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Original Orange Blossom Ale | Buckbean Brewing Company

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Original Orange Blossom AleOriginal Orange Blossom Ale
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Original Orange Blossom AleOriginal Orange Blossom Ale

Brewed by:
Buckbean Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerphilosopher on 07-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 47
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4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Original is correct--anyone else know of a beer brewed with orange blossom water? Minimal foaming produces a thick, cropped white lace. Hazed copper color. Smells of sweet nectar of the orange blossom flower, slight toasted malt and a mildly citric hop. The flowery aroma is a tad on the strong side. Slick medium body with a very smooth carbonation. The orange blossom flavor sticks to the palate throughout. Behind the veil of blossom is a toasted graininess that is a sufficient base, a little bready but more of a biscuity note. Slight warmth from the alcohol and a faint yeast flavor in the middle. Hop bitterness keeps this beer level and drops a complementing citric flavor middle to end. Finishes semidry with lingering blossom and citric hop flavors.

This is as subtle as Extreme Beer can get. Interesting and complex, yet still drinkable, especially if you like citrusy orange flavors. The beer and orange character really work together here.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.07/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a big fluffy white head.

Smells like light orange blossoms and a light floral hop presence.

The taste has a nice floral orange blossom taste with a hint of orange juice, but mostly floral qualities. Lingering blossom and floral hop notes. Good balance keeps it from being one-dimensional.

Nice light feel keeps with the light floral nature of this beer.

Overall, this was a very pleasant surprise. good balance and refreshing qualities make this a great lawnmower beer. I enjoyed mine in almost 100 degree heat with damn near 100% umidity. Perfectly refreshing.

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Photo of Ryburr
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of beagle75
3.87/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a goblet at Brix in Sunset Beach.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber with one finger of diminishing mango-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: While slightly toasty, it is most like standing next to a large citrus tree that is in full bloom--very aromatic and appealing.

T: Begins off-dry, with early floral aromatics carried from the smell that yield to the cream ale core of soft toasted malt (and perhaps adjuncts). Acidity is low despite its citrus theme. A whiff of authentic orange blossom persists through to the end, amidst a finish that entirely lacks bitterness. Flavors are careful to never cross an important line toward sweetness--in fact, the opposite is more true--which lends validity to this beer's approach that would otherwise be easy to not take seriously.

M: Medium viscosity, oily and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Here is an interesting American-brewed alternative to England's cream ales. It is not undermined by the involvement of the orange blossoms, instead gaining interest and floral complexity from them. It reminds of 21st Amendment's watermelon wheat, not in similarity of flavor but in similarity of approach to pairing questionable botanical elements with beer and still respecting the style.

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3.83/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint can,

A: Pours orange if you can believe it with a soft 1/2 finger white head, good retention, solid lace.

S: Orange blossoms, Munich malt (Oktoberfest like), perfumey but not in a chemical way.

T: The orange is there throughout and is quite tasty. Soft caramel malt and a solid pine hop bite at the end that melded with the orange and malt better than I thought it would. Certainly better as it warms up.

M: The sweetness of the the orange is lightly cloying at times, but it is crisp and smooth making it refreshing.

D: Real solid fruit beer, my first experience with this Nevada brewery and I was impressed.

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Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what distilled orange blossom is, but its in here.

a: This was a bright, chill hazed golden orange color. It poured with a smallish sticky head.

s: Odd, but oddly appealing. I definitely get orange, in the form of powdered drink mix and tea. I also got a little caramel in the backround.

t: This isn't very "beery" but it is pretty damn tasty. Up front there was some orange peel bitterness that was quickly joined by some very hard to describe orange flavors. They were dry and kind of powdery or tea-like. I don't thnink that description really fits, but I can't do any better than that. The finish adds some caramel sweetness to help cut the dryness.

m: Moderately creamy and heavily carbonated.

d: Thanks to titosupertramp for the oddity. I never had anything like it and I'd love to come across it again.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up four tall-boy cans from Olive Tree Market here in OB for $1.99 a piece.

