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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 53
Gots: 57 | 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 scott
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
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?!


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

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of EPseja
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle at just below cellar temperature in a Hoegaarden pint glass.

A - Pours a straight, rich straw yellow with an inch-thick, creamy, ivory colored head. Slight haze from sediment that sinks to the bottom with a swirl like a funnel-cloud descending. Amazing head retention.

S - Beautiful coriander and citrus zest. Light, refreshing, flowery organic notes. Euphoric. No alcohol is noticeable at all.

T - Tastes elegant, if that makes sense. Full-flavored with all of the spices characteristic of a white ale, but with incredible balance. The only detriment comes from the alcohol, which keeps it from being as refreshing as it could be.

M - Creamy and mouthcoating with an ocean-wash swallow. Aftertaste brings radiating alcohol warmth, but without the bite one might expect.

D - Very drinkable as compared with other witbiers, although knowing that the alcohol is kicked up, there is less of a drive to reach for another.

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Whitewashed lemon. Towering, shimmering white head of loose packed bubbles that crackles as it slowly settles, leaving the surface pockmarked. Spots and bands of lacing cling to the glass. Ample jetting lines of fine carbonation are present. Strong coriander, orange, Belgian yeast, and fruit blossom aromas waft from the glass. Lemon zest and fresh orange rind meld with a spicy Belgian yeastiness. The middle is juicy sweet, allowing the orange and coriander spice to shine. There is a distinct freshness about this beer. The coriander carries through the finish along with a slightly tart orange rind note complimented by just a touch of pepper. Medium body with fine, fuzzy carbonation and a clean mouthfeel that made coming back to the glass easy. Fantastic beer and spectacularly drinkable. Worth every penny and I’ll be picking up a few more of these while the weather is still hot. Another nice job by Phil, this is the way a white ale should taste.

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

22 oz. bomber. Pours with a frothy white head, excellent retention, atop a very cloudy, hazy straw-yellow brew. Color is similar to pineapple juice; thankfully it's sweet delicious beer. Spicy coriander, citrus peel, powdered sugar and cheap sticks of chewing gum in the nose. Despite the streams of carbonation eminating from the bottom of the glass and nibbling the tip of the tongue, this is rather smooth and slick. Interesting complexion for a Wit! Alcohol hides itself well among the flurry or citrus, spices and mild orange rum. An interesting take on teh style, and certainly a refreshing and tasty beer despite its relative strength.

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

Poured a hazy, straw yellow with tons of sediment. Head was fizzy and fluffy and lasted for a minute or two before fading. Heavy lacing left large rings around the entire inside of the glass.

Smell was typical of a witbier, yet more aromatic and pleasant. Yeasty with banana, clove and coriander.

Taste was quite smooth and flavorful. Spices and citrus came through strongest. Aftertaste was citrusy, slightly hoppy and somewhat creamy. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth. The beer was heavy enough to settle nicely on my palate yet had enough carbonation to slightly tickle my tongue.

An outstanding overall witbier.

Photo of cbl2
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

7/27/2005 $9.00 22 oz. 7.00% No best by date. Part of the XXII Reserve Series.


Pours are pale straw haze, with touches of peach. Effervescent, but little to no head.


Classic wheat aromas, with plenty of doughy yeast, orange peel and coriander.


Drier than I expected, with more hops than I am used to in a wheat, that lead to an offputting bitter flavor in the finish. Curacao and coriander are present through midsip but the bone drying hops prevail.

I was hoping for more out of this one, and was a little disappointed. I know the trend today is to experiment with preexisting styles, but I don't think a witbier heavily hopped is the way to go.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yes, this is the holy grail of the white ale, without a doubt. Full carbonation, nice flavors, orange, corriander and wheat. Looks like a pale ale, way darker than most wit biers. Flavor hits you in the tongue, right away. Pours a nice copper color with a decent head, disapates quickly. Is extremely drinkable and highly potent. A top line brew I highly recommend.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-yellow with a thick white head that dissolved completely. Kind of misty. Aroma was negligible and nearly non-existent. Just some slight hints of wheat. Taste was dull and uninspiring. Thought there'd be more than just a wheat flavor. None of the characterisitc spices and only extremely faint citurs tones. Mouthfeel was medium but flat. Carbonation was struggling in this beer. It was easy drinking enough, just a bit boring and as I sais uninspiring.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is potent with yeast, spice & wheat and there’s a faint whiff of hops.

T: The yeast is as strong in the taste as it is in the smell, but it’s certainly there. Orange & lemon sweetness and coriander spice are the predominant flavors.

M: Crisp & smooth, high carbonation, light-to-medium body, clean finish.

