Southampton Altbier | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton AltbierSouthampton Altbier

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Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of fat58hwy
1.72/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Not that my review would influence anyones opinion, but after buying a six pack of this, choking down one, and then weeks later pouring the second down the drain, I don't know if this beer sucks or if I don't like Altbier in general. I will make it my mission to try another Altbier soon so I'll know the answer. Until then, I just don't like this beer.

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Photo of LPorter33
2.02/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Dark rootbeer brown with hues of deep amber and a reddish tint. Not much head at all and very little lacing. Bubbles stick to the side of the glass which is peculiar.

Smell = Cherries and fermentation. It's fruity and smells stronger than 5.1%. There's a bit of a must underneath the fruit which doesn't smell nice and knocks it down a notch. Not much hops presence, but a good bit of malt. OK scent but below average. note: as it warms the scent gets more foul and begins to remind me of rotting leaf piles that you rake up in the Fall.

Taste = Not offensive but just blandness. Incredibly bland, bready aftertaste with no lingering flavors. Terribly balanced. No complexity. This is just a poorly made beer. It's not revolting on the palate but I see no reason to drink more than one of these and will not do so in the future. In fact, I might pour the rest of this bottle out as there's better things to fill my stomach.

Overall = Very disappointing. I've had MUCH better altbiers. I do not recommend this one at all. The smell as it warms really gets quite offensive.

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Photo of BWH3
2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light copper/bronze with a puny little beige head. Slight haze is not appropriate. Color is nice but the head and clarity are disappointing.

S: Clean nutty aroma with the hints of Munich malt sweetness. Unimpressive bitterness in the aroma.

T: Mild sweetness, grain like astrigency, sour note, little noble hops, and finally a touch of toasted nut.

M: Thin, thin, thin. Carbonation low.

D: I barely hesitate to taste this beer. It is quaffable, non-offensive, but rather simple and bland

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Photo of daryk77
2.22/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a 12oz. bottle

App: White, large bubbled head dissipates in about 5 seconds, much akin to pouring a coke or soft drink, no lacing. Color is a solid amber approaching brown.

smell: Grains and some malt, something slightly off, slightly musty. No hops present.

taste: slightly sour malt with some tannin astringency. This beer tastes like it was mistreated or old. Again, no hops present.

mouthfeel: Very thin and highly carbonated, unpleasant at best.

drinkability: Could slam these down through a funnel but not an enjoyable experience.

I think that this beer was mistreated in some way or was improperly bottled. Could be oxidation or age, not sure. This bottle was given to me from a sales rep. in Atlanta so who knows how long it traveled to get to ATL and what the conditions were. Would like to try it again as this does not taste fresh. If it is indeed fresh then I would avoid it.

**EDIT: Since I have tried several other offerings from this brewery, I must conclude this bottle had external factors affecting it as the other beers were clearly of great quality and were fantastic. However, I will keep my review as I cannot ascertain whether the beer was affected through distribution or from fault of the brewery. No date of when the beer was bottled.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.24/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Southhampton Secret Ale

Appearance- hazelnut brown with a small but decent lacing head.
Smell- light hazel/ walnut with a hint of woody hops.
Taste- light woodchip flavor with a touch of walnuts/ hazelnuts and weak stale malt.
Mouthfeel- slighty sweet at first but ending flat and boring.

Overall- No thank you! What little flavor is so eschew. Strong nut flavor dominates over everything else. Although there is very lttle flavor to begin with. Not a horrible tasting beer but not worth drinking again!

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Photo of callmemickey
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark reddish brown... tiny head.. no lacing...

S: Some soft fruits... some nuttiness.. some woodiness.. lots of blandness.

T: Essentially the same as nose... which doesn't translate as well in the taste.. its off kilter and lacks any one element that i can jump on and enjoy...

M: Medium bodied... not smooth... dull finish...

D: Southampton... you should know better...

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Photo of thegodfather1076
2.28/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Cool and simple label design.

