Autumn Wheat Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +17.3%
Thanks goes out to garlicfire for this brew.
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.
10-21-2010 00:45:11 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
11-17-2010 23:59:32 | More by Hojaminbag
3.95/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
08-01-2011 17:14:48 | More by jondeelee
3.9/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
10-02-2010 15:56:12 | More by donkeyrunner
3.88/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
09-19-2011 22:32:27 | More by tzieser
3.83/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
11-17-2012 20:55:11 | More by puboflyons
3.78/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
09-12-2010 19:46:20 | More by smcolw
3.78/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
10-23-2012 21:23:25 | More by gcamparone
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
10-04-2011 23:18:12 | More by womencantsail
Autumn Wheat Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.