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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,138 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,138
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 120
Gots: 320 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009)
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Photo of specksnreds
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like lemons. What a refreshing delight, what with its super bubbly personality. Giant cumulus head magically parts at the command of my gob. High quench factor with little bitter in this spicy concoction. What a dry ride this one was. Get it. My gob commands it.

specksnreds, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 brew poured into a DFH snifter from a 750 ml bottle giving way to precisely 2 fingers of white delicate fluff, gorgeous hazy yellow golden with orange hues showing presence, minimal lacing.

S - Strong corainder and orange fruity esters that are over taken by lemon in the back which lingers in the nose.

T - Accurately follows the aroma adding a touch of honey the flavor transitions flow with a great smoothness ending with the lemongrass being most present which becomes a pleasant change of direction for a wit, the hops are present but subtle and come and go, wheat grains are here for balance but in the end everything bows to the zesty lemongrass in the back. quite refreshing

M - Carbonated is on point, being light but there to accompany the silk smooth medium to light body. This beer is so soothing i feel like it can rehabilitate a battered palate.

O - Awesome twist from DFH and not surprised at all, can't wait to enjoy this under the sun next time, very easy to drink, with that being said i almost wish it had more of an alcohol presence. yes i understand it is a wit but maybe a little more kick would be nice. The biggest knock i have on this brew is its $11 dollar price tag a bit steep to me.

JayAre46, Apr 08, 2011
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.

ThePorterSorter, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden amber with a bit of haze to it. Immediately after the pour you can see a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top which slows as the beer sits. Poured a nice foamy head about 1 finger high which slowly dissipates leaving a nice lacing on the side of the glass

S: Lemongrass and slight citrus is definitely apparent in the first whiff. Some coriander is present along with a distinct witbier wheatiness.

T: Distinctly wheaty followed by tastes of lemon, citrus and an herbal taste that lingers for a while before being replaced by a pleasant citrus-y aftertaste.

M: A nice light bodied beer with a light amount of carbonation that suites the style, and this beer specifically, quite well.

D: Very drinkable, while it isn't one of my most favorite beers, I would probably have another if the other beers available were less desirable.

Daktyls, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Remydakine
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Using coriander in a witbier seems very risky seeing that witbier naturally have a skunky bite to them, adding a spice that has little subtly would make for a unique tasting but not a "good" drink. But the mellow undertones of all the flavors mold well. If this beer was any stronger or robust I do not think it would work. Great for food pairing..cheese, fruit, and vegetables.

Remydakine, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Shakerman, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Very pretty carbonation.

It had a very fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Some citrus, mainly lemon. A bit of spice.

Sweet taste, bready. Lemon and a bit of orange.
Definite coriander.

This beer was light-bodied and refreshing. Perfect for a warm summer day.

lordofthewiens, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with three fingers of white head. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves a bit of lacing behind.

S - Coriander is very prevalent in the nose, along with grain and yeast. Also some pepper and gain amounts of citrus. Very aromatic. Definitely draws you in.

T - Pepper and coriander up front with quick a bit of yeast. More grain taste in the middle with citrus and lemongrass. Finishes dry wit citrus zest and pepper.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Overall a good witbier. Not something I would want everyday. A little thin in mouthfeel. I did enjoy the dry, spicy character.

warnerry, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +6.1%

SmellsofMahagony, May 18, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +6.1%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, coriander and oranges - exactly what you would expect from a witbier.

The flavor is more of the same. The first flavor component is a lot of wheat, with some orange peel citrus notes and some nice coriander to balance things out. Not complex or off-the-wall like a lot of Dogfish Head beers, but a very well executed Belgian White.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of tylerbrowe
4/5  rDev +6.1%

tylerbrowe, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Bike2work
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of VipertheIV
4/5  rDev +6.1%

VipertheIV, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +6.1%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of brianplatt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

brianplatt, May 24, 2012
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with bright light citrus flavors and moderate amounts of spices - coriander with hints of deeper and indistinct spices. Also present are light amounts of floral and slightly herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors with small amounts of white pepper kick things off and are joined quickly heavier spices, including coriander as in the aroma. Midway through the sip light citrus flavors take over, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer however it's not quite clean enough to take a place in the upper tier. Still, an easy-drinking beer that will be great for warmer months.

glid02, Mar 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BrianCuoz, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

JIMTRK16, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

WaydeRafnel, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

wander4, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

CTague, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

admorobo, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 04, 2014
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,138 ratings.