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 TheManiacalOne
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
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 phiberoptik
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright burnt orange with just a bit of haze. Lots of frothy meringue head that rises above the top of a standard pint glass in waves. It looks refreshing.

Smells of candied orange peel, multiple citrus notes, and a bit of malt in there as well. A swirl in the glass brings out some fresh orange notes and hints of Grand Mariner.

Orange zest upfront but almost a bit of a soapy taste (not from the glass I assure you). Its really the only reason I knicked it here. Lots of orange in the mouth with a faint resemblance of orange liqueur.

Nice and crisp with lots of carbonation. Very refreshing for this time of year.

Overall this is a decent beer. I almost cringe when I see screwtops but the beer was definitely drinkable and enjoyable.

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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 Spikester
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with a small white head which lasted about 30 seconds leaving a small ring. No lacing so far. Smell is orange and citrus oils. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter from the modest hopping. Malts are plentiful and slightly grainy. A good cream ale base that is enhanced (or ruined) by the generous orange citrus flavors. The label says "ale brewed with honey, orange peel, natural flavors, and orange flower extract added". I think I can taste them all. Mouthfeel is fine for a cream ale perhaps a bit overly carbonated. Overall an interesting beer and well crafted for what it is. This beer is brewed by Pyramid Brewing Co. for Buffalo Bill's Brewery somewhere on the West Coast. A tasty and refreshing summer beer though probably one would be enough.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Straw colored with an slight head that didn't last very long. Fairly unspectacular pour.

S - This is where this brew shines. the sweet orange and orange blossom smell is excellent. Like orange blossom honey.

T - Not spectacular but not offensive either. Kind of like a macro cream ale but with a tinge of orange.

M - No much going on here. Light, lightly carbonated.

O - Here's the tricky part. As pedestrian as it is, the alluring, sweet orange blossom scent is such a very arresting quality that, I think, it was responsible for my enjoying this brew more than it perhaps deserved.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.14/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a crystal clear straw with a half finger of head that dissipates extremely quick. Light-medium carbonation with poor lacing.

N: Honey, red licorice straws, creams soda, orange zest, white grapes and perhaps some corn.

T: Follows the nose. Starts out with sweet honey, orange zest and cream soda. This is followed by red licorice straws and white grapes. Finishes with some lingering grains and corn.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

O: Fairly balanced, easy drinking and refreshing. Simple but to the point. An "ale brewed with honey and orange peel" is exactly what you get. These seem highly sessionable but I personally couldn't drink too many of them. The flavors seem like they can get rather cloying after a while. Not bad, not good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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 JNewbs
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one the other day, poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Standard, hazy orange/gold. Mild head, no real lacing.

S - Some citrus notes, and maybe a hint of phenol.

T - Here's where this one started and finished for me. I expected sweetness from the title, but got slammed with oily, bitter orange peel flavors with only a mild mitigating sweetness on the back end. The finish was total phenolic/medicinal.

M - The creaminess was a little off putting. It might be typical of the style - I don't know. But I didn't go for it too much.

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Photo of callmeclemens
4.84/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The brothers and I never seem to agree. Oh well. Poured from a bottle a nice orange/gold color, nice thick foamy white head, and nice lacing. Like a brilliant dark bold creamsicle. The taste was exellent, with a nice milky mouthfeel with orange, florals, and nice light grains, wonderful. For me this will become a summer staple.

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Photo of aval89
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: light honey golden color.. 1 finger of bright white head..

s: lemon lime like aroma.. orange creamsicle.. hints of grape cough syrup (medicinal)..

t: big medicinal flavors.. phenolic.. some lemon-lime flavors pull through along with some mild orange sherbert flavors.. finish is slightly medicinal with graininess & some bread..

mf: light-medium body with prickly carbonation.

o: meh..

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.17/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light honey color, with active carbonation. Starts with a 3/4" head, that quickly disappears. I always worry about any non-stout beer where the head completely disappears.

Smells like malty ginger ale, with a hint of sweet orange. It has more of a sweet herbal tea smell than a beer smell.

Tastes like flat ginger ale, with a splash of flat 7-Up mixed in. Malty notes, with some residual grassiness. Ends with a share carbonation taste, leaving an artificial sweetener aftertaste. Mild fruity notes, some orange, some lemon.

Light bodied, with a dry sharp finish. As I get further into this, the carbonation begins to leave a metallic feel in the mouth.

I've seen this beer countless times at the store, and though it's gotta be better than it sounds. Well, I was wrong; this is more flat soda than it is fruit beer. If malty wine cooler is your thing, give it a try. Otherwise, avoid.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
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 notchucknorris
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color with a thin off white head.

S: Huge aromas of orange, freshly grated orange zest and orange blossom. They really nailed the orange, but it's pretty overwhelming and a little over the top.

T: Lots of orange along with some lemon and a bit of grain on the finish. This is labeled a cream ale, but had no evidence of actually being one. The mouthfeel was about as creamy as an original Bud. Not quite what I was hoping for.

