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 nickthetick
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours cloudy/ hazy straw yellow into an american shaker with very little head that leaves no lacing.

S: powerful tart lemon and a little malt bread like quality.

T: up front in your face lemon, a little banana bread comes in at the end and hangs around.

MF: crisp, light and refreshing. Very effervescent.

D: I would get this again if the occasion were right but its not one I would search out or pick up on a whim.

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

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 2/27/11.

Pours a golden haze color with lots of head as expected in this style. Head is bright white and leaves no lacing after 2 minutes.

Smells of belgian yeasts. Not a lot to talk about in this beers profile.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Tinny bite on the front end of the tongue but I liked it.

Drinkability is moderate to low. Again not a great saison but good for a stand by if you have regular access to it.

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Photo of muttyd
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Tavern in the Square in Salem, MA.

Hazy yellow body with a thin fizzy white head. Citrusy aroma with a slight bready sweetness. Flavor is bready, citrusy, with a slight banana/clove presence. Belgian yeast gives this beer a nice spicey character to it. Bubbly on the tongue with a crisp llight body. Finishes with a dusty, grassy hop presence. Very drinkable and spot on for the style.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, pale straw. Pours a thick meringue head with a clawing lace.

S - Light white bread, a hint of fresh washed lemons. A pleasant touch of bready sweetness.

T - Soft water cracker character. Twang of light tarragon bitterness mid profile. A nice green banana flavor on the backend.

M - Refreshingly carbonated, leaving a nice tingle on the back of your palate. Smooth, medium-light body with a semi-sweet finish.

D - Great drinkability. Good taste paired with a light and refreshing body.

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

Pours very cloudy pale yellow, small 1/2 inch frothy head that sticks around. Belgian yeast, coriander, sweet banana, citrus (orange/lemon) Heavier body than the normal wit. Crisp carbonation, big backbone of yeast and pale grains with coriander and slight hop notes. Lemon zest and orange peel come through more towards the finish, very slight alcohol. It's nice and yeasty/malty, it isn't overpowering, nor are the citrus and spice notes.

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

Appearance is lively; dark yellow and cloudy with carbonation.

Smell is spicy and wheaty!

Taste is lovely. It's like a full bodied version of the smell. Citrus, wheat and spices dominate the flavor. Tail is slightly dry, but not annoyingly. Carbonation adds a nice froth to the beer without overtaking the taste.

For being a double white, it hides the alcohol quite well and is incredibly drinkable. I wish I had a lemon for it! (Well, for half of it!)


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

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Look: pours incredibly bright yellow with hints of cloudiness, lively carbonation streaks towards the three finger, white, fluffy head. Bits of lacing cling to the sides of the glass. Looks a bit clear for a witbier, but still quite a good looking beer.

Smell: a very quiet aroma of some fruitiness and hints of citrus; a bit of lemon and a bit of orange with very subdued spice aroma. Also, maybe a bit dry in the smell.

Taste: really kicks it up a notch from the smell. Lemon zest, orange peel, a bit of yeast, some fruitiness, with a bit of a tangy finish. Its one of the more flavorful witbiers out there and would probably get the perfect 5 from me if it only had a bit more of a wheat character to it. I do like the lemon flavors a lot and wish more witbiers had some lemon to them!

Feel: light in body, crisp, lively carbonation, a bit dry in the finish along with some tanginess, but quite refreshing and well balanced.

Drink: quite a drinkable brew. I ended up drinking a few glasses of this without any issue.

Overall, I am happy with this beer from Southampton and I think it is one of their better brews. Though being a bit high in ABV for a witbier, it nonetheless pulls it off and doesn't end up being offensive the way you might expect a "double" witbier to be. I would give it a try if this is available to you and witbiers are your thing.

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Photo of nhindian
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a light straw color, a bit darker than some other common Wits, but still just as hazy. Not much sediment floating around. Head builds a huge 4-fingers high thanks to the Weizen glass, but it's pretty active, constantly bubbling and surging until it finally settles as a thin ring several minutes later. Some sporadic lacing, but nothing to intricate. I can see a bunch of bubbles hanging out at the bottom of the glass, but only sparingly do they detach and make the travel up the glass.

S - In the smell, this beer definitely stands out to me as being more fruity and not as dry as some of my previous Wits, and there's a stronger focus on the lemon especially. Not getting much of the wheat or coriander smell, and the lemon zest is almost pungent to the point of being artificial, like Lemon Pledge.

