Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Namaste White Belgian-Style WitbierNamaste White Belgian-Style Witbier
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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
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Style: Belgian 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

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Reviews by pastradul:
Photo of pastradul
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

took a bottle over for dinner with some friends. poured into a shaker pint.

Easy pour produced a huge bright white head.

the smell is lots of citrus and herbs, with a slight sweet malt nose.

The taste is crisp and refreshing. all the flavors of the herbs mixed with the light malts is just wonderful. so drinkable. Could easily down a 750 or 2 by myself probably on a hot summer day.

Too bad we don't get it out on the west caost.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CitizenGenet
1.7/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in June 2015.

Pours a cloudy yellow like one might see produced by someone with a urinary tract infection. Robust head, about two fingers' width.

Smell - After the unsavory visual, the first effect is its sickly smell. I actually checked around the kitchen to see if there were dirty dishes or another source to account for the odor. Frankly, it had me recoiling as I got whiffs. Asked another person to smell, which resulted in a the face one makes when changing a baby's diaper.

Taste - Dominant notes of ass mellowing out to body odor after a long workout. Then overwhelming citrus characterized mainly by lemon and orange, flowing to the final and lingering note of coriander, a brief and sadly transient hit of clove, and then a rather disagreeable peppercorn.

Feel - No different than a Bud or Coors. Nothing remarkable.

Frail imitation of a wit.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: May 8, 2015... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen... OCCASION: Will’s First Holy Communion eve... APPEARANCE: clear, slightly hazy sallow golden body; soapy, substantial head that laces in inches (!); sparse effervescence; finishes cleanly... AROMA: banana, spice, pepper, yes--some vanilla and coriander; hay wafts in late--a warm spring evening in a bottle ...PALATE: a lively, fresh, creamy swirls inundate the mouthfeel; light and smooth, yet recognizably present... TASTE: a strong, surprising malt base allows for a full-flavored summer sip--orange slice, light banana, a bit of pepper as well... OVERALL: The beer’s name may be indicative of the relaxation the beer provides--the better aspects of the wheat genre are on display; refreshing, flavorful, and smooth; a surprisingly classical approach to a style by a brewery that tends to bend or break conventions...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have to say that I'm not sure what to say about this beer. You can't judge it by style because it doesn't quite fit any, so you've got to rate it hedonistically.

It looked good in the glass, but that's far from the complete picture.

I was taken in by the aroma. It's kind of hard to describe but it's floral, not too unlike a perfumed candle, with a bit of yeast and some coriander added in. It's delicate, yet distinct.

And the flavor follows suit - without being overblown it's floral, herbal, grassy, spicy (clearly there's coriander, but there's also more), and it's a touch yeasty and drying. It leaves a distinct fingerprint whereas many bolder beers leave only muddy footprints. It has finesse. It's fairly straightforward golden-malt with perhaps some wheat, but then there's the spice and grass.

As to drinkability, I found it quite accessible. It's easy to drink, and it's got enough character to keep you coming back for more. Whether that character fits your taste buds is another question, but it's not really that bold to begin with so I doubt that anyone will find it off-putting. Worth trying!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Namaste brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, with an ABV 4.80% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a thick white head. There is a ton of carbonation in this brew. I feel this brew has a bit to much carbonation in it. Namaste, is an unfiltered brew , you can not see though this brew. The smell of Namaste, bold with flavors. You first pick up on a rich sweetness of grains and malts. Then a slight bitterness of hops and spice. There is also a lot of citrus in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is rich with flavors. You first pick up on the rich sweetness of citrus. Then you pick up on the grins and malts. You also pick up a hit of spice at the end of this brew. There is a lot going on in this brew. Namaste has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Namaste , is rich, bold , citrus , and smooth. Overall I'm giving Namaste a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, did a real nice job with this one. If you like a good citrus unfiltered brew you should look this one up.

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Photo of Stellartaste
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice smells but virtually tasteless :(

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden glow with a thin ring of white head in my mini snifter. Effervescent bubbles spiral upwards to help build the head.

Lots of agitation yields peppery aromas with some slight orange peel and cigarette butts. Very faint clove.

Taste is hard to acquire, but is of lemon, gooseberry, peppery yeast, with a hill of orange zest, slight lavender, and white breads. Faint clove on the finish. Yeast is the loudest contributor.

Feel is crisp and clean, not much else to it.

Overall, unless you're actively searching for the flavors, you're not going to get much. I had to put my thinking cap on about what was coming forward in this beer. If you don't like to taste your beer, this might be a good choice for you. Very flavorless. A Belgian Coors Light might be a better descriptor.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2012 C. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, clove, pepper, herbal, coriander, wheat, earth, grass, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Very pleasant and enjoyable. Taste of lemon, orange zest, clove, grass, pepper, coriander, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Light wheat tang on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, coriander, wheat, clove, pepper, grass, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish as expected. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a nice level of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a slightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed at all. Overall this is simply just an excellent witbier. Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a fair bit of haze and a thick finger of pillow white foam. A decent looking witbier.

