Orange Blossom Cream Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

Orange Blossom Cream AleOrange Blossom Cream Ale
BA SCORE
15.9%
Liked This Beer
3.03 w/ 660 ratings
Orange Blossom Cream AleOrange Blossom Cream Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,306
Reviews:
362
Ratings:
660
Liked:
105
Avg:
3.03/5
pDev:
22.77%
Alströms:
2.4
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 660 |  Reviews: 362
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, orange zest, and yeast. There is a slight vomit-like smell that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is much the same with yeast and citrusy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that drinks better cold and gets worse as it warms up.

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer isn't something that most people would go for... It's too sweet for most beer lovers I'd say. However I was to say that I like it. The pour is a little boring, fizzy white head with a near clear yellow body. Typical look to this beer. The smell has a lot of orange on the nose. The taste is creamy orange with just some malt in the background. The mouthfeel is light, kind of airy and smooth. Overall this beer was ok in my eyes because I like the sweetness from time to time. I'd never want to have a bunch of these at one time but just a starter or finisher would be perfect

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.5/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hey, who put Tang in my beer? This one looks...well...orange with a coppery tone. Pours heavily carbonated with big bubbles that disappeared quickly. Smells...like orange Crush. Seriously. Slightly malty sweet and bitter with a bit of souring. Tastes strongly citrusy...again, like orange crush with a hard bittering from large amounts of curraco orange peel. Roughly grainy and astringent. Body is weak and compromised by the high carbonation. Finishes suddenly with the sweetness, but lingers in the orange flavors and the bitter bite. Aftertaste is the same as orange crush. Not as creamy of a beer as it should be. Orange bitter is out of balance.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color with a modest head that quickly declines to a ringlet and leaves no lacing behind

Smell: Smells just like Orange Soda, but it does have an aroma

Taste: Not over sweet, this concoction has a floral orange and ginger flavor that tastes as if it was sweetened by honey; the flavor doesn't develop much after the swallow, however

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent

Drinkability: Sure, it's not really what many would consider beer but it could be far worse; reflecting on what it is, I'd say its OK to drink cold on a hot day

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Photo of zeff80
1.68/5  rDev -44.6%
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 LXIXME
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of largadeer
1.99/5  rDev -34.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is it orange soda or beer? ... ... You decide! It smells, and to a certain extent (it's not THAT sweet) tastes, like orange soda. Fanta, perhaps? Of course, an orange soda would hold a better head. But I digress. I actually liked this beer! It's an interesting and refreshing change of pace that should work very well on a hot summer's day in between brews. Some might reach for a malternative, but not me... I'll just grab an orange blossom!

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Photo of jlindros
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light fizzy head fades very quickly, clear pale golden yellow color.

Nose smells like a creamsicle, orange, sweet candy syrup, light creamy aromas, light aromatic, orange soda aroma as well.

Taste fakes syrupy malt extract, orange flavoring, creamsicle, orange soda, candy, semi sweet but dries, light candy on the finish.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, its a candy orange soda creamsicle bleh, wouldn't be bad as a mixed drink or something, but not a beer!

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale light golden with a thin wispy white head,very effervescent orange aroma with a toasted cereal grain in there as well pleasant.Tastes like orange flavored cheerios kinda odd comparison but it reaaly fits for this beer like drinking tang with the morning cheerios.A winter seasonal seems kinda odd for this brew seems much more of a summer beer.Not a really bad beer I could see myself drinking this on a hot summer afternoon here in NC.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of orange, some spice, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet citrusy orange flavor followed by a little spice. Then some breadiness comes in from grain and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and there is not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a typical lighter fruity beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Standard lager-looking brew with a fine head in the tall Stella's glass. Nice lacing and long-lasting sudsiness. The look and mouthfeel is quite nice, so at least they know the industrial art of brewing beer at Buffalo Bill's.

Aroma is a perfumey orange-water scent. Rather sweet. Well, quite sweet, for a light beer. Not exactly malty. Quite fruity and bitter-tart, just like oranges with the peel. It's actually not a bad orange flavor. There is just something too much like candy about this. I would not want to drink a pint, but it's hard to fault the general beeriness of it. Let's hope they never make a malt liquor based on this stuff. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Ralph's supermarket in San Clemente.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Kind of deceptive. I got it hoping for a cream ale, but it's not that at all. It is rather, a basic fruit beer. Pours honey golden with almost no head, a bit fizzy. A taste of nearly sickeningly sweet orange pretty much dominates all. Refreshing, though a bit of a syrupy mouthfeel, as opposed to that of a crisp witbier. Not too bad, but I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bronze with 3+ fingers of offwhite head. No head retention or lacing

S: Smells orange nehi

T: Orange notes & a little lemony hops up front. I catch tartness & a litle grainyness as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit & lemony hops

MF: Light bodied with a modicum of carbonation

Drinks very easy, not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one is above average & works as a thirst quencher. Thought I'd hate this, but not bad

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Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dull-looking golden body with a very, very scant white head that disappears nigh instantly.

Smell: Meager pale maltiness in the nose, which is primarily scented with notes of sweetish, bitterish orange peels.

Taste: Light, transient taste of pale malts with a medium degree of overall sweetness. Juicy citrus peel flavor as one might expect, then some snappy acidity and a little bit of bitterness, seemingly from the added orange peels and not so much the hops. Starts to take on a marmalade quality. Some light sweetness on the finish with the orange lasting into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. I'm not getting much creaminess out of this purported cream ale.

Drinkability: It's like a less fizzy, less sweet Sunkist Orange Soda but with alcohol. It's okay and refreshing enough to warrant a single bottle, but not really for me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.03/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The first beer that I reviewed on this site was Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale and I was definitely not impressed. Let's see how Bill does with an orange beer.

For starters, it's more amber than orange, but it's orangey enough to suit the name. Crystal clear with plenty of carbonation rising off the bottom of the glass. The head is dirty white, small and falls alarmingly quickly to a barely covering film, leaving not a trace of lace. The nose is amazingly orange-like and, in fact, reminds me quite a bit of Orange Crush. It doesn't really smell like beer at all.

It doesn't taste a whole lot like beer either. It tastes like a mixture of weak, watery orange soda and weak, watery, cheap lager. The orange flavor is decidedly artificial as well. There's no real maltiness or hoppiness to speak of, nor much of anything that resembles good beer. The body/mouthfeel is thin, watery and overly fizzy.

I imagine that it's possible to brew a passable, maybe even a pretty good, orange cream ale. If you've been looking for just such a thing, be aware that Orange Blossom Cream Ale is not it. It isn't offensive, but it's in the ballpark.

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Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 15.9% out of 100 with 660 ratings
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