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Autumn Wheat Ale - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Autumn Wheat AleAutumn Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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2/5  rDev -41.5%

Wally1912, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of aficionado
4/5  rDev +17%

aficionado, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +17%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of kristiekatk
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.

kristiekatk, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BigCheese
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.

BigCheese, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of ksimons
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

ksimons, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of DirtyPenny
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.

DirtyPenny, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of tzieser
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.

tzieser, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
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.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of otto251068
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.

otto251068, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
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.

Hojaminbag, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Jayli
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.

Jayli, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of tigg924
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.

tigg924, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of silentjay
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.

silentjay, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
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.

OtherShoe2, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of a74gent
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.

a74gent, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
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.

donkeyrunner, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of kmo1030
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.

kmo1030, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
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.

Reagan1984, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of albern
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.

albern, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

smcolw, Sep 12, 2010
Autumn Wheat Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.