Original Orange Blossom Ale | Buckbean Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 55
Photo of dewalt
3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +3.2%
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 -0.3%
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 -1.6%
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 -24.9%
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 -29.7%
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 +22.4%
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 +12.5%
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 -5.8%
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 +1.6%
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 -5.1%
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 -10.5%
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 -30.4%
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 +11.2%
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 -18.8%
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 +2.9%
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 +10.2%
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 +7.7%
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 Caesar024
3.35/5  rDev +7%
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 walshclimb
3.54/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of flexabull
3.13/5  rDev 0%
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 beerphilosopher
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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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