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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

2,023 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 117
Gots: 268 | FT: 1
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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

Very cloudy--makes the beer more white than straw color. Decent head that leaves superior ring and spotted lace, almost blanketing the glass.

Strong wheat and what I would call "brewery floor"--you the smell you get in a brewery after a production run.

Traditional hefeweizen flavors--plenty of wheat and yeast. There's a soft malt to the beginning which slowly shifts to sweetish wheat. Slight sourness in the swallow. Short aftertaste. Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

06-07-2014 18:35:12 | More by smcolw
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-25-2013 00:27:48 | More by XmnwildX12
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Halcyondays

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a medium white head, good lace and head retention.

S: Orange, pastry bread, some herbal character.

T: Good flavour, more spice-oriented than a lot of wits out there. The lemongrass is hard to find.

M: Light-bodied, with a soft creamy carbonation, refreshing.

O: Definitely over-priced for a witbier, but it's good stuff, another good one from Dogfish Head.

06-30-2012 03:13:00 | More by Halcyondays
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-10-2012 23:11:50 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a big 3" fluffy head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: coriander and wheat are easy to detect with some lemon citrus in the background.

Taste: wheat flavors are nice balanced with spices such as coriander, white pepper, and clove. Lemongrass is also detectable with a bit of an orange citrus flavor at the finish. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: this is a very quaffable beer and at the 5% ABV level, a bunch of glasses can easily be consumed in a session. Well balanced and nicely flavored, this one will have you looking for some more when the glass is empty.

04-17-2011 15:41:00 | More by Gavage
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beernads

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

05-18-2013 07:04:01 | More by beernads
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-07-2014 21:39:12 | More by GClarkage
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-13-2012 19:47:31 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with bright lemon yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Sweet, slightly earthy and herbal aroma with lots of citrus peel, zesty spice and bread/yeast notes. Grassy with hints of pepper, clove and coriander as well as some orange peel and lemon juice.

Medium bodied and a bit fuller than expected with some tight carbonation and prominent spice character up front that lingers throughout into a sweet yet dry finish. There's a blast of zesty spice up front with lots of pepper, clove and coriander which is countered mid-palate by yeast/bread flavor as well as some sweet citrus rind and grassy/herbal notes. Lot of lemon juice which gives off subtle acidity and sweet orange peel balancing things out nicely. The lemongrass is prominent with a nice earthy and sweet character that makes this beer extremely refreshing and easy to drink. I had no problem drinking down the whole 750 pretty quickly.

Overall, I was really impressed with this offering from DFH. Lately a lot of their experimental beers have been interesting but just extreme for the sake of being so. Interesting experiments but not terribly enjoyable. One and done kind of beers. This beer, on the other hand, was complex and flavorful and I will definitely be buying it again, especially with summer coming around.

04-26-2011 05:14:04 | More by corby112
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-20-2012 02:31:13 | More by oriolesfan4
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14%

750 mL bottle poured into a Brewer's Art chalice.

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a nice long lasting white head and little lacing. Aroma is very mild, slightly tangy and citrusy with some lemon and fresh cut grass. Flavor starts off initially extremely tangy, exacerbated by overly active carbonation. Middle of the body has some more typical wit characteristics before a strong peppery and lemon grass finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium thick, initially dominated by over active carbonation which distracts from whatever is going on with the flavors. The finish is a little more spicy and peppery than I like and doesn't seem well integrated with the rest of the flavors. A nice, refreshing beer, but not particularly well balanced or pleasing; this is a definite pass for me.

08-21-2010 19:57:32 | More by yourefragile
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

I split a large bottle at Little Ortino's in Schwencksville, PA. The beer poured a hazy light gold with a soft white head. The mix of subtle spice dominates the flavor (not in a bad way) while there's a smooth Belgian wheat background. The individual spices don't stand out so much as just melt together from the orange peel, to the coriander, then lemongrass. All in all a tasty beer, near the top of the style.

08-02-2010 02:29:49 | More by tempest
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-15-2011 22:14:34 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-29-2013 18:01:12 | More by InspectorBob
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a pale, slightly cloudy straw color with a pure white head that sticks around as medium cap and leaves some decent lacing. Nice spicy and lemony aromas, with a particularly nice floral hit of lemongrass. The taste is a bit more subtle, with a gentleness overall, some very light spice notes, some decent lemongrass, and a soft finish. The beer could use a little more crispness, and a little more depth of flavor, but overall it's fairly intriguing and quite refreshing.

