Blue Buck - Phillips Brewing Company

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Metalmonk on 05-13-2009

The Blue Buck is a legendary beast known to grant those that see him good fortune and safe travels! A deep amber coloured beer, the Blue Buck has a crisp finish featuring a delicate hop aroma. Certainly seeing the Blue Buck on bottle grants the drinker a great experience! Worth searching for.
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Photo of GregBeer
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Popular local beer that I find overrated, something a bit off in the taste...

Photo of souvenirs
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber, two fingers of head. slightly floral, a touch of honey. Mild. Smooth, not crisp. Very mild, but pleasant.

Photo of Bunman3
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed several times, most recently on tap at one of my favorite eateries. Blue Buck has lots going for it. Clear, decent carbonation, and plenty of hops in the aroma profile. The flavour is earthy malt, grass, with a floral citrus hop profile. Blue Buck is a staple of the Phillips line, and worth picking up again and again.

Photo of nukfan94
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I live in Victoria, so this is everywhere. Cheap, but certainly not terrible. You could be drinking worse things on a light-hearted Friday night with some nachos. The taste is fairly mild, and the aftertaste is underwhelming. Smells a bit like a backyard after a party. Has a yellowy appearance that perhaps suits its price.

Photo of HipCzech
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled during a tour of Phillips in Victoria, BC. A nice clear amber color. Mild caramel malt, fruity ale yeast and earthy bitter hops balance each other. Another easy drinker with just enough character.

Photo of argock
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. 02/May/15 on top of bottle neck.

A: Clear light chestnut with 1/2-1 finger of off-white, tightly bubbled head with low retention and a jagged strip of lace.

S: Aroma is very low and is mainly medium caramel-toffee and earthy, herbal hops. Not much there.

T: Flavor is also pretty mild with some medium caramel sweetness, up front, low but present bitterness from herbal, earthy hopping, and a sweet finish. Very unobtrusive flavor, maybe a little too unobtrusive. WOuld be a decent session beer, a half-step above BMC.

M: Overcarbonated a tad with an otherwise creamy texture and light body.

O: A bland beer, nothing offensive and probably a good session beer option but really not very flavorful.

Photo of Svingjo
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured a coppery colour with a thin head that did stick around for awhile. The nose brought forward an orange citrus smell along with a bit of grass and a bit of toffee. The malt came forward on the tongue with a bit of hoppy citrus. There was another fruit that I couldn't quite put my finger on, maybe unripe peaches. I did find it a bit effervescent but not a bad pale ale but also nothing special.

Photo of Vinster171
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Sampled on tap at BierCraft on Cambie street, Vancouver. Golden blonde, clear, with nice malty nose. Hops are not very noticeable at this point. An easy drink, that has a surprisingly strong taste for a beer that is not excessively strong in terms of alcohol percentage. The hop mainly takes a backstage at this point, mostly supporting the malt without revealing itself too much.

Photo of SamKetchum
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is dark in colour and has a strong malty flavour but easy to drink. The first third seems to magically disappear, making you guard the rest. The beer seems to get heavier the more you drink and by the end its a rather strong ale. But another can will sort that out.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a burnished golden amber with ample off-white foam that breaks quite quickly. Looks and behaves like a pale ale. Aroma is very sweet, bready pale malt, yeasty esters that evoke peach and apricot. The flavor is subtle and understated but pleasant, apricot and grass and a little lemon-lime. Hops are English (green, a bit earthy) but take a back seat to the fruit and malt. A little marmalade citrus in the uber-smooth mildly bitter black tea-like finish. A touch of spice and evokes gummy candy with the alcohol well-concealed. Fairly thin body. A bit of an outlier pale ale in terms of flavor (especially in North America, this thing is sweet!) but I like it. Would appreciate an amped-up version with a more assertive American hop regime.

Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint at a pub on Granville Street in Vancouver.

A - Poured copper with light carbonation. Bright. One finger of soapy white head left a good drape of lace and a film of retention.

S - Light citrus, orange, grain, apricot.

T - Light citrus again with some graininess and apricot again. Mild sweet malt.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, light citrussy finish.

O/D - Stylistically this is a little confusing but tasty nonetheless. A little too fruity in the wrong way but it was a standard Pale Ale.