Smell: wheaty, citrusy aroma with an interesting spice component. I'm definitely getting coriander and orange peel here, which is listed on the label, but I'm also getting some lavender and wildflowers here. Quite nice.

Taste: substantially like the aroma, but with a greater emphasis placed on the flowery spice flavors. Light, airy and reminiscent of springtime.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with tons of carbonation yielding a massive creaminess. Love it.

Drinkability: quite a drinkable and refreshing brew. I think after awhile I would get tired of the flowery flavors, but for one bottle I think it's quite tasty.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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 ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden color...big frothy 1-1/1/2 inch head..a tich too frothy

S-Black pepper up front...coriander, lemons...cream of wheat...yeasty breads..

T-Nice black pepper spiciness again upfront and then more of a lemon rather than orange impression. Sugar lemons though like lemon drops....a hint of coriander as well. Malt is bready with hints of honey..

F-Spot on for the style...high side of light bodied or light side of medium bodied...ample carbonation....finishes clean..

O-Excellent wit. Lacks the orange flavors of most but that might be a good thing with the way the lemon like notes mesh so nice with the rest of malt and spicing.

F-

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Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear as day, with a sunny yellow body and a thick, fluffy cumulus cloud of a head.

Smell: Lemony, but with an earthy husk. It makes me think of mustard seed. Notes of apple blossom and honey. Not as spicy as expected. Interesting, but hardly mind blowing.

Taste: Pale malt is the canvas, and yellow fruit (pears, lemons, and a hint of pineapple) is the main theme. But as expected, the spicy undertones are what make Namaste unique. The peppercorns are, as one might imagine, the most noteworthy of the special ingredients listed on the label. They bring a slightly earthy and bitter snap to the finish, a welcome departure from other Witbiers, which are typically more demure. The lemongrass is worth remarking on as well--it introduces a fresh, organic, and lightly sour combination which makes this Witte even more grown up.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light mouthfeel with strong carbonation makes this creation appropriately refreshing. Dry from start to finish, it feels akin to champagne.

Overall: Another well done creative conviction by Dogfish Head. What else is new, right?It doesn't quite call for a standing ovation, but that may be because by having something for everyone, Namaste keeps the peace rather than rocking one's world. Sweet and spritzy, hoppy and complex, this beer is proof that a level of thinking can be achieved by the masses.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"To be bowed by grief is folly;
Naught is gained by melancholy;
Better than the pain of thinking,
Is to steep the sense in drinking."

--Alcaeus

Beautifully blurry lemon peel with drifting clouds of fine yeast and an attractive crown of sheep's wool white. The head lasts long enough and isn't shy about leaving lace.

What a wonderfully fragrant blast of lemongrass greets the nose! Most finely crafted witbiers are a pleasure to sniff, but that extra ingredient puts this one over the top. Here's hoping the flavor follows suit.

After several ounces of Namaste, it's becoming increasingly obvious that lemongrass is underutilized in craft beer. The best part is that it doesn't overwhelme the orange zest fruitiness and the coriander spiciness that are the hallmarks of the style. If you're in search of the perfect picnic beer, search no further.

Pale and/or pilsner malt is not abundant, nor does it need to be. This offering is all about the top notes mentioned above. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter and lightly tart are balanced on a razor's edge. Drinkability, needless to say, is through the roof.

The mouthfeel tries to achieve a meager hint of creaminess as mid-bottle approaches... and just does succeed. Sparkly bubbles early become slightly less sparkly bubbles late. Better than lackluster carbonation, that's for sure.

Namaste is a common spoken greeting in India that means, literally, "I bow to you". All of us need to bow to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for creating one of the most unique and delicious witbiers in America. Six-packs please. Bottom line: lovely lemongrassy libation.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Effervescent pale golden ale with mild haze is capped with a persistent white colored head. Wit yeast, lemongrass, orange zest, peppery coriander on the nose. Familiar witbier flavors with an added punch from the lemongrass; orange zest, coriander, yeast, and cracked wheat in there as well Medium bodied, finishes modestly bitter and dry. Overall, very good witbier with excellent use of the added ingredients m. Well done in my opinion.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DanGeo
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a brief but sudsy head that leaves little evidence that it had ever been there. Great flavors of the advertised orange, coriander, and lemon grass. Distinct notes of each throughout. Low alcohol and medium body makes this a very drinkable beer though the lemony after-taste can get a bit tiresome.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 3,332 ratings