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 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 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 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 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 Lnedrive14
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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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 AsburyParkJMH
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
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...

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Photo of k47k
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of phisig137
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a creamy one finger head. Little retention, and no lacing.

Aroma is filled with grain of all types, and a dash of alcohol.

Flavor is again very malty, with hints of lightly toasted grain, some roasted grain, and caramel. Light bodied, yet still full, this is an easy drinker with a solid flavor. No alcohol present on the palate.

Decent beer over all, but not one that I would rush back to. Despite the fact that I know it is not there, I still find myself thinking that there is some adjunct in here... just has a hint of corniness or something similar. Either way, it's a good beer for the price, and I would recommend it.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.56/5  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.

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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 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 EStreet20
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - A fairly transparent lager with a nice amber/reddish tinter golden color. A nice sized frothy white head forms and begins dissipating but some nie foam stays.

S - Some nice hops and a bit of malt on the nose. Rather clean though with no "big" aromas. Typical of a lager I suppose.

T - A nice pleasant malt taste. Not a whole lot of flavor though. I;m fairly new to the maibock style but the one I drank fairly regularly this spring at my local brewpub (JJ Bitting) had a lot more sweetness.

M - Quite thin and light bodied. I like a little more but not bad.

D - Definitely very drinkable in the easy to quaff sense. Not a whole lot of big flavor to give it that "Damn I want more" kind of drinkability.

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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 Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer served at 50 degrees. Poured a light brown interesting color. Smell was slightly nutty. Head went away quick. Beer had a good taste especially for a high % beer, there was no harsh or stinging aftertaste. i liked the beer but it was really nothing outstanding so I will have to say this one is a no repeate purchase.

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Photo of
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle. My first Southampton and it did not disappoint. Poured a clear, light amber-orange color with a large light tan head. Aroma was primarily malt, and some sort of spice. Alcohol peeked through very slightly, and there were no hops around that I could smell. Taste was very well balanced, with sweet malt up front and a nice, mildly hopped finish. The alcohol that I picked up in the scent did not make an appearance in the taste. Medium in body, medium+ carbonation, and mildly drying. A very enjoyable beer, nice balance of malt and hops, and one I would like to have again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Fish113d
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bottle (picked up in CT for $2.50!) at cellar temp (60 degrees F) and poured into a pint glass.

This brew pours an amber color with a spongy-looking slightly tan head (3cm) that quickly fizzles to a surface layer. Nothing special, but who says it has to be "special" to look at? Aroma is pretty typical of most lagers with maybe a bit more alcohol phenols along with the aroma of Welch's Grape Juice along with a sweet plum (interesting). Sipping reveals a slight grape-juice flavor right up front along with a hint of vanilla that I think lends itself from the alcohol presence. The swallow is taken over by a slight bitter, grainy hops flavor that balances this out a bit, but doesn't suit me as well as hoped due to the grain flavor. A medium body that lets go of some fizzy carbonation right of front much like ginger ale, but not much alcohol present, but a slightly drying finish (just not a finish like most basic lagers). Overall, I found this one a bit too sweet for my liking, but I wouldn't turn another bottle down. Solid showing from S-Hampton.

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Photo of klewis
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: Pours a clear golden with a small foamy head. No lacing.

S: Smells malty and sweet with honey and butterscotch notes

T: Sweet and malty with a touch of hop character, this maibock is a bit more balanced than others.

M: Light-medium in body and slick with moderate carbonation.

D: I'm not a huge fan of the style and have been drinking it recently to better acquaint myself. With that said, I found this one better than the others that I've had so far and find it to be an enjoyable beer. Will I buy it again? Beats me.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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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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Southampton May Bock from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 94 ratings