Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Reviews: 625
Hads: 1,068
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 57
Gots: 71 | 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: 625 | Hads: 1,068
Photo of thecheapies
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky gold with floaties. Couldn't produce much of a head. 2.5

Heavy spicing in the nose with white pepper and coriander. Bright and clean with small-time wheat and some evident citrus. 3.5

Heavy pepper and coriander with lots of spice rack notes. Lemon/orange notes with malt sweetness. The wheatiness is balanced and carries through sugars while allowing alcoholic strength to peel through. Forgiving in taste. 4.0

Wet sloppy feel with juicy malt notes. Slow carb, but in the past I've noticed more spritz. Felt booze. 3.5

Still a killer witbier, and I'll give it due credit in the overall score. 4.5 (612 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours in good form of a wit: hazy, sunny yellow color, with a bone-white head.

Bits of spice on the nose, with a good wheaty punch. grass and some lemon zest.

Some notes of lemon, wheat, slight nuttiness, spices and yeast.

Light, crisp and airy. Pleasant carbonation.

Definitely a nice witbier to be sure. (313 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like it should. Milky golden color, full of haze and 'stuff' floating in it. A bright sticky white head with staying power. Good lattice-like lace as the head eventually falls.

Love the smell. Orange, coriander and lemon fill the nose. Maybe even some honey in the background.

Slight letdown in the flavor as the spice takes center stage. Has good hop presence in the finish.

Less sweet than I'd like, a bit more spice than I care for. Has a strong, aggressive feel particularly in the finish when it hits the throat.

Pretty good representation of the style, somewhat different than I'm used to but the sixer I bought will get put to good use. (653 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at McCleary's Public House, Marietta, PA

A- a cloudy yellow with a puffy white head.

S- smacks the nose with wheat, spices (mostly coriander and cloves) and some citrus. Yeasty funk as well.

T- Finally, a witbier with some serious amounts of flavor. Follows the nose to a T. A bit of booze on the back end confirms the "Double" name of the beer.

M- Light to medium carbonation, and a slightly drying tartness on the backend.

O- Tried it on a whim, and was very pleasantly surprised. Nice to see someone played with the style, and didn't pump out another tired witbier. (580 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Cloudy pale yellow beer with a smallish white head. Average retention and lacing.

Typical Wit aroma; lots of coriander and clove atop citrusy orange and lemon. Some grainy wheat that’s also very much present in the taste. Flavor is pretty much right on style; fresh and modestly tart orange and lemon; well integrated coriander and other spices done right and not too heavy handed. Some bread and yeastiness in here too.

Crisp and clean, light-bodied, very drinkable, moderately high carbonation. A solidly made Wit that doesn’t necessarily stand out from the many others on the market. Nice warm weather beer and good for the right food pairing. (677 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such a great brewery with such quality products. Poured a 2" white head of medium life. Body is a clear straw yellow with lots of effervescence. It smells of grass, grain, and malt, and not really of the spices listed as ingredients. So far this doesn't sound wildly different than one of my BMC reviews. However, the taste and finish is where this truly shines. Buttery malt, orange and lemon peels, the coriander, they all come through nicely, followed by quite a long finish featuring a tart citrus zing. Refreshing, invigorating, and packing more punch than your typical witbier. (583 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/4 inch head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a moderate amount of surface foam. Thin, sudsy lacing.

S- A lot of spice, some soap and a bit of banana across a very apparent wheat base.

T- Delicious melange of citrus, coriander, wheat, chalky yeast and a solid stab of booze in the end to let you know this is a serious beverage, not some light and bland version of the style. Stays consistent throughout the drink and only gets better and better with each sip.

M- Medium carbonation with a feel that's fluffy and ever-so-slightly tart.

O- One of the first witbiers I ever loved upon first sip. Easy to drink and tasty but has a substantial presence to it as far as alcohol and body goes. (840 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with some orange hues and some visible yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Some light wheat aromas with lots of clove + banana from the yeast and just a hint of lemon zest.

