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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

1,592 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1592
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%


Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009)
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a major head of white suds. Loopy, attractive lattice-like lace.

Nose is spice and citrus -- very much in line with a traditional Belgian witbier.

Taste is light and appropriately approachable. There's a well-balanced spice character that plays well alongside a refreshing citrus tone. Nothing here is over-the-top or experimental, as most of Dogfish brews are. Light and refreshing, this one's solid and enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 22:01:15 | More by secondtooth
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Brenden

Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, it's a nice-looking beer, particularly to style. It's pale, sort of a white-yellow, very cloudy and unfiltered. The head is stark white and just about as solid as it gets. It's one of those heads I think I could rest a few quarters on, billowing and stiff at two fingers' height. Lacing is left on the walls of the glass convincingly, sticking in solid patches well down from top to nearly the very bottom.
The aroma and flavor both offer a lot to sift through, seemingly straightforward but with lots of complexities developing, and the taste follows straight through without straying from what the aroma first offers. The nice thing is that it has a soft sweetness that isn't cloying and only serves to add to the layers. Of the bat is somewhat herbal, with a little white pepper biting. A twang of zesty lemon runs through the rest of the way. A bit of citrus and some softer and even seemingly tropical fruits ride gently underneath a wheaty sort of dry malt. It finishes on the tongue with a bit more of the herbal leaf and a savory kind of allspice-like note.
It's creamy, fluffy and soft on the tongue all the way but keeps up a firm crispness. The body is light and carries everything well. It heads a little dry into the finish, but never dries out too much.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 19:24:37 | More by Brenden
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lemon-yellow brew, hazy and lively, with a nice, 2 1/2 finger pure white fluffy head. Head retention is excellent, and lacing is thick.

Lemon, yeast, orange peel, coriander, banana, spices, and earthy hops in the aroma.

Yeast, wheat, barest hint of lemongrass. Too much diacetyl, banging against the banana. For all the balanced and complex nose, it doesn't really come across in the drink.

Soft, slick mouthfeel. Lively with a bit of sting.

Everything about this beer is good-to-great....except a major butterscotch hit of diacetyl. It's distracting and disappointing. The beer is fresh, as well, so there are no excuses here.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 00:23:36 | More by Roguer
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tmm313

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy yellow straw color with abut a finger of head. Nice lacing.

S- Lemon, banana, orange, yeast, wheat, coriander, and a touch of pepper.

T- Super refreshing and sessionable. Wheat, yeast, coriander, lemon, orange, and some nice bready notes. Touch of pepper on the back end.

M- Medium light body. Nice crisp carbonation. Bready aftertaste. Drying.

O- This was the style that really catapulted me into my beer craze back in the day. I hardly ever buy it anymore, but my desire to try as many DF Head beers as possible won out. It was a really nice surprise to have enjoyed it as much as I did. I can definitely see buying this for times I'm craving something light or for lazy days by the lake. Probably the best Whit I've tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 19:55:14 | More by tmm313
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Samuel906

California

2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Interesting beer with some unique qualities and a hefty price tag. Namaste has most notably a lot of Belgian flavors and influences. Banana, clove, spice, coriander, citrus, bread, yeast fill the nose and palate. Coriander is a bit overwhelming for me. Flavor dies off very quickly leaving only some yeasty funk for an after taste. Mild orange sweetness. Body is light and carbonated, helping some of the brighter flavors flourish. Overall, certainly not a bad beer, but it was a little heavy on some of the spices for me, especially for what i was expecting to be an easy drinker. I couldn't drink more than one in a row.

The only other thing I have to add is that the price was RIDICULOUS. I don't know if it was just the store that I go to but I paid almost $16 for a sixer. Pretty hefty for a low ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 06:52:09 | More by Samuel906
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Lightly hazy yellow/lemon color. Only a slight head
Smell
Smells like a Belgian White, the coriander and spices are very present
Taste
Herbs, coriander and lemon weave in and out of this.
Overall
Again, another great beer, but not one that I’m a particular fan of, I’m not going to knock it just because it isn’t my thing though. It’s of course another wonderful offering from Dogfish and if you’re a fan of Belgian beers, get yourself some.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 13:57:55 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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exposd

Ohio

2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm a big fan of Dogfish Head beers and I guess I was just expecting more out of this brew... It was a bit on the boring and plain side. The white wheat beer has a bit of a floral nose and very light citrusy flavor. I'm not a huge fan and it just doesn't seem to fit the mold of normal dogfish head brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 06:48:35 | More by exposd
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MattNidiffer

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass with a half finger of light, quickly dissipating head.

Appearance - Hazy light-golden color, as is familiar with many unfiltered and white beers.

Smell - Very piney, some very minor notes of herbs and a very small hint of spice. Minor notes of citrus as well.

