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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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87
very good

543 Reviews
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Reviews: 543
Hads: 2,772
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 176
Gots: 770 | 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: 543 | Hads: 2,772
Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was okay, nothing special here. Had a decent smell and taste, but with some hints of staleness and the peppercorn just does not work for me. The mouth feel was disappointing as well, kinda watery and fizzy all at once. The color was a pale brownish yellow.

Will not seek out and purchase again. (300 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden brew, with a slight white head that sticks around. Lacing is extensive.

S - A bit of sour grain, a touch of citrus, and certain floral quality.

T - Subtle sourness is the core flavor profile, mingling with a light sweet counterpoint. Spices in the form of earthy coriander, with both floral and citrus notes.

M - A light, easy drinker, with brisk carbonation.

O - Extremely easy to drink. Bright and light on the tongue. A beer I'd pick up on a summer day. (481 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a frothy, white head that has nice persistence and laces well. Yeasty, malty aroma with citric notes and a touch of pepper; the lemongrass, orange slices, and coriander are all present and it's fun to smell this and the different aromas. This smells really, really nice. Starts with a subtle citrus flavor on top of yeastiness and wheat malt. Builds into a more floral hoppiness that blends with the citrus flavors. Finish is malt with the slight bitterness of black peppercorns and their spiciness.

This isn't too bad. I like the complexity and the layers of flavors, but I think they're all a touch too subtle. (619 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: pale straw gold; small off-white head; very effervescent

Smell: bready with strong notes of coriander; some hints of lemon

Taste: like a Wit! Light wheat notes with good coriander and citrus bite

Mouthfeel: slightly thin mouthfeel with fair amount of carbonation

Remarks: refreshing and tasty, but not as good as some of their other beers (359 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Pale straw with a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with the tiniest yeast particles floating about. Light carbonation.

Nose
Wheat, doughy bread, and lemongrass.

Taste
Big wheat, doughy bread notes, and Belgian yeasties. Lemongrass, drops of lemon juice, and a touch of strawberry-banana. Slight hints of coriander, peppercorn, and orange zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and semi-dry.

Overall
Light, refreshing, and ultra-wheaty brew. As far as Witbiers go, it's very good. (577 characters)

Photo of JonSC
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

I didn't care for this as much as most wheat beers. It had a thin pour, a light taste and seemed to lack a bit of depth. The lemongrass was a bit strong to me, and I didn't get as much orange as some other reviewers. There also seemed to be a bit of coriander taste present. (274 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 DaliQualiti
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Don't get your hopes up. Average at best. If Miller Light and Coors light had a baby this would be it. Not sure if the reviews are biased being that Dogfish Head makes some great beers and have a strong following but this is heavily overrated, IMO. (249 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, honey, grapes, hops, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight honey, hint of alcohol, hint of grape, and a hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend. (430 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a hazy yellow with very little head. The smell is full of great earthy tones from the herbs, specifically the coriander as well as a bread scent coming through. The taste was very nice with a lot of layers of flavor coming first from the hops and then the spice, with a toasted finish made for a highly refreshing beer. (325 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

From the 12oz. bottle ito a pint glass.
Poured a cloudy straw color with very little head and a little spotty lacing.
The aroma is lemon and coriander and a hint of earthy funk.
The taste is delicious. Lots of citrus on the tongue with a bit of spice and just a light, finishing bitter.
Mouthfeel is fairly light and bubbly.
Overall, a tasty and refreshing beverage. (367 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

I got to try this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. Served in a 10 0z. brandy snifter for $6.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/'yellow color with a small 1/2 finger white head that never completely went away. Nice lacing.

The beer smelled citrusy along with the obligatory coriander spice found in most wits.

It was mostly lemon flavored, although not overpoweringly so. Orange and coriander were also present as was some Belgian style yeast and enough malt to make it slightly sweet. It also had a surprising bitter finish.

Smooth and light with medium carbonation.

