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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Double White AleDouble White Ale

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977 Ratings
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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 53
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2003)
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Photo of sleazo

New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

A-Cloudy pale yellow with a sturdy white head. Scattered lacing.

S-murky peppery and slightly funky.

T-Wow big bold flavour. Lots of hops and some sweet malt then a spicy clove and pepper finish. This is a wit on steroids. You get the typical coriander, lemony taste followed by more of everything including hops. A challenging beer.

M-very sharp. A medium body with plenty maybe too much carbonation.

D- this one is a little too potent. Too strong on the alcohol side in my opinion for the style. Som estyles dont need to be doubled.

05-09-2007 03:44:07 | More by sleazo
Photo of Abita45


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass with only a thin head but still fragrant. Smells earthy but sweet with fruit and sugary scents. The taste mirrors the smell with sweet orange and spice tones and what I guessed was corinander. Considering I'm sure if I know exactly what corinander tastes, imagine my surprise when it was actually listed on the bottle's description. The fruit tones work well off of the spices and there's a faint orange taste that is pronounced enough that I think it is the same effect as grating some of an orange rind into a beer might have.

While I think I might prefer some white ales better, this was very good and I enjoyed it very much.

05-07-2007 14:23:33 | More by Abita45
Photo of Grundle20


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours with a fine white head in to a tulip. The head settles out to a fine white film rather quickly and there's little lacing to note. The beer is a murky straw color with brown notes.

I guess I can't say what a "double white ale" is supposed to taste or smell like. There's notes of banana bread and cloves with an underlying fresh herbal scent of parsley. The Belgian funk I would expect to smell in a standard witbier seems to be replaced with the kind of scents you would expect in a German hefeweizen. Kind of a weird hybrid here but it's decent none the less.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again, this isn't what I was expecting from a "double white ale." It drinks crisp and effervescent with some strong herbal and spice character, but again there's some of those weird German wheat beer traits of cloves and banana butting in on the flavor. For being 7% the beer drinks really light and smooth. In the finish there's a rubbing alcohol wash but ultimately the beer goes out quiet and clean.

If it wasn't for the "Double" on the label I would never suspect this beer to be 7%, it drinks rather crisp and light with only a minor suggestion of alcohol in the finish. Paired with refreshing herbal character makes for a good drinkin' summer beer.

Bottom Line:
A little weird but good. It's certainly an "American" tasting beer. I think at the end of the day I prefer a standard Belgian wit to this beer but new things are good things.

05-07-2007 00:56:27 | More by Grundle20
Photo of bonbright7


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

I had this on tap at Dek's American in Rocky Point, NY after having a Maudite and the cascade of flavors continued to great effect. The freshly tapped ale had a generous yellow/orange appearance with a 1/2" head that subsided after the first taste. A heavenly light taste prevailed in a display of coriander, peppers, subtle hops, and a robust malt taste. The finish was sweet and vanished like a ghost.

This was easily on par with my favorite of this style on tap: The Allagash White.

05-06-2007 15:30:27 | More by bonbright7
Photo of Naerhu


4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

I could not believe my eyes when I found this at Isetan Queens in Shinagawa, Tokyo. I'm glad a took the leap of faith and did, went over and purchased a bottle.

A - Fluffy smooth pure white head on a hansome yellow opaque body.
S - Clear rich yeast and cotton candy nose, with lots of floral notes.
T - Unbelievably rich, with dried oranges, and corriander and yeast flavors all over the place.
M - Fresh vibrant carbonation, on a double sized body. The alcohol is well incorporated into this beer.
D - Glad this comes in a large bottle. More for me to drink!!!!

05-03-2007 08:37:33 | More by Naerhu
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

04-30-2007 22:33:22 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of crookedhalo


3.93/5  rDev -1%

Pours up a lightly clouded honey yellow with some bronze highlights and a pretty thin bone white head. Healthy wafts of orange peel, unmalted and malted wheats, and further hints of candy, spices and ginger ale. Certainly fuller than your average witbier, sweet redisual maltiness with a mild sourness, orange zest, mild tropical fruit and spicing shows up mid-palate and it finishes with a carbonic acid twang. Alcohol is nearly on the threshhold of taste. Full-bodied while maintaining an easy-drinking feel. I've had this beer before and I'll have it again. Kinda reminds me of a beefed-up Vuuve.

