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 UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -1%
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 Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +20.7%
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 BEERchitect
2.57/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hey, who put Tang in my beer? This one with a coppery tone. Pours heavily carbonated with big bubbles that disappeared quickly. 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 largadeer
1.99/5  rDev -33.7%
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 brentk56
3.42/5  rDev +14%
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%
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 oberon
3.52/5  rDev +17.3%
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 jlindros
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.41/5  rDev +13.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.12/5  rDev +4%
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 mactrail
3.39/5  rDev +13%
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 -15.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev +17%
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 -32.3%
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.47/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz w/ o freshness date into an Alaskan summer ale glass.
A - A deep golden w/ shades of amber. A 2 finger head that settles quickly + leaves absolutely no lace.

S - Sweet pure orange essence - like coming into an orange grove. Heaven if you love the smell of oranges. A perfume that is so sunny and natural it made me smile w/out trying.

M - Sparkling like an orange soda first taste. The actual malt taste edges forward as the carbonation relaxes and of course sweet light orange notes are felt.

T - Spritely sweet orange with a floral flavor and bordering on 'beer cooler' , but somehow the cream ale saves this and lets the two distinct sweet tastes compliment each other. A real refresher w/ a sweet carbonated flavor that is slightly creamy w/ loads of orange. Could be better-more cream ale flavor wouldn't hurt.

D - Highly quaffable, but as far as beer w/ fruit goes it could be more, well beer tasting. I enjoyed one, but repeated tastes might not be recommended unless looking for a refreshing taste of orange w/ your cream ale. A good entry beer for those who want to experiment w/ a craft beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.51/5  rDev +17%
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 TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Since I'm makin' some pasta, I might as well have a beer, right? This one pours a mostly clear golden straw topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, wheat, red apple flesh, very light white grape, and sweet honey. This fruit salad comes off almost fake-ly sweet and fruity, as though I'm smelling some sort of air freshener or something instead of a beer. The taste brings in everything above, along with some sweet flowers and a touch of grass. These new, earthier elements don't really help much. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a fizzy, watery feel. Overall, I cannot say in any way that I am a fan of this beer. It's not necessarily rotten, but it's nowhere near good, either.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 07/11/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat cloudy bright yellow color with two inches of white head that quickly disappears, and moderate carbonation evident. No lacing left on the glass, king of looks like a BMC macro.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, floral notes, wheat, and bread. Decent and the orange definitely comes through up front, though it's not overly strong.

t - Tastes of orange, citrus hops, bread, and grain. Kind of like a BMC macro, but slightly better, with that orange tint to it.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. A tiny bit too carbonated.

o - Overall an average beer with some very light nice orange in the nose and taste. A better alternative to BMC products, though I didn't really see it as a fruit/vegetable beer. Wouldn't seek it out again but not awful.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I drank & reviewed their Pumpkin Ale last weekend and a lightbulb came on in my head regarding the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody. Lo & behold, I had a bottle of this awaiting review!

From the bottle: "Brewed with honey and orange peel with orange flower extract added".

I Pop!ped the cap and began an extremely gentle pour into an awaiting schooner glass. Interestingly, despite obvious carbonation in the form of bubbles, I could not raise any head, even with a vigorous swirl once in the glass. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like honeysuckle! I kid you not. It was really pleasant and very evocative of springtime. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was spot-on as far as a Dreamsicle/Creamsicle was concerned! Orange sherbet wrapped around a vanilla ice cream center. The orange was sweet orange, not at all bitter, less like orange zest and more like orange juice or extract. I know that there will be incredulity at the idea that a self-avowed hophead enjoyed something this sweet, and it was sweet, let me assure you. It just brought back memories of when I was a wee one and Dreamsicles/Creamsicles were my favorite. Finish was sweet and very orange-y with a bit of vanilla. Mmmm.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a pale orange tinted gold with a nice vibrant semi clear body, with slightly off white thick chunky head, some thin uneven lacing sticks around as it dwindles. Aromatics give off strong orange peel some sugar coated notes as well with the citrus outweighing any evidence of minimal hops utilitized. Smells of oxiclean orange scented products of info merical heyday, with a floral herbal note in the background. Flavor wise the strong herbal tea leafiness with the citrus (orange peel additions) with a light creamed corn sweetness are evident. It's been around a long time, so somebody is drinking it but definitely not a regular for my dbf. Mouthfeel is light and lively on the palate with a slight oily texture from the orange peels, finish is somewhat medicinal but I'll take that. Drinkability overall isn't great I'd much rather drink a pils if I'm going for a lighter beer or a well done hefe weizen versus this style.

