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Buffalo Butt - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 19.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: allengarvin on 05-05-2007

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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by brentk56:
Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a decent enough head that also leaves an adequate amount of lacing behind

Smell: Hints of caramel and grain but not much in the way of aromatics

Taste: Caramel candy, up front, with a bit of grainy husk keeping the sweetness in check
through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pleasant enough sipper, particularly if you like a good caramel

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red color with a white head. The aroma is mainly caramel malt. The flavor is caramel malt and toffee with some earthy hop flavor and bitterness. There is also some nuttyness in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and slightly creamy with low carbonation.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poor start to this beer as it comes out of the bottle in an unimpressive fashion. The rusty brown color is muted by some haze but is mostly clear. The head is not only unimpressive but also non-existent. While there are some delicate bubbles coming up they never materialize in a suddsy head. Lame.

The nose is better but not much past average. There is some toasted, caramelized grains and your general run of the mill beer/ yeasty scent. It's mild but not very memorable.

What can I say... this is a good middle of the road brew. The taste is mild with the same caramel and toasted grain notes found in the nose. It's not bad but also not great. I am teetering on the verge of giving this a 3.5 but passed because the flavor finishes with a cheap beer twang. It's almost like buffalo butt was brewed with good ingredients but fermented with used coors light yeast.

Mouthfeel is where this B.Butt shines. It's crisp and bubbly with a fantastic combination of light bitterness and firm carbonation. The finish is moist and quenching making it a pleasure to drink despite the average showing everywhere else. A low review for an average beer but this is one I'd order again. It's got some taste, is easy to drink and very refreshing. It's not amazing but a solid simple beer worth trying.

Photo of alleykatking
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to AttitudeBrew for this Texas bottle!

A- Pours a dark red color with a hint of haze to it. Half finger light tan head shows poor retention and leaves some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts dominate everything in the aroma. Some light fruit like notes and grassy hops finish up the aroma profile on this beer.

T- Caramel malts in the aroma dominates the flavor in the entire beer. Middle of the beer has some light fruity flavors. Ending of the beer is mostly grassy hops and light caramel malts.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts with hints of darker fruits left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, caramel malts, and darker fruits. Flavors were pretty well balanced for the style. No real off flavors were present in this one. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- Lower ABV makes this one a nice drinker. I don't really care for ambers to be honest but this one really surprised me. I do like this beer and would love to have it again.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours to a thin but permanent white head and no lacing. Color is a dull brown amber. Aroma has some pleasing caramel and sweet malt notes and faint earthy hops. Flavor is clean and steely with caramel sweetness and a harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel is chalky and rough and parching. On the balance it is rather average. Might go well with food but by itself it just lays there and chafes the palate.

Photo of gtermi
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My fiance and I go to the Rahr Brewery tour all time and I try this every once in a while. I tried this last time and I thought it was just okay. The beer pours a redish brown color with a kind of thick head. On the nose I am getting some caramel and malt and not much else. The taste is sort of like the taste. I get a good amount of caramel, some sweetness and malt. Not really much there though. The beer is pretty easy to drink and has a decent amount of carbonation. Overall I think this is a decent beer and I see it as a beer that would get the average person into craft beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting label, if not altogether appetizing. Nothing says delicious beer like a buffalo's ass! Pours a somewhat clear reddish color with a 1 finger light beige head that displays average retention and some lacing.

Nose is biscuity and a bit caramely with a light fruity edge, maybe some green apples and grapes. Mild hop aroma is a bit grassy.

Alot of toasty bitterness and a fair amount of hop presence cover most of the malt sweetness. It is a bit thin and watery, without much depth of flavors. It's a pretty simple Amber Ale that is pretty easy to throw back a couple of.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to mhewes for providing another example of the fine Texas craft brew scene...

Perfect copper color with carbonation slowly rising in sync. Thin head with rye bread color.

Wheat, rye, a little Germanic hop presence. Slight sweetness - a little clammy but enjoyable.

Quite earthy and grassy - a slight tinny aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is typical for style - slight pucker from hop presence and a little aftertaste.

Maybe drinks a little heavy for mild flavor profile but a good sessionable brew for its style.

Photo of TasteFiend
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in Nonic pint glass.

Photo of JMad
4.01/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The liquid was brown with maroon hues, there was an off white head that clung to the glass and left some lacing.

It smells of caramel malt, toast, and butter.

I could taste buttered biscuits and some herbal hops, there is a lemony accent with a bready, dry finish.

This beer is light, soft and smooth, there is a slight bite on the sides of the tongue.

I usually don't go for ambers but this one is well balanced between hops and malt and it's not too sweet. I think it's better than most typical ambers.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance:
darkish color,lots of clarity. a bit of a rose tinge. lite head that settles too quick

smell:
not much to the nose, a bit mettalic

taste:
a back of maltiness with a SLIGHTLY pleasant malty aftertaste.
with hops noticably lacking

body:
a bit watery and under carbonated

drinkabiltiy:
big time here, have a dozen with dinner.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours a clearish red-auburn-brown colorwith a thin film of head that is white and small bubbled. The nose is caramel and sugary sweet. Roasted caramel flavors with a smokey end taste. The flavors remind me of the toffees they serve at maple syrup shacks throughout Vermont and Canada. Decent mid-dry body, with a caramel and syrupy sweet aftertaste. Sneaky diminishing finish, as the flavors kind of water out.

Photo of LBBeer
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at DFW.

