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Double White Ale - Southampton Publick House

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965 Ratings
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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 51
Gots: 35 | 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 gmcfarre


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 05:09:00 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of coalcracker


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 03:12:14 | More by coalcracker
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 02:45:44 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of drumrboy22


3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:26:57 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of alfistheman


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 18:41:21 | More by alfistheman
Photo of Buschyfor3


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 04:05:41 | More by Buschyfor3
Photo of Reaper16


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 01:55:56 | More by Reaper16
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 17:29:44 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of thirdeye11


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2009 02:59:28 | More by thirdeye11
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 23:55:29 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of ckeegan04


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

A - Lightly hazed golden yellow with a thick foamy white cap. Head is about 3 fingers after pur and settles to a solid inch or so. Big foam rings left down the glass. Active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Subtle hints of wheat and big citrusy fruits. Orange and lemon both with the lemon being the more dominant of the two. Light hint of spices as well.

T - Almost honey like sweetness initially quickly overcome by citrus flavors of lemon and orange. Lightly spiced as well with corriander and a little cinnamon. Wheat is present, but is very muted behind citrus and spice notes.

M/D - Medium bodied, a little thin for a wit. Very crisp and refreshing. 7% alcohol is not noticeable at all. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 14:40:31 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of jgap


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow with a bright white head that fades to a nice lace. Smell is classic Witbier. Orange peel, corriander, and a nice lemon zest. Very crisp and clean. Taste is citrus immediately. Lots of orange and lemon peel that quickly turns to a mellow wheat that is only broken up by the spices at the end. My only complaint is with the somewhat fleeting taste. There's a bit of the orange and spice left over but the whole taste just seems to vanish too quickly. I'm not too fond of witbiers but this one is pretty good and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 06:44:24 | More by jgap
Photo of DannyS

New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Perfectly cloudy orange amber with a lovely fluffy head that leaves oodles of lacing

S - A joy to smell. Lots of fresh, bright coriander and orange comprise the meat of this heady aroma, backed up by cloves...and dare I say a hint of banana? Okay, who put hefe yeast in my witbier?

T - Faint bitter, flowery hops back up the fruity, wheaty, spicy taste. Excellently balanced.

M - The carbonation is active and foamy, lending bite and smoothness to the light yet full mouthfeel. Slightly chewy.

D - If it weren't for the elevated ABV, I'd drink several of these at a time. It's just so easy drinking and tasty.

Overall - I might have found a new favorite wit, even if it is slightly boozy. For sessioning, I'll stick to Allagash or Hoegaarden, but this is a definite occasional treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 01:43:18 | More by DannyS
Photo of allengarvin


3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide chalice, this beer is a cloudy orange-amber color, with only a slight head atop it. The aroma is quite perfumy--lots of coriander, good wafts of curacao, and a light wheat scent. Plenty of coriander to the taste as well, but the sourness is over the edge and doesn't fit in well with the style. Still, the flavor is good, with all the requisites of a wit and more. The body is unusually thin and watery, though.

I love strong wits generally, but this one doesn't stand up well.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 01:11:29 | More by allengarvin
Photo of tronester


3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, pale, golden, with a big white head. Smell is yeasty, bready. Taste is quite dry, hint of malt, belgian yeast strain. Somewhat watery tasting. Mouthfeel is decent, high carbonation, to style. Drinkability is ok, I have had much better witbier's. IMO I prefer 'single' wit's to this one, it is a decent beer, just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 02:37:12 | More by tronester
Photo of BARFLYB


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass. Abv on this bottle is 6.6%

A- Double white is a cloudy drink with a white appearance out of the bottle. Once in the glass it is a dusty yellow color with a frothy white head that died immediatly along with any hopes at lace.

S- Has a big aroma of yeast as well as orange slices and coriander like spices, some clove comes out. Some earthy aromas from what im guessing is hops. Smells like your typical wit with a kick.

T- Better off a tap for sure but this bottled version will do. Alot of wheat and yeast in this for sure. Some orange and even less zesty lemon. Finishes off with spices like thew ones mentioned above.

M- Has an alright mouthfeel. Double white has a fuller mouth than most wit beers i've consumed. Not at all bitter this goes down smooth and finishes slightly crisp. The flavors dissolve fairly quickly.

D- Im pretty sure this is contract brewed so perhaps a pint at the publick house will go a bit smoother with this one. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but it does not do anything for me. It's a hit with the ladies though.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 06:12:33 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow-orange like champagne and orange juice with a very foamy white head. Smells a fruity tart sweetness and a bit like pollen. Taste also very fruity, oranges and coriander as is to be expected. Not the best example of the style, but good. Mouth is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. sweetness doesn't become cloying at all. Its easy to drink but you must be in the mood for fruity flavor. Again, not the best double wit, but good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 05:39:36 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of keo

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southampton Double White, like most Belgian wheats fills the glass with hues of golden straw. It is hazy of course, but this is quite appropriate. Considerable coaxing was necessary to produce the head on this beer which was disappointingly thin and quickly dissipated. The presence of suspended yeast seemed to dominate the aroma of this ale and lures the drinker partake in its goodness. Wheat and coriander aromas were detectable, but significantly more subtle.

