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Namaste - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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87
very good

571 Reviews
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Reviews: 571
Hads: 2,926
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 29.87%
Wants: 182
Gots: 908 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style | ABV
Witbier | 4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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
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Reviews: 571 | Hads: 2,926
Photo of Richardberg
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a chilled goblet. Bright straw-yellow, moderate layer of dense fizz around the rim, no lacing.

S - wheat, lemon zest, coriander, grass

T - pretty standard witbier flavor. Nothing to write home about, or worthy of the nifty dogfish artwork & exotic name on the bomber, either, TBH.

M - light body, not much fizz, decently oily for a 5% beer though

D - nice well made wit. Guess I was expecting something more...hoping, even, since wits are not really my thing...but in retrospect it's a pleasant, easy-drinking example of what craft brewing is all about, with no real flaws.

Now where did I put that triple imperial?

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph NJ.

Pours hazy dark white, light foam. Wheat nose and a mix of spices. Corriander for sure, quite prominent. Citrussy. On the lighter side, but different flavors blend in. A good light summer beer. Not remarkable.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this clear golden yellow beer into my pint glass as a small head developed. I detected coriander, orange peel, grain, and a bit of a vegetal funk in the aroma. A fine wheat beer taste with noticeable lemongrass present. Subtle spices. Very light and refreshing - typical of the style. Quite good, but not sure it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice light yellow color. Foamy white head pours very slowly. Brew is cloudy with minimal bubbles. Very little lacing.

S - Lots of lemon and basil. Some other nice scents stand out, mostly other spices. Some elegant orange too.

T - Some very easy pepper flavors, nothing abrasive. Also, nice light citrus.

M - Very dry and bitter for the style... Perfect bubbles.

O - A good brew, but not overwhelming. Not worth the price tag, but still a nice brew to split with your lady.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a mildly hazy, bright yellow color. Head is surprisingly pretty tame. It diminishes quickly. Mild lacing.

S-Smells nice and dry. Lacks that sweetness that most Witbiers exude in the aroma. Wheat and lemons with a dried graininess. Coriander and some citrus rind.

T-Soft flavor. I actually enjoyed the nose more. The peppercorns come out here softly. Coriander, light spice and lemons. Dry, pale malt and some grains.

M-Light bodied with smooth bubbles. Drinks very easily. No bitterness. Flavors don't linger.

O-A Witbier that isn't overly sweet, which is a plus in my book. I thought the nose was more dynamic than the flavor but as far as the style goes, it's a solid brew.

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Photo of do_ob
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner. Pours a very clear pale yellow with a thin, fizzy white head. It quickly dissolved down into a light lacing. Lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Smell grassy with strong notes of lemon, wheat, and a sour/tart funk. Light weight, watery, nice and easy going down. Decent carbonation on the mouthfeel, and quite dry. Kinda reminds me of a champaign of sorts. Slight sour notes with a definite lemon and wheat presence. Not very strong in terms of the taste, but it has enough going on to keep you interested. Bread-like aftertaste with a dry, clean finish.

Overall, not bad at all. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one was pretty good.

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Photo of nukem5
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy golden wheat color with smallish head and little retention, nice thick lacing down glass.

S: Like citrus Orange peels and lemongrass, small peppery notes.

T: Is somewhat of citrusy peels and attack of pepper in the back end of taste.

M: Is of a medium body with slightly chewy feel muddled in the middle. Not a whole bunch of flavors drifting around but the ones that are present very good indeed.

D: Had mine with a piece of chipolte salmon in a Tai lime chili sauce, very good together.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – very light gold color, a little murky, and with about a quarter of white frothy foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – typical smell of a hefe or a witbier. Wheaty in smell and with hints of orange or other citrus fruits.

