Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Namaste White Belgian-Style WitbierNamaste White Belgian-Style Witbier
BA SCORE
64.7%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 3,230 ratings
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
Ranking:
#17,644
Reviews:
638
Ratings:
3,230
Liked:
2,089
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
13.26%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
1,128
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,230 |  Reviews: 638
Photo of WeisGuy
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Bilco
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of animal69
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 dheldman
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of Fargrow
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is one of their MANY summer seasonals. I split this one with my wife:

A: Very light, almost peach colored, cloudy, with about a 1 inch head. Very appropriate for the style.

S: Coriander first, then lemon, orange, and with a hint of pepper. I also detected a very faint grassy sort of aroma.

T: Earthy with a capital "E!" This really didn't even taste like an alcoholic beverage at all, and all of the blended ingredients really work! The coriander really keeps the citrus in check and keeps it from being too "hot."

M: Bubbly, champagne-like, and with a very frothy lacing. Also, the head never subsided throughout the entire session.

D: I really admire the understated nature of this brew. Lots of ingredients are listed, and on the first taste, I was initially let down. After a few more sips, study, and contemplation, the brewers' intention started to hit me in a revelatory way. A great summer Witbier.

My wife hated it of course....just like she does most beer. Oh well....

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like coriander, orange peel, wheat and some yeast. It tastes like oranges, lemon peel, coriander, wheat and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and is well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, it's nice, refreshing and really easy to drink.

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Photo of jsanford
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a DFH Pint Glass. Part of a lovely DFH tasting with 5 friends.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a 2-inch fluffy white head. Very nice retention, leaves some soapy lacing.
S - Aromas of wheat, Belgium "bubblegum" yeast, and lemon. Very crisp and citrus-y.
T - Again, crisp and lemon-y, the lemongrass really shines here, along with some wheat, banana, and bubblegum. Really nice.
M - Medium-thin bodied with moderate carbonation.
D - Great drinkability, excellent spring/summer beer!

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Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of deereless
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of matjack85
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

I got to try this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. Served in a 10 0z. brandy snifter for $6.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/'yellow color with a small 1/2 finger white head that never completely went away. Nice lacing.

The beer smelled citrusy along with the obligatory coriander spice found in most wits.

It was mostly lemon flavored, although not overpoweringly so. Orange and coriander were also present as was some Belgian style yeast and enough malt to make it slightly sweet. It also had a surprising bitter finish.

Smooth and light with medium carbonation.

It didn't wow me over like most Dogfish Head products, but it was still a decent summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of curlybird
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A light hazy golden beer with a thick white head of approximately 2 fingers. Sediment catching rides on bubbles of co2 continue to oscillate around my glass as I agitate its golden contents. A very summery drink, my glass has light condensation on it as the beer is being served at approximately 40 degrees.

Smell:
Spicy citrus, orange, and biscuit. Heavy on the wheat and yeast, little bitterness at all. Rays of the sun shining through my glass on a dreary rain/snow season metamorphosis of a day. A light berry fruitiness from the yeast intertwines with the modest %abv and nothing overpowers.
Summary: Balanced and summery

Taste:
Summer loving. I would love this beer on a cool summer day, I may buy another one just to enjoy several months from now. Light like a fluffy wheat biscuit with a little bit of citrus and spice from the coriander and lemongrass (although the lemongrass is definitely secondary to the coriander).

Mouthfeel:
Light to medium bodied beverage, but not watery. Initially sweet on the palate. However, the beer has an inherent richness from the yeast and wheat. The beer is almost sour in the aftertaste, very little bitterness.

Drinkability:
Light and refreshing, alive and breathing as I take generous sips to experience all the sunlight and vitamin D my body has been craving through these long winter months. 5%abv makes it so an entire bottle an easy feat compared to most DFH special releases. Also for only $8, it doesn't hit the wallet as hard as expected, I could easily pay that much for a pint of it just to try it. As the world has both Beiber and DFH fever, I'm glad I was able to grab a bottle before it was all gone.

Cheers.

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Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 64.7% out of 100 with 3,230 ratings
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