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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

557 Reviews
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Reviews: 557
Hads: 2,853
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 179
Gots: 853 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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: 557 | Hads: 2,853
Photo of thebeers
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow with thick, meringue-like white head. Light lemon, pepper and crackers on the nose, which continue into the flavor. Average body for the style. It's fine, but nothing that stand out. B -.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finished my afternoon at the Rehoboth brew pub with a pint of this.

A - Cloudy light orange/yellow, big fluffy white head, sticky thin lacing

S - Mild citrus and spice notes, creamy hint

T - Sharp and crisp lemony citrus, coriander spice with a creamy chewyness. Finishes very clean.

M - medium to light

O - Excellent representation of the style. Does not push the envelope at all but completely nails the style. This is a very good and easy to drink beer. I will keep this one on hand for my friends that always order those mass produced and artificial tasting witbiers

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Excellent golden orange/yellow with the typical cloudiness that goes with a witbier. Less then 1 finger head dissipates quickly, very minimal lacing thereafter.

S: I'm picking up all corriander and orange here. Lemongrass comes thru later on as the beer warms.

T: Interesting mix here. Corriander right up front, leads to the mild orange and hints of the lemongrass. I'm a big fan of Starbucks Iced Green Tea and they compliment theirs with Lemongrass so it seems to stand out on my palette. Not much sweetness here, and all the flavoring seems to lead to a wall of dry alcohol flavoring. Ends on a sour note that isn't unenjoyable.

M: Average carbonation here, mouthful seems to put the corriander on the back burner for a good second or two and lets the citrus and some sweetness come in. Wheat flavors are also more prominent here.

O: I enjoyed this. I'm a big fan of witbier and this doesn't disappoint. If your used to the more mainstream witbier, this is a nice change of pace for a spring or summer night on the deck with friends.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 25.4oz bottle with a 2011 freshness date. Cloudy apricot pear color with a generous two plus finger white head that was persitent. Nice clingy lace. Smells of wheat, orange, lemon, flowery yeast and citrus notes.
The taste is of wheat and lemongrass. The lemongrass really shines in this brew. Also, coriander, orange, floral notes, flowery yeast, white tea and some light spices that I can't nail down. A light dry mouthfeel and nicely balanced between sweet and tart. Very well done DFH.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow that's vibrant and lively when held up to the afternoon sunlight. A small cloud of yeast sediment can be seen floating towards the center of the glass. The head is thick and frothy, bleach white in color, but eventually fades down to a dense, creamy cap. Abundant white lacing down the glass is gorgeous.

S: Mostly spice up front. Allspice and light peppercorn. Some soft citrus as well, namely lemon zest. Slight hints of malt give a very weak, but present bready sweetness. Nothing outstanding in the nose, but a well-executed textbook example of the style.

T: The flavors are nearly the same as the nose foreshadowed, however the order of dominance has been rearranged. Lemongrass is the frontrunner, with less of an allspice flavor and more of a clove and coriander mix. The lemongrass weaves in and out and really adds a nice herbal touch to the zestiness of the cloves. Malts make a shy appearance bringing a soft offering of banana bread-like sweetness. Finish is mostly coriander.

M: I don't love the body, but I don't hate it either. It falls into the "just good" pool. A light medium body offers superb drinkability, but the hints of creaminess that I look for in wits falls to the wayside a bit and the carbonation that was effervescent airy upon pouring has settled down and become almost lackluster. Like I said, it's not bad. It's just... there.

O: I've sadly forgotten how much I love witbiers lately and Dogfish Head has done a wonderful job of providing a liquid reminder of why I was so attracted to them in the first place. Delicate summer-like flavors infused with the wonderful touch of lemongrass makes this a perfect mid-afternoon beverage. I was, however, fairly disappointed with the mouthfeel, which is rare for me to say about a Dogfish Head offering. I'm hoping it was just a fluke, but it's not enough for me to shy away from recommending this Wit to others. A fine example of a fine style.

