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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

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whiteish/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is musty, wheat, a bit of spice. Taste is spices, some citrus and wheat, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would probably be more enjoyable on a hot summer day, but a solid beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big ol bottle poured into a Lancaster Brewing Company pint glass. Got this one at Whole Foods for $8.50, it's a expensive wit but the proceeds go to help Armand from 3 fontaines in his time of need, so I can dig it.

Namaste pours into the glass looking bright hazy yellow with somehazy yellow and specs or squeezed orange. It gets darker towards the end of the bottle with the yeast. A nice bright white head with good retention but no stick, semi thick looking. Smells include wheat, coriander, lemongrass and orange peel. I get alot of sweet cereal like scents kinda like honeycombs. It's off putting. Taste starts off great with wheat mixed in with coriander and lemongrass. Squeezed orange makes for a push but is overpowered by the lemongrass which rules the roost. In the middle banana comes out to play. With warming things turn downhill, this gets a bit to sweet for me and the cereal comes through and a bit artificial tasting. Adding the yeast at the end did not make things better, even sweeter. The feel is above light bodied and is quaffable and refreshing to a degree, it's carbed up as well but fades with warming leaving for a thicker coat for a sec. I liked this for the 1st 12oz or so but grew tired of it and poured the rest out, it's just not my type of wit. It's to style but not incredibly balanced. Good for a gander.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2011
This beer arrives from the tap with a one finger thick, pale, white head (that even leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass) that sits on top of a lightly hazed, pale straw-gold colored beer. The aroma smells of watered down orange juice, musty malt, bright slightly earthy coriander (that largely escapes the more herbaceous / earthy notes that coriander can sometimes have). There is quite a bit of pale malt character that contributes an earthy grain and clean cracker like malt character. As my nose gets used to it, I am noticing a fair amount of clove-like phenolics in the finish.

Dry tasting up front, though there is a hint of malt sweetness in the middle and the finish is very dry with some accentuating notes from a carbonic bite, dry citrus zest, pale grain cracker notes and a touch of hop bitterness. Also lingering in the finish is a supporting, slightly grassy, earthy coriander spiciness as well as a touch of fermentation phenolics that provides touches of clove. The coriander all of a sudden got quite distinct with a lemon like character that it can often have; this plays a huge role in the flavor profile in the end, as it warms up even more it becomes even more like coriander taking on that sort of grassy note that coriander has. This is nicely light bodied and refreshing, and it has just enough body to not be watery or overly light.

A pretty nice example of a Wit, the coriander character is actually pretty aggressive, but somehow I am enjoying its presence in this beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dogfish Head

Pours a pale white/straw color. A careful pour still yields a decent amount of sediment. Aromas of hay, citrus, grass and wheat are dominant. In the taste, much like a standard wit, wheat, lemon, twang of lemon grass, citrus, coriander and pepper. Very light. The mouthfeel is extrememly light bodied, thin, and watery. Overall, interesting and glad to try. Would say it would be great on a hot summer day, but I found it a bit too over spiced to be quenching, and too watery to hold the spices at bay. Average.

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Photo of plaid75
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured coriander, sweet orange and a bit of lemon zest.

The taste was likewise citrusy with spicy esters and and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a lively carbonation.

Overall a tasty and refreshing complex witbier.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Brewer's Art chalice.

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a nice long lasting white head and little lacing. Aroma is very mild, slightly tangy and citrusy with some lemon and fresh cut grass. Flavor starts off initially extremely tangy, exacerbated by overly active carbonation. Middle of the body has some more typical wit characteristics before a strong peppery and lemon grass finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium thick, initially dominated by over active carbonation which distracts from whatever is going on with the flavors. The finish is a little more spicy and peppery than I like and doesn't seem well integrated with the rest of the flavors. A nice, refreshing beer, but not particularly well balanced or pleasing; this is a definite pass for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a medium white head, good lace and head retention.

S: Orange, pastry bread, some herbal character.

T: Good flavour, more spice-oriented than a lot of wits out there. The lemongrass is hard to find.

M: Light-bodied, with a soft creamy carbonation, refreshing.

