Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

2,402 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,402
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 140
Gots: 435 | 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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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle
2010 vinatge
poured into tulip

thanks to njbeernerd for this fine beer

Color: A hazy golden straw color. Big white head of at least 3 fingers. This beer is well carbonates and leaves behind minimal lacing.

Nose: Big on the orange... sweet juicy oranges. Also evident is lemon grass which is later complimented by the coriander. Traces of wheat as well

Palate: soft and gentle. A light bodied beer with plenty of character and presence. The lemon grass is big on the tongue and the the orange taste floats in the background.

Finish: Crisp and refreshing. Goes down smooth and with a nice body of flavors. Very well done

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"To be bowed by grief is folly;
Naught is gained by melancholy;
Better than the pain of thinking,
Is to steep the sense in drinking."

--Alcaeus

Beautifully blurry lemon peel with drifting clouds of fine yeast and an attractive crown of sheep's wool white. The head lasts long enough and isn't shy about leaving lace.

What a wonderfully fragrant blast of lemongrass greets the nose! Most finely crafted witbiers are a pleasure to sniff, but that extra ingredient puts this one over the top. Here's hoping the flavor follows suit.

After several ounces of Namaste, it's becoming increasingly obvious that lemongrass is underutilized in craft beer. The best part is that it doesn't overwhelme the orange zest fruitiness and the coriander spiciness that are the hallmarks of the style. If you're in search of the perfect picnic beer, search no further.

Pale and/or pilsner malt is not abundant, nor does it need to be. This offering is all about the top notes mentioned above. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter and lightly tart are balanced on a razor's edge. Drinkability, needless to say, is through the roof.

The mouthfeel tries to achieve a meager hint of creaminess as mid-bottle approaches... and just does succeed. Sparkly bubbles early become slightly less sparkly bubbles late. Better than lackluster carbonation, that's for sure.

Namaste is a common spoken greeting in India that means, literally, "I bow to you". All of us need to bow to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for creating one of the most unique and delicious witbiers in America. Six-packs please. Bottom line: lovely lemongrassy libation.

Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from the 1 Pint, 9.4 oz bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor for $8.99 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. "BOTTLED IN 2010 2A" stamped on the neck of the bottle, just above the right portion of the label.

A Creamy, near white short lived head (appropriate to the style) floats on top of a slightly hazy but very translucent body of straw yellow. Copius sediment floating about and collecting on the bottom of the bottle as well. 4.0

S That classic Belgian yeast, organic smell with some spices thrown in. The bottle label indicates: coriander, orange and lemongrass. That sound hauntingly familiar (it seems to be that all of these were included in the Great Lakes Hale Ale (name later changed to Great Lakes Grassroots Ale). That was a beer that I really enjoyed. The smell of Namaste is pleasing and inviting. 4.5

T Well, all of the indication that the smell gave is there in the taste. There is a strong Belgian yeast taste, the coriander, orange and lemongrass but also a significant citrus tartness that I did not necessarily pick up in the smell. This is very close to a classic Witbier taste but the citrus component is turned up a notch in my opinion. It is at least a good tasting beer and if you like the tang of some citrus you will probably enjoy this even more! 4.0

M Suitably moderate with the tartness of the citrus notes, the earthy grains of the Belgian yeast and some slight smoothness of the malt. Witbiers are mostly on the thin side (at least the 25 or so that I have had) and this is no exception. 3.5

D Very good indeed with the very manageable ABV of 5% and the interesting tastes and smells that keep you coming back for more. 4.5

Ommegange Witte was better but my favorite is Great Lakes Grassroots Ale (formerly Great Lakes Hale Ale). Both of those are more affordable and more available but Namaste remains a good beer that I would be proud to serve.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty decent stuff from the guys that brought us sah-tea!....

pours a yellow body with beautiful white fluffy head....and nice sticky lacing...

smells awesome!...classic witbier smell with a nice overtone of fresh and refreshing....lemony...earthy smell!

taste is pretty nice not as good as the smell...but the taste is like a toned down version of the nose!

the feel is nice....medium bodied beer

overall not a bad ale...i would expect nothing less from dogfish head!

Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Namaste pours a light gold color. It's a little hazy, and looks yellow with backlighting. A soft, white head covers it. It's quick to recede, and leaves a very light coat of lace clinging to the glass. For the style, it's pretty good.

The nose is extremely impressive. It's tough to find a great smelling Witbier. This is one of the few. It kicks off with a really nice mix of coriander and orange peel . Grainy, earthy, and floral notes linger throughout. It smells sweet and just a tad sugary. It really is a wonderful complement to the initial spicy scents. It's not complex, but it smells damn nice!

The flavor is not quite as impressive, but is good. Grainy and earthy flavors are noted up front. The orange peel and coriander presence is obvious and really drives the overall flavor. It's a wonderful mix, but doesn't come through as strong here. Light pepper and a bit of hop bitterness follow. The hops taste like noble hops to me. They have a nice floral, slightly spicy character. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Finishes grainy, spicy, and a little bitter.

