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 scootny
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light almost straw colored cloudy brew with some active carbonation visible, a good sized head and nice lacing. Smell is full of piney hops and a sweet Belgian malt that brings thoughts of my favorite tripels. Notes of pepper and banana tinged fruitiness. Taste is above par. Hops are expertly balanced with a complex and sophisticated result. The body is sweet Belgian tripel crossed with wheat and full of light malt and bread. A yeasty fruitiness brings a broadness to the palate with a touch of vanilla and cream. Hops are pine cones and spicy with mild grapefruit notes and a firm peppery bite. A bit of cinnamon lingers in the finish which is short and dry. The feel is smooth and velvety with crisp and tingly carbonation and a wonderful quenching quality. This stuff on a hot day is so restorative and the abv does not show itself until it hits. Beware. So drinkable and delicious. A great beverage for lazy summer days and max grill time. Superb Brew SPH! Bottles please...

Had this on draft with a meal at the brewery and the only difference of note is the amount of carbonation which was a little tamer out of the growler. Some of this no doubt is due to me swirling the bottle to get the yeast in and of course exciting the beer a bit (Overfoam... Lookout!) Really great beer and one to get excited about. If you are in the area get this while you can. I would love to stock up on a few more growlers myself.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of sjverla
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Very fruity and estery. Lots of banana and clove. Hints of wet hay and just a slight bit of funkiness.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a hint of apricot. No real head to speak of.

Taste: Sweet and refreshing. The taste of clove and coriander are the predominant flavors, but there are hints of mandarin orange. The feel is big and juicy, like a nectar, with almost no carbonation.

Overall: Great summer beer. Drinks easy, but carries a ton a flavor.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy wheat color with a thin stark-white head. There's quite a bit of sediment floating around the glass. This one doesn't leave behind a whole lot of lacing.

S: Fresh citrus notes -- mainly lemon zest -- with some coriander up front, with yeasty notes in the background. Reminds me a lot of a hefeweizen in terms of smell.

T: Starts with a very nice mix of yeast and citrus, with coriander to follow and some banana-like notes on the finish. There's a lot going on here, but it all comes together very nicely.

M: Slick and wet in the beginning with a nice bit of dryness int eh finish to keep you coming back for more.

D: Very delicious and easy to drink. I'd be happy drinking three or four of these by myself.

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Photo of shanblur
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased recently at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA. No freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy brownish yellow with minimal head. No lacing left on the glass. Yeast sediment present.

S - Spices and belgian yeast dominate. No hops detected.

T - Crisp and refreshing with spice and orange flavors with a definite belgian yeast component. Very well balanced.

M - Light and gently carbonated.

This is one of the better witbiers I have had. Very refreshing. I will have to try more from Southampton.

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Photo of mocktm
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, can't express enough my fondness for the Southampton Publick House and their beers. Have had this numerous times before I found this site, but never really formally reviewed it. So, 12oz bottle into my Piraat tulip. No freshness date present, but given that the bottle sports a older SH logo, I'm guessing that this bottle is at least a year old, if not more. We'll see how that works out.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with around a finger's worth of snow white head. Slight yeast chunkiness to it with plenty of carbonation bubbles shooting their way up form the bottom of the glass. A good looking Belgian Wit with adequate lacing and solid retention.

Abundance of Belgian spice notes on the nose, coriander and orange peel most notably. Just a wonderful citrus aroma meshed with wheat undertones. The flavors really jump out at you.

Tastes of significant fruit: a lot of lemon, orange and hints of banana. A bit of yeast mustiness with minimal hop presence that boasts a lingering tangy flavor that sticks with you from sip to sip. Wheat undertones contribute a amiable sweetness, adding to a becoming and well done take on the style.

Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated with a slick mouth feel. Smooth drinking; a perfect summer beer.

Overall, I'm a fan of this beer and constantly throw it in as an extra in trades. Probably one of the better American brewed wits I've encountered. I'll have to see how the fresher bottle I have in the fridge compares to this one.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with about a half-finger of off-white lace that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. The bouquet is mostly wheat with a fruity yeast character and strong notes of coriander and citrus. Tastes extraordinarily smooth. A mildly sweet body of wheat supports some spiciness from the yeast and coriander, and a little lemon zest. Very little hop presence. Fine carbonation and light to medium weight body that hides the alcohol very well.

A nice interpretation of the style, though not as spicy as I would have hoped. Very smooth and refreshing; a delicious hot-weather beer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer on a hot evening in New York City.

