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Mayflower Golden Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Golden AleMayflower Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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 jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear pale yellow color. Nose is green apples. Flavor is green apples, hints of caramel and some hops. Unusual golden. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, May 27, 2010
Photo of TLJ
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mayflower Golden Ale is clear in appearance and clean in its aroma. I detected grain and malt in the smell, but the hops were not apparent to me until the beer hit the back of my tongue. However, for someone who does not prefer hoppy beers, I found that the floral taste in this beer was particularly well-balanced and subtle, despite lingering.

I wouldn't say that this ale is anything special, but it is a smooth, drinkable beer, a crowd-pleaser perfect for a summer barbeque.

TLJ, May 14, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, bright gold colour with a rocky white cap. Light grass and citrus in the aroma, slightly fruity sweetness, malt. Tastes pretty good. Bitterness starts out subdued, but pulls to the forefront as sweetness fades away leaving hop bitterness lingering in the finish. Hoppy up front, citrus and grassy with a bit of herbal character. Cereal grain flavours appear towards the end, a bit of malt too. Plenty going on the flavour overall. Light bodied with lots of carbonation, fairly dry. Nicely balanced, well put together, and quite tasty.

DrJay, May 09, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

alleykatking, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of travduke
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

travduke, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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

tzieser, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of sarahloca44
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

sarahloca44, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Coutastic
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured 12oz bottle in to pint glass

A- A dark straw yellow with no head and no lacing

S - Almost no smell at all, just a hint of malt

T- Nothing special, light malt, typical ale style, no aftertaste

M- Good carbonation, no big kick, not much going on

D - Could drink it all day and not remember it....

Coutastic, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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. :)

PEBKAC, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of gfreed
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Feh-- not worth the bother. Mayflower's duplication of watery, thin, tart, bad lager. You don't need anything special for that. If that's what you want, save the $$ and buy a six of Bud. Otherwise, if you want a nice light beer from Eastern Mass, buy Mayflower Pale Ale or something from Haverhill.

gfreed, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap, had to try.

Appearance - Fairly pale yellow. Small head. No real lacing. Kind of a light gold color.

Smell - Pretty grassy. A hint of spice, but mostly grain.

Taste - More grain. But with a hint of biscuit. Sort of like a Miller Lite with some flavor. Very mellow. Certainly not offensive.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability -Pretty high. It goes down very smooth. Nice and light. But not terribly interesting.

Eh. It was better than Miller, but not by a huge margin. Very drinkable, however. I wouldn't say no, but I won't seek it out.

callmescraps, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden-yellow color with a foamy, white, three-finger head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelle of caramel, grains and grasses.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and a touch of bitter grassiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth feel. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a good ale. A nice sessionable summer brew.

zeff80, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

OtherShoe2, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty exited to try this because I really like Mayflower's IPA and Pale ale but it didn't quite live up to the hype. I poured it into a glass and it does have a nice golden color, but it's pretty average from that point on. It smells like any basic macro brew beer while having a very bland taste, almost kind of watered down. Probably would be pretty refreshing on a hot day to go with a light snack, but other than that I wouldn't really recommend it. I'd stick with one of Mayflower's other brews.

AndyAvalanche, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of dan4th
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

dan4th, May 23, 2009
Photo of CavePainter
3.65/5  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.

CavePainter, May 15, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Upon the initial pour, a frothy, bright white head consumed three-quarters of the glass before eventually settling into a one inch cap embedded with craters and honeycombed with holes. Brew was pale gold and translucent. Nose revealed mostly cereal grains - not much going on there. Taste follows nose with a biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is light and lively and finishes fairly dry. Drinkability is the best part of this beer; easy drinking and sessionable, but somewhat lacking in flavor.

Jwale73, May 08, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Hibernator, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice slight haze golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, and spices. The taste is sweet, malty, slight yeast, and some spices thrown in. Medium body. Drinkable, this is not a bad brew, tasty.

Wasatch, Apr 22, 2009
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.

jwc215, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Brad007, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

tigg924, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tai4ji2x, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of NoLiberty
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Chris at Bella Vista in Philly for sharing this rarity in these parts.

Beer pours a very fluid golden clear into a thick Cantillon glass. A very airy, frothy 2-finger white head settles into an almost nonexistent cap for the rest of the drink. No lacing. It's clear this beer is well attenuated and crisp.

The aroma is light and crisp with a strong aroma of malty biscuit flavors. Light hop bitterness to keep the aroma crisp and refreshing.

Taste is refreshing and light. Flavor is full of malt flavor but with very little if any sweetness. Light fruit notes come through in the middle and then subtle bitterness follows through toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and refreshing. Strong carbonation moves thr beer fluidly throughout the mouth and makes for an even more quenching drink.

Nice. Definitely a nice session beer on a hot summer day. Will look for this one in the future.

NoLiberty, Jan 22, 2009
Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.