Buffalo Gold Golden Ale
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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #778
Ranked #49,112
3.27 | pDev: 15.9%
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. Can
Enjoy By: Oct 16 2018

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, grainy, slight citrus. The taste is malty, slight hop, grainy, with some slight citrus. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, a tasty brew.

Oct 10, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.62/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very cloudy dark yellow color, with 1/2 inch of white head that had low retention, but good lacing.

The aroma was mostly sticky sweet, with a slight funk. I've noticed that same thing in other beers from this brewery, maybe the house yeast?

Very similar on the tongue; lots of sweetness, no grain or hops, and more of that dang funk, yo!

The body was decent, if perhaps a bit fuller than I prefer in the style.

Drinkability was a bit on the difficult side, mostly because of that funky aspect. Overall, a very meh beer. Cannot recommend.

Sep 25, 2018
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a copper gold color with a creamy white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Some nutty malt, with a floral hop and a strong mineral note.

T: Some nutty malt, a light floral hop, with a very strong mineral note. Tastes rather watery

F: Light and crisp.

O: Definitely feels like it is catering to the light lager crowd, not a very interesting beer.

May 19, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

1.42/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25


Bottle to pint glass.
AROMA: Vegetables.
LOOK: Gold Color, little head, but some lacing lasts awhile.
TASTE: Not good at all. Wilted Greens, Pissy Budweiser-esque.
FEEL: Thin; Surprised this is an Ale, feels more like a Lager.

Beer of the Month Club.

Dec 14, 2016
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Beaver13 from Colorado

1.77/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can. Pours clear orange gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet vegetal malts with a little honey.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts with a little bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, like a slightly better Bud.

Oct 30, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.74/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Back on The CANQuest (tm) for the foreseeable future! I have a plethora of CANs to run through & the CANbination of laundry + a Pirates game on TeeVee is a nice acCANpaniment.

From the CAN: Buffalo Gold is a light-bodied, easy-drinking yet very flavorful Golden Ale from [CAN]orado's First Craft Brewery."

I Crack!ed that Buffalo real good, but when I attempted an inverted Glug, the head came roaring up, trying to gore me with its horns! I ended up with two fingers of fluffy, foamy, tawny head that had no ChANce in the face of tonight's oppressive heat & humidity. Color was more of a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity, as opposed to Gold. Sorry. Nose was light & faint, kind of sweetish, but lightly discernible. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was lightly malty sweet, but mostly unobtrusive. Finish was semi-sweet, but I had to work to get much from it. It is a very light, ephemeral beer. You could probably fill your cooler with it without blinking an eye, but why bother? You could probably find something equally bland at a better price point.

Jul 27, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear amber with a large white head. Smells slightly crisp and crackery. A bit of citrusy hops. Not a lot to the aroma. Taste is similar. Crackery and bready, with a hint of yeast and a crisp finish. I could almost mistake this for a pilsner. Not a bad beer, and certainly refreshing, but lacks complexity.

Jun 24, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep golden color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades super fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a bready aroma with a good showing of a caramel. Along with these smells comes some fruitiness of harvest fruits and a little bit of a hay smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a rather thick bready taste mixed with a little bit of doughiness. Some fruitiness of harvest fruits (peach apricot and pear) develop more as the taste advances. Other flavors of a light herbal hop nature as well as tastes of caramel and a rather off musty tastes later come on. In the end, one is left with a odd, and slightly disagreeing malty and sort of sweet, but strangely hopped and musty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly thicker with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the bready and sweet tastes of the brew it was OK, but a higher carbonation would have helped hide the must and made for a more refreshing brew. So overall it was just OK.

Overall – Not really one I would necessarily recommend. It has an odd aftertaste and the flavors don’t really meld all that well together. Not one I will go back to any time soon.

Jun 10, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts. Taste is also bready malts, very light hops, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a solid but unspectacular beer.

Dec 08, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can:

Pours deep golden with a thin bubbly head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is of light grain.

The taste is of grain with a honey-like sweetness. A light touch of toast and a suble floral touch balance the sweetness in the finish.

It is light-bodied and easy enough to drink.

A pleasant enough basic blonde ale. Nothing particularly special about it, in my opinion, but inoffensive.

Oct 08, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.19/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulder Buffalo Gold has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, brilliant gold appearance, with tiny white particles throughout and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of cream, mild and sweet bread crust, cream cheese cake icing, and hop oil. Taste is of all of those elements wit low, yet noticeable hop bitterness to round it out. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Boulder Buffalo Gold finishes crisp, highly drinkable, and exceptionally refreshing.


