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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Double White AleDouble White Ale

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995 Ratings
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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 52
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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 brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a surprisingly modest head that does leaves some nice lacing as it descends

Smell: Bready, with a sweet banana edge and some coriander and bitter orange tones

Taste: After an initial banana bread taste, the orange, coriander and lime flavors rise to the fore; by mid-palate, there is a distinct medicinal bitterness that overwhelms; after the swallow, the sweeter banana flavor offsets the medicine, to some extent, but the damage is done

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: This beer is just not up to the standards I expect from Southampton; the medicinal flavor here seems a bit off and is certainly off-putting

brentk56, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Kwak
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

im happy every time i find a new wite
this poured hazy light yellow with a pillow fluff head that left quickly
it smelled nice

with a citric taste a little orange and finished smooth very drinkable even with the alcohol content i like these beers for a nice hot day but this double might be too much

Kwak, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.73/5  rDev -6%

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Ahh this is what a wheat based beer should look like: cloudy. Head could stand to be a bit bigger but a slightly puffy looking head will do in a pinch. The only problem is this goes away, a ring is left, some sparse lacing not much else.

S: Bit more abbrasive than a hefeweizen, wheatiness is here but not the main focus. More attention paid to the fruitier and herbal aspects of this beer. In fact this beer seems a bit winey, but backed by a decently active malt bill that keeps things balanced.

T/MF: I think I like what's going on here, quite complex right off the bat. Get some wheaty, bubble gum and banana sweetness but this quickly transitions into the herbal and, like I indicated before, sour aspects that I think really compliment everything else that is going on in this beer. Finish is slightly grainy but still lets you experience most of what this beer offered up initially.

D: I'm glad I have four more of this, this beer merits several different looks. My first experience was a bit different than my second, but taken as a stand alone beer, maybe in the middle of a hot day, the mix between tart and sweet really makes for a pretty drinkable beer.

bluemoonswoon, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of mwa423
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

A - Poured from bottle into a pint glass, color is applesauce yellow, with about as much opacity. The finger and a half of white fluffy head quickly dies down to a lacing.

S - The smell is dead on bread dough but after the head dies down, you get more orange and coriander.

T - Along with the expected wheat and spices, there are some strong sour notes on the aftertaste that don't really fit my idea of a white ale. Taste is about average for style.

M/D - Easy drinker and good for a summer day, but by far not the best for the style.

mwa423, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of damienblack
2.9/5  rDev -27%

Poured a hazy pee-yellow, lots of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top of the glass, but when they settled there wasn't a whole lot going on. Smells... odd. Berry-like slightly vinegaric smell. I'll bet something's off, but the aroma isn't too bad, so let
s keep going. Tastes much like it smells, except stronger. Tastes kind of like an infected bottle, but is still sort of drinkable. Tastes like a half-watery, half-vinegaric wit. Sippable, if not desired. I'm guessing it isn't supposed to taste like this.

damienblack, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.73/5  rDev -6%

this is where i get lost in the artisan 'wit' category of american beer. looks as a wit would look with some murk and a yellowish color. mild head. the nose is mildly herbal and a sour apple. palate is more sour than expected. the beer is rather base in sourness though. quite simple. not particularly woody like the jolly pumpkin wit. there are spices but there don't work to well with the sweet wheat quality of the beer. it seems to separate between the sweeter side of the wheat malt and the sour side of... well what would appear to taste a lot like beer going sour and nothing else. apple cider vinegar to say the least, coriander, lemon zest. and yeast. wish there was more going on...

rtepiak, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of Winter
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours golden yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of lemony citrus, wheat malt, coriander and orange peel. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Lemony citrus and coriander start things off. This beer is slightly tarter that I was expecting. Solid wheat malt body. Overall, it's crisp, tangy and refreshing for a summer beer. The 6.7% abv is masked pretty well. A good offering, just not my favorite witbier.

Winter, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of BDIMike
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours an unfiltered, golden colored beer with a white tint, almost the tinge of color that Hoegaarden has taken on since Bud bought them. There is a good amount of carbonation, but only a thin white head has been created and it dissipates quickly.
Smell has a lot working. There is a good and stronger than usual coriander smell. Also, the usual Belgian yeast and fruit smells of orange come through nicely and smell very fresh.
Taste is really nice. There a nice wheat base with a good fresh citrus taste. Lemon, orange, and coriander taste all come together with an alcohol tinge to it.
Mouthfeel is nice as well. The brew has a good carbonated and refreshing feel. It is a crisp feel, but not harsh.
Drinkability is great for a high alcohol double white ale. Southampton Double White has a lot of things working together and they all complement each other. A great refreshing summer beer with a lot of taste that you can drink all day. Perfect picnic beer.

BDIMike, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Bright and cloudy straw hue with a two finger pearl white head that slowly settles to a thick and even cap.

Lots of orange peel in the aroma, giving a little bit of a sharp sourness along with the wheat malt.

The flavor has some sour tones to it, along with a bit of spice.

A little more sour than some that I have tried, but still pretty drinkable. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $11.99.

