Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 536
Hads: 2,723
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 172
Gots: 738 | FT: 1
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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: 536 | Hads: 2,723
Photo of Kolsch
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. I have had this on draft as well so it is nice to compare the two.

Appearance: Cloudy, and very wit looking ale. Nice head formed, that did linger well into the drink

Smell: strong lemon, orange and the un-mistaken DFH smell of hops.

Taste: starts off with the orange peel, then the lemongrass kicks in, definitely can detect the lemongrass. Slight tartness with a sweetness that settles and reigns in the slight sour. More Citris than anything and I could not really detect the coriander as much as the orange and lemongrass. An excellent example of the Wit style.

Overall: I would almost say this borders closely to a saison as far as taste and texture. I had the opportunity to have this on tap and much prefer the bottle. You get more of the nuances from the bottle conditioning. This should be in the regular DFH rotation. (847 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange amber. Thin fine white head with little lacing. Aroma is sweet, wheaty with a hint of spice. Taste is light wheat, citrus and multiple spices. A distinct floral taste/aroma; almost too much, but works out fine. My first reaction was "whoa, this is different!". Medium bodied. This is a quite original, light wheat beer that is very refreshing. I'm impressed and will get this every time it is released. Great label too. An unusual white particulate residue at the bottom of the glass. (511 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear lemonstraw color with a meringue-like head that leaves a number of strands

Smell: Floral tones of lemongrass and orange, with hints of wheat bread and coriander

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, laying the foundation; the orange, lemongrass and coriander flavors build into the middle, with the peppercorn bringing a touch of heat, in the middle; nicely balanced, into the finish, with all of the flavors blending together

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a touch of pucker

Overall: I was prepared to be underwhelmed as I often am by many of the beers in the Dogfish lineup but this one is right up there with Palo Santo Marron among my favorites; the perfect summer beer, with plenty of flavor and a lovely floral aspect (774 characters)

Photo of assmandugle
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 10 dollar bottle of beer better impress me but most Dogfish Heads do. Poured this sucker into the glass it was a light almost hay color and had a little bit of sediments. The aroma the label says it best you smell the floral and citrus aromas. You can taste a slight carameliness to it and it goes down super smooth. It is very easy to drink and is very light which is non typical for Dogfish Head. Another inspirational brew nevertheless. Try it its worth it to spend more when it counts. (491 characters)

Photo of HopHearted
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice golden hue. Laced the glass nicely.

Really a pleasant yeasty orange blossom aroma

Very light on the palate. Nice coriander orange taste on the front with a great honey aftertaste

A little efervescent for my taste but still love the light mouthfeel

Overall very good session beer, keeps you coming back for the bitterness (343 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with an enormous cloud of feather-white head that is at least a few fingers deep and packed with dense bubbles of carbonation and patiently dissolves to leave quite the sticky lacing behind.

Generous aromas of lemon, coriander, grass, and yeast leap from the glass. There are also subtle notes of various other spices in the background.

Wow, the coriander and lemongrass are quite generous on the palate with hints of the citrus orange showing up as well. The flavor is quite impressive because the characteristics or so distinct, yet well proportioned.

This is one of the cleanest, crispest beers I have had in a while with a light body and generous carbonation.

If more witbiers were similar to Namaste, I would probably drink the style more often. This is a great beer with much to offer the senses. (842 characters)

Photo of vicsju1991
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden yellow, nice two finger head from easy pour that stayed a while, good lacing
S - orange and coriander, it smells perfectly delicious
T - banana, orange, coriander, spices, tastes like a watered down fin du monde honestly, i don;t mean this in a bad way, it is delicious
M - a little thin, but overall very drinkable
O - very good beer, but with dfh pricing, not one i would drink a lot (401 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice. Very bright gold color, a tad hazy, with fine-streaming bubbles from the bottom. Very nice aroma! Perfect for a wit, with loads of spiciness. Coriander and bitter orange peel are both very apparent, though I don't detect the lemongrass. The flavor mostly follows, though the coriander isn't as assertive as I would have thought. The lemongrass lurks around the edges, but isn't really a major flavor component. Yeast gives a gentle vanilla hint.