A: Drank them all from the can - i'm a sucker for tall-boy cans and just couldn't bring myself to pouring it into a glass. I just average'd the score based on the rest of the review.

S: A lot of malt, sweet jasmine and orange blossom, camomile tea, with a faint hint of earthy hop at the very end.

T: Herbal tea, jasmine flowers and orange essence upfront, balanced well with a bit of hop and a real tasty malt back that is somewhat dominant, but not out of place.

M: Very nice mouthfeel - light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation (but not too much), smooth and creamy, finishing dry and clean with a lingering citrus/floral essence.

D: Extremely drinkable - I picked up two just out of curiosity to drink for the NCAA finals and after getting into one of them, I had my wife stop off on her way home and grab me two more. I know some complain about it being too fruity, but I think it's a perfect amount of orange essence in the flavor and the malt really works well with the orange blossom flavor. Great summertime session beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick and clumpy head forms over the light orange liquid. Lacing is almost immaculate. Definitely smells of orange blossom flowers, big time.

Lots of citrus flavor, a mild degree of hop bitterness to it. Beer, oranges and flowers. A neat little uniqueness to the Reno area, in the land of beer rip offs and usual ho hum stuff. Gets a little tiresome after 16oz of it, this is a good one to have 4-8 oz of to change things up. Not for oversimplified hopheads with an exclusive deal to drink cheap hops. Very sessionable if you have things to do out in the yard or disc golf.

This beer really expands the mind as to what beer can be, without being "to the extreme". An interesting beer.

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3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a pint can into a pint glass.

A – Pours a cloudy orange yellow pour with about a finger of off white fluffy head.

S – Very sweet smell, reminds me of orange Kool Aid.

T – Nice smooth orange flavor. Some hops present but faint. Tiny bit of bitterness present. Slight warming at the finish.

M – Lively carbonation. Light to Medium body.

O – After smelling this I thought it was going to be very sweet. It is actually not. It has a strong taste of orange of course but it still retains a beer flavor. Pretty solid.

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Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pleasant malty lager with a unique floral taste.

Beautiful glowing color-- orange is the only way to describe it. Modest head with good carbonation in the mouthful. The crazy orange nose is the story though it has enough body with malt coming through. Not orange peel, but a truly unusual perfumey flavor and aroma. A hint of medicinal taste. Hops are barely evident, but maybe hops and orange blossoms are not the ideas pairing. Still, it's clean and well balanced for a flavored lager.

Not something I crave a pitcher of, but very pleasing malt to go with the unusual aromatics. A must-try if you like to taste all the variations of flavoring that folks add to beers.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy copper color with thin white head that quickly dissipates to barely a film. The aroma is interesting, malty with obvious sweet orange blossom and maybe a hint of floral hops. The flavor is pretty nicley balanced with malty and lightly bitter IF that transitions into a short lived relatively sweet aftertaste. The orange blossom is definitely there, not quite as pronouced as in the aroma, but also not somthing I would generally seek out in a beer. It is medium bodied with a alightly creamy texture but a little low on carbonation. Crisp finish though. This is a pretty unique beer, but it is surprising to me that this is one of only 2 beers they can. It seems like a really small niche (sweet, slightly fruity beer), and I would expect more variety. Maybe we will see it in the future. Worth a try, but not overyly complex, and I probably wouldn't ever drink more than one in a sitting.

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3.52/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

CAN you believe it? Yet another CAN to review!

From the CAN: " This well balanced, full flavored, copper colored ale combines the smooth, creamy flavors of Munich and Caramel malts and bright, refreshing American hops with the rich flavor and aroma of real orange tree flavors. A real treat for the senses!"; "Ale With orange Blossom Water"; "Made In Nevada"; "Native Nevadan".

