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

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy pale lemon yellow body. Small, ringy, off-white head with flecks of tan yeast. Nose of tangy wheat malt, mild sourdough, lemon zest, and a dash of coriander. Nice.

Taste is very wit-ish, with prominent, soft wheat malt that has a nice little tang to it. Doughy. Light banana flavor comes through. Citrus zest and sourness, primarily lemon, peaks near the finish. Yeasty, with some residual powdered sugar sweetness. Tasty! Full-bodied with a very thick, protein-y feel. A nice amped-up witbier.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink appeared with a murky gold look with some pretty nice lacing. There were thin wheat aromas supplemented by some slight floral spices. I could even sense some hints of raisins too. A good sour-bitter balance was underway in this drink with some hoppy and bready flavors. Great carbonation in the medium body helped really enhance the dimensions of this drink. Overall, a pretty good drink.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a nuevo SA pint glass

AppearanceL Hazy orange drink color with some lighter hints of yellow

Smell: Lemons and oranges along with spices like coriander and fennel seed.

Taste: AH! sour! luckily I love sour beers. Definitely lemon and a touch of grapefruit but this beer is sour not bitter. There is also a touch of orange juice sweetness and a linger sourness that makes you want to keep drinking

Overall: This is one beer that I enjoy thoroughly when its cold on a hot spring day, this could be my new go to spring beer... Highly recommended if you like a touch of acidic deliciousness in your beer.

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Photo of malcontent
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic hazy, honey body with nearly an inch of snow-white head. Lacing is excellent although there's a bit too much chunkiness in the way of floating yeast. If looks are an indication, Southampton knows what they're doing.

Yeast is surprising as it comes out ahead of lemon peel, clove and coriander notes with a saison-like intensity. Reminiscent of DuPont Saison more than a Hoegaarden. Nice but not too true to style.

God, it's all wrong...and yet so fucking good. OK, so my review scores always try to stay close to guidelines. That said, I'm going to do my best to build this beer up between down scores. Citrus, specifically orange peel, sits right up front. Chamomile, bubblegum, coriander and sour/tart Belgian-style funk push through into a delightfully dry finish. Once again, not true to style and once again, awesome.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp although it strays into wateriness for a flash before the finish. All in all, this beer drinks beautifully and, if it's warmer out, makes for a no-brainer session brew. Those looking for a narrowly defined witbier need not apply. Those who love innovative, skillful American brewing step right up.

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

Served in a wide pilsner glass and paired with a spicy Thai chicken chili dish. Let's start with the beer alone:

It appeared a hazy yellow, after dumping the yeast in, and had a fluffy white head. The aroma is a sharp spice with orange and lemon peel. Those carry over into the flavor, mixing with an earthy yeast flavor (not character, the actual bready and meaty taste of yeast). The body is a medium weight, not unlike an IPA would be, and the carbonation is a touch above average.

The beer and food pairing was surprisingly good. It's hard to screw up beer pairing, but this is an example of matching spicy flavors to improve the overall flavor. Lesson learned: big spicy Belgian + big spicy Thai food = awesome.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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 PhillyStyle
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip glass, it was a cloudy yellow/wheat color with a good white head on it. It gave a a good citrus, wheat and banana aroma and flavor. The taste was excellent, creamy, very smooth and very refreshing. The flavor was exactly what the aroma showed it would be. This is an excellent beer and one that I would drink with any meal or no meal at all. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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

Growler obtained from Green's on Piney Grove Road, Columbia. SC. 100th review. Could have picked something else, but heck, the growler needed cleaning. :)

Appearance - Hazy straw yellow in appearance, slight to moderate carbonation feeds a small ring that remains after the initial pour. A small bit of lacing, nothing really to speak about.

Smell - Grassy, wheaty nose. A lemon/citrus aroma also comes to the forefront, not very pronounced.

Taste - Tangy crisp taste. Suprisingly sour for a wit (at least the wits I've had). Very enjoyable, if you are prepared for it. Don't expect to taste any malt, it's wheat and hops on your tongue for this one.

Mouthfeel - The crisp, tart taste and moderate carbonation leaves you refreshed, with little residue. Suprisingly robust of a mouthfeel, not what I have come to expect in a wit.

