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:
3,188
Reviews:
621
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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Photo of Metalmonk
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll buy and try anything Dogfish Head brews. Anything.

Pours a slightly hazed pale yellow...very washed out looking, which does, admittedly, get us as close to white (wit) as beer gets. The head is quite small, pouring thin, even when poured hard, but certainly maintaining itself for a good couple minutes before dying.

Wow, immensely fragrant, this Namaste, with a healthy wheat vs. yeast battle taking place, both ultimately joining to offer a tart, earthy, grassy, lemony explosion of aroma...of course, the lemongrass, coriander and dried orange slices are contributing too.

The flavor is good, certainly offering equal spotlight to the spice/fruit additions, while the wheat is clean and bright, the yeast offering a bitty taste of soil...the hops? Pretty mellow, if even detectable...it's really the lemongrass that does what hops might normally do here. Overall a bright, grassy, slightly tart, and bready taste. With just a little warming, it all coalesces into a nice, bold herbal flavor. Ample carbonation, lots of spritz, light bodied, all fitting for a witbier.

Tasty. A more than worthy witbier if you love this style, but I get sort of bored with the wit these days, so I can just admire from a distance really. It's not like I need Dogfish Head to throw tar and pickle juice into a beer to make me take notice...not at all. Although, hmm, I wonder what a Pickled Pils might taste like? I'll have to get Sam's #...

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Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DIM
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: Straw colored but only slightly hazy; poured with a small bright white cap.

s: Prety much classic wit. Earthy wheat with notes of citrus, spice, and hint of lemongrass which does set this one apart.

t: A bit drier than most wits, the lemongrass I guess. Some bitter citrus rind and pepper round things out. Short lived, not much lingering flavor.

m: Soft and a tad watery.

o: A bit of a different take, this works pretty well.

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Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of paresis
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellowish orange in color. Extremely hazy. Light effervescence streaming. A really nice pure white head like meringue.

S: Right off the bat i get a ton of spices. Coriander is definitely there. Lot's of lemon zest and ginger. Not sure if ginger is used in the brewing process but i definitely get it on the nose.

T: Lot's of orange and lemon. As in the nose the spice presence is undeniable.

M: Light amount of carbonation. The little that's there tingles on the tongue. Light bodied and refreshing. Real easy to drink.

Overall: I good flavorful Witbier. Nice flavors and mouthfeel and a good refreshment quality.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light straw yellow/ grapefruit juice white. 1/4 inch white foamy head, some lacing.

Smell - Funky lemon-grass, orange, peppercorn, wheat and a little citric note.

Taste - First sip has the Belgian flavored yeasty kick mixed with peppercorn. Orange, coriander and wheat come in after the lemon and pepper kick dies down. The wheat mixed with the lemon-grass really adds a funky, barnyard like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Peppercorn along with lemon grass nails the tongue. Palate gets some orange and coriander but is mostly coated with the peppercorn and lemon. Aftertaste is funky, wheat and Belgian flavored.

Overall - Not bad but would be much better if the fruits were more upfront, with less peppercorn. The more I drink it, the less im enjoying it. Decent enough for a hot summer day for some, low alcohol, but I look for crisp, fruity wits that feature orange, melons or berries. Worth a drink for fans of wit that want a little twist on the style. This could be a special beer imo with a kick of fruits though.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring into my tulip I get a golden straw colored beer with a frothy or billowy head. The head itself is small and lingers not. Small bits of lacing are left behind. Long threads of carbonation cascade to the top but not many.
In the aroma I'm getting your basic wit beer. Loads of spicy coriander and some mild wheat malts. I don't detect any lemongrass or peppercorns.
It drinks smooth and soft on the palate with some grainy malts being most of the flavor.
The nose was big and spicy and yeasty though one dimensional and doesn't carry well into the taste.
Smooth on the palate but not very flavorful.
Witbers are hit or miss mostly I think, it must be hard to balance those big flavors.
Give me a good wit and let me dump a lemon slice in my self. Personally I like this beer but like most wits/ tripels to much coriander spices.

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Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Fargrow
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/16/13. 4.8% ABV on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow; small white head that fades quickly and leaves nice retention and okay lacing. Smells nice. The aromas are full of lemon zest and orange peel. Some bready malts. Some white grape in the mix as well. The flavors are subtle but very sharp and crisp. Very clean and refreshing. There's an earthy bitterness to this one. It's slightly spicy as well. Black pepper is there. The lemongrass is there. More orange peel. Very refreshing. I just wish the flavors were more pronounced. The mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. There's a nice fluffy creaminess going. Very smooth and drinkable. It becomes even better the more you drink it.

This is a very solid witbier. I just wish the flavors popped just a bit more, but it's all good. I really like this for what it is. I really appreciated the subtle flavors the more I drank it. It's enjoyable and would hit the spot in the summer.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottles shared by Ari - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a one-finger white head. Head retention is light and lacing is minimal. The aroma is dominated by lemongrass and coriander. You also can pick out some yeastiness and a little orange peel if you search for it. As with the aroma, the taste is almost entirely lemongrass and coriander with ligher hints of orange and yeast and virtually no alcohol noticeable. It's a fairly clean taste, but I'd really like to taste the base beer more and the adjuncts less. The body is a bit light on this one with moderate carbonation and no alcohol warming. Not overly drinkable because of the dominance of the lemongrass and coriander and the relative lack of complexity. It doesn't help either that I'm not a huge fan of witbiers. This one is probably not worth the pricetag unless you really love lemongrass and coriander.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of schoolboy
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. I just had a different wit and followed it with this one (it was strategic - I expected this one to be superior) and this one is WAY better.

It's nearly, but not entirely clear, more so that I would expect. The head is thin. The aroma is subtle but a perfect clean yeast aroma. Beautiful smell. Clean.

The taste is a perfect balance and extremely refreshing. Just slightly crisp, and only the least bit tart, this is a great drink.

The aftertaste is similarly clean. I am not sure what the food pairings would be for this but it would go great with food. But if I keep eating there won't be room for beer.

Nice one, Dogfish Head,

A Fan

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I love this style of beer and even though this was a bit different from what I was accustomed to and expected, I really enjoyed this and how easily it went down. Although this is new, I hope that Dogfish Head will brew this for the season in upcoming years!

Love the pour to this, as the goldenrod hue, sea-form head, and relatively opaque hue gave this a great appearance from the get-go. Not as cloudy as other examples of this style, the aroma wasn't terribly strong either. Great lactng as well, given that each sip I took left a nice ring on the back side of my pint glass. Lots of lemongrass and grass in the taste, while the citrus and coriander were more recessed. Couldn't really taste the peppercorn here and there wasn't much wheat to be seen or felt either. The carbonation was perfect and this was quite light without being watered-down or overly filling. A hint of the grassy sourness came out in the back, but that didn't linger for very long.

Although I only bought one bottle of this, I could have easily had 3 or 4 in a sitting since the alcohol was both undetectable and low in terms of percentage. While not as good as its European counterparts, there's a lot to like here and for a beer this unassuming, there was enough flavor to satisfy even the biggest beer geek. A hint of wheat or more spice would have been appreciated but as it was, this was something that I'd reach for again now that the warmer months are here. Another subtly solid offering from Dogfish Head!

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Photo of dheldman
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 3,188 ratings.
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