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Southampton Altbier - Southampton Publick House

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BA SCORE
81
good

475 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 06-22-2008)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

aggressive side of carbonation, as all southamptons I’ve had. Best of what I have had for this style, amber red. Medium body, moderately bitter. Spicy hop, nutty, cloves, orange peel, pepper, which all comes through in aroma and in taste. Tad fruit and herbs.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 03:13:17 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -16%

02-01-2013 04:52:24 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-26-2014 04:14:33 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a thin head that actually sticks around for a bit and leaves behind a little bit of lacing. The nose is really quite plain. There are some really, really faint hints of nuts as well as some lightly-toasted bread. The taste is slight grain and a bit of a burnt flavor. Light body that is a bit burnt. Does not drink terribly well; a pity, concerning how infrequently I'm able to try new altbiers in the States.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:48:21 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly flecked orangish bronze with a slight reddish blush when backlit. The khaki colored crown is firm and moderately rocky with fat streamers of lace beginning to arc across the glass. I love the color contrast between beer and head. As far as I can determine, this is what an altbier should look like.

The nose is on the subdued side, although what reaches my nose is pleasureable. The dominant aroma is toasted malt with a sprinkling of spiciness that is almost certainly hop-related. Stylistically accurate, refined, too laid back.

Are there any more 'toasted' beers than a well-crafted alt? I've always been impressed by the amount of flavor and the balance that is present in the best versions of this style. Secret Ale's flavor profile is reminiscent of toasted whole grain bread covered with a thin layer of orange marmalade, sprinkled with bitter black tea leaves. I know, I know, that doesn't sound delicious... but it is.

Some alts favor malt, some favor hops, this one has abundant quantities of each. If pressed, I'd say that herbal (probably English) hops come out on top. That makes me like it all the more. The depth and intensity of flavor are truly remarkable. I'm going to have to quit thinking of this style as a relatively light one.

Altbiers generally have lighter bodies. This one is no exception. Maybe that's what fascinates me, the contrast between the big-time flavor and the breezy body. Filling out and firming it up would turn Secret Ale into something else entirely and would ruin it in the process. I love its light-medium, fairly well-carbonated, easily drinkable nature.

I had no idea, when I first began exploring the world of beer, what an altbier was. I've now determined that it's one of my favorite 'sleeper styles'. One that I don't usually think about, but one that rarely fails to impress. The Uerige beers are superior and Heavyweight's version is pretty good as well. Add Southampton Secret Ale to that list. It doesn't deserve to be such a well-kept secret any longer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 14:37:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber with a creamy off white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of toasted caramel malts in the nose. The smell is rather sweet.
T: The taste has lots of malty flavors and there are some notes of hop bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, earthy and relatively smooth on the palate with a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The flavor is interesting enough where I would want to have this beer again when I'm looking for a change of pace in different styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:01:23 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear copper color topped by a small head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Chocolate and malty, with an unusual odor I finally decided was something like a wet dog

Taste: A little bit of caramel malt with a bit of chocolate; spicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Smooth and spicy, but I was expecting more, particularly after sampling an exquisite Alt at the Black Forest Brew Haus earlier in the day

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2005 22:12:41 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle that was picked up in Total Wine a while ago and had been residing in the fridge ever since. Served in a pint glass and consumed on 07/22/2008.

I grabbed this one out of the fridge last night looking for something slightly session able, but a bit different. Poured out a nice, and very clear caramel colored brown. Good carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom. A smallish, maybe half an inch high head of white then came up over the top and faded fast, leaving only some light lacing on the sides and not much else in the way of side glass contribution.

The aroma was loaded down with bready malts. Semi sweet with a decent amount of brown sugar like aroma. Somewhat bitter like character could be picked up as well but hard to place. Mostly bready malts here. The flavor was more f the same. Driven by the caramel malt profile, this was a decent effort at the style. Nice musky and earthy tones dominated with a good mixture of grain and sugary notes throughout. Decent coating mouth as well and a nice lasting, somewhat bitter finish.

