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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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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 bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

Southampton May Bock
22 oz brown bottle - purchased at the brewpub
6.7% ABV
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* New Year's Eve 2006 *

Pours a hazy orange with a sudsy white head on top that transforms to a thin circular lacing.

Clean nose with whiffs of sweet bread and juicy malts.

A very smooth and easy drinking lager and true to the style. Biscuit and toasted grain flavors. Major presence of juicy malts and mini hop snap on the finish.

Good drinkability level and well crafted.

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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 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 feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden hue, edging on orange, with a slim, white cap.

Aroma: clean, yet husky, full of cereal husk, grainy, fresh mash,...bold fruit, ripe peaches and, nicety, nice, nice...

clean and full on the palate, here comes the apples, crisp and shiny, here comes the malt...and it feels a bit thinner than I'd hoped.
Sleek, chic, and easy, a classic drinker, a bit sweet, clings ever-so to the palate. Then slips off, eases out, rolls away...

Starts and smells promising, but ends a little average.
'S'okay, though...not bad, actually quite good, but I'd hope for more.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a honey color with just a little bit of haze. One-finger offwhite head.

Smells sweet and malty. There is a bubblegum smell and some faint hops.

The taste has a strong bubblegum flavor as well as some banana. It reminds me more of a belgian dubbel than a Maibock. There is a buttery richness to it as well. The abv is only 6.7%, yet it finishes with a noticeable alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is rich, medium bodied and warming.

This is a very tasty, drinkable beer. Like I said previously though, it seems closer to a belgian dubbel to me than a maibock.

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Photo of rarevos
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden-amber color with decent-sized head. Head starts fizzing away immediately and becomes wispy lacing. No sticky trails to speak of.

S: Malty, malty, malty. A bit of ripe banana aroma mixed in there as well, but this is bready, sweet, and lightly fruity.

T/M: As The Bogmen sang, "it tastes just like it smells." The banana estery quality isn't as prevalent as it was in the aroma, but there is a bit of fruitiness still. Predominantly sweet malt with a bit of butteryness and a hint of lightly roasted toffee. Finish is malty with a kick of spicy hops, and a good-sized bitter tail.

D: It's pretty good, but doesn't have anything close to a "wow" factor. Well-made, enjoyable, with a nice alcohol kick (without the bite). I'll admit that I only bought it because it was on sale for $3.27. Doesn't strike me as a beer I'd ever crave, but it did the trick, and I'm certainly glad I tried it.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice honey gold glow in body. Thin, compact cap of off-white is slightly held in place. Keeps a whispy skim and super thin collar and mininal lace sticks in a few spots.

Aroma has a well rounded malt tone of sweetness that's tenderly bready, buttery, and peachy/mango like.

Flavor is pretty solid for a Maibock with a semi chewy malt tone of bready sweetness thats favorably tender and sticky with a bit of pale mango jam and butteryness to it. Not as much spice as some other American renditions, but has a ghostly herbal tug towards the back of the palate.

Feel is slick and semi chewy with a solid malty smoothness that sticks just right within that smoothness. Not quite as big, or sticky/chewy, and lasting in body and flavor as some of the kick ass German Maibocks, but this is pretty solid stuff. From what little I've had from Southampton, something tells me they know what they're doing.

A big East Coaster thanks to the big K "syrbeer" for all the extras from a happily returned box of goodies from long ago.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean amber/orange beer. Has a small off white head, no lace. The aroma has a light sweetness to ti with hints of fruit (apple) and toffee. Light sweet caramel and toffee notes sweep over your tongue with a hint of coffee as a easy spicey hop finish washes down the back of your throat

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

22 oz. bomber bottle with an average looking label of a background of a blue checkerboard design and at the bottom and to the right, a rocky mountain scene with a mountain goat (if you look hard enough) near the top on the far right of the label. Below the word "Southampton" and above the words "May Bock" is a family crest or brewery crest shield. Left of the label is the Govt. warning and to the right is the ABV%. Information about the beer can be found on a small neck label around the long neck of the bottle (of course, duh). I saw the words "Seasonal Reserve" around the neck label, but there was no date printed anywhere on the label or bottle. I should also mention that the cap of this beer was really nice too. It was that of the Southampton Brewery in blue coloring on a gold colored cap.

Appearance: When poured into my Pilsener glass, the beer was a really nice golden amber orange hue with a half an inch of white foam. The head of foam had good retention and left behind plenty of foamy white rings and a little white sticky lace around the glass. You also get to see some eye candy of a nice steady supply of carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass.

Smell: When I first popped the cap, I got a whiff of some subtle sweet malts. When poured the subtle malts weren't really there, but a nice aroma of juicy fruits emerged. If you swirl it around like I did, the juicy fruits aroma just gets better. Behind that, there really wasn't much there, except for a really subtle aroma of sweet malts and some peppery hops at the end. The juicy fruits conquered all the other aromas in this beer.

