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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 fmccormi
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml pry-off bottle to an Ommegang Witte tumbler, bottling date of November 2010 (I believe) printed on the neck of the bottle (201011C).

Appearance (4.5): Thick, cushiony white head that fades from two big fingers to a thin film on top over the course of a few minutes, with just a bit of foamy lacing on the sides. The body is relatively clear, and a bright light, yellow-gold. Very pretty, not as hazy as I’d expect for a wit, though the second pour after disturbing the sediments adds quite a bit of chalky haze.

Smell (4.0): Lemon, coriander, some sweetness, a mild yeasty note that’s just very subtly spicy, which fits for the wit. The nose is light, but what’s there is very nice. Second pour (with disturbed sediments) brings more coriander, but still not a ton.

Taste (4.0): The coriander in this beer steps up more in the taste, but it’s not overpowering in any sense. It retains the lemony, slightly sweet character that’s in the nose, and the yeast note stays in the background just like in the scent. Second pour yields more coriander and yeast in the flavor of it, and a little chalkiness. Still, well-balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very nice and light, refreshing. Wet feeling (I know—surprise, surprise) and light, fine carbonation over the tongue with a mildly dry finish—very nice.

Overall (4.0): It’s light, bright, and maybe could be more vibrant but it’s refreshing, really. To be fair, this bottle has sat probably too long for the optimal flavor point, or whatever you want to call it, but it’s still quite tasty. It’s also downright quenching. This is a beer that I want to drink multiple glasses of, and feel like I could easily do so. Will definitely get this again!

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Excellent golden orange/yellow with the typical cloudiness that goes with a witbier. Less then 1 finger head dissipates quickly, very minimal lacing thereafter.

S: I'm picking up all corriander and orange here. Lemongrass comes thru later on as the beer warms.

T: Interesting mix here. Corriander right up front, leads to the mild orange and hints of the lemongrass. I'm a big fan of Starbucks Iced Green Tea and they compliment theirs with Lemongrass so it seems to stand out on my palette. Not much sweetness here, and all the flavoring seems to lead to a wall of dry alcohol flavoring. Ends on a sour note that isn't unenjoyable.

M: Average carbonation here, mouthful seems to put the corriander on the back burner for a good second or two and lets the citrus and some sweetness come in. Wheat flavors are also more prominent here.

O: I enjoyed this. I'm a big fan of witbier and this doesn't disappoint. If your used to the more mainstream witbier, this is a nice change of pace for a spring or summer night on the deck with friends.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Looks cool because it's unfiltered and you can see little red flecks in it. Nice yellowish head and a pale straw color.

S: Not huge, but about what I'd expect from a white ale. Smells like one.

T: Nice. Reminds me of summer, sipping on a white ale. Notes of fresh grass in the finish and a pleasant taste up front.

M: Very smooth. Not a lot of carbonation and it fits nicely with the style.

D: About as drinkable as it gets. Could knock back several of these on a hot summer day.

Nice job Dogfish Head, as always

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with bright lemon yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Sweet, slightly earthy and herbal aroma with lots of citrus peel, zesty spice and bread/yeast notes. Grassy with hints of pepper, clove and coriander as well as some orange peel and lemon juice.

Medium bodied and a bit fuller than expected with some tight carbonation and prominent spice character up front that lingers throughout into a sweet yet dry finish. There's a blast of zesty spice up front with lots of pepper, clove and coriander which is countered mid-palate by yeast/bread flavor as well as some sweet citrus rind and grassy/herbal notes. Lot of lemon juice which gives off subtle acidity and sweet orange peel balancing things out nicely. The lemongrass is prominent with a nice earthy and sweet character that makes this beer extremely refreshing and easy to drink. I had no problem drinking down the whole 750 pretty quickly.

Overall, I was really impressed with this offering from DFH. Lately a lot of their experimental beers have been interesting but just extreme for the sake of being so. Interesting experiments but not terribly enjoyable. One and done kind of beers. This beer, on the other hand, was complex and flavorful and I will definitely be buying it again, especially with summer coming around.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a huge 4-finger dense white head- recedes slowly, getting rather fluffy, but only retains for about half the brew. Lacing is moderate.

