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Mayflower Summer Rye - Mayflower Brewing Company

Mayflower Summer RyeMayflower Summer Rye

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%

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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Photo of VelvetExtract


3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 12:08:49 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 02:46:27 | More by glid02
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mayflower Summer Rye has a bright golden body and a bright white head that settles quickly without leaving a substantial lacing.

The aroma is a little bit strange. A ton of spiciness from the rye, a good amount of hops, and what smells a little bit like a wheat twang.

Summer Rye just doesn't really work for me. It reminds me of a bad American Saison mixed with a decent hoppy-wheat beer. The hop profile is big and fairly bitter, but it mixes with what seems to be a good bit of wheat. The rye adds a ton of spiciness to that mix, which is what reminds me of a saison. The flavor profile presents itself as an American Saison that relied heavy-handedly on spices instead of letting the yeast do its job. This is a strange beer.

Mouthfeel was OK, nothing remarkable. A little dry in the finish from the hops.

After my first sip of this beer I actually had to ask the bartender if I got the right beer because I wasn't sure what the hell I was drinking. I'm a mayflower fan, but this one just didn't work for me, although I do appreciate the low ABV for a summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 15:12:31 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 21:46:29 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 22:30:44 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of morebeergood


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

On tap at People's Republik in Cambridge. Served in a standard pint glass. Beautiful golden colored body. Thin white head floated on top. Smell was a lemon and pine aroma. Taste was very pleasant. Flavorful with a bit of citrus fruit, but the rye gave it a hay-like flavor also. Brewing with rye also lent a crispness to the mouthfeel that I really enjoyed. Mouthfeel was bright but approachable. I would drink this beer every season, not just summer. One of the better summer seasonal releases that I have tried this year.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 19:14:30 | More by morebeergood
Photo of mlazzaro


2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very carbonated bottle, not a gusher, but loud noise and very frothy head. As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell sweet malt and hops.

A- Kind of an ugly beer. Odd looking light yellow colored brew. Hazy as well, almost lemon juice looking. It looks like when you go to wash your glass, and the residue of the previous beer mixes with the water and makes a hazy unappetizing color.

S- smells lemonie and sweet. Also the rye seems to come through in the smell more than the taste.

T- 2.5 This beer is really watery. ughck, I never say that about beer. I've had some funky beer, but this is not very good, and extremely unbalanced. There is a sour note that just doesn't go with the beer at all. Very lemonie, I wouldn't be surprised if they used real lemons. I truly appreciate sour beers by the way. It does taste better served warm. And the aftertaste is just awful.

Maybe if they condensed the beer, using less water is would taste better and have a better mouthfeel.

This was one of my lowest review. I like Mayflower brewing company. I honestly feel bad when I don't like a beer. But reviews are based upon personal opinion. And I think this beer kind'a sucks.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 16:44:36 | More by mlazzaro
Photo of stakem


4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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
Photo of smibroncos

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 03:36:26 | More by smibroncos
Photo of madjr80


3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 23:50:31 | More by madjr80
Photo of gfreed


2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting Thing from the brewery of one of my favorite porters. Foggy and hazy in the glass, the color of watered-down Pine-Sol with plenty of the lemons found in that cleaner but none of the ammonia or whatever the solvent is that they use. Oddly, I detected a distinct aroma of vinyl or... rubber? Something plasticky. The head lasted but an instant. Some bitterness in the nose as well. The vinyl carries into the taste, somewhat covered by lemons and cloves but still prominent. A bit fruit-punchy overall, with a denser body and nice fizz to cut into the summer heat. Still, this is no Great Beer but rather a ho-hummer that you can drink easily. The rye adds some spice and a new tang that isn't present in other lighter fare, and the low ABV makes this a slammer after you finish painting the bathroom on a stagnant and stuffy July afternoon. I ought to be able to choke back the remaining five bottles, but I probably won't be repeating this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 16:28:27 | More by gfreed
Photo of GbVDave


4.2/5  rDev +19%
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
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 ?

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 00:19:46 | More by rousee
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 22:35:52 | More by gameface23
Photo of ppoitras


3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 23:00:53 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of msolar


2.2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I didn't care much for this beer.

Appearance - cloudy, with an unusual amount of debris floating around - more than most home brews I've seen.

Smell - Average for the style. Very strong fruit smells.

Taste - I didn't like it. To me it tasted very metallic and had too strong of a lemon flavoring. My drinking partner likened it to "flavored water".

Mouthfeel - Flat and metallic. Some hint of alcohol but not something I enjoyed.

Drinkability - I had one bottle out of a pint glass and passed on the rest. The remaining bottles will be sent home with someone who might like it more.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 14:44:31 | More by msolar
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 07:01:03 | More by silentjay
Photo of TLJ

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a soft amber-golden cloudy appearance with some lacing. Its smell is quite pungent, like a very sweet and somewhat fermented orange. I detected both wheat and floral hops in the aroma.

There is definitely some sparkle to the carbonation, which is not overt and helped by the spicy hops flavour. I don't get as much wheat as I was hoping; contrary to the smell and appearance, this beer's taste is not full-bodied, although the hops certainly linger.

Good for Mayflower for branching out and experimenting with different flavours and ingredients, but I unfortunately don't feel that this beer is all that well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 03:19:39 | More by TLJ
Photo of jlindros


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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
Photo of DrJay


3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
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
Photo of albern


3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isn't doing it for me. It looks like a witbier, it has the slight pricklishness on the tongue as a wheat, and it has some of the lemony and coriander flavors of a hefeweizen but it has the crude, raw and unsweet character of a rye ale. Rye ales just should not be blended with summery type ales because the characteristics of each do not lend themselves to the others. It is a disappointing experiment.

The beer pours a cloudy, dirty dishwater yellow with no head and no lace. The nose has witbier or hefeweizen all over it. You have the cloves, coriander, lemony orange peel, and some subtle spices. The nose is very good. The taste is a real let down and it is from the rye. The grain is just too coarse to be in a summer ale. Enough said. The beer is very light bodied and somewhat refreshing, but it is flawed.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 23:42:46 | More by albern
Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.