Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Namaste White Belgian-Style WitbierNamaste White Belgian-Style Witbier
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #57
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #23,848
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 12.89%
Reviews:
689
Ratings:
3,409
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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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: 689 | Ratings: 3,409
Photo of jjamadorphd
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For me, it's strangely hit-or-miss with Dogfish Head offerings...

...this one was a bit of a miss. Though solid enough for the style, it didn't overly impress. The beer had a nice look with it's yellow-orange mixture in coloration, but the smell was lacking. Too much of the floral presentation for my liking, it was also very grassy to my nose, very much earthy. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and crisp, but the taste followed that floral presentation that met my nose, I guess the grass taste doesn't suit me too well. A decent brew, I'm sure there are those that will gravitate to this, but this will be a pass for me moving forward.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent straw color with a negligible cap of white foam. Quintessentially wit aroma smells of citrus and coriander, with a touch of barnyard funk.

The taste follows the nose closely, with lemon, coriander, pepper and an even more substantive dose of funk that gives it a more rustic character than your garden variety witbier. Medium body and carbonation make for a perky mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall, this a slightly more complex take on the style that will get it done in the refreshment department, as you'd expect.

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Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
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 puck1225
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like Belgian whites and this is a good one. Poured from tap at a local tavern into a tall pilzner glass. Yellow body, nice fluffy head and great lacing. Peppery smell. Lemon taste with pleasant spiciness. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Jake-northrup
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a nice brew that quenches the thirst. It pours a very light, straw yellow with a tinge of orange and a pale, lasting head. On the nose, you'll find a light aroma of orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander. It comes in very sweet on the palate from the bready malts, and then melts away into a collaboration of zesty, bitter orange peel, rich coriander, and spicy cinnamon. The coriander really shines in this brew. The malt does seem a bit sweet on this one, but overall, great brew and an awesome showcasing of the ever-so-popular coriander and orange peel combination. Cheers to you, Dogfish Head.

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Photo of lic217
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks, smells, and tastes like a Belgian wit. Typical orange, spice, and wheat, but it ends with a bitter lemongrass flavor. Very drinkable and it's enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, pale yellow color with minimal white head that fades quickly. Smells tart and of coriander. Taste is solid, a little coriander, orange, wheat, and a little lemongrass. Crisp and clean. Solid, delivers on the promised flavors.

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Photo of briandschorr
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - This beer presents with a clear yellow-copper body with a slight bit of haziness of a traditional witbier. Head is off-white and does not leave lacing as it recedes.
S - Lemongrass and orange peel come through in a strong yet balanced way.
T - Wonderful. A well-balanced blend of the orange, lemongrass, and coriander. I like sweet but for this style, I felt it went a bit overboard. Raise the wheat malt and reduce the pale malts.
F - Nothing great but nothing off-putting. Crisp and refreshing come to mind.
O - This actually reminds me of a Saison but still, DFH did not disappoint here. Well worth a try.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wheat beer glass - color is straw gold, fairly transparent for the style but the color and head color/density are on point; head is off white, fine bubbles.

Smell is wheat, toast, light lemongrass, very subtle coriander.

Taste is crisp, thin wheat, light toast, hints of lemongrass and citrus, not much coriander.

Mouthfeel is crisp on the tongue, lighter/softer lingering wheat presence throughout the mouth.

Overall a good wit beer, a little crisp, less spice than some, but still very very drinkable.

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Photo of muchos
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/06/17. Enjoyed 07/12/17 after a hot one at work.
L. Slightly hazy straw-orange, white head which hangs out for a few.
S. Clove, sweet bread, slightly tropical, citrus fruit salad, banana, some pepper if you get your nose right in there, smells good.
T. Peppery up front, clove and banana yeasty flavors, slightly sweet grains joined by some citrus, spicy zesty bitterness toward the end, aftertaste is peppery.
F. Full side of a medium body, good carbonation, not drying, pretty refreshing.
O. Uniquely spicy/peppery beer, but not overly so. There are a lot of good flavors while not overshadowing the nice base beer flavor.Not bad at all. Cheers!

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Photo of Treyliff
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy pale straw color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention

S- this beer smells like vomit, there's no other way to describe it. I'm not sure how that's even possible, but wow. No wheat, citrus or coriander to be found

T- tangy orange notes up front, followed by some peppery coriander notes. Mid-palate gives some toasted wheat, the finish has some lemongrass notes and more citrus

M- a good tasting wit, but the aroma makes it almost impossible to drink, ended up being only my 3rd ever drain pour

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance had a hazy burnt orange color with a bar pour’s kind of slim white head that left no lacing. The smell started off with a nice citrus to light breadiness. As it warmed, a light black pepper came about. The taste was mildly sweet with a nice underscore of the black pepper and brought in the breadiness to balance. A quick pepper/citrus aftertaste rolls into a balanced bready finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a super nice sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Overall, I say this was a pretty good witbier that I would have again.

