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 aaronh
1.61/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Deep golden color with a slightly off-white head that quickly fades to a thin layer. Aroma is a slight hint of malt; very clean, very boring. Flavor is weird. Odd bitterness with funky metallic notes. Made me check for a date on the bottle - 11-20-06. There's some malt in there as well, maybe some hoppiness. Maybe this is just the misuse of some really catty hops? Mouthfeel is thin, drinkability is very poor. I may forever refer to this beer as "Buffalo Piss". It's headed to the water treatment facility in a hurry. If you see this one, keep moving along. There are at least 10,000 other beers that are better out there....

Just noticed, this was my 600th beer review. One of my worst beers. (699 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 12 ounce bottle - Pours a clear pale yellow with below average carbonation, and almost no lacing. The aroma is dominated adjuncts and some floral hops. First sip is surprisingly tasteless with not a lot of flavor. Some hoppy bitterness is present but on a whole this is not much going on here. A big disappointment. (322 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
2.14/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

# 2 in a mixed sixer picked up at Liquor World in Porter Square.
Straw yellow in color...a 1/2 finger of bright white head...some remains and leaves some thin lacing.
Slight caramel in the nose...some faint hops too.
Taste is biscuit malt and a slight floral hop flavor. Again, more of the metallic off-flavor that showed up in the Pale Ale...bottled in July of this year, so someone needs to step up in QA or these will not be well received IMO.
Body is extremely thin...almost watered down. Carbonation is ok, but this one is as boring as they come in the style.
I'll stick with the Aviator and Herc and pray that the metallic flavors are masked enough to let me enjoy those two offerings. (696 characters)

Photo of foureyedgeek
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm, how to start?

This is my most unimpressive beer I've reviewed yet, in all aspects. It pours a flat looking yellow with little head appearing, and what does show leaves quickly.

Pretty blunt smell, this smells like 'beer' and not the type a BA thinks of when they think beer, but more the stereotype of beer. Nothing special.

Taste is much the same, this isn't that much different than the offerings from the big 3, other than it not being 'lite', so its got a bit more to it. It kind of takes like I'm drinking it out of a can.

Super ight mouthfeel, pretty watery and thin. Kind of flat, too.

Sorry, this is drinkable only by its lack of any real flavor. One is enough. (690 characters)

Photo of WesWes
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is poor. It has a fruity, lager yeast scent along with a pilsner malt and low hop aroma. It has a funny aroma, almost like a sat beer. The taste is poor as well. It has a very light pale and pilsner malt flavor that goes down hard with little hops and an off putting lager yeast taste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This really isn't that good of a beer. The malt bill seems alright, but the aroma and finish is terrible. (571 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a thick and fizzy white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing around the top of the glass. The aroma is faintly hoppy with a hint of malt. Light-bodied and crisp with a weak floral hops flavor supported by a surprisingly sweet undertone. Malty flavor stays there through the finish, making this one lean toward the sweet side throughout. The finish is rather short as well. Below average. (419 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)

Photo of sliverX
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poored a deep straw gold. Very little head that quickly vanished all but to the sides of the glass. Disappointing in flavor not much better than you could poor out of any giants can. Not that the flavors very tempting just tastes most likely what the giants did before profits were all that mattered. Not something I'd seek out but if its this or bud light... you know where it'll go (383 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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74 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.