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