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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

557 Reviews
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Reviews: 557
Hads: 2,853
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 179
Gots: 853 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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: 557 | Hads: 2,853
Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

876th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner


App- A bit of a hazy golden yellow with a large two finger slow receding head. A bit of dots of cling. A nice looking wit.

Smell- Wheat, lemon, spice, grass, coriander, peel. What else could sam put in this one? Smells very clean and to style.

Taste- Of all the wits I have had. This one takes the cake. Retains the essence of what the style is all about. It has a nice wheat base with a bit of coriander and lemon/orange peel. A little thin spice with a balanced profile. Not too thin or watery but just good.

Mouth- A light bodied beer with a good wheat residual flavor with some lemon/orange zest and a little bit of coriander. A medium high carbonation to make it all blend together.

Drink- It's a very good wit. I have had some shitty ones and this is very good. One of the few I would come back too.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 750ml bottle poured into a weizen, hazy golden color, active bubbling, one and a half fingers worth of head that fade to a half inch and stays.

s- nice, orange jumps out and notes of zesty lemon, wheat is present, almost herbal, very appealing nose here.

t- taste echos nose, very nice orange notes - almost like marmalade, candi sugar, light bits of belgian with a touch of pepper and clove and pink bubblegum and banana here, this is damn tasty.

m- prickly at first then smooths out.

d- really nice, this dfh offering really impressed me, i'm hoping they'll make this one again. i enjoyed this back in november on a chilly night but it would be perfect on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of TommyW
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, yellow/gold with a medium, uniform, white head.

S- Lots of coriander and orange peel with a faint wheat twang.

T- Again, packs a nice dose of coriander and orange peel with the lemongrass peaking out as well. Some orange citrus is there but not much. Little bit of a wheat twang as well.

M- Medium body with a crisp finish and feel.

D- Sorry to say that I had this on a cold and rainy New England day; it would be much better on a hot summer day. That said, this is still a top witbeer in my mind.

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Photo of pastradul
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

took a bottle over for dinner with some friends. poured into a shaker pint.

Easy pour produced a huge bright white head.

the smell is lots of citrus and herbs, with a slight sweet malt nose.

The taste is crisp and refreshing. all the flavors of the herbs mixed with the light malts is just wonderful. so drinkable. Could easily down a 750 or 2 by myself probably on a hot summer day.

Too bad we don't get it out on the west caost.

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Photo of garuda
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 babaracas
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with two fingers of fluffy white foam. Big swaths of lace left on the glass. Smell: yeasty with some punchy sweet citrus, floral, with wheat and coriander notes. Taste: sugary pale, wheat cracker, tangy, coriander, a little clove-like spiciness, a fleshier orange like navel, lemon peel note. Medium bodied, creamy, dry spiciness midsip but juicy finish. Really nice. July 2011 release.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy yellowish straw orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A fruity and spicy wheat driven aroma with big hints of citrus and coriander. Belgian yeast with some hints of coriander and white pepper. Wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Big citrus fruit presence with hints of orange, lemon, and pineapple. Subtle earthy hop hints of grass. A pretty solid wheat beer aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity wheat driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and coriander spice. Belgian yeast along with notes of coriander and white pepper spicing. Bready wheat and pale malt with notes of straw, grains, cracker, and biscuit. Good taste of juicy citrus fruit with notes of oranges, lemon, and pineapple. Background notes of earthy hops with some grass. A pretty solid witbier taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, juicy, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style Witbier. Good notes of citrus and coriander.

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Photo of lsummers
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bright yellow with cloudy floaties. Subtle white fluffy head.

Smells of citrus and slight lemongrass herbal notes. Not to complex just pleasant.

Taste is light and crisp. Hits with a bounce on the tongue with lemon and orange, the more citrusy herbal notes come through towards the end. The middle does taste a Little watery. It's very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp. Light enough without feeling overly carbonated.

Overall, this is the second time I have tried this beer and I intend to seek it out again. A great example of an American wit.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden hue with a bright white head, fine bubbled creamy textured head forms thick and leaves behind scattered lace. Aroma is so nice a full on assault of coriander citrus peels and lemongrass notes. Sharp bright wheat note as well it works together well, I really enjoy just smelling this stuff. Flavor wise this is an excellent witbier, it's rare to see any beer brewed this much to style. Other than the lemongrass there's not much stray from a typical wit and this is an excellent fresh version of one. Heavy on the coriander, for those sensitive to it this won't be your beer, but it's definitely a rounded coriander. It's complemented with orange peel bitterness and lemon grass herbal tones, soft wheat creamy character this is excellent stuff. Mouthfeel has sturdy but smooth carbonation creamy body carries itself well light to medium in girth. Clean spicy finish these spices don't sit on the palate the carbonation and citrus helps to clear the coriander. Drinkability overall is excellent a really drinkable version of a dead on American brewed witbier. I would get more but not for 10 to 12 bucks a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a nice golden color, a bit hazy with a white head that lasted a good while, but not a lot of lacing.

