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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,134 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,134
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 120
Gots: 320 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

DrewLikesBeer, Jun 11, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a tasty and worthwhile offering, refreshing and light for the summer but sufficiently spiced to make it a solid choice year-round. I first came upon it in the winter and it made a perfect cold-weather session beer (albeit on the expensive side of sessions)

Appearance: This beer could almost be mistaken for bud, though the dense foam and lacing left on the glass even towards the last sips make it a bit more appetizing.

Smell: This is where it loses me. A funny smell, bread-y and dank, belies the incredibly subtle and welcoming flavors within. I recommend a glass with a small mouth, but if you're game it's (unusually) perfect straight from the bottle.

Taste: Wonderful. Crisp and dry, with sweet flavors that make way for spice, and return for a mild, chamomile-like aftertaste. A tiny pale hop settles into the background as floral flavors dance among the slight corn body.

Mouthfeel: Drink it on the quicker side and the light carbonation makes for a remarkably refreshing brew. The carbonation escapes somewhat quickly, but it never gets syrupy.

Overall: Don't miss this one. The delicate but persistent features of a weiss, with the smooth drinkability of a lager. Dogfish reminds us again why it's a powerhouse among the craft breweries.

eod81, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

AMCPhD, Jun 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

nodder, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

IAmHollywood13, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

n00blar, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Wasupmx, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

dsigmon, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

mikeburd1128, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

alotofcoffee, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Joshmistake, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Kruja5, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of vtfan77
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very light, slightly hazy pale straw color with just a little bit of head, maybe a quarter inch (although I had just rinsed out the glass, so take that into consideration) that quickly dissipates to a persistent ring of lace.

S- Typical witbier smell of light citrus and coriander. Given all the ingredients that went into this beer I was expecting something a little bit different, but this is pretty much classic witbier. Wait, no, scratch that. After the beer warms up a little there is a definite pepper note. Interesting, and quite nice.

T- Light, sweet malt, slightly lemony and with an aftertaste of fruit loops. The finish is quite bitter for the style, but it's a different sort of bitterness than you'd expect; it doesn't seem to be coming from the hops. Maybe it's the pepper? It's interesting, but I'm not sure if I like it or not.

M- Nice and light and quite fizzy from the carbonation. A good, refreshing mouthfeel.

O- Well, it's pretty interesting. I don't know if it's the pepper or not, but the taste is definitely different from your typical wit. The only problem is I'm not sure I really like it. I don't mind some bitterness, but it seems misplaced here. It was interesting to try, but I doubt I'll be revisiting it anytime soon.

vtfan77, Jun 07, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

smcolw, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

thetimhortonsman, Jun 07, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow hazy body with a decent head that reduces quickly but leaves blotchy lacing.

S- Bananas, pretty fruity, some skunkyness and grainyness, spices, cloves and wheat.

T- Light on the tongue.. light fruityness, lemon rind, unripe bananas, spices, sweet aftertaste.

M- Light body, medium carbonation.

An easy drinking summer beer, but there are better wits out there.

gcamparone, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

jricharc, Jun 07, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a mildly hazy, bright yellow color. Head is surprisingly pretty tame. It diminishes quickly. Mild lacing.

S-Smells nice and dry. Lacks that sweetness that most Witbiers exude in the aroma. Wheat and lemons with a dried graininess. Coriander and some citrus rind.

T-Soft flavor. I actually enjoyed the nose more. The peppercorns come out here softly. Coriander, light spice and lemons. Dry, pale malt and some grains.

M-Light bodied with smooth bubbles. Drinks very easily. No bitterness. Flavors don't linger.

O-A Witbier that isn't overly sweet, which is a plus in my book. I thought the nose was more dynamic than the flavor but as far as the style goes, it's a solid brew.

VelvetExtract, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

dsshuck, Jun 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was browsing summer ales at Total Wine and decided to give this beer a shot. I love Dogfish Head and hoped that this beer would fit my expectations. Here goes:

A: Very cloudy. Not surprising considering that this beer is of the Belgian variety (they always bottle-condition their beers). This beer is straw-colored and produces a small but lingering head upon pouring. Not bad.

S: Good. Hints of lemongrass, orange, coriander and light spices imparted from the lighter malts and Belgian yeast. A very strong, bready smell that's typical of Belgian beers. Practically a Belgian Singel.

T: Nice. Lots of white spices, orange peel, lemograss, straw and coriander. Also a thick, bready taste that's characteristic of Belgian beers. The lemon and orange tastes are imparted from the lightly-kilned malts, whereas the spices and bread-like character are imparted from the Belgian yeast. A good summer ale, albeit thicker than most other summer ales owing to the Belgian yeast.

M: Good. Nice and thick. The thickness is likely imparted from the Belgian yeast. While I prefer the alcoholic content of Tripels and Dubbels over this beer, I understand the purpose of this beer in being a summer ale. For its style, it's quite good.

O: A good Belgian beer and summer ale. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to try a Belgian beer on a warm summer day.

leantom, Jun 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

dexterk1, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

NJM, Jun 05, 2014
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
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