Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 2,803
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 180
Gots: 806 | 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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Reviews: 546 | Hads: 2,803
Photo of Das_Reh
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent witbier from DFH. I would have preferred a little more spice/coriander character, but if you want a refreshing, sessionable, non-offensive ale, this is great.

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Photo of Chicken_bear
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Interesting color, good head.
Crisp, almost club-soda nose.
Really smooth, full feel with a crisp finish.

A little fruity with a slightly sliced taste. Sort of like a Blue Moon that's not gross.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Light straw color. The slowest pour ever reveals three fingers of white head. Hoping there's a little carbonation left for the beer. Nose is citrus fruit, yeast. Quite big and enticing. Flavor is similar. Sweet fruity malt. Earthy yeast. Light spiciness, coriander. Flavor seems somewhat masked by the still high carbonation. Body is somewhat thin, light. A good lawnmower beer, but limited in terms of flavors; not really much going on.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Several 12 ounce bottles consumed over several days/nights. Poured into a Speigelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Thus far, I have only seen this beer sold by the individual bottle at my local Whole Foods. Was there this afternoon and there were none left. Too bad, as this is a wonderful Witbier and one that I'd drink happily again and again. The only two Witbiers I rate higher than this are Allagash White and St. Bernardus Witbier. My favorite offering so far from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured with a huge head and high in carbonation. Very distinct wheat flavor. Didn't get much of the spices. I will have to come back to this one and give it another try.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The overall look of the beer is a familiar look like any other pale ale. However, the head is a fluffy white texture that hints a citrus smell! The first taste came across as a peppery lemon flavor that ended in a buttery bitter finish. The feel came off smooth and lathered my tongue. Overall, the beer spoke for itself. It became such a peace offering with how smooth it was and fulfilling. Definitely an easy sip!

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Photo of chrisg02176
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a really good beer. no complaints. Hints of fruityness from the oranges, which is a major plus in my opinion. Tasty. Thin Layer of head that disappears rather quickly. I would buy again. Overall 4.1

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Photo of dcotom
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into tulip glass. Hazy, muted yellow with a substantial soapy white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma has all the elements of the typical witbier, coriander and citrus. The orange-y aroma carries over onto the palate, with a nice peppery bitter orange aftertaste. This is a fine offering from DFH.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Dogfish Head Aleshouse in Falls Church, VA. On to the beer:

This is a pee yellow colored beer topped with a small head. The aroma takes me on the route of a witbier with its vibrant coriander and pinch of citrus peel. With a first sip, a fresh bite of orange peel hits the palate. Spices and the light crisp wheat follow the lead of the citrus fruit. Would I do Namaste again? Ya betcha.

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Photo of breardon1776
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You love it or hate it. Me, I love it. Great white beer pours cloudy mellow yellow hue. Fantastic head which disipates nicely and leave great lacing. Flavor is UNIQUE. Citrus mixed with a peppery bite...who'd a thunk. I lie the combo myself. A regular go to in my mix of brews. Average heaviness for similar whites and fells like drinking something stronger than what you are but ABV only 4.8%.

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Photo of CitizenGenet
1.7/5  rDev -56%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in June 2015.

Pours a cloudy yellow like one might see produced by someone with a urinary tract infection. Robust head, about two fingers' width.

Smell - After the unsavory visual, the first effect is its sickly smell. I actually checked around the kitchen to see if there were dirty dishes or another source to account for the odor. Frankly, it had me recoiling as I got whiffs. Asked another person to smell, which resulted in a the face one makes when changing a baby's diaper.

Taste - Dominant notes of ass mellowing out to body odor after a long workout. Then overwhelming citrus characterized mainly by lemon and orange, flowing to the final and lingering note of coriander, a brief and sadly transient hit of clove, and then a rather disagreeable peppercorn.

Feel - No different than a Bud or Coors. Nothing remarkable.

Frail imitation of a wit.

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Photo of Beermanmiles
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of mightyhef
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Scarycarrie1
1/5  rDev -74.1%
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.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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...

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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 BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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 HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
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