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Double White Ale | Southampton Publick House

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Double White AleDouble White Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 05-07-2003

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Ratings: 1,120 |  Reviews: 633
Photo of Haybeerman
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of stumac
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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

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Photo of DBoone
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of ToddT
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pale golden yellow, minimal head. Head fades fast and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S- Orange peel, coriander, banana, white pepper, spice and a subtle hint of yeast.

T- Fruit up front, lemon, orange and a little banana. The spices come next, the coriander being most dominate along with some pepper hits. Yeast and bubblegum takes over the finish which is dry and crisp.

M- Light in the mouth, with medium carbonation.

D- Way too easy and at 7.0% ABV it's a little dangerous.

A perfect or very close to it beer for summertime. Find it and try it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, a white beer. This is against what I really like, but what the heck.

Pours very clear for a beer, like Bud Light. Yet in the glass it's a semi cloudy, light gold color. Good foamy head, and nice lacing. Coriander, clove and orange zest come off in the nose. Good strength in the aroma for a light looking beer.

A nice, crisp refreshing taste. Lemongrass, clove, wild yeast, light bread. Light finish. I can see this being a good summer porch brew. It's like a Blue Moon but less syrupy and sweet. More flavor and lighter in the finish to leave a craving for another.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a cloudy, chilled yellow with a huge, rocky two-finger slightly off white cap. Minimal lacing and bubbles.

Spicy coriander and white pepper hit you right off the bat. Lemons, bubblegum and banana with a bready yeast backdrop.

Taste mimics the nose perfectly. Except its too spicy. The spice overwhelms after a while and doesn't let the other flavors shine.

Creamy and full bodied with minimal carbonation. The 7% abv sneaks up on you after time, but the spice is what hinders the drinkability. Good for the summertime, but not something I will be reaching for this summer.

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Photo of Rodekill
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with little head and no lacing, which is surprising for a wheat-based beer. Carbonation is zesty and suits the style. The aroma is dominated by citrus, but has a cloying lemon dishsoap character. Body is a little thinner than I expected. I know it's a "double white," but the spicing is a little heavy-handed.

The beer is quite refreshing, but I prefer more traditional wit beers.

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Photo of zeff80
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Light head, almost no lacing; clear golden yellow; very light carbonation
S: sweet sulfer (lit match smell) with sime light fruits
T: Light bitterness in the back of the mouth. Flavor finishes quick and clean
m: smooth, light, or at best a medium body.
d: First beer of the night. Higher than normal alcohol has be buzzing quick. Not much here to make me want to drink more.

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Photo of TheNightbird
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Yellow, orange and straw.

S- Strong aroma of Coriander followed by sweet orange peel and lemon peel. Very nice smell.

T- Belgian yeast profile, Coriander and citrus.

M- Very heavy for a wit, which was nice and unique for a style of beer. Could sense the alcohol by the end.

D- Great taste, could mess you up on a hot summer day.

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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer from Southampton. Pours a hazy straw with a beige head. The nose has wheat malts, crips hops and summer spices. The taste is well balanced and has a nice bready wheat component. Medium body has a light and crisp carbonation. Great session brew.

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Photo of grayburn
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Double White Ale pours a neon golden hue that is quite unique. The head is pretty thick and rocky. It stays around throughout most of the beer.
The smell is bannana and malt, with a hint of alcohol hidden in the background.
The spices take front and center in the flavor of this beer. Especially the orange zest, the malt and hops are there...they are just overpowered by the spice. On a lighter note, this beer's saving grace for flavor is how well the alcohol is hidden.
The mouthfeel is light and crisp, quite refreshing. It finishes very dry, with a bit of an astringent note from the spices in copper.
I couldn't drink more than two of these, the spices are nice, but they really make the beer much harder to drink.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy light orange with a decent sized head.

S: Mainly bananas and lemons.

T: Strong citrusy tartness with an undercurrent of banana sweetness. Bready aftertaste.

M: Nice balance between carbonation and syrupy texture.

D: A very nice thirst quencher, although a bit too big to be sessionable. After trying Samuel Adams Imperial White, I have to say that this is as far as I'll go for souped-up wits.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/25/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a pale yellow semi-cloudy body, foamy creamy white head, good lacing, lasting. Aroma is spicy orange zest. Coriander maybe. Enticing. Dusty, musty. Somewhat effervescent. Lemony citrus light carbonation taste. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of andreasmwatt
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I had to characterize this beer to another, I would probably have to say it is very similar to a Blue Moon from Coors Brewing Co. Its definately better than a Blue Moon, but you get my drift. Can definately taste the orange and lemon peel. One of thoose yummy beers!

