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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

542 Reviews
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Reviews: 542
Hads: 2,767
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 176
Gots: 765 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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: 542 | Hads: 2,767
Photo of Mojo
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into wheat beer glass

A - pale straw, fairly clear with a teeny tiny bit of sediment, two inch white head, good retention, and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Wow the nose on this is strong with oranges and lemons.

T - Sweet citrusy malt coexists with a spicy coriander dry finish.

M - good carbonation, average thickness and a bit if a aftertaste

O - This is not my cup of tea at all, but I think it succeeds for what it tries to be. Sessionable, easy to drink, and refreshing. (494 characters)

Photo of Beermanmiles
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beers like this tend to make me upset. When dogfish head gathers ingredients like orange peel and coriander, you'd think they could make a beer even slightly better than shiner's white wing. Well they didn't, in fact, they taste exactly the same. There are a lot of witbier with these exact ingredients and I happen to think Dogfish managed to make it worse. I had so much faith in this beer. I thought to myself: finally a witbier made with coriander and orange peel that will taste better than the others. What I found after tasting it was that it was overly carbonated and lacked alcohol content. It smells fantastic though. Not worth the price by any means however. Dogfish Head is a great brewery though, don't get me wrong. (729 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whiteish/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is musty, wheat, a bit of spice. Taste is spices, some citrus and wheat, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would probably be more enjoyable on a hot summer day, but a solid beer. (298 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer I was happy to discover by DFH, found this at From the Vine. Review from notes.

Bottled in 2010 2A

Cloudy, wet straw color - a yellow gold with burnt orange hues and some yeast floaties. Small cap of white foam, receded quickly back into the brew. Some sticky legs but no real lace.

Smelled like bright and soft saison. Doughy Belgian yeast, slightly spiced. Some orange, lemon, and mild clove.

The taste is where this beer shines. It is sweet and floral, not too yeasty. There's sweet orange blossom, honey, with a funky saison-style finish. Lemongrass comes through adding an herbal grassiness to the aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied for the style. I liked this, but it was a bad idea to attempt the 750ml on my own. The whole bottle was a bit much to drink in a sitting. (792 characters)

Photo of Kakaraht
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice hazy golden color with two thumbs of thick white head with excellent retention and god lacing.

S: This smell like a wit, with huge generous amounts of coriander and tangy orange. It leaves me thinking of Brussels.

T: The taste is very similar to the aroma with an extra yeasty flavor that mingles with the grainy wheat. You get all that zesty orange and deep coriander lingering.

M: Nice carbonation with a light body and dry finish.

D: Not my favorite Dogfish Head but one of the nicest wit's that I have had. (530 characters)

Photo of ljthockey7
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong smell of lemon-orange. Mouth feel was a bit too carbonated. But taste of the lemongrass and orange peel were definitely present and added some interesting flavor. A little too yeasty also but overall I enjoyed this. Not typically a fan of this style but a very intriguing offer from Dogfish. Wouldn't buy the bottle again but would have it if it was on tap somewhere. (374 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy yellow with a little head that did last. Overall this beer kinds stinks, smells strongly of wheat and lemon. Has a nice complex taste alot of wheat flavors, strong orange and lemon flavors. A light flavor, but very easy to drink. Overall a complex and very good wheat beer. (296 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky dull yellow in my pint glass...decent head that did not last...but pretty agressive lacing. Kinda liked the "yeastie boys" floating around.

Getting alot of typical witbier scents...but nothing out of the ordinary...clove, some banana, peppery spices and a bit of lemon. Wanted more out of this one...

Taste follows...did not pack the punch i wanted. Some lemony freshness and coriander spices, but again, did not bowl me over.

I did like the uber carbonation in this one...pretty refreshing on a hot Texas night. It's quite possible that this style just doesn't do it for me. Similar to a hefe, but felt just a bit off overall. (645 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Bottled in 2012. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy pale honey-gold with a finger of bright white foam. Settles to a thin pillowy covering. Some nice lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of slightly-sour fruit, lemony citrus, peppery spices. Seems right for a wit style.

Flavor begins with the slight sourness that was picked up in the nose. Followed by some citrus acidity. Finishes with some lemon citrus and bitterness. Overall a very light flavor.

Fairly light bodied with medium, slightly-spritzy carbonation. Very drinkable. (540 characters)

Photo of Buck89
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsener glass. Cloudy lemony yellow with thin white head that disappeared. Nose was complex: lemony tart, spicy pepper and orange citrus. Tasted the pepper first, followed by the orange, coriander and lemon. Nice crackery malt. Spiciness lingered on the finish. A very different Wit for sure. (307 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/16/13. 4.8% ABV on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow; small white head that fades quickly and leaves nice retention and okay lacing. Smells nice. The aromas are full of lemon zest and orange peel. Some bready malts. Some white grape in the mix as well. The flavors are subtle but very sharp and crisp. Very clean and refreshing. There's an earthy bitterness to this one. It's slightly spicy as well. Black pepper is there. The lemongrass is there. More orange peel. Very refreshing. I just wish the flavors were more pronounced. The mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. There's a nice fluffy creaminess going. Very smooth and drinkable. It becomes even better the more you drink it.

