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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Reviews: 630 | Ratings: 1,105
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bread dough, lemon, hints of orange

T-wheat bread, lemon zest, orange, coriander, bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel

O-a nice Witbier with interesting flavor, refreshing summer beer

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Photo of justintcoons
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy straw color with one finger of white head. Has tons of suspended yeast sediment and some pretty aggressive carbonation.

Bubblegum, wheat, lemon.

Loads of bubblegum, banana and wheat. Some cantaloupe, lemon citrus and caramel notes. Very subtle spicing of coriander, clove and orange zest.

Medium-full bodied, slick and spritzy.

A very impressive take on a Belgian Wit. The flavors are more intense and work beautifully together.

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Photo of Celt44
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle...
Appearance is a hazy, deep amber on top but is a lighter straw at the bottom where my pint glass narrows. Nice creamy head that last throughout.

Aroma is a fruity banana, coriander and citrusy lemon. Malts slip through too..

Taste - a sweet hint of bananas - red licorice - nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight burn toward the back of the throat - nice...

Overall a very good White - my first venture into the "Double" white. Refreshing and crip - perfect for the summer!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very cloudy light orangish yellow with a 1 finger white head. Quick to dissipate is sticks around as a film. Can still see some carbonation.

S: First I get some belgian yeast and strong citrus, an orange and lemon scent. Wheat comes through too.

T: Fairly balanced between a banana from the yeast, some orange and the wheat backing. Feels like it clocks in heavier than it is.

M: Fuller and heavier body than expected. Low carbonation. A silky finish.

Overall I know these guys are serious about their beers and this it shows. Pretty enjoyable, certainly a wit that can get your drunk.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy pale marigold color. Visible sediment. Dense bubbly white foam on top. Nearly three fingers worth almost spills over the top of the perfect pint glass. Leaves no lacing.

S - the nose is medium intense. Bright citrus fruit character. Orange pulp, lemon pith and a touch of lime zest. Malt profile lends a note of doughy bread with a toasty crust. Spice notes are barely noticable but there does seem to be a hint of coriander.

T - malt character is reminiscent of more barely than wheat. Lots of doughy bread flavor throughout. Citrus flavors are intense. Snappy and crisp orange peel notes resonant on the tongue while a hint of lemony acid adds a counterpoint. Finishes similar to pasta noodles with the lingering touch of citrus.

M - medium bodied with a creamy texture. Carbonation is medium as well.

O - an interesting interpretation of a white ale. High use of bitter Orange peel definitely gave it a more American feel as well as the bready character. But it is simple and refreshing dispite the higher abv.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey color with a surprisingly modest head that does leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.

Aromas are quite Belgian; bready, biscuity maltiness with a yeasty banana edge and some coriander and orange notes.

The tastes are initially banana, wheaty and biscuity up front, with the the orange and coriander adding more complexity. As it warms it gets a little more yeasty with clove spicy more wheat sourish maltiness and light bubblegum.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Finish is fairly dry and yeasty

Overall this is one of the better American Witbiers available today on the market. Not a favorite style for me but decently drinkable.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky gold with floaties. Couldn't produce much of a head. 2.5

Heavy spicing in the nose with white pepper and coriander. Bright and clean with small-time wheat and some evident citrus. 3.5

Heavy pepper and coriander with lots of spice rack notes. Lemon/orange notes with malt sweetness. The wheatiness is balanced and carries through sugars while allowing alcoholic strength to peel through. Forgiving in taste. 4.0

Wet sloppy feel with juicy malt notes. Slow carb, but in the past I've noticed more spritz. Felt booze. 3.5

Still a killer witbier, and I'll give it due credit in the overall score. 4.5

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

Pours in good form of a wit: hazy, sunny yellow color, with a bone-white head.

Bits of spice on the nose, with a good wheaty punch. grass and some lemon zest.

Some notes of lemon, wheat, slight nuttiness, spices and yeast.

Light, crisp and airy. Pleasant carbonation.

Definitely a nice witbier to be sure.

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Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like it should. Milky golden color, full of haze and 'stuff' floating in it. A bright sticky white head with staying power. Good lattice-like lace as the head eventually falls.

Love the smell. Orange, coriander and lemon fill the nose. Maybe even some honey in the background.

Slight letdown in the flavor as the spice takes center stage. Has good hop presence in the finish.

Less sweet than I'd like, a bit more spice than I care for. Has a strong, aggressive feel particularly in the finish when it hits the throat.

Pretty good representation of the style, somewhat different than I'm used to but the sixer I bought will get put to good use.

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

on tap at McCleary's Public House, Marietta, PA

A- a cloudy yellow with a puffy white head.

S- smacks the nose with wheat, spices (mostly coriander and cloves) and some citrus. Yeasty funk as well.

