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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
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601
Ratings:
3,109
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
29.87%
 
 
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Photo of stimulus
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy, nearly opaque copper with a one finger white head.
S: A citrus mixture.
T: Wow, what a nice blend of flavors for this wit: the orange in the forefront with the coriander and something else falling into the background.
M: Pretty light body with great carbonation.
D: It's too bad that I had to split this one, but we agreed that another bottle would have been quite pleasurable to digest.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S - Has the usual kind of spicy wet wood smell, but faint.

T - Tastes... pretty normal. Decent tang. A little more bitter than expected but in a not unpleasant way. The bottle says it's brewed with coriander, orange, and lemongrass, but it's pretty subtle. Just a hint of citrusy sweetness that bleeds into what I would call more like cardamom.

M - Starts soft and finishes crisp. Fresh and nice.

O - Well it's a refreshing wheat beer, perfect for a warm day. It's the basic characteristic taste you're looking for, so it makes the cut, but it isn't particularly notable. It was slightly more bitter than I'm used to. I can't tell if that was a welcome twist or a distraction, but I'm OK with it. Bombers are often ripoffs and this one is no exception. It's definitely not good enough to justify the $10 I paid. On a cost-per-ounce basis, a sixpack of this stuff would be over $28, which is triple what it's worth. FFFUUU bombers!

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, having a coupon for bombers and 750mL bottles at Total Wine led me to this release from Dogfish Head. I don't find the Witbier style to fit my tastes very often, but when I'm in the mood, a good one can be quite nice. My general problem is that they feel too light or the orange and coriander flavors often found in the style don't make it very refreshing. The description for Namaste noted that it was a very refreshing beer, and Dogfish Head is a name I can trust, so I went for it.

It was crisp and light, but unlike some Witbiers, the spices weren't overwhelming. Unfortunately, beyond that it seemed to be a typical Witbier with nothing in particular standing out. Perhaps it's a bit above average though, as I did find it more drinkable than a few I've had recently. I wouldn't pay the usual 8 dollars for a 750mL of this ever, but it wasn't wasted money especially with that coupon.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells exactly like how I would think Lemongrass smells... it also has that orange and witbier type smell to it. It also has a nice straw like hazy appearance with some sediment in it as the rest of the bottle is poured into the glass. The taste is awesome with that lemon taste and that smooth orange taste that gets bitter at the end of the sip. The bitterness is different than you'd find in most beers because of the orange taste melding together with the lemon taste. The bitterness is like licking the inside skin of an orange I like it. Also has a nice dry wheat backing to finish everything off. Excellent beer... and I was surprised to see the low alcohol content on the bottle making the drinkability awesome. Great summer beer that I hope they keep making. Not to mention I love the name Namaste because its a spiritual word meaning soul. Great name and a great beer especially for a witbier. The best witbier I've tasted hands down!

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Did they use champagne yeast for this one? Even though the bottle was cold and unshaken, the bubbles exploded into action as soon as the top was popped, just like a bottle of bubble, and I had to rush the bottle to the glass to catch the overflow.
In the glass, the beer is golden, but too cloudy to see anything through. Large bubbles rise upward rapidly, so fast that they do a little dance in their own turbulence. The head is a mountain of off-white meringue that lingers so long that I start to get impatient about drinking it. Some relatively large particles of sediment came out at the end of the pour.

S: Very bready at first whiff. Orange and spice meet my nose with the second sniff, and after that lemongrass and white pepper.

T: Very little sweet malts. Wheat bread flavor is heavy at first, but the coriander really dominates, especially in the middle. The finish is a mix of citrus and mild hops bitterness.

M: Initially feels moist, but the finish is astringent dryness that forces you back for another wet sip. Carbonation is above average.

O: Very typical of a Belgian white beer, really. It's a good beer, but I think you can do as well without spending $10 a bottle.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The look is not very good. Almost clear with a ton of carbonation and a thick head that never dissipates. Smell is oranges, wheat, and coriander - very good. Ingredients provide a very good but beer is extremely light. Nice for a summer day BBQing.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found in a build-your-own-sixer at my local grocer. No best by date that I can see. Poured from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a bright honey color with about a three-inch white billowy head that sticks around for a bit and leaves good lacing on the glass. Profuse visible carbonation. Cloudy, with quite a bit of sediment in the glass.

S: Fresh bouquet on this one, with plenty of lemon citrus and a bit of musty yeast lingering underneath. Light, soda cracker malt notes coming through, as well.

