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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 2,808
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 179
Gots: 815 | 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: 546 | Hads: 2,808
Photo of leantom
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was browsing summer ales at Total Wine and decided to give this beer a shot. I love Dogfish Head and hoped that this beer would fit my expectations. Here goes:

A: Very cloudy. Not surprising considering that this beer is of the Belgian variety (they always bottle-condition their beers). This beer is straw-colored and produces a small but lingering head upon pouring. Not bad.

S: Good. Hints of lemongrass, orange, coriander and light spices imparted from the lighter malts and Belgian yeast. A very strong, bready smell that's typical of Belgian beers. Practically a Belgian Singel.

T: Nice. Lots of white spices, orange peel, lemograss, straw and coriander. Also a thick, bready taste that's characteristic of Belgian beers. The lemon and orange tastes are imparted from the lightly-kilned malts, whereas the spices and bread-like character are imparted from the Belgian yeast. A good summer ale, albeit thicker than most other summer ales owing to the Belgian yeast.

M: Good. Nice and thick. The thickness is likely imparted from the Belgian yeast. While I prefer the alcoholic content of Tripels and Dubbels over this beer, I understand the purpose of this beer in being a summer ale. For its style, it's quite good.

O: A good Belgian beer and summer ale. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to try a Belgian beer on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy light yellow color with a small white head which leaves a very thin layer of lacing. Look is not impressive.

S-slight hint of orange and lemon. Smells melo but good.

T-very melo but flavorful beer. I can taste the orange and lemon with a tiny bit of spice. Very complex yet balanced. Slightly sweeter than bitter which is what I like.

M-medium light bodied beer no bitter aftertaste not dry very good.

O-excellent beer will def have again. Look is not impressive but taste is. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy light straw with a finger of head that quickly dissipated down to a thin film. The nose had the essence of wheat and a pinch of Belgian funk. The flavor is light and mild with the wheat upfront and a finish that is dry and slightly peppery.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a light blonde with half a finger of tiny bubble head.
Smells nice! Good coriander and peppery notes.
Tastes clean and fresh, mellow spice.
Finishes dry.
Overall this is another well crafted beer from DFH. Tasty and sessionable!

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy straw color with a small white, fluffy, creamy looking head with strong carbonation.

The smell is wheat, coriander, citrus and other spices with a light pepper smell being the most dominant. There is also a biscuty, cracker smell.

The taste is sweet and citrus like. There is a crisp, lager like cleanness followed by a dryness. There is also a light bready taste.

The mouthfeel is dry, on the thin side, which is normal for this style. There is a dry aftertaste left in the mouth after swallowing.

Overall this is a decent, lightly spiced wheat beer. It is definitely worth trying. If the spices were a bit more prominent this would be an even better beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy yellowish straw orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A fruity and spicy wheat driven aroma with big hints of citrus and coriander. Belgian yeast with some hints of coriander and white pepper. Wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Big citrus fruit presence with hints of orange, lemon, and pineapple. Subtle earthy hop hints of grass. A pretty solid wheat beer aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity wheat driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and coriander spice. Belgian yeast along with notes of coriander and white pepper spicing. Bready wheat and pale malt with notes of straw, grains, cracker, and biscuit. Good taste of juicy citrus fruit with notes of oranges, lemon, and pineapple. Background notes of earthy hops with some grass. A pretty solid witbier taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, juicy, and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style Witbier. Good notes of citrus and coriander.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy yellow gold with a lot of carbonation feeding into the minimal white head.

S - Orange malt with lemon.

T - Lots of spice at the front with some sweet orange wheat in the middle followed by a flowery end.

M - Crisp feel with lots of carbonation and spiciness. Almost too spicy.

O - A crisp refreshing white brew with extra bits other flavours to keep you interested.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poureed from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 2/20/14, so 2 1/2 months old

Looking very nice in the tulip. A cloudy yellow, lots of carbonattion up the side of the glass. Bright white slightly creamy head which maintaine dthroughtout. Decent lacing.

Could not get anything on the nose. Had the wife check it out, only slight orange smell

Taste is very subtle on this. Some faint citrus. I does have a very nice flavor, the kind you get from white white ales, but nothing specific jumps out.

Mouth is somewhere between light and medium. Aftertaste remains on roof of mouth and side of tongue for some time. Not unpleasant at all.

I like this beer, like the taste. Just can't seem to put into words why.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I love this style of beer and even though this was a bit different from what I was accustomed to and expected, I really enjoyed this and how easily it went down. Although this is new, I hope that Dogfish Head will brew this for the season in upcoming years!

