Orange Blossom Cream Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Orange Blossom Cream AleOrange Blossom Cream Ale

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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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 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 grees20
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked a bottle up from a friend and tried it during a tasting with some friends. This beer is the complete opposite of the styles I prefer, but it was worth a try. Pours a hazy shade of orange with one finger white head. Lots of carbonation in this cream ale. It has a light orange aroma with a few hints of hops. Sweet tasting, almost like an orange soda. It's really not that bad and might be better in the summer months.

Photo of oogenesis
1.88/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ugh. It looks like beer, but I assure you, the resemblance is only coincidental. If you actually need the scent of alcohol tang to remind you that you're drinking a beer, you're in deep trouble indeed. This concoction tastes, for all the world, like lightly fizzy orange peel, or Emergen'C orange flavor, or fluorescently orange Tang. Never before have I seen a beer that promised so much on the label deliver so little...I couldn't even taste the honey it was purportedly brewed with.

I would recommend this only to people who drink wine coolers and/or don't particularly like the taste of alcohol. It does have a pretty label though.

Photo of JDV
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light medium clearish orange pour with white short lived head. Nice orange smell with light spice/metallic notes as well. Flavor is of arange, and body is highly carbonated. Lightly flavored overall, but the orange is quite noticeable. Prickly mouthfeel, and a bit boring overall

Photo of Drewcifer
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a golden color with a little bit of head that disappears leaving pretty much no lacing whatsoever. Plenty of fizz, but fades fast.

Scent is mostly malt, with a little bit of orange and honey undertones.

Tastes like someone mixed an orange juice box with a Miller Lite. Not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is not bad, a bit sticky, and a definite aftertaste.

Overall drinkability is not that good. After half a bottle, I've had more than enough to quench my curiousity, but not my thirst.

Photo of SargeC
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear gold with a tight, white head.

Smell: Just like Orange Crush, minor malt under it all.

Taste: Limited beer flavors. Resembles an orange pop more than a beer. I can taste some beer underneath the orange.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkability: It resembles a beer mixed with an orange soda. Ok for a try, but not a home run.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Little background on this one. My other half is from SoCal so I first had this out there. Loved it. In NY (NYC metro then Albany) it cannot be had. We got a case in PA. (Didn't want a case when is PA going to get rid of those ridiculous laws?)

To the beer

A: Very blonde color with a fairly decent amount of head all things considered.

S: I get when people say it smells like orange soda. It does.

T: The orange dominates. There is a SLIGHT taste of malt at the very end.

M: Fairly thin body. Carbonation is fine.

D: The perfect "lawnmower beer". Really drinkable. Totally sessionable. We had these in the beer room so long I forgot about them.

Other: If you want to make something along these lines homebrew wise you need orange blossom honey. From Cali would be best.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After suffering a fatal blow with its pumpkin ale, I have given this brewery another chance. Sort of. This was part of a pre-set variety pack of beers from Cost Plus World Market. On to the beer:

A soda-like head sits on top of this light orange colored brew for a brief moment. The smell is sweet of orange extract, similar to the orange juice box drinks I consumed many of in first grade, with a musty hop aroma. Orange is obvious to the palate and dominant. Touches of cream come along for the ride, but is swept aside by a light hop flavor. Finish is semi-dry with bready malts.

Notes: An okay offering that's light and refreshing. Remember, you're getting a fruit-dominant beer.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The orange blossom pours a golden color with little or no foam head to it. It had to freshness date I could find. The smell was the best part of this beer. The orange zest really came through. In the taste you had the initial orange flavor followed by the semblance of cream. In the mouth it was very thin and didn't do much of any dance in there. This would be a good summer beer.

Photo of dbalsock
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

App: Pours golden orange with 2 fingers of head that quickly reduce to 1/2 a finger, lingers, then turns into a thin line.

Smell: Orange cream soda... interesting but not great. Makes me feel like I'm going to be drinking sunkist, but the orange isn't super intense. Some hint of honey in there too.

