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Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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 lstokes
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Rehoboth. I'm not usually a big Wit person but this was a fruity and mellow take on the style.

It's pale straw colored, not as hazy or golden as it should be, and the nose is also something of a disappointment, as it's a weak clove and not much else. It picks up citrus flavors (the dried orange is prominent and delicious) and a tangy wheat background in the taste, without really delivering on the spice until the finish, and then it's coriander, not so much cloves. Very light, low-carbonation body--I wasn't in love with this beer, but it's a good refreshing Wit and I'm glad I was able to try it while it was still out.

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Photo of zimm421
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (dated 6/17/14) into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Appears a very light, clear yellow. There is a decent white head, that doesn't stick around forever, and leaves little lacing.

The nose is full of spices, wheat and touches of lemon. Not overpowering, but pleasant. The taste is very light and refreshing. Loads of pepper and coriander, along with lemon and other citrus. The finish is dry, and makes you go back for more.

Mouthfeel is light, full of carbonation, and dry. The carbonation is very high, as expected, and this is right where it should be. Overall, this is a very refreshing beer that works great on a hot day. Nothing blows me away, and it is fairly conservative.

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Photo of BeerBoss
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle into a glass:

A: Has a nice crisp golden straw color. The perfect haziness for a whitbier.

S: Nothing impressive here...although whitbiers dont typically have too much nose...so this is ok.

T: Citrusy notes with a slighly dry finish.

M: A bit fizzy..

O: A nice clean bear for its class. Nothing impressive for dogfish but never the less good.

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Photo of leantom
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy yellow gold with a lot of carbonation feeding into the minimal white head.

S - Orange malt with lemon.

T - Lots of spice at the front with some sweet orange wheat in the middle followed by a flowery end.

M - Crisp feel with lots of carbonation and spiciness. Almost too spicy.

O - A crisp refreshing white brew with extra bits other flavours to keep you interested.

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is of sweet citrus, lemon orange. Taste has a nice zesty lemon orange flavor with some slight notes of coriander and wheat, mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with good carbonation. The finish is sweet citrus lemon orange flavor, coriander, wheat notes and mild bitterness for balance. Overall a good flavorful drinking brew.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a nice looking white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice clear pale straw. Unfortunately, wits are supposed to be a bit hazy and not just because of the chill haze. Other than that, it looks pretty good.

The beer smell has a very strong coriander note that dominates the other notes. The other notes (when they come through) are pretty good. The orange slices give a nice sweet citrus sweetness while the lemon grass gives a nice light and acidic push. The pepper corn is also there to give an interesting spice twist to it.

The beer taste is not as extreme as the smell but the coriander is still very present and dominates the other notes. The orange slices still give a nice bit of orange sugary sweetness to it while the lemongrass gives a nice acidic and citrus taste to it. The peppercorn is less noticeable in this case, which is unfortunate. Also, a slight mineral water taste to it.

The mouthfeel is nice and refreshing. The carbonation is very little and the body is very light but with enough weight to it in order to still be a better feel than water.

Overall, not a bad beer and pretty good. However, the beer could be better if the coriander was toned down. Other than that it was a pretty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured in to a Duvel Tulip glass with an average amount of head that didn't stay around long at all.

Smell: Corriander and orange not very overpowering smell but not bad either.

Taste: The lemongrass does little to enhance this beer it might be responcible for toning down the corriander thereby leaving a slightly orangier version of an otherwise average witbier. Not a bad beer at all just not as bold as what I've come to expect from DFH.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin much like the head there isn't much to this beer.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very pale straw color, bright white head hangs around pretty well.
smells of coriander, some orange nougat, decent power and nothing off. a nice nose in a begian wit way.
the coriander is fairly dominant in the flavor, but is not off-putting. now the peppercorns make a subtle appearance–I am picturing the multicolored variety rather than black. fruity, semi-dry finish.
lots of carbonation and a light/med body. the bubbles are a bit bracing.
overall, a nice refresher.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle from Harvest Market
Hazy light straw color with a huge fluffy white head. Aromas of earthy funk with a hint of sulfur. Lemony citrus and a hint of spice rounds out the nose. Sweet tart orange citrusy flavor with hint so earth and spice. Medium to light body with spritzy carbonation. Easily drinkable beer, I kind of wish I had tried this when the weather was a bit warmer

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: pale straw gold; small off-white head; very effervescent

Smell: bready with strong notes of coriander; some hints of lemon

Taste: like a Wit! Light wheat notes with good coriander and citrus bite

Mouthfeel: slightly thin mouthfeel with fair amount of carbonation

Remarks: refreshing and tasty, but not as good as some of their other beers

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Photo of Progenitor
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light golden ale, pours so-so without much head. Love the crisp airy citrus aromas (best part of the ale). Spicy notes especially on the back end lend to the refreshing quality of the beer. Perfect end of summer beer. Though technically summer has been over for a while now I think I had it on the best last day we will have in October. Overall the beer is a winner and above average but Dogfish Head definitely does better on some of there other brews. Cool name and idea though.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/10/2015 poured into a straight pint glass.

L- Medium straw yellow with some slight yeast haze, two finger white head.

S- Coriander, orange, bubblegum. A bit too coriander forward.

T- Same as aroma but the coriander is actually less and the bubblegum is more.

F- Light , good carb, refreshing.

O- A nice refreshing beer with pretty big flavor more like a hefe than some of the more watery witbiers I've had. Was worried the coriander would be overdone considering it's Dogfish Head but they are not.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, taxi yellow/orangish in color with a bubbling lacing on top.