Love the pour to this, as the goldenrod hue, sea-form head, and relatively opaque hue gave this a great appearance from the get-go. Not as cloudy as other examples of this style, the aroma wasn't terribly strong either. Great lactng as well, given that each sip I took left a nice ring on the back side of my pint glass. Lots of lemongrass and grass in the taste, while the citrus and coriander were more recessed. Couldn't really taste the peppercorn here and there wasn't much wheat to be seen or felt either. The carbonation was perfect and this was quite light without being watered-down or overly filling. A hint of the grassy sourness came out in the back, but that didn't linger for very long.

Although I only bought one bottle of this, I could have easily had 3 or 4 in a sitting since the alcohol was both undetectable and low in terms of percentage. While not as good as its European counterparts, there's a lot to like here and for a beer this unassuming, there was enough flavor to satisfy even the biggest beer geek. A hint of wheat or more spice would have been appreciated but as it was, this was something that I'd reach for again now that the warmer months are here. Another subtly solid offering from Dogfish Head!

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lemon yellow in color, this Dogfish Head beer sports a white- colored head of foam and a nose of fruit, spice, coriander, lemongrass, and yeast. The body of the beer is cloudy and one can visibly see suspended particulates. Belgian characteristics are evident from the beginning and they are very enticing.

With the taste, this beer follows the nose. It features flavors of lightly breaded malt, wheat, citrus, banana, coriander, yeast, and light spice. The flavors seem to be married together quite nicely and the balance is good for a witbier style.

This beer is crisp and nicely carbonated with a good flavor overall for its style. The spice is good, but not overdone, and the fruits, yeast, and wheat each contributes to the enjoyment of the beer in their own way. I liked it more as I sipped more and ended by bottle wishing I had another. I’m not always in the mood for witbier, but when I am, I will keep this Dogfish brew in mind.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a major head of white suds. Loopy, attractive lattice-like lace.

Nose is spice and citrus -- very much in line with a traditional Belgian witbier.

Taste is light and appropriately approachable. There's a well-balanced spice character that plays well alongside a refreshing citrus tone. Nothing here is over-the-top or experimental, as most of Dogfish brews are. Light and refreshing, this one's solid and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Brenden
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, it's a nice-looking beer, particularly to style. It's pale, sort of a white-yellow, very cloudy and unfiltered. The head is stark white and just about as solid as it gets. It's one of those heads I think I could rest a few quarters on, billowing and stiff at two fingers' height. Lacing is left on the walls of the glass convincingly, sticking in solid patches well down from top to nearly the very bottom.
The aroma and flavor both offer a lot to sift through, seemingly straightforward but with lots of complexities developing, and the taste follows straight through without straying from what the aroma first offers. The nice thing is that it has a soft sweetness that isn't cloying and only serves to add to the layers. Of the bat is somewhat herbal, with a little white pepper biting. A twang of zesty lemon runs through the rest of the way. A bit of citrus and some softer and even seemingly tropical fruits ride gently underneath a wheaty sort of dry malt. It finishes on the tongue with a bit more of the herbal leaf and a savory kind of allspice-like note.
It's creamy, fluffy and soft on the tongue all the way but keeps up a firm crispness. The body is light and carries everything well. It heads a little dry into the finish, but never dries out too much.

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Photo of Roguer
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lemon-yellow brew, hazy and lively, with a nice, 2 1/2 finger pure white fluffy head. Head retention is excellent, and lacing is thick.

Lemon, yeast, orange peel, coriander, banana, spices, and earthy hops in the aroma.

Yeast, wheat, barest hint of lemongrass. Too much diacetyl, banging against the banana. For all the balanced and complex nose, it doesn't really come across in the drink.

Soft, slick mouthfeel. Lively with a bit of sting.

Everything about this beer is good-to-great....except a major butterscotch hit of diacetyl. It's distracting and disappointing. The beer is fresh, as well, so there are no excuses here.

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Photo of tmm313
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy yellow straw color with abut a finger of head. Nice lacing.

S- Lemon, banana, orange, yeast, wheat, coriander, and a touch of pepper.

T- Super refreshing and sessionable. Wheat, yeast, coriander, lemon, orange, and some nice bready notes. Touch of pepper on the back end.

M- Medium light body. Nice crisp carbonation. Bready aftertaste. Drying.

O- This was the style that really catapulted me into my beer craze back in the day. I hardly ever buy it anymore, but my desire to try as many DF Head beers as possible won out. It was a really nice surprise to have enjoyed it as much as I did. I can definitely see buying this for times I'm craving something light or for lazy days by the lake. Probably the best Whit I've tried so far.

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Photo of Samuel906
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Interesting beer with some unique qualities and a hefty price tag. Namaste has most notably a lot of Belgian flavors and influences. Banana, clove, spice, coriander, citrus, bread, yeast fill the nose and palate. Coriander is a bit overwhelming for me. Flavor dies off very quickly leaving only some yeasty funk for an after taste. Mild orange sweetness. Body is light and carbonated, helping some of the brighter flavors flourish. Overall, certainly not a bad beer, but it was a little heavy on some of the spices for me, especially for what i was expecting to be an easy drinker. I couldn't drink more than one in a row.

