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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

Double White AleDouble White Ale

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very good

930 Ratings
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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%

Brewed by:
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 tittymcj


3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours out a dark gold and copper color. Unfiltered goodness floats around the glass beneath a very thin head and almost no lacing.

S: Smell is like a typical white. This one has a bit of fruit in it, however, which is nice and refreshing. Possibly a hint of cherry and vanilla.

T: Taste is wheaty with quite a bit of spice. Very refreshing, and not overpowering in the least. Most spice comes after the beer has been swallowed, and lingers in your mouth.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Not too thin, has just the right amount of substance to keep it interesting and maintain the flavor profiles.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:12:45 | More by tittymcj
Photo of hackmann


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: glowing golden cloudy body with a one finger white head that does not leave much lacing if any yet a curtain of white lace with each sip

Aroma: very pleasing white; soft coriander, soft citrus peel, nice wheat

Flavors: I like Belgian ales and I like the Wit ales. This is pretty spot on for a Belgian-style white (wit). Soft pleasing notes of coriander, wheat, and citrus.

Mouthfeel: low yet fine fizzy carbonation, mild-medium body, light yet pleasing flavors, light wheat aftertaste (short)

To the Point: a straight and to the point Belgian-style White, I like it, it should make a very good summer ale

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 22:42:07 | More by hackmann
Photo of dar482

New York

3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It starts off with a great aroma and I like me some Belgian White’s, but this is too much for me. It’s a 6.7%, but for some reason has a huge alcohol flavors and stanky finish. It lacks the clean fruity flavors and aromatics that I’m looking for in a Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 20:46:48 | More by dar482
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, light golden with a thin white head. Head retention is somewhat poor.

S: Coriander, wheat malt, spice and an herbal note dominate. The spice is mostly pepper. Some low orange and lemon aromas.

T: moderately-strong orange, lemon, pepper and coriander dominate the flavor. The esters and phenols are very apparent in the flavor, no mistaking that Belgian yeast was used here. A moderate bitterness with a balance that is slightly bitter despite having some malt sweetness mid-taste. A dry finish with an aftertaste of coriander and bitterness with light floral earthy notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. Moderate creaminess and a little warmth in the back of the throat.

O: An impressive beer with a nice bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:14:10 | More by MadScientist
Photo of flagmantho


3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: moderately hazy silvery-golden hue with a light effervescence and a finger of pillowy white foam atop. I quite like it.

Smell: lightly sweet with a nice, creamy, wheaty aroma. Add to this a very light spicing, reminiscent of orange peel or grains of paradise, perhaps. Overall a subtle but enticing composition.

Taste: refreshing and wheaty with that same hint of spice. Up front is a little more graininess, and at the end it's a little bit cloying, but that's going to be what you get in a strong-ABV witbier. Quite good, but I don't think this formulation even needs the strength to be tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a wonderful, silky and smooth texture. Wheat really can lend to a great mouthfeel, and this beer is no exception.

Overall: I rather like this beer. I feel like the "double"-ness of it probably detracts more than it helps, but altogether this is a tasty and refreshing brew. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 23:30:22 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Oakenator


4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color in the glass with less than a finger of head. Carbonation is larger like soda pop bubbles but a ring remains around the glass after a few minutes. Yeast is present. The aroma is strong for a witbier - citrus and mango. Taste is sweet - leaning more towards orange but maybe with a hint of lemon along with sweeter flavors like mango.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:30:59 | More by Oakenator
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i liked this a lot, somewhere between a saison and a belgian wit, the pour is the worst feature, which unfortunately comes first. its clear and rusty yellow, with a ton of snow globey yeast particles hanging around that eventually settle out. there isnt much head, but the beer is excitable with a good rustle. the nose is fruity. orange peel and some spice, as well as a curious yeast bordering on something as funky as ommegang uses, but having a sweeter vanilla character to throw things off. in any event, it has some tartness but blends perfectly with the other fruit flavors. this is a light feeling beer, with pleasingly vibrant carbonation and only a light body. it was much better than i expected it to be, and am now 2 for 2 with beers from these guys. this was an easy 6er, and one i will buy again. id like to visit this place, i have a feeling theyve got a real good thing going.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:19:47 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Surprisingly minimal head. White ring. Strong lacing. Honey colored body and very hazy. Dimly lit.

S-Yeast and bananas. A bit of oranges too. Wheat Thins. Respectable aromatic intensity. Spicy, but not too spicy. Cereal grains.

T-Flavor is sweeter than I anticipated. Yeasty and lemony. Apples and pears. Spicy. Wheat and cereal.

