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Autumn Wheat Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

Autumn Wheat AleAutumn Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%


Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-18-2010)
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a small bit of ruby in it if it catches the light just right. Clear, and difficult to tell if there is any carbonation. Little to no head that quickly recedes and leaves a tiny film around the edge of the glass.

A - Roastier than I expected from the marketing blurb on the label. I'm getting mostly coffee scents here.

T - Sweeter than I expected. Vanilla and chocolate to go with the strong roasty flavors that dominate the nose.

M - Disagree with the medium-bodied crowd on this one. I would say that it is lighter than medium, and while it is smooth, it tastes almost slick. Not a huge fan of this one. A little bite lingers at the end, which is nice.

O - Frankly, not what I was expecting based on the label. That said, it's not bad, particularly if you like the more coffee-focused flavors. I still enjoyed it somewhat.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:05:30 | More by Andrew041180
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2012 batch. Sampled on November 17, 2012.

The pour is a handsome looking garnet, dark amber with a whole lot of soapy tan head that slowly simmers down.

Wheat is played down on the nose considering it is an Autumn Wheat Ale. But there is a rich ester of dark, roasted malts and the slightest hint of hops.

The body is medium and smooth.

Like the aroma the taste is focused more on the dark, roasted caramel malts with a tickle of crispy hops leading to a low bitterness on the back side. But the wheat is hard to come by.
As a Dunkel this is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 20:55:11 | More by puboflyons
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a clear, amber-red body with a medium off white head that reduces slowly and leaves little lacing.

S- Caramel, toffee, bready-malt backbone.

T - Starts with a caramel, lighly roasted malt flavor and ends nutty with vanilla undertones. Aftertaste is piney and hoppy to balance the malt.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body. Crisp.

Overall a flavorful, nicely balanced autumn brew. It hit all the flavors that I like in an octoberfest. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 21:23:25 | More by gcamparone
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark brown, almost black, beer pours nicely into a pint glass with a large off-white cap forming. Head retention is very nice and thick lace forms right at the top of it. Webs of lace continue nicely down the glass leaving some large patches by the time the beer is finished.

S- Malts lend nutty, cocoa, coffee and roasted cracked grain notes to start off the aroma. Beyond that there are hints of butter, dark fruits and caramel. Reminiscent of roast-heavy Brown Ales. Loses some strength with time.

T- The heavy malt base makes up the majority of the flavor as well. Specialty grains lend notes of toasted nuts, cocoa, cereal grains, caramel and a hint of wheat. Yeast provides a shot of dark fruits, cloves, banana and a tiny bit of bread. Hops really don't have a role in this beer besides bittering balance.

MF- The body overall is light but the wheat adds a nice substance and silky, creamy feel which helps support the flavors. Carbonation is at a moderate level and there is just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Drinks pretty much like an American Brown Ale with a pretty large dose of roasted specialty grains. Also reminds me just a bit of some European Dark Ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 03:32:07 | More by cbutova
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm watching some bad horror flicks tonight.

Another Fall brew to try. Pours dark brown with little head. Smells somewhat marzen-like - malts & wheat.

This is a major disappointment from Mayflower. Has a very bland toasted malt flavor. There's a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Just lacking flavor all around. Berkshire's River Ale is light years beyond this.

I'm a fan of Mayflower - they put out some good stuff. Their porter is outstanding. This is a major misstep. They should can this next season and develop a more traditional Fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 23:30:04 | More by Celtics76
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a rich, dark chestnut brown. Mostly clear. Head is creamy and tan. It retains very well but the lacing is very soft.

S-The rare nose of a darkened Wheat Beer. Charred wheat. Chocolate chip banana bread. Caramel and ore wheat.

T-Flavor is very reminiscent of Pumpernickel bread glazed in caramel. Baked banana slices. Oats and grains. Chocolate chip pancakes. Scorched wheat. Man, Dark Wheats need some more attention. There is a great canvas to play with.

