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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
When you make a pot of coffee, but only use half the water, you get some pretty rich coffee. Thatís the approach we took with our latest offering. OBP Squared, with half the water, has 11% alcohol by volume - twice that of original OBP.
The result is a bold, distinct taste of its own. Made with twice as much real orange blossom honey, all-natural ingredients and no refined sugar, it really is the new king bee of beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Pours a crisp light golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that lasted all of 20 seconds. Aromas of minor hops, grass, and grains with a touch of vegtables. Flavor is a nice crisp hoppy/grain taste with a nice clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
JDBaker11058 (1963) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2016
appearance: deep, syrupy golden orange, no head, a few lost bubbles. aroma: hugely sweet and floral, with tons of honey, some citrus, and burnt brown sugar. taste: syrupy sweet, mostly honey, strong boozy note. finish: sticky, cloying, syrupy (Iím feeling a pattern). notes: A one note novelty gimmick. Like an all-extract brew that hasnít been brewed and Iím just drinking slightly watered down extract. Drain pour. Can from Knightly Spirits, Disney trip 2016.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (9544) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Can at Craigs 2016 alldayer. Pours clear golden orange with a thin white head. Aromas of sherry, orange blossom, booze. Taste is more of the same. Very sweet finish. Slow down momma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21869) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Can at home ... golden amber ... thin white lacing .. soft fruit ... honey fruit ... ligth toffee nose .. massive honey ..soft sweet fruit .. ligth hay ... liogth juict floral fruit ..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stuu666 (10856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Can at craigís. Pours clear golden, nose is sweet honey, toffee, little grassy, taste is sickly honey, little funky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Alcohol, wow, you can smell the alcohol on the nose, some light sweetness, and some cereal grain as well; follows onto the palate. Very boozy. Medium bodied. Finishes with booze and cereal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2015
The concept behind Orange Blossom Pilsner Squared is that itís the same recipe as a standard pilsner they make Ė they just half the water in order to up the ABV. Not having tried the original I canít say how this compares; but as a beer in and of itself itís only okay at best. The honey used in the brewing dominates the palette completely. The result is a sweet, simple, and boozy brew thatís much closer to a braggot than anything even close to an imperial pilsner.

I poured a 12oz can into a wine glass. It was canned on 8/5/15 and cost $3.79 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: A clear and pretty shade of orange proper. No carbonation visible. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which evaporates quickly and completely.

Smell: Alcohol is dominant (similar to mead), though thereís a sweetness to the aroma. A combination of yellow lollipops, honey and chamomile tea. No hops and no distinctive malt scents.

Taste: Iíve really come to enjoy and appreciate the pilsner style, so I was really looking forward to trying an imperial edition (assuming it was brewed to traditional specs). This beer really has nothing about it that indicates itís a pilsner at all. No pilsner malt, no noble hops and no effervescent mouthfeel, either. Itís much closer to some kind of imperial amber ale/mead hybrid Ė or a ďbraggot.Ē Honey is pretty much all I can taste here, especially on the second half. The first half is mostly mead and alcohol with a slight chamomile tea and floral component. Though only 4 months old, there seems to be signs of oxidation already (hence the lollipop aroma and flavor). While thereís nothing inherently repugnant about the taste of this brew, thereís not a lot to truly enjoy. Iím sure mead lovers would appreciate it more than the average beer drinker.

Drinkability: When I saw the 11% ABV on the can I was shocked since it seems like such an ordinary offering. Though I looked forward to a big, complex palette; but Orange Blossom Pilsner Squared was rather simple. The mouthfeel is surprisingly tame. Carbonation dies down quickly leaving a mouthfeel thatís like a light mead. Noticeably warm (maybe even hot) on the throat; but it finishes remarkably clean. The lack of effervescence makes me wonder if itís truly a pilsner.

RATING: 5/10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tessic (1043) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
This pils poured a slightly cloudy Amber colour with a nice, creamy white head. Scents include fruit juice, candy and hops. First swig was smooth but with almost no carbonation. Sweet taste, with flavours of citrus and honey. Finish is very sweet and thick...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
geologyguy (1354) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Malty super sweet smell...like purple blowpop, tastes like it too....WAY to sweet....diabetes OMG! ...still purple blowpop flavor and alcohol hotness on finish...this one is rough! Good for getting drunk fast I suppose

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5169) - Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Can. Pours appetizing clear amber with a fairly thick, if not persistent, buff head. Malty aroma has a strong honey overtone that makes the salivary glands go Pavlov. Flavor has bold malty, honey, and bitter hoppy notes, not your typical Pilsner for sure! Texture has average body and fizz, and leaves a nice honey finish that has the perfect level of sweetness. Buzz on over to your favorite package store or watering hole and hive one - youíll bee glad you did.

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