M-Fuller bodied. Cutting carbonation. A bit sticky. Not incredibly drinkable.

O/D-Not huge on this one. The best part of a Witbier is its light body, high drinkability and refreshing flavors. This doesn't hit directly on any of the three. No wonder why I don't see a ton of Double Whites on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:15:41 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a semi-clear/semi-hazy light golden color with tons of visible streaming carbonation, soapy head dissipated quickly and left no lace

S- Some light bubblegum notes, some citrus, and spice notes. Very traditional witbier aroma

T- Big coriander notes with bitterness, some lemon and citrus notes, and some wheat. I do get some alcohol flavor too.

M- Very aggressively carbonated, medium body, lots of warming, and semi-dry finish. I love effervescent, highly carbonated, and dry beers but this is overcarbonated, does not finish dry, and a little boozy.

O- This is a style that may not need the imperial treatment or maybe this just was not executed as well as it could have been. Very traditional tasting witbier with extra booziness and a messy mouthfeel. Not bad, but there are better witbiers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 03:25:46 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of WillCarrera


3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, a finger of white head fizzles quickly, leaves minimal lacing.

S- Bready aroma, some banana and clove, considerable spice and some medicinal notes.

T- Bananas, pale malt, clove spiciness, lots of coriander, there's also a considerable medicinal flavor that detracts from the overall flavor pretty noticeably.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and dry, finish is very spicy with some booze.

O- I'm not really a fan of this one, the spice and alcohol are a bit much, and besides those two flavors everything else seemed muted.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:12:14 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of beertunes


2.48/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, lightly cloudy yellow, nowhere near the color I look for in the style, with just a thin cap of white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was bland, no grain and just a trace of the expected orange and coriander. The yeast scent was slightly reminiscent of a Tripel. On the tongue, the story was sadly similar, There was no real spice aspect, the grains were very subdued, and there was a bit of a weird funk.

The body was decent, crisp and clean with a nicely dry finish. Drinkability suffered from the blandness and funk, I don't think I want another. Overall, not a good example of the style. I would avoid it unless you want the tick. I was excited to these brews in a local store, and was a bit let down after all the positive things I'd heard about this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:38:56 | More by beertunes
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.30.12.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy light orange with a small fizzy white head that is gone quickly.

S - Lemons and sour dough bread.

T - Very lemony and sweet breadiness with a touch of orange.

D - Fizzy carbonation with a light body. A sweet lingering finish.

O - Lemony, bready and sweet. Lots of fizz.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:14:56 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a murky pale golden body. Scattered lacing. Aroma of lemon custard, wheat, pale malts and cream. Flavor is very similar and creamy with lemon custard, orange peel, pale malts. Light body and light to medium carbonation. Nice double wit. Very flavorful and the booze are well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 22:39:19 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of acevenom


3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy pale yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. There are plentiful tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The beer smells like a typical wheat beer. I pick up the wheat malt along with some mild citrus. The taste follows the nose, but I do catch those coriander notes in the flavor as well. There's a good solid malt backbone from the wheat and barley malts. There's some mild citrus flavor. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and clean. The drinkability is good. This is a very good beer. It's a solid wit.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:40:44 | More by acevenom
Photo of MDDMD


4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bread dough, lemon, hints of orange

T-wheat bread, lemon zest, orange, coriander, bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-a nice Witbier with interesting flavor, refreshing summer beer

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 04:15:54 | More by MDDMD
Photo of justintcoons


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy straw color with one finger of white head. Has tons of suspended yeast sediment and some pretty aggressive carbonation.

Bubblegum, wheat, lemon.

Loads of bubblegum, banana and wheat. Some cantaloupe, lemon citrus and caramel notes. Very subtle spicing of coriander, clove and orange zest.

Medium-full bodied, slick and spritzy.

A very impressive take on a Belgian Wit. The flavors are more intense and work beautifully together.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 18:04:36 | More by justintcoons
Photo of Celt44

New York

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle...
Appearance is a hazy, deep amber on top but is a lighter straw at the bottom where my pint glass narrows. Nice creamy head that last throughout.

Aroma is a fruity banana, coriander and citrusy lemon. Malts slip through too..

Taste - a sweet hint of bananas - red licorice - nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight burn toward the back of the throat - nice...

Overall a very good White - my first venture into the "Double" white. Refreshing and crip - perfect for the summer!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:42:14 | More by Celt44
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very cloudy light orangish yellow with a 1 finger white head. Quick to dissipate is sticks around as a film. Can still see some carbonation.

S: First I get some belgian yeast and strong citrus, an orange and lemon scent. Wheat comes through too.

