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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

2,051 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 119
Gots: 283 | 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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fmccormi

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Straight pour from 750ml pry-off bottle to an Ommegang Witte tumbler, bottling date of November 2010 (I believe) printed on the neck of the bottle (201011C).

Appearance (4.5): Thick, cushiony white head that fades from two big fingers to a thin film on top over the course of a few minutes, with just a bit of foamy lacing on the sides. The body is relatively clear, and a bright light, yellow-gold. Very pretty, not as hazy as I’d expect for a wit, though the second pour after disturbing the sediments adds quite a bit of chalky haze.

Smell (4.0): Lemon, coriander, some sweetness, a mild yeasty note that’s just very subtly spicy, which fits for the wit. The nose is light, but what’s there is very nice. Second pour (with disturbed sediments) brings more coriander, but still not a ton.

Taste (4.0): The coriander in this beer steps up more in the taste, but it’s not overpowering in any sense. It retains the lemony, slightly sweet character that’s in the nose, and the yeast note stays in the background just like in the scent. Second pour yields more coriander and yeast in the flavor of it, and a little chalkiness. Still, well-balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very nice and light, refreshing. Wet feeling (I know—surprise, surprise) and light, fine carbonation over the tongue with a mildly dry finish—very nice.

Overall (4.0): It’s light, bright, and maybe could be more vibrant but it’s refreshing, really. To be fair, this bottle has sat probably too long for the optimal flavor point, or whatever you want to call it, but it’s still quite tasty. It’s also downright quenching. This is a beer that I want to drink multiple glasses of, and feel like I could easily do so. Will definitely get this again!

09-07-2011 01:13:32 | More by fmccormi
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades pretty quick with audible bubble bursts, with lasting lacing. Aroma is lemongrass and earthy hops.

Taste begins moderately sweet coupled with lemongrass again, moderately tart in the middle, and closes with light earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching brew.

12-19-2010 22:25:58 | More by ppoitras
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Excellent golden orange/yellow with the typical cloudiness that goes with a witbier. Less then 1 finger head dissipates quickly, very minimal lacing thereafter.

S: I'm picking up all corriander and orange here. Lemongrass comes thru later on as the beer warms.

T: Interesting mix here. Corriander right up front, leads to the mild orange and hints of the lemongrass. I'm a big fan of Starbucks Iced Green Tea and they compliment theirs with Lemongrass so it seems to stand out on my palette. Not much sweetness here, and all the flavoring seems to lead to a wall of dry alcohol flavoring. Ends on a sour note that isn't unenjoyable.

M: Average carbonation here, mouthful seems to put the corriander on the back burner for a good second or two and lets the citrus and some sweetness come in. Wheat flavors are also more prominent here.

O: I enjoyed this. I'm a big fan of witbier and this doesn't disappoint. If your used to the more mainstream witbier, this is a nice change of pace for a spring or summer night on the deck with friends.

04-10-2012 01:40:11 | More by ChrisPratz
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meinzig


4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

08-16-2014 20:34:55 | More by meinzig
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottled In: 2011 1C

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a nice 2 fingers worth of head that leaves good lacing

S: Spicy with a nice citrus smell, some yeast in the back

T: Big lemony taste comes out first, followed by spices and yeast. Overall, it's kind of muted compared to the smell. Definitely gets better as it warms

M: Light bodied with fairly high, prickly carbonation

D: Extremely easy to drink given the light body and 5% abv. It might get boring after a couple bottles though

03-11-2011 23:28:00 | More by BEERMILER12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with bright lemon yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Sweet, slightly earthy and herbal aroma with lots of citrus peel, zesty spice and bread/yeast notes. Grassy with hints of pepper, clove and coriander as well as some orange peel and lemon juice.

Medium bodied and a bit fuller than expected with some tight carbonation and prominent spice character up front that lingers throughout into a sweet yet dry finish. There's a blast of zesty spice up front with lots of pepper, clove and coriander which is countered mid-palate by yeast/bread flavor as well as some sweet citrus rind and grassy/herbal notes. Lot of lemon juice which gives off subtle acidity and sweet orange peel balancing things out nicely. The lemongrass is prominent with a nice earthy and sweet character that makes this beer extremely refreshing and easy to drink. I had no problem drinking down the whole 750 pretty quickly.

