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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: 62 | 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 DIM
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a cloudy, bright golden color. It poured with a large, thick, fizzy white head.

s: This amped up wit was bursting with banana aromas with lots of citrus peel and coriander backing it up. Not quite a double wit in terms of abv, this finds some very solid middle ground.

t: Big, wheaty bananas with plenty of refreshing citrus and subdued spice.

m: Chewy body with prickly fizzy carbonation.

d: The elevated abv takes this out of session range, but this is so tasty and refreshing it would be easy to have too many of these. One of the better bargains out there, I really like this one.

Photo of bceagles39
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Sunset Cantina, Allston MA.

Small white head which disappeared quickly. Virtually no lacing on this pour.

Gold color with a slight haze.

Lemony scent.

Banana flavors, very wheaty. Orange emerges towards the end.

Great mouthfeel, not too heavy. Highly drinkable. A great brew.

Photo of goblue3509
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a little skim head and a slight amount of lacing. The aroma is of wheat as the backbone with notes of citrus (lemons mainly) and clove over the top. Taste has a nice crisp wheat taste with hints of lemon, corriander, and clove mixed in with it. Well balanced flavor. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation and is crisp in feel. The drinkability is good on this, enough flavor to keep you wanting more and feeling satisfied, crisp and clean. A nice summer beer.

Photo of detlefchef
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clean, topaz color and a pure white head that dissipates quickly. Classic banana nose with hints of nuts and spice. Bright flavors of candied citrus and maple with a sweet and lingering, but refreshing finish. To me, this seems like an easy style to do OK but not get quite right. These guys seem to nail it.

Photo of axeman9182
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my DFH signature glass. Southampton Double White pours a lovely straw color, though with a disappointingly small head and not much lace left behind. This may be in part due to a bit of a flimsy pour by me though, so I won't drop it all the way to a 3. The nose is too subdued, but what's there is dominated by wheat, with some citrus notes lurking in the background. The first few sips are a letdown, there's barely any coriander or citrus presence at all and SH Double White tastes a bit watered down. I had this beer on tap a few months ago and remember loving it, so I don't know if I got a sixer from a bad batch or what the deal is, I'm gonna have to come back to this one somewhere down there road. The beer is a bit on the low end of the carbonation scale for the style, but I find myself appreciating that, and it's got a certain creamy quality to it that I'm digging. This beer is extremely drinkable, makes me wish even more that the taste was up to par. Southampton went big for a white ale and in some regards pulled it off well. There's no alcohol presence whatsoever, and as mentioned the mouthfeel is quite good.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted wheat and pale malts with good amounts of lemon peel and lighter amounts of orange and grapefruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Wheat flavors with a higher-than-average amount of twang kick things off, backed up by light malts. Soon afterward a large amount of lemon peel flavors that are equally sweet and tart come into play before softening a bit with the addition of orange flavors. Both citrus fruits are joined by mildly grassy flavors that together carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didnt' have a problem finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but I wish it were crisper - the wheat flavors seem to overpower everything else early on and the rest of the flavor profile never seems to recover. Still, a nice beer for warmer weather and worth a shot.

Photo of skullsplitter
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just might be my new favorite summer beer!

The appearance is pretty standard for a witbier. It's has a murky golden color; very cloudy. The carbonation stays pretty consistent throughout drinking. There was a nice soapy head that was gone after about sixty seconds. Lacing was non existent.

The smell is fruity and floral. You can smell the lemon and orange zest along with a pepper. It's a little stronger than some of the other witbiers I have tried. This was apparent in the smell.

The taste is simply amazing. The orange and lemon are apparent with the first sip. The aftertaste is tangy and bitter but completely refreshing.

Overall this really is quite an excellent and unique witbier. I have to agree with a previous reviewer who felt this was like no other witbier he has tried before. I find this to be easily sessionable. Can't wait to buy it again!

Photo of Liverpool08
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great wit!! Pours a cloudy very pale yellow, not much head. Nice aroma of citrus and wheat, very inviting. Taste doesn't fail. Very nice notes of orange and other citrus, balanced by the malty bready wheat. This is a great summer thirst quencher. A great Wit and goes to the top of my favorites for this style. I think the "double" for this brew gives it that push to be a great example of the style. Not watery like some of this style can be.

Photo of kmdawber
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - underwhelming. pale, just a little cloudy. thin head that disappeared quite fast. carbonation still rising 3 minutes after pouring it into the glass. little to no lacing.

Smell - delicious. clove and spice all over the place. above average from other whites i've had.

Taste and Feel - taste is great. heavy on the spice side, a little cloudy feeling in the mouth but goes down very nicely. pleasant to drink and each sip is enjoyable. lots of flavor.

Drinkability - superb. easy to sip, easy to swig. goes down smoothly and you get the entire flavor all the way down.

