Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House
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4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
It pours a bright, translucent yellow, fizzy and lively, clearing to a mild haze as it settles. A thick two fingers of stark egg-white head creeps up and lingers for a nose-tickling spell. Lacing snakes along the inside of the glass.
The aroma carries the bittersweet tang of wheat as expected, along with a spice mating of cloves, coriander, and perhaps even cinnamon. Notable, but not overly present.
Upon fist sip, the dusky wheaten sweetness washes across the palate, depositing the flavorful silt of the previously mentioned spices, and accentuated by the presence of an earthy fruit tanginess. Glimpses of pineapple, mango, banana (if I may be so clichéd) and some other more vague elements round out the body of flavorful evidence. A drier spiciness lays across the tongue toward the finish, becoming more prominent as the sinewy malt presence ebbs slowly away. Its tropical in a wonderfully autumnal paradox way.
Medium bodied, it flows easily and coats with a spicyfruitygrainy dryness, lingering long enough to make a pleasant legacy guaranteed.
Mmmm a medley a mélange a mellifluous melding of multiple mesmerizing memories. The aroma gives only a somewhat muddled hint of what awaits the palate. But once the mouth gets its chance, it is going to be credibly impressed. The ABV is hiked a bit for a wheat offering (hence the double appellation), but at no point during drinking is it overtly apparent, though it should be taken seriously, as it does act a bit sneaky on the back end. This is a fine beer with a whole lot going for it. And as refreshing as it is, no matter what the time of year, the real challenge would be in not having just one more after the one you just finished. Simply, a tasty delight.
10-28-2005 21:39:20 | More by Foxman
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
Gossamer, pastel lemon that becomes crystal clear when backlit. The bright, snow white crown is gorgeous. It's a tight-bubbled masterpiece that occupies the glass from the nonic bulge on up. When it finally relents, thick sheets of lace occupy nearly all of the available surface area. I have rarely seen brighter, more pure colors in my life.
The nose is a good one, but I can't help feeling just a little let down. The biggest problem is that it's too muted, because I like what I'm able to appreciate. Soft is the operative word, with smooth edges all around. Lightly tangy wheat combines with mild coriander and a spritz of orange and lemon oil.
Given the timidity of the nose, the flavor is more than a pleasant surprise. Double White Ale tastes like what I would expect a big witbier brewed by a world-class brewery to taste like. This is truly fantastic stuff. Wits are usually light, airy and drinkable in quantity. Strap your helmets on for this one though. It's a monster in the best sense of the word.
The beer is massively malted and has an absolute bedrock bottom end that allows the other members of the flavor profile to shine like the sun. Sweet orange and lemon zest are at the center of the solar storm. Thankfully, coriander plays a supporting role. I like to taste coriander in my witbiers, but it's often overdone.
The best part about DWA is how Southampton emphasizes exactly those flavors that I would emphasize. Pulling off a witbier this huge is no easy feat and I'd venture to say that few other breweries could have done it. Alcohol is barely evident. I feel the same way that I feel about its presence in the best BSPAs. It's an important contributor to a big beer flavor profile that reminds its drinker that they're enjoying an alcoholic beverage, not mineral water.
A mouthfeel that's too big wouldn't have worked since this is still, at bottom, a wit. Thankfully, the mouthfeel that has been provided is just about perfect. It's full, heavily silky and borderline sticky, without crossing the line into ponderous. Even the carbonation manages to be Belgian beer lively without being over the top. A huge thank you to IrishRedRock for the bottle.
This is exemplary beer. From the eye pleasing purity of its appearance... to the full throttle flavor... to the incredible mouthfeel, Double White Ale grabs the 'best of style' mantle with the sheer force of its personality. If this is representative of the beer brewed by Southampton Publick House, then obtaining more of their bottled magic has just shot to the top of my list of life's necessities, right behind oxygen and food. On second thought, right behind oxygen.
