Southampton May Bock | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton May BockSouthampton May Bock

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Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 05-25-2004

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber. Pours a solid golden color with a finger of head consisting of mostly large bubbles, that falls quickly to a full coat over top of the beer. A moderate stream of bubbles is working up the sides of my glass and helping to heep the film over top of the beer there for longer than it would otherwise. This beer is crystal clear. The first sniff brings nice light doughy bread along with more bold toasted bread notes. The aroma is very clean, with just a light kiss of underlying malty sweetness. There is very little from the hops coming through in the aroma to me. Sipping this brew, I find this one is all about the melanoidans. Toasted bread dominates. There is an underlying sweetness. It's not caramel, but a doughy sweetness. IT finishes just as it started, with toasted breadyness trailing off, with just the slightest hint of bittering from spicey noble hop on the finish. I think the hop flavor and bitterness, though very subtle, really pulls this one together nicely on the finish. None of the flavors linger strong, but they sit nicely as they fade. Mouthfeel is moderate, with a moderate carbonation. Its not heavy, but still substantial. This beer is really damn good. Of all the lager styles out there, I think that maibock is my top choice, and this particular one is really getting my attention. The flavors are very well put together, and I could probably sit and drink a couple of bombers of this in a sitting. Excellent beer.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bottle, no date information.

Pours a soft copper and topped with a thick head of small off-tan bubbles with ample divots. The head slowly settles, leaving a few strands of lacing. There are only a handful of carbonation streams present. The smell is lightly malted with some biscuit and crisp, crunchy fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. As it warms the smell undergoes a subtle change to include a distinct apple juice note. The taste is rich and lush with malt, slightly sweet with some fruitiness up front giving way to a nice gentle hop finish that is punctuated with a bit of sugar and a touch of alcohol. The flavors are well meshed. Gets even better as it warms above cellar temp. Medium body with a velvety mouthfeel that is smooth as silk. A wonderful beer and well worth trying.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from bleedingshrimp as part of 120/190 BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the clear golden amber brew. Head lasts superbly, with plentiful hunks of lacing. Aroma is moderate maltiness, with enough hops character to cut it nicely. Taste follows along similarly, very nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, and drinkability is excellent. I could revisit this one over and over, celebrating Spring all year long if they'd let me.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle looks absolutely brilliant in a paulaner mug. perfect copper color shines clear through, a dense creamy head rides the surface evenly. webby lacing.

fresh grassy hop nose mingles with a light brown sugary sweetness, very clean and a tad appley. just as i imagine a german beer to smell.. and resoundingly fresh.

mouthfeel and drinkability are rated high, as this beer provides sufficient silk to the body with alternating carbonation delivery.. and goes down like a true quencher. flavor is enough to enjoy though, and with its sweet pumpkin notes, plum skin snap and candy corn finish, this beer rides the fine line into rich marzen territory. finishes nice and tingly without killing the main flavor with any off bitterness.. hops are still detectable but only in an electric fashion. i'm left with a clean palate, wanting more.

this is a fine southampton, and up there with double white as the best of the bomber series so far.

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Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks LittleBreeze for this one, a large capped bottle poured into a pint.

Good looking orange with some amber highlights, it is quite clear, and has a nice white, orange tinted head that holds reasonably well. Lacing, however, is minimal.

Aroma is quite rich, sweet, bready, caramelized, reminiscent of just baked chocolate cookies.
Medium bodied and smotth, easy to drink, the taste comes along with the aroma, the same sweetness although it is very well balanced, spiced and somewhat hoppy and dry at the end.
Another impressive Southampton.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear coppery amber wtih an off-white and frothy head which rose quickly and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and nutty with a strong Munich/Vienna malt presence. The aroma was crisp and lightly fruity, but with a lager yeast aromatic insead of an estery ale profile. The nutty character reminded me of a Maerzen.