S: The aroma on this beer is great, you know it is a Belgian White. The yeast, orange peel, and lemongrass are all pretty evident.

T: Taste mirrors the nose, which is a great thing. There is a nice mix of orange and lemon along with some yeast/wheat. It has a perfect sweetness to it.

M/D: It is thin bodied with great carbonation. Was easy to drink and very refreshing, a great summer beer. Will have to go back and pick up another bottle or two.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a straw yellow and appears highly carbonated with a thin white saliva head.
Smells very nice, like a farmhouse bouquet of herbs, peppercorn, lemon rind. Corn comes through in this.
This tastes refreshing and creamy with a light zesty tang of lemon and coriander. Flavorful, again because of the corn (the lemon and peppercorn, for me, imparts a tangy corn aspect that defines this beer). It drinks well and for how light it is, quite rich in flavor. Light peppery and well balanced with a perfectly refreshing, lemon/ lighter orange-flavored finish. Although highly drinkable, it feels less carbonated after a fairly short while. I tried this one a couple years back from a 750 ml bottle and loved it even though I thought it was overpriced. Glad to see the 6 packs. Could be a summer session choice.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The overall look of the beer is a familiar look like any other pale ale. However, the head is a fluffy white texture that hints a citrus smell! The first taste came across as a peppery lemon flavor that ended in a buttery bitter finish. The feel came off smooth and lathered my tongue. Overall, the beer spoke for itself. It became such a peace offering with how smooth it was and fulfilling. Definitely an easy sip!

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Photo of WillyDee
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 AdamBear
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-very pale yellow, good amount of creamy colored head, though you must be careful to pour slowly. very bubbly. lots of floating pieces in there.

S-lots of spices and wheat and fairly citrusy. very strong scent! i'm excited to taste it!

T-mmm a good, interesting, and different witbier. i feel the taste is focused more on the spices than the fruits. it leaves with a good white wheat flavor and the after-taste is focused on the orange and lemongrass. fairly complex and very fun!

M-medium to heavy carbonation...though its a soft feel to the mouth. has a good creamy finish!

D-at 5%, i'd say this is the most drinkable of the dogfish head 750mL bottles. the taste stays great, it goes down easily...what more could you ask for?

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring, and sticks around as a small collar. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Musky, basement like funk and earthy aromas. Some light fruity esters come out, but not much else. I like the aroma, but wish more of the coriander and orange would come into play.
T: Big earthy notes. Basement like funk, and there is plenty of spice. Coriander, orange, and lemon flavors are spot on. Husky wheat. Very clean flavors here.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and effervescent. Clean and bone dry. Though smooth at the same time. So easy o to drink. The bomber will be gone in no time.

Dogfish Head has disappointed me on a number of beers, though this one is excellent. A spot on Wit that is incredibly enjoyable to drink. Something I would highly recommend.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely perfumy, vibrant, and fruity/citrusy, this beer provides an awakening spicy zest.

The pour delivers a hazy beer of canary yellow hue. Creamy white foam gives a fluid texture with good persistance and moderate lace. A classic Witbier appearance.

The aromas are the high point for the beer with a perfumy nose that is likely the best I've had. Bright orange zest, spicy corriander, lightly peppery, and with a fruity-alcoholic note that resembles tangerine marmalade.

Flavors are softly of pilsner malt and light wheat for a powdered sugar and bready taste. Layers upon layers of citrus zest and spice alternate from orange peel, lemon zest, peppery, cumin-like, grassy, and herbal-tea like notes throughout. All lead to a fleeting spicy finish.

With a soft, creamy, fresh upstart, the beer has a smooth fade towards a powdery dry finish with a minty alcoholic evaporative feel. Mild herbal hop bitterness provides light bitterness and dryness along side of the alcohol warmth and dry cracker-like maltiness.

A delicious Witbier with sharp aggression towards the spicy and aromatic notes, yet perserving the delicate and soft textures that make classic Witbiers so refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of tmm313
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy yellow straw color with abut a finger of head. Nice lacing.

S- Lemon, banana, orange, yeast, wheat, coriander, and a touch of pepper.