Appearance - Pours out a clear brownish amber with a solid 2 finger white/tan head that sticks around before finally dissipating into a nice foam ring. Tons of carbonation and bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Very sweet malt scent almost buttery with hints of toasted caramel, molasses, and brown sugar.

Taste - Tastes more bitter than sweet with hints of caramel and roast coffee. Slight hints of molasses and raisin.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Initial carbonation dissipates to a thin and slightly watery feel.

Drinkability - Pretty smooth with OK flavor and mouthfeel but not an overly drinkable brew.

Not a brew I would seek out to try again. Flavor profile was not really my style at all.

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Photo of billybob
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a darker copper or amber color with a half inch light tan head that quickly fades to just the beer, not even a ring around the glass and no lace at all. very weak caramel aromas in the nose. very dry grainy biscuit taste, one dimensional, lacking any other flavor to the taste buds. mouthfeel light carbonation ok. very disappointed because they make a very good wheat beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Six-pack purchased from Syosset Beverage ~mid Feb 2011

Appearance: Rich full brown color. No noticeable haze or discoloration.

Smell: Malt Sugar! Very sweet malt nose. Maple syrup Dark Caramel. Butter toffee. Probably a bit excessive.

Taste: Excessively sweet. very malt sugar. Like stirring in malt power. heavy middle notes of "cooked" sweets, coating "burnt" finish that won't leave.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, viscous, like drinking thin syrup.

Drinkability: Better when very cold, but gets progressively worse as it warms up in the glass.

Not recommended. Disappointed, because I know Southampton can do better than this.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a four finger cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hoppy nose. Flavor is smooth almost sweet, becomes citrusy and sour. Lingering sour citrus taste. Maybe this is a bad bottle - quite different from their Secret Ale. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was really disappointed in this beer. I have read so much about what a wonderful brewery this was, I’ll be hard pressed to try another one of their beers. They call it Secret Ale mainly because they probably don’t want anyone to know that they brew this crap. Stall pour and uncharismatic color, blah. Taste reminds me of middle of the road breweries (insert yours here). Did not like this at all.

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Photo of MetlGuy
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After having the real thing in Duesseldorf this misses the mark.

The bitternes to malt raio was off and the hop flavor just stuck around. No malt to balance the hops.

I was looking for a smooth beer. This left a nasty after taste. I had to pour it out.

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Photo of beckje01
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Starts with a malty nose. The mouth feel and taste are just watery to me very thin and not much to the beer at all. This beer would be best as a starting beer thats for sure but it just feels like there isn't really much to this one. If I ever see it again I'll have to retry and re-review because so many have liked it here but if it wasn't for that fact I would probably never pick one up again it just seems to fall flat on its face right out of the gate. Don't go our of your way for this one but if its around and cheap give it a shot.

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Photo of Todd
2.52/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Pours a tawny colored brew with ruby hues. Thick creamy head of mixed bubble leaves sticking tracks as it settles to a creamy lace, and finally reduces to nearly no lace or stick.

Ultra-clean aroma, some nuttiness, earthy and very faint herbal.

Thin mouthfeel, light bodied. Grainy tannins upfront, very crisp with a sharp carbonation bite. A lot of grape-like flavors from the malts, that finish a bready and dry. Slight sourness melds with some acidic citric bitter notes, but nothing overwhelming, or exciting either. Zero sweetness and depth of malt character, very one-dimensional at times. Dry and earthy, with grain husks and nutty fresh walnut bite in the finish. Not overly pleasant.

Not impressed with this offering. Lacks balance and overall flavor. Weak across the board. So what's the secret anyway?

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Photo of jackorain
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Looks good, medium light brown liquid topped with a half inch of light tan head.

Smells eh, a little malt, biscuit and caramel, a tinge of alcohol

Tastes is not too good. There is a nice caramel, molasses, hint of coffee thing going with malts, hops are minimal, I guess that right for the style but really minimal. there is a sour thing on the finish that is really off-putting. the sourness overpowers and lingers very long.

medium to light body, crisp carbonation. Along with the smell the only redeeming quailities of this beer, really

As far as drinkability goes, I'll finish this one, but it won't be easy.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's 2009 branded hurricane glass.