Overall - not the best white ale i've ever had, but definitely really good. would recommend and will absolutely purchase again.

Photo of chickenflea
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Underground Bluz. After too many IPAs and stouts, I needed some relief. I found it in the Double White. Hazy yellow, small white head. Great aroma - lots of spice, yeast, and even a touch of alcohol. Finally a full-flavored Wit. Maybe that's why it's called a "double wit.". Really balanced well - spices, yeast, citrus, light carbonated body - all come together really well for the style. Dry finish. Really good.

Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy yellow like any witbier should, with a small but dense white head that laces the glass well and looks cloud-like.

aroma is sweet. reminds me of cotton candy for some reason. citrus, fruity pebbles, candy sugar, bubble gum, vanilla, some expected scents like apple, clove and banana, though behind the artificial sweet aromas.

taste is very sweet as well, though spicier than the aroma. orange peel, lemon rind and banana are the strongest flavors, with some cracked pepper coming in next and coriander, bready malt, wheat, and sweetened, dried fruits as well. very yeasty throughout.

prickly carbonation enhances the spiciness of the brew, but makes it a bit harsh. light to medium bodied and fluffy.

artificial sweet quality and prickly carbonation along with a tad of alcohol bun make me wonder why they bothered to "double" this. it seems to contribute harshness while not adding much complexity or flavor. i can drink it, but it doesnt offer much more than any other witbier.

Photo of mralphabet
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured golden yellow, very clear for a wheat beer. About 1/2 finger of head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: First thing I'm getting is the a wheaty malt, with lemon peel and big spice notes. Straight up great smelling Wit... Dead on.

T: Just like the nose.... everything that makes a Wit a Wit is here and it is all balanced very well.... None of the flavors are to overbearing... Just right, mix and balanced.

M: Mid to light bodied, the carbonation is right on for the style.

D: Very drinkable... I could drink a bunch of these. Just a great Wit.

I have to say this is maybe one of my favorite Wits.... Most I've had have been a little to much on the citrus side. This one balances nicely. Worth looking out for.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color with a nice white head that retains decently. Aroma is has some belgian fruitiness upfront as well as some spice, a hint of malt and a touch of alcohol. The taste has doughy, yeasty notes up front, followed by some fruity esters, orange peel, spices (white pepper and coriander), and some fusel alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little grainy, but not bad. Drinkability is pretty good, despite the sizeable alcohol presence. Pretty good wit, the flavors are a bit more in your face than with an average wit but that's what I expected.

Photo of magine
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a cloudy lemon color, with a nice white head that fades to a lace island, minimal lace.

Brew smells of yeast, clove and spice.

Brew is smooth and very tasty; spices, yeast and clove tatse really shine in this one. A very wel crafted brew. Brew almosts is as complex and as tasty as a Hefeweizen.

Wow - this is perhaps the best Witbier I have had; an excellent sessionable brew. Fantastic stuff.

Photo of Andreji
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sunny afternoon lunch in "otto enoteca" near washington sq. This place only serves local, so my first companion to an absolutely sumptuous assortment of italian cheeses is this southampton offering, the double white.

I'd have to say, first off, that i'm amazed this is ranked a witbier. who did it? i can't put my finger on what this is, it's many things at once and no less brilliant.

Pour is oh-so belgian. cloudy golden hue, not too dark but dark enough to make it hard to see through. Head is thick and creamy, shining impeccably white, and lasting even if only perhaps a finger tall.

Smell is very nice. Strong spicy feel, clovey at some point. not too sweet but no less inviting. no hops. can't put my finger on it still.

Taste is great. an equally classifiable hefeweizen and strong pale ale feel, maybe along the lines of some top of the line tripels, i dunno. strong grainy feel with a peachy regout. mouldy at some point, never too sweet. the aftertaste is a brilliant subtle bitter feel reminiscent of the better belgians. And to top it a very consistent thickness to it, not your thirst quencher but good any day any time. Prime.

Photo of Mr3dPHD
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass with a garlic butter chicken & bowtie pasta.

A - Cloudy brownish-orange with a thick white head. The color almost looks muddy.

S - Sweet and spicey citrus and ginger. Pretty robust scent.

T - Very spicey! Lemon cirtus with a sweet & tangy finish. No apparent hops that I could detect.

M/D - Medium light carbonation...fairly drinkable for the style.

Overall decent white. Certainly good enough that I'd try it again sometime. Also complimented the meal very nicely!

Photo of MrIncognito
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright yellow body with a touch of haze and cloudiness due to some yeast. Two-finger fizzy head that eventually subsides to a very thin whispy cap. Leaves nicer than average lacing but not as sticky as I like.

S - Great yeasty smell followed by a quick blast of bright citrus, mostly domininated by orange but there are some hints of lemon peel in there. Lightly sweet and sugary when swirled.

