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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

558 Reviews
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Reviews: 558
Hads: 2,856
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 180
Gots: 853 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

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: 558 | Hads: 2,856
Photo of Chicken_bear
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting color, good head.
Crisp, almost club-soda nose.
Really smooth, full feel with a crisp finish.

A little fruity with a slightly sliced taste. Sort of like a Blue Moon that's not gross.

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Photo of AdamPT1
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a very thin head that recedes to the edges immediately then lingers for the duration of the drink. Smells of herbs and spice with light peppery and yeast notes. The taste is light with faint hints of orange, tea, sugar and wheat. The mouth feel is small, easy to drink and you could easily down the entire bottle without thinking twice since the beer is only 5% ABV. Definitely a summer brew but tasty none the less. The beer finishes with a crisp slightly bitter but clean flavor without a strong after taste. Definitely a recommendation for the spring and summer months.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Hazy golden yellow, translucent with streams of bubbles leading to a thin white layer of foam. Few lacings.

Aroma of grass, coriander, citrus, smells good.

Taste of orange and coriander, lots of carbonation in the first sip. Smooth finish.

Good beer, solid throughout, orange and coriander from first sip through to the end.

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Photo of rudzud
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The label definately catches the eye thats for sure. Between the name and nice picture I picked this dogfish head up immediately. Sadly, wasnt really a fan. This was poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a glorious light straw that almost seems to radiate with a yellow hue, complete with little bubbles coming up from the bottom. The head though is where this wit is really, really lacking. Starts off with a nice one finger head that quickly disappeared leaving a slight white halo. Very disappointing for a witbier.

S - While I'm not a fan of it, I have to give this high marks based on the fact that this DOES smell of corriander and lemongrass. Right after that initial yeasty wit aroma.

T - Upfront, I get some nice mild wheat and an almost bitter orange rind taste. Right after that theres an herbal flavour that is distinctly a combination of well, corriander and lemongrass. While the flavours are what Dogfish Head promised, it just really isnt making for an enjoyable beer for me.

M - For the amount of carbonation in this I was expecting something ALOT more crisp and refreshing. Just kinda sits in the mouth, almost watery.

D - Its a good beer, if the flavour combination is yout thing. For me it just didnt work. Maybe paired with the right food it would pop a little better. The flavour is spot on, but that mouthfeel is just far too thin.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy straw color with a small white, fluffy, creamy looking head with strong carbonation.

The smell is wheat, coriander, citrus and other spices with a light pepper smell being the most dominant. There is also a biscuty, cracker smell.

The taste is sweet and citrus like. There is a crisp, lager like cleanness followed by a dryness. There is also a light bready taste.

The mouthfeel is dry, on the thin side, which is normal for this style. There is a dry aftertaste left in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall this is a decent, lightly spiced wheat beer. It is definitely worth trying. If the spices were a bit more prominent this would be an even better beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a hazy pale gold. some of the haze is actually caused by the sea of carbonation bubbles. head is pretty dense, but i expected a little better retention.

S: spicy coriander. the hops and coriander actually work well together, playing off each other as fruity and bitter. definitely getting some lemon juice in there as well to add a bit of tartness.

T: lemon and pepper. a hint of sour behind the coriander. that hint hangs on through the finish, which is otherwise dry. the fruits are relatively complex and refreshing.

M: light body on medium carbonation. just wish the body was a little fuller/creamier and the carbonation was just a hair harder.

D: overall, refreshing, but almost too easy to drink. like i said above, if there was more of a bread character/richness i think it would be much more enjoyable.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy yellow with a thin head that sticks around for a minute or two. Nice lacing against the body. Very much what a wit should be

S- citrus, pepper... it's all there. The lemongrass actually protrudes more than I thought.

T-spicy and fruity, reminiscent of the style. Subtle hints of coriander and lemongrass cleanse the palate. Peppercorns end it with a dance of unami. Very nice.

M- a great amount of carbonation. Light, crisp, refreshing.

O- while it's funny that this was once one of my favorites, I still love this beer. As I sip I await the break of summer... The irony rests in a snowstorm outside my front door.

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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their DFH Baltimore Beer Week event.

The beer pours a pale gold color with decent head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light clove and coriander. Flavors replicate the nose with some light sweetness and noticeable wheatiness. Mouthfeel is very light and the beer is fairly refreshing on the palate. Not surprisingly, alcohol is very well disguised, making for decent drinkability.

A nice enough beer, though I wish it had a bit more flavor. Really nothing to get excited about and probably something I would not bother to order again.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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 BigMike
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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 Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger of head. A cloudy banana colored body.
Smell of orange, honey, lemon and coriander. Nice and balanced.
Taste is mild overall. Some sweetness with a good lemon bitterness. Good, but mild.
Smooth texture, low carbonation and light body.
Tasty and interesting, but not really a daily (or monthly) drinker for me.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a pale pineapple yellow with a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates.

Has a spicy, aromatic aroma, heavy coriander, lemon grass and allspice, with an underlying earthiness.