Taste: I thought that after the potent aroma of juicy fruits that this beer would be nothing but a wide variety of fruits, but that really wasn't the case with this one. Sweet caramel malts gives way to some juicy fruits and some bread and then this beer takes a wide turn to a peppery floral hoppy taste at the end. This beer balanced very well with the sweet malts and the bitter hops. No 2 flavors stuck out all by themselves. They were balanced just right.

Mouthfeel: After all of those flavors I thought this beer ended with a bang. Not a big bang that knock you out, but a nice subtle bang that a nice medium bodied beer could offer. It was smooth, creamy, medium bodied, not watery, and with a nice aftertaste of subtle malts and floral hops.

Drinkability: I definitely didn't have drinking this whole bottle down, in fact the bottle was almost all gone before I knew it, it was that good. One of the best Maibocks I've had and if this is the standard of Southampton, I will have to pick more from this brewery in the future.

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

22 oz bottle

Appearance: May Bock pours copper in color with a nice, white, 2" fizzy head that disspates rather quickly in my seidel. Little to no lacing line the mug.

Smell: Malty sweet and fruity, reminds me of apricots with hints of brown sugar.

Taste: Starts big and fruity sweet with a nice crispness to it, the malty sweetness carries over to a finish that has an ever so slight hint of hop bitterness. Somewhat breadlike in the malts. The fruity malts linger long on the tongue after the finish. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and a crispness around the edges. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: Southampton May Bock is very drinkable. A nice change of pace for me from IPAs, APAs and the such. Nice and fruity with a big malt back bone though the hops make an ever so slight appearance with a bitterness that balances out the malty sweetnes. Very easy on the palate and the alcohol is really well hidden for almost a 7% abv, though a warming of the face is present. Definitetly one I will seek again and a style that I am liking more and more. Seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  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.

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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 Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luminous saffron beneath a gorgeous cap of firmly creamy, pastel orange foam that could only have come from a world-class brewery. Surface bubbles pop languidly and the head is almost hesitant in its descent. What appears to be a glass-covering amount of lace within minutes of the pour doesn't last all that long, but it looks good while it does. With more eye candy in the lace department, this one could have been special.

I wish the aroma was as good. I like a big noseful of buttery pale malt and/or an impressive amount of spicy German hops in beer of this style. Unfortunately, May Bock doesn't deliver either one. Here's hoping that 'but on the palate it does' will appear somewhere in the next paragraph.

The flavor is a definite step up, although 'one giant leap for mankind' doesn't apply. This is definitely a rock solid version that, nevertheless, doesn't bombard my taste buds with flavor. Plenty of blonde malt holds down the bottom end and provides some amount of sweetness that falls well short of sugary or sticky. I guess the brewery was content to stick to the medium range for the style.

Softly grassy-herbal hops, while not assertive, do contribute a balancing bitterness and a welcome addition to a flavor profile that could use a few more facets. Maibocks aren't generally known for their complexity so I'm not overly disappointed. Too many versions, due to a lack of otherwise aggressive flavors, fail to mask their alcohol all that well. At only 6.7%, Southampton had no trouble at all on that front.

The body/mouthfeel is a perfect fit for the flavor. The fact that both need to be bolder doesn't change that assessent, but it does keep me from liking this beer as much as I might. It does pick up a light silkiness with warming, however, and displays that lagery smoothness that makes up, to a certain extent, for a lack of true, creamy viscosity.

Given Southampton's well-deserved reputation (and my love for their outstanding Double White Ale), I expected more from May Bock. Dashed dreams aside, it's still one of the best versions that I've ever had. Those with an interest in the style would be well-advised to seek out a bottle or two.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Tumbler. The beer looked really good, Clear golden light orange color with massive foamy head. The smell was nearly perfect too, malty and bready (almost like a St Bernardus Tripel).

Flavor was mostly sweet and malty upfront, with a little hops in the after-taste (just a little).

My first Southampton beer, they just started distributing to Ohio. I've also got a Southampton Grand Cru I brought back from New York recently, but I'm waiting for a special occasion for that one.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Inviting copper body, with good clarity. Rocky white dentable froth rose above the rim. Alluring lacing drips down the glass.

Fairly subdued nose has a hint of sugar cookies.

Taste kicks off moderately sweet, not cloying, but not with great depth either. Malt depth actually increases though, even as a brave squad of noble hops arrive to put a bit of balance to things. It's not too much of anything, as it should be, as we move from the depths of dobblebocks in early spring and head to the helles of summer. It's sort of a middle of the road kind of beer that way. Its enough to chew on, but its no jerky.

Smooth medium mouthfeel. Exceptional drinkability.

It migt not rock you're world, but try one, or more, next spring.

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