Orange Blossom Cream Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Orange Blossom Cream AleOrange Blossom Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light ale with hints of fresh orange. Brewed with sweet orange peel, orange blossom extract and honey.

Added by Reidrover on 12-13-2003

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Photo of terence
1.06/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy texture. Very small head, not even one finger. It quickly dissipated and left no lacing at all.

S: Strong orange aroma, but artificial. Not very pleasing. It smelled like bad orange flavor candy.

T: Poor orange flavor, almost reminded me of Tang. Very thin and watery. A very unbalanced flavor. Almost no malt or hop flavors.

M: A lot carbonation and very light-bodied. Slight unpleasant aftertaste.

O: Not a good beer at all. I was unable to finish this one; will not drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of thechaacster
1.26/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a light copper, slightly hazed. Looks like a regular beer so far... hey, where's the head? And what's that smell? Yeesh, this beer is unearthly. The orange flavor is intense and very SOUR. There is some unremarkable ale flavor under there, but the orange stomps it out like a cigarette butt. Supposedly a summer thirstquencher, but I shudder at the thought of drinking this as a session beer. Seriously, if you are hell bent on a beer with orange flavor, then just get a Blue Moon (or whatever) with a slice of orange from your corner pub, because this one is a drain pour.

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Photo of BeerLover99
1.45/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: cloudy deep yellow/orange hue, no head, no lacing

S: big honey, floral, orange peel

T: sweet honey, floral, orange, long sour odd aftertaste

M: light, big carbonation, sticky

O: Think Zima meets Orange soda. Very bubbly
and can barely drink one.


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Photo of babyhobbes
1.52/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This feels like a beer. This looks like a beer. It has a light amber color and a white head.

Does it smell like a beer? No. This smells so much like the orange disinfectant I use in the kitchen I was very hesistant to drink it. I really tried to smell the honey as noted on the label but was unsuccessful. The taste really matches the odor. Just think pseudo-oranges and orange soda. In fact, you might be better off just saving your money and buying orange soda. This brew isn't as sweet as your typical soda pop but definitely has the carbonated orange thing down.

I was unable to finish this bottle. I just can't take the weird cleanser smell. Good luck if you decide to try it.

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Photo of Blakaeris
1.53/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear yellow-orange with little to no head.

Smell is artificial orange. Period.

Taste is similiar to the nose, with the addition of a very slight maltiness.

Mouthfeel is lighter than light.

Is this a wine cooler? I will not drink this again... Although not completely undrinkable - this isn't beer.

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Photo of bashiba
1.58/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light orange color with almost no head.

Smells exactly like orange soda pop, think fanta, sunkist, or orange crush.

Taste is a odd mix of watered down orange pop flavoring and a bit of beer. No hops or malt to speak of.

Mouthfeel is ultra thin and watery.

Not a real drinkable beer, in fact barely a beer, its closer to the smirnoff and bacardi malternatives than it is to a real beer.

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Photo of jsanford
1.67/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

Pours a clear gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just the slightest of haze. Aromas of orange cream coda and perhaps a bit of sweet malt. Ugh. Yeah, this tastes like an orange cream soda with a touch of toasted malt. Thin body with prickly carbonation. This is nasty, basically an orange soda. Avoid.

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Photo of zeff80
1.68/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out an orange color with a small, short-lived, white head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smells of orange, like an orange soda.

T - It tasted like an orange soda, too. It really reminded me of the orange drink that McDonald's sells. There is a odd spiciness, too.

M - It was way too carbonated. It was very light-bodied.

D - I'll say this. It looked like an okay beer. McDonald's orange is good as a sweet Kool-Aid type drink, but it doesn not make a good beer.

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Photo of SethB2
1.7/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I feel confident that this is probably the worst beer I have reviewed to date.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Thin pour with no head. Amberish orange in color with no sign of lacing.

S - Smell like oranges. Citrisy extract smell followed by, well, not much, the smell is so strong that it blocks out anything else.

T - Wine cooler. Seriously. Alcoholic orange kool-aid. Ack.

M - Like a citris water.

D - Probably this cooler's best quality. It isn't anything I want to drink, but it is very light and very non offensive. Of course, that is an easy goal to achieve when you produce a watered down beer such as this.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
1.7/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Clear golden-orange in color with a white head that quickly diminishes to a ring. The aroma is sweet, and of orange. It reminds me of an orange soda. It has a bit of malt aroma in the back. The flavor is of orange with a tad bit of malts. It is like a watered down orange soda. It finishes somewhat dry. It is a light bodied “beer”, if you wanna call it that, it seems more like an alcopop than a beer. Don’t bother on this one. It is a piss poor excuse for a beer.

