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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,053 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,053
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 120
Gots: 285 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by eclaycamp:
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

22 ounce bomber. It’s about 75 degrees and sunny outside, so to celebrate that spring has sprung I’m digging a rarity from Dogfish out of the back of the fridge. Namaste pours a hazy light gold, with a nice pillowy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Lots of little floaties remain in my glass. Not sure if that’s yeast, spice, or something else. Rustic is probably the best – and kindest - way to describe the appearance. Has the hallmark smell of a classic witbier, with notes of coriander and light citrusy orange peel the first things I pick up in the nose. I’m also getting a lemon character which I can only assume is the lemongrass. First taste is quite nice, as the beer has a certain thirst quenching impact, in that it hits the tongue and quickly washes to the sides of the mouth and down the throat almost too fast. Musky wheat malt holds up the structure of the beer from the onset, before it’s washed away by a cavalcade of spice and citrus. Yeast lends a slightly tart, almost sour note in a supporting role. The after finish is pleasant lemon pith. The beer finishes dry, with a hint of spicy carbonation, which leaves you wanting to go back to it and drink some more. Wits can often be heavy handed in the spice department, though that is not the case with Namaste, which arrives at a nearly perfect balance between the signature spices and the wheat and hops behind them. Kudos to the brewer, though the lengthy cellaring time may have had something to do with it as well. Despite the somewhat awkward appearance at the beginning, the beer is actually quite good, and certainly hits the spot on a warm spring day.

03-16-2012 21:50:54 | More by eclaycamp
More User Reviews:
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4.45/5  rDev +17.7%

Pours a hazy yellow with a brief but sudsy head that leaves little evidence that it had ever been there. Great flavors of the advertised orange, coriander, and lemon grass. Distinct notes of each throughout. Low alcohol and medium body makes this a very drinkable beer though the lemony after-taste can get a bit tiresome.

12-01-2010 02:19:01 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-14-2014 18:47:38 | More by Loudell
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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%

08-18-2014 18:10:21 | More by GameOfBeers
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

11-26-2011 11:04:13 | More by poibag808
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

06-14-2014 20:57:29 | More by woodchipper
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-28-2012 22:15:37 | More by Shakerman
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-04-2014 18:46:37 | More by SkiBum22
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-06-2013 14:54:58 | More by Firefox13
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-19-2014 06:06:04 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
Photo of rwinzing

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Enjoyed from a 750 ml bomber. Poured into tulip style glass

A - Nice straw color, Bright white head held onto the glass nice lacing

S - Smelled of citrus very pleasant aroma

T - very mild hint of the lemongrass but not overpowering, no after taste. Citrus not as strong as in the smell

M - Very nice light mouthfeel what I would expect from the style

D - Very drinkable, summer brew while sitting on the deck with friends

Overall a beer I would drink again. Not what I expect from DFH who are known for their big brews. Nice summer brew to be enjoyed.

07-30-2010 23:54:38 | More by rwinzing
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-15-2013 19:21:23 | More by Kjanisch7
Photo of lordofthewiens


4/5  rDev +5.8%

This beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Very pretty carbonation.

It had a very fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Some citrus, mainly lemon. A bit of spice.

Sweet taste, bready. Lemon and a bit of orange.
Definite coriander.

This beer was light-bodied and refreshing. Perfect for a warm summer day.

07-31-2011 19:34:28 | More by lordofthewiens
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

03-07-2014 22:33:43 | More by pengs68
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2.9/5  rDev -23.3%

A: Pale, golden, with a slight opacity. Nicely carbonated - almost perfect. Good head retention in my Witbier glass.

S: You can easily smell the spicy notes, coriander, and lemon - A reviving scent.

T: Lemon and spicy/peppery at the start, but the lemon dominates the aftertaste.

M: Dry finish and decent carbonation. The mouthfeel is very light and would be refreshing if not for the dominant lemons.

D: This *should* be refreshing but the lemon notes just overpower. Sadly, it reminds me too much of furniture polish right now.

Note: I've been a HUGE fan of DFH since 2000 when I lived in DE - back in the "old" brewery where 120 min was offered in bottles of this size. They make supurb beers!

This is just one beer that doesn't quite suit my tastes right now. I would certainly recommend a bottle to try, though. I think I'll give this one another go after a round of golf in hot/humid July afternoon.

03-23-2011 00:42:03 | More by BlitzShadow
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-15-2012 22:53:18 | More by heddar33
Photo of warnerry


4/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with three fingers of white head. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves a bit of lacing behind.

S - Coriander is very prevalent in the nose, along with grain and yeast. Also some pepper and gain amounts of citrus. Very aromatic. Definitely draws you in.

T - Pepper and coriander up front with quick a bit of yeast. More grain taste in the middle with citrus and lemongrass. Finishes dry wit citrus zest and pepper.

M - Light crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Overall a good witbier. Not something I would want everyday. A little thin in mouthfeel. I did enjoy the dry, spicy character.

08-19-2011 00:35:20 | More by warnerry
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-18-2013 03:00:45 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-08-2012 16:46:18 | More by jonphilipp
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-25-2011 22:14:29 | More by TimoP
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-01-2014 21:40:50 | More by Doomcifer
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-08-2013 00:30:34 | More by iemailjack
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New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

02-19-2014 20:28:53 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-17-2013 04:25:18 | More by Jason
Photo of merlin48


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

750 pours a hazy pale golden body with a small white head that leaves some pretty island chain lacing.

Aroma is coriander, orange rind, and lemon.

Airy mouthfeel is light bodied and has an ideal carbonation.

Taste has lots of coriander and lemongrass. Wheaty and yeasty elements are complimented by lemon and orange notes. Finishes a bit dry with a lemony aftertaste.

Possibly the most drinkable of the entire Dogfish line. Very quenching and an ideal warm weather beer.

11-21-2010 14:54:19 | More by merlin48
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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
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