Mayflower Summer Rye - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Ratings: 181
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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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Summer Who? This beer is probably one of my two favorite beers to drink all summer along with narragansett summer.

this beer pours a hazy yellow straw color with a decent 1 finger white head that lasts. the smell is slightly citrus hops with a definite rye presence. the flavor is very light on the rye, with a great citrus hop presence. the mouthfeel is light well carbed and mouth watering. overall this is an excellent brew and one of the best summer beers out there. if you live in the distribution area drink it, if you don't trade for it, then drink it.

Photo of SMADMS
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got back from the brewery 2 growlers in hand...

A: straw yellow slightly cloudy. one finger head, nice lacing

S: some citrus in the nose, very clean some spice

T: clean and slight spicyness some citus

M: WOW light dry clean

D: this is going to be dangerous on a hot summer day I can see a few growlers going down.. Right on the money with this session beer!!!

Another winner from Matt and the Mayflower gang!!!

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 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 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 Kallessin
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very full white foamy head. Pale yellow straw. Some slight cloudiness.

Has a slightly sweet aroma with a hint of citrus, a little spice. I found it difficult to pick up a lot to be honest.

Tangy spiciness, some light bready flavors. Some slight citrus with a little hop bitterness (pine??) Very flavorful for such a light beer.

A light bodied beer, fairly smooth with good carbonation. Slightly dry.

I could easily drink this beer all day, especially since the ABV is very low (which is a big plus for me). Very refreshing and light. Absolutely check this one out if you can.

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 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 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 stakem
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle came to me as an extra in a trade care of BA user bring, thanks!

Standard 12oz brown bottle has a packaged date inked on the back of the label that reads 6/16/10. Poured into a pint it appears a very cloudy light yellow color with 2 fingers of white head composed of rather large bubbles. As the head receeds patchy lace clings to the glassware. Wow this is the lightest colored rye beer I have ever had. With a passing glimpse this could easily be mistaken for a hefewiezen or wit.

The aroma of this brew is fairly well dominated by citrusy and herbal hops with a backing of the expected yet light rye spiciness. Slightly sweet faint aroma of grains almost wheat-like become known as this brew warms.

The flavor of this brew is as expected (after taking in the aroma) bitter upfront from the herbal and almost minty flavor of the hops coupled with the unmistakeable flavor of rye. Some dry graininess lingers in the mouth with the spicy taste of rye coupled with a more mellow grain like wheat but not really.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Carbed enough to be prickly and light on the tongue I could easily kick a few of these back during the summer and would choose this beer over the usual lawnmower brews like american wheat.

Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive light lemon color in a tulip with a 2F head.

Aroma: lemon, some funk.

Mouth feel: Very carbonated. This enhances of the drinkability of the beer.

Taste: lemon and and a hint of rye.

Finish: excellent hoppy bitterness.

Overall: an refreshing summer ale. The carbonation and hoppy finish bolster the overall taste. It's a low ABV beer, but it has a lot of character.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: As dull and straw colored as it gets. Stunning clarity. Healthy rocky white head retains forever. Aggressive clumpy lacing.

S: Lemon and orange zest, grassy, oily hops, dusty yeast with traces of yeasty Belgian spice, crackery malts and some spicy rye. A complex and interesting aroma combination, especially for a beer so small.

T: Floral and oily hops. Citrus rind lemon/lime sort of thing going on too. Some lightly musty yeast. Crackery pilsner malt and spicy rye form a light but vocal base. Absolutely bone dry. Oily hops, rye, and dusty yeast on the finish.

M: Very light bodied. Thin but with a slight firmness of feel. Vigorous carbonation makes all the difference and brings an aggressive crispness that really amplifies the refreshing qualities of the beer.

O: To just call this summer rye is a bit misleading. It's really more of a well-hopped Belgian table beer. I'd push that angle more than the rye angle. A lot of people feel that rye is coarse and a bit less approachable than other grains, so to put that in people's minds first is a mistake in my opinion. They should also play up the fact that it is a beer of true session abv. Get that right on the label somewhere, it's a big selling point these days. At any rate this is a pleasant and crushable little beer that would be equally at home pairing in the early stages of a fancy multi-course meal as it would in your hand after a hot day of lawn mowing. Perfect pairing partner for almost any light salad, ceviche, or other such things.

