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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Photo of becktone
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 11-19-08

Eye: The first words out of my mouth once I saw the beer pouring from the bottle to the glass were "Oh my god, this really is a white ale!" I knew it was a wit but still I didn't expect it to be that white, I don't think that I've seen one that white on the pour, especially before any yeast has gone into the glass. I don't know if this beer is bottle conditioned or not, but it is whiter than most wits I've seen. Color is cloudy pale straw gold. The beer has excellent head formation and retention, lacing is also great. Really I don't think I've seen a better looking wit, yes...they don't get much better than this The head's texture is somewhere between creamy and fluffy...reminds me a bit of meringue.

Nose: Big on the aromatics, big coriander supported by orange and lemon citrus aromas. I actually can smell both the orange and the lemon, really quite interesting...a nice blend of the two, they make a very nice citrusy aroma that gives this beer some depth. Upon first smelling it I didn't get any citrus, after looking for a bit I found the orange and then the lemon supporting it. However, had the label not stated that there was lemon in here, I don't think that I'd have been able to pick it apart from the orange. Also some clove notes in here. Overall great aroma, an instant classic!

Tongue: Wow! great flavor on this brew, orange and lemon really come through in the flavor. Unlike the aroma they are much more upfront, the citrus character takes lead. Spicy notes of coriander and clove also come through to balance out the citrus notes. Clove comes through, especially in the aftertaste, with some peppery notes as well, but mainly clove. The light wheat flavor just makes this beer possible, can't really say much more besides the fact that this is one of the best wits I've had to date.
Interesting flavor profile altogether, almost like a wit and a hefeweizen mix...wit flavors of orange and coriander come through as do the phenolics from hefeweizen yeast...banana and clove. Quite thrist quenching...not a big fan of hefe but this beer does it for me, a mix of hefe and wit...nice. I can't speak more for this beer, you have to just get out there and try it, you'll see how good it is.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light in body with perfect carbonation, seems to be a bit low for the style, but it works great with this beer. This is a real smooth drinking beer, definitely one that I'll be revisiting, though most likely in the warmer months. This would be perfect on a steaming hot and humid day. Long lasting aftertaste, easy drinker, thirst quenching, refreshing...damn, I don't see what's not to like about this beer. Go out and get it if you've not had it. This is one that I'll be recommending over Holy Moses, Bell's Winter White, Hoegaarden, Blue Moon (obviously), Wittekerke, White Rascal, and well, just about every Wit I've had to date.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours the standard mildly cloudy bit you would expect. It even seems a little light to me considering it's a double. Great looking head with decent lacing as I consume it. The scent is of cloves and banana. The taste is clearly stronger than your average wit - as advertised. The taste is powerful - alcohol is clearly present, much more so than in your average wit. This one is just a little too overpowering - it misses out on much of the balance that makes your average wit so delicious.

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Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, undated into a pint

A - Very cloudy and hazy - although I'm not sure its from yeast or from a strong protein formation. It is a pale golden color. Head formation is formidable and light white in color. Well retained.

S - Excellent nose. Has a very potent spicy, yeasty edge to it. There are some phenolic and sweet undertones backing it up. A very small hedge of wheat graininess.

T - Starts off very light, and very bitter. They did a heck of a job balancing out this beer. Some wheat astringency. Finishes off very dry. Goes to some spicy coriander edge, but then backs it up with an agressive bitter orange peel.

M - A conundrum of mouthfeel. First drink is nice and thick, but once you put a tongue to it, its somewhat thin.

D - Easy to drink - refreshing. Alcohol content, while high, melds well with the rest of the beer. Dryness is a little bit wearing however.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 3 Jan 2009.

Poured in shaker pint. Small stark white head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy golden straw color. Aroma is banana, cloves, very sweet, light citrus peel. Starts with sweet bananas and some astringency. Citrus and coriander becomes stronger to the finish and aftertaste. Reminiscent of banana pudding and vanilla wafers. Medium chewy body. Ethanol moderate for 7%.

Decent but would probably not get this again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a medium sized fine white head. Fades a touch faster than average, but this is one of the first times I have noticed a delicious tasting foam.

Nose is big for a wit and heavier on the coriander than most. Orange peel is there of course, as well as a cereal smell...what is it...honey bunches of oats, yea. I also get a bit of saaz-esque hop aroma.

Not sure I like the 'double' nomenclature, but whatever. The coriander is the most prominent flavor and may be approaching too much, but that is balanced somewhat by a creamier and fuller body than most of this style. I do detect some hops in here, like saaz or sterling. Overall, this is a very tasty wit and one of the best American versions of the style I've had.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught into tulip.

Pours cloudy pale yellow, with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves no real lacing.

Aroma is heavy on sweet lemon zest, with a bit of spicy yeast and coriander in there as well.