Taste - Very citrusy nose, with a strong herbal ester throughout. Sort of a bit of toastiness in the background, but very light. The lemongrass definitely plays a huge part in the taste. Very different than most white beers I've sampled; most white beers focus more on the citrus, whereas this specific white seems to focus more on the herb/spice esters. Nice citrusy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly refreshing considering the amount of focus on the herbal aspect of this beer. High level of carbonation with a very smooth, clean finish. Leaves the tongue with a slight tingling feeling.

Overall - Overall, this beer was very surprising. Definitely not a session drinking beer, despite its moderately low ABV (4.8%), its a great beer to sip on. It's not too overbearing, but compared to most white beers, it's just different; however, different isn't always bad. As a pleasant surprise, the herbal esters of this beer definitely sneak up on you. They are barely detectable in the aromas, but this adds to the overall experience of this beer. This beer is a welcome (if not unusual) surprise from Dogfish Head. Not necessarily a brew that I'd keep stock of, I would definitely pick up a bottle or two again to have some variety.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:37:35 | More by MattNidiffer
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled poured into pint glass...

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with rings floating around. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: I'm getting some lemongrass, spicy yeast, coriander, wheat, and a little pepper.

T: I'm getting the wheat, yeast, and lemongrass upfront then the orange and pepper comes in at the end. Aftertaste is very clean

M: Not light not medium bodied kind of in between. It is very crisp and refreshing.

O: As always Dogfish Head cannot miss.... Good ABV good flavors with a little twist on the wit. Worth looking for.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:11:29 | More by mralphabet
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy bright lemon rind yellow with two fingers of off white head.

S-Nose shows orange rind and spice with some yeasty notes and cardamon.

T-Nice citrus and spice in the flavor with peppery notes and a light acidity followed by a touch of yeast.

M-Mouthfeel has a light body, well balanced, and good carbonation.

O-Overall a great wit beer. Need to get some for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:34:18 | More by reebtaerG
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dank203

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

highly drinkable flavorful sessionable beer. aromas are highly herbal with the coriander almost to the point of being perfumey. yeast characters emerge as it warms, hints of banana. taste is bright citrusy spicy and grainy. its a load of flavor in a small beer. had out of a pilsner at about 45 degrees

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:32:38 | More by dank203
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. I just had a different wit and followed it with this one (it was strategic - I expected this one to be superior) and this one is WAY better.

It's nearly, but not entirely clear, more so that I would expect. The head is thin. The aroma is subtle but a perfect clean yeast aroma. Beautiful smell. Clean.

The taste is a perfect balance and extremely refreshing. Just slightly crisp, and only the least bit tart, this is a great drink.

The aftertaste is similarly clean. I am not sure what the food pairings would be for this but it would go great with food. But if I keep eating there won't be room for beer.

Nice one, Dogfish Head,

A Fan

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 20:48:31 | More by schoolboy
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WellRested518

New York

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy yellow with a thin head that sticks around for a minute or two. Nice lacing against the body. Very much what a wit should be

S- citrus, pepper... it's all there. The lemongrass actually protrudes more than I thought.

T-spicy and fruity, reminiscent of the style. Subtle hints of coriander and lemongrass cleanse the palate. Peppercorns end it with a dance of unami. Very nice.

M- a great amount of carbonation. Light, crisp, refreshing.

O- while it's funny that this was once one of my favorites, I still love this beer. As I sip I await the break of summer... The irony rests in a snowstorm outside my front door.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 23:50:35 | More by WellRested518
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow and a bit hazy with a very good head that lasted, leaving a nice foamy cap and sticky lace.

Aroma and flavor are spot-on for what I'd expect for a witbier. Actually I didn't even check to see what style it was when I bought it to try, but when I popped the first one it cried out witbier.

Spicy and yeast are obvious, but none of the spices or yeasty flavors dominate too much, giving the beer an excellent balance, especially between citrus and pepper (it would be easy IMO to over-do it on the pepper). Coriander accents perfectly.

Drinkability is both light and easy drinking, and thick-and-chewy, like a good witbier should be. This is another fine brew from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 02:38:31 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a wit. Smells like a wit. Tastes like a wit. Real nice citrus tones showing through with those peppercorns ending up on the backside. Easy to drink. There are some thicker yeast tones with a bready edge on the backside that probably interfere with those characteristics, but the beer overall is pretty nice. This is a very true to style brew. I think it's a very wise idea that they put this in 12 ouncers.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:11:30 | More by RblWthACoz
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riversider76

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is light golden/straw in color with a thin white head. Good retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of tart fruit, and candy. Body is crisp, and carbonated. Taste is of spicy lemon, and sweet tart candy. Fresh, and tart at the finish. Very nice example of this style. Will be a regular this Summer! If Summer ever gets here!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:35:02 | More by riversider76
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow with about one finger's worth of head. Quickly dissipates. Not much lacing on the glass.

Smell: Grass, lemon peel, coriander, yeast.

