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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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very good

1,012 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 52
Gots: 48 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2003)
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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

plaid75, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

nickss, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of phisig137
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

phisig137, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

orfeu, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

geexploitation, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

rarevos, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Illinick
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Illinick, May 27, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The beer poured a nice clear golden color with some active bubbles and a bright white, but thin head on top. The nose is freshing and spicey, some corriander and orange, a bit a lemon peel. The taste is refreshing....a bit of hop bitterness but mostly spice, orange and some lemon, true to the aroma. Very drinkable and a medium body make this one a winner.

ggaughan, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sort of nectarine and hay color with a large, foamy white head and a pulse of carbonation.
Aroma of spicy coriander and yeast with some citrus orange and cracked wheat bread.
Flavors of pale malt, bread crumbs, orange peel and some white pepper seem the most prevalent.
Mouthfeel is medium but very "wide" on the palate. Feel of tonic-like carbonation with a lingering citric acid sweetness on the tongue.
Drinkability is very good and another solid effort from SPH. Citrus flavors in this beer make it very enjoyable, not sure it would stand up against a hearty meal but very pleasant indeed.

CRJMellor, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle(room temp) a straw colour with a smallish head of foam that dissipated quickly. I also note that the carbonation level seems to be very low and that's ok with me.

The smell is very spicy with notes of clove as well as some yeasty sourness.

The taste has some of the clove noted in the smell but it's pushed into the background while other spices and a yeasty sweet and sour thingy take center stage. The finish is quite spicy and long lasting. Oh yeah, 7%abv eh? Well hidden!

Overall, I find the taste different from the Wits I've tried before and in this case, different=it's quite pleasing.

Bottom line: An easy drinking Witbier that must make the locals of this brewery very happy on a hot summer day. I recommend it.
Thanks again to Nutbrown!

Bitterbill, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with sulldaddy. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the slightly cloudy, golden brew. What head there is lasts pretty well, with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is spicy wheat. Flavor starts as well with a hearty hit of wheat, giving way for a moment to the spices, and then getting back to the malt sweetness at the close. Mouthfeel is so smooth, and drinkability is superb as well. This style isn't always my favorite, but this could move it up a few notches...

ppoitras, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a pilsner glass.

Body is a cloudy golden color. Towards the bottom of the bottle it became a more orange even reddish color, and more cloudy.

The aroma is slightly lacking from what I would expect. It did sport some nice spice and citrus/orange scents, but nothing as full bodied as I would have liked.

The flavor starts with a crisp wheaty sweetness, which bleeds into slightly tart fruits including orange and banana. Spices are full and strong... clove and coriander

A decent wit, but nothing special.

HugoGrim, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of numenor1
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical golden wheat haze, shortlived fine bubbled white head. Smell is tart, with sharp fruity esters, apply. Taste for me is a bit disappointing. There's a substantial tartness all the way through, a light sweetness with solid bittering support. Slight coriander and typical orange. It sort of just fades into dryness in the finish with some slight astringency, not bad at all, but I was just hoping for more. Seems a bit one dimensional to me, and lacking subtlety. With the "double wit" billing i expected a lot more flavor. I'd like to see more coriander, but i'm a nut for the stuff. Coriander is one of my favorite spices. Mouthfeel is medium and wheaty thick with moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable, but the tartness prevents pounding.

numenor1, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is spicy and lemony with a good bit of malt base. Light gold/yellow in color with a firm white thumb thick head. Fore is malty sweet with lots iof wheaty/grainy notes, but it never gets allt he way formed as a bitter lemon peel/citric flavor always rushes in right as you start to explore that sweet malt side. Very bready at times. Very bitter lemon zest tasting at others. Quite refreshing yet also hearty and filling.

