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Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2011
This beer arrives from the tap with a one finger thick, pale, white head (that even leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass) that sits on top of a lightly hazed, pale straw-gold colored beer. The aroma smells of watered down orange juice, musty malt, bright slightly earthy coriander (that largely escapes the more herbaceous / earthy notes that coriander can sometimes have). There is quite a bit of pale malt character that contributes an earthy grain and clean cracker like malt character. As my nose gets used to it, I am noticing a fair amount of clove-like phenolics in the finish.

Dry tasting up front, though there is a hint of malt sweetness in the middle and the finish is very dry with some accentuating notes from a carbonic bite, dry citrus zest, pale grain cracker notes and a touch of hop bitterness. Also lingering in the finish is a supporting, slightly grassy, earthy coriander spiciness as well as a touch of fermentation phenolics that provides touches of clove. The coriander all of a sudden got quite distinct with a lemon like character that it can often have; this plays a huge role in the flavor profile in the end, as it warms up even more it becomes even more like coriander taking on that sort of grassy note that coriander has. This is nicely light bodied and refreshing, and it has just enough body to not be watery or overly light.

A pretty nice example of a Wit, the coriander character is actually pretty aggressive, but somehow I am enjoying its presence in this beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Very pretty carbonation.

It had a very fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Some citrus, mainly lemon. A bit of spice.

Sweet taste, bready. Lemon and a bit of orange.
Definite coriander.

This beer was light-bodied and refreshing. Perfect for a warm summer day.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy light golden body with a nice size white fluffy head. Good amount of lacing.

S: A nice fragrant nose of coriander, yeast, lemon zest, spices, loads of wheat, and a hint of lemon grass and citrus hops.

T: Wheat is the dominate flavor on the palate. It's balanced with some spices, yeast, citrus hops, lemongrass, bready malts, and a slight earthiness. Finishes slightly dry, but the flavors are thin and not long lasting.

M: A very watery mouthfeel that I feel hurts the flavor almost. Light body and light carbonation.

O: A nice witbier and glad I tried it, but it was missing something. If the mouthfeel wasn't so lean it would definitely get more points from me in the tasts. Otherwise, very easy to drink.

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Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle marked 2011 (I forget the other markings) into a cervoise...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-straw color. A one finger thick bone white head forms and recedes to a very thin collar.

S - Yeasty and bready with some obvious wheat. There is some nice earthy citrus I attribute to the lemongrass. Not as spicy as I thought it would be, but overall quite nice. Lemon zest and some other light citrus round out the nose.

T - Spices come out here. Corriander and peppery with wheat and breadiness. Lemon zest and earthy citrus give the profile a nice refreshing zest.

M - Light and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Nicely carbed and very refreshing.

O - Really glad I picked this one up as it was very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet, it's a gold color with a finger or so of white head.

The aroma is a typical wheat beer with hints of wheat and coriander.

The taste is a lot more spiced than the aroma, with strong notes of citrus and coriander. Very light and refreshing.

A good beer, but it's nothing amazing.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another EXCEPTIONAL offering from DFH. Had this in a pint glass served out of one of DFH's large format bottles. This poured a very very light color, with a voluminous head, remniscent of pilsner. This was light in color and body, crisp, and an absolutely refreshing beer for a 104 degree day. This is the kinda beer you can slug. No need to nurse this one. I have another bottle I can't wait to lay into. I'll definitely be getting more.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a hint of orange hue to it. The huge white bubbly head slowly fades away leaving a minmal lacing around the glass.

S - Yeasty, bready, sweet fruits, lemon zest aroma. A very simple smelling beer, not a whole lot going on.

T - I get a nice refreshing lemon and orange zest with a clove like presence in the middle and a faint lemon bread finish. The combination of flavors is so simple but woven togther to form a flavor profile that feels complex.

M - moderatly carbonated with a crisp clean finish that leaves a nice spicy citrus flavor on the palete.

O - I'm kicking myself for not having this beer sooner. In fact, I plan on buying about 10 more. At 5% ABV, this could be a great session beer for these above 90 degree days we have getting latley.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into pint. From notes

A: a light straw yellow hue, with thick white head and spotty lacing. There is a good amount of protien floating around in the glass and bottle, even with a careful pour.

