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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
601
Ratings:
3,109
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
29.87%
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
1,060
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 601 | Ratings: 3,109
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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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 Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The initial pour took quite awhile due to heavy carbonation. Straw yellow colored and with a very hazy complexion and a half inch of bright white frothy foam on top. strong aroma of coriander dominates the nose, but orange and lemongrass are also detectable. The taste is very balanced with pale wheat, coriander, and lemongrass. The mouth is highly carbonated, moderately spiced, and refreshing.

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Photo of MojitoCheesecake
1.44/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Picked this up at a local beverage specialty store. I had to buy the six pack instead of a single as I would normally do with a new beer I'm trying. Let me tell you I could't even finish one.

Pours copper brown and is nice in golden and smells earthy with hints of lemongrass. The beer itself for me was undrinkable. The front mid and back palate were all unpleasant after tasting . Very strange like old food that's been sitting in your fridge. Stay away!

This beer might have been better if they brewed it with fresh orange peels instead of candied dry oranges. I had high hopes for this beer as I really like Dogfish head and am a fan of their 90minute Ipa. I also really love the Einstiock White Ale which is brewed with similar ingredients. If you have the chance check that out instead!!

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Photo of lastmango
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a very cloudy yellow color. Less than a one finger white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is of lemon and soap. Tastes of lemon and coriander. Crisp clean feel with a light body. Very disappointed with the brew from an otherwise good brewery.

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Photo of Auraan
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear golden body with a thin cap of bubbly white foam. Overall impression of appearance is not to form for a witbier, it's too clear and head formation is terrible, however given the bar it was served at I am more inclined to blame the bartender on this one. Scents of floral, spicy coriander, white pepper, yeasty bread and softly sweet malt, light grainy wheat and light citrus. Overall impression of aroma is of a witbier, true to style, light and bright. Flavoe begins light and malty sweet with medium-light phenolics of white pepper blending with notes of coriander and orange peel with some zesty citrus notes. Middle gains floral flavors and further notes of orange zest mingling with doughy malt. Finish is lightly sweet with notes of softly sweet malt, doughy malt and balanced by floral notes, white pepper and coriander and citrus peel. Aftertaste is grainy malt and white pepper. Overall impression of flavor is of a good witbier, light, with the typical flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a lightly slick feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good witbier, nothing wrong. Overall this is a good witbier. It has the typical aromas and flavor. Mouthfeel is light and compliments flavor. It is an excellent witbier, but like all witbiers it is very simple and refreshing.

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a nice straw color with a white head, very little lacing, head dissipates quickly.
Smell: Sweet coriander and lemon, a little yeast.
Taste: Spices are light, pepper is in the background, some wheat and yeast flavor, sweet and a little tart.
Feel: Light body and light tingly carbonation.
Overall: Not bad, was expecting a little bit more of the spices in the forefront. Light in flavor and body.

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Photo of ClarkWoods555
1.1/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

It looks nice, it feels smooth, however it sucks. I do not understand the appeal of this garbage. I drank a few of them at my ex-friend's party and the swill was trash. It tasted so bland I didn't even finish the pack. I left it there. Then I never spoke to my friend again because he was always touting this trash as the greatest ambrosia to touch his lips.

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Photo of mkh012
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow-orange with an inch of bright white head. Smell is mild pepper, citrus, and spice. I taste lemon rind, pepper, and coriander. The mouth-feel is snappy and crisp. Very refreshing. A B+ witbier. In the same neighborhood as Hoegaarden and Blanche de Chambly but not as good as Allagash or St. Bernardus. Pairs well with spicy foods, especially Thai or Chinese.

Not the most complex, but also not aspiring to be. Clean, drinkable, and crisp, as a good wit should be. A bit more peppery than the average offering. A summer beer best enjoyed at 45°

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Photo of SGT_Cookie
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing spectacular. Overall, just what to expect from a witbier, don't get me wrong, it's a good and refreshing brew, but nothing stands out above the other witbiers out there. Would I drink again? Yes. But I won't go looking for it. Good, average, maybe above average witbier.

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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 rjd722
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Reagan (DCA) waiting for my flight to The Cleve.

Look: Pours a nice hazy straw color with one finger foam head, great lacing.

Aroma: Presents a burst or orange peel and lemongrass, coriander and wheat also present.

Taste: Wheat up front paired with a lemon-citrus burst. Slight lemon zest and spice as well.

Feel: Crisp and clean with light carbonation. Very refreshing.

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Photo of GrumD
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very lively on pouring and a light fluffy head was retained throughout. Very light appearance as expected and the nose sang of orange and some spicy grass-like aromas. The mouthfeel is weak but the taste is refreshing and sufficiently earthy with some nice funky yeast. No depth to the finish but it is a pleasing beer.

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Photo of Benj17
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a light head that settles quickly. Golden dark blonde color. Lightly cloudy. Lots of citrus, very slightly green, noticeable coriander, very fresh, gentle acidity. Only very lightly bitter at the very back and top. Heavy carbonation helps to amp up the refreshing factor even more, but it finishes pretty smooth. Mouthfeel on this is excellent throughout actually. Not quite as round and meaty on the finish as a lot of wheat beers, making it perhaps less wholesome but more crisp. Not astonishingly complex, but delicious as it is.