Namaste has a lighter body. Carbonation is restrained, but it's too thin to attain any real degree of smoothness. Not uncommon for the style. Drinkability is very high. This is a tasty Witbier that's very easy to drink. At 5% abv, it's very friendly. On a hot summer day, a 750 ml bottle simply wouldn't be enough.

To my knowledge, Namaste is an Indian greeting that means "bow to you." The label alludes to something similar. I'm not sure that there's any real Indian tie to this beer, but there doesn't need to be. It's a damn tasty Witbier that's worthy of your attention. The nose is extremely impressive. The flavor could maybe use a few more amps on the coriander/orange peel to really ramp it up, but I can't complain. I really enjoyed this, and I'm not a huge fan of the style.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours golden-orange with two fingers of white creamy fluff.

S: Horseblanket must, lemon, orange, coriander, and some floral notes.

T: Semi-sweet orange and lemon, grassy floral funk, and some light hoppiness.

M: Medium-light thickness with a little creaminess.

O: It's tasty and easy-drinking. Much better than the average Witbier.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer 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. It's a great choice for a summer day or an unseasonably warm 65 degree mid-November day like today is. I think this is a good overall brew, nice and sessionable. I'd like to see this beer put in a 6-pack, but I'll still buy bombers of this.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 5% abv. Bottled in 2011. Pours cloudy, pale gold color. Pillow-like white fluffy head. Very nice head retention and lace.

Cereal grain malt, with a zesty citrusy edge. Big herbal and earthy notes blend in, with hints of spice.

Pale malt, a big grainy and tart. A bit of sweetness. Herbal notes. Some restrained spices. Very well balanced.

Light body with refreshing carbonation. Very easy to drink. Not the most exciting style, but simple and well done.

Photo of JayS2629
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straw yellow hazy beer with creamy head that faded slow and left creamy walls of lace. The smell was of belgian yeast with banana and clove nicely balanced in the middle and citrus tones of orange and lemon grass on the back end. Nice honey, caramel and biscut notes with a good grainy wheat backbone. Nice citrus notes of orange and lemon subtly perk things up. Creamy body. It goes light on the banana in the yeast flavors and the spice is subtle too. Just a pinch of clove and pepper. Smooth, creamy, and very drinkable.

Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a large white, foamy head.

The smell is of pepper, coriander, sugar-coated oranges and lemongrass. Spicy and tangy.

The taste is bright - orange tang with a coriander spicing.

The carbonation is lively, sprizty, and crisp.

A nice, fresh, witbier with an orange flavor (no need for an orange wedge - though that's not my thing anyway). A very nice example of the style, though pricey for what it is.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I missed this guy at the brewpub, but apparently fate intervened to give me a second chance. It pours a cloudy pale straw topped by about two fingers of white sudsy foam. The nose comprises wheat, pepper, coriander, lemon peel, clove, rice cakes, banana, cardamom, and the slightest possible touch of funk (and I use funk in its loosest form). The taste leans heavily on the citrus and wheat, leaving the spicier notes languishing in the fetal position. Actually, to properly describe the situation, the pepper's on Prozac, so it's still dancing about in the finish, as though all of its problems were really gone (how sad, really...). The body is light, with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice wit. 'Nuff said, baby.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light gold body with a white, mousse-like head. Thin lace formations at every sip level, looking a bit like fine cirrus clouds.

Smell: Pale and wheat malt smelling of loaf bread soaked in a bit of cream and rounded by fragrant notes of citrus oils, herbaceous lemongrass, and spicy, vaguely nutty coriander.

Taste: Light malted barley, somewhat hay-like, along with tangy, bready wheat malt and an icing sugar sweetness. Tastes of spicy coriander and citrusy, juicy bittersweet orange are quick to follow. A little sharpness from the lemongrass, though, once you really get into it, all the flavors come together quite nicely. Straw sporadic drops of heavy cream. A low level of hop bitterness at best. A little last sip of spice and orange juice for the finish. A peppery component lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation provides some effervescence, though there's some soft creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Rather refreshing and thirst quenching, a fine beer suitable for drinking in the drearily warmer months ahead of us.

Photo of
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy yellow-orange with a fluffy white head that lingers for quite a while.

Smell - Musty European hops and wheat upfront with bright orange and earthy coriander just behind. As it warms the lemongrass aromas emerge, as well as a sweet almond note.

Mouthfeel - very soft and smooth, even a little powdery.

Tatse - Spicy and citrusy with a soft mineral finish. Just enough hops to tie it all together.

Photo of Rob_Z
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rwinzing
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 750 ml bomber. Poured into tulip style glass

A - Nice straw color, Bright white head held onto the glass nice lacing

S - Smelled of citrus very pleasant aroma

T - very mild hint of the lemongrass but not overpowering, no after taste. Citrus not as strong as in the smell

M - Very nice light mouthfeel what I would expect from the style

D - Very drinkable, summer brew while sitting on the deck with friends

Overall a beer I would drink again. Not what I expect from DFH who are known for their big brews. Nice summer brew to be enjoyed.

Photo of Takion
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Thick, golden pour turns into a murky straw color in the glass. Boulder like suspended sediment. Lively, pristine white head settles into a creamy meringue like consistency. Beautiful beer, has a lot of character.