10-24-2005 15:30:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.8/5 rDev +20.9%
22 ounce bottle. Pours out a hazy golden color with a big white head. The aroma is very fruity, with mostly orange, and some lemon. Lots of coriander in the aroma too. The flavor is tangy wheat, vanilla, fruit, and spice. I know there is orange in this beer, but I also taste peach. Medium mouthfeel. This beer is incredibly refreshing. No sign of the alcohol. One of my favorite Southampton beers. I had it on tap once and it was even better than the bottled version.
10-23-2005 19:01:54 | More by beveragecaptain
4.65/5 rDev +17.1%
Pours a dark gold color with a stylistically appropriate haze, slightly darker that a typical wit. The head dissipates rather quickly.
The aroma is phenomenal. Creamsickle, unbaked bread dough and coriander are all immediately noticeable.
The nicest thing about this beer is that it still tastes like a wit. Perhaps it is a little more intense but not so "imperialed up" that it takes on a different character.
Wits are one of my favorite beers and after sampling many, I have become complacent to the things that make this style unique. The first sip of this beer makes me vividly recollect the first wit I ever had and reminds me why the style is so special.
Drinkablilty is exceptional. The beer is easy to drink and is so interesting that it would never become boring. Extremely well crafted.
10-23-2005 01:45:41 | More by lagrin
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Southampton's Double White Ale is best served at cool cellar temperatures (45-50F). Pours up tall with ample carbonation into a traditional heavy bottom tumbler. This deep straw colored beauty comes complete with a very frothy, frappe-like whitish head that leaves plenty of 'Belgian lace' in its wake. The retention is somewhat retarded by the light-medium alcohol. The lightly spiced nose shows some freshly cut cilantro, crushed coriander and cracked white pepper notes along with an edgy fruitiness e.g. lemon zest, dried pineapple, mandarin orange/tangerine, etc... There's a freshly milled graininess from the wheat with just the faintest hint of alcohol. Very earthy. The flavor starts off invitingly fresh & lively with a touch of honey-wheat sweetness along with plenty of fruity/spicy sensations to keep the tongue busy before a touch of bitterness settles in, along with a lingering herbal spiciness towards the slightly tart/citrusy & light alcoholic finish. This medium-light bodied specialty has a nice effervescence with a delightful creaminess that makes for a solid mouthfeel. This dubious 'Grand Cru' version of a Witbier (Bière Blanche) has a celestial marriage of ingredients that makes for an enjoyable experience for any special or even NOT so special occasion. Here's to Phil Markowski and the Southampton Publick House.
10-17-2005 20:02:46 | More by Beertracker
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
22 Oz Bomber from Newbie BIF: http://lumen.phpwebhosting.com/newbiebif.html
Pours a cloudy gold beer with a puffy white head, basically perfect looks for the style.
Smell is lots of Belgian yeast and coriander on first sniff. Orange peel, black pepper and cinnamon are the next level of scent to this beer. This actually smells much like a Belgian strong pale ale. Smells like a super fresh Duvel. After it warms up a bit the honey and flowers come on with a vengeance, yummy!
Taste is nice wheat and grains and spice with a good strong hit of hops in the finish. Very mild sweetness this is mostly a spicy beer with malt being very much in the background. Coriander and a strong herbal hopping are the major flavors here. Black pepper, orange peel and the expected Belgian witbier yeast are the majority of the remaining flavors. Tasty but it could be a bit stronger in the flavor department.
Mouthfeel is OK could be more.
Superbly drinkable witbier. Not a trace of the alcohol content is detectable. Super drinkable beer here.
10-15-2005 00:46:21 | More by Zorro
4.05/5 rDev +2%
Split a bomber of this with a beer buddy.
Pours out a light murky yellow-gold, pretty standard for a wit. Nice couple of fingers of head on top, white, with streaming carbonation throughout.
Smell is stronger with oranges than most wits I've tried, but all the usual clove, coriander, and lemon smells come through nice and clear. It's a very clean aroma, and a pleasant one.
Taste is a barrage of big fruit flavors, with lots of banana and orange coming to the front on a solid bed of clove spiciness. A light hoppiness, but not too much, and a very clean wheat flavor. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is quite nice: perfectly carbonated and just spritzy enough.
