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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Photo of magine
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a dark brown clear color with small off white head, thats leaves minimal lace and very little head behind.

Brew smells of sweet caramel malts, bready, and a grain smell. Not much scent.

Brew tastes carbonated and finishes refreshing, has no real punch to it in any direction. Can taste the sweet caramel malts and not much else. Very ho-hum.

This is an easy drinking brew, but really is just too bland for me. I wouldnt be offended by it, and it wouldnt offend if it was at a party. But it just is kind of lackluster.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Big, creamy white, chunky head that leaves impressive lacing as it disappears into the eventual whispy, thin layered, island-like chunk head.

Smells of burnt toffee malts and mild earthy hops.

Nutty, burnt malt; mild toffee-like sweetness and mild earthy hop bitters.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability is good - not too much one way or the other with this one. Goes down really easy and is an inviting brew. Easily could see this being a popular sessionable brew though, just sort of too mild for my liking...

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Photo of morebeergood
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single from a mix-a-six pack. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark brown, glossy color. Not much head at all. Smell was a bit malty, if anything. Taste was average at best, mostly a malt and nutty flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit on the watery side. Yes, this beer is smooth and easy to drink, but it is totally forgettable. No real redeeming qualities. Boring.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium brown color.. big fluffy head to it. Don't see this style of beer around too often but do thoroughly enjoy the few beers I've had of it (Long Trail Ale, Otter Creek Copper Ale). Nutty sort of aroma to this one. Light to medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Taste is a bit watery, reminds me of a not so good brown ale. Definitely a malty one, doughy notes. Not the best Alt I've had but sill a decent beer.. wouldn't seek it out but a nice beer on a cold New England night.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown and very clear- almost no head (very thin) and slight lacing.

S- Malt

T- Malty, carmely- hint of barley (faint)

M- Good carbonation, smooth- at first felt "off" but grew on me a bit with each sip.

D- not the most exciting brown ale, but it did seem to get better with each sip- ok overall.

This beer seemed one dimensional to me- I could not shake the thought of "malt" every time I took a sip. It was not bad, but not one I'd reach for again given a bunch of choices.

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Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear amber color with more than a finger of white head composed mostly of big bubbles. Head receeds slowly leaving a sticky amount of lace on the glassware and a ring or line identifys just about every sip taken. The aroma is of malt and caramel is offset by a bit of hops. Upon taking the first sip, one of the first things noticed is how crisp this beer is. Then you start to note the malt and a bit of hops that are present. However, a downside is that it also has some sulfur twang to it. Finish is quite crisp but the taste of sulfur lingers along with a touch of hop bitterness that balances out the malt. As the beer warms a little bit more of the sulfur comes out along with a bit of a yeasty taste that almost makes this beer seem young or "green."

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Photo of bishopdc0
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of sirbryan21
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at Knightly Spirits today. It is great having that store so close during this conference!

I must preface my review by saying that I am pretty critical of Altbiers since I lived in Dusseldorf for a while, I am quite jaded. I have had the freshest of the best, so it is hard to not compare it with that flavor and disregard that they either have to make it across the water, or that it has to be made by a US micro. If the latter, the brewer needs to pay attention to every detail down to the water profile. If they do not, the beer won't taste like an Alt.

All this said, here we go...

Appearance: So far so good. The beer is a very clear burnt copper color as it should be with a bit lighter than average head that was a solid 1/2" of various sized bubbles after the pour. After about a minute, the head was showing serious signs of fading, but has not left the race yet. There is some lacing left on the glass after the head falls.

Aroma: My first impression was of some toasty munich malts and some melanoidins. There was a mild toffee characteristic that was not out of place. After the head falls a bit, there is a mild hoppy note coming out to mingle with the malt.

Taste: The flavor is clean and a tad watery, but that isn't necessarily out of style. There is some defined bitterness to this beer as there should be. I don't get any alcohol, again as it should be. The carbonation if adequate, but the malts are a bit thin and the carbonation accentuates this fact.

