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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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87
very good

541 Reviews
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Reviews: 541
Hads: 2,757
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 176
Gots: 754 | 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: 541 | Hads: 2,757
Photo of nukem5
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy golden wheat color with smallish head and little retention, nice thick lacing down glass.

S: Like citrus Orange peels and lemongrass, small peppery notes.

T: Is somewhat of citrusy peels and attack of pepper in the back end of taste.

M: Is of a medium body with slightly chewy feel muddled in the middle. Not a whole bunch of flavors drifting around but the ones that are present very good indeed.

D: Had mine with a piece of chipolte salmon in a Tai lime chili sauce, very good together. (511 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice two finger head which gives way to some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of citrus and lemongrass with a hint of honey as well. The taste has a nice citrus flavor along with a big lemongrass taste. There are hints of honey as well along with a wheat backbone. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is high a nice mellow flavor that is well blended on top of being an easy drink. You could easily have multiple servings of these. (492 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull lemon brass with some orange hues for coloring that was filled with a moderately rising effervesce filling the glass. A softy frothy, cream like head, leaves various clumping for lace behind.

S: Bright lemon and coriander along with oranges are evident upfront. Lightly dry wheat along with lemongrass fills the nose while finishing out with a slight dry citrus sourness. Reminds me a bit of a hoegaarden.

T: Bright and sassy on the open with a zing of citrusy hops, lemon, and a strong dry wheat backing. Fresh oranges is mingles with evident lemongrass notes that is slightly dry and sour with an acidic bite thrown in for good measure. Solid by example flavorwise.

M: Zippy on the carbonation factor brings the mouthful to life with a sharp as a tack feeling. Creamy wheat and oat like texture with a medium body and dry lemon grind coating on the tongue.

D: Nice drinkability, though towards the end of the bottle you will start feeling the slowdown a bit. A bright zing brings a good start to the drink, while a bomber should suffice and be a good example per style. (1,086 characters)

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

A: golden strawy yellow in color, partly opaque but mostly due to the yeast floating around. Decent 1.5 finger frothy white head. Little to no lacing. Yeast drops out eventually and settles at the bottom.

S: Typical belgian yeast, clove, coriander, grass, straw, vaguely tart, some mild hint of lemon, perhaps orange zest. (I didn't read the ingredients off the bottle, until after I just wrote all that)

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. Citrus, lemon, grassy, herbal spices, belgian yeast. If I had to ding this on anything it would be a slight "soapy" aftertaste.

M: medium carbonation, zesty, refreshing.

D: Yes, this would make an excellent summer Wit. Great taste and easy drinking. (701 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like coriander, orange peel, wheat and some yeast. It tastes like oranges, lemon peel, coriander, wheat and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and is well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, it's nice, refreshing and really easy to drink. (437 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a dog fish head tasting
A-Murky yellow with particals floating and white head
S-smells like a combination of lemon and orange together
T-tastes like it smells, very orangy...
M-light and crisp
D-very drinkable, and I usually hate this style

Thanks cam! (264 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden yellow with a good amount of white head. Lots of carbonation on this one. Smells wheaty and citrusy. Lots of coriander on the nose. On the tongue there is tons of orange and coriander. Not a lot more on the tongue honestly but it's very good. High carbonation and a good mouthfeel. (302 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer I was happy to discover by DFH, found this at From the Vine. Review from notes.

Bottled in 2010 2A

Cloudy, wet straw color - a yellow gold with burnt orange hues and some yeast floaties. Small cap of white foam, receded quickly back into the brew. Some sticky legs but no real lace.

Smelled like bright and soft saison. Doughy Belgian yeast, slightly spiced. Some orange, lemon, and mild clove.

The taste is where this beer shines. It is sweet and floral, not too yeasty. There's sweet orange blossom, honey, with a funky saison-style finish. Lemongrass comes through adding an herbal grassiness to the aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied for the style. I liked this, but it was a bad idea to attempt the 750ml on my own. The whole bottle was a bit much to drink in a sitting. (792 characters)

Photo of Kakaraht
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice hazy golden color with two thumbs of thick white head with excellent retention and god lacing.

S: This smell like a wit, with huge generous amounts of coriander and tangy orange. It leaves me thinking of Brussels.

T: The taste is very similar to the aroma with an extra yeasty flavor that mingles with the grainy wheat. You get all that zesty orange and deep coriander lingering.

M: Nice carbonation with a light body and dry finish.

D: Not my favorite Dogfish Head but one of the nicest wit's that I have had. (530 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful hazy golden color with a killer thick and white head. The head fades at a moderate rate, leaving nice gobs of sticky lacing on the glass. Solid in the looks category.

Aroma is large on coriander with mild hints of lemon and orange citrus. No complaints from me because I like my wits spice forward. Taste is milder, with more citrus coming forward. Some sweet malt spice and a bit of hop flavor give way to a brief bitterness, but it all ends surprisingly clean.

Light bodied and effervescent, which makes it a bit filling. Still a nice drinker even on a Mid-January day! (585 characters)

Photo of BZero007
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of mjw2808
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of jorg2619
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (494 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 trelihan462
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of thespaceman
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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! (1,880 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (523 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,314 characters)

Photo of speter
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (654 characters)

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.