S: The aroma shows dominate wheat notes, with a hint of lemon. Medium intensity.

T/M: the body is clean with a light spice, showing a good use of American wheat yeast. The hops are projecting a very grassy, earthy note. A bit of a lacking lingering taste and mouthfeel, as the brew does not have a great depth.

O: overall a good brew, but not impressed, as DFH has set the bar for many unique styles, this one falls a bit short.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Namaste pours a pale, barely cloudy light yellow body with 2 inch fluffy head. Lacing lingers all over the wheat beer glass. Smell is bananas and faint citrus, really only what I expect from a witbier here. Taste is initially zesty and bold coriander, but then balances out with the crisp and clean lemon flavor. Banana taste is dominant. There is moderate carbonation and this is a light weight brew. Dogfish Head pretty much playing it safe here with a solid, but kind of boring witbier. I was expecting something more funky even though it's a witbier and I noticed the regular ingredients were used for this style of brew. It's okay and I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of garuda
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL brown bottle, bottled on "2011 1C" stamped on neck of bottle

A - Straw, towering white head that has excellent retention and spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Yeasty nose with lemongrass on the back with a touch of grassy hops.

T - Sweet lemon candy, then grassy flavors, some Belgian yeast with a slightly spicy finish.

M - Light body, high carbonation, very light and creamy across the palate. Finishes crisp and clean with little bitterness.

O - Very good tastes, nicely balanced. I didn't find the yeast to be as prominent as in other Witbiers, but that didn't take anything away from the beer at all. I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of GeorgieBoy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

May 2011

The color of morning dew with sunlight reflecting upon it. Nearly transparent but for all the carbonation. Frothy head off the pour with pockets of air despite a seemingly tight bubble formation. Fun to watch collapse.

Smell holds a particular yeastiness that reminds me of a barnyard or wet straw even. Almost like a spectacular mold. Saison-like.

Cut clove in that signature belgian yeast manner makes up the taste. It is spicy up front then flashes to coriander in the back of your mouth. Lemongrass next with a lemon & grapefruit aftertaste.

Balance of spice & sweet makes for a very thirst quenching beverage with an even mouthfeel. With no trace of alcohol & a lack of hop the coriander is featured as it's swallowed before a faint mold creeps into the nasal cavity.

Perfect beer for an afternoon on the porch, taking shelter in the shade. Wish I had purchased 2 growlers instead of 1...

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at basement temp in snifter

A: cloudy, lemony yellow; thin head; powerful carbonation; not much lacing
S: lemon, yeast, bottle conditioning
T: light, spritzy coriander; dry; light; somewhat thin-flavored (surprising to me, given it's a DFH)

Overall, a classy white beer; ideal for a meal where you want a lighter, pleasantly spiced beer to accompany the food

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Photo of WillyDee
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

The color was a light honey lemon color. It had a big billowy rocky whit head, that dissapated into a solid ring of lacing. When examined closly, the yeast was clumpy.

The aroma was grainy, some lemon zest, and lightly floral. Not picking up much of the yeast.

Tastes very light and crisp. Smooth buttery grains across the palate, strong corriander in the middle, and some hop biterness on the back end, but no distinguishable breed. Maybe a faint lemon zest in the finish.

Carbonation was extreamly fine. The mouthfeel was smooth yet crisp (hops helped make it crisp) and the grain and hops were balanced. It was complex yet light. I though it was a excellent beer, especially since wheat is not my favorite ingrediant, but the hops strayed too much from the style for my taste.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle awhile ago, and I was worried about oxidization... but the beer didn't oxidize. I'm not advocating a cellaring of this beer, but don't throw it our for age.

This isn't the most attractive beer. There are lots of inclusions. Almost like snow in my glass. There wasn't much head on top, and there isn't any lacing.

The beer smells great. It is refreshing with the orange and lemon coming off the top. I didn't catch the coriander in the bouquet, but the wit-beer yeastiness is also there.

