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 bmwats
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Medium golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Pervasive effervescence clings to the sides of the glass, and rises throughout. Settles to a thick beer ring. Very light lacing quickly retreats back into the body.

S: Sourdough, yeast, clove, and honey.

T: Yeasty, with just a touch of honey, savory spice, and lemon citrus.

M: Light body. Crisp character. Subtly bitter shallow finish. Style elevated ABV unapparent.

D: Worth a slower approach.

Atmosphere is really nice. Fair head, lots of effervescence, and some so-so lacing. Nose is yeasty, accentuated with spice and subtle trace of honey. Light and crisp yeasty flavor profile, balanced with some savory spice, lemon citrus, and just a hint of sweetness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (which says 6.6%) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with lots of chunky sediment. There's about one fingers worth of white colored head. Both retention and lacing are pretty good.

S: Spicy. There's a good amount of coriander, black pepper, sage, and orange peel, offset slightly by the sweet malts. Only detraction: the aroma seems oddly ham-like and smoky. For some reason, it reminds me of opening a can of Underwood deviled ham - this quality is really hard to shake off.

T: Luckily the flavor works better. Mild candied sugar combines with orange peel to start it off, and it finishes with plenty of coriander, sage, and other assorted garden herbs. Wheat flavors help bridge the opening with its clean, spicy finish. There's a good combination of spicy and sweet here.

M: While it is a touch too sweet and a touch too flabby, the finish is pleasantly dry and the carbonation pokes through enough to help it go down well. It certainly hasn't lost much drinkability over its smaller brethren.

O: I really get where they were going with this: it's definitely bigger than the average wit, but not moronically so. Since this isn't a style that should be imperialized, it still works quite well (aroma notwithstanding). This would be really good in the summer weather, I'll just have to avoid smelling it next time I drink it.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy and cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, orange zest, coriander, banana, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast and spicing notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, coriander, clove, banana, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus zest, coriander, banana, clove, wheat, pepper, bread, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance, robustness, and complexity of yeast ester and spice flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic witbier style! All around awesome complexity, balance, and robustness of yeast and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with creamy white head

Aroma: very wheaty, orange and lemon zest, coriander.

Taste: zesty, wheaty, with a slight spiciness to it. Definite orange and lemon with a thick wheaty profile

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth from wheat, medium carbonation, medium-light body

Overall: Delicious and very very refreshing. Just enough spice and citrus fruit zest to complement the wheaty flavor and mouthfeel.


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Photo of falloutsnow
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Southampton's "Double White" is a fairly unique take on a witbier with a fruity aroma and yeast-forward, sweet, grainy, flavor. The elements are not necessarily balanced, but this is what lends the beer character, and it never veers towards being excessive or undrinkable in any regard. One of the better currently available witbiers in the area, certainly perhaps the most affordable.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, with average retention of slightly over one minute. The head fades to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a large island atop the center of the beer. Lacing is modest, a few small dots and lines cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a golden yellow color, quite hazy (60-70% opaque) with light bringing out hazy pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible streaming from the bottom and sides of the glass, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma surprisingly features a front of yeast and Belgian-inspired mustiness, plastic phenols (band-aid), waxy lemon and orange peel, and coriander. Appealing, a bit different than expected, somewhat unique.

Flavor is slightly sweet, with effective fruit peel and spices in the mix, melding fairly well with the Belgian yeast influences. Front of palate picks up slightly sweet pale barley and wheat malts with slightly bitter citrus pith, Belgian yeast mustiness, and light coriander. Mid-palate is of crisp pale and wheat malts with heavy contributions of yeast, old grapefruit, dried lemon peel, some coriander. Back of palate picks up citrus (lemon, grapefruit) zest, light white pepper, modest yeast, coriander, pale wheat and barley malts. Aftertaste is of light bitterness, grainy wheat malt, coriander, and orange zest.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy, smooth mouthfeel that goes well with the flavors and the style in general. Closes dry, with minor amounts of residual stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden, hazy orange with two fingers of white head that fade quickly. A little bit of thin lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, orange peel, and some traditional belgian spices. Very inviting and refreshing aroma.