Opinion: This is actually a pretty good beer...for the style. It doesn't "take me there" but the bitterness and overall presentation make me think that this is the style that they were trying to hit. It isn't like a true Altbier, but that may be alleviated if there were some more cold conditioning to take place on this beer. Either way, it isn't bad and I will drink the whole bottle. I would recommend trying it if you want an idea of what the style tastes like, but you really have to go there to know for sure.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Tawny, deep, dark copper - almost brownish and red hued when backlit - clear and almost sparkly. One finger light tan head with decent retention and the lacing is quite nice.

S: Pretty clean & almost restrained. Toasty, grainy malts and a bit of caramel sweetness. Some fruity esters of light fruits. Opens a bit as it warms.

T: Toasty, bready malts, a bit of biscuit & nuttiness and dark caramel, and hints of toffee sweetness. Fruit is more pronounced - apple, pear, light fruit type flavors. Bitterness is there, but the herbal, spicy hops stay just a step behind. Pretty clean - interesting without being muddy or overly complex.

M: Medium body with firm, yet fine-grained, carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Seems like it is restrained but looking to take off. And interesting interplay of light fruits and darker caramel/toffee on a solid toasty, roasty base.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear bronze-tinted brown color. Thin off-white head.

S - Lots of sweet roasted malts with a nice bready backing. Hints of fruity hops and just a touch of spice.

T - Very malt forward taste with a touch of toffee and some other roasted grain. Fruitiness quickly comes in. Dark fruits primarily with a touch of raisin.

M/D - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Easy drinking. Overall a rather average beer. Certainly true to style but nothing remarkable about it.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light, clear brown. A thin foamy head quickly dissipates into practically nothing, but come lacing remains.

S: A little malt and caramel.

T: What the nose would lead on, a tame malt flavor with a caramel sweetness as a backing.

M: Slight creaminess, but quite thin.

D: Tasty enough, low ABV, can drink plenty. Gets boring, though.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a pint glass with about 1.5 inches of head. Light amber in color. Smells of caramel. Strong malty flavor along with some caramel sweetness, nothing to complex here. Mouthfeel is kind of watery.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass,nice brown/amber color.nice lacing, good head retention.taste has some malty sweetness upfront,bit of chocolate and coffee.finishes somewhat dry.light-medium bodied.pretty whackable,definitely a good session beer.i could definitely whack back a few of these with some german food or pizza.

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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 ktrillionaire
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a great beer. One of the most sessionable. I feel like this is the US answer to Fuller's ESB.

A - It has the reddish amber hue of a wee heavy with quite a big head, though poor retention.

S - Smells great. Like biscuits and honey, with a clean German hop to round it out.

T - It tastes like Honey-Nut Cheerios the beer, or like Ayinger's Jahrhundert. Delicious, but not sweet; just a well balanced, savory and refreshing brew.

M - The mouthfeel is good too. Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.

D - It is exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of tjd112
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in mixasix at Interstate Market, Easton, PA

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Poured a dark brown colour with fast dissipating white head and little lacing

Smell - Very balanced between malts and hops

Taste - Very balanced between malts and hops, some sugar and molasses

Mouthfeel - Medium body, well carbonated

Drinkability/Overall - Very good, though the ABV seems to be low for the style

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light bubbly 1/2 finger head, very clear auburn toasty brown color. Head fades fairly quickly. Not sure how old it is but there's tons of chunks, yeast particles floating in it.

N: Nice alt nose, some darker malts like crystal and Munich, a slightly sweet malt aroma and hints of sugar and molasses, a slight spicy earthy light hop aroma too. A pretty good German dark beer nose. Lots of sweet brown sugar and even candi sugar.

T: Starts with more malts, but a little lighter than expected. Still dark malts like crystal and Munich again. Then some light sweet malts, some slight roasty flavors. Then more nice earthy spicy hop flavors kick in and bitter it quite a bit. Slightly chewy as well, both hops and thick malts. More brown sugar as well. A little watery though, otherwise it might get a 4.5.

