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
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 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 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 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 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 ifnkovhg
1.9/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer was my first drain-pour. I guess I was expecting a mimosa-kind of beer. The smell encouraged that hope, but the taste sooo did not. Tasted like a skunky lager. Blech.

To each his own, but this is the first beer I've disliked that others didn't, prompting me to think, "WTF?"

Don't bother.

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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 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 dewalt
3.14/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange Blossom Ale is brewed with orange blossom water, and while it smells amazing, like honeysuckle and citrus, the taste doesn't live up to that promise. It's earthy and fruity, moderately sweet, with a little bit of hop spice and biscuit taste. But for my tastes, it's just too watery and vaguely reminiscent of orange soda. I can see some people liking it, but not me.

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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 vacax
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint can in orange. Yeah buddy. The pour is dark orange with around a finger of creamy head. Little retention, however, as I end up with only a ring of bubbles quite quickly along with a couple bits of lace. The aroma has plenty of... wait for it... orange blossoms, which actually smell quite nice. There is also some earthiness to it as well as some tartness. The flavor also brings... wait for it... orange blossoms thanks to the distilled orange flowers in the orange blossom water. There is also some tangy tartness to it, which make sense for an orange beer, but could just as easily be off flavors. Touch of grain on the finish in addition to the orange blossoms. Medium body with a nice balance of carbonation to it.

This certainly delivers on the Orange Blossom, but not much else. I can imagine that 1 in 50 people who love this beer, but to most beer geeks it will probably miss the mark.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up in Washoe City on the way to Carson City to visit my fiance's relatives. I was looking for nevadan beers but had a hard time finding any. All I found was this ans Black Toddy Lager.

Appearance- copper color, good head

Smell- light aroma of tangerine

Taste- malt, little bit of citrus

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- it was ok. don't have it in California but would probably drink it again.

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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 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 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 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 indiapaleale
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Okay, its like 85 degrees and humid at 10:08 on a Monday night. This seems like a nice refreshing beer to enjoy before calling it a night in front of two fans.

Pours a very bright amber, almost red color with a very, very thin head that quickly says its good-byes and sinks back into the beer itself. Carbonation levels looks fairly low for this one or maybe its just the head taking it out of this beer as well.

The smell is quite interesting. Sort of sweet like honey and some malt but also a fragrance that is not altogether orange or altogether perfume-y, its somewhere in between. Very floral but also a bit like soap or shampoo (but good soap or shampoo).

I'm diving in since its hot and I want to enjoy this before its boiling. Tastes a bit soapy and sweet, much like the aroma (soap/shampoo, perfume, floral and orange-y). Its got a certain flavor that really sticks in my mouth, its a sweet and citrusy but not the sort of flavor that is totally refreshing, maybe a tad bit cloying.

I'd have like to have more of the hops backing up the sweetness of this beer OR have it be below 5% abv and just nice, light and refreshing. Its a bit too sweet for my tastes BUT I might not be the target audience for this one.

Note: This was the first beer I've ever had from Nevada!

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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 Proteus93
2.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks like an orange soda in many ways, with a short and fizzly head. It has a bit of murkiness that gives it a beer quality.

S: Very soft aroma - it's a good thing in that it's not horrible, but it's a little too light to really appreciate. The 'orange blossom scent' is around there... it adds some soft characters.

T: More flavour than I expected. The orange blossom is dominant, but not overwhelming. Fairly soft and soda-like in some ways. Soft sweetness, not too bad.

M + D: Slightly syrupy, and an assertive carbonation offering a bit of a sting over the tip of the tongue. Not atrocious, but not the best thing I've come across, personally . Not drain pour worthy.

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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 ThreeWiseMen
2.18/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear, pale amber body w/ thin, fizzy, white head. Light head retention and light lacing. Fairly active carbonation within.

Smell: Caramel and candied fruit (orange specifically). Smells mineral-y as well, like Flintstones Vitamins.

Taste: Same bizarre mineral-vitamin flavor comes through a lot. Orange citrus is there, but it comes with a whole handful of chalk. There are some bready malts initially, but the middle and end of the taste is dominated by chalky children's vitamins.

Mouthfeel: Generously carbonated with a nice malty backbone. Chewy, but then again, more of a fuzzy, chalky feel. Chalkiness everywhere!

Drinkability: I'm struggling with this one. I'll finish it, but its not very good. One of the crappier ambers I've had.

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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 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 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 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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Original Orange Blossom Ale from Buckbean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.12 out of 5 with 55 ratings