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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Photo of gdfan47
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i have had this beer many times before

just wanted to write a review while it was fresh in my mind

this is just a wondeful witbier

it pours a cloudy wheat color with generous head

its not overly complex tasting just smooth, you can def taste the corriander

smooth and refreshing, not everyone likes this style but I do

in my opinon def top 3 witbiers in No America

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Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle in to a tulip

pours hazy carbonated yellow with a big steady white head

smell is a big mellow spice and orange

taste is a malty, creamy fruity delight.

creamy mouhfeel is very nice

thirst quenching wit is a great example of the style

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five finger, white head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Pale, cloudy amber color, yeast left in bottom of bottle. Good carbonation and light-medium body. Spicy, yeasty nose. Flavor is a sweet yeasty orange/lemon. $1.53 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, Me

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you enjoy Belgian Whites and getting a pretty good buzz while your at it then this is the beer for you. It packs a little higher abv than your traditional Belgian White. I was first introduced to this on a recommendation from a worker at my fave beer store.

The beer pours a misty yellow with a nice head that retains a good lacing around the top of the glass. The smell is sweet, you can sense the hint of coriander and spices. The mouthfeel packs a punch, you can taste the body in this beer. The taste has a little bit of strong alcohol feel to it but nothing too overpowering. All in all this is a very enjoyable beer.

I turned many of my friends onto this at the NY Brewfest and I recently enjoyed it with my brother-in-law on a recent trip to Blue Smoke in mid-town. This is probably on my top 10 list of most enjoyable beers.

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Photo of kshankar
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a nice creamy looking head with good retention. Lacing is good. A little more clear than most wits I've had, but not much of an issue.

Aroma: Yeast, lemon, coriander. Sounds like your basic wit, but this is so much more. Citrus of course is there too. This description of mine is weak in comparison to the incredible aroma of this one.

Taste: Lemon, citrus, spices all take a good balance here. Along with all this, there is a slight sweetness that comes with it. There is a slight bitterness at the end which is a good thing as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light. Doesn't feel like a 7%. Coats mouth fairly well, even if Allagash or Hoegaarden does that better. Goes down really well.

Drinkability: Tastes great, great mouthfeel, and refreshing. Of course, its got a relatively higher ABV, but that wouldn't stop me from going through a couple of these. Highly recommended

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Darker cloudy yellow with a tint of orange.

S Lemon comes through lightly, fairly refreshing

T Lemon, and some very subtle hints of orange peel, very refreshing, masks the alcohol really well at 7%

M As smooth as babies bottom

D Could drink a case of these in one sitting, especially in warmer weather

All in all, a very smooth double, that is a very good representative of the style.

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Photo of william5586
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy yellow color. small head with no retention. a little lacing

S- lemon/coriander mix

T- some lemon and a little coriander at the end

M- very smooth but also a little thin. very little carbonation almost tasted flat.

D- goes down nice and smooth

pretty decent brew overall. could be very dangerous because the alcohol does not come though at all

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Photo of daryk77
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving 12oz bottle

App: Looks just as a wit should; cloudy, deep yellow to slight orange, very hazy, nice white head that dissipates to quarter inch head the hangs around.

smell: bready and sweet, slight mustiness appropriate for the style. Some slight spiciness.

Taste: mmm, good. Rich and sweet, with the spice of cloves and citrus fruit. Finishes clean and crisp, very refreshing

mouthfeel: Great, the extra ABV is not perceptible except maybe in a slightly thicker mouthfeel adding to the experience.

Still refreshes as other Belgian wits do but has a great balance, unlike some double IPA's or other double styles. Really enjoyed this and is authentic to the style. Could enjoy in a variety of settings and could even be a nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ej285701 gave me this in our latest six-pack switch.

Appearance: yellow-gold, hazy, translucent, nice 3/4" white head
Smell: clove, banana, hefeweizen
Taste: wheaty, clove, banana, a little sweet on the tongue
Mouthfeel; medium body
Drinkability: could do two in a night

Overall, a very good quality beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +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 Gambrinus1184
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, whitewashed yellow-orange with a thin cap of white foam and some yeast floating about. Sort of looks like a frothy pineapple juice, but with great sticky walls of lace and carbonation.