Taste: The malt backbone is great and consistent with the cream ale tradition. The hint of orange breaks up any monotony that might occur befure a nutty aftertaste takes over. Orange comes out more and more as it warms though, which is a little too bad.

Mouthfeel: A l ittle bit of a citrusy twang interacts with the light body. There is no bitterness, and nothing else going on.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, smooth and very sessionable.

Photo of tapman
3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Looks like a standard brew. Very clear and transparent, though there is a barely significant amount of sediment that is only visible when held up to the light. Still looks like a clean drink.

Smells like the zest of a fresh picked orange. There is a thin hop background as the orange dominate the nose. More hops would be nice. Not much of a malt characteristic at all.

Very orange, though like a real orange, not some syrupy goop. Hops are still kinda thin and could use more, but they are heavier than in the nose. The hops and fresh orange taste make for a great combo.

Pretty standard. A light dry finish wraps up this brew, but its not so dry that it causes the puckering effect, just enough. Carbonation is pretty crisp.

For my money the most refreshing beer to drink on a hot day. It would have to be 90-degrees, when a beer is almost a chore, but its so tasty when drinking it in high heat. Maybe a bit sweet at room temperature. Try it when its ungodly hot outside, you won't be sorry.

Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

Photo of Beeryce
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Citrus nose, blossomy with a malty-complimentary background, excellent orange notes.

White head not much retention or lacing.
Pale orange yellow color.

Starts sweet, fades, nice orange taste, then nice cream ale flavor.
Only slightly soda like- in sweetness and effervesce.
Nice aftertaste!

Decent drinkabilaty, the sweetness and orange flovor could get overpowering after two.

Photo of crookedhalo
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with some orange highlights. Very short-lived off-white head that leaves the thinnest collar. Some streamers of carbonation, but not many. Faint honeyed-malt character in the aroma with an Orange Crush or Sunkist orange soda aroma to it as well. I can't help but describe the aroma further as being that of a bottle of Flinstone's crewable vitamins. Body is thin with orange flavoring and a watery presence amidst some generic, nondescript malt sweetness. Faint suggestions of orange blossom, but you really have to search your tastebuds for it. A nice bit of orange rind tartness in the finish is about a positive of a spin I can think of for this beer. Not entirely pleasant, but not repulsive either. Carbonation is dull, which is a shame because a smooth, creamy texture to the carbonation could have fared this ale nicely. If you really like oranges, I'd give it a shot, but if you are indifferent about them like I am, I think you could live your life without being disappointed that you never got to try Buffalo Bill's Orange Blossom Cream Ale.

Photo of celistealth
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured light golden orange with medium carbonation and an off-white head that dissipated quickly and left scarce lacing.

S: Refreshing tart orange zest yielding to subtly deep clove-like spices. Some mealy sourness.

T: The gentle complexity of the nose was a poor indication of flavor. Initially, there was similar orange rind flavor and creamy sweetness, but the latter spice-like complexity was absent. Refreshing and unique in its orange-ness for just a second, the flavor quickly decayed into a bland and hollow cereal sourness (think bad macro light). This finish did not last but a couple seconds, thankfully. Taste-wise, I give the brew points for effort.

M: Slightly under medium-bodied, with medium carbonation.

D: I did not enjoy it, but I could see it as an easy session beer; Low alcohol, light mouthfeel and somewhat clean finish. Perhaps after a few I could enjoy the brew as I adjust to the flavor.

Photo of Night
1.75/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours light copper with a bit of a gold tone. Small, bubbly white head; droopy arcs of lacing do not last. Aroma is reminiscent of Airborne or Emergen-C with a thin malty undertone. Mouthfeel is light bodied with fizzy carbonation like seltzer water. Flavor is flat and lightly sweet, watery-orangey with no real depth of character. Malts play out in the background with a pale character; notes of honey here and there. Taste of corn shows through, particularly in the finish. Aftertaste is stale and sweetish.

