Double White Ale
Southampton Publick House

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #17
Ranked #7,851
3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
Very Good
Double White AleDouble White Ale
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
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3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.


This beer pours a very hazy golden-orange color. It had very little head, an what head was there disappeared in a hurry. It looks pretty typical of the style.


This smells extremely refreshing. Lots of very refreshing orange zest in the aroma. It's also got a nice bit of lemon and grass. A little bit of spicy yeast, as well as some nice malty sweetness. There's even a tad of caramel at the end. It smells wonderful!


Quite a bit sweeter than expected. The bright orange zest from the nose doesn't translate to the tongue, but there is a nice orange flavor that remains. There's a good bit of earthiness, and some of the Belgian yeast character. There's a very slight bitterness roght at the end.


Fuller-bodied than expected, but it's got a slightly dry finish. It's definitely easy-drinking, and I could drink a few of these at a sitting without flinching. It's not as refreshing as it smelled, but it is a nice drinking beer for sure.


This is a really nice beer! It's probably my favorite Wit that I've had so far. I'm honestly not a big fan of the style, but I would definitely drink this beer again. I got this as an extra in a trade, and I'm glad that this was thrown in. Good stuff!


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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured slightly cloudy pale golden in color with a white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas lemons, oranges and spices in the nose.
T: Flavors of lemons and oranges really stand out in the overall taste, which is slightly sweet and has some hints of coriander.
M: It feels medium- to light-bodied on the palate and a bit thin.
D: The beer is refreshing and thirst quenching and is relatively easy to drink, even when considering its higher alcohol content as compared to typical witbiers.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, purchased at Sams Liquor Store in Lexington SC. Not sure if this one is 7% ABV because in NC and SC, where this beer was purchased, any beer over 6% ABV must have the ABV listed on the bottle, and this one doesnt.

As I first poured the beer, I was careful not to let the yeast from the bottom end up in the glass. I wanted to see what it tasted like with and without the yeast in the glass. I must say, the yeast certainly adds to the enjoyment of this one. Pours clear golden without the yeast but becomes a murky, deep yellow with the addition.

Aroma is very yeasty and spicy and somewhat citrusy. Mostly yeast and some coriander as well.

Nice flavors. Tangy yeast, bitterness, sweet lemongrass, and somewhat bready. I definitely get that Belgian aroma and taste and overall feel with this one; that hasnt happened in the past with this style for me.

I really dig the tanginess of this one. A perfect, tart little treat for a perfect spring day here in NC. Very nice beer.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy golden yellow, a bit darker than man witbiers. One inch white head sinks down a bit and retains very well. Some decent lacing too.

Aroma is quite heavy on the citrusy orange. A wheaty sweetness is hanging around in there too with some light phenols.

The taste again has a lot of orange flavor, but now it's kind of tasting like Flintstones vitamins. Sweetness is kept to a minimum. Phenols are again light but present.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp carbonation, about what's right for the style, but a bit harsh.

Overall I thought this had a bit too much orange flavor in it and it just didn't seem right. Not a bad beer, though I prefer many other witbiers.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger frothy head that reduced to a thin layer and left frothy lacing. It is a hazy pale yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready malts, citrus, lemony, spicy, and a little sweetness.

Taste: Bready, vanilla, spices, lemony, orange, a little sweet, and some tartness.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, but smooth, medium to high carbonation, refreshing, medium bodied, and a little dry.

Overall: I feel like I have had this one before. Pretty solid and refreshing.

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Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

1/2" white head that falls to 1/4" right away. Retains there a while. Hazy yellow witbier. Smells of wheat, spice, and faint clove. Wheat at the front of the palate followed by a citrusy tang in the middle that is absent from the aroma. Spices and some bubble gum towards the end followed by a nice quick bitter bite in the finish. Light to medium bodied with active carbonation. Lace pattern follows beer down. I am impressed. Very drinkable and full of flavor. Thanks to doulos31.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, light orange body with decent carbonation leading to a one-finger head that stuck around for a little bit. Citric burst in the aroma with mild hints of heavier fruits and spices. Great citric and tropical fruit taste, and they mixed in the spices real well. Not only is there a hint of sweetness but this beer is lighter bodied and passes over smoothly while retaining a sharp edge. What amazed me more is the high ABV - they hid it really well. This is one of the better wits out there right now.

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Photo of nhindian
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a light straw color, a bit darker than some other common Wits, but still just as hazy. Not much sediment floating around. Head builds a huge 4-fingers high thanks to the Weizen glass, but it's pretty active, constantly bubbling and surging until it finally settles as a thin ring several minutes later. Some sporadic lacing, but nothing to intricate. I can see a bunch of bubbles hanging out at the bottom of the glass, but only sparingly do they detach and make the travel up the glass.