Overall, I was really impressed with this offering from DFH. Lately a lot of their experimental beers have been interesting but just extreme for the sake of being so. Interesting experiments but not terribly enjoyable. One and done kind of beers. This beer, on the other hand, was complex and flavorful and I will definitely be buying it again, especially with summer coming around.

04-26-2011 05:14:04 | More by corby112
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a huge 4-finger dense white head- recedes slowly, getting rather fluffy, but only retains for about half the brew. Lacing is moderate.

The nose hits ya with an intense blast of spice- mostly coriander and nutmeg with more grassy and herbal tones from the hops and other added spices. It's all nicely balanced by some citrus tones that have a sweet, candied creaminess to em, kind of like those gummy orange/lemon slices. There's a touch of wheat malt too- faint, as if it could be anything else.

The palate is light-med bodied with a frothy carbonation and a continuation of the intense spice vibe- a lean lemony malt with more coriander, clove, sage and a touch of apple. Hops are rather minimal and floral in character, while the spice takes a turn towards white pepper on the long finish, lingering with some lemon zest and more grassy flavors.

I didn't notice the alcohol level on this one until after I poured and tasted the brew, and damn does this have some wonderful complexity for such a low ABV. It's spice dominant for sure but the underlying grassy and herbal tones as well as the lovely citrus notes make for a great take on a Wit, which is fast becoming one of my favorite styles.

10-06-2011 04:40:39 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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koopa

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours a dull semi-pale wheat with a 1 finger white crown of fine bubbles that display good retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Nice amounts of lemongrass, some coriander, and a bit of orange peel.

Taste: Same as nose

Mouthfeel: Light body that is fairly spritzy but a bit uninspired.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable with light flavors and a 5% abv

Not bad but I'd rather have a six pack of Hoegaarden for the money...

12-17-2010 01:16:47 | More by koopa
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jampics2

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

750ml bottle. I think this was $7.99 from the Mustard Seed Market in Solon. This is the beer I chose to kick-off my annual holiday beer tasting and it was a great choice. The lemongrass sets this apart, giving it distinct and full flavor while remaining light and drinkable. I enjoyed pouring and sampling this from my Cantillon globe.

The beer looks great in the glass. It's not completely cloudy but hazy - more of a chilly haze than cloudy bomb. The beer is gold with some straw yellow highlights. There's ample noticeable carbonation, with a steady string of bubbles rising to replenish a white cap. The head could be more fluffy in the beginning of the sampling, but holds on and has decent lace.

The smell is like a mix of traditional Belgian Wit elements and some zing from the lemongrass. I get notes of coriander and orange atop a bed of pale sweet malt and a bead of wheat. There's a floral and expressive nature to the smell, cut only ever so often with some spice. It's nicely expressive and there are intricate layers underneath the barrage of lemongrass. The smell is the best part of this beer.

The taste is also very rewarding. It's tangy and dry, with just a hint of sweetness from the malt base. The star of the show is the lemon and orange notes that make me imagine biting into a piece of citrus fruit. There's also some presence from the yeast strain, adding flavors such as coriander, white pepper and grains of paradise before drying out.

The body is light to medium with a very nice sparkling carbonation present. The dry finish has no notes of alcohol and this beer is very drinkable and enjoyable. A success from Dogfish Head.

03-14-2011 20:02:40 | More by jampics2
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julian

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

A: golden strawy yellow in color, partly opaque but mostly due to the yeast floating around. Decent 1.5 finger frothy white head. Little to no lacing. Yeast drops out eventually and settles at the bottom.

S: Typical belgian yeast, clove, coriander, grass, straw, vaguely tart, some mild hint of lemon, perhaps orange zest. (I didn't read the ingredients off the bottle, until after I just wrote all that)

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. Citrus, lemon, grassy, herbal spices, belgian yeast. If I had to ding this on anything it would be a slight "soapy" aftertaste.

M: medium carbonation, zesty, refreshing.

D: Yes, this would make an excellent summer Wit. Great taste and easy drinking.

