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Wachusett Ryde - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

55 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 08-28-2008)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Two fingers of head float on this pale golden brew. There is a hint of rye within the big hoppy twang in the nose. It's extra smooth, with a crispness that yields a whole lot of drinkability. This beer is both citric and sweet with a semi-thick resin flavor that unfolds into some hop bitterness. That bitterness does well with the rye and plays off of the malt base. A hint of ripe pears and slight alcohol are present. The hop flavor sticks to the palate way far into the semidry and spicy finish. This brew is very sessionable--a ton of flavor for an average-strength beer. Recommended.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend bought me a 12 pack sampler of Wachusett beers, a nice way to be introduced to them. This beer was pretty good. Gold in color with a thick white head. It smelled just like fresh rye bread. Tasted like rye bread too, with a generous dose of hops. Very refreshing.

lordofthewiens, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden, one inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: hops, malts, grains, and pineapple

Taste: hops and caramel--almost like a pale ale, there is a slight slight taste of rye

Mouthfeel: smooth, moderately bitter throughout, medium high carbonation

Drinkability: The rye here is very subtle and at time barely noticable. While it would be perfectly passable for a pale ale I would have liked to see more rye. This is one of my least favorite beers from the brewery so far.

tigg924, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade with BogleHill - thanks!

Pours a clear dark copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted caramel malts with lighter pale malts. Also present are hints of earthy and slightly spicy rye and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the rye is more robust. Dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by moderately spicy rye flavors. Midway through the sip some bitterness kicks in with the addition of earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this wasn't the most flavorful beer in the world but it does a nice job of showcasing the rye. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to connecticutpoet for sending me this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a one finger, extremely white head. Quick dissipation to a small layer of foam on top. Chunky lacing down the sides.

S: A little bit of spice and rye to go with a little bit of hops, the nose seems kind of closed for me.

T: Just not much going on for me. A little bit of caramel, some floral hops, and a hint of spice.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp, with a dry finish.

O: The first beer from Wachusett I have not enjoyed. There wasn't a bad quality to this beer, but I just didn't get anything. The nose was weak and the flavor profile seemed to be lacking.

mdaschaf, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of brenjames
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

brenjames, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jmerloni
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow, pretty translucent. Nice big bright white head that laces like a menace.

S - Yeast, hops, faint citrus.

T - Follows the nose. With a very nice, bread aftertaste.

M - Wel-carbonated. Pretty dry.

D - Very drinkable and sessionable. Six of these could probably be consumed in under two hours. That can't be said for many beers. Good. Not great. Don't know whether I'd get it again.

jmerloni, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 fl. oz. bottle on August 7, 2010. It is a pale yellow with a fizzy head but the overall look is murky and cloudy. Grains and sweet malts presoide over the aroma with only a slight hoppy hint in the mix. The body is in the medium range with a pleasing smoothness on the tongue. The taste also tends to be more grainy and malty than anything else. A clean hoppy ending but otherwise mostly grains and sugary sweet malts. Not bad for a warm day.

puboflyons, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of u2carew
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(A) Hazey. Bronze in color. Nice thin sustaining head.
(S) Rye / Sorghum scent with sweet apple tones.
(T) Creamy with a slight bitterness. Nice malty sweetness with mild rye notes.
(M) Light to medium body with a creamy feel.
(D) Good. Not a standout but a decent beer.

u2carew, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of berkey
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of jleblanc. Thanks Jeff. Best by May 2010, poured into a tulip glass 04/07/10.

A Clean orange blonde in color. Forms a sturdy white head. Lacing quickly recedes.

I'm not all that familiar with the Tettnang hops but one doesn't need the label to identify them as being from a German variety. Initially these hops remind me a lot of a German style lager but the tangy, spicy, rye notes start to peek through soon enough to remind me this beer is a little different.

Hops are again the biggest part of the story on the flavor profile. Generously bitter in an almost tea-like way. Malted rye adds a little to the aftertaste but not as much as I like. Nothing bad here, but not horribly interesting either. Carbonation might be a tad high.