This tastes and feels great in my mouth... I pick up the coriander when I pull air across it. The orange and lemongrass merge nicely with each taste; neither is overwhelming. This is a very good tasting beer. Thank you, Sam.

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Photo of Takion
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Thick, golden pour turns into a murky straw color in the glass. Boulder like suspended sediment. Lively, pristine white head settles into a creamy meringue like consistency. Beautiful beer, has a lot of character.

S: A little muted, not what I expected. Hints of citrus, small bread, faint coriander.

T: Citrus and bread, but where's the coriander I expected? Orange peel and lemon grass dominate. Wonderful winey aftertaste. Eminently drinkable, but I can't help but think it doesn't deliver on the promise its looks made.

M: Silky smooth texture. Very fine bubbles, keeps its carbonation well in the tulip.

O: Quite a looker in the glass, but I'm slightly disappointed at the taste. It's just a bit subdued. That being said, its a godsend in the Texas summer. It's certainly a quality beer-- wonderfully refreshing and definitely worth a try, but at the end of the day it's got to compete for my dollar with the locally brewed (512) witbier.

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Photo of neobob187
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A pleasant and clear golden color. Also collects a very nice frothy white head that lingers and laces the glass as it dissipates.

S: Really sweet smelling lemons, with a really subtle hint of honey, vanilla, and lavender on the nose.

Taste: A clove spiciness up front, followed by a very pleasant and sweet lemon finish. The lemon grass is really noticeable and lingers a bit on your tongue. There is a hint of citrusy Oranges but also huge bread finish.

M: Bubbly! This has a very high carbonation to it, and a smooth pillowy mouth feel. Reminds me of a champagne almost.

O: Overall I'm going to give this beer a A+ for what it is; an extremely refreshing summer witbier from Dogfish Head. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is a really tasty beer, and I'd drink this easily after a hot summer day being that it's only 5% abv. It's truly a pleasant experience to drink and won't get you too hammered. I recommend this beer!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale straw color withh some sediment when you get closer to the bottom of the bottle. Nice head taht retains very well for all 750 mls and classic bubbling.

Citric, fruity, and earthy tahnks to the lemongrass. I was surprised that I could actually smell the lemongrass. Pretty cool!

Sweet yeasty fruit mixed with oranges and very soft sweet lemon flavors make this palate quite refreshing and flavorful. The mouthfeel is full of carbonation and a little chalky and dry. This only makes you want to drink more.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light and cloudy dull gold with a fizzy head thanks to sharp/great carbonation that dies quick and is sitting atop a very sharp, lemony wheat aroma. Picking up a lot citric, mostly loemon with some orange (banana even?) and a spicey, clove-like smell as well w/ a touch of sweetness coming from somewhere. A great witbier to drink is what follows; a smooth, fluffy body thanks to the wheat/yeast that is real smooth and there's a good amount of balance to this beer as there's a sharpness as well thanks to spices and a sharp but not overpowering citric bite. Citric consists of lemon and some orange and there's again that touch of sweetness I can't identify. A well-balanced beer that alternates between spicy and sharp citric and throws in a touch of sweet stuff for a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Bottling code 2011-1C.

A cloudy dull but orb glowing like lemon color with a super frothy white whip cream shampoo like bubbles. It's like a valley in there. Looks great.

Bouquet just great. Dry clove, orange zest, hints of citrus lemon. Some creamy sweetness like a creamsicle. Just wonderful. I don't seem to pick out coriander on Witbier as per usual but this still smells wonderful. Refreshing and a sense of crispness to come.

Taste is like a muted orange juice and wheat shake. Grainy finish with a refreshing orange zest and spice. Slight wetness in the palate in the mouthfeel, no prickly serious carbonation or gaseous feelings.

Overall a killer summer refresher, and a great witbier one of my favorites.

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

This one pours an obviously unfiltered cloudy yellow color with some huge chunks of sediment in it. The head is as prodigious as I'd expect from the style, with great retention and lacing. The aroma is also great, it's heavy on coriander, citrus, lemongrass, and a bit of a hop presence I wasn't expecting. The taste is also very good, probably the best witbier I've had. The coriander really shines, working well with the citrus and lemongrass to make a super-cool and very refreshing brew. There's a bit of wheat and a nice herbal hop aspect here too.

