Mayflower Summer Rye - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Patrick on 06-25-2009

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Reviews by MuddyFeet:
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up on a trip to visit my parents near Buzzards Bay. Pours more like a pilsner--a pale gold with a thin white head. Bit of a surprise condiering it is a rye beer. I smell just the slightest hint of rye. Light malt base with the rye more of a feel on the palate than overly powerful flavors. Nice balance between the rye, the other malts and some spriggy hops. Nice session beer for a hot and muggy July day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, straw color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: hops and citrus-a tad bit of rye bread

Taste: small honey, hops, rye, lemon, and some other citrus flavors

Mouthfeel: super smooth, light bodied, sweet-ish start with a slightly bitter finish, dry

Drinkability: This is a super smooth beer and is very sessionable. I like the hoppy feel to this without the high abv. This is one of Mayflower's best to date.

Photo of jondeelee
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summer Rye opens with a light fanfare of wheat fields, toast crust, biscuit, and peppery rye aromas, sweetened by Belgian-like touches of banana and clove (though these are quite faint), with a suggestion of brown sugar, apricot, and anise. Only the slightest note of pine speaks to hops. As a whole, the nose is very light--perhaps overly so, even though this is a summer beer--and while the aromas that are present smell lovely, they could use a bit of amping up. There’s also just a bit too much emphasis on anise, pepper, and rye, which when combined give the beer a hot rubber/inner tube overtone, which does not play well off of the sugars.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a good mix of banana and clove, joined quickly by peppery rye, white bread toast crust, floury baguette, and sugars in the form of white grape, apricot, and pear. Luckily the inner tube aroma doesn’t translate into taste. Small hints of grapefruit rind and pine come from the hops. The flavors as a whole are much better balanced here than on the nose, but still tend toward the rye/anise/pepper combo just a bit too much, and bite at the tongue. Despite this biting, however, the beer comes across as watery, the flavors muted and weak, excepting pepper and rye. The aftertaste is more pepper and rye, with remnants of wheat stalks and hay, and lingers for a short while. Mouthfeel is light to medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this had promise to be a good beverage, as the rye flavors are out in front and potent, but there simply weren’t enough other flavors in here, even considering that it’s a summer ale. The watery taste and mouthfeel seem to evidence that the brew could have used a few more handfuls of malt and hops, the former being especially important in providing a better sugary backbone.

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade with BogleHill - thanks!

Pours an almost opaque light yellow-gold color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with hints of wheat twang and spicy rye. Also present are light citrus aromas with hints of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust light malt flavors with good amounts of light and spicy rye flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of light citrus hop flavors, a combination of grapefruit and sweet lemon. Midway through the sip the hop flavors darken a bit with the addition of heavier, earthy flavors. The two distinct hop flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer despite it's relatively old age (bottled in early May if I remember correctly). A nice, complex, and most importantly easy-to-drink beer that's well worth a shot.

Photo of rdilauro
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dont know what to say
I was looking forward to a new rye ale.
The pour was very very pale yellow, almost too difficult to describe. There was no immediate aroma to this one.
The taste is ok , nothing fantastic, but clean
Strange spice at the end.

Nothing bad about this beer, but also nothing I could get excited about.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A white-yellow golden color, hazy-yeastiness, murky with a bright-white 2" head. Sticky smooth foam, lace is clumpy and long, really sticky. The color is strange and murky but it is totlally unfiltered.

The aroma has corriander and crispy wheat, a bit of ladies "perm" chemmy aroma, lemmon zest, tangy zippiness, dry rye and corn meal, heather honey and some poppy seeds.

A dry, crispy rye and wheat taste and feel with a gentle crispy maltiness, subtle lemmon zest, herbs, sharp-earthiness and slightly bitter lager yeastieness with black pepper. clean, but slighlty water in the middle. Herbs and ginger snaps. a light, crispy feel, dry and earthy with some tangy-sour finish.

I do love a simple brew that has some life!