M-Creamy like a Dunkel or a Weizenbock, but the carbonation is much more divisive and coarse. No bitterness. Medium bodied. Some sips feel fuller than others.

O/D-I enjoyed this a bit. Berkshire's River Ale is an upgrade, but this is a perfect Fall brew; especially when you are sick of all the Pumpkin Ales out there. Pretty drinkable too!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 00:04:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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DCon

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ LarryG. Poured from the Tan Mapped (hence Mayflower...) & Labeled bottle w/ the Mayflower Ship on the front into a 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Does not have a freshness date to be found on the bottle.

Aroma- Extreme amount of caramel and sweet aromas hitting the nose hard. After this, a light amount of floral hop pops out. All very clean and sweet.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that seems to last for ages! Has a deep amber colored body with great clarity. Leaves VERY thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a nice Cracker Jack taste from the beginning that keeps up throughout the drink! Very sweet and has a bit of caramel as well. Light roastiness and a bit of a burnt flavor. Light bitterness at the finish but mostly smooth.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and then a big time metallic taste is left on the palate towards the end of the drink... Such a shame!

Overall Impression- A very interesting "Dark Wheat" beer... Almost like a Shwarzbier or Black Ale but doesn't have the malt to support it. The metallic finish I found was very uncool though... However, I am aging my Mayflower Imperial Stout at the moment and excited for this! Thanks Larry!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 06:05:01 | More by DCon
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kristiekatk

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark American wheat, eh? Well. Lots of creamy dark and toasty malts, brown sugar, very bready. As well as a yeasty kick. Though I do think it’s lacking a lot of body and doesn’t have enough lingering flavors in the finish. It seems like Mayflower almost always gets soooo close to delivering solid takes on certain styles but falls a little flat.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:49:42 | More by kristiekatk
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A tad lighter than pepsi. Minimal head dissipated quickly, no lacing.

S: Bready malts, black licorice, some fruit

T: Toasted malts, hints of chocolate, a bit of bitterness at the end. Tastes very similar to a brown ale.

M: Thin in body, medium carbonation.

O: Nothing earth shattering, a decent brew, but my least favorite Mayflower brew so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:24:32 | More by BigCheese
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Atwood's

A: The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a big tan head.

S: The nose has a mild roast note with a nice hint of banana. There is some malt sweetness in the form of bread and toast. There might even be some mild clove along with a hint of chocolate.

T: Minimal banana flavor followed by lots of roast and toasted malt. Sweet bread malt flavors with a mild sweetness of chocolate. There is a little bit of bitterness, especially as the beer sits for a moment.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: A pretty enjoyable beer, I thought. Though, I would have preferred more of a traditional dunkelweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 23:18:12 | More by womencantsail
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ksimons

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-a dark brown with ruby highlights, no head just a ring of lace around the top

S-rich malts, wheat, chocolate, and very bread like

T-roasted malts that leaves a nice roasted flavor in the mouth, bitter coffee, and light chocolate notes

M-a little thin, light to medium body, light carbonation

Overall it is ok, not the most interesting

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:40:24 | More by ksimons
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Or shaker glass, I guess. Shaker? Pint? Those 12 oz ones that everyone calls pint glasses.

A: Molasses or dark, dark maple syrup with garnet highlights. Poured with 1 finger of beige head.

S: Baked wheat bread with a hint of sweet brown sugar.

T: A mixture of chocolate and caramel malts is the backbone of this one, but it just didn't work for me. Beer is a little less sweet than the nose implies, but the brown bread qualities are there. It's a little like a brown ale.

M: Medium with a furry carpet of carbonation. Maybe just a little dry.

O: If someone puts one in your hand, drink it. There are better fall offerings out there though. Personally I'm eagerly awaiting winter for Mayflower's Oatmeal Stout, which is their best seasonal, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 03:54:00 | More by DirtyPenny
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer from a 12oz bottle served in a Mayflower pint glass, both thanks to tzieser.

L - deep mahogony color with a beige head that thinned out leaving a few spots on the glass.