Taste: More of the aroma, with citrus fruit, some spice and a bit of belgian yeast. Some slight grassy notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied for something called "double" but true to the witbier style with creaminess and solid carbonation. Smooth finish.

Overall: I don't even like witbiers that much but this is very, very good. Great taste and smooth finish and worth trying.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a slightly cloudy golden colour. Small to medium sized white head. Fades fairly quickly, leaving some lace.

Nose strongly contains coriander and clove. Orange is prominent as well, with a bubble-gum scent. Yeast. Good.

Taste is in line with the nose. Coriander, clove, orange and bubblegum. Nice crisp wheat. Belgian yeast is pretty prominent. Nice stuff.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated but not overly. Refreshing.

Overall, a very good wit. Really flavourful and tasty.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw with a steady stream of effervescence whirling within.

Coriander on the first smell, bubble gum and peaches on my second, and the third deep inhalation a blend of those plus orange peel and citrus blasts.

Heavy coriander and citrus peel in the first taste. This is super drinkable. Almost shandy like in its citrus notes. You can tell this beer has a solid backbone, thanks to the wheat. At 6.7 % it is quite beguiling.

Mouthfeel is light and easy like a summer breeze The 6.7% could easily go unnoticed, this is far too drinkable for a summer beer.

Overall: I would definitely buy this again. I love the play between the citrus and wheat with the strong portion of coriander balancing it out. This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Double White." Hmph. I'm reviewing as a witbier; the label identifies it as a "'double' version of [a] classic Belgian-style White Ale. Traditionally unfiltered and delicately spiced." Expectations are high; I really dug their Biere De Mars. "Brewed with Coriander, Orange, and Lemon Peel." Label art is green and appealing. Standard pry-off cap; it's branded and copper. 6.6% ABV according to the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Acquired in a trade with michaellcoates; thanks again, man!

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of white colour. Not as thick as I'd like, but passable. No real creaminess per se, but it's not common in a witbier head. Retention is average at best, about 1-2 minutes. No real lacing to speak of; no "legs" either. No bubble show.

Body colour is a clearly unfiltered cloudy lemon yellow; somewhat dark for the style, actually - atypically so. No yeast particles are visible. Nontransparent. Translucent.

Overall, it's looking pretty standard for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: Fresh lemon peel and accompanying citrusy esters. Hints of subtle yet delightful orange fruit. Yeah, that's a witbier alright. Fresh, clean, and inviting. Definite cilantro/coriander spicing. Clean pilsner and pale malts. Citrus peel. Zest. Spot-on for the style and quite attractive; I can't wait to try it.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A subtle aroma of mild to moderate strength. Good execution overall for a witbier. Not quite sure what's "double" about it, but it's appealing.

T: Crisp pale malts, a bit of honey, pilsner malts, and above all else crisp wheat provide a foundation for well executed lemon and orange peel fruits with accompanying zesty esters. Banana. Peach/apricot. Maybe a dash of green apple buried beneath the wheat as it hits the climax. Hints of clove. Light yet complementary floral hop character. Good depth of flavour balanced against refreshing feel. Cilantro is more prominent than coriander, but both are subtly done and very well integrated. Flavour duration and intensity are typical of good examples of the style. Crisp and clean. Flavorful and enjoyable without being overbearing. Good balance. Nice complexity for the style, with some notable subtlety.

Mf: Crisp, clean, and nicely full-bodied. Carbonation is entirely too high, unfortunately - which does lend it a nice crisp bite but cuts back on drinkability. A light buttery character works well here. Smooth and wet. Too thick for the style. Nice presence on the palate overall, never coming off too heavy or overbearing. Hints of slightly high acidity for the style.

The overcarbonation is probably the biggest issue with this beer. But overall, the texture is well married to the flavour profile, facilitating full delivery of all of the well-executed notes.

Dr: Though the overcarbonation and fairly high ABV for the style reduce drinkability, this remains a fine witbier that I'd definitely get again. Southampton continues to impress me. I'll enjoy finishing my glass and I intend to revisit this on-draught. Probably one of the finer witbiers brewed in the USA; only a few paces behind Allagash White in my book.

Aside from the unusually high ABV for a witbier and full flavour, I'm not sure what makes this a "double" witbier. I do feel like it'd be a better beer with a lower ABV and far less carbonation, though.


