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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 jakester
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is from a bomber brought back from SPH by a good friend. Thanks, Dorothy! I drank this in a Kasteel glass.

This beer looks like liquid gold sitting in your glass. Very pretty. No head, however. Just tiny islands and a ring around the glass. Carbonation is evident, but no lacing.

Aroma is a wonderfully clean coriander and orange peel, kind of lemony, bready wheat. Black pepper and a faint green banana smell, also. Inviting.

The taste is just so clean and fresh, it's inspiring. Fresh, tart lemons, coriander, orange peel, black pepper, tart, bready wheat and yeast. Impressive. Most impressive. The aftertaste is of coriander.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and damn refreshing. A pretty good bite from carbonation on your tongue. Just the right amount of residual sugar. Finish is like a sweet-tart candy.

I really don't see how this could be much improved. I don't like to give 5's, but...DAMN!

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

Green farmhouse label adorned with the Southampton crest espousing "unique double gravity version of classic Belgian style white ale brewed with quality grains and hops. Lightly spiced with coriander and curacao orange." Contract brewed via Mendocino in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Pours a foggy light hay hue with a smattering of spotty ivory head cap releasing a steady stream of corbonation bubbles to the craggy surface.

Once brought to the nose, a spicey aromatic nature is evident. Orange peel and pepper notes. Clean scents.

First swigs: Heavy peppery bread dough wit. Solid flavor that lasts. Plenty of lemony citrous kick. Spiciness is unrelenting. Every swig is an assault of orange peel and pepper. Uncle!

Almost full bodied due to the heavyinfusion of ingredients.

Last swigs: Settles to a one trick pony thick wit. Double appelation is aptly chosen. $4.95 at Circle Liquors in Ewing, NJ. Worth a shot, fo' sho'. Thinking that Unibroue Blanche de Chambly and Weyerbacher's Blanche gives this a run for the money.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of scooter231
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very, very pale golden color with no head, nothing floating around- just a clear, clear color. I've never seen a beer so undisturbed looking.

Smells, in a word, lemony. Some other citrus scents to be found, but mostly lemons. Taste is the same. It's nice, though, very light, refreshing. Tangy comes to mind. Mouthfeel is also light, smooth. And it's pretty drinkable- it's just so cooling, so refreshing.

This kind of reminds me of Hennepin in some ways, or just saisons in general. I like it.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz contract brewed version

cloudy yellow like a hefeweizen, with an evil strain of orange running up through the center declaring war on all that is normal for a white beer. smells distinctly of wheat, alcohol and candied orange rinds. big citrus tart mixed with alcohol hits first, smooths out immediately with fresh wheat notes and estery sugars. not as much spice as i remember from the previous version.. more of a standard witbier and less of an experimental spiced brew.. increases drinkability but limits the flavor novelty of the original version.

at a recent southampton event, this was more of a session brew than a sipper.. still a great beer for wit fans and beer nerds alike.

finishes big on berry and tart wheaty malt tones. contract brewed? so what.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

XXII Reserve 22ounce bomber poured into a goblet.
This is a witbier?
Drinks like a strong pale ale or a saison to me (the flavor profile reminds me quite a bit of Delirium Tremens)... probably because of the 7% and the spices that are in this.
A pretty badass example of the style.
Smooth, easy drinkin, yet tangy and spicy.
There's some citrus oil slickness in the finish which I find to be quite pleasant.
A classy brew that's probably a bit too interesting for macro lovers but should be able to please just about everyone else.

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Photo of packetknife
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I NEED to have this on-tap. Hands-down the best bottled witbier I've had. I can't give it five-ers until I've had it on tap and confirmed/re-confirmed my adoration for this brew. Decent hazy orange-yellow with a medium off-white head that lingered. Strong spicing & wheat on the nose, very pleasant. Something else that I can only describe as floral-citrus mix floated up too but I couldn't place it.

A near-perfect balance of spice, wheat, citrus, and hop on the tongue. Mild yet thourough. Great mouthfeel with good carbonation giving it an additional kick on the tip of the tongue. There can't be enough of these big bottles around. A definite must-try-early-and-often offering.

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Photo of necoadam
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Poured out a hazy orange/golden color with a good head to go along with it. Smell consisted of soft coriander and oranges. A nice underlying of vanilla comes in the middle. Taste started out with spices and oranges mostly, but it was ever so soft and delicate. Extremely inviting flavors. Vanilla shows up more stronger in the taste than the nose, but oranges are stronger in the finish. Carbonation is quite soft and seems to just melt this beer in your mouth. This goes down like a 5%, not a 7%. Savor every sip because you'll finish this beer before you know it. One of the best wit's out there, hands down.

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

Creamy off white head that leads to a thin sheet. Some spotted lacing with decent strength. An impenetrable cloud of light golden haze.

