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

Got this one in Troylet, NY.

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

This style is my second favorite, very close to the oatmeal stout. I love this time of year.

Pours a lightly murky burned copper hue with a quick one finger off white head that dies down to a layer of thin bubbles. A bit of lacing is left behind on the sides. Smell is of honey and caramel malt with a slight citrus zest. Some bready aromas with a bit of alcohol finding its way in the nose. A spicey pepper up front on the tongue with a warming caramel sweetness. Dry bready flavor with warm butter taste towards the end. There is a tiny bit of lemon in there too. Creamy medium body with a fluffy carbonatiion. The alcohol is present here and there, but doesn't take away from the overall quality of this fine brew. I love this style, and I love this beer. Southampton makes some damn good beers, and this one is a winner for sure. Get you hands on this one.

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Photo of shabbtastic
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange slightly cloudy. Medium white head that is thick and foamy.

S - Grainy with hints of apple and peach.

T - Crisp and clean with a bready sweetness. A very good Maibock for the price. Everything balanced out between the spicy front and malty back, very tasty.

M - Medium bodied and fullness feel. Crisp on the palate.

D - A very good Maibock, as it went down easy and quickly. I will definitely be visiting this one again. Recommended.

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Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks LittleBreeze for this one, a large capped bottle poured into a pint.

Good looking orange with some amber highlights, it is quite clear, and has a nice white, orange tinted head that holds reasonably well. Lacing, however, is minimal.

Aroma is quite rich, sweet, bready, caramelized, reminiscent of just baked chocolate cookies.
Medium bodied and smotth, easy to drink, the taste comes along with the aroma, the same sweetness although it is very well balanced, spiced and somewhat hoppy and dry at the end.
Another impressive Southampton.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southampton May Bock is best served at cool, cellar temperatures (40-45°F) and enjoyed from a traditional footed tumbler or your favorite steinkrug. Their May Bock pours up bold & full with moderate carbonation that creates a rather lacy, whitish head that sits atop a dullish, topaz body. The head dissapates rather quickly, but leaves some Einbecker lace in its wake. The heavily malt accenuated nose bears notes of freshly baked European sweetbread, toasted soda pretzels, and nut-candied Stollen. There's a slight fruitiness (e.g. caramelized peaches, blood oranges, tangerines, etc...) that adds to the complexity along with a touch of oily spiciness from 'Noble or hybrid' German hops. The flavor starts off slightly sweet with lots of toasted Munich-Melanoidin maltiness that gives way to a clean, moderate bitterness which carries into a slightly yeasty and somewhat bready finish. This balanced, medium bodied Maibock has a subtle richness & creaminess that hides its goat strength well. Southampton's May Bock is a quality rendition of the celebrated spring bock and makes one want to dance around the Maypole with strange Fräuleins. Enjoy this one only in season in bomber bottles or on draught at the brewery. If you find yourself getting hungry... try pairing it with some freshly baked soft pretzels or try the ale marinated boneless porkloin grilled w/ fire roasted apples served with garlic mashers. Here's to Phil Markowski and the Southampton Publick House!

PROST! Beertracker

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