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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Mess for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeast, slight lemon note. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly sweet, nice little touch of citrus. Medium Body, with a nice dry, slightly bitter finish. Another tasty brew from Mayflower.

Photo of smibroncos
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a cloudy light straw with a one finger white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Hops, cloves bananas, smells like summer.

T. Stars off sweet, banans, and cloves, next the rye takes over, followed by a nice hoppy bitterness.

M. Light bodied, but full flavored. Small bubbles, slightly thin.

D. A great session brew, I could have a few of these while hanging with my friends at the bbq. A great summer brew.

Photo of madjr80
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought just a single of this beer, and I wish it was a whole six pack.This was a great summer beer. Very light in texture and alcohol which makes it quite sessionable. The rye flavor is evident, but it is not overpowering enough that would make one sick of it. Another great beer from a great New England brewer.

Photo of AirBob
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Stoddard in Boston.

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 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 aerozeppl
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Interesting looking color.Cloudy yellow color. Quite vibrant. Poured with a thin cover of white head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Almost smells like a wit. A little bit spicy. You do get a little bit of rye which is nice. Quite a bit of wheat as well.

T: Very light flavor. Not that complex but nice for the ABV. Little bit of citrus in there as well.

M: Super light body. Well carbonated.

D: I love this as a summer session beer. Quite a bit of flavor and a true session beer's ABV. Well done.

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

A: Very cloudy straw color. Looks a lot like lemonade. Looks just like a witbier actually. Fizzy white head fades fast. Almost no retention but a bit of lacing.

S: Not only does it look like a witbier, it smells like one. Distinctive coriander and orange smell. A little bit of spice which I assume is the rye. I had to check the bottle at this point to ensure I hadn't poured a Blue Moon by accident.

T: Almost tastes like a witbier too - some orange and some spice but you can tell the rye is there now. A little bit of citrus hop too.

M: Very light and tons of carbonation. A little bit of tingly spice from the rye but otherwise very clean. Almost no aftertaste to speak of.

O: Definitely not what I was expecting. I swear this is a witbier with some rye in it. Regardless of what it is, it's very light and refreshing with just an extra kick from the rye. Honestly I think it would garner better ratings in the witbier category. A good summer beer as the name would imply.

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

Had a pint of this at Moan & Dove since it seemed like a pretty recent release.

Appearance is very light straw color with a thin head.

Smell is very faint sweetness, a bit of grassiness, some lemon or citrus.

Taste is very light malt with a faint hint of the rye spice and maybe a bit of the yeast. This is the epitome of summer session beer. Low ABV, easy drinking, no strong flavor, it just goes down waaay too easy.

Not a bad choice on a hot day, very very drinkable.

Photo of Patdonahue0719
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was able to have the opportunity to go to the Mayflower Brewing Company's Tasting room today and tasted some of there beers and this one stood out to me as something unique. I had it on tap in a 7 oz taster and then purchased a growler to share with my family when I got home.
Appearance: pale cloudy yellow estimated SRM of 1.25-1.5. the unfiltered beer resembles a nice unfiltered wheat beer
Smell: slight tart/sour smell right off the back can pull a noise of the rye and then the dwindling of american wheat malts.
Taste: slightly tart and sour from the rye malts and a hint of wheat malt sourness and slight sweetness of the pilsner base malts.
Mouthfeel: a wonderful crisp dry light body summer session ale

Overall: Overall I am really impressed with this beer as an all around summer session ale that is light bodied, crisp and slightly sour mouthfeel makes a beer that is worth bringing to your next cook out or gathering to share with all or just for yourself and significant other at the beach. If you are looking for an alternative to your usual summer wheat beer you should check this one out if you get the opportunity to get your hands on some.

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Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.