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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Double White AleDouble White Ale

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 52
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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 alkemy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head to speak of with a pretty non-aggressive pour. There's a steady column of carbonation rising from the center of my Sam Adams glass. Color is a pale straw yellow with slight hazing. Smells of banana, bready yeast, and a hint of orange peel with slight hints of coriander. Lemon and bready yeast right off the bat. Then a finish of banana, orange and coriander. Lots of carbonation. This would be even better when the weather warms up. I also get a hint of alcohol on the finish and some pepper.

alkemy, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of littleg
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured very smooth with little to no head. The color is a cloudy straw color with a nice yeast mist, but no chunks like other Witbiers.
Smell: Smell is typical of a Witbier with a hint of coriander and almost flower-like scent.

Sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Has a nice sharp tartness and the initial sip that quickly dries the mouth and turns a final quick burst of citrus. I am normally not a huge fan of whites and rarely purchase them but this one had a decent complexity that I enjoyed. Great summertime beer that could be paired with a nice salad or some lighter seafood far.

littleg, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this at Knightly. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Very creamy, almost like coconut milk appearance. Double white is right. Hazy and delicious looking with a finger or so of head.

S: Fragrant. Hops, orange peel, spices, (coriander ?) peanut butter, and a light, somewhat off-putting hint of melting plastic.

T: Now this is what a white beer should be. Cool and refreshing with a little too much carbonation for my taste, but very complex. Luckily, the "plastic" smell does not come through on the tasting side.

Drinkability: It's a little strong for me to have more than two in a sitting.

Value: For $8.99 a six pack, this is a must buy for a white beer lover.

Note: Made my pee smell funny.

WeezyBoPeep, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of bbeane
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a snifter... a light fizzy head erupts and disappears quickly. Beer is golden in color, tiny bit cloudy with light activity

S- Not alot there at first, but quite aromatic after some swirls of the glass. Smells of banana, wheat, and yeast

T- Has a bit of banana taste at first mixed with some wheat and finishes with orange citrus overtones

M- Very light bodied and little carbonation

D- Perfect for summer but tasty and easy to drink any time of the year


bbeane, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of tjd112
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Southampton Pint Glass

Appearance - Somewhat clear gold with white head and little lacing

Smell - Very bready, yeasty, and wheaty

Taste - Orange peel, coriander, with a hint of lemon

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and somewhat tart finish

Drinkability - Better than Blue Moon, but not the best wit

tjd112, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Pahn
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer couldn't manage to produce more than a centimeter head even with a violent pour. It left behind almost no lacing, and was an ugly translucent light yellow.

Smell: Very minimal citrus, with some wheat beer smell. I had to try hard to even detect any aroma at all. My friend opined that it smelled like a Budweiser (it looks like a bad American macrobrew).

Taste: Wow. At the first sip I thought, "Where did this come from??" This beer underpromises and overdelivers. Up front there's a strong spicy flavor. The label notes the presence of coriander, orange zest, and lemon. The coriander and the orange peel are the stars, with the lemon lurking in the background. From start to finish, the coriander and orange peel are clear and strong, and the marriage of flavors is delicious. The 6.6% alcohol is entirely unmasked and, in my opinion, elevates the taste and experience as the beer segues into a nice, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing with a hit of carbonation and alcohol in the middle and a long, pleasant malt finish. Very nice.

Drinkability: Excellent. I could have several of these.


Note: I had this beer at Papacito's in Greenpoint. I started out drinking it by itself, then with chips and a nice spicy salsa, then with my pablano omelette. Despite the very strong and spicy flavors of the food with which it was paired, the flavor of this beer was never overwhelmed; it was barely even affected. I felt kind of silly pairing this beer with such aggressive food, but it turned out I was worried over nothing.

Something about an ugly, odorless witbier that powers through crystal clear, deliciously married spice and fruit with strong alcohol and malt even when battling palate-frying Mexican food strikes me as very endearing. Impressive beer that will spur me on to try more brews from this brewery.

Pahn, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of ImusBeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this in a 16oz glass, light wheat yellow in color with two fingers white head that died to only scum rather quickly. Continued to release bubbles from the bottom as I drank.

The nose was all yeasty bread, nothing much else. The taste followed with yeasty doughy flavor. Alchohol along with a citrus bite at the end.

The mouthfeel was all high carbonation, I had several of these the other day at an SEC championship party they went down really well.

ImusBeer, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After several weeks of porters and stouts, my palette has been craving something a little different... Enter Southampton Double White...