Overall: These contract brews from SPH are really quite good; this is the best domestic wit I've found. A steal at the price, I'd say.
10-11-2005 04:08:07 | More by whartontallboy
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance: Pours out a moderate head (finger width) that settles into a resting cover with nice lacing. Color is cloudy-straw or that of whipped honey.
Aroma: Sweet citrus and honey with childhood memories of sugar cookies.
Taste: Nicely blended flavor with slight malt front, wheat middle and sweet honey finish and and lingering yeast.
Mouth: Not enough carb on this beer, so doesn't fill mouth up as completely as needed, but does retain good character from front to back.
09-16-2005 22:00:54 | More by NoLiberty
4.55/5 rDev +14.6%
Brewery corked bottle...
Appears a hazy light gold with a nice, creamy white head that sticks around for a few minutes. Nice lacing is left behind.
Smell is of huge orange peel with coriander and pepper atop a crisp blend of light, sugary wheat.
Taste is of the best wit ever sampled. Nice blending of the above aromas in a blissful combination that makes me enjoy this style more and more.
Mouthfeel is nice, as the slightly heavier than usual wit bounces off the tastebuds with proper carbonation and the right amounts of sweetness, leaving for a dry finish that demands you have more asap.
Drinkability is great. Nice brew with no overkill. ABV is a bit higher than normal but you'll barely notice it, as this one will win you over in so many ways.
09-05-2005 15:36:44 | More by weeare138
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Twentytwo ounce brown bottle, no dates.
Cloudy sunshine yellow. Thin lines of swift carbonation. Thin & creamy white head retains nicely.
Intense notes of coriander. Nice hints of lemon come through as well.
Pleasantly sweet up front. Some subtle fruitiness works its way around. Raw wheat graininess helps to give it a rustic sort of feel & taste. Good dose of spicy coriander, soem orange & a bit of lemon. Dry finish, somewhat chalky. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Well done & quite enjoyable.
09-03-2005 02:33:58 | More by xgrigorix
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity wheat malt and yeast scent along with a mild coriander and bitter orange peel aroma. It is full flavored; very refreshing. The taste is outstanding. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry, yet fruity with a wonderful spicey edge. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brew. It hides the elevated abv. with solid malt flavor and a spicey, fruity finish.
09-01-2005 23:21:56 | More by WesWes
4.53/5 rDev +14.1%
Hazy yellow in color with a nice 2" head. Some soft lacing develops during the drink. The aroma is of strong orange, banana, clove, and corriander. The flavor follows the nose with the same flavors with adding some pepper spice, wheat, and some decent floral bitterness.
Medium bodied. Super crisp mouthfeel with a short spicy banana finish. Superb drinkability. An over the top wit beer everyone should seek out.
08-25-2005 22:48:14 | More by Gavage
3.45/5 rDev -13.1%
XXII Reserve Version (as feautured on their homepage right now)
$4.99 for a bomber 22oz bottle (Buy Rite, Edison NJ), no freshness date
having an aversion to the style in the past I am a wee bit reluctant but the south hampton beers seem to garner solid ratings.. so what the heck...
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pours almost white looking (go figure), mandarin orange tinted lemonade suspension, no head to speak of except a slick of bubbles that looks like pangea.. or a poorly formed tropical cyclone... very murky, kind of like NJ ocean water sans the sewage... very nice looking glass o' beer
funky cloves, citrus from orange to lemon zest, hot moist paper with a dash of white pepper or green peppercorns... salivating... this beer smells refreshing!
light mouthfeel to almost watery, carbonation seems a bit low, the coriander is strong to the point of almost overpowering the citrus notes on the back end which fade into uber sugar sweetness, no detection of alcohol, this tastes more like a wierd flavor of snapple than beer, this is very drinkable as it just seems to blow right through but I am not enjoying it all that much
I guess Ill have to keep trying this style to find one that suits me, this one sure doesnt. For the price it is worth a try especially if you are into the stlye. On the nose I was expecting maybe a nice sharp geuze-ish lemon bite but it wasnt there, it almost finishes as a confectionary (I dont particularly like "sweet")
finishing notes: towards the end of the bottle this mellows out more and is quite drinkable (I upped the taste from 2.5 to 3.0), it still isnt my bag baby but it isnt as harsh as I first felt.. also I would guess the ABV is somewhere near 7% as it is definitely sliding a buzz on in...
