Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 535
Hads: 2,716
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 171
Gots: 735 | FT: 1
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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: 535 | Hads: 2,716
Photo of Beermanmiles
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beers like this tend to make me upset. When dogfish head gathers ingredients like orange peel and coriander, you'd think they could make a beer even slightly better than shiner's white wing. Well they didn't, in fact, they taste exactly the same. There are a lot of witbier with these exact ingredients and I happen to think Dogfish managed to make it worse. I had so much faith in this beer. I thought to myself: finally a witbier made with coriander and orange peel that will taste better than the others. What I found after tasting it was that it was overly carbonated and lacked alcohol content. It smells fantastic though. Not worth the price by any means however. Dogfish Head is a great brewery though, don't get me wrong. (729 characters)

Photo of Buck89
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsener glass. Cloudy lemony yellow with thin white head that disappeared. Nose was complex: lemony tart, spicy pepper and orange citrus. Tasted the pepper first, followed by the orange, coriander and lemon. Nice crackery malt. Spiciness lingered on the finish. A very different Wit for sure. (307 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pale semi-translucent yellow color with mild head and mild carbonation. Lemongrass, wheat, citrus aroma. Fruity apricot, citrus, hop and wheat notes. It is predictable and is what the label says. Great for the summer. (217 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste is lemon, orange, and hay. Very well balanced. Tastes exceptionally fresh. Nothing horribly out of the box but a very good beer. I will pick this one up again. (169 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 4oz. Sample thanks to my brother.

Look - Poured a very clear yellow with minimal head that didn't stick around long enough and didn't leave any lacing. Carbonation appears low.

Smell - Peppercorn and lemon zest are really dominant on this guy. Wheaty, peppery, some banana and clove hold their hands.

Taste - Vritually follows the nose. Peppercorn and lemon zest are the big time players here. Very smooth amd refreshing. Cloves and banana come through and meet at the half way point to finish things out.

Feel - Light bodied with light carbonation. Sits like water.

Overall - Pretty tasty and quite flavorful. Not a huge fan of the style but this is a fine new guy brew, or even for an experiences craft drinker looking to expand their palate. (757 characters)

Photo of mightyhef
4.87/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Belgian style wit is one of my favorites...while not classic ( light on the cloves and banana) it's fruity beginning gives way to a light body due to the lemongrass...and a nice crisp peppery finish...perfect for a hot summer day. (235 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light thin-looking golden color with champagne-like head. Big lace. The smell is umm....like sweaty gym shorts or something. It's like a sweet stank from the sweat. Too bad. This beer had promise. Good citrus and herby spots on the pallet. Really light-bodied. The smell was just too much for me. Other than that, it was a ice, easy-drinking witbier. (359 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild yellow, with a one finger white head, minimal lacing. The smell is of malt, corn, lemon, and old banana. Taste is of citrus at first with some undernotes of pepper and corn. Mouth feel is pretty thin, just enough carbonation. Overall decent beer, expect better from dogfish though, wouldn't seek it out again. (323 characters)

Photo of Scarycarrie1
1/5  rDev -74.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yuck! We purchased a six pack of this. And I know it wasn't a personal preference, this beer was repulsive. I had another person smell and taste my beer and they agreed there was something very wrong with it. To describe the smell and taste would make a sailor blush. The next day we opened two more bottles and one of them was exactly the same. It had a disgusting smell and taste. The other had a hint of the odor but was flat. I don't think I will try it again. (464 characters)

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks pretty sexy with that straw golden haze and lemon/citrus scented head. Who doesn't love some good head?

A belgian leaning witbier for sure, no orange slice please... (183 characters)

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The taste is basically that of a witbier, and a good one at that, with just a subtle touch of lemongrass. At first I was worried because I could barely taste it, but the subtle flavor notes become more pronounced and you drink it. (230 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,364 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of thebeers
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow with thick, meringue-like white head. Light lemon, pepper and crackers on the nose, which continue into the flavor. Average body for the style. It's fine, but nothing that stand out. B -. (207 characters)

Photo of justinp444
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass it is a straw yellow with a semi-hazy beer. Smell of coriander, orange bitter, lemon, pepper, spice, yeast, biscuit malt, and orange juice. Taste of lemongrass, grass, earth-y bitter, peppercorn finish, orange, and spice. It has a light to medium body with a crisp flavor. (298 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,378 characters)

Photo of Moneypenny
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale lemony yellow, slightly cloudy. Yeastyon the nose with mild spices and some citrus. Pleasing effervescence. Breathe in deeply. Exhale completely. Om shanti shanti shanti. (179 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Honestly a bit forgettable, for me -- it's just a slightly better than average Witbier and nothing else. The description makes it sound very interesting and unique, but nothing really stands out all that much. Of course, there's a lot of coriander, being that it's a Witbier, but there's some definite orange peel bitterness and flavor, with a lemony freshness from the lemongrass. Witbier's are one of the least interesting styles, in my opinion, but Dogfish Head does a decent job of sprucing up a normally mediocre style and making it taste good. (606 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden lemony yellow with small head, smells of yeasty biscuity malts, tastes of sharp bitter orange lemongrass peppery bitterness that is accented by the biscuity malts, smooth mouthfeel sharp clean finish. (213 characters)

Photo of mark5692
1.77/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wouldn't buy this beer again. Dogfish has some really good beers so I figured this would be great but it is very dull and light tasting. If I want a similar style I'll grab a Blue Moon or Allagash. I thought it would be much hoppier and stronger but it was dull, wouldn't get it again. (285 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: May 8, 2015... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen... OCCASION: Will’s First Holy Communion eve... APPEARANCE: clear, slightly hazy sallow golden body; soapy, substantial head that laces in inches (!); sparse effervescence; finishes cleanly... AROMA: banana, spice, pepper, yes--some vanilla and coriander; hay wafts in late--a warm spring evening in a bottle ...PALATE: a lively, fresh, creamy swirls inundate the mouthfeel; light and smooth, yet recognizably present... TASTE: a strong, surprising malt base allows for a full-flavored summer sip--orange slice, light banana, a bit of pepper as well... OVERALL: The beer’s name may be indicative of the relaxation the beer provides--the better aspects of the wheat genre are on display; refreshing, flavorful, and smooth; a surprisingly classical approach to a style by a brewery that tends to bend or break conventions... (886 characters)

Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells very tart with hints of wheat and grass. I could taste some floral hops and a bit of spicy pepper. Really good beer and I love the packaging. Went out on a whim trying this but bought it because the name and packaging intruiged me but ended up finding out it was an amazing beer. Would highly recommend!! (315 characters)

Photo of rickzim1
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A- Slightly hazy, Straw color with a thin fizzy head
S- Earthy smell, peppery
T- Coriander and pepper with a hint of orange
M- Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp, smooth feel.
Overall- A enjoyable beer with good taste and an appealing mouthfeel. The head was lacking, but all in all, a beer that I would definitely try again. A good beer for Bar-B-Q's since it paired well with my burgers, dogs and sunshine. (468 characters)

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color.

Overall: Light beer with a crisp taste. Light hints of wheat, coriander and citrus. A really good light beer very tasty. (162 characters)

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.