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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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89
very good

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 51
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2003)
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Photo of AltBock
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a simple New England or Belgian farm house (your choice) that's colored wintergreen/white. Above the big blue letters of "Double White Ale" is a lime green shield with hops in one corner and barley in the opposite corner. Just above that is the blue Southampton banner. If you can read really small print, then under "Double White Ale" you'll be able to read "Ale Brewed with Spices." To the far left of the farm house is the barcode and Government warning and to the far right is the refund price and the address of Southampton Publick House. Information about the beer can be found on the small bright lime green neck label that has a circus drawing of the Southampton Publick House. There is no back label or even a date for that matter. That means you'll have no idea when this beer was brewed or it's best before date. My bottle has to recent because Southampton just came to Ohio. I just noticed that on the neck label is a reserve number in Roman numerals. I have no idea what that means.

Appearance: When poured into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass, the beer is a translucent pale gold lemon yellow. If Southampton could have actually got the color of this beer to be white, then they would have done it, but this IMO is the closest whitish color they could get to. My eyes enjoyed the color of this beer. It had big creamy fluffy pillowy white head of foam that was probably about half an inch in height. When it receded away, it left behind loads of white rings and just a trace of white spotty lace. When I poured it, I noticed that there was particles of yeast without a care in the world just floating around the glass. After about 2 minutes the yeast particles finally settled down at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: When I first smelled the beer, the aroma was just malted wheat, lemons, pepper, and a few spices. When I swirled it around the aroma was a bit different. Swirling the beer around the glass got the juicy fruits as well as a hint of coriander to emerge from the far depths of the aroma. Then the juicy fruits and the hint of coriander blended into the malted wheat, lemons, pepper, and spices to create a very well rounded Witbier aroma.

Taste: The taste had some tart bitterness to it, but not so much that that it ruined the taste and made every taste in this beer way to bitter. Behind the tart bitterness is the malted wheat, a few spices, peppery hops, lemon, a touch of bread, Belgian yeast, and the slightest taste of coriander and orange peel at the end. I believe this is the best Witbier I've tasted so far. Southampton did a good job on the taste. I think I would have liked a bit more coriander and orange peel in the taste, but I know I can't have everything.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, not to dry, and with an aftertaste of malted wheat, orange peel, and Belgian yeast. It really masked it's medium sized alcohol 7% content. Instead I thought I was drinking a full flavored low ABV% beer.

Drinkability: This is one Southampton/Witbier that I've wanted to try ever since I heard Southampton came to Ohio. Let me tell you, it didn't disappoint one bit. This is the best Witbier I've tasted so far. Could I drink it again in the near future? Oh yeah! Is it refreshing on a cold day? Yep! This another one of those tall bomber bottles where it's contents seem to disappear into thin air. I would be proud if Southampton borrowed the picture of my farmhouse and put it on their Double White Ale. That is if I lived in a farmhouse.

Photo of Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled from a 22 oz bottle and poured into a large Duvel tulip glass.

Pours a pale, hazy, lemon color with a bright white, sudsy head rising to about 1 1/2 fingers thick and then fizzling out to an eggshell surface layer. Lemongrass aroma right up front with a splash of orange peel as well. Some coriander there too, but an underlying scent that gets drowned out by the citrus peel aroma. Very pleasent really. Prickly carbonation up front along with big orange peel flavor that is quickly followed by a wheat-flavored body. This is just less than sweet of being almost like a Mikes Hard Lemonade, which I hate to admit that I love really, but it gives me heartburn. The finish is quick and bitey from some alcohol discovered. Body is medium-light and it is seemingly very easy to drink. It's a Southampton brew, so what else do you expect than the best?

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw yellow colour with a brilliant white head. The foam rose to about an inch off the pour, mostly mid-sized bubbles, then fell to a short cap leaving a bit of lacing behind. Crackery aroma with plenty of coriander, a little peppery spice and mild funk. There are also some lemony citrus notes that are also quite strong up front in the flavour. It's a little acidic, with balanced coriander flavour, some smooth wheat sweetness, and a dry finish that leaves just a little peppery spice on the tongue. There's an underlying farmhouse quality as well. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Good stuff. Another enjoyable brew from Southampton.

Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

This is my first encounter with Southampton. Poured a lightly cloudy straw golden. There's a huge amount of carbonation rising like a tornado from the bottom of my pilsner glass. The head, when poured, was 1+ finger of rocky airy goodness but quickly faded to a light cap. The carbonation is unstoppable. Leaves some airy lacing after each drink that slowly falls back into the body.

I really like a good white ale when I'm in the mood. So the idea of a double white really interested me. I really wasn't sure what to expect. The nose really sends home what this beer is supposed to be. It has all the white aromas but they are much bigger than usual. When I first opened the bottle all I melled was orange. After the pour lemon took over. Starts off dusty. Then comes a generous squeeze of lemon. Big coriander and if you smell deep the lemon that was there at the beginning. After all this you get a solid dose of spicy yeast and a pinch of white pepper.

The flavor is very much the same as the smell. Again, being a double white, the flavors are a lot bigger than traditional whites. Theres a splash of lemon to start things off along with some coriander. There may be a little too much coriander. Mid-palate the spiciness of the yeast and the white pepper show up and finish things off with the oriander in the background. I said there is too much coriander but that's just me finding a fault. It's a very good flavorful beer.

The mouthfeel fits this beer really well. The body is light and refreshing. The huge amount of carbonation is surprisingly soft on the tongue but does wake up the tastebuds with a stimulating tingle.

The drinkability is good. I'm drinking this now and it's winter. I'm not getting the full refreshing, thirst quenching expierence that I would if it was hotter outside but I can only imagine how good this would be to drink on a hot 90+ summer day. One bomber is enough for now but I'd be good with a cooler of these in the summer.

This is an excellent beer from Southampton and as exciting as a white ale can get. I'm glad I got my hands on this one and I'm looking forward to trying some of their other beers in the near future.

Slainte!

Photo of DarkBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

First appearance was of a golden-straw wheat yellow haze. The head was light and quite frothy. The head nearly disappeared while leaving a sticky lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma was of a mild lemon, coriander, orange medly. The smell was of pure anticipation.

This was just an absoulte pleasure to taste. The light efferecent bubbles were not displeasing at all. The taste was very smooth on my throat. This was served cold. Very, very pleasing to the palate. The mild spiciness added to the citrusy/fruit taste made it very refreshing.

This beer was a great find. I can see wanting more than just one glass. You hardly notice the alcohol content as it is very smooth. I would highly recommend the South Hampton Double White Ale, especially in the summer. I would love to make my way out to the brewery to sample much more of this and others.

Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with eheff after a very tasty dinner.

A: Pours a very cloudy peachish color with a frothy yeasty white head. Nice swirling retention. Excellent looking thick sticky white lacing all down the glass.
S: Nice yeasty esters coupled with spices. Orange peel zest, lemon zest, and other citrus notes. Sweet twangy tart notes are also present but lingering towards the rear.
T/M: Wow! Yeasty and citrus zest right from the get go. Orange peel, coriander, and lemon zest are all present. Peppery notes and a good level of spicyness comes through. Zippy carbonation shocks the tastebuds leaving a sticky, sugary, and sweet trail on the tongue. Thicker than I expected it to be, although quite smooth and crisp on the palate. A powerful Wit this one is.
D: Extremely drinkable--would grab this beer in a second if I saw it again. Southampton continues to do great things. Two thumbs up here.

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

An odd beer to find on tap in November, but a good one nonetheless. The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a bubbly white head. Nice lacing. The nose is muted banana, and a certain sourness. Not very strong of a scent.

The taste is similar. There is a distinct banana flavor upfront, followed by spices.The wheat character shows through as well. The finish is a bit hoppy and bitter, which balances out the sweet fruits nicely. Mouthfeel thin, drinkability good. Overall a great summer brew. Heck, a great brew anytime.

