Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Namaste White Belgian-Style WitbierNamaste White Belgian-Style Witbier
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #62
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,798
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 12.89%
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
3,444
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Namaste White Belgian-Style WitbierNamaste White Belgian-Style Witbier
Notes: 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
Reviews: 703 | Ratings: 3,444 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazy golden with a two finger white head.
S: Orange, coriander
T: Tastes a bit spicier than the average wit with the coriander and peppercorns playing nicely with the orange.
M: Light bodied and crisp.
O: One of my favorite beers to have year-round.

May 08, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

My tasting is a 2121 can conditioned version of DFH's Namaste White. Since removed is the skeleton honing in sound - or wtf, he is doing - and has a more of an attractive lemon and coriander wheat and orange peel appearance on outward presentation (not too sure if this has been an ongoing theme but looked new to me).

The pour and appearance on this can conditioned beer is interesting, as a bit of sediment is naturally suspended within medium high carbonation, with a scent of coriander and clove spices. With a taste that is similar to what would be expected of a witbier.

There is a notable quality expected of DFH. Their offering has a of a bit spicier tone and less in depth citrus profile that is found on other Americanized Wits I have recently tried. The layering of spice notes makes this wit style beer a bit different with a profile of 'lemongrass' notes within the flavoring - something I couldn't detect, perhaps thats the spicy grassy mouthfeel I am getting in the rears paired with the spices - but, the 20 IBUS leaves a grassy tongue note in the finish. Based on the smoothness I believe there is a lactic acid induction used in this DFH's product. In comparison to a beer like Bluemoon, which uses oats for ease of drinkability, but the palate of this beer is much smoother leaving me to expect lactic acid.

Citrus notes play more of a support role as this is a spice forward offering. The aforementioned creamy texture within the finish offers a very soft though aggressively carbonated finish. Wheat character is clean and nearly transparent. Hop blends offer a bit of a increased profile on the clove and coriander, which must make a bit of a lemongrass taste I found in the finish.

Though this isn't my first experience with the beer I can say this is a delightful American offering who's body offers more of a spice forward creamy texture not found in a cleaner Allagash but more hoppy version. If you're looking for a Hoegaarden, you might find the balance of spice nice but find the malt character to be lacking.

Jan 12, 2021
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours golden body with a white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: strong, orange smell with some sweet lemongrass notes.
T: sweet, orange zest taste with a sweet, citrus finish that’s tastes clean.
M: light and crisp; pretty refreshing.
O: pretty nice drinking beer; crisp a refreshing, perfect for the summertime.

Sep 06, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this one straight from the can. Decent orange and coriander wit, but nothing that makes it stick out from the mass of orange and spice wits out in the market.

Aug 23, 2020
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like other reviewers have commented, this would be great on a sticky hot day. Smells like gym socks with bananadine, but nothing unusual for a wit bier. Tastes better, juicy citrus flavor with slight bitterness.

Jul 15, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Summer and humidity falls on Connecticut. Stouts begin to abandon the taps and shelves and even the hazy IPAs feel too heavy for hot days. It's time for the Wit, and addition to the Hoegaarden, there is the new and herbal tone rich Namaste White. DFH makes it clear on the can that there's a whole sachet of odds and ends, and botanical bits that give this wit some character. And it's true - on the nose it has a coriander forward smell, and on the taste the carbonation and orange zest give some important lift and complexity to a beer that would otherwise be a cylinder of grain juice. I'm adding this to the summer rotation, and looking forward to a side-by-side comparison with Hoegaarden in the future.

Jun 06, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw colored appearance with a large, white, fast fading head and light lacing. Lemongrass and coriander prevail in the funky aroma as the wheat lingers in the background. Tart flavor with herbal and spicy notes paired with a subdued graininess. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel and a lasting finish.

May 09, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

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

This one doesn't get a massive review from me, but it's what you'd expect from a wit brewed by Dogfish. A bit hoppy which is nice, spicy and clean mouthfeel, good nose and very palatable. Better than most Wits I've tried but not the best,

Mar 24, 2020
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Grounder from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light-amber, clear, with little to no head. Extremely pleasing citrus aroma. The taste is ok but the hops fiend who brewed it could not contain himself, and hops dominate over more subtle notes like citrus and coriander you expect from a wit. I would not call it outright criminal, but it's not what I want and expect from my summer wit either. In the future - pass, there are better options.

Mar 04, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/13/19

Ok so I saw this on the shelf and grabbed it because it's a pretty nice day for February and this is always refreshing. I was shocked to realize I've never actually reviewed this one! This was one of my first craft beers ever so here we go

Pours a slightly hazy gold into my shaped pint with 2+ fingers of rocky white head that leaves nice lacing and fades slowly

The aroma would lead one to think that this is more coriander forward than it actually is. The spice and the yeast are definitely there, but it is backed up by sweet, full orange and subtle malt

The taste here is more fruit and malt forward, very bright citrus, with the subtle spice coming in the finish. Excellent balance in taste

My favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel. It's super light without compromising flavor, and is just carbonated enough where it finishes dry

I remember there being more citrus in here last time I had it, but it is over 3 months old and some of those delicate flavors fade fast so maybe that was the issue. I still prefer this over Allagash White because it is perfectly balanced and not overly spicy, an absolute classic

Feb 23, 2020
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MartyCraigMiller

4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I always keep at least a 6 pack of this beer in my beer fridge and it is the beer I usually offer to guests. No matter what their preference of beer is, Namaste can satisfy their thirst in a refreshing way. Nice smooth light beer with good flavor.

