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Buffalo Lager - Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 12.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sammy on 08-11-2006

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 59
Photo of e11iott
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Filled up a growler in person that the brewery. One Finger head, lasted several minutes, light lacing, light honey color when poured.

S: Strong hop aroma, wife claimed it was skunky in a good way if that is possible.

T/M: Served cold had light body. Strong hop after bite, surprised its not a light beer. Lots of carbinaton.

D: Glad it comes in growler size, no taste of alcohol even enjoyed it was it got warmer. Well balanced, going to have to figure out how to hold a growler on the lawn mower. (503 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had an interesting hazy appearance with lively visible carbonation and a deep or old gold color. The head builds up big, thick and foamy. It has a light creamy tan color with some speckles of brown yeast sediment from the bottle.

Smell: The aroma has hints of floral and earthy hops and yeast.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has pleasant light bready malt presence with an earthy yeast character. Also there is a slightly astringent hint of green apple and mild hops that adds a nice balance of bitterness. The hop flavor fades off nicely into the semi-dry finish. Its carbonation is good and lively with a slick easy drinking texture and light to medium body.

Notes: This is a good solid brew. (785 characters)

Photo of PBBC
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice straw-blonde color, the head does not linger very long.

The aroma of this beer is very grainy, it feels as if I've just walked into a brewery during mash-in.

The taste is very clean and crisp without being thin. Flying bison has a signature big malt taste, and while this beer is not very malty... the malts that are present are very vibrant across the palate. Nice grainy honey-like malt with a tinge of hops to balance,

A great beer... I'll be enjoying this during the hot summer months, not too filling, but not too light... strangely, it doesn't taste like a lager at all... more like a delicious light ale. (637 characters)

Photo of basica
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My cousin, Chris, got this for me from New York; it was a random beer that he chose off the shelf
when he was unable to find the Mexican Negra Modelo. Thanks, Chris. :) Yes Buffalo Lager is from
a New York Brewery, presumably in Buffalo. I preferred American lagers to local lagers (DUH) and
to some German lagers but I was not totally confident in this one. However this Buffalo presented
me a present surprise. :) It pours out like normal lager with a small head which quickly
dissipates and looked a slightly darker shade of gold (not as bright as a pilsner); a fair
amount of carbonation is visible. It smells like a lager though the smell is not veyr strong from
the glass; it was stronger from the bottle's opening. When I tasted this lager, I was immediately
reminded of the familiar tastes from Brewerkz! Yes.. Malty and yeasty and it reminds me of the
steam beer from Brewerkz as this lager's yeast is probably fermented at a temperature closer to
ale temperatures. I think these traits existed in Samuel Adam's Boston Lager as well; perhaps
this is the way the Americans do it? (I regret not taking beer avidly when I was working in the
states) The after taste was also nicely malty and yeasty. What was interesting was the rather
dry finish which I had not experienced for a while; I quite like the dry finish and perhaps it
was this that makes this beer very smooth, thirst quenching and drinkable. Thanks, Chris. (1,441 characters)

Photo of alexkeil
3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 6 pack from Consumer Beverage here in Buffalo, NY...almost as fresh as getting it from the brewery.

The appearance throws me off a bit: a hazy, golden color with a fizzy white head. Hazy? Isn't a lager supposed to be crystal clear because of the longer fermentation?

The smell is good, your typical lager: fruity notes from the yeast, sweet malt, sulfur notes which is appropriate to style.

The mouthfeel is a strenth in this beer, solid medium, creamy smoothness. The head disipated quickly so I was concerned it was undercarbonated but that is not the case, its balanced nicely.

The flavor starts with fruitiness from the lager and malt and finishes with a little dryness from the alcohol and just enough german hops to balance things out.

This beer is to style, it is a tasty drinkable german lager. It is highly sessionable and appropriate in any setting. (882 characters)

Photo of Shazam
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tad bit hazy, with a subtler smell than expected. A little fruitier than expected (blueberry?), but only seemed to be pronounced for the first one or two sips. After the initial couple sips, it felt like a pretty typical German Lager. Nothing to write home about, but certainly not going to offend anyone. (307 characters)

Photo of Risser09
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Bottling date of 10.30.06

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellowish orange with an impressive 3 inch white head that stays around for quite awhile. The head is capable of sustaining huge craters on its surface and way into the beer. This is what every beer's head should be (well, most beers)

Smell: Sweet, with some hop oil. Sort of a Sprite aroma. Still smells fresh with a nice floral bouquet, are we sure this is a lager?