S - roasted chestnuts, cocoa and dark bread.

T - malty flavors upfront with some bitterness on the finished.

F - light/medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - I haven't had many in this style but it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 21:49:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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tzieser

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

a: much darker than expected. dark mahogany in color with a thin white head that settles into a thin lacing.

s: very nice malty aroma. sweet caramel with notes of biscuits. not bad.

t: sweet malty flavor. notes of caramel again and toasted bready malts. subtle hints of clove and banana (yeast). well balanced and drinkable.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

i had this last year and was not impressed. this year it seems to be much bolder and maltier. much better. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 22:32:27 | More by tzieser
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Autumn Wheat Ale begins with rich, bread-like aromas, reminiscent of fresh loaves of whole wheat. Spicy notes accompany this, adding layers of pepper and light clove. A good layer of citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit) rounds out the nose's primary flavors.

On the tongue, the brew brings an immediate toasted wheat and malt base, with not only the bready notes from the nose, but a noticeable, quasi-sour maltiness, somewhat akin to sourdough, or even rye. Brown sugars help somewhat soften this, and fruit esters (orange, banana) mixed with clove and lychee nut add further flavor. There's also a good toasted pecan base, as well as a hop hit, which brings tart grapefruit to the mix. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with emphasis on the rye and more sour flavors (though nothing approaching a Flemish ale). Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite good beer, and the rich, spicy, bready flavors make this a nice accompaniment to encroaching Fall weather. The beer does want for a slight boost in sugars to further combat the tart and sour flavors, but even without it, I'd go back for seconds.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 17:14:48 | More by jondeelee
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large beige head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, chocolate, dark caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, caramel and bananas come in. The hops presence is mild but brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Kind of flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, everything I've had from mayflower so far has been pretty solid but this beer is mediocre at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:01:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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otto251068

Tennessee

2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. An extra from drez77, thanks!

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, color reminds me of a darker maple syrup. (the fake stuff, not the real stuff) Red around the edges. A fingers worth of light brown head which fades quickly. Only a few blotches left after several seconds.

Smell: Roasted malts, very heavy malt aroma. Some coffee as well but not much, just a hint. A little bit of alcohol, molasses, sweetness too. Alcohol comes out more as the drink warms.

Taste: The initial taste is a smooth malty flavor, tastes a little watered down to me. The middle and end of the drink is bitter, overpoweringly bitter. The alcohol comes out more as the drink approaches room temp.

Mouthfeel: When I poured this, I thought the carbonation looked extremely high, but I would say this beer has a medium carbonation, which makes it very smooth. Medium to light body. Nothing syrupy about this beer, the flavors finish clean, except for the bitterness.

Overall: There are a couple things I am not crazy about when it comes to this beer. The first is the bitterness, the second is the carbonation. However, this beer really mellows out, and gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 22:08:25 | More by otto251068
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayflower Autumn Wheat Ale has a brown body that proves to be a dark ruby color when held up to the light. The tan head us fairly solid looking and is made up of small, tightly packed bubbles. The retention is good and the lacing covers my glass in sheets.

The aroma is what I would expect from a dark wheat beer, and it is rather good. A ton of fruity yeast characteristics team up with a hint of spiciness from the same source. Bread-like wheat malts combine with rich malts that smell like caramel and toffee.

The beginning features all of the wheat and yeast characteristics. A slightly bread-like twang from the yeast and lots of yeast-induced fruit flavors that range from banana (or bubble gum) to a little bit of a darker fruit taste. Next comes the spicy, phenolic yeast qualities, that transition into darker malts. The finish features the darker malts that are rich and sweet with caramel or toffee flavors, but they also a lot of chocolate that I missed in the aroma. The finish, and especially the aftertaste, even have some roasted malt flavor to them. The more I drink of this beer, the more that roasted flavor reminds me of charred malts, and the more it asserts itself. I don't mind it though. Mayflower produced a wheat ale with a pretty good balance of yeast, light wheat, and rich sweet malts. My only complaint is a hint of an iron flavor in the finish; Autumn Wheat Ale is a winner as far as I'm concerned.

