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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

1,932 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 111
Gots: 222 | FT: 1
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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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TheCorkStopsHere

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Namaste, like all their other brews, comes to us with a little hype and a little catch. Dogfish has had some trouble supplying all the markets lately, so quantities are again pretty limited. Described on the website as a Belgian-style White, made with orange slices, lemongrass, and coriander, the Namaste is sure to be interesting.

The Namaste pours into my Duvel glass a light yellow/golden color, and very hazy. It's not completely opaque, but about as opaque as I've seen an American made White. The head is nice and thick, lots of carbonation makes for a soft, fluffy, one-inch foam.

Aromas fill my nose with light citrus notes, the lemon and orange is fairly evident. It doesn't smell nearly as full or spicy as I expected though. I'm not really getting any coriander, but there is a distinct yeasty layer to it. Overall the aromas are very soft, but definitely a bit interesting.

Once I take a sip, wow is that tasty! Very smooth and refreshing, yet complex and interesting at the same time. Just a tiny bit of hops shows through the light citrus wheat beer. Very creamy mouth feel, very subtle nuance of the yeasty citrus beer.

I think many of the American imitations in the Belgian White style fall short of greatness. Several brand names come to mind, eh-hem Blue Moon, that are just mediocre representations of really great styles. The Dogfish Head Namaste doesn't fall into that category. Refreshing and smooth, yet fairly full and complex. This is one of the best American imitations I've seen.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:34:04 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light lemon gold color with a small white head, which has good retention, and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has oranges, lemongrass, coriander, and wheat.

Tastes lightly sweet and easy to drink with oranges, lemongrass, coriander and wheat. Light and refreshing. Tastes great on a hot summer day like today.

Light bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes dry, and has a light orange and lemongrass aftertaste.Very nice taste for a 4.80 % abv beer. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 02:50:26 | More by hardy008
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed strange)
bottles 2011 1074
A- The slightly hazy lemon-yellow body grows hazier with each pour and starts to lean toward an orange hue. There is matrix of microbubbles that support a creamy sticky white head that hangs in sheets to the glass as I sip.
S- The dried lemon and orange peel notes are soft but full and are supported by a rustic white bread character in the background.
T- There is a nice dried orange taste with some lemon grass notes that come through as the beer opens. There is a good wheat flavor to follow with a finish of soft dry green hops that snaps with a dry spice hint in the finish.
M- the medium-light mouthfeel has a flat texture on the tongue but a fizz prick in the finish.
O- The subtle herbal qualities of lemon, orange and lemongrass have a nice bready support with little yeast characteristic and just a touch of spice note but that is fine. It paired well with a mild Fontina.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 21:10:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, hazy bright yellow with a pillowy, pure-white head. Nose is full of wheat, citrus, and spice.

Cool and refreshing on the tongue, the perfect cool-down from a spicy Thai dinner. Coriander and herbal tones stand out on the tongue, with some faint citrus. I'm obsessed with lemongrass so I kind of wish it came through more, but it's handled with a light touch typical of DFH -- meaning it's a nice brew for anyone, not just lemongrass heads.

A great summer beer, with an added dimension to most witbiers. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 23:01:32 | More by RockyTopHeel
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Namaste is a light and refreshing witbier with subtle grass and lemon flavours.

A: Yellow colour and a 1 cm head that fades to lacing. This is a very highly carbonated beer. 4.5

S: The smell is very wheaty with a hint of lemon and yeast. It has a very fresh smell. 4

T: The main flavours are lemon and grassiness. There is a little bit of tang in the aftertaste too. It's a tasty and refreshing beer, but maybe a little watery. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 04:45:53 | More by vandemonian
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at the DFH Brewery's post-tour beer tasting.

A - Golden color, slightly hazy which I attribute to the style. Little to no head.

S - Nice citrusy smell, mix of orange and lemon with a slight clove/spicy smell.

T - Very nice taste of citrus and spicyness. Nothing is too overpowering.

M - Very light on the tongue. Being a DFH fan, this is the "smoothest" mouthfeel of any of their beers I've tried. Usually their beers are pretty aggressive which is more of my style.

