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Orange Blossom Cream Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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BA SCORE
70
okay

350 Reviews
THE BROS
58
awful

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Reviews: 350
Hads: 626
rAvg: 3
pDev: 22%
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: 350 | Hads: 626
Photo of mdfb79
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 07/11/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat cloudy bright yellow color with two inches of white head that quickly disappears, and moderate carbonation evident. No lacing left on the glass, king of looks like a BMC macro.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, floral notes, wheat, and bread. Decent and the orange definitely comes through up front, though it's not overly strong.

t - Tastes of orange, citrus hops, bread, and grain. Kind of like a BMC macro, but slightly better, with that orange tint to it.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. A tiny bit too carbonated.

o - Overall an average beer with some very light nice orange in the nose and taste. A better alternative to BMC products, though I didn't really see it as a fruit/vegetable beer. Wouldn't seek it out again but not awful. (855 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color with a thin off white head.

S: Huge aromas of orange, freshly grated orange zest and orange blossom. They really nailed the orange, but it's pretty overwhelming and a little over the top.

T: Lots of orange along with some lemon and a bit of grain on the finish. This is labeled a cream ale, but had no evidence of actually being one. The mouthfeel was about as creamy as an original Bud. Not quite what I was hoping for. (443 characters)

Photo of AlexisDetroit
3.93/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I rather like Orange Blossom Cream Ale, and I'm somewhat picky about beers. This is the only fruit flavor beer that I've been buying for years. Just like with crappy movies, everyone should be allowed to have a favorite crappy beer.

I would recommend this beer for Pabst set that seeks to cheat on their signature hipster beer. (328 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.77/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark yellow, very clear, abundant head that dissipates quickly
S: very sweet orange soda pop smell
T: sweet, orange-dominant flavor over a rather pedestrian wheat beer; not complex, few hops

Good beer to give someone instead of a screwdriver. Without the punch. (294 characters)

Photo of marqoid
2.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight from 12oz bottle.
Smells like artificial orange flavoring in a light beer, there is some wheat there, but not much. Taste is again lots of orange , but it does not seem natural, almost like orange soda syrup added to a cream ale. Mouthfeel is appropriate it is creamy with some body behind it, but I think this may also be a fault because it make it difficult to drink much.
Overall this is an outlier for the fruit beer style as it is overly orange flavored and uses artificial flavoring, that said my wife enjoys it. (533 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed gold color with a small, bubbly white head. Nothing in the way of retention and lacing. No freshness date. This is one of the few beers that manages even LOOK below average.

Smells like Sprite soda with some orange juice and a spritz or two of lemon and orange peel. Maybe a little orange curacao for some sweet syrupy component.

Taste is like what I imagine an orange peel dipped in cheap vanilla ice cream would taste like. I love orange dreamsicles, and comparing this beer to them is doing the frozen treat a disservice! This is thin, pithy, sweet and overly fizzy. Seems like a good idea gone wrong. Glad this was only a single, I would have a tough time finishing a whole sixer of it. (728 characters)

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
1.9/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked up a 6 pack when I was waiting for a an appointment and this was the only appealing beer in the liquor store. It was failry priced at $7.99.

A- poured out of a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a very light golden pale yellow with a 1" head that recedes almost instantly and leaves almost no lacing around the glass.

S- Very floral scent with orange and lemon zest. A lot like a lemon tea with honey added. Has an acidic tinge to it.

T- I do not get the cream sicle that every else says they taste. It bites like I am chewing on orange and lemon peels. I get a slight faint floral honey taste, but this is just bad, BAD.

M- thin and watery with slight carbonation, similiar to a light beer.

O- I was very dissapointed in this beer. I wanted to like it. It would make a great introduction to a person just getting into craft beer Starting off with mild bitter flavors, but I can not buy this again. (911 characters)

Photo of katybee
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very light and 'sophisticated' flavor.

Pours translucent pale yellow, like an IPA, with moderate amount of quickly disipating smooth creamy head.

Smells only verly lightly, mostly grain or malt, with very faint citrus.