Very nice beer. I'd much rather have it in a set of affordable 12oz bottles, than a single $10 750, but I'll probably buy again anyway. (613 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, it's a nice-looking beer, particularly to style. It's pale, sort of a white-yellow, very cloudy and unfiltered. The head is stark white and just about as solid as it gets. It's one of those heads I think I could rest a few quarters on, billowing and stiff at two fingers' height. Lacing is left on the walls of the glass convincingly, sticking in solid patches well down from top to nearly the very bottom.
The aroma and flavor both offer a lot to sift through, seemingly straightforward but with lots of complexities developing, and the taste follows straight through without straying from what the aroma first offers. The nice thing is that it has a soft sweetness that isn't cloying and only serves to add to the layers. Of the bat is somewhat herbal, with a little white pepper biting. A twang of zesty lemon runs through the rest of the way. A bit of citrus and some softer and even seemingly tropical fruits ride gently underneath a wheaty sort of dry malt. It finishes on the tongue with a bit more of the herbal leaf and a savory kind of allspice-like note.
It's creamy, fluffy and soft on the tongue all the way but keeps up a firm crispness. The body is light and carries everything well. It heads a little dry into the finish, but never dries out too much. (1,276 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy straw/blond, one finger head settles to a light dusting of froth leaving behind very nice lacing.

S: smells Belgian, refreshing, little bit of bubble gum, citrus, especially orange,

T: you can actually taste the coriander, orange and lemon/lime zest, tastes a lot like Sprite (sounds weird but it's actually quite good), peppery, little bit of a fresh hoppy background that imparts a slight bitterness.

M: smooth and well carbonated, mild but nonetheless refreshing.

D: I wanted to hate on this, mainly because I'm tired of the hype surrounding DFH, but I have to admit I found it very fitting on this warm Spring day. It's very well balanced and you can tell care was taken to do this one right, nothing fancy, none of the headline-making, publicity whoring DFH has become known for, just a well conceived and executed beer. (839 characters)

Photo of JLeege
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wiezen glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color with a chunky 2 finger head. Active carbonation, great head retention. Lots of sticky lace left all the way down.

Smell- Lots of citrus fruits, lemon and orange really make themselves known. Some earthy wheat as well.

Taste- Lots of lemon and zesty orange peel. Coriander and some other light spicy notes. A hint of clove, a bit grassy, ever so slightly tart.

Mouthfeel- The body is on the lighter side. Crisp and very refreshing.

Overall- Great beer, very drinkable, liking this even more than I was anticipating. This would be great on a warm summer afternoon, not to sure why it didn't get distributed till the fall? If dogfish makes a "normal" beer, especially in large format bottles, this would be it. This would be a good cross-over beer into the craft world as well. (846 characters)

Photo of medic25
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsener glass, the color was a nice hazy straw yellow with a huge frothy white head. Musty odor , a little farmlike with elements of lemon and coriander. Taste is a delicious clean wheat flavor, complemented nicely with lemongrass and citrus. This is a very easy drinking wheat; it would be a pleasure to enjoy this all summer. (340 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild coriander/orange peel spicing. The taste is good as well. It has a nice and refreshing pale and wheat malt flavor. It goes down easy with hints of coriander and lemongrass along with a faint bitter orange peel finish. The profile is dead on. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer with excellent witbier character; a wonderful example of the style. (576 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH signature glass. Beer is yellow and hazy white with a soft thick head of tiny bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. It looks great.

Citrusy and bright in the nose. Smells good. Almost hoppy,

Beer is creamy and medium bodied overall. Its nice and clean, bright and citrusy, both my wife and I completely enjoyed this beer. Very excellent. (406 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a DFH goblet during a tasting with fellow BA CosmicEvan.

Appears a dark buttery yellow with a light fluffy foamy head (possibly due to my pour). Apparently there's some carbonation at play here based on the head. Not too hazy in my opinion.

Smells really nice - a belgian wit on steroids. The citrus notes are fantastic: orange, lemon and coriander come through.

Tastes of classic DFH: spiced to the nth degree with a ton of citrus. A great pepper emerges as well with a touch of spicy birch beer.

Very effervescent with a creamy opening feeding into a fizz fest. I do like the aforementioned flavor I'm left with though.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a bunch - DFH is my favorite brewer. At the same time, If I was looking for a super-citrusy beer from them, I'd probably locate a Hellhound and get lemon-crazy. (838 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. I just had a different wit and followed it with this one (it was strategic - I expected this one to be superior) and this one is WAY better.

It's nearly, but not entirely clear, more so that I would expect. The head is thin. The aroma is subtle but a perfect clean yeast aroma. Beautiful smell. Clean.

The taste is a perfect balance and extremely refreshing. Just slightly crisp, and only the least bit tart, this is a great drink.

The aftertaste is similarly clean. I am not sure what the food pairings would be for this but it would go great with food. But if I keep eating there won't be room for beer.

Nice one, Dogfish Head,

A Fan (645 characters)

Photo of therica
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Dogfish Head, Gaithersburg MD.

A real over-the-top version of a Witbier to the max, great.

A= densely cloudy light yellow, little head but slightly more than many Witbier's.