This is overall a fairly tame beer. Although it doesn't leave a big impression I have to admit it's pretty easy drinking and enjoyable so I'll give a positive review. I can imagine it working well enough as a warm weather beer since one could enjoy a few bottles when they didn't want to think too much about what was in their glass. That said, there are dozens of beers that fit that role just as well so I don't think I'd seek this one out again.

berkey, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

off white head that rose to about two fingers high and left a thick coating of lacing all around the glass. a rich thick lacing ensued throughout the glass.

aroma is thick hoppy goodness, a rich aroma with a hint of spice comes through on the nose right away. really nice blended notes of pine resin, warm malts, a nice touch of buttery middle and a touch of rye. really well done and this carries over to the flavor perfectly. smooth, effortless feel on this one delivers a light hoppy goodness with hints f spiced rye and buttery malts. nice clean finish with a light dryness

mikesgroove, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of tzieser
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured a clear light amber color with a very small head that settles into no lacing. smell is of toasted malt-- some rye, but not very much. taste is a slightly malty rye flavor with more hops than expected. watery body. dry finish.

just not that great of a beer. i can think of 5 rye beers that are better.

the packaging sucks too. very cheesy.

tzieser, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

ColdOneKev, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of ZacharyJ
4/5  rDev +18.3%

ZacharyJ, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of jneiswender
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet. Served in a clear plastic cup.

A-old gold body and a thin white head

S-grainy somewhat pumpernickel

T-slightly astringent, sweet grain and a faint floral finish

M-light, high carbonation

D-okay, I am not too familiar with the style. It was a pleasant drinking brew that I would have again.

jneiswender, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Goldfishman
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.35/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Odd looking label: doesn't look like a Wachusett. Says "dry hopped for dangerous drinkability." Ambered colored beer with a white head that leaves minimal lace and retention.

Smells like pineapple hops.

Tastes of very mild tropical fruit hop. Mild rye snap with swallow but that's all the rye I could find. Mouthfeel is crisp, aftertaste has an Anbesol ick. Tastes uneventful.

Though it may be dry hopped, contrary to the label Ryde does not have "dangerous drinkability." So far I think this is only available as an egg in mixed packs; I"m not sure what Wachusett is going for here.

donkeyrunner, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of rye malts, caramel, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with sweet flavors of caramel & citrus. Then there's a strong hops bitterness that comes in. The malt character is hearty and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer with a lot of substance and flavor that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an odd one. Saw it on the shelf at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge. It was a single bottle, all alone, three shelves down and to the right of the Wachusett six-packs. The bottle said Wachusett Breing Company, but there were no six-packs of this, and no more to be found anywhere. Fate? I got it, guessing that it would be a rye beer. It's not on their web site, and a Yahoo! search found that it was called a "California-style IPA" at a craft beer fest in early January 2009.

Produced a three finger head on the pour, that subsided to a half finger of rocky foam. Over the course of consuming it, lacing was left on the glass. The body is deep yellow and clear.

Aroma is of rye malt, pineapple hops, and is definitely sweet.

Taste is interesting. It starts out with some rye spiciness and a little bit of black pepper. As it warmed, a nice caramel and malt flavor started coming through, with a nice lightly hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly oily. It coated my tongue a little. A trifle thin.

Drinkability is pretty good. I liked it, and it's one I would revisit readily.

connecticutpoet, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear amber color. Nose is hoppy. Flavor is hoppy with some caramel. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Davepoolesque, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light amber. Typical head that lasts throughout the drinking. Leaves a moderate amount of lace.

Pleasant blend of hop and slightly grainy malt to the nose.

Generously hopped with a soft, dry taste. Neutral body with an above average level of carbonation. A touch of grapefruit and pine to the hop bitterness. Modest aftertaste of cream and bitterness. An easy-to-drink beer without any specialness to it.

smcolw, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of j89de
3/5  rDev -11.2%

j89de, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +18.3%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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Wachusett Ryde from Wachusett Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.