It didn't wow me over like most Dogfish Head products, but it was still a decent summer thirst quencher. (685 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle from Harvest Market
Hazy light straw color with a huge fluffy white head. Aromas of earthy funk with a hint of sulfur. Lemony citrus and a hint of spice rounds out the nose. Sweet tart orange citrusy flavor with hint so earth and spice. Medium to light body with spritzy carbonation. Easily drinkable beer, I kind of wish I had tried this when the weather was a bit warmer (379 characters)

Photo of Wiffler27
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

light refreshing Wit that had such a great smell, i wish i could use it for an air freshener. different taste from a Wit, especially when comparing it to Hoegaarden, Whirlwind, or Hitachino Nest white. (201 characters)

Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours light gold color with fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus with hints of hay. Flavor is of wheat malt with coriander and citrus hops on the back end. Light carbonation and very refreshing. (220 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Bottled on 04.21.14.
Poured from a 12 oz into a Manny's pint glass on 05.19.14.

A: Cloudy straw yellow with a 1/2 finger head.

S: It smells like a wit should. Spices, lemon peel, grass.

T: Follows the nose with the addition of orange and wheat.

M: Crisp and creamy. Great carbonation.

O: This is an excellent wit. It is grassier than others, but I love that quality. This one is in my rotation. (400 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is of sweet citrus, lemon orange. Taste has a nice zesty lemon orange flavor with some slight notes of coriander and wheat, mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with good carbonation. The finish is sweet citrus lemon orange flavor, coriander, wheat notes and mild bitterness for balance. Overall a good flavorful drinking brew. (408 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 Jadjunk
4/5  rDev +3.4%

"A white beer brewed with orange slices, lemongrass coriander & peppercorns." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Witbier. Previously a rotating 750 ml. release, this beer has been promoted to a year round release and made available in 12 oz. 6 packs and draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Served above 48 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a crisp frothy head of an ecru white tone over a honey amber body with plentiful active carbonation. Retention is good, lacing is moderate and patchy. The aroma generates notes of sweetened wheat, coriander, bitter orange peel and a light grassy hop bouquet with a mild bitterness for an altogether potent and pleasant aroma. The flavor of the beer is a slightly less sweet wheat and pale malt blend with an effervescent coriander and orange rind zest on the finish, altogether slightly lighter bodied than the aroma predicted. The texture of Namaste is lightly chewy, thin, slightly dry. Carbonation is full and aggressive generating a crisp, busy mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly effervescent and tart over sweet. Alcohol presence is very light and off characters are minimal to none. This highly drinkable Witbier takes the characters of orange peel and coriander to the next level, while keeping fairly light bodied and light on sweetness. As it stands, it's a very enjoyable take on the style, flavorful and bright. And with prices of six packs undercutting what a single 750 ml bottle once went for, there's never been a better time to give Namaste a try.

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Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a light almost clear gold with a mostly short-lasting white head. Very slight lacing. The aroma is also mild, but has nice fruit and grain notes. The taste is very similar with additional notes from the spices and herbs. The body is nicely weighted and holds the flavor well. A really good white ale. (307 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.25/5  rDev -16%

3.5/3/3/3.75/3
Pale almost ashy yellow, like they turned the saturation down on the colour wheel. Kind of the colour of a white wine... Barely even anything of watery/bubbly white head. I’m not getting much on the aroma either: almost smells like a grape must, though maybe just because now I have white wine on the mind. I suppose it’s probably the subtle lemongrass that I’m picking up with some of the body of the peppercorn, but not the edge. Again, not getting any of the advertised orange, but more a muted grassy fruit twinge, again likely the lemongrass taking the forefront. Don’t notice any pepper dash here, and only a vague bready note in the distance and a faint Belgian yeast at the finish, but that’s about it. Some might describe it as subtle, I am more inclined to be a little less forgiving and just say there’s not really that much going on. Surprisingly decent medium body, and a bit of a dry finish. I mean... it IS a beautiful sunny afternoon, which really seems to be the perfect venue for this beer. Though I feel like I should be in an airy white tent with cucumber sandwiches. Nope, just covered in insulation and watching the forest... (1,174 characters)

Photo of wahnee86
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Subtle notes of orange and coriander. Great on a crisp day. Not heavy or overly hoppy, closer to a session. Nice floral and spiced notes on the nose, creamy and hazy color add to a nice pour. (191 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Bottle.

Pale, hazy straw color. White head, a persistent lacing, looks nicely carbonated.

Light, lemon citrus zest aroma.

Taste is very dry, herbal, slightly of lemongrass but with an astringent finish.

Bright and heavily carbonated mouthfeel. Pleasing enough.

Overall really a miss for me. (296 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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! (478 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)

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.