Buffalo Gold Premium Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Buffalo Gold Premium AleBuffalo Gold Premium Ale

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.95%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 152
Photo of Dogbrick
1.7/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from Rock Bottom in Denver: Pale golden color with a medium thin white head and thin rings of lacing. Vinegar dominates the nose making me wary of a bad bottle. Light-bodied and astringent, tasting of stale malt and vinegar. The finish is overly tart with more sourness. Assuming Rock Bottom is carrying old stock, either way this was pretty much undrinkable.

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Photo of peabody
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours out clear amber with a one finger white foam head. Lacing abounds here. The suds dissapate quickly.
Grapes and nuts are what I smell first. sour yeast and light malt come into play later. Is there wheat here?
Taste has a bland grapeftuit and caramel with a slight hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is bland at best. Nothing being savored here.
Not a great beer at all.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, with very little head at all. The small head falls quickly, taking on the appearance of hours old dishwater, with only the slightest trace of foam.

Aroma is faint, in every sense of the word. A tiny bit of caramel sneaks in, then runs away. If there are hops in the nose, my olfactory missed 'em. Would be disappointing but for the fact this is a gold.

Very little taste either. BMC drinkers might find it bitter, with the short blast of hops up front, but even that bit fades fast. What's left is a faintly sweet maltiness which also fades quickly, leaving zero aftertaste. Not much here from an advocate standpoint, but a great training wheels beer. Isn't that what a gold is about?

Mouthfeel is quite watery, and again, that's what you'd expect and want from the style.

Overall, there is scant little here to recommend this to a seasoned beer veteran, save for perhaps lawnmower applications. But for introducing the uninitiated, this one would work well. Nicely done, for what it is.

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Photo of laintringulis
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pub glass. Pours a golden amber color with a thin white head. Moderate carbonation. Very light lacing.

Smells primarily bready/yeast with light apple pectin and corn-water undertones.

Very light tasting. Malty sweetness in the beginning with a very slight dryness. Mostly a sugar and corn taste. No real fruitiness or hop flavor to it. Slight floral quality. No real flavor to it.

Light on the mouthfeel; watery. Too flat. This beer is undercarbonated for my taste and other ales that I have had.

Drinkable and sessionable, if you liked the taste. Might be fine to continue the buzz after you drank some beer that rocked your tastebuds. Nothing is bad tasting or offensive, but I don't want to do cartwheels when I drink it.

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Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buffalo Gold Premium Ale pours a golden color with a minimal white head. Smell is malty, cracker or biscuit like and there are some floral notes. I would have to say that the taste is similar to the nose, malty/biscuity flavors and some floral flavors. The floral flavors are strong in the finish, biscuity flavors in the beginning. Not too bad, maybe a little better balance would help, but this actually is quite decent and drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.92/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light copper color with an orange twinge. Head is off white and falling fast

S: Slightly malty with subtle hop and hints of citrus

T: Malty sweetness with various degrees of fruit (apricot, orange, even bananas). Grain sprinkled in between.

M: Thin and dull.

D: About what I expected.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color, faint head that disappears rapidly, good active carbonation. Strong nose of piney hops, faint malt. The tangy hops start out strong in the taste, but the flavor diminishes into an unremarkable finish. The bready malt flavor is quite weak. Decent bitterness overall. The mouthfeel is a bit thin watery/thin but not bad. I liked the carbonation. The drinkability is not bad on this one, could have used more flavor, but its still easy to drink and its a step up from light macro-lagers. This one is almost like a weak pale ale if anything. Worth a try...

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Photo of sauron681
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow-gold color. Quickly thinning head that just barely stuck around long enough to notice. Light fruit smell, that of perhaps apricots. Slight sour/vinegar taste, not overpowering though. Little carbonation, bubble trails did not last very long either. Not a bad beer, worth a single bottle try anyways.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale malt scent with a light hop aroma; not much else. The taste is good. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes slightly fruity with a light hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brew, especially for those warm afternoons. It's light and tastey.

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Photo of palliko
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boring! Appearance is a dark amber followed by a nicely white head and some lacing. Yeasty sourdough bread has some grainy bread and flowery hops followed by sweet malt. Initial taste has your sweet malt, your bitter hops and floral notes. Aftertaste contains yeasty flavor that yields to herbs, hops and sugar. Boring.

