Southampton Altbier
Southampton Publick House

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German Altbier
Ranked #142
Ranked #41,728
3.6 | pDev: 13.89%
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
Southampton AltbierSouthampton Altbier
Reviews: 423 | Ratings: 481
Photo of 828beagle
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.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a very impressive appearance. Poured into a pilsner glass, it has an amber brown color with great clarity. Head is a white sand color with excellent lacing and retention.

Aroma is mostly bready malt with a dark edge to it. Some nuttiness as well as chocolate with a slight fruitiness from yeast. The flavor follows with more deep, bready malt. It has dark flavors but it has a crisper, drier finish than a traditional brown ale. The nuttiness adds a key accent to it all.

Mouthfeel is sweet up front, but with a good level of dryness in the back. Carbonation level is on the high side but feels like a great level. I appreciated this beer, enjoyed it, and didn't find any flaws in it, but for some reason I'm not grabbing for a second. I think this would be great for the right occasion, and it's a welcome part of the mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of chefkevlar
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

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Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My impression is that the brewers attempted to stay within the classic style, and did a pretty good job. Crisp and clean, with moderately sweet malt notes and a slightly acidic finish. Appropriate lager-like characteristics. Now I just need some nice roasted sausages and mustard . . . .

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Photo of mgbickel
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Publick House - 4oz taster pour.

Served with a small layer of off-white foam sitting on top of the clear, ruby-chestnut brown body. The head dissipated quickly, leaving very little lace behind.

The nose has roasted caramel malts, a spicy (fruit like) character and toasted grains.

The taste starts out with a fruit flavor...apples, that fades into the roasted grains and caramel malts.

Light mouth feel, a little watery with moderate carbonation.

Meh...drinkable, but not my favorite offering from these guys.

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Photo of bum732
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Caramel richness, toasted grain, grass, leafiness, malty, touch of fruitiness, raisin bread.

L: Clear orangish brown, nice creamy head.

T: Fruity malt with a caramel backbone. Fruity bitterness with some herbal notes. Finishes slightly dry with some more fruitness and herbal hoppiness.

M: Slightly thin, carbonation moderate, clean dryness on finish, slightly crisp.

A nice interpretation of the traditional German alt. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, had the traditional "German" maltiness with the hoppiness that is present in Alts. Not too shabby.

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Photo of DerekP
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, a "Dusseldorf-Style Brown Ale," Southampton Altbier pours a heavily carbonated, partially transparent brown. The nose gets a toasty malt treat. An aggregate of figs, burnt raisin-bread, semi-sweet milk chocolate & brown sugar.

A toasty, coffee-like experience in the taste. A dash of fruit fits the style. Mild to the mouth, and a touch of acidity. Light-medium body; noticeably attenuated. Very drinkable. I wouldn't mind having one of these brews with breakfast. My only complaint is the complete lack of head retention. Overall, I approve.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, orange amber with a thick sand colored head that leaves blobs of lace on the glass as it melts. Mild and toasted malt with an equally mild herbal hop aroma. Nice and toasty grain with a touch of citrus and a spicy, herbal hop quality. Light and effervescent but flavorful. A nice beer and a style I don't often seek out, I'm glad I did.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, but clear brown color with minimal head and lacing. Scent is of roasted nuts, bready yeasts, piney hops and a slight whiff of herbal. Taste is clean and clear with a minimal impact from roasted nuts, slight carmel sweetness, nice background of piney and herbal hops as well as bready yeasts. Lighter side of medium bodied. A decent tasting beer, nothing too special otherwise.

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Photo of socon67
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.

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Photo of Soozy
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty straightforward alt. The smell is overhwleming nut with some pine. Nothing too crazy.

Tastes much like it smells, a balance of nutty malt, a hint of guitar, and a very bread-y taste. Decent mouthfeel.

Nothing too impressive about this beer, but certainly not bad. A pretty good alt, but maybe a little bit too much of nut flavor to be perfectly on style.

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Photo of david18
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this as part of a mix six pack that included a couple of southampton styles including the IPA, which I liked a lot. This one was not as good but also enjoyable and not a bad example of the style. Dark brown, interesting yeast character, not much on the aroma but overall a good session beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces a great head appearance with incredible retention. The body is brownish copper in color and is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is true to the style. A hint of cola along with a copperish metallic fragrance.

The taste holds true to the style as well. It has the sweetness upfront somewhat like old fashioned root beer, and delves into an herbal and metallic bitterness.

In the feeling there is a crisp refreshing character upfront, then turns a bit creamy and finishes with an oily slickness. Overall this would hold well against any German made altbier. Oddly, it has better appearance traits than most originals.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours chestnut brown with an off white foamy head, some light lacing.

Toasted malt aromas and some sweet caramel elements.

Ugh, what a letdown. Watery, weak beer with some bruised apple skin flavors, some light toasted malt, and a touch of caramel. Light lingering bitterness.The flavors don't suck, just the intensity. Way too loose of a beer to be enjoyed.

Thin, watery mouthfeel. Some carbonation. Eh.

