Southampton Altbier
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3.6 | pDev: 13.89%
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
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womencantsail from California

2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jason for this extra.

A: The pour is an opaque dark brown sort of color with a small off-white head.

S: Big time butter on the nose. As I smell it more, I get sort of a buttery white wine character to it, but it's still more butter than anyone would want in anything. A mild maltiness to go along with.

T: There's a distinct vinous character to the beer; definitely white grapes which provide some sweetness and mild acidity. Again, the butter is pronounced and really takes over and ruins the beer.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation falling toward the low end of medium.

D: If you like drinking clarified butter alongside your chardonnay, this would be perfect for you. A bit too much for me to handle.

Oct 18, 2010
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kkipple from South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An American brewer takes a stab an a rather obscure German style... and how does it fare?

A. Typical clear hazelnut with amber highlights. Skimpy fizzy head. Bubbly. Little to no lace.

S. Sweet black bread, metallic hops, hint of roasted grain, malty but a little on the weak / thin side. Only a hint of "stickyness" in the nose. Metallic hop note hurts this one.

T. Meh... it's... ok. Decent, but only so. Sweet, semi-roasty, thin malt beer, this is. A bit dry and sour in the finish, hop bitterness is relegated to the rear and the metallic note from the smell is still present and unwelcome. Hints of sweet German bread and nuts are here but it's all rather muted. Would be better with food, like maybe... chilli?

M. Crisp, possibly overcarbonated really... thin, semi-sweet malt finish with bitter hops lending a dry note. Not entirely great.

D. Secret Ale is barely ok. I'd like to think Southampton can do better than this, but between their lackluster IPA and Double White, I am so far nonplussed. This is frankly hard to recommend. Ah well, so it goes.

Oct 22, 2008
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bishopdc0 from Maine

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a caramel malt aroma a thick head and a dark amber color. It starts sweet and finishes dry. Its flavor is mostly of a buttery caramel and some slightly roasted malts. This is a very drinkable almost to drinkable for a smaller brewery. this beer has its place but it's not for me.

Mar 18, 2010
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IntriqKen from California

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark tea color with an off white head of tiny bubbles that melts slowly to a top covering ring.

Aroma is toasted amber malt with a hint of caramel and slight hop finish.

Taste is toasty amber malt as well. Light sweetness that is followed with a nicely drying citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and smooth and aftertaste is a drying citrus hop.

Very good Alt Bier...Very good.

Jun 29, 2008
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mikerems from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Mar 07, 2012
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atigerlife from Hawaii

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ginger Man in Manhattan.

Pours amber with a small creamy head. Decent retention.

Aroma is malty with light hops. Had a slightly hard time picking up much else.

Taste was hops, malts, sweet. Slightly bready with some nuttiness. Nothing really stands out.

Mouthfeel had a medium body and cleansing.

Overall, an OK brew. Certainly drinkable. Certainly not offensive, but not really thrilling.

Oct 18, 2007
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sirbryan21 from Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer is good but is a tad watery, Good after taste. taste like a hint of fruit. Its ok beer for the light hearted

Good beer for beer drinkers that like light beer
not much body to this beer

tastes good but is not a heavy beer lighter than a pilsner if there a such of beer.

I would not recommend this beer for people that like anything darker than a wheat beer.

Mar 14, 2010
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homebrewhawk from Kansas

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a dark copper with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Carmel malt in the aroma. Some malt sweetness to start. Pretty good amount of hop bitterness in the finish, but from more noble style than American style hops.
A little underwhelming, but sessionable. Good price.

Dec 20, 2008
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chefkevlar from South Carolina

2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice orange/red color with about an inch of just-off-white head which settled to about 1/4 inch quickly

S: Sweet and nutty with hints of citrus and pine

T: Again slightly nutty and sweet at first, and falls pretty flat after that...there is also a slight metallic aftertaste

M: Moderate body with light carbonation

D: Tough to call, as this beer wasn't offensive...but wasn't fantastic either

Aug 22, 2010
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Oxymoron from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Altbeer. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a reddish hue throughout. A soft white head that does die out quickly. No real lacing to speak of either.

