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

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Added by Reagan1984 on 08-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +2.1%
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 +8.6%
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 +5.9%
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 -20.4%
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 +3.6%
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 -16.9%
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 +10.1%
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 +8%
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 -25.4%
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 -14.2%
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 +6.5%
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 +8.3%
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 +9.5%
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 +18.3%
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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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light amber. Typical head that lasts throughout the drinking. Leaves a moderate amount of lace.

Pleasant blend of hop and slightly grainy malt to the nose.

Generously hopped with a soft, dry taste. Neutral body with an above average level of carbonation. A touch of grapefruit and pine to the hop bitterness. Modest aftertaste of cream and bitterness. An easy-to-drink beer without any specialness to it.

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Photo of tzieser
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
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 bmccarthy
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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 tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Durge
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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 oriolesfan4
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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 morebeergood
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 connecticutpoet
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an odd one. Saw it on the shelf at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge. It was a single bottle, all alone, three shelves down and to the right of the Wachusett six-packs. The bottle said Wachusett Breing Company, but there were no six-packs of this, and no more to be found anywhere. Fate? I got it, guessing that it would be a rye beer. It's not on their web site, and a Yahoo! search found that it was called a "California-style IPA" at a craft beer fest in early January 2009.

Produced a three finger head on the pour, that subsided to a half finger of rocky foam. Over the course of consuming it, lacing was left on the glass. The body is deep yellow and clear.

Aroma is of rye malt, pineapple hops, and is definitely sweet.

Taste is interesting. It starts out with some rye spiciness and a little bit of black pepper. As it warmed, a nice caramel and malt flavor started coming through, with a nice lightly hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly oily. It coated my tongue a little. A trifle thin.

Drinkability is pretty good. I liked it, and it's one I would revisit readily.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.4/5  rDev -29%
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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Wachusett Ryde from Wachusett Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 55 ratings
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