08-14-2005 02:50:14 | More by Ego
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours a small, dense, bright white head that left specs of lace as it slowly faded. Hazy, brilliant sunshine color that gives it that "nectar of the Gods" appearance. Inviting aroma of zesty oranges, coriander, and cucumber. Light orange flavors on a big wheat base mixed with a splash of coriander make for a refreshing beer. There's a mild bitter orange flavor that fades in towards the end, but is mellow enough not to interfere with the other flavors. Soft mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation makes for a deceptively crisp and refreshing. I'm a sucker for wits, and this would be at the top of my list.
08-13-2005 20:37:38 | More by HappyHourHero
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
Picked up a 22oz bomber at New England Beverage; nice to see Southampton making in-roads into Connecticut. Pours a cloudy golden color with a decent sized white head. Enticing citrusy aroma. Taste is a tremendous blend of orange, lemon, and yeast. Hides the alcohol content fairly well, making it extremely drinkable for 7%.
08-13-2005 03:43:27 | More by medic25
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
A rather pleasant suprise. This beer pours a cloudy and lightly golden color. The head was white and nicely foamy, although the head didn't last long. The smell and taste are of a slightly citrus nature. The relatively high alcohol is nicely hidden. This is a beverage certainly worth your while. Enjoy!
08-10-2005 23:17:01 | More by BadBadger
4/5 rDev +0.8%
08/09/05- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.
Presentation- 22oz bottle, assuming it was a year 2005. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Light cloudy and golden pour. Solid 3/4 inch head and decent lace.
Smell- Orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit and spice. Nice solid scent.
Taste- This beer hits hard with the spice. White pepper and a crapload of corriander. Mixes well with all the citrus fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a sugar coated mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Alcohol was detected. Maybe a touch too much. Otherwise, it's a very well made and drinkable wit.
08-10-2005 21:41:31 | More by GClarkage
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
Got this beer at Super Saver in Somerville. 22 ounce bomber. This beer is rather hard to come by in NJ. Poured a cloudy sunshine yellow, with a frothy white head. Aroma was of spices and floral hops primarily. Some wheat/malt in the background. For all the hype I felt it was a good solid Wit. Nothing spectacular though and perhaps a little heavier than I was looking for to cope with the oppressive August heat. Taste was sharply spicy with lemon and other citrus notes, the strong hop notes overpowered the subtle wheat flavor that I was looking for. There was a noticeable alcohol presence as well. I will buy this one again but it is definitely not a lawnmower beer.
08-10-2005 12:30:00 | More by Citadel82
4.8/5 rDev +20.9%
This is from a bomber brought back from SPH by a good friend. Thanks, Dorothy! I drank this in a Kasteel glass.
This beer looks like liquid gold sitting in your glass. Very pretty. No head, however. Just tiny islands and a ring around the glass. Carbonation is evident, but no lacing.
Aroma is a wonderfully clean coriander and orange peel, kind of lemony, bready wheat. Black pepper and a faint green banana smell, also. Inviting.
The taste is just so clean and fresh, it's inspiring. Fresh, tart lemons, coriander, orange peel, black pepper, tart, bready wheat and yeast. Impressive. Most impressive. The aftertaste is of coriander.
Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and damn refreshing. A pretty good bite from carbonation on your tongue. Just the right amount of residual sugar. Finish is like a sweet-tart candy.
I really don't see how this could be much improved. I don't like to give 5's, but...DAMN!
08-09-2005 16:30:41 | More by jakester
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Green farmhouse label adorned with the Southampton crest espousing "unique double gravity version of classic Belgian style white ale brewed with quality grains and hops. Lightly spiced with coriander and curacao orange." Contract brewed via Mendocino in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Pours a foggy light hay hue with a smattering of spotty ivory head cap releasing a steady stream of corbonation bubbles to the craggy surface.
