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Mayflower Golden Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Golden AleMayflower Golden Ale

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77 Reviews

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 198
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-07-2008

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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 198
Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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 tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Ineedabeerhere
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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 EPseja
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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 jamie2dope
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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 TrevorGW
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of albern
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 csmiley
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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!

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Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Freshie
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crisp and clean golden color. Slight white head. Decent carbonation.

Smells malty with light herbal hops.

Tastes malty up front, with light hops. Very earthy but crisp and refreshing. Slight yeast taste in the after taste.

Very drinkable, light, and tasty. A new staple for my beer fridge in the summer months.

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Photo of gford217
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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 SMADMS
3.75/5  rDev +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 erosier
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.