The flavor was nicely crisp with substantial bittering which kept the malt character in check. The flavor was lightly bready and nutty with a strong Munich/Vienna character. The bittering was lightly spicy and seemed Noble in nature.

The finish was crisp and dry with a lasting malt impression but bittering through into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. A wonderfully drinkable brew.

22 ounce bottle. ABV on bottle is 6.7%.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a decent-sized foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and malty with a strong note of honey and a decent amount of hops.

T: Just like the smell, the taste is sweet and malty with honey being the most prevalent flavor. There’s a very good hops presence for the style. The after-taste is bready and sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish especially for a style that typically finishes a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down with ease, slightly filling, good kick to it; it’s a beer worth sticking with for a whole evening. I don’t drink beers in this style very often, but each time I do, I’m reminded of how much I like the style and how under-rated I believe the style is as a whole. In particular, I think this beer is one of the best in its style.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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 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.

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Photo of Franchise
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.38/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a couple of 22oz bombers, bottled in Saratoga Springs NY. This May Bock is a clear, new copper hue. Or if you prefer fruit to metal, it resembles light apricot in color... A sustained procession of minute bubbles make their ascent towards head-dom. This creamy, fine topping is off-white, thin after a 1/4" start, and leaves a lovely lace collar in the glass. A far-reaching aroma is heavy on bready/toasty malt, with a light smattering of hops, accented by some green apple, also in play here. Body is a solid medium-plus, with an almost chewy quality to it. Flows creamily over the tongue, yet with a light, foamy touch. A very good feel to things.

Bready/toasty traits abound in the flavor as well, laying just the right amount of malty sweetness onto the palate. It lingers well, too, even after the lightly fruity hop notes come into play. The hops are not overpowering yet definitely make a nice contribution, again in a Granny Smith apple sort of way. This bier also has a touch of a warming effect, and sits extremely well on the palate and in the stomach. Quite tasty. Thnx to Venom for the bottles.


overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of CRJMellor
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear copper / dark orange color with a super thick 3"+ head. The head lasted quite a while, and a nice painting of lace developed during the session. Very slow rising carbonation bubbles are visible.

Smell: malt and some mild fruitiness. Mild but easily noticeable by the nose.

Taste: nice malty goodness here, with honey, hints of green apples, and a underlying very mild nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout, mildly dry at the finish. The malt tones linger briefly into the aftertaste. Slightly bolder than a medium bodied brew, but not heavy in any means.

Drinkability: perfect. Nothing else to say. This bottle was quaffed rather quickly for the style. Go out and get some, and I'm getting some more !

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz. growler from Half Time. Poured an amber bordering on golden color. Loose, off-white head on top that receded into bubbles and foam. Smell was slightly clovey and banana like with notes of juicy fruit flavors as well. Taste started off with more of those traditional bock characteristics of cloves and sweet autumn spices and banana esters, but half way through the taste it morphs to a more biscuity, toasty flavor and a slight hop bitterness. The taste and mouthfeel with less carbonation, lack the cleaness of a traditional lager beer, but make up for it with an increased complexity. This is the perfect beer to sip on a cooler spring night. Side by side comparison with the smutty Maibock and this one came out the big winner.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew refracts light brilliantly. It's a beautiful a light amber color with minimal head. Nose is malt-dominant, with apple tarte tatin and a bit of pear coming through. On the palate this one is about malts primarily, with a big, juicy, smooth malt explosion (apples and pears again) melding into a showing of hops only at the very end of the finish. Typically for Southampton beers, this one is pretty thick on the palate. Goes down easy for drinkability, but has some good flavors as well. Another winner from Southampton.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fairly hazy orange-amber with a brief orange-tinged head. Firm caramel graininess and a richer fruitiness in the appetizing aroma. The palate features a very bready malt character with a good bit of sweetness (especially for the style). But there is also bright and delicious pale malt apricot fruitiness and a nice note of caramel. Very mild but nicely balancing floral hop spice. Slightly harsh alcohol note and residual sweetness in the finish.