M: Pretty good body, semi thick, good carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, more spicy earthy hop qualities and slight syrupy linger. It dries off quite a bit though, and the bitterness builds as it goes. A pretty decent alt, could use a little more abv, but it's got a nice body and good sweetness and bitterness I think. Seems to be pretty underrated from the current score.

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Photo of Pecorasc
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into the closest thing I had to a traditional Altbier glass. Left the sediment behind. Printed on the neck of the bottle is what I assume to be the bottling date- 060109.

A- Vigorously poured with a big frothy off-white head that aggressively clings to the steep sides of the glass as it recedes. Has a deep amber color with the tiniest bit of haze. A couple pieces of sediment hang around and some bubbles of carbonation float slowly to the top. Holds its foamy head well with great latticed lacing. This is what I imagine the real thing to look like.

S- Smells of minerals and sulfur. There is an indistinct German hop aroma that is somewhat overpowered by the mineral aroma. There is also some diacetyl that is most likely out of place for this style. All of this is trying to be supported by a bread-like malt backbone that doesn't quite get the job done.

T- A sweet-sugary malt taste in the front, accompanied by the same diacetyl from the aroma. Almost no bitterness present anywhere. Finishes with minerals and sulfur. The lack of hop bitterness is dissapointing especially when the beer proclaims "Dusseldorf-style" on the label. Although it has its flaws, this beer is not completely unenjoyable.

M- Medium-light with medium carbonation.

D- This beer looks so sexy that it makes me forget it doesn't taste all that great. If they dropped the diacetyl, made it more bitter, and dried it out, this beer would be a fantastic session beer. However, given what it is - I don't want much more.

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Photo of JBON
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first altbier experience; not sure what to expect. It's copper brown color, slightly cloudy with carbonation, becomes apparent as it's poured from the dark bottle into my tulip pint glass, the head fading fast. Smells and tastes a little like Beck's Dark lager, with it's malt heavy character. Subsequent whiffs yield a cheese-like funk, not necessarily a bad thing, but unexpected. Malt is the major player tastewise, although the hops seem to prevent the ale from becoming too one-noted. The ale has a smooth light mouthfeel and I feel like that helps it's overall drinkability and prevents the maltiness from becoming cloying.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

SH's alt pouts a clear deep filtered brownish amber body with a white head that looks solid and sticks around for a good long while leaving plenty of lacing. From the look, carbonation is rather high on this one. The aroma is sweet bready malt. There's not really any fruitiness to it in the nose. The flavor is sweet caramel malt along with some hop character to balance things out a bit. I am glad Southampton chose Saaz rather than Hallertauer hops for this one. The spice pairs well with the sweetness of the malt. The use of the Munich malt along with some wheat help to give this beer a good body. I would say the mouthfeel is somewhere along the lighter side of medium. Drinkability would be rather high for this as it is brewed per style and alts are something to be sessioned anyways.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southampton altibier

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass because I felt like it.

Its looks are pure amber, and fairly clear. The head is sudsy, and minor.

Aroma gives off aromas of autumn. Malt, faint caramel, apple...

The taste is all malt at the front (with some honey), followed quickly by a hop bite. It finishes a little grassy/earthy. Balanced well enough, but I have to say it's not balanced seamlessly. The flavor layers were in after another... not quite in cohesion.

Mouthfeel was crisp which leads to its high drinkability.

Didn't fall in love with it, but a decent enough brew.

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Photo of Naugled
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in pilsner glass.
Light brown copper color, crystal clear with small white head that doesn't last.
Crisp malty nose, biscuity.
Clean malty taste of fresh malted grain, some late residual sweetness but good balance
Soft smooth carbonation and mouth feel
Very drinkable and well crafted and delicious.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a thick foamy white head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells malty with a bit of a biscuit/cornbread aroma.

Taste: Has a very, very metallic taste to it. Has a strong hoppy bitterness with a bready, malty flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin and over-carbonated side.

Drinkability: I wasn't really impressed with this one. The metallic taste tends to overpower whatever else is there. Go elsewhere...

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Southampton Altbier from Southampton Publick House
3.55 out of 5 based on 481 ratings.
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