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Photo of dude
2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange in appearance with insufficient level of carbonation. The two bottles I drank may have been past their prime, but there's no fucking date on the bottle, so I will proceed with my review. Aroma is of phenolic/medicinal belgian type with a vinous fruit scent as well. Smells like a witbier alright. As for flavor I have to say the witbier style, to me, should be around 5% ABV. The higher alcohol content in this one is very evident, even cold out of the fridge and interacts negatively with the added coriander, orange and lemon peel. Mouthfeel is not quite crisp, and a little thin. Finishes dry. I mean, I did drink two bottles but they weren't as enjoyable as things might have been.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, definately tasting the orange and lemon peel. overall a good pick and the first southampton beer I have ever had. good light tasting beer, although it is alot more interesting than most of the white beers I have had. Really wanting to try this one again and again. Not bad

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently discovered Southampton Publick House in my local liquor store. I was skeptical and feeling adventurous so I picked up some IPA. I loved it, thought it was delicious. I also took the opportunity to do a little research, here on beeradvocate.com. I found that the Double White received an "A" and had to go back for more. A six pack was reasonably priced at $7.70.

I am not super familiar with the style, other than having a Blue Moon, which I am not too fond of if you read my review. My favorite styles are Russian Imperial Stouts and American Doubles but I figured if this is indeed as good as I hear, then it will be worth the effort.
Served in a chilled 14oz snifter
Appearance: Poured a cloudy, bright yellow/orange with a thin, white, one-finger head.

Smell: Nothing really impressive at first. There some sweet malts, spices, banana, and a tinge of alcohol.

Taste: Oh my...very sweet. The taste is full of citrus, spices, and sweet malts. Maybe a slight hopiness hidden in there.

Mouthfeel: It was nice and has some good carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly light and crisp and with a good amount of alcohol. Its pretty tasty and easy to enjoy, and would probably be good for a nice BBQ. I don't think buying this beer will change my mind about witbier but I think its good for what it is.


-Southampton Brewery is located in Wilkes-Barre, PA, not Southampton, NY (maybe they moved).
-The alcohol content is 6.6%, not 7.0%

(info per the bottle)



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Photo of JonMich13
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Poured a cloudy straw color. Not much head and some light lacing.

S = Sweet citrus and malty. Wheat and some spice.

T = Fairly balanced with some citrus and malt sweet notes followed with a bitter/sour finish.

M = Nice medium carbonation and dry finish. Not too light.

D = Good drinkability. I could see putting a few back in a session. ABV is hidden.

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Photo of rowew
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, first time I've seen this in Colorado. Label has changed since the picture on BA. Date code is 061509

Appearance: Pours hazy yellow orange, with a thin head that fades quickly.

Smell: Wow - tons of spice, lots of coriander, some orange peel - and definitely wheat. Exactly what I would expect from a wit, but more of it.

Taste: Lots of citrus, some lemon and orange peel flavors. The spice is here too, but not quite as strong as the aroma. Good amount of unmalted wheat flavor.

Overall impression: I recently had the Sam Adams Imperial Wit, so I can't help but compare. That one was like a wit but deeper and darker - this one is like a wit explosion - bright flavors and tons of it. I enjoyed them both, but think this is a bit more interesting of a beer.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Long live the new wit. Long live the double wit!

A- Transparent with a slight haze. Light straw color and a nice head with a bit of lacing

S- I've never before smelled a "big" witbier. Loads of herbal scents, like citrus fruits, coriander, clove, and some funky Belgian yeast flavors

T- The taste is light and fruity. I'm not quite sure what fruit it reminds me of most. There's grape, orange, peach, and some other sweeter, tropical fruits.

M- I don't know how they kept a 6.6%ABV so light. Fizzy carbonation

D- As easy to drink as it looks

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Photo of webbcreative
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feb 23, 2009
Pours a hazy golden color, has a one finger head. smells mostly of the spices. sorta has a belgian golden ale smell about it. And the taste im picking up the most is banana, but also getting the clove taste, and a touch of orange. but doesnt taste like a belgian golden ale which i thought it smelled like. Its actually not a bad brew, i could drink a few of these no problem. has a clean finish and is more mellow then i expected from a "double white"

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,120 ratings
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