Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Orange Blossom Cream Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Orange Blossom Cream AleOrange Blossom Cream Ale
660 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 660 |  Reviews: 362
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.24/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The orange blossom pours a golden color with little or no foam head to it. It had to freshness date I could find. The smell was the best part of this beer. The orange zest really came through. In the taste you had the initial orange flavor followed by the semblance of cream. In the mouth it was very thin and didn't do much of any dance in there. This would be a good summer beer.

 381 characters

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

App: Pours golden orange with 2 fingers of head that quickly reduce to 1/2 a finger, lingers, then turns into a thin line.

Smell: Orange cream soda... interesting but not great. Makes me feel like I'm going to be drinking sunkist, but the orange isn't super intense. Some hint of honey in there too.

Taste: The malt backbone is great and consistent with the cream ale tradition. The hint of orange breaks up any monotony that might occur befure a nutty aftertaste takes over. Orange comes out more and more as it warms though, which is a little too bad.

Mouthfeel: A l ittle bit of a citrusy twang interacts with the light body. There is no bitterness, and nothing else going on.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, smooth and very sessionable.

 744 characters

Photo of tapman
3.9/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Looks like a standard brew. Very clear and transparent, though there is a barely significant amount of sediment that is only visible when held up to the light. Still looks like a clean drink.

Smells like the zest of a fresh picked orange. There is a thin hop background as the orange dominate the nose. More hops would be nice. Not much of a malt characteristic at all.

Very orange, though like a real orange, not some syrupy goop. Hops are still kinda thin and could use more, but they are heavier than in the nose. The hops and fresh orange taste make for a great combo.

Pretty standard. A light dry finish wraps up this brew, but its not so dry that it causes the puckering effect, just enough. Carbonation is pretty crisp.

For my money the most refreshing beer to drink on a hot day. It would have to be 90-degrees, when a beer is almost a chore, but its so tasty when drinking it in high heat. Maybe a bit sweet at room temperature. Try it when its ungodly hot outside, you won't be sorry.

 1,007 characters

Photo of Mitchster
4.01/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a crystal clear deep copper, forming a small white head with no discernable retention or lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nose is intensely aromatic, full of over-ripe oranges and rotting orange peel/ Very nice nose, cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a medium-light body. The taste begins with an intense orange expression, lots of juice and oil here, followed by some domestic macro-lager corn-like middle, a hint of malt husk, a moderate sweetness, very mild bitterness and a lightly ruddy finish. Sweet, but not cloying, this is like an orange Fanta meets Corona. This is refreshing, and I ended up buying a sixer of the stuff cause it goes down nice during the summer and is a refreshing change of pace. Not too shabby! Probably the best I've had for the style.

 801 characters

Photo of Beeryce
3.46/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Citrus nose, blossomy with a malty-complimentary background, excellent orange notes.

White head not much retention or lacing.
Pale orange yellow color.

Starts sweet, fades, nice orange taste, then nice cream ale flavor.
Only slightly soda like- in sweetness and effervesce.
Nice aftertaste!

Decent drinkabilaty, the sweetness and orange flovor could get overpowering after two.

 381 characters

Photo of crookedhalo
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with some orange highlights. Very short-lived off-white head that leaves the thinnest collar. Some streamers of carbonation, but not many. Faint honeyed-malt character in the aroma with an Orange Crush or Sunkist orange soda aroma to it as well. I can't help but describe the aroma further as being that of a bottle of Flinstone's crewable vitamins. Body is thin with orange flavoring and a watery presence amidst some generic, nondescript malt sweetness. Faint suggestions of orange blossom, but you really have to search your tastebuds for it. A nice bit of orange rind tartness in the finish is about a positive of a spin I can think of for this beer. Not entirely pleasant, but not repulsive either. Carbonation is dull, which is a shame because a smooth, creamy texture to the carbonation could have fared this ale nicely. If you really like oranges, I'd give it a shot, but if you are indifferent about them like I am, I think you could live your life without being disappointed that you never got to try Buffalo Bill's Orange Blossom Cream Ale.