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Photo of mentor
2.92/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One finger very light tan head over a crystal clear light apricot colored liquid. Smells are very mild, in fact only some mild malt and mild apricot ester. Taste: Malt is gentle with faint caramel and also faint apricot and strawberry esters. If I'm getting hops at all, they are really low, but have an orange citrusy quality. Not much to this beer. Light body and mild carbonation.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden to yellow color. Good carbonation. Little head retention.
Smells malty with some sweet sourness that hides in the background.
Tastes malty sweet with deep fruitiness. Tastes a little prune or raison like. Faint hopping only for balancing sweetness and flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Perhapse a bit metalic. Finishes crisp. Hints of fruit malt and bitter remain. A good beer for typical micro.

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Photo of rowew
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle - no freshness information.

Appearance: Poured into a New Belgium globe - reddish gold color with a thin head that quickly fades.

Smell: Aroma is very faint, but mostly malt with just a bit of hops showing up in the finish.

Taste: Taste is very malty, with a nice dry finish. The hops are subtle, but keep the beer fairly balanced.

Overall impression: Not the best offering from Boulder Beer, but a great gateway beer. I still enjoy this one, and make sure to always have a 12 pack in the fridge for parties.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small, foamy, off-white colored head fades quickly to a film. Lightly sweet caramel malt and fruity (apple?) aroma. Transparent pale copper colored beer with a few streams of carbonation rising up from around the bottom. Fruity flavors dominate with a barely noticable malt base. Finish starts to go sour, but ends up just dissapearing. Moderately light body, nothing in the mouthfeel dept. Just barely not bad.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly simple beer. I had it after a 'what the heck' decision and was not disappointed given the thought process. Light amber color, thining head.

Honestly I can't say too much about the taste b/c I was in a mood to drink fast and a lot. This beer fulfilled that purpose, so it can't be too bad.

It's a nice balance between lightly toasted biscuit and some zip from the hops.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Needed somethiing better than what I have been drinking for a while. Had this on tap in Boulder in October, but didn't take any notes. Business trip, didn't want to look "weird" in front of co-workers who just wouldn't understand BA, and I didn't want to explain it. Saw this and Singletrack at the Still for cheap, had to buy it.

Appearance: Hmm, its, well, gold. Clear, thin head, faded to a ring around the glass, no real lacing.

Smell: Malt profile, slight sweetness, but not overpoweringly so. Simple, just enough to invite one in.

Taste: Light malt (caramel) with a nice little hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Mild, light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Easy drinker, likely aimed at BMC drinker to get them to try craft brews. I like it, but I don't really care for the name. As other Cornhusker fans, we have been raised to dislike Buffaloes from Colorado.

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Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, Supreme Court Bar, Adam's Mark Hotel, Denver, CO...

Clear, kind of a dull gold color, far lighter than bronze in appearance. Head is creamy and stable at under 1/2 an inch. Good adhesion on the laces. Aroma is subdued, really hard to pull anything out of it. Carbonation is understated, mouthfeel thinnish. Starts malty, bready with some tar qualities. Hops are minimal, but bitter in a grape leaf like way, perhaps combining with a touch of citric wheat. The finish is the most interesting thing -- nutty and almost chocolate-like as it unfolds. For a Blonde Ale, this one had more interest for me than many.

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Photo of budgood1
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a clear golden colour...substantial foamy head and a nice lace left after a few sips. nice hoppy aroma...with some sweet malt and graininess to even things out. i was expecting a totally lame blonde ale experience, but am pleasantly surprised by the balance of flavours and the above average taste for the style. light pale malts with a healthy dose of northwest hops provide for a quenching and easy drinking blonde ale that can appeal to both the novice drinker and seasoned quaffer. dry in the finish, lingering hops in the aftertaste...a nice brew. it would go great with some pizza or burgers or nachos.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden straw color. Insignificant head that vanished to a ring around the edge. Aroma reserved, barest hint of fruity hops. On first sip the beer seemed almost flavorless. Subsequent drinks developed a lager-like flavor profile. A little caramel-tinged malt, with sweet/tangy interplay, leading to a modest hops bittering at the finish. Way too flacid for the style, more like a lawnmower lager. Not bad, but a yawner.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright kumquat with an orangish cream-colored head. The moderately firm foam remains rumpled as it falls, leaving a fair amount of lace in blurred rings. The nose is balanced in that lightly toasted malt and citric-herbal hops are present in roughly equal proportions. On second smell, the hops are slightly more assertive.