Light tasting, fairly aromatic, with notes of coriander, orange blossom water, lemon, and grass. To call it spicy is to understate it; this is like inhaling a spice cabinet.

Thin mouthfeel, with no bitterness profile. This beer is all about taste, not feel.

Another extremely different brew from DFH, while quite interesting, not sure I'd get this one again.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow hazy body with a decent head that reduces quickly but leaves blotchy lacing.

S- Bananas, pretty fruity, some skunkyness and grainyness, spices, cloves and wheat.

T- Light on the tongue.. light fruityness, lemon rind, unripe bananas, spices, sweet aftertaste.

M- Light body, medium carbonation.

An easy drinking summer beer, but there are better wits out there.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pours a pale straw yellow with good clarity. Nice bright white head with good retention and stick.

S - Bread dough, lemon grass, citrus rind, yeast.

T - Yeast, banana peel, coriander. Easy drinking - light bodied wit bier. Slightly acidic.

O - Nothing overwhelming about this one. Just an easy drinking Belgian style brew.

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Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 confer
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks like a dark lemonade, with a white head. It is very cloudy.
S- Nice refreshing citrus smell. It is a mix between the orange and lemon.
T- I think the lemon is a little too strong in the flavor. A hint of the wheat comes through at times in the taste.
MO- Drinkable but not as refreshing as many other wits. I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lemon gold color, very light. 1-finger white head with little retention. Nice thin lace all around the glass.

Coriander, lemon peel, wheat grass dominate the nose. Faint citrus bite from the lemons.

Spice hit right up front. Mead like, without the body. Honey, lemon, a little pepper, and then a moderately fizzy finish. Slightly cloying at the back end.

Thinner than what I would expect from the style, even with the sticky finish.

One and done here. Granted, this probably would taste better if it wasn't so dang cold outside.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at basement temp in snifter

A: cloudy, lemony yellow; thin head; powerful carbonation; not much lacing
S: lemon, yeast, bottle conditioning
T: light, spritzy coriander; dry; light; somewhat thin-flavored (surprising to me, given it's a DFH)

Overall, a classy white beer; ideal for a meal where you want a lighter, pleasantly spiced beer to accompany the food

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Photo of qchic
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

A decent alternative to that other all too common wit. So pale with a nice herbaceous flavor. Lemongrass more apparent on the nose and orange in the flavor. Pleasant prickly carbonation. Def drinkable.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a pale, hazy yellow. Thin white head. Notes of orange peel, coriander, sweet lemon. Tastes similar, coriander and lemon grass. Very crisp and light, a nice session.

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Photo of Buck89
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsener glass. Cloudy lemony yellow with thin white head that disappeared. Nose was complex: lemony tart, spicy pepper and orange citrus. Tasted the pepper first, followed by the orange, coriander and lemon. Nice crackery malt. Spiciness lingered on the finish. A very different Wit for sure.

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Photo of obrike
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky dull yellow in my pint glass...decent head that did not last...but pretty agressive lacing. Kinda liked the "yeastie boys" floating around.

Getting alot of typical witbier scents...but nothing out of the ordinary...clove, some banana, peppery spices and a bit of lemon. Wanted more out of this one...

Taste follows...did not pack the punch i wanted. Some lemony freshness and coriander spices, but again, did not bowl me over.

I did like the uber carbonation in this one...pretty refreshing on a hot Texas night. It's quite possible that this style just doesn't do it for me. Similar to a hefe, but felt just a bit off overall.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Bottled in 2012. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy pale honey-gold with a finger of bright white foam. Settles to a thin pillowy covering. Some nice lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of slightly-sour fruit, lemony citrus, peppery spices. Seems right for a wit style.

Flavor begins with the slight sourness that was picked up in the nose. Followed by some citrus acidity. Finishes with some lemon citrus and bitterness. Overall a very light flavor.

Fairly light bodied with medium, slightly-spritzy carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Spider889
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer I was happy to discover by DFH, found this at From the Vine. Review from notes.

Bottled in 2010 2A

Cloudy, wet straw color - a yellow gold with burnt orange hues and some yeast floaties. Small cap of white foam, receded quickly back into the brew. Some sticky legs but no real lace.

Smelled like bright and soft saison. Doughy Belgian yeast, slightly spiced. Some orange, lemon, and mild clove.

The taste is where this beer shines. It is sweet and floral, not too yeasty. There's sweet orange blossom, honey, with a funky saison-style finish. Lemongrass comes through adding an herbal grassiness to the aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied for the style. I liked this, but it was a bad idea to attempt the 750ml on my own. The whole bottle was a bit much to drink in a sitting.

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Photo of Kakaraht
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice hazy golden color with two thumbs of thick white head with excellent retention and god lacing.

S: This smell like a wit, with huge generous amounts of coriander and tangy orange. It leaves me thinking of Brussels.

T: The taste is very similar to the aroma with an extra yeasty flavor that mingles with the grainy wheat. You get all that zesty orange and deep coriander lingering.

M: Nice carbonation with a light body and dry finish.

D: Not my favorite Dogfish Head but one of the nicest wit's that I have had.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.