Buffalo Gold Premium Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Buffalo Gold Premium AleBuffalo Gold Premium Ale

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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 hopfacebrew
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boulder Beer's Buffalo Gold Ale pours a finger of stiff foam over a
clear orangy-yellow brew. Carbonation is slow. The nose is light
malt, yeast, and citrus. The flavor is slightly sweet barley malts
balanced by a citrus/herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean,
and balanced. Nothing here is overdone, but each subtle component
has a part to play and they each do it well. This is another simple but
refreshing beer.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick Gold, with almost a bronze hue. Minimal head (but not none) and minimal lacing.

Smell: Slightly hoppy, with a touch of varied grains and citrus.

Taste: Clean, balanced, and pleasing for a golden ale. Mild malt hits the tongue first, followed by medium hops/slight citrus, ending with a full malt flavor lasting into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fuller than I expected, not watery, and not full bodied. Some might want a little more body, but this is pretty good for a gold colored beer.

Drinkablily: Better than average, but only by a little. This is a regular beer of mine, but I don't usually want more than two.

Overall, this is another solid beer from Boulder Brewing. Way better than almost all macros, but not world class.

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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 akolb
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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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 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 dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from Hyland24. Labled Buffalo Gold "Golden Ale".

Poured g golden color with a decent head of white foam and good carbonation. The beer had a good bit of maltiness in the smell. To me it tasted like a higher quality Budweiser.Decent summer beer, but not real big on flavor or originality.

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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 AAG
2.49/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice gold color with a thin white head.

Smell: Lemony citrus and sweet.

Taste: Citrusy, floral, sweet and a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: A little too sweet for a session beer, but would be real nice for sitting outside on a warm day.

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Photo of mhewes
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A : Pours a golden color with a decent white head

S : Not much smell. Picked up some malt and citrus hops

T : Basically same as the smell. Not much going on. Just some malts with some hop bitterness. Nice balance

M : Crisp and clean

D : Decent beer but nothing that stood out to me.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: I love this label. The beer pours a gold body with a two-finger off-white head with good retention as it becomes rocky. There's a decent amount of lacing as well.

S: Smells malty with graininess beating out hops.

T: Very similar to the smell. It's a very mellow taste with strong malt/grain/hop balance only containing notes of some sweet fruitiness.

Overall: Mouthfeel was a little weak, low in carbonation and about as light as water. The drinkability was amazing though, it was honestly easier than drinking soda.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Monthly club selection for May. Orangey gold color, almost clear, with creamy smooth white head. Smells of sweet malt and floral hops.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose, with nice grassy flavor, light fruitiness, and minimal bitterness. Good balance.

Smooth mouthfeel, body is between light and medium. Crispness is good.

Very easy-drinking and satisfying, a good summer beer that BA's and newbies will both like.

Tasted on 5/29/08.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium gold color with a nice big foamy white head that held up well and provided plenty of lacing.

Smells like grains and malts with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is floral hops and some sweet malts with a bit of citrus. The finish is different and hard to explain, but not unpleasant. Overall a nice easy drink.

Mouth feel is medium body and medium carbonation. Not a heavy feel, but not thin either.

Drinkability is pretty good. Definitely qualifies as a session brew.

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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 strengthdoc
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured from the bottle to reveal a light golden color. The aroma was very mild and slightly malty. The taste was very light and slightly sweet at first thrn yhere was a slight change as it hit the back of the tongue and a hint of hops came through. The beer was refreshing and would be OK on a hot summer day, but there was nothing to make it stand out to me.

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Photo of manahansf
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this in a flight at the brewery. Semi-sweet malty nose over a lacy white head. The golden color is clear and shows mild carbonation levels. Great malt/hop balance and transition in flavor. Finishes with a semi-dry and light citrus bitterness. Nice session strength but things change at those altitudes.

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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 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 Pleepleus
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this with Hyland24 out of his Beer of the Month Stash. Poured from bottle to pilsner glass a light apricot color with golden hues and a white foamy head. Had a heavy sweet fruit smell up front, like a can of Del Monte fruit cocktail with a lingering mild malt aroma. The taste was sweet malts and mild fruity hops. Thin watery mouthfeel, lightbodied and very drinkable.

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice opaque, golden (go figure) amber color, with hints of orange. It has a nice medium head, that dissolves slowly, leaving some nice lacing, and has some decent bubble action going on.

S- The aroma is not very strong, with hints of the pale malt, the tiniest of hop scent, and a splash of burnt woodiness.

T&M- From the smell, I expected this to be very woody and dry, but this was not the case. It was not overly dry, but rather had good balance in it, but nothing really makes it stand out.

This a light crisp and refreshing brew that is very easy to drink. I could see downing a twelver of these watching a Rockies or something.

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Photo of Moxley
3.94/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden with a thin off-white head. Splotchy lacing. Smells of sweet malts and dark fruits. Light and fruity with a mellow, well-balanced combination of hops and malts. Smooth and mild.

Excellent representation of the style. Good choice if you're looking for something you could drink all day.

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Photo of cthulu81
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So right off the bat, this ia an American blonde ale, a very finicky style for us very finicky drinkers. It is also a style I don't think should be served outside of a brew pub, or at least outside of a certain radius of the brewery as it is more vulnerable to bad shipping and storage conditions than most other styles. Read on to find out what happens when a blonde from Boulder gets reviewed by a red head in Northern Virginia. The aromas present smell almost like a soggy saltine cracker. There is an off-putting soapy scent, with a distracting sweet corn aroma completing the unappealing introduction to this beer. At least it looks ok. Blonde, straw colored, no visible sea monkeys floating around in the glass. Taste. I almost wish I didn't have to, but it for the purposes of a review. Sip, sip...well this isn't very nice at all. Harsh, sharp grain husk flavors lead to an even more unpleasant damp biscuit finish. Light sulfur compounds complete the woeful package. Oh, look there are even some rough vegetal flavors to despise as well. Drinkability? I don't want to. I will take a water instead please. I know this isn't what the beer was supposed to taste like, but I am judging it as what came out of the bottle. Please don't ship blonde ales long distances through less than reputable and responsible distributors. It doesn't help your brand and it certainly doesn't help such a delicate beer like a blonde ale.

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