Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
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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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Photo of BZero007
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up bottle from Norm's Beer and Wine.

This has to be one of my favorite releases this year. The beer is a light brew with a wonderfull birght gold color to it. The head forms perfectly with out any help and leaves lacing down the glass. The aroma in the brew was of a spice and fruit background to me with some earthy tones. THe taste was a light crisp and packed with flavor. Mouthfeel was perfect and not to carbonated and the light ABV% makes this beer my session beer of the year. Love it and keep it stocked in the fridge when ever I see it.

Photo of mjw2808
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of jorg2619
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Photo of trelihan462
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very pale, hazy, light yellow color with a white, one-finger head that doesn't stick around for long. There's a whole lot of carbonation bubbles and yeast particles floating around.

S - The orange in this beer is definitely right up front, with hints of lemon and other citrus aromas. Smells like most other whites I've had, maybe a little sweeter.

T - A very sweet, slightly spicy beer with lots of orange and lemon and a little bitterness on the finish.

M - The beer is super light, very crisp, and smooth with a pretty high level of carbonation.

D - This would definitely be one of my top picks for a great summer beer, and one of the better witbiers I've had. I could drink this all day.

Photo of thespaceman
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2010

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful straw yellow in color, unfiltered, so this beer shows off extreme amounts of cloudiness and haze. Beautiful two finger head rises and stays with the beer, good head retention with plenty of sticky lace left behind.

Smell: Aw man this smells good! First I get that beautiful coriander smell, it's sweet and inviting, and right in the middle of enjoying the roses I got smacked with a huge dose of lemon zest, some clementine and some earth notes. This one is soft on the nostrils yet every single element is perfectly found when taking a nice deep whiff.

Taste: The coriander plays a huge role up front, it's spicy yet not too overpowering, leading into some beautiful citrus flavors. The light lemon flavor really softens out the spiciness from the coriander, with a small tinge of malt spice adding in a nice softness. I definetley get the dried oranges towards the finish here, they are suttle yet blend nicely with the spice notes. Finish consists of a small dose of toasted malt to really set the overall tone of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Sharp in the mouth, carbonation is spot on for a Wit, without becoming overly cloying or dry in the mouth. A small tinge of bitterness here and a well rounded body from the malt leaves just the right impression on the tongue.

Drinkability: I really wish I could get this beer in six pack form, this would be my new go-to lawnmower beer for sure! Nothing is overdone. The citrus elements are tactful and well executed, the spice from the coriander is subtle and not too sharp, and the malts used to brew this beer provide just enough depth to make this a interesting beer to sip. At 5.0% ABV, this is a more approachable Dogfish Head concoction as it goes down like a charm. Bravo to Sam and everybody down in coastal Deleware!

Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 750ml bottle poured into a weizen, hazy golden color, active bubbling, one and a half fingers worth of head that fade to a half inch and stays.

s- nice, orange jumps out and notes of zesty lemon, wheat is present, almost herbal, very appealing nose here.

t- taste echos nose, very nice orange notes - almost like marmalade, candi sugar, light bits of belgian with a touch of pepper and clove and pink bubblegum and banana here, this is damn tasty.

m- prickly at first then smooths out.

d- really nice, this dfh offering really impressed me, i'm hoping they'll make this one again. i enjoyed this back in november on a chilly night but it would be perfect on a summer afternoon.

Photo of harrymel
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes on 12/12/10
$10 for 22oz at Pilgrim's in Coeur D'Alene, ID.

Poured to tulip.

A: Straw colored ale with low clarity - light shines thru, but as a glow, not a obvious light. Nice, white, loosely packed head dissipates early on. Nothing fancy here.

S: The scent, although strong, is sweet with grain and florals. Lemongrass, rose and gardenias make this a beautiful note to the beer.

T: Medium strength sweetness accented with corianderesque belgian yeast and lemongrass.

M: While carb seems excessive up front, foams out in mouth and leaves a nice, smooth, slick finish.

D: This is a good beer. Fits a niche desire. Although subtle, offer a complex variety of experience. Don't pass up, but don't expect a big beer. This is a slow, grows on you kind of beer.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light yellow with a mild greenish tint. Not much head but some lacing.

There is so much lemongrass in the scent. The flavor reminds me of lemon and mild oregano.

The flavor is very wheat filled followed by subdued lemon and grassiness. The malt backbone is substantial lending a good flavor.

The mouthfeel is light but the aftertaste is mildly dry and satisfying.