T- Finally, a witbier with some serious amounts of flavor. Follows the nose to a T. A bit of booze on the back end confirms the "Double" name of the beer.

M- Light to medium carbonation, and a slightly drying tartness on the backend.

O- Tried it on a whim, and was very pleasantly surprised. Nice to see someone played with the style, and didn't pump out another tired witbier.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Cloudy pale yellow beer with a smallish white head. Average retention and lacing.

Typical Wit aroma; lots of coriander and clove atop citrusy orange and lemon. Some grainy wheat that’s also very much present in the taste. Flavor is pretty much right on style; fresh and modestly tart orange and lemon; well integrated coriander and other spices done right and not too heavy handed. Some bread and yeastiness in here too.

Crisp and clean, light-bodied, very drinkable, moderately high carbonation. A solidly made Wit that doesn’t necessarily stand out from the many others on the market. Nice warm weather beer and good for the right food pairing.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such a great brewery with such quality products. Poured a 2" white head of medium life. Body is a clear straw yellow with lots of effervescence. It smells of grass, grain, and malt, and not really of the spices listed as ingredients. So far this doesn't sound wildly different than one of my BMC reviews. However, the taste and finish is where this truly shines. Buttery malt, orange and lemon peels, the coriander, they all come through nicely, followed by quite a long finish featuring a tart citrus zing. Refreshing, invigorating, and packing more punch than your typical witbier.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/4 inch head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a moderate amount of surface foam. Thin, sudsy lacing.

S- A lot of spice, some soap and a bit of banana across a very apparent wheat base.

T- Delicious melange of citrus, coriander, wheat, chalky yeast and a solid stab of booze in the end to let you know this is a serious beverage, not some light and bland version of the style. Stays consistent throughout the drink and only gets better and better with each sip.

M- Medium carbonation with a feel that's fluffy and ever-so-slightly tart.

O- One of the first witbiers I ever loved upon first sip. Easy to drink and tasty but has a substantial presence to it as far as alcohol and body goes.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with some orange hues and some visible yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Some light wheat aromas with lots of clove + banana from the yeast and just a hint of lemon zest.

T: Flavor very much follows the aroma but the intensity of the banana + clove is a little bit higher than the aroma and the lemon zest presence is a little lighter.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable beer, certain one that I will have again. This beer screams out to be drunk on a warm summer evening. Pleasant aroma, nice flavors and slightly fuller bodied than a traditional witbier.

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

Served out of a 12 oz bottle into a UK pint glass.
Appearance- yellow color, cloudy with medium crbonation.
Smell- notes of banana, clove and yeast.
Taste- banana, clove, with a nice crisp finish, would make a good summer beer.
Mouthfeel- crisp refreshing.
Overall- not a bad wheat offering. I would buy this again, great summer beer.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted a wheat beer on this beautiful spring day, so I'm glad that I had this sitting in the fridge for the last week.

Bone white one-finger head. The head didn't stick around for very long, leaving a thin layer of bubbles atop of the beer. Since the bottle had been sitting in my fridge for about a week, I decided to roll the bottle around a bit to mix any settled yeast back in to the beer. The beer was a nice cloudy pale gold with some very tiny floaties lingering around. Plenty of tiny active bubbles rising to the top.

The aroma is very nice. Orange and some lemon, with a nice scent of yeast. There are also some minor grass and bubblegum notes.

The taste matches the nose pretty well, but the yeast character comes out much more, as does the bubblegummy sweetness. The sweetness eventually overpowers the citrus and fruity aspects.

Very smooth and a little bit dry. A bit higher than medium carbonation, and a medium body. Clean and refreshing finish.

A very enjoyable brew for this time of year. Very visually appealing, but the sweetness. does get a little bit overbearing. This beer does have plenty of good qualities and I could see myself drinking a few of these if the mood struck me.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very hazy yellow with suspended yeast floating throughout the beer. Small white head that lingers as a thing covering on top of the beer. Noticeable ring on the outside of the glass.

S- Burst of clove phenols and banana fruit esters to begin with but a noticeable lemon zest beneath. The clove phenols have attached a slight bubble gum smell as well. Bread emerges towards the finish as the clove follows all the way through.

T- The clove bursts through again, but the banana is not as strong in the taste. Clove phenols turn a little bit spicy towards the middle with some citrus and malt in the background. Slight bread towards the finish as the clove finishes through once more.

M- Medium-bodied and sweet. More full than a normal witbier, but I guess that is why it is called double white.

O- I'm a big fan of this beer and it actually one that got me into beer to begin with. If you want a slightly bigger taste than the normal witbier, but still want that classic belgian wheat beer taste, this is your beer.

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Photo of NODAK
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent citrus aroma to it, and a pretty sweet orange smell as well. Pretty solid.

