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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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87
very good

541 Reviews
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Reviews: 541
Hads: 2,760
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 176
Gots: 756 | 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: 541 | Hads: 2,760
Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/16/13. 4.8% ABV on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow; small white head that fades quickly and leaves nice retention and okay lacing. Smells nice. The aromas are full of lemon zest and orange peel. Some bready malts. Some white grape in the mix as well. The flavors are subtle but very sharp and crisp. Very clean and refreshing. There's an earthy bitterness to this one. It's slightly spicy as well. Black pepper is there. The lemongrass is there. More orange peel. Very refreshing. I just wish the flavors were more pronounced. The mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. There's a nice fluffy creaminess going. Very smooth and drinkable. It becomes even better the more you drink it.

This is a very solid witbier. I just wish the flavors popped just a bit more, but it's all good. I really like this for what it is. I really appreciated the subtle flavors the more I drank it. It's enjoyable and would hit the spot in the summer. (988 characters)

Photo of confer
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks like a dark lemonade, with a white head. It is very cloudy.
S- Nice refreshing citrus smell. It is a mix between the orange and lemon.
T- I think the lemon is a little too strong in the flavor. A hint of the wheat comes through at times in the taste.
MO- Drinkable but not as refreshing as many other wits. I wouldn't turn it down. (341 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lemon gold color, very light. 1-finger white head with little retention. Nice thin lace all around the glass.

Coriander, lemon peel, wheat grass dominate the nose. Faint citrus bite from the lemons.

Spice hit right up front. Mead like, without the body. Honey, lemon, a little pepper, and then a moderately fizzy finish. Slightly cloying at the back end.

Thinner than what I would expect from the style, even with the sticky finish.

One and done here. Granted, this probably would taste better if it wasn't so dang cold outside. (532 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at basement temp in snifter

A: cloudy, lemony yellow; thin head; powerful carbonation; not much lacing
S: lemon, yeast, bottle conditioning
T: light, spritzy coriander; dry; light; somewhat thin-flavored (surprising to me, given it's a DFH)

Overall, a classy white beer; ideal for a meal where you want a lighter, pleasantly spiced beer to accompany the food (367 characters)

Photo of qchic
3.6/5  rDev -7%

A decent alternative to that other all too common wit. So pale with a nice herbaceous flavor. Lemongrass more apparent on the nose and orange in the flavor. Pleasant prickly carbonation. Def drinkable. (201 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.6/5  rDev -7%

Pours a pale, hazy yellow. Thin white head. Notes of orange peel, coriander, sweet lemon. Tastes similar, coriander and lemon grass. Very crisp and light, a nice session. (176 characters)

Photo of Buck89
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsener glass. Cloudy lemony yellow with thin white head that disappeared. Nose was complex: lemony tart, spicy pepper and orange citrus. Tasted the pepper first, followed by the orange, coriander and lemon. Nice crackery malt. Spiciness lingered on the finish. A very different Wit for sure. (307 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky dull yellow in my pint glass...decent head that did not last...but pretty agressive lacing. Kinda liked the "yeastie boys" floating around.

Getting alot of typical witbier scents...but nothing out of the ordinary...clove, some banana, peppery spices and a bit of lemon. Wanted more out of this one...

Taste follows...did not pack the punch i wanted. Some lemony freshness and coriander spices, but again, did not bowl me over.

I did like the uber carbonation in this one...pretty refreshing on a hot Texas night. It's quite possible that this style just doesn't do it for me. Similar to a hefe, but felt just a bit off overall. (645 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Bottled in 2012. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy pale honey-gold with a finger of bright white foam. Settles to a thin pillowy covering. Some nice lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of slightly-sour fruit, lemony citrus, peppery spices. Seems right for a wit style.

Flavor begins with the slight sourness that was picked up in the nose. Followed by some citrus acidity. Finishes with some lemon citrus and bitterness. Overall a very light flavor.

