Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

2,685 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 171
Gots: 711 | 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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Ratings: 2,685 | Reviews: 555
Photo of crag
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a low 25 IBU this brew has a high degree of drinkability especially for the hop-confused demographic ;-). Flavors for this brew are layered nicely, nothing too over powering. Very "bright" finish leaving the palate feeling clean. Great thirst quencher.

Photo of Mojo
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into wheat beer glass

A - pale straw, fairly clear with a teeny tiny bit of sediment, two inch white head, good retention, and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Wow the nose on this is strong with oranges and lemons.

T - Sweet citrusy malt coexists with a spicy coriander dry finish.

M - good carbonation, average thickness and a bit if a aftertaste

O - This is not my cup of tea at all, but I think it succeeds for what it tries to be. Sessionable, easy to drink, and refreshing.

Photo of BWED
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. pour into a tumbler, Two Stones Pub, Wilmington, DE

A- Pale yellow in color, haze of course. Delicate white head with some speckles of lacing. Head retention isn't great.

S- Lots of lemongrass and coriander. Floral and fruity.

T- Subtle malt with big notes of the coriander and floral character. A bit spicy.

M- Light and a little snappy. Clean wet finish. A bit of spice.

O- This is reminiscent of sunscreen, but in a good way. It tastes like summer. Nice and light. Would be refreshing on the beach. Good thing this is in six packs now.

Photo of JudoJeff
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Light, transparent yellow gold color. Pours with a light, foamy white head.
Smell - Very little smell, slight sent of coriander/peppercorns
Taste - Light and thin taste. It is slightly bitter, not very sweet at all, not very complex.
Mouthfeel - Light and thin, refreshing feel. The carbonation is perky but not sharp.
Overall - I might be a little harsh on this beer because it's far outside of the kind I normally like to drink. The taste is not very complex and there isn't a really any hops or malt taste. It doesn't feel very balanced to me; just a bit spicy.

Photo of eod81
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a tasty and worthwhile offering, refreshing and light for the summer but sufficiently spiced to make it a solid choice year-round. I first came upon it in the winter and it made a perfect cold-weather session beer (albeit on the expensive side of sessions)

Appearance: This beer could almost be mistaken for bud, though the dense foam and lacing left on the glass even towards the last sips make it a bit more appetizing.

Smell: This is where it loses me. A funny smell, bread-y and dank, belies the incredibly subtle and welcoming flavors within. I recommend a glass with a small mouth, but if you're game it's (unusually) perfect straight from the bottle.

Taste: Wonderful. Crisp and dry, with sweet flavors that make way for spice, and return for a mild, chamomile-like aftertaste. A tiny pale hop settles into the background as floral flavors dance among the slight corn body.

Mouthfeel: Drink it on the quicker side and the light carbonation makes for a remarkably refreshing brew. The carbonation escapes somewhat quickly, but it never gets syrupy.

Overall: Don't miss this one. The delicate but persistent features of a weiss, with the smooth drinkability of a lager. Dogfish reminds us again why it's a powerhouse among the craft breweries.

Photo of vtfan77
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very light, slightly hazy pale straw color with just a little bit of head, maybe a quarter inch (although I had just rinsed out the glass, so take that into consideration) that quickly dissipates to a persistent ring of lace.

S- Typical witbier smell of light citrus and coriander. Given all the ingredients that went into this beer I was expecting something a little bit different, but this is pretty much classic witbier. Wait, no, scratch that. After the beer warms up a little there is a definite pepper note. Interesting, and quite nice.

T- Light, sweet malt, slightly lemony and with an aftertaste of fruit loops. The finish is quite bitter for the style, but it's a different sort of bitterness than you'd expect; it doesn't seem to be coming from the hops. Maybe it's the pepper? It's interesting, but I'm not sure if I like it or not.

M- Nice and light and quite fizzy from the carbonation. A good, refreshing mouthfeel.

O- Well, it's pretty interesting. I don't know if it's the pepper or not, but the taste is definitely different from your typical wit. The only problem is I'm not sure I really like it. I don't mind some bitterness, but it seems misplaced here. It was interesting to try, but I doubt I'll be revisiting it anytime soon.

Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy--makes the beer more white than straw color. Decent head that leaves superior ring and spotted lace, almost blanketing the glass.

Strong wheat and what I would call "brewery floor"--you the smell you get in a brewery after a production run.

Traditional hefeweizen flavors--plenty of wheat and yeast. There's a soft malt to the beginning which slowly shifts to sweetish wheat. Slight sourness in the swallow. Short aftertaste. Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Photo of gcamparone
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow hazy body with a decent head that reduces quickly but leaves blotchy lacing.

S- Bananas, pretty fruity, some skunkyness and grainyness, spices, cloves and wheat.

T- Light on the tongue.. light fruityness, lemon rind, unripe bananas, spices, sweet aftertaste.

M- Light body, medium carbonation.

An easy drinking summer beer, but there are better wits out there.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a mildly hazy, bright yellow color. Head is surprisingly pretty tame. It diminishes quickly. Mild lacing.

S-Smells nice and dry. Lacks that sweetness that most Witbiers exude in the aroma. Wheat and lemons with a dried graininess. Coriander and some citrus rind.

T-Soft flavor. I actually enjoyed the nose more. The peppercorns come out here softly. Coriander, light spice and lemons. Dry, pale malt and some grains.

M-Light bodied with smooth bubbles. Drinks very easily. No bitterness. Flavors don't linger.

O-A Witbier that isn't overly sweet, which is a plus in my book. I thought the nose was more dynamic than the flavor but as far as the style goes, it's a solid brew.

Photo of leantom
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Boggdogg
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of microbrewlover
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of samtrillo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of BryanCarey
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of Roguer
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of tmm313
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of Samuel906
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Lightly hazy yellow/lemon color. Only a slight head
Smell
Smells like a Belgian White, the coriander and spices are very present
Taste
Herbs, coriander and lemon weave in and out of this.
Overall
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.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.