O: Definitely over-priced for a witbier, but it's good stuff, another good one from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, slightly cloudy straw color with a pure white head that sticks around as medium cap and leaves some decent lacing. Nice spicy and lemony aromas, with a particularly nice floral hit of lemongrass. The taste is a bit more subtle, with a gentleness overall, some very light spice notes, some decent lemongrass, and a soft finish. The beer could use a little more crispness, and a little more depth of flavor, but overall it's fairly intriguing and quite refreshing.

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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their DFH Baltimore Beer Week event.

The beer pours a pale gold color with decent head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light clove and coriander. Flavors replicate the nose with some light sweetness and noticeable wheatiness. Mouthfeel is very light and the beer is fairly refreshing on the palate. Not surprisingly, alcohol is very well disguised, making for decent drinkability.

A nice enough beer, though I wish it had a bit more flavor. Really nothing to get excited about and probably something I would not bother to order again.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a fair bit of haze and a thick finger of pillow white foam. A decent looking witbier.

Smell: wheaty, citrusy aroma with an interesting spice component. I'm definitely getting coriander and orange peel here, which is listed on the label, but I'm also getting some lavender and wildflowers here. Quite nice.

Taste: substantially like the aroma, but with a greater emphasis placed on the flowery spice flavors. Light, airy and reminiscent of springtime.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with tons of carbonation yielding a massive creaminess. Love it.

Drinkability: quite a drinkable and refreshing brew. I think after awhile I would get tired of the flowery flavors, but for one bottle I think it's quite tasty.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on April 7, 2012 at the Keene, NH Beerfest. The pour was pale yellow to olive in tone with a fizzy white head and a generally cloudy appearance. The aroma features an array of sensations including citrus, grainy malts, yeast, and something not unlike wheat. The body is about medium and fairly typical for the style. The taste had a slightly more bready flavor along with malts, pepper, and a dry finish. This one costs a few bucks so I am glad I got to try it at a brewfest.

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Photo of dar482
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours in a slight hazy yellow color.

The flavor is lemony and wheaty and quite refreshing. Hits mouth with slight flavor and then goes away and goes down really easily.

Lacks flavor, but makes it up as one of the most addictive beers I have had. Maybe that's a bad thing though. It lacks complexities from the German and Belgian wheat beers. It tastes almost like watered down lemon drink at times.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw color. Strong carbonation and light-medium bodied. Orange and lemon grass nose and flavor is orange, lemon grass some tartness. Good Summer drink. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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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 rudzud
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The label definately catches the eye thats for sure. Between the name and nice picture I picked this dogfish head up immediately. Sadly, wasnt really a fan. This was poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a glorious light straw that almost seems to radiate with a yellow hue, complete with little bubbles coming up from the bottom. The head though is where this wit is really, really lacking. Starts off with a nice one finger head that quickly disappeared leaving a slight white halo. Very disappointing for a witbier.

S - While I'm not a fan of it, I have to give this high marks based on the fact that this DOES smell of corriander and lemongrass. Right after that initial yeasty wit aroma.

T - Upfront, I get some nice mild wheat and an almost bitter orange rind taste. Right after that theres an herbal flavour that is distinctly a combination of well, corriander and lemongrass. While the flavours are what Dogfish Head promised, it just really isnt making for an enjoyable beer for me.

M - For the amount of carbonation in this I was expecting something ALOT more crisp and refreshing. Just kinda sits in the mouth, almost watery.

D - Its a good beer, if the flavour combination is yout thing. For me it just didnt work. Maybe paired with the right food it would pop a little better. The flavour is spot on, but that mouthfeel is just far too thin.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull lemon brass with some orange hues for coloring that was filled with a moderately rising effervesce filling the glass. A softy frothy, cream like head, leaves various clumping for lace behind.

S: Bright lemon and coriander along with oranges are evident upfront. Lightly dry wheat along with lemongrass fills the nose while finishing out with a slight dry citrus sourness. Reminds me a bit of a hoegaarden.

T: Bright and sassy on the open with a zing of citrusy hops, lemon, and a strong dry wheat backing. Fresh oranges is mingles with evident lemongrass notes that is slightly dry and sour with an acidic bite thrown in for good measure. Solid by example flavorwise.

M: Zippy on the carbonation factor brings the mouthful to life with a sharp as a tack feeling. Creamy wheat and oat like texture with a medium body and dry lemon grind coating on the tongue.