Cloudy and dark golden in complexion with a thin head. 

Taste is certainly thick for a wit, with a strong sweet fruitiness upfront comprised mostly of orange with some lemon as well.  Good coriander presence as well. As it finishes, the orange comes out even more as the bubble gum sweetness gets heavier yet, still with a nice spiciness to it. 

It has a really good taste to it and I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I do think the sweetness would prevent this from becoming a session beer.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed bright gold color with a very thin head. Sipping leaves some modest lacing for about the first 1/3 of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a nice mix of orange, coriander and lemon. Overall it is fresh, clean and inviting.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors include orange, coriander and a dose of lemon.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and lightly prickly with medium carbonation. The finish is medium in length, starts with the orange and lemon and then the coriander comes forward before a nice dry finish with a touch of white pepper.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Each sip follows on easily from the last and I’d be happy to have a second one of these. I expect I’ll be seeing it again. My overall impression is that this is a well made wit that is a good representative of the style. That said, if given a choice I’d opt for the Saint Bernardus or the Allagash, but this would nonetheless be a strong contender.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a Ommegang Tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 1finger head that keeps its tight bubbled fluffy retention. Big sliced orange smell first on the nose followed by banana bread, coriander, nutmeg, clove, deep spice notes, some lemon peel thrown in also. Buttery citrus notes on the mouth, big spice characters, again with banana and orange peel. A sour lemon taste midway through the sip that finishes very smoothly. Light bodied, medium to high carbonation, crisp and refreshing on the feel. Overall this is a good wit, not sure why its a "double" but what ever, its good.

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Photo of ahq514
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, lighter golden color. Small fluffy white head. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Some random spots of lacing.

Everything typical of a witbier is there and nicely balanced. Very citrusy, with a touch of lemon and orange, although I would say more lemon. Some nice spice lies in the background of the nose. Very straightforward.

A very refreshing beer. Starts off with a tang of wheat. Then the tangy citrus flavors burst in, with the lemon dominating. It then immediately dries out and there is a very spicy coriander pepperish finish, which dries it out even more.

Dry mouthfeel with a touch lighter than medium body. Medium carbonation, but lower than you would expect.

A good wit, but I'd rather grab a St Bernie or Allagash any day. A tad on the dry and spicy side for me. I would have liked the taste to be more citrus forward.

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Photo of crhensel
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle into tulip) Poured a hazy amber with a thin and quickly falling head with little lacing. The aroma was heavy with banana as well as a little citrus and coriander. While a little thin in the mouth, it works nicely as the prevailing flavor is the citrus with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Overall this was a very refreshing and great tasting beer, one I would like to try again in the summer!

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

A: Cloudy lemon mirangue hue with a quickly dissipating, bubbly head and minimal lacing

S: Lots of grainy and grassy wheat aromas with a touch of apples, pears, and bananas-but mostly grassy, wet grains; some alcohol as well

T: Lots more typical wit flavors: banana, pears, bubble gum--lots of fruit; some subtle alcohol and lots of wet musty grains

F: Nice carbonation up front; a touch thin but enough beer clings to the tongue--very yeasty and creamy in finish

O: A nice, slightly big white ale; this is quite refreshing and definitely one that I will come back to

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Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours a completely opaque golden yellow color with a thin froth of white head sitting on top. Retains pretty well, leaving rings of lacing along the glass.

Nice, refreshing scent of coriander, orange peel, and slight yeast. Faint fruit sweetness with some peppery spice too.

Juicy citrus up front on the tongue with orange and tangerine. Some softer pithy tones, but not bitter. Peppery spice with soft yeast notes. Very light malt backbone with some fruit sweetness towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, somewhat higher carbonation, tingly and refreshing. This drinks really nicely - while I'm not the biggest witbier fan, this is one I wouldn't mind having again, especially during the warmer months.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden tumbler. Thanks kindly to mikesgroove for the extra!

Pours punching through the center like a classic style lemon and brown, it's unfiltered character makes the beer quite murky. Head is kind of shampoo like consistency white in color, It does have very good staying power.

Nose. Finally! A Witbier that smells like coriander to me for once. Specifically very fresh cilantro, Italian parsley and very green! Mild lemon zest as well but no sense of wheat or chewy malt.

Taste on the palate is a big thick lemon and lime citrus. Carbonation and texture bring a nice tight bubbly and it feels like a giant malt soda. Density gives a noticeable presence and it's very noticeably boozy. Palate gives a nice tolerable rich butter sensation (not diacetyl) which works well with all the other elements going on.

Overall, this is a real solid tasting and great smelling witbier. As a double it feels like a big one also, but for 6.6 it's a little boozy. I still rather enjoy this though, and would love to get to try more Southampton brews most definitely! I got my eye on you!

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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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