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 donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold colored with a thin white head. No retention or lace. Smells like light grain, chex mix, and macro fallibility. But...

...it tastes much better than it looks or smells. Biscuitry, citrus zest up front with light grain in back. Very complimentary. Some peppery spice with swallow. Very refreshing, humble, and pleasant. This is beer beer-what I think of when I think of when I hear the word beer.

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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 morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack this past weekend so that I could try a beer from this new brewery that I have read so much about. Poured into a tall pilsner glass. The color was sunshine golden yellow. Slight constant carbonation noticeable the entire time. Minute earthy smell on the nose. Taste was just as I expected: great. Very smooth, easy going down, great on the taste buds and a wonderful aftertaste. With the abv at 4.7%, it's a great session beer. Glad I picked up a sixer as this ale is one of my new favorites. A great intro to a new brewer.

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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 stephens101
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale orange and crowned with two-fingers of airy white froth. Carbonation is going wild. Light fruits such as pear and orange along with faint grain to the nose. Fruity, sweet and bitter in the all the right places. Light yet flavorful. I won't fall into the trap of over-describing a beer like this, so just trust me, it's damn good.

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Photo of albern
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't a bad blonde, but not one of my faves either. The beer has a slightly sulfury, somewhat perfumey aroma, that is offset somewhat by citrus notes. The beer pours a nice clear golden with a white creamy head that dissipates pretty suddenly. The taste began somewhat creamy, but was interrupted by a sharp peppery, spicy, tart hop flavor. This is not a particularly crisp beer, but the spices make it more biting and crispy that is probably warranted. The beer is modestly carbonated, has a bit more of a stinging aftertaste than I typically like. But it isn't a bad blonde either. There is an astringent, tart, pepperishness to the beer that is just too much. Not heaps of malt presence either, but that is to be expected with a blonde ale. Not bad, worth a shot, but I wouldn't return to it either.

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

This beer when poured has a golden color body with a nice fizzy white head. The smell has a nice grain smell to it. The taste is very well balanced with hops and malt. Has a little bit of a minty taste on the back of the tongue. It has a nice and smooth mouth feel and is a easy drinker.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mayflower Golden Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a copper orange with an almost bronze tint. A nice looking beer with a great head on top displaying respective sustainability. Nice trails of stick lacings. Mini carbonation bubbles race to the top.

Rather difficult nose to describe - smells kinda grainy and malty.

What we got here is a nicely crafted brew that is rather quaffable. Malty backbone with grain flavors and a cereal-like taste.

A light bodied beer in many respects and quite drinkable as a result. Flavors are there though and the I really like the mini hop snap on the finish. Nothing overly flashy here, but what you get is a tasty final product that delivers some quality.

A solid contender for a great session beer.

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Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear pale yellow body with soft foamy white head.

Nose is very nondescript. Mostly just mild grain, a touch of sweet malt smell. Very subtle, almost macro esque.

Taste is light to light medium bodied. A nice bitterness jumps right out front and annouces the presence of hops, but also lets you know this beer has the body to hold it. Very light caramel and fresh baked white bread or cracker malt taste. Hop taste is again rather bitter, and slightly overshadows the malt. Earth hops, some wood and mild citrus. Ends with a quick lingering bitterness.

It sort of smells like BMC beer, but the malt and hops immediately tell you with the first sip it's a golden ale. Very mellow, very present, and very drinkable. A good solid session golden.

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

12 oz dark brown bottle. Pkg. date stamped on label.
Served in a Sam Adams fluted glass.
A firm 2" snow-white head floats upon a pale clear golden body. This wispy trails of webby lace rim the glass.
The smell is grassy, with a mix of dry malt and dried fruit.
Tastes of edgy metallic and tea-like hops are forward. The lightly roasted malt has a vague sweetness and wheat cracker taste.
It's a tad bit overly dry, but true to the style, so can't fault it there. Nice session brew!

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Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a tall and medium bodied white head that fades pretty fast and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts and a bit of earthy hops.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts and finishes with nice earthy and citrisy hop flavors.
M: The mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing.
D: Excellent drinkability. This will be one of my session beers for sure.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at deep ellum, in allston, massachusetts. i believe the menu called this "mayflower golden bitter".

golden straw with faint haze. bubbly cask head fades slowly. some webby, splotchy lacing.

aroma opens up with intense dry-hopped pine resins, citrus zest and a grassy note too. toasted crackers for a moment, then gone. whiff of yeast.

hops are grassier on the palate, but still some pine and citrus zest. toasted malt is bready for a moment. hint of apple. moderate bitterness, with faintly resinous finish and more apple fruitiness and yeast.

not too thin, only a few moments of wateriness. the faint resins in the finish give some astringency. mild to moderate carbonation gives lift.

was drinking this with the expectation of a "golden bitter", so perhaps my negative preconceptions of "american blonde ale" didn't creep into my thoughts.

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Photo of u2carew
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Clear, straw colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grainy. Subtle sweet floral aroma.
T) Sugary, grainy. Very light hint of hops in the finish -a slight peppery note.
M) Crisp. Light bodied. Dry finish.
O) A decent brew. A good alternative to other light beer options. I'd have another, although preferably in the heat of the summer.

