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Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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
Reviews:
593
Ratings:
3,041
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
29.69%
 
 
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189
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Reviews: 593 | Ratings: 3,041
Photo of mkh012
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow-orange with an inch of bright white head. Smell is mild pepper, citrus, and spice. I taste lemon rind, pepper, and coriander. The mouth-feel is snappy and crisp. Very refreshing. A B+ witbier. In the same neighborhood as Hoegaarden and Blanche de Chambly but not as good as Allagash or St. Bernardus. Pairs well with spicy foods, especially Thai or Chinese.

Not the most complex, but also not aspiring to be. Clean, drinkable, and crisp, as a good wit should be. A bit more peppery than the average offering. A summer beer best enjoyed at 45°

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Photo of SGT_Cookie
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing spectacular. Overall, just what to expect from a witbier, don't get me wrong, it's a good and refreshing brew, but nothing stands out above the other witbiers out there. Would I drink again? Yes. But I won't go looking for it. Good, average, maybe above average witbier.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very pale straw color, bright white head hangs around pretty well.
smells of coriander, some orange nougat, decent power and nothing off. a nice nose in a begian wit way.
the coriander is fairly dominant in the flavor, but is not off-putting. now the peppercorns make a subtle appearance–I am picturing the multicolored variety rather than black. fruity, semi-dry finish.
lots of carbonation and a light/med body. the bubbles are a bit bracing.
overall, a nice refresher.

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Photo of rjd722
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Reagan (DCA) waiting for my flight to The Cleve.

Look: Pours a nice hazy straw color with one finger foam head, great lacing.

Aroma: Presents a burst or orange peel and lemongrass, coriander and wheat also present.

Taste: Wheat up front paired with a lemon-citrus burst. Slight lemon zest and spice as well.

Feel: Crisp and clean with light carbonation. Very refreshing.

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Photo of GrumD
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very lively on pouring and a light fluffy head was retained throughout. Very light appearance as expected and the nose sang of orange and some spicy grass-like aromas. The mouthfeel is weak but the taste is refreshing and sufficiently earthy with some nice funky yeast. No depth to the finish but it is a pleasing beer.

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Photo of Benj17
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a light head that settles quickly. Golden dark blonde color. Lightly cloudy. Lots of citrus, very slightly green, noticeable coriander, very fresh, gentle acidity. Only very lightly bitter at the very back and top. Heavy carbonation helps to amp up the refreshing factor even more, but it finishes pretty smooth. Mouthfeel on this is excellent throughout actually. Not quite as round and meaty on the finish as a lot of wheat beers, making it perhaps less wholesome but more crisp. Not astonishingly complex, but delicious as it is.

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Photo of beardfullofbeer
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer smells like roasting pig. It's a delicious aroma of spring rain and summer breeze. It has a golden, cloudy look. Feels good going down, not to rough, smooth, cooling.

Loved every minute. Reminds me of sneaking out at night on a hot day to hang out with a forbidden love.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [2.50] The beer forms almost no head. Just a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Even that is gone instantly. The beer itself is a cloudy apricot color. Overall it is not that appealing to the eye. The bottle does list the ABV (4.8%) and there is a date code that says it was born (07/09/15)

S: [2.00] Smells like a Belgian yeast bomb. Belgian yeast is a scent/flavor that I avoid at all costs. This may not go well... I get nothing else on the nose.

T: [2.50] Belgian yeast up front. Trying to act like an adult and keep going to find other flavors. There is a hint of lemon rind. After a few sips the Belgian yeast flavor is subduing.

M: [3.00] This is really carbonated. I actually like the high carbonation it gives the beer a refreshing feeling to it.

O: [2.75] Belgian yeast is basically my kryptonite. I know "why get a Wit if you hate the yeast it is made from?" Well sometimes I buy a beer without knowing the style just to try it out and see what I can figure out without pre-reading reviews and descriptions. That being said. The mouthfeel is the highlight on this guy. Crisp and refreshing. That's it. I won't drink this again voluntarily.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There are some refreshing witbier's out there, but this wasn't one of them for me.

I didn't get much of what was advertised on this beer at all. The orange does not come through, and neither do the wheat nor the yeast.

It all gets drowned out by some kind of pungent herbal twang that's just odd.

