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Orange Blossom Cream Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Orange Blossom Cream AleOrange Blossom Cream Ale

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614 Ratings

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 22.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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 JayTheFinn
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At first I thought I was giving this too high a rating considering I thought it tasted like orange soda, but on second thought, this is suppose to have a fruity sweet taste, so it's right on!

The look is golden, like a cream soda. The scent is of orange. The taste is super orangey. It's very sweet and so much like orange soda I had to double check that I was drinking an ale. Very flavorful indeed, but if you don't like sweets and soda stay away from this one.

JayTheFinn, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of CJStout
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Interesting bottle catches the eye. Pours with little to no head. Pale orange/yellow color. Nose is more of a watered-down Orange Crush soda than a beer. Mouthfeel is very thin, again very soda like. Moderately carbonated.

The beer holds up to its label - interesting, but would not purcase a second.

CJStout, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass, pours a clearish golden amber with fizzy head shrinking to nothing after pour, no lacing, probably over carbonated from the looks of it. Aroma is pretty agressive orange peel smell, tastes more like an orange soda than a beer. Get some malts, and it tastes like a beer, but its just no beer-like, no balance of orange peel and malt, and too carbonated, like a soda. Honestly, its a friggin hot day, and this was kind of nice and quenching, but I can't imagine trying this when it isn't 90+ degrees.

objectivemonkey, May 29, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
1.53/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear yellow-orange with little to no head.

Smell is artificial orange. Period.

Taste is similiar to the nose, with the addition of a very slight maltiness.

Mouthfeel is lighter than light.

Is this a wine cooler? I will not drink this again... Although not completely undrinkable - this isn't beer.

Blakaeris, May 01, 2006
Photo of bashiba
1.53/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light orange color with almost no head.

Smells exactly like orange soda pop, think fanta, sunkist, or orange crush.

Taste is a odd mix of watered down orange pop flavoring and a bit of beer. No hops or malt to speak of.

Mouthfeel is ultra thin and watery.

Not a real drinkable beer, in fact barely a beer, its closer to the smirnoff and bacardi malternatives than it is to a real beer.

bashiba, May 01, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a light orange tint. Has a small white head that fades. No lacing to speak of.

Smells like orange Crush. It smells really good, but no trace of beer in the aroma.

Tastes mildly like orange soda upfront just breifly and then washes into a bland and rather unappealing artifical orange taste that lingers.

Light body and ok carbonation. Feels like an orange residue is left behind.

It's not that I couldn't finish the bottle, but I'll not be drinking another.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a light orange to honey coloration. The head was small foamy orange cream. The head fell immediatly.

Smell: The beer has an overwhelmingly sweet orange smell. This seriously smells like orange soda pop. This is just not very beer like.

Taste: This beer is like orange soda pop. The orange of coarse dominates in the taste of the beer. There is very little in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is very light bodied and overly sweet. The beer is like drinking orange soda pop. As a soda pop it is a fantasticly successful; however, as a beer this is just not good.

nlmartin, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of LittleWolf
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been very interested to finally open this one up, let's see how it goes.

Nothing too impressive with the pour, a light orange color with a white head that disappears quickly.
Wow, what an aroma. Smells just like Stewarts Orange Cream Soda. Maybe a hint of ale in the smell.
Wow again! The taste starts off with a strong orange soda flavor, even down to the carbonation. It is quickly interrupted by a brief, weak, ale flavor which goes away as soon as it is tasted. Not near as creamy as I would expect from the style.
This beer is really an inigma. Starts with an orange bang that disappears into nothing very fast. It is a drinkable beer if you are into the orange flavor, but even that doesn't last.
I enjoyed the beer and would drink it again, but it wasn't special enough to be noteworthy. If only they could have done more with that flavor and worked it into an aftertaste or a creamier mouthfeel.

LittleWolf, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Zoh
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You have to know what you are getting into with this beer; it is flavored very strongly.
It pours with an orange-copper color and a thin head.
The smell is just short of overpowering orangeness. It smells like an orange creamsicle or an orange soda. Not much else to pick up there.
I actually enjoyed the taste, contrary to some of the other reviews here. Yes, the orange flavor is strong, but it is not to the detriment of the beer. Honey comes through as well as you get to the bottom of the glass. There is a hoppy aftertaste but it isn't immediately evident.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth.
Overall this is a good summer beer. It does seem to be a love it or hate it affair though. But hey, if you love it and none of your friends do you can keep the rest of the six-pack like I did!

