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: 1,121 |  Reviews: 633
Photo of BeerLover729
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden color with with average head when poured in wide circular beer glass. Strong corriander aroma complimented by citrus esters of lemon and orange. Strong corriander flavor with slight but distinguishable hop bitterness. Light body with slight upfront tartness but lingering subtle maltness, perhaps indicative of many Belgium yeasts' distinctive phenolic spice. Soft carbonation with corriander effervescence. Damn good beer.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had so much of this over the summer, but never got to slow down & sit with one till now. $7.99 a six is a real awesome price, given the fact that even the cheapest of the locals, BK & Bluepoint are going $8.99 a pack.

Always finding myself waiting for the head to settle, there are plenty of things out there to kill time. Take a quick nap, reformat your hard drive, carpet your living room, call your mothe... err, just drinking another beer would be fine here.

Even before things settle, I notice a big whiff of sweat, mixed in with some aerosol. A clean sweat, but still noticeably funky. Trying to cover it up, is a mixture of orange juice & lemongrass. Stale church incense sanctifies the mixture. It's funky, but the fruit is trying very hard to grab your attention.

The color is a faded gold, a bland wheat. Floaters cannonball into the pile of sediment at the bottom, stirring things up with every little movement of the glass.

Taste is of sweet orange juice, spicy coriander, & some bitter lemon peel that seals everything else off, accompanied by a bit of dry mouth.

Juicy, effervescent(but not harsh), & thin for the style(which I enjoy).

When Sierra Nevada is a buck more, this is an easy decision. :)

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Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Southampton.

Pours a beautiful carbonated golden yellow like the sun. Beautiful big head.

Smells of orange, citrus, belgian yeasts.

Huge Taste. More of an aftertaste than a body, oranges, tartness, fruity wheat, pepper, excellent beer!

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and carbonated.

Excellent beer. Never had a double white, but this has to be one of the best.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Compared to other witbiers I’ve had, I’m not sure this one is really "big" enough to be called a "double wit." The only other beer in recent memory that wore that title was the Real Ale Limestone Wit, which somehow seemed fresher, more citrus-y, and spicier than this example. However, it was quite a nice witbier, especially for American examples of this style, which can be over-sweet for my liking.

Appearance was a slightly hazy lemonade color with a good amount of soft white head. Aroma was rather citrus-y, and definitely spicy. Flavor was mostly clove, with some coriander and a nice amount of citrus. Flavor was pleasant, but not over-stated. Mouthfeel was pretty unremarkable, but not bad.


I bought this at Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna, VA during a visit there a few months back.

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Photo of bboven
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big head that fades pretty quickly but leaves lots of lacing in its wake. Cloudy as is the style, but rather pale and dingy looking compared to others I've had.

The aroma is huge! Full of yeast and sour citrus; this has all the classic characteristics of a wit except bigger and bolder. Hence the name, I suppose.

Pretty tasty, though a bit heavy on the sour note to be quaffable and far above others in the style.

Could stand a little sharper carbonation, it's a little too creamy and makes the beer feel slicker and heavier than it out to be.

I would drink this, but it's pretty pricey and there are better examples of the style sitting next to it on most shelves. However, if you want a high ABV Wit, I'd point to this one.

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Photo of kkipple
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this in Asheville on the recommendation of Adam Avery, no less, who claims to love Southampton beers. Alright Adam, here's to ya...
into my cylinder it goes! This one is a cloudy, hazy, pale watery yellow. Big foamy bright white head. Lacy. Lots of suspended particles.
Looks good.

I nose it. Yep... a big celery / coriander wallop. Spicy, yeasty, green apples and citrus. Some sweet tangerine perhaps? This is typical for a wit, but smells fruity and sweet and less vegetal than some. I dig that.

A sip. Woah... this is a lot more tart and sour than I anticipated. Yikes. I'm hit with an eye-opening sour lemon bite, followed quickly by that bizarre spicy celery and grassy, parsley flavor. A bit of orange is present, and some alcohol... I'd guess 7% due to the warmth in my throat (and was proved correct, oddly.) The flavor is just kind of a wallop... think Allagash Wit but "more". It's real lively and hits you fast, but fades to a semi-dry, spicy finish reminiscent of white wine. Can't say I'm loving it, but it's very... unique.

The mouthfeel on this one is finely carbonated, and puffs up in your mouth if you leave it there a moment. Tingles the throat as it goes down. Not bad, good for the style.

Ultimately I just couldn't get past the wild, in your face flavor on this one. I'm not a huge fan of Wit beers (although I admit to liking Hoegaarden) but I do enjoy the refreshing aspect to 'em. Southampton's offering is too big and alcoholic to refresh, and too sharp tasting to be a session beer for me. A good exercise, but if I think Bell's did this style better with their unusual Batch 8,000. Still, worth a try if you like Wits, or want something novel.

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Photo of 13aphomet
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bought at the local 6 pack shop.

Appearance - Poured a light amber color, very cloudy. Firm 3 finger creamy head with slight coloration really sparked my interest.