Once brought to the nose, a spicey aromatic nature is evident. Orange peel and pepper notes. Clean scents.
First swigs: Heavy peppery bread dough wit. Solid flavor that lasts. Plenty of lemony citrous kick. Spiciness is unrelenting. Every swig is an assault of orange peel and pepper. Uncle!
Almost full bodied due to the heavyinfusion of ingredients.
Last swigs: Settles to a one trick pony thick wit. Double appelation is aptly chosen. $4.95 at Circle Liquors in Ewing, NJ. Worth a shot, fo' sho'. Thinking that Unibroue Blanche de Chambly and Weyerbacher's Blanche gives this a run for the money.
Beer is good. Happy beering.
08-08-2005 03:52:03 | More by blitheringidiot
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Very, very pale golden color with no head, nothing floating around- just a clear, clear color. I've never seen a beer so undisturbed looking.
Smells, in a word, lemony. Some other citrus scents to be found, but mostly lemons. Taste is the same. It's nice, though, very light, refreshing. Tangy comes to mind. Mouthfeel is also light, smooth. And it's pretty drinkable- it's just so cooling, so refreshing.
This kind of reminds me of Hennepin in some ways, or just saisons in general. I like it.
07-25-2005 18:27:40 | More by scooter231
4.05/5 rDev +2%
22oz contract brewed version
cloudy yellow like a hefeweizen, with an evil strain of orange running up through the center declaring war on all that is normal for a white beer. smells distinctly of wheat, alcohol and candied orange rinds. big citrus tart mixed with alcohol hits first, smooths out immediately with fresh wheat notes and estery sugars. not as much spice as i remember from the previous version.. more of a standard witbier and less of an experimental spiced brew.. increases drinkability but limits the flavor novelty of the original version.
at a recent southampton event, this was more of a session brew than a sipper.. still a great beer for wit fans and beer nerds alike.
finishes big on berry and tart wheaty malt tones. contract brewed? so what.
07-22-2005 13:48:00 | More by goodbyeohio
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
XXII Reserve 22ounce bomber poured into a goblet.
This is a witbier?
Drinks like a strong pale ale or a saison to me (the flavor profile reminds me quite a bit of Delirium Tremens)... probably because of the 7% and the spices that are in this.
A pretty badass example of the style.
Smooth, easy drinkin, yet tangy and spicy.
There's some citrus oil slickness in the finish which I find to be quite pleasant.
A classy brew that's probably a bit too interesting for macro lovers but should be able to please just about everyone else.
07-21-2005 04:49:01 | More by ommegangpbr
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
I NEED to have this on-tap. Hands-down the best bottled witbier I've had. I can't give it five-ers until I've had it on tap and confirmed/re-confirmed my adoration for this brew. Decent hazy orange-yellow with a medium off-white head that lingered. Strong spicing & wheat on the nose, very pleasant. Something else that I can only describe as floral-citrus mix floated up too but I couldn't place it.
A near-perfect balance of spice, wheat, citrus, and hop on the tongue. Mild yet thourough. Great mouthfeel with good carbonation giving it an additional kick on the tip of the tongue. There can't be enough of these big bottles around. A definite must-try-early-and-often offering.
07-19-2005 13:09:33 | More by packetknife
4.7/5 rDev +18.4%
22oz bomber. Poured out a hazy orange/golden color with a good head to go along with it. Smell consisted of soft coriander and oranges. A nice underlying of vanilla comes in the middle. Taste started out with spices and oranges mostly, but it was ever so soft and delicate. Extremely inviting flavors. Vanilla shows up more stronger in the taste than the nose, but oranges are stronger in the finish. Carbonation is quite soft and seems to just melt this beer in your mouth. This goes down like a 5%, not a 7%. Savor every sip because you'll finish this beer before you know it. One of the best wit's out there, hands down.
06-30-2005 13:40:39 | More by necoadam
Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.