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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,163 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,163
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 122
Gots: 325 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

rydev24, Sep 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

HRamz3, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow with white head that fades pretty quickly.

The smell is freakin awesome. This is one of the most earthy beers I've ever smelt. I pick up some lemon and an almost wet dirt note to it.

The taste is very dry but once you let the back come in the flavor starts to open up a bit. A very herby earthy beer overall.

I enjoyed this beer and would like to try it on tap sometime. As for judging it to a Witbier it is different but shares a lot of the same qualities. A nice change of pace for the style.

Eriktheipaman, Sep 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

MaseFace, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bzach, Apr 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SFC21, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

MastaShonuf, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of jaswilson2
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

jaswilson2, Today at 02:20 AM
Photo of PopnLoads
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

PopnLoads, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

CGMLS3, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I love this style of beer and even though this was a bit different from what I was accustomed to and expected, I really enjoyed this and how easily it went down. Although this is new, I hope that Dogfish Head will brew this for the season in upcoming years!

Love the pour to this, as the goldenrod hue, sea-form head, and relatively opaque hue gave this a great appearance from the get-go. Not as cloudy as other examples of this style, the aroma wasn't terribly strong either. Great lactng as well, given that each sip I took left a nice ring on the back side of my pint glass. Lots of lemongrass and grass in the taste, while the citrus and coriander were more recessed. Couldn't really taste the peppercorn here and there wasn't much wheat to be seen or felt either. The carbonation was perfect and this was quite light without being watered-down or overly filling. A hint of the grassy sourness came out in the back, but that didn't linger for very long.

Although I only bought one bottle of this, I could have easily had 3 or 4 in a sitting since the alcohol was both undetectable and low in terms of percentage. While not as good as its European counterparts, there's a lot to like here and for a beer this unassuming, there was enough flavor to satisfy even the biggest beer geek. A hint of wheat or more spice would have been appreciated but as it was, this was something that I'd reach for again now that the warmer months are here. Another subtly solid offering from Dogfish Head!

JerzDevl2000, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

civicm87, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

scott2269, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

DustinSWB, Apr 04, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served to me on tap.
A. Milky-opaque straw yellow. Tons of foamy head that refused to die back.
S. Heavily raunchy - The first impression is wet funky and musty barnyard hay that some farmer has thrown handfuls of lemongrass into as an odor-eater. The second impression reveals the coriander power chord over citrus base and bizarre ammonia-family smells as from a good limburger cheese or leaking out of the corners of your closed diaper disposal basket. Overall, smells like a properly disgusting runny-gooey fancy cheese on top of a pale wheat malt and lemon foundation. Luckily, I enjoy that sort of thing.
T. The coriander makes me think of middle eastern food, the lemongrass brings to mind Thai cold dishes. Just like most of the fancy runny cheeses I have tried, what smells terrible on the nose is muted or completely absent on the palate. The raunchy odors don't have a taste equivalent at all. In fact the taste is remarkably light and floral. Lemony fresh. Although, if one lets it sit in the mouth for too long, there becomes a faint aftertaste of boiled carrots. How odd.
M. It is really super effervescent for me. Almost too bubbly, distractingly so. Not a "chewy" beer but rather sessionable.

The closest thing I have smelled to the strange funk of this beer has only been present in some Saisons and that one time I tried Lindemans Faro. As the type of person who seeks out the strange and unusual freak beers, I heartily endorse this oddity. :)

WastingFreetime, May 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

smutty33, Jun 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

skaboom420, May 20, 2013
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Portsmouth. Pours a hazy light yellow body with a good half inch or so of white head. Smells very fruity and floral with a decent amount of spice. Oranges, coriander, lemon, pepper, and hints of caramel malt hit the palate. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Super-drinkable. Complex and unique but while flavorful, this beer is not in your face and everything blends very well complimenting each other. A great witbier. I'm quite impressed. Though at $10 per bottle, this will have to be an occasional treat.

MrHurmateeowish, Oct 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

chugalug06, Sep 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

erialbill, Feb 09, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

kell50, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

JamieDuncan, Jan 10, 2014
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,163 ratings.