Fairly light bodied with medium, slightly-spritzy carbonation. Very drinkable. (540 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer I was happy to discover by DFH, found this at From the Vine. Review from notes.

Bottled in 2010 2A

Cloudy, wet straw color - a yellow gold with burnt orange hues and some yeast floaties. Small cap of white foam, receded quickly back into the brew. Some sticky legs but no real lace.

Smelled like bright and soft saison. Doughy Belgian yeast, slightly spiced. Some orange, lemon, and mild clove.

The taste is where this beer shines. It is sweet and floral, not too yeasty. There's sweet orange blossom, honey, with a funky saison-style finish. Lemongrass comes through adding an herbal grassiness to the aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied for the style. I liked this, but it was a bad idea to attempt the 750ml on my own. The whole bottle was a bit much to drink in a sitting. (792 characters)

Photo of Kakaraht
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice hazy golden color with two thumbs of thick white head with excellent retention and god lacing.

S: This smell like a wit, with huge generous amounts of coriander and tangy orange. It leaves me thinking of Brussels.

T: The taste is very similar to the aroma with an extra yeasty flavor that mingles with the grainy wheat. You get all that zesty orange and deep coriander lingering.

M: Nice carbonation with a light body and dry finish.

D: Not my favorite Dogfish Head but one of the nicest wit's that I have had. (530 characters)

Photo of ljthockey7
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong smell of lemon-orange. Mouth feel was a bit too carbonated. But taste of the lemongrass and orange peel were definitely present and added some interesting flavor. A little too yeasty also but overall I enjoyed this. Not typically a fan of this style but a very intriguing offer from Dogfish. Wouldn't buy the bottle again but would have it if it was on tap somewhere. (374 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy yellow with a little head that did last. Overall this beer kinds stinks, smells strongly of wheat and lemon. Has a nice complex taste alot of wheat flavors, strong orange and lemon flavors. A light flavor, but very easy to drink. Overall a complex and very good wheat beer. (296 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a whiteish/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is musty, wheat, a bit of spice. Taste is spices, some citrus and wheat, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would probably be more enjoyable on a hot summer day, but a solid beer. (298 characters)

Photo of Beermanmiles
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beers like this tend to make me upset. When dogfish head gathers ingredients like orange peel and coriander, you'd think they could make a beer even slightly better than shiner's white wing. Well they didn't, in fact, they taste exactly the same. There are a lot of witbier with these exact ingredients and I happen to think Dogfish managed to make it worse. I had so much faith in this beer. I thought to myself: finally a witbier made with coriander and orange peel that will taste better than the others. What I found after tasting it was that it was overly carbonated and lacked alcohol content. It smells fantastic though. Not worth the price by any means however. Dogfish Head is a great brewery though, don't get me wrong. (729 characters)

Photo of Edv0cate
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to the store planning to get an IPA and ended up with this stuff, Namaste by Dogfishhead. Only bought it because of the title and the brewing company. Dogfishhead is one of my favorite so i expected a lot from this beer. Looking into the bottle, there were a lot of floaties, I'm not sure what this means, but from what ive read, its either fine or a really bad thing. But whatever i still drank it. Poured it right when i got home into a glass. Got about a two finger head, this beer looks great when its poured. Fizzed from the bottom of the glass upwards. Its a light yellow in color, the lightest color beer ive ever had actually.
I tasted it, and this is where i start to get dissappointed. Dogfishhead has a lot of original tasting beers, whereas this one tastes like heineken, and a lot of other beers of the sort. The only distinction is the heavy after taste of lemongrass, which is why i give taste a 3.75. Heineken is about a 2.25 for me, but this aftertaste in Namaste is incredible. I'm not going to get more any time soon, the alcohol content is only 5% and it was I think $12 for a pint. Worth to buy it if you want to know what "good" heineken tastes like, but its nothing special. (1,203 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into wheat beer glass

A - pale straw, fairly clear with a teeny tiny bit of sediment, two inch white head, good retention, and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Wow the nose on this is strong with oranges and lemons.

