Mayflower Golden Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Golden AleMayflower Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 04-07-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
212
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
18.96%
 
 
Wants:
13
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31
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Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Julio's.

A: Golden bright, the ale is rather clear, a pale straw. A small white head, no more than half a finger, quickly dissapated.

S: Biscuity and light, the blonde ale has a mild fruitiness running through it.

T: Mmmm. An assertive hoppiness, herbal, springs up immediately. The mild bitterness nicely segues into the biscuity malt. The biscuit is bready and lightly toasted. More herbal hops near the finish along with a powdery chemical flavor. Mild fruitiness accompanies all of this. Quite quaffable.

M: The mouthfeel is clean, fruity with just enough toast and hops. The powdery flavors are out of place.

D: A good blonde ale. It's always nice when a ho-hum style impresses. On the plus side, the ale has moderate alcohol as well.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Bright, shiny golden color, actively bubbly with a head to show for it. A mild spicy, fruity, minty edge of hop aroma meets a light biscuity grain for a pleasing nose. It might have a lighter body, which is fine for the style, but the malt goes above and beyond, at least up front. Dry with a big biscuity tone. Hops jump in the balance with a spicy herbal flavor and slightly sharp bitterness. A hint of shortbread and herbal hop in the dry finish.

Style-wise, Mayflower amped it up enough to bring it from potentially mundane to a killer session ale.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden body. Small white head that leaves a cap on the beer.

Slight grassy floral hop aroma and some bready malt. Almost sense a slight butteryness.

Light, refreshing taste. Subtle hopping, bready malts, crisp finish. Floral hop flavor similar to very diluted rose water. Moderate carbonation.

This is my favorite anytime beer. Great for BBQs and parties. I love that I can share it with the BMC crowd and not be called a wuss.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a very pale clear yellow with a billowing white foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving huge islands of residual lacing.

S. European hops with some sage and rosemary.

T. Bready/biscuit malt flavors with some herbal spiciness. Interesting, but subtle.

M. Thin body with a brisk biting carbonation.

D. A good BBQ beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale malt scent wit low hops and a clean finish; not much else to say. The taste is good. It has a crisp and somewhat grainy pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with little hop character. I definitely not a complex beer, but it's a damn drinkable one with no flaws. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a smooth, quaffable, session ale. Well done.

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6-pack at Julio's in Westboro, MA as I've enjoyed all the previous Mayflower products I've tried. Packaging date clearly stated as 05/13/10.

Poured into a pint glass with hazy golden color and a malty/grainy aroma. Nice white head. Crisp, refreshing taste although it surprised me as being fuller bodied and hoppier than most Golden Ales I've tried. To my taste, that was a positive factor and would lead me to believe this could be not only a summertime session beer but also a product to be enjoyed at any time during the year.

In conclusion, another solid product from Mayflower.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled 4/28/10

A - Pours a pale straw gold with a vigorous three inches of foamy white head that threatens to spill over the top of my glass. Lots of visible carbonation with chunks of sediment being floated up and down

S - Nose of light fruity esters with some banana and clove, a bready/yeasty malt quality, and just a hint of hop

T&M - Crisp and lighter bodied with lively carbonation. Somewhat dry in the feel with some clove and bready notes. Light, grape-like fruit flavors with a dry, clean finish.

D - Crsip, clean and refreshing. Lot's of flavor for such a low ABV; I can certainly see taking a few down.

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Photo of ambluhm
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is simply put, an enjoyable summer beer. Crisp, clean, and definitely refreshing.

The appearance is pale golden, and perfectly clear.

The nose on this beer is definitely loaded with very lightly toasted malts. I picked up just a hint of hoppy flower. But definitely very light on nearly everything.

The mouthfeel is light, sharp, and crisp. It feels like little bubbles in the mouth, perhaps adding to the very refreshing quality of this beer.

Overall, I would buy this reasonably priced 6-pack again to support the brewery. The product is nothing exceptional, but it is a very serviceable, and certainly not unpleasant, warm weather, refreshing beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear pale yellow color. Nose is green apples. Flavor is green apples, hints of caramel and some hops. Unusual golden. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of TLJ
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mayflower Golden Ale is clear in appearance and clean in its aroma. I detected grain and malt in the smell, but the hops were not apparent to me until the beer hit the back of my tongue. However, for someone who does not prefer hoppy beers, I found that the floral taste in this beer was particularly well-balanced and subtle, despite lingering.

