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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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 Kegatron
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours hazy coppery orange in the glass, topped with several fingers of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with a thin yet frothy layer which leaves a cascade of heavy spotty lacing behind that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, with some definite juicy smelling orange character going on. There is also some sugary feeling grainy sweetness present, which fills out the back of the nose. Unfortunately, I'm also getting a bit of an off-flavor here, in the form of a plastic band-aid smell that throws things off a bit.

The taste has lots of orange flavor to it, which blooms out in the mouth. Creamy malt sweetness does a decent enough job of filling out the profile and complimenting the fruity aspects of the profile. A light tinge of earthy hops gives this a smidge of balacing bitterness. There is also some tartness present. It's not necessarily sour feeling but also seems a little to much to be coming from a hop or citric component of this. Maybe a bit of a light infection (especially after smelling the aroma) is present, as that is what lingers most in the finish, along with some leafy bitter notes. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with an easy bubbly air about it that maintains some crispness to it as well. Even with those off-flavors this still actually drank moderately well.

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Photo of woodychandler
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 mikesgroove
2.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My next in line of some good Nevada brews for the night. This one I grabbed out of the fridge when I got home tonight to get things going. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/02/2009.

The pour was the best part. Nice bright prange tinted yellow amber with a great clarity to it. Nice streams of carbonation rippling up toward the surface produced a copious white head of foam that hung around for a good few minutes before settling down to a subtle quarter inch throughout the session,

TJhe aroma was ver light. Hints of orange and light grain. Some small bread like tones are dancing around but it was a very light aroma. The flavor was a trainwreck. Far too light and almost non existent. Light orange, almost artificial in nature. Clean, crisp, propel water like flavor. Lots of carbonation and light feel on this one.

Nothing to write home about here, just not a well put together beer in any way. Not gonna go for this one again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.

I smell oranges as soon as I crack open the can. Pours out quite the hazy orange color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus and orange with a sweet almost sugary malty background. Wow this has quite an odd flavor to it. Its almost like someone took an orange popsicle and mixed it in a thin amber ale. It's heavy on the oranges for sure and there must be some malt in there somewhere. Bone dry finish with a fairly thin body. Moderate level of carbonation with a tart prickly mouthfeel. Well they get an A for being distinct, but this only worked for the first sip or two before I tired of it. I'm glad I got to try this.

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Photo of imbibehour
2.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A very soapy large bubbled off white head of three fingers comes off the pour. It seems to fall at a good clip. Body is slightly cloudy and a nice orange amber, but it looks a little unpleasant.

An obvious whiff of faint orange soda, airy. Also some sweetness that's kind of odd. There's something kind of funky/musty almost with a little veggie like, but this is actually kind of interesting to me. Slight hint of malt to go too.

Woah what happened to this body? This seems as something a little bigger bodied is coming but it is incredibly wet and watery. Taste dissipates very quickly, with a faint old stale orange, but not much malt either. This feels like an incredibly weak lager and very just... wow boring.

Overall I am not impressed with this for it's category. It seems to start off well but is incredibly weak in taste and feel. It just feels like flavored weak soda and orange.

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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 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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Photo of DoubleJ
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Orange ale may not be the best tasting type of beer out there, but it can sure be refreshing, and that's what I need right now. 16 ounce tallboy, on to the beer:

We're looking at the leafs changing color; an autumn orange colored beer with bright yellow hues and solid head retenion. Some lacing is left on the glass. The aroma isn't straight-up sweet orange nectar; it's more like walking past an orange glove. Unripened orange aromas, very floral and very perfumy. This could get interesting.

It's not sweet in slang or being literal. It's a BOMB of bitter orange peel crushing the palate with lots of acidity. My pH balance just shifted three levels over. I can find a whisper of caramel in the aftertaste, but that's the only "anything else?" I can get. Interesting at first, but it becomes unpleasant quickly. The high carbonation doesn't help matters either despite a medium body that wants to be creamy.

I think Buckbean should try to sell this as perfume instead.

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Photo of Halcyondays
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 shelby415
3/5  rDev -3.8%

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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Photo of THECPJ
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to yuriruley for sending this my way.

Appearance: Amber orange with 2 finger white head

Smell: orange and some spice

Taste: sour, bitterness, orange soda like, orange blossom

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp,

Drinkability: Easy drinker if you like orange beer soda.



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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 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 tpd975
2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsruger for this one.

A: Pours a light orange hue. Nice fizzy head, sort of soda like in appearence.