Taste is sweet and crisp up front - wheat blends with lemon citrus, with the spicy yeast coming in right before a sweet, zesty, clean finish.

Very drinkable, full flavored, with a slightly heavier body then many wits I've tried. Medium body, crisp carbonation, only a hint of dryness on the finish.

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Photo of Buggies
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pale yellow with a nice fluffy head. I gave it a swirl at the end of the pour, so it's nice and cloudy. Very nice sticky lacing.

S: An outstanding aroma. full of banana and citrus with a touch of bread. I can smell a little coriander there too and some other spice I don't know.

T: This has to be one of the best tasting wits I have had to date. Tastes exactly as it smells. Banana, lemon and coriander up front with a little hint of bitter orange. Taste is amazing. All the flavors seem to compliment each other rather than one dominating.

I based this review on a bottle tasting. I have had this on tap as well. The stuff I had on tap was way more aromatic and flavorful than the bottle. I think this is a great representative of the style.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into tulip pint glass. If freshness dating was on the bottle, it was smeared and illegible.

Appearance: murky pale straw yellow with lots of yeasty sediment and slightly off-white pillowy head, which breaks down to leave sticky, clotting lacing.

Smell: sweet overripe bananas, yeasty bread, spices of coriander and maybe cloves. Citrus peel and alcohol can be noted.

Taste: upfront sweetness of overripe bananas and belgian candy sugar, mild spiciness and yeasty bite. There's a bitter citrus rind to balance out the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a slight syrupy beginning followed by a pleasing dose of carbonation and yeasty twang.

Drinkability: I will definitely seek this out again. Very enjoyable all around drink from sweet to zesty to yeasty. Yum!

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a cloudy straw, forming a ½ inch white head that quickly faded. Light spots of lace slide down the glass.

S - Strong aroma of lemon and orange.

T - The beginning is dominated by the lemon and orange flavor, then smoothes out to a nice malty wheat flavor, finishing with a hint of citrusy hops.

M - Medium to light bodied, with light carbonation. Very smooth and clean finish.

D - High drinkability due to the full flavor and smooth finish. This is a very enjoyable witbier. Definitely a sessionable ale.

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

Review transcribed from spreadsheet on my computer (I am officially a nerd!)

Appearance - Pours a decent sized lacing head with medium sized bubbles - after a while, the head forms a halo around the glass with a spring of bubbles rising from the base of the glass. Golden yellow with tiny specs of yeast floating about.

Smell - Lemon-orange spiciness

Taste - Lemony yeast taste with a slightly sour twinge and a pleasantly carbonated aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - Very refreshing, light and drinkable, would make a good summer beer. I could drink a fair share of this on a warm summer day.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this courtesy of a beer exchange at work...Co-worker walked into a local liquor store and asked for "the best thing he'd never heard of."

A - Pours a very cloudy orangy-yellow haze. Very few bubbles rising to the top. Looks tempting.

S - Citrus-y. Smells very tart. Lack of definition in the exact smell though.

T - Smooth as all get-out. Carbonation hits off the bat, but doesn't taste completely like a sparkling wine (eerily similar though). Anyone trying to get their non-beer-drinking SOs hooked on beer may want to try this one.

M - This beer is uber-light. It hangs around for a bit of a lemon-y aftertaste, but after a few moments, it's gone.

D - Smooth once again. It's fairly light on the tongue so this could be session or two. Thank goodness this was a 3-beer gift exchange.

This happened to be the lowest rated beer of the gift exchange. I think it has a lot to do with the simplified beer tastes present. This is a complex double white with very exquisite smells and tastes. If you see this in your local store, I would definitely grab a six!!

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Photo of jculler82
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Yeast was unsettled so I poured very slow, because of that I won't comment on the head. Appearance is hazy orangish gold. Coriander dominated the smell. Taste was sweet with more coriander and banana and a creamy mouthfeel that was fizzy on the tounge. Drinkabilty is very good, which is almost dangerous at 7.00% ABV. Overall, a very good beer that is a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of lpayette
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours exactly how you would expect it to. Cloudy, pale yellow, big head with lacing.

Smell- Balanced on the sweet side. Banana and clove. Faint alcohol esters

Taste- Pretty good overall. Nice wheat and banana action going on that is pretty bold, yet still refreshing. A little bit of spice to add some depth.

Mouthfeel- Well-rounded.

Drinkability- This score high on the drinkability scale. How can you not like an amped up wheat? A good refreshing beer year-round.