Jredner, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of lou91
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 750ml champagne caged bottle. Good looking and smelling white – double white is right. All the elegant spice , haziness, slight funk and fruit flavors – melon , pears, tart apples. Great body, easily drinkable but very rich and satisfying. Refreshing, complex and tasty tasty. What else could one ask for?

lou91, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an imperial strange with no fruit)

A- This beer has a straw yellow body that has a very faint haze and a good strong carbonation that swirls from the engraved star on the bottom of the glass. The head is a thick pure white foam that turns to a rocky head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of yeast, cooked corn and sweet floral notes is really pleasant. There is a faint sulfur note in the finish with a dry pale malt aroma. It takes on the aroma of the suit section in a department store, kind of crisp, clean and sterile smell.

T- This beer has a smooth soft pale malt flavor with some notes of lemons and soft floral hops. The finish is a soft bitter hops flavor with some nice spicy qualities. There is a carbonic acid note that brings out the spice. As it warms that spice takes on a bitter orange quality.

M- This is a medium-light beer with a watery texture. There is no alcohol warmth or carbonic bite in the finish.

D- I guess I don't really understand the "double gravity" quality in this beer. It is a nice Wit but I think with the extra alcohol I would like to taste bigger wheat flavors. Instead the beer taste a little more thin and watery.

rhoadsrage, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via hand trade with orbital at the BA gathering near Louisville last year. Gotta do that again...

This has been resting and has settled quite a bit, I'm interested to see how it slept...there is a huge clump of stuff at the bottom just waiting to get out. I'll not pour it all in but some we'll try. Of course that's assuming I can get the damn thing open. The friggin cork is made of cement I think, it ain't budgin'! Finally with a twist I can tell it's loosening and coming out. Unfortunately after about 5 or 6 twists I succeed in wrenching the top half of the cork off. Just about a quarter-inch left and it's wedged tight as as can be. A corkscrew took care of that, geez this beer has ZERO oxidation, I can practically guarantee it. <pop>, no foam-up, all is well.

Appearance - pours with much activity into a half-liter weiss glass. 2 fingers of white frothy head look ominous but melt harmlessly away all too quickly. Ends with no lace and only a partial covering. Attractive beading helps this fairly average looking golden beer. The bottom pour makes a dramatic difference, the bottom sediment turning it into an opaque dirty yellow concoction. The heavier sediment makes its way to the thinner part of the glass about halfway down and becomes easily visible as it slowly descends. The thinner part also looks lighter in color, so the beer is dark yellow up top, and a bright lemonade color at the bottom.

Aroma - mostly yeast with the usual witbier spice assortment. Fragrant but not exceedingly so.

Taste - lots of wheat and yeast with a layer of citrus and coriander on top, around the sides, and in between. Intensely tasty with a sour, somewhat lemony component at the swallow. Alcohol is evident but not intrusive. Finishes with a sweet-sour residue distantly reminiscent of cannabis. The sediment addition kicks up the tartness and spiciness accordingly, but offers no additional nuances beyond what I can identify. Alcohol comes out more as it warms and enhances well.

Mouthfeel - very highly carbonated, the crispness elevates the sour and the overall intensity of the drink. It's a good mix.

Drinkability - a summer treat with panache, I would include this in a summer beer tasting.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm sampling a 2005 vintage of the Double White Ale from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours into my tulip glass a lovely cloudy golden straw yellow with a nice bubbly inch of bone white head atop the brew. The pour is light and inviting. Aromas are quite simply beautiful. Sun dried grains/pale malts are enveloped by a beatiful lemony, citric aroma brought on by the coriander and orange peel used in the brew. Spicy fresh yeast tones along with a slighty sour, funky aroma and a touch of herbal hops that really makes this one special. Quite simply an enchanting aroma.

