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Autumn Wheat Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

Autumn Wheat AleAutumn Wheat Ale

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72 Ratings
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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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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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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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle to try this interesting new style.

First impression that the beer was much darker than I even imagined. Dark brown in color with good clarity despite the deep color. A finger of off white head that fades to a thin foamy cap. Some light lacing.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt with a grainy quality to it.

What's interesting is that the flavor follows the aroma.. Dark roasted flavor with a really distinct grain flavor. Some bready tomes at the finish and the aftertaste is almost burnt in your mouth. The almost harsh grain flavor is not that appealing.

Very little carbonation almost oily.

Not very interesting to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:51:04 | More by Reagan1984
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albern

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer but I was sorely disappointed. The beer pours a very dark ruby brown even for a dark wheat beer. The looks much more like a porter than anything else. There is some nice tan creamy head, some lacing. The retention is respectable. The nose is quite nice, although it isnt all that characteristic for the style. There are slightly charred dark malts, some cocoa flavors in the nose, some sweetish malts, maybe a hint of peat or bark in there too. The nose is nice, not really in line with the style, but nice nevertheless.

The beer is fairly medium bodied, decently carbonated, and more creamy on the tongue than not. The taste is a deal breaker. It tastes like there is rye and bittering spices which really do nothing to endear me to this beer. The back end is just hard to take. At first I thought maybe there were some Bretty yeasts going on, than maybe some spices, maybe an odd variety of hop, maybe some rye wheat. I'm not sure what is causing this somewhat harsh bite in the finish, but it isn't good. The coarse wheaty feel is pretty much absent from the beer. There are plenty of slightly charred brown malts, some crystal malt I'm sure, but it comes down to that really harsh finish that just slays this beer for the worse. One and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 21:28:03 | More by albern
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 22:23:20 | More by Jwale73
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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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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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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 01:42:45 | More by kmo1030
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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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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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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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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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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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BogleHill

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:40:28 | More by BogleHill
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 21:14:08 | More by jlindros
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 18:18:50 | More by DrJay
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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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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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Autumn Wheat Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.