Mayflower Summer Rye | Mayflower Brewing Company

Mayflower Summer RyeMayflower Summer Rye
197 Ratings
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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Added by Patrick on 06-25-2009

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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: As dull and straw colored as it gets. Stunning clarity. Healthy rocky white head retains forever. Aggressive clumpy lacing.

S: Lemon and orange zest, grassy, oily hops, dusty yeast with traces of yeasty Belgian spice, crackery malts and some spicy rye. A complex and interesting aroma combination, especially for a beer so small.

T: Floral and oily hops. Citrus rind lemon/lime sort of thing going on too. Some lightly musty yeast. Crackery pilsner malt and spicy rye form a light but vocal base. Absolutely bone dry. Oily hops, rye, and dusty yeast on the finish.

M: Very light bodied. Thin but with a slight firmness of feel. Vigorous carbonation makes all the difference and brings an aggressive crispness that really amplifies the refreshing qualities of the beer.

O: To just call this summer rye is a bit misleading. It's really more of a well-hopped Belgian table beer. I'd push that angle more than the rye angle. A lot of people feel that rye is coarse and a bit less approachable than other grains, so to put that in people's minds first is a mistake in my opinion. They should also play up the fact that it is a beer of true session abv. Get that right on the label somewhere, it's a big selling point these days. At any rate this is a pleasant and crushable little beer that would be equally at home pairing in the early stages of a fancy multi-course meal as it would in your hand after a hot day of lawn mowing. Perfect pairing partner for almost any light salad, ceviche, or other such things.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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 DerekMorgan
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of vande
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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 OtherShoe2
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Celtics76
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Sellen
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of farrago
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bleached white, uneven surface with many larger bubbles forming random peaks, crests a little over one finger, holds on well enough, the lacing forms as a thin, broad sheet which easily slides back down into the liquid below. The liquid itself is as pale as imaginable, looks like yellow tap water, mild translucency, one big storm of large bubbles rise swiftly upwards. The nose comes across as somewhat “skeletal” as in gaunt and not much happening, floral with chamomile and citrus blossom notes, unprocessed grains, chief most rye, black peppercorns, metallic accents, any fruit to be had mainly green grapes, apples and apricot pits, has sufficient weight to persist in the nostrils. Light-bodied, the lack of flavor is evident from the start making it feel even more dilute. Iron flecks, lemon peels, water crackers, pepper, used tea bags, here does not have the level of florality found in the nose. The carbonation is muscular and round in character, not so much tingly or scrubbing. Muddled white pit fruits and apples. Almost has to have a clean finish as there’s not enough there to make a mess with.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of aerozeppl
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jbertsch
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Rekrule
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of albern
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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 ms11781
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Auror
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of nebula1999
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When i poured this into a pint glass, it has a bright golden body with one inch of white fizzy head, that dissappears to a thin lace. The smell is citrus hops. The taste is citrus, with some rye notes. The mouth feel is smooth crisp. Overall this is one i would drink in the summer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of h4ger
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked it up on a trip to visit my parents near Buzzards Bay. Pours more like a pilsner--a pale gold with a thin white head. Bit of a surprise condiering it is a rye beer. I smell just the slightest hint of rye. Light malt base with the rye more of a feel on the palate than overly powerful flavors. Nice balance between the rye, the other malts and some spriggy hops. Nice session beer for a hot and muggy July day.

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Photo of AirBob
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Stoddard in Boston.

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Mayflower Summer Rye from Mayflower Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 197 ratings
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