T - Sweet citrusy malt coexists with a spicy coriander dry finish.

M - good carbonation, average thickness and a bit if a aftertaste

O - This is not my cup of tea at all, but I think it succeeds for what it tries to be. Sessionable, easy to drink, and refreshing. (494 characters)

Photo of alexkeil
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never been disappointed with a DFH beer, and I'm not here, but I don't have much to talk up about this beer either. It is a witbier, its made to style, its refreshing; however, I've come to expect a lot from DFH. I guess I was a little let down that it was just a witbier, there wasn't that layered complexity or interesting ingredient that shined through. Maybe I'm being too hard, it is beer and its very drinkable.

Poured a nice sunny hazy gold with a fizzy white head. There was fair head retention with lasting lacing around the glass. The aroma had lemongrass, citrus and yeast. The flavor was similar to aroma with lemon and yeast, some malt sweetness that complimented the creamy mouthfeel and slight alcohol presence. (733 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet, can't read the bottled date. This pours a slightly hazy straw light color with a short lived white head. The smells are of corriander, orange and spices. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay a little orange and ripe orange bitterness, some lemon grass, pretty light flavors for dogfish head, not their best. (359 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw, stark white head, lots of cling lace.

S - Light spices and malt.

T - The spices become much more apparent in taste. Coriander and lemongrass are very noticeable. Malt in middle, and spicy finish.

M - Light bodied, good carb, good balance.

D - Not my favorite, but an interesting beer! (305 characters)

Photo of narwhal
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large format bottle - pours very light golden yellow, with minimal head - it did have some visible sediment in the second glass even after swirling the bottle carefully. Pretty typical 'witbier' aroma with a hint of lemongrass, not overpowering. Strong & distinctive taste, with the lemongrass once again dominating, plus some citrus notes, combining to give the perfect amount of sourness. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, medium carbonation and fairly thin.

Overall a very good beer, especially if you like your witbier with a lot of citrus/lemon. (546 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Namaste - 2011 1083 from notes

A- Slight hazy golden straw pour, tiny chunks floating around in suspension. Three finger fluffy white head recedes to thin cap quickly. Lacing is awesome.

S- Lemon and oranges, yeast and typical wheat beers.

T- Lemon and oranges, earthy grass notes. Typical wit taste.

M- Medium to thin bodied, lively carbonation.

O- Nothing special, nothing wowing, just an alright beer, strange for dfh not adding their own flair to this. (462 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy orange color. The head was fizzy and kind of faded away rather quickly. The smell of the beer had some nice lively citrus aromas blended with a soft wheat character as well. The taste of the beer has a light herbal flavor to it with an orange or lemon flavor in there as well. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and lighter bodied. Overall this beer is pretty good for the warmer seasons. I would drink this one again if I found it at a reasonable price. (500 characters)

Photo of mjw2808
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a big white head that dissipates quickly. The smells is very sweet with lemon and grass. Also clove is detected. The Taste is mostly a combination of the grass and lemon. It is very interesting, I dont like it but I dont hate it. The beer is very drinkable and has a good mouthfeel. Overall decent but didnt win me over to buy it regularly. Its definitely more of a summer beer too. (414 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow in color with lots of sediment. One finger white head that doesn't stick around for long. Some lacing here and there.

Aroma: Assortment of citrus fruits. Orange. Spices, coriander, green tea. Wheaty and floral.

Taste: Wheat, lemon grass. oranges, coriander, white pepper, spices, honeysuckle. Plenty of flavors and well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with soft carbonation. Quick drying wheaty finish, a trait i like in this style. Flavorful witbier but nothing truly outstanding. Just a solid beer.

Perhaps one of the most "traditional" beers I've had from DFH. (630 characters)

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.