D - Great drinkability. Super light, easily could down a bunch of these due to the low ABV (5%) and the overall lightness of the style. I bought a bottle after tasting since my fiance (who isn't a real beer drinker let alone a hoppy IPA DFH drinker) really loved this beer. An overall good beer for its style....Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 18:45:00 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow that's vibrant and lively when held up to the afternoon sunlight. A small cloud of yeast sediment can be seen floating towards the center of the glass. The head is thick and frothy, bleach white in color, but eventually fades down to a dense, creamy cap. Abundant white lacing down the glass is gorgeous.

S: Mostly spice up front. Allspice and light peppercorn. Some soft citrus as well, namely lemon zest. Slight hints of malt give a very weak, but present bready sweetness. Nothing outstanding in the nose, but a well-executed textbook example of the style.

T: The flavors are nearly the same as the nose foreshadowed, however the order of dominance has been rearranged. Lemongrass is the frontrunner, with less of an allspice flavor and more of a clove and coriander mix. The lemongrass weaves in and out and really adds a nice herbal touch to the zestiness of the cloves. Malts make a shy appearance bringing a soft offering of banana bread-like sweetness. Finish is mostly coriander.

M: I don't love the body, but I don't hate it either. It falls into the "just good" pool. A light medium body offers superb drinkability, but the hints of creaminess that I look for in wits falls to the wayside a bit and the carbonation that was effervescent airy upon pouring has settled down and become almost lackluster. Like I said, it's not bad. It's just... there.

O: I've sadly forgotten how much I love witbiers lately and Dogfish Head has done a wonderful job of providing a liquid reminder of why I was so attracted to them in the first place. Delicate summer-like flavors infused with the wonderful touch of lemongrass makes this a perfect mid-afternoon beverage. I was, however, fairly disappointed with the mouthfeel, which is rare for me to say about a Dogfish Head offering. I'm hoping it was just a fluke, but it's not enough for me to shy away from recommending this Wit to others. A fine example of a fine style.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 17:59:32 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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ckollias

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 22 oz bomber bottle of a large weiss beer glass.

A: Light golden ale with huge frothy white head that lasts forever.

S: Strong aroma of lemon, citrus, and wheat. Floral fruity scents fill the nostrils with each sip.

T: A spicy yet easily drinkable Witbier. Tastes of lemon, citrus, and coriander. Pretty mild on the alcohol and hops.

M: Light body and medium carbonation

O: Another interesting brew by dogfish head. It was a refreshing beer to have to have on a hot day,

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 04:36:21 | More by ckollias
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: To me, this beer is not a very appealing color. Kind of a murky yellow lemonade-like color. Small amount of frothy white head that has little retention and leaves a random smattering of lacing.

S: Floral aroma, reminiscent of Jasmine, with yeasty banana, a spiciness (presumably from the coriander, though I have only ever used fresh coriander and am unfamiliar with the seeds) and finishing with citrus and lemongrass. Complex and very pleasant.

T: Clove spiciness mixed with, again, what is presumably coriander. Hints of the lemongrass play around the edges and the finish is very yeasty. Really a crisp and refreshing beer, though it is pretty sweet.

M: Light with moderate amounts of carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling clean.

O: Really a pleasant beer. Reminiscent of summer. Not really my cup of tea, I don't think that I would ever seek this beer out but it was enjoyable to have it once and I could see some people really going for it. Big on the spice, citrus and yeast and a nice wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:32:34 | More by DaveBlack
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specksnreds

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like lemons. What a refreshing delight, what with its super bubbly personality. Giant cumulus head magically parts at the command of my gob. High quench factor with little bitter in this spicy concoction. What a dry ride this one was. Get it. My gob commands it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 02:30:52 | More by specksnreds
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JayAre46

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 brew poured into a DFH snifter from a 750 ml bottle giving way to precisely 2 fingers of white delicate fluff, gorgeous hazy yellow golden with orange hues showing presence, minimal lacing.