Taste: Kind of bland. Malty up front with a good balance between the finishing hop bitterness.Not much to speak of here. But I do recognize a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smoothe, not oily. Very nice carbonation and soda-esque drying but satisfying slickness.

Drinkability: I think the average review on here puts this beer at under 3 but it is more like a 4. Seriously. I think it does great in all categories except for taste. I could easily drink a 6 pack of these in the summer. It is going down very smoothe. (1,006 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pilsner glass

Pours a light copper, with a 1/4 inch fluffy white head, lots of visible champagne like carbonation. A slight funk to the front of the nose, followed by a nice toasted malt note, a slight lemon with a faint bittering hop on the finish. Toasted malt, slight carbonation middle of the mouth, metallic lemon flavor mid sip, clean soapy finish. Light on the mouthfeel, fizzy, funky, quenching. Overall; I dunno, it's a lager! Boring, light, it's not bad, it's not good, it does however pair amazingly well with chicken wings, cheers! (575 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very deep brown appearence and a feathery head. A very good smell for a lager...it smells like a hearty microbrew but it is actually very light. Very hoppy at first witha rich maly aftertaste. A pretty good beer overall. This was a gift and I would more than likely buy it if I ever saw it in a local store. (307 characters)

Photo of SMark
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer was poured from a 12 ounce bottle at 40º with a bottled on date of 070207. The beer poured with a nice head which subsided and left some lacing effect. There were tiny bubbles to start but quickly subsided. Coloring was pale gold and the beer appeared hazy at first but seemed to clear.

Roasted malt aroma was very evident with first smell. Did not detect much else but the aroma was very acceptable although one dimensional.

The beer had a very clean and refreshing taste with malt aftertaste. That is probably an indication of the all malt brewing. A second sip revealed a slight hop presence.

I felt the malt lingered on the palate which gave this lager above average mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable lager and definitely a cut above the mass produced efforts. Thanks to my sister for picking this one up for me on her trip out east. (849 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazy golden body, topped by a fistful of snow white whip cream which rose above the rim and dented when poured on. Good lacing.

Mild aroma made up of bread and hay.

Soft, light, sweet beginning, followed by just enough hops to balance the sweetness without really making a stong impression themselves. A hint of bread. Fairly clean finish with a mild and pleasant aftertaste.

Pleasant light-plus mouthfeel has a bit of creaminess to it. Very easy drinkability.

It won't rock the world for many BAs, but its a nice solid alternative to B/M/C. Good crossover beer. (581 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp. no bottled on date.

a copper golden color with just a slight haze. a small white head that settles to some thin patchy foam that stays awhile. decent webby lace. lots of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top.

mineraly lager yeast meets toasted grain with very light hints of caramel and honey.

light, easy flavors. mineral like lager yeast, toasted grains with hints of butter and caramel. finishes clean with just a light hit of citrus. just barely enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

light body, slightly watery. lots of carbonation.

for what it is, its not terrible. its done pretty well for the style actually. an easy drinking session beer that any beer drinker could get behind, but it leaves the beer geek wanting more... much more. (785 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with alot of carbonation and a thin white layer across the top and several small "floaties".

S - Lemon grass, floral hops, and somewhat earthy.

T - Has a mild lemon zing, mild malt character, and a slight earthy hop bite to it.

M - Light body, thin, watery, lots of carbonated pricklies on the tongue, clean finish.

D - I can handle one or two of these as a fast quaffer, no more before wanting something else instead.

For some reason, I enjoyed this one more drinking straight from the bottle as opposed to a pint glass. (565 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly drinkable lager, that originated as a pilsner and then became malted up. Good lace, creamy mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation. Pale yellow. No distinct bitterness. Very decent and serviceable. Good job Tim. Will rerate when I try the first bottling you gave me. (268 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep golden color with a medium white head of large carbonation bubbles. The head faded over time to give very little lacing.

Smell – Sweet caramel is the most potent and is mixed with a bit of corn aroma.

