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Southampton May Bock - Southampton Publick House

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 28
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GreatPondBrewer on 05-25-2004)
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Reviews by meathookjones:
Photo of meathookjones
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear orange body with a small off white head that leaves some strings of lace. Nice sweet fruitiness mixed with toasty bread notes come through in the aroma. Sweet fruits with some biscuity malt start of the flavor. Toasted malts and grains with some earthy hops towards the finish. Definitely one of the best tasting Maibocks I’ve ever had. Smooth crisp medium body. Easy drinking as it gets, I will have to go pick up a few more of these.

meathookjones, May 22, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHearted
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured an amber color with a fair inch amount of head that soon dissipated. It had a bready smell with a hint of sweetness. First sip conjured up the image of a soft pretzel drizzled with honey. A little spicy and a little flowery, with a slightly heavy mouthfeel. I found it a great spring beer that is perfect for enjoying before you break out the hefes.

StoutHearted, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours into my tulip glass a deep golden orange/peach hue with a half inch of creamy white head on top. Good clarity and nice active carbonation. Aromas begin with sweet caramelized, somewhat bready malts upfront. Floral and lightly fruity with a sturdy herbal hop presence. Enjoyable.

First sip brings a caramelly bread dough maltiness with some light fruity hints. Toasty, nutty and again slightly floral. Flows down with a nice hit of herbal hops. A solid, slightly dry, crisp malty lager that ends up being quite tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with sturdy carbonation. Goes down easily and ends up being quite a refreshing brew. A tasty maibock that I'm happy to have had the chance to sample. Southampton continues to impress me which each new offering I try.

orbitalr0x, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, label tells us that this contract brewed, somewhere besides southampton, N.Y., no freshness indication given. Pours orangy amber, clear with an off white heat and just leaving a bit of lacing. Nothing much to talk about in the nose here. Malty brew, smooth and very drinkable. Notes of maple, vanilla and perhaps a hint of lime well in the background. Fine sessioner, dull style in MHO, but high quality suds none the less.

Billolick, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to goodbyeohio for this one...
Light honey amber color...very clear with a half a finger of white head...most goes away before I take my first sip.
Mild caramel malt with a solid spice background.
The taste is beautiful...not overly sweet, but the malt presence is perfect...fairly hoppy too to dry up the finish. Less spice that what my nose indicated, which is a good thing...no alcohol in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is quite on par for the style and the drinkability is thru the roof for me...the perfect beer for the day.

warriorsoul, May 28, 2006
Photo of BadBadger
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, this fine brew is more than refreshing it is an experience. Niicely malted, this maibock pours a beautiful golden color out of the bottle. The head is nice but not long lasting, with a seemingly somewhat low carbonation. The smell is a malty sledge hammer to the nostrils, a very sweet come hither. The taste is pleasantly malty, with only the slightest hint of hops beneath. A very nice beer worth searching out and enjoying. I regret that I did not buy more. Buy some, before I buy them all up!

BadBadger, May 03, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear burnt orange with a tan head. This does look pretty good,but the head does disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. The smell is abit malty,but it's very weak. Giving this a 3.0 is generous. The taste is mildly malty and hoppy. The spices are very subdued making this a very drinkable summer beer. The m/f is light and well balanced. A decent beer, not great, but one that will please my summer palate.

jmz62565, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant easy drinking malt lager. Some head, pleasant malty and toasty odour, very smooth drinkable and summer refresher. Buttery mouthfeel.Although, the hops kicking in at the finish can be harsh on some sips, the significant malt runs out. Grassy bitter aftertaste.My kids thought it was tasty.

Sammy, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton's May Bock pours a mostly clear orange-amber body beneath a full-sized head of frothy ivory foam. The retention is very good, and it leaves some nice lacing about the glass. The nose is richly malty with a sweet, bready character. It's medium-bodied and smooth across the palate. The flavor is rich and malty, and it's remarkably well-balanced. There's a delicate caramel edge to the malt, as well as a very subtle toastiness. Floral hops flutter here and there; and a spritz of peppery spice from the otherwiise completely hidden alcohol helps to keep it from getting doughy. One of the most balanced maibocks I've ever had!

NeroFiddled, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of k47k
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

k47k, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A fairly average beer on all counts. Pours a copper, amber color with a thing head and reasonably nice lacing. Smell was subdued, with the faintest hints of those wonderful bock aromas. Taste was semi-sweet (from caramel), a hint of fruit and bitterness. Really, however, the only way to describe the aftertaste is astringent. I dont really know what to make of it, but i found the residue to be harsh on the palate.

