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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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618 Ratings

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | 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 WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light and refreshing orange scent along with a bit of pale malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a light malt core with an extremely flavorful orange taste that is achieved through the use of orange peels. It tastes like your drinking orange soda. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with excellent carbonation. This is a fine fruit style brew. The aroma and taste are out of this world. One of the best I've had.

Photo of ZAP
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I won't drink buy this one again, but for it's category it's OK...light orange color....no head...big orange gatorade smell...taste is not as big as the nose but a nice orange flavor...the honey is very light if at all noticable...it feels very thin and watery (perhaps by design)...Not my thing but for a fruit beer it at least smells and tastes like oranges....with a few tweaks it could be average....I'd suggest a fuller body....a bigger honey presence...and a slight softening of the big orange nose...

Photo of beertaster13
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow was I suprised by this beer. I've had this in my fridge for about 2 months and finally decided this hot sweaty day was the day for this beer. Pours an amber/orange with a semi white/tan head that rose 2 inches then vanished into a little puddle of white. The lacing was average, it was traceable at best. The smell is a strong blast of orange citrus, it smells like an orange soda mixed with cream soda. Unbeliavably refreshing to the nose. The taste is phenomenal, upfront is a sweet orange/cream and in the rear is slight hops. The only downfall is that the sweetness is a little to much and the hops are almost untraceable to the tongue. This is a great summer beer, on this site it says winter but I can still find this in certain stores here in June so I don't know what the deal is with that. This is by far the best fruit beer I have ever had, I agree if you don't like orange/cream sodas you probably won't like this beer. Great for summer BBQ's.

Photo of david23
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was given this by a friend in a sampler ten pack he picked up while out near Chicago. Poured a light amber color with a whitish tight head that faded quickly. If you llike oranges then the aroma of this will send you to heaven.Very pronounced citrus smell with maybe a little floral bouquet.Light tasting body and the orange flavor is balanced well. Honey flavor comes through but gives way to the orange once again.
Actually quite a refreshing little number! Would I drink a sixer of this,no but on a hot summer day I'd have no problem pouring one or two of these.

Photo of RBorsato
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a large bubbled white head at first. Head slows to just cover the top with good carbonation and leaves no lace. Aroma is a cross between an orange soda and crushed St. Joe's baby aspirin. Tastes much like it smells and is strangely "gritty". Light bodied and airy overall.

Very strange but not completely unenjoyable...

Per label: "Brewed with honey, orange peel, and orange flower extract". Contract brewed by Portland Brewing Co, Portland, OR.

"04" Version (emb on bottom)
Tasted: 06/09/04

Photo of Suds
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Saw this one in the beer store and had to give it a try. I’m not a fan of fruity beers, but I don’t think I’ve ever had an orange beer.
Pours a deep straw color with a fizzy white head. It’s heavily carbonated. The smell is intense. At first, it smells a lot like orange soda. However, after a few sips, the aroma seems to be a little less artificial…something like orange peel.
It’s spritzy, fizzy, fruity, and light. Mildly sweet up front. No hop flavor at all. The taste is almost delicate, and restrained. To be honest, I didn’t get a lot out of this beer. It’s a soda-pop brew, and a disappointment.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is it orange soda or beer? ... ... You decide! It smells, and to a certain extent (it's not THAT sweet) tastes, like orange soda. Fanta, perhaps? Of course, an orange soda would hold a better head. But I digress. I actually liked this beer! It's an interesting and refreshing change of pace that should work very well on a hot summer's day in between brews. Some might reach for a malternative, but not me... I'll just grab an orange blossom!

Photo of jimdkc
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber/gold in color with almost no head (I'm guessing the orange oils squashed any chance of a head!) Smell was predominantly orange and maybe a little floral scent... I found the smell quite pleasant. Taste, again is dominated by orange up front (but it's not sweet or syrupy) with a little mildly malty beer flavor in the background. Fizzy mouthfeel. Slightly sour aftertaste. I'd say this is OK to try once for the novelty, but it won't be one of my regulars!

Photo of nortmand
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Even with a vigorous pour, this beer has no head retention. Pours an orangey amber, with a lot of carbonation. Very nice Orange smell, with a subtle hint of honey. Tastes better than most cream ales, as it is dominated by a strong orange flavor, which is appealing to me, but can be overpowering. Due to the carbonation, the mouthfeel is more akin to a Coke than an ale, and even with vigorous agitation, the carbonation stays. I could definitely see drinking a few of these on a warm summer day on the front porch, and besides the pour, this beer is relatively well done. Plus the bottle has pretty frickin' cool artwork.

Photo of brewandbbq
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orangy/light gold in color, poured clear, light carbonation, small head dissapeared quickly.
Aroma reminescent of orange soda and honey. Not a harsh orange, but smooth and somewhat floral. Not convincingly natural orange aroma, and not really anything special, maybe an extract.
Flavor was orangy and sweetish, a hint of honey, a little creaminess, not much else.
Body was thin to medium and finish was sweet with a very faint tartness. A dissapointing brew, no complexity, very tame and timid.
A gimmicky type brew for girlies.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ElGuapo
1.7/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of watermelonman
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Skidz
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of kbub6f
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of ADR
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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