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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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546 Reviews
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Reviews: 546
Hads: 2,808
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 179
Gots: 815 | 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: 546 | Hads: 2,808
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 justinp444
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass it is a straw yellow with a semi-hazy beer. Smell of coriander, orange bitter, lemon, pepper, spice, yeast, biscuit malt, and orange juice. Taste of lemongrass, grass, earth-y bitter, peppercorn finish, orange, and spice. It has a light to medium body with a crisp flavor.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found in a build-your-own-sixer at my local grocer. No best by date that I can see. Poured from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a bright honey color with about a three-inch white billowy head that sticks around for a bit and leaves good lacing on the glass. Profuse visible carbonation. Cloudy, with quite a bit of sediment in the glass.

S: Fresh bouquet on this one, with plenty of lemon citrus and a bit of musty yeast lingering underneath. Light, soda cracker malt notes coming through, as well.

T: This one is interesting in that almost all of the flavors are perceived at the tip of the tongue. There's sourdough bread at the very front, along with some of the sour/tart from the lemon. This transitions into a more sweet taste in the middle--wheat and corn seems to be in there, along with just a touch of the coriander. The back end has a tartness to it, with lemon and some more herbal notes. I couldn't really distinguish the peppercorns in this one.

F: Effervescent/creamy, tart, and quite light overall on the palate. No bitterness to speak of. Finishes very clean.

O: This one was a nice change of pace for me--I've been drinking an awful lot of IPAs of late. I like the fact that this beer doesn't try to overwhelm with any of its additives--they all blend extremely well and make for a very enjoyable, drinkable brew. I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of Moneypenny
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale lemony yellow, slightly cloudy. Yeastyon the nose with mild spices and some citrus. Pleasing effervescence. Breathe in deeply. Exhale completely. Om shanti shanti shanti.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Honestly a bit forgettable, for me -- it's just a slightly better than average Witbier and nothing else. The description makes it sound very interesting and unique, but nothing really stands out all that much. Of course, there's a lot of coriander, being that it's a Witbier, but there's some definite orange peel bitterness and flavor, with a lemony freshness from the lemongrass. Witbier's are one of the least interesting styles, in my opinion, but Dogfish Head does a decent job of sprucing up a normally mediocre style and making it taste good.

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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 mark5692
1.77/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wouldn't buy this beer again. Dogfish has some really good beers so I figured this would be great but it is very dull and light tasting. If I want a similar style I'll grab a Blue Moon or Allagash. I thought it would be much hoppier and stronger but it was dull, wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: May 8, 2015... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen... OCCASION: Will’s First Holy Communion eve... APPEARANCE: clear, slightly hazy sallow golden body; soapy, substantial head that laces in inches (!); sparse effervescence; finishes cleanly... AROMA: banana, spice, pepper, yes--some vanilla and coriander; hay wafts in late--a warm spring evening in a bottle ...PALATE: a lively, fresh, creamy swirls inundate the mouthfeel; light and smooth, yet recognizably present... TASTE: a strong, surprising malt base allows for a full-flavored summer sip--orange slice, light banana, a bit of pepper as well... OVERALL: The beer’s name may be indicative of the relaxation the beer provides--the better aspects of the wheat genre are on display; refreshing, flavorful, and smooth; a surprisingly classical approach to a style by a brewery that tends to bend or break conventions...

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells very tart with hints of wheat and grass. I could taste some floral hops and a bit of spicy pepper. Really good beer and I love the packaging. Went out on a whim trying this but bought it because the name and packaging intruiged me but ended up finding out it was an amazing beer. Would highly recommend!!

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Photo of rickzim1
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A- Slightly hazy, Straw color with a thin fizzy head
S- Earthy smell, peppery
T- Coriander and pepper with a hint of orange
M- Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp, smooth feel.
Overall- A enjoyable beer with good taste and an appealing mouthfeel. The head was lacking, but all in all, a beer that I would definitely try again. A good beer for Bar-B-Q's since it paired well with my burgers, dogs and sunshine.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color.

Overall: Light beer with a crisp taste. Light hints of wheat, coriander and citrus. A really good light beer very tasty.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours light golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Slightly tart wheat, grassy, a little spice, and faint citrus.