The only other thing I have to add is that the price was RIDICULOUS. I don't know if it was just the store that I go to but I paid almost $16 for a sixer. Pretty hefty for a low ABV beer.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy yellow/lemon color. Only a slight head
Smells like a Belgian White, the coriander and spices are very present
Herbs, coriander and lemon weave in and out of this.
Again, another great beer, but not one that I’m a particular fan of, I’m not going to knock it just because it isn’t my thing though. It’s of course another wonderful offering from Dogfish and if you’re a fan of Belgian beers, get yourself some.


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Photo of exposd
2.07/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm a big fan of Dogfish Head beers and I guess I was just expecting more out of this brew... It was a bit on the boring and plain side. The white wheat beer has a bit of a floral nose and very light citrusy flavor. I'm not a huge fan and it just doesn't seem to fit the mold of normal dogfish head brews.

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Photo of MattNidiffer
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass with a half finger of light, quickly dissipating head.

Appearance - Hazy light-golden color, as is familiar with many unfiltered and white beers.

Smell - Very piney, some very minor notes of herbs and a very small hint of spice. Minor notes of citrus as well.

Taste - Very citrusy nose, with a strong herbal ester throughout. Sort of a bit of toastiness in the background, but very light. The lemongrass definitely plays a huge part in the taste. Very different than most white beers I've sampled; most white beers focus more on the citrus, whereas this specific white seems to focus more on the herb/spice esters. Nice citrusy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly refreshing considering the amount of focus on the herbal aspect of this beer. High level of carbonation with a very smooth, clean finish. Leaves the tongue with a slight tingling feeling.

Overall - Overall, this beer was very surprising. Definitely not a session drinking beer, despite its moderately low ABV (4.8%), its a great beer to sip on. It's not too overbearing, but compared to most white beers, it's just different; however, different isn't always bad. As a pleasant surprise, the herbal esters of this beer definitely sneak up on you. They are barely detectable in the aromas, but this adds to the overall experience of this beer. This beer is a welcome (if not unusual) surprise from Dogfish Head. Not necessarily a brew that I'd keep stock of, I would definitely pick up a bottle or two again to have some variety.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled poured into pint glass...

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with rings floating around. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: I'm getting some lemongrass, spicy yeast, coriander, wheat, and a little pepper.

T: I'm getting the wheat, yeast, and lemongrass upfront then the orange and pepper comes in at the end. Aftertaste is very clean

M: Not light not medium bodied kind of in between. It is very crisp and refreshing.

O: As always Dogfish Head cannot miss.... Good ABV good flavors with a little twist on the wit. Worth looking for.

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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 dank203
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

highly drinkable flavorful sessionable beer. aromas are highly herbal with the coriander almost to the point of being perfumey. yeast characters emerge as it warms, hints of banana. taste is bright citrusy spicy and grainy. its a load of flavor in a small beer. had out of a pilsner at about 45 degrees

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Photo of schoolboy
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. I just had a different wit and followed it with this one (it was strategic - I expected this one to be superior) and this one is WAY better.

It's nearly, but not entirely clear, more so that I would expect. The head is thin. The aroma is subtle but a perfect clean yeast aroma. Beautiful smell. Clean.

The taste is a perfect balance and extremely refreshing. Just slightly crisp, and only the least bit tart, this is a great drink.

The aftertaste is similarly clean. I am not sure what the food pairings would be for this but it would go great with food. But if I keep eating there won't be room for beer.

Nice one, Dogfish Head,

A Fan

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Photo of WellRested518
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy yellow with a thin head that sticks around for a minute or two. Nice lacing against the body. Very much what a wit should be

S- citrus, pepper... it's all there. The lemongrass actually protrudes more than I thought.

T-spicy and fruity, reminiscent of the style. Subtle hints of coriander and lemongrass cleanse the palate. Peppercorns end it with a dance of unami. Very nice.

M- a great amount of carbonation. Light, crisp, refreshing.

O- while it's funny that this was once one of my favorites, I still love this beer. As I sip I await the break of summer... The irony rests in a snowstorm outside my front door.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow and a bit hazy with a very good head that lasted, leaving a nice foamy cap and sticky lace.

Aroma and flavor are spot-on for what I'd expect for a witbier. Actually I didn't even check to see what style it was when I bought it to try, but when I popped the first one it cried out witbier.

Spicy and yeast are obvious, but none of the spices or yeasty flavors dominate too much, giving the beer an excellent balance, especially between citrus and pepper (it would be easy IMO to over-do it on the pepper). Coriander accents perfectly.

Drinkability is both light and easy drinking, and thick-and-chewy, like a good witbier should be. This is another fine brew from DFH.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
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