One Buffalo
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #418
Ranked #45,000
3.56 | pDev: 12.92%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
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Notes: "very smooth, slightly hoppy, easy drinking" -JCock, Southern Tier brewer.

One Buffalo is the product of a partnership between Southern Tier Brewing Company and Pegula Sports and Entertainment for Buffalo Bills and Sabres fans. A combination of North American hops, malted barley, oats and wheat, it’s a smooth, refreshing craft beer brewed to 4.8 percent alcohol/volume.
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is grass and pilsner malt. Light bodied, moderate carbonation and sweet. Solid kolsch pilsner hybrid. Easy to throw down.

May 07, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear straw yellow with a small foamy white. Medium-poor retention. A thin remains, leaving spotty lacing.

Smells of grass, lemon, honey, cereal graininess, clover, and hay.

Tastes of light dough/white cracker with a touch of honey. Very light, pale malt, equally balanced by soft, floral, zesty hop character. Lemon, grass, white pepper, hay, and clover shine through. Extremely crisp, clean, and lightly dry.

Feels light, but not watery. It fills the palate and smooths quickly across the palate, finishing crisp and lightly dry. Very thirst-quenching and refreshing.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Simple, straightforward and refreshing.

Feb 05, 2018
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Rock_Glenn from New York

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The first time I drank this, I hated it. No flavor, no smell, strange body, no aftertaste. But after a few tries, this beer isn't that bad. It really is an ale that drinks like a lager, but without that sour lager aftertaste. And I suppose that's a plus. Overall it's pretty bland, the hops profile really is nice tasting, but good like smelling it.

May 31, 2016
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LandRoverErik from New York

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around good drinking beer. Not too heavy, not too light. Definitely designed for 1st timers or your typical Buffalonians who have never had anything other than Labatt or Molson. I think they did well with the flavor. It is a good balance to attract your domestic drinker as well as satisfy those of us who prefer a more flavorful option.

Apr 27, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2016 Hogs and Hops.
Large foamy durable head. Light body.
Light aroma with biscuits, and hints of citrus fruits.
Flavor follows. Leans towards bold and hoppy for style.

Overall: clean, rather unremarkable, light pils.

Apr 16, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: crystal clear; pale straw; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: grainy; corn;

T: grainy for a moment, then corn to the finish; virtually no bitterness; a little metallic in the aftertaste;

M: light bodied; light carbonation;

O: I get that this is a beer designed to attract the adjunct lager crowd, but I think Southern Tier could have brewed a better beer than this and still accomplished their goal;

Feb 16, 2016
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buffalo has some of the harshest, coldest, most ungodly winters in the country and yet this beer that bears the city's name is all sunshine and sand: this daisy yellow liquid is bright enough to look like it was once part of the sun itself. And its head is reminiscent of the white beaches you'd see in a travel add.

One Buffalo was made for Pegula Sports and Entertainment, the owners of the Bills and Sabres, so we know who the target market is. I'm sure anything that doesn't smell of corn syrup and foul, skunky adjuncts would be an improvement over the offerings at Ralph Wilson Stadium or First Niagara Center...

But this aroma has a bright, prominent, zesty aroma that completely shatters expectations. I don't know what all the Blue Light drinkers make of it but I'm in hop heaven! A combo of Willamette and Centennial creates this sublime overture of grass, flowers, and citrus for the clean, grainy malt base.

For a lowly Blonde Ale this thing sure has character - it may be simple but it's far from plain. Each sip opens with a wonderfully pleasant lemon drop flavour that then shares the stage with rose petals, orange peel, and even a pinch of lavender. The malt is dry, crisp, and faintly bready. It, too, is delicious.

It's typically Southern Tier's heavy-hitters that most people are enamored with (given fantastic offerings like Pumking, Choklat and UnEarthly, to name just a few, it's understandable why that is). But One Buffalo is truly the most impressive beer of theirs I've had in years. This style doesn't get any better.

Feb 13, 2016
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BeerLover50 from New York

2.21/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Absolutely no head, average golden color. Not looking good too far. But the smell intrigued me. Wasn't very strong, but a hint of some sort of a Mexican beer? I don't know, but the aroma was not very noticeable. Tasted flat, not very pleasant. I might try this review on a later date on a fresh palate, but as of now I would never drink this again.

Dec 10, 2015
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CNoj012 from New York

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light golden color with a decent sized white head with almost no retention. Barely any lacing either. Smell is nothing of note, smells like a very bland pilsner. Taste is much the same with just a bit of bready malts. Feel is light, crisp and crushable. Overall this is a small step above Miller Lite, and at $9.99 a 6pk not worth it at all.

