Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale – Lee Salawich
One of the other beers purchased on a recent Perfect Pour expedition is a bottle of Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale. This is definitely one I bought for the label graphics featuring a sunny orange, and for the label alone. I had never tried a Buffalo Bill beverage before.
Upon checking The Brew Club’s reviews, the Original Pumpkin Ale received a less than favorable score on November 2, 2009, though the Blueberry Oatmeal Stout fared much better as posted on February 15, 2011. Would the Orange Blossom Cream Ale be a honey of a beer? The Orange Blossom Special?
The label states that this is an “Ale brewed with honey, orange peel, natural flavor, and orange flower extract added.” The bottle pours a translucent golden wheat colored beverage with a finger-width head that disappears almost immediately leaving very little lacing behind. Tons of bubbles rush to the top and carbonation remains throughout the entire glass.
The aroma is, as one would expect, heavily orange, though somewhat artificial; somewhere between orange juice and orange soda. The taste is a cross between a pilsner and Sunny Delight. This is an extremely smooth drinking beer and goes down with no aftertaste whatsoever. Almost too smoothly!
The carbonation does produce belches with a lingering orange taste. This has a very light mouthfeel and no tongue coating. I’ve never had a hard lemonade or other similar beverage, but expect that Orange Blossom Cream Ale really falls in this genre of adult beverages.
Since I’m not a huge fan of fruit flavored beer, I was actually pleasantly surprised by this sample. Orange Blossom Cream Ale is a good brew to enjoy on a hot summer day, and doesn’t seem like a 5.2% ABV.
Three and a half stars!