Taste – The taste matched the smell quite well. There is a caramel taste mixed with a corn and bready malt backbone. The flavor is quite one-dimensional and remains relatively consistent throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel – Very standard lager mouthfeel. A bit below average in terms of body with a slightly higher then normal carbonation level.

Overall –A very standard lager. (652 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass,golden,cloudy,a thin white layer of foam clings to the sides of the glass.Not a lot of carbination,not one of the more inviting lagers i've seen.
The aroma was a complex malt profile that was roasty,bisquity,smell of freshley ground coffee.Fruity with no real hop aromas,just a nice clean
smell. The aroma was more that of a darker beer.
The taste was nutty,toasty,light carmell,a slight burnt taste.A clean bitterness with a touch of citrus.
A light to medium mouthfeel,with a nice mellow bitterness,easy on the palate.
A good drinkable beer,not great,not bad either.The tasted seemed to kind of grow on me the more I drank.I wouldn't seek this beer out, but I wouldn't mind drinking it again either. (733 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: clear golden copper body. inch of white creamy head slowly settles into a frothy cap. no lacing.

s: grassy grains, some caramel, sweet corn syrup.

t: typical lager. corn and other grains. a little fruity sweetness. a little lemon and herb on the finish.

o: very typical of a lager. easy drinking and unoffensive. not gonna blow your mind or make you think about whats in it. very good on a humid day. (406 characters)

Photo of beerphan
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
botted on 103006, stamped on the label
oh boy, this is old...

Pours a slightly hazed pale orange with golden highlights. The carbonation on this one is not like the other brews from the mixed case. The others poured mostly head, whereas this one pours with just a small film of head. A few random dots of lace.

Nose: grains, wheat?

Somewhat water crisp mouthfeel. Flavors are quick. Some graininess, a light bitterness. Some citrus flavor along with the bitterness, mostly lemon.

This one is probably super quaffable fresh on a hot summer day. Personally, i'd pass and look for something with more flavor. (643 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-pale golden yellow, with a dense head thata lasted shortly

smell-roasted malt with hint of sweet aromas

taste-malt taste is very present and suprising but in a good way nice summer lager pretty refreshing

mouthfeel-light to medium carbonation, medium bodied

drinkability-very good tasting beer refreshing and not os filling (346 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color; the rather modest head; a few dots of lacing hang around

Smell: Cereal grains with a bit of malty sweetness

Taste: Biscuity sweetness, up front, with a developing grainy character; the two flavor elements linger, after the swallow, though the finish has a lemony herbacious character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An average beer, all around

Thanks, silverx, for the opportunity (473 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big Fluffy head, holds well leaving lace, slightly hazy golden body.

Clean bready and biscuity malt charcater. Not much on hops.

Slightly astringent hop character with a bready sweet malt flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Pretty bland yet unoffensive. Drinkable, but not your first choice (308 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light gold with a somewhat weak head. Some grassy hops and fruity notes in the nose. Maybe some caramel as well. Flavour has some malt in it, some light fruit and a mild generic hoppiness - maybe some lemon and herbal flavours. Not bad, but nothing really stands out about this one. (288 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clearish, yellow body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Light pale maltiness with a scent of tropical fruits and fresh-cut flowers.

Taste: Light pale malts with a light honeyish sweetness. Tastes of flowers and fruits. A sturdy hop bitterness rides out until the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not altogether terrible, but not so great either. Still though, I wouldn't recommend it. (447 characters)

Photo of heavy216
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: growler, looks like a light beer, honey in color, high carbonation' one finger head,lasted several minutes

S: heavy strong smell of hops

T/M: Served cold had light body. Strong hop after bite

D: this one was avg, tasted like any other average "normal" beer (262 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Buffalo Lager appears a slightly clouded golden body with a billowing large white head that leaves lacing evenly around the glass. Mild sweetness with pale 2 row malts very cereal smelling with a low herbal hop presence. This flavor has cereal sweetness sort of sharp and abrasive with herbal slightly citrus light hop presence...not horrible just has some grainy off tones. Mouthfeel is light bodied with prickly carbonation kinda rough and heavy. Drinkability is pretty mediocre not the best tasting micro lager out there seems like a Lion brewery offering with a grainy offness. (581 characters)

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