Orange Blossom Cream Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Orange Blossom Cream AleOrange Blossom Cream Ale
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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 HURTemHIZZY
2.07/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear orangey yellow. Pours yields a two finger head that is similar to the look of a soda when poured aggresively; no stickiness or retention to speak of. Dissipated to almost nothing in about 20 seconds.

Smells of orange peel mostly, with a decent level of sweetness that is somewhat pleasant. Can't get much from the hop profile, but the aroma is not terrible.

Yikes, the taste is a big letdown, not that the pour or the aromas were all that great, either. Strong orange notes, and completely unnatural as well. Tastes like a fanta. At some point i could taste some hoppy citrus notes trying to make themselves noticed, but the orange flavor drowned them out quickly.

Extremely light and overly carbonated. It feels like a wine spritzer. Extremely disappointing brew. Pretty much tastes like natural light meets orange crush to me.

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

12 oz brown bottle, label same as pictured above.
Pours a pale orange color, some gold-like hilights. Slightly off white head, chunky foam to start, then down to a thin cap, uneven lacing on the glass. Some orange or citrus aroma, kind of sugary sweet, no hops or other smells detected. Flavor has some more citrus, orange peel, more on the sweet side (sugary sweet rather than malt sweetness). Body is light, quite carbonated. Slight oily mouthfeel. Interesting cocept, was expecting fuller body and mouthfeel (cream ale), but the 'orange blossom' was apparent.

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Photo of cdbooth219
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into glass mug

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold color with one finger of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly with a little
lacing on the sides of the glass

s: Strong aromas of oranges and a powerful aroma of alcohol

T: Tastes like oranges with some malt behind it. Its rather sweet. Finishes slightly bitter. This is rather unique.
As it warms it tastes more like oranges

M: Not overly carbonated nor too watery, but not fantastic

D: Not too heavy so its fairly drinkable. Overall nothing too spectacular but not too bad. I could drink one,
maybe two, but no more.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.06/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've passed on buying this the past umpteen times I've been to the grocery store. I finally caved last week.
I expected a creamy, orange push-pop beer--a good summertime beer. There's a strong sweet aroma and flavor of oranges in this beer.

The ale is golden amber in color, and very clear. There was a decent head that dissipated quickly. There's a very strong orange blossom, orange peel, and sweet citrus. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It's nicely carbonated without exploding in your mouth.

As far as taste, orange dominates, but in a good way. Hints of the bitterness of the orange peel, and the surprising sweet orange flavor. My second taste revealed a nice surprise: floral notes and malt. As the beer warmed to room temperature, these flavors became more noticeable.

Overall, one of the better beers I've had. Not something I could drink a bunch of in one sitting, but it's pleasant, different, refreshing.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini snifter. Vibrant orange with about 2 inches of head. Lots of small carbonated bubbles. Tastes like orange sunkist orange soda. No real ale flavor profile to report here. Major disappointment. I suppose this would be highly chugable on a hot day. Other than that I would stay away.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Eh, this didn't inspire confidence from the pour, but the outlook improved from there. A decent smell of well, orange blossom I guess (smelled more like orange rind, but hey).

Taste, you know, some fruit beers over do it, but this one found nice balance between the orange flavor and the usual ale flav. Nice. Stuck around, didn't evolve, but didn't disappear.

Drinkable to a degree. Nice one, but two may be pushing it.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Rusty copper colored, hazy (looks like lemonade and tea mixed.... I love that 1/2 & 1/2)... about 1 fingers worth of head that disappears quickly with no lacing to speak of.

S: Tang... Yes the drink only NASA could give us.... Lots of orange, a touch of lemon and a little floral.. Interesting!

T: OK the interesting smell runs away after the first taste. Very strong orange tang taste. Sweet with a little tartness in the finish.... Does not taste like beer at all.... Strange but not drain worthy.

M: Mid to light bodied... a little on the thin side and very fizzy.

D: Ok this is a hard one.... It is not like beer at all... More like a wine cooler... the aftertaste is very wine cooler like.... You could drink a load of these, but why would you if your looking for beer.

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Photo of hossua34
2.45/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very bright yellow-gold. A little bit hazy. Head is tiny, and disappears amazingly fast - literally a couple of seconds. More fizzy than foamy. Forget about seeing any lacing.