04-29-2007 21:57:57 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of cabsandking


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Pale yellow and cloudy with a nice fluffy white two finger head showing good retention. the nose has a stern yeasty astringent up front with bright lemon notes, some pithy fruit, wheat grains and grassy. Much heartier and fuller than most wits, lots of flavor. Sour wheat and yeasty notes take shape early along with a strong lemon and orange rind flavor and then a subtle unripe banana lingers in the back. Medium smooth mouthfeel with some large bubbled carbonation filling in the gaps. Slight numbing of the tongue. Hop bitterness is there but almost shoved aside by the intense pucker.

04-24-2007 15:55:04 | More by cabsandking
Photo of Wildman


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a small snow white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, pepper, citrus, coriander and other spices. The flavor was of hops, pepper, bubblegum and candy. The body is fairly light, the finish is sprite, with a tart, peppery finish. A pretty good wit beer.

04-22-2007 01:35:37 | More by Wildman
Photo of BeerTruth


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic.

This witbier appeared a light wheat yellow with a very generous head. Lacing was very minimal but the head stayed well throughout entire tasting. Smell was that of banana, yeast, coriander, and spices...wasn't a fan of the odor. Taste was much different than anticipated from smell. Very enjoyable taste. Pretty heavy for a witbier, but I guess that's where the "Double" comes in. Lemony, orange peel taste very light and crisp. Fresh and clean mouthfeel overall. Quite drinkable IMO, not much alcohol present. Good solid brew overall.

04-15-2007 01:55:09 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of Contra

New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

22 oz. bottle

It's been awhile since I've had a witbier, but I think I can safely say this is the best witbier I've ever had. Loaded with citrus flavor, but very smooth. Surprisingly, there is a lack of acidic tinge, which adds to the exceptional mouthfeel and drinkability. The appearance is like golden honey. Extremely cloudy, little head. My only regret is that I don't have any oranges.

04-10-2007 23:49:55 | More by Contra
Photo of Minkybut


2.4/5  rDev -39.5%

Poured this beer from the big bottle to 50 degree tumbler. The beer was a very pale color almost white. It was slighly cloudy with a big white fluffy head that decayed rather quickly. Bubbles in head were really fine. The beer was yeasty tasting and sour which I am no fan of. I will not purchase this beer again.

04-07-2007 23:21:34 | More by Minkybut
Photo of beerphan


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

22oz bomber -> goblet
no date, but XXII Reserve printed on label

Pours a hazed yellow with a thick tight white head. Sporadic clumps of lace. Carbonation appears aggressive. Lots of floaties on last pour, settle at the bottom of the glass appearing as specks of brown.

Nose: Yeast, clover, pepper, coriander

Yeasty, spicey with citrus tones and a semi-tart lemony tang finish. Light coriander, bananna, and a pepppery spice.

Crisp mouth with plenty of carbonation.

An easy drinker with many complexities and layers. 7% alcohol is an afterthought. Give it a swill if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed.

04-06-2007 19:32:50 | More by beerphan
Photo of techdiver


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a nice foamy head that dissipates slowly.

Nose was surprising right off the pour with citrus notes evident immediately.

Taste is typical wit, but with a bit of an odd finish I can't quite put my finger on. Whatever it is, it's enough to cause me to rate it below St. Bernardus and Allagash.

Mouthfeel is good, but that damn finish is still nagging.

Drinkability marked down; finish is definitely putting me off.

