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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,906 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 106
Gots: 212 | FT: 1
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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 Progenitor


3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light golden ale, pours so-so without much head. Love the crisp airy citrus aromas (best part of the ale). Spicy notes especially on the back end lend to the refreshing quality of the beer. Perfect end of summer beer. Though technically summer has been over for a while now I think I had it on the best last day we will have in October. Overall the beer is a winner and above average but Dogfish Head definitely does better on some of there other brews. Cool name and idea though.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:58:20 | More by Progenitor
Photo of JMWEB2

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice hazy yellow, foamy white head is very nice and remains, also some lacing.

S: Citrus smell which is ok, some coriander.

T: Great spiced citrus, and coriander is present, very enjoyable,

M: Very easy drinking, smooth and leaves a tingle.

O: Not your typical Wit and thats kind of what I expected from Dogfish. I liked the complexity of it, and would def enjoy a few more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:01:40 | More by JMWEB2
Photo of FosterJM


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

876th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner


App- A bit of a hazy golden yellow with a large two finger slow receding head. A bit of dots of cling. A nice looking wit.

Smell- Wheat, lemon, spice, grass, coriander, peel. What else could sam put in this one? Smells very clean and to style.

Taste- Of all the wits I have had. This one takes the cake. Retains the essence of what the style is all about. It has a nice wheat base with a bit of coriander and lemon/orange peel. A little thin spice with a balanced profile. Not too thin or watery but just good.

Mouth- A light bodied beer with a good wheat residual flavor with some lemon/orange zest and a little bit of coriander. A medium high carbonation to make it all blend together.

Drink- It's a very good wit. I have had some shitty ones and this is very good. One of the few I would come back too.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 02:54:00 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this clear golden yellow beer into my pint glass as a small head developed. I detected coriander, orange peel, grain, and a bit of a vegetal funk in the aroma. A fine wheat beer taste with noticeable lemongrass present. Subtle spices. Very light and refreshing - typical of the style. Quite good, but not sure it lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 05:20:40 | More by Neorebel
Photo of depechemode1983


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a dark cloud golden color with a very fluffy/rocky white head. Head has excellent retention and lacing is amazing.

S - The nose is amazing. Tons of wheat, lemon peel, earth, grass and light sugars. Also getting a pepper like spiciness. Smells superb.

T - Wheat forward. Lots of lemongrass and spices. Some floral undertones. A sugar like sweetness is present in the finish with some lemon zest to back it up. Pretty damn flavorful and refreshing.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, soft. Carbonation is medium as well and does a good job keeping the beer smooth.

O - Outstanding job by Dogfish Head. Smells wonderful taste wonderful and feels great. Glad I dished out the 10 dollars for this one. Id do it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 21:29:01 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Paymygasbill77


4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Weizen Glass.

A:Namaste pours a cloudy golden color with a brilliant white head that lasts. This truley looks like a proper wheat beer.

S: It smells of citrus, corriander and wheat.

T: This beer tastes amazing! It is the beer that Blue Moon try's so hard to be. Sam you've done it again!

M: Silky smooth, almost creamy. Delicious.

O: If you haven't tried this beer you need to. This is everything I want in a wheat beer and more.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 22:45:01 | More by Paymygasbill77
Photo of Nerudamann


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – very light gold color, a little murky, and with about a quarter of white frothy foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – typical smell of a hefe or a witbier. Wheaty in smell and with hints of orange or other citrus fruits.

Taste – again pretty typical wheaty taste for a witbier. Slightly bitter going from the beginning of the taste and into the middle. I can’t quite taste the lemongrass that’s supposed to be in it, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel – pretty tame in the Mouthfeel. Pretty well balanced.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, but not terribly perplexing in the taste. But, the taste itself is very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 19:44:10 | More by Nerudamann
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip

A: pours a beautiful yellow/orange, first glass is clear, 2nd is a bit hazy, didn't look too hard for yeast though. Nice head, 1 finger, light lacing left behind.

S: citrusy and zesty, orange probably based on the label. yeast adds that "outdoor" quality to the aroma.

T: yeast and orange dominate, but a spicy quality rounds out the taste. lightly zesty sweet.

M: grainy, leaves a spicy, pleasant, coating behind, feels like I'm drinking a yeasty orangina.

O: a refreshing brew, DFH does Witbiers well!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 14:19:33 | More by roodie
Photo of TheWhiskerReview


4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 04:40:39 | More by TheWhiskerReview
Photo of BeerImmediately


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

25oz bottle into DuPont open-mouth glass.

Pours with a fairly short white head over an opaque light yellow body. Just a touch of lacing. Lots of yeast in the second pour.

Aromas are pleasant. Light lemongrass citrus, plenty of sweet malt, and healthy dose of coriander as it warms.

Flavors have a good amount of bitter orange-peel citrus, with lemon in the finish. The yeast brings a full mouthfeel, without being thick. Slight, juicy tartness leads to a very clean and refreshing finish on the palate.

Not one of the top Witbiers, but DFH is always going for left of center, so this one hits the mark for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 21:55:58 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark golden with a lasting white head.

Fruit, coriander and floral notes on the nose.

Taste follows nose, more or less, but is a bit more tart and lemony. Lighty tart with some balancing sweetness.

Medium-light body with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

An interesting variation on a Belgian witbier ... at least I think that is what they were aiming for. I liked the balance of flavors from the grains, fruit(s) and spices.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 20:14:13 | More by chinchill
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner during the beer tasting club meeting. Fresh from the store.

A - cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that left streaky lacing down the glass.

S - big Lemon nose on this - definitely the dominant character

T - initial yeasty notes melting into big spiced clove character with lots of backing lemon rind. Tastes endures for a while, but isn't hugely intense.

