Double White Ale | Southampton Publick House

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 05-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,110
Reviews:
632
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
93
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look, this is overated. It was a fresh bottle, thanks to Shadey had at Radekfest 05, sample 21. Its sour! On the plus side is the yeasty aroma and cloudy white appearance. But this brewer should have the skill to control sourness. I don't like over-the-top corriander.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a murky pale golden body. Scattered lacing. Aroma of lemon custard, wheat, pale malts and cream. Flavor is very similar and creamy with lemon custard, orange peel, pale malts. Light body and light to medium carbonation. Nice double wit. Very flavorful and the booze are well hidden.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i liked this a lot, somewhere between a saison and a belgian wit, the pour is the worst feature, which unfortunately comes first. its clear and rusty yellow, with a ton of snow globey yeast particles hanging around that eventually settle out. there isnt much head, but the beer is excitable with a good rustle. the nose is fruity. orange peel and some spice, as well as a curious yeast bordering on something as funky as ommegang uses, but having a sweeter vanilla character to throw things off. in any event, it has some tartness but blends perfectly with the other fruit flavors. this is a light feeling beer, with pleasingly vibrant carbonation and only a light body. it was much better than i expected it to be, and am now 2 for 2 with beers from these guys. this was an easy 6er, and one i will buy again. id like to visit this place, i have a feeling theyve got a real good thing going.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a slightly darker color than I expected. The beer is not transparent at all, there is a good amount of haze in there for sure. The smell of the beer is a little citrusy with some sweet grainy aromas in there also. The taste of the of the beer gives off a little bit of a floral quality and some herbal citrus notes also. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, they really managed to concentrate this brew into a thicker "double" feel. Overall I think this brew was really enjoyable and would probably drink it again one day.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came as an extra in a monthly trade with HalfP1NT.

Pours murky yellow/white. Some head, no retention. Plenty of CO2. Looks more like some kind of fruit juice.

Aroma is lager-like with spices present. Some alcohol present in the nose for sure.

Flavor is well integrated. Peppery, has some bite from the corriander. Only the slightest hint of anything citrus. Well done, no one spice is overpowering.

The body is very thick and oily. Still somehow its crisp and refreshing. I like this beer but I'm not sure how "to style" it is.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't know double white ales existed until this one and I thought it was very good. Tastes like a super wit basically, the alcohol is still hidden but the rest of the flavors are well more pronounced and has the spicy goodness you expect. It's a reasonable price and is super drinkable so give this one a go.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Double White." Hmph. I'm reviewing as a witbier; the label identifies it as a "'double' version of [a] classic Belgian-style White Ale. Traditionally unfiltered and delicately spiced." Expectations are high; I really dug their Biere De Mars. "Brewed with Coriander, Orange, and Lemon Peel." Label art is green and appealing. Standard pry-off cap; it's branded and copper. 6.6% ABV according to the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Acquired in a trade with michaellcoates; thanks again, man!

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of white colour. Not as thick as I'd like, but passable. No real creaminess per se, but it's not common in a witbier head. Retention is average at best, about 1-2 minutes. No real lacing to speak of; no "legs" either. No bubble show.

Body colour is a clearly unfiltered cloudy lemon yellow; somewhat dark for the style, actually - atypically so. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent. Translucent.

Overall, it's looking pretty standard for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: Fresh lemon peel and accompanying citrusy esters. Hints of subtle yet delightful orange fruit. Yeah, that's a witbier alright. Fresh, clean, and inviting. Definite cilantro/coriander spicing. Clean pilsner and pale malts. Citrus peel. Zest. Spot-on for the style and quite attractive; I can't wait to try it.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A subtle aroma of mild to moderate strength. Good execution overall for a witbier. Not quite sure what's "double" about it, but it's appealing.

T: Crisp pale malts, a bit of honey, pilsner malts, and above all else crisp wheat provide a foundation for well executed lemon and orange peel fruits with accompanying zesty esters. Banana. Peach/apricot. Maybe a dash of green apple buried beneath the wheat as it hits the climax. Hints of clove. Light yet complementary floral hop character. Good depth of flavour balanced against refreshing feel. Cilantro is more prominent than coriander, but both are subtly done and very well integrated. Flavour duration and intensity are typical of good examples of the style. Crisp and clean. Flavorful and enjoyable without being overbearing. Good balance. Nice complexity for the style, with some notable subtlety.