04-08-2011 02:29:34 | More by Georgiabeer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

From a capped 750ml bottle stamped "bottled in 2010" into a shaped DFH pint glass. I picked this up a few months back during a visit to the DFH Rehoboth brewpub location.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a finger of white head that has pretty good retention supported by the constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. There is a constant film of white bubbles atop this brew that congregates along the side of the glass in a thicker layer. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength and provides some faint patchy lace.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with the spice of coriander induced lemon, smooth lasting light banana notes, a bit of clove and a sweet candy smell like that of pink "original flavored" bubblegum. Overall this is a fine smelling witbier. The lemon is more pronounced than other examples of the style but overall it works and makes a very enjoyable blended yet bold nose.

The taste of this brew is light and refreshing. Right upfront is the taste of coriander with a pine-sol like exaggerated and almost fake tasting lemony flavor that is clingy to the inside of the mouth. There is a spice of clove included along with a smooth mellow banana flavor before it gives way to a very light wheat grainy base. It finishes fairly tart as expected for a wit. A little bit of belgian style alcohol warmth becomes evident in the backend of this brew.

This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew. It is light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall it is well balanced yet bold with it's flavor and scent for the style. The lemony aspect could be tamed down a bit but it was a pleasure to drink and probably the best example of the style I have had in recent memory despite the exaggerated lemon flavor. This beer needs to be around come summertime next year.

11-17-2010 01:23:30 | More by stakem
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev 0%

A 750 mL bottle.

A: The witbier is a light straw color, hazy as a witbier gets. The lighter colors support an equally white head that leaves a few islands of lace behind.

S: The nose has plenty of coriander driving a full aroma. Mild wheat hands a tart profile to the ale. The coriander though stands out with a fresh cut peppery aroma.

T: The coriander stands out in the taste as well, an herbal flavor that adds pepper and grasses to the body. Oranges are soft and the wheat that accompanies both has a pleasant undercurrent of tartness. The coriander lingers throughout, a spiciness that is welcome at nearly every turn.

M: The mouthfeel is spice-driven, so much so that the witbier base doesn't get as much airtime as it should. The wheat is present though, enough tartness to keep me interested.

08-25-2011 02:00:35 | More by akorsak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-20-2011 15:52:54 | More by dbrauneis
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

(Served in a stemmed strange)
bottles 2011 1074
A- The slightly hazy lemon-yellow body grows hazier with each pour and starts to lean toward an orange hue. There is matrix of microbubbles that support a creamy sticky white head that hangs in sheets to the glass as I sip.
S- The dried lemon and orange peel notes are soft but full and are supported by a rustic white bread character in the background.
T- There is a nice dried orange taste with some lemon grass notes that come through as the beer opens. There is a good wheat flavor to follow with a finish of soft dry green hops that snaps with a dry spice hint in the finish.
M- the medium-light mouthfeel has a flat texture on the tongue but a fizz prick in the finish.
O- The subtle herbal qualities of lemon, orange and lemongrass have a nice bready support with little yeast characteristic and just a touch of spice note but that is fine. It paired well with a mild Fontina.

11-28-2011 21:10:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-30-2012 03:32:46 | More by drewone
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw color. Strong carbonation and light-medium bodied. Orange and lemon grass nose and flavor is orange, lemon grass some tartness. Good Summer drink. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

05-12-2012 22:42:55 | More by jdhilt
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-12-2012 02:56:45 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-25-2011 02:06:33 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

Big ol bottle poured into a Lancaster Brewing Company pint glass. Got this one at Whole Foods for $8.50, it's a expensive wit but the proceeds go to help Armand from 3 fontaines in his time of need, so I can dig it.

Namaste pours into the glass looking bright hazy yellow with somehazy yellow and specs or squeezed orange. It gets darker towards the end of the bottle with the yeast. A nice bright white head with good retention but no stick, semi thick looking. Smells include wheat, coriander, lemongrass and orange peel. I get alot of sweet cereal like scents kinda like honeycombs. It's off putting. Taste starts off great with wheat mixed in with coriander and lemongrass. Squeezed orange makes for a push but is overpowered by the lemongrass which rules the roost. In the middle banana comes out to play. With warming things turn downhill, this gets a bit to sweet for me and the cereal comes through and a bit artificial tasting. Adding the yeast at the end did not make things better, even sweeter. The feel is above light bodied and is quaffable and refreshing to a degree, it's carbed up as well but fades with warming leaving for a thicker coat for a sec. I liked this for the 1st 12oz or so but grew tired of it and poured the rest out, it's just not my type of wit. It's to style but not incredibly balanced. Good for a gander.

07-05-2010 03:59:08 | More by BARFLYB
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades pretty quick with audible bubble bursts, with lasting lacing. Aroma is lemongrass and earthy hops.

Taste begins moderately sweet coupled with lemongrass again, moderately tart in the middle, and closes with light earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching brew.

12-19-2010 22:25:58 | More by ppoitras
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
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