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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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Reviews: 571 | Hads: 2,924
Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a light-golden, semi-opaque color with a (very) frothy, 2-3 finger head. Lots of lacing throughout.

Smells of wheat, biscuit, lemongrass.

Taste quite how it smells... and cool and crisp. I can, perhaps, taste a little bit of the coriander (cilantro)... hard to tell. It's quite subtle as is the orange slices.

A nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a foggy straw yellow color with bubbly white head, about 2-3 fingers worth.

S- Coriander and spicy Belgian yeast aromas dominate the nose, with some bright fruitiness in the background.

T- Crisp, clean witbier flavor. Spicy and fruity with a wheaty twang at the end. Very little bitterness, with spice and fruit dominating the flavor profile.

M- Smooth and creamy. Not overly carbonated, and rather rich on the tongue.

D- Off the charts, very refreshing wheat beer.

I must say given its status as a Dogfish Head specialty beer I was expecting something a bit more outrageous, but was pleasantly surprised to find a nice, refreshing, balanced witbier. Good for the summer months, though maybe not worth the $9 a bottle. Wouldn't mind seeing this in 6-packs in the future though.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: sits a gorgeous hazy, golden yellow with plenty of floating sediment.

Smell: very elegant aromas of spicy yeast, coriander and wheat malt with more subtle yet obvious notes of orange and lemongrass.

Taste: soft flavors all around reflecting obvious citrus notes (orange and lemon) with coriander, wheat and yeast character. very very subtle hop flavor with very light bitterness in the finish, which is somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: very refreshing, perfectly done wit.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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 mattkoon
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light yellow color- slightly cloudy with a ton of white head. smells sour, lemony. the taste is tart and flowery. namaste is sweeter than the smell leads on, but i almost wish it was even sweeter than it is. there are some really nice flavors at work here. over all this beer is light and very drinkable and the bottle conditioning helps with the smoothness. this would be a good one to have on hand when the weather warms up.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear as day, with a sunny yellow body and a thick, fluffy cumulus cloud of a head.

Smell: Lemony, but with an earthy husk. It makes me think of mustard seed. Notes of apple blossom and honey. Not as spicy as expected. Interesting, but hardly mind blowing.

Taste: Pale malt is the canvas, and yellow fruit (pears, lemons, and a hint of pineapple) is the main theme. But as expected, the spicy undertones are what make Namaste unique. The peppercorns are, as one might imagine, the most noteworthy of the special ingredients listed on the label. They bring a slightly earthy and bitter snap to the finish, a welcome departure from other Witbiers, which are typically more demure. The lemongrass is worth remarking on as well--it introduces a fresh, organic, and lightly sour combination which makes this Witte even more grown up.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light mouthfeel with strong carbonation makes this creation appropriately refreshing. Dry from start to finish, it feels akin to champagne.

Overall: Another well done creative conviction by Dogfish Head. What else is new, right?It doesn't quite call for a standing ovation, but that may be because by having something for everyone, Namaste keeps the peace rather than rocking one's world. Sweet and spritzy, hoppy and complex, this beer is proof that a level of thinking can be achieved by the masses.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Built like a Franziskaner or Paulaner Weissbeer but many times the price! A letdown in terms of value for sure.

The cloudy creamy color, frothy lasting head and fresh citrus cues are there. Its soothing and easy to drink on a warm spring day. However, this one does not stand out from the style in any way for me.

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Photo of iSip
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DogFish Head Namaste Witbier, 22oz. bomber: Witbiers have been one of my favorites ever since I had a Hoggarten on the Grand Place in Brussels. Aside from the ubiquitous Coors Blue Moon, you do not see many brewers pursuing this fine style of beer. DogFish Head has a good reputation, so, despite the ugly label, I picked up this bomber to see what DogFish Head could do. The thin pure white head sits atop a cloudy straw colored body, and effuses an aroma of citrus. Good witbier flavor, which stays very light. No aftertaste. The Namaste is a good effort by DogFish Head, and worthy of a try. I drink wheats and whites during the summer, and often more than one per sitting, often with fresh (for zest) or aged (for sweetness) lemon. A “statement” white beer just does not fit into the economics, and it is often the lemon that is more key to the flavor than the underlying brew. So Blue Moon will remain the staple.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found in a build-your-own-sixer at my local grocer. No best by date that I can see. Poured from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a bright honey color with about a three-inch white billowy head that sticks around for a bit and leaves good lacing on the glass. Profuse visible carbonation. Cloudy, with quite a bit of sediment in the glass.

