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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 2,808
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 179
Gots: 815 | 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: 546 | Hads: 2,808
Photo of Kooz
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a standard pint glass. Then poured again. And again. Nice looking beer--cloudy and straw-colored/yellow.

Smells strongly of wheat right up front. Slight hints of citrus in the background. It's got a good nose to it--strong but not overpowering. No alcohol smell at all.

Tastes nice--it's light and acidic. There's coriander in here, and I'd know it even without the label saying so. It's not very developed though--after a few sips it's sort of one-note. A little disappointing considering the high bar Dogfish Head has set, but still good.

Mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. The beer is slightly under-carbonated and doesn't have much body. It's smooth and doesn't have any bite, but I can't give it more than an average 3.

Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this beer. It wasn't cheap but I'd happily buy it again. It's a nice white that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light gold and has a lot of carbonation. A white creamy head builds about two fingers high.
The smell has some fruity notes like orange and lemon, but is not very strong.
Tasting the beer those fruit flavors are confirmed. A nice fresh combination of lemongras, orange and lime up front, to be joint by grain and definitely wheat in the middle, and ending with some coriander tones in the back.
A very nice summer beer with wheat beer character. It is light and very drinkable for those hot days, especially with that low 5 percent ABV.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild yellow, with a one finger white head, minimal lacing. The smell is of malt, corn, lemon, and old banana. Taste is of citrus at first with some undernotes of pepper and corn. Mouth feel is pretty thin, just enough carbonation. Overall decent beer, expect better from dogfish though, wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The body is a hazy yellow-golden color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is nice with some light citrus notes--mostly orange and lemon. A bit of grain as well. The flavor is pretty nice though a bit one-dimensional with citrus. Good, light body and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a nice hot-weather brew.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 2011 750 bottle.

A: Pours foamy white three fingers of lingering head. Not much lacing. Hazy light yellow color - like late summer hay. Second pour yields more billowing head and definite lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts, coriander, hay, a touch of grass (but not the advertised lemongrass.)

T: wheat grains, belgian yeasts, a touch of lemon, and lingering coriander. Slight citrus wafts remain on the breath for quite a while. Very low hops, perhaps a bit of Saaz for bittering?

M: light body, very refreshing and effervescent. Coriander taste lasts and numbs the tongue slightly - this could be residual orange peel as well.

O: Nice that dfh used so many advertised spices to make a balanced wit. Perhaps this could have been accomplished with a more aggressive yeast and less adjunct additions? Either way, this is pretty easy drinking.

I'd buy this more often if it came in a 6er. I got this one at a discount, but would probably not get more at full big-bottle prices.

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Photo of coy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml beer bottle

Appearance.- Cloudy Yellow.

Smell.- Wheat and coriander are present, low citrus.

Taste.- Not to strong taste, very drinkable coriander present but no strong citrus zest.

Mouthfeel.- Very light body.

Overall.- Ok beer, not for every day.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours a light gold color. Cloudy and bright with a fluffy white head about 1 1/2 fingers.

Aroma was more floral than spicy, and I picked up some corn as well. I think I'm sensitive to corn as I get it a lot from beers of this style. Semi sweet bread back-sniffs.

For the style this one tastes pretty good. A bit orangy or persimmon-y with loads of herbal spice and coriander. A soft biscuit malt provides a nice foundation. sweet in the middle. Towards the end I think it's going to leave a sort of syrupy film, but it gives a nice punch of dryness. Carbonation cleanses the palate and we're off again to the next sip.

Alas, this is not my style. Would be good on a hot summer day, but just one for me. Too rich in the banana-like, herbal spice yeast. Otherwise, though, it's a good beer for the style.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a decent white head. Some lacing in spots.

Funky scents. A wit, with yeast and wheat, but a real grassy edge to this one. Little must and funk for good measure.

Sweet wheat, tart grass, lemon, coriander (big time), some peppered elements, light bitterness, a little husk-like, maybe some bee-pollen. Fairly clean finish. Lighter bodied, tastes like a good summer wit with a citric twist. Goes down ok. I know I'd enjoy this more in the summer. Still good and worth the try.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously shared by yagman.