Photo of alovesupreme
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow color with good carbonation and a pleasant white head.
Spice, a hint of hops and some malt character.
Very spicy beer. A bitter character from the hops rounds out the middle and a pleasant malty finish fill out the end.
For a beer of the weight the beer has a very impressive body, with just right carbonation.
A great beer that I would love to see in six packs.
This is now available in 6pks and I cannot get enough.

Photo of Monkey962
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a three-finger, pure white head. Color is clear on the edges, and sort of a golden champagne towards the middle. Lots of champagne-like bubbles, too.

Smell: Smells of musty basement, with a fruity sweet hint. Otherwise, aroma is somewhat lacking, even though I could smell it almost as soon as I opened it.

Taste: Citrus straight up front. Then a touch of hops comes through, then a big bready note. Perhaps the wheat. Aftertaste is light, refreshing and a bit sweet.

Feel: Light body. When it first enters your mouth, it's actually disappointingly watery, though the minimal carbonation helps as you taste it.

Overall: I find that some beers that lack complexity can be commended because they are easy to knock back without having to appreciate it fully. However, I think this beer needs more complexity - it seems muted. Aroma is somewhat dulled, flavors aren't very potent, and the feel and carbonation could be kicked up. It is however, very refreshing.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not reviewing this is as a typical rye beer because it's unlike most anything I've had.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a slightly hazy, very light yellow straw color. Never seen a beer this light in color- shocking really. Good two finger head with good retention and very nice streaky circles of lacing.

Smells faintly of rye and dry hops. Pretty simple. A little yeast in there as well.

Taste is nice- of course very light, a little touch of rye spiciness, a little bit of hop bitterness, tastes like noble German hops. A little too light for my taste- almost has an adjunct flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is great- great summer beer cause it's so refreshing. Incredibly light and well carbonated. Wouldn't get it again but if you like low alcohol beers this one is very flavorful.

Photo of jmerloni
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A pale yellow that is fully clear and translucent. Little head, retains a decent lace on the top of the beer.

S - NIce and refreshing. Rye, wheat, yeast, coriander, lemon zest, a little honey malt maybe.

T - Very refreshing. All that was detected on the nose is also present in the flavor. A nice flavor.

M - Light and refreshing, carbonated well. Still very beery even though this is only 3.8% abv.

D - A good beer, overall. I didn't realize it was only 3.8% abv when I bought it, but I would buy this again. Perhaps it's a little overpriced, but Mayflower is still a young brewery with relatively small levels of scale economies, so that is understandable. This is an example of an ideal beer I'd love to drink pitchers of after reaching the top of a mountain on a hike in New England. Or in a large field on a picnic. It's that type of beer. I am quite enjoying it, actually.

Photo of tkelley
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super fresh bottle - bottled on 6-8-11, poured on 6-11-11 - poured into a goblet glass.

A - Pale, cloudy yellow with very little head. It looks a lot like a lemonade type drink or some kind of summer cocktail. Pretty different than what I'm used to, even for summer beers.

S - Malt, which I assume is the Rye (I honestly don't know), with coriander spice notes and some citrus/hops.

T - Very refreshing. Malty and lightly spicy, again very reminiscent of a summer cocktail. Hops jump out in the back but aren't strong or overpowering - they're just being nice and letting you know that they're there (very polite). The citrus is more apparent than the hops (but then, the citrus might be from the hops). Obviously no alcohol taste because it's so light.

M - Fizzes up in the mouth - really playful.

D - I can see this being a really great summer beer for just hanging out and taking it easy.

This is a fun beer, but one that takes its fun very seriously. It was really well crafted to be exactly what I think the brewers wanted it to be. I like it.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a hazy lemon color. Several fingers of fluffy egg white slowly settles to a thin film.

The nose has the distinct rye tinge, also some bready citrus.

A sip is surprisingly creamy, with a light rye spice blended with pale malt, some wheat and subtle hop fruitiness.

Drinkable, that's for sure. Between this and Spring Hop, Mayflower has made two very solid hot weather beers. Not overly complicated, but still leaps and bounds over a BMC.

Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped PKG 6/11/13. Sampled on October 16, 2013.