S - Strong corainder and orange fruity esters that are over taken by lemon in the back which lingers in the nose.

T - Accurately follows the aroma adding a touch of honey the flavor transitions flow with a great smoothness ending with the lemongrass being most present which becomes a pleasant change of direction for a wit, the hops are present but subtle and come and go, wheat grains are here for balance but in the end everything bows to the zesty lemongrass in the back. quite refreshing

M - Carbonated is on point, being light but there to accompany the silk smooth medium to light body. This beer is so soothing i feel like it can rehabilitate a battered palate.

O - Awesome twist from DFH and not surprised at all, can't wait to enjoy this under the sun next time, very easy to drink, with that being said i almost wish it had more of an alcohol presence. yes i understand it is a wit but maybe a little more kick would be nice. The biggest knock i have on this brew is its $11 dollar price tag a bit steep to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 17:12:48 | More by JayAre46
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A light hazy golden beer with a thick white head of approximately 2 fingers. Sediment catching rides on bubbles of co2 continue to oscillate around my glass as I agitate its golden contents. A very summery drink, my glass has light condensation on it as the beer is being served at approximately 40 degrees.

Smell:
Spicy citrus, orange, and biscuit. Heavy on the wheat and yeast, little bitterness at all. Rays of the sun shining through my glass on a dreary rain/snow season metamorphosis of a day. A light berry fruitiness from the yeast intertwines with the modest %abv and nothing overpowers.
Summary: Balanced and summery

Taste:
Summer loving. I would love this beer on a cool summer day, I may buy another one just to enjoy several months from now. Light like a fluffy wheat biscuit with a little bit of citrus and spice from the coriander and lemongrass (although the lemongrass is definitely secondary to the coriander).

Mouthfeel:
Light to medium bodied beverage, but not watery. Initially sweet on the palate. However, the beer has an inherent richness from the yeast and wheat. The beer is almost sour in the aftertaste, very little bitterness.

Drinkability:
Light and refreshing, alive and breathing as I take generous sips to experience all the sunlight and vitamin D my body has been craving through these long winter months. 5%abv makes it so an entire bottle an easy feat compared to most DFH special releases. Also for only $8, it doesn't hit the wallet as hard as expected, I could easily pay that much for a pint of it just to try it. As the world has both Beiber and DFH fever, I'm glad I was able to grab a bottle before it was all gone.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:57:26 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden amber with a bit of haze to it. Immediately after the pour you can see a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top which slows as the beer sits. Poured a nice foamy head about 1 finger high which slowly dissipates leaving a nice lacing on the side of the glass

S: Lemongrass and slight citrus is definitely apparent in the first whiff. Some coriander is present along with a distinct witbier wheatiness.

T: Distinctly wheaty followed by tastes of lemon, citrus and an herbal taste that lingers for a while before being replaced by a pleasant citrus-y aftertaste.

M: A nice light bodied beer with a light amount of carbonation that suites the style, and this beer specifically, quite well.

D: Very drinkable, while it isn't one of my most favorite beers, I would probably have another if the other beers available were less desirable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 21:48:16 | More by Daktyls
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Remydakine

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Using coriander in a witbier seems very risky seeing that witbier naturally have a skunky bite to them, adding a spice that has little subtly would make for a unique tasting but not a "good" drink. But the mellow undertones of all the flavors mold well. If this beer was any stronger or robust I do not think it would work. Great for food pairing..cheese, fruit, and vegetables.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 07:04:24 | More by Remydakine
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Shakerman

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:35:20 | More by warnerry
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-18-2013 03:00:45 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-25-2011 22:14:29 | More by TimoP
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 05:53:02 | More by Mora2000
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tylerbrowe

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-25-2014 19:40:24 | More by tylerbrowe
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Bike2work


4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-19-2012 19:31:33 | More by Bike2work
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VipertheIV

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-09-2011 14:48:00 | More by VipertheIV
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rwilde

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-20-2011 14:17:28 | More by rwilde
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brianplatt

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-24-2012 01:53:21 | More by brianplatt
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
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