Mayflower Summer Rye | Mayflower Brewing Company

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Mayflower Summer RyeMayflower Summer Rye

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Mayflower Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Patrick on 06-25-2009

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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 195
Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very grainy/hazy pale yellow blond with a white loosely formed head that doesn't last very long.

S: Like walking through an herb garden. Rosemary and lemon thyme, citrus zest, pepper notes from the rye and bready notes from the wheat.

T: A nice earthy and complex lemon pepper kick up front It finishes bone dry with hop bitterness and nothing else.

M: Thin-bodied.

D: 3.8% ABV and an extremely dry finish make this beer perfect for a hot summer day. It's complex, herbal and earthy.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into Mayflower nonic, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the very cloudy blonde brew. Head falls rather quickly, with average lacing. Aroma is wheat and spicy rye. Taste starts with a glimmer of wheat, then rye spices, and closes with a peek of citrus and some clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability is very easy. As a thirst-quenching summer beer, win. As a rye beer, not quite all I would look for. I think I'll think of this as one of the more flavorful summer brews and be happy with it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. PKG on 05/04/10 indicated on the back label. Poured a semi-hazy pale yellow with a bubbly, two inch bright white head - this beer looks a lot like a Berliner-Weisse. Head eventually settles into a fairly solid, quarter inch cap, with some delicate strands of lacing revealed during the session. Nose reveals some citrus, earthy/herbal aromatics and a nice mix of rye and wheat. Taste falls somewhat short of the expectations that the appearance and smell suggest. Many of the qualities in the nose come out in the flavor profile, but everything is a little bland and watery with the lightly lingering herbal/earthy quality that was expressed in the nose manifesting itself, before culminating in a light, lingering bitterness - not really hops bittering per se, so it must be coming from the rye. Mouthfeel is light in consistency, with a lively carbonation and crisp finish. This beer has a lot of good qualities to it and proves that a low abv beer can be pleasant and refreshing. Unfortunately, the flavor falls a little short for me. Still this is a pretty refreshing beer for a hot day and a nice alternative to a Hefe because it has some different qualities.

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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 msolar
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I didn't care much for this beer.

Appearance - cloudy, with an unusual amount of debris floating around - more than most home brews I've seen.

Smell - Average for the style. Very strong fruit smells.

Taste - I didn't like it. To me it tasted very metallic and had too strong of a lemon flavoring. My drinking partner likened it to "flavored water".

Mouthfeel - Flat and metallic. Some hint of alcohol but not something I enjoyed.

Drinkability - I had one bottle out of a pint glass and passed on the rest. The remaining bottles will be sent home with someone who might like it more.

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Photo of silentjay
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a terribly hazy light golden with a decent white head that barely laces.

very aromatic. smells of a wheat beer with plenty of added spice. lemony, and sour orange citrus mixes with some pepper, clove, and other spices. rye is barely evident.

taste is of a witbier, but dry on the finish. lemon, orange zest mixes with banana and tropical fruits and clove spiciness. rye spiciness is there on the back end and there is a drying finish with just a bit of pepper and some bitterness lingering.

light and watery with just a bit of carbonation and a bit of a lingering oiliness and tartness.

it drinks ok. nothing is oppressive, but I have had more refreshing summer seasonals, as well as more flavorful and more aromatic too. Rye is way too far in the background in this one, and it falls into just another wheat beer category.

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Photo of TLJ
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a soft amber-golden cloudy appearance with some lacing. Its smell is quite pungent, like a very sweet and somewhat fermented orange. I detected both wheat and floral hops in the aroma.

There is definitely some sparkle to the carbonation, which is not overt and helped by the spicy hops flavour. I don't get as much wheat as I was hoping; contrary to the smell and appearance, this beer's taste is not full-bodied, although the hops certainly linger.

Good for Mayflower for branching out and experimenting with different flavours and ingredients, but I unfortunately don't feel that this beer is all that well balanced.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been liking the Mayflower beers quite a bit. I just noticed I haven't reviewed many of them however, so I'll have to start getting on that.

A: A pasty bleached white 2 finger head rises up and fades at a medium pace over a very light pale straw colored hazy yellow beer.

N: Zut alor, wheat galor! It's a fest of wheat in the nose. It's like a bunch of wheat beers got together and threw a party and invited a rye pale ale, and they just had a huge gang bang. The wheat ale adds a slight citrus, clove, banana, juicy fruit, lemon zest, you know the drill. I get just the slightest spicy rye hint in the nose.

T: Yep, just as suspected. Juicy wheat flavored beer, but not as much of a typical wheat as the nose was. Some wheat with touches of lemon zest, citrus, but the rest just disappeared. I get some juicy fruit flavors with that, some light hops, mostly grassy and spicy, a little cascade fresh dry hop flavor, and some spicy rye. I think that juicy fruit flavor also may stem slightly from the rye and some from the malts. The fresh hop flavor and some lightly sweetened malts adds a very homebrew fresh wort flavor like I just threw in the dry hops.