T: Wheat, coriander spice and a little pepper, light citrus, floral notes, a little tart on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.


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Photo of do_ob
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner. Pours a very clear pale yellow with a thin, fizzy white head. It quickly dissolved down into a light lacing. Lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Smell grassy with strong notes of lemon, wheat, and a sour/tart funk. Light weight, watery, nice and easy going down. Decent carbonation on the mouthfeel, and quite dry. Kinda reminds me of a champaign of sorts. Slight sour notes with a definite lemon and wheat presence. Not very strong in terms of the taste, but it has enough going on to keep you interested. Bread-like aftertaste with a dry, clean finish.

Overall, not bad at all. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one was pretty good.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy golden straw, small white head that hangs around, good lacing

S: Earthiness, spices, coriander, pepper

T: Sweet malts, spices, earthiness at the end

M: Medium, I think mostly because of the pillowy head that is left kinda gives a sense of volume.

O: I really like this one. Probably the best witbier Ive had. Spices and earthiness really add a complexity that I really enjoy.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pear like color, nice foam head, good lace retention and some sediment.
Orange aroma in the nose. Some barnyard, hay and earthy aroma. Towards the end there is some honey.
The orange peel taste predominates. Also many herbal and spicy flavors. Light bodied and very crisp. A wonderful drink especially as a palate opener and/or to refresh yourself in the summer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold with a fluffy white foam cap that produces prodigious lace.
S: Coriander, pepper, orange and lemongrass
T: Big wheat flavors support orange and spice with a little pepper on the finish.
M: medium to full body with excellent mouthfeel produced by fine bubbled carbonation
O: A well balanced wit that really captures the Belgian wit texture and flavor.

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Photo of mchegash
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4.25/5
Brilliant golden yellow. Fairly claerTons of carbonation can be seen rising rapidly up the beer. About 2/3 finger head upon initial pour, dissipates down to small amount of head rather quickly.

Smell - 3.75/5
Orange, lemon, spices, grapes.

Taste - 3.75/5
Bready, orange, spices, lemon, alcohol, pepper.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, medium amount of light to medium carbonation. Smooth. In between creamy and crisp.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a decent and interesting beer. I feel like it would make a good summer beer. Not something I am likely to get again, at least until next summer perhaps.

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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 EvoRich
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Very pale yellow color. Hazy with a pure white head.

Smell: Apples, A bit of orange peel and other citrus aromas.

Taste: A lot of citrus and sweet fruity flavors.

Feel: Carbonation on the high side. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of Act25
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Canary yellow body. Creamy white dense foam w sketchy persist and lace. Witbier light.

S: Extremely perfumey, vibrant, yeasty, spicy and fruity, orange citrusy. Wakeful beer.
Bright orange zest, spicy corriander, peppery, tangerine marmalade.

T: Follows smell, complex, a lot going on - too much? Powdered sugar and bready. Layers of orange zest and spice alternate with lemon, pepper, cumin, grass, coriander, with a spicy finish.

A little too sweet and fancy for my palate. Also has that delaware (it's the water that's not great - mineral aspect).

Doesnt leave my palate in a great place. I'd pass.

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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 Onawen12
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid wit. All the mentioned falvors pull through, lemograss adds extra complexity that is really enjoyable. Peppercorn doesn't come through as much as I'd have liked. This beer would be phenomenal with curry or any other Thai or Indian food. Must try.

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Photo of Schimms
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours slightly cloudy, thin, pale yellow. Thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Weak coriander, orange?

T: Not the strongest flavor witbier, but very drinkable. Could go many rounds with this one.

F: Thin and smooth with light carbonation.

O: Drinkable/enjoyable.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious- a flavorful witbier, that somehow makes all of the ingredients work. You can even get a hint of the peppercorn. Such a great representation of the style. Makes Blue Moon look like crap!

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very cloudy light with lots of carbonation.

Nice refreshing fragrant citrus scent with the lemongrass and coriander a faint background smell.

Light, tart bitterness, you taste what you would expect from the label, but this combination didn't work as well as I thought it would, although it was still drinkable for sure.

Very carbonated, really too much for me, and it kind of consumes most of your mouth.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.