Photo of EPICAC
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this a few weeks ago at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy straw-golden with a fluffy, white head that slowly fades to a persistent film leaving sparse lace that clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Notes of bananas and oranges. Swirling brings out the tart orange aromas as well as spicy notes of black pepper and coriander. There's also a strong yeasty aroma and a light hint of grain.

Taste: The taste is fruity and spicy, much like the aroma. Initially a a light spiciness meets the tongue, followed by a nice orange and banana fruitiness. Peppery and coriander spice become evident in the center before fading into a lightly bitter finish with a pleasant residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, with a pleasing smoothness.

Drinkability: Flavorful and refreshing.

Overall: A unique take on a Belgian Wit. The spices and flavors are dead on, but the "Double Gravity" adds a little something extra.

Photo of bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While pouring out this beer a nice pillowy head develops but fades after a few seconds leaving a wispy, white ring. The appearance is like golden fog, like the color of a grapefruit rhine minus the hints of red. The smell is a medley of tropical citrus aroma with Belgian yeast and light spice. Refreshing and inviting, but maybe a bit short on intensity. Lemon and coriander spice dominate the taste, with a sweet breadiness to match. The finish is a bit drying, and for a 7% Witbier I don't notice the alcohol. Plenty of yeastiness in the flavor also. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy from the foam bubbles, excellent.

Overall a fine American interpretation. Very drinkable, plenty of flavor. I would recommend this beer, especially considering the price for a bomber ($3.99). Thanks to OldSock for the trade...

Photo of waughbrew
2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

[$5 and change at Wine Gallery, Brookline]

Cloudy dirty yellow with a sizzly big head that lasts and laces, but has a strange soap-sudsy quality. Nose has some cooked corn, hot dog, lemon, coriander, and yeast. Flavor starts with a citrus and butter blast of bubbles which slowly subsides into an even sizzlier version of itself. Very very spicy, though. Maybe when they say "double white" they just doubled the spicing. Peppery and lemony to the max. Thin and pretty rough carbonation. Finishes a little tart, but not really inviting of another sip. Not very interesting in my opinion. Just I-ight, and 22 oz. was enough.

Either my bottle/batch is different, or my taste buds just disagree with most of the ratings. This was thin with harsh carbonation even upon warming, with some decent flavors, but nothing exciting.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: GORGEOUS beer! This looks like a lemon merangue pie. Cloudy vibrant yellow body with a creamy snow white head.

S: Fresh and lively....yeast, banana, cloves, coriander and graham.

T: Begins with watery orange juice, school lunch style...mixed with lemon zest, cantelope and pineapple. Very tropical actually, with the pineapple and banana being some of the most prominent flavors. Very citrusy on the tip of the tongue. Aftertaste is lightly grassy, slight vanilla and pina colada.

M: Medium body, juicy and refreshing.

D: This is a very enjoyable beer, a tad of the sweet side though. I fear this beer could get cloying after a while. Regardless, quite enjoyable.

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber obtained in a trade with BigErn

appearance: pours into a la chouffe tulip-esque glass...hazy copper-golden body, lovely beige foam cap that retains itself pretty nicely...a very nice looking brew indeed

smell: big yeasty aroma greets the nose first, fresh wheat, clove, lemongrass, very light alcohol, honey...fresh and potent nose

taste: very clean and refreshing, fresh bold wheat flavour comes first, high yeast level, strongly spiced - pepper, clove...honey, lemongrass, much more full and satisfying body than a lighter witbier. Interesting beer for sure, glad i got the try

mouthfeel: fresh, zesty, medium body, active carbonation...nice

drinkabilty: good

Photo of SwillBilly
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton Double White

Served from 22oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours cloudy and golden with small bubbles of carbonation streaming to the surface. A small, tightly foamed white head tops the beer. Sheets of lacing fall from the sides of the goblet.

Smell: Very fragrant with cloves, honey, lemon and banana wafting from the glass. A very pleasant smelling beer.