T&M - Follows the smell well. The taste of yeast and light orange hit the taste buds right away and at the same time. Not overly powerful in the orange taste which is nice. Slight lemon zest in the end. Moderate-high carbonation makes this crisp but the body is really quite smooth and refreshing. Wets the mouth well and does not finish too dry.

D - Very drinkable beer. Could easily pound this but makes for a tasty sipper. Definitely did not notice the alcohol at all.

Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with more than a finger of white, fluffy foam. The head displays minimal retension and receeds leaving spotty amounts of lace along the glass. The yeasty aroma includes smells mostly dominated by citrus (more specifically lemon and orange.) Taste is also yeasty but with a tiny bit of spicey clove mixed in with the orange and lemon like citrus. Light feel with this and a high amount of carbonation. It is quite drinkable and well made for the style. Not my favorite style of beer but this is a solid example that I would drink again.

Photo of Radome
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5 - Beer is golden and very cloudy. From memory, I'd say it is very similar in appearance to Hoegaarden, but a shade more amber. Very little head or visible carbonation, which is a drawback to me.

Aroma - 4.5 - Wonderful aroma. More malt and sweetness than in Hoegaarden, but it still has the banana, citrus and spice combination that I remember.

Flavor - 4.5 - Flavor matches the aromas very well. Malt, wheat, yeast notes and spices make a very complex experience. It also has hop bitterness and alcohol burn that seem higher than most wits, but fit the level of flavor in this beer. Everything seems bigger than in a standard wit, as the name implies.

Mouthfeel - 4.0 - Moderate body along with moderate carbonation. Mouth-coating and slightly sticky, but seems appropriate for a large beer like this.

Overall Drinkability - 4.5 - A fuller, more rounded version of a Belgian White. Very enjoyable.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I gave this beer an 'A-' for the bottle version. I am not so fond of the on-tap brew.

A – Cloudy yellow-orange, with a small-ish head.

S – The smell is of a vague pilsener-style pale malt, and a bit of sweaty funk; these elements are not well-executed. There is a jasmine-orange blossom floral element that does come across nicely.

T – The taste is quite similar to the aroma, except lesser, and they are both different and significantly less impressive than the bottled incarnation of this brew. This tastes a bit macro and honestly like a trainwreck of mediocre German lager and Blue Moon 'wit'.

M – I slammed it quickly. Mostly in anger due to my bad call. They had CCB on-tap, but I just happened to have my fridge stocked full of the CCB varieties they had (Jai-Alai and Cubano Espresso), so I went against the home team. Booo.

D – Good in the bottle, not so good on-tap.

Photo of yossarian14
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will be my go to Spring Beer of 2010! Its a beer I might expect to be available only in 750ml bottles. It's a light refreshing witbier with enought flavor, body and alcohol to keep you from drinking too many too fast. The lemon adds some complexity and tartness to the flavor.

I'm drinking this instead of St Bernardus because of the price. I'm drinking this instead of Hoegaarden because it tastes better.
I'm drinking this all day because I can.
Jealous? A little bit

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste is good, well balanced spices and citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of irishking1977
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, a witbier. The gateway beer of my beer journey. But a double wit? Interesting. I've had River Horse's Double Wit, and that was quite good. Witbier's are usually good in small quantities.

A: Cloudy gold with a moderate white head that leaves little lacing. An expected appearance of a Witbier.

S: Lots of citrus and coriander, perhaps a hint of vanilla as well.

T: Not far off from a typical witbier. Very fruity (citrus - orange, lemons) and mildly spicy. More so than an average witbier. Not better than the original regular witbier - Hoegaarden, but a very good interpretation of it, in a more boozy and intense manner. Also, still second so far in terms of double wits, where Riverhorse's double wit still stands alone for me. That is a very good double wit. Still, this one can stand on it's own for different reasons, namely slightly better drinkability.

M: Crisp and clean, with spicy and sour notes that hit the tongue almost immediately. It's slightly fuller feeling than what is normally expected from a witbier, but that's to be expected due to the higher abv.

D: Easy to drink, and less bitter/spicy/sour than some witbier's I have had. The overall package doesn't quite compare to Hoegaarden or Riverhorse's double wit, but this one is right up there with them. All witbier's that I have had, have been close to style, and this one would be included in that.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a white colored bubbly thin head. Lots of carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass for quite some time.

Smell is heavy with pears and citrus. Very fruity aromas, maybe some lemon zest as well.

Lots of pear in the initial taste. Lemon, citrus, banana and light malts. Light hops flavors in the finish. Very solid witbier.

Mouthfeel is very effervescent and bubbly, high carbonation and medium bodied.

Very drinkable, quite a nice example of the style.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a nice white head that leaves a little lacing.
Fruity, pear, coriander & some spices on the smell
Taste is sweet, fruity with some spices
A very drinkable beer, goes down real easy, almost too easy, the ABV is not noticeable at all.

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