This is a very solid witbier. I just wish the flavors popped just a bit more, but it's all good. I really like this for what it is. I really appreciated the subtle flavors the more I drank it. It's enjoyable and would hit the spot in the summer. (988 characters)

Photo of confer
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lemon gold color, very light. 1-finger white head with little retention. Nice thin lace all around the glass.

Coriander, lemon peel, wheat grass dominate the nose. Faint citrus bite from the lemons.

Spice hit right up front. Mead like, without the body. Honey, lemon, a little pepper, and then a moderately fizzy finish. Slightly cloying at the back end.

Thinner than what I would expect from the style, even with the sticky finish.

One and done here. Granted, this probably would taste better if it wasn't so dang cold outside. (532 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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 (367 characters)

Photo of qchic
3.6/5  rDev -7%

A decent alternative to that other all too common wit. So pale with a nice herbaceous flavor. Lemongrass more apparent on the nose and orange in the flavor. Pleasant prickly carbonation. Def drinkable. (201 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.6/5  rDev -7%

Pours a pale, hazy yellow. Thin white head. Notes of orange peel, coriander, sweet lemon. Tastes similar, coriander and lemon grass. Very crisp and light, a nice session. (176 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pours a pale straw yellow with good clarity. Nice bright white head with good retention and stick.

S - Bread dough, lemon grass, citrus rind, yeast.

T - Yeast, banana peel, coriander. Easy drinking - light bodied wit bier. Slightly acidic.

O - Nothing overwhelming about this one. Just an easy drinking Belgian style brew. (329 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger of head. A cloudy banana colored body.
Smell of orange, honey, lemon and coriander. Nice and balanced.
Taste is mild overall. Some sweetness with a good lemon bitterness. Good, but mild.
Smooth texture, low carbonation and light body.
Tasty and interesting, but not really a daily (or monthly) drinker for me. (320 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a pale pineapple yellow with a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates.

Has a spicy, aromatic aroma, heavy coriander, lemon grass and allspice, with an underlying earthiness.

Light tasting, fairly aromatic, with notes of coriander, orange blossom water, lemon, and grass. To call it spicy is to understate it; this is like inhaling a spice cabinet.

Thin mouthfeel, with no bitterness profile. This beer is all about taste, not feel.

Another extremely different brew from DFH, while quite interesting, not sure I'd get this one again. (598 characters)

Photo of WellRested518
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy yellow with a thin head that sticks around for a minute or two. Nice lacing against the body. Very much what a wit should be

S- citrus, pepper... it's all there. The lemongrass actually protrudes more than I thought.

T-spicy and fruity, reminiscent of the style. Subtle hints of coriander and lemongrass cleanse the palate. Peppercorns end it with a dance of unami. Very nice.

M- a great amount of carbonation. Light, crisp, refreshing.

O- while it's funny that this was once one of my favorites, I still love this beer. As I sip I await the break of summer... The irony rests in a snowstorm outside my front door. (629 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their DFH Baltimore Beer Week event.

The beer pours a pale gold color with decent head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light clove and coriander. Flavors replicate the nose with some light sweetness and noticeable wheatiness. Mouthfeel is very light and the beer is fairly refreshing on the palate. Not surprisingly, alcohol is very well disguised, making for decent drinkability.

A nice enough beer, though I wish it had a bit more flavor. Really nothing to get excited about and probably something I would not bother to order again. (603 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like coriander, orange peel, wheat and some yeast. It tastes like oranges, lemon peel, coriander, wheat and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and is well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, it's nice, refreshing and really easy to drink. (437 characters)

Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellowish orange in color. Extremely hazy. Light effervescence streaming. A really nice pure white head like meringue.

S: Right off the bat i get a ton of spices. Coriander is definitely there. Lot's of lemon zest and ginger. Not sure if ginger is used in the brewing process but i definitely get it on the nose.

T: Lot's of orange and lemon. As in the nose the spice presence is undeniable.

M: Light amount of carbonation. The little that's there tingles on the tongue. Light bodied and refreshing. Real easy to drink.

Overall: I good flavorful Witbier. Nice flavors and mouthfeel and a good refreshment quality. (622 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Hazy golden yellow, translucent with streams of bubbles leading to a thin white layer of foam. Few lacings.

Aroma of grass, coriander, citrus, smells good.

Taste of orange and coriander, lots of carbonation in the first sip. Smooth finish.

Good beer, solid throughout, orange and coriander from first sip through to the end. (359 characters)

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.