Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 57
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2003

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Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting beer. I was not sure I liked it at first, but it quickly grew on me.

It pours a hazy light gold like a witte with a large foamy pure white head. Some lacing is evident.

Smell is a citrus mix of oranges, lemons, and toasty bread. Hmmm.

Taste is, for lack of a better description, like a Spanish Cava or California sparkling wine. Not quite as refined as Champagne, but it impressed me nonetheless. Citrus spark with a nice bready center with a nice drying end asking for another sip.

Mouthfeel is also like a sparkler. Dry and crisp. Very nice.

I wish I could get this one more regularly. Thanks rapapoda!

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured slightly cloudy pale golden in color with a white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas lemons, oranges and spices in the nose.
T: Flavors of lemons and oranges really stand out in the overall taste, which is slightly sweet and has some hints of coriander.
M: It feels medium- to light-bodied on the palate and a bit thin.
D: The beer is refreshing and thirst quenching and is relatively easy to drink, even when considering its higher alcohol content as compared to typical witbiers.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one didn’t have much of a head but the body was a gorgeous, glowing orange.

Smell – Oh, this is a heavy-hitting Wit. The orange peel and coriander are huge at the nose. I love it when a Wit doesn’t try to do too much. There’s some light weizeny wheat mixed in here but mostly this is just classic orange peel, nice pepper and coriander, and a bit of medicinal alcohol.

Taste – The lightly bittered orange flavor is right on cue. It’s very rindy, and it stands out a bit more than it did at the Smell because the spices step back a bit. The alcohol though is just right, making its presence know yet not overly strong. There’s a pale wheat flavor here too that really is needed to compliment the big kind of sweetish orange.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and very smooth but lacking in the giant carbonation that marks the style.

Drinkability – This went down extremely well.

Comments – Thanks to Just E and Sally C for sending this beautiful bomber my way.

Photo of MadScientist
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, light golden with a thin white head. Head retention is somewhat poor.

S: Coriander, wheat malt, spice and an herbal note dominate. The spice is mostly pepper. Some low orange and lemon aromas.

T: moderately-strong orange, lemon, pepper and coriander dominate the flavor. The esters and phenols are very apparent in the flavor, no mistaking that Belgian yeast was used here. A moderate bitterness with a balance that is slightly bitter despite having some malt sweetness mid-taste. A dry finish with an aftertaste of coriander and bitterness with light floral earthy notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. Moderate creaminess and a little warmth in the back of the throat.

O: An impressive beer with a nice bitterness.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in Virgin BIF-thanks Kempleton.

A-Cloudy and yellow with almost meringue like 3 inch head. Look good
S-Hard to smell with that giant head but had a citrus smell mostly, some spicy notes.
T-Maltier than expected, good citrus tones, some pine flavor, muted spices. There was a slight muted flavor to this one compared to other Wits. A little musty yeast in there too but was good touch.
M-Big and creamy in the mouth, dcently carbonated. Not as crisp on the tongue as lower ABV styles of wit.
D-Very smooth and delicous. Could drink a few of these.

Enjoyed this beer. An a really hot Texas day, I'd choose a lighter more crisp witbier, but this is one I'd pair with food and enjoy over an evening.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm sampling a 2005 vintage of the Double White Ale from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours into my tulip glass a lovely cloudy golden straw yellow with a nice bubbly inch of bone white head atop the brew. The pour is light and inviting. Aromas are quite simply beautiful. Sun dried grains/pale malts are enveloped by a beatiful lemony, citric aroma brought on by the coriander and orange peel used in the brew. Spicy fresh yeast tones along with a slighty sour, funky aroma and a touch of herbal hops that really makes this one special. Quite simply an enchanting aroma.

