Autumn Wheat Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Autumn Wheat AleAutumn Wheat Ale

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mcallister on 08-18-2010

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (1,633 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish ruby with a big foamy tan head. Lots of lace. Looks great in the glass.

Aroma: Smells of wheat, burned toast, and a little hint of coffee or chocolate. Some hops, too.

Taste: This beer has a tasty profile with a malt-forward base and hints of chocolate, dark wheat toast, a little caramel, and some floral hops.

Mouthfeel: A very smooth beer. Medium bodied. Great autumn depth.

Overall: I like this beer, and this brewery. One of my favorite fall seasonals of this year. I'l drink anything that says Mayflower on the label. (613 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of tzieser
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dome settled head that leaves some chunky clumps of lace. Ruby brown color where only the faintest of light passes.

The smell reminds me of tree bark. More conventionally, I detect some darker, dry malts with what I believe to be black patent.

Flavorful dark malts, light bittering hops. The body is quite thin with an average level of carbonation. I taste things similar to bark like sassafras. This is a dry beer with a very short aftertaste. (447 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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! (809 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark brown with a reddish hue -- more coppery than chestnut in tint. The fizzy beige cap fell quickly to a collar, which clung to the glass and left some short-lived, spotty lace behind. The aroma was sweet with dark, earthy malts (caramel and bread crust) and dried fruits - raisins mostly, but a bit of fresh plum as well. Slightly spicy. Balanced up front, herbal bitterness and bready malt, caramel, ripe plums. As the malt faded, the bitterness really took over, lingering long into the finish. It was much harder to pick out any spicy character in the flavour, but it was there towards the end once the beer warmed up a bit. Medium bodied with low carbonation, palate coating with light astringency. Quite smooth in texture. An interesting beer overall. I enjoyed it from start to finish. (801 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bubbly fizzy head of about 1/2 finger just hangs out for a while not really fading at all, the beer is much darker than I thought and it's like a super dark molasses brown almost black color. When the head eventually fades it leaves a light lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is loaded with wheat, dark wheat and sweet aromas, reminds me a lot of a doppelbock. Some dark roasty malts and various crystal malts, a nice toasty and roasty as well as sweet and lightly syrupy aromas. A little fruit as well, dark dried fruits, almost a concord grape like musty fruit aroma.

The taste comes off similar to a bock as well, but not as much as the nose. It has lots of heavy wheat flavors, semi sweet and even a little creamy. It also has a slight dry quality to it. A light toasty and roasty dark malt flavor with hints of dark fruits and juicy. A little chewy as well as the dark malts pick at me. There is a hint of minerality as well from the dark roasty malt flavors, and I think I get a hint of diacetyl with a little creamy buttery flavor, and a hint of biscuit. Also comes with a hint of a nutty flavor, almost a nutmeg like spiced nut flavor.

The mouth is creamy and medium to lighter bodied with lower but decent carbonation.

The finish comes mostly dry with a little lingering sweet syrupy flavor remnants. Some bitterness comes through as well, but just a little. More of the minerality flavors and more diacetyl. A slight dark wheat and bock flavor still, and hints of dark malts again. It gets very sticky and flemmy with the sticky flavors and dry feel combined. (1,584 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.58/5  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! (1,237 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of BogleHill
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark reddish brown brew with nice carbonation out of the bottle. Roasty aroma. Flavor is not like your typical dunkelweizen. American yeasts, apparently. Flavor is quite roasty, almost a bit smoky. Kind of like a pseudo-porter or deep brown ale. Mouthfeel is medium and it finishes with roasty-bread notes. Very drinkable. (337 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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 (340 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark ruby brown with a nice sized khaki head, that fades to a film.
the aroma is sort earthy and rootbeer-y.
the taste has got some clean dark malty flavors(mostly chocolate), along with rootbeer and licorice it's also got some earthy hops going on with a moderate bitterness. the wheat seems to serve to lighten the beer and give it a little bit of that wheat tang.
the mouthfeel is just shy of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
the drinkability pretty good, it's a pretty unique beer with some interesting things going on, but it lacks cohesion in my opinion. i can't see myself drinking more than a couple, the tang catches up with me. overall a good concept and pretty good execution. (703 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint. Poured a dark, reddish-brown with ruby highlights around the base. Head was a half inch, loose and cream-colored. Nose was malty with a suggestion of lactose. Taste consistent with nose - toasted, medium-dark malts and a hint of nutmeg in the mix. Mouthfeel was light-medium, but had a somewhat water consistency, and carbonation was a bit fizzy. Flavors seemed a little muddled for me. Unfortunately, the whole package didn't really come together in my opinion. (489 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -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. (486 characters)

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Autumn Wheat Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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