T: This one is interesting in that almost all of the flavors are perceived at the tip of the tongue. There's sourdough bread at the very front, along with some of the sour/tart from the lemon. This transitions into a more sweet taste in the middle--wheat and corn seems to be in there, along with just a touch of the coriander. The back end has a tartness to it, with lemon and some more herbal notes. I couldn't really distinguish the peppercorns in this one.

F: Effervescent/creamy, tart, and quite light overall on the palate. No bitterness to speak of. Finishes very clean.

O: This one was a nice change of pace for me--I've been drinking an awful lot of IPAs of late. I like the fact that this beer doesn't try to overwhelm with any of its additives--they all blend extremely well and make for a very enjoyable, drinkable brew. I would seek this one out again.

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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 JayAre46
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 brew poured into a DFH snifter from a 750 ml bottle giving way to precisely 2 fingers of white delicate fluff, gorgeous hazy yellow golden with orange hues showing presence, minimal lacing.

S - Strong corainder and orange fruity esters that are over taken by lemon in the back which lingers in the nose.

T - Accurately follows the aroma adding a touch of honey the flavor transitions flow with a great smoothness ending with the lemongrass being most present which becomes a pleasant change of direction for a wit, the hops are present but subtle and come and go, wheat grains are here for balance but in the end everything bows to the zesty lemongrass in the back. quite refreshing

M - Carbonated is on point, being light but there to accompany the silk smooth medium to light body. This beer is so soothing i feel like it can rehabilitate a battered palate.

O - Awesome twist from DFH and not surprised at all, can't wait to enjoy this under the sun next time, very easy to drink, with that being said i almost wish it had more of an alcohol presence. yes i understand it is a wit but maybe a little more kick would be nice. The biggest knock i have on this brew is its $11 dollar price tag a bit steep to me.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow in color with lots of sediment. One finger white head that doesn't stick around for long. Some lacing here and there.

Aroma: Assortment of citrus fruits. Orange. Spices, coriander, green tea. Wheaty and floral.

Taste: Wheat, lemon grass. oranges, coriander, white pepper, spices, honeysuckle. Plenty of flavors and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with soft carbonation. Quick drying wheaty finish, a trait i like in this style. Flavorful witbier but nothing truly outstanding. Just a solid beer.

Perhaps one of the most "traditional" beers I've had from DFH.

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Photo of medic25
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsener glass, the color was a nice hazy straw yellow with a huge frothy white head. Musty odor , a little farmlike with elements of lemon and coriander. Taste is a delicious clean wheat flavor, complemented nicely with lemongrass and citrus. This is a very easy drinking wheat; it would be a pleasure to enjoy this all summer.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy golden straw, small white head that hangs around, good lacing

S: Earthiness, spices, coriander, pepper

T: Sweet malts, spices, earthiness at the end

M: Medium, I think mostly because of the pillowy head that is left kinda gives a sense of volume.

O: I really like this one. Probably the best witbier Ive had. Spices and earthiness really add a complexity that I really enjoy.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet, revealing light and cloudy yellow body under a little bit of white, lively head. Lots of bubbles. Looking decent. Smells wheaty and fruity with a nice lemongrass presence. Very refreshing smelling. The slight spice from the coriander comes through and the orange citrus evokes the smell of hops.

Tastes light, wheaty and a little like a lemongrass tisane but with a nice complexity highlighted by the slight bitterness and fresh orange citrus. Mouthfeel is pleasant with a smooth but almost medium body and volume-adding carbonation that rapidly disappears on the tongue with only a slight tickle. Very, very drinkable. Glad it comes in a large bottle.

Overall I am very impressed with this offering. A unique take on a witbier, but they do a good job.

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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 LeRose
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice citrus aromas, lemongrass, coriander, pleasant grassy/green like good olive oil. A little yeasty, nicely carbonated, refreshing, and totally enjoyable. A little hazy consistent with the style, pours with a little neat white head on it. Just enough carbonation to be lively. Love the concept also - unearthing truly historic brews, science and art combined. Really just a fun brew to drink, IMHO.

This was the first craft beer beyond Blue Moon that I got my wife to try and her response as much simpler - "oooo...I like this". A rare and cherished response - victory is ours say the craft beer fans!

Review from notes

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner during the beer tasting club meeting. Fresh from the store.

A - cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that left streaky lacing down the glass.