T: Flavor very much follows the aroma but the intensity of the banana + clove is a little bit higher than the aroma and the lemon zest presence is a little lighter.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable beer, certain one that I will have again. This beer screams out to be drunk on a warm summer evening. Pleasant aroma, nice flavors and slightly fuller bodied than a traditional witbier. (831 characters)

Photo of HopNelius
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12 oz bottle into a UK pint glass.
Appearance- yellow color, cloudy with medium crbonation.
Smell- notes of banana, clove and yeast.
Taste- banana, clove, with a nice crisp finish, would make a good summer beer.
Mouthfeel- crisp refreshing.
Overall- not a bad wheat offering. I would buy this again, great summer beer. (335 characters)

Photo of jeremy13586
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted a wheat beer on this beautiful spring day, so I'm glad that I had this sitting in the fridge for the last week.

Bone white one-finger head. The head didn't stick around for very long, leaving a thin layer of bubbles atop of the beer. Since the bottle had been sitting in my fridge for about a week, I decided to roll the bottle around a bit to mix any settled yeast back in to the beer. The beer was a nice cloudy pale gold with some very tiny floaties lingering around. Plenty of tiny active bubbles rising to the top.

The aroma is very nice. Orange and some lemon, with a nice scent of yeast. There are also some minor grass and bubblegum notes.

The taste matches the nose pretty well, but the yeast character comes out much more, as does the bubblegummy sweetness. The sweetness eventually overpowers the citrus and fruity aspects.

Very smooth and a little bit dry. A bit higher than medium carbonation, and a medium body. Clean and refreshing finish.

A very enjoyable brew for this time of year. Very visually appealing, but the sweetness. does get a little bit overbearing. This beer does have plenty of good qualities and I could see myself drinking a few of these if the mood struck me. (1,205 characters)

Photo of Lolli1315
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very hazy yellow with suspended yeast floating throughout the beer. Small white head that lingers as a thing covering on top of the beer. Noticeable ring on the outside of the glass.

S- Burst of clove phenols and banana fruit esters to begin with but a noticeable lemon zest beneath. The clove phenols have attached a slight bubble gum smell as well. Bread emerges towards the finish as the clove follows all the way through.

T- The clove bursts through again, but the banana is not as strong in the taste. Clove phenols turn a little bit spicy towards the middle with some citrus and malt in the background. Slight bread towards the finish as the clove finishes through once more.

M- Medium-bodied and sweet. More full than a normal witbier, but I guess that is why it is called double white.

O- I'm a big fan of this beer and it actually one that got me into beer to begin with. If you want a slightly bigger taste than the normal witbier, but still want that classic belgian wheat beer taste, this is your beer. (1,023 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent citrus aroma to it, and a pretty sweet orange smell as well. Pretty solid.

Cloudy and dark golden in complexion with a thin head. 

Taste is certainly thick for a wit, with a strong sweet fruitiness upfront comprised mostly of orange with some lemon as well.  Good coriander presence as well. As it finishes, the orange comes out even more as the bubble gum sweetness gets heavier yet, still with a nice spiciness to it. 

It has a really good taste to it and I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I do think the sweetness would prevent this from becoming a session beer. (575 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed bright gold color with a very thin head. Sipping leaves some modest lacing for about the first 1/3 of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a nice mix of orange, coriander and lemon. Overall it is fresh, clean and inviting.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include orange, coriander and a dose of lemon.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and lightly prickly with medium carbonation. The finish is medium in length, starts with the orange and lemon and then the coriander comes forward before a nice dry finish with a touch of white pepper.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Each sip follows on easily from the last and I’d be happy to have a second one of these. I expect I’ll be seeing it again. My overall impression is that this is a well made wit that is a good representative of the style. That said, if given a choice I’d opt for the Saint Bernardus or the Allagash, but this would nonetheless be a strong contender. (1,098 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a Ommegang Tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 1finger head that keeps its tight bubbled fluffy retention. Big sliced orange smell first on the nose followed by banana bread, coriander, nutmeg, clove, deep spice notes, some lemon peel thrown in also. Buttery citrus notes on the mouth, big spice characters, again with banana and orange peel. A sour lemon taste midway through the sip that finishes very smoothly. Light bodied, medium to high carbonation, crisp and refreshing on the feel. Overall this is a good wit, not sure why its a "double" but what ever, its good. (611 characters)

