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Namaste - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 571
Hads: 2,924
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 29.87%
Wants: 182
Gots: 906 | FT: 1
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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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4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 pours a hazy pale golden body with a small white head that leaves some pretty island chain lacing.

Aroma is coriander, orange rind, and lemon.

Airy mouthfeel is light bodied and has an ideal carbonation.

Taste has lots of coriander and lemongrass. Wheaty and yeasty elements are complimented by lemon and orange notes. Finishes a bit dry with a lemony aftertaste.

Possibly the most drinkable of the entire Dogfish line. Very quenching and an ideal warm weather beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Walking around some hole in the wall packy near UConn I stumbled upon this bottle, lo and behold it's a 2011. Score!

750 mL dated 2011-1C into a Dogfish Head shaped pint.

Pours a dark golden color with a fluffy two finger white head. Leaves some lacing behind, fairly carbonated.

Smells of spices and wheat, but with some fruit to make it just a slight variation on the classic witbier.

Pretty much following the nose, the light wheat, witbier spices round off the usual, but the orange and lemongrass add to it. Slight fruitness and herbal qualities in the end which add to the refreshing factor.

Heavy side of light bodied, slightly wet.

Super drinkable, the back label says it's a "summer kind of thing, namaste." They're right, get one now and save it for the warm weather, it's a perfect compliment to it.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Namaste

Appearance: dark lemon, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, slight citrus, and a very faint hop.

Taste: light hops, coriander, light yeast, and some citrus.

Mouthfeel: light and full.

Overall:
This is a very nice light brew. There is a ton of flavor for how light it is. It goes down quite easy.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy straw color yellow with a two finger of bone white head. Head retains nicely, fading to a film that retains throughout and leaves some spots of swirl lacing.

S: Nose is very heavy on wheat at the forefront, orange, and lemon grass.

T: Taste starts with a big dose of lemon grass mingled with flavoring of orange peel. Wheat and yeast take over the middle. Finish has the lemon grass flavoring with perhaps a hint of grapefruit moving in again with a peppery, coriander finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel that stays coated on the tongue.

D: Goes down easily, nicely balanced, mild kick, nice representation of style. I really enjoy this beer - a little too heavy for summer drinking but on a nice early autumn night, this is really refreshing.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden color into my snifter with almost two fingers of dense white head. Retention is moderate as well as lacing, carbonation and sediment is visible.

S - Orange, lemon, biscuit, spice - coriander/clove, wheat and yeast and mild banana notes too. Smells very clean and refreshing.

T - Nice layers, lemongrass is at the forefront for me, followed by the spices of coriander and clove, orange rind that is slightly bitter and biscuit notes are present in the finish, surprisingly good.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, just slightly too much carbonation for my palate.

D - This brew is light and refreshing, has many nice layers, enjoy now or set one aside for the summer months when it will be really pleasing.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. This is a fizzy cloudy pale yellow, with a very foamy inch of head. Smell is sour and dominated by lemon with a strong mix of cloves and coriander spiciness. Taste is extremely spicy.. again heavy on the cloves and coriander with some peppercorn-ish flavors as well. Very light bodied and easy to drink. Lots of orange and lemon flavors as well. Mouthfeel is foamy and creamy.

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Photo of Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is one of their MANY summer seasonals. I split this one with my wife:

A: Very light, almost peach colored, cloudy, with about a 1 inch head. Very appropriate for the style.

S: Coriander first, then lemon, orange, and with a hint of pepper. I also detected a very faint grassy sort of aroma.

T: Earthy with a capital "E!" This really didn't even taste like an alcoholic beverage at all, and all of the blended ingredients really work! The coriander really keeps the citrus in check and keeps it from being too "hot."

M: Bubbly, champagne-like, and with a very frothy lacing. Also, the head never subsided throughout the entire session.

D: I really admire the understated nature of this brew. Lots of ingredients are listed, and on the first taste, I was initially let down. After a few more sips, study, and contemplation, the brewers' intention started to hit me in a revelatory way. A great summer Witbier.

My wife hated it of course....just like she does most beer. Oh well....

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl as a birthday brew. Pours very hazy with a huge and fluffy off-white head. Great lacing, a good looking brew here.

The lemongrass is actually noticeable on the nose. Coriander and orange of course, along with a soft, wheaty malt base.

Taste shows some very good, classic witbier flavors; pithy orange, tangy wheat and coriander. Nice and flavorful, and the mouthfeel is ultra soft and creamy...like drinking a cloud. Falls near the top of the class as far as wits are concerned...but still...a $10 witbier? Seriously? This style deserves to be affordable and put down a few without thinking too much. Great beer, but for as good as it is, I cant really see buying this again.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thank you to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy yellow color. Some white bubbles.

