Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Ratings: 1,026
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 51
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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 chickenflea
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of zoso493
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a plastic sampler cup because of a complete lack of any other vessel.

Appearance: Pours a good-looking golden-orange color with a fluffy head that has decent retention despite being in a plastic cup. I can't speak to the lacing, but the color was really nice.

Smell: Has a really good, spicy smell to it, with coriander, orange, and lemon being the dominant spices. Smells really promising.

Taste: This is an excellent witbier. The spices are really nicely pronounced and tied together in the middle of the taste and the hops come in to add just the perfect amount of bittering at the end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly straightforward mouthfeel to this one with an adequate amount of carbonation and body.

Drinkability: I bought a six pack with my father and we decided to have one right away, which is why we were only able to pour it into plastic cups. Before we knew it, the whole sixer was gone - this is an extraordinarily good session beer, even given the higher alcohol content.

Overall, this is, in my opinion, and outstanding take on a style that I am usually not a huge fan of. It has a huge amount of flavor to it, but is still a phenomenally good session brew. I have to take my hat off to the guys at Southampton on this one. This is the first of their beers that I've tried and I look forward to trying a whole lot more.

Photo of sbe1
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent witbier, but there are much better in this style.

Appearance: light, cloudy gold color with a small short-lived head and minimal lacing.

Smell: beery sweetish malt, a hint of citrus -- less than you'd expect from a witbier -- hint of banana.

Taste: sweet, light touch of citrus, some hop tickle, wet finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, crisp and refreshing, light carbonation.

Drinkability: very good, a decent session beer.

Photo of stimulus
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very pale color, with minimal lacing.

S: Clean with a citrus scent.

T: Citrus prevails here as well, and I can taste the coriander too.

M: Very smooth without a ton of carbonation.

D: A bit stronger than most witbiers, but I could have a few of these without a problem.

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite witbiers so far. Nice, fresh malt flavor with bright coriander spice notes - prominent but not ovewhelming. One of the bigger ABV's for the style, yet frightening drinkable. Thanks to Blake for contributing this to the Bowling Green, KY BA gathering - I'd love to see this become available in our area.

Photo of berley31
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, creamy white head that eventually diminished to a thin film on the beer. The body is a dark yellow color, and, surprisingly, only slightly hazy, not the cloudiness you expect to see with a wit.

S: Very spicy aroma, lots of pepper, coriander, and orange.

T: Very refreshing... one of those great wits where the spices are present, but not sickening. The extra alcohol gives the beer a little more kick, but the alcohol is still barely noticeable.

M: Light-bodied, creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Very enjoyable, definitely a go-to wit if it was available in my area.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a Samuel Adams summer ale stange. 6.6% ABV, 092409 on neck.

A - I served this by swirling the last half of the beer in the bottle and poured it into the glass. Even with this practice the beer was only partially hazy. Lots of carbonation streaming through the lemon yellow body to the one-finger cloud-white dense foam. Moderate retention with some good, thin coating of lace on the opposing side of the glass.

S - The aroma is primarily grainy with a good helping of dry wheat and light malts. The coriander was noticeable from the pour and a light yeast and lemon peel citrus hang in the balance.

T - The flavor has a good helping of wheat and malts to back up the hefty yeast and spice going on here. Lots of yeast. Coriander is on the backburner compared to the orange and lemon peel. The citrus is big and demanding with a really zesty finish but well balanced in the grand scheme of things.

M - The double white feels light bodied due to flavor and carbonation, but I feel that it's borderline medium-bodied. Very effervescent. Lots of fizzing on the tongue. The citrus zest finishes out with a band and dries it all up.

D - A solid beer overall I don't have any complaints with. Tasty and refreshing with good balance. Well crafted and deliciously drinkable.

Photo of knight84
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden straw color with a frothy opaque white head that dissipates quickly leaving a light cap.

Nose is bread dough, citrus, and spices with a slight sour belgian funk too. Smells delicious.

Taste is yeasty and peppery with citrus and light sharp spices, also some tart fruits - sour oranges and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is nice and belgian-y with decent carbonation and some syrupy feel. Overall a pretty nice Wit, very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear for a wheat beer, just some slight particles in suspension, pure straw color but not pale at all, head is big and white but leaves quickly

S: Wheaty base with a big spice note, the coriander and lemon peel really come through for me, definitely a more intense spice aroma than a standard witbier

T: Again like the bottle says - coriander, orange, and lemon peel, they all come through and are easily identifiable, this really is an imperial white

M: Medium-thin, and a stinging carbonation

D: Good drinkability but not as high as a standard milder witbier than is a thirst quencher

Notes: I wasn't sure how I would like an "imperial" witbier. I think that kind of defeats the purpose of having a nice light beer with light citrusy notes, but it actually works very well. If I wanted a simple easy beer, I wouldn't have this one, however, if you like wheat beers and what a better one, this is it.

Photo of alkemy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
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