Zoh, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of clippersfanbob
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden amber with a minimal pure white head that dissipates quickly. True to it's name, a fairly strong initial aroma of oranges rises to meet the nostrils, along with hints of lemon zest and a light floral note. The initial flavor is a slightly burnt orange not dissimilar to Cointreau liqueur with just the right hop presence to provide balance and backbone without being overpowering. Fine, spritzy bubbles provide a champagne-like effervescence. This beer finishes cleanly, the carbonation almost seems to scrub the palate in preparation for the next sip.

clippersfanbob, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
1.95/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice in the glass- a honey colour with tinges of orange...the head is very active, medium bubbles, nice and white. Almost more like a soda head. Goes away somewhat quickly, with no lace left behind. Lots of bubbles rising in this one.

The smell is really not beer at all. It's a powdery sweet orange- almost like candy (the powdery sugary kind that can even make small children sick, it's so sweet). Sort of an even sweeter orange PEZ smell, really.

I think this is the lowest flavour score I've given. It's not awful, but it's not beer. This is like slightly spicy weak orange kool-aid, with a hint of beer flavour on the finish. 'nuff said.

There's a little body to this, but not terribly a lot. A somewhat loose carbonation swells at the middle, and is gone.

Lowest drinkability I've ever given. I don't think I want another of this again. It's be a good one to give to that pretty young thing you invited over, who thinks she could never like beer. :) I'm rather disappointed. I had hoped this would be better...I kinda linked the idea of it.

Be well

UncleFlip, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hey, who put Tang in my beer? This one looks...well...orange with a coppery tone. Pours heavily carbonated with big bubbles that disappeared quickly. Smells...like orange Crush. Seriously. Slightly malty sweet and bitter with a bit of souring. Tastes strongly citrusy...again, like orange crush with a hard bittering from large amounts of curraco orange peel. Roughly grainy and astringent. Body is weak and compromised by the high carbonation. Finishes suddenly with the sweetness, but lingers in the orange flavors and the bitter bite. Aftertaste is the same as orange crush. Not as creamy of a beer as it should be. Orange bitter is out of balance.

BEERchitect, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
1.25/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a light copper, slightly hazed. Looks like a regular beer so far... hey, where's the head? And what's that smell? Yeesh, this beer is unearthly. The orange flavor is intense and very SOUR. There is some unremarkable ale flavor under there, but the orange stomps it out like a cigarette butt. Supposedly a summer thirstquencher, but I shudder at the thought of drinking this as a session beer. Seriously, if you are hell bent on a beer with orange flavor, then just get a Blue Moon (or whatever) with a slice of orange from your corner pub, because this one is a drain pour.

thechaacster, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of antzman
3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Created a nice even head. The aroma has a strong hint of orange peel. Very smooth taste. I think this was a very drinkable beer. Not what I would classify as a traditional craft beer, but it is an easy drinker, and excellent on a hot day.

antzman, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with very little head. Smells like Sunkist orange soda...very sweet smelling. Taste is a bit more beer-like, but not by much. A little hint of grassy hops comes through towards the end of the taste. Finishes slightly dry and slick on the tongue. Tastes too watered down to be much more than a lite lager with orange hints.

If this beer had a bigger malt body, it would be OK. But as it is right now, no dice.

beertastegood, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of charlatan
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a light amber colour with a decent head. The bottle admits that it was actually brewed and bottled right here in Portland by the Portland Brewing Company.

The smell is a dead ringer for my grandmother's oranges in jelly (tinned mandarin slices in orange jello) which offers a pleasant, but rather fake orange aroma.

Unlike the other orange beer I've had (Caldera Dry Hop Orange) the flavour isn't subtle at all here. The orange (apparently from peel, honey and orange flower extract) taste is bold, but more like orange squash than orange juice.

The feeling that this isn't really beer at all is compounded by what seems like over carbonation. I like plenty of carbonation in my beer, but coupled with the flavour I am left feeling like I am drinking orangeade (orange pop) rather than beer. I much preferred the Caldera.

charlatan, May 29, 2005
Photo of Nesued
3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours as a clear amber color with a small but distinct head.

Smell - As the name implies, the smell of oranges will fill your nose. I was not able to really define any additional aromas due to the gentle, yet focused presentation.

Taste - If you like oranges (and you would otherwise this would still be on the shelf and you have moved on) this is the beer for you. I would place this as a very nice summer drinking beer except for the creamy texture described later. I did notice a nice hoppy taste as well, besides all the oranges...

Mouthfeel - Here's where the "creamy" descriptor resides. A previous reviewer described this as reminding him of a "creamsicle". That is an outstanding word to jog memories of how this beer feels. Very pleasant feel without a bite.

Drinkability - A very easy drinking beer. As mentioned previously, I would drink this as a summer beer, more specifically as a summer evening beer after a meal. One or two of these is sufficient to leave you in a "Florida orange grove" state of mind.