M - quite light, with practically no carbonation.

D - drinkable, but not overly impressive in any dimension.

Decent Wit, with some interesting qualities. One I'd give a moderate recommendation for. It's DFH, how can you not!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:29:32 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of spdyfire83


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

28th Review
Bottle to Dark Lord (mini) snifter.

L: Hazy white - quite a bit of sediment, but it looks nice...like an angel. No real head on vigorous pour.

S: Banana, lemon, nuts, wheat, grass, flowers. Complex, yet simple.

T: Caramel sweet upfront with a hint of hay. Nice and smooth. Well-balance spice - coriander, pepper, thyme (maybe). Refreshing!

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

O: A very interesting beer...not what I was expecting. Fits well within the style and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:05:34 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of nickthegun12


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:56:29 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of champ103


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring, and sticks around as a small collar. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Musky, basement like funk and earthy aromas. Some light fruity esters come out, but not much else. I like the aroma, but wish more of the coriander and orange would come into play.
T: Big earthy notes. Basement like funk, and there is plenty of spice. Coriander, orange, and lemon flavors are spot on. Husky wheat. Very clean flavors here.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and effervescent. Clean and bone dry. Though smooth at the same time. So easy o to drink. The bomber will be gone in no time.

Dogfish Head has disappointed me on a number of beers, though this one is excellent. A spot on Wit that is incredibly enjoyable to drink. Something I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:40:33 | More by champ103
Photo of Eriktheipaman


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:03:58 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of hopking311


3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours light, hazey gold.. very thin head.. moderate lace.

smells crisp, earthy.

Carbonated well, light body

taste the coriander immediately.. wheaty, earthy

overall.. drinkable when Im in the mood for a light beer.. just not my favorite style.. but good session

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 02:55:31 | More by hopking311
Photo of Rhynes2


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 01:28:17 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours golden-orange with two fingers of white creamy fluff.

S: Horseblanket must, lemon, orange, coriander, and some floral notes.

T: Semi-sweet orange and lemon, grassy floral funk, and some light hoppiness.

M: Medium-light thickness with a little creaminess.

O: It's tasty and easy-drinking. Much better than the average Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 15:56:37 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of Kylito87


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass and shared with my girlfriend.

Appearance: Pale hazy lemony yellow with a bone white cap of white head that recedes to a slick puddle on top. Some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Some hay like wheatyness with some corriander spice and citrus . A very slight yeast funk in the back.

Taste: Corriander is very strong up front with a bright lemon and herbal notes. The finish is strong peppery notes

Mouthfeel: Very prominant carboation. Very clean mouthfeel. Very light body with a refreshing quality. I am not a huge fan of Witbiers in general but this one is probably one of the better ones that I have had. But keep in mind I haven't had very many.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:21:59 | More by Kylito87
Photo of chugalug06


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice light yellow color. Foamy white head pours very slowly. Brew is cloudy with minimal bubbles. Very little lacing.

S - Lots of lemon and basil. Some other nice scents stand out, mostly other spices. Some elegant orange too.

T - Some very easy pepper flavors, nothing abrasive. Also, nice light citrus.

M - Very dry and bitter for the style... Perfect bubbles.

O - A good brew, but not overwhelming. Not worth the price tag, but still a nice brew to split with your lady.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 04:30:09 | More by chugalug06
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy yellow, pores alot of head which settles down and a touch of sticky lace on the glass. not much. Awesome sediment floating around in the beer.

S - Coriander and lemon dominate. Very nice..

T - Like the smell, lots of coriander, orange, and lemon. Well balanced, not too sweet.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - I have started to really enjoy beers with Coliander in it. This one does not dissapoint. Love this beer. Drink up

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:55:41 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of fmccormi

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml pry-off bottle to an Ommegang Witte tumbler, bottling date of November 2010 (I believe) printed on the neck of the bottle (201011C).

Appearance (4.5): Thick, cushiony white head that fades from two big fingers to a thin film on top over the course of a few minutes, with just a bit of foamy lacing on the sides. The body is relatively clear, and a bright light, yellow-gold. Very pretty, not as hazy as I’d expect for a wit, though the second pour after disturbing the sediments adds quite a bit of chalky haze.

Smell (4.0): Lemon, coriander, some sweetness, a mild yeasty note that’s just very subtly spicy, which fits for the wit. The nose is light, but what’s there is very nice. Second pour (with disturbed sediments) brings more coriander, but still not a ton.

Taste (4.0): The coriander in this beer steps up more in the taste, but it’s not overpowering in any sense. It retains the lemony, slightly sweet character that’s in the nose, and the yeast note stays in the background just like in the scent. Second pour yields more coriander and yeast in the flavor of it, and a little chalkiness. Still, well-balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very nice and light, refreshing. Wet feeling (I know—surprise, surprise) and light, fine carbonation over the tongue with a mildly dry finish—very nice.

Overall (4.0): It’s light, bright, and maybe could be more vibrant but it’s refreshing, really. To be fair, this bottle has sat probably too long for the optimal flavor point, or whatever you want to call it, but it’s still quite tasty. It’s also downright quenching. This is a beer that I want to drink multiple glasses of, and feel like I could easily do so. Will definitely get this again!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:13:32 | More by fmccormi
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours cloudy golden hue with a foamy, lasting white head. Aroma is of musty yeast, citrus fruit with hints of grass and spices. Full, creamy, slightly crisp body. Citrus fruit, spices, Belgium yeast and candy sugar combine on the palate. Medium, semi-sweet finish. I’m not a fan of wits, but this one I like.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 14:49:04 | More by mikeg67
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 21:26:24 | More by Knapp85
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.