A: Pleasing glowing hazy yellow with 1-finger white fizzy head with short life but plenty of lacing.

S: Muted aromas of coriander, lemon, orange, and light wheat tang.

T: A very tart, lemon citrus inflected witbier with very light spice notes of coriander. THere is a bit of orange but mainly lemon flavors with barely any wheatiness evident. Not really my style of witbier but not bad by any means.

M: Excellent body for a white ale with even carbonation and very drying, lemon-dominated aftertaste.

D: The alcohol is well-hidden, and this brew has a high quench-quotient due to the tartness and dryness. I don't reach for a double white ale, however, when I am looking for a beer for thirst. This beer is enjoyable, mainly because of the bodacious body, but it would be much better with more wheat presence and less lemon domination.

argock, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of lweaver18240
4/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Bottle classic looking and very attractive. Poured 6 oz. into a glass. Medium straw color w/ lacing. Off-white head maintained with each mouthful.

S- Citrus and coriander are prominent with the smell, very pleasant.

T- Very smooth and refreshing, all of the flavors seem to blend well. Aftertaste of coriander blending with citrus tastes somewhat floral. A little too much coriander for my tastes, but still enjoyable.

M- Very crisp, and very smooth like a white ale should be.

D- Good drinkability despite the ABV, however the aftertaste after some time seems the only downside of this beer.

Very good ale, I'll be sure to try it again after reading these other reviews to see what else I can pick up on.

lweaver18240, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

A. Pours semi hazy in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Pillowy head looms and adds some lace.

S. Smells tart upfront and I notice the wheat componants.

T. Tastes more like a hefeweisen than a wit, big time banana bubblegum flavor, with just a hint of citrus. Not a whole lot of spice but there is some coriander/clove in the mix.

M/D Smooth and medium bodied. Pretty tasty brew here from Southampton. Worthy.

Stinkypuss, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Grabbed this one on-tap, finally, after having it in the bottle many times. While in the bottle it's a fairly straight-forward wit, on-tap it's another beast altogether. Flavors all over the place (as some others mentioned, more in common with a saison with the funk). Big sourness, vinous flavors all over the place, going along withe the more straightforward corriander, orange peel, etc. Really a unique, tasty beer, one that I'm going to look for on tap in the future.

soupyman10, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a faint yellow gold. Hazy. 1-finger head, little retention, and no lacing.

Nose is very big. Lots of lemon zest here. The other spices are present, but the lemon totally dominates.

Not as flavorful as I was expecting from the aroma. Again the lemons are in charge, with even enough potency to produce a little pucker. Starts a little sweet and goes sour in the finish. Not much in the way of hop presence, but not expected either.

Easy drinker, if you are into this style.

beer2day, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +0.8%

This beer pours a hazy straw color with a one finger of sudsy white head. Decent head retention leaving wispy lacing on the side of the glass. Nose is lemon, banana, and touch of spice. Taste starts of sweet sugar notes mixed with orange, lemon, and a nice blend of coriander. Yeast is present in the middle, with a nice citrus hop bite at the the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice carbonation not too heavy and not to light, creamy feel at first with a crisp finish to it. This is an excellent beer to waste a summer's day with.

Jayli, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of gmcfarre
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A - Pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a decent 1 1/2 inch eggshell white head. Head rests at about 1/4 inch. Laces nicely in sheets when tipped, leaving some arches on the glass.

S - Scent is full of citrusy lemon zest & orange peel. Coriander blends nicely with just a hint of bubblegum flavor. Somewhat grassy. Very pleasant.

T - Starts with some tart green apple flavor and loads of lemon and orange citrus flavor. Coriander hits mid-palate. Some bubblegum flavor adds to the mix. A bit grasssy also. Touches all the good flavor bases of a witbier.

M - Highly carbonated with a medium body. Slighty dry and tacky finish.

D - A great wit that is full of flavor and personality. Worth picking up if you have any passing interest in the style. On the high end of the style's ABV, but nothing that would keep you from downing several of these in the summer sun.

gmcfarre, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of coalcracker
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold color with fizzy carbonation. Head disappears quickly.

Smell: Aroma is strong- both sweet and tart, almost candy-like. Also a little citrusy. Some tasters may feel as if the aroma may be a little too assertive; in my opinion, its very attractive.

Taste: Wheat maltiness kicks in at first with a slow build into the spiciness, which includes notes of coriander, orange peel, and some other spices. An alcohol warmth pulls through long after the tasting. Aftertaste is pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a twang of carbonating sting.

Drinkability: I would be deceived to believe this is a session brew at 7%. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

Overall, a very tasty witbier- one of the better examples I've had of late.

coalcracker, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Opaque sunny yellow body, nice white head (but this glass doesn't have too much room).

S: Super fragrant yeast profile, some orange, maybe a little wheat.

T: Everything you'd expect from the aroma is in the flavor. Clean finish, except for a little lingering citrus flavor and bitterness.

M: Could be slightly more carbonated, but otherwise good.

D: Amazingly easy to drink. Refreshing yet powerful.

