Mayflower Golden Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 197
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jamie2dope
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of blond or golden ales, but if anyone can do it right, it is Mayflower. Appearance is impressive, as it showcases a clear orange/gold with one finger worth of white heading. Smell is not overly assertive, mostly some clean grain smells along with some biscuit, and mild floral tones. Taste has bright grain flavors, hints of honeycomb, nice bit of earth as well. Mouthfeel is light, and perfectly balanced. The malt interacts with the hops in an awesome way. Drinkability truly shines with this beer. It is light and overwhelmingly refreshing, while still maintaining quite a lot of complexity. Looking for a session beer to pair with a snack? Forget the lager with beer nuts. Try this with some salted pumpkin seeds; the pairing is terrific. Outside of their India Pale Ale, this is probably my favorite offering from Mayflower. If you see it, buy a sixer or two. Cheers

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"I am glad my ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, but I am gladder that there are nine generations between us."

--William Lyon Phelps

Sun-splashed goldenrod with lemon zest borders. The parchment colored crown is as soft and as pillowy as they come. It looks fantastic from its creation onward, and does a good job decorating the upper reaches of the glass.

The aroma is wonderful as well, which is anything but a given in an American blonde ale. What sets it apart from most is a fresh brightness reminiscent of meadow grasses and a small shot of citrus peel. Galena and Liberty hops are the responsible parties.

Golden Ale falters a little on the palate, but only a little. Given the ABV, this would make a damn good session ale, as long as you don't need a ton of flavor and complexity. It might also tend to fade into the woodwork if consumed with food. It's still good beer, however, in the sense that it's well-crafted and extremely drinkable.

Pilsner and caramel pilsen malts are used, but only the first is appreciated. One might think that 18 IBUs are too low to matter. One would be wrong. Hop flavor (lemongrass primarily) is fairly prominent and there's just enough back end bitterness to keep things semi-crisp and tight.

The body/mouthfeel easily passes muster, especially when the ABV is taken into account. It's light, without being thin or watery, and is properly bubbled. Definitely above-average for the style.

Mayflower Blonde Ale is a pretty impressive beer from a brewery that I hadn't heard of prior to my trade with damienblack. Thanks man. It's a good drinker that *almost* earns the next highest flavor score. Bottom line: as solid as Plymouth Rock.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this for the first time ever and I had heard about this brewery. Reviewed it at the Hard Rock Cafe while checking out Strangefolk.

Pours a golden copper color with a one finger head into my pint glass.

Smell is a bit sweet with an emphasis on malt and very light bitterness.

Taste is breadym sweet and lighly hopped. Simple and yet refreshing.

Mouthfeel is ok but the carbonation is a bit high for the style. Goes down ok.

A decent stab at a golden ale. Drinkable and one could have several in a sitting with little ill effect.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle. Pkg. date stamped on label.
Served in a Sam Adams fluted glass.
A firm 2" snow-white head floats upon a pale clear golden body. This wispy trails of webby lace rim the glass.
The smell is grassy, with a mix of dry malt and dried fruit.
Tastes of edgy metallic and tea-like hops are forward. The lightly roasted malt has a vague sweetness and wheat cracker taste.
It's a tad bit overly dry, but true to the style, so can't fault it there. Nice session brew!

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Photo of TheMistler
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going into a holiday party, I had no intention of reviewing any beers. And then a family friend from Plymouth, MA stopped by with some Mayflower beers. Being in DC now, I had never had any. She assumed it was bad. I went into it with an open mind and rather enjoyed it.

Poured golden, with a soda-like head. In fact, an overall appearance like that of brightened ginger ale. A pinky or two of head that eventually settles to a creamy topping. Effervescence adds to some nice retention, and it displays pretty good lacing as well.

Some sharp citrus on the nose. Only a bit, and its somewhat indistinct. Light fruit and bready malts. Maybe some bubble gum. Overall the nose is rather subdued.

Biscuit malt, candied light fruits, a hint of slight spicing. Malty, but with hints of pepperish spice and citrus spritz and lemon zest riding the carbonation bite onto the palate. Slight hop bittering remains on palate.

