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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

557 Reviews
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Reviews: 557
Hads: 2,851
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.53%
Wants: 179
Gots: 853 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 557 | Hads: 2,851
Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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 flyingpig
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Drinks of the World, Basel, Switzerland (5.20 CHF):
A simple but very well done witbier with all the usual flavours (orange zest, spice, lemongrass & coriander). Not the most unique from DFH but a great beer with good carbonation, a fresh & crisp feel with nice balance & it was easy to drink; another excellent offering from the brewery.

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Photo of soccrgump
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, straw color; very frothy white head, at least 2 fingers, which lingered for some time. Smell: orange, lemon, coriander and a little pepper. Taste: follows the nose; getting more of the peppercorns; lemony / hoppy finish at the end, but very slight and not overpowering. Mouthfeel: light bodied and creamy. Overall: a great wit!

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Photo of jancona
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking pour - cloudy yellow with lots of foam. Smell is lemon zest and sticky malts. Taste is a hint of orange, lemon zest, with hints of coriander and white pepper. Has a very nice carbonated feel.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Caveworm
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass(Weizen glass needs replacing as of this review), this beer's head is one finger thick and off-white, with very nice lacing throughout, and a clear,pale golden body.

Smells rather frickin malty for a witbier.

I do taste the lemongrass, but not much of the other elements described on the label.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery a 3.75. Once I acquire a new Weizen glass, I'll probably go back and re-review this to give it a better olfactory judgement.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip
L: Hazy pale yellow, initially pours tons of head, white and fluffy like clouds. Head subsides a bit. Leaves a little lacing on the side of the glass. Quite attractive
S: Typical yeasty smell of the style predominates. Sweet wheat is also present Citrusy is also present, as well as a touch of spice. Actually pretty standard for the style.
T: Sort of lacks the characteristic sweetness I am used to with witbiers. Citrus is present, not really much in terms of a phenol character. Flavors that are present are citrus, lemon or orange flavors. Flavor is good but sort of lacks complexity
F: Initially carbonation makes this beer quite crisp, but it finishes smooth as hell. I actually really enjoy the feel of this beer. It feels full body but goes back easy.
O: Nice wit for many reasons. Lacks in some regards and it makes up for it in others. Wouldn't mind trying this in a blind taste test with a few others and really get a feel for it.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale, hazy with a very wide white foam head medium retention. Smell is citric, fresh and yeasty. Taste is refreshing, citric and wheaty, some yeast and spices too. Médium Body with high carbónation. Nice wit but not very well balanced

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Photo of bmeehan
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Jonoesh5
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The dogfish head wit! Pours a beautiful translucent gold with a fluffy white head. Smell is orange peel and sugar, but also dusty. Taste is less impressive. Reminds me of sugary, cucumber and orange water. Not what I expected from a witbier. Mouthfeel is carbonated and dry, very similar to seltzer water. Overall, Namaste leaves much to be desired if you expected a full-bodied beer. Very light and aromatic. Nevertheless, an interesting interpretation of the traditional wit.

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Photo of kingandrew
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. One of my favorites in the summer. People compare it to Blue Moon. Not as much orange taste and more spices. You get the citrus up front, but then the aftertaste is lemongrass and spice. Clearer than Blue Moon. A bit expensive for what it is. For the same price you can get the 60min IPA. But then again Blue Moon is almost as expensive. I think both the Namaste and Blue Moon are way better than Allagash White, which is also twice as expensive.

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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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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.