Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 535
Hads: 2,722
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standout in a style I normally do not like that much. Belgian style, yet so pleasing to regular summer consumers by being both zesty and hoppy. Cloudy light grapefruit coloured body with tons of foam. Orange citrus is thee main taste, comes across as 45-55 ibu, lemongrass cushions the mouthfeel and leads to a nice aftertaste. Good flavour for such a basic abv. Smooth mouthfeel, creamy. Thanks for sharing, Doug. (416 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is light, refreshing, and easy to drink. (508 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE

A: thin head on a hazy bright straw colored body. Nice lacing.

S: fruit and very very clean smelling. Wheat and light herbal notes as well.

T: flavor is excellent with wheats, pale malts, lemongrass, ginger and lightly sweet lemon notes in the finish.

M: medium smooth body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: for a style that is usually bland and boring this one stands out as one of the best. (443 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of lemongrass and coriander in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the lemongrass flavors are a bit stronger. Flavors of oranges are also present in the initial taste while coriander is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching. (663 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The body is a hazy yellow-golden color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is nice with some light citrus notes--mostly orange and lemon. A bit of grain as well. The flavor is pretty nice though a bit one-dimensional with citrus. Good, light body and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a nice hot-weather brew. (381 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)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really awesome warm weather drinker right here, not too much coriander, and showing much more of the lemongrass and orange (the features that make this beer unique from the increasingly crowded belgian white category) show up. just a slight fog to this otherwise radiant lustrous pale golden brew. an inch of fading white froth rests on top as copious bubbles rise up from the bottom of my wine glass. the nose here is a little perfumy, overly fragrant maybe, but i definitely pick up on refreshing lemongrass and citrus. clean tasting, not much grain character to it, which i guess is my only reasonable criticism of this slammable brew. a faint biscuit property, but thats all. a hint of tartness in with the very mild belgian yeast as it finishes, and again with a slight citrus acidity. body could not be lighter, and the carbonation is as expressive as any. a really pleasant take on the style, affordable, and in widely available sic packs. this is one i will buy again. cant think of a better hot afternoon beer. the peppercorns are invisible, but its irrelevant. (1,072 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely perfumy, vibrant, and fruity/citrusy, this beer provides an awakening spicy zest.

The pour delivers a hazy beer of canary yellow hue. Creamy white foam gives a fluid texture with good persistance and moderate lace. A classic Witbier appearance.

The aromas are the high point for the beer with a perfumy nose that is likely the best I've had. Bright orange zest, spicy corriander, lightly peppery, and with a fruity-alcoholic note that resembles tangerine marmalade.

Flavors are softly of pilsner malt and light wheat for a powdered sugar and bready taste. Layers upon layers of citrus zest and spice alternate from orange peel, lemon zest, peppery, cumin-like, grassy, and herbal-tea like notes throughout. All lead to a fleeting spicy finish.

With a soft, creamy, fresh upstart, the beer has a smooth fade towards a powdery dry finish with a minty alcoholic evaporative feel. Mild herbal hop bitterness provides light bitterness and dryness along side of the alcohol warmth and dry cracker-like maltiness.

A delicious Witbier with sharp aggression towards the spicy and aromatic notes, yet perserving the delicate and soft textures that make classic Witbiers so refreshing and thirst quenching. (1,210 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy orange color. The head was fizzy and kind of faded away rather quickly. The smell of the beer had some nice lively citrus aromas blended with a soft wheat character as well. The taste of the beer has a light herbal flavor to it with an orange or lemon flavor in there as well. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and lighter bodied. Overall this beer is pretty good for the warmer seasons. I would drink this one again if I found it at a reasonable price. (500 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coriander and solid wheat malt with just the right amount of lemongrass is very enticing. Taste is a great mix between some coriander and slightly sweet wheat malt with good notes of lemongrass which really works well into the mix. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Really enjoyed this one with great amount of wheat malt and lemongrass bringing something unique to this mix. (503 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Andrew. A cloudy straw body is topped by a small white head that drops to a thin collar. Smells like herbal tea and wheat bread. Lemongrass and coriander both come through very very strongly. The adjuncts are overpowering, as usual with DFH. Tastes of watery herbal tea, white bread, white pepper and strong coriander. Spices linger on the tongue in the finish. Not necessarily awful, but not good - it's over spiced yet somewhat watery. (445 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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."

--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. (1,604 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very bright golden amber with a smallish maybe one finger high head of white fizzy lace that formed on top. Very hazy and cloudy with lots of sediment floating around and eventually settling down to the bottom of the glass. Decent retention left behind just a touch of lace across the top and no side glass lace what so ever.

very light and bright with lots of yeast and wheat like aromas. There were some light hints of fruit and a touch of grassy and grainy qualities in it as well. There was light grape and a touch of lemon in it as well. A earthy grassy quality as it warmed up.
light yeast flavor. Nice hints of peach and grss mixed in but both were very light and did not really contribute all that much to the overall approach. The finish was very dry and had an almost light wine like taste to it, very long and drawn out it was really very nice and a classic witbier. (880 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sporadic sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, orange rind, yeastiness, wheat and some caramel.