Photo of Converge
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass. This will be the first of what should be many brews by Phillips Brewing for me.

A - Pours with a small tan head, surprisingly effervescent. Nice transparent copper/amber body. Looks clean and inviting.

S - Lots of caramel malt and toffee upfront, with some light herbal and grassy hops in the background. Slight corny adjunct note as well. It's nice, but there's definitely something off in here.

T - Caramel malt is much lighter than anticipated. Toffee like sweetness isn't very evident, in fact the malts in general here aren't nearly as sweet as I was hoping. The hop presence is still there but really subdued. Definitely some toasty grains working with the caramel malt, but there's still an off-putting cheap grain feel here. There's a bit of a nutty kick to it as well, but it doesn't do much to save the profile.

M - Carbonation is quite nice here, and works well with the flavor present. The body is kept pretty light, but has a bit of thickness in it.

D - Overall this ale is nothing special. The profile feels simple without a lot of interesting flavors to it, and even some off tasting notes as well. I expect Phillips bigger beers to go much better than this one; but as it stands I don't think I'll be revisiting this one any time soon.

Photo of timtwoface
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer perfectly depicts how the way you drink a beer can affect your impressions.

I've had Blue Buck countless times over the years and always liked it. Then I didn't have it for quite some time, and then I revisited it a few weeks ago at a local bar, on tap. Ugh, it was NASTY. Maybe it was just the bad keg or something about the tap itself, but it was not the beer I remembered.

Thankfully Blue Buck (in bottles!) came as a part of the BC Craft Brew 12 pack, so I was able to revisit it again - and it tastes so much better now. It's smoothe, nicely hopped, quite malty (but in a delicious and not overpowering way...almost a subtle chocolate taste, even) - I would definitely recommend this one worth a try.

Photo of wordemupg
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 25/11/11

A clear golden copper with lots of big bubbles that float up to a thin film that sticks around for a minuet leaving a couple spots of lace

S toffee covered sour apple and that's about it

T a little nutty with some herbal hops, much better then the smell there's still apple but it's not sour, slight metallic flavor

M fluffs up quickly and then ends up flat, a little thin and unexciting

O basic stuff that's a bit of a let down after trying lots of good stuff from these guys lately

tastes OK but after my third beer out of the 6er I'm wishing I grabbed another Hop Box instead

Photo of lespaulrocker
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with a tan head. Moderate to light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel notes. Maybe some floral notes as well.

T: Caramel, sweet but not too sweet. Hoppy finish.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

I was very surprised by how good this beer was. I'd seek it out again.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with 1" cream coloured head which dissipated over 2 minutes.

S: Apples and malt.

T: Malt, apples, and grapefruit with a slightly tart and refreshing aftertaste. Almost a bit of nuttiness to it as well.

M: Medium carbonation, slightly slippery.

O: Good session beer to have when people come over and palate cleanser. Although I prefer the St Ambroise Pale Ale in terms of Canadian Pale Ales.

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours an amber gold with a finger of bubbly, off white head that fades quickly.

Smell. Sweet caramel malt, some citrusy hops and a little honey.

Taste, Caramel, nice mild fruity hop bite, a little honey and light toasted grain. A little bitter at the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-low smooth carbonation, lighter body.

Overall. A good tasting beer, but nothing about it really stands out. Would drink this at the bar again, but probably wouldn't buy any to take home.

Photo of ericj551
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Phillips Blue Buck pours a bright, light orange with a foamy head. The aroma is nutty and grainy with a hint of caramel. The flavor is malty, but dry with hints of toffee. The beer is crisp and mildly grainy. Overall it's pretty decent, but nothing special.

Photo of Nixon
4.92/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this stuff! I live in Seattle and have had it when I've gone to Victoria. Bard and Banker and Irish Times pubs both serve it on tap.

I really like the flavor of malt and to me Blue Buck presents it as well as, or better than, any beer I've tasted. The hop level is just right too to balance it out. The level of carbonation is correct--not too gassy. And the color is right on for an English style pale ale.

From my recent visit to Victoria I brought home a 6-pack of bottles. The beer is almost just as good in the bottle as it was on tap and the cardboard box type container is a great way to package beer.

