Wachusett Ryde
Wachusett Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
3.39 | pDev: 12.98%
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wachusett RydeWachusett Ryde
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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has nice dark color body with a little bit of white head that lays down to a quickly to a thin lace. The smell is of faint citrus and some hops. The taste is a little sweet, but peppery on the finish. Some rye notes come through. The mouth feel is good and overall is a good beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

off white head that rose to about two fingers high and left a thick coating of lacing all around the glass. a rich thick lacing ensued throughout the glass.

aroma is thick hoppy goodness, a rich aroma with a hint of spice comes through on the nose right away. really nice blended notes of pine resin, warm malts, a nice touch of buttery middle and a touch of rye. really well done and this carries over to the flavor perfectly. smooth, effortless feel on this one delivers a light hoppy goodness with hints f spiced rye and buttery malts. nice clean finish with a light dryness

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Photo of jmerloni
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow, pretty translucent. Nice big bright white head that laces like a menace.

S - Yeast, hops, faint citrus.

T - Follows the nose. With a very nice, bread aftertaste.

M - Wel-carbonated. Pretty dry.

D - Very drinkable and sessionable. Six of these could probably be consumed in under two hours. That can't be said for many beers. Good. Not great. Don't know whether I'd get it again.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this beer.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, slight spice note. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some rye notes, alittle peppery. Medium Body, nice dry/bitter finish. A tasty brew.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to connecticutpoet for sending me this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a one finger, extremely white head. Quick dissipation to a small layer of foam on top. Chunky lacing down the sides.

S: A little bit of spice and rye to go with a little bit of hops, the nose seems kind of closed for me.

T: Just not much going on for me. A little bit of caramel, some floral hops, and a hint of spice.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and crisp, with a dry finish.

O: The first beer from Wachusett I have not enjoyed. There wasn't a bad quality to this beer, but I just didn't get anything. The nose was weak and the flavor profile seemed to be lacking.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: yellowish orange with a 1 finger head that dissipates very quickly.

smell: rye, citrus, sweet, caramel

taste: rye, hops, sweet, crisp, clean

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, refreshing

drinkability: this is a great and refreshing session beer. glad I had a chance to give it a try.



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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Two fingers of head float on this pale golden brew. There is a hint of rye within the big hoppy twang in the nose. It's extra smooth, with a crispness that yields a whole lot of drinkability. This beer is both citric and sweet with a semi-thick resin flavor that unfolds into some hop bitterness. That bitterness does well with the rye and plays off of the malt base. A hint of ripe pears and slight alcohol are present. The hop flavor sticks to the palate way far into the semidry and spicy finish. This brew is very sessionable--a ton of flavor for an average-strength beer. Recommended.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a crystal-clear, almost light-beer-pale yellow. Decent, yet thin head. Lighter than I was expecting for a rye showcase.

Aroma is slightly fruity, with generic malt in the background.

I enjoy the flavor here, although it's fairly mild and thin. The rye flavors don't stand out, per se, but are present in the back. There is also a fruity, slightly apricot flavor. All in all, it's mild yet fairly complex.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it matches the flavors well. If it were indeed a bit more rye-forward, and a bit darker, I would've expected more thickness. But it is what it is.

Drinkability is great. I'm wondering if this will be a summer offering as well, as this is the first time I've noticed it on the shelves. This would be a good summer cookout drinker, and a good one to have on hand for uninitiated guests.

It's worth noting that this one is slightly past its sell-by date. I will be sampling again in the summer in hopes of catching a fresher batch.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade with BogleHill - thanks!

Pours a clear dark copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted caramel malts with lighter pale malts. Also present are hints of earthy and slightly spicy rye and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the rye is more robust. Dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by moderately spicy rye flavors. Midway through the sip some bitterness kicks in with the addition of earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this wasn't the most flavorful beer in the world but it does a nice job of showcasing the rye. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet. Served in a clear plastic cup.

A-old gold body and a thin white head

S-grainy somewhat pumpernickel

T-slightly astringent, sweet grain and a faint floral finish

M-light, high carbonation

D-okay, I am not too familiar with the style. It was a pleasant drinking brew that I would have again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very mild rye scent along with pale and Munich malt aromas. It's dry with a slight rye spiciness. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, pale, Munich, and bisquit malt flavor with hints of rye in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking rye beer. It's not over the top. Quite the contrary, it's very mild and complimentary.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing pint glass.