S: The soda quality carries over to the aroma. Smells like honey laced orange soda.

T: Artifical orange, dare I say soda. Light malt and a big blast of honey sweetness.

M: Light and fizzy.

D: Put this in the same category as those other fizzy drinks that call themselves beer.

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Photo of david18
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a draft tasting of this at the Holstein's at the New Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. I notice this because the tap handle was a bright orange can, which immediately caught my eye. I tried it and unfortunately didn't like it enough to have a full glass but those who like obvious fruit flavor in beer might like it.

Poured a hazy amber/orange color with plenty of foamy carbonation.

Aroma had nice hints of orange and a lot of yeast for an "amber/red" ale.

Flavor had a lot of orange/yeast; for me, too much.

Overall not a bad beer for fruit beer lovers but this one wasn't for me.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.35/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a couple cans on a whim a few weeks back; hadn't seen this Nevada brewer 'round these parts before. The audacious orange-labeled can practically leaps off the shelf, it's Reno-esque marquee shining in a sea of Silver Bullets, King of Beers and the like. 16 oz., poured from can to a pint glass.

"Ale with Orange Blossom Water"

"A real treat for the senses!"

A: Copper-orange glow, the finest-of-fine hanging silts detracts only a little from perfect clarity. Relatively little carbonation, a few tiny streams and that's about it. Fairly strong head, a tuft of ivory that builds to about a finger (a slim one, let's say a pinkie...), drops in a minute or two to a ringing cream and gauzy film. Pretty lace, light cross-stitching and droopy rings.

S: Sweet, sweet oranges, a lilting perfume. Simple - flowery (the obvious orange, something akin to jasmine), a touch of other fruits (pear, melon), indiscernible hops.

T: Not as sweet as the nose suspected; a mildly nutty mouthful of malt with a pithier 'orange' middle and finish. Something like soap or detergent is the lasting impression, along with an oily flower essence.

M: Mediocre feel from the start, carbonation subdued. Slick and oily, oddly coating, soapy. I somewhat suspect this is what a spritz of Orange Glow might feel like on the tongue' if the mood were to strike during housecleaning... Not good.

D: A seemingly worthy novelty went downhill fast once liquid met lips and tongue. The rather attractive look and alluring aroma don't redeem a quirky, off-putting flavor and downright nasty feel. After 8 oz. or so, a drainpour... Not one I'll return to...

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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 yemenmocha
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light amber with white head. Nose has a clear floral orange character. Palate has some toasty grainy flavors with the orange floral flavors taking over. Hard to enjoy this one, almost like drinking an orange soft drink. Light bodied. A bit watery.

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Photo of flexabull
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another canned brew, and this one is from Nevada. Right on! Keep up the canning craft breweries!

This one pours a bright orange color with a faint white head.

Aromas are floral and sweet. A bit like candy.

Taste is kind of odd, but not bad. There are some creamy malt flavors, spice, and sweet citrus. Finish feels a bit thick and sugary.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, full enough for my liking, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is OK. It's refreshing, but it's a different beast. Not all that beer like, but it is easy to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.2/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Well heck, I love good beer in cans. Whether or not this is good remains to be seen, but the energy drink/soda-like colors and design scare me. Still, I'm psyched to add a Nevada notch to my 50-states/50-beers belt (#43 for me). Thanks to msubulldog25 for being so thoughtful.

A half-inch head forms upon a fairly hard pour, foamy with big soapy bubbles around the rim of the crown. A murky orange/rust color forms the body.

A fun, loopy little aroma here. Total, absolute, 100% orange taffy. No more, no less.

Based on the look and smell, I was thinking this had potential, but the flavor is atrocious. Couldn't be more artificial in its orange-ness. Its soapy too. A weird bitterness on top of this plastic citrus fruit/dishsoap flavor is the final nail in the coffin. I'm thinking about my sink and how much it needs its pipes rinsed by this New Orange-Formula Liquid Plumber.

Like its looks and smell, the mouthfeel is just fine. Good balance of tingly bubbles and a round, firm medium body. Unfortunately it's incredibly hard to enjoy this aspect, because holding it in the mouth means the god-awful flavor is raping my tastebuds at the same time.

This probably should be considered an American Pale Ale or Fruit Beer on this site, but who cares? The flavor of this beer couldn't be more unappealing (despite faring well enough in the other departments) so I consider it barely drinkable. But, hey, I got my 43rd state crossed off the list!

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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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Original Orange Blossom Ale from Buckbean Brewing Company
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