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Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Reviews: 586 | Ratings: 3,022
Photo of PaulyB83
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/10/2015 poured into a straight pint glass.

L- Medium straw yellow with some slight yeast haze, two finger white head.

S- Coriander, orange, bubblegum. A bit too coriander forward.

T- Same as aroma but the coriander is actually less and the bubblegum is more.

F- Light , good carb, refreshing.

O- A nice refreshing beer with pretty big flavor more like a hefe than some of the more watery witbiers I've had. Was worried the coriander would be overdone considering it's Dogfish Head but they are not.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw color. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Small white head with decent retention. Leaves a surprising amount of lacing around the edge.

Has a strong scent of wheat and spices. A little bit of yeast. Burst of citrus, led by orange and lemon. Overall, a fantastically pleasant aroma.

Wheat and grassiness up front. Lemon and orange from the aroma don't seem as present initially, but there is some lemon zest in the aftertaste. Spices come through nicely.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Not overly carbonated.

Overall, not one of DFH's best attempts, but a solid witbier nonetheless. Not the most complex, but it accomplishes what it strives to do.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, taxi yellow/orangish in color with a bubbling lacing on top.

Smell: Slightly funky, pineapple, lemon peels, wet grass.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter at first taste, with a slight pine flavor that sweetens up with a lemon taste, but at the same time makes for a dry bite. Very light in body and smooth. The flavors meld well together with only a bump of sourness near the end of the beer. Getting a dry cotton-mouth feeling in the aftertaste.

Overall: Easily drinkable if you like the sourness of lemons...which I do. This would be ideal with a fresh salad. Guess, I'll get on that for next go round.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Close to a finger of bone white head, sort of dilute foam, no density with many larger bubbles, as a result, very little retention, lacing fares better, not many streaks but the ones there stick around. Pale golden orange color, however, has a nice luminescence to it which fills the glass, on the whole transparent but with a serious gauziness. Fresh and open nose, full but not close to heavy, the orange peel matches up with the coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon spice, maybe even a touch salty at times, the lemongrass stays in the background, nothing herbaceous going on here, by the same token the cocoa nibs about all you get for malts, as advertised citrus and spices 99% of what you find in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, foams up a good deal to increase palate coverage, little room for lift. More all of this heft, mouth feel is smooth and there's no roughness nor bitterness to be found. Orange, lemon, traces of white grapefruit citrus abound. Coriander, cumin, clove and ginger spice more sweet than zesty, hence the smoothness. You get more yeasty, leesy accents here, suggestion of banana too. The peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit simply stated. Easy to drink, if there's any nuisance it's the carbonation.

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks both beerlocos for this, amongst other treats, sent during the excellent Anniversary BIF. Came with a pair of stylin' DFH glasses, too. Split the big bomber with my wife.

Pours is fizzy, flippant yellow. All you have to do is look at it cross-ways for it to develop a new white cap. Lemongrass stalks the nose - I just brought home one of those little hotel bottles of lemongrass lotion because I liked the smell so much - along with waves of wheeat. There's a touch of something less pleasant, almost like burned rubber, that begins to emerge as it warms & knocks down the good smell a bit.

Namaste is a good twist on a style that's pretty ho-hum to me. Pairs really well with pepperoni pizza, for what that's worth. Otherwise, plenty of spiciness to this one; lemongrass again, citrus, tons of wheat, fainter tang of orange. A touch yeasty on the end. Ridiculously easy to drink.

Good beer that brings a bit of welcome innovation to the style. This could be a one-session bomber.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Several 12 ounce bottles consumed over several days/nights. Poured into a Speigelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Thus far, I have only seen this beer sold by the individual bottle at my local Whole Foods. Was there this afternoon and there were none left. Too bad, as this is a wonderful Witbier and one that I'd drink happily again and again. The only two Witbiers I rate higher than this are Allagash White and St. Bernardus Witbier. My favorite offering so far from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of PGD120
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: slightly hazy gold color 1 finger white head that disapates quick. Little visible carbonation.

Aroma: pretty typical witte yeasty smell with come coriander. Some banana But a little more lemon and lemongrass on this one

Taste. Definite witte flavors. Coriander yeast. More lemon and some grass to it fesh cracked pepper at the end

Feel: light, light carbination

Overall. Not bad. Not the best witte ever, but unique and pretty refreshing and tasty

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Photo of Richardberg
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a chilled goblet. Bright straw-yellow, moderate layer of dense fizz around the rim, no lacing.

S - wheat, lemon zest, coriander, grass

T - pretty standard witbier flavor. Nothing to write home about, or worthy of the nifty dogfish artwork & exotic name on the bomber, either, TBH.