A - huge pour left a thick head of white foaminess. Classic wit. Beautiful murky golden color. Thick strong lacing. Pretty true to what I expect of the style. Head hangs around. Visible steady bubbling.

S - really strong orange. Strong lemon as well almost lemondrop candy. Quite enjoyable. Not too sweet.

T - orange peel and corriander. Touch of the pilsner in the flavor which is a bit weird, or should I say off centered? Tang,flavored beer?

M - mouth grabs me first. Very thin and watery. Reminiscent of cheap beer when.i had my first taste as a wee one. However...Super easy to drink. Almost like a wit flavored vitamin water.

O - overall, I enjoyed this beer. Great for the summer wheather, lighter, easier to drink. Somewhat pilsner meets wit. Yagman called it a good crossover beer for a fan of macro wits and,that pretty much hits it on the head.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy light golden body with a nice size white fluffy head. Good amount of lacing.

S: A nice fragrant nose of coriander, yeast, lemon zest, spices, loads of wheat, and a hint of lemon grass and citrus hops.

T: Wheat is the dominate flavor on the palate. It's balanced with some spices, yeast, citrus hops, lemongrass, bready malts, and a slight earthiness. Finishes slightly dry, but the flavors are thin and not long lasting.

M: A very watery mouthfeel that I feel hurts the flavor almost. Light body and light carbonation.

O: A nice witbier and glad I tried it, but it was missing something. If the mouthfeel wasn't so lean it would definitely get more points from me in the tasts. Otherwise, very easy to drink.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Namaste is a cloudy, pale yellow beer with small particles in it. It's topped with a fluffy, bubbly head that has great retention and lacing. It has an overpowering lemongrass aroma. There's a little trace of orange peel and a hint of something beer-like-- maybe wheat. It's light bodied and velvety smooth with a clean, dry finish. It's lightly flavored. It's sort of like lemongrass tea meets a Wit. There's not really any bitterness to speak of. It's perhaps a touch sweet. There isn't much aftertaste. I feel like I would enjoy this much more if I was sipping it outside in some hot weather. It's really mellow and incredibly inoffensive.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed many of what we call summer wheat styles of ale. And while these ales are refreshing, they do lack the ABV that I really look for in a beer. That being said, here is what I think.

Look and aroma were decent. Cloudy yellow with a little bit of head.

The taste is refreshing with lemongrass and the other spices listed on the label.

Overall, easy drinking and better than other commercial domestic summer wheat style ales. It is one of those beers you can drink all night, but not a beer you would drink every night.


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Photo of Kylito87
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass and shared with my girlfriend.

Appearance: Pale hazy lemony yellow with a bone white cap of white head that recedes to a slick puddle on top. Some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Some hay like wheatyness with some corriander spice and citrus . A very slight yeast funk in the back.

Taste: Corriander is very strong up front with a bright lemon and herbal notes. The finish is strong peppery notes

Mouthfeel: Very prominant carboation. Very clean mouthfeel. Very light body with a refreshing quality. I am not a huge fan of Witbiers in general but this one is probably one of the better ones that I have had. But keep in mind I haven't had very many.

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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 AdamPT1
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a very thin head that recedes to the edges immediately then lingers for the duration of the drink. Smells of herbs and spice with light peppery and yeast notes. The taste is light with faint hints of orange, tea, sugar and wheat. The mouth feel is small, easy to drink and you could easily down the entire bottle without thinking twice since the beer is only 5% ABV. Definitely a summer brew but tasty none the less. The beer finishes with a crisp slightly bitter but clean flavor without a strong after taste. Definitely a recommendation for the spring and summer months.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Hazy golden yellow, translucent with streams of bubbles leading to a thin white layer of foam. Few lacings.

Aroma of grass, coriander, citrus, smells good.

Taste of orange and coriander, lots of carbonation in the first sip. Smooth finish.