Drinkability - Don't think this is going to be a mild run of the mill "lawnmower beer". However, the more I drink of this, the more I can see this being a very refreshing summer retreat.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass by waitress Dorsey at the Gingerman in Manhattan NY.

A: Quite cloudy with off/light yellow hue to my color blind eyes with a half finger head. Excellent lacing retention.

S: Was more subdued than I expected. Corriander and banana accents possibly.

T: Mild to be blunt. Perhaps it was the tap or glass but beyond the carbonation, didn't impress me.

M: Thin but again had respectable carbonation.

D: Good and need to have a few more quafs.

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Photo of Popkorn615
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy, apple juice yellow with a decent, slowly-dissipating, two-fingered marshmallowy head. Pretty good lacing to the head as well.

S - Malty, orangey, and wheaty.

T - Excellent flavor, especially in the malty head which is pierced by the rind of an orange. In regards to the flavor of the beer itself, the orange peel and coriander added gives the beer a nice blend of citrus and slight spice. Almost tastes lemony in the flavor as well.

M - Creamy, smooth, quenching, and refreshing.

D - With a great flavor and mouthfeel, I can easily consume this beer in plentiful amounts and with any and all meals. A really great beer.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw with a fluffy white head. Good retention,and nice lacing. Aroma is of spices,and fruits. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is of fruit,and candy with a nice spicey finish. Slightly higher ABV makes the a brew well worth trying.

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

A: Body is a murky yellow color with a BIG 3-finger off-white head. Leaves behind good splotchy lacing.

S: Good nose for the style -- yeasty, with coriander, clove, orange peel and a touch of lemon. Slightly muted, but what's there is what should be there. . . .

T: Bready malt flavors lay a foundation for orange peel, lemon zest and a hint of spice -- coriander, I believe. The word I used to describe it is "clean" -- a dry lemony wheat taste finishes it off nicely.

M: Good spritziness (if that's a word), light body and a nice dry finish make this one refreshing and easy to drink.

D: Very good.

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Photo of Edgecrusher
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance: Straw in color-very cloudy. Moderate head with a slight lacing.

Smell: Sweet smell with hints of wheat.

Taste: Taste matches the aroma-no pulling punches here. Straight up Belgian White Ale flavor with a pinch of extra flavor.

Mouthfell: very smooth. Slightly more than medium carbonation. Any more and it would be too much.

Drinkabilty: A drinkable beer. Grows on ya as ya finish the glass.

A decent beer-not my favorite style-in fact my least favorite, but htis may change my mind. Pick one up-worht a try. If you like this style-then this is the beer for you!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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 lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow color, some haziness. The head was small, but nevertheless produced some good lacing. Citrus aroma, maybe, if I talk myself into it, a little wheat. Citrus taste, both orange and lemon, with some faint peppery spice. This was a pleasant beer, and I imagine it would be great in the summer.

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Photo of Enola
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a better version of the style that I have had, a style which I am still not too fond of. A slightly cloudy yellow brew with a small head. The smell is of hay and clementines. Taste is wheat and citrus. The mouthfeel is rather light and drinkability is good, and would certainly be improved on a hot and humid day. Overall, fair and drinkable.

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

A: Cloudy soft golden body... thin white foam head... moderate lacing...

S: Lovely lemon, orange, coriander aromas... some yeast for extra character

T: Slightly bolder than most witbiers... orange and lemon rally shines... its almost as if a fresh lemon was floating in the glass...

M: Light body... crisp.. refreshing... invigorating

D: A very solid effort from Southampton will have me ready for warmer weather.

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

Served up in a pint, looks like a nice wheat ale. Cloudy hay with a small head. Nose is typical yeasty wheat and citrus spice, but with a slight kick of sweeter orchard fruits. Tastes true to style, and some of the alcohol comes through. Seems to compliment the beer. Nice bubbly mouth feel with a finishing zing. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a sunny yellow cloud with decent head. The smell was as of oranges,spices and yeast. It tasted spicy with a zesty orange zing that calmed down after warming up. It had the right amount of carbonation and just enough hops. This was a good beer and one I shall buy more often,even the Mrs. liked it. It felt spicy and yeasty but also mildly fruity.