S: A little muted, not what I expected. Hints of citrus, small bread, faint coriander.

T: Citrus and bread, but where's the coriander I expected? Orange peel and lemon grass dominate. Wonderful winey aftertaste. Eminently drinkable, but I can't help but think it doesn't deliver on the promise its looks made.

M: Silky smooth texture. Very fine bubbles, keeps its carbonation well in the tulip.

O: Quite a looker in the glass, but I'm slightly disappointed at the taste. It's just a bit subdued. That being said, its a godsend in the Texas summer. It's certainly a quality beer-- wonderfully refreshing and definitely worth a try, but at the end of the day it's got to compete for my dollar with the locally brewed (512) witbier.

Photo of heebes
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint bottle.
Bottled in 2010 2A.

Pours a light clear golden with a large bright white foamy head. Nose is grassy, noble hops, lemon zest, citrus, slight resemblance to a pilsner. Taste is refreshing, smooth - lots of the light fruit notes; lemon & orange, hint of the coriander spice and some slight malt presence. Very easy going, light tasting, as its got a 5% abv that i enjoy. Tame sour/bitterness in the finish from the lemon flavour. Mouthfeel is left dry, light to medium bodied.
Overall this is an enjoyable witbier from Dogfish Head, hard to say if I'd buy multiples, perhaps moreso if this was in 6ers. Nonetheless this is a highly drinkable spring beer for this rainy, wet streak we have going.

Photo of coleton90
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of MTNboy
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy at first but settles nicely. Cloudy and bright yellow.

Smell: The aroma is bread like with citrus riding shotgun and herbal spice taking a backseat.

Taste: The citrus tones are there but balanced with sweetness and spice. The spice is more present in the aftertaste. Wheat is definitely present in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Light but a little heavier than other wits.

Overall: It is definitely not a traditional wit but this is what you would expect with Dogfish. It is a good beer just remember that you need to clear all preconceived notions out of you head before trying it.

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Wit with a Dogfish Head twist. This was my Mother's Day selection to go with a barbeque. Poured into my Busch Gardens "Bud Select" flute from a 750 ml bottle. Good looking beer. Big, delicate bubbly white head, hazy straw color and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell was the best part. All the witbier favorites are here, lemon zest, yeast, coriander, wheat with an extra kick from the orange.

Tastes good too. Wheat bitterness, yeast, coriander all nicely blended. The pronounced orange flavor puts the Dogfish Head quirky stamp on this Witbier. Namaste would have been a solid Wit whether or not the orange flavor was present.

Mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated, rich andjust the right amount of wheat bitterness.

A solid summertime beer. Good take on a witbier from Dogfish Head.

Photo of projectflam86
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a slightly murky orange color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Plenty of orange peel and lemon zest in the nose. A bit of spice and a faint amount of sweetness.

T- Very nice orange peel flavor with some yeast spice and lemon. A traditional witbier flavor with a bit more umph!

M- Medium/light bodied with nice carbonation. Easy drinking with a crisp finish.

O- Overall a very solid wit that I could see purchasing again.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2012 C. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, clove, pepper, herbal, coriander, wheat, earth, grass, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Very pleasant and enjoyable. Taste of lemon, orange zest, clove, grass, pepper, coriander, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Light wheat tang on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, coriander, wheat, clove, pepper, grass, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish as expected. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a nice level of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a slightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed at all. Overall this is simply just an excellent witbier. Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Looks cool because it's unfiltered and you can see little red flecks in it. Nice yellowish head and a pale straw color.

S: Not huge, but about what I'd expect from a white ale. Smells like one.

T: Nice. Reminds me of summer, sipping on a white ale. Notes of fresh grass in the finish and a pleasant taste up front.

M: Very smooth. Not a lot of carbonation and it fits nicely with the style.

D: About as drinkable as it gets. Could knock back several of these on a hot summer day.

Nice job Dogfish Head, as always

Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature bottle poured into my old logo Allagash pint glass. The liquid is ever so slightly translucent and golden colored. A decent amount of carbonation is visible within, all of it rising in steady streams. The head is pure white foam. The beer foamed up a lot when I poured, but it has settled down a bit, but is still a few fingers thick. Some patchy lacing is left behind.

Plenty of lemon and coriander greet my nose when I inhale. Some orange citrus is in there as well, but it isn't as prominent as the lemon. A little bit of powdered sugar sweetness and some musty Belgian style yeast round out the aroma.

This is a crisp beer with some good malts, but also a high quality, reserved hop profile. Lemon citrus and grassy notes are prevalent (probably all that lemongrass the label says in the beer). There is very little sweetness. A dry finish with lemon and orange peel flavors that linger.

The body of this beer is fuller than I expected, but it also has a watery quality as I swallow. Tiny bubbles can be easily felt. There is a good sized coat, but it is watery and can be swallowed quickly. There isn't any stickiness.

This is a good wit that I am enjoying, but it doesn't blow me away the way that Allagash White does; and since that is a local beer here, I'll go for a bottle of that next time I am craving this style. That isn't to say you shouldn't give this beer a shot, it is a very well made beverage that is worth a taste.

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,402 ratings.