02-03-2011 08:20:28 | More by julian
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seedyone

New York

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%

06/10/12 From the bottle. The coriander is way up front but politely subsides to allow the orange to edge on through. Very refreshing. Again, the word polite comes to mind and in the world of rude-boy, hopped up IPAs it's a much appreciated change of pace.

Namaste...Namaste to thee.

06-17-2014 20:04:39 | More by seedyone
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Saw some positive reviews for this, so I decided to pick one up to try.

Into a 20 oz. tapered glass it pours a hazy orange gold, very murky with sediment, but some light still gets through. Very frothy foam, lots of drippy lacing with strong head retention. The sediment reminds me of plankton in the ocean. Pouring in the last of the yeast, there's a stubborn patch caked on the bottom.

Fresh citrus and coriander, somewhat soapy herbals and sweet lemongrass. Sweet sliced oranges. Very pleasant and somewhat amped up for a traditional Wit.

Lightly bitter, finishing dry, with a smooth wheat body. Citrus and coriander flavors are dominant but not overbearing. It feels a little astringent, but overall it's not a distraction. Fairly easy to drink, probably better suited for warmer months, but enjoyable nonetheless. Will try again if another batch is released.

12-07-2010 01:14:25 | More by emerge077
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Casey10

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a really nice hazy yellow color nice head and has a really nice taste. Its tough to say I might trade this for a regular like my local favorite like Allagash but this one gives it a nice run for it's money.

Smell is definate lemon grass can't pick up much orange though.

T - Banana like taste creamy.

M - nice feel again cream like.

D - Really nice great for the style. I would say a great representation of the sytle.

03-10-2011 03:25:25 | More by Casey10
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/21/10

Bottled in 2010 2A

The color is a slightly watered-down pineapple juice with a touch of haziness. One & a half finger head collapsed fairly quickly. Thin, ok retention; not much lace save a few sporadic splotches. The second pour has more, drippy lace.

The aroma is very clean & it smells quite nice. Near-tangy citrus a la orange & lemon zest. Modestly spicy with nips of the coriander. Undertones of grassiness & wheat grain. The lemon aspect is such that it smells like lemon bars. Everything is perfectly placed. I like it a lot.

To taste, Namaste doesn't have the same air of excellence in integration offered by the nose. Coriander leads off, accented by hints of orange peel that hang on for the finish. There isn't quite as much lemon flavor as I was expecting; not a bad thing. Wheat is compounded on the latter half.

Reasonably light bodied (maybe even leaning marginally toward medium). Carbonation is of the prickly enough order; it suits the flavors. It's crisp for most of each sip, though the finish dries out a lot; so much that faux-grittiness lingering & something of a coating feel.

Namaste forges few gripes in my mind. Well-crafted through & through. Plus, at 5% abv it's a easy sipper for sure. Fully enjoyable even in this Ohio winter.

12-23-2010 04:12:53 | More by Ryan011235
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Did they use champagne yeast for this one? Even though the bottle was cold and unshaken, the bubbles exploded into action as soon as the top was popped, just like a bottle of bubble, and I had to rush the bottle to the glass to catch the overflow.
In the glass, the beer is golden, but too cloudy to see anything through. Large bubbles rise upward rapidly, so fast that they do a little dance in their own turbulence. The head is a mountain of off-white meringue that lingers so long that I start to get impatient about drinking it. Some relatively large particles of sediment came out at the end of the pour.

S: Very bready at first whiff. Orange and spice meet my nose with the second sniff, and after that lemongrass and white pepper.

T: Very little sweet malts. Wheat bread flavor is heavy at first, but the coriander really dominates, especially in the middle. The finish is a mix of citrus and mild hops bitterness.

M: Initially feels moist, but the finish is astringent dryness that forces you back for another wet sip. Carbonation is above average.

O: Very typical of a Belgian white beer, really. It's a good beer, but I think you can do as well without spending $10 a bottle.

01-14-2012 22:38:55 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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flagmantho

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a fair bit of haze and a thick finger of pillow white foam. A decent looking witbier.

Smell: wheaty, citrusy aroma with an interesting spice component. I'm definitely getting coriander and orange peel here, which is listed on the label, but I'm also getting some lavender and wildflowers here. Quite nice.

Taste: substantially like the aroma, but with a greater emphasis placed on the flowery spice flavors. Light, airy and reminiscent of springtime.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with tons of carbonation yielding a massive creaminess. Love it.

