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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 ncvbc
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -0.8%
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 +11.1%
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 -5.3%
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%
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 -12.1%
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 +0.5%
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 -0.3%
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 +13.1%
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 +1.3%
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 +11.8%
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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Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille and Cantina, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a hazy orange-gold with a white head of foam.

S- Smells of coriander and citrus, no noted hops.

T- Tastes very fruity and spicy, the coriander and orange peel are prevalent.

M- Medium in body, very carbonated, but not overly done.

D- A very refreshing beer, too alcoholic to have very many though.

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

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a two finger head that fades slowly to a nice solid cap. The lacing is thick, leaving a nice sheeting of foam behind.

Smell; oranges and lemons are by far the dominant aromas, but there's also a underlying sweet maltiness. The spices are a little on the tame side, but that works just fine for me as I sometimes have a hard time with overly spiced beers.

Taste; mild coriander and peppery spiciness, followed quickly by orange peel and lemon, but there's also a little bit of peaches as well. It's a little tart through the middle, and then becomes just a little sweet towards the finish The wheat is actually very noticeable in flavor, and adds a nice depth to this beer that I don't usually get in a Wit.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp right initially, but then becomes quite a bit smoother with a fine carbonation that gives a creamy texture. Very nice. The drinkability is really damn good, and the alcohol is barely detectable.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very bready and yeasty with a big corriander aroma. Light hint of orange with a bit of spiciness.

Taste is bready and yeasty, but largely dominated by corriander. Very light hint of citrus. A bit bitter at the finish.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

A nice brew, but the corriander is a bit over the top. The ABV is also a prohibitive - it's no session beer as most Witbiers are.

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

A: Pours a chill-hazed yellow with a big foamy head. THe head subsides to a thin, sustained layer of froth that briefly coats the entire glass with each sip.

S: A very pleasing spice smell - almost like potpourri.

T: Typical Belgian yeast taste with a touch of spice and a light tart lemon zest flavor.

M: Light-medium bodied with fine carbonation.

D: This one seems to be right on style for a white ale. The upped ABV makes this one dangerous. Very good, and worh checking out.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold body with no head and very light lacing that holds with the beer.

S: A very citrusy smell, almost like an American-brewed Hefe.

T: A lemony taste with a citrus aftertaste. Was not really sweet or malty; maybe like a watered-down, more carbonated wheat beer.

M: The mouthfeel was very thin and watery. Also, not too much carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable since it is a witbier, but the mouthfeel was a little too thin for me. While it is refreshing for a hot summer day, it was just a little too watered down for me.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle(XXII reserve) pours a hazed blonde yellow with a small, but sturdy, white head. Some nice sheet lacing.

Aroma is spicy coriander, white pepper, orange peel, lemon, and some earthy yeast. Herbal notes emerge as it warms.

Velvety mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation.

Tastes like a good wit with notes of lemon and white pepper, earthy yeast, and orange peel. Lots of floral and herbal notes are suggestive of a saison. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste but felt after finishing the bottle.

Really nice. Southampton does an exceptional job with their wits and saisons. Drinkability would be higher for this but for the potent alcohol kick.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (XXII Reserve) to a tall pilsner glass. My second chance to taste this beer.

A: Unfiltered/cloudy and a warm golden-wheat tan color. Crowned with about two fingers of dense, tightly fizzing whiteness which levels rapidly to a gauzy film ringed with cream. Lacing slides slowly down the glass in trailing sheets.

S: Doughy yeast with tartness of apricots and green apples. As the beer warmed, I started to pick up more coriander, but the orange/citrus remained subtle at best. Grain, lemon/grassy hops and spice are where this shines.

T: Excellent, ever-changing flavors of wheat, lemongrass, lots of coriander, orange pith, a meringue-like lemon tartness, tart apples. Graininess and spiciness come and go, as do the sweet and tart qualities.

M: Wonderfully crisp upfront and somewhat refreshing. I say somewhat, because there is a little cloying thickness in the finish, evidence of the heavier alcohol content. As I drank more, it began to feel less crisp and more creamy...Medium mouthfeel, this is where the 'Double' shows most.

D: I'm glad I tried this again because I found it underwhelming the first time (a couple months ago). With the bigger ABV should come some respect for the subtle power of this one; it definitely fools you with a well-hidden alcohol. Terrific flavors and mouthfeel. I heartily endorse the Double White Ale and look forward to having some again.