D: Easy to drink, tasty, not filling and a better kick than most others in the style. Not only is this beer an excellent representation of the style, I believe it’s what all others in the style should hope to achieve.

Photo of Hibernator
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southampton Double White Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a Southampton tulip glass
* Purchased at the brewery in Southampton, New York *

Pours a murky, hazy and cloudy yellow with a sudsy white head on top. Leaves little spots of sticky lace behind.

Awesome nose with strong whiffs of spices, cloves and sweet citrus bombs. This smells like a true Belgian Witbier to me.

Juicy sweet orange and coriander flavors dominate the palate with a zesty bite to match. Dry wheat flavors with a sharp tartness. Extremely complex and clean at the same time. This is a mighty fresh sample and way too easy to drink at 7.0% ABV.

A monster of an offering from Southampton Publick House.

Photo of rousee
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold murk with a solid thick foamy head of 2 finger thickness. Head holds extremely well. Nice lush lace remains on the sides of the glass.
Good wheaty flowery aroma. The taste starts out as a fresh tart blast of citrus and just a hint of coriander with a good solid wheat taste. No real banana taste but thats not what I'm looking for in this style much anyway. It has a good degree of carbonation but is not overly effervescent as some Belgian styles can be. An excellent beer on a hot Summer day.

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

Poured from a big bottle to a big glass mug. Quite an interesting brew, very light pale straw color. Big lily white head. Good retention, small lace.

The smell is spicy sweet, yeasty & grainy with a hint of citrus.

The taste is very good, almost a good as a fine Bavarian Hefe Weissen. This beer works very hard and about achieves the citrus and clove taste of that other style. I could not help but to marvel at the Bavarian brewers getting this same great taste with out any flavor additives.

The mouthfeel very good this as a fine example of this style. Good carbonation breaking up a rich coating.

Drinkability is very good , I usually don't drink a lot of this style, but this is well priced and of good quality. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured out this beer is a cloudy grapefruit or pineapple juice color. It has plenty good carbonation. The aromas are earthy: you can notice the wheat and hints of spice. Again, the flavor, the taste, is pretty much the same with a good dose of wheat and coriander in the background. I also noted orange peel in the aftertaste. In terms of mouthfeel, I felt this beer could've been a bit lighter. Usually you think of drinking a witbier during the summer because it's lighter, but I guess this is more robust because it's a "double" witbier. Whatever. Anyway, I didn't think this was a bad beer, it was very good actually, but in terms of the style I think I was expecting something a little different. Try it for yourself though!

Photo of Dubbercody
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a beautiful orangy yellow with a fluffy head. Head lingered and laced glass sides.

Spice was well balanced by the flavors of the malt and hops. Smelled of wheat, coriander and citrus zest. A full taste theat endulged the entire palate and lingered after swallow. Spice spepped forward to play an even more prominent role as the beer warmed on a hot summer day.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue with a two finger white pillowy head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell was very yeasty and wheaty with a coriander and peppery spice with a subtle orange zest. Hint of banana was detected as well.

The taste had a strong yeasty backbone with a significant peppery spice and orange sweetness. There was a biscuity and spicy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was very chewy with a nice spicy tingle. There was good carbonation as well.

Overall a very drinkable wit. Nice and refreshing, yet a respectable ABV.

Photo of nickss
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudly, unfiltered lemony-orange hue with a hefty 1" chunky head and a nice wallop of lacing.

Wow... wonderful aroma.... light yet strong at the same time. Lemon zest and the sharp cut of coriander. Yeast is obvious in the nose as well... this one reminds me of some of Unibroue's line, although a bit lighter.

A strong citric presence is in the flavour, but this time it is the orange taste that plays lead to its lemon counterpart. There is a generous, sweetness to the taste, but certainly not cloying. The yeast creates an almost soapy flavour, but not strong enough to be offensive... instead it lends a richness to this brew.

The mouthfeel is less crisp than many wits... with a moderately thick mouthfeel to go along with a comparatively subdued carbonation. Perhaps it is the 'double' part of this double white that lends it some body.

As far as drinkability goes... off the top of my head I can't think of a more refreshing beer on a muggy 92 degree day... the perfect summer beer? Perhaps.... there is no doubt it is in the running.

Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! I have never had a Witbier that I liked so much as this one. Then again I have never had a "Double" Witbier either. It is true this beer is double the flavor of the typical White's. There is often that watery hole in the flavor but this was pack solid with flavor. Very nicely done.

I had this on-tap at Which Brew in Easton PA.

Appearance: Served a very cloudy light peachy color with a creamy white head.

Smell: The aroma is full of pep and energy giving big whiffs of flavor relentlessly. Peach and melon hit my nose first followed by a hint of orange and a splash of vanilla. Very enticing!