 1,079 characters

Photo of celistealth
2.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured light golden orange with medium carbonation and an off-white head that dissipated quickly and left scarce lacing.

S: Refreshing tart orange zest yielding to subtly deep clove-like spices. Some mealy sourness.

T: The gentle complexity of the nose was a poor indication of flavor. Initially, there was similar orange rind flavor and creamy sweetness, but the latter spice-like complexity was absent. Refreshing and unique in its orange-ness for just a second, the flavor quickly decayed into a bland and hollow cereal sourness (think bad macro light). This finish did not last but a couple seconds, thankfully. Taste-wise, I give the brew points for effort.

M: Slightly under medium-bodied, with medium carbonation.

D: I did not enjoy it, but I could see it as an easy session beer; Low alcohol, light mouthfeel and somewhat clean finish. Perhaps after a few I could enjoy the brew as I adjust to the flavor.

 928 characters

Photo of Night
1.71/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

 510 characters

Photo of kdoc8
2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I acquired this on a whim at Friendly Street Market, Eugene OR. Some whims should not be followed. It poured out a very bright almost fluorescent orange color. It was very bubbly and effervescent without any head or lacing. It was clear and the smell was very strongly orange. The taste was a bit like an orange soda...except more watered down and not as sweet - so maybe like an orange soda where the ice has melted in it. There was no complexity - just a sweet orange taste. Kate says: "That's pretty heinous."

 512 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.47/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

 1,135 characters

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.

 504 characters

Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.24/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at Beers of the World in Rochester... I wonder if thats where the previous reviewer got his too. Somewhat weird for two Rochesterians reviewed this at a similar time. Oh well.

A: Poured it into a pint glass. Golden, slightly orange in color, but not much. There was almost no head whatsoever, and the head that did appear disappeared in a matter of seconds.

S: Smelled like a creamsicle. Other notes of honey and spice are very subdued. Dominant orange aroma.

T: If you combined the orange soda with beer, this is probably what you'd end up with. Lacking somewhat in complexity, but what did you expect?

M: Isn't this supposed to be a cream ale? There was no discernable creaminess. A little too highly carbonated for a cream ale with large carbonation bubbles and slightly drying for the finish.

D: Definitely quenched my thirst. It was a decent summertime ale, although I don't plan on buying any more in the future. In terms of fruity taste, not completely overdone, but not the best either.

 1,026 characters

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.24/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear orange-yellow color with a medium head.

Smell: Oranges and grain.

Taste: A well-balanced combination of sweet honey and orange with malt and medium hops bitterness.

Drinkability: This was quite nice. I knew I was drinking beer and not a fruit wine cooler. Flavors worked nicely and the honey taste really came through. Definately worth trying.

 379 characters

Photo of mrasskicktastic
1.9/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

 720 characters

Photo of idResponse
4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

and i thought the old grant's mandarin hefe was a good brew with citrus...

this pours crisp and clean, but i didn't get a whole lot of head out of it as i was pouring from 12 oz bottle, but it's retained it's lacing rather well!
it smells like a freshly peeled orange and tastes just about like one too! it really pretty much is like drinking an orange, but it's not super sweet or overly powerful or anything bad, it just plain tastes good. this is a great beer for a hot day. easily drinkable, i will definately buy this again.
Great Job!

 553 characters

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

 440 characters

4.15/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light pale orange color with little to no head. Smell is light and airy with obvious orange front. It lightens up after sitting out for a couple minutes ... soft metallic notes with a semi-sweet layer of spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is light and wet ... could use a heavier feel but definitely easy to swallow. Taste ... well there is so much to say ... Orange ... Creamy front with sweet orange that tastes like a orange cream soda. Finish is nice and well balanced with slight bitterness of orange zest and acidity with smooth malty undertones. This tastes more like a soda than a beer and for a fruit beer it is an excellent summer pourch pounder.

 663 characters

Photo of July2Nov
3.24/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light, golden orange with no head and minimal lace.
S: Sweet with notes of honey and oranges...who would have thought?
T&M: Has a "Sunkist" feel to it. It was a bit dry in the middle, quickly followed by a sweet honey backdrop. Overall, it was a bit over-carbonated for my liking.
D: It just never really stands out. A bit too one-dimensional...but I should have expected that from this sort of gimmick brew.