Taste – again pretty typical wheaty taste for a witbier. Slightly bitter going from the beginning of the taste and into the middle. I can’t quite taste the lemongrass that’s supposed to be in it, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel – pretty tame in the Mouthfeel. Pretty well balanced.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, but not terribly perplexing in the taste. But, the taste itself is very good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy--makes the beer more white than straw color. Decent head that leaves superior ring and spotted lace, almost blanketing the glass.

Strong wheat and what I would call "brewery floor"--you the smell you get in a brewery after a production run.

Traditional hefeweizen flavors--plenty of wheat and yeast. There's a soft malt to the beginning which slowly shifts to sweetish wheat. Slight sourness in the swallow. Short aftertaste. Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled poured into pint glass...

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with rings floating around. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: I'm getting some lemongrass, spicy yeast, coriander, wheat, and a little pepper.

T: I'm getting the wheat, yeast, and lemongrass upfront then the orange and pepper comes in at the end. Aftertaste is very clean

M: Not light not medium bodied kind of in between. It is very crisp and refreshing.

O: As always Dogfish Head cannot miss.... Good ABV good flavors with a little twist on the wit. Worth looking for.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poureed from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 2/20/14, so 2 1/2 months old

Looking very nice in the tulip. A cloudy yellow, lots of carbonattion up the side of the glass. Bright white slightly creamy head which maintaine dthroughtout. Decent lacing.

Could not get anything on the nose. Had the wife check it out, only slight orange smell

Taste is very subtle on this. Some faint citrus. I does have a very nice flavor, the kind you get from white white ales, but nothing specific jumps out.

Mouth is somewhere between light and medium. Aftertaste remains on roof of mouth and side of tongue for some time. Not unpleasant at all.

I like this beer, like the taste. Just can't seem to put into words why.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Honestly a bit forgettable, for me -- it's just a slightly better than average Witbier and nothing else. The description makes it sound very interesting and unique, but nothing really stands out all that much. Of course, there's a lot of coriander, being that it's a Witbier, but there's some definite orange peel bitterness and flavor, with a lemony freshness from the lemongrass. Witbier's are one of the least interesting styles, in my opinion, but Dogfish Head does a decent job of sprucing up a normally mediocre style and making it taste good.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours light golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Slightly tart wheat, grassy, a little spice, and faint citrus.

T: Wheat, coriander spice and a little pepper, light citrus, floral notes, a little tart on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O:

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Dogfish Head Aleshouse in Falls Church, VA. On to the beer:

This is a pee yellow colored beer topped with a small head. The aroma takes me on the route of a witbier with its vibrant coriander and pinch of citrus peel. With a first sip, a fresh bite of orange peel hits the palate. Spices and the light crisp wheat follow the lead of the citrus fruit. Would I do Namaste again? Ya betcha.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color from the bottle. Has a nice two finger head that sticks around for a while. Light citrus flavor with some slight bitterness. not much for a wheat taste but this is not overpowering at all. very well rounded and something i would buy again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a really weak color with a pale yellow and greatly filtered appearance. The head was thick, congealed and bright white and made up some of the difference in the weak color.

The aromas are doughy, bready and modestly yeasty with some clove, perfume and a bit of flower.

I find the taste to be far more interesting as the yeast flavors are distinct but lend to an easy smooth feel. Ever so slight clove mixes with a Pilsner breadiness and closes with a fruity banana and lemon. There is some hints of piney hops but it is subtle.

I found this exceptionally easy to drink and being that it was very hot on the porch this made for a good summer cooler.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful hazy golden color with a killer thick and white head. The head fades at a moderate rate, leaving nice gobs of sticky lacing on the glass. Solid in the looks category.

Aroma is large on coriander with mild hints of lemon and orange citrus. No complaints from me because I like my wits spice forward. Taste is milder, with more citrus coming forward. Some sweet malt spice and a bit of hop flavor give way to a brief bitterness, but it all ends surprisingly clean.

Light bodied and effervescent, which makes it a bit filling. Still a nice drinker even on a Mid-January day!

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Photo of birderbeerer
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy. Pale golden. One finger head, minimal and brief lace. The head evaporates quickly.