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Photo of WonderNerd15
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A hazy yellow with a puffy white head
S: Can most definitely smell the spices, the orange comes through on the exhale
T: The coriander hits first, and then the orange comes behind sweetening the overall taste, but the spiciness lingers
F: Light and crisp.
O:Good, refreshing lighter beer. Would get again.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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 flyingpig
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Drinks of the World, Basel, Switzerland (5.20 CHF):
A simple but very well done witbier with all the usual flavours (orange zest, spice, lemongrass & coriander). Not the most unique from DFH but a great beer with good carbonation, a fresh & crisp feel with nice balance & it was easy to drink; another excellent offering from the brewery.

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Photo of soccrgump
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, straw color; very frothy white head, at least 2 fingers, which lingered for some time. Smell: orange, lemon, coriander and a little pepper. Taste: follows the nose; getting more of the peppercorns; lemony / hoppy finish at the end, but very slight and not overpowering. Mouthfeel: light bodied and creamy. Overall: a great wit!

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Photo of jancona
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking pour - cloudy yellow with lots of foam. Smell is lemon zest and sticky malts. Taste is a hint of orange, lemon zest, with hints of coriander and white pepper. Has a very nice carbonated feel.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a light-golden, semi-opaque color with a (very) frothy, 2-3 finger head. Lots of lacing throughout.

Smells of wheat, biscuit, lemongrass.

Taste quite how it smells... and cool and crisp. I can, perhaps, taste a little bit of the coriander (cilantro)... hard to tell. It's quite subtle as is the orange slices.

A nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass(Weizen glass needs replacing as of this review), this beer's head is one finger thick and off-white, with very nice lacing throughout, and a clear,pale golden body.

Smells rather frickin malty for a witbier.

I do taste the lemongrass, but not much of the other elements described on the label.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery a 3.75. Once I acquire a new Weizen glass, I'll probably go back and re-review this to give it a better olfactory judgement.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip
L: Hazy pale yellow, initially pours tons of head, white and fluffy like clouds. Head subsides a bit. Leaves a little lacing on the side of the glass. Quite attractive
S: Typical yeasty smell of the style predominates. Sweet wheat is also present Citrusy is also present, as well as a touch of spice. Actually pretty standard for the style.
T: Sort of lacks the characteristic sweetness I am used to with witbiers. Citrus is present, not really much in terms of a phenol character. Flavors that are present are citrus, lemon or orange flavors. Flavor is good but sort of lacks complexity
F: Initially carbonation makes this beer quite crisp, but it finishes smooth as hell. I actually really enjoy the feel of this beer. It feels full body but goes back easy.
O: Nice wit for many reasons. Lacks in some regards and it makes up for it in others. Wouldn't mind trying this in a blind taste test with a few others and really get a feel for it.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale, hazy with a very wide white foam head medium retention. Smell is citric, fresh and yeasty. Taste is refreshing, citric and wheaty, some yeast and spices too. Médium Body with high carbónation. Nice wit but not very well balanced

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Photo of bmeehan
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Namaste pours golden yellow with a nice foamy head that doesn't linger too long. It tastes like a white ale (which it is, of course), but spicier. The label mentions coriander and other spices and not only are they evident, but they work very well. This is a good beer.

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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 kingandrew
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. One of my favorites in the summer. People compare it to Blue Moon. Not as much orange taste and more spices. You get the citrus up front, but then the aftertaste is lemongrass and spice. Clearer than Blue Moon. A bit expensive for what it is. For the same price you can get the 60min IPA. But then again Blue Moon is almost as expensive. I think both the Namaste and Blue Moon are way better than Allagash White, which is also twice as expensive.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent witbier from DFH. I would have preferred a little more spice/coriander character, but if you want a refreshing, sessionable, non-offensive ale, this is great.

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Photo of Chicken_bear
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 soupyman10
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Light straw color. The slowest pour ever reveals three fingers of white head. Hoping there's a little carbonation left for the beer. Nose is citrus fruit, yeast. Quite big and enticing. Flavor is similar. Sweet fruity malt. Earthy yeast. Light spiciness, coriander. Flavor seems somewhat masked by the still high carbonation. Body is somewhat thin, light. A good lawnmower beer, but limited in terms of flavors; not really much going on.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Several 12 ounce bottles consumed over several days/nights. Poured into a Speigelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Thus far, I have only seen this beer sold by the individual bottle at my local Whole Foods. Was there this afternoon and there were none left. Too bad, as this is a wonderful Witbier and one that I'd drink happily again and again. The only two Witbiers I rate higher than this are Allagash White and St. Bernardus Witbier. My favorite offering so far from Dogfish Head.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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