This smelled great right off the pour. There was some sage to the head, and an nice seasoning in the body.

This is almost like a saison for all the seasoning in it, but it was never too much. The beer had a lot of flavor and still managed to be well balanced.

This was a great beer on a hot, muggy evening.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance - Hazy dark gold colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There seems to be an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Grains, lemon zest/juice, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste lemon juice/zest mixed with bananas and wheat. There is also some yeast and some orange notes.

Overall – I enjoyed the taste of this beer and it is very highly drinkable. I'm not sure I got the whole 'double wit' thing though.. it tasted like just your average single. Anyways, maybe that's a good thing.. the alcohol was well hidden. I'd drink this again anytime.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin white head, pretty golden yellow color, very opaque, and some yeast chunks and sediment. Poor head retention yields a vanishing head. Aromatic belgian yeast, citrus and coriander pretty standard but nicely pulled off aroma. A nice marriage of wheat and fruity esters, a second sip reveals coriander, spice and orange peal. The finish is slightly more sticky and cloying then I would like. Pretty nice product here, I'd indulge again even with some of its short comings. Good flavor and aroma win out.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This very good beer comes cloudy with a straw-like color. The head is a creamy white with alot of lacing. The aroma of spice especially coriander on the nose hints at the flavors you will be tasting. The creaminess of the beer is surprising considering it is unfiltered. The coriander, citrus, and slight white peppercorns flavors are refreshing and clean. Had it at Rookie's Sports Club with the parmesan garlic and honey Thai wings. Went very well together.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured form 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Colour is a cloudy, hazy, orange-brown. Head is very thin, fades to just an outline around the edge of the glass. Lacing is visible but only lasts a moment.

Smell: Very light aromas of malt, banana, and orange peel.

Taste: Fruity and malty. Coriander, orange, fruity overall upfront. Following is a nice bit of malt and yeast. Finishes with a light bitter bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Very slight bite. Refreshing.

Overall: A very nice witbeir, very enjoyable especially during the summer months. Not overly fruity as I find with others of they style. Great to sit down with a 6-pack of this at the end of a hot day.

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Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, yellow body with some light carbonation...small, white head showed thin retention which only yielded light lacing

S - The aroma is light...only able to pick up pale malts and banana

T - Up front is creamy banana...almost like the banana flavor in a smoothie...the pale malts are in the middle of the beer along with the yeast...the spices you would expect to find show up at the end along with some citrus (lemon and orange) to cut them

M - Medium bodied...creamy with light carbonation...smooth and refreshing

O - This one didn't start off too good for me but I was hooked at first sip...the banana is very nice in the flavor and the spices never become too overpowering...the creamy mouthfeel is also a bonus especially coming from the bottle

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks great, just a tad darker than what I expect from a Wit. Cloudy, visible carbonation, and that awesome perfect white head.

S: A little disappointing for a 'double' white beer. I get the orange peel, and I get the coriander, but they are subdued a little. I also get a little sweetness.

T: Where it lacks in aroma, it makes up for in taste. It is coriander-forward, but I'm glad it is. Not as much as other Witbier, but everything comes through that should come through and it tastes great.

M: light/medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. It is smooth, and just a tad cloying.

D: Very high for it's ABV content, It is a very nice beer.

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Photo of BeerBoss
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a chilled bottle into a tunic pint glass.

A: A light, crisp golden color with a slight haze and lively carbonation. Not the haziness or sediment you would expect from a non filtered.

S: A sharp, citrusy smell with hints of sweet...perhaps honey.

T: Very clean. Prevelant middle notes of orange and corriander and an apparant sweet finish.

M: A sharp carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

O: A very good, clean and refreshing beer. Whites are always one of my favorites.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slight cloudy orange-gold color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly to a ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing on the glass in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon peel and fairly strong yeast. There is some nice wheat aroma in the background as well. Little bit of spices as well.

T - Starts off with wheat and straw flavor. Some lemon flavor in the background as well. Through the middle some stronger slightly sour lemon flavor comes through with some light spices. Some clear yeast flavor comes through as well. The finish is a mix of lemon and wheat flavors with some yeast and spices that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Super smooth and crisp. The finish is really fairly clean with some light lemon lingering.

D - Very drinkable. Really smooth overall. The flavors are all work together and are fairly strong considering how light the beer stays. The finish is also really nice for a witbier.

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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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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,121 ratings
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