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Mayflower Summer Rye - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Patrick on 06-25-2009)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:03:50 | More by mikesgroove
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 15:52:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:25:28 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Green yellow color. Looks like a hard candy. Good head with a steady stream of replenishing bubbles. Leaves good ring lace.

This has an unusual smell which I can only describe as resembling the smell of drainage pipes disassembled. It's sour and earthy and unappealing.

Thin body and overly carbonated. It feels like a macro, but the taste is anything but. That's sour and reminds me of adding a lemon to a wit. Short aftertaste so his falls short of being refreshing.

Definitely not my style.

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Tried it as a cask conditioned offering. Definitely improved the flavor. The scores reflect a blending of the two tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 17:07:56 | More by smcolw
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:26:36 | More by stakem
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 22:33:30 | More by jdhilt
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 01:23:33 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 19:48:57 | More by ppoitras
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There isn't much to this beer, and that's the point. It's a summer thirst quencher that has some zing and zap.

A pale orange pour, minimal head that has some loose bubbles. Light aroma of bread spice and lemon zest, but not much of the latter.
Light and bubbly on the tongue. Flavor would be bland if not for the rye. It brings in some spice that livens things up a bit. An easy drinking beer. Good for picnic

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 21:25:24 | More by Mebuzzard
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow, a bit murky, with a fine skim of white bubbles and a thin collar. A bit of lacing, fair head retention. Sour wheat aroma dominated initially, but spicy rye took over as it warmed. A bit of lemon character and citrusy hops too. Bracing bitterness, spicy and peppery, light malt, lemony bitter finish. Light to the point of being thin, dry, a bit of a soapy texture. Light and refreshing, but the mouthfeel was a bit harsh. This one was okay, but it didn't really come together for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 01:19:49 | More by DrJay
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

12-03-2012 20:06:00 | More by sendbeer
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glid02

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 02:46:27 | More by glid02
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-18-2011 16:32:35 | More by PEIhop
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chippo33

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

06-30-2014 06:33:20 | More by chippo33
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 23:35:31 | More by puboflyons
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. PKG on 05/04/10 indicated on the back label. Poured a semi-hazy pale yellow with a bubbly, two inch bright white head - this beer looks a lot like a Berliner-Weisse. Head eventually settles into a fairly solid, quarter inch cap, with some delicate strands of lacing revealed during the session. Nose reveals some citrus, earthy/herbal aromatics and a nice mix of rye and wheat. Taste falls somewhat short of the expectations that the appearance and smell suggest. Many of the qualities in the nose come out in the flavor profile, but everything is a little bland and watery with the lightly lingering herbal/earthy quality that was expressed in the nose manifesting itself, before culminating in a light, lingering bitterness - not really hops bittering per se, so it must be coming from the rye. Mouthfeel is light in consistency, with a lively carbonation and crisp finish. This beer has a lot of good qualities to it and proves that a low abv beer can be pleasant and refreshing. Unfortunately, the flavor falls a little short for me. Still this is a pretty refreshing beer for a hot day and a nice alternative to a Hefe because it has some different qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 23:54:37 | More by Jwale73
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 02:27:15 | More by maximum12
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came with no head. Dull cloudy starw/hay color.

Banana aroma with a little creamy vanilla

Interesting flavor. Up front wheat type notes with a distinctly crisp dry snappy finish. Banana and yeast notes are present.

A bit astringent and gritty. Very light body.

Pretty refreshing. I am a huge rye fan, but I'm not exactly sure how well it works here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 09:52:06 | More by Reagan1984
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-15-2011 02:53:17 | More by bpfrush
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2009 04:30:38 | More by tigg924
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forgot about this one. Jotted down some easy notes as I bought a single before the end of summer.

A-Hazy yellow with a light head. It retains pretty well. Laces better than I would expect it to.

S-Not what I was initially expecting. Light and malty with some rye spice. A little bit of floral aroma hits me as well.

T-Spicy. Not sure how much I like it. More flavor than I expected, especially at only 3.8%. More pronounced than the nose here. Some hops kick in as well.

M-Light bubbly.

D-Don't absolutely love the taste so the drinkability get pegged down a bit. However, at such a low ABV, this can be imbibed quite quickly and easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 21:48:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-08-2013 00:38:14 | More by jaxon53
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 11:12:21 | More by GbVDave
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-11-2013 14:34:09 | More by thegerm87
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 04:40:16 | More by Dope
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Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.