Definitely not SPH's finest effort.

Lnedrive14, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with an average offwhite head that dissipated fairly quick. The smell is of light caramel malt, sort of floral grain aroma. The brew also has a light caramel malt taste, honey, a bit bready, not much hops detected. The feel is moderate and sort of creamy for a lager, which is a bit odd but not bad. A very drinkable brew a bit on the sweeter and lighter end for a boch but a good transition from the winter brews to the summer brews. I expected a bit more of a bitter bite.

Gmann, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of scootny
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle poured into a tulip tumbler. A lightly hazy, coppery amber with a two finger head. Lace is spattered along the glass as I drink. No visible carbonation but wisps of bubbles on the top of the glass testify to it's presence.

Smell is sweet malt and grains. Toffee. A light floral hop presence and faint caramel. A hint of orange.

Taste is superb. More toffee sweetness giving way a parade of sweet and toasty breads that leads to light fruitiness. A clean hop bittering in the finish rounds out the malt heavy profile and leads back to a dry finish that features crackers in the back of the throat. Alcohol is barely there.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a beer of this gravity. Not light in an absolute sense but not thick. Carbonation is just short of creamy and quite refreshing.

Drinkability is far too good for a beverage of this abv. Easy to drink a couple of bombers and then realize you can't walk. A great session beer with a full stomach.

scootny, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southampton May Bock is best served at cool, cellar temperatures (40-45°F) and enjoyed from a traditional footed tumbler or your favorite steinkrug. Their May Bock pours up bold & full with moderate carbonation that creates a rather lacy, whitish head that sits atop a dullish, topaz body. The head dissapates rather quickly, but leaves some Einbecker lace in its wake. The heavily malt accenuated nose bears notes of freshly baked European sweetbread, toasted soda pretzels, and nut-candied Stollen. There's a slight fruitiness (e.g. caramelized peaches, blood oranges, tangerines, etc...) that adds to the complexity along with a touch of oily spiciness from 'Noble or hybrid' German hops. The flavor starts off slightly sweet with lots of toasted Munich-Melanoidin maltiness that gives way to a clean, moderate bitterness which carries into a slightly yeasty and somewhat bready finish. This balanced, medium bodied Maibock has a subtle richness & creaminess that hides its goat strength well. Southampton's May Bock is a quality rendition of the celebrated spring bock and makes one want to dance around the Maypole with strange Fräuleins. Enjoy this one only in season in bomber bottles or on draught at the brewery. If you find yourself getting hungry... try pairing it with some freshly baked soft pretzels or try the ale marinated boneless porkloin grilled w/ fire roasted apples served with garlic mashers. Here's to Phil Markowski and the Southampton Publick House!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 22 oz bomber bottle to a big glass mug. Ah Bock! Mmmhm This pours up a light copper almost rust colored, lots of big bubbles and a nice large bubble rocky head.

The smell is malty, lots of good rich malts

The taste is very good indeed, rich malt, kind of sweet with a mildly bitter bite.

The mouthfeel very good nice thick full body, chewy and coating. Good carbonation brings a nice but mild bitter bite. This is a very good brew, not the best but very good, solid across the board.

Drinkability is very good. I just love this style and this is one of the best brewed in the USA, Not quite the Hofbrau Haus but very good. Quite amazing, this was just over $4/ bomber from NY State. I got Hofbrau Mai bock this year for about 75% of the cost, What a bargain al the way from Germany. Just a thought. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Southampton pours a dark orange leaving a thick tan head that quickly disappears. The aroma is tart, sour, citrus, with a bready toffee ending. The taste starts bitter from the tartness in the hops, and is balanced by a smooth malty caramel feel on the palate, leaving a fresh grassy finish. This offering from Southampton is delicious even in during this snow storm in March.

Franchise, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bomber of May Bock served chilled in a seidel glass.

A: The beer is an amber orange color with 2 finger head on initial pour that does not retain well.

S: The nose is sweet malts and candied sugars.

T: The flavor has firm sweet malt edge with a well disguised alcohol component. The sweetness is fruity with apricots being the primary flavor.

M: This sweetness of the malts is very nice, although the flavor seems to resemble a marzen style beer.

