Mayflower Golden Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Golden AleMayflower Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-07-2008

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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 76
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Bright, shiny golden color, actively bubbly with a head to show for it. A mild spicy, fruity, minty edge of hop aroma meets a light biscuity grain for a pleasing nose. It might have a lighter body, which is fine for the style, but the malt goes above and beyond, at least up front. Dry with a big biscuity tone. Hops jump in the balance with a spicy herbal flavor and slightly sharp bitterness. A hint of shortbread and herbal hop in the dry finish.

Style-wise, Mayflower amped it up enough to bring it from potentially mundane to a killer session ale.

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellow gold, clear, medium carbonation, small head

Smell: a bit of wheat and malt. Not overly descript

Taste: a wheaty malty taste with a bit of honey texture--very complex for the style

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet

Drinkability: Yeah--my 100th review here. For the style, this one is excellent as it is more complex than most American Blonde Ales...Sort of what you wish macro beer could be, but light years ahead of it. More of a summer beer but certainly sessionable..Overall exceptional for the style.

Photo of rdilauro
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First time trying one of the Mayflower Beers. It came in a 12 variety pack. The pour was not very interesting. Very light color with a light head that didnt last too long.
There was really no distinguishable aroma in the nose. The taste was very light as was the aftertaste.
It was however very clean and crisp. From that point of view, I think it is a good summer beer and still above the large beer companies light ales

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good drinkability though a malt story. Deep golden body with foaming offwhite head. The aromas are a little distracting. Good malts,remind me of European, with a mild hop finish, nicely carbonated. Refreshing on the first warm day of spring.
Thanks Dr.Jay.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan of the style in general but here it goes:

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear golden strawy color with 2.5 fingers of creamy white head. Has great retention, minimal splashes of lacing. Visibly effervescent.

Nose is pretty round and wheat-y. A little yeast as well. Appealing but nothing special.

Taste is more complex than the smell- of course there's some round wheat notes mid-palate and in the finish, but up front there's a little pale barley, and a touch of hop bitterness. Pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is nice- very light body, moderate to full carbonation. This is a very well-crafted, very light, low ABV summer beer. That's all that I would recommend it for but it is summer now so enjoy.

Photo of tkelley
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Beautiful, clear gold body with a puffy white head. Very very clear with a lot of fast moving bubbles.

Very balanced nose with a good bready, grainy overtone. Some light fruit scent as well.

Taste is well balanced as well. Really crisp. Hops and Malts are not dull at all, they really compliment each other well. Fruit and floral on the back end with a good tasty finish.

It would be evident if there were something amiss here, and there isn't. This is a really good beer for a day at the bar, a tailgate, or at home. Really refreshing and tasty.

Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice (duh) gold with a decent haed that is inviting. Smell suggest a sweet maltiness. Taste is mainly malty, light, with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing. Vey easy on the drinkability scale due to its lightness and low abv.

Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Got this in a package from ppoitras...thanks for everything Pete!

A- Pours a clear golden straw color. One finger white head that dies down pretty quickly. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is some light grainy smell to this beer. Almost a light wheaty smell to this as well. Malts come in along with some light hops. The smell is muted a lot I think in the beer. Nothing bad but wish there was a little more in the aroma.

T- There is a light grainy taste to this. Some bigger bready malts in this. Light bitter hop in the tail end of this. Nothing over the top but very well made in the flavors.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation good for the style. Clean tasting while this has some light crispness to the flavor. Some light bready flavors left on the palate. Some light bitterness left in the aftertaste.

D- This was a crazy drinkable beer. I had no problem drinking this all in a short time as well. This beer is really easy to drink and with a lower ABV this means I could drink this all night.

Photo of puboflyons
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: IKG-G5731712. Sampled on November 18, 2012.

It pours straw yellow with about two inches of foamy, white head that eventually dissolves but never goes away.

The aroma is of pale malts and grain with a basic clean, crisp hop chaser.

The body is light and smooth.

The taste really reminds me of a German Pilsener with a slight hop bite with low bitterness lingering at the end. Easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary. Still, a good one to have on a hot day.

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Julio's.

A: Golden bright, the ale is rather clear, a pale straw. A small white head, no more than half a finger, quickly dissapated.

S: Biscuity and light, the blonde ale has a mild fruitiness running through it.

T: Mmmm. An assertive hoppiness, herbal, springs up immediately. The mild bitterness nicely segues into the biscuity malt. The biscuit is bready and lightly toasted. More herbal hops near the finish along with a powdery chemical flavor. Mild fruitiness accompanies all of this. Quite quaffable.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, fruity with just enough toast and hops. The powdery flavors are out of place.

D: A good blonde ale. It's always nice when a ho-hum style impresses. On the plus side, the ale has moderate alcohol as well.

Photo of fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink settled with a murky, pale gold appearance with some good lacing. The aromas were predominately hoppy with some bready florals as well. The taste was generally bittersweet with that doughy floral flavoring prevalent again. Decent carbonation made the drink enjoyable throughout the evening. Overall, a good blonde.

Photo of u2carew
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear, straw colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grainy. Subtle sweet floral aroma.
T) Sugary, grainy. Very light hint of hops in the finish -a slight peppery note.
M) Crisp. Light bodied. Dry finish.
O) A decent brew. A good alternative to other light beer options. I'd have another, although preferably in the heat of the summer.

