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Orange Blossom Cream Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

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

Added by Reidrover on 12-13-2003

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Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Sweetwater snifter. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount instantly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, orange, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. Nothing really stood out on this one at all for me from other brews of the same style. There are so many good brews in this style, it would be hard to do so, but this one felt like it didn't even make an effort. Yes, the orange was there. Yes, the cream was there. But that's it? I guess you can't win them all. Glad I got the chance to tick it, but doubt I would go out of my way to do so again.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle
Served into a cervoise glass

A: Chill hazed initially, but truly a quite clear yellow/orangeish colored body. Fizzy-like bright white head forms easily, though the dissipation is just as quick. No lacing or retention after its all said and done.

S: Tons of orange peel and oils, certainly dominating everything which I suppose is its intent. A bit of coriander and some Witbier-like spices, too. Not offensive but extremely one-dimensional.

T: Orange flesh and a sharp orange oil note are up-front, almost to the point where its starting to taste artificial (perhaps it is?). A bit of cream is mid to back palate without much of anything else going on. The malts are very pale and light, not adding much to the flavor. Hops? Sorely missing here which could have helped break things up or brighten the profile.

M: A bit creamy though still highly carbonated. It doesn't taste fizzy on the palate and is a quite refreshing body for hot weather.

I mean, this was just okay. There isn't anything disgusting about it, I was able to finish the glass. As it warmed though this started to turn for the worse. Nothing I'd reach for again but if you want an extremely orange-forward beer, this would be one to try.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow orange with a tight bubbly white head with little retention.

Smells of orange, stale grain, and corn.

Has a slight creamy mouth feel with nice orange notes (not too overwhelming or sweet) and a lively carbonation. This a very easy drinking beer that overall falls a little flat - not bad, but not exciting. It becomes a little too sweet mid way through and needs some bitterness to rein it in.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle really stands out on the shelf. The tap pull looks really good too. I've put off trying this until now.

The smell is like pale wheat and a very subtle orange presence.

The flavor is just off. It doesn't taste like an orange or juice, but more like an artificial flavor or maybe tangerine.?.

It is an odd mixture in the beer. The hop presence had a little bit of a pilsner style. It is a very light, bubbly beer.

This beer is so thin that you could drink it very easily, but the flavor keeps me from returning to it.

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Photo of terence
1.06/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy texture. Very small head, not even one finger. It quickly dissipated and left no lacing at all.

S: Strong orange aroma, but artificial. Not very pleasing. It smelled like bad orange flavor candy.

T: Poor orange flavor, almost reminded me of Tang. Very thin and watery. A very unbalanced flavor. Almost no malt or hop flavors.

M: A lot carbonation and very light-bodied. Slight unpleasant aftertaste.

O: Not a good beer at all. I was unable to finish this one; will not drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cyclonece09
2.51/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of orange soda, not what i am expecting of a beer. Tastes of bland grain with some fake orange flavor, not really that great. The beer is quite fizzy for its light body, although it finishes well. Overall, a below average beer.

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Photo of weller1js
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a pale, hazy brownish yellow, moderately hazy with high carbonation, beady white foam and which dissipates quickly.

smell: strong scent of orange zest, hard to tell if its just forced or artificial (or both), notes of pale creaminess and light corn and hops also discernable.

taste: begins watery, but notes of pale bitter hops present themselves, forwarding the orange-cream notes, which are milder than the scent would suggest, but still difficult to determine if it is artificial (the label claims that it was brewed with orange peel, honey and orange flower extract); finishes into a lingering of corn malts and light bitter hops.

overall: drinkable, but like cream ales in-general, you like them or you don't, in this case, the orange could sway you one way or the other depending on your palate.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle split with my wife. Orange peer yellow pour, with a bit much carbonation - the beer hisses as the head settles. Smell has a little of bit of Blue Moon bakery and some orange. First taste is nice, oranges and a tiny bit of malt and grain. Taste does not linger long though, and leaves a bland, watery finish.