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Photo of DaliQualiti
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Don't get your hopes up. Average at best. If Miller Light and Coors light had a baby this would be it. Not sure if the reviews are biased being that Dogfish Head makes some great beers and have a strong following but this is heavily overrated, IMO.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a very light gold color with a finger worth of head that lingers a bit. First sniff was cigar smoke, but then a further, enhanced sniff shows some apple, orange/citrus notes with coriander. Taste is light and somewhat refreshing with some carbonation and lots of citrus flavor. Feel is good, nice and smooth. Overall not to bad, but with out a doubt not near the top.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into an IPA glass and enjoyed over 20 minutes, then with Indian food accompaniment, afterwards.

Golden straw liquid with a mild haze any tiny rising bubbles upholds a soft white soapy head with rather weak retention. Minimal lacing.

Smells of honey, lemon and hay. Fairly simple, but stylistically consistent.

A sip begins watery wet--little going apart from simple grassy sweetness. Although it's not in the nose, coriander comes through in the taste profile about midway through a gulp. At the foreshortened end, citrus acids poke through and comprise the finish. Not bad, but far from compelling.

Thin cream falls quickly into a rather drab layout over the tongue. Fine carbonation gives a little variety to the experience. Again, though, nothing intriguing.

My assessment is that there's a great deal more happening on the label of this bottle than with the brew under it. This is a fairly drab wit, and without enhancement from food, the Subcontinental spices lay largely dormant. It does drink easily with spicy food, though, so I could be convinced to have this meek creature again with Thai or Afghani fare down the line.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy light yellow color with a small white head which leaves a very thin layer of lacing. Look is not impressive.

S-slight hint of orange and lemon. Smells melo but good.

T-very melo but flavorful beer. I can taste the orange and lemon with a tiny bit of spice. Very complex yet balanced. Slightly sweeter than bitter which is what I like.

M-medium light bodied beer no bitter aftertaste not dry very good.

O-excellent beer will def have again. Look is not impressive but taste is. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dodge408
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a Wit fan so I truely enjoyed this. With smell of peppercorns and orange peel grabbing my sense I was smiling before the first taste. Which the taste is "weak" according to some of my fellow beer bros. I respect and like the taste it is a simple Wit style with the light spice and mellow yeast strain. If you want a good Wit to enjoy, buy it. If you're looking for a complex and a beer with bursting flavors, don't buy a case of this...Just a six pack to expierence it lol.

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Photo of pastradul
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

took a bottle over for dinner with some friends. poured into a shaker pint.

Easy pour produced a huge bright white head.

the smell is lots of citrus and herbs, with a slight sweet malt nose.

The taste is crisp and refreshing. all the flavors of the herbs mixed with the light malts is just wonderful. so drinkable. Could easily down a 750 or 2 by myself probably on a hot summer day.

Too bad we don't get it out on the west caost.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pale semi-translucent yellow color with mild head and mild carbonation. Lemongrass, wheat, citrus aroma. Fruity apricot, citrus, hop and wheat notes. It is predictable and is what the label says. Great for the summer.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head's Namaste

C: Hazy yellow color. Pours with about an inch of bright white head, which lingers for a few minutes.

S: Citrus. Wheat. Coriander

T: A nice well rounded hefeweizen. Wheat and coriander at the front end, followed by a mild citrus taste. At the end is a mild hoppy bitter finish.

M: Good carbonation. Slight bite on the tongue, most likely from the coriander, possibly the alcohol.

O: It's a pretty nice and well rounded hefeweizen. The addition of the lemongrass was an excellent choice. It's a pretty good beer, but I am not finding the urge to have another. It's interesting, but isn't the best hefeweizen I've had. It lacks balance.

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a dfh 12 oz fluted bass glass. Golden straw color with plenty of carbonation and cloudyness. Lovely lemongrass and coriander aroma with a smooth frothy head. Medium head retention with minimal lacing. Taste backed the nose as a lemony wheat malt cascaded with floral hops balance this one nicely. Wonderful velvety mouthfeel and drinkability was a bit nicer as the beer warmed a bit.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of PGD120
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: slightly hazy gold color 1 finger white head that disapates quick. Little visible carbonation.

