Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Namaste White Belgian-Style WitbierNamaste White Belgian-Style Witbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A witbier bursting with good karma. Made with dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander, this Belgian-style white beer is a great thirst quencher.

20 IBU

Added by jgasparine on 10-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,179
Reviews:
620
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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209
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Photo of RAFH
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emeyer
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Carsonbros
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet glass. Medium carbination and body, very refreshing, smell of wheat and citrus, very light and herbal with a mildly sweet taste.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjdevel
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: 1-2 finger head. Pale and hazy. Head recedes to a decent 1/4" foam ring with nice lacing. Stays pretty active. Saison-like
Smell: Belgian-funk-yeast smell. Very grassy and spicy smelling. Some malt, biscuit, and cracker hints. Again: Saison-like
Taste: Slight hop bitterness at first. Then a dry blast of funk that is earthy and grass-like. After the funk fades, the spices come through (some coriander, pepper, oregano, parsley flavors). Slight citrus notes: Orange, lemon.
Feel: Medium bodied. A bit oily and slippery on the tongue.
Overall: Very good. I expected more of a Belgian Wit, but it is closer to a Saison to me. Very flavorful though - enjoyable.

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Photo of Redscot
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Smells of wheat and orange. Tastes of wheat, citrus, and spice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall this is a tasty and light witbier.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Branlott42
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of scratch69
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian yeast with more depth of flavor and less sweetness by way of more wheat, lemongrass, and peppery notes. Love how this is not sweet and way more complex compared to other wits.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy straw-like gold with a nice thick white head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly yeast and wheat. A hint of lemon and orange.

Taste: Wheat, orange, lemon, peper.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, refreshing.

Overall: I am not a huge fan or wheat beers, but this one is great. Easy to drink and tasty.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pianoblook
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues, the next brewery's horizontal to be conducted is that of DFH.

From the bottle: "Our Belgian-style White ale brewed with dried organic orange flesh & peel, fresh-cut lemongrass, a bit of coriander, peppercorns & a healthy dose of good karma."

I wanted to make sure that the yeast and the adjuncts were in suspension, so before I Pop!ped the cap, I agitated the bottle's contents. I then allowed it a brief respite before Pop!ping the cap and letting fly with the beer. As you can probably guess, I got a good bit of foaming action, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention that slowly fell to wisps, leaving decent lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy, slightly cloudy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was intensely spicy, especially peppery & I actually sneezed as a result! This seemed like it might be fun to drink. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite spicy with the coriander & peppercorns really standing out with the orange and lemongrass underlying them as a buffer. It only partially worked as the spiciness was really intense. Finish was dry, in accordance with the utilization of spices, but I felt unfulfilled in that I would have liked the citrusiness to be a bit brighter. Oh, well. Can't have everything, eh? Where would you put it?

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

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6 pack ran $11 in New York City after a promotion.

Served cold into a nonic pint glass.

"Belgian-style witbier." "Belgian-style white ale brewed with dried organic orange flesh & peel, fresh-cut lemongrass, a bit of coriander, peppercorns...". "Ale brewed with orange, lemongrass & spices." 4.80% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear yellow-copper body - hardly the cloudy/hazy appearance you'd expect in a traditional witbier. Clean, lacking any visible yeast/lees. Head is off-white and lasts maybe 2 minutes, leaving no lacing as it recedes.

AROMA: Flaked wheat, pilsner malt/2-row, lemongrass, grassy hops, artificial citrus. I get barely any peppercorn. Coriander is in there when I look for it. Hardly the fresh citrusy aroma one would hope for in a proper witbier, but not unappealing.

Aromatic intensity is above average. I detect no off-notes or overt booze.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, bringing subtle coriander spice and muted but pleasant lemon citrus alongside flaked wheat. Not a fresh tasting, vivid, expressive, or deeply flavoured ale, but a pleasant one in spite of its slight imbalance (it's definitely too sweet for a witbier). I'd like to see them up the wheat malt percentage and drop some of the pale malt to bring down the sweetness.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Lacks the crackly dryness that would set off the peppercorn. Not unrefreshing. Medium-bodied. Slightly overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

OVERALL: Pleasant fare, and not as gimmicky as many Dogfish Head beers. I'd like to see them do away with the gimmicky marketing (do we really give a shit if the orange peel you used was organic?) and focus more on the quality of the beer itself, but hey - this is Dogfish Head we're talking about. The estery Belgian yeast flavour is the highlight here, but the peppercorn, lemongrass, coriander, and orange just need to more vivid and expressive. With more depth of flavour and less sweetness by way of more wheat, this could really be solid go-to fare in terms of widely distributed American-brewed witbiers. As-is, it can't hold a candle to stylistic paragons like Allagash White (which runs $8.19-$9.00 per 4 pack in NYC). I'd probably take this over Hoegaarden, but there are plenty of better-priced expressions of the style that are also superior.

In any case, it's very drinkable and I'll enjoy finishing my 6 pack. Belgian yeast just works.

Low B- (3.30) / WORTHY

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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