I wish I could get this beer in the Seattle area.

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of IllNate, 341ml into a pint glass. Thanks Nathan!

Pours a translucent golden amber, with a finger or two of white head settling to a collar; a few bubble remain. Some light citrus hops in the nose, some toffee malt and some grain and breadiness is evident. Taste is decent, some light hopping and nuts are here to before the malt takes over. More breadiness as well. Carbonation is quite high, almost fizzy at points and this detracts slightly. But this is Phillips' proclaimed "session ale" and serves well in the drinkability department, easily sessionable and not too complex. Works for what it is.

Photo of rugbykimmie
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this is my first review, so be patient with me.

A: Light copper amber color, slight carbonation, frothy white head that quickly dissipates.

S: As soon as I opened the bottle, I was wafted with aromas of bread and a sweet toffee like scent.

T: Not quite what I expected. A lot more malty, I definitely expected more hops. A lot of malt flavors, a bit of citrus on the finish. Has an interesting sweet, wheaty presence that "sticks" to the back of my mouth and tongue.

M: A lot more watery than I like in a beer. The label says "medium bodied", I would say its leaning more toward the lighter side..but not overwhelmingly so. Carbonation level was just right, in my opinion.

D: Definitely a session beer. I could easily drink this one all night.

I'd like to have it on tap and see the difference.

Photo of Offa
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really good, light but tasty and well-balanced ale.

Golden amber, it has a smallish off-white head quickly thinning to a ring and wisps.

Aroma is light caramelly grain and bread with some faintly grassy-earthiness and a hint of honeyish apple. it's simple and light, but very pleasant.

Taste is creamy caramelly-toasty grain and bread with light grassy hops with hint of earthiness. Flavour is mild and simple but well-balanced, consistent, and firm. It is somewhat reminiscent of a good cream ale, with almost lager-like charascter but also like some pale malty, less-hoppy examples of English pale ales. It is highly drinkable and satisfying despite the light, simple character.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear bubbly light copper, short white head didn't last long
S - very bready malt with some toasty hints, some earthy peat hops, light pepperiness
T - toasty bread malts are balanced nicely by earthy leafy hop flavours, with some light citrus and pepper notes
M - a little more carbonated that I like in an ale, but otherwise smooth fullness with a little bitter
D - besides the carbonation, i find this to have a good flavour balance and a somewhat refreshing easy drinking quality, a worthy beer

Photo of andrenaline
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy light golden colour with a caramel hue, thin layer of head which dissipates quickly leaving no real lacing.

S - Sweet toffee malts come off the top, finishes with a clean whisp of citrus hops, some leafy greens also noticeable on this scent.

T - This one is a little different than I expected, the leafy greens are quite noticeable on the flavour, followed by a mellow hop and the toffee malts. The flavour is rather mild, and I was expecting a little more, but still rather tasty. Bit of a wheaty finish that lingers on the tongue as well.

M - This one doesn't appear overly carbonated, yet it fills the tongue on the swallow and makes for a nice full feel.

D - This one is pretty tasty. Nothing spectacular, but a tasty beer nonetheless. I'd love to taste this fresh out of the keg to see if the flavours are enhanced. Easily a sessionable beer, and recommended for anyone looking for a lighter English Pale Ale offering.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, from slim pickings at a Kamloops cold beer and wine store on the way to some rustic rural BC summertime adventurin'.

This beer pours a clear, slightly glassy medium golden amber hue, with one hefty finger of frothy, foamy off-white head, which renders some nicely splattered, broken webbed lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of sweet caramel, biscuity malt, a bit of fondant, some mild citrus rind, and herbal, grassy, and faintly piney hops. The taste is light bready, grainy malt, a touch of toffee sweetness, some middling citrus notes, and soft earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is on the light side, the body a somewhat shallow medium weight, and decently smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt swaying in a demure hoppy breeze.

The marketing shtick professes this as Phillips' 'Session Ale', and I pretty much have to agree. This sixer was a nice accompaniment to a night of campfire and food cooked on a stick, but could be equally enjoyed in more urban variations on the theme.

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Blue Buck from Phillips Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.