Aroma: pretty typical witte yeasty smell with come coriander. Some banana But a little more lemon and lemongrass on this one

Taste. Definite witte flavors. Coriander yeast. More lemon and some grass to it fesh cracked pepper at the end

Feel: light, light carbination

Overall. Not bad. Not the best witte ever, but unique and pretty refreshing and tasty

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Photo of ZBowden
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden lemony yellow with small head, smells of yeasty biscuity malts, tastes of sharp bitter orange lemongrass peppery bitterness that is accented by the biscuity malts, smooth mouthfeel sharp clean finish.

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Photo of aeminter
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale hazy yellow; almost a straw or honey color. The head is thick and foamy white, but diminishes to a thin layer of foam across the top of the beer.

S:The smell is slightly sweet with notes of citrus zest, coriander and....pepper...general spiciness (if that makes any sense).

T/M: Mildly sweet with a little tartness at the edges. The herbal notes follow the nose. The carbonation is high but pleasant. Medium body...balanced, refreshing and crisp.

O: A very tasty refreshing beverage.

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Photo of dgfair
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from 750mL bottle in Dogfish Head pint glass.

Appearance - very nice,l slightly cloudy light orange color with a brilliant large white head.

Smell - mostly lemon and lemongrass balanced by some subtle orange sweetness. Very nice.

Taste - Sweet orange citrus with a slightly earthy tart bite from the lemongrass. Some spice from the coriander, but very subdued compared to the sweeter citrus that comes through.

Mouthfeel - a little tingly, bubbly feel, but very nice and full once on the palate.

Drinkability - extremely drinkable, and a great example of a wit. Could drink a number of these if not for the fairly high price point. Would like to see Dogfish add this one as a repeating seasonal. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice a golden yellow with a little bit of haze. Head is white and fades at an average rate.

the smell is of seasonal spices and undertones of citrus

Taste is slightly maltly and not very bitter. has undertones of sweet citrus

clean mouthfeel is refreshing

overall this is a pretty good beer but not my favorite. I would probably pass on this one if I had to pay for it again but if it was on someone else dime would like to try it again

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark straw color, thin head. This beer is without a doubt the most hated beer by my nose! The most intense, complex, aromatically changing beer I've ever smalles. I smelled everything from the barn, to cat litter, to orange, it was awesome to say te least and things only got crazier as the beer warmed. Definetely usuall spice aroma was present for the style. Spice
was also present in the taste, however for the smell, the spice flavor was not nearly as intense as expected. Flavor left quickly after swallowing. Light, very drinkable, but the aroma and flavor will keep you wanting more. A great and aweful beer to practice trying to pick out smells and flavors. And glad I can say I finally had something that Kevin Patterson hadn't had before. Harumph!

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Photo of ljthockey7
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong smell of lemon-orange. Mouth feel was a bit too carbonated. But taste of the lemongrass and orange peel were definitely present and added some interesting flavor. A little too yeasty also but overall I enjoyed this. Not typically a fan of this style but a very intriguing offer from Dogfish. Wouldn't buy the bottle again but would have it if it was on tap somewhere.

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Photo of DragonzBreath
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Packaging was better than the beer, web site is pretty cool too. We will be trying other beers from this brewery. Pleasant enough nothing bold here. a seemingly average ale. We paired it with dinner, Thai chicken peanut salad, a good compliment... flavors then melded nicely. 5.0 abv

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Bottled on 04.21.14.
Poured from a 12 oz into a Manny's pint glass on 05.19.14.

A: Cloudy straw yellow with a 1/2 finger head.

S: It smells like a wit should. Spices, lemon peel, grass.

T: Follows the nose with the addition of orange and wheat.

M: Crisp and creamy. Great carbonation.

O: This is an excellent wit. It is grassier than others, but I love that quality. This one is in my rotation.

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Photo of crag
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a low 25 IBU this brew has a high degree of drinkability especially for the hop-confused demographic ;-). Flavors for this brew are layered nicely, nothing too over powering. Very "bright" finish leaving the palate feeling clean. Great thirst quencher.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.