Apr 09, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can, from a King Soopers in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves a few instances of broken webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a slight biscuity doughiness, indistinct orchard stone fruit, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, underripe apple and pear skin, and earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, and just a wee bit fizzy here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, a slight edginess mucking things up somewhat. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the grainy malt and hay-like hops nudging things with a certain urgency.

A standard craft rendition of this boring as the day is long 'style' - sweet, until it's not, and
underwhelmingly hoppy - the sort of thing you offer to your Bud or Coors swilling friends when you don't deign to keep that stuff on hand, I guess.

Oct 09, 2014
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had this in a long time, and I guess there's a reason for that. It's fine, just your basic blonde ale, but nothing too interesting. Might pick it up again.

Sep 26, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color with lots of lively carbonation; thick, frothy, white head. Mild grainy aroma; faint green grass notes. Warm bread-like flavors; slightly bitter. Light bodied; fizzy; crisp and dry finish.

A fair little beer that won't knock anyone over but is light, refreshing, and goes down easily.

Aug 13, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is not Buffalo Gold Premium Ale. It's a Golden Ale (as clearly printed on the label and on Boulder Beer's website http://www.boulderbeer.com/beers/buffalo-gold-golden-ale ) and is brewed at both 4% and 4.8% strength. The 4% version is distributed to grocery stores in Colorado. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 6 pack at a safeway grocery in Fort Collins, CO and served into a Fort Collins Brewery pilsner glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are below average given the brewery.

"Enjoy by: Feb122014." Props to Boulder beer for including that.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a five finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Head retention is good - about 8 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow of average vibrance. Abundant carbonation bubbles are visible, suggestive of overcarbonation. Translucent and transparent. It's a clean body, with no visible sediment or floating yeast particles.

For a golden ale, it's far from golden but generally appealing. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Hop character is floral; I believe Cascade was used. Honey, American pale malts, golden malts, pilsner malts, maybe Munich malts, and some faint well-integrated graininess. Smells more like a honey blonde than a golden ale. Pleasant and appealing if average/mild in strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't find any spices (not even clove). There doesn't seem to be much depth here, but that's fine for an easy drinking blonde.

T: Honey, floral hop character, American pale malts, crisp Munich malts, golden malts, and some graininess - especially on the finish. Clean barley. Water quality doesn't seem ideal; spring mountain water would do this better. The hardness is off as well. It's a bit minerally.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

It's cohesive and balanced for the most part, but far from gestalt. Quite simple - even moreso than most beers in the style (whether we're calling this a honey blonde or a golden ale). Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for a blonde ale (but below average across the board for a golden ale). It lacks the Belgian feel of a proper golden ale, so I'm going to continue my review as though this is a honey blonde. Lightly sweet.

Not complex, subtle, intricate, or nuanced. There isn't a lot going on here, but it's pleasant and enjoyable to drink.

Mf: Light on the palate, with a lacking body. Decent thickness. Smooth and wet. Too light, even coming off weak - and almost watery. Certainly too wet. Okay presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. I do like that it's soft.

Doesn't complement the flavour profile per se, but it facilitates delivery of the flavours in a general sense. It's a pretty generic texture for a beer - let alone for any specific style. Lacks character.

Not stale, oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, rough, or astringent.

Dr: One of the better grocery store beers you can get in Colorado, but not a solid brew for what it is. Not at all an inspired or bold brew. It's real drinkable, but there're better offerings in this class. While I'll easily finish this bottle (and the entire 6 pack), I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. A somewhat boring and very underwhelming beer from Boulder Beer. Its best attribute is its availability.

Low C

Dec 22, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

this one is a bit of a bore for me, and truly one of the lightest beers ever, that can still be considered a craft product. it pours a clear bright yellow color, lots of bubbles, but not a ton of head. the nose features some lighter pilsener malts and a generic ale yeast. a little citrus in the flavor, but not much hop at all. it goes down super easy, and is a fine hot weather beer, but it can hardly hold my attention through a single bottle. the feel is also not quite right for a light beer like this. its simple enough, but id like even a little more carbonation, or at least better carbonation retention, and I need just a bit more meat on the bones in terms of body. personal preference though. my dad found this to be delightful on his visit to Colorado, and has encouraged my to bring him a case back east when I go. to me though, this just wasn't interesting enough, which has been true with several boulder beers lately.

Jun 10, 2013
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was gold in color. It had a good-sized white head with a bit of lace.