Taste: Lemon peel and coriander up front. Yeast and some biscuity malt in the middle. A faint whiff of hops, and more citrus at the end. Some other spices round everything out: maybe white pepper and a bit of sea salt?

Mouthfeel: Very crisp with a medium to light body. Nicely carbonated, with a snappy finish.

Overall: A pretty nice brew. Not overly complex, but it paired well with dinner, and also seems decently sessionable. It's very well balanced. Would have again. Another nice beer from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:17:15 | More by weltywm
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 23:01:12 | More by plaid75
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TheBullsHorn

Florida

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light, dry, and slightly tart beer that packs in a good deal of character. Off the nose it's this beer shows its colors as a Belgium Witt with coriander, peppercorn, a mellow but all too apparent spiciness, and some grassier. These flavors carry into the palate where the more vegetal flavors of the bunch stand out. Thats not to say it's not followed by hints of orange, lemongrass, and dried flowers. Overall this beer manages to present itself in such a pleasant manner the entire way through to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 05:38:48 | More by TheBullsHorn
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring into my tulip I get a golden straw colored beer with a frothy or billowy head. The head itself is small and lingers not. Small bits of lacing are left behind. Long threads of carbonation cascade to the top but not many.
In the aroma I'm getting your basic wit beer. Loads of spicy coriander and some mild wheat malts. I don't detect any lemongrass or peppercorns.
It drinks smooth and soft on the palate with some grainy malts being most of the flavor.
The nose was big and spicy and yeasty though one dimensional and doesn't carry well into the taste.
Smooth on the palate but not very flavorful.
Witbers are hit or miss mostly I think, it must be hard to balance those big flavors.
Give me a good wit and let me dump a lemon slice in my self. Personally I like this beer but like most wits/ tripels to much coriander spices.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 11:39:27 | More by micromaniac129
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far333

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colored, with an orangey white thin head that settles out quickly. Aroma of yeast and clove. Flavor initially fairly matches the nose, but slight lemony notes emerge, and a peppery bite works its way into the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, but a bit talcy as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 13:07:25 | More by far333
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jmw4437

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a light golden color with a minimal, stark white, head that dissipates to a ring around the glass very quickly. True to a Witbier, when poured into a pint glass the beer is slightly hazy and not perfectly clear.

S: The beer has scents of grains, but its yeasty/natural scent is most dominant.

T: At first the taste comes on as fresh and finishes clean with hints of the yeast used and remaining from fermentation. Overall very fresh and clean tasting.

M: Starts and leaves the palate feeling fresh and clean. The carbonation has just enough of a nip on the tongue to be enjoyable without being too much.

O: Overall this is not a beer that really made me say wow, but there was nothing to dislike about it at all. Definitely something which can be drunk in multiples with hanging with friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 01:04:14 | More by jmw4437
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: Straw colored but only slightly hazy; poured with a small bright white cap.

s: Prety much classic wit. Earthy wheat with notes of citrus, spice, and hint of lemongrass which does set this one apart.

t: A bit drier than most wits, the lemongrass I guess. Some bitter citrus rind and pepper round things out. Short lived, not much lingering flavor.

m: Soft and a tad watery.

o: A bit of a different take, this works pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 23:53:43 | More by DIM
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ThisLadyLovesBeer

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A = A thin yellow with a chartreuse tinge. It has a short-lived head and not much lacing.

S = Most intriguing part of this wheat beer. The coriander and orange slices are noticed, and I suspect the lemongrass is what makes it intriguing.

T = Weiss bier and then the prevalent coriander, then the orange slices which I think lends a bitterness which is someone unpleasant.

M = Light weiss bier and crisp, fresh.

O = If it wasn't for that bitterness, which I'm attributing to the dried orange slices, I would really like this wheat beer. I think it's worth revisiting on a hot summer day with a barbecue meal. it would probably be very refreshing. Not a favorite for drinking on its own, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 20:28:53 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light straw yellow/ grapefruit juice white. 1/4 inch white foamy head, some lacing.

Smell - Funky lemon-grass, orange, peppercorn, wheat and a little citric note.

Taste - First sip has the Belgian flavored yeasty kick mixed with peppercorn. Orange, coriander and wheat come in after the lemon and pepper kick dies down. The wheat mixed with the lemon-grass really adds a funky, barnyard like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Peppercorn along with lemon grass nails the tongue. Palate gets some orange and coriander but is mostly coated with the peppercorn and lemon. Aftertaste is funky, wheat and Belgian flavored.

Overall - Not bad but would be much better if the fruits were more upfront, with less peppercorn. The more I drink it, the less im enjoying it. Decent enough for a hot summer day for some, low alcohol, but I look for crisp, fruity wits that feature orange, melons or berries. Worth a drink for fans of wit that want a little twist on the style. This could be a special beer imo with a kick of fruits though.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 00:17:26 | More by wvsabbath
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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
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