The taste is a winner here...Not citrus due to hops, but clean, dry and crisply flavored by orange peel and orange flower extract--a very delicate combination which doesn't overpower (like a blueberry beer or citrusy hefweisen, or with odd flavors like the sours) yet is very present. A light and flavorful, subtley dry drink. Sweet, yet not overly so; slightly biscuity with a light malty but lemony aftertaste. Similar to Zima perhaps, but without the excessive liquor maltiness; this is definitely a light beer.

Very light bodied, clean and crisp; the carbonation is tight and tingly. Not really 'creamy' as per the description, though.

Overall a great thirst quencher, with no real bitterness; and mild enough for light meals and deserts or to be savored by itself. Sweet and sophisticated; probably favored by the ladies...! (1,055 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours almost clear, like Sprite, and has just a little bit of head that fizzes out pretty quickly.

S: Smells malty with some sweet oranges and a hint of lemon zestiness.

T/M: Flavor is equally as light and equally as jaunty; malt, sugary orange, small bitterness, some adjunct similarities.

Light, zesty beer good for a hot season. (371 characters)

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. (633 characters)

Photo of gaugebozo
3.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I have to say I disagree with most of the reviews. This is not the most impressive beer of all time, but the flavors I got were orange blossom in a cream ale, not fake orange cream flavored soda (Bros, I'm looking at you). I'm thinking many of the reviews are from people who simply do not like fruit beers, which at least one review actually states. Keep in mind that hops are a relatively new addition to beer, only being the dominant flavoring for a few hundred years. For thousands of years, people used what they had: myrtle, spruce clippings, even sage. That doesn't make it any less beer.</rant>

A - Orangey gold with light suds. A cream ale could use more of a head.
S - Perfumey orange and flowers.
T - Almost more like tea than beer. Tastes like orange blossoms, mildly herbal. My wife says, "It tastes like Florida smells." Refreshing and a little surprising. Not sure where people are getting cream soda/creamsicle from, no vanilla to be found, tastes more of flowers than oranges.
M - This is where this gets docked. Could use more body to help hold some foam. Correct carbonation for the style - cream ale, which has nothing to do with cream soda.
O - Good summer drinker. (1,196 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Since I'm makin' some pasta, I might as well have a beer, right? This one pours a mostly clear golden straw topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, wheat, red apple flesh, very light white grape, and sweet honey. This fruit salad comes off almost fake-ly sweet and fruity, as though I'm smelling some sort of air freshener or something instead of a beer. The taste brings in everything above, along with some sweet flowers and a touch of grass. These new, earthier elements don't really help much. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a fizzy, watery feel. Overall, I cannot say in any way that I am a fan of this beer. It's not necessarily rotten, but it's nowhere near good, either. (796 characters)

Photo of atr2605
2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- soft yellow with a quickly dissipating head
S- orange creme sicle
T- orange creme up front, followed by a slight hop bitterness with more orange in the finish
M- light bodied with average carbonation
O- has more of a soda flavor than I would expect. Definitely has that artificial creme sicle taste to it. It's not terrible but falls in line with all the other over fruit flavored ales (388 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
1.45/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: cloudy deep yellow/orange hue, no head, no lacing

S: big honey, floral, orange peel

T: sweet honey, floral, orange, long sour odd aftertaste

M: light, big carbonation, sticky

O: Think Zima meets Orange soda. Very bubbly
and can barely drink one.

PASS ON THIS! (269 characters)

Photo of DCon
2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Added beer to my Mix-A-Six Pack @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99. Poured from the 12oz bottle into my new Schlafly (Kölsch) Stange Glass. No B.O.D. on the bottle.

Appearance- Pours a golden color body that is semi-hazy and has a 2.5 finger head that disappears in NO time... Nothing very special here.

Smell- Starts off with a sweet, light orange scent and a ton of malt then. A hint of some Boylan's Orange Soda. Once again, nothing that was too crazy.

Taste- Has a nice Creme/Orange Soda sweetness that gets blended with a good amount of malt. Has as nice orange peel type of aftertaste but doesn't seem like it has enough hop character. Tons of wheat taste.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and a nice mild cream after feel on the palate. They nailed this attribute!