First sip brings a sweet sun dried pale maltiness that's a bit wheaty. It's quickly met by a big blast of lemony, citric spiciness with lots of noticeable coriander and orange zest. Fresh, slightly bready yeast integrates itself beautifully into the brew. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of funky sourness that really adds to the experience. Clean, crisp and a true testament to the brewing skills over at Southampton. An explosive melding of flavors that works really well for me...I think I found my new favoirte witbier. The bountiful mix of coriander and citric spiciness doesn't quit and brings a smile to my face with each subsequent sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rather light with a blast of carbonation that comes with each sip and fills the mouth. Somewhat addictive..it's hard for me to put my glass down. This 750ml is disappearing just about as fast as I opened it. A truly tasty, drinkable, well crafted brew that I hope to be able to sample again. I need to get myself out to Southampton one of these days!! Many thanks to warriorsoul for giving me the opportunity to enjoy this brew!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow color, some haziness. The head was small, but nevertheless produced some good lacing. Citrus aroma, maybe, if I talk myself into it, a little wheat. Citrus taste, both orange and lemon, with some faint peppery spice. This was a pleasant beer, and I imagine it would be great in the summer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a smallish white head that that quickly diminishes and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is spices, funky yeast, some banana and clove and some fruits.

The flavor is sweet lemony fruits and wheaty malts with a little yeastiness and some spices and soapiness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly watery with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a decent wit. I tend to like them sweet and fruity.

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle(XXII reserve) pours a hazed blonde yellow with a small, but sturdy, white head. Some nice sheet lacing.

Aroma is spicy coriander, white pepper, orange peel, lemon, and some earthy yeast. Herbal notes emerge as it warms.

Velvety mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation.

Tastes like a good wit with notes of lemon and white pepper, earthy yeast, and orange peel. Lots of floral and herbal notes are suggestive of a saison. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste but felt after finishing the bottle.

Really nice. Southampton does an exceptional job with their wits and saisons. Drinkability would be higher for this but for the potent alcohol kick.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger NYC, Poured cloudy, sort of off white,yellowish, not much head, tiny bubble film and leaving well defined lacing. Nose of yeast, and spice. Citrus, yeast, spice, alcohol, carry this one, medium body, silky smooth mouthfeel. Interesting concoction, style buster. Another winner from Phil and crew. Got to meet the brewmaster at the Tiger's S'hampton night, allways a treat.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very strong on the coriander, but I also get a little bit of orange peel. Still, it has one of the heaviest coriander aromas of any double white I can remember. The flavor is more balanced. I get a good dose of wheat and coriander, but I also get some great juicy orange notes. The alcohol is also fairly detectable in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty good.

Photo of jakester
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is from a bomber brought back from SPH by a good friend. Thanks, Dorothy! I drank this in a Kasteel glass.

This beer looks like liquid gold sitting in your glass. Very pretty. No head, however. Just tiny islands and a ring around the glass. Carbonation is evident, but no lacing.

Aroma is a wonderfully clean coriander and orange peel, kind of lemony, bready wheat. Black pepper and a faint green banana smell, also. Inviting.

The taste is just so clean and fresh, it's inspiring. Fresh, tart lemons, coriander, orange peel, black pepper, tart, bready wheat and yeast. Impressive. Most impressive. The aftertaste is of coriander.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and damn refreshing. A pretty good bite from carbonation on your tongue. Just the right amount of residual sugar. Finish is like a sweet-tart candy.

I really don't see how this could be much improved. I don't like to give 5's, but...DAMN!

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a large flared tulip glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Cloudy,straw colored with a 2" fluffy white head dissapating a bit quick to a creamy looking coating. Lots of streams of extra tiny bubbles in the center of the glass racing to the surface.Just some slight spotty lacing.

Good clean,fresh,moderate aroma clovey,yeasty,slight notes of bannana,hints of corriander,an orangy/lemony citrus aroma,and a strong wheat grain aroma,inviting and complex aroma.

Clove,spicy,yeasty,peppery with some corriander,lemony,very clean. Finishes with a good,crisp,complex citrus taste with a nice touch of tartness.
The 7% alcohol was not even noticable.