Nov 18, 2015
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Yellow with a 3/4-finger head
S: Lots of malts/grains/corn
T: Bready with grains/corn
M: Light-bodied, a touch sweet
O: This would make a nice stadium beer to please the masses- tastier than macros but for my palate the two varieties of hops it contains don't come through

Nov 03, 2015
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TheBrewo from New York

3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on tap at The Angry Goat in Rochester, New York. It arrived in a generic pint glass showing off a pale honey coloring that was reminiscent of mead. It put up a quick finger tall head of creamy white bubbles, but this was gone before we knew it, leaving no trace of itself behind in the form of lacing. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be very light. The aroma was thrown together simply, with wet wheatiness and heavy cereal grain, big metallics and strawy dryness of pilsner malt, white sugar, white printer paper, ammonia and the chemicals of a unclean litterbox, plastic army men, margarita mix, and the faintest hoppy brushes of floral varietals. The taste washes through with white sugar cloy, more pronounced nectary and sweetly citric hoppiness, lemon lime Gatorade, big wet wheatiness but without the sweaty saltiness that sometimes accompanies it, licks of toffee and caramel but not of their respective grain types, clean cotton dryer sheets, synthetic lemon cleaner, lemon peel, heavy mineral well-water, raw celery, and dusty lager yeastiness. With warmth the hops take on a bit more of a soapy, puckered vibe, accentuated by a harsh pils maltiness. The body was thin, and the carbonation was light. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all left to a minimum, while the mouth was left coated in a cold and metallic sheen. Ultimately, the palate was left minimally dried and softly puckered. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank away easily enough.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its drinkability. One Buffalo drinks like your typical, easy-going light lager. The final blend, thankfully, does come together with a bit more representation from the hoppy side of the beer world, making the beer that much more palatable. The malt profile is wheaty and pilsner-forward, rounding things out with the bitters, and metallics, the chalks, and the dryness. As the beer comes to temperature this is all the more apparent. It is always nice when a local producer makes some special for the city. It makes it feel special at least. They did one for our beloved Rochester a year or so back, named after a particularly frustrating strip of city highway, for whatever reason. This offering, if we’re not mistaken, is to bind, in solidarity, the plight of Buffalo sports fans everywhere. So, while this beer could have been a bit more robust, or refined at its edges, it fits well to its goal, and would be a nice, easy companion to any Buffalo game you may be cringing at.

Oct 09, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger fizzy white head. The head fades very fast leaving just a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a doughy smell mixed with a rather sweet aroma of corn and caramel. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of a grainy smell as well as a little bit of an herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with cereal flavor mixed with a decent sum of corn and caramel. As the taste moves on, the flavor initially becomes more doughy, with this flavor then turning to a more grainy like flavor later. Along with these transitions, the sweet fades ever so slightly all while hop tastes of an herbal nature come to the tongue. This, in the end, leaves one with a still moderately sweet, and doughy, but yet still sort of crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is actually somewhat thicker for a beer of only 4.8 % abv. with a carbonation level that is higher. Not a bad feel, as it is drinkable, but upholds the sweet, crisp, and light hop flavors rather well, making for an easy drinking feel.

Overall – A decent easy drinking brew overall. For what it was crafted for; watching football and tailgating, this is a nice brew, as it is flavorful, but not over so, and it has a more moderate abv. of only 4.8 %.

Oct 08, 2015
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atr2605 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a transparent straw yellow with a white head with average retention
S-wheat, sweet malt, hint of lemon, grassy
T-sweet malt, followed by grassiness, and cracker like wheat flavor.
M-medium-light bodied with average carbonation
O-Really solid blonde that is extremely drinkable. Wish I had found this earlier this summer

Oct 01, 2015
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utopiajane from New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is made in affiliation with a professional sports team. So, I was thinking of the thread is this a gimmick? It's certainly New York so I'm all in! 2row malt, oats and wheat on Willamette and Centennial hops. So a noble type hop and a citric hop but both are american. It's also a year round beer not a seasonal so that's like saying "we don't think this beer is a gimmick." Appearance - yellow , clear with a reasonable off white head that ranged from very soapy and moussy that lasted an abnormally long time to a creamier faster falling head of more normal looking foam. The color is not gold or golden it is yellow.