S - In the smell, this beer definitely stands out to me as being more fruity and not as dry as some of my previous Wits, and there's a stronger focus on the lemon especially. Not getting much of the wheat or coriander smell, and the lemon zest is almost pungent to the point of being artificial, like Lemon Pledge.

T - Taste certainly takes the nose and runs with it. The lemon here is just way more than I've ever experienced in a Wit so far, overbearing the spices and dryness and replacing it with a tart zestiness that lasts throughout the finish. I feel the lemon comes across better here, being more moist and juicy which helps it feel more genuine. It is like drinking a lemonade with a heaping serving of wheat to help cut the sour a bit.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with moderately low carbonation. Sweet, sour, but overall lemony.

D - Drinkability is moderate. At first the lemon is a deterrent, then refreshing, but as I near the end of the glass it kind of becomes a bit much. Some more spices and dryness to cut the lemon a bit would help, but it certainly is different.

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Photo of BanditoJunkie
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

a: Typical golden-white color of a white, maybe a little more pale than most. Wispy, persistent white head.

s: Pretty standard wit aroma, but definitely well done. Clean wheat malts with bready yeasts and of course coriander and orange. Definitely some citrus, particularly lemon.

m: Lively carbonation and a nice body on the lighter side of medium.

t: Pretty interesting. A start of wit orange and coriander flavors on a wheat malt backbone. Flavors of citrus and light yeast. Dries very quickly after the swallow to leave a clean palate with some lingering spice. Almost tart in a way.

d: easy

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Photo of mwa423
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of TheConnMan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of vladimerjr
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many times. most recently at a fondue restaurant with dinner.

Pours out slightly hazy and light colored with lots of fizz which retains itself preety well compared to others of the style.

Taste is exceptional. It has a lightly hopped great citrus and spice flavor without the overly sour aftertaste. Be careful as unless you read the package you would never know this is a 7% beer. Goes down very smooth and very drinkable.

Easily one of my favorites for the style, and lucky for me its local so easy to find. I do not know about when it is bough out of state but usually reasonably priced around me.

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Photo of mangledorf
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Strong lemon, citrus flavor that overwhelms what ever's going on in your life much less the beer. The aftertaste is so surprisingly good that it makes up for a lot of the abuse of the first kick this beer.
Looks nice in the glass but nothing special. Smells wonderful of lemons and some spice I couldn't discern over the lemon.

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Photo of Derranged
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a standard pint glass.

A- A pretty, dark hazy golden color with a thin white head.

S- The nose is pretty weak, a faint standard wit smell.

T- The taste is better than the smell. Nice creamy lemon bread like flavor.

M- Well carbonated, thick and creamy.

O- Nice beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of cabsandking
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow and cloudy with a nice fluffy white two finger head showing good retention. the nose has a stern yeasty astringent up front with bright lemon notes, some pithy fruit, wheat grains and grassy. Much heartier and fuller than most wits, lots of flavor. Sour wheat and yeasty notes take shape early along with a strong lemon and orange rind flavor and then a subtle unripe banana lingers in the back. Medium smooth mouthfeel with some large bubbled carbonation filling in the gaps. Slight numbing of the tongue. Hop bitterness is there but almost shoved aside by the intense pucker.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Boone757
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beermanbrian
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colored pour with a huge snow white head. The smell is full of wheat with a sligh spicyness but the real highpoint is the lemony zest that shows itself. This citrus smell translates into the flavor in a promenent way. The spicyness is present too, but not in a big way. It finishes with a slight sourness, but this actually is an interesting twist. This is a great beer to finish off a hot summer day with. I enjoyed this one and it's deserving of it's high standing.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed bright gold color with a very thin head. Sipping leaves some modest lacing for about the first 1/3 of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a nice mix of orange, coriander and lemon. Overall it is fresh, clean and inviting.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include orange, coriander and a dose of lemon.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and lightly prickly with medium carbonation. The finish is medium in length, starts with the orange and lemon and then the coriander comes forward before a nice dry finish with a touch of white pepper.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Each sip follows on easily from the last and I’d be happy to have a second one of these. I expect I’ll be seeing it again. My overall impression is that this is a well made wit that is a good representative of the style. That said, if given a choice I’d opt for the Saint Bernardus or the Allagash, but this would nonetheless be a strong contender.

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Photo of HoboDrinkswell
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
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