, very drinkable. I was done with the first one before I knew it, and I could have easily polished off the entire six-pack with no trouble.

Overall a good and very different beer experience. I'd recommend it just on the novelty value alone. This would be GREAT on a spring or summer afternoon, out on the back porch, listening to the lawn mowers in the distance while the baseball game winds along on the radio. Try it if you see it.

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Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.