Sampled 3/26/04

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Photo of Night
1.71/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours light copper with a bit of a gold tone. Small, bubbly white head; droopy arcs of lacing do not last. Aroma is reminiscent of Airborne or Emergen-C with a thin malty undertone. Mouthfeel is light bodied with fizzy carbonation like seltzer water. Flavor is flat and lightly sweet, watery-orangey with no real depth of character. Malts play out in the background with a pale character; notes of honey here and there. Taste of corn shows through, particularly in the finish. Aftertaste is stale and sweetish.

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Photo of ElGuapo
1.73/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Fizzy yellow orange brew topped in a bubbly coating of foam that dies very quickly. The aroma smells like orange drink. There are notes of bread as well.

Flavor is toned down and dominated by cheap orange drink. It has slight hints of malts every now and then, but it is basically a bad fruit drink. Do not even bother with this one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.75/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Some would say my sense of humor is poor, typically English, or just down right non-existent. But never let it be said that I don’t like a laugh. As such I started to stick one “joke beer” into each of a couple of Trades that I had with BigHuge.

Seems like he finally reciprocated, and got his own back tonight big time.

I just don’t know what to say here.


I kept thinking orange flavored Soda water. In fact, if there are any people familiar with Orange Tango, a soft drink made in the UK by Britvic, think of Orange Tango and you’re on the nail with this one.

It feels so right, it feels so fair,
The orange pulp went everywhere,
It’s in my toes and in my hair,
And I’m not wearing underwear.
So there.
….you know when you’ve been Tango’d.

So says the advert. Orange Tango was synonymous with crazy ass adverts in the UK, many of which got pulled, just like this product should.

I’ve been Tango’d tonight.

It’s gonna take me a while to top the lows of this one Huge!!!

Now I need a beer...

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.78/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Applejuice apearance in all ways. No head whatsoever.

S - Gentle floral, orange, and vanilla scent. Also apples and applejuice.

T - Tastes like Orange Crush soda, only more salty and bitter. For a beer with such a nice aroma to be so misleading is sad. This sucks.

M - Super fizzy soft-drink in a can feel. Way overcarbonated.

D - Never again. Is this even beer?

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Photo of Bighuge
1.8/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The color of this beer is clear light golden. Not much of a head or lace. This fucking beer smells like Hi-C's Orange Lavaburst. I've never had a beer smell so orangey before. Not much beer related stuff on the nose however, which is disappointing. The taste is not my thing. You see, the thing is...this beer doesn't taste like beer. It's like mixing one part Hi-C to one part Miller Lite. Not good. Very weak and watery in the mouthfeel and flavor. Oh yeah, there's orange there...but that's about it.

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Photo of pburland23
1.83/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Mason jar. I picked this beer up by accident as part of a mixed six pack.

Appearance: Ugh. It looks like I poured a glass of orange Gatorade. This was a quick violent burst of carbonation when poured by the head dissipated almost immediately. Just a boring, uninspiring pour.

Smell: And it gets worse...smells of cheap artificial orange like a Popsicle brand ice pop. Some sweetness from the honey but overall a pretty awful smelling beer.

Taste: Artifical orange flavor in abundance followed by an awful cheap college beer taste. It's like someone poured orange cough suppressant into a can of Genny Cream Ale. Gross.

Mouthfeel: Thin, weak and watery.

Overall: One of, if not the, worst tasting beer I've ever had. My words don't accurately describe my revulsion. A total drain pour. Avoid.

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Photo of cokes
1.88/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Golden hued, touched with haze and swirling bursts of carbonation. The head is barely more than a skim, but it lasts for a while.
Nose is all orange sherbert and nothing but, except for a fizziness (which is less a smell than a tactile perception in the nostrils) that suggests Orange Crush.
Taste is heavily -if not entirely- centered around that vanilla-tinged orange. Seltzer water, or probably more like orange soda. Malt traits are unidentifiable. As are any hop contibutions.
Light bodied and fizzy, like, um, orange soda.
It appears drinkable as a summertime thirst question for a moment or two, but the one-dimensionality soon catches up and makes this beer a chore, even in a single 12oz dose.
As this warms further, it is simple unfinishable.

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Photo of jsh420
1.88/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

pours a very pale yellow with 1 finger white head that fades fast and leaves no lacing

smell reminds me of a zima - yuck

taste/drinkability - well the more i think it tastes like orange jello and while i like orange jello i dont want to drink it - the first few sips were ok then as drank more it got hard to swallow and it was tough to finish

mouthfeel was kinda on the medium side but the ample carbonation saved this from drain pour

i would never buy this again nor should anyone

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
1.9/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked up a 6 pack when I was waiting for a an appointment and this was the only appealing beer in the liquor store. It was failry priced at $7.99.