M - light body, not much fizz, decently oily for a 5% beer though

D - nice well made wit. Guess I was expecting something more...hoping, even, since wits are not really my thing...but in retrospect it's a pleasant, easy-drinking example of what craft brewing is all about, with no real flaws.

Now where did I put that triple imperial?

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph NJ.

Pours hazy dark white, light foam. Wheat nose and a mix of spices. Corriander for sure, quite prominent. Citrussy. On the lighter side, but different flavors blend in. A good light summer beer. Not remarkable.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this clear golden yellow beer into my pint glass as a small head developed. I detected coriander, orange peel, grain, and a bit of a vegetal funk in the aroma. A fine wheat beer taste with noticeable lemongrass present. Subtle spices. Very light and refreshing - typical of the style. Quite good, but not sure it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth smelling, mild tasting, solid sipper. Hazy lemon with a well formed ivory head. Sweet citrus with a bit of perfume. A bit of bubblegum. Doesn't burst with flavor, not an outrageous interpretation. Runs the risk of being called bland. Spot on though especially with the dynamic mouthfeel: subtly smooth with slightly dry finish.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice light yellow color. Foamy white head pours very slowly. Brew is cloudy with minimal bubbles. Very little lacing.

S - Lots of lemon and basil. Some other nice scents stand out, mostly other spices. Some elegant orange too.

T - Some very easy pepper flavors, nothing abrasive. Also, nice light citrus.

M - Very dry and bitter for the style... Perfect bubbles.

O - A good brew, but not overwhelming. Not worth the price tag, but still a nice brew to split with your lady.

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Photo of horshack7
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden in color with a light haze on top is a thick frothy white head.

Aroma: Yeasty, coriander, peppercorn, faint pear and traces of cinnamon. Apple, wisps of nutmeg.

Taste: Rather smooth mouthfeel with a slight dryness. Pear, apple, coriander, yeasty, spice, some cinnamon in the tail end with a light dry finish.

Notes: A solid example of a Witbier with a spice twist and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a mildly hazy, bright yellow color. Head is surprisingly pretty tame. It diminishes quickly. Mild lacing.

S-Smells nice and dry. Lacks that sweetness that most Witbiers exude in the aroma. Wheat and lemons with a dried graininess. Coriander and some citrus rind.

T-Soft flavor. I actually enjoyed the nose more. The peppercorns come out here softly. Coriander, light spice and lemons. Dry, pale malt and some grains.

M-Light bodied with smooth bubbles. Drinks very easily. No bitterness. Flavors don't linger.

O-A Witbier that isn't overly sweet, which is a plus in my book. I thought the nose was more dynamic than the flavor but as far as the style goes, it's a solid brew.

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Photo of do_ob
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner. Pours a very clear pale yellow with a thin, fizzy white head. It quickly dissolved down into a light lacing. Lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Smell grassy with strong notes of lemon, wheat, and a sour/tart funk. Light weight, watery, nice and easy going down. Decent carbonation on the mouthfeel, and quite dry. Kinda reminds me of a champaign of sorts. Slight sour notes with a definite lemon and wheat presence. Not very strong in terms of the taste, but it has enough going on to keep you interested. Bread-like aftertaste with a dry, clean finish.

Overall, not bad at all. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one was pretty good.

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Photo of nukem5
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy golden wheat color with smallish head and little retention, nice thick lacing down glass.

S: Like citrus Orange peels and lemongrass, small peppery notes.

T: Is somewhat of citrusy peels and attack of pepper in the back end of taste.

M: Is of a medium body with slightly chewy feel muddled in the middle. Not a whole bunch of flavors drifting around but the ones that are present very good indeed.

D: Had mine with a piece of chipolte salmon in a Tai lime chili sauce, very good together.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – very light gold color, a little murky, and with about a quarter of white frothy foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – typical smell of a hefe or a witbier. Wheaty in smell and with hints of orange or other citrus fruits.

Taste – again pretty typical wheaty taste for a witbier. Slightly bitter going from the beginning of the taste and into the middle. I can’t quite taste the lemongrass that’s supposed to be in it, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel – pretty tame in the Mouthfeel. Pretty well balanced.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, but not terribly perplexing in the taste. But, the taste itself is very good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy--makes the beer more white than straw color. Decent head that leaves superior ring and spotted lace, almost blanketing the glass.

Strong wheat and what I would call "brewery floor"--you the smell you get in a brewery after a production run.

Traditional hefeweizen flavors--plenty of wheat and yeast. There's a soft malt to the beginning which slowly shifts to sweetish wheat. Slight sourness in the swallow. Short aftertaste. Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.6%
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.

O:

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.9%
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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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.