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:
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Added by Todd on 04-07-2008

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Reviews:
81
Ratings:
215
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
18.96%
 
 
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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 Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this for the first time ever and I had heard about this brewery. Reviewed it at the Hard Rock Cafe while checking out Strangefolk.

Pours a golden copper color with a one finger head into my pint glass.

Smell is a bit sweet with an emphasis on malt and very light bitterness.

Taste is breadym sweet and lighly hopped. Simple and yet refreshing.

Mouthfeel is ok but the carbonation is a bit high for the style. Goes down ok.

A decent stab at a golden ale. Drinkable and one could have several in a sitting with little ill effect.

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

Appearance: bright, clear golden color; serious carbonation; a one finger frothy head that slowly settled and kept about 1/4 of it's body; good lacing

Smell: grassy or hay-like

Taste: Again, grassy and hay-like; slight lemon; quite mild

Mouthfeel: light, clean, and crisp; nice carbonation, but not too ticklish; very enjoyable; almost no stringency

Overall: Exactly what I would expect from a golden ale. I typically like a more robust beer, but sometimes I want something light and crisp. This is what I'm looking for at those times. This would be perfect on a warm summer day after mowing the lawn or just hanging out on the porch with friends.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellow gold, clear, medium carbonation, small head

Smell: a bit of wheat and malt. Not overly descript

Taste: a wheaty malty taste with a bit of honey texture--very complex for the style

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet

Drinkability: Yeah--my 100th review here. For the style, this one is excellent as it is more complex than most American Blonde Ales...Sort of what you wish macro beer could be, but light years ahead of it. More of a summer beer but certainly sessionable..Overall exceptional for the style.

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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 Freshie
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crisp and clean golden color. Slight white head. Decent carbonation.

Smells malty with light herbal hops.

Tastes malty up front, with light hops. Very earthy but crisp and refreshing. Slight yeast taste in the after taste.

Very drinkable, light, and tasty. A new staple for my beer fridge in the summer months.

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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 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 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 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 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 NoLiberty
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Chris at Bella Vista in Philly for sharing this rarity in these parts.

Beer pours a very fluid golden clear into a thick Cantillon glass. A very airy, frothy 2-finger white head settles into an almost nonexistent cap for the rest of the drink. No lacing. It's clear this beer is well attenuated and crisp.

The aroma is light and crisp with a strong aroma of malty biscuit flavors. Light hop bitterness to keep the aroma crisp and refreshing.

Taste is refreshing and light. Flavor is full of malt flavor but with very little if any sweetness. Light fruit notes come through in the middle and then subtle bitterness follows through toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and refreshing. Strong carbonation moves thr beer fluidly throughout the mouth and makes for an even more quenching drink.

Nice. Definitely a nice session beer on a hot summer day. Will look for this one in the future.

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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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Mayflower Golden Ale from Mayflower Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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