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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,138 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,138
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 120
Gots: 320 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009)
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Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ryanpj, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
4.75/5  rDev +26%

JTomczak, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Bilco, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ralphw56, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

EyePeeAyBryan, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good wit. Wouldn't expect a poor product from DFH. But it's pretty straight-forward for the style, which I found odd.

Is this bottle-conditioned? The first pour yielded only a moderate haze that I could see through - not the wheat-proteiny murk I'd anticipate. Remainder pour - ultra-murk. The color is right-on, noticeably more orange. Attempted a semi-vigorous pour but the head didn't impress - standard white, mid-density, yet not so voluminous.

Fragrant coriander and orange peel jets out of the glass as early as mid-stream of the pour. They didn't hold back. Some honeyish malt rounds it out. A delightful scent.

Coriander and orange peel play prominently in the taste. Not as tart as I hoped - malts weigh in a little beefier as well as a notch or two more hop presence and bitterness than standard.

Leans more toward silky than creamy despite it appearing to have a fairly full body. Quite drinkable though not as crisp or light as I like. Couldn't drink more than two (16 oz) pints of these in one sitting. Etc, etc.

Great flavor, above average drinkability. Pretty straight-forward. Definitely worth it if you dig wits.

Bouleboubier, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

JayS2629, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-very pale yellow, good amount of creamy colored head, though you must be careful to pour slowly. very bubbly. lots of floating pieces in there.

S-lots of spices and wheat and fairly citrusy. very strong scent! i'm excited to taste it!

T-mmm a good, interesting, and different witbier. i feel the taste is focused more on the spices than the fruits. it leaves with a good white wheat flavor and the after-taste is focused on the orange and lemongrass. fairly complex and very fun!

M-medium to heavy carbonation...though its a soft feel to the mouth. has a good creamy finish!

D-at 5%, i'd say this is the most drinkable of the dogfish head 750mL bottles. the taste stays great, it goes down easily...what more could you ask for?

AdamBear, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of random846
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

random846, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

captainbearcat, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

pin, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of beer2day
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

beer2day, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

mctizzz, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a pint glass at Bradford's tasting.

A: Pours a murky orangish yellow. A bone-white head forms.

S: Nice herbal aroma. Apricot hoppiness, lemongrass, a bit of orange peel, big yeastiness.

T: Very hoppy witbier. Big apricot, dry grassy hops, chalky yeast, coriander, wheat, vanilla, pale malt.

M: More than light-bodied with nice carbonation.

O: Very tasty. Almost no hop bitterness to ruin the lightness of the wit profile, but the hops add some nice fruitiness to the profile.

Etan, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jamison85, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a hazy pale gold. some of the haze is actually caused by the sea of carbonation bubbles. head is pretty dense, but i expected a little better retention.

S: spicy coriander. the hops and coriander actually work well together, playing off each other as fruity and bitter. definitely getting some lemon juice in there as well to add a bit of tartness.

T: lemon and pepper. a hint of sour behind the coriander. that hint hangs on through the finish, which is otherwise dry. the fruits are relatively complex and refreshing.

M: light body on medium carbonation. just wish the body was a little fuller/creamier and the carbonation was just a hair harder.

D: overall, refreshing, but almost too easy to drink. like i said above, if there was more of a bread character/richness i think it would be much more enjoyable.

Jimmys, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of SLeffler27
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, almost turbid, pale yellow with a scant white head and no lacing.

The aroma is very subtle and would be undistinguishable unless in a neutral environment. There is light clove and coriander, even some honey, but all is just barely detectable.

The flavor is grainy with light coriander and a little muddy. Again, the flavors are all quite muted. The finish is rather messy.

Namaste has a medium to light body and is a bit chalky with no alcohol.

Easily consumable and thirst quenching. This is a fine beer for a muggy day.

SLeffler27, Feb 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kew, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

MNBeerGeek, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of TexIndy
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in 2010 2A lasered onto the neck. Was a summer release but should still be good. Was a hazy pale gold color with lots of carb streams. Had a good sized head that settled into a collar. Good amount of slow sliding lace. Good all around for a wit.

The aroma was heavy on the orange and lemongrass with a good dose of coriander as well. Good solid aroma that I'm was even better when fresh. Taste followed the aroma with the citric leading the way but cut with good spice and wheat. Goes down very smooth. Mouthfeel was light to medium with good crisp carbonation. Slightly watery aftertaste though.

Overall, a solid wit that ranks near the top for me. Nice strong aroma and bite in the taste to keep it interesting. Wish this one was available more often and near me. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Dayton trip. Rotation - if here and in 12oz bottles would be a heavy player in my wit/wheat rotation. Even in large format, I'd still get plenty. [R;Y]

TexIndy, Dec 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

HRamz3, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

rydev24, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

HarmonMW, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow with white head that fades pretty quickly.

The smell is freakin awesome. This is one of the most earthy beers I've ever smelt. I pick up some lemon and an almost wet dirt note to it.

The taste is very dry but once you let the back come in the flavor starts to open up a bit. A very herby earthy beer overall.

I enjoyed this beer and would like to try it on tap sometime. As for judging it to a Witbier it is different but shares a lot of the same qualities. A nice change of pace for the style.

Eriktheipaman, Sep 27, 2011
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,138 ratings.