12.22.14: Truncated notes from a fresh bottle provided by schlimenhaumer.

Pours a healthy white head with good retention. Body colour is a glowing copper.

Sm: Coriander, orange zest, wheat, herbs, Belgian spice.

T: Coriander/cilantro, orange and lemon zest, vague citrus, flaked wheat, and clean barley. A balanced enjoyable flavour profile with above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, and overcarbonated. Texture, for the most part, suits the taste.

O: Quite drinkable for its high ABV relative to the style. A nice take on a witbier.


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

Appearance: Cloudy with yeast sediment; peach soda colored; small white head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Belgian yeast and coriander; citrus; light hops

Taste: thin mouthfeel; normal wit flavor profile, with citrus and coriander; well balanced and tasty, but too thin

Remarks: didn't score A, S, T, M at that time; please disregard those scores.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.
Pours a gold with minimal head.
Aroma of freshly risen bread, sourdough bread, light vanilla, cream soda.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of soda water, vanilla, lemongrass, white pepper, coriander, lemon water, lime juice. Overall refreshing and light with some farmhouse flavors in the yeast and spices.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours out a dark gold and copper color. Unfiltered goodness floats around the glass beneath a very thin head and almost no lacing.

S: Smell is like a typical white. This one has a bit of fruit in it, however, which is nice and refreshing. Possibly a hint of cherry and vanilla.

T: Taste is wheaty with quite a bit of spice. Very refreshing, and not overpowering in the least. Most spice comes after the beer has been swallowed, and lingers in your mouth.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Not too thin, has just the right amount of substance to keep it interesting and maintain the flavor profiles.

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Photo of hackmann
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: glowing golden cloudy body with a one finger white head that does not leave much lacing if any yet a curtain of white lace with each sip

Aroma: very pleasing white; soft coriander, soft citrus peel, nice wheat

Flavors: I like Belgian ales and I like the Wit ales. This is pretty spot on for a Belgian-style white (wit). Soft pleasing notes of coriander, wheat, and citrus.

Mouthfeel: low yet fine fizzy carbonation, mild-medium body, light yet pleasing flavors, light wheat aftertaste (short)

To the Point: a straight and to the point Belgian-style White, I like it, it should make a very good summer ale

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Photo of dar482
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A well made witbier that hits of orange, lemongrass, citrus peel, and banana in the front. There's then some big breadiness in the middle.

On the back end, the beer finishes heavily of spice. Sage, corainder, and finishes almost like a saison.

A really beer in the style as it has spicy notes for a witbier.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, light golden with a thin white head. Head retention is somewhat poor.

S: Coriander, wheat malt, spice and an herbal note dominate. The spice is mostly pepper. Some low orange and lemon aromas.

T: moderately-strong orange, lemon, pepper and coriander dominate the flavor. The esters and phenols are very apparent in the flavor, no mistaking that Belgian yeast was used here. A moderate bitterness with a balance that is slightly bitter despite having some malt sweetness mid-taste. A dry finish with an aftertaste of coriander and bitterness with light floral earthy notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. Moderate creaminess and a little warmth in the back of the throat.

O: An impressive beer with a nice bitterness.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: moderately hazy silvery-golden hue with a light effervescence and a finger of pillowy white foam atop. I quite like it.

Smell: lightly sweet with a nice, creamy, wheaty aroma. Add to this a very light spicing, reminiscent of orange peel or grains of paradise, perhaps. Overall a subtle but enticing composition.

Taste: refreshing and wheaty with that same hint of spice. Up front is a little more graininess, and at the end it's a little bit cloying, but that's going to be what you get in a strong-ABV witbier. Quite good, but I don't think this formulation even needs the strength to be tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a wonderful, silky and smooth texture. Wheat really can lend to a great mouthfeel, and this beer is no exception.

