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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,337 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,337
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 133
Gots: 408 | 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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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stevebrown, Jul 20, 2014
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Thomas0790, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow that's vibrant and lively when held up to the afternoon sunlight. A small cloud of yeast sediment can be seen floating towards the center of the glass. The head is thick and frothy, bleach white in color, but eventually fades down to a dense, creamy cap. Abundant white lacing down the glass is gorgeous.

S: Mostly spice up front. Allspice and light peppercorn. Some soft citrus as well, namely lemon zest. Slight hints of malt give a very weak, but present bready sweetness. Nothing outstanding in the nose, but a well-executed textbook example of the style.

T: The flavors are nearly the same as the nose foreshadowed, however the order of dominance has been rearranged. Lemongrass is the frontrunner, with less of an allspice flavor and more of a clove and coriander mix. The lemongrass weaves in and out and really adds a nice herbal touch to the zestiness of the cloves. Malts make a shy appearance bringing a soft offering of banana bread-like sweetness. Finish is mostly coriander.

M: I don't love the body, but I don't hate it either. It falls into the "just good" pool. A light medium body offers superb drinkability, but the hints of creaminess that I look for in wits falls to the wayside a bit and the carbonation that was effervescent airy upon pouring has settled down and become almost lackluster. Like I said, it's not bad. It's just... there.

O: I've sadly forgotten how much I love witbiers lately and Dogfish Head has done a wonderful job of providing a liquid reminder of why I was so attracted to them in the first place. Delicate summer-like flavors infused with the wonderful touch of lemongrass makes this a perfect mid-afternoon beverage. I was, however, fairly disappointed with the mouthfeel, which is rare for me to say about a Dogfish Head offering. I'm hoping it was just a fluke, but it's not enough for me to shy away from recommending this Wit to others. A fine example of a fine style.

ThePaintedGrey, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jul 19, 2014
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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%

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3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw color. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Small white head with decent retention. Leaves a surprising amount of lacing around the edge.

Has a strong scent of wheat and spices. A little bit of yeast. Burst of citrus, led by orange and lemon. Overall, a fantastically pleasant aroma.

Wheat and grassiness up front. Lemon and orange from the aroma don't seem as present initially, but there is some lemon zest in the aftertaste. Spices come through nicely.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Not overly carbonated.

Overall, not one of DFH's best attempts, but a solid witbier nonetheless. Not the most complex, but it accomplishes what it strives to do.

majorbase2, Jul 18, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very pale clear gold. Smallish white head with some persistent lacing. Smell is lemony orangey citrus. Also some of that great wheat banana smell. Taste has a light malt sweetness up front going into a tangy citrus with a bit of a bite. A little spice but the wheat remains the dominant flavor. Rather full bodied for a wit but not heavy. Easily drinkable. Wow what a great wit from an american brewer. Great example of the style.

burnstar, Jul 18, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really awesome warm weather drinker right here, not too much coriander, and showing much more of the lemongrass and orange (the features that make this beer unique from the increasingly crowded belgian white category) show up. just a slight fog to this otherwise radiant lustrous pale golden brew. an inch of fading white froth rests on top as copious bubbles rise up from the bottom of my wine glass. the nose here is a little perfumy, overly fragrant maybe, but i definitely pick up on refreshing lemongrass and citrus. clean tasting, not much grain character to it, which i guess is my only reasonable criticism of this slammable brew. a faint biscuit property, but thats all. a hint of tartness in with the very mild belgian yeast as it finishes, and again with a slight citrus acidity. body could not be lighter, and the carbonation is as expressive as any. a really pleasant take on the style, affordable, and in widely available sic packs. this is one i will buy again. cant think of a better hot afternoon beer. the peppercorns are invisible, but its irrelevant.

StonedTrippin, Jul 18, 2014
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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,337 ratings.