Photo of dan4th
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a sea of strongly flavored beers, this beer took me by surprise with its mildness. At first, I thought I was serving it too cold. The scent and taste are mild. Still, after a conscious decision to let it warm up, I looked down and realized that most of my beer was gone, and I was happy.

It seems tasty, but it's mild and exceedingly drinkable. Not particularly exciting, but solid. Not much for carbonation, and the flavor isn't strong, but a solid offering that disappears quickly. I think I like it, but I may need to "test" another one.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from a mixed six from PH Provisions on my way out of town at the end of June. Not feeling the promotional angle, but for the most part, I enjoy their brews.

Pint glass pour. Half a glass of meringue head over a clear & deep chardonnay body.

Smell has a heavy touch of clove upfront. Muddled lemon/banana phenols. The bready malt just hinting at the back.

Taste is simple grain & salt. Cherry pits. Steely/herbal hops that linger just a bit. Cracker finish.

Biting carbonation, dry, pils-like feel.

Not really my thing, but a pretty clean brew. :)

Photo of tzieser
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

pours a two plus finger head with a bright hazy golden color. slightly muddled nose with aromas of grainy/bready malts and notes of hops. pretty clean smell all around. great crispy bready malt flavor up front, quickly followed by a nice balance of hops. aftertaste is clean and quite refreshing.

a good session beer. i always get a couple of sixers of this stuff during the summer. a great "gateway" brew. similar to Cisco's Sankaty Light

Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a tall and medium bodied white head that fades pretty fast and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts and a bit of earthy hops.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts and finishes with nice earthy and citrisy hop flavors.
M: The mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing.
D: Excellent drinkability. This will be one of my session beers for sure.

Photo of sarahloca44
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tried several different types of Mayflower beer for an appropriate Thanksgiving, and these were the last I tasted (long after the holiday). So sad I waited; impressive beer.

Appearance: filtered, golden copper color. Thin head.
Smell: almost lemony, and yeasty
Taste: crisp, clean, and more bitter than I would have expected for this light a golden ale
Mouthfeel: thin but refreshing
Drinkability: This beer was gone before I realized it! I can. not. wait. to drink this in the summertime.

Photo of NinjaJesus
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

When summer comes, cases of Golden Ale are the way to go. Great year round but perfect in the summer. When I have friends looking to start drinking beer this is often one of the brews I suggest to start with. Light malt, light hops, great refreshing taste. Wonderful

Photo of travduke
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my way back from Cape Cod.

Look: Golden (duh), pale body. Fluffy two finger head that has amazing retention and generous lacing.

Smell: Clove and banana. Big yeasty aroma. Reminds me of a nice belgian strong ale.

Taste: Bready, light, crisp. Pale malts, mild bitterness.

Mouth/Drink: This one goes down easy and drinks nicely.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden body. Small white head that leaves a cap on the beer.

Slight grassy floral hop aroma and some bready malt. Almost sense a slight butteryness.

Light, refreshing taste. Subtle hopping, bready malts, crisp finish. Floral hop flavor similar to very diluted rose water. Moderate carbonation.

This is my favorite anytime beer. Great for BBQs and parties. I love that I can share it with the BMC crowd and not be called a wuss.

Photo of jneiswender
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery during a brewery tour. Pours a nice white head and a very clear golden body. Smells sweet and somewhat metallic. Nice sweet malt flavor. Very light and spritzy mouthfeel. Very drinkable, not my favorite style but a very good representation of it. I would certainly go for this if I want something mid winter as a break from the heavy stuff.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold colored with a thin white head. No retention or lace. Smells like light grain, chex mix, and macro fallibility. But...

...it tastes much better than it looks or smells. Biscuitry, citrus zest up front with light grain in back. Very complimentary. Some peppery spice with swallow. Very refreshing, humble, and pleasant. This is beer beer-what I think of when I think of when I hear the word beer.

Photo of cbutova
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a slim-pint glass with a slightly hazy golden-yellow body. Large, foamy white head forms with big bubbles and great retention. A surprisingly low amount of lace from the massive cap.

S- Laid back but not straining to pick up this aroma. It lends notes of light cracker malts, fruits like apple/white grape and a definite yeast bread presence.

T- On the lighter side and pretty straightforward. Has a clean but noticeable American Ale Yeast presence with notes of fruits, spice and bread. A distinct grain flavor comes from the cracked malts as well as some light sweets. Hops balance it out with floral and grassy herbal influence.

MF- Foamy body with a light consistency and a slightly creamy overall feel. Slight bitterness in the finish but not much at all. The carbonation is high and the foaminess almost takes away from the beer just a bit.

Easy-drinking American Blonde Ale that is fairly straightforward overall.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep good color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, light malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with flavors of lemon and spices up front, which is quickly followed by a moderate hops bitterness. The malt character is thin but exactly what you'd expect from the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer that is worth pounding several of, especially since it's a little bit more flavorful than most in the style.

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from New England.

Pours light golden with a thin white head that becomes a small isolated patch.

The smell is of light grain - some husk. Pretty clean.

The taste is of light sweetness with a chalky, mild non-descript dryness. Bland, with a salty-ish, slightly bready, mild aftertaste.

Light-bodied. Prickly. Pretty watery.

Not crazy about the slightly salty, seltzer-ish aftertaste, though it is brief. Drinks okay, but one was enough (unless it were the "only thing available". Bland.

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Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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