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Wachusett Ryde - Wachusett Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

55 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 08-28-2008)
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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +18.3%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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 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 WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very mild rye scent along with pale and Munich malt aromas. It's dry with a slight rye spiciness. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, pale, Munich, and bisquit malt flavor with hints of rye in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking rye beer. It's not over the top. Quite the contrary, it's very mild and complimentary.

WesWes, Aug 22, 2010
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 oriolesfan4
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Wachusett mixed 12 pack. Rye beers aren't the most extravagant style and can be a tad boring.. and this one is really no different. Pours a nice golden color, small head to it, not much lacing. Smells/tastes a lot like a pilsener, some decent body to it.. some rye notes can be detected in the taste only. Very drinkable, then again not much for flavor here... almost like a macro with some body to it and a bit cleaner finish. Good drinker, but not something I'd seek out.

oriolesfan4, Jun 27, 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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this beer.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, slight spice note. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some rye notes, alittle peppery. Medium Body, nice dry/bitter finish. A tasty brew.

Wasatch, Jul 07, 2011
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 DrJay
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber with a thin white cap. The collar left some short-lived lace on the glass. Fruity aroma, juicy oranges with just a bit of grapefruit. Light caramel malt sweetness. Moderate bitterness with the same citrusy hop profile as in the aroma. Light spiciness from the rye in the finish, along with lingering caramel. Dry and crisp, light bodied with ample carbonation. Not bad at all. I would have liked more rye character, but everything hangs together nicely as it is.

DrJay, Jun 12, 2010
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 THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: yellowish orange with a 1 finger head that dissipates very quickly.

smell: rye, citrus, sweet, caramel

taste: rye, hops, sweet, crisp, clean

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, refreshing

drinkability: this is a great and refreshing session beer. glad I had a chance to give it a try.

Cheers,

The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came across a bottle courtesy of the reliable Rubby of Thomaston fame. It shows a slightly hazy golden amber color with a modest white cover and just some subtle signs of lacing. The aroma is a fruity sort of grass rye with some nutty nuances. The flavor does capture a sweet rye with grassy hop dryness. It's on the lighter side, tingly refreshing and drinkable if you like the style. Kind of peppery. There's a little caramel noted as you work through it. Not bad but not anything I would hunt down in the future. I generally crave rye based beers but this had some uncomplimentary side effects that didn't marry well with what rye notes I detected. It'll do but was not a thriller.

Durge, Aug 04, 2009
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 Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. For Freshest Taste Enjoy By NOV 2010/2011 notched on the label. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a half-inch, dense, bright white head that eventually settles into a quarter inch, consistent cap. Some delicate bands of lacing formed on the tilt side of the glass during the session. Nose is citrus and sweet - very subdued. Not much happening in the flavor department - some citrus astringency in the background, but predominantly grain, with the merest suggestion of hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body with a background carbonation that approaches prickly, but finishes fairly crisp and dry. Easy drinking brew - not much in the overall flavor department; however, the parts taken together are greater than the whole. A slightly different animal on tap.

Jwale73, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a light golden straw color, hint of haze and some bubbles rising to the top. The head is pearl white, tons of it, very thin and bubbly lingering for a little bit leaving a sparse thin lace on the side of the glass.

S-the nose is fairly big. The spicy rye is right up front on this one, pales malts, phenolic towards the middle with hints of lemon. The hops take over in the back, herbal grassy hops.

T-the rye is lighter but up front with just a touch of spice. Much more hops in the taste, herbal hops, grass clipings, light bitterness.

M-somewhat smooth with a thinner body. Slightly prickly on the back of the throat, carbonation still seems to fall off a little at the finish.

D-good hop profile and very easy to drink. Light body and the hops only seem to come out more as it warms.

cpetrone84, May 05, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big fan or Rye beers so I was excited to see this listed on the Horseshoe Pub's draft list. I wish I was just as excited after I tasted the beer.

This is a new offering from Wachusett Brewing and I called the brewery to learn a little more about it. I was told it is a new addition to their everyday line-up and not a one time offering. Also confirmed the 5.0% ABV. They said it would eventually be available in bottles but for now only on draft.

I personally hope they tweak the recipe a little bit and add some more hop bitterness and a touch more sweetness. One man's opinion.

Pint came with a thin one finger head on it that faded back into the beer very quickly.
Brownish/Gold in color which is a very interesting color indeed. No reddish, orange highlights. There was some visible carbonation and also a good amount of lacing.

The aroma was very Grain like with a very subtle sweetness. Really did not detect any hop aroma or fruit notes.

Taste is very dry & crisp with an even stronger dry finish. Grainy taste and very strong rye characteristics. Bordering on astringent and bit out of balance and lacking hops. Almost no bitterness and no sweetness.

Mouth feel is just too dry and grain like. I'm not a "sweet" beer fan, but this needs a little more sweetness and hop bitterness.

Drinkability is ok.

I did not order a second pint. I wanted to be a big fan.

I was a bit disappointed.

Reagan1984, Aug 28, 2008
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 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
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 Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Davepoolesque, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange with a big foamy head. Decent retention, good lacing and clarity.

I expected much more from this one. Some grapefruit rind and a soapiness in the scent. Fairly muted.

Good citric hop flavors combined with some spicy toasted malt. The rye comes thru, but is a bit hidden by the hops. Decent bready finish, with some light bitterness and some tingly elements on the tongue. Is the yeast ringwood? There is something very familiar here -- like a Geary's Pale Ale with more hop presence.

Good carbonation and medium body. Just right.

Overall, one of the better brews from these guys. Easy drinking, with just the right balance of malt and hop flavors. A bit weak, but not enough to get in a twist over. I'll revisit this one.

OtherShoe2, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of DonFrap
2.5/5  rDev -26%

DonFrap, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
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Wachusett Ryde from Wachusett Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.