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Photo of ericj551
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Double White beer I've ever had. It pours a hazy light straw gold with a thin whispy head. Aroma is some corriander, and a lot of sweet pilsner malts. Flavor is sweet with a pungent slightly sour taste. Spices are there but dimished. I know its supposed to be a double wit and I'm not too focused on style, but to me the best part about wits is that they're delicious and refreshing, I'm not feeling that as much with this one.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. brown bottle. The label states that this beer is XXII reserve.
A: Cloudy straw/gold color. No visible carbonation except for the 1 inch of bubbly head after the pour, which fades to a thin level and leaves no lacing.
S: Very orangey and spicy. There are hints of lemon and other floral scents.
T: Citrus and coriander up front, followed by a smoothing out of those flavors. The finish seemed rather bland at first, but as the beer warmed, I noticed some more subtle spices and sweet sugars towards the end of the taste. Overall pretty mellow and smooth, and a nice combination of subtle flavorings.
M: Bubbly and lingering. The spiciness in the finish has a faint bite that hangs on. Overall fairly airy and refreshing, with a faint warming feeling from the 7.2% ABV.
D: Quite good. I can see myself having another one of these.
Overall, a solid example of a white ale. Better than most others I’ve had, with more subtle and intriguing flavors.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy pale yellow with a thin white head. The nose is amazing. Smells of wheat, lemon, delicate spices and lemon. Tastes of coriander, lemon and a hint of orange. The taste and nose provide an understanding into the phrase Double White Ale. The mouthfeel is medium to light as a witbier should be with subtle carbonation. Of course, being a white ale it is very drinkable. This is my all around favorite witbier yet. Highly recommended. I cannot believe the abv is so high, but the intensity of the flavors announce this is above your typical witbier. If you've thought summer beers were boring you must give this a go. Pairs well with goat cheese.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow with ½” head – light lacing. The aroma is grainy at first followed by floral and hop notes. The taste is grainy, sour, spicy and floral – none of which is overpowering. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp. This is an easy to drink beer – great for a hot day thirst quencher.

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

Hazy, white-straw appearance with a thin head, but good solid retention. Good carbonation floats bubbles to the top. The smell is an exact representation of the beer's name, double the pleasure of any good white ale, enough spices to go around twice. Smooth taste with the spices coming up front and then disappearing to make this exceptionally smooth and deep. Witbier is way down on my list of top choices, but this one is exceptional with good complexity and smoothness yet a fantastic refreshment. Good stuff here.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer just became available in the Baltimore market, and so was able to have a glass on tap over at Max's last night.

The beer pours your archtypical Belgium wit color. The beer is a murky yellow tan color and is quite cloudy. Head retention is quite impressive and lacing is likewise quite good. On the nose I get some nutmeg, lime and spice, but not really much else. Hmmmm... not exactly what I was hoping for. On the palate the beer is pretty refreshing, with a touch of clove, more nutmeg, and a definite "wheaty" flavor. The beer is quite light and crisp, and is certainly very refreshing. It's light to medium bodied and the abv. is very well disguised. I would never guess the 7%.

This is a nice beer, but certainly it was nothing earth shattering. Frankly, I was expecting a bit more from this beer, and am a bit disapointed it was so one dimensional. A bit more orange peel and/or coriandor would make this a more interesting beer, and I have to say that given a choice, I would prefer to drink the mothership wit from New Belgium, a beer with more flavor and less alcohol (IMO). This is still a quite good beer, but was just not the wit flavor bomb I guess I was hoping for. Oh well.

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

A- Uniform hazy yellow body with thin foamy white head. Head eventually fades and leaves behind little lacing in the glass. The translucent cloudy body is well done and shows that the brew is unfiltered.

S- Slightly sour citrus with accents of yeast, corriander, and other spices.

T- Great balance of wheat, sour citrus, and spices upfront. Some hoppiness then kicks in with yeast and spice. Yeast and sour citrus linger on the palate.

M- Light yeasty body and medium carbonation. Goes down easy.

D- I was really excited to finally get to try this brew. Its delicious-but a bit on the sour side for a witbier. The ABV is completely masked here-it tastes like a normal session ale. I will have this one again.

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
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