S: Smells sweet and citrusy with a bit of yeasty funk. There's a dried tropical fruit aroma amid the spicy lemon and orange coriander.

T: Tastes of sweet tropical fruits and a variety of spices. Flavors of banana, lemon and orange leap to the palate. It's accompanied by a candy-like spiciness in the way of coriander and lemon zest. A thin, alcoholic tinge is masked fairly well by that minted, spicy bubblegum characteristic found in many a wit.

M: Mouthfeel is sharp, crisp and medium bodied with a bit of a twangy, puckering effect and a thin coating from the yeast.

D: A pretty tasty, full-bodied flavor puts this witbier in an interesting place. The higher ABV coupled with a big spicy fruit flavor would make this good for a one and done. It is pretty enjoyable, though.

For some reason, I remember having this out of a swing-top bomber at some point and it being a bit more mellow, where as this sampling was a little harsh in some areas regarding spice and acidity. Still, a fine witbier offering more bang for your buck.

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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 Raymond69
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with thick head , cloudy, some floaties.

Slight honey sweetness in aroma. Allergies are probably keeping me from picking up much on this one.

Bananas, clove, some lingering bubblegum. Crisp sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Pretty easy drinking witbier.

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

12 oz bottle poured a very nice 1 inch head with good amount of lacing following. Color was yellow and hazy with some sediment floating.

Smell was of cloves and some spice, a bit peppery. Some coriander and malt, no hops

Taste was very sweet and tart. Some spice and fruity yeast are predominate flavors. Some light straw malt and lemongrass is also there

Mouthfeel was good, slightly over carbonated. Head had some creaminess, and body was light but not to the point of watery.

Drink ability was good , light and refreshing. Overall good beer, one of the best witbiers i've had and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Could drink many of these at a time

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pale, straw yelllow and cloudy. Frothy tall white head.

S - Orange and lemon smells. Also smells kind of like baked goods (pastries). Floral notes as well. Slight bit of cinnamon maybe.

T - Some wine like sourness followed by tart lemon taste and then a nice orange taste.

M - A nice medium bodied beer that's smooth and has a nice level of carbonation.

D - I think it's pretty drinkable. Probably a bit heavier and less drinkable than the average wit.

I'm rating this fairly high even though I'm not a huge fan of the style. This has most positive experience with a wit by far.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle this brew poured a hazy, lemon yellow with a white head one finger thick. Little retention sadly, broken lacing and some yeast floating in the liquid. Subtle aroma of lemon and wheat. The flavors were spot-on for the style. Citrus, coriander, wheat and a crisp hops finish. As the beer warms up hints of bitterness appear in the form of orange peel. Medium carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. The flavors are great but the rest could use a little tinkering. Still a good example of a Belgian White and worth checking out.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time tried today and I must say that this is one of my favorite beers so far.

A - Poured into a Smuttynose pint glass produces a Hazy, golden-yellow in color with a one-finger head that lasts for the entire drink and laces the glass nicely.

S - Mild spices and wheat, florals and a good malt-hop balance.

T - Wonderful. Sweet and spicy. Almost no bitterness at all. Good balance here.

M - Very smooth, almost perfect amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Very light and non-filling. You don't taste a hint of alcohol, even though it is 7% ABV.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer I really looked forward to trying for the first time, but my first experience was somewhat strange. I held off on reviewing the beer until I tried it again: same thing. This beer is rather sour.

Cloudy yellow body with a small white head.

Smells slightly of bready yeast with a touch of lemon and some coriander. The strongest smell is a sour aroma though.

In the taste you notice the same sourness as you do in the aroma. It tastes like this beer was exposed to some Bretts. Lemon and the bready yeast quality are next, in the background. Very little if any coriander flavor. The mouthfeel is dominated by the tartness of the beer.

Good drinkability, slides down pretty easily despite the sourness.

I like this beer, it just confused me. It tastes like a cross between a Wild Ale and a Wit, which makes it hard to review.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brewery just arrived here in VT.

Pours a whitish-yellow color with a frothy head that recedes quick, leaving some lacing.

