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Mayflower Summer Rye - Mayflower Brewing Company

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81
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169 Ratings
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Patrick on 06-25-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of indiapaleale
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jwps214
3/5  rDev -15%

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 FeDUBBELFIST
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of silentjay
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a terribly hazy light golden with a decent white head that barely laces.

very aromatic. smells of a wheat beer with plenty of added spice. lemony, and sour orange citrus mixes with some pepper, clove, and other spices. rye is barely evident.

taste is of a witbier, but dry on the finish. lemon, orange zest mixes with banana and tropical fruits and clove spiciness. rye spiciness is there on the back end and there is a drying finish with just a bit of pepper and some bitterness lingering.

light and watery with just a bit of carbonation and a bit of a lingering oiliness and tartness.

it drinks ok. nothing is oppressive, but I have had more refreshing summer seasonals, as well as more flavorful and more aromatic too. Rye is way too far in the background in this one, and it falls into just another wheat beer category.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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

When i poured this into a pint glass, it has a bright golden body with one inch of white fizzy head, that dissappears to a thin lace. The smell is citrus hops. The taste is citrus, with some rye notes. The mouth feel is smooth crisp. Overall this is one i would drink in the summer.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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