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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 54
Gots: 61 | 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 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
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.06/5  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.

Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.