The style should be American Pale Ale; it was until the day before i posted this review then it was changed to blonde, and the appearance is good. Nose - doughy malts combine on the nose with a light lemon citric hop and fragrant wheat. The effect is fresh. Lemony and dry. Wheat creeps on to the nose more and more as the beer warms reminding me how aromatic it really is. The idea that the malt character contains specialty malt is relevant to the style. In this beer I think the specialty malt is the oats. I think they are responsible for that head I saw. Hops are firm on the nose with herbal. Taste is lively with flavor but it's like someone has stolen the mouthfeel a bit. The malts are sturdy and the hops are more forward than you think. This beer has tastes that are breaddy but not sweet from both oats and barley. The oats add a rustic dimension to a malt that I would otherwise say was bland. Like a hearty multi grain cracker. The wheat is where there is a touch of sweetness. It's fragrant and when it meets the palate it helps to show you how powerful these hops really are. They do not show as much of the citric flavor as the IPA but they do show a moderate and- optional for the style - hop palate. The balance is toward the late hops and the bitterness just like the style says. It's carbonated like soda so as absurdly smooth as it is those bubbles do a job to let all the flavor really peak at the swallow. The palate remains neutral for as much hop as they used. There are no caramel flavors in this style and there are none in this beer. There is a full flavor of malt with a surprising softness in the body keeping the drink dry and light. The hops are so peppery it makes me laugh. This beer shows how firm hops can be on the palate and shows full malt flavor with a session strength abv. I think southern tier did that on purpose too. Said here's your session , hoppy beer but it's not quite an IPA. It is a clean good finish with light lemon flavor that lasts . They pair it with every stadium food you can think of on their website.

My only criticism of the beer is on the nose. By the time you have had a few you begin to notice a pungent scent like flour that has gone sour and I bet that is from the oats too and/or has to do with astringency? Again that would be oats as a specialty malt in how it's used. It used to make the body smooth. I also think that Southern Tier has just displayed some skillful brewing in creating a beer specifically for a venue with a menu, that is authentic craft beer that does indeed meet it's style if that style is APA.

Sep 21, 2015
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timmy2b from New York

3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Was excited to try this for the idea of the name and the tradition of Buffalo. It poured golden yellow with a very small amount of white head which faded quickly. Taste was a like a Pilsner with a hint of Belgian Pale ale but was not an American Pale Ale. Was smooth at the start, but became a weird bitter combined with Belgian aftertaste as it warmed which was not very pleasant. I was underimpressed for a Southern Tier Beer, but am still happy to have bought the sixer to support my city.

Sep 17, 2015
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fx20736 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack from AJ's Beer Warehouse, September 2015. Served cold in a Duvel Tulip/

Look: Pale, yellow gold, white head that recedes to a ring of film-like lace/

Smell: Aroma is mild and faint with notes of grain and faint fruity yeast.

Taste: Husky grain, oats give a unique taste. I detect a faint Belgian yeastiness.

Feel: clean, dry and smooth

Overall: interesting, unique, easy to drink

Sep 17, 2015
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Fionnbharr from California

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the Southern Tier portfolio, from PMX through Right O'Way to Live and 2XIPA and everything in-between.

I'm also a life-long Bills and Sabres fan in WNY (Western New York). I *so* wanted this One Buffalo beer to showcase Southern Tier's palate at the First Niagara Center for Sabres' home games and Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Bills'.

It's supposed to be a Pale Ale. It's not.

It might be a Pilsner. It is just a tad darker than a BMC, but not by much. There's a bit more hop bite than Bud, but again -- not by much.

This is a beer aimed straight at the average fan who's never had anything other than Bud. It's crafted to be just slightly different than a Big-name brew so as to both remind the drinker that it's NOT the usual, but close-enough in taste so as to not be scared-off: support the home team, without having to leave your comfort zone.

I was hoping for something with a bit more 'hometown' feel. At least if you consider 'hometown' to be 'all of Western New York.' If they intended to clone something -- why not clone a Genny? Genesee has been a fixture in New York State since forever, and I can't think of any beer that is more ubiquitous among fans throughout WNY than Genny Cream (Ale).

But this is neither a Cream Ale nor a Pale Ale.

It is, however, a great introduction to your BMC-drinking Buffalo Bills/Sabres fans to Southern Tier and other Craft brews -- especially at a game. And for what it is, it's nearly flawless: Clean taste and smell, good mouthfeel, clear-filtered, and spot-on ABV content and color.

But the bar was set low on this one. Of course Southern Tier hit it spot-on.

Sep 15, 2015
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jpd026 from New York

2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A hoppy labatt, nothing more really. It was better than I thought but my expectations were quite low when I heard about it. Craft lovers will be disappointed, domestic drinkers will think it's too bitter. I'd take it over a labatt any day but how much is that really saying. Could have been so much better

Sep 02, 2015
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hophead123 from New York

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

They nailed it with this one, perfect tailgate beer without being dumbed down. Smooth and drinkable, with a slight toasted wheat finish adding some complexity.

Aug 10, 2015
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