Smell: Slightly funky, pineapple, lemon peels, wet grass.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter at first taste, with a slight pine flavor that sweetens up with a lemon taste, but at the same time makes for a dry bite. Very light in body and smooth. The flavors meld well together with only a bump of sourness near the end of the beer. Getting a dry cotton-mouth feeling in the aftertaste.

Overall: Easily drinkable if you like the sourness of lemons...which I do. This would be ideal with a fresh salad. Guess, I'll get on that for next go round.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Close to a finger of bone white head, sort of dilute foam, no density with many larger bubbles, as a result, very little retention, lacing fares better, not many streaks but the ones there stick around. Pale golden orange color, however, has a nice luminescence to it which fills the glass, on the whole transparent but with a serious gauziness. Fresh and open nose, full but not close to heavy, the orange peel matches up with the coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon spice, maybe even a touch salty at times, the lemongrass stays in the background, nothing herbaceous going on here, by the same token the cocoa nibs about all you get for malts, as advertised citrus and spices 99% of what you find in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, foams up a good deal to increase palate coverage, little room for lift. More all of this heft, mouth feel is smooth and there's no roughness nor bitterness to be found. Orange, lemon, traces of white grapefruit citrus abound. Coriander, cumin, clove and ginger spice more sweet than zesty, hence the smoothness. You get more yeasty, leesy accents here, suggestion of banana too. The peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit simply stated. Easy to drink, if there's any nuisance it's the carbonation.

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks both beerlocos for this, amongst other treats, sent during the excellent Anniversary BIF. Came with a pair of stylin' DFH glasses, too. Split the big bomber with my wife.

Pours is fizzy, flippant yellow. All you have to do is look at it cross-ways for it to develop a new white cap. Lemongrass stalks the nose - I just brought home one of those little hotel bottles of lemongrass lotion because I liked the smell so much - along with waves of wheeat. There's a touch of something less pleasant, almost like burned rubber, that begins to emerge as it warms & knocks down the good smell a bit.

Namaste is a good twist on a style that's pretty ho-hum to me. Pairs really well with pepperoni pizza, for what that's worth. Otherwise, plenty of spiciness to this one; lemongrass again, citrus, tons of wheat, fainter tang of orange. A touch yeasty on the end. Ridiculously easy to drink.

Good beer that brings a bit of welcome innovation to the style. This could be a one-session bomber.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Several 12 ounce bottles consumed over several days/nights. Poured into a Speigelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Thus far, I have only seen this beer sold by the individual bottle at my local Whole Foods. Was there this afternoon and there were none left. Too bad, as this is a wonderful Witbier and one that I'd drink happily again and again. The only two Witbiers I rate higher than this are Allagash White and St. Bernardus Witbier. My favorite offering so far from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of PGD120
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: slightly hazy gold color 1 finger white head that disapates quick. Little visible carbonation.

Aroma: pretty typical witte yeasty smell with come coriander. Some banana But a little more lemon and lemongrass on this one

Taste. Definite witte flavors. Coriander yeast. More lemon and some grass to it fesh cracked pepper at the end

Feel: light, light carbination

Overall. Not bad. Not the best witte ever, but unique and pretty refreshing and tasty

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Photo of Richardberg
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a chilled goblet. Bright straw-yellow, moderate layer of dense fizz around the rim, no lacing.

S - wheat, lemon zest, coriander, grass

T - pretty standard witbier flavor. Nothing to write home about, or worthy of the nifty dogfish artwork & exotic name on the bomber, either, TBH.

M - light body, not much fizz, decently oily for a 5% beer though

D - nice well made wit. Guess I was expecting something more...hoping, even, since wits are not really my thing...but in retrospect it's a pleasant, easy-drinking example of what craft brewing is all about, with no real flaws.

Now where did I put that triple imperial?

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph NJ.

Pours hazy dark white, light foam. Wheat nose and a mix of spices. Corriander for sure, quite prominent. Citrussy. On the lighter side, but different flavors blend in. A good light summer beer. Not remarkable.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this clear golden yellow beer into my pint glass as a small head developed. I detected coriander, orange peel, grain, and a bit of a vegetal funk in the aroma. A fine wheat beer taste with noticeable lemongrass present. Subtle spices. Very light and refreshing - typical of the style. Quite good, but not sure it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth smelling, mild tasting, solid sipper. Hazy lemon with a well formed ivory head. Sweet citrus with a bit of perfume. A bit of bubblegum. Doesn't burst with flavor, not an outrageous interpretation. Runs the risk of being called bland. Spot on though especially with the dynamic mouthfeel: subtly smooth with slightly dry finish.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice light yellow color. Foamy white head pours very slowly. Brew is cloudy with minimal bubbles. Very little lacing.

S - Lots of lemon and basil. Some other nice scents stand out, mostly other spices. Some elegant orange too.

T - Some very easy pepper flavors, nothing abrasive. Also, nice light citrus.

M - Very dry and bitter for the style... Perfect bubbles.

O - A good brew, but not overwhelming. Not worth the price tag, but still a nice brew to split with your lady.

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Photo of horshack7
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden in color with a light haze on top is a thick frothy white head.

Aroma: Yeasty, coriander, peppercorn, faint pear and traces of cinnamon. Apple, wisps of nutmeg.

Taste: Rather smooth mouthfeel with a slight dryness. Pear, apple, coriander, yeasty, spice, some cinnamon in the tail end with a light dry finish.

Notes: A solid example of a Witbier with a spice twist and very drinkable. Cheers.

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