This is a very drinkable beer and is very enjoyable to drink. Very session worthy.

Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, coriander and oranges - exactly what you would expect from a witbier.

The flavor is more of the same. The first flavor component is a lot of wheat, with some orange peel citrus notes and some nice coriander to balance things out. Not complex or off-the-wall like a lot of Dogfish Head beers, but a very well executed Belgian White.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of speter
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light yellow with a two-finger head that fades surprisingly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S: Lemongrass and light hops with some grain.

T: I had this together with some homemade Thai, and it was perfect. The subtle spicing in the beer picked up on the spices in the curry, while the light palate of the wheat offered a nice contrast to the fiery chilli peppers.

M: Light, but that's to be expected. The one thing that seemed a bit off was the carbonation. Normally, the wheat gives lasting carbonation, but this bottle didn't have that.

D: I'm definitely picking up more of this next summer and drinking it when it's hot outside.

Photo of mavbrew
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a transparent straw yellow color with a two finger thick, foamy white head that dissipates slowly.

S: Has a very earthy/spicy scent to it, definitely some orange and what I am assuming is the smell of lemongrass as advertised.

T: Taste is as expected from the scent. Has an earthy taste, a bit of yeast flavor up front, the lemongrass lingers throughout with a tart finish.

M: Light in body with average carbonation.

D: This is most definitely a summer beer, very light in body and has a low ABV. Although I am not a huge light beer fan, this is a decent beer, but I wouldn't recommend drinking it in the winter.

Photo of birderbeerer
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy. Pale golden. One finger head, minimal and brief lace. The head evaporates quickly.

S: Sweet, lemongrass, coriander, and orange (as advertised). Smells like a white beer. Like a 5% abv beer ready for me after mowing the lawn.

T: Sweet. As much from the wheat as from the lemongrass and orange. Light tart aftertaste. The lemongrass lingers. Light and refreshing. Not as heavy or as overly sweet as many white beers. Very well balanced while maintaining true to the style.

I could easily toss back the whole bomber after mowing the lawn. Not quite the same after shoveling snow.

Seems to me that this experiment is in picking a style and brewing it well more so than creating an interesting beer.

A good white beer, but pricey for what it is.

Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of koopa
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of gatornation
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ours a golden straw color with a nice 2 finger white head that recedes to some nice lacing ...smell is lemon grass, coriander,citrus peel and some clove .taste follows the nose with light lemon and citrus but light on flavor but its a witbier ..mouth feel is well carbonated,but a bit thin on the taste ..it is a tasty witbier..its very drinkable and well done for the style

Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Namaste pours a dark straw yellow on the verge of light orange with a very light white head that circles the glass. It's definitely light but does have moderate cloudiness. The smell is superb. It features coriander, orange peel, barnyard funkiness, and subtle sweetness. The flavor is good as satisfying. It's got excellent coriander and orange accents and has an orange like sweetness. The yeastiness is well contained and this beer drinks very well. It just doesn't have the same mouthfeel, same smoothness that is typical of DFH 750s, then again it is a much lighter beer. This beer is delicious and is an excellent wheat.

Photo of prototypic
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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 AdamPT1
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a very thin head that recedes to the edges immediately then lingers for the duration of the drink. Smells of herbs and spice with light peppery and yeast notes. The taste is light with faint hints of orange, tea, sugar and wheat. The mouth feel is small, easy to drink and you could easily down the entire bottle without thinking twice since the beer is only 5% ABV. Definitely a summer brew but tasty none the less. The beer finishes with a crisp slightly bitter but clean flavor without a strong after taste. Definitely a recommendation for the spring and summer months.

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color hints toward golden lightly cloudy, decent size white head falls to ring and laces well.

Aroma is nice yeasty wheat notes dominating, nice orange notes with light coriander spice. Some grassy notes hops or lemon grass I guess, spot on for the style, very pleasant and inviting.

Taste is like the aroma and just like you would expect. Nice yeasty notes on wheat malts some orange notes pop up but more lemony then orange. Nice coriander spice in the finish with grassy notes and nice dose of earthy yeast. Not sure if I am enjoying this because its been while since I have had this style or its just plain good.

Mouthfeel is nice lightly peppy carbonation that goes well with this brew. Mouthfeel is light side like it should be.

Drinkability is very good, only draw back would be price. DFH and me have love hate relationship some things they do are great some are wtf were they thinking. This is defiantly very well done and I'm loving it.

Photo of adamette
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,686 ratings.