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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

558 Reviews
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Reviews: 558
Hads: 2,856
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 180
Gots: 853 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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: 558 | Hads: 2,856
Photo of webmanspidey
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +7.5%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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."


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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Photo of adamette
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Namaste pours a beautiful, slightly cloudy straw yellow with ample carbonation that produces a soft white head full of tiny bubbles. The head stays around forever and leaves some goopy lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet with notes of honey, lemon zest, orange, wheat, bready yeast and a touch of white pepper. The flavor is very refined and very tasty with a very sweet, yet also slightly tart wheat malt background. It is lemony and spicy with hints of white pepper and coriander and is very refreshing. It is well balanced and all of the flavors play off of each other very well. For being a fairly sweet beer, it is impressive how thirst quenching it is. It has a fairly light and creamy mouthfeel that has a tart and refreshing finish. Very drinkable and a beer that I am glad came in a large bottle.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a cloudy, light yellow with a 3 finger white head. Looks like pretty much every wit I've ever had...nonoffensive. Lots of bubbles. Head is gorgeous, nice and puffy. But since nothing is really different...standard score here.

S- pungent smell, mainly of lemon and orange peel...maybe a hint of coriander in there. It almost smells slightly sour...a little offputting. I'm getting some herbals too, though I can't place them.

T- it tastes very...crisp I'd say would be a good word. Nice bite of the lemon with the hints of coriander and orange peel. Not cloying or overwhelming at all. The aftertaste, I'm getting a lot of the orange peel. This is a real good tasting wit.

M- its got a good feel. Really light in the mouth. Theres a good bit of carbonation there...not as much as a soda, but there is some bubblyness there.

D- oh hells yes. This is super drinkable, a great summer beer. Its a shame it was a limited run and I can't find it locally, because I'd love to grab another bottle for a party

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, citrus, and some spices.

T: Tasted of orange, lemon, malt and some coriander. Not quite as dynamic as I would've hoped, but still pretty tasty. A well-rounded flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: This an easy to like, drinkable beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a capped 750ml bottle stamped "bottled in 2010" into a shaped DFH pint glass. I picked this up a few months back during a visit to the DFH Rehoboth brewpub location.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a finger of white head that has pretty good retention supported by the constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. There is a constant film of white bubbles atop this brew that congregates along the side of the glass in a thicker layer. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength and provides some faint patchy lace.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with the spice of coriander induced lemon, smooth lasting light banana notes, a bit of clove and a sweet candy smell like that of pink "original flavored" bubblegum. Overall this is a fine smelling witbier. The lemon is more pronounced than other examples of the style but overall it works and makes a very enjoyable blended yet bold nose.

The taste of this brew is light and refreshing. Right upfront is the taste of coriander with a pine-sol like exaggerated and almost fake tasting lemony flavor that is clingy to the inside of the mouth. There is a spice of clove included along with a smooth mellow banana flavor before it gives way to a very light wheat grainy base. It finishes fairly tart as expected for a wit. A little bit of belgian style alcohol warmth becomes evident in the backend of this brew.

This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew. It is light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall it is well balanced yet bold with it's flavor and scent for the style. The lemony aspect could be tamed down a bit but it was a pleasure to drink and probably the best example of the style I have had in recent memory despite the exaggerated lemon flavor. This beer needs to be around come summertime next year.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy golden straw, small white head that hangs around, good lacing

S: Earthiness, spices, coriander, pepper

T: Sweet malts, spices, earthiness at the end

M: Medium, I think mostly because of the pillowy head that is left kinda gives a sense of volume.

O: I really like this one. Probably the best witbier Ive had. Spices and earthiness really add a complexity that I really enjoy.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a whitish-yellow color with a thick, frothy head that fades down gradually, leaving lacing behind.

A mix of coriander, orange and only a slight hint of lemongrass show up in the nose. Very practical.

There's plenty of coriander within to satisfy, followed up by orange and a slight touch of lemongrass.

Mouthfeel is "airy" or "fluffy" with just the right feel for the style. There's just a hint of every flavor left.

I give this high marks for the emphasis on coriander and the excellent mouthfeel. Can you say extremely drinkable craft beer?

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Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange-gold with a finger of bright white head. Light aroma of lemon, wheat, orange peel, and maybe a hint of lemongrass.

Highish carbonation and a creamy, light mouthfeel. Wheat and gentle lemon up front followed by a hint of pepper and a burst of slightly sweet orange on the tail end.

Balanced, dry, and refreshing and still packs a good deal of flavor.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang tulip. A thin, white, foamy head sits on top of a cloudy peach juice body. Almost no lacing.

Lots of juicy orange, a hint of coriander and a nice balanced helping of lemongrass. Floral and fruity. I really like the way this smells.

The flavor is malty, slightly lactic with orange and wheat. Some coriander, but it takes a back seat, which I like. The lemongrass adds a touch of acidity and tartness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat malty, yet crisp and refreshing on the finish. Carbonation is about spot on.

Drinkability is great. I really hope DFH brings this one back next summer. A perfect, refreshing summer afternoon beer. Quaffable and tasty. Not extreme like most of DFH's beers, but very well done. Worth picking up if you're looking for a balanced, tasty, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of obywan59
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemony color with a 3 finger white head. I looks like thick lemonade, or a lemony tropical drink. Light lacing.

Toasty grain and doughy yeast on the nose with light lemon.

Lightly sweet malt upfront, but primarily tart with lemony spice. The citrus/tart wheat/ coriander combo occasionally gives the impression of lemongrass.

Medium-bodied, slightly drying and peppery.

Perhaps I'm drinking this a bit past it's season, but it's still very refreshing. This would be a great summer beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy grey-apricot color with two fingers of off-white head.

Fruity aroma of orange peel, spice, honey, apricot and yeast.

The taste is citrusy with orange peel along with the coriander and white pepper adding a bit of spice. Finishes with lemongrass note and a hint of yeast.

Light-to-medium bodied and a touch dry with a moderate carbonation.

So delicious. One of my favorite witbiers.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.