Photo of ahq514
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, lighter golden color. Small fluffy white head. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Some random spots of lacing.

Everything typical of a witbier is there and nicely balanced. Very citrusy, with a touch of lemon and orange, although I would say more lemon. Some nice spice lies in the background of the nose. Very straightforward.

A very refreshing beer. Starts off with a tang of wheat. Then the tangy citrus flavors burst in, with the lemon dominating. It then immediately dries out and there is a very spicy coriander pepperish finish, which dries it out even more.

Dry mouthfeel with a touch lighter than medium body. Medium carbonation, but lower than you would expect.

A good wit, but I'd rather grab a St Bernie or Allagash any day. A tad on the dry and spicy side for me. I would have liked the taste to be more citrus forward. (900 characters)

Photo of crhensel
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle into tulip) Poured a hazy amber with a thin and quickly falling head with little lacing. The aroma was heavy with banana as well as a little citrus and coriander. While a little thin in the mouth, it works nicely as the prevailing flavor is the citrus with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Overall this was a very refreshing and great tasting beer, one I would like to try again in the summer! (403 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy lemon mirangue hue with a quickly dissipating, bubbly head and minimal lacing

S: Lots of grainy and grassy wheat aromas with a touch of apples, pears, and bananas-but mostly grassy, wet grains; some alcohol as well

T: Lots more typical wit flavors: banana, pears, bubble gum--lots of fruit; some subtle alcohol and lots of wet musty grains

F: Nice carbonation up front; a touch thin but enough beer clings to the tongue--very yeasty and creamy in finish

O: A nice, slightly big white ale; this is quite refreshing and definitely one that I will come back to (571 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours a completely opaque golden yellow color with a thin froth of white head sitting on top. Retains pretty well, leaving rings of lacing along the glass.

Nice, refreshing scent of coriander, orange peel, and slight yeast. Faint fruit sweetness with some peppery spice too.

Juicy citrus up front on the tongue with orange and tangerine. Some softer pithy tones, but not bitter. Peppery spice with soft yeast notes. Very light malt backbone with some fruit sweetness towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, somewhat higher carbonation, tingly and refreshing. This drinks really nicely - while I'm not the biggest witbier fan, this is one I wouldn't mind having again, especially during the warmer months. (741 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden tumbler. Thanks kindly to mikesgroove for the extra!

Pours punching through the center like a classic style lemon and brown, it's unfiltered character makes the beer quite murky. Head is kind of shampoo like consistency white in color, It does have very good staying power.

Nose. Finally! A Witbier that smells like coriander to me for once. Specifically very fresh cilantro, Italian parsley and very green! Mild lemon zest as well but no sense of wheat or chewy malt.

Taste on the palate is a big thick lemon and lime citrus. Carbonation and texture bring a nice tight bubbly and it feels like a giant malt soda. Density gives a noticeable presence and it's very noticeably boozy. Palate gives a nice tolerable rich butter sensation (not diacetyl) which works well with all the other elements going on.

Overall, this is a real solid tasting and great smelling witbier. As a double it feels like a big one also, but for 6.6 it's a little boozy. I still rather enjoy this though, and would love to get to try more Southampton brews most definitely! I got my eye on you! (1,112 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Office in Monclair

Light pale yellow hazy body, white head some lacing.

The smell of flowers and wheat. My girlfriend says it smells like a funeral home.