It pours hazy pale yellow to olive with lively carbonation going up to a fizzy white head.

The aroma is of grains, toasted biscuit, lemon, and maybe some floral hops.

The body is light to medium and reasonably refreshing. Good for a summer weight.

The taste brings out the rye grains at first with a notable lemon and floral hop character on the backside. Slightly tart ending. Not high on my list of Mayflower brews but it would be good in the summer.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Graciously received as an extra from Drez77.

Bottle to pint glass. Bottle indicates that it was packaged on 05/04/10. No ABV listed. Reviewed mid July.

A: Pours with a large 3 1/2 finger head of pure white soapy bubbles. The head deflates slowly and inconsistently leaving behind a lopsided mass as chunks of foam cling to the glass. Fair lacing overall. The body is lightly murky and has a very pale, very light yellow hue. The second pour deposits lots of yeasty sediment, completely clouding the body.

S: Lightly toasted grainy malts. The pilsner and wheat malts are more noticeable to me than the rye. Light citrusy hops aromas of lemon and grapefruit.

T: Very low flavor level. It's obvious the ABV is well below 5%. Hint of spiciness and, again, a noticeable wheat component. The lemon and grapefruit comes through.

M: The mouthfeel is the biggest, strongest aspect of the brew. Medium-full body, minerally texture influenced by a high level of lively and fizzy carbonation. The finish is dry and almost void of flavor but it is lightly acidic and rather refreshing.

D: Drinkability is good but not great. There are equally light and refreshing quaffs available that provide more substantial nose and flavor.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared at Captain Lawrence during the Cuvee release. What a nice breakfast spread that was. :P

Into my trusty rounded mug. Faint apple juice color with a bit of haze. Big, boiled over white head.

The carbonation tickling my nose, I got scents of dusty grain, moderate herbal bitterness, & an apparent tang that did deliver on the first sip.

Taste was water-logged grain, a gentle sweetness that doesn't amount to much, crusty sourdough(that carries just a faint tartness), some traces of yeast, & a quick & sharp citrus zest that gives way to a more leafy idea.

Feel is way overcarbonated, & just a touch itchy. Besides that though, not much in the way of residuals, as it leaves pretty dry. The thought of a quick second sip is waved in.

Reminded me a lot of maybe Real Ale's Full Moon Pale Rye from Texas, just a little thinner though & maybe trying to be too brash in carbonation. Not as much flavor going on, but almost as easy to drink. :)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

crisp, full of hops and a touch of rye grain. Very summer like aroma and very quick to take it. Did not linger and had that fresh cut off to it. Very pleasing. Huge almost pine like bite and dry finish left you thirsty at the end of it. Some nice malts mixed in as well as a decent amount of sugar. Lots of carbonation rippled through nicely and a somewhat slick, but not that bad of a feeling.

I could pound through this all night long

Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very grainy/hazy pale yellow blond with a white loosely formed head that doesn't last very long.

S: Like walking through an herb garden. Rosemary and lemon thyme, citrus zest, pepper notes from the rye and bready notes from the wheat.

T: A nice earthy and complex lemon pepper kick up front It finishes bone dry with hop bitterness and nothing else.

M: Thin-bodied.

D: 3.8% ABV and an extremely dry finish make this beer perfect for a hot summer day. It's complex, herbal and earthy.

Photo of illpass78
4.31/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a really pale straw with heavy carbonation and a half inch white head that sticks around a bit. Lacing minimal. Awfully pale but still attractive.

Aroma: Smells of rye bread, hops, wheatiness, spice, lemon and citrus. Nice combination of aromas.

Taste: Tasty stuff. Taste follows the nose, with rye and lemon leading the way. Very drinkable and quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable and light of body. Great spring/summer type beer.

Overall: This is great stuff in my opinion. Definitely stands out from the deluge of goldens and wheat ales that hit the market for summer. Refreshing and delicious.

Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to axeman9182 for this extra from our recent trade!

