Mayflower Summer Rye | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Summer RyeMayflower Summer Rye

Brewed by:
Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be the beer of my Summer 2010. It's at the beach, weddings, campfires, I've literally seen a case ravaged in an hour. It seems to be one of those beers that the BMC crowd likes and will refer to as "that yuppie beer I like." I like it too.

Cloudy pale yellow. Thin white head that disappears way too fast. Not much to look at.

When I first had this beer (a few actually) at Mohegan Sun I thought that it tasted exactly like eggs and corn beef hash. Aroma is wheaty sour, a little farmy, some grassy hops and not completely like eggs and corn beef hash. Taste is dry with a very minor rye spice and an acidic twang. Grassy hops.

One of those I like it better than I rate it beers. More flavor and complexity than I would anticipate 3.8% ABV.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Interesting looking color.Cloudy yellow color. Quite vibrant. Poured with a thin cover of white head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Almost smells like a wit. A little bit spicy. You do get a little bit of rye which is nice. Quite a bit of wheat as well.

T: Very light flavor. Not that complex but nice for the ABV. Little bit of citrus in there as well.

M: Super light body. Well carbonated.

D: I love this as a summer session beer. Quite a bit of flavor and a true session beer's ABV. Well done.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A white-yellow golden color, hazy-yeastiness, murky with a bright-white 2" head. Sticky smooth foam, lace is clumpy and long, really sticky. The color is strange and murky but it is totlally unfiltered.

The aroma has corriander and crispy wheat, a bit of ladies "perm" chemmy aroma, lemmon zest, tangy zippiness, dry rye and corn meal, heather honey and some poppy seeds.

A dry, crispy rye and wheat taste and feel with a gentle crispy maltiness, subtle lemmon zest, herbs, sharp-earthiness and slightly bitter lager yeastieness with black pepper. clean, but slighlty water in the middle. Herbs and ginger snaps. a light, crispy feel, dry and earthy with some tangy-sour finish.

I do love a simple brew that has some life!

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy straw color. Looks a lot like lemonade. Looks just like a witbier actually. Fizzy white head fades fast. Almost no retention but a bit of lacing.

S: Not only does it look like a witbier, it smells like one. Distinctive coriander and orange smell. A little bit of spice which I assume is the rye. I had to check the bottle at this point to ensure I hadn't poured a Blue Moon by accident.

T: Almost tastes like a witbier too - some orange and some spice but you can tell the rye is there now. A little bit of citrus hop too.

M: Very light and tons of carbonation. A little bit of tingly spice from the rye but otherwise very clean. Almost no aftertaste to speak of.

O: Definitely not what I was expecting. I swear this is a witbier with some rye in it. Regardless of what it is, it's very light and refreshing with just an extra kick from the rye. Honestly I think it would garner better ratings in the witbier category. A good summer beer as the name would imply.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at Moan & Dove since it seemed like a pretty recent release.

Appearance is very light straw color with a thin head.

Smell is very faint sweetness, a bit of grassiness, some lemon or citrus.

Taste is very light malt with a faint hint of the rye spice and maybe a bit of the yeast. This is the epitome of summer session beer. Low ABV, easy drinking, no strong flavor, it just goes down waaay too easy.

Not a bad choice on a hot day, very very drinkable.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patdonahue0719
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was able to have the opportunity to go to the Mayflower Brewing Company's Tasting room today and tasted some of there beers and this one stood out to me as something unique. I had it on tap in a 7 oz taster and then purchased a growler to share with my family when I got home.
Appearance: pale cloudy yellow estimated SRM of 1.25-1.5. the unfiltered beer resembles a nice unfiltered wheat beer
Smell: slight tart/sour smell right off the back can pull a noise of the rye and then the dwindling of american wheat malts.
Taste: slightly tart and sour from the rye malts and a hint of wheat malt sourness and slight sweetness of the pilsner base malts.
Mouthfeel: a wonderful crisp dry light body summer session ale

