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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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EvanWilliams

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-28-2012 04:19:26 | More by EvanWilliams
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 00:23:04 | More by Wasatch
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 02:18:44 | More by Jwale73
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has nice dark color body with a little bit of white head that lays down to a quickly to a thin lace. The smell is of faint citrus and some hops. The taste is a little sweet, but peppery on the finish. Some rye notes come through. The mouth feel is good and overall is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 04:56:34 | More by chefhatt
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-24-2013 04:27:31 | More by bluerabbit
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wachusett Ryde
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date notched on the side label for June 2010
Served in my Harpoon Leviathan tulip glass

Pours a bronze colored mustard yellow/orange color. Nice head on top with great trails of sticky lacings.

Funky nose - sweetness, hops and off-notes.

Juicy caramel meets rye sweetness with a dryness. Citrus blasts of lime, orange and grapefruit with a balancing dry rye component. Baby hop snap on the finish.

A pleasant offering from Wachusett Brewing in Westminster. I have great memories from a visit to this brewery several years ago.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 13:26:19 | More by Hibernator
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 17:36:33 | More by THECPJ
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halfshell

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 08:59:01 | More by halfshell
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three bottles of Ryde come in the new Wachusett mix 12 pack. Poured into a stemmed crystal lager glass. Very clear yellow color, with a large white head. A clean looking beer. Smell was earthy. Taste was intriguing. As I don't drink a lot a beers made with rye, I had trouble deciding if I liked this beer or not. Had an interesting roasted wheat-like flavor to it. The taste and mouthfeel were both very dry. Crisp, but dry at the same time. While it was easy to drink, I could find myself getting bored with this beer. One was nice to have, but that was plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 23:16:27 | More by morebeergood
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a crystal-clear, almost light-beer-pale yellow. Decent, yet thin head. Lighter than I was expecting for a rye showcase.

Aroma is slightly fruity, with generic malt in the background.

I enjoy the flavor here, although it's fairly mild and thin. The rye flavors don't stand out, per se, but are present in the back. There is also a fruity, slightly apricot flavor. All in all, it's mild yet fairly complex.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it matches the flavors well. If it were indeed a bit more rye-forward, and a bit darker, I would've expected more thickness. But it is what it is.

Drinkability is great. I'm wondering if this will be a summer offering as well, as this is the first time I've noticed it on the shelves. This would be a good summer cookout drinker, and a good one to have on hand for uninitiated guests.

It's worth noting that this one is slightly past its sell-by date. I will be sampling again in the summer in hopes of catching a fresher batch.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 21:57:08 | More by stonermouse
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 15:25:11 | More by mikesgroove
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 01:14:45 | More by cpetrone84
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albern

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer certainly has a nice aroma, but there isn't much going on within. It pours a nice slightly orangy amber color with a nice white creamy head that retains well and laces a bit. The nose is delightful piney hops and really nice bready malts. I would have pegged this for an IPA from the nose. The beer pours pretty clear, a modest amount of carbonation.

The taste is quite watery. The Tettnang hops are very subdued and hardly present. There isn't the robust bready midsection that I was hoping for. The Rye has that slightly harsh bitter malt flavor that is characteristic for the style. There isn't enough depth to this beer. It is too light for its own good, and really devolves into a decent lawnmower lightish summer ale. I wish there were more here, but there isn't.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 18:23:29 | More by albern
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I keep seeing all the hype about this beer so I grabbed a bottled as part of a 6-pack at Val's in Adams, MA.

Pours a golden color with a decent head. Nice looking pour I'll certainly give Wachusett credit for that.

Aroma reminds me of a lager or pils, not a lot more than grain and minerals. Maybe a little malty sweetness to boot.

Taste is quite smooth and a combo of sweet and tangy. I am waiting for the kick of rye spiciness but it doesn't come. Yet, I am pretty content with the way this one turns out.

Not a huge amount of flavor but nothing off putting and this is quite drinkable and sessionable. Quality wise this seems well put together. Think of it as more of just a regular ale than anything to special and you'll be happy.

Nice job. Now go drink a pint of Larry!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 03:52:56 | More by indiapaleale
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 17:43:28 | More by puboflyons
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 02:47:17 | More by glid02
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berkey

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:05:04 | More by berkey
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TrevorGW

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a shaker glass.

Murky chesnut body. Small bubbly head follows along.

Aroma is peppery and malty. Not sure what to expect.

Taste is pretty subtle; a balanced artisan bread flavor dominates until the rye malt eventually interrupts with a spicy zing.

Very different from other Rye Beers. Could definitely be hoppier, but overall I think this is a solid session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 21:37:46 | More by TrevorGW
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 23:04:34 | More by smcolw
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 20:04:29 | More by DrJay
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 23:49:37 | More by OtherShoe2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:53:53 | More by BeerAdvocate
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

08-24-2013 20:28:17 | More by kjfinnerty
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WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 21:24:44 | More by WesWes
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:23:34 | More by connecticutpoet
Wachusett Ryde from Wachusett Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.