The pour resulted in a finger of slightly off-white head with good retention. Color was a moderately cloudy orangish-amber. Nose had a definite orange tang to it, kind of candy-like in its sweetness. It made me think of those orange jelly slices. Mouthfeel was medium to full, but not quite creamy, with a definite orange flavor on the tongue. I kept thinking of candy, now an Orange Tootsie Pop, tangy but not too sweet. The finish was actually kind of dry and refreshing, almost like a soda pop on a hot, humid evening. Interesting. I now wonder how this and a Black Noddy Lager might be if they were blended together ...

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Photo of jbweld
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of this at the brewery

pours a dark hazy orange copper color with about a finger white head that quickly fades and leaves no lacing.

Smells sweet, citrus, caramel and floral

Taste of a creamy orange peal with oats and malts, and ending with a sweetness and a touch of hops

Mouth is crisp with a short, sweet aftertaste and medium carbonation

Drinkability is alright but not something i'd want on a regular basis. Maybe on a hot day or with some thai food

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this today in a trade with jh1982

A Hazy dark copper orange, pours a half finger of pith white (NOTE: bad pour, my pint glass just had enough room to squeeze in all 16oz).

S Zesty and sweet orange notes, with light lemon coming in as well. Some earthy tones are present, which create pleasant experience in the nose.

T Lacking a little bit here, mostly smooth and subtle orange peels with a creamy sweetness (Oats?). Slight hop finish, not quite a kick though... Grainy after taste which doesn't sit well with me.

M Very smooth for the style, a little too over carbonated maybe, but nice and pleasant all the way around that would match well with better orange notes in the taste. too malty and grainy in the tale as it warms with time

D Definitley would be a good summer, I could definitely enjoy having a few of these while soaking in some sun

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Photo of smc143
3.37/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Buckbean Brewing Company sent me some free beer. So I definitely owe a review. I also received a large "media kit," aka a folder full of official propaganda on the company. The gist of it was that people who adore beer start their own brewery, and decide that cans are much better for the environment. Probably cheaper too. They seem to only brew two styles/flavors of beer, and I got 2 of each. I reviewed them with my husband and a friend.

The materials sent by the brewing company stated explicitly that this is not a fruit beer. It is made with orange blossom water, but not oranges.We were a bit confused as to why it is not a fruit beer. It tasted like a fruit beer. It smelled a little reminiscent of BLVD's Lunar Ale, a little zesty, like orange flowers. When poured from the pint can into a pint glass, the first can had no head, and the second resulted in a thin head that ended up with minimal to no lacing down the sides of the glass. The taste was also zesty, fruity, a little hoppy, and very much like summery, chick beer.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz can -> Pint glass. Picked up a four pack at my local store for about $9. Passed by it several times in the previous weeks. Decided to give it a try.

A - Hazy light copper orange with bright white foamy head. Little sticky lacing. Heavy carb streams for a few minutes.

S - Tart almost sour orange, sweet bread, creamy/savory

T - Same as the aroma. The tartness doesnt really compliment the orange sweetness. It's certainly not bad, but I was expecting more. The middle is nice and creamy. Finishes tart.

M - Light to medium light, decent carb fizz

O - I'd get this again. Chill it really well in a cooler for a Summer time tailgate. This did not knock my socks off, but it's a decent beer. Certainly different that what I usually drink. Variety is good.

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Photo of Caesar024
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown growler into a clear plastic cup (sorry, we were camping).

Pours a dark amber with an orange glow and small light yellow head that dissipated quickly. Cannot really comment on lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and spicy, malt indistinguishable.

Flavor is similar, orange blossom really comes through, sharp finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, low carbonation. Although I really wanted to figure out these flavors, the sharp finish does not invite another quick sip. I could see myself having a pint of this, but not much more. Hopefully their brewpub's selection is a little more varied.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.31/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Nevadan tick, huh? This one pours an amber-orange hue and is capped with a very scant film of microbubbles. The nose is pleasant enough - and is definitely suggesting orange blossom water - with a faintly perfumed citric odor standing above smaller hop and grain notes. Flavor-wise, it is pretty good; I get mild orange blossom notes atop a lightly spicy-herbal and crackery base. The feel is very watery, which actually serves this brew well. Overall this seems like a perfectly reasonable libation for a sweltering desert like NV.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a medium copper color with a thick, bright white head after an aggressive pour. The head dissipates quickly and leaves thin streaks of lacing in the glass. Sparse carbonation bubbles drift up to the surface of the glass in long rows.

