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Buffalo Gold Premium Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.95%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
149
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 149
Photo of arizcards
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in early June as part of the MicroBeerClub May shipment.

Beer poured a golden amber with a long lasting white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose has hints of citrus hops. Taste is somewhat sweet, hints of caramel malts with citric hops apprearing at the end. Mouthfeel is decent, has a medium body that leaves a feeling of satisfaction on my palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good. This beer gave me more than I expected for the advertised style. It is worthy of a shot and quite refreshing on a warm humid July afternoon!

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Photo of ADR
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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 nickd717
2.24/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated March 22, 2011 at the Denver airport.

Nice appearance, clear bright golden with a one finger white head.

The aroma is not very good, as metal is the main thing I'm picking up. Some sweet malt and hops behind that.

The flavor is not anything too great either. Sweet pale malt, grain, mild floral hops, and metal.

Medium-light bodied and metallic on the mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation.

What can I say- this isn't very good. Disappointments all around from Boulder tonight.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored with a head that shrank quickly to a nice coating on the surface.

S - A light wheat scent with a hint of sweetness.

T - All malt taste. No bitterness. Creamy and smooth. A nice amount of carbonation.

M - A crisp, clean feel.

D - Very drinkable. I can have a couple will watching the game easily. Very good.

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Photo of rye726
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour a well carbonated golden color. Clear with a fizzy tan head. The smell is of some grainy malts and mellow hops. Taste is similar. Light malts and hops. Light to medium body with lots of carbonation. A drinkable brew, but nothing special. More light an expensive light beer than a micro.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant gold color with an oh so subtle haze. Frothy white head has average retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Pleasant dry maltiness has a bit of straw to it. There's a mild citrus aroma that lets you know this beer has some hops in it.

T: Very nicely balanced. Not the most interesting brew, but there are some nice flavors to be had. Malt comes across with an almost grassy sweetness. Hops add a citrus and fruity bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the palate. Finishes rather clean, with a bit of residual bitterness.

M: Medium-light body is a touch on the fizzy side.

D: I have a friend who's such a huge University of CO football fan that he insisted on having this beer at his wedding (the beer is called Buff Gold for a reason). It's a nice safe micro that most macro drinkers seem to be able to get behind. Not my first choice in beers, but not something I would ever turn down.

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Photo of MinorThreat
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a pint glass, high clarity, golden brown in color. Not much of a head to speak of and minimal lacing.

S-Not too much going on in the nose. A small amount of cereal grain and some yeast lingering around in there.

T-Not too shabby. This is what the big macro's would taste like in a perfect world. Light, refreshing, some light toasted grains, a light touch of green apples (yeast maybe). Nothing overwhelming but an overall balanced easy drinking beer. Patio pounder of a beer.

M-Really nice for the style, just viscous enough while remaining light.

D-Its a pretty solid offering. Lawnmower beer or a great intro into good micros.

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Photo of mentor
2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
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 budgood1
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
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 denver10
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 marc77
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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 bennetj17
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
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 peabody
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
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 UnionMade
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
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 rowew
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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 beernut7
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep inviting gold color with no head to speak of. The aroma is slightly grassy with just a hint of sweet malt. The flavor kicks up the hint to a huge malt presence and a medium body with a very light crisp hoppy finish. Easy drinking, this is a fine brew.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.64/5  rDev -20%
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 sommersb
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Buebie
2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 0z glass into a tulip.
Sudsy 3 finger white head. Deep golden transparent color.
Smell is mild piney grassy hops, very mild hop aroma. Some dough like smells as well. A little sweetness detected in the smell. Also smells like swadust, little fresh cut woodyness at the nose.

Taste....well, it has SOME taste. Mostly none though.
Corn, mild grassy hops, too much carbonation, some mild sweetness, but most of the flavor is overwhelmed with a dust like nothingness.
Not much to be said.

Mouthfeel, thin and watery. Wont be getting this again.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a home brew club meeting.

A - Pours copper-gold with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates slow and leaves little to no lacing.

S - Sweet notes of honey and caramel.

T - A very sweet flavor of honey and caramel, with some bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, malt dominated, and finished dry. Carbonation was medium.

D - Although it does not have the traditional bitterness of a blonde ale, it is still a refreshing beer and a good quaff.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Imperial Pint. Poured a clear orangy amber. Aroma is yeast and citrus. Taste is pretty much the same. Everything is very balanced in this beer. Nothing is over the top but it all melds into a pretty drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is pretty crisp and clean. Good session beer.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Buffalo Gold Premium Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
77 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.
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