A: Poured a pale, golden yellow color with a one-finger thick head of wispy white foam which settled to a fine carbonation slick with no real retention.

S: Smells grainy, slightly floral sweet and fruity, with hints of buttered cracker and citrus.

T: Flavor is a sharp, snappy blend of dry, semisweet rye malt and dry, mild bitter Tettnang hops. There's a fairly good balance of sweet and bitterness, and the rye malt lends a nice, light and dry malt flavor to the brew. That said, it's not overly impressive or flavorful, but simply alright.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a little hop stickiness, but mostly dry and crisp overall.

D: A decent, light blended rye brew with some rye characteristics, but not really enough to make me think its anything more than a German-styled American blonde or very pale ale brewed with Tettnang. Sessionable at 5% ABV, but not impressive enough for me to pick up again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 fl. oz. bottle on August 7, 2010. It is a pale yellow with a fizzy head but the overall look is murky and cloudy. Grains and sweet malts presoide over the aroma with only a slight hoppy hint in the mix. The body is in the medium range with a pleasing smoothness on the tongue. The taste also tends to be more grainy and malty than anything else. A clean hoppy ending but otherwise mostly grains and sugary sweet malts. Not bad for a warm day.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I keep seeing all the hype about this beer so I grabbed a bottled as part of a 6-pack at Val's in Adams, MA.

Pours a golden color with a decent head. Nice looking pour I'll certainly give Wachusett credit for that.

Aroma reminds me of a lager or pils, not a lot more than grain and minerals. Maybe a little malty sweetness to boot.

Taste is quite smooth and a combo of sweet and tangy. I am waiting for the kick of rye spiciness but it doesn't come. Yet, I am pretty content with the way this one turns out.

Not a huge amount of flavor but nothing off putting and this is quite drinkable and sessionable. Quality wise this seems well put together. Think of it as more of just a regular ale than anything to special and you'll be happy.

Nice job. Now go drink a pint of Larry!

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Photo of steve8robin
2.69/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshest by August 2010...

A: Golden honey color with a thick 1 inch white head that fades at a decent rate. Very good.

S: Bready rye malt upfront with hints of raisin in the middle and hidden hops on the backend. Not much special here. Ok.

T: Kind of leaves a watery tea taste on the palate with a hint of rye. Almost like a seltzer water. Not impressed at all.

M: Does not leave anything special on the palate. Ok.

D: Goes down a little hard from the watery tea / dishwater taste. Ok.

All in all, no, this is not a soecial brew by any stretch of the word. Don't bother trying, even if you have access. It's not worth your time.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wachusett Ryde
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date notched on the side label for June 2010
Served in my Harpoon Leviathan tulip glass

Pours a bronze colored mustard yellow/orange color. Nice head on top with great trails of sticky lacings.

Funky nose - sweetness, hops and off-notes.

Juicy caramel meets rye sweetness with a dryness. Citrus blasts of lime, orange and grapefruit with a balancing dry rye component. Baby hop snap on the finish.

A pleasant offering from Wachusett Brewing in Westminster. I have great memories from a visit to this brewery several years ago.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear amber color. Nose is hoppy. Flavor is hoppy with some caramel. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber with a thin white cap. The collar left some short-lived lace on the glass. Fruity aroma, juicy oranges with just a bit of grapefruit. Light caramel malt sweetness. Moderate bitterness with the same citrusy hop profile as in the aroma. Light spiciness from the rye in the finish, along with lingering caramel. Dry and crisp, light bodied with ample carbonation. Not bad at all. I would have liked more rye character, but everything hangs together nicely as it is.

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Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer certainly has a nice aroma, but there isn't much going on within. It pours a nice slightly orangy amber color with a nice white creamy head that retains well and laces a bit. The nose is delightful piney hops and really nice bready malts. I would have pegged this for an IPA from the nose. The beer pours pretty clear, a modest amount of carbonation.

The taste is quite watery. The Tettnang hops are very subdued and hardly present. There isn't the robust bready midsection that I was hoping for. The Rye has that slightly harsh bitter malt flavor that is characteristic for the style. There isn't enough depth to this beer. It is too light for its own good, and really devolves into a decent lawnmower lightish summer ale. I wish there were more here, but there isn't.