A fairly crisp brew, but with a creamier feel than anticipated. I'm not sure that - to my mind - it it quite with the rest of the package. Nonetheless, a pretty tasty ale that drinks easy and settles both easily and lightly.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack this past weekend so that I could try a beer from this new brewery that I have read so much about. Poured into a tall pilsner glass. The color was sunshine golden yellow. Slight constant carbonation noticeable the entire time. Minute earthy smell on the nose. Taste was just as I expected: great. Very smooth, easy going down, great on the taste buds and a wonderful aftertaste. With the abv at 4.7%, it's a great session beer. Glad I picked up a sixer as this ale is one of my new favorites. A great intro to a new brewer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a trade with corey0212, Thanks Corey!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, light golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that left sheets of lacing on my empty glass.

S - earthy aroma, sour/bitter hop scent.

T - bitter bite upfront followed with a little bit of malt sweetness, finishing dry and bitter.

F - light and crisp, refreshing feel.

D - easy drinking brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fridge chilled bottle into a pint glass. The bottle is dated 11/16/10; it's nearing the end of it's shelf-life, but I think it will still be drinkable.

A: Mostly clear straw colored liquid boy, with a big white foamy head. Some patchy lacing is left behind. Lots of carbonation rising within.

S: Some fruity sweet malts and a good dose of pale malts. A little bit of crystal sugar as well.

T: This is a crisp and clean tasting ale. There isn't any of the sweetness that I found in the nose. There are a few grassy hops and good pale malts. I guess there is a kiss of sugar as I swallow, but it took em a few sips before I realized it was there.

M: Highly carbonated; bubbles everywhere. A touch sticky. Medium body that leaves more coat than I expected.

D: Drinks very well. Low ABV makes this one sessionable. I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of gford217
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cedromar poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, bubbly gold with hints of amber. There is a very short lived white head that dissipates completely leaving no lacing. Smell is mainly light grains with some sweet caramel malts, though the aromas are subdued all the way around. The taste is also subdued and has a more roasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is very crisp, clean and leaves only the slightest bitterness with a dry finish. This is definitely drinkable and would certainly make for a decent summer session brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a brilliantly golden color. Millions and millions of relentless bubbles rise in swarms to the massive bleach white head. Head retains masterfully. The consistency of the head is sudsy.

S-Aroma of sweet breadiness, grain and floral hops. Nose is also lightly yeasty. Plenty of strength in the nose; I find that many Blonde or Golden Ales are very lackluster in the aroma category. This brew has enough scent to make me happy to take a sip.

T-Peppery at first. The sweet dough is pleasant and soft. Clean floral and grassy hops on the finish. A very sessionable flavor, but I would like a little more intensity here. Still, for such a light brew, this has plenty to enjoy. All the flavors mesh well together and I truly enjoy each sip more than the last.

M-More body than one may expect, but it is still light enough to make a six-pack disappear in one session. As bubbly as it looks but the bubbles aren’t abrasive, just very plentiful. A bit buttery on the palate.

O/D-I generally enjoy Mayflower’s brews (their Spring Hop is one of my favorite local beers of all time). This is a pleasant little brew that has enough kick to keep me interested. Perfect for warm days like today. A nice little brew, won’t light your pants on fire, but tasty is the bottom-line here.

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Photo of csmiley
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to matty1918 on this bottle

A - This beer pours clear and a pale gold in color. The white head topped out at about half inch and was gone pretty quick. Lacing was spotty at best. Seems to fit in well with the style.

S - Light maltiness up front with notes of honey and pale malt. Herbal / medicinal aromas follow and are...okay. Herbs come across as harsh and out of place. Picked up hints of oregano.

T - Sweet malty flavors first. Pale malt and honey followed by some biscuit. Hops are present but in a subtle way. Nice amount of earthy bitterness on the end that works well with this beer. The out of place herbal aromas disappear in the flavor. It's mild but that is expected from the style.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Smooth finish that ends up being crisp and clean.

