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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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595 Ratings

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 22.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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 Winter


3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite an odd brew. Pours a clear orange with a white head that had no intention of sticking around. Very strong aroma of oranges supported with some hints of malt. The medium-bodied mouthfeel is way too carbonated. It reminded me of drinking orange soda. Flavors of sweet orange and honey dominate the front. Some malt flavors begin to emerge midway through. Finish is pretty non-descript. Not overly complex and non-offensive (if you like orange flavor). This would be a great summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 20:24:04 | More by Winter
Photo of kwalters


3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orange Blossom Cream Ale could easily be named Trix Flavored Lager and it would be just as appropriate.

This particular bottle from Buffalo Bill's poured a crystal clear orange-amber color with almost no head. It looks very lager-like in it's clearness. The color is unique and fringes on attractive but the lack of head is disappointing. Take a whiff and you'll immediately notice the orange scents but you'll be left wondering if it's real orange you're smelling or something artificial.

The flavor is undoubtedly characterized by an effervescent orange taste. Not bad if it's from real oranges as the bottle claims, but I couldn't help thinking it also tasted an awful lot like carbonated Trix cereal. The mouthfeel is spritzy and watery. A decent summer beer for when you tire of pale lagers and wheat beer and need something a bit different.

Silly brewmaster, oranges are for juice!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 14:17:59 | More by kwalters
Photo of BeerAngel


3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear pale burnt orange with a white soda-type head that disappeared rapidly. The smell is a bold orange aroma backed by a light roasted malt with not much else, but still enticing. The taste is very much like a very watered down orange soda with only a hint of any malt or hops at all. It is a very light bodied brew that finishes lightly sweet. Now that description said, drinkability is through the roof! It’s as if the flavor is so faint, yet so smooth with almost zero evidence of alcohol, you just drink like Gatorade on a hot day. I have mixed emotions on this one. Perhaps I need to try this again in the heat of the summer. Odd, interesting, and unique. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 03:08:44 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of proc


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

I enjoyed this one. Pours out to a darker than usual yellow to almost light amber in the glass with a light head. From reading some of the reviews, I gather some others didn't care for the aroma, but I for one, found it very good. The aroma, in my humble opinion, was the best part of this one with a nice, but not overwhelming scent of orange on the nose. The taste is pretty good too. It reminded me of a J.W. Dundee Honey Brown with some orange added to it, which, in essense, it really is, as there in honey in the mix. It wasn't overly sweet and at no time did I feel I was in danger of drinking something other than beer.

This would be a nice diversion on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 23:45:51 | More by proc
Photo of BeerManDan


3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color was a clear medium golden yellow and very little to no foam what so ever. The smell had just a slight aroma of orange blossoms with just a hint of hops. The taste had an orange flavor with a slight bitterness and sour aftertaste on the palate. Although it had an orange taste, this was a weak beer with no creamyness at all. A good beer if you like an orange flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 21:19:00 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dull copper, zilch for a head. Smell of fresh oranges, malts, very fruity. Up front, a blast of orange peels dominate the palate; maybe some honey and lemon/zesty notes. The orange malty (?) body becomes creamy, true to the name; slightly carbonated. Other than, you guessed, the orange peel, this is pretty much a one-sided brew. Tastes resemble an orange soda or orange hard candy. For the style, not too shabby, just can't see craving this one much; a change of pace though.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 03:19:33 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of babyhobbes


1.53/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This feels like a beer. This looks like a beer. It has a light amber color and a white head.

Does it smell like a beer? No. This smells so much like the orange disinfectant I use in the kitchen I was very hesistant to drink it. I really tried to smell the honey as noted on the label but was unsuccessful. The taste really matches the odor. Just think pseudo-oranges and orange soda. In fact, you might be better off just saving your money and buying orange soda. This brew isn't as sweet as your typical soda pop but definitely has the carbonated orange thing down.

I was unable to finish this bottle. I just can't take the weird cleanser smell. Good luck if you decide to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 18:43:47 | More by babyhobbes
Photo of abents


3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this a little while ago in the store. I'm not usually up for the fruity beers, but I figure I'll give it a shot anyways.
Pours a very light color and leaves a small white head. Smells of sweet honey and probably obviously oranges. I'm expecting some powerfull fruit tones in this brew. The first taste I encouter was oranges lots of them followed by a sweet honey taste that sweetens out the brew. The aftertaste is a bit bitter almost, but still a very drinkable brew. This probably one of the better fruitybrews I've had. Easy going down with a not too sweet taste. Pretty nice job on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 15:52:38 | More by abents
Photo of Morris729


3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear pale amber color with a slight orange tint and a short white fizzy head that soon vanishes completely. Nose is sweet malt and fresh grain with a faint trace of orange zest (definitely less orange aroma than I was expecting). Moderate in body with a spritzy texture and rather sharp carbonation. Taste remains fairly constant throughout the tasting with notes of sweet malt and a bit of honey balanced by bitter citrus oils and orange peel. Would make for a nice springtime brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 05:37:48 | More by Morris729
Photo of Wildman


