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:
3,201
Reviews:
628
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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210
Gots:
1,120
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mattjcrawford
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Waveoff
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Justindemino
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant but extremely light-bodied Wit-like beer. Pale, hazy grayish golden in color. Modest foam in the glass, and spritzy mouthfeel.

Light flavors with just a touch of orange. Not much evidence of the lemongrass supposed to be in the brew, but that's probably a good thing. More of a seltzer water taste. Light bit of malt sweetness is the best feature-- sort of a watery Hefeweizen flavor.

Overall it's pretty anemic, though inoffensive in flavor. What's offensive is the price of a bottle.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InsolublePancake
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very light, slightly hazy pale straw color with just a little bit of head, maybe a quarter inch (although I had just rinsed out the glass, so take that into consideration) that quickly dissipates to a persistent ring of lace.

S- Typical witbier smell of light citrus and coriander. Given all the ingredients that went into this beer I was expecting something a little bit different, but this is pretty much classic witbier. Wait, no, scratch that. After the beer warms up a little there is a definite pepper note. Interesting, and quite nice.

T- Light, sweet malt, slightly lemony and with an aftertaste of fruit loops. The finish is quite bitter for the style, but it's a different sort of bitterness than you'd expect; it doesn't seem to be coming from the hops. Maybe it's the pepper? It's interesting, but I'm not sure if I like it or not.

M- Nice and light and quite fizzy from the carbonation. A good, refreshing mouthfeel.

O- Well, it's pretty interesting. I don't know if it's the pepper or not, but the taste is definitely different from your typical wit. The only problem is I'm not sure I really like it. I don't mind some bitterness, but it seems misplaced here. It was interesting to try, but I doubt I'll be revisiting it anytime soon.

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Photo of hoagzzz
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Generally don't like wit and don't like dfh, so I am barking up the wrong tree. But overall not bad. Drinkable at a summer BBQ.

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Photo of sunilmallya
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yourefragile
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Brewer's Art chalice.

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a nice long lasting white head and little lacing. Aroma is very mild, slightly tangy and citrusy with some lemon and fresh cut grass. Flavor starts off initially extremely tangy, exacerbated by overly active carbonation. Middle of the body has some more typical wit characteristics before a strong peppery and lemon grass finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium thick, initially dominated by over active carbonation which distracts from whatever is going on with the flavors. The finish is a little more spicy and peppery than I like and doesn't seem well integrated with the rest of the flavors. A nice, refreshing beer, but not particularly well balanced or pleasing; this is a definite pass for me.

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Photo of Cincy_Brew
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of facundoCNB
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a hazy straw yellow pour with a little too much head (looks over carbonated), lots of lacing due to head. smells of bread, pepper, zesty citrus (lemon mainly). a slight punch of initial bitterness of dirt followed by a sweet citrusy orange flavor, as well as some citrusy tang. not really all that much there. light bodied with way too much carbonation (comparable to a freshly opened bottle of seltzer, i actually got gas bubbles up my nose).

overall, this was really an average beer. a good session drink, and a good summer lawn mower/yard-work beer. i don't see a reason why they would put this in a bomber and not just sell it by the six pack. very average flavors and smells, but at least it LOOKED nice. i think maybe there was a problem with this bottle being over carbonated that took a bit away from everything.

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Photo of thebeers
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow with thick, meringue-like white head. Light lemon, pepper and crackers on the nose, which continue into the flavor. Average body for the style. It's fine, but nothing that stand out. B -.

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Photo of Muzak
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The dogfish head wit! Pours a beautiful translucent gold with a fluffy white head. Smell is orange peel and sugar, but also dusty. Taste is less impressive. Reminds me of sugary, cucumber and orange water. Not what I expected from a witbier. Mouthfeel is carbonated and dry, very similar to seltzer water. Overall, Namaste leaves much to be desired if you expected a full-bodied beer. Very light and aromatic. Nevertheless, an interesting interpretation of the traditional wit.

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Photo of frykid
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
L: little head, dissipated quickly - light golden color. can see right through it
s: a little sour smell; can't distinguish other aromas
t: a light citrus
f: smooth, light body

overall : it was ok.

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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

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy deep yellow body. Large head, good lacing.

S: lemongrass is the strongest, than slight coriander.

T: wheaty taste, earthy/grass, more bitter for a witbier.

M: solid carb and body.

D: slightly disappointed for Dogfish head. Not very complex.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A = A thin yellow with a chartreuse tinge. It has a short-lived head and not much lacing.

S = Most intriguing part of this wheat beer. The coriander and orange slices are noticed, and I suspect the lemongrass is what makes it intriguing.

T = Weiss bier and then the prevalent coriander, then the orange slices which I think lends a bitterness which is someone unpleasant.

M = Light weiss bier and crisp, fresh.

O = If it wasn't for that bitterness, which I'm attributing to the dried orange slices, I would really like this wheat beer. I think it's worth revisiting on a hot summer day with a barbecue meal. it would probably be very refreshing. Not a favorite for drinking on its own, though.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

They put way too much spices in a beer that didn't need that much. It taste like a cheaper version of Ommegang Rare Vos.

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Photo of killcore
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Namaste White Belgian-Style Witbier from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 3,201 ratings.
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