Mayflower Summer Rye - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Andrew041180
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an extremely pale straw color. I was actually shocked by how almost-white this beer is. It has nice, lively carbonation that maintains a thin head and leaves better-than-expected lacing on the glass.

S - The dominant smell in this beer is fresh hops (the beer is just over a month old). There is also some spiciness backing up the hops.

T - Nice citrusy hop profile with a subtle malt sweetness. The finish produces a building rye flavor that rushes in like the tide.

M - On the light side of medium, but more than I would expect given the alcohol content. It's definitely another element that I like about this beer.

O - I bought a 6-pack as an impulse buy and I'm glad I did. I've now had three of these beers with the third coming straight from the bottle. This third was my favorite thus far, as I honestly am not a big fan of the color of the beer, and somehow the hop character shines through better directly from the bottle. It's relatively expensive, so I wouldn't buy it for myself, but I might bring it to the next BBQ I attend. It really is a nice summer beer.

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

Though this beer is labeled a rye, the wheat characteristics really stand out much more prominently. It pours a very pale, hazy, yellow with a modest, quickly fading head. The nose is reminiscent of American wheat beers: lots of fresh wheat aromas mixed with a slight yeasty spiciness.

The beer has a good balance between a slight hoppy bitterness and the wheat profile. While there is certainly rye mixed in as well, it seems to take more of a back seat. There is a slight citrus sweetness to the beer as well, which really helps this beer go down quite quickly.

A very well made, very drinkable, and very refreshing summer ale.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears hazy and pale about the color of a berliner weiss. Head is minimal which goes to small skim and ring.

On the smell I get spice, yeast light maltiness and some citrus.

The taste is really light with a definite spiciness. Aftertaste is a little bitter and maybe even a hint of sourness. Taste also seems a bit watery.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Light body, active carbonation. Nice refreshing summer brew.

Overall though it's a really easy drinking brew.'s something.

Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gold haziness--no head- smells pretty fresh. Matt is a master of rye beers. Even though he doesnt work for these guys anymore, he has clearly left his imprint.

They have maintained a good quality since and this is what a bottled summer craft beer should be--solid across the board but rye beers arent too sessionable.

How bout some inkwell stout to folow this ?

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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 SABERG
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an pilsner glass from a fresh 12 oz. bottle.

A - Initial color is very light, almost with a green hue. Great big head and fabulous lacing.

S - Lemon, hint of saison, rye and a tartness runs through.

T - Very dry, nice lemon snap, the rye, wheat combination is a pleasure. No competition between the two. A nice hop snap at the end. Quite refreshing.

M - Great carbonation, light moutfeel matches the refreshing taste. Finish is dry and flavorful.

O - What a wonderful beer to have on a hot day, (I just came off a roof @99 deg F) or of your choosing. Great work by Mayflower.
Through a little Brett in there and see what could happen!


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Photo of tkelley
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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 maximum12
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ferillo for a box full of rye to feed my annual spring craving. I should plant some in the backjungle & chomp on it during work...freshly bottled 12 oz. on 5/10/12. Props & points to Mayflower for the bottle dating.

Pour is freakish. Weak green tea that's been steeped in nuclear wastewater, this one seems to glow from within. I've never seen anything like it. Maybe it's in my head, but it smells like tea too, cross-bred with a hefe. Wheaty. Background of earthy rye.

Summer Rye is certainly true to its name, this is a summer patio beer that begs to be slugged like Gatorade. The earthy rye underpins this beer, emphasis on the earthy, & light, gentle spicing. Plenty of wet grass. Bare citrus hops on the finish. The strength of this beer is clearly it's low ABV & the ability to drink it like it's non-radioactive water.

For keeping this almost alcohol-free, it's a good beer. It's not going to replace Bitter Brewer as my hot afternnoon beer of choice, but it's certainly worthy.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.