04-06-2007 03:34:57 | More by techdiver
Photo of hoppymeal


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a light gold, straw color, very hazy with a few chunks, a two finger bright white head that slowly fades. Sweet sugariness, straw, and coriander in the aroma give a nice belgian wit aroma. A tangy lemony aroma is also quite prevalent. Taste follows aroma with the lemon being dominant. Preceding the lemon is a quick flash of the sweet sugariness and coriander. A nice nutty flavor in the aftertaste. Medium body, fairly soft, a little puckery from the lemon flavor and a small dryness in the finish. Very easy to drink, I would have preferred a little less of the lemon in the taste to give the sweet grains and nutty flavor to show a little better. Thanks Matt for the opportunity.

04-06-2007 02:24:41 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of steamingheap


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours light straw colored and cloudy with a bright white, thick head which quickly died down leaving thick lace on the glass. The aroma was loaded with the expected fruit scents, notably citrus and banana, and spicy notes. The flavor follows the aroma with spices, wheat malt, and citrus flavors filling out the profile. Banana flavor is present throughout. The 7% alcohol is in there, I assume, but does not show up in the taste. Moderately carbonated and smooth on the mouthfeel.

This was my first taste of an imperial-style Wit, and if this is representative of the style, I hope to drink many more. It has a very full flavor profile without relying too heavily on spices and packs a very drinkable mouthfeel.

03-29-2007 02:30:55 | More by steamingheap
Photo of clvand0


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured a very cloudy yellow color with plenty of head and left plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma had everything I was looking for - hint of alcohol, lemon, spices, and hints of funk. The flavor was very nice as well. Lots of citrus and plenty of spices along with a punch from the higher alcohol level. The lemon and spices stick on the palate. The body is light/medium and the drinkability is great.

03-21-2007 17:08:30 | More by clvand0
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

03-17-2007 03:51:30 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of LvilleIPA

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Looks awesome. Light yellow, decent head, leaves nice lacing. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect.

S - Didn't really pick up anything noticable. Rather plain.

T - Alot more body than it's "witbier" designation. It has a decent amount of maltiness. I'm guessing this is the "double" part of the beers name. Good spice, alot of sharpness too. It's damn fine.

M - Carbonation, light and crisp with a nice aftertaste. Very easy and light bodied.

D - For being 7%, you can really put this one away. It's a great buy for a hot day, perfect for that.

03-17-2007 02:49:19 | More by LvilleIPA
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Picked this up recently since spring is nearly here and the liquor store was nearly out of this. I've heard good things about Southampton's offerings, and this is the first that I've ever tried from them. Even though it's not quite warm out, this beer is perfect for this time of the year! It really took me by surprise, and even though I'm not 100% sure what a "double white" is, I can say that it's not a hyberbole in any sense of the word!

This had an absolutely great pour and appearance to it. - right up there with Weihenstephaner! Great head, nice lacing, a subtly beautiful golden straw hue, and the cloudiness that I got after swirling the last bit and pouring it in...just heaven! For the taste, I was expecting a witbier, but that's not quite what this is. Sure, there's coriander, grass, straw, and a hit of banana and clove here, but this struck me more as being a farmhouse saison type; as if it were a distant cousin of an Ommegang brew. Not that it's a bad thing (apologies to Seinfeld)! Instead of it being too similar to a Hoegaarden, Erdinger, Schnieder Weisse, or even the Sam Adams White Ale, this stands out apart from them. It's heavier, maltier, and the aftertaste is very reminiscent of the saison type that I already mentioned. It lingers well, and has the right amount of sourness to hold me over until the next sip. I've just never had anything quite like this before!

I can certainly feel the 7.00% ABV here, and as I already stated, this is good for this time of the year since it's not light like other brews of this style. It's having a very nice warming effect on me, without being roasted and heavy like a weizenbock or winter warmer. Certainly good for people like me, who love lighter styles and wish for some variation among them!

Southampton's got a winner here, hands down. Finding something this simplistic up front with a nice depth and range in it is always a treat, and it only makes me wish that more of their highly-touted beers were available in my beloved Garden State. For the $7.99 that I paid for this 6-pack, there's no doubt in my mind that this was the perfect beer to start off spring with!

03-14-2007 07:29:46 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of smcolw


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Golden and cloudy. Relatively small head that distributes light lace on the side of the glass.

