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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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 94
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of vfgccp
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Off-white head settles into a medium-thick halo. Maple body.

S – Sweet orange maple layered on top of soft malt.

T – Sweet with a pleasantly carbonated bite up front. Light toasted malt with an orange maple center. Kiss of booze on the backend.

M – Bright carbonation with a medium body. Lightly syrupy.

O – A nice beer balanced on the sweet side of the spectrum. The mildly syrupy body slows down the drinkability.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/09/2009. I had this on tap at SPH. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet, corny malt, sweet apple, and sorghum. Flavor of pale lager malts up front with a sweet fruity finish. Decent, but palate is a little thin.

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Photo of hopdog
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Subtle aromas of cookie dough, citrus, and all around gerneric malty. Tastes of the same doughiness with some citrus.

Notes from 6/08/06.

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Photo of blakesell
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is OLD. I've had it sitting in my cellar at least since 2006 and I bet this may be older than that.

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a cloudy orange with a thick one and a half finger head of egg nog colored foam. Head sticks around for a long time and leaves ample lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- There's a lot of perfume and floral fragrances to the hop and yeast here. This smells very nice for the style. Ample malt also balances out the nose and it smells to be very well attenuated.

Taste- Bready, biscuity and sweet with that rich floral fruity perfume also wading it's way into the taste as well. There is a very unfortunate metallic taste in the finish, thick with iron and blood, that is detracting from the overall beer. It does taste better than I was expecting considering it's age.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, fruity, medium bodied and medium in carbonation as well. that metallic twang at the end is the only drawback, and that drawback is pretty major.

Drinkability- This would be great by the six pack with less age. I really don't know why Southampton doesn't bottle it in more quantity for the drinking needs.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber-bottle just purchased from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa for $4.49...
Pours a deep, dark-orange, ruddy, tawny, copper hue with a minimal head that left no lacing at all...
Aroma: Semi-sweet smell replete with viscous, golden honey and candied sugars...
Taste: Flavor strongly complemented the smell... Lingering, ultra-sweet aftertaste with obvious nuances of sugared candies, honey, and malts...
Mouthfeel: creamy, thick, pleasing on the palate...
Drinkability: Good level of drinkability for such a flavorful beer...
Another great sample from Southampton...

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Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tarnished gold in color, pretty murky. A small head forms but doesn't retain very well.

Smell: Malty, fruity, toffee and date primarily. Not particularly aromatic, and what aroma there is isn't as clean as I'd like.

Taste & mouthfeel: Semi-sweet with some mild esters. Toffee, a bit of butterscotch, mild orangey citrus. Body is a bit thin. Slight hop bitterness in the finish, and pleasantly dry, though there's a bit of mineral flavor in the aftertaste.

Notes: Meh.

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Photo of scootny
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of BBM
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a burnt amber color, clear, with a thin white head atop this brew. Aroma was bready and sweet with notes of toffee and marshmallow.

More toffee / marshmallow flavor evident in the taste, with a nice malty sweetness in tow. Hops are reserved but serve to balance out the flavor nicely. Not overly interesting though. Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. A solid maibock from Southampton overall.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and and mini-head that drops to a ringlet but leaves shards of lace after every sip

Smell: Toffee-influenced malty aroma

Taste: The toffee comes through up front but, to my surprise, the flavor grows increasingly peppery by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tangy pepper flavors build and add character, while the toffee backbone elements persist

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a prickly sensation

Drinkability: The spicy character of this brew elevates the Maibock style to a different plateau; I wouldn't want to drink a lot of it but I definitely like Southampton's take on the style

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in Troylet, NY.

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

This style is my second favorite, very close to the oatmeal stout. I love this time of year.

Pours a lightly murky burned copper hue with a quick one finger off white head that dies down to a layer of thin bubbles. A bit of lacing is left behind on the sides. Smell is of honey and caramel malt with a slight citrus zest. Some bready aromas with a bit of alcohol finding its way in the nose. A spicey pepper up front on the tongue with a warming caramel sweetness. Dry bready flavor with warm butter taste towards the end. There is a tiny bit of lemon in there too. Creamy medium body with a fluffy carbonatiion. The alcohol is present here and there, but doesn't take away from the overall quality of this fine brew. I love this style, and I love this beer. Southampton makes some damn good beers, and this one is a winner for sure. Get you hands on this one.

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Photo of shabbtastic
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange slightly cloudy. Medium white head that is thick and foamy.

S - Grainy with hints of apple and peach.

T - Crisp and clean with a bready sweetness. A very good Maibock for the price. Everything balanced out between the spicy front and malty back, very tasty.

M - Medium bodied and fullness feel. Crisp on the palate.

D - A very good Maibock, as it went down easy and quickly. I will definitely be visiting this one again. Recommended.

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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 Beertracker
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a somewhat hazy, orangish tinged, amber color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is definitely malt focused with notes of green raisins, concentrated malt extract, a touch of honey, a dry bread character, dusty toasted grain and almost something that makes me think of oranges, but I wonder if I am just imagining this last note. A touch of herbal hop notes add a slight edge to the aroma, but really this is a malt dominated aroma.

Lightly sweet, yet with a chew, viscous texture to it. This beer rests on the palate with a full malt character that lingers on in the mouth even after the beer has passed. Flavors of light toffee, hints of butterscotch, caramelized malt sugars and honey-like malt form a substantial part of the flavor. That last note similar to honey seems to have wrapped up in it a soft, subtle note of oranges too. The finish has a very slight bitterness as well as a touch of sharp, herbal hop character & a hint of mint to it.

There is not a whole lot going on here, but, as a good Maibock should be, I really like the clean, pale malt flavor of this brew. It is accentuated just enough by the noticeable hops in the finish that add just a bit of complexity.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eyedrinale for this bottle in my Sinister 2007 package.

Pours a murky brown color that is slightly tinged orange. Spongey head that completely dissolved without a trace. Nose is malty with some slight hints of fruit, in particular orange, lemon and peaches.

Flavor is just more of the fruit flavor balancing with a big boatload of biscuit and caramel malts. Very crisp and refreshing. Definitely spring-like. Medium body that is just slightly astringent. Alcohol kind of sneaks up on me though even though it is at 6.5%.

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Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of StoutHearted
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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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 plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium slightly hazy copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet grainy malt and a flowery noble hop spice.

The taste was upfront soft grain with highlights of sweet caramel. A good hop bite balanced out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very nice bock. A nice grain bill makes this an easy and enjoyable drinker.

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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 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 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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