Really, not too bad a beer, but isn't much better than a Stella or Blue Moon, and has the misfortune of costing more. Either go for a cheaper macrobrew or find a better comparably priced APA, which should be easy. Either way, pass on this one.

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of creamy head that quickly dissipated. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: A lot of orange in the aroma, overwhelmingly so, with some malty elements.

T: Basically every ingredient is frontloaded with this beer: Lots of orange, some malt, a little honey, which is decent enough. The problems lies with the finish, which is thin and watery. A very uneven flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick and somewhat thin finish. Light-bodied.

O: A very inconsistent beer. I've had worse fruit beers, but I've definitely had better.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a clear orange yellow pour with a slight amount of head which quickly diminished. smells of bayer children's aspirin/tic-tac orange flavoring. tastes like said aspirin dropped in seltzer, and wheat bread. light bodied, mildly carbonated. this is a decent fruit beer.. a lot like orange flavored seltzer honestly. which i like, but not in a beer.

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Photo of ryanonline
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer pours very clear and pale with a bit of an orangey, gold hue with a very thin, quickly dissipating, white, rocky head that leaves nearly no lacing.

smells very orangey with a slight hint of lemon a thin caramel sweetness sits in the background.

the taste is less than stellar, it is sort of funky, but not in a good way. similar orange flavor but less lemon and more funky fruit flavor. might be a slight floral taste too.

mouthfeel is thin bodied and a little creamy with some serious spritzy carbonation. not much else.

drinkability is super high, but this beer isn't super impressive.

overall, this isn't a bad beer, it just is fairly forgettable and more or less unimpressive. this beer kind of defines the phrase: "it is what it is."

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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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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. The bottle lists an ABV but does not list a BOD.

A: Honey and clear gold with a very thin head which vanishes quickly. There is a lot of carbonation.

S: Smells like watery orange soda (like when all the ice melts in a glass of orange soda). Some honey is in the aroma.

T: The beer tastes like flat orange soda with a bit of honey and some bread. There is some carbonation on the finish along with a lingering bitter orange.

M: Light and creamy.

O: Not much changes from first sniff to final drop.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a light gold color with a 1/2 inch fizzy head that fades quickly to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and very active surface foam from the steadily rising bubbles. Lame lacing.

S- Holy Vitamin C! Overwhelming sugary orange that smells like Sunkist. No hops, no malt, just intense fruit that doesn't smell too natural

T- The orange is a bit more tame in the flavor but still very apparent. The sweetness is borderline cloying but manages to stay within the realm of drinkability. Pretty much one-dimensional though. No play off the hops and no spice or even cream or honey like the name suggests. Just orange.

M- Thin and watery with no excitement from the medium-low carbonation.

O- I wouldn't mind drinking this if it was the only decent thing to choose from on a hot summer day but, otherwise, this is not a good beer. Not as ridiculous of a fruit bomb as Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat but that's not saying much.

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Photo of tronester
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a big white head. Smell is of orange peel; hard to tell it's a beer! The taste begins with a bitter orange peel start, followed by a burst of citrus sweetness that fades away quickly into nothingness. A bit of yeast character in there. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is too high. Overall an ok beer. Interesting but I doubt I will get this again.

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Photo of YaKnowBrady
2.25/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A cake recipe I found online recommended this, so I figured I'd buy a 6-pack. Whoops.

Pours with a crackling head, that bubbles so violently that I'm sprinkled with the popped residue. Like a Stewarts Orange Soda. It's clarity is reminiscent of a filtered German beer, or even a *gasp* American Adjunct Light Lager.

Smell is of sweet orange soda, with no real beer characteristics. No alcohol, no malt, no hops... nada.

Taste is both bitter and sweet at the same time. Both my mind and palate are confused. The aftertaste is like stale chewing gum, Fruitstripe, to be exact.

I think that I'll stick to cooking with this one.