The nose hits ya with an intense blast of spice- mostly coriander and nutmeg with more grassy and herbal tones from the hops and other added spices. It's all nicely balanced by some citrus tones that have a sweet, candied creaminess to em, kind of like those gummy orange/lemon slices. There's a touch of wheat malt too- faint, as if it could be anything else.

The palate is light-med bodied with a frothy carbonation and a continuation of the intense spice vibe- a lean lemony malt with more coriander, clove, sage and a touch of apple. Hops are rather minimal and floral in character, while the spice takes a turn towards white pepper on the long finish, lingering with some lemon zest and more grassy flavors.

I didn't notice the alcohol level on this one until after I poured and tasted the brew, and damn does this have some wonderful complexity for such a low ABV. It's spice dominant for sure but the underlying grassy and herbal tones as well as the lovely citrus notes make for a great take on a Wit, which is fast becoming one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of blaje
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from a friend. Thanks Nic!
Pours pale golden even straw coloured. Hazy with some big floaters... Nice classic witbier look. Thin white head disapearing too quickly. Carbonnation seems low.
N: Very very nice! Coriander dominates strongly, wet grass, faint lemon. Something sweet in the scent that I have trouble sorting out, peach?
M: Carbonation is surprisingly high. Fizzy on tongue. Bitterness is very low, almost absent or counter balance with the malt. Light bodied.
T: Matches the nose. Strong coriander taste upfront. spices as in a classic witbier. Lemon notes and wheat.

Overall: A good brew from DFH, but a little bit highly priced (10$/750ml). Highly drinkable. Perfect for summer days.

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Photo of jampics2
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. I think this was $7.99 from the Mustard Seed Market in Solon. This is the beer I chose to kick-off my annual holiday beer tasting and it was a great choice. The lemongrass sets this apart, giving it distinct and full flavor while remaining light and drinkable. I enjoyed pouring and sampling this from my Cantillon globe.

The beer looks great in the glass. It's not completely cloudy but hazy - more of a chilly haze than cloudy bomb. The beer is gold with some straw yellow highlights. There's ample noticeable carbonation, with a steady string of bubbles rising to replenish a white cap. The head could be more fluffy in the beginning of the sampling, but holds on and has decent lace.

The smell is like a mix of traditional Belgian Wit elements and some zing from the lemongrass. I get notes of coriander and orange atop a bed of pale sweet malt and a bead of wheat. There's a floral and expressive nature to the smell, cut only ever so often with some spice. It's nicely expressive and there are intricate layers underneath the barrage of lemongrass. The smell is the best part of this beer.

The taste is also very rewarding. It's tangy and dry, with just a hint of sweetness from the malt base. The star of the show is the lemon and orange notes that make me imagine biting into a piece of citrus fruit. There's also some presence from the yeast strain, adding flavors such as coriander, white pepper and grains of paradise before drying out.

The body is light to medium with a very nice sparkling carbonation present. The dry finish has no notes of alcohol and this beer is very drinkable and enjoyable. A success from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of heebes
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint bottle.
Bottled in 2010 2A.

Pours a light clear golden with a large bright white foamy head. Nose is grassy, noble hops, lemon zest, citrus, slight resemblance to a pilsner. Taste is refreshing, smooth - lots of the light fruit notes; lemon & orange, hint of the coriander spice and some slight malt presence. Very easy going, light tasting, as its got a 5% abv that i enjoy. Tame sour/bitterness in the finish from the lemon flavour. Mouthfeel is left dry, light to medium bodied.
Overall this is an enjoyable witbier from Dogfish Head, hard to say if I'd buy multiples, perhaps moreso if this was in 6ers. Nonetheless this is a highly drinkable spring beer for this rainy, wet streak we have going.

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Photo of JMWEB2
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice hazy yellow, foamy white head is very nice and remains, also some lacing.

S: Citrus smell which is ok, some coriander.

T: Great spiced citrus, and coriander is present, very enjoyable,

M: Very easy drinking, smooth and leaves a tingle.