The carbonation is high, but the body manages to be a bit creamy and quite nice.

I'm a fan of mayflower, but this beer exceeded my expectations. On a pretty gold fall night, this was a great choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 23:59:32 | More by Hojaminbag
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up Friday night
Consumed 11/6
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, thin, brown that has lighter brown edges when held to the light. One finger of sudsy light brown head that recedes quickly and leaves minor wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of wheat, roasted malts, and dark fruits.

T: Taste starts with a dark fruit flavoring, raisins, plum, and dates. This beer then moves in to a nice hearty wheat flavoring that fills out the middle. Charred malts and bitter bakers chocolate come in. Finish has a burst of citrus hops that lingers a bit.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean feel.

D: Goes down ok, decent kick, not too filling, ok representation of style. Not a beer that I would pick up again, but not one that I would turn away.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 23:32:10 | More by Jayli
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch head, brown in color, murky, moderate carbonation

Smell: earth, wheat, and char

Taste: wheat, chocolate, earth, and charred wood

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter end, moderate to high carbonation which is noticeable, medium/heavy bodied

Drinkability: About as earthy a beer as I have had. This one is an aquired taste. Not sure if I would get this one again, but Mayflower should get points for creativity.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 14:36:16 | More by tigg924
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautiful purple/mahogany/brown with a HUGE fluffy grayish tan head that sticks around forever and clings to the glass.

relatively faint aroma of wheat toast, some dark roasted malts, some fruits and cereal grains.

flavor follows the aroma with some dark roasted malts with a nutty quality to them, which give way to some tree bark hoppiness and a bit of fruitiness.

medium bodied with tons of prickly carbonation and a roasty bitter finish.

drinks ok. tasty, but kind of confused. no alcohol harshness, but a bit of a burnt astringency throughout.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 06:01:30 | More by silentjay
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a big tan billowy head. Some retention, light lacing. Ruby hues when held to the light. Pretty beer.

I expected more. Fruity/banana aromas, with some yeast and wheat, some spice, but kinda dirty and muted. Some earthy notes that don't quite work.

Distinctness of flavors is not here. Some tropical fruit, some clove and spice, sweet wheat, toasty notes, almost overdone like bread that is overtoasted, husk bitterness, earthy funk, and something medicinal. These just don't work great together, but do work ok.

Lighter bodied, nice carbonation.

I dug this but the unbalanced edge to this made me glad I got just one. just ok, but a very nice different twist on a dark wheat.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:32:19 | More by OtherShoe2
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to garlicfire for this brew.

PKG: 08/31/10

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, bready. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, nice chocolate/toffee notes. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:45:11 | More by Wasatch
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a74gent

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is a new style for me and I was shocked by what I saw. Wheat beer and it is dark..way dark.

Nice thin layer of floating foam that lingers. Just dark, dark...body of the beer is typical wheat.

The smell is somewhat malty which makes sense given the dark wheat style which I assume comes from more malt than normal american pale wheat.

The taste is ok at first, but it gives way to a real open, airy fluffy mouthfeeling feel.

This is not an enjoyable drink. Accordingly, headed to the drain.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:40:59 | More by a74gent
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, it certainly is different.

Crystal clear dark brown with a smoothed out tan head. Consistent retention leaves a few lacey webs. Aroma is dry dirt, toasted pumpernickel and char. Has a vanilla/licorice barrel aged type of sweet going on too. Taste like German dark wheat bread with bitter drying in back. Mild caramel sweetness to balance the roasted elements. Spicy. Highly carbonated and fairly thin which is the only flaw in this beer.

Mayflower is one of my favorite breweries due to the inherent earthy flavors in all their beers and this one falls right in line. Don't see this style to often. Great, great campfire beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 15:56:12 | More by donkeyrunner
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Autumn Wheat Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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