3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend brought this over and so I decided to try a bottle. It poured a copper color and formed a white head that left some trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of orange peel, with some other citrus present with a hint of malt. The flavor was of orange and honey with a slight malt aspect. The finish has a sour aspect that really hurt the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 00:42:21 | More by Wildman
Photo of moulefrite


2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Strange fruit! I'm not sure what the intention, or the market focus is for this one? The beer looks ok-clean golden color with a slightly above average bit of lace and considerable stick. My problem is with the rest of the drink. The nose is more akin to a soda than a beer. It lacks any finesse or restraint and seems to be trying to appeal to the folks who don't really like beer, but want to be drinking one with the rest of the gang-kind of like a white zinfandel of the beer world. The flavors are candied orange and then cloying malt that come off in a sweet and sour sort of way that to me just doesn't work. The more ya drink the less you want. This is an easy to put down brew-and I mean down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 02:48:06 | More by moulefrite
Photo of Dubblebock


3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 16:43:08 | More by Dubblebock
Photo of Zorro


3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear gold.

Smell is of oranges and honey, with a faint hop aroma of tea.

Tastes are of oranges and spices. There is a wheat flavor here too, sort of like eating orange cake batter. The orange flavor isn't too strong and it's not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Sort of drinkable, it is mild and different. Not an all night beer, but a good orange beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 02:54:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of AudioGilz


3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a light golden color with a small head that disappears quickly. Sweet orange aroma, very similar to orange peel. It's quite fun to smell it actually, and a touch of honey is in there too. Fizzy carbonation makes the mouthfeel kind of odd and a bit like soda. Orange peel dominates the flavor. Honey is in there a bit, and adds a certain smoothness. It's an interesting beer and very easy to drink. But the aftertaste is quite annoying, kind of like chewing on an orange peel. This aftertaste alone knocks down drinkability and taste. An odd beer, here.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 01:07:31 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of Pegasus


3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 01:20:14 | More by Pegasus
Photo of GambrinousIan


3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The description sounded very unique so I just had to taste it. The bottle says it's brewed with honey and orange peel with orange flower extact. Not your average sounding beer.
Appearance: Almost no head at all, low carbonation, very nice light golden orange glow.
Smell:Faint orange smell. No hops detected.
Taste:Not as much orange flaver as I expected but it's the main flavor you get. A hint of sweetness, backed with some maltiness and no hopiness. "Hoppiness?" Is that even a word? Oh well.
Mouthfeel: Very light and pleasing.
Drinkability: Very smooth and very approachable. refreshing.

Conclusion: Not as good as I had hoped but pretty tasty. The best way to drink this, in my opinion, is moderately cold with a slice of fresh orange thrown in. I wouldn't say it's a new favorite but I would buy it again. The only think I don't get is if there is an actual buffalo bills brewery since this beer is contracted out to Portland.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 04:47:44 | More by GambrinousIan
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 Oz Brown bottle with label showing oranges and orange blossoms. Appearance: clear, light-medium golden color with a small head that quickly disappears. Minimal carbonation. Smell: Minimal malt/hops aroma- fresh bright orange peel (but a little sweeter than peel) is the dominant aroma (it reminds me of the smell of my fingers after I use them to break open a sweet orange). Taste: A very refreshing, creamy flavor that has both the sweetness and tang of orange fruit. The orange flavor lasts a while after the the swallow. Very drinkable. I first tried this a few months ago, and I keep returning to it on a once in a while basis- It's not a remarkable beer, but it is just easy to drink and enjoyable. I would really like to try it on a hot day or a warm evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 04:38:30 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of jtfest


3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a tough one for me to decide on ratings. The brew is an exceptionally clear golden/orange with mild carbonation and a small, rapidly diminished white head. Smells -- and tastes -- like some good orange cream soda's I've had. In that respect, I liked it -- but I didn't feel like I was drinking beer. I can't deny that it's good, though -- but I'd probably enjoy it more on a summer afternoon than I do right now watching the snow fall.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 03:14:50 | More by jtfest
Photo of Elemental


3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting brew. Was looking for the typical winter seasonal but came accross this and thought I'd give it a try since I like their pumpkin ale. Pours a golden color with a thin big head made of large bubbles that soon dissapates to nothingm though the beer stays carbonated. As expected it has an orange aroma, with maybe a hint of hops but that is about it. The taste is light ub flavor with a orange cream flavor that follows. Overall an ok beer but I feel that it is lacking a little.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 05:34:19 | More by Elemental
Photo of Reidrover


3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came a cross this at the local store tonight..had to try one.
Comes in a 12 oz brown long neck.."Cream Ale brewed with honey and orange peel with orange flower extract"..Ok.
Well this beer certainnly has a slight orange tint to it..if youve ever been to Scotland..it looks like Irn Bru soda..but with a monsterous frothy white head..but that goes real fast to nothing.
Smell as expected is all orange..like candied orange to be honest..though some zest is there.
Pretty good taste though..although the citric/orange taste is there the whole mouthful..its balanced by malty creaminess and the sweet tang of honey..not bad at all.
Pretty smooth and creamy on the palate..but a nice zing too from the orange peel.
An unusual beer but not to bad,,though I would be pushed to drink more than two bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 06:31:43 | More by Reidrover
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Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.