Big banana sweetness with whaffs of alcohol. Coconut, corriander intensity and light orange zest. The corriander and alcohol presence are most evident.

A driving oat flavor that is charged with banana, corriander, and a touch of lemon. The corriander hints are delicately balanced with the natural oat and orange peel flavors. A wave of carbonation adds a burst of citrus leading to a slightly sour and peppered aftertaste.

A touch more than light bodied; the alcohol presence and flavor dynamic gives a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Coats the palate almost perfectly for the effect the brewers are going for.

A very impressive 'double-take' on teh style. The flavor substantiates the abv very nicely. A unique style worth trying not only for its novelty. A well crafted brew!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005. Corked Champagne bottle. A mostly clear, just slightly hazy yellow-gold body teems with life beneath a two-finger head of bright white foam. The head retention is excellent; and it leaves short, solid, fading walls and long splashes of transient lace with each sip.

The nose is delicate with notes of fruit (peach, tangerine, lemon zest), subtle spice (coriander), vanilla, and the occasional whiff of bubblegum.

It's lightly zesty in the mouth with a medium-light body and very fine carbonation that lightly bristles and then warms to become cottony soft.

The flavor follows the lead of the nose, but with a wider breadth. It's initially fruity and wheatish (also with a note of vanilla); becoming more fruity and tart (lemon, tangerine) across the middle; and finishing with a very mild bitterness, some citrus rind, and a touch of spice that lingers oh-so-perfectly.

The balance is impeccable and the drinkability is brilliant! It's an interesting and exciting beer that retains all of its drinkability despite its increased size (and the alcohol never shows)! Not only is it worth seeking out; this is one of the beers that makes the United States the greatest brewing country in the world - where American beers surpass the quality of the originals from their home country!!! Find some!

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Photo of twilight
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had this at the latest Back to the Hamptons night at The Blind Tiger, I decided to revisit the beer after finding it completely different. This is nothing like the beautifully citrusy DW04 I had last year. Perhaps some aging is in order, but I remember the one last year being more citrusy than lemony, which is what this one gives me.

Pours a fizzy pale yellow. Clear, which is surprising considering it is supposed to be a witbier. Head practically dissipates on contact, leaving a pretty clear beer.

Aroma is a different story. Yum. Grass and lemons with a really nice lemony flavor. Taste is pretty good, though it reminds me more of a saison. Funny thing is that it reminds me of both the SPH Saison and the Grand Cru. A five for flavor, and a four for witbier flavor, averaging out to a 4.5 for taste. Crisp, slightly lemony, with a slight sourness (star anise, perhaps, *lemon* peel even?) and a slight grassy finish with a very light body.

I don't normally like witbiers, but this one is pretty good for a beer. Still, though, it makes me crave the earthy bitterness of a saison. Soon...

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Photo of oelergud
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy sun golden body, white airy head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lace. Moderate carbonation.
Smell is very close to a lambic. Spiced citric with fruitlike sweetness of banana and faint cherry scents.
Taste also close to that of a lambic, citric sharpness with a good deal of hop character. Sweet/tart fruit flavors dominate up front. Aftertaste of hops and tart citrus flavors are faint at first but then kicks in strong after the swallow.
Good mouthfeel with a medium body and perfect for the style, thin coating as it should be.
Very drinkable brew and thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle.


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Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks weeare138.

The beer poured a beautiful hazy straw color with a 3 finger head that fell to a healthy ring over the brew. The nose was nice, with lemony citrus and slight grainey/wheatyness that moved to a coriander orangeyness at the end of a deep inhale. It was incredible how the character changed right as my lungs filled up with the beer aroma. The flavor was awesome, with crisp lemon and oranges wtih a slightly acidic undertone. I found it very refreshing and very palatable. The feel was the light side of moderate, very crisp and very active in the carbonation. The beer was clean and refreshing. . The biggest surprise with this beer was the alcohol it had in it. The 7% was nowhere in the nose or the flavor. Incredible for the style. I would buy this by the case for my summer drinking. Beermail me if you have extra.

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

A great example, if a bit stronger than normal, version of the style. Poured with a nice head with lasting lace. Bright orange-ish colors; cloudy.

Citrus smells on the nose. Taste is very fruity and are stronger than your typical witte beer.

Beer hides the alcohol level pretty well.

Would I want this frequently? No. But this would go very well with summer salads and foods the citrus flavors can complement.

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Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look, this is overated. It was a fresh bottle, thanks to Shadey had at Radekfest 05, sample 21. Its sour! On the plus side is the yeasty aroma and cloudy white appearance. But this brewer should have the skill to control sourness. I don't like over-the-top corriander.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into an Ommegang Witte glass.