I think that this is being poorly scored because it is an amber lager (according to their website), not an amber ale as it is categorized here.

A--Beautiful burnt amber color and a frothy head.

S--Nice caramel malty aroma.

T--Middle of the road, slight roasty with a little hops in a crisp finish.

M--Thinner than I would like, but I don't drink a lot of lager.

O--Definitely a brew targeted against the Shiner Bock market here, and it definitely delivers. Best brew I've found in DFW.

Photo of Vashtar
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Beautiful rich red orange. Very clean. Nice head that doesn't last.

It has an interesting smell. I'm not sure what it is.

The taste is like a hop that is already peaking and leaves a bitter, medicine finish.

The mouthfeel is like a soft wave that's sliding up a shore.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium-high sweetness - cotton candy aroma. Fruity tartness - floral.

Rusty amber. Crazy filtered clarity. Medium head that quickly resides to nothing.

Light lager - floral hop flourishes and a pleasant fruitiness. Medium to medium-light bitterness. Light toasty grainy malt warmth.

Thin body. Mild carbonation. Toasty fizzy.

Easy to drink and refreshing. Red/Vienna Lager stylings. Similar to Rahr's Red, but I think it's different. Fun to try, I like the label.

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark red color with a half finger light tan head that has poor retention and leaves some spotty lacing behind.

S- Caramel malts dominate everything in the aroma though there are some light fruit like notes and grassy hops finish.

T- Again, caramel malts dominate the flavor with the finish mostly grassy hops and light caramel malts.

M- A medium mouth feel with a medium-high carbonation.

D- Meh. A drinkable Amber but nothing to wow you or make you seek it out again. Typical underwhelming flavor that I have come to expect from the brand.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
1.88/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at and took a few notes on my iPhone.

Appearance-Clear Reddish/Brown with no head at all. No retention and no lacing, looks like colored water.

Smell-Bready and Sour.

Taste- Bready and Caramel malts, light spice. Sour as hell, just doesn't go well together.

Mouthfeel-light bodied, watery.

Overall-Went to the bathroom and poured half of it out. I've yet to find a good offering from Rahr and Sons and with some pretty good ambers around why would anyone drink this?

Photo of a0lbudman
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-amber color with a large off white head with a good lace
S-malt and hops with a citrus aroma
T-same as smell, has a malt and hop mixed with a citrus note
M-light body with high carbonation
O-good beer that was refreshing and looking forward to the next one

Photo of fjordhook
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: dark reddish in color, thin head off-white in color

smell: can only describe as a nutty/earthy smell

taste: tastes very bitter with a lack of flavor. a little disappointed because it smells better than it tastes

mouthfeel: carbonated feel but smooth

drinkability: very drinkable, but the lack in flavor holds it back

Photo of hobbes2112
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at the Cityview Majestic.

I had this beer once back in the previous bottling days and it was mediocre at best. I had actually forgotten about it until I read the two other reviews, but it rings a bell now.

The beer is a nice clean amber with pretty much average/slightly above average everything. At $8.50 this is a little too pricey, but I like drinking local.

Photo of stephens101
3.86/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish-brown with a good sized tah head that sits a bit and fades with some meager chunks of lacing left behind. Smells earthy, malty and metallic. Tastes malty with some sweetness running through. Very mild hops balance things out a bit. Has a light to medium mouth-feel and is well carbonated. Seems to be well crafted overall. There's not a lot going on with this one, but it actually works here, as you could have a few and not get bored. Could this beer possibly suffer ratings-wise due to it's style? Surely not.

Photo of Bagman007
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Reddish orange coloring with not a lot of head.

S- Light malty scent with a hint of hops in it as well.

T- Some what fruity and malty in taste, but it is also a little bit bland. Very slight yeast like taste.

M- Crisp feel, not too bitter. Fairly decent balance.

D- Extremely drinkable. A very good session beer.

Overall this is an OK beer. A little too watery and bland compared to other Amber Ale's.

Photo of gford217
2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber with a small beige head that recedes almost immediately to a small collar with no lacing.

Aroma is pretty basic with some fruity sweetness, caramel and hints of smoky roasted malts.

Taste is really disappointing with a watery caramel sweetness and some roasted character. Pretty bland flavor.

Mouthfeel is watery and thin with low carbonation.

This is a below average amber with very little flavor and extremely watery feel. Not recommended.

Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Buffalo Butt is a bit of an oddity. It was originally brewed unfiltered by the Yellow Rose brewery in San Antonio. They went out of business, and Great Grains in Dallas picked up the beer, brewing it competently for a while, though at the end the quality SHARPLY declined. Now Rahr has picked up the beer, with a label nearly identical to the old. This tastes a lot better than the product did at Great Grains, but there's nothing really exciting about it.

The color is clear brown amber, with a small initial head that fades after a few minutes. Pleasantly malty aroma, not too sweet. Flavor is quite clean, yeast-wise, with an overlay of rather nutty malt and a moderate bitterness (accompanied by a lightly floral hop flavor). It has a nice crisp texture and medium-light body.

Really, a bit of a generic amber. Nothing bad, but nothing exciting.

Photo of armock
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured an amber color with a tan head that tries to leave lacing

S - Is very light some malt but not much of anything

T - I've drank more than half the bottle trying to say what it taste like but its escaping me other than not very good some maltiness is there but not very good

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - Yet another below average beer from Rahr I'm glad I got my last two bottles of theirs for free because I'd be pissed if I paid for this stuff buy a better beet this just isn't worth it

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Buffalo Butt from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.