T - Taste certainly takes the nose and runs with it. The lemon here is just way more than I've ever experienced in a Wit so far, overbearing the spices and dryness and replacing it with a tart zestiness that lasts throughout the finish. I feel the lemon comes across better here, being more moist and juicy which helps it feel more genuine. It is like drinking a lemonade with a heaping serving of wheat to help cut the sour a bit.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with moderately low carbonation. Sweet, sour, but overall lemony.

D - Drinkability is moderate. At first the lemon is a deterrent, then refreshing, but as I near the end of the glass it kind of becomes a bit much. Some more spices and dryness to cut the lemon a bit would help, but it certainly is different.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a yellow gray color, cloudy & opaque. A thick, sticky sediment waits for you to swirl and incorporate. A bright white, two finger head forms only with a vigorous pour, and settles very slowly to a ring with some lace.

S - Predominately a yeasty doughy aroma with a hint of sourness. Less obvious were the subdued spice and citrus, and these took quite a while to come forward.

T - Sweet, yeasty wheat dough flavor. Faint fruit & spice detectable, with a bit of lemon cookie, and these took until the end of the glass to emerge. There was also an odd, but not necessarily unpleasant floral-soapy flavor. Very tangy, sour, chalky finish.

M, D- Chalky-tangy feel overall. Abundant CO2, with an occasional hint of ethanol.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange almost brown with slight head and lacing.

S - I get some lemon mostly orange and coriander but it has a harsh ethanol smell.

T - To me I got hardly any spice, slight orange and coriander but the ABV seemed around 8 percent on this one. Alcohol is not masked in the slightest and in fact tastes stronger than listed 6.7

M - Heavy, I found myself sipping it and wondering why someone would enjoy this Alcohol bomb

D - Man I wouldn't even consider getting this again. I enjoy Witbier's when they are around 4-5 percent but once doubled it really loses flavor. It drank almost like a malt liquor. Avoid.

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

A: Poured a very muddy, brownish-peach color, with sort of a liquid fog translucence that I found awesome. The solid white, one plus inch head stayed frothy for the duration of the session.

S: Banana first, followed by coriander, orange and lemon zest, and a good bit of candy sugar. The banana here was not of the fruit variety, but more of the "Scratch and Sniff" sticker one.

T: Very spicy indeed! There was nothing earthy or organic in nature about this Witbier. I could actually taste flavored pixie stick dust between the alcohol granules. The coriander was very present but didn't hit me over the head, and the zesty citrus was to die for.

M: This was by far the sweetest Witbier I'd ever tasted, but that was part of its charm. The carbonation aided in sorting out the ingredients and rounded out the concerto.

D: I could pop a few of these for sure. I use to hate this style. To me, Witbiers often have sort of a "rotten fruit" aftertaste that I often find unpleasant. Well... there was nothing foul about this one. This is probably my favorite example of the style.

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

Good witbier, reminds me very much of Blue Moon. Strong taste of spice and citrus: its almost as if the bottle comes with orange slices attached.

Very cloudy in appearance; the head fades away pretty quickly. Lots of carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a very refreshing and drinkable beer.

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

Bottle brought back from my trip in New York. Pours a very cloudy pale orange colour with thick white head. Nice head retention and lacing. Smells of coriander, lots of lemon some orange and wheat. Nice tart lemon flavour with sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel. This has to be one of my favourite witbiers that I've had.

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Photo of gskitt
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all-around beer. Had this at first on a scorching day on the golf course several years before I was a craft fan. Pushed me in that direction. Hazy pour, nice fluffy white head. smelled of wheat and oranges and spices. Tastes of yeast, wheat, oranges and coriander. Very yeasty. Pleasant mouthfeel, leaves you wanting more. In the right atmosphere, one could enjoy many of these from Southampton.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very strong on the coriander, but I also get a little bit of orange peel. Still, it has one of the heaviest coriander aromas of any double white I can remember. The flavor is more balanced. I get a good dose of wheat and coriander, but I also get some great juicy orange notes. The alcohol is also fairly detectable in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty good.

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

I had a bottle of this at Half Full in Lewes. It pours slightly hazy with an unfortunately fast-fading head, and after that it disappeared from my glass much faster than any witbier I can remember drinking.

