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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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BA SCORE
89
very good

994 Ratings
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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 52
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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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 UnionMade
4.13/5  rDev +4%

12oz bottle.
Hazed straw gold, topped with a large bubbled white head. Great lacing and head retention. Very spicy aroma. Heady orange peel and coriander. Sourish wheat malt and perhaps a bit of floral, German hops. Strong flavor, full of spiciness. Medium bodied, with strong, persistent carbonation. Dry throughout, with wheat malt sweetness up front, Sweetly orange-like and peppery in a coriander spicy way. Fruity throughout, mostly tropical citrus fruits, but a hint of green grapes and brown pear, too. Doughy yeast lingers in the finish, kind of powdery. A touch of alcohol in the end, but it blends with the spices very well, so it's hardly noticeable.
Balls out white ale. Good stuff!

UnionMade, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Holy smokes, this was a tasty Witbier.

22oz. bottle split into 2 Gueuze tumblers, with yeast swirled and poured evenly. Foam consisted of larger bubbles at first, then the added yeast formed a dense, spontaneous cap of head. Ale was an opaque orange with a touch of tan from the added yeast sediment.

Smell was earthy coriander spice and zesty orange juicyness. Wheat and yeast were also present, giving off a mild breadiness.

Big citrus flavor of orange juice, with a full body to match. Earthy coriander again, tangy tartness, yeasty. Peppery in the mildly dry aftertaste. Prickly burst of carbonation at the front of the tongue onward. Wheaty backbone gives it a smooth fullness and oomph. Very juicy. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. This blows away the Belgian 'Imperial Wit' (Jan de Lichte) I had last week...damn tasty.

Bottle courtesy of drseamus.

emerge077, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Poured silent & smooth. Classic nose, full of stale bread, faint yeast, soft spices with distant coriander, lemon pith, dry orange peel, clove and old black pepper, a full but yet soft nose. With some air it is opening up and all the aforementioned are more noticeable.

A finger's worth of loose, pearl white foam floats atop a classic hazy, clouded golden-pale, straw yellow hued body. The head fades steadily to a thin, broken sheeting with an edge ring that laced in rings.

Creamy, crisp, nicely citrused, refreshing. I'm enjoying the play of the creamy, smooth mouthfeel, the citrusy fruits (lemon zest, orange peel, even some banana) & spiced taste (pepper, coriander, clove) and the dry, crisp crunch all together. This is very well done.

It gets sharper, peppery on the palate, drier, crisper, crunchier, building up to a smooth, kinda lemon-carameled finish, slightly thick, leaving a clean, lightly spiced aftertaste that is a little filmy & breadlike, like eating a lemon cookie. The unusually high ABV for the genre is completely hidden until the finish, and then only noticeable with a dull warmth on the tongue.

A very nice & complex Witbier. I liked the play of all the aspects, and the banana-clove quality usually found more readily in Hefe Weizens was a nice compliment. This would go great with a salad (Mandarin Orange Oriental?), fish, chicken, especially if a little spicy and accented with citrus. Highly recommended...check it out!

BuckSpin, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

12oz bottle form A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Murky light yellow body with over a half inch of off-white head that leaves much lacing as the beer is drunk. Smells citrusy and pithy, with some spice in the background. Citrus and pith dominate the flavor as well, with coriander playing a supporting role and just the slightest hint of alcohol present in the aftertaste. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Extremely drinkable for the flavorfulness and abv. I really like this one. Glad some Southampton brews are making their way to central Maine.

MrHurmateeowish, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Hazy straw colored pour with a huge snow white head. The smell is full of wheat with a sligh spicyness but the real highpoint is the lemony zest that shows itself. This citrus smell translates into the flavor in a promenent way. The spicyness is present too, but not in a big way. It finishes with a slight sourness, but this actually is an interesting twist. This is a great beer to finish off a hot summer day with. I enjoyed this one and it's deserving of it's high standing.

beermanbrian, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy light straw with a massive head, even with a gentle pour. Mild wheaty aroma. Flavour is a bit lighter than I was hoping for from this one - based on its name anyway. It's a decent witbier. Not much in the way of spice. It still isn't nearly as tasty as a good hefeweizen, to my tastes.

sstackho, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Honestly the richest wit I’ve ever had: loads of earthy yeast trub, lots of malt sweetness (for a wit anyway), an assertive spice profile, a really bright lemony, grassy character and a deliciously grainy base. Even the appearance is well above average, with a deep, whitish-orange amber haze (just remember swirl the yeast at the bottom of the bottle).

An absolute treat, especially if you’re into the style.

Highly recommended…

arguemaniac, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

A 22 oz bottle from Capone's.

A: The ale is a yellow color, somewhat pale but with a robust color that keeps it several shades above a pilsner. The ale is clear with a slight haze to it.

S: The nose is spice-heavy, with some coriander and a lot of orange peel. The nose is heavy enough that one is forgiven for not associating it with a witbier.

T: The mouth is consistent with the nose, full of spices. Clove is the dominant flavor causing it to come close to a weizen, but the bubblegum/banana esters are not present. In their place is a whole mouthful of coriander, adding a peppery flavor that takes on a cleansing element that re-primes the tastebuds.

M: There is a lot going on, spice-wise, in this beer. The ramped up coriander pushes the flavor to the brink and beyond, overwhelming what is normally a very delicate style.

D: The flavors are too strong and the alcohol too high to make this a refreshing summertime drink. I'm glad I had a bottle, but am I no hurry to seek this one out again.

akorsak, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Purchased a 6 pack for a nice warm summer day- something nice for a barbeque.