A- poured out of a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a very light golden pale yellow with a 1" head that recedes almost instantly and leaves almost no lacing around the glass.

S- Very floral scent with orange and lemon zest. A lot like a lemon tea with honey added. Has an acidic tinge to it.

T- I do not get the cream sicle that every else says they taste. It bites like I am chewing on orange and lemon peels. I get a slight faint floral honey taste, but this is just bad, BAD.

M- thin and watery with slight carbonation, similiar to a light beer.

O- I was very dissapointed in this beer. I wanted to like it. It would make a great introduction to a person just getting into craft beer Starting off with mild bitter flavors, but I can not buy this again.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
1.9/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pale clear orange to amber color with large bubbles and a small head that quickly fades to a lifeless surface. Lacing sticks to the sides for a bit, but then disappears.

S - Smells like orange soda. Sweet artificial orange aroma with a highly carbonated aroma.

T - At first there is, again, an orange soda flavor, though highly suppressed, a bit of light malt flavor. A faint citrus bitterness starts the aftertaste then meld into a biscuity finish.

M - Carbonation is high, numbs the tongue a bit. Thin to medium bodied. A bit refreshing.

D - Meh, too much like orange soda for my tastes. If you want to get kids hooked on beer at an early age, this would be a good bet. Basically, this beer is a waste.

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Photo of oogenesis
1.91/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ugh. It looks like beer, but I assure you, the resemblance is only coincidental. If you actually need the scent of alcohol tang to remind you that you're drinking a beer, you're in deep trouble indeed. This concoction tastes, for all the world, like lightly fizzy orange peel, or Emergen'C orange flavor, or fluorescently orange Tang. Never before have I seen a beer that promised so much on the label deliver so little...I couldn't even taste the honey it was purportedly brewed with.

I would recommend this only to people who drink wine coolers and/or don't particularly like the taste of alcohol. It does have a pretty label though.

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Photo of haazer
1.98/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Very bubbly, highly carbonated with a subtle yellow head that forms one finger and dissapates rather quickly. Color is a cross between gold and orange, very pale. No lacing

S- Smells of orange and citrus artificial flavors. A bit of floral scents. Kind of reminds me of Pine Sol though actually. Not to appealing.

T- Stale pale malts up front followed by chemical lemon/orange flavors. Yuck, pretty crappy aftertaste too I might add.

M- Very light body. Carbonation is ok and felt, but it contradicts the smooth characteristics of a cream ale.

D- This beer looked and sounded interesting but ultimately fell flat IMO. Best part of the beer was its highly carbonated appearance, but thats not saying much. Taste was almost unbearable. Will not look for again.

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Photo of UncleFlip
1.99/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice in the glass- a honey colour with tinges of orange...the head is very active, medium bubbles, nice and white. Almost more like a soda head. Goes away somewhat quickly, with no lace left behind. Lots of bubbles rising in this one.

The smell is really not beer at all. It's a powdery sweet orange- almost like candy (the powdery sugary kind that can even make small children sick, it's so sweet). Sort of an even sweeter orange PEZ smell, really.

I think this is the lowest flavour score I've given. It's not awful, but it's not beer. This is like slightly spicy weak orange kool-aid, with a hint of beer flavour on the finish. 'nuff said.

There's a little body to this, but not terribly a lot. A somewhat loose carbonation swells at the middle, and is gone.

Lowest drinkability I've ever given. I don't think I want another of this again. It's be a good one to give to that pretty young thing you invited over, who thinks she could never like beer. :) I'm rather disappointed. I had hoped this would be better...I kinda linked the idea of it.

Be well

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Photo of largadeer
1.99/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Blond in color with the slightest haze. The head retention is surprisingly decent.

Smell: Some kind of weird Tang and lactose mixture that has been sitting out too long.

Taste and mouthfeel: Tastes like some children's orange-flavored Vitamin C was dissolved into the wort. Thin and watery, certainly not what I'd call creamy. The finish is on the sweet side with the lactose coming through to meet the vile orange flavor head on. I was hard pressed to detect any actual beer flavors.

Drinkability: 3 oz was about all I could handle.

Notes: One of the worst beers I've had to date.

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Photo of hopdog
1.99/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle.

Poured a light yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Faint, almost rotten, orange peel smell. Very light orange taste with a fizzy, overly carbonated body. After tasting this one I could only ask why, oh why?

Notes from: 07/15/04.

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