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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Photo of mjgardner
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted with bross242 and dannosparks.

Appearance - Pours a hazy vanilla color with a fairly big rocky white head that dissapates a bit. Mild lacing.

Smell - A very intense coriander smell. I also picked up curacao orange peel and some cloves as well.

Taste - Quite a sweet citrusy taste, with very large amounts of coriander and orange peel. I did pick up a hint of sourness at the back of my tongue.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with extremely high carbonation. It was a bit overcarbonated for my liking.

Drinkability - If you can get over the carbonation, I think this a very drinkable beer. The alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of ccrida
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass, the Double White is a hazy, pale golden yellow, with a 1 finger head that quickly retreats but leaves nice lace.

Very strong, spicy nose, more curacao then corriander, but both are obvious and dominant. Maybe even a little soap? I didn't really care for the aroma at all, to much and one sided.

After the smell, the taste is better then I feared, but it's still way to much spice, again dominated more by the curacao - just to much bitter orange. Beyond the spice is some graininess, but it's all about the spices here. Where is the yeast and lactic funk??

Well, for a Double wit (which I've never had - are there any others?), it's pretty light, with a nice bubbly tang.

This was not very drinkable. At first served fridge temp, letting it warm helped none at all, it was just to one-sided with the spices.

I am surprised to see this is the highest rated wit beer, it is all spice, no lactic tartness and just not very authentic. I was really expecting a lot more from this, being my first Southampton brew, considering the reputation of Phil Markowski and this brew, and how much I enjoyed his book Farmhouse Ales. I still want to try his other Belgian style brews, but I now less excited to do so. Still, my scores might all be a half point higher then had I no expectations about this beer or brewer...

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Photo of fenwaybeer
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Highly drinkable beer. Good taste, with citrus and coriander evident. Everybody that I've turned this beer onto has enjoyed it. Cerainly helps to have it when iced in warmer weather, which is when I was first turned onto to it. Pour into appropriate glass, either fluted or pub style.

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

This is a nice, light, refreshing summer Witbier. It pours a very cloudy slightly orangish yellow, the smell is sweet, coriander, some spices, a few hops. It has a decent amount of carbonation, and the taste is very clean, refreshing, lemony, citrus wheat. No discernible hoppy after taste and the mouth feel is very thin. This is a lightish beer, light bodied. The problem is what is compares itself against, namely Hoegaarden and others like it. It does not have the champagne bubbly yeast feel that it should, it is not nearly as carbonated as it should be, and it has a sharpness that detracts a bit. Not a bad beer that I would return to, but it is not your Belgian Wits, and that's a shame. L'Chaim

Re-review August 2008: The labeling for this beer has changed. I'm adding a half point to the drinkability. There is a nice spicy wheatiness in the finish that is compelling, and there is less lemony tang in the midsection. The beer is a bit more complex than I initially gave it credit for.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a nice thick foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of huge bubblegum wheat and coriander is interesting and quite different from the norm. Taste is spicy with a strange mix between some coriander and huge presence of wheat with a strange bubblegum feeling. Body is definitely full with some adequate carbonation. While this beer is very interesting and innovative, I wonder if bigger is always better and if in this particular case I would probably prefer a regular wit (Allagash, Ommegang..) to provide an interesting but somewhat easy refreshing option.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle:

Pours clouded light yellow with a thin, creamy white head.

The smell is of bubblegum, banana, clove (coriander?), bready yeast and lemon drop.

The taste is creamy - banana, lemon peel, bubblegum and clove. Malty with a spiced yeast. Light candy sweetness. Finishes with a spicy (not too medicinal) dryness.

It has a rich, creamy body. Full for the style. Smooth with a refreshing quality despite the 7% abv level, which is well-hidden until the aftertaste.

A very good choice for a spring-time brew!

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Photo of sleazo
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy pale yellow with a sturdy white head. Scattered lacing.

S-murky peppery and slightly funky.

T-Wow big bold flavour. Lots of hops and some sweet malt then a spicy clove and pepper finish. This is a wit on steroids. You get the typical coriander, lemony taste followed by more of everything including hops. A challenging beer.

M-very sharp. A medium body with plenty maybe too much carbonation.

D- this one is a little too potent. Too strong on the alcohol side in my opinion for the style. Som estyles dont need to be doubled.

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Photo of Abita45
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass with only a thin head but still fragrant. Smells earthy but sweet with fruit and sugary scents. The taste mirrors the smell with sweet orange and spice tones and what I guessed was corinander. Considering I'm sure if I know exactly what corinander tastes, imagine my surprise when it was actually listed on the bottle's description. The fruit tones work well off of the spices and there's a faint orange taste that is pronounced enough that I think it is the same effect as grating some of an orange rind into a beer might have.