O: Not your typical Wit and thats kind of what I expected from Dogfish. I liked the complexity of it, and would def enjoy a few more.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2012 C. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, clove, pepper, herbal, coriander, wheat, earth, grass, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Very pleasant and enjoyable. Taste of lemon, orange zest, clove, grass, pepper, coriander, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Light wheat tang on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, coriander, wheat, clove, pepper, grass, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish as expected. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a nice level of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a slightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed at all. Overall this is simply just an excellent witbier. Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dgfair
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from 750mL bottle in Dogfish Head pint glass.

Appearance - very nice,l slightly cloudy light orange color with a brilliant large white head.

Smell - mostly lemon and lemongrass balanced by some subtle orange sweetness. Very nice.

Taste - Sweet orange citrus with a slightly earthy tart bite from the lemongrass. Some spice from the coriander, but very subdued compared to the sweeter citrus that comes through.

Mouthfeel - a little tingly, bubbly feel, but very nice and full once on the palate.

Drinkability - extremely drinkable, and a great example of a wit. Could drink a number of these if not for the fairly high price point. Would like to see Dogfish add this one as a repeating seasonal. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Wexford Ale House

A: Pours a hazy gold and orangish color. A thick white foam head with some spotty lacing.

S: A decent amount of wheat, clove, coriander and citrus.

T: The citrus flavor is more prevelant in the taste than in the smell. Blends nicely with the wheat and spices.

M: Clean and crisp taste on the palate.

D: This is an easy to drink Witbier, perfect for the hot summers.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled In: 2011 1C

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a nice 2 fingers worth of head that leaves good lacing

S: Spicy with a nice citrus smell, some yeast in the back

T: Big lemony taste comes out first, followed by spices and yeast. Overall, it's kind of muted compared to the smell. Definitely gets better as it warms

M: Light bodied with fairly high, prickly carbonation

D: Extremely easy to drink given the light body and 5% abv. It might get boring after a couple bottles though

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a fizzy white head fed by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma is spicy with corainder and definitely has some orange peel in it. There is light lemony aroma as well as the underlying Belgian sweetness.

The taste is sweeter than the aroma and the fruity esters, bananas especially, come out a little more than in the aroma. The lemongrass is still prominent and the finish is spicy with coriander and white pepper.

The mouthfeel is effervescent with lots of carbonation and on the lighter side in terms of body.

A very good wit and very drinkable.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent witbier from DFH. I would have preferred a little more spice/coriander character, but if you want a refreshing, sessionable, non-offensive ale, this is great.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a pale and cloudy straw yellowish color. It almost had the color of a pineapple juice or other tropical type drink. It started with a bright white frothy head filling about one inch of the glass. The head faded a bit but left some good lacing as it did.

The aroma shows off a strong lemony citrus flavor. The coriander and lemon grass both come through in the citrus flavors. Wheat and a bit of bready yeast round out the flavors in the nose. Very nice and refreshing aroma to it.

The taste not surprisingly is very citrus forward. Lemon and coriander both are present. Like the nose the wheat and yeast come through as well. Citrus is definitely the featured flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, especially on this hot day. Very light and refreshing with some great citrus flavors. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of bbeane
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Friend picked a 25oz bottle up for me at the Rehobeth brew pub...

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... beer is a cloudy golden straw color with light white head that disappears somewhat quickly and leaves some spotted lacing

S- Honestly, smells like a typical wheat beer would... sweet banana-ish aroma with citrusy backbone. Good, but typical imo

T- Again, it's a great beer of it's style, but a bit of a letdown knowing the unique track record of the brewery. Starts sweet with citrus and corriander and finishes smooth and refreshing

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

D- Perfect beer for the summer, light with great flavor, easy to drink. Very well brewed witbier, though I love DFH for their unique concoctunes... which this isn't. Good none the less

CHEERS!!

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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 BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear as day, with a sunny yellow body and a thick, fluffy cumulus cloud of a head.

Smell: Lemony, but with an earthy husk. It makes me think of mustard seed. Notes of apple blossom and honey. Not as spicy as expected. Interesting, but hardly mind blowing.

