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