Buffalo Lager - Flying Bison Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 08-11-2006)
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Photo of fishguyac
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of warriorsoul
2.13/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.03/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of djgustafson
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of beerphan
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of MSchae1017
3/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Photo of gabedivision
3.5/5  rDev +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!

Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GRFounder
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of foureyedgeek
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of tsp247
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Johnnyv310
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of basica
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SMark
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of PBBC
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of alexkeil
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of gbgreg1
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of LandRoverErik
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of e11iott
3.9/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of buffalobeerfan
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of heavy216
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of riy3rd
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Buffalo Lager from Flying Bison Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.