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Photo of schematix
1/5  rDev -73.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I am not a fan of this style but i recognize that this beer is well brewed relative to its peers.

However, it is not worth the price premium DFH commands as so many other similar beers are available for about half the price.

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Photo of keith40
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Our 2nd Witbier. An improvement over Blue Moon. My wife liked it! Flavorful and easy drinking. Not quite as good for our tastes as the Allagash White. Purchased at Windmill Liquors.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn good witbier! Pours a beautiful golden color with a white head and some lacing. Coriander is the predominate smell. The taste is citrus, coriander but a deeper taste than Blue Moon maybe it's the peppercorns. Will definitely have again.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet glass. Medium carbination and body, very refreshing, smell of wheat and citrus, very light and herbal with a mildly sweet taste.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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 andrewh995
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Smells of wheat and orange. Tastes of wheat, citrus, and spice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall this is a tasty and light witbier.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian yeast with more depth of flavor and less sweetness by way of more wheat, lemongrass, and peppery notes. Love how this is not sweet and way more complex compared to other wits.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy straw-like gold with a nice thick white head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly yeast and wheat. A hint of lemon and orange.

Taste: Wheat, orange, lemon, peper.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, refreshing.

Overall: I am not a huge fan or wheat beers, but this one is great. Easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues, the next brewery's horizontal to be conducted is that of DFH.

From the bottle: "Our Belgian-style White ale brewed with dried organic orange flesh & peel, fresh-cut lemongrass, a bit of coriander, peppercorns & a healthy dose of good karma."

I wanted to make sure that the yeast and the adjuncts were in suspension, so before I Pop!ped the cap, I agitated the bottle's contents. I then allowed it a brief respite before Pop!ping the cap and letting fly with the beer. As you can probably guess, I got a good bit of foaming action, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention that slowly fell to wisps, leaving decent lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy, slightly cloudy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was intensely spicy, especially peppery & I actually sneezed as a result! This seemed like it might be fun to drink. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite spicy with the coriander & peppercorns really standing out with the orange and lemongrass underlying them as a buffer. It only partially worked as the spiciness was really intense. Finish was dry, in accordance with the utilization of spices, but I felt unfulfilled in that I would have liked the citrusiness to be a bit brighter. Oh, well. Can't have everything, eh? Where would you put it?

It seems that The CANQuest (tm) CAN have everything as DFHCB has relented & begun CANning nearly everything that they brew. As is my policy, I will NOT be amending my original Rating scores, but I will be doing a full-fledged CANQuest (tm) Review. Today is T, 17 July 2018.

From the CAN: "Off-centered ales for off-centered people."; "Our Belgian-style white ale brewed with delicious dried orange flesh & peel, fresh-cut lemongrass, a bit of coriander, peppercorns & a generous dose of good karma."

I did a little bit of in-CAN agitation before Crack!ing open the vent since it is meant to be a hazy, even cloudy beer & I wanted to make sure that any lees were in suspension. For this one, an inverted Glug was in order and it formed just under two fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, bone-white head that simply wilted in the heat & humidity. Color was a lightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was REALLY spicy with the coriander, peppercorns & lemongrass all standouts! It strikes me that this would be good with Asian cuisine. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as spicy as the nose had led me to expect & as you might expect, the coriander was prevalent, followed by the peppercorns. The orange and lemongrass got kind of lost in the mix & should be amped up if they are going to receive top billing. The karma was good & if you were looking for something light & refreshing for the beach cooler, this could fill the bill. Finish was dry, mainly thanks to all of the spices. It was okay, but I would prefer a Pilsner instead.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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

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Photo of Blackop555
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light cloudy, gold. Thick, short, white head. Fades fast to a ring.

Smells lemon, malt, spice, funk.

Tastes citrus and clove, bready malt, banana and coriander. Finish is semi sweet with clove linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass. Comes in a six-pack and available year-round. Belgian style white ale with the usual orange peel and coriander with lemongrass and peppercorn added.

L - bright gold in color, hazy hue, bubbly white head, ring around the glass. No evidence of yeast or sediment. Nice looking beer

S - lemon, pepper, spice, ginger, not your average Belgian White. Aroma is almost like a gueuze or sour ale

T - soft wheat taste, slight tartness, clean and citrus, lemongrass and ginger. Less complex than the aroma

F - crisp and clean, light carbonation, fluffy light body

O - super refreshing and light tasting beer. A good base of a style with tweaks that further expands the beer. Perfect for spring or summer sipping. Definitely would please the Blue Moon or Hoegaarden drinker for sure. Cheers!

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Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 3409 ratings