Feb 22, 2020
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Mrbob558 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I drank it in a restaurant. By the time the waiter had brought it to the head was gone so I can't speak about that.

This is an exceptionally smooth tasting beer; I had to force myself to drink it slowly or it would be finished before I had really tasted it. its a nice amber color.I smelt citrus but not overwhelmingly so. Alcohol content is modest .

All in all, a great beer, one of the best Witbiers I have had.

Dec 30, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An easy pour from a 12-oz. bottle yields a fat finger of white creamy and rocky foam with long retention and rings of lace. Pale and clear, a little cloudy when adding the dregs.

Coriander and toasted wheat greet the nose with orange and wheat bread dough.

As in the smell, the taste is all about the wheat and the coriander. Neutral on sweetness with low bitterness, typical Witbier taste as the orange is very subtle and I'm not getting any lemongrass. The finish is very clean with raised bitterness as coriander and peppery spice linger during the aftertaste.

Medium light body with above average carbonation, smooth and session-able. Alcohol is well hidden by the spice. True to style, nice balance of spice and malty wheat.

Oct 20, 2019
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Jolivio from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a nice, hazy golden straw color. There was a decent amount of head that formed and lacing throughout the beer. As soon as you smell it, it turns notes of coriander and pepper. The taste does the same, with a nicely layered flavor profile throughout the beer. Scent notes are prominent in the flavor. It feels very smooth as a drink. Well worth the pickup and hopefully will keep it on hand for easy drinking.

Oct 09, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Spiced, crisp, and malty. One of the most festive belgians I've had. This one will be good with Christmas cookies. Lots of clove and allspice on the nose.

Aug 30, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright yellow in color with a hazy appearance. Poured with a tall, bright white foam with medium low retention. Aromas of wheat malt, coriander, and light orange zest. Medium light bodied with soft, medium high carbonation that provides a creamy feel through the middle. Peppery coriander flavor from onset that slowly tapers throughout. Orange flavors through the middle that overcome come by the tapering spiciness. Finished semi-dryly with light lingering peppery notes. Light, flavorful and easy drinking. I generally not a fan of the peppery esters or coriander forward wit beers or Belgians, but this one is mellow and nicely balanced by the malt and fruit flavors.

Aug 03, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a hazy yellowy amber with a nice white head that slowly dissipates and leaves lacing as you enjoy it. Coriander and wheat in the nose, possibly lemon as well. Flavor is lemony and nice. Yum!

Jul 30, 2019
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a full white head. Mild spice and wheat aroma. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Flavor is mild with s touch of biscuit notes, and spice notes in the finish. An easy drinking summer beer.

Jul 15, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy golden yellow with a thick, creamy head.
Smell: Coriander, wheat, orange peel, banana, rubber.
Taste: Orange citrus, wheat. Hints of pepper and bitterness at the end. Very clean and crisp with little aftertaste.
Feel: Thin and crisp.
Overall: Extremely drinkable. Simple and well-balanced. The orange is really well-integrated in this beer.

Jun 22, 2019
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WYeates from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a pear color with a light head. Aroma is a gentle grassy wheat and fruit combination, with citrus being the strongest scent.

It tastes of oranges with an array of mild spices. It finishes wet and clean. Highly drinkable.

I'm a big fan of Witbier and this offering is definitely Smooth Approved.

Jun 15, 2019
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biointen from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not usually a big witbier fan but liked this one. Pale yellow with a 2 inch fluffy head. Very little aroma but a very smooth and interesting flavor- mildly sweet wth just hints of the various additives. This would be perfect for a session on a hot summer I’d offer this one to friends who claim not to like beer.

Jun 06, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/3/14; drank 2/15/25 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy pale yellow appearance.

Fluffy off-white head; frothy lace.

Banana & spiced pumpkin pie nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Banana, apple cider & mil pumpkin pie flavors up front; a cinnamon bite on the finish.

Big flavors on this excellent session brew.

May 27, 2019
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jkrich from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: clear, golden hue with a foamy, sustained white head.

Aromas of husk and...well, peppercorn.

The very unique flavor of sharp orange and citrus with that peppercorn coming into play again, though not in a bad way. In fact, the peppercorn even overwhelms the coriander peel. Overall, it is refreshing, though not necessarily quaffable because of the odd flavor combination.

May 12, 2019
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on a flight on my birthday in 2017 when we were at the Delaware beach and visited the pub in Rehobeth. It tasted like Blue Moon, which is not really my thing. "Wheat prominent" I wrote at the time.

May 11, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Neck of bottle is stamped ' BOTTLED ON 09/20/18'. This beer includes the ingredients of dried orange flesh and peel.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Slight white head sticks around as a scattered island and ring.
Aroma of wheat, lemon grass, coriander, and slight orange.
Taste of wheat bread, coriander, lemon grass, a slight bit of pepper, and a bit of citrus.
Medium mouth feel, with a bit of sting on the tongue. Very good carbonation.
This drinks as a fully fleshed out wheat ale with added spices and citrus. The wheat carries through into the aftertaste.

May 01, 2019
Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 3444 ratings