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 connecticutpoet
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was clear, yellow, and well carbonated, with a one finger white fizzy head that died down to a thin layer. Would've thought that a witbier from these guys would be unfiltered - I don't think I tried to decant this one.

Aroma was spicy, grassy, and floral, with wheat malt, bread dough, and a good slug of yeast thrown in. Also a bit of a fruity character - very complex and appealing.

Taste was bready and slightly sweet, with spicy notes thrown in and a little zing for good measure. Nice.

Mouthfeel was creamy smooth, full yet not overly thick for a lighter beer.

Drinkability is high for this one. It was overall an excellent example of the style - I think the only drawback was the visual. However, if it was a choice between filtering and coming up with this stuff, or not filtering and getting something slightly different, this way wins hands down.

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Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a verry hazy pale yellow color. Some sediment at the bottom of the glass. A nice white head forms after the initial pour, it dissipates quickly leaving a solid white rim and patchy foam on top of the beer. Some spotty sticking.

S- Big wonderful bready yeasty nose. Other notes include bananna and a slight hint of cloves and spice. Also a slightly nutty, orange aroma.

T/M- This brew's got some body to it. I think this is the benchmark wheat beer for me. I've had this brew numerous times and once on draught and it is a consistently awesome beer. Its everything you would expect in a wheat beer, amplified. The wheat/bread profile is perfect, very soft, but with some serious texture and character. Mellow fruit notes are apparent and very pleasing. Upon the finish a blast of peppery spice cleans up and rounds out the experience. For 7% the alcohol is not very apparent to the palate...

D- ...but it is for the head. Too many of these will put you out for sure. But they're soo good, so drink up!!

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Photo of williamherbert
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is very thick and cloudy. Bright sunny yellow. No head but that may be my own fault. Looks sunny and refreshing.

Some spciy orange peel in the nose. Mild wheat base. Smell is mild overall but orange and Belgian spices dominate.

The taste has a spicy initial burst, then a more sweetish fruity flavor. As it warms, a pleasant puckery sour flavor comes out. Strong Belgian Ale spices; halfway between a Belgian ale and a witbier. Quite pleasant.

Feels fizzy but smooth. Juice-like feel on the way down. A nice spicy-sweet Belgian white ale. Easy drinking with a small bite.

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

poured with a slight head which dissipated quickly.hazy and golden in appearance.

smell-wheat,belgian yeast,and a slight amount of citrus.very appealing.

taste-nice amount of i dunno,farmhouse funk taste,wheat,citrus,and coriander. such a nice combination of flavors make this quite a quaffable beer.

mouthfeel-moderate amount of carbonation,a little less than i was expecting but complimented the style nicely.

drinkability-this is a very nice beer,easy to drink and full of flavor.

overall,this is a great beer especially considering the value.i highly recommend this if you can pick it up.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in Virgin BIF-thanks Kempleton.

A-Cloudy and yellow with almost meringue like 3 inch head. Look good
S-Hard to smell with that giant head but had a citrus smell mostly, some spicy notes.
T-Maltier than expected, good citrus tones, some pine flavor, muted spices. There was a slight muted flavor to this one compared to other Wits. A little musty yeast in there too but was good touch.
M-Big and creamy in the mouth, dcently carbonated. Not as crisp on the tongue as lower ABV styles of wit.
D-Very smooth and delicous. Could drink a few of these.

Enjoyed this beer. An a really hot Texas day, I'd choose a lighter more crisp witbier, but this is one I'd pair with food and enjoy over an evening.

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Photo of BeckyFreesTibet
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright, golden yellow color, combined with cloudiness and a thin, but dense, bright white head, give this beer an appearance reminds me a bit of lemon meringue pie. There are definite lemon notes to further the analogy. Banana notes combined with a bit of clove and a bubblegum aftertaste are reminiscent of a hefeweizen. This double goes down smoothly, but is heartier than one might imagine. I didn't realize until after I downed it in 10 minutes that its 7% ABV.

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Photo of Slynger
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double White pours a light, cloudy, lemony-cream color, with a nice and creamy white cap.

The smell is gently sweet and floral with vanilla. Soft lemon zest and fresh oranges enter next complimented by yeast and coriander spice.

A fresh, full, smooth and creamy carbonation fills a soft medium-full body. The flavor matches the nose. Heavy malty with soft, flowery sweetness. Fresh lemony and grapefruit citrus meld excellently with light wheat, yeast, and bananas; coriander showing before all is said and done.

This is the most excellent wit I've yet to try. Absolutely awesome!

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Photo of claytri
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice light gold with a somewhat rocky whith head that quickly dissipates to lace. The aroma is light malt with citrus hints and bit of hops. The taste has a bit of malt in the start, that quickly moves to rather sour orangish taste. The feel is very light and dry. I have found this to be an enjoyable interpretation of the witte style, and will probably purchase more in the future.

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Photo of matty
2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale cloudy appearance with a thin head.Aroma is fruit and taste is orange,nutmeg and assorted spices.I'm just not a big fan of these highly spiced beers.This beer as a whole is unimpressive.I would not buy or recommend.I'm not even sure I can finish this one.

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Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -9.4%
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 +8.9%
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 -8.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +8.9%
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 -2.5%
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 -7.6%
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 +5.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +5.1%
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 -3.3%
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 +2.5%
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 -2.5%
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%
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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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,121 ratings
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