Overall, hard to want more than one. This was a disappoinment. Just barely ok. What is good, is drinkable, but this is a flawed beer. Won't have this one again.

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Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a slender clear glass tumbler. 080309 stamped on bottle neck. 6-pack purchased at Piggly Wiggly (Hilton Head, SC) for $7.49.

A: Dusky brown with soft beige 1-finger head that recedes quickly and leaves minute lines of lace here and there.

S: Fruity and caramel malts with mild buttery note with light citrus hops

T: The flavor is not quite as smooth and tame as the aroma with scorching sweet maltiness and light citrus hops. The hoppiness is more assertive with warming.

M: Sticky, tacky mouthfeel with medium body and mid-range carbonation. Aftertaste is very sweet caramel apple.

D: A pretty good beer that needs to tone down the over-sweetness but keep the hoppiness.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a light amber color. Fizzy off white heading that fizzes out to just about nothing. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell is mostly earthy malts. A subtle fruitiness is apparent.

Taste has a nice malty kick but is soon taken over by the bland earthiness.

Mouth is very crisp,Refreshing,and lighter bodied. Decent carbonation at best. Kind of flat tasting as well.

Not really worth seeking out by if it is around give it a shot.

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Photo of klewis
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep copper with a bubbly head that fills the pint glass.

S: Fresh bread aroma with a mild fruity smell.

T: Malty but sublimely-balanced. More bready qualities with a toffee-like finish. Surprisingly full-flavored for the style and ABV.

M: Light-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D: For such a delicate style, this one has nothing to hide, no flaws. Highly sessionable and a pleasure to quaff.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, I drank an out of date bottle that never-the-less tasted a lot fresher than many beers still within their date.

Very appealing nut brown color with great clarity.

Smelled a nutty/ toffee malt aroma.

This aroma carries through beautifully on the flavor with a smooth medium body that caresses the tongue.

Slightly bitter finish - just a tad more than found in a German Alt, but I must say this is the best American alt - so true to form - that I have tried so far.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber with a creamy off white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of toasted caramel malts in the nose. The smell is rather sweet.
T: The taste has lots of malty flavors and there are some notes of hop bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, earthy and relatively smooth on the palate with a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The flavor is interesting enough where I would want to have this beer again when I'm looking for a change of pace in different styles.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker amber with light through the body- with a thin layer of off-white head.
Smell is yeasty- with a light bit of malt and spice.
Taste- bread with the spice rack tossed in- with a light yeast.
Finish is quick- the spices turn poor.
Drinks ok- highly carbonated and a pour finish makes it harder to get through.

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Photo of jr1
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I actually thought this was a great, true to style alt, with a nice, clean, grainy maltiness and dry finish, as it should be. The characteristics of what I suspect to be a German ale yeast strain come through nicely, as compared to other domestics which call themselves alts but seem more like American ambers to me - generally too fruity or sweet for the style.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Long Trail pint glass.

A: Poured a medium-copper, amber color with brownish highlights and a bubbly head of carbonation which faded to a thin, patchy ring an left no lace. Carbonation is weak within the brew but lively near the surface.

S: Smells of sweetened wheat bread malts, a bit of toffee and nuts with some light corn husk thrown in.

T: Flavor is a slightly watery caramel malt at first, with hints of almond and hazelnut. A slightly fruity and herbal mid palate gives way to some sweeter malts and dextrose adjunct. The finish is slightly drying and has a bit of nutty, lingering aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with some cloying around mid-palate and a fairly clean finish.

D: A session brew for the generic ale or lighter brown ale fan. The 5% ABV goes over as a standard for such activity, but adds to this brews mediocrity, IMO. Sort of like a Newcastle and Long Trail ale combined into one. tried to get cute with the branding on this one, but it's just dressing up an average ale.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is strong and malty with a nice smoky undertone and a hint of molasses. It pours a clear coppery brown with a rather thin head. Malty flavor has just a whisper of molasses and a bit of a tinny hint. Texture is smooth, not very tingly, a bit on the thin side. OK nonetheless.

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Photo of silentjay
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep mahogany brown with a decent head that settles to a thin coating without leaving much on the glass.

aroma is strong of raisins, some nuts, toffee, brown sugar. reminds me of a trail mix.

tastes strongly of brown sugar and nuts. some earthy hops balance that out a bit. fruits stay pretty far in the background and it has a bit of a metallic quality to it in the aftertaste.

wants to be medium bodied, but isn't quite there.

goes ok, not as flavorful as many altbiers ive had, and it has an aftertaste similar to chewing on tinfoil, but ive had worse.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed during the summer of 2009 and reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a root beer-hued amber with ruby highlights, active carbonation and a creamy, white head with good retention.

S: Raisins and brown sugar.

T: Opens big and malty with subdued caramel overtones and hints of dried fruit, most notably raisins. Crisp, dry finish.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Light-bodied and quite sessionable. Nice and refreshing. Enjoyed sipping it on the patio in Memphis in 90-degree humidity.

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