I wouldn't say that this ale is anything special, but it is a smooth, drinkable beer, a crowd-pleaser perfect for a summer barbeque.

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, bright gold colour with a rocky white cap. Light grass and citrus in the aroma, slightly fruity sweetness, malt. Tastes pretty good. Bitterness starts out subdued, but pulls to the forefront as sweetness fades away leaving hop bitterness lingering in the finish. Hoppy up front, citrus and grassy with a bit of herbal character. Cereal grain flavours appear towards the end, a bit of malt too. Plenty going on the flavour overall. Light bodied with lots of carbonation, fairly dry. Nicely balanced, well put together, and quite tasty.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Got this in a package from ppoitras...thanks for everything Pete!

A- Pours a clear golden straw color. One finger white head that dies down pretty quickly. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is some light grainy smell to this beer. Almost a light wheaty smell to this as well. Malts come in along with some light hops. The smell is muted a lot I think in the beer. Nothing bad but wish there was a little more in the aroma.

T- There is a light grainy taste to this. Some bigger bready malts in this. Light bitter hop in the tail end of this. Nothing over the top but very well made in the flavors.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation good for the style. Clean tasting while this has some light crispness to the flavor. Some light bready flavors left on the palate. Some light bitterness left in the aftertaste.

D- This was a crazy drinkable beer. I had no problem drinking this all in a short time as well. This beer is really easy to drink and with a lower ABV this means I could drink this all night.

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Photo of travduke
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my way back from Cape Cod.

Look: Golden (duh), pale body. Fluffy two finger head that has amazing retention and generous lacing.

Smell: Clove and banana. Big yeasty aroma. Reminds me of a nice belgian strong ale.

Taste: Bready, light, crisp. Pale malts, mild bitterness.

Mouth/Drink: This one goes down easy and drinks nicely.

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Photo of tzieser
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

pours a two plus finger head with a bright hazy golden color. slightly muddled nose with aromas of grainy/bready malts and notes of hops. pretty clean smell all around. great crispy bready malt flavor up front, quickly followed by a nice balance of hops. aftertaste is clean and quite refreshing.

a good session beer. i always get a couple of sixers of this stuff during the summer. a great "gateway" brew. similar to Cisco's Sankaty Light

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Photo of sarahloca44
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tried several different types of Mayflower beer for an appropriate Thanksgiving, and these were the last I tasted (long after the holiday). So sad I waited; impressive beer.

Appearance: filtered, golden copper color. Thin head.
Smell: almost lemony, and yeasty
Taste: crisp, clean, and more bitter than I would have expected for this light a golden ale
Mouthfeel: thin but refreshing
Drinkability: This beer was gone before I realized it! I can. not. wait. to drink this in the summertime.

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Photo of Coutastic
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured 12oz bottle in to pint glass

A- A dark straw yellow with no head and no lacing

S - Almost no smell at all, just a hint of malt

T- Nothing special, light malt, typical ale style, no aftertaste

M- Good carbonation, no big kick, not much going on

D - Could drink it all day and not remember it....

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"I am glad my ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, but I am gladder that there are nine generations between us."

--William Lyon Phelps

Sun-splashed goldenrod with lemon zest borders. The parchment colored crown is as soft and as pillowy as they come. It looks fantastic from its creation onward, and does a good job decorating the upper reaches of the glass.

The aroma is wonderful as well, which is anything but a given in an American blonde ale. What sets it apart from most is a fresh brightness reminiscent of meadow grasses and a small shot of citrus peel. Galena and Liberty hops are the responsible parties.

Golden Ale falters a little on the palate, but only a little. Given the ABV, this would make a damn good session ale, as long as you don't need a ton of flavor and complexity. It might also tend to fade into the woodwork if consumed with food. It's still good beer, however, in the sense that it's well-crafted and extremely drinkable.

Pilsner and caramel pilsen malts are used, but only the first is appreciated. One might think that 18 IBUs are too low to matter. One would be wrong. Hop flavor (lemongrass primarily) is fairly prominent and there's just enough back end bitterness to keep things semi-crisp and tight.