While I think I might prefer some white ales better, this was very good and I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fine white head in to a tulip. The head settles out to a fine white film rather quickly and there's little lacing to note. The beer is a murky straw color with brown notes.

I guess I can't say what a "double white ale" is supposed to taste or smell like. There's notes of banana bread and cloves with an underlying fresh herbal scent of parsley. The Belgian funk I would expect to smell in a standard witbier seems to be replaced with the kind of scents you would expect in a German hefeweizen. Kind of a weird hybrid here but it's decent none the less.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again, this isn't what I was expecting from a "double white ale." It drinks crisp and effervescent with some strong herbal and spice character, but again there's some of those weird German wheat beer traits of cloves and banana butting in on the flavor. For being 7% the beer drinks really light and smooth. In the finish there's a rubbing alcohol wash but ultimately the beer goes out quiet and clean.

If it wasn't for the "Double" on the label I would never suspect this beer to be 7%, it drinks rather crisp and light with only a minor suggestion of alcohol in the finish. Paired with refreshing herbal character makes for a good drinkin' summer beer.

Bottom Line:
A little weird but good. It's certainly an "American" tasting beer. I think at the end of the day I prefer a standard Belgian wit to this beer but new things are good things.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Dek's American in Rocky Point, NY after having a Maudite and the cascade of flavors continued to great effect. The freshly tapped ale had a generous yellow/orange appearance with a 1/2" head that subsided after the first taste. A heavenly light taste prevailed in a display of coriander, peppers, subtle hops, and a robust malt taste. The finish was sweet and vanished like a ghost.

This was easily on par with my favorite of this style on tap: The Allagash White.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could not believe my eyes when I found this at Isetan Queens in Shinagawa, Tokyo. I'm glad a took the leap of faith and did, went over and purchased a bottle.

A - Fluffy smooth pure white head on a hansome yellow opaque body.
S - Clear rich yeast and cotton candy nose, with lots of floral notes.
T - Unbelievably rich, with dried oranges, and corriander and yeast flavors all over the place.
M - Fresh vibrant carbonation, on a double sized body. The alcohol is well incorporated into this beer.
D - Glad this comes in a large bottle. More for me to drink!!!!

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

Southampton- Double White Ale

Appearance- Hazy light orange with a thick white head.
Smell- Tangy wheat, pepper, orange.
Taste- Banana bubblegum wheat with yeast and orange notes.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp up front but the flavor very blossoms in the end.

Overall- Slighty boring at first but half way down the glass the flavor picked up and this became a nice warm weather beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up a lightly clouded honey yellow with some bronze highlights and a pretty thin bone white head. Healthy wafts of orange peel, unmalted and malted wheats, and further hints of candy, spices and ginger ale. Certainly fuller than your average witbier, sweet redisual maltiness with a mild sourness, orange zest, mild tropical fruit and spicing shows up mid-palate and it finishes with a carbonic acid twang. Alcohol is nearly on the threshhold of taste. Full-bodied while maintaining an easy-drinking feel. I've had this beer before and I'll have it again. Kinda reminds me of a beefed-up Vuuve.

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

Pale yellow and cloudy with a nice fluffy white two finger head showing good retention. the nose has a stern yeasty astringent up front with bright lemon notes, some pithy fruit, wheat grains and grassy. Much heartier and fuller than most wits, lots of flavor. Sour wheat and yeasty notes take shape early along with a strong lemon and orange rind flavor and then a subtle unripe banana lingers in the back. Medium smooth mouthfeel with some large bubbled carbonation filling in the gaps. Slight numbing of the tongue. Hop bitterness is there but almost shoved aside by the intense pucker.

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Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a small snow white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, pepper, citrus, coriander and other spices. The flavor was of hops, pepper, bubblegum and candy. The body is fairly light, the finish is sprite, with a tart, peppery finish. A pretty good wit beer.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz. bottle into a nonic.

This witbier appeared a light wheat yellow with a very generous head. Lacing was very minimal but the head stayed well throughout entire tasting. Smell was that of banana, yeast, coriander, and spices...wasn't a fan of the odor. Taste was much different than anticipated from smell. Very enjoyable taste. Pretty heavy for a witbier, but I guess that's where the "Double" comes in. Lemony, orange peel taste very light and crisp. Fresh and clean mouthfeel overall. Quite drinkable IMO, not much alcohol present. Good solid brew overall.