The nose is mostly grainy and husky. Almost pilsner in a way. Some subtle Munich note on the back end but limited. The yeast is light. Some hints of esters and a light phonlics. Almost wine like. Would like a bit more character overall.

The taste is a bit more descript. The grainy and husky notes continue into the taste but more specialty malts are there. Some lighter toasted notes and a hint of Munich sweetness. There is a minerally taste that is kind of salty. A deterrent that lingers into the finish. The yeast is clean as well. Hint of grapes. There is a light hop note but nothring very distinct. Could use more.

The body is between moderate and light. I would like to see a touch more body but its ok. Carbonation is low as well. Overall a good beer, very easy to drink but would like to see more character and depth.

Feb 11, 2010
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ncaudle from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Oct 17, 2012
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therica from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 March 2009 - I'm revising this review of 22Dec2008 as I enjoy the other bottle of this beer that I'd bought at the same time. Possibly the few months' extra aging has helped it. There's no dating on the bottle, which might have helped.

First-- no more metallic bite on the tongue, the sour has disappeared and there's a mild hops bitters along with the dry-dusty tongue.

Second-- the scent and taste note some apricot, as well. Finishes with a nice prune.

It seems as though the longer this ages, the better it gets-- and the longer you let it sit after pouring, the more its qualities seem to emerge.

A= darker-amber with a huge fluffy tan head

S= very bready, malt, hint of prune

T= a very complex and interesting mix but for me it just doesn't come together as much as I'd prefer. Bready, light roasted taste, malts, some hops floral hints but subdued; apple and prune hints seem to emerge.

M= a slight metallic sour edge with a slightly dry dusty feeling

D= depends on your mood, probably fine for at least one, I'm sure some people could session or dine on this one

Dec 22, 2008
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socon67 from New York

3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent alt, but I've had other beers from Southampton that I like much better.

A - Pours with a brown color, with a small amount of foam.

S - Smells like walnuts, with a bit of pine. Probably the best part of this beer.

T - A solid brown ale style. It is a bit heavy with a malty taste, but quite enjoyable.

M - The malt makes this a little tough. I tend to like alts that are a bit smoother.

D - Good for a couple, but that would be it. While it is nice to drink, after the second I was ready to try something else.

Jul 05, 2010
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albern from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This alt beer seems to be contracted brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA, according to the label. No ABV is listed, nor is there an expiration date. The beer pours a clear, tawny copper color with some tannish, slightly foamy head, not much lacing, some retention.

The aroma is dryish malt, somewhat musty, perhaps a touch of caramel and pale malts. The aroma is drier than what you will experience, although this is a dry altbier no matter how you look at it.

The taste is not particularly sweet, with musty malts, slightly dryish caramel notes, pale malts, some slight nutty and crisp lagerish tones are present as well. This is a fairly light bodied beer, not much creaminess; it has a dry aftertaste, some carbonation, but modest in effervesence. There are some tea like, slightly acerbic hop notes in the finish. Overall, the beer is tipped towards the dry malts. Not a bad beer, and it's a style not as common as one would wish. Worth seeking out.

Jul 19, 2008
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828beagle from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a thick dark amber. Not much of a head even with a vigorous pour. Smells of sweet spices. Sweet roasted malt taste, almonds, and caramel. A medium body with hardly any carbonation. A dry finish. Overall a well crafted brew. Could have had more carbonation.

Sep 02, 2010
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewery last week with my girlfriend at lunch and wrote notes on a napkin and she made fun of me, which is fair I suppose. This is Southampton's flagship beer, or at least the only one I see in six packs.
I recieved a pint glass full of very dark copper colored beer and minimal head and lacing. The smell was obviously fresh and had a sharp hoppy tone to it.
The taste is also blanketed in German style hops and has a great finishing bitterness and some fruity textures as well. A tasy and smooth Alt. I can definitely see this during the bowl season and winter playoff football.

Nov 18, 2005
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THECPJ from Delaware

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark amber borwn with 1 finger head

Smell: slight malts, lacking in a distinct smell

Taste: minimal malts, rather boring

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

Drinkability: easy drinker but nothing special.