D: Very drinkable and well made representative of the style.

akorsak, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small white head. It smells like pears, bread and a little nutty. It mostly tastes like grain/bread, but I can also taste some pears and hops too. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick. The drinkability is good, as the beer is very smooth and goes down easy. This is the first Southampton beer I've tried, and I think it's pretty decent. Not a bad choice at all, IMO.

bluejacket74, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep amber slightly cloudy color bock with a nice foamy dirty white color head with nice retention. Aroma of sweet malt is overpowering and a bit surprising for a bock. Taste is sweeter then expected and missing some of the nutty malt quality that I was expecting. Body is quite full with some adequate carbonation. Definitely too sweet for the style and not the best from this usually fine brewery.

Phyl21ca, May 09, 2007
Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a red and brown tinged copper color with a big off-white head that retained some specks of lace on the pint.
Aroma of floral and grassy hops with some medium colored citrus fruit notes and some caramel candy.
Flavor was dominated by a chewy, toffee malt and some nutty almost roasted notes.
Mouthfeel was powerdul yet dry, really quite thirst quenching.
hint of alcohol on the tongue in the finish, just a tad "hot."
Drinkability was top notch. SHP can do no wrong it seems, they seem to nail every style they try and make tasty, delicious brews.

CRJMellor, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of cabsandking
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy honey colored yellow/amber with a small bubbled off-white head. Nice bright malty sweet aromas of corn sugar, honey, toffee and floral esters and a little orange fruitiness. Hop flavor is a nice mellow citrus and moderate bitterness. Dry lightly roasted grains with a corn syrup sweetness and a slight yeasty twang at the end. Not as sweet as the nose might have indicated. Light body, medium mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation. Finish has some floral hoppy notes, a little grass and some corn syrup sweetness. An easy drinker and one I should drink more of at the beginning of the baseball season instead of the end.

cabsandking, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of PEBKAC
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Southampton MayBock; 6.7%abv on the label.

I picked up a bomber at this new Pioneer supermarket of all places for $5+T&D. They sell Stone & a few Belgians, so I had to see what else they put on the shelves.

Pours a medium copper amber with a thick head that floats away rather quickly; slight lacing. Served at about 50 degrees f., but quality did not improve with the rise in temperature. Smell of very, very light malt roasting, dilluted pear brandy, & sourdough. A bit nutty too, but I couldn't pinpoint it.

At first feel, the malt hits you, & it never lets down. The roasting comes through with a nice calm pinch of alcohol. The hops make a small, sneak appearance, but they immediately disappear within a few seconds, leaving your mouth with a sweet headache, but pretty clean aside from that. When it warms it gets syrupy sweet & seems to stick to the roof of your mouth. It paired decent with cinnamon raisin bread of all things.

More malt then I'm use to, yet still very tasty while chilled a bit. It doesn't have any versatility beyond the ambient serving temperature, but I could warm this stuff up in a reduction sauce & maybe glaze a ham. Just too sweet for my liking after a while. Though malt is the style, I am trying my best to be neutral in my ratings.

For 6.7% though, this was extremely smooth & tasty at the right time & place, despite what I said. Having to finish a bomber might have done it in for me somewhat, but my first impression of this style seems to have gone well. Now with better familiarity, I look foward to next years batch & the positive amendment it will undoubtedly bring.

PEBKAC, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

strong amber color with a nice head of white that reached a height of around an inch and half before settling back down to earth and leaving just thin lacing in its wake, but for the style nice and a classic look. aroma of sweet bready malts and a classic caramel aroma that was cut with a touch of grain. nice and clean with a semi crisp feel

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, 6.7% ABV. Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold color. Nice thick foamy off-white head holds up rather well, and there are some nice patches of laces as the beer is quaffed. Nice bready malt along with some floral hop notes in the aroma. Bready malt flavor, a hint of caramel and nuttiness. Again, floral hop flavor, with a good balance of bitterness. Medium body, with just enough carbonation. Very full of flavor, and easy to drink.

Bierguy5, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat crisp, somewhat healthy looking copper colour with an off white soapy head that starts out big then dissolves as fast as the head on a freshly poured glass of soda would, but still retains some very minor lacing.

The aroma is sweet and floral, with a nice malt backbone to it. Simple, but effective.

The flavour is sweet throughout with some straw notes and a hit of floral hops. This one is a touch juicy at times as well. It is well balanced with the malt overall. Mouthfeel is a touch thin and watery at times, with this one being light to medium bodied.

This was the first Southampton brew that I was semi-disappointed with, and it still was pretty good. I just had heard a bunch of great things about this one and it didn't live up to my expectations. Again, it's not bad by any means, it just doesn't really stand out from the pack...

SixpointJMH, May 15, 2006
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Southampton May Bock from Southampton Publick House
90 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.