Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,681 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,681
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 170
Gots: 705 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 2,681 | Reviews: 555
Photo of TopherBreski
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of brap
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting and heavily-spiced . I liked the complexity it gave to the wheat beer, which I usually don't really care for due it its blandness.

Photo of brighteyes868
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong on the orange and coriander, but overall easy to drink.

Photo of jlundy1016
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soft, but ardent. Delicious in flavor and smell

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of pobri27
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had out of bottle not the greatest looking witbier and also kind of a watery taste. Not too bad but not too great either.

Photo of thebeers
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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 -.

Photo of justinp444
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ufellc
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet banana orange clove, typical white ale style. Long lasting sweetness mouthfeel lingers

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of g_lincoln
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful, bright flavors. Lots of citrus and not bitter

Photo of hoagzzz
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Generally don't like wit and don't like dfh, so I am barking up the wrong tree. But overall not bad. Drinkable at a summer BBQ.

Photo of Moneypenny
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ZBowden
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of mark5692
1.77/5  rDev -53.1%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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...

Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
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!!

Photo of rickzim1
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of RyanK252
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours light golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Slightly tart wheat, grassy, a little spice, and faint citrus.

T: Wheat, coriander spice and a little pepper, light citrus, floral notes, a little tart on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of dabone
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle. Cloudy yellow/orange. Fruity and spicy aroma that is echoed in taste. Well balanced. Decent mouthfeel. Enjoyable beer.

Photo of bradwalrus
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad brew
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Photo of do_ob
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner. Pours a very clear pale yellow with a thin, fizzy white head. It quickly dissolved down into a light lacing. Lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Smell grassy with strong notes of lemon, wheat, and a sour/tart funk. Light weight, watery, nice and easy going down. Decent carbonation on the mouthfeel, and quite dry. Kinda reminds me of a champaign of sorts. Slight sour notes with a definite lemon and wheat presence. Not very strong in terms of the taste, but it has enough going on to keep you interested. Bread-like aftertaste with a dry, clean finish.

Overall, not bad at all. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one was pretty good.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,681 ratings.