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Photo of colts9016
2.52/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this bottle from TheManiacalOne, thank you for getting me this bottle. Poured into a pint glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger foamy and bubbly white head with poor retention. This style of beer needs to have a lasting head. The color of the beer is an amber color with copper orange hues. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant.

Nose: A mild rye note with some barley. There is notes of floral, wood, yeast, caramel, bread crust and a light malty sweetness.

Taste: A light grain and rye flavor. There is a light malty sweetness, slightly floral hoppiness with some spice. There are notes of bread crust and yeast.

The mouth feel is carbonated, dry, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is medium light. This rye beer has a light rye note, thus giving a poor flavor. I was hoping for more. This is an average brewery and this beer is below average.

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Photo of jameswaldo
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm new to rye beer, but enjoyed my first taste of a Philly rye IPA on tap at the airport, and noticed a blurb proclaiming Ryde a new beer, dry hopped, and I usually love dry hopping, and especially love beer with a good bike ride, so came home with this in a mixed 12-pack, hoping it would be the right drink to plan around my next bike ride up Mount Wachusett, one of my favorite hill climb rides.
Pours pretty in a pint glass, yellow amber, nice head, slight haze. Smells like rye bread and hops. Tastes a bit sweeter than I'd like, with more hops than rye. Maybe rye needed a tiny bit more roasting? Mouthfeel too watery. If I needed thirst quenching, I'd drink water, which this beer is too close to. This is only my second try with rye beer, but it has to be better than this to make me try another.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a light golden straw color, hint of haze and some bubbles rising to the top. The head is pearl white, tons of it, very thin and bubbly lingering for a little bit leaving a sparse thin lace on the side of the glass.

S-the nose is fairly big. The spicy rye is right up front on this one, pales malts, phenolic towards the middle with hints of lemon. The hops take over in the back, herbal grassy hops.

T-the rye is lighter but up front with just a touch of spice. Much more hops in the taste, herbal hops, grass clipings, light bitterness.

M-somewhat smooth with a thinner body. Slightly prickly on the back of the throat, carbonation still seems to fall off a little at the finish.

D-good hop profile and very easy to drink. Light body and the hops only seem to come out more as it warms.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear orange with a big foamy head. Decent retention, good lacing and clarity.

I expected much more from this one. Some grapefruit rind and a soapiness in the scent. Fairly muted.

Good citric hop flavors combined with some spicy toasted malt. The rye comes thru, but is a bit hidden by the hops. Decent bready finish, with some light bitterness and some tingly elements on the tongue. Is the yeast ringwood? There is something very familiar here -- like a Geary's Pale Ale with more hop presence.

Good carbonation and medium body. Just right.

Overall, one of the better brews from these guys. Easy drinking, with just the right balance of malt and hop flavors. A bit weak, but not enough to get in a twist over. I'll revisit this one.

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Photo of berkey
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of jleblanc. Thanks Jeff. Best by May 2010, poured into a tulip glass 04/07/10.

A Clean orange blonde in color. Forms a sturdy white head. Lacing quickly recedes.

I'm not all that familiar with the Tettnang hops but one doesn't need the label to identify them as being from a German variety. Initially these hops remind me a lot of a German style lager but the tangy, spicy, rye notes start to peek through soon enough to remind me this beer is a little different.

Hops are again the biggest part of the story on the flavor profile. Generously bitter in an almost tea-like way. Malted rye adds a little to the aftertaste but not as much as I like. Nothing bad here, but not horribly interesting either. Carbonation might be a tad high.

This is overall a fairly tame beer. Although it doesn't leave a big impression I have to admit it's pretty easy drinking and enjoyable so I'll give a positive review. I can imagine it working well enough as a warm weather beer since one could enjoy a few bottles when they didn't want to think too much about what was in their glass. That said, there are dozens of beers that fit that role just as well so I don't think I'd seek this one out again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend bought me a 12 pack sampler of Wachusett beers, a nice way to be introduced to them. This beer was pretty good. Gold in color with a thick white head. It smelled just like fresh rye bread. Tasted like rye bread too, with a generous dose of hops. Very refreshing.

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