Blue Buck
Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.

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Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
British Columbia, Canada
Pale Ale - English
Ranked #69
Ranked #25,891
3.62 | pDev: 12.15%
Sep 18, 2021
May 13, 2009
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Notes: The Blue Buck is a legendary beast known to grant those that see him good fortune and safe travels! A deep amber coloured beer, the Blue Buck has a crisp finish featuring a delicate hop aroma. Certainly seeing the Blue Buck on bottle grants the drinker a great experience! Worth searching for.
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3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a can at the beerstore in Ontario 473ml at 5%.
poured a 2finger head into glass.
caramel taste with a medium bitterness.
sweet and light lager beer .
overall a very refreshing and crispy beer.

Sep 18, 2021
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3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Blue Buck pours into my glass clear and the color of polished copper. Thin streams of CO2 support a dense, off white head with decent retention.
Up front, Blue Buck's aroma starts out malty; sort of a combination of caramel and crushed grain. Aromas of bread dough come out in the center, smoothing out those initial aromas somewhat. The doughy character combines with something smelling of fondant, of all things. These combine together well enough before moving into a finish that is peppery European hops.
My first sip reveals up front graininess, leading into barely present flavors of caramel. After the caramel, graininess becomes a more pleasant flavor of toasted grain. The caramel flavor intensifies a bit, cutting through the overall graininess before moving into a lasting bitter finish. Somehow there's a hint of sweetness providing a subtle through note as well.
All things considered, Blue Buck is not bad. I find there could be room for improvement on one main front with this beer. Mainly, the flavors could have less graininess, more malt, and maybe some fruit esters. All things being equal, maybe a little more hop presence wouldn't hurt either.

Jan 24, 2021
3.62 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Jan 14, 2021
3.58 by DaPan from Canada (ON) on Feb 03, 2020
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3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by arizcards from North Carolina

Da Boss enjoyed an imperial pint which i finished the last 1/3rd of it in Victoria BC for a happy hour price of $5.50 CD.

Beer was served dark orange with a nice white head with the original service.

Nose was pretty mellow with some light citrus but not much else.

Taste was very well balanced but lacking some popping caramel malt and citrus i would expect for the style. Bitterness was 2/10.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing special. But it was enjoyed with a wonderful late glorious spring day in Victoria so it is all good!

May 24, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

From a flight at Rogue kitchen and Wet Bar.
Blue Buck isa decently balanced pale with a dry finish; but not too hoppy, just subtle... like brewed in the Mother Country.
I went on Phillips website and apparently it was founded on credit cards in 2001... So many things are possible with persistence.... including good beer.

Nov 12, 2018
3.78 by DNFriesen from Canada (AB) on Jun 13, 2018
3.75 by kwjd from Canada (ON) on Mar 14, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

Amber orange and filtered with lots of fast rising, small bubbled carbonation. Topped with a finger of off white head.

Smells of toasted malts, and light caramel.

Tastes of caramel and toasted malts. Slightly sweet, with a very light hop note.

Smooth, light weight body and lots of carbonation.

Really good brew. Exceeded my expectations as I was mostly purchasing it based on the cool can I found in The Beer Store. Drinking by the frozen lake, Dec 18th, 2017.

Dec 18, 2017
4.39 by dustin6185 from Canada (BC) on Dec 06, 2017
3.16 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Sep 13, 2017
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2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by pootz from Canada (ON)

Can and on tap - the canned version is a disappointed - amber-gold , small off white head, aromas of caramel, some earthy hop notes and light sweetness - medium body, smooth, soft mouth feel - flavor is malt forward with caramel malts dominating and a nice but understated earthy-woody tone from the hops - finish is long, wet, clean and verging on sweet. - decent drink but I wouldn’t session the canned version. Amber ales are a catch-all category for brewers to run sweet caramel malts forward but this is toned back enough to make it drinkable - maybe 2 or 3

Aug 09, 2017
3.5 by goalie35 from Canada (AB) on Aug 02, 2017
3.51 by Mousel from Canada (ON) on Jun 29, 2017
Photo of Saiyphbeer
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Saiyphbeer from Canada (AB)

Tasted in pint glass, on tap.

Slight head. Anemic amber, rusty. Quite a malty smell. Tastes of caramel, a bit hoppy in mid tones. Chalky mouth feel. It's okay, but wouldn't seek it out again.

Jun 24, 2017
3.77 by spacedaddy from Canada (BC) on Jun 08, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

On tap at The Sticky Wicket (Strathcona Hotel) in beautiful downtown Victoria. Poured a very nice light amber with an off-white head. Initial impression is light hops and a solid malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Refreshing if nothing else. Very enjoyable.

May 25, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ofYYC from Canada (AB)

Pours a clear copper with a snow white head. Aroma is dry, like... Wheat? Flavor starts with a crisp, mild hoppiness, followed by a resonating biscuity taste that is quite pleasant, with a gently fuzzy feel to it. Overall, a highly drinkable beer.

Apr 28, 2017
Photo of atigerlife
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by atigerlife from Hawaii

Had on tap.

Caramel colored beer with a off-white head, decent looking.

Aroma is sweet, some malts.

Taste is carmamel. Quite sweet. Nice malt backbone. Decent hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, glad I tried it. While nothing spectacular, it went well with the food and was quite easy to drink.

Apr 23, 2017
3.93 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Apr 01, 2017
Photo of FX4
2.02/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
by FX4 from Washington

No head was my introduction. Quite aromatic. Orange notes. Slight hops aroma. Soapy taste. Very mediocre mouth feels for a pale

Mar 23, 2017
4.03 by cknoch from Canada (AB) on Dec 25, 2016
3.75 by Eugoogalizer from Canada (BC) on Oct 08, 2016
3.5 by nickfl from Florida on Sep 05, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Josievan from Iowa

Had on tap at the Cobble Hill Inn Pub in Cobble Hill, BC, Saturday, 07/16/16 and again Tuesday, 07/19/16 at the Prairie Inn Pub in Saanitchton, BC.

Jul 25, 2016
3.59 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Jun 16, 2016
4.15 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON) on May 23, 2016
4 by probert from New York on May 21, 2016
3.75 by ovaltine from Indiana on May 15, 2016
3.54 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Apr 08, 2016
4.09 by ilovecbc from Canada (BC) on Mar 28, 2016
3.09 by HopBroker from Washington on Mar 27, 2016
3.03 by MattCampbell from Canada (ON) on Feb 26, 2016
3.25 by MilkLeg from Canada (AB) on Feb 19, 2016
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3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by flagmantho from Washington

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the Waldorf in Vancouver, BC.

Appearance: medium golden hue with minimum haze and a finger of creamy tan foam. Quite good!

Smell: beery and sweet without a ton of character. It's OK.

Taste: caramelly and sweet with a bit of a bitter interjection. Not terrible.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and OK creaminess.

Overall: a drinkable beer, but not a stellar one.

Feb 17, 2016
4.36 by ILOVEHAM from Canada (BC) on Feb 08, 2016
3.63 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON) on Feb 04, 2016
3.25 by fortyfield from Canada (ON) on Jan 28, 2016
Photo of PatrickFox88
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by PatrickFox88 from Canada (AB)

This is the best selling craft beer in Western Canada, from a west coast brewery generally known for their hoppier offerings

A: Nice amber colour

S: Caramel malt dominant

T: Bread/caramel/biscuit. Very sweet.

M: light and smooth. very crushable.

Overall, it is what it's supposed to be, a step into craft for your macro drinkers; but most craft beer junkies probably won't love this beer.

Jan 24, 2016
2.5 by boszormeny from Canada (ON) on Jan 19, 2016
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