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Mayflower Golden Ale | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Golden AleMayflower Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 216
Photo of rdilauro
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First time trying one of the Mayflower Beers. It came in a 12 variety pack. The pour was not very interesting. Very light color with a light head that didnt last too long.
There was really no distinguishable aroma in the nose. The taste was very light as was the aftertaste.
It was however very clean and crisp. From that point of view, I think it is a good summer beer and still above the large beer companies light ales

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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 puboflyons
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: IKG-G5731712. Sampled on November 18, 2012.

It pours straw yellow with about two inches of foamy, white head that eventually dissolves but never goes away.

The aroma is of pale malts and grain with a basic clean, crisp hop chaser.

The body is light and smooth.

The taste really reminds me of a German Pilsener with a slight hop bite with low bitterness lingering at the end. Easy to drink but nothing out of the ordinary. Still, a good one to have on a hot day.

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Photo of cbutova
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a slim-pint glass with a slightly hazy golden-yellow body. Large, foamy white head forms with big bubbles and great retention. A surprisingly low amount of lace from the massive cap.

S- Laid back but not straining to pick up this aroma. It lends notes of light cracker malts, fruits like apple/white grape and a definite yeast bread presence.

T- On the lighter side and pretty straightforward. Has a clean but noticeable American Ale Yeast presence with notes of fruits, spice and bread. A distinct grain flavor comes from the cracked malts as well as some light sweets. Hops balance it out with floral and grassy herbal influence.

MF- Foamy body with a light consistency and a slightly creamy overall feel. Slight bitterness in the finish but not much at all. The carbonation is high and the foaminess almost takes away from the beer just a bit.

Easy-drinking American Blonde Ale that is fairly straightforward overall.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan of the style in general but here it goes:

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear golden strawy color with 2.5 fingers of creamy white head. Has great retention, minimal splashes of lacing. Visibly effervescent.

Nose is pretty round and wheat-y. A little yeast as well. Appealing but nothing special.

Taste is more complex than the smell- of course there's some round wheat notes mid-palate and in the finish, but up front there's a little pale barley, and a touch of hop bitterness. Pretty clean.

Mouthfeel is nice- very light body, moderate to full carbonation. This is a very well-crafted, very light, low ABV summer beer. That's all that I would recommend it for but it is summer now so enjoy.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a brilliantly golden color. Millions and millions of relentless bubbles rise in swarms to the massive bleach white head. Head retains masterfully. The consistency of the head is sudsy.

S-Aroma of sweet breadiness, grain and floral hops. Nose is also lightly yeasty. Plenty of strength in the nose; I find that many Blonde or Golden Ales are very lackluster in the aroma category. This brew has enough scent to make me happy to take a sip.

T-Peppery at first. The sweet dough is pleasant and soft. Clean floral and grassy hops on the finish. A very sessionable flavor, but I would like a little more intensity here. Still, for such a light brew, this has plenty to enjoy. All the flavors mesh well together and I truly enjoy each sip more than the last.

M-More body than one may expect, but it is still light enough to make a six-pack disappear in one session. As bubbly as it looks but the bubbles aren’t abrasive, just very plentiful. A bit buttery on the palate.

O/D-I generally enjoy Mayflower’s brews (their Spring Hop is one of my favorite local beers of all time). This is a pleasant little brew that has enough kick to keep me interested. Perfect for warm days like today. A nice little brew, won’t light your pants on fire, but tasty is the bottom-line here.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very light golden color. Fast fading head, and lots of bubbles rising through the beer. Crisp, clean aroma. Lightly floral and spicy. Basically, smells like "beer". Tastes like beer too. Drinkable, unremarkable, unmemorable. Maybe would have been a better choice on a hot, sunny afternoon.

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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 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 tkelley
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Beautiful, clear gold body with a puffy white head. Very very clear with a lot of fast moving bubbles.

Very balanced nose with a good bready, grainy overtone. Some light fruit scent as well.

Taste is well balanced as well. Really crisp. Hops and Malts are not dull at all, they really compliment each other well. Fruit and floral on the back end with a good tasty finish.

It would be evident if there were something amiss here, and there isn't. This is a really good beer for a day at the bar, a tailgate, or at home. Really refreshing and tasty.

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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 brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a frothy head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: A hint of grain and a hint of floral citrus

Taste: Shortbread malt on the front end with a bit of lemongrass citrus; a bit of hops after the swallow, but the shortbread malt is prominent in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I generally wouldn't get very excited about a Golden Ale but this brewery just doesn't disappoint; about as good as it gets for the style

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good drinkability though a malt story. Deep golden body with foaming offwhite head. The aromas are a little distracting. Good malts,remind me of European, with a mild hop finish, nicely carbonated. Refreshing on the first warm day of spring.
Thanks Dr.Jay.

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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 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 THECPJ
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to mkabull for sending this my way:

Appearance: golden yellow with 1 fingerhead

Smell: wheat, citrus,

Taste: wheat, citrus,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp, clean

Drinkability: It's another drinking beer. Nothing makes this beer stand out.


the CpJ

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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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Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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