T- Super refreshing and sessionable. Wheat, yeast, coriander, lemon, orange, and some nice bready notes. Touch of pepper on the back end.

M- Medium light body. Nice crisp carbonation. Bready aftertaste. Drying.

O- This was the style that really catapulted me into my beer craze back in the day. I hardly ever buy it anymore, but my desire to try as many DF Head beers as possible won out. It was a really nice surprise to have enjoyed it as much as I did. I can definitely see buying this for times I'm craving something light or for lazy days by the lake. Probably the best Whit I've tried so far.

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Photo of GarrettWelson
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant white ale with subtle hints of Indian spices. Slightly spicy aftertaste. Obvious citrus and lemongrass notes (as advertised on the bottle). I would consider this to be an ideal summer beer for those new to more complex beers or beers brewed with spices. It would also be a perfectly refreshing complement to very spicy Indian or Thai style food.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold with a fluffy white foam cap that produces prodigious lace.
S: Coriander, pepper, orange and lemongrass
T: Big wheat flavors support orange and spice with a little pepper on the finish.
M: medium to full body with excellent mouthfeel produced by fine bubbled carbonation
O: A well balanced wit that really captures the Belgian wit texture and flavor.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes made over spring break)

Had this one on tap at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. Served in an accompanying DFH Signature Glass.

A--Poured a bright glowing color with a light, thin white head that dissipated rather quickly.

S--Sweet lemongrass, orange peel, corriander, lemons, pretty much exactly what I want a witbier to smell like.

T--Follows the nose, but not as well as I thought it would. The beer has a classic witbier flavor. The sweetness of the orange peel comes through. The back of the tongue has a slight bitterness that was a little unpleasant, but not something I would let deter me.

M--Light, crisp, and refreshing. This beer felt really good on the tongue.

O--This is a great offering from Sam and the guys at Dogfish. I could imagine sitting out on the beach this summer drinking these all day. One of the best witbiers out there.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

cloudy orange-straw with lots of sediment. large foamy head that waves good-bye by the second sip. nose; white wine, very light coriander. taste; light, orange-based wheat with slight lemongrass and peppercorn notes. very carbonated mouthfeel (almost like a thick champagne) and a chamomile ta-henket-esque aftertaste. my favorite wheat style beer. nothing mind-blowing, but complex and mellow enough to be an interesting easy-drinker, which are sometimes actually hard to find. if you know any blue moon or shock top drinkers, hand them one of these so they can graduate to the next level. ;)

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Photo of neobob187
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 depechemode1983
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a dark cloud golden color with a very fluffy/rocky white head. Head has excellent retention and lacing is amazing.

S - The nose is amazing. Tons of wheat, lemon peel, earth, grass and light sugars. Also getting a pepper like spiciness. Smells superb.

T - Wheat forward. Lots of lemongrass and spices. Some floral undertones. A sugar like sweetness is present in the finish with some lemon zest to back it up. Pretty damn flavorful and refreshing.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, soft. Carbonation is medium as well and does a good job keeping the beer smooth.

O - Outstanding job by Dogfish Head. Smells wonderful taste wonderful and feels great. Glad I dished out the 10 dollars for this one. Id do it again.

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Photo of crag
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a low 25 IBU this brew has a high degree of drinkability especially for the hop-confused demographic ;-). Flavors for this brew are layered nicely, nothing too over powering. Very "bright" finish leaving the palate feeling clean. Great thirst quencher.

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Photo of deapokid
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The low price and interesting artwork inspired me to pick up this new wheat beer from Dogfish Head.

Liquid is vibrantly carbonated with a hazy orange color and rather heavy foam/lacing. It's an exact replication of the Belgian standard and, I must say, my first impression is a good one.

Cornucopia of aromas is rather appealing. There's heavy floral spicing, banana esthers, ground pepper, sweet cream and a doughy wheat aroma. Despite the strength and variety of smells, nothing is overpowering or artificial.

Flavor profile makes the sweetness of clementine and tangerine the focus. The star of the show is backed by pepper, cardamom, milk and a nice bright sweetness to accompany the slight dryness at the end. It's staggering how well all of these flavors work together.

Mouth is very smooth and the sweet burst at the end coats the entire tongue and sticks around to level out the dryness. This combination of sweet and dry makes for a crisp conclusion.

All in all, this is a refreshing and superbly drinkable witbier, displaying the strong qualities of the style, while adding in a few new twists of its own. Boy, I hope this turns into regular release, because it's certainly one of DFH's best.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.