A - A very active pour... Three plus fingers of delicate and fluffy batter-like pure white head... Very good retention... A slightly hazed pale lemony straw color... Trace amounts of deliberate slow paced carbonation rise throughout sporadically... Some foam clings to the glass...

S - Fresh cut grass... Lemon... Orange... Yeasty... A hint of honey... A hint of bubble gum...

T - A wonderful balance of lemon and wheat... Sweet candy orange... Apricot... A faint hint of coriander...

M - There seems to be an unnatural absence of carbonation which serves as a sever distraction in terms of mouthfeel... Otherwise, this is light to medium bodied... Smooth and slightly sticky... If anything there might be the slightest hint of carbonation on the finish...

D - Hides the 7% ABV well... A rather average Witbier all the way around... Has some distinct positives (appearnce and aroma) and distinct negatives (lack of carbonation) which tend to cancel one another out... Still drinkable, but not very memorable...

philbe311, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this at the Class Six on post at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium tulip.

Pours an extremely hazy golden-yellow that shows bright gold around the edges. The head is a bit of a disappointment, rising only to about a half-finger before falling away to a thin cap that leaves behind very little stickage on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is rather typical of a Witbier, with citric notes of lemon zest and a soft spiciness from the coriander, with a bit of a sweet and wheaty malt undertone.

Body is somewhat light and effervescent yet much fuller than to be expected from a normal Wit -- but this is, of course, a sort of "double Wit," and so such should come without surprise. The flavors also scream heavy-handed Witbier, mirroring the nose nicely while adding the faintest perceptible hint of alcoholic warmth and finishing with a smooth lingering citrusy-sweetness.

Drinkability is damn close to that of a Witbier, but the fuller body and slightly greater complexity adds much more depth and weight to the beer, and the slight bump in alcohol is perceptible compared to its standard counterpart. Overall a nicely put-together brew, departing from its roots while still remaining firmly grounded. Nothing like the departure of BBC's "Imperial White," that much is certain.

superdedooperboy, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at La Bonne Soupe, New York.

Pours a clearish pale yellow. Some haze, but nothing like cloudy enough to my mind. Head is minimal, but fine-bubbled. To my mind, it's just a bit too dark, and a bit too clear.

Some sparkling notes of spice and zesty citrus on the nose. A little acid, and some nice round Belgian yeast notes. Pretty good, pretty true and clear.

Taste hits the spot right on. Some spicy initially, with a hint of pepper and coriander, before a nice round buttery belgian character. Finish is graced with a hint of phenolic alcohol, but it cleans the palate nicely. Pretty damn tasty all up.

Mouthfeel a tad too spritzy. I'd prefer a little creaminess to match the round buttery belgian yeast character.

A very drinkable brew, and a well constructed wit. There are, I think, some blemishes on it. But it really does what it does well. It's a more potent witbier without forgetting its witbier roots. Very nice.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow and completely transparent - so much so that I can read (backwards) what I'm typing through the beer - clearly. Only a few bubbles of carbonation offer a bit of distraction.

Somewhat sour, with citrus and grassy notes on the nose.

Light with hints of lemongrass and other citrus, and an emerging bitterness that expands in the mouth, drying the tongue. And a sweetness that reminds me of a champagne.

Crisp like you would expect from a pilsner, but bigger and with a much longer lasting bite on the tongue.

Pretty decent beer, but there are better options out there.

mdcrouser, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a murky old-gold-tinted straw with a frothy, fizzy white head with minimal staying power.

Nose is difficult to unpack, with mild citrus, undetermined spice, light floweriness, and a moderate dose of musty yeasty funk, all kind of jumbled up together on top of a biscuity malt backbone. The aromas work together, and the end result is good, they're just difficult to parse. Sweet biscuity and floral entry, turning yeasty for just a moment before quickly drying out on the finish. I'm noticing very little spice on the palate, which seems slightly out of place but doesn't make for a disappointing brew.

Moderately high in carbonation, creating a fuller mouthfeel than the beer seems to actually be. Light to medium in body, and quite quenching. A beer I could gulp, but there's enough of note here to make smaller sips worthwhile.

wnh, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton Publick House Double White Ale poured straw with a short white head that faded quickly leaving a clean glass.

The smell and taste were spicy and fruity, like lemon rind. It was delicious. The feel is light, bubbly, and dry. It was thirst-quenching.

I don't care for witbier, but Double White Ale is delicious, refreshing, and hit the spot after working outside on a hot day. Probably the best of this style I've had.

MetalHopHead6, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a smallish white head that that quickly diminishes and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is spices, funky yeast, some banana and clove and some fruits.