S - Smells like artificial orange flavoring. I'm immediately reminded of Orange Glo or some other artificial citrus-scented cleaner. Definitely not what I'd expected.

T - Hmm. Well, the orange is completely overpowering and totally unbalanced. The taste in general is very synthetic - kind of like orange candy. A little bit lemony too.

M - Kind of watery, kind of fizzy. Better than the rest of the beer's qualities, though that is not saying much.

D - This is a hybrid between an adjunct lager and a fruity malt beverage... If you're looking for some fizzy, sugary orange juice-beer, this is it. A half drainpour.

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Photo of Brenden
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color is a hazy orange. This pours exactly like a soda. The head is big on the pour, but made of little fizzy bubbles. The head dissipates just after the pour is finished and there's no foam remaining; there's nothing there to leave any lace behind. This is an orange soda.
The smell is of orange rind with an earthy note. This is an orange soda.
There might be a very faint malt underneath here. Otherwise, the taste is orange rind with a little juice, and that's about it except that there's a note of grains in the finish. Hops are absolutely negligible. This is an orange soda.
The body is light and it just is. This is an orange soda.
Essentially, in case the point wasn't made, this is an unsweetened orange soda. It's almost an orange tea in seltzer. A sympathetic rater could give this an okay score, but a beer purist will not. I suppose I'm somewhere in between.

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Photo of NekotoNikku
2.74/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - N/A (Had a brain fart and forgot to drink it in a glass and the bottle made it difficult to tell)

Smell - Has a rather odd smell to it, rather chemical in nature.

Taste - Tasted faintly of oranges with a heavy alcohol taste and a slight nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Little more bitter than I was expecting, you definitely taste the alcohol in this one.

Drinkability - Not an overpowering alcohol taste, but you definitely know it's there. Wouldn't really drink this one again, I was expecting a more pleasant orange taste, but it tasted more like orange pop mixed into a beer.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.59/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank from bottle, although i have had it in a glass before.

A: orange-ish yellow

S: orange peel, slight honey aroma,

T: sweet malt, orange peel, very light hops, reminds me of a orange cookie my grandmother made

M: creamy, slight mouth coating

D: defiantly worth a try, good as a dessert

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Photo of MeadMardigan
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: yellow/orange with small rising bubbles; slightly cloudy, short lived white head

S: citrus and sweet

T: initial burst of tang, not quite orange in flavor; reminds me of Tang, giving way to a faint suggestion of plastic; does not taste like beer

M: enough carbonation to bite at the top of the mouth, but very thin on the pallate; leaves quickly

D: pleasing if you want a thin tasting beer that suggests citrus, but not enough carbonation or interest to motivate a repeat

The "orange" flavor simply doesn't taste natural, and there are absolutely no other "beer" elements involved in the taste (hops, barley, yeast, etc.) to really satisfy as a beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Buffalo Bills Orange Blossom:

This beer pours a hazy orange in color.

Theres a hint of orange juice in the nose.

Tastes decent enough, kind of like an orange creamsickle in beer form. There is definately a solid malt backing to balance the orange flavor, and the brew itself on a whole is decently appetizing.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lingering sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a decent orangey brew here. Would I have more than one, probably not.

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Photo of dislogik
2.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer with a bit of apprehension, it came as part of a set of "summer brews" I found at the World Market Center. Any beer that lists a fruit normally keeps me away, so I was kind of surprised this one wasn't that bad. While the beer had a orange beer/soda look to it, I was surprised it didn't have a real orange smell to it. It didn't have a big orange taste either. It did have a kind of fizzy quality to it when drinking, but mostly a crisp easy to drink beer. While I may never go out of my way to purchase a 6 pack, if handed one I'd drink it.

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Photo of shrxxm216
3.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color, resembling Ginger Ale.
Absolutely no head or lacing after being poured. A lot of fizzing going on, also like Ginger Ale.
Smells like orange peel mixed with a lime soda. Appealing in a strange way.
Taste almost how it smells. More orange taste with a crisp finish. Aftertaste of yeast.
Feels flat for how much fizzing is going on. Not impressed.
Overall this beer reminds me more of a really good soda. Different and worth trying, but I am glad I only bought one.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No date.

A - Poured an insanely effervescent cloudy yellow straw color with the fast dissipating head I've ever seen. It was actually gone by the time I finished pouring. Nothing left over.

