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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Ratings: 1,121 |  Reviews: 633
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - nice citrus yellow cloud with a niice thin white head that recedes quickly to the rim.

S - yeast and lemon are the main two things i'm getting out of this.

T - wheat hits straight away. lemon and yeast. spice and hops hit in the back to finish it off nicely. tasty brew.

M - very crisp. might have just a bit too much carbonation for my taste. medium bodied.

O - this is a pretty good brew. definitely a witbier and something i will probably come back to as the summer comes in.

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Photo of oline73
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden light amber color with a finger of foamy white head that goes away except for a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mildly sweet from the malt with hints of spice from the yeast and perhaps a little fruit.

Taste: A sweet malty wheat flavor hits the tongue first. There is some spice and perhaps a hint of fruit, a lot like the smell. The fruit reminds me a bit of grape. The finish is crisp with perhaps a very little bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a reasonable amount of carbonation for the style. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: The only knock I have on this beer is that it isn't very exciting. I wasn't blown away, but it was good.

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Photo of FattyJLE
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden yellow with a quarter inch white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Streams of effervescence present, but are visible due to this beer being very clear for a witbier.

S - Malt and yeast aroma dominate but little else. Maybe a hint of lemon zest. Unfortunately, this beer smells a little stale.

T - Taste is much like the smell. A harsh cloying taste right up front, almost mead-like. Soured fruit (raisins) hit hard along with an overly tart, still cloying aftertaste. No orange. No lemon. Maybe a hint of coriander but it is masked by the intense sour harshness. I had a hard time getting through this one.

M - Medium carbonation and medium body. Surprisingly dry finish.

O - Either I've gotten an extremely old bottle here or this beer really missed the mark. Judging from the grade, I'm in the minority here. I may try again if given the chance just to see if my initial review was influenced by a bad bottle. Otherwise, I have to say the overly sour flavor of this beer is it's downfall.

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Photo of Derranged
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a standard pint glass.

A- A pretty, dark hazy golden color with a thin white head.

S- The nose is pretty weak, a faint standard wit smell.

T- The taste is better than the smell. Nice creamy lemon bread like flavor.

M- Well carbonated, thick and creamy.

O- Nice beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a cloudy, orangish-yellow color with a fizzy white head that quickly dissolves completely. Good amount of carbonation present, lots of tiny bubbles rising in the haze. I do believe I see yeast chunks floating, then settling at the bottom. I wasn't aware that this is bottle conditioned. Aroma is a classic note of citrus and spice. 1st sip is a tangy note of orange & lemon peel, spicy coriander, and biscuity yeast! Crisp and very refreshing! Mouthfeel is solid and firm, with a really nice sparkle from the carbonation. Drinkability is very high...even with the higher alcohol content, I could see myself easily downing one after the other on a hot summer day. In fact, the alcohol is so well hidden this could be one of those "careful-or-it-might-sneak-up-on-you" type of brews. Overall, this is an outstanding beer and I can't wait to pick up more...some to drink now and some to age a bit for the summer!

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Photo of Kooz
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Decent head which dissipates quickly. Cloudy straw-colored beer. Looks appetizing.

Smells a bit too strongly of alcohol, but also of citrus. Too much alcohol to be too pleasant.

Tastes really nice. A bit too much alcohol bite, but still nice. Citrus and sweet hints.

Good mouthfeel, somewhat creamy but also light and crisp.

This is a good beer, which I'd happily drink again.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. -> Dogfish Head chalice. Picked up a single bottle at Shawann Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD. I enjoyed the biere de mars quite a bit.

A - Hazy straw yellow, think fine bubble head dissipates quick. Steady carb streams. No lacing.

S - Light sour, yeasty, very mild citrus and clove

T - Big citrus up front, mild yeasty bread middle, slightly sour finish. As it warms a really nice creamy sweet lemon flavor comes out.

M - Light to medium-light, carb pop, very little alcohol

O - Seems like a decent alternative to the below-average wits out there. Nice flavors, easy on the palate. I'd buy again to appeal to craft beer newbies who are stuck with an orange slice on the lip their blue labeled brown bottle.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and hazy, very yellow, bright with a thin pure white head, with decent head retention. Leaves a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass, plenty more in the bottle.

Light summery smells come through, fresh-cut grass and light orange scents hit the nose followed by some lemons maybe? Taste is like the smell with hints of orannges and lemons and something that I think is the coriander they say its brewed with on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and malty, with a small twinge of alcohol in the finish. Being 6.7% in a white beer like this is strange but definitely welcomed. Goes down easily and refreshingly making this a good beer.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My father loves whites, so he compiled his own six pack at Craft Beer Cellar (amazing store in Belmont, MA) during a visit. Unfortunately, we didnt get to share this time.

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass from Sam Adams.

A - The color is very reminiscent of a ripe banana with classic cloudiness. There was very little head retention early into the tasting session.

S - Banana wafts with a mix of bazooka joe bubble gum.

T - Banana flavor dominants the taste profile, but during the final phase of tasting, orange peel/zest became present adding additional complexity.

M - Very light and refreshing. I was expecting something a little fuller due to the style, but I was pleasantly surprised with its body.

D - A nice session beer for the right occasion, but not something I would search out.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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 -11.4%
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 -1.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +6.3%
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 +8.9%
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 +8.9%
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 -18.2%
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 -3.3%
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 -9.4%
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 +9.6%
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 -12.7%
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 +7.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +10.1%
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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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,121 ratings
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