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

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system. It was a hazy pale yellow/straw color. It had a good sized white head that slowly settled to a collar with a island in center fed by a carb geyser. The smell was typical wit but a little weaker than some. Had the malted wheat smell with lemon and coriander. The taste was good but was missing something. It just didn't grab me and demand to be drunk like my favorite wits like White Rascal or Hoegaarden. Sorta a mellowed out version of those. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkability is also good. It's a wit which is my favorite style right now so honestly I could drink these all day. But if I had a fridge full of my favs this one might get a little dusty. (4, RB-FC, OxY, T,)

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking lemony straw, yellow color and ok white head. No lace on my glass anymore but the was briefly after the pour. Nice clarity and sunny brightness though. Aroma is very pleasant. Light wheaty tang, mouthwatering lemon and orange with an ideal and appropriate amount of spice. Taste brings a more entertaining version of the aroma. Tangy wheat flavor is heavy and dominant and is supported nicely by a lot of spice and citrus zest. Good clarity and easy distinction between flavors. Mouthfeel is nice. There is definitely good lively carbonation, and an appropriate slickness. Nice smooth dry finish and very easy to drink. Refreshing too.

A well done wit, well worth trying.

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Photo of billybob
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a very hazy yellow color with a two finger white head that holds fairly well with sheets of lace that hold to the finish. aromas of spice, coriander, and orange. big flavors with this beer, yeast, wheat malt, coriander, orange peel, pepper, ending with a slightly salty tangy finish all balanced for a great taste. mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is good. great tasting beer, if you like the style, don't miss buying it.

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Photo of Risser09
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tapped Into A Pint Glass At Delahanty's In NJ

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with ample white head. The beer retents and leaves it's lace behind.

Smell: Esters, banana, pear, yeast. Smells like a hefe but with a musky yeast strain.

Taste: Wow. Heavy flavors of banana, and clove with some pepper lurking in the background. Alcohol is present and welcoming, not overwhelming. Slight hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smoothe. Foamy carbonation up front and hoppy alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability: Awesome. I had a few more after the first glass. The alcohol is perfect for drinkability IMHO and the beer is tasteful and smoothe. Nicely done.

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

Light hazy yellow. Soft, sticky head leaves sparse lacing. When the cap first popped off, I thought I caught a whiff of Saaz. Indeed there is a fair amount of noble hoppiness evenly blended with subtle spices and grain. Also hints of bread, charred wood, and (faint) oranges, adding up to a funky yet soft aroma. Sweet and zesty flavors; malted wheat and a mild citrus tartness. Lots of flavor to go around. Finshes with pepper and rind. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied...dry and refreshing, though not so effervescent as many versions.

Not as much spice as one would expect. In fact, don't expect your typical witbier at all. Very easy to drink and quite interesting, if I do say so myself.

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

Pours a hazy straw-gold color with heavy carbonation and a frothy white head that falls slowly.

The odor is spicy, yeast and fruit notes but the most notable smell is of coriander and other spices.

Taste is strong with a spice backbone and late emerging bittering hops. Very solid, a new favorite. An almost sour finish that complements the spices well.

The carbonation is prickly with good smoothness and weight

It is a big hit with me.

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Photo of seebus
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured from a 22oz bomber (purchased from Palmer's Beverage Center for $4.99) with a white label depicting an old village scene in light green with printing in blue. The label boasts it's "our unique double gravity version of classic Belgian-style white ale." 7% ABV--interesting.

It pours a lot like a typical white ale--pale gold with a foamy white head. The smell is typical too--yeasty at first, then spicy and slightly sweet. The taste is at first yeasty but quickly changes to a strong citrus (heavy on the orange and lemon). The mouthfeel is a little thick and oily--again, typical for the style--with bright sparks all around. 7% alcohol? For now, I'll have to take their word for it; the flavor and the body of the beer hide it quite well.

This beer was an interesting and appropriate drink on this hot, humid July night.