Taste: Pale malt is the canvas, and yellow fruit (pears, lemons, and a hint of pineapple) is the main theme. But as expected, the spicy undertones are what make Namaste unique. The peppercorns are, as one might imagine, the most noteworthy of the special ingredients listed on the label. They bring a slightly earthy and bitter snap to the finish, a welcome departure from other Witbiers, which are typically more demure. The lemongrass is worth remarking on as well--it introduces a fresh, organic, and lightly sour combination which makes this Witte even more grown up.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light mouthfeel with strong carbonation makes this creation appropriately refreshing. Dry from start to finish, it feels akin to champagne.

Overall: Another well done creative conviction by Dogfish Head. What else is new, right?It doesn't quite call for a standing ovation, but that may be because by having something for everyone, Namaste keeps the peace rather than rocking one's world. Sweet and spritzy, hoppy and complex, this beer is proof that a level of thinking can be achieved by the masses.

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

Enjoyed from a 750 ml bomber. Poured into tulip style glass

A - Nice straw color, Bright white head held onto the glass nice lacing

S - Smelled of citrus very pleasant aroma

T - very mild hint of the lemongrass but not overpowering, no after taste. Citrus not as strong as in the smell

M - Very nice light mouthfeel what I would expect from the style

D - Very drinkable, summer brew while sitting on the deck with friends

Overall a beer I would drink again. Not what I expect from DFH who are known for their big brews. Nice summer brew to be enjoyed.

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

Appearance: Very cloudy at first but settles nicely. Cloudy and bright yellow.

Smell: The aroma is bread like with citrus riding shotgun and herbal spice taking a backseat.

Taste: The citrus tones are there but balanced with sweetness and spice. The spice is more present in the aftertaste. Wheat is definitely present in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Light but a little heavier than other wits.

Overall: It is definitely not a traditional wit but this is what you would expect with Dogfish. It is a good beer just remember that you need to clear all preconceived notions out of you head before trying it.

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

Good Wit with a Dogfish Head twist. This was my Mother's Day selection to go with a barbeque. Poured into my Busch Gardens "Bud Select" flute from a 750 ml bottle. Good looking beer. Big, delicate bubbly white head, hazy straw color and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell was the best part. All the witbier favorites are here, lemon zest, yeast, coriander, wheat with an extra kick from the orange.

Tastes good too. Wheat bitterness, yeast, coriander all nicely blended. The pronounced orange flavor puts the Dogfish Head quirky stamp on this Witbier. Namaste would have been a solid Wit whether or not the orange flavor was present.

Mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated, rich andjust the right amount of wheat bitterness.

A solid summertime beer. Good take on a witbier from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a slightly murky orange color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Plenty of orange peel and lemon zest in the nose. A bit of spice and a faint amount of sweetness.

T- Very nice orange peel flavor with some yeast spice and lemon. A traditional witbier flavor with a bit more umph!

M- Medium/light bodied with nice carbonation. Easy drinking with a crisp finish.

O- Overall a very solid wit that I could see purchasing again.

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

A cellar temperature bottle poured into my old logo Allagash pint glass. The liquid is ever so slightly translucent and golden colored. A decent amount of carbonation is visible within, all of it rising in steady streams. The head is pure white foam. The beer foamed up a lot when I poured, but it has settled down a bit, but is still a few fingers thick. Some patchy lacing is left behind.

Plenty of lemon and coriander greet my nose when I inhale. Some orange citrus is in there as well, but it isn't as prominent as the lemon. A little bit of powdered sugar sweetness and some musty Belgian style yeast round out the aroma.

This is a crisp beer with some good malts, but also a high quality, reserved hop profile. Lemon citrus and grassy notes are prevalent (probably all that lemongrass the label says in the beer). There is very little sweetness. A dry finish with lemon and orange peel flavors that linger.

The body of this beer is fuller than I expected, but it also has a watery quality as I swallow. Tiny bubbles can be easily felt. There is a good sized coat, but it is watery and can be swallowed quickly. There isn't any stickiness.

This is a good wit that I am enjoying, but it doesn't blow me away the way that Allagash White does; and since that is a local beer here, I'll go for a bottle of that next time I am craving this style. That isn't to say you shouldn't give this beer a shot, it is a very well made beverage that is worth a taste.

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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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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.