First sip brings a sweet sun dried pale maltiness that's a bit wheaty. It's quickly met by a big blast of lemony, citric spiciness with lots of noticeable coriander and orange zest. Fresh, slightly bready yeast integrates itself beautifully into the brew. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of funky sourness that really adds to the experience. Clean, crisp and a true testament to the brewing skills over at Southampton. An explosive melding of flavors that works really well for me...I think I found my new favoirte witbier. The bountiful mix of coriander and citric spiciness doesn't quit and brings a smile to my face with each subsequent sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rather light with a blast of carbonation that comes with each sip and fills the mouth. Somewhat addictive..it's hard for me to put my glass down. This 750ml is disappearing just about as fast as I opened it. A truly tasty, drinkable, well crafted brew that I hope to be able to sample again. I need to get myself out to Southampton one of these days!! Many thanks to warriorsoul for giving me the opportunity to enjoy this brew!

orbitalr0x, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Heavily clouded light golden yellow with a nice bright head that forms tight with a creamy textured head leaves behind fine lacing. Aroma: A creamy overall scent zest citrus peel coriander tone to wrap it up spice, yeasty note, and citrus arise mellow sweet wheat touch of esters maybe banana and alcohol grassy hop character in there as well. Taste: What a tasty treat coats the palate with a refreshing layer of creamy malt biscuit sweetness exotic spice not too heavy on the coriander and light hop bitterness touch of citrus feel with the zest ties it altogether nicely. Mouthfeel: Smooth on the palate evenly carbonated flows nicely effortless really medium to light bodied. Drinkability: Quite nice lives up to this small brewery's reputation can't wait to try their IPA and Imperial Porter.

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a soft creamy orange creamsicile color and left a pillow white head that laced the Wheat glass I was drinking from. The smell was sweet dew, canteloupe, melons, were very present in the nose of this brew. A slight hoppy presence was detected as I breathed through my mouth. The appearance of this brew is very cloudy due to the unfiltered process but makes the body look mysterious and inviting. As I tasted this ale the wheat flavors massaged my palate and the sweetness from the honey, and spice flavors from what tastes like cloves, orange peels, and a hint of vanilla all give this ale a fantastic finish.

Franchise, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

after i got all the yeast out it was an opaque dark straw color. the head isn't thick, but it is persistent and leaves frosty lacing down my gordon biersch czech pils glass

lots of wheat and coriander comes to my nose. tart, almost yogurty aroma

much meatier than a standard wit—fairly full mouthfeel resulting from a big sweet finish and low carbonation. there's a smooth bitterness that hangs around between sips, letting that tartness maintain itself. very spicey, with coriander and maybe some clove

to be honest, i'm not a huge fan of the style...perhaps because there are few great examples, but this is quite delicious. it's fun to imperialize styles like wits and pilsners so i applaud markowski's imagination

bruachan, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one didn’t have much of a head but the body was a gorgeous, glowing orange.

Smell – Oh, this is a heavy-hitting Wit. The orange peel and coriander are huge at the nose. I love it when a Wit doesn’t try to do too much. There’s some light weizeny wheat mixed in here but mostly this is just classic orange peel, nice pepper and coriander, and a bit of medicinal alcohol.

Taste – The lightly bittered orange flavor is right on cue. It’s very rindy, and it stands out a bit more than it did at the Smell because the spices step back a bit. The alcohol though is just right, making its presence know yet not overly strong. There’s a pale wheat flavor here too that really is needed to compliment the big kind of sweetish orange.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and very smooth but lacking in the giant carbonation that marks the style.

Drinkability – This went down extremely well.

Comments – Thanks to Just E and Sally C for sending this beautiful bomber my way.

RoyalT, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy yellow gold body, alive with carbonation. Level one finger slab of white head.

Clean, zesty nose (orange zest perhaps?). Spicey too. And inviting.

Taste features a strong dose of pepper on top, and a delightful fruity mix, featuring oranges, bubbling from below. A snip of coriander, but not too much to be dusty. Dry finish, but not arid. Pulls off the challenge of being both spicey and clean with impressive ease.

Good mouthfeel, starts medium and finishes lightly. Easy drink and still impressive.

Refreshing in later November, must be wonderful on a hot summer day.

RonfromJersey, Nov 23, 2005
Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.