Wachusett Ryde | Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett RydeWachusett Ryde

Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Reagan1984 on 08-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Odd looking label: doesn't look like a Wachusett. Says "dry hopped for dangerous drinkability." Ambered colored beer with a white head that leaves minimal lace and retention.

Smells like pineapple hops.

Tastes of very mild tropical fruit hop. Mild rye snap with swallow but that's all the rye I could find. Mouthfeel is crisp, aftertaste has an Anbesol ick. Tastes uneventful.

Though it may be dry hopped, contrary to the label Ryde does not have "dangerous drinkability." So far I think this is only available as an egg in mixed packs; I"m not sure what Wachusett is going for here.

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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 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 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 Reagan1984
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big fan or Rye beers so I was excited to see this listed on the Horseshoe Pub's draft list. I wish I was just as excited after I tasted the beer.

This is a new offering from Wachusett Brewing and I called the brewery to learn a little more about it. I was told it is a new addition to their everyday line-up and not a one time offering. Also confirmed the 5.0% ABV. They said it would eventually be available in bottles but for now only on draft.

I personally hope they tweak the recipe a little bit and add some more hop bitterness and a touch more sweetness. One man's opinion.

Pint came with a thin one finger head on it that faded back into the beer very quickly.
Brownish/Gold in color which is a very interesting color indeed. No reddish, orange highlights. There was some visible carbonation and also a good amount of lacing.

The aroma was very Grain like with a very subtle sweetness. Really did not detect any hop aroma or fruit notes.

Taste is very dry & crisp with an even stronger dry finish. Grainy taste and very strong rye characteristics. Bordering on astringent and bit out of balance and lacking hops. Almost no bitterness and no sweetness.

Mouth feel is just too dry and grain like. I'm not a "sweet" beer fan, but this needs a little more sweetness and hop bitterness.

Drinkability is ok.

I did not order a second pint. I wanted to be a big fan.

I was a bit disappointed.

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Photo of tzieser
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured a clear light amber color with a very small head that settles into no lacing. smell is of toasted malt-- some rye, but not very much. taste is a slightly malty rye flavor with more hops than expected. watery body. dry finish.

just not that great of a beer. i can think of 5 rye beers that are better.

the packaging sucks too. very cheesy.

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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 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 u2carew
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(A) Hazey. Bronze in color. Nice thin sustaining head.
(S) Rye / Sorghum scent with sweet apple tones.
(T) Creamy with a slight bitterness. Nice malty sweetness with mild rye notes.
(M) Light to medium body with a creamy feel.
(D) Good. Not a standout but a decent beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Wachusett mixed 12 pack. Rye beers aren't the most extravagant style and can be a tad boring.. and this one is really no different. Pours a nice golden color, small head to it, not much lacing. Smells/tastes a lot like a pilsener, some decent body to it.. some rye notes can be detected in the taste only. Very drinkable, then again not much for flavor here... almost like a macro with some body to it and a bit cleaner finish. Good drinker, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden, one inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: hops, malts, grains, and pineapple

Taste: hops and caramel--almost like a pale ale, there is a slight slight taste of rye

Mouthfeel: smooth, moderately bitter throughout, medium high carbonation

Drinkability: The rye here is very subtle and at time barely noticable. While it would be perfectly passable for a pale ale I would have liked to see more rye. This is one of my least favorite beers from the brewery so far.

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Photo of bmccarthy
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A drinkable but not remarkable beer. Mostly clear golden color with a white head that sticks around. Slight, pleasant aroma of rye, almost wheaty. Needs more rye flavor to be a really good beer. Mouthfeel is solid and consistent. Label makes the beer look cheaper than most Wachusett varieties.

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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 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 Durge
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came across a bottle courtesy of the reliable Rubby of Thomaston fame. It shows a slightly hazy golden amber color with a modest white cover and just some subtle signs of lacing. The aroma is a fruity sort of grass rye with some nutty nuances. The flavor does capture a sweet rye with grassy hop dryness. It's on the lighter side, tingly refreshing and drinkable if you like the style. Kind of peppery. There's a little caramel noted as you work through it. Not bad but not anything I would hunt down in the future. I generally crave rye based beers but this had some uncomplimentary side effects that didn't marry well with what rye notes I detected. It'll do but was not a thriller.

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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 Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. For Freshest Taste Enjoy By NOV 2010/2011 notched on the label. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a half-inch, dense, bright white head that eventually settles into a quarter inch, consistent cap. Some delicate bands of lacing formed on the tilt side of the glass during the session. Nose is citrus and sweet - very subdued. Not much happening in the flavor department - some citrus astringency in the background, but predominantly grain, with the merest suggestion of hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body with a background carbonation that approaches prickly, but finishes fairly crisp and dry. Easy drinking brew - not much in the overall flavor department; however, the parts taken together are greater than the whole. A slightly different animal on tap.

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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 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 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 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 morebeergood
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three bottles of Ryde come in the new Wachusett mix 12 pack. Poured into a stemmed crystal lager glass. Very clear yellow color, with a large white head. A clean looking beer. Smell was earthy. Taste was intriguing. As I don't drink a lot a beers made with rye, I had trouble deciding if I liked this beer or not. Had an interesting roasted wheat-like flavor to it. The taste and mouthfeel were both very dry. Crisp, but dry at the same time. While it was easy to drink, I could find myself getting bored with this beer. One was nice to have, but that was plenty for me.

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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 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 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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