The flavor is definitely balanced. Caramel malt holds down the bottom end while hops (Nugget, Willamette, Cascade) provide a respectable amount of flavor and bittering. As is usually the case with beer that isn't either excessively malty or excessively hoppy, sweet is favored early while bitter is favored late. The body is firmly medium and provides a pleasing, medium-length finish.

Buffalo Gold isn't one of Boulder Beer's better known offerings, but it's a decent version of an American Blonde Ale. It tastes like it was designed to be all things to all people; not that there's anything wrong with that. Even though it doesn't shine nearly as brightly as the Looking Glass series, it's still a worthwhile purchase.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a limpid gold color with a modest white head that is frothy in texture, the lace a sealing sheet to seal off the glass. Nose is malt and somewhat sweet, clean and fresh, the start is malt and once again lightly sweet, top is cadaverous. Finish is mild in its carbonation, hops are light in presence, and aftertaste is dry and long lasting, a drinkable beer, but just not one that does much for me, then again a good lawn mower beer I guess.

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Photo of inebrius
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brewery's attempt at making an ale accessible to all? Perhaps, but it works. Orange-hued golden under a thin sticky cap. Nose of honeyed toast and flora, subdued, but apparent. Slick draught brings creamy grain followed by a slight, yet lingering hop finale. Hint of lageresque sulfur in the finish? Not a big beer, nor does it need to be. Just your everyday type easy drinker.

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Photo of marc77
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear dark blonde hue. Thick, dogged porcelain white head leaves frothy lace. Soft, doughy malt with traces of husky grain along with an floral hop tinge in aroma. Simple, maltose sweetness arises as the meager hop nose fades. Understated, simple, but appetizing aromawise. Toasted malt upfront in flavor yields to a gentle combination of hop bitterness and mildly sweet, dextrin malt. Ashen floral hop flavor unfortunately develops a soapy twang mid palate, which lingers and detracts from an otherwise clean flavor profile. Bready, cracker like malt undertone persists throughout. Lightly bodied, with a thin, yet slightly oily mouthfeel. Finishes watery, with slowly fleeting herbal hops and dilute residual sweetness. Almost a good blonde ale, that falls a bit short on complete balance. Akin to a watered down Helles in overall character. Innocuous.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nothing exceptional about the appearance of this beer. It was a light copper color with a white, coarse head. I got a finger of foam out of it with some coaxing, but it was gone in a flash. The small amount of bubbles that remained left no lace on the glass. It did have a pretty heavy bead, which I was surprised to see.

Smell: There was a great, warm, roasted malt smell. Roasted is hardly the word for it. It was more like fresh baked bread with a little bit of spice. Muffins, maybe?

Mouthfeel: With that warm, thick aroma I was expecting a mouthfeel that was comparable. It didn't quite deliver. Thin- to medium-thin bodied, with a fuzzy, velvety feel to it. It was nice, but I was expecting more.

Taste: Like the mouthfeel, the taste didn't quite match up to the aroma. Upfront, there was sweet malt and a little bit of roasted malt. In the middle arose a sourness that lingered into the aftertaste. There was the mildest hint of hops on the finish that helped to balance out this brew, but didn't quite do the job.

This was a pretty good beer that would make a great session brew. My biggest complaint would be the sourness in the flavor that I found somewhat distracting.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden amber, with a light head that quickly dissipates to a thin mist covering the beer.
Aroma is light and malty, with a bit of breadiness and slight hop character. Mild fruitiness.
Flavor is malty and sweet, with a bit of lagery dryness. Hops come through lightly in the middle, with less emphasis in the finish. A touch of fruitiness and some grassy flavors. Fuller bodied than most golden ales, yet still summery. The balance is nice, flavors are well done, but it's a little dull. I'm not big on this style to begin with.

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Buffalo Gold Premium Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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