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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,587 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 2,587
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 160
Gots: 617 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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: 2,587 | Reviews: 535
Reviews by tmm313:
Photo of tmm313
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stellartaste
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice smells but virtually tasteless :(

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rwinzing
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

From the 12oz. bottle ito a pint glass.
Poured a cloudy straw color with very little head and a little spotty lacing.
The aroma is lemon and coriander and a hint of earthy funk.
The taste is delicious. Lots of citrus on the tongue with a bit of spice and just a light, finishing bitter.
Mouthfeel is fairly light and bubbly.
Overall, a tasty and refreshing beverage.

Photo of BlitzShadow
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of warnerry
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, coriander and oranges - exactly what you would expect from a witbier.

The flavor is more of the same. The first flavor component is a lot of wheat, with some orange peel citrus notes and some nice coriander to balance things out. Not complex or off-the-wall like a lot of Dogfish Head beers, but a very well executed Belgian White.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a Nice pale white Cole with a small thin white head. Nose is light and wheaty, Belgian yeast and spices.

Taste is very light and crisp. Easy drinking and smooth. Mouthfeel is sharp and light. It's a mellow beer and not crazy... Almost peaceful.

Photo of celtics2010
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The wife and I are not much into light wheat beers but found this to be exceptionally tasty and refreshing. This is a great beer for a hot day. It has a nice yellowish color and goes down very smooth. Dogfish Head makes some amazing beers and most being 8-10% alcohol, this is only 5% but does not disappoint. All in all a another great beer from Dogfish Head.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold with a fluffy white foam cap that produces prodigious lace.
S: Coriander, pepper, orange and lemongrass
T: Big wheat flavors support orange and spice with a little pepper on the finish.
M: medium to full body with excellent mouthfeel produced by fine bubbled carbonation
O: A well balanced wit that really captures the Belgian wit texture and flavor.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy yellowish straw orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A fruity and spicy wheat driven aroma with big hints of citrus and coriander. Belgian yeast with some hints of coriander and white pepper. Wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Big citrus fruit presence with hints of orange, lemon, and pineapple. Subtle earthy hop hints of grass. A pretty solid wheat beer aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity wheat driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and coriander spice. Belgian yeast along with notes of coriander and white pepper spicing. Bready wheat and pale malt with notes of straw, grains, cracker, and biscuit. Good taste of juicy citrus fruit with notes of oranges, lemon, and pineapple. Background notes of earthy hops with some grass. A pretty solid witbier taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, juicy, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style Witbier. Good notes of citrus and coriander.

Photo of alexkeil
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never been disappointed with a DFH beer, and I'm not here, but I don't have much to talk up about this beer either. It is a witbier, its made to style, its refreshing; however, I've come to expect a lot from DFH. I guess I was a little let down that it was just a witbier, there wasn't that layered complexity or interesting ingredient that shined through. Maybe I'm being too hard, it is beer and its very drinkable.

Poured a nice sunny hazy gold with a fizzy white head. There was fair head retention with lasting lacing around the glass. The aroma had lemongrass, citrus and yeast. The flavor was similar to aroma with lemon and yeast, some malt sweetness that complimented the creamy mouthfeel and slight alcohol presence.

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Walking around some hole in the wall packy near UConn I stumbled upon this bottle, lo and behold it's a 2011. Score!

750 mL dated 2011-1C into a Dogfish Head shaped pint.

Pours a dark golden color with a fluffy two finger white head. Leaves some lacing behind, fairly carbonated.

Smells of spices and wheat, but with some fruit to make it just a slight variation on the classic witbier.

Pretty much following the nose, the light wheat, witbier spices round off the usual, but the orange and lemongrass add to it. Slight fruitness and herbal qualities in the end which add to the refreshing factor.

Heavy side of light bodied, slightly wet.

Super drinkable, the back label says it's a "summer kind of thing, namaste." They're right, get one now and save it for the warm weather, it's a perfect compliment to it.

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

Pours a hazy pale golden hue with a bright white head, fine bubbled creamy textured head forms thick and leaves behind scattered lace. Aroma is so nice a full on assault of coriander citrus peels and lemongrass notes. Sharp bright wheat note as well it works together well, I really enjoy just smelling this stuff. Flavor wise this is an excellent witbier, it's rare to see any beer brewed this much to style. Other than the lemongrass there's not much stray from a typical wit and this is an excellent fresh version of one. Heavy on the coriander, for those sensitive to it this won't be your beer, but it's definitely a rounded coriander. It's complemented with orange peel bitterness and lemon grass herbal tones, soft wheat creamy character this is excellent stuff. Mouthfeel has sturdy but smooth carbonation creamy body carries itself well light to medium in girth. Clean spicy finish these spices don't sit on the palate the carbonation and citrus helps to clear the coriander. Drinkability overall is excellent a really drinkable version of a dead on American brewed witbier. I would get more but not for 10 to 12 bucks a 750ml bottle.

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark golden with a lasting white head.

Fruit, coriander and floral notes on the nose.

Taste follows nose, more or less, but is a bit more tart and lemony. Lighty tart with some balancing sweetness.

Medium-light body with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

An interesting variation on a Belgian witbier ... at least I think that is what they were aiming for. I liked the balance of flavors from the grains, fruit(s) and spices.

Photo of OStrungT
4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy light yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a citrusy lemony aroma. I get some grainy hops. Coriander mixes in as well. Very pleasent.

This beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Nice fruity lemon flavor with a slight grassy hop flavor. Some grain and spice as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It is carbonated well. It goes down smooth, leaving a lemony aftertaste.

This beer would make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and refreshing.

Overall: Thanls to inlimbo77 for this great beer. I like it a lot, and that is saying something, since I udually dont care for this style. Good job Sam and company for another winner.

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 JonSC
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

I didn't care for this as much as most wheat beers. It had a thin pour, a light taste and seemed to lack a bit of depth. The lemongrass was a bit strong to me, and I didn't get as much orange as some other reviewers. There also seemed to be a bit of coriander taste present.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with bright light citrus flavors and moderate amounts of spices - coriander with hints of deeper and indistinct spices. Also present are light amounts of floral and slightly herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors with small amounts of white pepper kick things off and are joined quickly heavier spices, including coriander as in the aroma. Midway through the sip light citrus flavors take over, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer however it's not quite clean enough to take a place in the upper tier. Still, an easy-drinking beer that will be great for warmer months.

Photo of WyethBednar
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The ingredients in this beer are pretty much identical to Harpoon's UFO, another white beer with orange and coriander. The citrusy notes are much less pronounced in Namaste, causing it to come across as a little overly-bitter.

Appearance: Beautiful orange with a small white head that sticks around well throughout. Good lacing, especially for a lighter beer.

Smell: Decent, very inviting. The peppercorns are very pronounced in the nose, with the lemongrass also standing out. They give it a really interesting, complex aroma.

Taste: As I mentioned before, a little on the bitter side. The orange isn't as pronounced as I'd like it to be (but it's really nice when you add an orange slice yourself).

Mouthfeel: Really nice carbonation, goes down super easy.

Overall, its a decent, sessionable beer. But as far as the exact style, I much prefer UFO.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,587 ratings.