Taste: Zesty! The taste buds are very busy with this one. Starts off with a lemon orange peach citric flavor that leads into a nice yeasty character, giving evidence that it is a White, then more fruit salad and a bittersweet finish. The aftertaste lingers pleasantly on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body solid and firm with great carbonation and a yet a bit chewy smoothness but somehow maintains its light feel.

Drinkability: This is the only White I have had to date that I can say I would drink all day. (At 7% ABV I'll be going to bed early ;) but this is incredibly easy drinking!

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of phisig137
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber a very hazy light gold color, with white highlights around the side. A two finger head quickly rises, and falls slowly, leaving behind a lot of lacing, and a pillow over top of the beer.... exactly what I expect to see in a wit.

Aroma is quite wheaty, with hints of bubblegum and clove, but oddly not much spice. Full nose is very enjoyable... I could use this as an air freshener.

Flavor is incredible. Huge amounts of wheat and yeast esters, with just enough spice to balance it all out. Orange peel is dominant when you first sip it, and then after the swallow the coriander pops out. I was expecting this to be sweet and overly spiced, but it is just right. I really don't think that the flavor of this could get any better. It is perfectly balanced, and incredibly refreshing, despite the alcohol

Mouthfeel is huge, this is a massive body for such a light beer, and it is very enjoyable. Drinkability is high, as this hides all of its alcohol. You'd never know this is a "double" beer.

Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with steady carbonation and a thin white head. Aromas of freshly cooked whole wheat pasta with orange zest and ground coriander seed. Wheat is predominant in the taste, of course, but I also pick up some sour orange juice and white pepper. Thin to medium body with lively carbonated and peppery mouthfeel. Absolutely refreshing summer beer.

Photo of geexploitation
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very bright gold, with lots of yeast in suspension and a silver dollar of foam suspended in the middle of the beer. Nice aromatics. Dusty coriander and slight yeast overlay onto a solid level of orange peel spice. The nose, however, is slighter than the taste. Big, spicy taste. Relatively little citrus flavor or yeast or malt flavor -- the spices dominate. The mouthfeel is big and creamy, a la many of the Southampton brews, with less focus on acidity than the normal witbier or even many dubbel witbiers. The finish is a bit bready in a welcoming way; it puts a period at the end of the sentence, so to speak. Overall a very nice witbier, there's not much to complain about here.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass milky and hazy pale golden yellow with an off-white and frothy head which grew very tall and moussy and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a nice coriander spice character and a citrusy orange and light lime fruit. The aroma also had just a bit of sweetness and a light bubblegum wheat aromatic.

The flavor was crisp with a well achieve spice which was ever so slightly peppery and contained coriander and a light orange peel. The flavor had a round wheat presence and was nicely crisp.

The finish was even heading toward dry with a lasting light orange citrus and light spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a nice round wheat mouthfeel and a creaminess. The drinkability due to the mouthfeel was extremely good.

22 ounce bottle, XXII Reserve on neck label.

Photo of rarevos
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a lot about this beer and brewery, and perhaps the hype was a bit too much. This wasn't THE BEST BEER EVER as it was explained to me, but it was a very drinkable wit. Appearance was golden in color, not as cloudy as other Belgians. Was nicely scented with a bit of spice and some indeterminate fruit aroma. Citrus, yes, but also apricot? In a blind taste test, I'd have to think for a minute before I said "Hoegaarden" or "Southampton." The color is a dead giveaway, but the only real detectable difference comes in the finish, with the Southampton having a bit of harshness. Just a split second of that back-of-the-throat complaint you get when you drink a shot of some really cheap vodka. I didn't find it nearly the deal-breaker that others found it, but it's definitely there. I finished the 22 oz bottle a little too quickly, so it's definitely a beer I could enjoy again. Can't speak to how it fits in with other SPH offerings, as this is my first.

Photo of Illinick
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle
A: Peach orange-apricot orange in color with a good size white head that sticks around throughout consumption. Nice barnacle like lacing throughout. Opaque and is really a joy to look at.
S: Orange and citrus flavors dominate with scents of coriander, banana, and slight hop scents. Some apricot smells in there too. Very aromatic and full smelling brew.
T: Wow! Full flavors of orange, apricot, coriander, and citrus with some hay notes and a nice hop presence. Very smooth delivery on the flavors. Flavors are rounded with the orange being the driving force. Really a treat to consume.
MF: Medium with full flavored body that is smooth.
Overall: Lives up to and surpasses the hype. One of the best Wits out there. I wish there was a little more carbonation, but the flavors are so smooth and full that's its hard to complain. If you find this, buy as much as possible b/c its sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.