Southampton Altbier | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton AltbierSouthampton Altbier

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 06-22-2008

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Ratings: 481 |  Reviews: 423
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of thegodfather1076
2.28/5  rDev -36%
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 bacher468
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of benz08
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Neffbeer
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Dusseldorf-style brown ale" no date.

Pours a headless, non-lacing redish-brown body. Scent is malty and unremarkable. Unbalanced taste,slightly sour. Sour aftertaste. It seems "old" in the literal sense of the word!
I am not likly to try again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium brown/amber with no head and very litle carbonation present.

S - Lots of sweet brown raisins and figs. Dried dates and malty sweetness. Brown sugar and other brown sweetness wafting about.

T - The smell overpowers the taste here. A nutty brown ale with a hint of malt sweetness. Watery flavor with a bitter/lagered yeasty twang. Some more dark sweetness but very mild.

M - Watery and bitter on the palate. Light bodied.

O - Tastes like someone spilled a little malt syrup into a Heineken.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a ruddy brown color with a finger of foam that fades pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Aroma is sweet, bready, Munich malt.

First sip is a nice rush of malty sweetness, punctuated by a crisp dry finish. Minimal hoppiness, some fruity yeast flavors poke through as well. All and all, a simple malty beer - nothing spectacular but nothing wrong with it either.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from notes.

A- Crystal clear brown body. 2-Finger pillowy white head with OK retention and little lace.

S- Very buttery with very sweet malts. Not too much else besides a butter aroma along with stale tobacco.

T- Wow, butter again with a little malt backing it up. Not very pleasant at all.

MF- A little too much body actually.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
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..

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Photo of jmfc8237
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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 sweetwaterman
2.36/5  rDev -33.7%
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 THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.


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Photo of vfgccp
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Brown amber ice tea. A bone white head sits low with a fine bubble structure but leaves a nice lace.

S - Toast, yeast, brown nuts, molasses, touch of brown sugar.

T - Light caramel up front. Soft barely mid profile with some lightly roasted coffee. Nice toast flavor through the end of the profile.

M - Light body. Silky. Touch watery. Crisp carbonation. Semi-dry mouth feel but with some lingering sweet flavors.

D - Nice flavor, refreshing carbonation. A tad too heavy to be a session beer, but good drinkability none the less.

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Photo of PubliusII
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A finger of slightly tan head on top of a hazy amber/brown beer.

S: It smells bready and is dominated by the malt.

T: Very bready with a bit of sweetness and a touch of a fruity flavor. The flavor ends in a tiny bit of a buttery note, and slightly acidic.

M: Pretty solid mouthfeel. Carbonation at a decent level; personally wish it had a little more. Medium to thin bodied, which works well.

D: Really drinkable. Very refreshing and an enjoyable, but by no means mind-blowing beer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.6/5  rDev -27%
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 DeadGuyRyan
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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 elgiacomo
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, believe it was a January '10 bottling date, so this is a bit dated, but has held up quite well considering the low ABV.

Pours thin clear light brown/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves some clumps of lacing and maintains a light cap and ring.

Aroma is nutty with some grassy hops, toffee, caramel, and light fruit. Unfortunately there is some oxidation.

Flavor is nutty, toffee, caramel, fruits such as apples and pears, some citrus and grassy hops. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness both at moderate strength. Hoppier than other Brown Ales I've had.

Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated.

Pretty good stuff even being almost a year old. Will definitely check out a fresh bottle next year.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Southampton Altbier from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 481 ratings