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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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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 22.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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 BuckeyeNation
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%

The first beer that I reviewed on this site was Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale and I was definitely not impressed. Let's see how Bill does with an orange beer.

For starters, it's more amber than orange, but it's orangey enough to suit the name. Crystal clear with plenty of carbonation rising off the bottom of the glass. The head is dirty white, small and falls alarmingly quickly to a barely covering film, leaving not a trace of lace. The nose is amazingly orange-like and, in fact, reminds me quite a bit of Orange Crush. It doesn't really smell like beer at all.

It doesn't taste a whole lot like beer either. It tastes like a mixture of weak, watery orange soda and weak, watery, cheap lager. The orange flavor is decidedly artificial as well. There's no real maltiness or hoppiness to speak of, nor much of anything that resembles good beer. The body/mouthfeel is thin, watery and overly fizzy.

I imagine that it's possible to brew a passable, maybe even a pretty good, orange cream ale. If you've been looking for just such a thing, be aware that Orange Blossom Cream Ale is not it. It isn't offensive, but it's in the ballpark.

BuckeyeNation, May 16, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +28.9%

Poured a very orangey color, with a big white head. Smelled like oranges and a little malt. This stuff also tasted like orange pop, but it wasn't a bad thing . The orange flavor was subtle enough not to come off as syrupy or an afterthought. Light, crisp mouthfeel, with lots of carbonation. For a orange cream flavored beer, this stuff was not that bad.

TastyTaste, May 13, 2004
Photo of ElGuapo
1.7/5  rDev -43.5%

Fizzy yellow orange brew topped in a bubbly coating of foam that dies very quickly. The aroma smells like orange drink. There are notes of bread as well.

Flavor is toned down and dominated by cheap orange drink. It has slight hints of malts every now and then, but it is basically a bad fruit drink. Do not even bother with this one.

ElGuapo, May 02, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured a crystal clear gold color with a 1/2" fluffy white head. Carbonation levels were good. The aroma was strong with oranges dominating. The flavor was somewhat bizarre as the orange flavor clearly squashed any other flavors. Very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, almost fizzy. The orange flavor lingers on the tongue well after the swallow. This is average on drinkability scale since the orange flavors are too strong.

Gavage, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%

Faded tangerine toned color, little head. Spritzy, soda-ish aroma, orange-flavored cream soda, so far, and nothing but...rosy and bright, but over-carbonated, all the way.
Taste: palpable creaminess on the palate, orangey flavor, and again, there's huge carbonation. Nothing but sody-pop, and a bit too sour at first, with the orange flavor, and any true beer-y characteristics, being too light to consider it a worthy brew. Too light bodied, minimal finish...there's probably a lot of folks out there who'd dig this (girly-girls, panty-waists, Nancy-boys, sissy-pants), but not me, brother, not me.

feloniousmonk, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
2.95/5  rDev -2%

Pale golden in color with a quickly dissipating, fizzy white head.

Strong aroma of orange essence, like an orange soda. There really isn't much to this--it tastes like an everyday macrobrew with orange added to it.

Very drinkable, but pretty disappointing otherwise. Maybe good for a hot summer afternoon, but even then I might go for something else if I'm in the mood for a beer.

If I'm in the mood for an orange soda, I might pick this up instead.

RockyTopHeel, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
1.75/5  rDev -41.9%

The color of this beer is clear light golden. Not much of a head or lace. This fucking beer smells like Hi-C's Orange Lavaburst. I've never had a beer smell so orangey before. Not much beer related stuff on the nose however, which is disappointing. The taste is not my thing. You see, the thing is...this beer doesn't taste like beer. It's like mixing one part Hi-C to one part Miller Lite. Not good. Very weak and watery in the mouthfeel and flavor. Oh yeah, there's orange there...but that's about it.

Bighuge, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.25/5  rDev +8%

This poured to an attractive orange and slightly gold color with very little head and basically no lace.

The taste is very orange, almost like an orange cream soda with light ale flavoring and minor alcoholic content. The mouthfeel is a little sharp, but it's still appealing enough to lead one on to the next sip.

It isn't spectacular, but I'd say it's certainly worth trying. It's a decent beer on its own.

watermelonman, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of Skidz
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%

Pours out pale yellow and sits as a marvelous gold in the glass. Small white head fades fast.

Smells like orange cough syrup. Triamenic, I do believe. Some maltiness underneath. Tastes strongly of citric acid, and loads of hops. A kick in the back of the throat I might add. This reminds me of drinking orange soda. Pretty sweet, that honey adds a lot, otherwise, it's all oranges.

Thin, thin, thin. Lots of carbonation. Like I said before, it's like drinking orange soda, only with hops. Very little bitterness follows this one. Easy to drink, a 6-pack would seem suffiecient though. Decent beer, if you like oranges.

Skidz, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%

Am I the only one who thinks that Cream Ales ought ot be at least a little creamy? The aromas were fabulous. The fruit was wonderful and initially it even had a nice head.

That all disappeared after 5 or 6 seconds when the head evaporated and I was left with a completely transparant, thin, watered down kool aid.

The taste wasn't that bad, however, this beer lacked any body whats-so-ever and was completely flat.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%

Tiny, white, noisy head dies to absolutely nothing fast. It's gone. Zero head. Amazing. Orangey gold beer. Nose is all sugary orange. Nothing else. Orange front with some faint nutty grains. Orange middle. Orange finish is dryish, with some nutty, roasty crackers making an appearance. I like that roastiness. The orange makes this unique, but it's nothing too special.

kbub6f, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of ADR
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%

Bright clear gold, pale head starts decently but doesn't last. Lace really doesn't stick to the glass much at all. Uh oh, you can smell children's aspirin from two feet away. A little more genuine on a deep inhalation. Oddly sticky and slick, mouthfeel and flavor is compromised by the odd mixture of OK orange, pineapple, slickness, and distilled water. Doesn't really compose itself in the mouth, wanders in varied directions. Slightly medicinal close with lots of orange to the aftertaste. If you like straight up sweet orange, this is actually better from the bottle -- where it doesn't open up and the citrus is concentrated. Strictly me, but I can't recommend this one.

ADR, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of gueuzegeek
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%

This is one odd beer...if you want to even call it that. It was sort of like tang and seltzer or something. Okay, so, it poured with a clear orangy gold color which was kind of pretty. The head was gone in a flash. The aroma was very tang-like based on old memories of tang, which really didn't bother me, but it didn't smell like fresh orange. This definitely tasted orange (tang that is), and I could taste the honey in my first sip, but not after that. I think there may have been more orange extract used than the orange peel, so maybe that was why the tang taste prevailed. It left a very clean aftertaste, and was actually rather "quaffable", since it really tasted more like soda than beer. I will give a positive spin to all this to say that if you have friends who drink like tequiza (sp), you may want to give them this beer and it will be a more interesting alternative.

gueuzegeek, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Winter
3.28/5  rDev +9%

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.

Winter, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of kwalters
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

kwalters, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

BeerAngel, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of proc
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

proc, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

BeerManDan, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of babyhobbes
1.53/5  rDev -49.2%

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.

babyhobbes, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of abents
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

abents, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Morris729
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

Morris729, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of Wildman
3.25/5  rDev +8%

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.

Wildman, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

moulefrite, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of Dubblebock
3.95/5  rDev +31.2%

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.

Dubblebock, Feb 19, 2004
Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.