Overall: Overall I am really impressed with this beer as an all around summer session ale that is light bodied, crisp and slightly sour mouthfeel makes a beer that is worth bringing to your next cook out or gathering to share with all or just for yourself and significant other at the beach. If you are looking for an alternative to your usual summer wheat beer you should check this one out if you get the opportunity to get your hands on some.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at People's Republik in Cambridge. Served in a standard pint glass. Beautiful golden colored body. Thin white head floated on top. Smell was a lemon and pine aroma. Taste was very pleasant. Flavorful with a bit of citrus fruit, but the rye gave it a hay-like flavor also. Brewing with rye also lent a crispness to the mouthfeel that I really enjoyed. Mouthfeel was bright but approachable. I would drink this beer every season, not just summer. One of the better summer seasonal releases that I have tried this year.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an extremely pale straw color. I was actually shocked by how almost-white this beer is. It has nice, lively carbonation that maintains a thin head and leaves better-than-expected lacing on the glass.

S - The dominant smell in this beer is fresh hops (the beer is just over a month old). There is also some spiciness backing up the hops.

T - Nice citrusy hop profile with a subtle malt sweetness. The finish produces a building rye flavor that rushes in like the tide.

M - On the light side of medium, but more than I would expect given the alcohol content. It's definitely another element that I like about this beer.

O - I bought a 6-pack as an impulse buy and I'm glad I did. I've now had three of these beers with the third coming straight from the bottle. This third was my favorite thus far, as I honestly am not a big fan of the color of the beer, and somehow the hop character shines through better directly from the bottle. It's relatively expensive, so I wouldn't buy it for myself, but I might bring it to the next BBQ I attend. It really is a nice summer beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/7/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale cloudy yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, light rye malts, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy rye malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and spices. The hops presence is mild for the style but is complementary enough to bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good lighter representation of style, this is a very nice flavorful beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though this beer is labeled a rye, the wheat characteristics really stand out much more prominently. It pours a very pale, hazy, yellow with a modest, quickly fading head. The nose is reminiscent of American wheat beers: lots of fresh wheat aromas mixed with a slight yeasty spiciness.

The beer has a good balance between a slight hoppy bitterness and the wheat profile. While there is certainly rye mixed in as well, it seems to take more of a back seat. There is a slight citrus sweetness to the beer as well, which really helps this beer go down quite quickly.

A very well made, very drinkable, and very refreshing summer ale.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not reviewing this is as a typical rye beer because it's unlike most anything I've had.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a slightly hazy, very light yellow straw color. Never seen a beer this light in color- shocking really. Good two finger head with good retention and very nice streaky circles of lacing.

Smells faintly of rye and dry hops. Pretty simple. A little yeast in there as well.

Taste is nice- of course very light, a little touch of rye spiciness, a little bit of hop bitterness, tastes like noble German hops. A little too light for my taste- almost has an adjunct flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is great- great summer beer cause it's so refreshing. Incredibly light and well carbonated. Wouldn't get it again but if you like low alcohol beers this one is very flavorful.

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Photo of SABERG
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an pilsner glass from a fresh 12 oz. bottle.

A - Initial color is very light, almost with a green hue. Great big head and fabulous lacing.

S - Lemon, hint of saison, rye and a tartness runs through.

T - Very dry, nice lemon snap, the rye, wheat combination is a pleasure. No competition between the two. A nice hop snap at the end. Quite refreshing.

M - Great carbonation, light moutfeel matches the refreshing taste. Finish is dry and flavorful.

O - What a wonderful beer to have on a hot day, (I just came off a roof @99 deg F) or of your choosing. Great work by Mayflower.
Through a little Brett in there and see what could happen!


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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears hazy and pale about the color of a berliner weiss. Head is minimal which goes to small skim and ring.

On the smell I get spice, yeast light maltiness and some citrus.

The taste is really light with a definite spiciness. Aftertaste is a little bitter and maybe even a hint of sourness. Taste also seems a bit watery.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Light body, active carbonation. Nice refreshing summer brew.

Overall though it's a really easy drinking brew.'s something.

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Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gold haziness--no head- smells pretty fresh. Matt is a master of rye beers. Even though he doesnt work for these guys anymore, he has clearly left his imprint.

They have maintained a good quality since and this is what a bottled summer craft beer should be--solid across the board but rye beers arent too sessionable.

How bout some inkwell stout to folow this ?

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3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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