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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

557 Reviews
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Reviews: 557
Hads: 2,851
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.53%
Wants: 178
Gots: 851 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 557 | Hads: 2,851
Photo of mralphabet
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poureed from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 2/20/14, so 2 1/2 months old

Looking very nice in the tulip. A cloudy yellow, lots of carbonattion up the side of the glass. Bright white slightly creamy head which maintaine dthroughtout. Decent lacing.

Could not get anything on the nose. Had the wife check it out, only slight orange smell

Taste is very subtle on this. Some faint citrus. I does have a very nice flavor, the kind you get from white white ales, but nothing specific jumps out.

Mouth is somewhere between light and medium. Aftertaste remains on roof of mouth and side of tongue for some time. Not unpleasant at all.

I like this beer, like the taste. Just can't seem to put into words why.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Honestly a bit forgettable, for me -- it's just a slightly better than average Witbier and nothing else. The description makes it sound very interesting and unique, but nothing really stands out all that much. Of course, there's a lot of coriander, being that it's a Witbier, but there's some definite orange peel bitterness and flavor, with a lemony freshness from the lemongrass. Witbier's are one of the least interesting styles, in my opinion, but Dogfish Head does a decent job of sprucing up a normally mediocre style and making it taste good.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours light golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Slightly tart wheat, grassy, a little spice, and faint citrus.

T: Wheat, coriander spice and a little pepper, light citrus, floral notes, a little tart on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.


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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Dogfish Head Aleshouse in Falls Church, VA. On to the beer:

This is a pee yellow colored beer topped with a small head. The aroma takes me on the route of a witbier with its vibrant coriander and pinch of citrus peel. With a first sip, a fresh bite of orange peel hits the palate. Spices and the light crisp wheat follow the lead of the citrus fruit. Would I do Namaste again? Ya betcha.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color from the bottle. Has a nice two finger head that sticks around for a while. Light citrus flavor with some slight bitterness. not much for a wheat taste but this is not overpowering at all. very well rounded and something i would buy again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a really weak color with a pale yellow and greatly filtered appearance. The head was thick, congealed and bright white and made up some of the difference in the weak color.

The aromas are doughy, bready and modestly yeasty with some clove, perfume and a bit of flower.

I find the taste to be far more interesting as the yeast flavors are distinct but lend to an easy smooth feel. Ever so slight clove mixes with a Pilsner breadiness and closes with a fruity banana and lemon. There is some hints of piney hops but it is subtle.

I found this exceptionally easy to drink and being that it was very hot on the porch this made for a good summer cooler.

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

A beautiful hazy golden color with a killer thick and white head. The head fades at a moderate rate, leaving nice gobs of sticky lacing on the glass. Solid in the looks category.

Aroma is large on coriander with mild hints of lemon and orange citrus. No complaints from me because I like my wits spice forward. Taste is milder, with more citrus coming forward. Some sweet malt spice and a bit of hop flavor give way to a brief bitterness, but it all ends surprisingly clean.

Light bodied and effervescent, which makes it a bit filling. Still a nice drinker even on a Mid-January day!

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

A: Hazy. Pale golden. One finger head, minimal and brief lace. The head evaporates quickly.

S: Sweet, lemongrass, coriander, and orange (as advertised). Smells like a white beer. Like a 5% abv beer ready for me after mowing the lawn.

T: Sweet. As much from the wheat as from the lemongrass and orange. Light tart aftertaste. The lemongrass lingers. Light and refreshing. Not as heavy or as overly sweet as many white beers. Very well balanced while maintaining true to the style.

I could easily toss back the whole bomber after mowing the lawn. Not quite the same after shoveling snow.

Seems to me that this experiment is in picking a style and brewing it well more so than creating an interesting beer.

A good white beer, but pricey for what it is.

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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 Back_in_the_Saddle
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a flared tulip.
The appearance was a glossy yellow color with a slim bar pour's kind of white head. Quick dissipation yields some stringy lacing quickly sliding into the beer.
The smell takes in some oranges, lemongrass in a sweet way and then allows some coriander to blend into the rest of it.
The taste was mainly sweet with a decent kick of the spice (coriander) to balance decently.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rests nicely on my tongue as it's fairly mild. Light yeastiness clings in a decent bready (light stickiness) sort of way on my tongue.
Overall, its a decent witbier. If anything, it went well with the Reuben I had along with it.

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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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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.