 414 characters

Photo of riversider76
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange. Very thin white head,with no retention,or lacing to speak of. Smell is of weak orange pop. Body is thin,and carbionated. Taste is of orange pop,with a creamcicle finish.This is a good tasting beverage,but where's the ale? Perhaps a bit more alchol would have helped. More like a wine cooler than a beer.

 326 characters

Photo of beeragent
3.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I always loved Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale, so I had to give this a try. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a light orange, forming a thin 1/4 inch head, and leaving light rings of lace. The aroma is just like a Sunkist orange soda. Thats the only way to describe it. The taste is almost the same, except the orange flavoring is backed off a little, and replaced with a slight macro grain flavor in the finish. Light mouthfeel. Overall, I could definitely see serving my non-beer drinking friends this. I think its something they could enjoy for a while. While its not something that most beer drinkers would enjoy, I personally found it an interesting change to the usual styles. Definitely worth a try!

 729 characters

Photo of smcreator
3.44/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Note: I have not tried any other Orange Ales to date.

The packaging is more impressive than this cream ale. It is more like drinking an Italian Soda than a beer.

A: A washed-out yellow with a thin white head.

S: Creamsicle/Orange Soda.

T: A very simple taste. No trace of malt or hops (aka beer).

M: Drink a smooth orange cream soda and you have the identical taste.

D: So sweet and soda-like that I would be hard pressed to drink more than one of these consecutively. Definitely a beer to start or end the night, but not what you want to have as the main even.

 580 characters

Photo of Atlas1
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The name Orange Blossom Cream Ale is somewhat intriguing, so I decided to ignore all the warning signs in my brain and give it a try anyway. Not so sure that was a good idea....

Pours a pale golden orange color with a fizzy head and lots of carbonation. Still, with all the bubbles, the head recedes all too quickly to only a thin ring around the glass. Yikes! The aroma here is more orange cream soda than orange cream ale. Smells like Sunkist, and that's not a good thing. But, it IS orangey, so at least it's living up to its moniker. The taste is thin and tart. Definitely tastes like orange soda more than beer. Acidic with the slightest hint of malt. No hop character present here at all. And with a very thin mouthfeel, it's hardly what I would call a "cream ale." They might as well put this in cans and sell it in vending machines with the other sodas. This is hardly drinkable, and I think my "average" ratings for appearance and smell are somewhat generous. The only thing right about the title of this beer is the orange part. The rest is misleading. Unless you like your beer to taste like orange soda, avoid this beer at all costs.

 1,148 characters

Photo of Braudog
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at RFD Washington. Poured light and clear with an overall amber hue. Although the subtle aroma is a bit understated, this produces a very tart and fruity flavors, not unlike a creamsicle. My friends comment: "It’s Tang!" Only for those who like them extra fruity! (#2771, 4/5/2007)

 289 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
2.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a gold/orange/applejuice color with an inch frothy white head. It has an orange, floral and vanilla smell to it. It reminds me a bit of a cheap orange soda the way it smells. There isn't much hops or malt in the aroma at all. It tastes like a slightly diluted/watered down orange soda or creamsickle. Once again, no real hops/malt in the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel is pretty light and thin, not much to it. I guess if you like watered down orange creamsickles you'll like this, but I'm not impressed by this at all. However, it does go down kinda easy but it's not exactly what I'd call drinkable. The beer looks and smells nice, but unfortunately it just goes downhill from there.

 723 characters

Photo of mburkholtz
3.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange Blossom Cream Ale is a difficult beverage to figure out. When it was presented to me, I immediately noted the fruity, floral scent as I poured it into my glass. I was intrigued. Then I tasted it...

It was good. Like an orange creamsicle is good on a hot summer day. But, as a beer, it was a little disconcerting.

It was definitely drinkable. I could seriously see myself drinking one of these at a picnic or after a day at the beach. But as an everyday beer, it simply wouldn't do it for me.

 505 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.