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Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to the guys at Mayflower Brewing Co for hooking us up with lots of free beer at BCTC last weekend!

12oz bottle

A well designed label graces the bottle of Mayflower's Golden Ale. The brew pours a transparent yellow/brownish color with some visible carbonation and a small white head that lays thin and screen-like atop the beer. Nice balanced nose of fruity hops and nutty malts. The beer has a bold malt backbone even though the bright hop character is mostly dominant. The body is semi-coating and there seems to be the slightest flare of alcohol heat... which is odd for the low ABV of the brew. It has a light body and sparkling carbonation and is extremely drinkable. Would definitely drink again!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow with hints of gold. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

Candy caramel toffee aroma of malted grain.

Thin body, but a nice white bread malt taste with a spicy floral hop notes early in the sip.

Easy drinker, excellent beer for style.

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Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice (duh) gold with a decent haed that is inviting. Smell suggest a sweet maltiness. Taste is mainly malty, light, with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing. Vey easy on the drinkability scale due to its lightness and low abv.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink settled with a murky, pale gold appearance with some good lacing. The aromas were predominately hoppy with some bready florals as well. The taste was generally bittersweet with that doughy floral flavoring prevalent again. Decent carbonation made the drink enjoyable throughout the evening. Overall, a good blonde.

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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 ToasterChef
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fridge chilled bottle into a pint glass. The bottle is dated 11/16/10; it's nearing the end of it's shelf-life, but I think it will still be drinkable.

A: Mostly clear straw colored liquid boy, with a big white foamy head. Some patchy lacing is left behind. Lots of carbonation rising within.

S: Some fruity sweet malts and a good dose of pale malts. A little bit of crystal sugar as well.

T: This is a crisp and clean tasting ale. There isn't any of the sweetness that I found in the nose. There are a few grassy hops and good pale malts. I guess there is a kiss of sugar as I swallow, but it took em a few sips before I realized it was there.

M: Highly carbonated; bubbles everywhere. A touch sticky. Medium body that leaves more coat than I expected.

D: Drinks very well. Low ABV makes this one sessionable. I could easily drink a few of these.

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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 jneiswender
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery during a brewery tour. Pours a nice white head and a very clear golden body. Smells sweet and somewhat metallic. Nice sweet malt flavor. Very light and spritzy mouthfeel. Very drinkable, not my favorite style but a very good representation of it. I would certainly go for this if I want something mid winter as a break from the heavy stuff.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of blond or golden ales, but if anyone can do it right, it is Mayflower. Appearance is impressive, as it showcases a clear orange/gold with one finger worth of white heading. Smell is not overly assertive, mostly some clean grain smells along with some biscuit, and mild floral tones. Taste has bright grain flavors, hints of honeycomb, nice bit of earth as well. Mouthfeel is light, and perfectly balanced. The malt interacts with the hops in an awesome way. Drinkability truly shines with this beer. It is light and overwhelmingly refreshing, while still maintaining quite a lot of complexity. Looking for a session beer to pair with a snack? Forget the lager with beer nuts. Try this with some salted pumpkin seeds; the pairing is terrific. Outside of their India Pale Ale, this is probably my favorite offering from Mayflower. If you see it, buy a sixer or two. Cheers

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a vivid golden yellow into a pilsner flute. The foamy head springs up quickly and retains well given the lightness of the beer and leaves fairly thick, even lacing on the sides of the glass. There is steady visible carbonation streaming up the center of the beer. The beer sparkles when held up to the light.

S - Great aroma, and stronger than I expected. Grassy hops with a touch of spice overlays a firm bready sweetness.

T - Light but vibrant flavors are almost similar to a farmhouse ale. I get a mild spiciness with hints of lemongrass. The flavors are toned down, but excellent. Very light malt balances the hops quite well. Something like cracker or light breadiness. Light noble hop character on the finish.

M - Light bodied and quite refreshing. Perfect timing drinking this on a warm day after getting out of work early. The carbonation is quite active on the tongue and gives almost a prickly sensation. There is also a mild dryness the comes in on the finish, which is clean.

O - Good work from Mayflower here. I know this is a year-rounder, but I think the brewery would be better served putting this guy in 12-packs and marketing it for a summer release.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in October, Dad bought it, he only likes golden/amber but atleast hes supporting craft beer.

A: Very pale golden color, a bit cloudy (semi filtered?), little to no lacing.

S: Sweet white bread,

T: Sweet malty "pilsnery" up front, has a grassy bitter hop finish, reminds of spring hop.

M: Thick for style, could use more carbonation though.

O: For what it is its good so I should probably rate it higher, hard to get too excited though, honestly for the calories I'd probably rather have a light beer.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice offering that I picked up on a whim at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. Pours a very pale yellow (golden, hence the name) color. Dare I say it looks like a bud? Although, a much nicer tint and head formed. Smelled of light malt, nothing too complex here- maybe a bit of honey-like sweetness.

Went nicely with pizza topped with some hot peppers and veggies, smooth simple flavors akin to a macro lager but without the off-flavors. I'm enjoying this alot and will be getting it again for sure. Very Drinkable.

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Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
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