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Photo of beardfullofbeer
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer smells like roasting pig. It's a delicious aroma of spring rain and summer breeze. It has a golden, cloudy look. Feels good going down, not to rough, smooth, cooling.

Loved every minute. Reminds me of sneaking out at night on a hot day to hang out with a forbidden love.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [2.50] The beer forms almost no head. Just a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Even that is gone instantly. The beer itself is a cloudy apricot color. Overall it is not that appealing to the eye. The bottle does list the ABV (4.8%) and there is a date code that says it was born (07/09/15)

S: [2.00] Smells like a Belgian yeast bomb. Belgian yeast is a scent/flavor that I avoid at all costs. This may not go well... I get nothing else on the nose.

T: [2.50] Belgian yeast up front. Trying to act like an adult and keep going to find other flavors. There is a hint of lemon rind. After a few sips the Belgian yeast flavor is subduing.

M: [3.00] This is really carbonated. I actually like the high carbonation it gives the beer a refreshing feeling to it.

O: [2.75] Belgian yeast is basically my kryptonite. I know "why get a Wit if you hate the yeast it is made from?" Well sometimes I buy a beer without knowing the style just to try it out and see what I can figure out without pre-reading reviews and descriptions. That being said. The mouthfeel is the highlight on this guy. Crisp and refreshing. That's it. I won't drink this again voluntarily.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.56/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There are some refreshing witbier's out there, but this wasn't one of them for me.

I didn't get much of what was advertised on this beer at all. The orange does not come through, and neither do the wheat nor the yeast.

It all gets drowned out by some kind of pungent herbal twang that's just odd.

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Photo of WonderNerd15
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A hazy yellow with a puffy white head
S: Can most definitely smell the spices, the orange comes through on the exhale
T: The coriander hits first, and then the orange comes behind sweetening the overall taste, but the spiciness lingers
F: Light and crisp.
O:Good, refreshing lighter beer. Would get again.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a flared tulip.
The appearance was a glossy yellow color with a slim bar pour's kind of white head. Quick dissipation yields some stringy lacing quickly sliding into the beer.
The smell takes in some oranges, lemongrass in a sweet way and then allows some coriander to blend into the rest of it.
The taste was mainly sweet with a decent kick of the spice (coriander) to balance decently.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rests nicely on my tongue as it's fairly mild. Light yeastiness clings in a decent bready (light stickiness) sort of way on my tongue.
Overall, its a decent witbier. If anything, it went well with the Reuben I had along with it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Drinks of the World, Basel, Switzerland (5.20 CHF):
A simple but very well done witbier with all the usual flavours (orange zest, spice, lemongrass & coriander). Not the most unique from DFH but a great beer with good carbonation, a fresh & crisp feel with nice balance & it was easy to drink; another excellent offering from the brewery.

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Photo of soccrgump
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, straw color; very frothy white head, at least 2 fingers, which lingered for some time. Smell: orange, lemon, coriander and a little pepper. Taste: follows the nose; getting more of the peppercorns; lemony / hoppy finish at the end, but very slight and not overpowering. Mouthfeel: light bodied and creamy. Overall: a great wit!

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Photo of jancona
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking pour - cloudy yellow with lots of foam. Smell is lemon zest and sticky malts. Taste is a hint of orange, lemon zest, with hints of coriander and white pepper. Has a very nice carbonated feel.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a light-golden, semi-opaque color with a (very) frothy, 2-3 finger head. Lots of lacing throughout.

Smells of wheat, biscuit, lemongrass.

Taste quite how it smells... and cool and crisp. I can, perhaps, taste a little bit of the coriander (cilantro)... hard to tell. It's quite subtle as is the orange slices.

A nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass(Weizen glass needs replacing as of this review), this beer's head is one finger thick and off-white, with very nice lacing throughout, and a clear,pale golden body.

Smells rather frickin malty for a witbier.

I do taste the lemongrass, but not much of the other elements described on the label.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery a 3.75. Once I acquire a new Weizen glass, I'll probably go back and re-review this to give it a better olfactory judgement.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip
L: Hazy pale yellow, initially pours tons of head, white and fluffy like clouds. Head subsides a bit. Leaves a little lacing on the side of the glass. Quite attractive
S: Typical yeasty smell of the style predominates. Sweet wheat is also present Citrusy is also present, as well as a touch of spice. Actually pretty standard for the style.
T: Sort of lacks the characteristic sweetness I am used to with witbiers. Citrus is present, not really much in terms of a phenol character. Flavors that are present are citrus, lemon or orange flavors. Flavor is good but sort of lacks complexity
F: Initially carbonation makes this beer quite crisp, but it finishes smooth as hell. I actually really enjoy the feel of this beer. It feels full body but goes back easy.
O: Nice wit for many reasons. Lacks in some regards and it makes up for it in others. Wouldn't mind trying this in a blind taste test with a few others and really get a feel for it.

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