Southampton Double White Ale poured a hazy/cloudy golden fizzy yellow. Not much head at all on this one and what was there was nonexistant after my first sip. The head t hat was there was about the size of a fingernail and was a soapy white color. Smelled of orange and lemon peels- even a hint of lime was possibly detected.

Very drinkable beer for a 7.00 ABV- I was surprised at how fast I finished this one, didn't even notice it actually

This beer was definitely lacking something- not as complex as I had thought it would be-

I would purchase Southampton Double White again for the same kind of day- a barbeque, cookout, or party outdoors- spring or summertime.

DavidSeanNJ, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of dbatch
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

First time trying this beer, picked it up this afternoon. Pours a hazy gold with a small amount of head. Initial aroma of coriander, banana, and some citrus. Spicy taste, very spicy, followed by a light citrus flavor. Overall very light, but you know the alcohol is here with this beer. It does have a very light mouthfeel though. Not one to session with, maybe have one or two per session.

dbatch, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

A - Hazy yellow brew with a small head and almost no lacing.

S - Very mild, faint lillies, white grapes and peaches.

T - A mild fruitiness, chardonnay grapes, mild citrus pith. Aftertaste is a faint citrus bitterness and a bit of very faint pine.

M - Harsh from high carbonation, thin to medium bodied, very refreshing.

D - Light and good, but not great. I probably won't have this one again. If it were widely available and cheaper, maybe.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of mjgardner
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Tasted with bross242 and dannosparks.

Appearance - Pours a hazy vanilla color with a fairly big rocky white head that dissapates a bit. Mild lacing.

Smell - A very intense coriander smell. I also picked up curacao orange peel and some cloves as well.

Taste - Quite a sweet citrusy taste, with very large amounts of coriander and orange peel. I did pick up a hint of sourness at the back of my tongue.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with extremely high carbonation. It was a bit overcarbonated for my liking.

Drinkability - If you can get over the carbonation, I think this a very drinkable beer. The alcohol is hidden very well.

mjgardner, May 30, 2007
Photo of ccrida
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass, the Double White is a hazy, pale golden yellow, with a 1 finger head that quickly retreats but leaves nice lace.

Very strong, spicy nose, more curacao then corriander, but both are obvious and dominant. Maybe even a little soap? I didn't really care for the aroma at all, to much and one sided.

After the smell, the taste is better then I feared, but it's still way to much spice, again dominated more by the curacao - just to much bitter orange. Beyond the spice is some graininess, but it's all about the spices here. Where is the yeast and lactic funk??

Well, for a Double wit (which I've never had - are there any others?), it's pretty light, with a nice bubbly tang.

This was not very drinkable. At first served fridge temp, letting it warm helped none at all, it was just to one-sided with the spices.

I am surprised to see this is the highest rated wit beer, it is all spice, no lactic tartness and just not very authentic. I was really expecting a lot more from this, being my first Southampton brew, considering the reputation of Phil Markowski and this brew, and how much I enjoyed his book Farmhouse Ales. I still want to try his other Belgian style brews, but I now less excited to do so. Still, my scores might all be a half point higher then had I no expectations about this beer or brewer...

ccrida, May 30, 2007
Photo of fenwaybeer
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

Highly drinkable beer. Good taste, with citrus and coriander evident. Everybody that I've turned this beer onto has enjoyed it. Cerainly helps to have it when iced in warmer weather, which is when I was first turned onto to it. Pour into appropriate glass, either fluted or pub style.

fenwaybeer, May 30, 2007
Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

This is a nice, light, refreshing summer Witbier. It pours a very cloudy slightly orangish yellow, the smell is sweet, coriander, some spices, a few hops. It has a decent amount of carbonation, and the taste is very clean, refreshing, lemony, citrus wheat. No discernible hoppy after taste and the mouth feel is very thin. This is a lightish beer, light bodied. The problem is what is compares itself against, namely Hoegaarden and others like it. It does not have the champagne bubbly yeast feel that it should, it is not nearly as carbonated as it should be, and it has a sharpness that detracts a bit. Not a bad beer that I would return to, but it is not your Belgian Wits, and that's a shame. L'Chaim

Re-review August 2008: The labeling for this beer has changed. I'm adding a half point to the drinkability. There is a nice spicy wheatiness in the finish that is compelling, and there is less lemony tang in the midsection. The beer is a bit more complex than I initially gave it credit for.

albern, May 27, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a nice thick foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of huge bubblegum wheat and coriander is interesting and quite different from the norm. Taste is spicy with a strange mix between some coriander and huge presence of wheat with a strange bubblegum feeling. Body is definitely full with some adequate carbonation. While this beer is very interesting and innovative, I wonder if bigger is always better and if in this particular case I would probably prefer a regular wit (Allagash, Ommegang..) to provide an interesting but somewhat easy refreshing option.

Phyl21ca, May 15, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz. bottle:

Pours clouded light yellow with a thin, creamy white head.

The smell is of bubblegum, banana, clove (coriander?), bready yeast and lemon drop.

The taste is creamy - banana, lemon peel, bubblegum and clove. Malty with a spiced yeast. Light candy sweetness. Finishes with a spicy (not too medicinal) dryness.

It has a rich, creamy body. Full for the style. Smooth with a refreshing quality despite the 7% abv level, which is well-hidden until the aftertaste.

A very good choice for a spring-time brew!

jwc215, May 14, 2007
Photo of sleazo
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.

sleazo, May 09, 2007
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.

Abita45, May 07, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

Grundle20, May 07, 2007
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.

bonbright7, May 06, 2007
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!!!!

Naerhu, May 03, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
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.

NJpadreFan, Apr 30, 2007
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.

crookedhalo, Apr 29, 2007
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.

cabsandking, Apr 24, 2007
Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.