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Photo of jwc215
2.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours golden yellow with a creamy white head (that I expected to leave plenty of lacing - but it didn't much).

The smell is of orange blossom - make that orange soda-pop. The aroma is not necessarily unpleasant - but, where's the beer?

The taste is of orange soda-pop with a dollop of orange sherbet. Sweet, though stops short of really cloying.

Thin and fizzy with a touch of creaminess.

Maybe this would work if I loved orange soda-pop more. This is almost as bad as their pumpkin ale (though not quite), not as good as their blueberry oatmeal stout (not that that's saying much). Does this even qualify as beer?

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Photo of smakawhat
2.02/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Off the pour this beer comes out very straw, hits with an orange yellow body, and barely makes a white one finger head which disappears pretty quickly. Beer is very hazy in appearance. but seems to leave a thin white collar. Looks very lifeless.

Nose is well. Orangey. Extremely artificial smelling to me. Powdered tang breakfast drink. It reminds me of those rocket candies from halloween with an orange smell, it smells like artificial candy. It's huge, almost like a frozen orange popsicle. There is not malt, no creamy sensations, nothing, just orange artificial sweetness. I suppose that's the brews angle but it doesn't smell like beer at all. It doesn't smell bad though I kind of actually like it, but I'll deduct below average cause it does not given any sense that this is a cream ale at all.

Ok.. so with that big nose profile you'd think there'd be some taste to this beer. My god was I ever wrong. Extremely wet palate, barely even any malt density, there isn't even any sweetness. Flattened watered down orange Kool-Aid.

Overall I was thinking this would be fun, and I like to cut loose once in awhile, but boy this is so watered down and flattened it's like drinking watered down tang and/or orange Kool-Aid. It doesn't even taste like beer, and it doesn't even deliver from what is sensed on the nose at all. It says brewed with natural flavor, could have fooled me tastes anything but.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Faded tangerine toned color, little head. Spritzy, soda-ish aroma, orange-flavored cream soda, so far, and nothing but...rosy and bright, but over-carbonated, all the way.
Taste: palpable creaminess on the palate, orangey flavor, and again, there's huge carbonation. Nothing but sody-pop, and a bit too sour at first, with the orange flavor, and any true beer-y characteristics, being too light to consider it a worthy brew. Too light bodied, minimal finish...there's probably a lot of folks out there who'd dig this (girly-girls, panty-waists, Nancy-boys, sissy-pants), but not me, brother, not me.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/3/04- Purchased at Buffalo Bill's Brewery in Hayward, CA

Appearance- Pours an orangish/amber color with a tiny head that quickly disappeared and zilch lacing.

Smell- Smells of malt and sharp orange emerge from the glass.

Taste- A pretty hefty artificial oranginsh taste, maybe like orange now and laters, a decent taste of malt and maybe a hop hidden in there. Not a bad flavor.

Mouthfeel- Kinda like drinking an orange soda, but with alcohol! Not overly carbonated though. Finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability- More of a summer, warm weather beer. I did enjoy it though and would buy it again. A nice thirst quencher with a fruity kick to it.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle
Served into a cervoise glass

A: Chill hazed initially, but truly a quite clear yellow/orangeish colored body. Fizzy-like bright white head forms easily, though the dissipation is just as quick. No lacing or retention after its all said and done.

S: Tons of orange peel and oils, certainly dominating everything which I suppose is its intent. A bit of coriander and some Witbier-like spices, too. Not offensive but extremely one-dimensional.

T: Orange flesh and a sharp orange oil note are up-front, almost to the point where its starting to taste artificial (perhaps it is?). A bit of cream is mid to back palate without much of anything else going on. The malts are very pale and light, not adding much to the flavor. Hops? Sorely missing here which could have helped break things up or brighten the profile.

M: A bit creamy though still highly carbonated. It doesn't taste fizzy on the palate and is a quite refreshing body for hot weather.

I mean, this was just okay. There isn't anything disgusting about it, I was able to finish the glass. As it warmed though this started to turn for the worse. Nothing I'd reach for again but if you want an extremely orange-forward beer, this would be one to try.

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