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Photo of ski271
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very cloudy medium peach-tinted gold with a small, white, creamy head, rapidly diminishing to a light film. Some spotty lacing.
S- Lots of inviting juicy orange along with some moderate herbs.
T- More spice than citrus here. Coriander, pepper, and the slightest hint of nutmeg. Some sweet malt flavors stay mostly in the background but are present enough to give it a nice balance.
M- Medium body, lightly dry texture, very slight chalkiness, low carbonation.
D- Not bad at all. Refreshing and interesting enough to make me want another. Didn’t wow me though.

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

Poured a gorgeous, cloudy pale gold color with a hint of a white-ish tinge around the edges. A generous foamy head gave off huge amounts of spice in the aroma along with some citrus(orange) and bready malts. Damn this looks and smells good! Taste was very spicy and fruity with lots of orange, lemon and the spicy coriander in the flavor. The finish had a little bit of sour tartness that complemented all the flavors perfectly. The is a very complex beer and incredibly refreshing to drink as well. This one is a winner in my book. I'm off to the beer store to pick up some more before it runs out.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If I would have known this was as good as it is, I would have gotten alot more. Since I live down in the heat of the south, I try to find lighter shaded beers, with stronger alcohol and taste characteristics... if that makes sense. Basically, I like the white ales that are strong and have backbone, but don't fill you up and bog you down. This one totally delivered! Very nice citrusy smell and taste, with only a faint hint of alcohol. It's 7%, so it still packs a nice punch. Very good, worth a try.

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Photo of drseamus
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the better beers I had while at Southampton Publick House. It had a cloudy straw colored body with a good spiced orange aroma. The flavor had the same characteristics with some good orange and coriander flavor. It is very powerful but smooth.

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

On-tap at the Union Grill in Pittsburgh, PA.

Waiter brought out a cloudy, golden-straw colored ale with a bone white head, one inch thick. Foam slowly dissipates, leaving behind some appreciable lacing. Aroma is amazingly fruity and sweet, with notes of banana bread, vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon.

The first notes to register are of vanilla wafers with banana pudding. A touch of white grapes rounds out the flavor. Best Witbier I've tasted by far. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, almost on the creamy side. This is very appealing for it's style, definately one I'll be looking for again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light golden with little head or lacing. The smell is tangy grapefruit, salt, coriander, and some other light herbal aromas. The taste is similar, with the grapefruit flavors being very juicy and a more pronounced tanginess in the profile, almost yogurt like. The mouthfeel is crisp, but with a good creaminess in the finish. There is a hit of alcohol near the end that is aa little offputtting forr the style. Very unusual interpretation of a wit. It's pretty refreshing, but the noticeable alcohol and the lactic qualities decrease its drinkability a bit.

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

12oz bottle.
Hazed straw gold, topped with a large bubbled white head. Great lacing and head retention. Very spicy aroma. Heady orange peel and coriander. Sourish wheat malt and perhaps a bit of floral, German hops. Strong flavor, full of spiciness. Medium bodied, with strong, persistent carbonation. Dry throughout, with wheat malt sweetness up front, Sweetly orange-like and peppery in a coriander spicy way. Fruity throughout, mostly tropical citrus fruits, but a hint of green grapes and brown pear, too. Doughy yeast lingers in the finish, kind of powdery. A touch of alcohol in the end, but it blends with the spices very well, so it's hardly noticeable.
Balls out white ale. Good stuff!

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Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes, this was a tasty Witbier.

22oz. bottle split into 2 Gueuze tumblers, with yeast swirled and poured evenly. Foam consisted of larger bubbles at first, then the added yeast formed a dense, spontaneous cap of head. Ale was an opaque orange with a touch of tan from the added yeast sediment.

Smell was earthy coriander spice and zesty orange juicyness. Wheat and yeast were also present, giving off a mild breadiness.

Big citrus flavor of orange juice, with a full body to match. Earthy coriander again, tangy tartness, yeasty. Peppery in the mildly dry aftertaste. Prickly burst of carbonation at the front of the tongue onward. Wheaty backbone gives it a smooth fullness and oomph. Very juicy. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. This blows away the Belgian 'Imperial Wit' (Jan de Lichte) I had last week...damn tasty.

Bottle courtesy of drseamus.

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Poured silent & smooth. Classic nose, full of stale bread, faint yeast, soft spices with distant coriander, lemon pith, dry orange peel, clove and old black pepper, a full but yet soft nose. With some air it is opening up and all the aforementioned are more noticeable.