As with the aroma, this beer's yeasty character was a highly pronounced aspect of its flavor. It did, however, become less dominant as the beer warmed and other flavors began to surface. For instance, coriander became increasingly more detectable about one quarter of the way through the glass, and by the end, the bitter citrus flavors imparted by orange and lemon peel began to bite. A highly enjoyable transition.

Mouthfeel of this beer was spot on. The high degree of carbonation yielded to this beer a crisp and stingy character that is completely consistent with this style. A steady stream of released gases bubbled to the surface, creating just enough disturbance to produce at least a minimal amount of lacing.

Overall, Southampton's Double White is an extraordinary example of its particular style. It is bold enough to keep its drinker's attention, yet not so aggressive that it can not be enjoyed on regular basis. The emergence of new flavors as my palate settled and the beer warmed made for a delicious conversation between my senses and the contents of my weizen glass. Lack of head retention is the only factor which warranted any real criticism from this reviewer. As can be read on the back of this beers bottle, Southampton's brewmaster Phil Markowski sure got it "white" with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 01:19:17 | More by keo
Photo of confer


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy pale gold with a big white head.

S- Very faint lemon smell, you have to work to get the smell.

T- As unassuming as the lemon smell is the lemons flavor is completely opposite. The tartness is strong.

M- Thick and oily with no carbonation at all.

D- This is truly a summer beer, I wouldn't want more than one unless I was outside on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 20:37:08 | More by confer
Photo of Haybeerman


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden yellow color. Poured a half finger stark white head that dissipated to random clumps of bubbles. Thin, inconsistent lace. Decanted continually.

S: Citrus zest, orange peel and coriander. White pepper and faint banana yeast notes.

T: Light, sweet fruit up front with a lemonzest and orange peel. Spice and coriander middle ahead of a dry, crisp finish.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation brings good balance for dry, crisp finish.

D: Light, dry and crisp sets up for the next drink. Disguises ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:09:57 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of stumac


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"You don't know how 'white' I'm capable of getting!" - MULC

this brew pours up a murky pineapple juice looking color with a nice white head that lasts the whole ride down. the nose is mellow lemons, hay, slight bananas, a lil yeast action. the taste is lemons without the citric bite, honey, banana, lemongrass, tangerines, medium bodied, low to medium carbo. a great sesh beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 21:04:14 | More by stumac
Photo of Shaw


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and white in color with a very white head.

It has a spicy aroma of citrus peel, coriander and a hint of pepper.

The taste is classic Witbier: Light banana and clove notes mix with citrus and coriander spices. It is nice and lightly sweet. No astringent flavors here. The higher alcohol level is hidden, I cannot detect it.

Nice body: creamy and slick.

Witbiers don't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 03:04:01 | More by Shaw
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: abv shows as 6.6%. gold, hazy color with pillowy head settling to nice layer, finely textured lacing
s: crisp, almost spicy tartness of oranges and lemons with coriander
t: citrus fruit are constant with mild wheat overtones, with crisp citrus / coriander presence, and refreshing finish
m: light to medium body, with carbonation mostly on the back-end
d: enjoyable: crisp finish and flavorful beer, especially for lemon fans out there

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:29:07 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of DBoone


2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide mouth no stem wine glass.
Slight hazy golden color with little to no white head. No lacing noticed at all.

Smell of light spices as information on bottle states, coriander, orange, and I get a little bit of lemon smell

Light carbonation felt on back of tongue with light lemony, spicy flavor and no hops noticed.

Nice mouthfeel light on tongue and drinks easily.

Good drinkability for a 7% beer. Could drink 4-6 in a session if so desired.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:38:46 | More by DBoone
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New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep goldenrod with a small white head that shortly receds to a ring around the glass. For a witbier, it's oddly clear.

The nose is wheaty with hints of banana and apple. Some spice and zest, but mostly fruity.

On the palate, the fruit takes the stage. Orange and lemon dominate the other fruity flavors. The spices are weakly present and somewhat boring. The carbonation is somewhat prickly, and the body is round and smooth. A tad astringent.

This is definitely easy to drink, but mostly because I think it's rather bland. The 6.6% ABV also cuts its use as a session beer, but being a double, I can't hold that against it. For a high-alcohol witbier, it definitely beats Sam Adam's attempt, but I don't think it's very special.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 21:22:31 | More by IMincedTheKing
Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.