T - Strong lemon flavor with some spicy coriander. Good cracked wheat flavor with a touch of orange.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty witbier. However, I'd rather see it in a 12oz format. (487 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jason for this one.

A: The pour is a cloudy pale orange color with some yellow/gold notes and a thin white head.

S: A big herbal aroma that is also sort of meaty. Some woody lemongrass and a strong coriander note. The malt aroma is primarily of wheat and is fairly bready.

T: A lot more bitter than I would have expected and there is a mild astringency. Lots of lemongrass and orange rind are present with only a mild wheat flavor. Not all that sweet and somewhat watery.

M: The body is medium (or there abouts) and the carbonation is medium to high.

D: I guess I just don't "get" most of these Dogfish Head beers. I think the ideas are generally cool/interesting, but I don't always find they translate well in application. (739 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light gold body with a white, mousse-like head. Thin lace formations at every sip level, looking a bit like fine cirrus clouds.

Smell: Pale and wheat malt smelling of loaf bread soaked in a bit of cream and rounded by fragrant notes of citrus oils, herbaceous lemongrass, and spicy, vaguely nutty coriander.

Taste: Light malted barley, somewhat hay-like, along with tangy, bready wheat malt and an icing sugar sweetness. Tastes of spicy coriander and citrusy, juicy bittersweet orange are quick to follow. A little sharpness from the lemongrass, though, once you really get into it, all the flavors come together quite nicely. Straw sporadic drops of heavy cream. A low level of hop bitterness at best. A little last sip of spice and orange juice for the finish. A peppery component lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation provides some effervescence, though there's some soft creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Rather refreshing and thirst quenching, a fine beer suitable for drinking in the drearily warmer months ahead of us. (1,210 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, straw-golden colored body. The head is supported by masses of rising bubbles and seems like it could persist indefinitely.

S - Very spicy with notes of coriander, ginger, clove, and lemongrass. Some bready wheat malt in the background.

T - Bready malt and wheat up front with some coriander. Some soft wheat in the middle and a bit of orange. The beer finishes with notes of orange and lemon peel with a hint of pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Wow, this is surprisingly good. I am not generally a fan of witbier, but the balance between the wheat and the spices here works exceptionally well. The lemongrass the lemongrass is a really nice touch, it helps cut through the cloying thickness that many other wits seem to develop and it makes the beer taste much brighter. Unusually drinkable and very much worth trying. (957 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I missed this guy at the brewpub, but apparently fate intervened to give me a second chance. It pours a cloudy pale straw topped by about two fingers of white sudsy foam. The nose comprises wheat, pepper, coriander, lemon peel, clove, rice cakes, banana, cardamom, and the slightest possible touch of funk (and I use funk in its loosest form). The taste leans heavily on the citrus and wheat, leaving the spicier notes languishing in the fetal position. Actually, to properly describe the situation, the pepper's on Prozac, so it's still dancing about in the finish, as though all of its problems were really gone (how sad, really...). The body is light, with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice wit. 'Nuff said, baby. (791 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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, lemon, honey, spice and light malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of lemon, spices and honey. Then bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter but flavorful beer to drink for a while. (746 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at tavern in the square Northborough

Decent fizzy head fades at med pace, nice layered lacing, hazy golden straw.

Nose is mix of tart lemon sourness and coriander like spices, salt I think, wheat, little straw grain, cereal, dried oranges.

Taste brings more tart lemon, big sour flavor with died oranges and lots of tart bitter rind. Light grainy wheat, straw, lemongrass, floral field grass like, some coriander, weird bitterness on the back end. Finish brings more tart lemons and orange rind, bitterness and tartness linger with a little coriander.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb, no nice wheat creaminess.

Overall eh, wish the base wheat beer was there, but lemongrass and oranges are interesting. (714 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant but extremely light-bodied Wit-like beer. Pale, hazy grayish golden in color. Modest foam in the glass, and spritzy mouthfeel.

Light flavors with just a touch of orange. Not much evidence of the lemongrass supposed to be in the brew, but that's probably a good thing. More of a seltzer water taste. Light bit of malt sweetness is the best feature-- sort of a watery Hefeweizen flavor.

Overall it's pretty anemic, though inoffensive in flavor. What's offensive is the price of a bottle. (497 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,260 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a wit. Smells like a wit. Tastes like a wit. Real nice citrus tones showing through with those peppercorns ending up on the backside. Easy to drink. There are some thicker yeast tones with a bready edge on the backside that probably interfere with those characteristics, but the beer overall is pretty nice. This is a very true to style brew. I think it's a very wise idea that they put this in 12 ouncers. (417 characters)

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.