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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,491 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,491
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 150
Gots: 527 | FT: 2
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy at first but settles nicely. Cloudy and bright yellow.

Smell: The aroma is bread like with citrus riding shotgun and herbal spice taking a backseat.

Taste: The citrus tones are there but balanced with sweetness and spice. The spice is more present in the aftertaste. Wheat is definitely present in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Light but a little heavier than other wits.

Overall: It is definitely not a traditional wit but this is what you would expect with Dogfish. It is a good beer just remember that you need to clear all preconceived notions out of you head before trying it.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy light straw with a finger of head that quickly dissipated down to a thin film. The nose had the essence of wheat and a pinch of Belgian funk. The flavor is light and mild with the wheat upfront and a finish that is dry and slightly peppery.

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4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must preface my review by saying that Witbier is not my favorite style as I normally don't really care for spiced beers. That said, I have picked up a few over the last couple weeks and it has been a nice change. I was surprised that this version had such high reviews, but I haven't been disappointed with DFH beers. Let's give this one a try:

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow straw color with a solid 2" head of creamy white bubbles that is kept up by tons of bubbles rising. The head was still well over an inch a couple minutes after the pour. There is some solid lacing left on the glass after drinking, so overall this is a very well presented Wit.

Aroma: The aroma is really clean, fresh, and spicy. I get lots of citrus with lemon juice and rind in particular and the coriander is obvious. As the beer is settling, the orange is coming out more. Overall the aroma is really full and inviting, so far so good.

Taste: Wow! The flavor in this beer is really nice overall. It has the mouthfeel of a Belgian Blonde, but a lot lighter on the palate. The citrusy lemon and orange are pretty big players in the flavor along with the sweet biscuity malt. The spice additions are very well done in this beer and they are adding complexity while not becoming a dominant force in the flavor. The body is light to medium with high carbonation which this style requires. The finish is owned by the malt and yeast with some of the spice and citrus left on the palate to linger for quite some time after the sip. The wheat leaves a defined creamy edge on the back of the palate really early in the sip, and it sticks there the whole time and has a bit of a grainy edge to it.

Opinion: I think that I can now say that I have a favorite spiced beer. I had liked some of the Christmas Ales, and I don't know if the Brasserie De Rocs beers count as spiced, but this is a world class Witbier, no doubt. Sam did this beer just the way it should have been done, and I must say that I am impressed. I paid around $9 for this bottle, so unfortunately isn't cheap...but I would definitely recommend that you give this one a shot.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a pint glass at Bradford's tasting.

A: Pours a murky orangish yellow. A bone-white head forms.

S: Nice herbal aroma. Apricot hoppiness, lemongrass, a bit of orange peel, big yeastiness.

T: Very hoppy witbier. Big apricot, dry grassy hops, chalky yeast, coriander, wheat, vanilla, pale malt.

M: More than light-bodied with nice carbonation.

O: Very tasty. Almost no hop bitterness to ruin the lightness of the wit profile, but the hops add some nice fruitiness to the profile.

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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straw yellow hazy beer with creamy head that faded slow and left creamy walls of lace. The smell was of belgian yeast with banana and clove nicely balanced in the middle and citrus tones of orange and lemon grass on the back end. Nice honey, caramel and biscut notes with a good grainy wheat backbone. Nice citrus notes of orange and lemon subtly perk things up. Creamy body. It goes light on the banana in the yeast flavors and the spice is subtle too. Just a pinch of clove and pepper. Smooth, creamy, and very drinkable.

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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-very pale yellow, good amount of creamy colored head, though you must be careful to pour slowly. very bubbly. lots of floating pieces in there.

S-lots of spices and wheat and fairly citrusy. very strong scent! i'm excited to taste it!

T-mmm a good, interesting, and different witbier. i feel the taste is focused more on the spices than the fruits. it leaves with a good white wheat flavor and the after-taste is focused on the orange and lemongrass. fairly complex and very fun!

M-medium to heavy carbonation...though its a soft feel to the mouth. has a good creamy finish!

D-at 5%, i'd say this is the most drinkable of the dogfish head 750mL bottles. the taste stays great, it goes down easily...what more could you ask for?

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,491 ratings.