S - Aroma of a cream-sicle. Artificial oranges and a splash of sweet honey with cream. Crystal malts linger in the background.

T - Zesty orange citrus flavor with a creamy finish that mellows it out a little bit. No hop or malt flavors behind the fruity concoction.

M - Extremely carbonated. Very crisp, light. Sharp carbonation bite to the finish like soda.

D - Between the harsh soda-like carbonation bite and the citrusy zest, it's a good summer beer for anyone that likes Berry Weiss. I thought I'd finish it but when it came to the last two gulps I asked myself, "why bother?"

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Photo of ThaBobfather
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a kind of pale/straw yellow color with medium/light bodied white head.
Smell has faint notes of orange peel and spice.
Taste is fairly lacking in orange taste. There is a note of it there, and it blends ok with the cream ale spice.
Finish is cleanish, with a minor peel after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, sometimes the spice makes it rough in spots.

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Photo of KI9A
2.72/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a very nice hazy gold. Puffy head, disappates quick. No lace.

S: Awesome orange. Like orange candy. Dominates anything else.

T: All about orange, as expected. Problem is, it is WAY too bitter. Like eating an orange peel. If it was a tad sweeter, this might work OK.

M: Luckily, the bitterness passes quick, leaving no aftertaste.

D: I can't do it. I enjoy cream ales. I enjoy oranges. But, not the rind. Debating whether or not to give it the dump, and move on.

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Photo of TLove
2.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(From Notes)

Mixture of orange zest oils (good), cream soda (good), yeasty residue (good), and vanilla bean (good) all dumped into a single beer (pretty bad).

Not the first cream ale I've had, but certainly not the best. Color is murky and light orange. Smell and taste a bit muddled together, with some vanilla bean and yeasty orange, with a soda-like carbonation. Very light and way too sweet. Does not finish particularly well.

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Photo of LestatSabastian
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer had a cloudy yellow color to it with very little head.
smelled of orange zest that had been cooked a bit.
Liked the first taste and feel to it but it was very cold. When I let it set a minute I was not impressed. expected more of a creamy citrus hint to the beer. All in All a bland beer.
William of Bama

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Photo of cnally
2.11/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Just another part of the random sixer i just picked up.

The beer is a cloudy yellow-orange color. A great looking head literally disappears over a one minute span, with no lacing. I am drinking flat orange soda at this point.

A very spicy orangey aroma, really yeasty and different.

Well, the orange flavor is no joke here. It hits right up front and continues through the flavor right to the end. There are slight hints of cream soda and slight bitterness.

Fizzy and light on the tongue.

I just can't do this one. It is pure orange juice beer. It is like if there was a "Mike's Hard Orange Juice," this is exactly what it tastes like. Pass.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.31/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours just a shade darker than a light beer. The head immediately disappeared as soon as it formed. Carbonation is lively. Lacing was non existant

Haha wow, smells like a mix between a wine cooler and a dreamsicle. Pale malt is also smelled but the orange cream aroma dominates. Definitely doesnt smell like beer but i like it

Wow this tastes weird. Tastes like a mix of some wine cooler, a light beer, and some orange soda. Its very light, almost no taste of malts or anything else resembling beer. It doesnt taste horrible, just very different.

Mouth feel was a bit over carbonated. Body is very thin, almost watery. I would have liked some creaminess in the head but there is no head so Im shit outta luck

Drink ability is actually above average. Its not a beer i would normally buy but I wouldnt turn one down

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Photo of jsh420
1.88/5  rDev -38%
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 kshankar
3.07/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter gold with no head, no lacing, no layer of foam. What little "head" there is exists only because of a slightly aggressive pour. Even then, there isn't much

Aroma is oranges, mild honey. Oh, and oranges. Not much scent of alcohol or any "beer" characteristics. Did I mention the oranges?

Taste is like orange soda, with some honey to it. There is some grainyness going down that is slightly "beer" like, I guess

Mouthfeel is light, and goes down well.

Drinkability. Well the taste is fine, really. I guess its somewhat like Mike's Hard Lemonade, if anything. I don't think this qualifies as anything more than that.

I don't get any "cream" feeling from it, and its taste is actually good from a beverage point of view. From a beer point of view, it falls short. Not many characteristics of beer here. Good for people who hate beer though. And if that is what its there for, well, it lives up to that standard.

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Orange Blossom Cream Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 660 ratings
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