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Photo of mangledorf
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
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 Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a bright honey yellow, cloudy to the point of opaqueness, with a little white head. Aroma is lemony and wheaty, inviting a taste. Well-rounded flavor is wheaty and pleasantly tart with a strong lemon overtone. Texture is bubbly and lively, and leaves a crisp and lemony aftertaste.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a very hazy pale gold with a finger of white head. Lots of carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Tons of banana and a wheaty spice in the nose. More banana and fruit flavors. A little on the sweet side. It seemed a little flabby to me. Mouthfeel was nice though. I prefer clove over banana in a wit, so this didn't do a whole lot for me.

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

a: Cloudy golden body and a thick white head.

s: Sweet honey tempered by coriander.

t: Light wheat base, notes of honey, obligatory coriander and orange peel flavor. Booze is a little noticeable, but in a good way. Adds some depth. An above average wit for sure.

m: Creamy and smooth.

d: Pretty good aroma and flavor + creamy feel + dangerous drinkability + affordable 6pk ($7.99) = a great wit.

I've been reading about Southampton for years, but this is my first experience. It won't be my last.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/13/08. Bottle. Pours a light gold with a nice white head that leaves pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, orange peel, anise, and Belgian yeast. Flavor of lots of spices, wheat, banana. Very refreshing and smooth. Good beer, very light for a "double strength" version.
8/4/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of budgood1
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a cloudy bright yellow colour with a moderate head and little lace. unique aroma of ample pale maltiness, spicy alcohol, clove and coriander with a lemony twist. the flavour is bold and with a soft brashness of grassy wheat and pale malt. plenty of yeast and to a lesser extent, spice to be had...a definite alcohol pepperiness intertwined with some citrusy notes and a good deal of hop flavour. this is certainly a unique and special beer. the body is big, but the mouthfeel is both soft and velvety with a back end crispness making it feel quite belgian like. drinkability is has a good deal of residual sweetness, yet is never cloying at all. thirst quenching and tasty!

the best by far of the three Southampton brews i sampled. reminded me of Bell's winter white a bit. definitely good stuff.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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 ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this in Moorhead , Minnesota of all places.

Just got done clearing snow for two hours in -30 wind chill and working up a big ol thirst and nothing like a double whit to quench that winter thirst.

The thing I appreciate about this beer is that it is not overdone with the spicing...there is corriander evident but not to the point it where it overwhelms the beer...same thing with the orange peel.

Yeasty for sure....also seems to be a mashier maltiness to the whear in this....carbonation is medium to low medium....very easy drinking with no alcohol evident at all....

The biggest things that jump out at me are the unique wheat malt flavor, the nice yeasty feel, and the subtle but effective spicing. This would have to rate near the top in the whit beer category...feels Belgian..

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out a totally clear white-hazy gold color with crazy, zippy bubbles that create a solid, thick and creamy head, very smooth and even that dissipates really slow and leaves plenty of nice, sticky lacing.

The aroma is very pungent with very sweet, honey-like malt scent with corriander, zesty citric fruits, herbal-sour yeast, that is very close to Authentic Belgian earthiness. smells creamy and herbal.

Ooooh...this is a very earthy, robust flavor. The malt is semi-sweet with a touch on honey over a wheatie, herbal body that is all very well balanced. The zesty adjuncts bring a nice complexity with earthy and sour yeastiness. A big wheaty flavor is left over in the after taste along with a sour yeast edge. The hops finish with a grassy flavor. Banana's pop out after a bit and the 6.6% abv is very well hidden.

The feel is light and crispy but not sharp with a smooth, slick finish.

double the flavor, Double the FUN!

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Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Color is a straw pale yellow. Head is really thin light yellow. Fizzles down quickly, but leaves a little lace. Flakey things are floating around in it. Wheat maybe? It didn't taste old at all so I have no idea...

Smell is of bananas and cloves. Very fruity aroma. Taste is quite similiar, very strong on the fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is very great. So smooth at the beginning and then I slight note of bitterness at the end.

Overall, this is a great beer and I really enjoyed it. I would definately recommend it.

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Photo of VOR
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many times before
I have drank at the Public house many more times than that, but I wanted to review this beer because to me it is what showed me that public house was more than just a brew pub.

Public House has raised its game a level.

this is a very good witbier

it pours a cloudy golden wheat color with glorios head.

Its not my favorite type of beer but it makes be order it over and over again.

its very smooth, and its the kind of beer that can put a brewery on the map.
entirely drinkable.

One of my favorites for sure. I think Cambridge house has one of my others.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a Bottle, It pours very cloudy with lots of bits of Fruit. It smells of fruits and sweetness.
The first thing you taste a bit of orange and coriander with a bit of grapfruit and a fizyness.
Its mouth feel is delightful and highly refreshing. This is one wonderful Belgian style Beer, it is one of the very most refreshing Belgian's I have ever had and even though it is 6.6 abv it is very highly drinkable! If you have never had this one give it a try, it is wonderfulness from a bottle!
Beer Its Not just A Beverage Beer Is Food-!

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,115 ratings.
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