Overall- The one thing that I didn't appreciate was that there was no information or ingredient list on this beer. They just had the Style, Beer Name, Brewer, ABV's, and other useless info on the side. I enjoyed this beer even though it was much different than I thought it would be. Won't be going back to anytime soon and really wouldn't promote this one. (1,168 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. twist top bottle. Brewed with honey, orange peel, natural flavor, and orange flower extract.

Pours golden to orange with a 2 finger white head, that dissipates very quickly. Descent amount of carbonation bubbles.

Smell of oranges and light malt (more noticable from the bottle) I thought it was refreshing, if a bit odd for a beer.

Oranges again in the taste, but slightly less pronounced. Light bitterness of orange peel.

Light to medium-bodied with substantial carbonation.

Doesn't really taste very beer-like, but it served my purpose. It's a good summery beer for the hottest day of the year so far. (629 characters)

Photo of richkrull
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a big fluffy white head.

Smell is orangey and creamy, kind of faint.

Taste is ok but nothing to write home about. Not as orangey as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. Too bubbly though. The carbonation distracts from the flavor - maybe thar was the intent.

Overall it was ok but I wouldn't want to drink it again. (379 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light fizzy head fades very quickly, clear pale golden yellow color.

Nose smells like a creamsicle, orange, sweet candy syrup, light creamy aromas, light aromatic, orange soda aroma as well.

Taste fakes syrupy malt extract, orange flavoring, creamsicle, orange soda, candy, semi sweet but dries, light candy on the finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, its a candy orange soda creamsicle bleh, wouldn't be bad as a mixed drink or something, but not a beer! (481 characters)

Photo of JAYAR1
2.39/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

SAW THIS IN A BEER MAG AT THE GROCER, BOUGHT A SINGLE AT FAMOUS,CLOUDY,ABSOLUTELY NO HEAD(MADE ME SUSPECT), SLIGHT CITRUS ODOR AND A LITTLE YEASTY, LIGHT NON-CARBONATED MOUTH FEEL, ORANGEY MIDDLE MOUTH,MURKY MUNG AT THE BOTTOM, DRANK IT ANYWAY, FRUIT AND BEER, I DON'T GET IT..SPLAIN IT TO ME... (295 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz brown glass pry-top. Neck label says B0681 075F. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pours crystal clear with thin white soda style head. Nose smells very sweet, like Sunny Delight. Crisp yet watery body. Tastes like Orange and ccream soda. Probably great at a Bbq, but right now its meh. (306 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden yellow. I was expecting a cloudier look. The smell is hard to peg. There is deffinately a orangish odor, but there is something else there like other citrus smells. The flavor is pretty good. The tase is a orangish sweetness. There is a strange after taste. Over all I don't love this beer but there is something about it that makes me want to taste others from buffalo bills. (391 characters)

Photo of sampstar
2.11/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wife is a fan of the Thomas Creek Orange Blossom so she was excited. After two sips, she was done.
A: looked decent enough. just a pale yellow, lager look.
S: A strong citrusy smell, almost like a cleaning agent.
T: Not appealing to me either. Taste like a watered down, bad orange drink.
M: Really flimsy feel. Almost nothing to it.

Overall, not recommended. (365 characters)

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

Light gold color with a bubbly head that dissolves right away. Much more a lager in appearance than an ale. Smells of cream, orange candy, and florals. Also has a very orange candy flavor. Honey and floral notes are also noticeable. Not totally unpleasant to drink, providing you only want one. It's way too sweet to take any deeper than that. (343 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and somewhat dry. In the taste, orange citrus and notes of wheat. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a light, dry orange peel in the aftertaste. A bit sweet with some dry clove and honey hints, quite pedestrian. (307 characters)

Photo of 2cansam
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - bit of a watered down gold color, heavily carbonated head disappears fast

S - Sweet orange cream soda smell absolutely heavenly, high expectations at this point

T - Not quite what I was expecting, not really a orange cream soda flavor and not quite beer either. I guess I had high hopes for flavor from the smell but its wasn't nearly as flavorful as I was expecting.

M - Thin, a little bit creamy

O - overall it was a fun drinkable beer, there isn't really a competitor to compare it to so I can safely say its a great "orange cream soda beer" and its definitely worth a try. (584 characters)

Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.