51mmz0rz, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of drumrboy22
3.73/5  rDev -6%

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a St.Feuillien chalice. Beer was a golden straw color, with a small, white head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was clove, lemon, coriander and spices.

Taste was coriander, honey, light pepper and biscuit.

Light, fruity and easy drinking.

drumrboy22, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of alfistheman
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours gorgeous orange yellow with short thick white fluffy head. Great head retension and lacing down the glass as its drank. The taste on this one is great, minus a lil for the excessive coriander(I love corriander but man it's over the top. Citrus and wheat flavors are in there with corriander out on top.

Over all this is a very drinkable wit, strong at 7%abv, but maybe over spiced for some. Stays true to the name, Double White.

alfistheman, May 31, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Hoegaarden witbier hexagonal glass.

A: Pours a very hazy, golden straw body with a finger thick, slightly rocky white head. Head quickly thins to a ring of lacing.

S: Kind of "barnyard" - sweet, fresh cut hay. I'm also picking up notes of fresh squeezed lemon, some spiciness from coriander and maybe some cloves. Fairly sweet nose that is quite pleasant if not very complex.

T: Highly refreshing blend of flavors - citrusy lemon, a hint of pear, sweet hay, clover honey, and a touch of grainy, fresh-baked biscuit flavor. The coriander comes into play adding some twang to balance the citrusy sweetness and malts. Aftertaste is mostly biscuit with some lingering lemon and pear notes.

M: Crisp carbonation gives a nice edge to this beer. Leaves a slightly fluffy mouthfeel but goes down very smooth.

D: 6.5% ABV, man oh man I could drink this wit all night without any problems. Delicious without the alcohol being too overpowering. Probably right on the upper limit for sessionability, but definitely a beer that is easy to drink on a warm summer evening. An especially great pairing with grilled meats - tonight, it was Johnsonville Brats.

I love witbiers and I really enjoy drinking Hoegaarden - after all, it got me into witbiers in the first place. That being said, Southampton's Double White blows Hoegaarden out of the water. Easily my favorite witbier at present, but I will admit that I haven't gotten around to trying St. Bernadus Wit which is often regarded as the best witbier in the world and a true Belgian wit, even though a 4pk @ $15 costs nearly double the price of a 6pk of Southampton. That being said, Southampton definitely has the best American craft witbier out there and one that I will look forward to enjoying on many more warm summer evenings.

Buschyfor3, May 31, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours an expected urine shade of yellow. A surprisingly minimal amount of head -- only 1/2 finger at its peak -- quickly dissolves into nothingness. Cloudy, unfiltered but still enough visual integrity to see the carbonation bubbles rise.

The typical wit spice bill of coriander, orange zest and lemon zest hit the nose first. The crisp, distinct scent of wheat plays well off of the citrus. I get a funky sort of yeast smell. This gets me more interested in the taste; perhaps there will be some funk complexity?

Yeah, the slight funk is there. Its not unlike Hennepin (the saison from Ommegang) in its combination of "horseblanket" funk with banana phenols. Coriander and the un-malted wheat play off eachother in the middle of the drink (though never quite consummating their marriage). While I was busy still thinking how this is sort of hennepin-light, the orange zest flavors smacked me upside the tongue. Orange really dominates the finish, making this beer not as crisp as I would have thought before tasting. Interesting stuff.

I like the relatively thick mouthfeel. Once again, this beer defies expectations, as I expected something a touch thinner. The body allows this beer to not be dominated by the spice bill. That body also contributes to a lessened drinkability (along with the ABV). If you're like me, you can't handle too much of a heavily spiced beer.

Not really being a witbier fan, I came to this bottle with some preconceived notions about what it would offer. Much to my enjoyment, Southampton taught me that there is room for surprise and variance in the witbier style. This beer is recommended.

Reaper16, May 28, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +2%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. The ale appears a cloudy muted straw color with about an inch of fluffy bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of coriander, light citrus such as orange and lemon, spicy, slightly peppery yeast, light toasted grains. About medium bodied and amply carbonated. Quenching and satisfying. Worth a try.

ClockworkOrange, May 26, 2009
Photo of thirdeye11
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Presentation: poured from tap at falling rock tap house into pint glass.

A: light colored as true to style, 1/2 finger head that lingers well, minimal lacing and only slighty opaque.

S: smells funky like a saison! Really pleasant. Beef jerky in the back ground, unidentifiable spices , a vinegary sour up front, mild citrus. very complex and nice.

T: overwhelmingly white wine like grape sour taste but I really like it. Spices and citrus that lingers. Never bitter but very refreshing. Maybe the best wit I've had.

D: pretty high but not the most drinkable beer I've had.

thirdeye11, May 24, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a small white head.

Scent of wheat, lemon zest, citrus, earth, and some light sugars. There is a bit of funk to it, which hurts the scent a bit, but it's still pretty good.

Taste of spices, lemon zest, citrus, wheat, a some funk. The funk here is less pronounced, it's less off putting, but still not that great.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation.

paco1029384756, May 22, 2009
Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.