Overall: I rather like this beer. I feel like the "double"-ness of it probably detracts more than it helps, but altogether this is a tasty and refreshing brew. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color in the glass with less than a finger of head. Carbonation is larger like soda pop bubbles but a ring remains around the glass after a few minutes. Yeast is present. The aroma is strong for a witbier - citrus and mango. Taste is sweet - leaning more towards orange but maybe with a hint of lemon along with sweeter flavors like mango.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i liked this a lot, somewhere between a saison and a belgian wit, the pour is the worst feature, which unfortunately comes first. its clear and rusty yellow, with a ton of snow globey yeast particles hanging around that eventually settle out. there isnt much head, but the beer is excitable with a good rustle. the nose is fruity. orange peel and some spice, as well as a curious yeast bordering on something as funky as ommegang uses, but having a sweeter vanilla character to throw things off. in any event, it has some tartness but blends perfectly with the other fruit flavors. this is a light feeling beer, with pleasingly vibrant carbonation and only a light body. it was much better than i expected it to be, and am now 2 for 2 with beers from these guys. this was an easy 6er, and one i will buy again. id like to visit this place, i have a feeling theyve got a real good thing going.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Surprisingly minimal head. White ring. Strong lacing. Honey colored body and very hazy. Dimly lit.

S-Yeast and bananas. A bit of oranges too. Wheat Thins. Respectable aromatic intensity. Spicy, but not too spicy. Cereal grains.

T-Flavor is sweeter than I anticipated. Yeasty and lemony. Apples and pears. Spicy. Wheat and cereal.

M-Fuller bodied. Cutting carbonation. A bit sticky. Not incredibly drinkable.

O/D-Not huge on this one. The best part of a Witbier is its light body, high drinkability and refreshing flavors. This doesn't hit directly on any of the three. No wonder why I don't see a ton of Double Whites on the shelves.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a semi-clear/semi-hazy light golden color with tons of visible streaming carbonation, soapy head dissipated quickly and left no lace

S- Some light bubblegum notes, some citrus, and spice notes. Very traditional witbier aroma

T- Big coriander notes with bitterness, some lemon and citrus notes, and some wheat. I do get some alcohol flavor too.

M- Very aggressively carbonated, medium body, lots of warming, and semi-dry finish. I love effervescent, highly carbonated, and dry beers but this is overcarbonated, does not finish dry, and a little boozy.

O- This is a style that may not need the imperial treatment or maybe this just was not executed as well as it could have been. Very traditional tasting witbier with extra booziness and a messy mouthfeel. Not bad, but there are better witbiers out there.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, a finger of white head fizzles quickly, leaves minimal lacing.

S- Bready aroma, some banana and clove, considerable spice and some medicinal notes.

T- Bananas, pale malt, clove spiciness, lots of coriander, there's also a considerable medicinal flavor that detracts from the overall flavor pretty noticeably.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and dry, finish is very spicy with some booze.

O- I'm not really a fan of this one, the spice and alcohol are a bit much, and besides those two flavors everything else seemed muted.

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Photo of beertunes
2.48/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, lightly cloudy yellow, nowhere near the color I look for in the style, with just a thin cap of white head that had very low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was bland, no grain and just a trace of the expected orange and coriander. The yeast scent was slightly reminiscent of a Tripel. On the tongue, the story was sadly similar, There was no real spice aspect, the grains were very subdued, and there was a bit of a weird funk.

The body was decent, crisp and clean with a nicely dry finish. Drinkability suffered from the blandness and funk, I don't think I want another. Overall, not a good example of the style. I would avoid it unless you want the tick. I was excited to these brews in a local store, and was a bit let down after all the positive things I'd heard about this brewery.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.30.12.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy light orange with a small fizzy white head that is gone quickly.

S - Lemons and sour dough bread.

T - Very lemony and sweet breadiness with a touch of orange.

D - Fizzy carbonation with a light body. A sweet lingering finish.

O - Lemony, bready and sweet. Lots of fizz.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a murky pale golden body. Scattered lacing. Aroma of lemon custard, wheat, pale malts and cream. Flavor is very similar and creamy with lemon custard, orange peel, pale malts. Light body and light to medium carbonation. Nice double wit. Very flavorful and the booze are well hidden.

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

Pours slightly cloudy pale yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. There are plentiful tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The beer smells like a typical wheat beer. I pick up the wheat malt along with some mild citrus. The taste follows the nose, but I do catch those coriander notes in the flavor as well. There's a good solid malt backbone from the wheat and barley malts. There's some mild citrus flavor. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and clean. The drinkability is good. This is a very good beer. It's a solid wit.

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Double White Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,106 ratings.
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