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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 bgildea
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light orange color with a hint of yellow. Little to no head, that was gone in a second but carbonation bubbles stayed around longer.

S: Has a slight crisp citrus aroma, with some malts/hops faintly in the background.

T: Has a fruity lemon/orange flavor up front. The aftertaste fades into a slightly sweet slightly bitter orange flavor. Interesting and unique beer, but not necessarily my style.

M: Pretty thin beer, though wasnt expecting much, but it's also a little over carbonated. Would have preferred more head and less carbonation.

O: Overall I thought the beer was an interesting and unique ale. The orange/citrus/lemon flavor was done pretty well, but isnt the beer flavors that I enjoy the most. I'd still recommend trying it, just because you dont see these flavors done often with beer.

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Photo of johntangus
3.46/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an interesting one. I got this one in a variety pack at world market. It was a birthday present. And while none of them sound that great - save a few, this one held little promise. While not necessarily a treat to the eyes, it held it's own in the smell and taste department.

I tasted it while standing over the sink, but was drawn back to the recliner by the pleasant surprise. A light orange, honey taste pleases the mouth. Is it great? No. But it begs for another sip.

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Photo of aasher
3.14/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a very light and watery bright, bright gold in color with a slight white lacing that quickly died. It smells of a diet orange soda, plain and simple. It may smell somewhat artificial but it is appealing, mostly because of the spritzy sweetness. The flavor is fresh fruity, floral, and it has some light honey as well. It again is heavy on the diet soda. It drinks watery and very light. It's probably one of the lightest beers around. Overall this is a solid cream ale but a little artifical. Girls would like this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of orange, some spice, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet citrusy orange flavor followed by a little spice. Then some breadiness comes in from grain and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and there is not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a typical lighter fruity beer.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright burnt orange with just a bit of haze. Lots of frothy meringue head that rises above the top of a standard pint glass in waves. It looks refreshing.

Smells of candied orange peel, multiple citrus notes, and a bit of malt in there as well. A swirl in the glass brings out some fresh orange notes and hints of Grand Mariner.

Orange zest upfront but almost a bit of a soapy taste (not from the glass I assure you). Its really the only reason I knicked it here. Lots of orange in the mouth with a faint resemblance of orange liqueur.

Nice and crisp with lots of carbonation. Very refreshing for this time of year.

Overall this is a decent beer. I almost cringe when I see screwtops but the beer was definitely drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of jsanford
1.67/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

Pours a clear gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just the slightest of haze. Aromas of orange cream coda and perhaps a bit of sweet malt. Ugh. Yeah, this tastes like an orange cream soda with a touch of toasted malt. Thin body with prickly carbonation. This is nasty, basically an orange soda. Avoid.

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Photo of Spikester
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with a small white head which lasted about 30 seconds leaving a small ring. No lacing so far. Smell is orange and citrus oils. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter from the modest hopping. Malts are plentiful and slightly grainy. A good cream ale base that is enhanced (or ruined) by the generous orange citrus flavors. The label says "ale brewed with honey, orange peel, natural flavors, and orange flower extract added". I think I can taste them all. Mouthfeel is fine for a cream ale perhaps a bit overly carbonated. Overall an interesting beer and well crafted for what it is. This beer is brewed by Pyramid Brewing Co. for Buffalo Bill's Brewery somewhere on the West Coast. A tasty and refreshing summer beer though probably one would be enough.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Straw colored with an slight head that didn't last very long. Fairly unspectacular pour.

S - This is where this brew shines. the sweet orange and orange blossom smell is excellent. Like orange blossom honey.

T - Not spectacular but not offensive either. Kind of like a macro cream ale but with a tinge of orange.

M - No much going on here. Light, lightly carbonated.

O - Here's the tricky part. As pedestrian as it is, the alluring, sweet orange blossom scent is such a very arresting quality that, I think, it was responsible for my enjoying this brew more than it perhaps deserved.

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Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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