Pours a hazy pale yellow straw. Pure white head, bubbly and not very long lasting. Collar, however is somewhat good.
Smell is grains, bready malts, a slight sourness, citrus (orange, lemon), very light spice.
Taste is citrus, a slight sour tone, coriander, mellowed breadiness, and some spicy hops.
A very clean and very interesting beer, not something that I would have on a regular basis but certainly something that I glad to have tried. This particular one is a bit more tart than I would have imagined, it has an almost subdued lambic quality to it. Also, despite the 7% abv, there is darn near no hit of any alcohol in this one. A good example of the style.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 2004 750ml bottle on 1/08/05. Pours out a cloudy yellow with a tall white head that dies down fairly quick. Some scatterings of lace were left about the glass. This comes one a bit stronger than your typical white, with a very spicy aroma. Noted of various fruits are mixed in as well, with strong citrus notes. Strong spices and fruity notes mix on the palate with hints of apples and oranges. Very interesting flavor that is more complex than your typical white beer. Flavor ends on a bit of a fruity tart note. Mouthfeel is nice and full for the style with a crisp feel. Pretty damn drinkable, as you would expect. This is by far the best of the style I have had, while being a bigger version it still stays close to what you would expect. I would really like to try this fresh, as I believe this was nearing a year old. Very impressive, thanks to slander for the sample.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good cloudy yellow color (as tradition would have it). Big white head that evporates almost immediately. The aroma gets to your nose before the glass does. The aroma has a strong backbone of spices and corriander with a hint of citrus. That good corriander and spice character continues in the flavor with a lemony citrus in the bacground.

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

This is an interesting beer. I was not sure I liked it at first, but it quickly grew on me.

It pours a hazy light gold like a witte with a large foamy pure white head. Some lacing is evident.

Smell is a citrus mix of oranges, lemons, and toasty bread. Hmmm.

Taste is, for lack of a better description, like a Spanish Cava or California sparkling wine. Not quite as refined as Champagne, but it impressed me nonetheless. Citrus spark with a nice bready center with a nice drying end asking for another sip.

Mouthfeel is also like a sparkler. Dry and crisp. Very nice.

I wish I could get this one more regularly. Thanks rapapoda!

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Photo of Goldorak
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Peachy pale and opaque, with small white head.

Smell: Very Grand Marnier, citrus.

Taste: Totally orange, and with the carbonation and mouthfeel, this Beer tasted and felt like orange crush. Funny, because I've always hated that nasty soft drink, but I didn't turn my nose completely on this Beer. I'll give it another shot eventually, if I ever get to sample it at the Publick House...

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to transportation from djgonzalez and Rokotgirl, myself and fellow BA Rapopoda managed to hit the Southampton Publick House on Saturday 5th September during a busy Labor Day weekend on the NY roads, but we still made it, and boy was it worth it.

Presentation: I managed to pick up this dimpled bottom bottled beauty just before we left. At $12 it wasn’t cheap, but it was a 750ml (I Pint 9.4 fl.oz), cork and caged with a 2004 cap. One main label, a white background affair with dark green text, but yet again the quality of the label is cheap and nasty, it soon gets damps and tears, but whilst dry it offers a glimpse into the contents. “Southampton – Double Wit”. Described as “A Belgian style Ale Brewed with Spices”. Listed at 7.0% abv.

Appearance: Light yellow straw colored pellucid body that develops a funky farmyard hazed golden hue during the final pour top-up from the 750ml. Nice levels of carbonation help to form a decent thick white head at first which slowly collapses to a thin broken covering. Looks supreme at times, quietly confident at others, but it always looks like a Wit.

Nose: Archetypal Belgian Wit, light spicy hops, mild funky yeasts, fruity and fresh, clean and crisp. Spanish oranges, wheat and lemon peel punctuate the later nose.

Taste: Sharp wit start, light lemon citric entrance with a yeasty middling body, which rises to a Belgian wheat center that exhibits a luscious fruity feel. Some coriander and a light herbal fusel fuzz fills the back of the fronting wheat body. Some bitterness mingles with a sharp tingling zesty tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Decent body with a light but fulfilling body. Zesty mouthfeel, tangy and fruity, yet light and clean. Nice, immensely fine carbonation offers a talcum smooth feel on the tongue. Oh this is good.

Drinkability: I fancied the one bottle of beer tonight, so cracked this 750ml expecting a slow sipper. Far from it, I had a really refreshing grapefruit like Wit that invited the imbibing of the next glass before it was poured. Highly quaffable.

Overall: Yet again, another high quality brew from the chaps at Southampton that is impressive in stature and authenticity.