Overall not bad at all, but nothing really blowing me away here by any means. Not really sure you could say anything negative though. A good call in a pinch, but I do not think I would get it again, not enough complexity here for me to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 14:30:51 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer-- non-offensive, yet a bit forgettable. Starts off with a rust-colored hue and thin, creamy head formationa and retention. Subdued aromas of breadiness, faint fruits, light caramel, and fresh grassy hops for balance. Flavors dominate with the bready qualities, bringing on a melanoidin savory flavor with light hints of toffee and herbal hops. Well attenuated malts give the beer an airy, drinkable quality. Mild peaches and pears show up late in the drink and only after the beer warms. Lightly yeasty, bready, and lightly hopped in the finish. Good sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 17:45:22 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jason for this extra.

A: The pour is an opaque dark brown sort of color with a small off-white head.

S: Big time butter on the nose. As I smell it more, I get sort of a buttery white wine character to it, but it's still more butter than anyone would want in anything. A mild maltiness to go along with.

T: There's a distinct vinous character to the beer; definitely white grapes which provide some sweetness and mild acidity. Again, the butter is pronounced and really takes over and ruins the beer.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation falling toward the low end of medium.

D: If you like drinking clarified butter alongside your chardonnay, this would be perfect for you. A bit too much for me to handle.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 22:09:41 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Malty aroma with toffee, bready, and even nutty notes.

Taste: Bready maltiness with a toffee-like sweetness. Slight nuttiness. Juicy apple fruitiness jumps in and increases as you near the finish. Mild herbal hop flavor with no more than a slight bitterness. Semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It'll do if you're looking for a pleasant, easy-drinking altbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 05:10:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the Secret Ale about a year ago and was not overly impereesed with it,this I liked better.Poured a clear russet brown with a tight 1/2 finger white head that had good lasting power,aromas are spicy with some vanilla and pepper,a firm taostiness and some iron shows thru as well.Flavors again are spicy with that vanilla coming thru as well as some firm dry toasy notes,finishing with some sharp herb.Its very quaffable and pretty tasty,I would buy again no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 21:58:49 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, copper/rust color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very malty and of roasted barley.

T - It tasted malty and of bready grains. Nice caramel flavor and a slight burnt toast taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice altbier. It is worth a try if you like a nice session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 00:21:52 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.
Maple leaf reddish hue, with a fine layer of creamy foam. Head retention is very good, and tons of carbonation is visible ascending upward. Aroma is sort of mild, with grainy tea-like notes. Flavors of toasted malt, sunflower seeds, lightly buttery with a dry bitter finish. Feel is light, almost lagery. Creamy from the carbonation. Overall worth a try, but it didn't knock my socks off. Single from Lukas in Overland Park.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 08:29:04 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky amber, almost like a dubbel in appearance. Head retention is somewhat poor, receding to a ring almost immediately.

Smell: Fruity and sugary; dates and fruitcake with some subtle spiciness and brown sugar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very similar to the aroma - plums, dates, brown sugar - not a lot of balance here. Medium in both body and carbonation with a clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 22:25:01 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 03:28:57 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned at the Blind Tiger in NYC on 9/20/03. A slightly hazy, very dark amber/copper body was topped by a creamy white head that lasted quite well and left solid sheets of lace throughout most of the pint. Its nose was mainly of a lightly caramelish malt with a touch of fruit (apple, berry) and some floral/herbal hops. The body was medium and exceptionally smooth due to the CO2 breakout from the handpump pour; and it had just enough fine carbonation to add to the mouthfeel and bring out the flavor which seemed to mirror the aroma. It was very well balanced by a solid bitterness; and it finished dry and lingering with some residual caramelish malt; fruit; and leafy, lightly spicy hop.