S= bountiful whiffs, Belgian-style malts very evident, the typical coriander, orange, tangerine, lemongrass, spices all nicely balanced and inviting. Slight hay notes.

T= thicker than many good Witbier's, pretty much like the scent indicates, rich Belgian-style malts, coriander, orange, tangerine, lemongrass, spices and a touch of clove, all nicely balanced and enjoyable. Refreshing like a good Witbier should be, and yet full-flavored enough to excite most beer-fanatics and make it noteable above many popular Witbier's.

M= plenty to savor.

D= session if you were in the mood, great with the fried seafood and pizza we were enjoying, and worthy of simply sitting and sipping one to explore with great satisfaction. (909 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is full of citrus, orange, and lemon, with some lemongrass, wheat, coriander and other spices, and some wheat.

T - Starts off with some light tart lemon zest, alongside some orange and other citrus flavors and some lemongrass. Through the middle, some wheat comes through alongside some Belgian yeast, coriander, and other spices. The finish is a mix of orange, lemongrass, coriander, and wheat.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, lightly tart and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing as well. Good mix of being light but full of flavor. Really like the lemongrass and orange flavor. (794 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very pale clear gold. Smallish white head with some persistent lacing. Smell is lemony orangey citrus. Also some of that great wheat banana smell. Taste has a light malt sweetness up front going into a tangy citrus with a bit of a bite. A little spice but the wheat remains the dominant flavor. Rather full bodied for a wit but not heavy. Easily drinkable. Wow what a great wit from an american brewer. Great example of the style. (438 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I'm not sure what to say about this beer. You can't judge it by style because it doesn't quite fit any, so you've got to rate it hedonistically.

It looked good in the glass, but that's far from the complete picture.

I was taken in by the aroma. It's kind of hard to describe but it's floral, not too unlike a perfumed candle, with a bit of yeast and some coriander added in. It's delicate, yet distinct.

And the flavor follows suit - without being overblown it's floral, herbal, grassy, spicy (clearly there's coriander, but there's also more), and it's a touch yeasty and drying. It leaves a distinct fingerprint whereas many bolder beers leave only muddy footprints. It has finesse. It's fairly straightforward golden-malt with perhaps some wheat, but then there's the spice and grass.

As to drinkability, I found it quite accessible. It's easy to drink, and it's got enough character to keep you coming back for more. Whether that character fits your taste buds is another question, but it's not really that bold to begin with so I doubt that anyone will find it off-putting. Worth trying! (1,116 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good witbier, that being said appearance and smell aside this beer is nothing extrordinary. The beer pours cloudy gold with a thin off white head. The beer smells intensely of itrus praticularly orange and lemon. The taste is strong of the fruits and coriander, with a wheaty finish. Hals light carbonation, and given the brewer overall it seems light. A perfect sipper for the summer though (408 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Faintly hazed bright orange yellow glow. Creamy and craggy bright white head about 2 fingers high. Smells heavily of orange zest, lots of spicy yeast, a bit of clove, faint touch of banana.

Wow. Superb, cant wait to guzzle down sixers of these come summer. Creamy and birstly mouthfeel, Dry grainy husk flavor throughout, sharp wheat, some tart citrus flavors with a bit of grassyness and a super dry grainy finish with hearty wheat bread flavors lingering in the mouth. A touch of pucker, a lot of flavor, and intensely refreshing. (534 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed light gold color, poof of frothy white head that lingers and leaves decent lacing. Scent is very floral with herbal qualities and fresh dried wheat - lemongrass lends great charachter along with juicy orange and spice (corriander and light pepper). Taste immediately suprises the palate with a pleasent floral taste, the lemongrass adds subtle complexity (much prefered to lemon rind) and mingles with the fresh dried grain, some herbal qualities come through before notes of orange and light nutty spice hit. Medium bodied, carbonation a tick below others in the style which adds to the beer. A pleasent suprise, uses some unique and high quality ingredients to make a best in class Wit. (702 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of THECPJ. Thanks Shane!

A very hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam. Look just like what a Witbier ought to.

Tons of aromas in the smell. Coriander and other spices, yeasty, with notes of wheat..now a blast of lemon zest. I'm not noticing any clove but that's fine.

All of the aromas seem to be integrated into the taste. It is very spicy and flavourful and a joy to drink.

Medium body, fairly light carbonation...nice mouth feel and drinks easy as pi. Darn good beer. (499 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, supended sediment, two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Orange zest and coriander
Taste-Belgianesque-Spicy, coriander, orange and lemon zest, coarse, peppery finish. Very light and refreshing. Where was this beer during the summer? Unfortunately, not around these parts.
Tasty, and very refreshing, would make an excellent match for seafood or salad. Highly recommended(especially in summer). (470 characters)

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.