Photo of kdoc8
2.17/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I acquired this on a whim at Friendly Street Market, Eugene OR. Some whims should not be followed. It poured out a very bright almost fluorescent orange color. It was very bubbly and effervescent without any head or lacing. It was clear and the smell was very strongly orange. The taste was a bit like an orange soda...except more watered down and not as sweet - so maybe like an orange soda where the ice has melted in it. There was no complexity - just a sweet orange taste. Kate says: "That's pretty heinous."

Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz w/ o freshness date into an Alaskan summer ale glass.
A - A deep golden w/ shades of amber. A 2 finger head that settles quickly + leaves absolutely no lace.

S - Sweet pure orange essence - like coming into an orange grove. Heaven if you love the smell of oranges. A perfume that is so sunny and natural it made me smile w/out trying.

M - Sparkling like an orange soda first taste. The actual malt taste edges forward as the carbonation relaxes and of course sweet light orange notes are felt.

T - Spritely sweet orange with a floral flavor and bordering on 'beer cooler' , but somehow the cream ale saves this and lets the two distinct sweet tastes compliment each other. A real refresher w/ a sweet carbonated flavor that is slightly creamy w/ loads of orange. Could be better-more cream ale flavor wouldn't hurt.

D - Highly quaffable, but as far as beer w/ fruit goes it could be more, well beer tasting. I enjoyed one, but repeated tastes might not be recommended unless looking for a refreshing taste of orange w/ your cream ale. A good entry beer for those who want to experiment w/ a craft beer.

Photo of zeff80
1.65/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out an orange color with a small, short-lived, white head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smells of orange, like an orange soda.

T - It tasted like an orange soda, too. It really reminded me of the orange drink that McDonald's sells. There is a odd spiciness, too.

M - It was way too carbonated. It was very light-bodied.

D - I'll say this. It looked like an okay beer. McDonald's orange is good as a sweet Kool-Aid type drink, but it doesn not make a good beer.

Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at Beers of the World in Rochester... I wonder if thats where the previous reviewer got his too. Somewhat weird for two Rochesterians reviewed this at a similar time. Oh well.

A: Poured it into a pint glass. Golden, slightly orange in color, but not much. There was almost no head whatsoever, and the head that did appear disappeared in a matter of seconds.

S: Smelled like a creamsicle. Other notes of honey and spice are very subdued. Dominant orange aroma.

T: If you combined the orange soda with beer, this is probably what you'd end up with. Lacking somewhat in complexity, but what did you expect?

M: Isn't this supposed to be a cream ale? There was no discernable creaminess. A little too highly carbonated for a cream ale with large carbonation bubbles and slightly drying for the finish.

D: Definitely quenched my thirst. It was a decent summertime ale, although I don't plan on buying any more in the future. In terms of fruity taste, not completely overdone, but not the best either.

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 mrasskicktastic
1.93/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pale clear orange to amber color with large bubbles and a small head that quickly fades to a lifeless surface. Lacing sticks to the sides for a bit, but then disappears.

S - Smells like orange soda. Sweet artificial orange aroma with a highly carbonated aroma.

T - At first there is, again, an orange soda flavor, though highly suppressed, a bit of light malt flavor. A faint citrus bitterness starts the aftertaste then meld into a biscuity finish.

M - Carbonation is high, numbs the tongue a bit. Thin to medium bodied. A bit refreshing.

D - Meh, too much like orange soda for my tastes. If you want to get kids hooked on beer at an early age, this would be a good bet. Basically, this beer is a waste.

Photo of idResponse
4/5  rDev +32.9%
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!

Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bronze with 3+ fingers of offwhite head. No head retention or lacing

S: Smells orange nehi

T: Orange notes & a little lemony hops up front. I catch tartness & a litle grainyness as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit & lemony hops

MF: Light bodied with a modicum of carbonation

Drinks very easy, not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one is above average & works as a thirst quencher. Thought I'd hate this, but not bad

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.

Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.