(S)- A complex profile of lemon/orange peel. A spicy cardamon too with underlying dry yeasty wheat aspects.

(T)- Same as the smell. Nice layered lemon and orange peel with a subtle honey sweetness and bits of banana in the far background.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A nice combo of fruits, spice, and mellow sweetness.

(D)- An easy crisp drinker with fresh fruit tastes. Great for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of WonderNerd15
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: A hazy yellow with a puffy white head
S: Can most definitely smell the spices, the orange comes through on the exhale
T: The coriander hits first, and then the orange comes behind sweetening the overall taste, but the spiciness lingers
F: Light and crisp.
O:Good, refreshing lighter beer. Would get again.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy bright lemon rind yellow with two fingers of off white head.

S-Nose shows orange rind and spice with some yeasty notes and cardamon.

T-Nice citrus and spice in the flavor with peppery notes and a light acidity followed by a touch of yeast.

M-Mouthfeel has a light body, well balanced, and good carbonation.

O-Overall a great wit beer. Need to get some for the summer.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Schimms
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours slightly cloudy, thin, pale yellow. Thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Weak coriander, orange?

T: Not the strongest flavor witbier, but very drinkable. Could go many rounds with this one.

F: Thin and smooth with light carbonation.

O: Drinkable/enjoyable.

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Photo of Naugros
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If not for the off-putting color I would have rated this higher because it raises and sustains a lovely head and leaves behind spiderweb lacing. The color is a hazy pale greenish-yellow...almost the color of bottled lime juice.

I really like the smell of this one. It's like a Belgian wit with a little more. In this case the little more is orange peel and lemon grass, both of which you can make out, vying for dominance with the wheat yeast esters and the coriander. It all marries together nicely.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the billing that the nose came up with. It does taste like a wit but without as much flavor. Despite being light in flavor it does manage a slight phenolic astringency which I'm guessing is coming off the lemongrass and coriander.

The mouthfeel is as light as the taste making this exceptionally drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden -served chilled in a tulip.

A - A sunny golden yellow like lemonade w/ slight hazy appearance and thick inch of bone white cap. The beading is tiny and lacing is think and clings in a ring

S - The smell is better than I imagined w/ floral, tropical and citrus elments represented. There is a light herbal-lemongrass aroma which compliments the yeast and also a mild mango/passionfruit scent is there w/ slight pepper tinge

M - The feel is very lively in a good way w/ high carbonation and spritzy effect on the palate w/ mild citrus tang and mild yeasty spice tinges w/ very dry finish which refreshes the palate w/ each sip

T - I was please with the flavor -a taste that is light and tropical w/ slight tinge of lemongrass and herbal complement to the yeast flavor. The wit has a nice light citrus sweetness and subtle dry spice element w/ mild toasted malt flavor. The beer blends all the flavors in a way that is better combined than each individual flavor on its own. I enjoyed the citrus rind flavor combined with the dry finish

D -A beer I consider to be pure refreshment- I was surprised by this but happy w/ how good it was. I could enjoy this for hours and it is clean and refreshing w/out sacrificing flavor.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light and cloudy dull gold with a fizzy head thanks to sharp/great carbonation that dies quick and is sitting atop a very sharp, lemony wheat aroma. Picking up a lot citric, mostly loemon with some orange (banana even?) and a spicey, clove-like smell as well w/ a touch of sweetness coming from somewhere. A great witbier to drink is what follows; a smooth, fluffy body thanks to the wheat/yeast that is real smooth and there's a good amount of balance to this beer as there's a sharpness as well thanks to spices and a sharp but not overpowering citric bite. Citric consists of lemon and some orange and there's again that touch of sweetness I can't identify. A well-balanced beer that alternates between spicy and sharp citric and throws in a touch of sweet stuff for a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, served straight from the fridge in my Duvel tulip.

Namaste pours a hazy tangerine, it seems a shade or two darker than most wits that I've had. The pristine white head rises up to about three fingers in height, and shows tremendous resilience. Lacing is a bit sparse though. The nose is very lemony, with coriander as the primary supporting aroma rather than orange. The flavor is quite crisp, yet dominated entirely by yeast/spice notes. Lemongrass's influence is still the star here, though the flavor seems a bit more citrusy than the nose. Coriander is still present as a background note again. The body is nice and light and the carbonation starts out incredibly lively but dies down by the back end of each sip and avoids being too fizzy. Lemongrass is a wonderful addition to the standard witbier flavors, and helps make this one of my absolute favorite warm weather beers. As much as I do like Festina Peche, I find myself wishing this was available in 12oz bottles all summer.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.