Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
3,188 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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:
3,188
Reviews:
621
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
Wants:
209
Gots:
1,113
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 3,188 |  Reviews: 621
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standout in a style I normally do not like that much. Belgian style, yet so pleasing to regular summer consumers by being both zesty and hoppy. Cloudy light grapefruit coloured body with tons of foam. Orange citrus is thee main taste, comes across as 45-55 ibu, lemongrass cushions the mouthfeel and leads to a nice aftertaste. Good flavour for such a basic abv. Smooth mouthfeel, creamy. Thanks for sharing, Doug.

 416 characters

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE

A: thin head on a hazy bright straw colored body. Nice lacing.

S: fruit and very very clean smelling. Wheat and light herbal notes as well.

T: flavor is excellent with wheats, pale malts, lemongrass, ginger and lightly sweet lemon notes in the finish.

M: medium smooth body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: for a style that is usually bland and boring this one stands out as one of the best.

 443 characters

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is light, refreshing, and easy to drink.

 508 characters

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really awesome warm weather drinker right here, not too much coriander, and showing much more of the lemongrass and orange (the features that make this beer unique from the increasingly crowded belgian white category) show up. just a slight fog to this otherwise radiant lustrous pale golden brew. an inch of fading white froth rests on top as copious bubbles rise up from the bottom of my wine glass. the nose here is a little perfumy, overly fragrant maybe, but i definitely pick up on refreshing lemongrass and citrus. clean tasting, not much grain character to it, which i guess is my only reasonable criticism of this slammable brew. a faint biscuit property, but thats all. a hint of tartness in with the very mild belgian yeast as it finishes, and again with a slight citrus acidity. body could not be lighter, and the carbonation is as expressive as any. a really pleasant take on the style, affordable, and in widely available sic packs. this is one i will buy again. cant think of a better hot afternoon beer. the peppercorns are invisible, but its irrelevant.

 1,072 characters

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy orange color. The head was fizzy and kind of faded away rather quickly. The smell of the beer had some nice lively citrus aromas blended with a soft wheat character as well. The taste of the beer has a light herbal flavor to it with an orange or lemon flavor in there as well. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and lighter bodied. Overall this beer is pretty good for the warmer seasons. I would drink this one again if I found it at a reasonable price.

 500 characters

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of lemongrass and coriander in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the lemongrass flavors are a bit stronger. Flavors of oranges are also present in the initial taste while coriander is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

 663 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely perfumy, vibrant, and fruity/citrusy, this beer provides an awakening spicy zest.

The pour delivers a hazy beer of canary yellow hue. Creamy white foam gives a fluid texture with good persistance and moderate lace. A classic Witbier appearance.

The aromas are the high point for the beer with a perfumy nose that is likely the best I've had. Bright orange zest, spicy corriander, lightly peppery, and with a fruity-alcoholic note that resembles tangerine marmalade.

Flavors are softly of pilsner malt and light wheat for a powdered sugar and bready taste. Layers upon layers of citrus zest and spice alternate from orange peel, lemon zest, peppery, cumin-like, grassy, and herbal-tea like notes throughout. All lead to a fleeting spicy finish.

With a soft, creamy, fresh upstart, the beer has a smooth fade towards a powdery dry finish with a minty alcoholic evaporative feel. Mild herbal hop bitterness provides light bitterness and dryness along side of the alcohol warmth and dry cracker-like maltiness.

A delicious Witbier with sharp aggression towards the spicy and aromatic notes, yet perserving the delicate and soft textures that make classic Witbiers so refreshing and thirst quenching.

 1,210 characters

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

 2,436 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a meringue-like head that leaves a number of strands

Smell: Floral tones of lemongrass and orange, with hints of wheat bread and coriander

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, laying the foundation; the orange, lemongrass and coriander flavors build into the middle, with the peppercorn bringing a touch of heat; nicely balanced, into the finish, with all of the flavors blending together

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation; rather prickly

Overall: I was prepared to be underwhelmed as I often am by many of the beers in the Dogfish lineup but this one is right up there with Palo Santo Marron among my favorites; the perfect summer beer, with plenty of flavor and a lovely floral aspect

 746 characters

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw some positive reviews for this, so I decided to pick one up to try.

Into a 20 oz. tapered glass it pours a hazy orange gold, very murky with sediment, but some light still gets through. Very frothy foam, lots of drippy lacing with strong head retention. The sediment reminds me of plankton in the ocean. Pouring in the last of the yeast, there's a stubborn patch caked on the bottom.

Fresh citrus and coriander, somewhat soapy herbals and sweet lemongrass. Sweet sliced oranges. Very pleasant and somewhat amped up for a traditional Wit.

Lightly bitter, finishing dry, with a smooth wheat body. Citrus and coriander flavors are dominant but not overbearing. It feels a little astringent, but overall it's not a distraction. Fairly easy to drink, probably better suited for warmer months, but enjoyable nonetheless. Will try again if another batch is released.

 869 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coriander and solid wheat malt with just the right amount of lemongrass is very enticing. Taste is a great mix between some coriander and slightly sweet wheat malt with good notes of lemongrass which really works well into the mix. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Really enjoyed this one with great amount of wheat malt and lemongrass bringing something unique to this mix.

 503 characters

Photo of largadeer
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Andrew. A cloudy straw body is topped by a small white head that drops to a thin collar. Smells like herbal tea and wheat bread. Lemongrass and coriander both come through very very strongly. The adjuncts are overpowering, as usual with DFH. Tastes of watery herbal tea, white bread, white pepper and strong coriander. Spices linger on the tongue in the finish. Not necessarily awful, but not good - it's over spiced yet somewhat watery.

 445 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +4.2%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 3,188 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More