The nose is unique and pleasant with strong notes of orange blossom (I'm assuming) dominating. Caramel is hiding behind the floral explosion this beer presents. Extremely floral and almost candy-like in the nose. A nice nose on this one.

The palate is a decent balance of Munich and caramel malts offset with a generous dose of American hops. There's nothing distinct in the flavor profile, particularly, except for the addition of orange tree flowers. Though it's difficult to tell what is the result of generous hop additions or orange blossoms, the flavor hints at sweetness but remains on evenly balanced throughout. Without the orange blossom, I'd identify this beer as a run of the mill amber ale.

The mouth feel is where I really feel like this beer falls woefully short. For lack of a better description, the carbonation level in this beer is similar to a home brew that is a week or two short of achieving its full level of carbonation. I understand wanting to control the beer from being overly carbonated, but this beer (literally) falls flat and really lacks life. In all fairness to the brewery, it is theoretically possibly I received a bad can somehow.

A shame because I think there is true potential here for a very pleasing beer. As I said before, the orange blossoms impart a really unusual and pleasant character to the beer that the actual tasting experience just doesn't live up to because the beer is so under-carbonated. Bump that up and you've got a nice, flavorful brew that would be great during the warmer months of the year. Buckbean Brewing Company is new and they'll improve, I'm sure. I wish them the best of success.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange soda color with a rather disappointing head that fades to a ringlet while spotting the pint glass

Smell: Grainy aromatics with a hint of Tang

Taste: Starts out rather bready but by mid-palate, the Tang flavor arrives along with a grainy bitterness; after the swallow, the flavors fade quickly, with just a residual of what was tasted initially; grainy bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Better to drink on a hot day after mowing the lawn, the more I think about this one the less I like it

Thanks, jh1982, for the opportunity

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Photo of jwc215
3.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this 1 pint can:

Pours hazed orangeish (orange/amber) with a thin off-white head that becomes a thin disappearing patch. Virtually no lacing sticks outside of a few dots near the end.

The smell is a quick whiff of caramel with a touch of vague hops (floral/citric?) that soon becomes...orange blossom - orange in a soda-pop way.

The taste is of caramel and orange soda (if I liked the latter more, I might appreciate this more, but then - I don't know that I really would in my beer.) The orange is on the "artificial sweetness" side, though it is backed by caramel and a touch of balancing hops - floral, perhaps somewhat citric - very light. Finishes on the sweet side of things.

Light side of medium-bodied, at most. I could be easily persuaded to put this in the light category. Carbonation is a bit odd/awkward - at times a bit more present than other times throughout the drink.

A mild, caramelish ale with orange soda character. Glad I had the chance to try it, and surprised that it disappeared so quickly, all things considered. Different, but I found myself indifferent towards it.

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Photo of gford217
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can courtesy of jh1982 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy copper with a big creamy beige head that leaves decent lacing and sticks around as a ring for a while.

The aroma is not bad and is a soft combination of oranges and flowery perfume. There are hints of grains behind the orange blossoms.

The taste is a little more bitter than the aroma would indicate with the flowery orange taste up front with some malty sweetness in the background. The finish is definitely a bit bitter with a an overall orange soda feel to the taste.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and furthers the feeling of an orange soda.

This is certainly not a bad beer but after the novelty of the orange blossoms in the first few sips it gets a bit tiresome, limiting the drinkability.

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Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/brownish color with a small head. Smell is of oranges, not much else. Taste is rather mild, some oranges, slightly sour, interesting but nothing great. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

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Original Orange Blossom Ale from Buckbean Brewing Company
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