Mf: Crisp, clean, and nicely full-bodied. Carbonation is entirely too high, unfortunately - which does lend it a nice crisp bite but cuts back on drinkability. A light buttery character works well here. Smooth and wet. Too thick for the style. Nice presence on the palate overall, never coming off too heavy or overbearing. Hints of slightly high acidity for the style.

The overcarbonation is probably the biggest issue with this beer. But overall, the texture is well married to the flavour profile, facilitating full delivery of all of the well-executed notes.

Dr: Though the overcarbonation and fairly high ABV for the style reduce drinkability, this remains a fine witbier that I'd definitely get again. Southampton continues to impress me. I'll enjoy finishing my glass and I intend to revisit this on-draught. Probably one of the finer witbiers brewed in the USA; only a few paces behind Allagash White in my book.

Aside from the unusually high ABV for a witbier and full flavour, I'm not sure what makes this a "double" witbier. I do feel like it'd be a better beer with a lower ABV and far less carbonation, though.

B

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12.22.14: Truncated notes from a fresh bottle provided by schlimenhaumer.

Pours a healthy white head with good retention. Body colour is a glowing copper.

Sm: Coriander, orange zest, wheat, herbs, Belgian spice.

T: Coriander/cilantro, orange and lemon zest, vague citrus, flaked wheat, and clean barley. A balanced enjoyable flavour profile with above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, and overcarbonated. Texture, for the most part, suits the taste.

O: Quite drinkable for its high ABV relative to the style. A nice take on a witbier.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
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

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Photo of oline73
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden light amber color with a finger of foamy white head that goes away except for a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet from the malt with hints of spice from the yeast and perhaps a little fruit.

Taste: A sweet malty wheat flavor hits the tongue first. There is some spice and perhaps a hint of fruit, a lot like the smell. The fruit reminds me a bit of grape. The finish is crisp with perhaps a very little bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a reasonable amount of carbonation for the style. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: The only knock I have on this beer is that it isn't very exciting. I wasn't blown away, but it was good.

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Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes, this was a tasty Witbier.

22oz. bottle split into 2 Gueuze tumblers, with yeast swirled and poured evenly. Foam consisted of larger bubbles at first, then the added yeast formed a dense, spontaneous cap of head. Ale was an opaque orange with a touch of tan from the added yeast sediment.

Smell was earthy coriander spice and zesty orange juicyness. Wheat and yeast were also present, giving off a mild breadiness.

Big citrus flavor of orange juice, with a full body to match. Earthy coriander again, tangy tartness, yeasty. Peppery in the mildly dry aftertaste. Prickly burst of carbonation at the front of the tongue onward. Wheaty backbone gives it a smooth fullness and oomph. Very juicy. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. This blows away the Belgian 'Imperial Wit' (Jan de Lichte) I had last week...damn tasty.

Bottle courtesy of drseamus.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a nice thick foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of huge bubblegum wheat and coriander is interesting and quite different from the norm. Taste is spicy with a strange mix between some coriander and huge presence of wheat with a strange bubblegum feeling. Body is definitely full with some adequate carbonation. While this beer is very interesting and innovative, I wonder if bigger is always better and if in this particular case I would probably prefer a regular wit (Allagash, Ommegang..) to provide an interesting but somewhat easy refreshing option.

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Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear gold with a slight haze to it, clearer than I was expecting, so I dumped the yeast in too. That's more like it - straw-colored and nearly opaque. Head retention is somewhat weak for the style.

Smell: Floral and grainy, semi-sweet, spicy, yeasty - this essentially smells like what you'd expect from a double witbier.

Taste & mouthfeel: Spicy, crisp, wheaty and surprisingly mellow, it's hard to believe this is 7% ABV. Less dry and fuller in body than most witbiers, but that's to be expected from a double, and it's by no means an overly sweet beer. The finish is biscuit-like and slightly tangy but ultimately very clean.

Notes: Received from dyan in our last trade. Thanks!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a small, bubbly, white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled very yeasty, with notes of banana, citrus, clove and wheat.

T - It tasted of clove, banana, wheat and yeast. Really a great tasting white ale.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good witbier. It brings tons of well-balanced, great tasting flavors.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy and cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, orange zest, coriander, banana, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast and spicing notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, coriander, clove, banana, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus zest, coriander, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance, robustness, and complexity of yeast ester and spice flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic witbier style! All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of yeast and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
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