The body/mouthfeel easily passes muster, especially when the ABV is taken into account. It's light, without being thin or watery, and is properly bubbled. Definitely above-average for the style.

Mayflower Blonde Ale is a pretty impressive beer from a brewery that I hadn't heard of prior to my trade with damienblack. Thanks man. It's a good drinker that *almost* earns the next highest flavor score. Bottom line: as solid as Plymouth Rock.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from a mixed six from PH Provisions on my way out of town at the end of June. Not feeling the promotional angle, but for the most part, I enjoy their brews.

Pint glass pour. Half a glass of meringue head over a clear & deep chardonnay body.

Smell has a heavy touch of clove upfront. Muddled lemon/banana phenols. The bready malt just hinting at the back.

Taste is simple grain & salt. Cherry pits. Steely/herbal hops that linger just a bit. Cracker finish.

Biting carbonation, dry, pils-like feel.

Not really my thing, but a pretty clean brew. :)

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Photo of gfreed
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Feh-- not worth the bother. Mayflower's duplication of watery, thin, tart, bad lager. You don't need anything special for that. If that's what you want, save the $$ and buy a six of Bud. Otherwise, if you want a nice light beer from Eastern Mass, buy Mayflower Pale Ale or something from Haverhill.

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Photo of callmescraps
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap, had to try.

Appearance - Fairly pale yellow. Small head. No real lacing. Kind of a light gold color.

Smell - Pretty grassy. A hint of spice, but mostly grain.

Taste - More grain. But with a hint of biscuit. Sort of like a Miller Lite with some flavor. Very mellow. Certainly not offensive.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability -Pretty high. It goes down very smooth. Nice and light. But not terribly interesting.

Eh. It was better than Miller, but not by a huge margin. Very drinkable, however. I wouldn't say no, but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden-yellow color with a foamy, white, three-finger head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelle of caramel, grains and grasses.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and a touch of bitter grassiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth feel. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a good ale. A nice sessionable summer brew.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold with a fair white head. No lacing.

Smells of light grain, some grassy notes. Mild.

Mild flavors of light grain, some sweet grass notes, some very mild bitterness in a clean finish. A little watery and very average.

Decent carbonation, and light-to-medium bodied.

A clean, non-descript blonde ale. Hot summer better than lawnmower beer. Decent but barely a step above some of the macros out there.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty exited to try this because I really like Mayflower's IPA and Pale ale but it didn't quite live up to the hype. I poured it into a glass and it does have a nice golden color, but it's pretty average from that point on. It smells like any basic macro brew beer while having a very bland taste, almost kind of watered down. Probably would be pretty refreshing on a hot day to go with a light snack, but other than that I wouldn't really recommend it. I'd stick with one of Mayflower's other brews.

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Photo of dan4th
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a sea of strongly flavored beers, this beer took me by surprise with its mildness. At first, I thought I was serving it too cold. The scent and taste are mild. Still, after a conscious decision to let it warm up, I looked down and realized that most of my beer was gone, and I was happy.

It seems tasty, but it's mild and exceedingly drinkable. Not particularly exciting, but solid. Not much for carbonation, and the flavor isn't strong, but a solid offering that disappears quickly. I think I like it, but I may need to "test" another one.

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Photo of CavePainter
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is slightly insidious. Golden ales are basically designed to mimic the identity of the light lager and Mayflower Golden Ale hits the nail on the head. Your average beer drinker could be easily fooled into thinking that this was just a slightly more flavorful version of commercially made Pilsner.

A: A deep straw color - clear and carbonated with a thin, sudsy head.

S: Grainy - sweet. You can tell they used pilsner malt.

T: Sweet light malt flavor. Hints of bitterness and finishes clean. I would normally give a beer that tasted like this an average score - but if the goal was to make a beer similar to a light lager - you nailed it. For that, I am bumping this beer up a bit.

M: Clean - dry - crisp - well carbonated.

D: Here is where that insidious golden ale style comes in to play. Because it so closely resembles the light lager, you can drink this beer all day long. It surely wouldn't be a memorable experience, but it would blend in seamlessly with any commercial domestic.

Put this in your fridge for people new to craft brew - break it out when someone asks for a PBR or a Coors. If they like it, recommend Mayflower as a brand and suggest they try the pale ale next. You may just get a convert.

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Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.
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