Blue Buck - Phillips Brewing Company

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by OskarL:
Photo of OskarL
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden/amber color with a off-white head that has some retention and leaves quite some lacing.

Smells of biscuits, floral hops with bread and little butter.

Tastes quite malty with a biscuity sweetness and a bit spicy/floral hops with little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation with a light/medium body.

More User Reviews:
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright white head floats atop a copper-gold color with remarkable clarity and healthy lace stickage.

Aroma has a very English-y malt slant, some biscuit/bread, with the hops having a polite fruity character.

Flavor? See Smell. Pretty much as-advertised-to-the-nose flavor, with malt-forward breadiness and fruity hops in the background. Lightly buttery and a little toffee too, but generally simple and solid--no more, no less.

Carbonated. Not overly so, but there's not much more to report. Just a tingly dance on the tongue with a light to medium body.

Very much an easy drinker, but hardly outstanding. They claim it's their "session ale" on the label, and if that's what they were going for, they're were successful enough.

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 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 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 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 ritzkiss
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap, pours into a nonic pint glass a copper color with light head. Revisiting this after being somewhat impressed in a blind tasting against other light-ish ales.

Nothing of real note in the nose. Light caramel malts....

Taste is easily on the light side. Buttery notes, caramel malts, the faintest of bittering hops (less than I remember from the bottle), biscuity. Thin body, carbonation is ok.

Not as impressed as I remember being. This is one of Phillips "for-the-masses" beer (along with Slipstream) and while it's certainly drinkable, there's not enough here to purposefully bring me back.

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 BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint in Vancouver at the Morrisey Pub.
Bright white foam, clear golden copper color. Good head retention with sticky lace. After a Coors Light (bought for me, not by me), the aroma was just what I was looking for. Bready, biscuity with floral hops. Bold but nothing over the top. Taste was bang on following the smell. Bready, toffee malt, fruity slightly grapefruit hops. Solid pale ale characteristics all around. Proper amount of carbonation (compared to the other fizzy yellow beers) give it a medium body. An easy drinker.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 astout
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer today for the first time in awhile, and I was not really very impressed. I personally always find myself being very sensitive to cooked vegetable, like corn which i found a bit of on this, both on the nose and palate.
Pours nice enough, a somewhat rich straw type colour, little to no head.
Get a lot of buttery cream corn type thing on the nose, with a little light nuttyness.
Tastes again like butter cream corn to me with a slight dry nuttyness, not bad but not great, and not much my style or preferred taste.
Mouth feel is good, medium weight and drinkable, definitely a good session beer for many (not me though).
Probably wouldn't seek this out or really get excited about trying it again, but for an inexpensive session beer it's alright, although I expected more.

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 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 Graham5161986
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Phillips' self-proclaimed"prized 'session ale.'" Had it many a time; finally reviewing it.

This one pours a slightly chill-hazed amber gold with a 1 frothy white head leaving a decent amount of lace on my glass.

Simple aromas of honey, caramel, light fruit and herbal, floral hops with notes of honey, cotton candy and bread in there too.

Honey, herbs and hops come through on the palate right away with bready, caramel malts featuring mid-sip and finishing with a smooth nutty, bready flavour matched by a refreshing touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp with plenty of palate-cleansing carbonation and a crisp, clean finish. Simple. Good.

This beer definitely lives up to the brewer's claim. This is an excellent session ale. It's super easy-drinking and has lots of simple, but effective, flavours and aromas floating around to make for a truly enjoyable experience that would satisfy any BA. I will be enjoying this brew for a long time to come! Kudos to the guys at Phillips for coming up with this one!

Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reviewed the Blue Truck and remember it having quite a bit of hops. This seems to be more malt forward and darker. I like the big mouthfeel and the goodly use of malt makes seem like an Amber ale. Quite sessionable and food friendly this is solid drinker from Phillips and I suppose the increase in malt is a good way to separate it from the very hoppy IPA.

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 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.

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Blue Buck from Phillips Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.