Cloves, citrus, fruit, caramel, wheat and a sourness as well. Quite tasty.

Dry taste like a champagne, noticeable carbonation. It's a beer that should be sipped not because high alcohol content but is enjoyed more that way.

Quite a tasty beer, I don't believe I have tried this style before but I like it and hope to try beers in this style. (518 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.


This beer pours a very hazy golden-orange color. It had very little head, an what head was there disappeared in a hurry. It looks pretty typical of the style.


This smells extremely refreshing. Lots of very refreshing orange zest in the aroma. It's also got a nice bit of lemon and grass. A little bit of spicy yeast, as well as some nice malty sweetness. There's even a tad of caramel at the end. It smells wonderful!


Quite a bit sweeter than expected. The bright orange zest from the nose doesn't translate to the tongue, but there is a nice orange flavor that remains. There's a good bit of earthiness, and some of the Belgian yeast character. There's a very slight bitterness roght at the end.


Fuller-bodied than expected, but it's got a slightly dry finish. It's definitely easy-drinking, and I could drink a few of these at a sitting without flinching. It's not as refreshing as it smelled, but it is a nice drinking beer for sure.


This is a really nice beer! It's probably my favorite Wit that I've had so far. I'm honestly not a big fan of the style, but I would definitely drink this beer again. I got this as an extra in a trade, and I'm glad that this was thrown in. Good stuff!

Cheers. (1,276 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy/hazy orange yellow with very thin white head.No lacing whatsoever.Even for unfiltered, there is a lot of stuff floating around in here! Scent is that of lemons and/or oranges.Taste is unexpectedly bitter, citrus; very oily in taste and mouthfeel. (259 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours straw yellow with a full, fluffy white head. Looks exactly like a good wit should.

S: Big with yeast profile with a nice amount of lemony citrus (from both the peel and the coriander, I presume).

T: Follows the smell. Wheat and wit yeast are big and boisterous, but the spices an citrus peel really balance out the tangy wheat.

D: Really well balance for its size! The extra points of alcohol are completely hidden and the only thing that betrays the ABV is a slightly heavier than usual mouthfeel.

Overall: Excellently crafted brew. This one ranks among the very best stateside-brewed witbiers. Its affordability and availability are cherries on top. Get it if you see it; undoubtedly one of Southampton's best. (773 characters)

Photo of busterthecat
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 45*. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

A- Pours a pale straw from bottle. A decent crisp white head forms before fading to a foamy capping and ring. The addition of the yeast gives the beer a gentle haze while in glass. Yeast floaties are plentiful.

S- Loads of dusty hay, mellow yeast and some tang of lemony citrus. Smell is very appealing and the different notes are in a great combo.

T- Lots of dusty hay again in the taste. Soft orange and lemon come into play. The yeast brings with it some depth. Slight white pepper is detectable. Mellow citrus with a touch of hay linger well on palate.

M- Solid medium bodied feel. Enough carbonation to make the citrus notes have a slight tingle. Goes from dry to wet (middle), back to dry (end/ finish).

O- A very well done wit. One of the better ones i've tasted. The dusty quality really sets it apart from the very citrus forward variations. I would really like to try it if they were to throw some brett into this beer. (987 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice very hazy yellow color with a thin layer of head that is very fine and dissipates quickly, has a large amount of carbonation bubbles, leaves no lacing whatsoever
S: has a very nice wheat scent with notes of bread and slight underlying lemon notes
T: begins with a nice sweetness like lemon with slight honey notes then moves into the dryness of wheat and bread and finishes very crisp and refreshing with a bit of sweetness that is oddly reminiscent of lime
M: gentle carbonation then moves like silk across the palate, leaves a very nice feeling on the mouth, slightly chilled, slightly sour kind of haha
O: i really love this brew, taste is exceptional appearance is nice, just hits so well on the palate, really refreshing and not an extreme wheat taste like that of hoegarten, very enjoyable (836 characters)

Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
90 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.