The aroma is full of coriander with a hint of orange and lemon peel. Aroma is not overwhelming.

Taste is smooth and fluffy upfront with the hint of coriander as in the aroma. However, there's a decent amount of orange and lemon peel in the middle. Refreshing with just a hint of alcohol burn towards the back of the throat. A light amount of breadiness is present as well.

Mouthfeel is mainly coriander with the orange peel standing out more, followed by alcohol burn.

Overall impression of this is that it's similar to a regular witbier, except that they've mainly ramped up the alcohol and the standard flavors of a witbier. I like it but I feel it should be a separate classification, such as an Imperial Witbier (I know, sound ridiculous?) or something like that. A very nice beer to enjoy though. I generally enjoy witbiers every now and then.

It's definitely a good beer but the alcohol burn could be reduced.

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

Pours a clouded gold with a thinner white head. Nose is butterscotch and a fair portion of it at that. Flavor carries some of the same with a generous amount of spices as well. More sweet than I would expect though, overall. Still nice though. Feel has a smaller carbonation that still bites. Liquid is slick and smooth. Fairly easy to drink. A good interpretation of a hard to hit style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright, shimmering shade of banana yellow. With constant spurts of bubbles, crystal clarity and mere lining for head, this already lacks the first fundamental characteristic of the Belgian white beer: its appearance. From looks, I would guess this to be a pilsner, and a darn fine looking one at that, but to me a wit beer with no haze just isn't quite a wit beer.

Not only do I love the smell of wit beer, I love the specific smell of all its components - the yeast, the coriander, the orange peel. So it stands to reason that this "double gravity" version should have an aroma I would love "double" as much. Sadly, that isn't quite the case. It's somewhat neutral for a wit because there seems to be a bunch of malt crowding out the spices and it lacks some zest as result.

I'm very happy with the taste; there's been no compromises in the flavour department. It has the tang, dry orange peel (not juicy like the fruit itself, but the orange zest), lemon zest, and underlying (but not outright) coriander. The wheat makes for a nice texture in the mouthfeel, although the carbonation is a little low, so its not as quenching as it could be. The 7% alcohol, however absent it is, certainly doesn't help the quench/drinkability aspect either, but you'll still find yourself going quickly back to the glass for more, that's for sure.

I wasn't entirely sure what to make of Southampton's attempt at an "imperial white beer". It is a style that should be refreshing and elegant and I didn't find it necessarily that. I would question the freshness of my bottle because my impression was a little below the average score for it on this site, as well as what I've come to expect from this quality brewery. Either way, I'd be happy to revisit this one at some point to be sure.

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

I had this beer on tap this evening @ the publick house. This beer pours a beautifully cloudy yellow with a wonderful white head. The smell is that smell I have yet to peg but its what I get from nice belgian ales. The taste was extrememly complex and pleasant. The malts are perfect in this brew and it is a very smoothe drinking beer. The mouthfeel is very pleasant for this beer, bvery nicely carbonated and the drinkiablility is nice. Another very nicely crafted beers

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria, VA. Served in a tall, flute-like glass.

Appearance: Pale straw gold, with a solid, very fine-bubbled head, sheet like atop the body. Loads of active, bubbly effervescence. A fine looking brew.

Aroma: Mild, with some Belgian spices and a few funky yeast notes. Nothing outstanding.

Taste: Very, very tart and dry, lemon and other fruity esters, light orange zest, and a few spices - cloves, white pepper. A little too tart for me, but I won't knock it for that.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with medium bubble size and a very even-feeling body. Pleasant.

Drinkability: Very easy-going and light, even for a "Double Wit" - what is that anyway? Good if you like tart beers. It's not puckering, just very dry.

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

Personally I shy from most Witbiers, I find them Thin & not very flavorful...however, this is the exception to the rule along with a few others (Allagash, Unibroue Blanche) This beer has a nice mouthfeel, somewhat sweet-tart & bready yeast flavors with some citrus & typical corriander spices. Refreashing, Flavorful & quite robust for a Wit. Pours hazy straw colored. I love this & represents the best of this style fir ME personally. Ive been very impressed with every Southampton product I've had so far.

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,110 ratings.
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