General comments: As a young boy, my family made the obligatory trips to Walt Disney World several times (we lived in NJ) in my pre-teen years. This beer took me back to the times we stopped along the road and bought bags of oranges to eat once we entered Florida. The aroma filled the car and this beer will fill your senses with the taste of "creamy oranges".

Nesued, May 22, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a crystal clear gold almost amber. Had a 1 finger head that dissapated quickly and left little lace. First whif is orange, upon a secong some of the sweet malt does come through. Not much hop presence detected. Tatste is very light, almost watery where malt is cocerned but the bitter sweet orange comes right through. It has fairly high carbonation is sweet and dry. You can probably only drink a 2 of these before you get really tired of the orangeness of it. Its OK for a change of pace but it is not a heavyweight it the world of beer. Worth a try but don't expect a lot unless you really love orange.

sabrills70, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma was more apricot than orange. Interesting flavor going on here - flowery but not perfume-like - an essence of orange blossom, like walking through the orchard. Delicate orange flavor that was ephemeral, like when I was a kid and would pinch off the base of a honeysuckle bloom for a tiny drop of nectar. A little dry and astringent at the finish. Overall, the flavor was nice, yet not really enough to carry the beer - after the initial intrigue with the floral aspect, interest fell off fairly quickly. Not really a good summer cooler because I think the orange blossom note would get tedious.

Brent, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, very nice clear orangish amber color with a modest and short lived white head.

The aroma is Orange zest with a touch of honet and orange blossoms, very nice.

The Taste is the same. Very light beer base, the flavor is all in the orange rind and flower extract. Unusual but rather pleasant. Only slightly sweet, just enough to balance the bite from the orange rind. Not exactly my style of beer but I think I could enjoy it as a hot weather cooler.

Should work well with lighter foods such as salads.

This is one that some will hate and some will love, give it a try if it sounds like sometrhing you could like.

whynot44, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of ken3c
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clear orange. I can see my fingerprints through the glass. Head starts off well but recedes to a thin veil. Bubbles rise continuously.

Cointreau orange aroma. This smells wonderfull.

Starts off dry and almost tasteless. A bitter orange peel taste develops slowly, peaks late and recedes. The aftertaste is honey and flower. After smelling this beer the taste is nothing but disappointing.

The feel is dry and light, bordering on watery. Effervescent.

I usually don't go for flavored sparkling water and this beer is just about that.

ken3c, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of RoBotGod
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer's smell was almost as impressive as the taste. After a few drinks, it reminds me of a creamcicle. A very light beer with a heavy orange flavor. In the after taste, there are hints of cloves and other christmas beer like flavors. Not a bad beer but the orange flavor tastes more like the peels rather than the fruit.

RoBotGod, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Okay, call me a sucker. I went into one of my favorite local joints looking for something new in my beer tasting escapades and maybe pick-up some orange soda while I was at it (no, kidding, I literally had these two things in my mind) Maybe I'm from Waponi-Woo, who knows! Well as I hit the beer aisle I saw stacks and stacks of these in six pack form. "What's this?!" I exclaimed. Orange Cream Ale, oh dear god, somebody is toying with me. Not only do I like ale, especially cream ale, but orange too? Had to buy it. Time to jump into the big woo.

It poured out a crystal clear and clean almost copper color with a very thin head that didn't stick around for the big leap. Nose is very sugary smelling, smacks of a harsh version of Tang or something. Taste is very crisp to begin with, a orange explosion in my mouth, there is a certain duality going on here. The first taste of orange almost tastes like actual orange juice but that quickly gets supressed by a chemical-like artificial orange flavor, again... like Tang. This finally trails off and there is an almost afterthought-like beer character at the end, a bit malty and barely there. I agree with the earlier reviewer that with some hop kick this could really be a good brew, it just needs to taste more like..well, beer.

This really does not taste like beer, it barely qualifies. It's like watered down orange soda mixed with beer in a 70-30 mix.

Really, not that bad, interesting to say the least and worth the 6.99 for a sixer just to pass around to friends. In the end though, I think I'll keep my beer and orange soda seperate for the time being.

As a sidenote, the bottle, label and packaging are very nicely done. Very attractive.

"Take me to the volcano!"

Gaisgeil, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a small bubbly head. Orange Kool-Aid smell upfront mixed with sweet honey tones....very fruity and quite unique. I like it.

First sip comes with the same orange Kool-Aid flavor along with a nice pale maltiness and some sweet honey notes. There's a slight creaminess as well making it somewhat like a liquid dreamsicle. An interesting fruit beer to say the least.

Nice mouthfeel with a medium body that's easy drinking and quite refreshing. This is a brew I could enjoy every now and again, definetly worth a shot...especially if you like orange.

orbitalr0x, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

allengarvin, Feb 09, 2005
Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.