S - big Lemon nose on this - definitely the dominant character

T - initial yeasty notes melting into big spiced clove character with lots of backing lemon rind. Tastes endures for a while, but isn't hugely intense.

M - quite light, with practically no carbonation.

D - drinkable, but not overly impressive in any dimension.

Decent Wit, with some interesting qualities. One I'd give a moderate recommendation for. It's DFH, how can you not!

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Photo of speter
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light yellow with a two-finger head that fades surprisingly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S: Lemongrass and light hops with some grain.

T: I had this together with some homemade Thai, and it was perfect. The subtle spicing in the beer picked up on the spices in the curry, while the light palate of the wheat offered a nice contrast to the fiery chilli peppers.

M: Light, but that's to be expected. The one thing that seemed a bit off was the carbonation. Normally, the wheat gives lasting carbonation, but this bottle didn't have that.

D: I'm definitely picking up more of this next summer and drinking it when it's hot outside.

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Photo of foogerd
2.34/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Props to the really cool artwork on the bottle.

A- Pale hazy yellow colored body, nice sized cushy head with some nice lacing.

S- Kinda like a watery Witbier, I keep getting this empty airy watery smell besides for the orange yeast and wheat smell.

T- Again tastes like diluted Witbier, I just cant seem to shake this from the brew no matter how many sips I take.

M- Lots of carbonation, watery.

O- A real disappointment from what I'm used to with this brewery. I would say this is the first time that Dogfish really totally flopped for me, I drain poured the last 10 ounces. Unless I've had a bad bottle which I dont think thats the case I would say to avoid this brew and try the many other fine Witbiers on the market.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a foggy straw yellow color with bubbly white head, about 2-3 fingers worth.

S- Coriander and spicy Belgian yeast aromas dominate the nose, with some bright fruitiness in the background.

T- Crisp, clean witbier flavor. Spicy and fruity with a wheaty twang at the end. Very little bitterness, with spice and fruit dominating the flavor profile.

M- Smooth and creamy. Not overly carbonated, and rather rich on the tongue.

D- Off the charts, very refreshing wheat beer.

I must say given its status as a Dogfish Head specialty beer I was expecting something a bit more outrageous, but was pleasantly surprised to find a nice, refreshing, balanced witbier. Good for the summer months, though maybe not worth the $9 a bottle. Wouldn't mind seeing this in 6-packs in the future though.

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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 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 Kooz
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a standard pint glass. Then poured again. And again. Nice looking beer--cloudy and straw-colored/yellow.

Smells strongly of wheat right up front. Slight hints of citrus in the background. It's got a good nose to it--strong but not overpowering. No alcohol smell at all.

Tastes nice--it's light and acidic. There's coriander in here, and I'd know it even without the label saying so. It's not very developed though--after a few sips it's sort of one-note. A little disappointing considering the high bar Dogfish Head has set, but still good.

Mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. The beer is slightly under-carbonated and doesn't have much body. It's smooth and doesn't have any bite, but I can't give it more than an average 3.

Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this beer. It wasn't cheap but I'd happily buy it again. It's a nice white that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Samuel906
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Interesting beer with some unique qualities and a hefty price tag. Namaste has most notably a lot of Belgian flavors and influences. Banana, clove, spice, coriander, citrus, bread, yeast fill the nose and palate. Coriander is a bit overwhelming for me. Flavor dies off very quickly leaving only some yeasty funk for an after taste. Mild orange sweetness. Body is light and carbonated, helping some of the brighter flavors flourish. Overall, certainly not a bad beer, but it was a little heavy on some of the spices for me, especially for what i was expecting to be an easy drinker. I couldn't drink more than one in a row.

The only other thing I have to add is that the price was RIDICULOUS. I don't know if it was just the store that I go to but I paid almost $16 for a sixer. Pretty hefty for a low ABV beer.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Namaste pours golden yellow with a nice foamy head that doesn't linger too long. It tastes like a white ale (which it is, of course), but spicier. The label mentions coriander and other spices and not only are they evident, but they work very well. This is a good beer.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: sits a gorgeous hazy, golden yellow with plenty of floating sediment.

Smell: very elegant aromas of spicy yeast, coriander and wheat malt with more subtle yet obvious notes of orange and lemongrass.

Taste: soft flavors all around reflecting obvious citrus notes (orange and lemon) with coriander, wheat and yeast character. very very subtle hop flavor with very light bitterness in the finish, which is somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: very refreshing, perfectly done wit.

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