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Mayflower Golden Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 03:44:35 | More by AndyAvalanche
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dan4th

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 18:34:20 | More by dan4th
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CavePainter

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 13:53:20 | More by CavePainter
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 22:58:25 | More by Jwale73
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 21:26:17 | More by Hibernator
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 23:35:21 | More by Wasatch
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 01:27:55 | More by jwc215
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Brad007

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 22:38:10 | More by Brad007
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 04:17:25 | More by tigg924
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2009 07:07:46 | More by tai4ji2x
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 02:27:38 | More by NoLiberty
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 22:42:30 | More by donkeyrunner
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:07:31 | More by taez555
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 14:09:02 | More by TheMistler
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 00:51:52 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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EPseja

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 03:26:11 | More by EPseja
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:20:08 | More by jamie2dope
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TrevorGW

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The aroma really rubbed me the wrong way on this one. Light ales are not known for their aromas I suppose. Burnt corn and melted butter on the nose ... reminiscent of PBR or Molson.

But once I took a sip I realized it was no Molson. Nice crisp, bready burst of flavor. The clean finish is abrupt, but pleasant. The aroma is still distracting from the flavor, so I would recommend drinking this from the bottle rather than pouring into a nice glass.

A middle-of-the-road craft Golden/Blonde Ale. Could be a good beach/boat beer. I would recommend this to non-beer drinkers. Could be an excellent gateway beer. However, I will stick with the Mayflower Pale Ale in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 13:36:47 | More by TrevorGW
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albern

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 21:06:30 | More by albern
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 22:18:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 21:22:57 | More by smcolw
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csmiley

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 01:32:02 | More by csmiley
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" eggshell head over the clear dark golden brew. Head fades gradually, with good lacing. Aroma is pale sweetness coupled with lightly citrus hops. Taste stays the course, with light grains and balancing hops. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is excellent. Nice one!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 22:30:59 | More by ppoitras
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to the guys at Mayflower Brewing Co for hooking us up with lots of free beer at BCTC last weekend!

12oz bottle

A well designed label graces the bottle of Mayflower's Golden Ale. The brew pours a transparent yellow/brownish color with some visible carbonation and a small white head that lays thin and screen-like atop the beer. Nice balanced nose of fruity hops and nutty malts. The beer has a bold malt backbone even though the bright hop character is mostly dominant. The body is semi-coating and there seems to be the slightest flare of alcohol heat... which is odd for the low ABV of the brew. It has a light body and sparkling carbonation and is extremely drinkable. Would definitely drink again!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:34:55 | More by ATPete
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 00:07:54 | More by edchicma
Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.