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Photo of Contra
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

It's been awhile since I've had a witbier, but I think I can safely say this is the best witbier I've ever had. Loaded with citrus flavor, but very smooth. Surprisingly, there is a lack of acidic tinge, which adds to the exceptional mouthfeel and drinkability. The appearance is like golden honey. Extremely cloudy, little head. My only regret is that I don't have any oranges.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.46/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this beer from the big bottle to 50 degree tumbler. The beer was a very pale color almost white. It was slighly cloudy with a big white fluffy head that decayed rather quickly. Bubbles in head were really fine. The beer was yeasty tasting and sour which I am no fan of. I will not purchase this beer again.

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Photo of beerphan
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber -> goblet
no date, but XXII Reserve printed on label

Pours a hazed yellow with a thick tight white head. Sporadic clumps of lace. Carbonation appears aggressive. Lots of floaties on last pour, settle at the bottom of the glass appearing as specks of brown.

Nose: Yeast, clover, pepper, coriander

Yeasty, spicey with citrus tones and a semi-tart lemony tang finish. Light coriander, bananna, and a pepppery spice.

Crisp mouth with plenty of carbonation.

An easy drinker with many complexities and layers. 7% alcohol is an afterthought. Give it a swill if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of techdiver
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a nice foamy head that dissipates slowly.

Nose was surprising right off the pour with citrus notes evident immediately.

Taste is typical wit, but with a bit of an odd finish I can't quite put my finger on. Whatever it is, it's enough to cause me to rate it below St. Bernardus and Allagash.

Mouthfeel is good, but that damn finish is still nagging.

Drinkability marked down; finish is definitely putting me off.

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

Pours a light gold, straw color, very hazy with a few chunks, a two finger bright white head that slowly fades. Sweet sugariness, straw, and coriander in the aroma give a nice belgian wit aroma. A tangy lemony aroma is also quite prevalent. Taste follows aroma with the lemon being dominant. Preceding the lemon is a quick flash of the sweet sugariness and coriander. A nice nutty flavor in the aftertaste. Medium body, fairly soft, a little puckery from the lemon flavor and a small dryness in the finish. Very easy to drink, I would have preferred a little less of the lemon in the taste to give the sweet grains and nutty flavor to show a little better. Thanks Matt for the opportunity.

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

Pours light straw colored and cloudy with a bright white, thick head which quickly died down leaving thick lace on the glass. The aroma was loaded with the expected fruit scents, notably citrus and banana, and spicy notes. The flavor follows the aroma with spices, wheat malt, and citrus flavors filling out the profile. Banana flavor is present throughout. The 7% alcohol is in there, I assume, but does not show up in the taste. Moderately carbonated and smooth on the mouthfeel.

This was my first taste of an imperial-style Wit, and if this is representative of the style, I hope to drink many more. It has a very full flavor profile without relying too heavily on spices and packs a very drinkable mouthfeel.

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy yellow color with plenty of head and left plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma had everything I was looking for - hint of alcohol, lemon, spices, and hints of funk. The flavor was very nice as well. Lots of citrus and plenty of spices along with a punch from the higher alcohol level. The lemon and spices stick on the palate. The body is light/medium and the drinkability is great.

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

poured into a large flared tulip glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Cloudy,straw colored with a 2" fluffy white head dissapating a bit quick to a creamy looking coating. Lots of streams of extra tiny bubbles in the center of the glass racing to the surface.Just some slight spotty lacing.

Good clean,fresh,moderate aroma clovey,yeasty,slight notes of bannana,hints of corriander,an orangy/lemony citrus aroma,and a strong wheat grain aroma,inviting and complex aroma.

Clove,spicy,yeasty,peppery with some corriander,lemony,very clean. Finishes with a good,crisp,complex citrus taste with a nice touch of tartness.
The 7% alcohol was not even noticable.

Light,creamy mouthfeel with an inticing grainyness. Very refreshing and easy drinking. Would love to drink this one again.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Looks awesome. Light yellow, decent head, leaves nice lacing. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect.

S - Didn't really pick up anything noticable. Rather plain.

T - Alot more body than it's "witbier" designation. It has a decent amount of maltiness. I'm guessing this is the "double" part of the beers name. Good spice, alot of sharpness too. It's damn fine.

M - Carbonation, light and crisp with a nice aftertaste. Very easy and light bodied.

D - For being 7%, you can really put this one away. It's a great buy for a hot day, perfect for that.

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,108 ratings.
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