T: Fairly balanced between a banana from the yeast, some orange and the wheat backing. Feels like it clocks in heavier than it is.

M: Fuller and heavier body than expected. Low carbonation. A silky finish.

Overall I know these guys are serious about their beers and this it shows. Pretty enjoyable, certainly a wit that can get your drunk.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 01:46:04 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy pale marigold color. Visible sediment. Dense bubbly white foam on top. Nearly three fingers worth almost spills over the top of the perfect pint glass. Leaves no lacing.

S - the nose is medium intense. Bright citrus fruit character. Orange pulp, lemon pith and a touch of lime zest. Malt profile lends a note of doughy bread with a toasty crust. Spice notes are barely noticable but there does seem to be a hint of coriander.

T - malt character is reminiscent of more barely than wheat. Lots of doughy bread flavor throughout. Citrus flavors are intense. Snappy and crisp orange peel notes resonant on the tongue while a hint of lemony acid adds a counterpoint. Finishes similar to pasta noodles with the lingering touch of citrus.

M - medium bodied with a creamy texture. Carbonation is medium as well.

O - an interesting interpretation of a white ale. High use of bitter Orange peel definitely gave it a more American feel as well as the bready character. But it is simple and refreshing dispite the higher abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 23:42:13 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey color with a surprisingly modest head that does leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.

Aromas are quite Belgian; bready, biscuity maltiness with a yeasty banana edge and some coriander and orange notes.

The tastes are initially banana, wheaty and biscuity up front, with the the orange and coriander adding more complexity. As it warms it gets a little more yeasty with clove spicy more wheat sourish maltiness and light bubblegum.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Finish is fairly dry and yeasty

Overall this is one of the better American Witbiers available today on the market. Not a favorite style for me but decently drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2012 18:42:35 | More by claspada
Photo of thecheapies


3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky gold with floaties. Couldn't produce much of a head. 2.5

Heavy spicing in the nose with white pepper and coriander. Bright and clean with small-time wheat and some evident citrus. 3.5

Heavy pepper and coriander with lots of spice rack notes. Lemon/orange notes with malt sweetness. The wheatiness is balanced and carries through sugars while allowing alcoholic strength to peel through. Forgiving in taste. 4.0

Wet sloppy feel with juicy malt notes. Slow carb, but in the past I've noticed more spritz. Felt booze. 3.5

Still a killer witbier, and I'll give it due credit in the overall score. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 13:42:17 | More by thecheapies
Photo of EgadBananas


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours in good form of a wit: hazy, sunny yellow color, with a bone-white head.

Bits of spice on the nose, with a good wheaty punch. grass and some lemon zest.

Some notes of lemon, wheat, slight nuttiness, spices and yeast.

Light, crisp and airy. Pleasant carbonation.

Definitely a nice witbier to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:09:22 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of RickS95


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like it should. Milky golden color, full of haze and 'stuff' floating in it. A bright sticky white head with staying power. Good lattice-like lace as the head eventually falls.

Love the smell. Orange, coriander and lemon fill the nose. Maybe even some honey in the background.

Slight letdown in the flavor as the spice takes center stage. Has good hop presence in the finish.

Less sweet than I'd like, a bit more spice than I care for. Has a strong, aggressive feel particularly in the finish when it hits the throat.

Pretty good representation of the style, somewhat different than I'm used to but the sixer I bought will get put to good use.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:22:04 | More by RickS95
Photo of JWU


4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at McCleary's Public House, Marietta, PA

A- a cloudy yellow with a puffy white head.

S- smacks the nose with wheat, spices (mostly coriander and cloves) and some citrus. Yeasty funk as well.

T- Finally, a witbier with some serious amounts of flavor. Follows the nose to a T. A bit of booze on the back end confirms the "Double" name of the beer.

M- Light to medium carbonation, and a slightly drying tartness on the backend.

O- Tried it on a whim, and was very pleasantly surprised. Nice to see someone played with the style, and didn't pump out another tired witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 01:36:44 | More by JWU
Photo of tobelerone


3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Cloudy pale yellow beer with a smallish white head. Average retention and lacing.

Typical Wit aroma; lots of coriander and clove atop citrusy orange and lemon. Some grainy wheat that’s also very much present in the taste. Flavor is pretty much right on style; fresh and modestly tart orange and lemon; well integrated coriander and other spices done right and not too heavy handed. Some bread and yeastiness in here too.

Crisp and clean, light-bodied, very drinkable, moderately high carbonation. A solidly made Wit that doesn’t necessarily stand out from the many others on the market. Nice warm weather beer and good for the right food pairing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 19:01:04 | More by tobelerone
Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 930 ratings.