S: Sweet, lemongrass, coriander, and orange (as advertised). Smells like a white beer. Like a 5% abv beer ready for me after mowing the lawn.

T: Sweet. As much from the wheat as from the lemongrass and orange. Light tart aftertaste. The lemongrass lingers. Light and refreshing. Not as heavy or as overly sweet as many white beers. Very well balanced while maintaining true to the style.

I could easily toss back the whole bomber after mowing the lawn. Not quite the same after shoveling snow.

Seems to me that this experiment is in picking a style and brewing it well more so than creating an interesting beer.

A good white beer, but pricey for what it is.

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Photo of Kooz
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a standard pint glass. Then poured again. And again. Nice looking beer--cloudy and straw-colored/yellow.

Smells strongly of wheat right up front. Slight hints of citrus in the background. It's got a good nose to it--strong but not overpowering. No alcohol smell at all.

Tastes nice--it's light and acidic. There's coriander in here, and I'd know it even without the label saying so. It's not very developed though--after a few sips it's sort of one-note. A little disappointing considering the high bar Dogfish Head has set, but still good.

Mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. The beer is slightly under-carbonated and doesn't have much body. It's smooth and doesn't have any bite, but I can't give it more than an average 3.

Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this beer. It wasn't cheap but I'd happily buy it again. It's a nice white that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light gold and has a lot of carbonation. A white creamy head builds about two fingers high.
The smell has some fruity notes like orange and lemon, but is not very strong.
Tasting the beer those fruit flavors are confirmed. A nice fresh combination of lemongras, orange and lime up front, to be joint by grain and definitely wheat in the middle, and ending with some coriander tones in the back.
A very nice summer beer with wheat beer character. It is light and very drinkable for those hot days, especially with that low 5 percent ABV.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a flared tulip.
The appearance was a glossy yellow color with a slim bar pour's kind of white head. Quick dissipation yields some stringy lacing quickly sliding into the beer.
The smell takes in some oranges, lemongrass in a sweet way and then allows some coriander to blend into the rest of it.
The taste was mainly sweet with a decent kick of the spice (coriander) to balance decently.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rests nicely on my tongue as it's fairly mild. Light yeastiness clings in a decent bready (light stickiness) sort of way on my tongue.
Overall, its a decent witbier. If anything, it went well with the Reuben I had along with it.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild yellow, with a one finger white head, minimal lacing. The smell is of malt, corn, lemon, and old banana. Taste is of citrus at first with some undernotes of pepper and corn. Mouth feel is pretty thin, just enough carbonation. Overall decent beer, expect better from dogfish though, wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The body is a hazy yellow-golden color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is nice with some light citrus notes--mostly orange and lemon. A bit of grain as well. The flavor is pretty nice though a bit one-dimensional with citrus. Good, light body and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a nice hot-weather brew.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy light straw with a finger of head that quickly dissipated down to a thin film. The nose had the essence of wheat and a pinch of Belgian funk. The flavor is light and mild with the wheat upfront and a finish that is dry and slightly peppery.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 2011 750 bottle.

A: Pours foamy white three fingers of lingering head. Not much lacing. Hazy light yellow color - like late summer hay. Second pour yields more billowing head and definite lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts, coriander, hay, a touch of grass (but not the advertised lemongrass.)

T: wheat grains, belgian yeasts, a touch of lemon, and lingering coriander. Slight citrus wafts remain on the breath for quite a while. Very low hops, perhaps a bit of Saaz for bittering?

M: light body, very refreshing and effervescent. Coriander taste lasts and numbs the tongue slightly - this could be residual orange peel as well.

O: Nice that dfh used so many advertised spices to make a balanced wit. Perhaps this could have been accomplished with a more aggressive yeast and less adjunct additions? Either way, this is pretty easy drinking.

I'd buy this more often if it came in a 6er. I got this one at a discount, but would probably not get more at full big-bottle prices.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.