Smells like orange rind and lemon with a little pepper and coriander, and tastes like wonderfully juicy citrus and banana with some lovely spicy phenols. The mouthfeel is full and silky, skirting sticky, effervescent with great carbonation, and I was shocked to see how well it hid the ABV. Really good example of the style.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy hay color with a very thin head and lots of carbonation. The nose has nice citrus and grassy notes with a light malt backing.I'm not picking up the coriander as much. A nice fruity Belgian smell.
A very nice tingle on the tongue that finishes smooth. Very citrus dominated with a dry finish. Champagne like in its fruitiness.Missing out on the coriander again if anything I'm finding it in the initial taste and lingering in the aftertaste.
Really good beer that is very drinkable.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a thin white head that falls after a few minutes leaving average to good lacing.

Aroma is of coriander, lemon, orange and malt. Very pleasant but not too strong.

Taste starts with a little bready maltiness and lots of spice, again with coriander, orange and lemongrass as the main flavors. Finishes dry with a bit of a yeasty aftertaste.

Body is medium to light and carbonation is high. Drinkability is extremely high.

Overall a very well done witbier that is very refreshing. I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of Shoegaze99
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Looked as expected. A rich golden yellow, a little closer to orange than expected. Very appealing. I saw this beer and thought, "Let me drink that. Please?" And I drank it.

Oh yes, I drank it. Would be a good session beer if the ABV was a touch lower.

SMELLED nice, with lots of citrus notes and nice coriander aroma. Too bad the weather is cold, as this would be a perfect warm weather beer.

The taste was nice. Not as bready/yeasty tasting as I wanted from a white, but for the price? Way awesome. Light on the mouth, smooth and friendly carbonation, yummy for sessions. You could probably go for citrus overload with a slice of orange, if you're into that. (I did not.)

BOTTOM LINE - Very drinkable!

Serving: Bottle poured into pint glass

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Photo of whisperjet
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Very hazy straw color. Lots of yeast floating around. Thin headed and bubbly

s: Lots of lemon and lemongrass and orange. Sweet and crisp with very floral hops and balanced malt.

t: Creamy and sweet. Light lemon tones with balanced malts. Grassy and rich, very full tasting.

m: Super smooth and creamy finisher. Medium bodied

d: very nice and a really good drink

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

notes taken from tasting from a 64oz growler poured into a tulip.

A - poured a murky straw yellow with a thin bubbly head and consistent carbonated bubbles that raced to the surface.
S - Cirtusy. Cloves. Banana. Bubblegum.
T - Followed the nose, buttery, soft. mildly sweet with a touch of bitterness.
M - very silky and easy. even carbonated. little thin a bit watery.
D - super easy drinker. great wit.

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Photo of kirkmichel
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single 12oz bottle from Total Wine Kennessaw, GA

Admittedly, I had a sip of a dbl IP before I tried this, but it seemed pretty weak. I was expecting a lot more. No complexity at all, which leaves me wondering what the "Double White" was intended to mean.

A- Pale golden and cloudy. Not quite opaque with a thin white foam which left minimal lacing on the glass.
S- Tart sour berry, lemon & wheat...not very complex to my nose as it seems a bit flat.
T- Tart berry & lemon peel on the front with over toasted malt and then some sour stone fruit on the finish.
M - Very weak & a bit diluted; maybe this is a better summer beer? I am trying in November.
D- One could have a few of these; nice session beer, though I did not look at the ABV. It is a bit sour, which I usually like, but there isn't much depth to it so I'm not crazy about it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a hazey pilsner yeloow with a little copper mixed in. The head is almost two fingers after the pour and recedes to a ring of foam for all twelve ounces.

The aroma is a great mix of very eveident coriander and citrus rinds. dd to that some lightly toasted malt sweetness for a little bready aroma.

The taste starts with a lemon snap and then a blended coriander lemon middle comes together. The finish is a tart citrus, herb, and crumpet finish.

The palate is well carbonated, tart, and dry. Not a bad beer by any means, but a little too lemony for me.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.76/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent Witbier!!! Nice color. Smells ok, but could be better. Taste of lemon and orange. More so the orange. Mouthful has a good feeling and very smooth. Smooth feeling leads to very good drinkablity and a good time drinking with friends on any occasion

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

12oz bottle.

Pours hazy light yellow with a white head that holds a light cap and leaves just a few spots of lacing.

Aroma is of moderate strength and features orange, lemon, and wheat, some earthy, grassy quality.

Flavor is quite nice with wheat up front then a wave of sweet citrus, lemon and orange, light spice, finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, high carbonation.

I'm not a big wheat beer guy but this is pretty quality stuff. I can see why it is so popular with fans of the style.

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,112 ratings.
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