Strong farmhouse aromas much like Biere du Garde from France. Strong wheat aromas and fresh yeast, as expected.

Spicy flavors up front. Very high, but tight-bubbled carbonation, almost like champagne. The aftertaste has a light sourness that lasts for a long time. The body is heavier than most in this style. Some alcohol warmth at the end, too.

Okay, this is my least favorite style. Take that into consideration if you are reading this review. I believe that this is a well made witbier. If you like this style, I would certainly give it a try. My wife who likes this style very much said it was on the bitter side for her and that this one was "okay".

03-11-2007 21:04:24 | More by smcolw
Photo of jdg204


4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

Picked up a 6 pack of this brewsky on the way home after reading some great reviews for a nice witbier (which my wife loves), and I can safely say this is the best I've had yet.

Appearance - Beautiful light yellow, deeply cloudy look, and a nice white foamy head. Perfect for the style.

Smell - Wonderful light lemony odor with a deep spiced coriander undertone.

Taste - Fantastic! The flavor is crisp and refreshing with a touch of lemon and a healthy portion of coriander and other spices.

Mouthfeel - Flavor is incredibely consistent and the aftertaste is phenomenol. Your mouth if going to love you for drinking this beer.

Drinkability - I just flat out loved this brew, the best I've ever had in the Witbier style. It'd probably be even better in the summer, but even in the winter you'll love this. Incredibely refreshing, crisp, and satisfying, you need to try this beer!

03-08-2007 02:45:03 | More by jdg204
Photo of Ricochet


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Big foamy head from the pour, and a cloudy yellow, with very fine particulate visible only when holding to the light along with a bit of carbonation. Small lace. Smells like juicy fruit, only not as fake a scent as others. Stong orange, grapefruit and wheat. Appetizing.

Mouth is buzzy. Best way to put it. Across my tounge and in the swallow, it seemed like a very alive beer, really fresh with a thick wheat aftertaste. This is great.

Taste? It's a winner thus far. It beats Great Lakes hands down. The hops bitter but not dominant enough to make this taste as the mouth feel was, Alive. The orange peel flavor was very nice but not fake tasting and the overal wheat/malt flavors blended well, and the extra ABV was not noticeable. Very nice.

For a six pack of this, to beat out my hometown Great Lakes, in price and flavor, I'm really starting to like this style and Hefes and wheat beers in general. Get this and chew.

03-05-2007 01:09:42 | More by Ricochet
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours pale, cloudy, light gold. A moderate, dense white head rose to an inch upon pouring, and receded to a skim coat, followed by a few mere whisps of bubble threads on the surface. Some subtle lacework was evident at first, but dissapated after a few sips.
Aromatics are spicy, zesty, and fruity. Lemon zest and coriander take the lead, with notes of wet straw, cracked cumin, and mint follow through.
Mouthfeel is a quenching balance of crispiness and creamyness. Carbonation is medium and slightly spritzy.
The pallet is filled with citric twang, balanced spicing, and an earthy dryness. Lemon overtones layered on orange zest, white pepper, spearmint, and a slight citic bite of corainder. A yeasty, almost funky follow-through adds some nice depth and complexity.
A more substantial grain bill and alcohol level keeps this double white from being watery.
Finishes drying, slightly warming, and approachable for the next sip.
At $7.99 per sixer, this beer kicks Allagash white out of the beer cellar.

03-04-2007 01:45:50 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.38/5  rDev -14.9%

Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with better than a full finger white head that is kept alive by volcanic effervescence. There is almost no lacing.

The smell is a lemon grassy hop and Belgian yeast. As it warms up the spicy nature reveals itself.

The mouth feel is immediately fizzy with an intense ting from the hop and carbonation. That sensation subsides to a dry finish. It has a rather light body without being watery. I've got to stop drinking wit beer because I'm getting that grainy sand texture residue on my tongue again. Alert the medics.

The wheat flavor is complimented by a spicy coriander. I would imagine that this would appeal to those fond of this style. Not for me, but I'm glad that i had the opportunity to try it.

03-02-2007 21:22:31 | More by jjayjaye
Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.