Serving type: cask

09-24-2003 03:40:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark ruby brown with no head. Nose is malty and sweet. Overall subdued. Flavor is just a touch of wood with a fair portion of sweet and a metallic aftertaste. Feel is low on the bubble, but a decent thicker liquid feel. I have to say that this one falls a bit short. I know Southampton puts out some good stuff, but this isn't really one of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 01:08:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown with a golden hue, created a very thin, off-white head that faded quickly and did not leave any lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty with notes of caramel & tea. There’s also a very faint bit of hops and alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with the sweet, caramelized malt flavor but not as strong as the smell leads you to believe, then follows with a decently bitter hops burst, which I didn’t expect because the hops were so faint in the smell. Both aspects are balanced nicely and leave no after-taste to speak of.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: The beer goes down very easy and is not very filling at all. The only thing that detracts from its drinkability for me is that, although the flavor is good, it’s quite as flavorful as most beers. If I’m going to go with a beer for a while, I’d prefer something a bit tastier and with a bit more kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 02:33:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: caramel amber brown color off white cream head forms thick layers of lacing. Aroma: Toasted caramel malts some evident german herbal hop character along with a roasted nut presence. Taste: Malt has a toasted nut edge with caramel drizzled on to the mix with hints of chocolate and German noble hops working nicely in cohesion to form a leafy flavor that blends well. Mouthfeel: Med to lighter body sturdy carbonation smooth texture silky in fact. Drinkability: Tasty and refreshing alt definitely a nod to the other sticke altbiers out there and does it quite well.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 16:07:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My last beer to try from my midtown liqours run...Served fairly warm, the first few bottles I tried coldish & it didn't help the cause at all, left some astringent aftertastes, but so does serving it warmer, sigh..

Pours an effervescent chestnut with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Very good lacing & average head retention

S: Nice apricot fruittyness, slight cornyness

T: Apricot, faint caramel, dryness & herbal bitterness up front. Caramel & oaky dryness dominate as this warms, plus some leafy hops as well & some annoying cornyess/macro taste. Finishes corny & fruitty, with leafy hops. Was on its way to a 4.0 when the coryness kicked in...Never tasted this in any German Alt biers, period

MF: Medium bodied with slight stickyness & low, but persistent carbonation, annoying astrigency once warm

Drinks okay, but this is a shadow of the secret ale IMO, will try again if I can assure myself I am getting fresh product...

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 22:40:48 | More by russpowell
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold into a lager mug
A - A gorgeous copper w/ a full 3 fingers of creamy off white head. The head settles quickly into a mass of many pin-sized bubbles. Carbonation appears decent w/ lots of streaming bubbles. Lace is great w/ lots of stickage ming an atoll of foam.

S - Malty, nutty sweetness with a crisp grain note. A hint of german yeast character in the nose.

M -A very crisp and smooth feel like a malty lager, but w/ a spice note and just a tinge of fruitiness. Finishes on the dry side.

T - A very mild ale w/ smooth malt and nuttiness. Grainy w/ a dash of light spice. The sweetness is restrained and the hop taste is moderate. The similarites to a lager are high and this has a smooth flavor. The flavor is smooth, yet not dull, a little more subdued than some German examples, maybe.

D - Very quaffable - a great choice for a session ale, IMO. I like how it has ale traits, but goes down smooth like a lager. I would definitely want to have more of this, perhaps a case for social occasions.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 17:32:05 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light bubbly 1/2 finger head, very clear auburn toasty brown color. Head fades fairly quickly. Not sure how old it is but there's tons of chunks, yeast particles floating in it.

N: Nice alt nose, some darker malts like crystal and Munich, a slightly sweet malt aroma and hints of sugar and molasses, a slight spicy earthy light hop aroma too. A pretty good German dark beer nose. Lots of sweet brown sugar and even candi sugar.

T: Starts with more malts, but a little lighter than expected. Still dark malts like crystal and Munich again. Then some light sweet malts, some slight roasty flavors. Then more nice earthy spicy hop flavors kick in and bitter it quite a bit. Slightly chewy as well, both hops and thick malts. More brown sugar as well. A little watery though, otherwise it might get a 4.5.

M: Pretty good body, semi thick, good carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, more spicy earthy hop qualities and slight syrupy linger. It dries off quite a bit though, and the bitterness builds as it goes. A pretty decent alt, could use a little more abv, but it's got a nice body and good sweetness and bitterness I think. Seems to be pretty underrated from the current score.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 00:00:00 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thin white lace head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It also has a decent hop balance and a slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very dry, yet malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly bitter. It leaves a dry and somewhat musty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer although I've had many better than this. This beer was hyped up pretty good. Overall, not a bad sessions beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 23:49:33 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium dark brown with a small head that quickly vanished. Smell is very malty. Taste is similar, with a little fruit (maybe bananas, but I can't quite place the taste) and no noticeable hops. The taste is good, but the aftertaste is a little unpleasant. Not bad, but I am not sure if I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:18:34 | More by Mora2000
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Southampton Altbier from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.