Overall this buy is worth the bang for the buck. I poured it into a Wheat beer glass and I really enjoyed it.

Note: Let it warm up a bit before serving.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Cloudy golden yellow in color, thin white head. Looks like apple cider. Some sediment at the bottom of the glass. Some lacing.

Smells musty & of light fruit, apple, white grapes, orange, cinnamon, spice. Alcohol comes through.

Taste- Mouthful of full flavor, hops, orange, nutmeg & spices. Fruit balances out the hops nicely. Tingles on my tongue. Finishes with a tangy orange that hits the sides of my tongue and lingers in my mouth.

Full mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Very drinkable, tingling mouthfeel mellows out & becomes yeasty as I near the bottom of the glass. This is probably the best witbier I've had so far, very hearty & flavorful!

Just to add...
I went for a second one of these and had a hard time doing it...this beer packs a punch with flavor and abv!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, single bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $2.00...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, golden-white appearance, honey-colored with a minimal frothy head that left a negligent amount of lacing...
Sweet, lemon and lime aroma with obvious citrus nuances...
Strong, powerful, glowing Witbier taste - at 7%, more alcoholic and tough than your usual, run-of-the-mill Witbier, added with the crisp, clean, clear, flavor, this was a great representation of the style...
Sweet, citrus and floral taste complemented by a nice dose of sugars and candy with wheat and yeast...
Great, creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel with an equally superb level of drinkablity... well balanced, with a nice touch of flavors on all fronts...
Great stuff from Southampton...

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Photo of elmore
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. A shade darker than Hoegaarden. Huge rocky white head with excellent retention. Tons of foamy lace left down the side of the glass. Scattered fine yeast sediment. Lots of small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Beautiful, I'm really loving the look of this and giving this a rare 5.0.

Smells like juicy fruit. Some nice yeasty belgian hints and grassy hops. Sweetness and alchohol not apparent. Citrusy, light flavor. Very effervescent and light. Alcohol not apparent on the palate. High alcohol content for a Witbier, but very drinkable.

I'm really surprisingly blown away by this beer as I'm not a huge fan of Witbiers. Very cool idea - a double Witbier. I see a few other breweries have high gravity Witbiers. I definitley will have to try more of this variety. Very easy to drink despite high ABV - even my wife who never likes anything over 5.0 ABV loved this.

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Photo of roan22
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Update 5/1/08** I tried this beer again on draft and it was much better. Clearly the bottle I reviewed below had gone sour. Definitely do not keep thisbeer around in your fridge, drink it as soon as possible! I definitely think its probably obtained fresher on draft though. I still prefer Southampton's Saison to the Double Wit.
Opened the 22 oz. bottle I had bought my sister for Christmas, who accidently left it in my parents' fridge when she went back to Richmond! Realizing that nobody was going to drink it, I dutifully opened it tonight before it went bad.

Well it probably already went bad. It is a clear light golden straw color, very fizzy, with no head. Looks like fizzy Corona.

It smells funky and tart, sour even. I smell nothing pleasant in this beer except a hint of coriander. There's definitely no orange peel present in the nose or taste!

This beer tastes like a cheap italian white wine, very sour and unpalatable. Nothing witlike about it. No bitterness at all and all booze.

I definitely won't be buying this hyped up beer again but Southampton's Saison is excellent so I recommend that instead.

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Photo of Scoobydank
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From my homey NCVBC
L:Tiny white little bubbles that disappear quickly. A deliscious golden straw color. Insanely cloudy making it hard to see through.
S: a faint lemon right on first smell. Just a touch of honey sweetness follows up with spice and hops. A mustiness is also present(but in a good way)
T: That mustiness comes through in a farmhouse lemon taste. Like dusty lemons. Just a tiny bit of honey. On the end the spice mixes in with the lemon.
M:A sharp tiny bubble fizziness.
D:Good. I really like the summertime lemonade refreshing aspect of this beer.

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Photo of SierraGS
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy yellow color with a pure white head, and has a spicy aroma including coriander, clove, orange peel and a hint of banana.

The spices are full in the flavor, and combine with a bit of yeastiness and muffled bitterness. It is exactly what I expect a white to be, and is quite refreshing!

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,112 ratings.
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