M: Medium to lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter actually, not crazy over the top, but a nice bitterness comes through with teh grassy, slight spicy, and pale hops that again have a fresh Cascade dry hop taste. They are accentuated with the dryness. It gets dry, and I mean really dry. Imagine that it just keeps getting drier, and drier, until is really, really dry. Imagine that, being way, way too dry... (don't remember the exact South Park quote but you get the idea). It's very dry. Lots of wheat lingering, with some hints of spicy rye but barely there. This is a tasty beer and pretty refreshing. Being less than 4% it drinks really well too, I could pound many of these without skipping a beat.

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Photo of DrJay
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow, a bit murky, with a fine skim of white bubbles and a thin collar. A bit of lacing, fair head retention. Sour wheat aroma dominated initially, but spicy rye took over as it warmed. A bit of lemon character and citrusy hops too. Bracing bitterness, spicy and peppery, light malt, lemony bitter finish. Light to the point of being thin, dry, a bit of a soapy texture. Light and refreshing, but the mouthfeel was a bit harsh. This one was okay, but it didn't really come together for me.

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Photo of albern
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer isn't doing it for me. It looks like a witbier, it has the slight pricklishness on the tongue as a wheat, and it has some of the lemony and coriander flavors of a hefeweizen but it has the crude, raw and unsweet character of a rye ale. Rye ales just should not be blended with summery type ales because the characteristics of each do not lend themselves to the others. It is a disappointing experiment.

The beer pours a cloudy, dirty dishwater yellow with no head and no lace. The nose has witbier or hefeweizen all over it. You have the cloves, coriander, lemony orange peel, and some subtle spices. The nose is very good. The taste is a real let down and it is from the rye. The grain is just too coarse to be in a summer ale. Enough said. The beer is very light bodied and somewhat refreshing, but it is flawed.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazy yellow with no head and no bubbles and no lacing. Ummm....

Smells of sweet wheat and some yeast. Not much else, but it is inviting -- I can be generous in the rating here.

A wheat beer with some spice and bite. First sip and you like it, and then you see it for what it is -- a mess. Wheat at the start, sweet and tasty, then bitterness, peach pit-like. Maybe some white pepper, a touch of sourness, but not lemon, more like Berliner-weisse, but not in a good way. Ugh...I don't know. Long bitter aspirin-like finish. Almost too dry. Really glad I only got a single.

Lighter-bodied, some prickly carbonation. They got this spot-on.

Overall, not great. Maybe with some spicy food, but I could never have two of these in succession. The bitter edge in this one just sucks the life out of the beer. I actually think my ratings (flavor-wise), might be too generous. if you want to drink local and support the little guy, try this. If not, I certainly would not trade for this.

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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 PEBKAC
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared at Captain Lawrence during the Cuvee release. What a nice breakfast spread that was. :P

Into my trusty rounded mug. Faint apple juice color with a bit of haze. Big, boiled over white head.

The carbonation tickling my nose, I got scents of dusty grain, moderate herbal bitterness, & an apparent tang that did deliver on the first sip.

Taste was water-logged grain, a gentle sweetness that doesn't amount to much, crusty sourdough(that carries just a faint tartness), some traces of yeast, & a quick & sharp citrus zest that gives way to a more leafy idea.

Feel is way overcarbonated, & just a touch itchy. Besides that though, not much in the way of residuals, as it leaves pretty dry. The thought of a quick second sip is waved in.

Reminded me a lot of maybe Real Ale's Full Moon Pale Rye from Texas, just a little thinner though & maybe trying to be too brash in carbonation. Not as much flavor going on, but almost as easy to drink. :)

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow color with good carbonation and a pleasant white head.
Spice, a hint of hops and some malt character.
Very spicy beer. A bitter character from the hops rounds out the middle and a pleasant malty finish fill out the end.
For a beer of the weight the beer has a very impressive body, with just right carbonation.
A great beer that I would love to see in six packs.
This is now available in 6pks and I cannot get enough.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, straw color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: hops and citrus-a tad bit of rye bread

Taste: small honey, hops, rye, lemon, and some other citrus flavors

Mouthfeel: super smooth, light bodied, sweet-ish start with a slightly bitter finish, dry

Drinkability: This is a super smooth beer and is very sessionable. I like the hoppy feel to this without the high abv. This is one of Mayflower's best to date.

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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 Kallessin
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very full white foamy head. Pale yellow straw. Some slight cloudiness.

Has a slightly sweet aroma with a hint of citrus, a little spice. I found it difficult to pick up a lot to be honest.

Tangy spiciness, some light bready flavors. Some slight citrus with a little hop bitterness (pine??) Very flavorful for such a light beer.

A light bodied beer, fairly smooth with good carbonation. Slightly dry.

I could easily drink this beer all day, especially since the ABV is very low (which is a big plus for me). Very refreshing and light. Absolutely check this one out if you can.

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Photo of SMADMS
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got back from the brewery 2 growlers in hand...

A: straw yellow slightly cloudy. one finger head, nice lacing

S: some citrus in the nose, very clean some spice

T: clean and slight spicyness some citus

M: WOW light dry clean

D: this is going to be dangerous on a hot summer day I can see a few growlers going down.. Right on the money with this session beer!!!

Another winner from Matt and the Mayflower gang!!!

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Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
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