Southampton May Bock | Southampton Publick House

Southampton May BockSouthampton May Bock
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GreatPondBrewer on 05-25-2004

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 84
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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Photo of Foxman
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crisply clear golden yellow, mildly carbonated. A finger of off-white head settles soon to a Milky Way of stellar froth. Points of lacing dot the inside of the glass.

The aroma offers a barely present air of caramel malt, enough to be toasty and sweet. A slightly more strident note of noble hops floats through.

Upon sipping, there comes a manageable sweet current of toasted malt, boasting caramel, a light general fruitiness, and a touch of vanilla. A spicy bite of hops lays a very mellow swath of bitterness across the palate. Some residual maltiness comes through near the close, and the finish is a gentle lingering of classic hops. While maybe a touch on the tame side, it's a typical, enjoyable flavor profile.

A bit north of light of body, the malt sticks just enough to the palate to coat and have a genuine presence.

There's nothing here not to like. It's on point, malty and hoppy as expected, but the truth is, it's a bit thinner than I'd hoped. At the same time, it's especially drinkable because of its relatively light nature. It's certainly no disappointment, even if it doesn't really jump out. I'll finish this, and would have no issue with another.

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Photo of Gavage
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear copper / dark orange color with a super thick 3"+ head. The head lasted quite a while, and a nice painting of lace developed during the session. Very slow rising carbonation bubbles are visible.

Smell: malt and some mild fruitiness. Mild but easily noticeable by the nose.

Taste: nice malty goodness here, with honey, hints of green apples, and a underlying very mild nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout, mildly dry at the finish. The malt tones linger briefly into the aftertaste. Slightly bolder than a medium bodied brew, but not heavy in any means.

Drinkability: perfect. Nothing else to say. This bottle was quaffed rather quickly for the style. Go out and get some, and I'm getting some more !

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

Beautiful, golden-copper color and very clear. Extremely small head with average retention. The aroma had a little fruit qualities in it, which didn’t really seem to fit the beer (apple). Nice malty front, and just a touch of alcohol in the smell. The beer is a little spicy and drier than I expected. Very low hop presence, but they’re certainly there. Nice balance, and a medium-light body. In my opinion, the beer could have stood for a little more malt sweetness, especially given the style. It’s quite drinkable, though, and I did thoroughly enjoy it.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bottle, no date information.

Pours a soft copper and topped with a thick head of small off-tan bubbles with ample divots. The head slowly settles, leaving a few strands of lacing. There are only a handful of carbonation streams present. The smell is lightly malted with some biscuit and crisp, crunchy fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. As it warms the smell undergoes a subtle change to include a distinct apple juice note. The taste is rich and lush with malt, slightly sweet with some fruitiness up front giving way to a nice gentle hop finish that is punctuated with a bit of sugar and a touch of alcohol. The flavors are well meshed. Gets even better as it warms above cellar temp. Medium body with a velvety mouthfeel that is smooth as silk. A wonderful beer and well worth trying.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, this fine brew is more than refreshing it is an experience. Niicely malted, this maibock pours a beautiful golden color out of the bottle. The head is nice but not long lasting, with a seemingly somewhat low carbonation. The smell is a malty sledge hammer to the nostrils, a very sweet come hither. The taste is pleasantly malty, with only the slightest hint of hops beneath. A very nice beer worth searching out and enjoying. I regret that I did not buy more. Buy some, before I buy them all up!

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Photo of Ego
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

available @ oak tree buy rite, south plainfield nj, it should be rather widely available now (I have seen it at other place, basically if you see the IPA 6 packs they should be able to get this...)

one finger of crackling white to clear head, good amount of carbonation but the head fades quickly, average cling but it leaves a film like wine, on par for the style perhaps maybe just a little bland. light caramel in color, clear and clean looking as well

light toasted malts scrubbed with some soap, clean grains, a hint of alcohol sweetness or sharp/acidic honey, some caramel tones. the nose is very subdued but what is found is pleasant in all aspects, I can not go above average on the nose however...

taste etc...
the lagering is superb, it is at once spicy, sweet, full, just a pinch from the carbonation bites you and then it leaves the mouth - coated, not dry but inching you to take another sip. the toasted notes in the aftertaste really shine, it has "just" enough sweetness, "just" enough bitter slide on the edges of the tongue and "just" enough carbonation to hold it all together and make it drinkable as all get out. this is delicious.

another home run for Southampton (well, at least in the taste). The saison is an absolute classic and this one does not lag far behind in terms of drinkability, I will be spending the month of may courting this beauty and sharing her with my friends.. hmm, that sounds sort of dirty... cool.

PS: looking at my overall number is deceiving... look at the taste and drinkability to know where it is at for this beer...

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 10 oz bottle of this at Half time beverages Saturday and am enjoying today. The brew pours a clear rich amber color with a fluffy, beige, marshmallowy head of about 1 cm floating on the surface and fading slowly. WHile subsiding the brew leaves a very tight latticework on the side of my pint glass.
Aroma is mild but I detect grainy malt hits with some caramel and light floral hops too.
First sip, reveals a rolling, yet fine carbonation that massages my tongue on the way down to my belly. The body is average, but the flavor is great!
I expected a light grainy malt presence from the nose, but instead I get a strong roasted malt presence right off the bat, some sweetness up front too which finishes with a bit of grassy hops mixed with a sweet biscuity malt. After the brew leaves my mouth a rich toasted flavor remains encouraging me to take another sip. This is quite an impressive brew and I recommend grabbing some from the pub or anywhere you may see this well crafted beverage.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a growler of this seasonal with Greatpondbrewer, and I must say that Southampton has a winner. I'm not a lager drinker for sure, but this could almost convert me. It pours a dark amber, highlighted with reds and golds, and it has a frothy, bubbly cream-colored head; there was very little lacing as the head receded quickly. To the nose, it is sweet and clean, but not terribly distinctive. However, the taste is much better; I noted its sweetness to be sure, but there's some subtle smokiness in the undercarriage and after a while the peanut taste becomes more apparent. Also, I notice cloves, but not in a cloying way. The mouthfeel is thin, and there is virtually no carbonation. Give this a go; frankly, the taste alone is worth it.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz. growler from Half Time. Poured an amber bordering on golden color. Loose, off-white head on top that receded into bubbles and foam. Smell was slightly clovey and banana like with notes of juicy fruit flavors as well. Taste started off with more of those traditional bock characteristics of cloves and sweet autumn spices and banana esters, but half way through the taste it morphs to a more biscuity, toasty flavor and a slight hop bitterness. The taste and mouthfeel with less carbonation, lack the cleaness of a traditional lager beer, but make up for it with an increased complexity. This is the perfect beer to sip on a cooler spring night. Side by side comparison with the smutty Maibock and this one came out the big winner.

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