S: Fresh bouquet on this one, with plenty of lemon citrus and a bit of musty yeast lingering underneath. Light, soda cracker malt notes coming through, as well.

T: This one is interesting in that almost all of the flavors are perceived at the tip of the tongue. There's sourdough bread at the very front, along with some of the sour/tart from the lemon. This transitions into a more sweet taste in the middle--wheat and corn seems to be in there, along with just a touch of the coriander. The back end has a tartness to it, with lemon and some more herbal notes. I couldn't really distinguish the peppercorns in this one.

F: Effervescent/creamy, tart, and quite light overall on the palate. No bitterness to speak of. Finishes very clean.

O: This one was a nice change of pace for me--I've been drinking an awful lot of IPAs of late. I like the fact that this beer doesn't try to overwhelm with any of its additives--they all blend extremely well and make for a very enjoyable, drinkable brew. I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of Sam21
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage purchased for $8. Poured into weissbier vase.

Appearance – Cloudy straw body with fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Lots of active carbonation.

Smell – The coriander is the first thing I notice, but then the orange becomes noticeable and ties into the wheat base.

Taste – Bready wheat gives this beer its foundation. On top of that, Dogfish Head has built layers of spicy coriander and dried orange. The wheat really comes through the commanding spice and adds balance. The dried orange comes across more spicy than sweet and plays very well with the coriander and wheat. Finish is herbal and a bit spice.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium bodied with slightly tingly carbonation. Moderately slick at points.

Drinkability – Quaffable to say the least. Dogfish did a great job crafting a witbier with a unique flair. Refreshing with a good mix of fruit and spice.

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Photo of LeRose
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice citrus aromas, lemongrass, coriander, pleasant grassy/green like good olive oil. A little yeasty, nicely carbonated, refreshing, and totally enjoyable. A little hazy consistent with the style, pours with a little neat white head on it. Just enough carbonation to be lively. Love the concept also - unearthing truly historic brews, science and art combined. Really just a fun brew to drink, IMHO.

This was the first craft beer beyond Blue Moon that I got my wife to try and her response as much simpler - "oooo...I like this". A rare and cherished response - victory is ours say the craft beer fans!

Review from notes

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Photo of gabrielsyme
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color from the bottle. Has a nice two finger head that sticks around for a while. Light citrus flavor with some slight bitterness. not much for a wheat taste but this is not overpowering at all. very well rounded and something i would buy again.

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Photo of thebeers
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow with thick, meringue-like white head. Light lemon, pepper and crackers on the nose, which continue into the flavor. Average body for the style. It's fine, but nothing that stand out. B -.

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Photo of stercomm
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

A - Cloudy straw in color, very frothy white head that dissipated quickly leaving very slight lacing on the sides.

S - Lots going on here, get lemon, orange, almost a bubble gum like scent

T - The lemon seems to dominate over the orange and coriander. Very well balanced and refreshing beer, this will be a good one for hot summer days.

M - Mild with a medium carbonation

D - A good expression of a Witbier, very refreshing.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. It’s about 75 degrees and sunny outside, so to celebrate that spring has sprung I’m digging a rarity from Dogfish out of the back of the fridge. Namaste pours a hazy light gold, with a nice pillowy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Lots of little floaties remain in my glass. Not sure if that’s yeast, spice, or something else. Rustic is probably the best – and kindest - way to describe the appearance. Has the hallmark smell of a classic witbier, with notes of coriander and light citrusy orange peel the first things I pick up in the nose. I’m also getting a lemon character which I can only assume is the lemongrass. First taste is quite nice, as the beer has a certain thirst quenching impact, in that it hits the tongue and quickly washes to the sides of the mouth and down the throat almost too fast. Musky wheat malt holds up the structure of the beer from the onset, before it’s washed away by a cavalcade of spice and citrus. Yeast lends a slightly tart, almost sour note in a supporting role. The after finish is pleasant lemon pith. The beer finishes dry, with a hint of spicy carbonation, which leaves you wanting to go back to it and drink some more. Wits can often be heavy handed in the spice department, though that is not the case with Namaste, which arrives at a nearly perfect balance between the signature spices and the wheat and hops behind them. Kudos to the brewer, though the lengthy cellaring time may have had something to do with it as well. Despite the somewhat awkward appearance at the beginning, the beer is actually quite good, and certainly hits the spot on a warm spring day.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011 printed on the bottle. Enjoyed on 03/22/11.