A finger's worth of loose, pearl white foam floats atop a classic hazy, clouded golden-pale, straw yellow hued body. The head fades steadily to a thin, broken sheeting with an edge ring that laced in rings.

Creamy, crisp, nicely citrused, refreshing. I'm enjoying the play of the creamy, smooth mouthfeel, the citrusy fruits (lemon zest, orange peel, even some banana) & spiced taste (pepper, coriander, clove) and the dry, crisp crunch all together. This is very well done.

It gets sharper, peppery on the palate, drier, crisper, crunchier, building up to a smooth, kinda lemon-carameled finish, slightly thick, leaving a clean, lightly spiced aftertaste that is a little filmy & breadlike, like eating a lemon cookie. The unusually high ABV for the genre is completely hidden until the finish, and then only noticeable with a dull warmth on the tongue.

A very nice & complex Witbier. I liked the play of all the aspects, and the banana-clove quality usually found more readily in Hefe Weizens was a nice compliment. This would go great with a salad (Mandarin Orange Oriental?), fish, chicken, especially if a little spicy and accented with citrus. Highly recommended...check it out!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle form A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Murky light yellow body with over a half inch of off-white head that leaves much lacing as the beer is drunk. Smells citrusy and pithy, with some spice in the background. Citrus and pith dominate the flavor as well, with coriander playing a supporting role and just the slightest hint of alcohol present in the aftertaste. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Extremely drinkable for the flavorfulness and abv. I really like this one. Glad some Southampton brews are making their way to central Maine.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colored pour with a huge snow white head. The smell is full of wheat with a sligh spicyness but the real highpoint is the lemony zest that shows itself. This citrus smell translates into the flavor in a promenent way. The spicyness is present too, but not in a big way. It finishes with a slight sourness, but this actually is an interesting twist. This is a great beer to finish off a hot summer day with. I enjoyed this one and it's deserving of it's high standing.

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Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy light straw with a massive head, even with a gentle pour. Mild wheaty aroma. Flavour is a bit lighter than I was hoping for from this one - based on its name anyway. It's a decent witbier. Not much in the way of spice. It still isn't nearly as tasty as a good hefeweizen, to my tastes.

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

Honestly the richest wit I’ve ever had: loads of earthy yeast trub, lots of malt sweetness (for a wit anyway), an assertive spice profile, a really bright lemony, grassy character and a deliciously grainy base. Even the appearance is well above average, with a deep, whitish-orange amber haze (just remember swirl the yeast at the bottom of the bottle).

An absolute treat, especially if you’re into the style.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bottle from Capone's.

A: The ale is a yellow color, somewhat pale but with a robust color that keeps it several shades above a pilsner. The ale is clear with a slight haze to it.

S: The nose is spice-heavy, with some coriander and a lot of orange peel. The nose is heavy enough that one is forgiven for not associating it with a witbier.

T: The mouth is consistent with the nose, full of spices. Clove is the dominant flavor causing it to come close to a weizen, but the bubblegum/banana esters are not present. In their place is a whole mouthful of coriander, adding a peppery flavor that takes on a cleansing element that re-primes the tastebuds.

M: There is a lot going on, spice-wise, in this beer. The ramped up coriander pushes the flavor to the brink and beyond, overwhelming what is normally a very delicate style.

D: The flavors are too strong and the alcohol too high to make this a refreshing summertime drink. I'm glad I had a bottle, but am I no hurry to seek this one out again.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6 pack for a nice warm summer day- something nice for a barbeque.

Southampton Double White Ale poured a hazy/cloudy golden fizzy yellow. Not much head at all on this one and what was there was nonexistant after my first sip. The head t hat was there was about the size of a fingernail and was a soapy white color. Smelled of orange and lemon peels- even a hint of lime was possibly detected.

Very drinkable beer for a 7.00 ABV- I was surprised at how fast I finished this one, didn't even notice it actually

This beer was definitely lacking something- not as complex as I had thought it would be-

I would purchase Southampton Double White again for the same kind of day- a barbeque, cookout, or party outdoors- spring or summertime.

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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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