The flavor is sweet lemony fruits and wheaty malts with a little yeastiness and some spices and soapiness. The mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly watery with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a decent wit. I tend to like them sweet and fruity.

Beaver13, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of tight, white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Peppery yeast with notes of tropical fruit, vanilla, and mild alcohol. Some light, spicy hops in the background with coriander and perhaps a bit of chamomile.

T - Spicy yeast and wheat up front with pepper and clove. Some light mango/kiwi fruit notes in the middle with smooth, honey and vanilla pilsner malt and more tart wheat. Finishes peppery and tart with orange, coriander and more smooth malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is interesting and drinkable and I like it more and more as I get towards the end of the glass. It strikes me as more of a saison than a wit, which I consider a good thing. The grain and yeast character work very well together with a complex and balanced blend of spice, fruit, and sweetness. It is hard to say what comes from the yeast and what comes from the spices, which suggests a skilled and delicate touch by the brewer. There is just a bit of excessive warmth from the alcohol, but that is a small price to pay for this otherwise excellent beer.

nickfl, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice hazy light gold with about a finger of white, lacy head.

S: Strong yeast smell with hints of tellicherry peppercorns, orange peels, citrus, and coriander.

T: Citrus, lemon peel, coriander, and various spices upfront. Then a strong, yeasty malt flavor settles in, like a southern biscuit. Ends on a slightly sour biscuit note. This one is certainly not afraid to assert the typically subdued belgian wit flavor.

M: Nice and light, with enough carbonation to provide crispness.

D: Certainly would be willing to pick one up again. Great for strolling around with or kicking back on a nice day.

thekanna, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale hazy blonde with a fine white head that leaves some decent lace on the glass. Wheat malt, citrus zest and coriander in the nose. A big dose of malty flavors with lemon zest and Belgian spice. This is a pretty big beer for the style flavor wise with well hidden alcohol. Medium light bodied with fine carbonation that adds to the drinkability. This is one wit I could drink regularly.

biggred1, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of MikeBrandman
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light straw yellow. Completely transparent, disappointingly well filtered. About 1 finger of white head that quickly subsides to a thin hat. Very little lacing.

S - Very spicy smell. Light alcohol smell, but good amount of fruity aroma to mask it. No hoppy smell to speak of.

T - Refreshingly fruity and spicy. Comparing it to Blue Moon is apples to...bigger, more flavorful, and more expensive apples. Definitely what a white should taste like. Has a nice apples-y tartness that rests on the tongue just after the sip. Banana softness in the flavor too. Almost nutty as well.

MF - Thick and creamy. Not chewy, just heavy enough to feel substantial. I can't imagine how it would feel if it was unfiltered. Refreshing and satisfying at the same time.

D - The high alcohol makes me question drinkability, but overall it's very tasty and complex. Gets better as it warms up too.

MikeBrandman, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a wit. Pours a hazy yellow with a nice head that subsides into a ring. No lacing.

Smells sweet. The cardimum and wheat hit first and finish with the sweet orange peel.

The taste is much like the smell, but reversed The sweet hits frist with the bitterness at the end with a slightly dry finish. Good taste.

Feels nice in the mouth, but slightly watery. Lots of carbonation.

Nice and refreshing. I could buy this beer again, though I don't think I can drink more than one in a sitting. Wits and Heffes tend to give me a headache. Good beer, though.

RomaniIteDomum, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow colored. Fluffy head quickly shrinks to near nothing. Some minimal lacing.

S: A pleasant, sweet banana yeast smell. Some spice, maybe a hint of bubble gum.

T: Sugary sweet taste that lingers on the tongue. Maybe a hint of yeast and spice.

M: Decent carbonation with a medium body. A little sticky, chewy and tongue coating.

D: I might be a bit biased against this type of beer, but I don't like the extra whiteness. With the flavors of a white, I want something crisp and clean and doubles like this lose that characteristic. Not a horrible beer, just not my style.

Served in a Wiezen glass.

Review from notes taken on: 8/5/09

eljefe21, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure why this is a "double" white. It pretty much tastes like a witbier and didn't stand out in any way for me. I guess it's a little stronger than a typical wit but still not too strong.

The color was a classic wit beer cloudy orangey color. Lots of carbonation and orange coriander aroma. A decent summer beer but not too impressed.

david18, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of hdofu
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and light. the smell is of ripe fruit, apples in particular. Taste is spicy like most whites. Color was gold with an off white head. Mouthfeel was lite but crisp. I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. I would not mind drinking this beer again.

hdofu, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 27, 2009
Photo of Kwak
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.