D - Drinkability is good. The light and mild nature of the style make it naturally quite drinkable. This beer is smooth and sticks to that style well. Alcohol is almost completely hidden which just helps this category out evbne more. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of SMADMS
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I live about 2 miles from the brewery and stopped in on 7/3. I had never tried the local company so why not see what I have missed over the 4th.
Glad I stopped in
Bought growler and poured into a pint glass
wonderful golden straw colored ale
2 finger head that dissipated quickly and left nice lacing on glass
very slight carbonation
very nice maltly nose almost sweet, slight bitter from the hops
nice hop bitterness on first taste
VERY CLEAN/CRISP very light and smooth
this could be a summer staple it goes down so easy
Glad I stopped by and sampled the local craft brewer

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow with hints of gold. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

Candy caramel toffee aroma of malted grain.

Thin body, but a nice white bread malt taste with a spicy floral hop notes early in the sip.

Easy drinker, excellent beer for style.

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Photo of u2carew
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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... 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.

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Photo of EPseja
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle in a SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Straw yellow with a (dare I say) golden vibrance. Modest white head that subsides rapidly. Head retention is fair and lacing is very sparse.

S - Clean light maltiness with a cereal-like warmth. Light, crisp hops are a nuance.

T - Imagine what an American Macro lager tastes like. Now, take away the boiled vegetable and mashed rice sweetness and add some well-rounded, non-adjunct maltiness and some light aromatic hoppiness. And take the day-old-beer-spilled-on-the-frat-house-bar aftertaste and replace it with a clean and crisp dry finish. That's nice!

M - A little bit watery on the way in, but expands with a nice tingle to fill the mouth with a sudsy flood. Swallow is satisfying and round without being gassy.

D - This beer is what every American Macro lager should aspire to be. It's got all of the "clean" and "taste" and none of the bad marketing and adjuncts.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in October, Dad bought it, he only likes golden/amber but atleast hes supporting craft beer.

A: Very pale golden color, a bit cloudy (semi filtered?), little to no lacing.

S: Sweet white bread,

T: Sweet malty "pilsnery" up front, has a grassy bitter hop finish, reminds of spring hop.

M: Thick for style, could use more carbonation though.

O: For what it is its good so I should probably rate it higher, hard to get too excited though, honestly for the calories I'd probably rather have a light beer.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice offering that I picked up on a whim at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. Pours a very pale yellow (golden, hence the name) color. Dare I say it looks like a bud? Although, a much nicer tint and head formed. Smelled of light malt, nothing too complex here- maybe a bit of honey-like sweetness.

Went nicely with pizza topped with some hot peppers and veggies, smooth simple flavors akin to a macro lager but without the off-flavors. I'm enjoying this alot and will be getting it again for sure. Very Drinkable.

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Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of CavePainter
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is slightly insidious. Golden ales are basically designed to mimic the identity of the light lager and Mayflower Golden Ale hits the nail on the head. Your average beer drinker could be easily fooled into thinking that this was just a slightly more flavorful version of commercially made Pilsner.

A: A deep straw color - clear and carbonated with a thin, sudsy head.

S: Grainy - sweet. You can tell they used pilsner malt.

T: Sweet light malt flavor. Hints of bitterness and finishes clean. I would normally give a beer that tasted like this an average score - but if the goal was to make a beer similar to a light lager - you nailed it. For that, I am bumping this beer up a bit.

M: Clean - dry - crisp - well carbonated.

D: Here is where that insidious golden ale style comes in to play. Because it so closely resembles the light lager, you can drink this beer all day long. It surely wouldn't be a memorable experience, but it would blend in seamlessly with any commercial domestic.

Put this in your fridge for people new to craft brew - break it out when someone asks for a PBR or a Coors. If they like it, recommend Mayflower as a brand and suggest they try the pale ale next. You may just get a convert.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slight chill haze to the glass. Solidly golden in color. Tight, but modest head with some lasting time. Very nice ring lace on the glass.

Grainy initial impression on the nose--closer to spent grains for you homebrewers out there. Reminds me of corn flakes and bran.

Starts smooth, almost creamy, but becomes astringent mid-sip. The swallow is bitter, but not from a hop flavor. Some of the spent-grain aroma is present in the flavor as well. The body is full, chewy even. The carbonation is high. There are light blackberry notes in the background.

Better than most; I'd describe this as a malty blonde ale with lots of grain husk flavor.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light, crisp and refreshing. Could crush this all day. Not huge in the flavor department, but on a hot day or while playing golf, it would do the trick.

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Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.