Kind of an average beer. Toasty, grassy aroma, not that exciting.

Same with the taste. White toast, mild hops.

Pleasant enough, inoffensive. Good for quenching a thirst.

Jan 15, 2013
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AAG from New York

2.49/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a room-temperature stein. Made the mistake of reading other reviews of this beer before drinking it (many were negative reviews). Beer is fresh - "enjoy by Feb 2013."

Appearance - Light/medium amber color; transparent; initially about a 1/2 finger white head but it dissipated quickly.

Smell - Very difficult to discern a smell. After agitating I can pickup a slight smell of yeast and malt....perhaps a slight berry-like smell.

Taste - Underwhelming initially. Bread, toasted grains flavor...remains throughout.

Mouthfeel - Easy on the palate; light-bodied; medium carbonation.

Overall - Not my favorite Boulder Beer but okay for a light-bodied, American Blonde Ale. It grew on me as I made my way through it and I would drink this again if I was looking for a light, refreshing beer.

Dec 30, 2012
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.01/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a perfectly crystal-clear golden hue, so clear you can hold it up to your computer monitor and read words through it. A frothy, soapy light cream head stays around for a while, leaving a thick film eventually. Massive sheets of light foam lacing coat the glass. Very impressive.

The beer smells slightly malty and sweet up front, but a nutty, peppery citrus comes through as well.

The taste is malt-forward, with a nice subtly tangy lemon peel finish. Offering nice balance. To mimic the aroma, faint black pepper comes through in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is dry, clean, and crisp.

Overall, I can't tell you how impressive the lacing is for this brew, such good head retention and webbed foam everywhere on the glass. But ultimately, this is just a perfectly clean, refreshing beer to session. Great in summer, great in spring.

Oct 29, 2012
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sommersb from Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-21-2012
Freshness: Unknown
Packaging: Draft
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: On tap at Boulder Beer restaurant, Denver airport

A: Clear and bright copper in color. The pour yields almost no head, but I get a nice amount of lacing.

S: Aromas are muted but have some light bready malts and some sweetness to them.

T: Taste is of caramel malts and honey; lightly sweet and just a hint of earthy hops.

M: Highly carbonated with a light body. Finish is well balanced.

O: An easy-drinking, pleasant ale. Nothing fancy, but it's not billed to be so. Went well with my meal while waiting for my flight.

Sep 22, 2012
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denver10 from New Mexico

2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A yellowish golden with a half thumbs width white head. Before I sat the glass down in the other room the head had already left. Doughy aroma paired with a sweet malt aspect that is kinda diluted.Taste is pretty much on point with the aroma. Doughy at first, some honey enters into the middle, and closes a little bit too sweet. Medium body to this one with some carbonation. Not a bad beer, not a good beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again but I didn't have any problems drinking what I already had.

Feb 09, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a light yellow/gold color with a 3/4 finger white head and decent lacing. Not much retention though.

S - The aroma is of a fairly light toasted barley with hints of sweetness and very mild bitterness from earthy hop aromas. Not much here and pretty average.

T - The beer starts with a lot of bread flavors in the toasted grains. This pretty much dominates the beer from start to finish. The middle brings out a very minor hop character in earthy tones similar to the nose, but is very subdued.

M - Medium carbonation and light body.

D - Average

Overall I found this to be a pretty average brew. Not sure I'd be back again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-11-2011 14:04:36

Jan 27, 2012
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brokensail from California

3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The pour is a very pale gold color with a thin white head.

S: Doesn't really smell like much at all. Very light malt and hop aromas, maybe a bit of straw and bread. Just a bit of cereal sweetness to it.

T: Somewhat sweet, but also a very mild flavor. Some bread notes and a bit of floral hops and straw, very mild fruit esters. A bit watery and bland.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not much to say about this other than it is bland and uninteresting.

Oct 03, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Amberstone Bar & Grill inside the Red Lion Hotel in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear honey orange color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Thin random clumps of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, honey, and orange marmalade. Taste is of sweet malt, subdued honey flavors, and orange/citrus fruits. This beer has a lower level of carbonation and is slightly thick. Overall, this is a solid blonde ale that I would get again.

Jun 15, 2011
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metter98 from New York

3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down and left intermittent lacing. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell is quite sweet and also has some aromas of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by a moderate amount of malty sweetness and also has some fruity flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and refreshing; it would be a good selection on a hot summer day.

Feb 12, 2011
Buffalo Gold Golden Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 194 ratings