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Photo of AlexisDetroit
3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I rather like Orange Blossom Cream Ale, and I'm somewhat picky about beers. This is the only fruit flavor beer that I've been buying for years. Just like with crappy movies, everyone should be allowed to have a favorite crappy beer.

I would recommend this beer for Pabst set that seeks to cheat on their signature hipster beer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark yellow, very clear, abundant head that dissipates quickly
S: very sweet orange soda pop smell
T: sweet, orange-dominant flavor over a rather pedestrian wheat beer; not complex, few hops

Good beer to give someone instead of a screwdriver. Without the punch.

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Photo of marqoid
2.26/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight from 12oz bottle.
Smells like artificial orange flavoring in a light beer, there is some wheat there, but not much. Taste is again lots of orange , but it does not seem natural, almost like orange soda syrup added to a cream ale. Mouthfeel is appropriate it is creamy with some body behind it, but I think this may also be a fault because it make it difficult to drink much.
Overall this is an outlier for the fruit beer style as it is overly orange flavored and uses artificial flavoring, that said my wife enjoys it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed gold color with a small, bubbly white head. Nothing in the way of retention and lacing. No freshness date. This is one of the few beers that manages even LOOK below average.

Smells like Sprite soda with some orange juice and a spritz or two of lemon and orange peel. Maybe a little orange curacao for some sweet syrupy component.

Taste is like what I imagine an orange peel dipped in cheap vanilla ice cream would taste like. I love orange dreamsicles, and comparing this beer to them is doing the frozen treat a disservice! This is thin, pithy, sweet and overly fizzy. Seems like a good idea gone wrong. Glad this was only a single, I would have a tough time finishing a whole sixer of it.

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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 katybee
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very light and 'sophisticated' flavor.

Pours translucent pale yellow, like an IPA, with moderate amount of quickly disipating smooth creamy head.

Smells only verly lightly, mostly grain or malt, with very faint citrus.

The taste is a winner here...Not citrus due to hops, but clean, dry and crisply flavored by orange peel and orange flower extract--a very delicate combination which doesn't overpower (like a blueberry beer or citrusy hefweisen, or with odd flavors like the sours) yet is very present. A light and flavorful, subtley dry drink. Sweet, yet not overly so; slightly biscuity with a light malty but lemony aftertaste. Similar to Zima perhaps, but without the excessive liquor maltiness; this is definitely a light beer.

Very light bodied, clean and crisp; the carbonation is tight and tingly. Not really 'creamy' as per the description, though.

Overall a great thirst quencher, with no real bitterness; and mild enough for light meals and deserts or to be savored by itself. Sweet and sophisticated; probably favored by the ladies...!

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.26/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours almost clear, like Sprite, and has just a little bit of head that fizzes out pretty quickly.

S: Smells malty with some sweet oranges and a hint of lemon zestiness.

T/M: Flavor is equally as light and equally as jaunty; malt, sugary orange, small bitterness, some adjunct similarities.

Light, zesty beer good for a hot season.

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Photo of erosier
3.97/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear orange-yellow color with a medium and medium bodied, sort of creamy, white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of sweet orange and floral aromas, just as they said it would.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, a nice mix of floral and orange flavors. The taste is just what it says - cream ale brewed with orange and it's kind of refreshing.
M: Feels smooth, clean, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, refreshing.
D: Overall pretty drinkable, it's a medium abv beer with refreshing orange flavors and not too bitter or sweet. I liked it, nice job.

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Photo of gaugebozo
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I have to say I disagree with most of the reviews. This is not the most impressive beer of all time, but the flavors I got were orange blossom in a cream ale, not fake orange cream flavored soda (Bros, I'm looking at you). I'm thinking many of the reviews are from people who simply do not like fruit beers, which at least one review actually states. Keep in mind that hops are a relatively new addition to beer, only being the dominant flavoring for a few hundred years. For thousands of years, people used what they had: myrtle, spruce clippings, even sage. That doesn't make it any less beer.</rant>

A - Orangey gold with light suds. A cream ale could use more of a head.
S - Perfumey orange and flowers.
T - Almost more like tea than beer. Tastes like orange blossoms, mildly herbal. My wife says, "It tastes like Florida smells." Refreshing and a little surprising. Not sure where people are getting cream soda/creamsicle from, no vanilla to be found, tastes more of flowers than oranges.
M - This is where this gets docked. Could use more body to help hold some foam. Correct carbonation for the style - cream ale, which has nothing to do with cream soda.
O - Good summer drinker.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -15%
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 atr2605
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- soft yellow with a quickly dissipating head
S- orange creme sicle
T- orange creme up front, followed by a slight hop bitterness with more orange in the finish
M- light bodied with average carbonation
O- has more of a soda flavor than I would expect. Definitely has that artificial creme sicle taste to it. It's not terrible but falls in line with all the other over fruit flavored ales

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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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