Highly Recommended - Seek this Holy Grail out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

POP!, goes the cork, and away we pour....cloudy golden hue, beneath a majestic helping of snowy froth, leisurely collapsing to a more modest dimension.
Nose perfectly captures the soul of the wit, the light, breezy nature, mixed with delicate spice, and accompanying citric zest vapors. Easily matches the uplifting aromas of the very best witbiers I've ever known.
Tangy tartness starts off the taste, giving a cause to pucker and sliding lemony flavor down the tongue. It returns with each additional congress between cup and lip, and each time delivers a serious, even juicy, blast of flavor. Still, lightness remains, and refreshment is the order of the day. Light in body, but with a long, fruity finish, and a uncompromising commitment to flavor. I admire more and more the insistence of the citric feel on the tongue and back down the throat the further I get into this full-size bottle, and the spices are better regarded too, the more I partake.
Other whites/wits I've had deliver, then peter out, but not this one, it stays strong from the start and never quits. The flavor is almost palpable, and urges every sip onward. (I had an undesired ale before this, and relish the act of enjoying every taste, rather than plodding through an unexceptionable bore of a beer.)
Magnificent, really. Wish I had more than the one sample, (thanks to sulldaddy!), so I could share among others at picnics, park benches, drive-in movies, motorcycle rallies, kite-flying expeditions, Crimean War re-enactments, Klingon weddings, voodoo ceremonies, hammock testings, effigy burnings...any time really...good beer, perfect for good people, wherever they may be found.

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

What is going on in Southampton, NY? I used to think nothing good came from that part of the state, but I've changed my mind about that.
This isn't really even a style of beer -- double wit -- but it is an exceptional beer nevertheless. This beer is to normal Wit beers as the American "double IPA" (also not really a style -- why not just call it barleywine) is to an IPA. Many of the standard wit beer flavors are here, but are undercurrents. The real story here is a sweet orange peel flavor, like triple sec, or maybe even Grand Marnier. In fact, imagine if Grand Marnier was a beer. This would be it. This isn't a one-note beer, however, as there is some coriander and wheat malt flavor, but it is no doubt an orange explosion. In fact, one of the previous reviewers had it right when he compared the malt flavor to a glazed doughnut. An orange-glazed doughnut, that is. The malt comes out more once the beer warms, as is expected. The final pour (I drank a 750 mL, which is, I think, the only way this is bottled), revealed a huge amount of yeast, which suspended itself in the beer as if the liquid were Jello, and it also revealed a few thin peels of orange. Shocking!

Overall, the carbonation is rich and full, but a bit to "selztery," if that makes sense, meaning soda-like and not a nice, creamy mousse. The only problem with this is I am so full at the end of this, I couldn't drink another -- even though my brain wants me to.
It's not the Grand Cru -- what is? -- but Southampton has produced another innovative, and expertly crafted brew.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer arrived in a 750 ml greenish brown, champagne style bottle with a wire cage and a cork. The beer was included in the BIF 10 box by Lupe. The cork was quite tight and when pulled out, gave a nice and loud pop. The body was pale yellow in color with some yeast induced cloudiness. The head was quite small in size due to my intitial gentle pour, although a steady stream of bubbles did stay around the entire session. My second pour was more aggressive, and a nice head did form at first, but it was not very lasting. The aroma was very musty and earthy at first, but as the beer breathed fresh air, the fruity scents of banana and orange, and some floral notes came more to the forefront. The taste was delicately light with a lemony, zesty flavor that was perfectly enhanced by spices that tasted like ginger, pepper, and coriander. The alcohol content was very deceptively hidden, and did not get in the way of the refreshing nature of the beer at all. The mouthfeel was light, and just a touch creamy. The aftertaste was dry and warm, thanks to the alcohol and the spices. This 2004 edition is a most delicious take on the style.

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Photo of Lupe
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 Edition
750ml bottle

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color capped by a foamy white head that leaves nice lacing behind. Zesty aroma with the typical witbier characters, only turned up a bit: coriander, pepper, and citrus. Starts off crisp with a coriander and pepper bite along with lemon-orange-citrus zest. Wheat flavors step-up to soften things out. Spices, a light breadiness, and some funky yeast dance in the backround. Alcohol does not show up in the flavor profile. Medium in bodied and siky smooth. A complex wit, but retains the style's crispness. Highly drinkable; could have finished the bottle off myself, but I had to go somewhere. Feed a Hoegaarden some steriods and you will get something almost as good as this. Great beer.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Blanche de Bruges spicey cinnamin smell to the cork. Very clean clear peach look in the goblet. Lots of carbonation in the brew and a sticky white head on the pour... this head laves just a fine outer rim and lace on the glass. Glased doughnut (krispy kreme) smell with touches or corriander and orange rind. Full flavored wheat malt upfront is cut and balenced quickly with corriander, clove, and white pepper. The tongue is left with a slight orange whisp of dryness. The mouth is very layered and complex starting with full coating maltiness then at mid sip sparkles with lively carbonation and finishes clean and dry. A roller coaster of a wit... good stuff.

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,105 ratings.
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