It’s brews like this that remind me why I love beer: it’s delicious, balanced, and very drinkable. Southampton doesn’t disappoint with their version of my favorite style: easily the best Maibock or Heller Bock I’ve had all season, and I’m pretty confident it’ll remain one of the best that I’ve tried during the spring and summer months.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  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!

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz brown bomber poured into a pilsner glass

Poured with a wonderfully huge bubbly head, that crested at about 3 fingers and dissapated leaving lovely lacing on the glass. A clear golden copper, with sporadic beads of carbonation rising to the head.

Floral nose with scents of honey, grain, perhaps some subtle grass aromas. A bit earthy but a pleasantly sweet nose as well.

Tastes of honey sweet malts, subtle notes of alchohol, and a subtle hop twinge. A bit bready, also mixed with some subtle milder fruit flavors, perhaps apple. A slight ammount of spice and a very slight nutty taste

A decent body which is on the ligher side and my only complaint would be it felt a bit thin and watery in the middle. A good start slightly round with nice carbonation and a smooth clean finish, but in the mouth it just felt a bit flat...kind of oily in the mouth with a suprisingly dry finish

A refreshing beer super easy to drink and perfect for a sunny and warm spring early evening.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yea, I agree with most other BA's in that this beer is very good, with or without considering it's style. It's even better than many of the German counterparts that I have tried. A very nice golden / orange / copper color with a mildly heavy consistancy, nice head retention, and evident lacing. The aromas are all malt with a slight earthy hop spiciness. Boldy fruity with peaches, apples, and appricots. A mild bread / yeast character follows up, promising creaminess and richness. The flavors distribute a pleasant blend of amber malts and subtle graininess. Sweet and balanced bittering. Heavier than normal body with follow-up bready richness. Lightly alcoholic and cooling refreshment. Very nice.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. brown bomber. No freshness date indicated. Pours a hazy light copper with a bright yellow/orange hue. Lots of fast moving carbonation, a thin white head that collapses quickly, and no lacing. Aroma of sweet honey and German malts and a touch of pepper. Medium to full bodied with a velvety smooth, almost syrupy texture. Lots of malt sweetness in this brew that tastes like honey. Some bready flavors and slight fruitiness in there. There is a ever so slight spicy bitter finish. I found this beer balanced, smooth, extremely drinkable and down right delicious. I am really being turned on to this style. A fine lager!


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Photo of bigdeuce
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a beer! I enjoyed this thoroughly, wished I had a six pack and not just a bomber. Pours a hazy, orangy to copper color. Smells of honey, slight alcohol, and nice grains. Other fruits going on I cannot detect. Not a lot of lacing down the glass, but who cares. Hits you with some nice munich malts upfront, with a decent hoppy back. A balanced beer for sure, and competes with the best, and one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured in a pilsner glass.

Hazy copper colored brew with a nice white head that formed a ring leaving a trail of lacing.

Nice aroma of malts / hops / alcohol.

Very good tasting brew, the ingredients have 'married' well and nothing jumps out or overtakes the fine taste of this well crafted brew.

Medium bodied, mild carbonation, sweet finish, as this style should have.

Very good drinkability. I will purchase a few more before the end of May.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Whole Foods in Union Square (quite a pleasant and surprising selection there I must say).
Into a tulip, if I didn't know any better I'd guess that this was an IPA by looking at it; rich amber color, off white head.
The smell is understated, but pleasant. Spikes of lavendar here and there... floral notes, some fresh herbs.
Drinks a bit like a kicked up Weihenstephaner Original. A big, juicy, delicious lager. Lots of fresh fruit flavors; citrus bitterness and pear/apple sweetness.
A new king of the heap for the maibock style? Very smooth, very drinkable, very tasty.

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Southampton May Bock from Southampton Publick House
4.02 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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