Light,creamy mouthfeel with an inticing grainyness. Very refreshing and easy drinking. Would love to drink this one again.

Photo of BadBadger
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather pleasant suprise. This beer pours a cloudy and lightly golden color. The head was white and nicely foamy, although the head didn't last long. The smell and taste are of a slightly citrus nature. The relatively high alcohol is nicely hidden. This is a beverage certainly worth your while. Enjoy!

Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with creamy white head

Aroma: very wheaty, orange and lemon zest, coriander.

Taste: zesty, wheaty, with a slight spiciness to it. Definite orange and lemon with a thick wheaty profile

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth from wheat, medium carbonation, medium-light body

Overall: Delicious and very very refreshing. Just enough spice and citrus fruit zest to complement the wheaty flavor and mouthfeel.

4.2/5

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Heavily clouded light golden yellow with a nice bright head that forms tight with a creamy textured head leaves behind fine lacing. Aroma: A creamy overall scent zest citrus peel coriander tone to wrap it up spice, yeasty note, and citrus arise mellow sweet wheat touch of esters maybe banana and alcohol grassy hop character in there as well. Taste: What a tasty treat coats the palate with a refreshing layer of creamy malt biscuit sweetness exotic spice not too heavy on the coriander and light hop bitterness touch of citrus feel with the zest ties it altogether nicely. Mouthfeel: Smooth on the palate evenly carbonated flows nicely effortless really medium to light bodied. Drinkability: Quite nice lives up to this small brewery's reputation can't wait to try their IPA and Imperial Porter.

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden-straw colored cloudy brew with some larger particles floating about. An over-sized head - I'll blame the tap rather than the brewer - that leaves nice lacing.

FEEL: Thin but as expected. Not dry.

Coriander and other spices dominate. Nice spicing but inadequate flavor from the malts given the level of spicing.

Not a favorite style Taking that into consideration, this is a nice version of the style. As noted above, however, too much reliance on spices for the flavor and nose.

Photo of mocktm
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, can't express enough my fondness for the Southampton Publick House and their beers. Have had this numerous times before I found this site, but never really formally reviewed it. So, 12oz bottle into my Piraat tulip. No freshness date present, but given that the bottle sports a older SH logo, I'm guessing that this bottle is at least a year old, if not more. We'll see how that works out.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with around a finger's worth of snow white head. Slight yeast chunkiness to it with plenty of carbonation bubbles shooting their way up form the bottom of the glass. A good looking Belgian Wit with adequate lacing and solid retention.

Abundance of Belgian spice notes on the nose, coriander and orange peel most notably. Just a wonderful citrus aroma meshed with wheat undertones. The flavors really jump out at you.

Tastes of significant fruit: a lot of lemon, orange and hints of banana. A bit of yeast mustiness with minimal hop presence that boasts a lingering tangy flavor that sticks with you from sip to sip. Wheat undertones contribute a amiable sweetness, adding to a becoming and well done take on the style.

Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated with a slick mouth feel. Smooth drinking; a perfect summer beer.

Overall, I'm a fan of this beer and constantly throw it in as an extra in trades. Probably one of the better American brewed wits I've encountered. I'll have to see how the fresher bottle I have in the fridge compares to this one.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted wheat and pale malts with good amounts of lemon peel and lighter amounts of orange and grapefruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Wheat flavors with a higher-than-average amount of twang kick things off, backed up by light malts. Soon afterward a large amount of lemon peel flavors that are equally sweet and tart come into play before softening a bit with the addition of orange flavors. Both citrus fruits are joined by mildly grassy flavors that together carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didnt' have a problem finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but I wish it were crisper - the wheat flavors seem to overpower everything else early on and the rest of the flavor profile never seems to recover. Still, a nice beer for warmer weather and worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial strange with no fruit)

A- This beer has a straw yellow body that has a very faint haze and a good strong carbonation that swirls from the engraved star on the bottom of the glass. The head is a thick pure white foam that turns to a rocky head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of yeast, cooked corn and sweet floral notes is really pleasant. There is a faint sulfur note in the finish with a dry pale malt aroma. It takes on the aroma of the suit section in a department store, kind of crisp, clean and sterile smell.