Taste: Starts crisp with hints of sweet honey, with a touch of lemon and banana thrown it. Very herbal and spicy. Cloves and white pepper come to mind with a definite wheat undertones. Finished dry with a lingering banana, lemon, wheat aftertaste. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and well carbonated with a medium mouthfeel, coats the mouth nicely with an abundance of flavors.

Drinkability/Notes: Southampton Double White is very drinkable. A nice example of a Belgian Wit with plenty of lemon, banana and spicy cloves in the flavor profile. Crisp and somewhat dry makes this a beer that can go down pretty quickly. I could drink this all day. Seek out and enjoy this delicious Double White, another fine effort from the folks at Southampton. Highly recommended. Delicious.

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin creamy white head.

S - Spice and lemony citrus with a strong yeasty presence.

T - Solid wheat backbone with a strong lemon and peppery spice presence. Some orange peel and coriander is also detectable as well as a slightly bready yeast characteristic. This one definitely tastes like a beefed up wit.

M - Thin to medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D - A very good easy drinking wit.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite an interesting brew. The high alcohol makes it a fairly drinkable beer, and a different one at that, at different temperatures. Generally as a rule i dont care for witbiers as they warm, but this one was totally different and elicited some new flavors as it warmed.

Pours a golden hazy yellow with a huge, quickly dissipating head. Citrus, especially orange and grapefruit hit the palate and nose. A bit tart to the palate, but well rounded. Extremely tingly on the tongue - full bodied for the style.

Interesting beer. Way to go southampton - push the envelope.

Photo of quasimoto
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep amber color with a lighrt white head that froths nicely and leaves lace. Very nice.

S - strong spicy aroma. the coriander comes out nicely.Banana, and some oak. But there is a background of some phenolics/alcohol/cleanser. Not too appealing.

T - The spice of this beer, is really strong, it melds nicely wth the fruityness that is in here. but there is that chemical flavor.

M - As it warms it gets smoother. It gets rather creamy and the carbination doesnt grab you .

D - Its not a bad double white. I wouldnt go out of my way to get it again.

Photo of JulieRFoster
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque hay-colored body had two fingers of fluffy egg white head cresting on top. The lacing is delicious and delicate, which is how I would characterize the flavor as well.

The nose is very citrusy and spicy with lots of lemon-lime. It is a tad sweet. I get some pomegranate in the nose as well.

The mouthfeel is light to medium, so you know you’re not drinking water, but it’s still a white beer. Carbonation is very light but teeny bubbles ping at my lips as I sip.

Coriander and maybe even orange rind spice up the flavor, which is very pronounced. It’s a bit yeasty too. I generally don’t prefer lighter styles of beer but this one is hoppy and spicy enough to make me reevaluate my existence (okay maybe just my feelings about lighter beers – but it’s really damn good). It’s very well balanced and outrageously drinkable.

Slow, smooth and subtle, this beer is more than most bargain for when they pick a white. Simply put: Outstanding.

Photo of yelterdow
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at just over fridge temperature in a Hoegaarden witbier glass. Refrigerated for a full year... this is a vintage 2005 22oz.bomber.

Appearance- Very nice hazy straw yellow/gold supporting a two-inch creamy white head. A tornado-like carbonation whirls about during the pour, with tiny particles in suspension. The crown is fantastically resilient, and remains throughout.

Smell- Orange zest, coriander, and flowery aromas galore. Extremely fresh and organic, I would have thought it was just brewed today. For the 7% strength, there is no indication of the alcohol presence. Terrific nose.

