Double White Ale | Southampton Publick House

Double White AleDouble White Ale
BA SCORE
76.8%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 1,118 ratings
Double White AleDouble White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 05-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,845
Reviews:
633
Ratings:
1,118
Liked:
859
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
11.14%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
96
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,118 |  Reviews: 633
Photo of klewis
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -22.3%
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 +6.3%
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 +10.1%
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 -6.8%
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 +8.1%
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 +15.7%
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 -11.4%
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 +10.1%
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 +2%
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 +10.9%
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 +2%
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 +9.4%
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 +23.5%
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 +11.4%
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 +8.1%
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 +7.1%
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 -15.2%
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 +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 +11.9%
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 +7.6%
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 +9.4%
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 +8.1%
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%
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 +5.1%
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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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 76.8% out of 100 with 1,118 ratings
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