A - Pale straw yellow color with a one finger white head. Leaves pretty good lacing. A couple floaties are visible. Pretty cloudy.

S - Aroma is very spicy and lemony. Some orange peel is evident as well. A spicy hoppiness and a light, toasty malt character is there too.

T - Very spicy and a light malt sweetness up front with some fruity Belgian yeast. Pretty heavy on the lemon flavor. Finish nice and crisp with some biscuity malts and a good peppery spiciness. Good beer.

M - Mouthfeel is just average for the style. It may be just a touch overcarbonated.

O - Overall, this is another good one from Dogfish. I quite enjoyed it, and it would really hit the spot on a hot Alabama day in July.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a huge 4-finger dense white head- recedes slowly, getting rather fluffy, but only retains for about half the brew. Lacing is moderate.

The nose hits ya with an intense blast of spice- mostly coriander and nutmeg with more grassy and herbal tones from the hops and other added spices. It's all nicely balanced by some citrus tones that have a sweet, candied creaminess to em, kind of like those gummy orange/lemon slices. There's a touch of wheat malt too- faint, as if it could be anything else.

The palate is light-med bodied with a frothy carbonation and a continuation of the intense spice vibe- a lean lemony malt with more coriander, clove, sage and a touch of apple. Hops are rather minimal and floral in character, while the spice takes a turn towards white pepper on the long finish, lingering with some lemon zest and more grassy flavors.

I didn't notice the alcohol level on this one until after I poured and tasted the brew, and damn does this have some wonderful complexity for such a low ABV. It's spice dominant for sure but the underlying grassy and herbal tones as well as the lovely citrus notes make for a great take on a Wit, which is fast becoming one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a white wine glass, Namaste pours a light golden yellow with a frothy white head.

I get candied lemon and spice in the nose. It gives a very pleasant smell with lots of light nuances of citrus and spices.

The taste is very refreshing with lemon and coriander but falls flat as you swallow. It gets watery as it goes past the tongue and doesn't have much of a finish. I expect more flavor from a Dogfish beer.

The mouthfeel is thin and bubbly, as it coats the tongue with little bubbles.

Overall Im glad I tired it but unfortunately the Hennepin I just cooked with has noticeably more flavor than this.

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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 bmeehan
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Namaste pours golden yellow with a nice foamy head that doesn't linger too long. It tastes like a white ale (which it is, of course), but spicier. The label mentions coriander and other spices and not only are they evident, but they work very well. This is a good beer.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent witbier from DFH. I would have preferred a little more spice/coriander character, but if you want a refreshing, sessionable, non-offensive ale, this is great.

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Photo of birderbeerer
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy. Pale golden. One finger head, minimal and brief lace. The head evaporates quickly.

S: Sweet, lemongrass, coriander, and orange (as advertised). Smells like a white beer. Like a 5% abv beer ready for me after mowing the lawn.

T: Sweet. As much from the wheat as from the lemongrass and orange. Light tart aftertaste. The lemongrass lingers. Light and refreshing. Not as heavy or as overly sweet as many white beers. Very well balanced while maintaining true to the style.

I could easily toss back the whole bomber after mowing the lawn. Not quite the same after shoveling snow.

Seems to me that this experiment is in picking a style and brewing it well more so than creating an interesting beer.

A good white beer, but pricey for what it is.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a brief but sudsy head that leaves little evidence that it had ever been there. Great flavors of the advertised orange, coriander, and lemon grass. Distinct notes of each throughout. Low alcohol and medium body makes this a very drinkable beer though the lemony after-taste can get a bit tiresome.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Very pale yellow color. Hazy with a pure white head.

Smell: Apples, A bit of orange peel and other citrus aromas.

Taste: A lot of citrus and sweet fruity flavors.

Feel: Carbonation on the high side. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

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