Mar 02, 2011
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very lovely toasty caramel colour. Ample head that would fade, leaving remnants of lacing. Aroma takes a little searching. Largely stays out of the picture. Nice copper-like, mineral presence. A hardy mouthfeel, dense and bristly on the palate. Heavy and filling. Some lightly roasted, thick malt notes. Coarse mouthfeel with a little caramel malt to smooth it out. A fair bit of hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Fair example of the style. I expect to see many more good things from this brewery.

Dec 10, 2006
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dragonWhale from New York

4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while for an altbier so picked up a 6 of this fine brew..Into the Sam Adams perfectamundo pint glass it goes. For, alas, I am stangeless.
Amber with a faint head that lasts. The most minimal of lace. Some earth and spice hops blend into the rich nutty and toasted aroma.
A slight sweetness, fair bitterness, some bready malt stickiness. Almond butter on toast. Quite a solid effort.
This is a very drinkable, enjoyable style and this actually reminds me quite a bit of Alaskan Amber, another solidly drinkable alt.
Good work on the recipe, SH..

Apr 23, 2011
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deanhead from Vermont

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid beer. True to style.

Crisp and clean, poured a nice amber color with a very quickly disapating head. It's clean, and malty. Low on the hops but very well balanced with some bready, malty note in the taste.

Nice rendition of a classic German style although mine is better, and cleaner.

Sep 17, 2008
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dowen44 from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Dec 21, 2011
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown with a golden hue, created a very thin, off-white head that faded quickly and did not leave any lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty with notes of caramel & tea. There’s also a very faint bit of hops and alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with the sweet, caramelized malt flavor but not as strong as the smell leads you to believe, then follows with a decently bitter hops burst, which I didn’t expect because the hops were so faint in the smell. Both aspects are balanced nicely and leave no after-taste to speak of.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: The beer goes down very easy and is not very filling at all. The only thing that detracts from its drinkability for me is that, although the flavor is good, it’s quite as flavorful as most beers. If I’m going to go with a beer for a while, I’d prefer something a bit tastier and with a bit more kick to it.

May 28, 2006
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PubliusII from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Red, brown pour. Has a thin, half finger head with little retention.

Smell- Sweet, bready smell of brown toffee and bread

Taste- Bitter ale taste accompanies rich blend of malt, nuts, and toffee.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body with medium carbonation. The bitter finish provides a crisp taste to the beer.

Drinkability- A fantastic ale with a deep, complex taste that isn't upset by too much carbonation. It is a well balanced brew for a winter day!

Jan 11, 2011
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blakesell from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my favorite Belgian style goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a clean dark amber with hints of brown and carbonation of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Head is very slim and hardly there only leaving a thin lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Rich spicy noble malts and hops giving a slightly caramelized nose and just enough in the hops to make themselves present but not overpowering. The malts are rich and full, this is one enjoyable beer to smell and likely the best smelling Alt I have come across.

Taste- Fruity and light with ample body coming through with the malts. It doesn't taste to be a heavy beer and goes down very smoothly with a hazelnut finish. Malt complexity is ample and impressive, hops are noble and strong but not enough to go outside a German style, lovely smooth finish that isn't overly dry. This could be the best Alt I've ever had.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, not astringent, medium in carbonation, medium light in body, not warming, this could be the new wintertime go to beer.

Drinkability- This beats Uerige, which is really saying something. The number one style example that I always used as a benchmark to judge Alts by has now been beaten by an American brewer. Excellent job on this one Southampton, and I would love to find more of their beers here in Ohio.

Dec 03, 2008
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DelMontiac from Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A rapid pours yields a very shy off-white head which disappears in a matter of a minute or two. I expected the color to be more brown, but it was more of a deep red-amber. Scant lacing was left on the glass.

S: Pretty much all malty sweet and graniness. Not much else to say.

T: Mostly sweet malt and grains with a touch of hops. There is what I would call a "flash" of fruitiness on the tip of the toungue, but I couldn't say what for certain what it is - almost applelike.

M: Light in body, but not watery.

D: This is an easy drinker. Could drink more than one if I desired to do so.

Overall: Nothing that I got too excited over, but I kind of knew that going in. Very drinkable, but not very interesting. So far, I haven't been terribly impressed by the style in general.

Nov 18, 2010
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