The mouthfeel is very good, it goes down very smoothly and easily. The drinkability is off-the-charts. I'd drink this all day every day if it were released in six-packs. As it stands now, it's too pricey for anything but an occasional treat. But what a treat it is! I hesitated when I was bringing this one up to the counter. "Ten bucks for a style (at a low ABV) I don't usually love? What am I doing?" Turns out the gamble was worth it, this is a delicious brew absolutely worthy of attention.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, hazy bright yellow with a pillowy, pure-white head. Nose is full of wheat, citrus, and spice.

Cool and refreshing on the tongue, the perfect cool-down from a spicy Thai dinner. Coriander and herbal tones stand out on the tongue, with some faint citrus. I'm obsessed with lemongrass so I kind of wish it came through more, but it's handled with a light touch typical of DFH -- meaning it's a nice brew for anyone, not just lemongrass heads.

A great summer beer, with an added dimension to most witbiers. Nice job.

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Photo of confer
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks like a dark lemonade, with a white head. It is very cloudy.
S- Nice refreshing citrus smell. It is a mix between the orange and lemon.
T- I think the lemon is a little too strong in the flavor. A hint of the wheat comes through at times in the taste.
MO- Drinkable but not as refreshing as many other wits. I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy lemon yellow with an exceptional sticky and puffy white head that becomes rocky and cratered as it settles. poured into a gold rimmed witbier pint glass, it's a sight to behold. lace is moderate and wispy. i'd have to say this is better than any i've ever seen considering they all kinda follow a standard of features and i don't expect much lace.

S- lemony-orange and freshly crushed coriander with a twist of floral citrus hops. some faint white bread and a vanilla cookie sweetness. it has a stronger aroma than more common beers of the style.

T- hoppier than most as well with not much bitterness, just a piney grapefruit and becoming herbal and almost resinous as it collides with some toasty malt flavors in the finish. lemon grass is the definite main flavor enhancer here, with its lemony but not quite lemon... dish soapy but not nearly as much as lemon balm... mildly tart citrus flavor that i think is accentuated by the hops. orange peel and coriander kinda melt in, the latter steadily tapering its citroeucalyptus menthol orangey sinus vibes that pretty much blend with brother orange. raw and toasted grain flavors push through the overall bright refreshness of tart and bitter in the finish glued to tasty mild hops. very well balanced and masterfully spiced. other lemongrass brews haven't sat this well with me. if normal eating oranges were used instead of curacao, maybe that could be why the lemongrass all the other citrus flavors compliment each other so nicely.

MF- there's very orange juicy quality to the feel after it's warmed a few degrees but when chilly cold it's thirst quenching and clean, and the carbonation maintains a tight only mildly prickly creaminess the whole way through.

D- while not completely traditional, the careful craftsmanship and great balance of spices make this one of the best witbiers i've ever had. this one is entirely drinkable, chuggable, whatever, and on par with its belgian peers in that aspect, but a shot above in terms of aroma and flavor, and in the balance and quality of the ingredients used.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standout in a style I normally do not like that much. Belgian style, yet so pleasing to regular summer consumers by being both zesty and hoppy. Cloudy light grapefruit coloured body with tons of foam. Orange citrus is thee main taste, comes across as 45-55 ibu, lemongrass cushions the mouthfeel and leads to a nice aftertaste. Good flavour for such a basic abv. Smooth mouthfeel, creamy. Thanks for sharing, Doug.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl as a birthday brew. Pours very hazy with a huge and fluffy off-white head. Great lacing, a good looking brew here.

The lemongrass is actually noticeable on the nose. Coriander and orange of course, along with a soft, wheaty malt base.

Taste shows some very good, classic witbier flavors; pithy orange, tangy wheat and coriander. Nice and flavorful, and the mouthfeel is ultra soft and creamy...like drinking a cloud. Falls near the top of the class as far as wits are concerned...but still...a $10 witbier? Seriously? This style deserves to be affordable and put down a few without thinking too much. Great beer, but for as good as it is, I cant really see buying this again.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.