Good beer, solid throughout, orange and coriander from first sip through to the end.

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Photo of rudzud
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The label definately catches the eye thats for sure. Between the name and nice picture I picked this dogfish head up immediately. Sadly, wasnt really a fan. This was poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a glorious light straw that almost seems to radiate with a yellow hue, complete with little bubbles coming up from the bottom. The head though is where this wit is really, really lacking. Starts off with a nice one finger head that quickly disappeared leaving a slight white halo. Very disappointing for a witbier.

S - While I'm not a fan of it, I have to give this high marks based on the fact that this DOES smell of corriander and lemongrass. Right after that initial yeasty wit aroma.

T - Upfront, I get some nice mild wheat and an almost bitter orange rind taste. Right after that theres an herbal flavour that is distinctly a combination of well, corriander and lemongrass. While the flavours are what Dogfish Head promised, it just really isnt making for an enjoyable beer for me.

M - For the amount of carbonation in this I was expecting something ALOT more crisp and refreshing. Just kinda sits in the mouth, almost watery.

D - Its a good beer, if the flavour combination is yout thing. For me it just didnt work. Maybe paired with the right food it would pop a little better. The flavour is spot on, but that mouthfeel is just far too thin.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy straw color with a small white, fluffy, creamy looking head with strong carbonation.

The smell is wheat, coriander, citrus and other spices with a light pepper smell being the most dominant. There is also a biscuty, cracker smell.

The taste is sweet and citrus like. There is a crisp, lager like cleanness followed by a dryness. There is also a light bready taste.

The mouthfeel is dry, on the thin side, which is normal for this style. There is a dry aftertaste left in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall this is a decent, lightly spiced wheat beer. It is definitely worth trying. If the spices were a bit more prominent this would be an even better beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a hazy pale gold. some of the haze is actually caused by the sea of carbonation bubbles. head is pretty dense, but i expected a little better retention.

S: spicy coriander. the hops and coriander actually work well together, playing off each other as fruity and bitter. definitely getting some lemon juice in there as well to add a bit of tartness.

T: lemon and pepper. a hint of sour behind the coriander. that hint hangs on through the finish, which is otherwise dry. the fruits are relatively complex and refreshing.

M: light body on medium carbonation. just wish the body was a little fuller/creamier and the carbonation was just a hair harder.

D: overall, refreshing, but almost too easy to drink. like i said above, if there was more of a bread character/richness i think it would be much more enjoyable.

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Photo of WellRested518
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their DFH Baltimore Beer Week event.

The beer pours a pale gold color with decent head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light clove and coriander. Flavors replicate the nose with some light sweetness and noticeable wheatiness. Mouthfeel is very light and the beer is fairly refreshing on the palate. Not surprisingly, alcohol is very well disguised, making for decent drinkability.

A nice enough beer, though I wish it had a bit more flavor. Really nothing to get excited about and probably something I would not bother to order again.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like coriander, orange peel, wheat and some yeast. It tastes like oranges, lemon peel, coriander, wheat and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and is well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, it's nice, refreshing and really easy to drink.

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Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellowish orange in color. Extremely hazy. Light effervescence streaming. A really nice pure white head like meringue.

S: Right off the bat i get a ton of spices. Coriander is definitely there. Lot's of lemon zest and ginger. Not sure if ginger is used in the brewing process but i definitely get it on the nose.

T: Lot's of orange and lemon. As in the nose the spice presence is undeniable.

M: Light amount of carbonation. The little that's there tingles on the tongue. Light bodied and refreshing. Real easy to drink.

Overall: I good flavorful Witbier. Nice flavors and mouthfeel and a good refreshment quality.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger of head. A cloudy banana colored body.
Smell of orange, honey, lemon and coriander. Nice and balanced.
Taste is mild overall. Some sweetness with a good lemon bitterness. Good, but mild.
Smooth texture, low carbonation and light body.
Tasty and interesting, but not really a daily (or monthly) drinker for me.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.