T- This beer has a smooth soft pale malt flavor with some notes of lemons and soft floral hops. The finish is a soft bitter hops flavor with some nice spicy qualities. There is a carbonic acid note that brings out the spice. As it warms that spice takes on a bitter orange quality.

M- This is a medium-light beer with a watery texture. There is no alcohol warmth or carbonic bite in the finish.

D- I guess I don't really understand the "double gravity" quality in this beer. It is a nice Wit but I think with the extra alcohol I would like to taste bigger wheat flavors. Instead the beer taste a little more thin and watery.

Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to some friends, I went through a couple sixers of this last week on vacation in Riverhead.

This wit looks exactly as I hope, traditional in every sense. It's a very pale white gold color with a light haziness through the body. The head is ivory white, soft, fluffy and dense, and it stands just over one finger tall. It lowers but very slowly, staying firm enough that it holds up for the duration and leaves behind plenty of patching and webbing as it does.
The nose is nice, with a soft spiciness, plenty of coriander and a clove-like note along with white pepper, orange zest, and a touch of lemon along with some herb over a base of dry malts like cracked wheat.
The flavor brings everything out even more; this is a great witbier at about double strength, and I can't help thinking they got exactly what they were going for. I'm not sure what more people could expect out of this beer. It's not perfect, but it is fantastic.
The flow is excellent, and there's a fluffy, creamy softness that keeps up in the light-medium body all the way. Each sip is bright, zesty and crisp while being completely smooth as well.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very cloudy light orangish yellow with a 1 finger white head. Quick to dissipate is sticks around as a film. Can still see some carbonation.

S: First I get some belgian yeast and strong citrus, an orange and lemon scent. Wheat comes through too.

T: Fairly balanced between a banana from the yeast, some orange and the wheat backing. Feels like it clocks in heavier than it is.

M: Fuller and heavier body than expected. Low carbonation. A silky finish.

Overall I know these guys are serious about their beers and this it shows. Pretty enjoyable, certainly a wit that can get your drunk.

Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The beer poured a nice clear golden color with some active bubbles and a bright white, but thin head on top. The nose is freshing and spicey, some corriander and orange, a bit a lemon peel. The taste is refreshing....a bit of hop bitterness but mostly spice, orange and some lemon, true to the aroma. Very drinkable and a medium body make this one a winner.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Ommegang Witte tumbler.

A--Orange-straw body with a fizzy white one finger head that dies to skim quickly. A little bit of lacing. A little dark but that's to be expected from a "double".

S--Strong orange peel, with some melon in back, and tangy, buttery wheat.

T--Well-structured, just a little too heavy. Nice lip-smacking citrus and coriander spice throughout the flavor profile, and the middle has plenty of wheat. Maybe a little too much, as this slips over into buttery popcorn a little more than I'd like. Nice styrian goldings or some similar Belgian style hop finish. Just a tug.

M&D--Mouthfeel's great: spritzy and lively and bright. The drinkability I only knocked down because this is heavier than I would want from the style. I'm not one who believe bigger is better, and the sooner I'm drunker the happier. This is a summer beer style, and I don't especially want heft during that season.

Still, obviously masterfully brewed, as are all of Southampton's beers I've tried. If you want a witbier with more sock than usual, go for it.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southampton- Double White Ale

Appearance- Hazy light orange with a thick white head.
Smell- Tangy wheat, pepper, orange.
Taste- Banana bubblegum wheat with yeast and orange notes.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp up front but the flavor very blossoms in the end.

Overall- Slighty boring at first but half way down the glass the flavor picked up and this became a nice warm weather beer.

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
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