Appearance: Dark brownish amber in color with a large off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind a heavy lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, bread, with some fruitiness.

Taste: Fruity sweetness up front, finishing bitter and slightly nutty. Has a pretty strong metallic taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fairly heavy carbonation. Finishes refreshing.

Drinkability: Not terrible, but could be so much better. This beer has lots of potential, but the metal taste in it makes it not very desirable.

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Photo of GbVDave
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to BillyD for the hook-up!

A: Pours a chestnut hue with honey-amber tints. 1 1/2 fingers of off-white foam that left some small spots of lace. Very still in the carbonation department.

S: Mild aromas of caramel/toffee and tart fruit like green apple.

T: Same as above with the addition of chlorinated pool water in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a decent bit of hoppy bitterness. Finishes dry.

D: Hmmm. Not awful, but if I wanted to taste chlorine, I'd jump in a pool. Not impressed.

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Photo of AMo
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Southampton Secret Ale pours an amberish brown with an initial short head. The smell is minimal to nothing, only a slight hint of malt. Taste is light on malt with a slight bitterness aftertaste. For the most part it's pretty bland. Mouthfeel is thin with a medium carbonation. It is also pretty smooth which helps a bit with its ultimate drinkability. However, the overall drinkability is below average. It has no real complexity and nothing to make it stand apart as a superior or even above average brew.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes.

A - pours a clear light brown shade, more of just a very deep golden color. Large off white head. Good lacing.

S - similar to an English brown ale. Mildly fruity. Slight nuttiness. Some alcohol surprising for a beer this low in abv.

T - follows the nose. Pear and apple notes. Nutty flavor. Astringent alcohol. Odd flavors.

M - a lager like smoothness. High carb.

D - I'm not sure where they were going with this one. A lot of alcohol flavor for a low abv beer.

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Photo of riversider76
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber. One inch tan head. Good retention and lacing. Nice looking beer. That's where it ended for me. I could not smell much of anything. Maybe some faint hops. Body is on the thin side with some carbionation. Taste is weak, a bit of a spicy thing going on, but not much flavor. Reminded me of a bad pumpkin ale.

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Photo of tigg924
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, tan in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light hops

Taste: caramel with bitter hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter finish, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: I am not overly impressed with this. The flavor and balance seems a bit weak. I will be passing on this in the future.

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Photo of DeadGuyRyan
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured out a medium brown with hints of amber/ruby in it. Great tan head with great lacing as well. Smells earthy with a slight aroma of hops. Some fruits grapes not very prominent. Its not a very intense smell. Medium intensity as far as taste light body, I can tell its a german style ale, but the taste doesnt really do much for me Its a little bitter with an acidic taste slightly sweet. The after taste does not linger around at all. I picked this beer up last minute because it was a dollar and I had seen it around. I can kind of understand why it was only a dollar at this point.

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Photo of jmfc8237
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Very faint head retention and zero lacing as the beer settled. Color is a mix between dark tan and red. Clear with active carbonation bit didn't yield much head retention which is not impressive. Aromas of malted milk duds and tootsie rolls are present. ... Rich malt but zero hop presence. Had a bit of peppery spice offered from the yeast.

Taste was of slightly bitter malt and not much else. I keep thinking tootsie roll! Burnt caramel and heavy sweetness are unbalanced by and hop presence. I don't care for this one as it leaves a nasty aftertaste in my mouth

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Photo of BeerTruth
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a narrow pint glass.

Pours a dark amber hue with a somewhat thick khaki colored head that seems to die down pretty quick after pour. Lace is minimal to nothing throughout tasting. Smell is pretty boring. Smells kind of woody with a hint of malt. Not much really there in terms of scent. Taste is boring as well, all I can really taste in this beer is carbonation. Very dull hops and malt. It's almost like drinking a piece of bread, if that makes any sense. I was actually quite disappointed by this beer and found it difficult to finish because of the overwhelming carbonation. Not much of a secret to this beer other than avoiding it. Sorry Southampton, you need to work on this one.

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