Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale

Buffalo Bill's Orange Blossom Cream Ale
Today’s installation of Silvio Saturday has me very jealous. Silvio reviews Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale. I’ve seen reviews over the the last few months for similar orange flavored brews, but I’ve never had the pleasure of trying one. I’m dying to try! This particular beer he reviews sounds like a phenomenal mid-summer party-time beverage. Thanks goes to Silvio for yet another great review for me to post on LIBA!

It seems like I’m on a bit of a fruity beer binge. Having reviewed an Apricot IPA and three Blueberry Ales in the past two weeks, and thoroughly loved both, I’m attempting to go three for three. On my last run to the beer store, I came across the Orange Blossom Cream Ale and was intrigued. The beer has been sitting in my fridge for a few weeks but tonight seemed like a great time to crack it open.

The pour was interesting. There was barely any foam at all, just a light dusting that evaporated in about 10 seconds, and a ton of carbonation – it was almost like a soda. The beer has a great color and aroma; with a clear golden color and a very sweet and citrus smell, almost like an orange creamsicle.

I literally couldn’t wait to take my first sip. Expecting a creamsicle, I was surprised to taste a solid ale flavor with nice orange and spice hints. I liked this beer from the start, but the real clincher was the aftertaste. I tasted honey and orange zest, as if someone had just taken a grater to an orange peel and shaved it into my brew. Even though it was sweet, it wasn’t syrupy at all.

This is an outstanding beer, light and refreshing. I had trouble pacing myself to drink it slowly so I could type my review notes, and I would love to plow through a sixer of this on a hot summer day. With a 5.2% ABV, it packs a little punch to boot, and I must admit this is best beer I’ve reviewed so far for the blog.

This is Buffalo Bill’s Spring/Summer seasonal, but a quick look at their Web site shows off a Pumpkin Ale for the Fall and a Blueberry Oatmeal Stout for the Winter. Guess I know what I’ll be keeping an eye out for this year!

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Author: Silvio

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12 thoughts on “Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale”

  1. Hmmm. I think I'd try it. I really liked the Blueberry Oatmeal Stout, but I was much less impressed with the Pumpkin Ale. This one sounds pretty good so maybe it'll be a tiebreaker for Buffalo Bills!

  2. I wouldn't mind giving this a try either. I had an "Orange Blossom" beer when I was in AZ last weekend. I really didn't like it though. It tasted like a watered down creamsicle like you were expecting with this one. To be honest, that would turn me off from buying something like that.

    What you are describing actually sounds refreshing and complex, and I'd be willing to give it another go!

    Thanks

    Mike
    Mike's Brew Review

  3. Postscript – I totally crushed two and a half (finished my wife's) of these last night. They were part of a mixed six. I could have definitely gone for several more. Tasted even better on the second go-around!

  4. The best beer you have reviewed so far huh? I may have to venture out and see if I can find it then. I am generally not over the top in love with beers that have fruit as a primary component. I like the subtle grapefruit flavors in IPA, but with a endorsement like that how can I give it a pass without trying. Thanks for the review.

  5. I came across your blog through a search for this particular beer, I tried it while in Maryland a couple weeks ago and loved it so much I vowed to find it in Boston. I am so happy to see that you, too, are from the Boston area so please tell me, where did you buy this beer?!?
    Thanks!!

    1. I also live in the Boston area (about 15 miles north of the city) and would love to try this beer this summer. Any word on where I might be able to find it in the area? Thanks!

  6. Although I am from the Boston area, unfortunately, this post was part of the Silvio Saturday series. Silvio is a guest reviewer from the DC area. Sorry! :)

    -Lost

  7. Just had one of these tonight. Wrote up a review of this on my blog and linked to this as a second opinion.

    I really enjoyed it and think it would be a dynamite summer picnic beer.

  8. Had one just now as part of a three beer medley at home.

    paired it with boont amber ale and boont oatmeal stout.

    Fruitier and less hoppy than the amber ale.

    Nice light, crisp taste with a foamy, thin head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing behind.

    I think it’s great.

    I’m thinking this is the ale to use to try and introduce the style to a girlfriend, or miller lite type.

    People who prefer stuff like double IPAs might find it a bit unsubstantial though.

  9. First, I bought this beer at World Market in Virginia, which is a chain, i think. They have nice beer, wine, coffee, import foods, along with other niddy noddy stuff.
    I almost exclusively enjoy stout’s, chianti, chocolate, cigars, etc. but I like to try new stuff, and my wife is a Corona light type of girl, so I bought a six. I went fishing with some buddies, and threw the six in a cooler of ice for a sip after. Here’s the wacky part. I really enjoyed it. I would buy it again. It was light, but aromatic, and not sticky, so it wasn’t sweet in the least. The carbonation was more like a spray of bubbles, not a throat full of pop rocks, like a diet coke, so it was pretty 5:30refined. Do you want it in the winter in front of a fire? probably not. In a beach chair looking at the ocean at 5:30? You bet.

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