Smell - Citrusy smell with slight amount of coriander, decent smell, could be slightly better, but still no complaints

Taste - Great Taste. This beer has lemon, orange, pepper, wheat taste. Very drinkable. Could easily have 7 or 8 or 10 of these, but the 7%abv would be kickin my ass, especially because you really can't taste the abv.

Mouthfeel - Crisp Clean, lots of carbonation, Could maybe have more carbonation though, good all the same.

Drinkability - What can I say, A truly spectacular beer. Had quite a few of these, and look forward to many more.

Cheers, Drink Up

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Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in trade from mjgardner - thanks man!

Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger fizzy white head that recedes to just a very light covering. Smells well spiced with coriander and the like. Touch of pineapple sort of smell is also there.

Taste is very pleasant. Richly flavored with a lot of spicing - coriander again. Some orange and pineapple-like flavors in the taste. Touch of wheat character too. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, yet keeps a bit of creaminess. Drinkability is excellent.

Highly recommended. A very tasty witbier indeed.

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Photo of jerseyjoe
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review so please bare with me.

Bought a 6 pack at my local liquor store in Jersey after reading reviews on this site and wow did not disappoint! Now I am not a beer advocate by any stretch but I have to say this is the best white ale I have ever hade. Nice spicy kick is well blended and not overbearing and it has lots of taste without being overpowering.
Would highly recommend.

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

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
XXII Reserve

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty/yeasty, sour/tangy, some lemon/citrus, and some spice. The taste is mostly sour/tangy, there's a good dose of spicyness. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is quite different than a usual Witbier, very tasty.

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Photo of crwills
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint of this on tap at the Lighthorse Tavern in Jersey City, NJ. I know it gets high reviews here but, to be honest, I hated it, and had trouble finishing the glass. Appearance was fine for the style, and the aroma was relatively restrained, although a lot of strong, dry spices were a bit of a turn off. but I just found the spicing and detergent-like lemon in the flavour to be waaay overpowering. The coriander practically blew my head off, and was only emphasized by the overcarbonation. I like a standard witbier now and again, but perhaps 'doubling' it is overkill?

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Witte tumbler. The aroma is great. It is like an amplified version of a standard witbier. Huge mouthwatering citrus aroma with a soft, strong, and round yeast smell. The head is retentive and perfectly white. The beer is a saturated shade of pale yellow with big orange chunks of shit convecting around the glass. The taste is more bold than I had expected. Sharp citrus bite followed by a smooth and creamy, almost vanilla like malt. There is a strange tartness to this beer that I have never tasted in a witbier before. Honestly I'm not to wild about that aspect. The mouthfeel is creamy with a dry touch from the tart flavor.

This is almost like a mix of a Berliner Weissbier.

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

Pours a hazy yellow filled with tiny bubbles of carbonation, two fingers of rocky white head that stick around for a long time, leaving nice big lacing on the glass. Nose is spicy with coriander, hints of citrus fruit, solid scent of wheat, and a whiff of yeast. Taste starts out with lemon and orange cream, leads to a big doughy dose of wheat malt, and finishes with a lingering spiciness mingled with a bit of lemon tart. Very nice tasting. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice active yet smooth carbonation. Great tasting witbier, one of the best I've ever had, and wonderfully drinkable considering the above average ABV.

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Photo of sirpsycho
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into glass. Great looking cloudy, straw color, frothy white head. Flavor is orange and coriander, some spices there, but not overpowering, just enough to enjoy. Nice finish. Easy to drink. By far my favorite Witbier, always a case on hand in my house.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy pale yellow pour with lively bubbles of carbonation and a foamy white head. Smells slightly of citrus and grains. Subdued spices as well. Taste is great. An excellent blend of many things that never falls apart. Tart citrus, mild spices, orange, lemon, pepper. A crisp mouthfeel that does well thanks to the carbonation. Very clean and a little dry to finish. Great drinkability. No way you could see this as a Double version of what it represents. I split a sixer of this with a friend a few weeks back and had to pick up another single just so I could take a few notes. Quite a wonderful beer and definitely a new one to add to my list of favorites.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this 12oz bottle as part of BIF Summer Sipper 2007.

Pours a hazy yellow color with some yeasty flecks floating about. White head settles fairly quickly. Aroma is mainly sweet citrusy notes with some faint spicyness. Taste is a pleasing blend of peppery spice and sweet/sour citrus. Mouthfeel is quite good indeed. Smooth, slightly fizzy, alot less harsh than I was expecting.My favorite wit so far. Drinkability is very high. Would be very easy to drink a couple of these 12oz bottles, and i might just pick up some more, if I can find it.

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

Pours a nice hazy straw yellow with a nice frothy head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of bubblegum, sweet fruits and mild citrus hops, quite fragrant. The taste is a nice blend of sweet fruits, spices and bubblegum. The beer is slightly heavy bodied with nice warming alcohol. This is without a doubt one of the best witbiers I've ever had. If I'm in the mood for the style, this will be one to seek out.