Taste- Full flavored and flowery! Wonderfully balanced... coriander, orange zest, spices, and hops are just right. Unfortunately, the alcohol does affect the elegance of this beer's character.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Exquisitely seafoamy, creamy and mouth-encompassing. Mild warmth in the belly which is interesting for this style beer... a great bold take on a witbier. I will definitely sample this again with a food pairing.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a wonderful light hazy color with a moderate head which continues to rise long after the beer is poured. This leaves an interesting and long-lasting lacing pattern on the glass. The smell is also great. Much like a Tripel, with a good amount of malt and spices. The taste is terrific, but what I think is the best part is the carbonation. Often times its really apparent, but with this beer is so well integrated with the taste that its hardly noticeable. Taste includes much as the same as the smell, with sweet spices and a banana-like conclusion. It goes down easy, and leaves a very pleasant lingering flavor in my mouth.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date - brewed with coriander and curacao. It's an opaque yellowish white (like grapefruit juice) and becomes orangey in the second pour. It has very active carbonation that leads up to a 3 finger white head of medium-sized bubbles that has pits and peaks and reduces to a fine foam. The second pour leaves sheets and 1/2" thick clumps of foam on the glass. Smells almost like orange pineapple juice with hints of lemon. It starts with a prickly, medium body and a big peppery/coriander flavor with lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, other tropical fruits, some yeast spiciness, and a mild to medium bitterness from the green/grapefruit hops. The body becomes thicker and more flavorful as it warms, and it leaves a decent finish. Overall quite nice - would definitely drink again.

Photo of asabreed
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split with some friends and into wine glasses.

Appearance: A nice hazy yellow even without the swirled and poured yeast, which came later into the later pours. A big head sits atop and then dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: A magnified version of everything great about a Wit: spices, candi sugar, citrus such as lemon and orange peel, some mild phenolic earthiness, and the slightest amount of citrus hops. Amped up to the good.

Taste: This is indeed a doubled version of the style. What I like is the fact that they know what they're doing with the style in general, so making it into the double style doesn't mean it's going awry. Huge sugar and citrus presence, with the beautiful spices, pepper and coriander are in there, to balance everything out. Finishes initially sweet then dry with citrus all over the tongue, followed by a slight hop bitterness punch. Again, a style like this could be disastrous in some hands, but I'm glad they've done such a good job with it.

Mouthfeel: A good crispness and carbonation with a nice fullness from the heightened qualities of the brew.

Drinkability: I have to say that the St. Bernardus Wit and Hitachino Nest White are my favorite two versions of the style, but this is a close third. I would love to see more of this. Instead of making it a double just for the double's sake, everything has gotten better and is warranted in the brew. Delicious, complex, frighteningly flavorful, and one of my new favorites I'm going to be stocking up on.

Photo of Hautacam
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy gold..big white head..laces and lasts.
Smells citrusy with a spicy aroma...coriander ?
Tastes pretty sweet..bubblegum, wheat ,citrus ...a little peppery and hoppy....a bit of funk too. Slightly saison-like near the finish...very good..not detecting the alcohol.
Medium bodied...well carbonated.
Very drinkable.
This is a very good...surprizingly complex witte.
I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of scott
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I was expecting this to satify, but I felt as if I was drinking a clove cigarette from my childhood. Seriously, this is heavily spiced. If you like that sort of thing, then here is your poison.

The color was very pleasant, very nice eye-candy. Head was medium, but faded quickly.

Again, VERY heavy spiced aroma.

Did I mention it was spiced?!

Carbonated...

I might have bought this if I were sixteen again. I wish I wouldn't have purchased it at 30-teen.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large Southampton bomber (1pt 6oz). The beer's color is surprising in that it's not white, it's more of a deep orange color. Witbier?

The smell is dead on though, and actually it's the best witbier aroma I've sniffed. Wheat, yeast, spice, and a hint of Bret. The taste is really good too, maybe a pinch too much exotic spice flavor but the rest of the aromas come through nicely to give a complicated but sweet overall flavor.

The viscosity's a little high for the style but I prefer it this way. Good beer all around.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Pours a very hazzy orange-yellow, almost copper color. Interesting. Thick rocky head, which hold itself quite well. As the label indicates, a good aroma of coriander and orange zest. Tart, and citrusy, with the spices being done well, but never overbearing. Not as carbonated or fizzy as a normal wit. There is a lot of flavor here. Alcohol is hidden completely. Finishes with a bit of floral bitterness tro keep everything in check. Another great exzample of an American brewer taking a classic style and adding an interesting twist, in this case making it bigger. Good stuff.

Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 1,025 ratings.