Southampton May Bock | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton May BockSouthampton May Bock

Brewed by:
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 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 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 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 MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 22 oz bomber bottle to a big glass mug. Ah Bock! Mmmhm This pours up a light copper almost rust colored, lots of big bubbles and a nice large bubble rocky head.

The smell is malty, lots of good rich malts

The taste is very good indeed, rich malt, kind of sweet with a mildly bitter bite.

The mouthfeel very good nice thick full body, chewy and coating. Good carbonation brings a nice but mild bitter bite. This is a very good brew, not the best but very good, solid across the board.

Drinkability is very good. I just love this style and this is one of the best brewed in the USA, Not quite the Hofbrau Haus but very good. Quite amazing, this was just over $4/ bomber from NY State. I got Hofbrau Mai bock this year for about 75% of the cost, What a bargain al the way from Germany. Just a thought. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

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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 bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i was wicked excited to see this on the shelf at arrowine. southampton hasn't dissappointed me yet

my glass conspires to battle back some nice foam (i think it went in with the regular dishes), despite some vigorous carbonation, which brings to the surface some big floral hop aromas. very hoppy flavor too—more so than i've had in a maibock before—and pretty bitter, too. that's hallertau, right?

alcohol is noticeable, though minimal

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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 Atlas1
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice peach/orange color. Nice peachy, citrusy aroma, but not much hint of hops. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Rests nicely at the base of the tongue and finishes well. Malty and tasty, but not very flavorful. I like Maibocks, but still don't know a lot about the style, so I'm not sure how this would rate against some of the German traditionals, but it's a nice summer brew for hot US climates. I could definitely put two or three of these away in a short period of time and not feel the least bit ashamed by doing so. Southampton does some good beers, and this is another quality brew.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. brewed at Mendocino...
Appears a copper toned orange/amber with a 3 finger off white head that slowly fades out. Streaks of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of sweet fruit, toffee, caramel, bready, maple syrup, and candy sweetness.
Taste is of the same aromas. Sweet and bready with some light caramel standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crispness that hits up front before fading into a smooth swallow.

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

Bomber bottle, label tells us that this contract brewed, somewhere besides southampton, N.Y., no freshness indication given. Pours orangy amber, clear with an off white heat and just leaving a bit of lacing. Nothing much to talk about in the nose here. Malty brew, smooth and very drinkable. Notes of maple, vanilla and perhaps a hint of lime well in the background. Fine sessioner, dull style in MHO, but high quality suds none the less.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The way she shook that thang when I poured her into tall glass at a slight angle told me worlds about the reddish amber taste that was building for my pleasure.
The first taste through the creamy head and into the body of the Southampton May Bock told me I had found sexy beer magic in a bottle and then she asked me why didn't I find a keg of this for the first mind raced with the possibilities.

I loved the May Bock for its light body and graceful amber taste that lingered long after the beer was gone. It worked very well with baked chicken lightly covered with tangy Bone Suckin' Sauce.

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

Poured an orange-crimson color that was translucent with an off-white colored head. High level of carbonation with massive bubbles covering the surface. Some lacing was left behind in my goblet. Aromas of candy, burnt sugar, alcohol, and cream. The taste was sweet with a hint of spice underneath and a nice touch of bitterness. Smooth and silky, this beer was a pleasure to sip. Malt flavors dominated the beginning of each sip, but yielded slowly to hop bitterness in the finish. Felt silky in my mouth and would easily drink a few of these.

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

22oz bottle from Shoreline poured into a chalice. Loose, off white lacing atop a shiny dark copper body.

To the nose, sweetness and fruits jump out. There is a backgound floral quality that subdues the overall aroma - but also creates an almost non descript feature.

In the mouth, it shines. The fruity malts are verified in layer after layer of juicyiness. Slight hop character lets you know that this is meant as a lighter offering for Spring. The overall spectrum is melded well and makes for a wonderful, consistent mouth taste.

The feel is full - all over the mouth. A tiny bubble carbonation tends to lighten the load and create a highly quaffable brew. The finish is dry - not much hint of the ABV at all. The fruity goodness lingers in the back of the mouth - screaming for more.

Musings: I had this first with a crabcake sandwich at the SPH - and fell in love. The bottled version is very good also. Unique that a brew so dry carries the sweet fruit motherlode this one does.

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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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Photo of Citadel82
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiny, copper penny with a tightly knit, extravagant, lacy, white mop. Aroma of ripened pears and crisp green apples. Flavors of sweet caramel malt and leafy green hops and a brief drying finish. A spectacular and unpredictable May Bock for an unpredictable month. Tasty.

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