Double White is the signature beer from New York’s Southampton Publick House. This double strength witbier has a meager 18 IBUs and an easy drinking 6.6% ABV.
In creating Southampton Double White, Phil Markowski turned his fascination with the style into a quest to master one of the most challenging beers to brew. Phil stuck to the tradition of using the classic Belgian white ale ingredients like unmalted wheat, oats, coriander and orange peel, but he put his unique spin on the style by creating a “Double White” version.
His version honors the original Belgian white ale style, but it has a little more of everything— more complex orangey/citrusy fruitiness, a slightly fuller body, more alcohol and a more satisfying finish. It’s delicate, balanced and every bit as refreshing as the original style, but more intense.
Double White pours a milky straw color. Carbonation floats up to the bubbly white head. As is the norm for this style of beer, plenty of sediment/yeast can be seen floating around the glass.
Smells of grass, bubblegum and coriander waft out of the glass as you take a whiff. To a lesser extent, I detected aromas of blood orange and banana.
I’ve had many witbiers, but I was taken by this beer from the first sip. Double White tastes like a banana soda, with mild orange and spice flavors appearing as it finishes. Delicious!
Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium and smooth. It goes down smooth with only a slight drying in your throat.
This is a fantastic version of a Bavarian hefeweizen/witbier. A large bouquet in the nose and a delicious fruity palette create a unique take on an often brewed style.
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a WITBIER: 8.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Hoegaarden ORIGINAL WHITE ALE, Allagash WHITE, Avery WHITE RASCAL