D: Nice drinkability, though towards the end of the bottle you will start feeling the slowdown a bit. A bright zing brings a good start to the drink, while a bomber should suffice and be a good example per style.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light and cloudy dull gold with a fizzy head thanks to sharp/great carbonation that dies quick and is sitting atop a very sharp, lemony wheat aroma. Picking up a lot citric, mostly loemon with some orange (banana even?) and a spicey, clove-like smell as well w/ a touch of sweetness coming from somewhere. A great witbier to drink is what follows; a smooth, fluffy body thanks to the wheat/yeast that is real smooth and there's a good amount of balance to this beer as there's a sharpness as well thanks to spices and a sharp but not overpowering citric bite. Citric consists of lemon and some orange and there's again that touch of sweetness I can't identify. A well-balanced beer that alternates between spicy and sharp citric and throws in a touch of sweet stuff for a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed strange)
bottles 2011 1074
A- The slightly hazy lemon-yellow body grows hazier with each pour and starts to lean toward an orange hue. There is matrix of microbubbles that support a creamy sticky white head that hangs in sheets to the glass as I sip.
S- The dried lemon and orange peel notes are soft but full and are supported by a rustic white bread character in the background.
T- There is a nice dried orange taste with some lemon grass notes that come through as the beer opens. There is a good wheat flavor to follow with a finish of soft dry green hops that snaps with a dry spice hint in the finish.
M- the medium-light mouthfeel has a flat texture on the tongue but a fizz prick in the finish.
O- The subtle herbal qualities of lemon, orange and lemongrass have a nice bready support with little yeast characteristic and just a touch of spice note but that is fine. It paired well with a mild Fontina.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle.

A: The witbier is a light straw color, hazy as a witbier gets. The lighter colors support an equally white head that leaves a few islands of lace behind.

S: The nose has plenty of coriander driving a full aroma. Mild wheat hands a tart profile to the ale. The coriander though stands out with a fresh cut peppery aroma.

T: The coriander stands out in the taste as well, an herbal flavor that adds pepper and grasses to the body. Oranges are soft and the wheat that accompanies both has a pleasant undercurrent of tartness. The coriander lingers throughout, a spiciness that is welcome at nearly every turn.

M: The mouthfeel is spice-driven, so much so that the witbier base doesn't get as much airtime as it should. The wheat is present though, enough tartness to keep me interested.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of THECPJ. Thanks Shane!

A very hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam. Look just like what a Witbier ought to.

Tons of aromas in the smell. Coriander and other spices, yeasty, with notes of wheat..now a blast of lemon zest. I'm not noticing any clove but that's fine.

All of the aromas seem to be integrated into the taste. It is very spicy and flavourful and a joy to drink.

Medium body, fairly light carbonation...nice mouth feel and drinks easy as pi. Darn good beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a mildly hazy, bright yellow color. Head is surprisingly pretty tame. It diminishes quickly. Mild lacing.

S-Smells nice and dry. Lacks that sweetness that most Witbiers exude in the aroma. Wheat and lemons with a dried graininess. Coriander and some citrus rind.

T-Soft flavor. I actually enjoyed the nose more. The peppercorns come out here softly. Coriander, light spice and lemons. Dry, pale malt and some grains.

M-Light bodied with smooth bubbles. Drinks very easily. No bitterness. Flavors don't linger.

O-A Witbier that isn't overly sweet, which is a plus in my book. I thought the nose was more dynamic than the flavor but as far as the style goes, it's a solid brew.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, lemon yellow in color. Big, billowing, large bubbled white head. Black pepper, coriander and lemon. Flowery. Refreshing. It's ok. Pretty close to a traditional wit beer.

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

750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades pretty quick with audible bubble bursts, with lasting lacing. Aroma is lemongrass and earthy hops.

Taste begins moderately sweet coupled with lemongrass again, moderately tart in the middle, and closes with light earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching brew.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant straw with a frothy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Wheat, lemongrass, and coriander form the initial aroma, with hints of earthy hops and fresh cut grass adding complexity.

Orange and lemongrass underlie a crackery malt body, with savory coriander hitting mid palate, finishing slightly peppery, earthy, and dry.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation and a hint of grainy astringency.

More citrus character than I recall. Refreshing, clean beer.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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