Autumn Wheat Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company
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2.33/5 rDev -31.7%
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.
12-04-2010 22:08:25 | More by otto251068
2.45/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
10-07-2010 23:40:59 | More by a74gent
2.53/5 rDev -25.8%
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.
09-17-2010 22:51:04 | More by Reagan1984
2.85/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
09-12-2010 21:28:03 | More by albern
2.85/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
11-14-2011 03:49:42 | More by kristiekatk
2.88/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
10-05-2012 23:30:04 | More by Celtics76
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
09-26-2011 03:54:00 | More by DirtyPenny
3.13/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
03-03-2011 02:01:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
Autumn Wheat Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.