PKG 06/16/10

A: Pours an extremely pale straw color (sort of the color of the Cream Soda flavored Dum-Dum sucker) with the hazed clarity of a Hefe and/or Wit. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy, bright-white head stuck arount for quite awhile but left barely a trace of lace.

S: As soon as I started to pour this, I was struck with a super fresh green hop aroma. Quickly after that, I picked up some banana bread, clove, spicy rye, bread crust, lemongrass, white pepper, and a multitude of various herb garden scents.

T: Close to above with way more emphasis on the rye (it IS called Summer Rye Ale, after all). All of the smells I mentioned above are present in the taste with dry, peppery rye in the beginning, middle, and finish. I think I also detected some thyme and basil in there, as well.

M: Given the low abv, I was fully expecting this to be on the thin and watery side of things. Not so. Suprisingly full and slick on the tongue with a refreshingly dry spiciness.

D: An excellent summer session beer. Very, very refreshing.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be the beer of my Summer 2010. It's at the beach, weddings, campfires, I've literally seen a case ravaged in an hour. It seems to be one of those beers that the BMC crowd likes and will refer to as "that yuppie beer I like." I like it too.

Cloudy pale yellow. Thin white head that disappears way too fast. Not much to look at.

When I first had this beer (a few actually) at Mohegan Sun I thought that it tasted exactly like eggs and corn beef hash. Aroma is wheaty sour, a little farmy, some grassy hops and not completely like eggs and corn beef hash. Taste is dry with a very minor rye spice and an acidic twang. Grassy hops.

One of those I like it better than I rate it beers. More flavor and complexity than I would anticipate 3.8% ABV.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/7/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale cloudy yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, light rye malts, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy rye malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and spices. The hops presence is mild for the style but is complementary enough to bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good lighter representation of style, this is a very nice flavorful beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured into Mayflower nonic, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the very cloudy blonde brew. Head falls rather quickly, with average lacing. Aroma is wheat and spicy rye. Taste starts with a glimmer of wheat, then rye spices, and closes with a peek of citrus and some clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability is very easy. As a thirst-quenching summer beer, win. As a rye beer, not quite all I would look for. I think I'll think of this as one of the more flavorful summer brews and be happy with it.

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been liking the Mayflower beers quite a bit. I just noticed I haven't reviewed many of them however, so I'll have to start getting on that.

A: A pasty bleached white 2 finger head rises up and fades at a medium pace over a very light pale straw colored hazy yellow beer.

N: Zut alor, wheat galor! It's a fest of wheat in the nose. It's like a bunch of wheat beers got together and threw a party and invited a rye pale ale, and they just had a huge gang bang. The wheat ale adds a slight citrus, clove, banana, juicy fruit, lemon zest, you know the drill. I get just the slightest spicy rye hint in the nose.

T: Yep, just as suspected. Juicy wheat flavored beer, but not as much of a typical wheat as the nose was. Some wheat with touches of lemon zest, citrus, but the rest just disappeared. I get some juicy fruit flavors with that, some light hops, mostly grassy and spicy, a little cascade fresh dry hop flavor, and some spicy rye. I think that juicy fruit flavor also may stem slightly from the rye and some from the malts. The fresh hop flavor and some lightly sweetened malts adds a very homebrew fresh wort flavor like I just threw in the dry hops.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter actually, not crazy over the top, but a nice bitterness comes through with teh grassy, slight spicy, and pale hops that again have a fresh Cascade dry hop taste. They are accentuated with the dryness. It gets dry, and I mean really dry. Imagine that it just keeps getting drier, and drier, until is really, really dry. Imagine that, being way, way too dry... (don't remember the exact South Park quote but you get the idea). It's very dry. Lots of wheat lingering, with some hints of spicy rye but barely there. This is a tasty beer and pretty refreshing. Being less than 4% it drinks really well too, I could pound many of these without skipping a beat.

Photo of jdhilt
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Cloudy very pale golden color. Nose is yeast and rye. Flavor is rye, grass and some yeast. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. Bottled Jun 3, 2010.

Photo of brewme
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this to be very bland...not a fan....

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Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.