Drinkability: quite a drinkable and refreshing brew. I think after awhile I would get tired of the flowery flavors, but for one bottle I think it's quite tasty.

11-28-2010 21:23:18 | More by flagmantho
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dank203

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

highly drinkable flavorful sessionable beer. aromas are highly herbal with the coriander almost to the point of being perfumey. yeast characters emerge as it warms, hints of banana. taste is bright citrusy spicy and grainy. its a load of flavor in a small beer. had out of a pilsner at about 45 degrees

03-27-2014 00:32:38 | More by dank203
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jorg2619

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Drinking in Jan brewed in 2010 prob a bit older

The appearance is a bright golden yellow beer with a fluffy head that quickly declines into a ring. Also lots of floating good stuff in this beer. This beer smells like summer for sure, I detect lemon, lime, an almost sour edge to the mild grass and clover essence. This bottle tasted very thin and bitter. I detected a strong lemon tartness and I detected the coriander in the background. This is a very refreshing and mild brew a good relaxer.

01-10-2011 22:04:21 | More by jorg2619
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

28th Review
Bottle to Dark Lord (mini) snifter.

L: Hazy white - quite a bit of sediment, but it looks nice...like an angel. No real head on vigorous pour.

S: Banana, lemon, nuts, wheat, grass, flowers. Complex, yet simple.

T: Caramel sweet upfront with a hint of hay. Nice and smooth. Well-balance spice - coriander, pepper, thyme (maybe). Refreshing!

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

O: A very interesting beer...not what I was expecting. Fits well within the style and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Well done!

10-03-2011 03:05:34 | More by spdyfire83
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EricMichael

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Namaste
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware, United States
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 %

appearance - Probably the most white witbier I've seen in a long time. Part of the white comes from a whole mess of white yeast floating in it. I have never such so much floating yeast - almost chunky. Decent head after pour that quickly dwindles. Very light lacing.

smell - More lemon than orange and a light hint of corriander

taste & mouthfeel - Feels very heavy with a yeast bite with lemon corriander flavor. More heavy on feel than flavor.

overall - Looks great even from a distance and taste that delivers. Not top-tier, but great for a summer day!

08-20-2011 20:47:07 | More by EricMichael
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LittleDon

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Hay colored with a haze, fair head retention with a little lace and plenty of carbonation. Hay and a touch of citrus in the aroma. Nice carbonation profile up front and in the middle. Grain, coriander, and lemongrass are present in the middle with a little bit of soap on the back end. Faint bitterness. Medium body leaning toward the light side.

04-06-2011 20:55:04 | More by LittleDon
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

750ml bottle

A- Quarter of a finger of white frothy head, translucent yellow, slightly hazy, some sediment towards the bottom of the bottle. Average carbonation. Leaves some layered lacing.

S- Sweet Lemon, orange, wheat, some floral scents (coriander) mixed with grass. Fairly aromatic, can detect the scent a few feet away.

T- Lemon, orange, a little bit of coriander, a little bit sweet, with a bitter citrus finish. Nice sweet aftertaste that lingers for a few minutes.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the light side but still supporting sort of a creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced and goes down smooth.

O- This was a great wheatbeer. I'm usually not a huge fan of wheat beers, but I couldn't definitely see my self drinking this on a regular basis if it were in 6-packs. I liked how it a good balance between the orange, lemon, sweet, and bitter tastes. This would definitely make a great beer to have on hot summer days. I would definitely recommend trying some.

04-29-2012 23:52:06 | More by jaasen64
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TheCorkStopsHere

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

01-14-2012 04:34:04 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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joe12pk

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Hazy lemonade. Two inch head dissipates rather quickly but keeps a foamy layer on top throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Lemongrass, oranges, and some wheat.

T - Lemongrass slightly dominates with juicy orange and coriander. Peppercorn at the end is a stroke of genius.

M - Medium light

O - This is my first stab at a Dogfish brew and am quite impressed. Highly drinkable and refreshing. Great session beer. If you can find it, buy it!

08-08-2014 05:35:25 | More by joe12pk
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

07-21-2014 02:50:26 | More by hardy008
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.