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Mayflower Golden Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Golden AleMayflower Golden Ale

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168 Ratings

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-07-2008)
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Photo of kscaldef


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

Very light golden color. Fast fading head, and lots of bubbles rising through the beer. Crisp, clean aroma. Lightly floral and spicy. Basically, smells like "beer". Tastes like beer too. Drinkable, unremarkable, unmemorable. Maybe would have been a better choice on a hot, sunny afternoon.

03-20-2012 03:05:03 | More by kscaldef
Photo of cbutova


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

10-30-2012 03:26:03 | More by cbutova
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

11-12-2013 05:53:29 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

01-11-2011 01:45:26 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

01-19-2009 22:42:30 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

Pours a medium gold with a fair white head. No lacing.

Smells of light grain, some grassy notes. Mild.

Mild flavors of light grain, some sweet grass notes, some very mild bitterness in a clean finish. A little watery and very average.

Decent carbonation, and light-to-medium bodied.

A clean, non-descript blonde ale. Hot summer better than lawnmower beer. Decent but barely a step above some of the macros out there.

06-08-2009 19:27:51 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-16-2014 12:14:21 | More by Fettpopps
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-16-2011 19:39:40 | More by Satchboogie
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-16-2011 02:35:52 | More by Burt
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

02-25-2010 04:18:58 | More by alleykatking
Photo of albern


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

This isn't a bad blonde, but not one of my faves either. The beer has a slightly sulfury, somewhat perfumey aroma, that is offset somewhat by citrus notes. The beer pours a nice clear golden with a white creamy head that dissipates pretty suddenly. The taste began somewhat creamy, but was interrupted by a sharp peppery, spicy, tart hop flavor. This is not a particularly crisp beer, but the spices make it more biting and crispy that is probably warranted. The beer is modestly carbonated, has a bit more of a stinging aftertaste than I typically like. But it isn't a bad blonde either. There is an astringent, tart, pepperishness to the beer that is just too much. Not heaps of malt presence either, but that is to be expected with a blonde ale. Not bad, worth a shot, but I wouldn't return to it either.

09-12-2008 21:06:30 | More by albern
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-17-2012 04:15:06 | More by PatGreer
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-16-2014 15:40:22 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of morebeergood


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

06-17-2008 00:54:15 | More by morebeergood
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

08-22-2012 00:58:03 | More by Rekrule
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-05-2012 23:36:30 | More by ms11781
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-03-2013 00:24:41 | More by AnitaBrewski
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-11-2014 15:40:15 | More by rorjets
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Mayflower Golden Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a copper orange with an almost bronze tint. A nice looking beer with a great head on top displaying respective sustainability. Nice trails of stick lacings. Mini carbonation bubbles race to the top.

Rather difficult nose to describe - smells kinda grainy and malty.

What we got here is a nicely crafted brew that is rather quaffable. Malty backbone with grain flavors and a cereal-like taste.

A light bodied beer in many respects and quite drinkable as a result. Flavors are there though and the I really like the mini hop snap on the finish. Nothing overly flashy here, but what you get is a tasty final product that delivers some quality.

A solid contender for a great session beer.

04-24-2009 21:26:17 | More by Hibernator
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-14-2011 15:32:23 | More by Lawnboy33
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3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

This beer poured a clear pale yellow body with soft foamy white head.

Nose is very nondescript. Mostly just mild grain, a touch of sweet malt smell. Very subtle, almost macro esque.

Taste is light to light medium bodied. A nice bitterness jumps right out front and annouces the presence of hops, but also lets you know this beer has the body to hold it. Very light caramel and fresh baked white bread or cracker malt taste. Hop taste is again rather bitter, and slightly overshadows the malt. Earth hops, some wood and mild citrus. Ends with a quick lingering bitterness.

It sort of smells like BMC beer, but the malt and hops immediately tell you with the first sip it's a golden ale. Very mellow, very present, and very drinkable. A good solid session golden.

01-18-2009 20:07:31 | More by taez555
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

03-14-2011 23:18:54 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of erosier


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

07-04-2008 14:45:49 | More by erosier
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

on cask at deep ellum, in allston, massachusetts. i believe the menu called this "mayflower golden bitter".

golden straw with faint haze. bubbly cask head fades slowly. some webby, splotchy lacing.

aroma opens up with intense dry-hopped pine resins, citrus zest and a grassy note too. toasted crackers for a moment, then gone. whiff of yeast.

hops are grassier on the palate, but still some pine and citrus zest. toasted malt is bready for a moment. hint of apple. moderate bitterness, with faintly resinous finish and more apple fruitiness and yeast.

not too thin, only a few moments of wateriness. the faint resins in the finish give some astringency. mild to moderate carbonation gives lift.

was drinking this with the expectation of a "golden bitter", so perhaps my negative preconceptions of "american blonde ale" didn't creep into my thoughts.

02-12-2009 07:07:46 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-20-2013 23:14:44 | More by Janeinma
Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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