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Photo of JackWeizen
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up from the shelves and cooled it to about 50 for consumption. The color is incredible for a wit of "double gravity", being just slightly darker then your average wit. This beer would have perfect clarity if not for the yeast presence. The beer forms a nice white head with just enough staying power to hang in for the whole 22oz.

The aroma is fantastic with the sweetness of Belgian yeast, malt, orange, and light corriander. The aroma is my favorite aspect of this beer.

My first sip was a complete shocking burst of citrusy tartness. Spiciness lingers, and it finishes rather clean, leaving me ready for another sip. After the first few sips, the coriander shines through more. The tartness continues to accentuate the wheat malt. After pouring the last 6 ounces into my glass, the yeast adds a light peppery flavor that for me really makes this a great beer.

Mouthfeel seems a tad thick at first, probably due to the high OG, but still finished rather dry.

I consider this beer very drinkable. Its one of those beers that seems to get better with every sip. The high alcohol is not very apparent, and 2 of these 22oz bottles might accidentally lead to drinking 2 more.

I will buy this one again as it really introduced me to what can be done with a white ale.

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Photo of blakesell
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a traditional pint glass.

Beer has aged for about a year, possibly more. Hopefully this review won't be scathing towards the beer.

Appearance- Pretty amber for a white beer. A light amber, but amber all the same, with a huge white head (5+ finger) with gray highlights for some strange reason (yeast?). Head dissapates after a reasonable amount of time to a fine foam across the top.

Smell- Lemony citrus with a hint of corriander and a trace of farmhouse funk? I don't think this beer has entirely turned, but it may have started to. I'm sure they didn't intend for this white beer to be aged. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell when/if this beer is out of date.

Taste- Orange, corriander, lemon, pepper, wheat, yeast. This beer has not turned after all. I have had one that was sour. Apparently this one has come thru just fine. A drying finish.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean with good carbonation levels. I can see why this is a highly rated witbeer. Light bodied and enjoyable.

Drinkability- This is where this big beer shines. High alcohol levels that are nearly undetectible. Light and refreshing and begs for more to be drank. I could see buying a 6 pack of this. A fine beer for the summertime (or the end of summer in this case).

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Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice traditional wit. Pale straw color in presentation; somewhat cloudy. Poured with a nice head and continued to effervesce through the tasting. Some lacing that continued to adhere to the glass during consumption. Mild slightly yeasty smell. Very enjoyable taste. Nice spices stimulate the taste buds while in the mouth. Taste of coriander lingers at the finish. Very enjoyable and drinkable. Not as overpowering as Hoegaarden at the finish.

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

a: Typical golden-white color of a white, maybe a little more pale than most. Wispy, persistent white head.

s: Pretty standard wit aroma, but definitely well done. Clean wheat malts with bready yeasts and of course coriander and orange. Definitely some citrus, particularly lemon.

m: Lively carbonation and a nice body on the lighter side of medium.

t: Pretty interesting. A start of wit orange and coriander flavors on a wheat malt backbone. Flavors of citrus and light yeast. Dries very quickly after the swallow to leave a clean palate with some lingering spice. Almost tart in a way.

d: easy

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Photo of dickieb
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color, with a small head that leaves some nice lacing that really sticks around. The smell is sweet with Belgian yeast and spice notes worked in. Taste is spicy and tart with some yeastiness as well, and a nice hint of the alcohol. This is on the limit as far as being a refreshing summer beer for me, but it’s hitting the spot on a 60 deg September evening

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - Cloudy, orange/amber color with a fluffy white head that hung around for almost the entire glass, leaving some clumps of lace.

S - I picked up a yeasty aroma at first, then smelled some citrus scents.

T - excellent balance of flavors (sweet/tart/bitter) on a very difficult style of beer to make taste good, yet still taste like a beer.

M - medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - drink and enjoy this brew, but don't 'over do it', as the abv will sneak up on you slowly.

Final Note: I saw this one sitting at the beer store for 2 weeks before I finally decided to buy one. I drank and thoroughly enjoyed the first one and went back to buy 2 more, of which I am currently on the last 8oz of 44oz total. I'm glad I got to try this brew before the end of the Summer and I will surely look out next year for the Summer '08 brewing of Southampton Double White Ale.

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Photo of
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Hazy, pale gold in color. Large, white, creamy head.

Smells are spicy and citrus, mainly orange. Alcohol and yeast as well.

Nice and tart taste, very refreshing. Bready. Faint banana taste. Herbal/grassy at the finish.

LIght body. Medium + carbonation. Fairly dry.

Excellent summer beer. I wasn't wild about the other double wheat I tried (Southern Tier's Uber Sun), but this was quite good. Reminds me just a bit of Gumballhead.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy medium orange-amber color with massive white head. Perfect retention. Extraordinary lacing.
Smell is a fine combination of citrus fruits, summer fruits, spices, corriander. Absolutely great.
Taste is even better than the smell. Strong notes of banana, oranges, lemons, pepper, corriander abound.
Finishes with a nice sweet feeling and a lingering dryness.
What a great beer. the only downside is the alcohol content which limits the amount that can be consumed.

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,121 ratings