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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,167 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,167
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 122
Gots: 326 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 trixdout
3/5  rDev -20.4%

trixdout, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +6.1%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of alexkeil
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never been disappointed with a DFH beer, and I'm not here, but I don't have much to talk up about this beer either. It is a witbier, its made to style, its refreshing; however, I've come to expect a lot from DFH. I guess I was a little let down that it was just a witbier, there wasn't that layered complexity or interesting ingredient that shined through. Maybe I'm being too hard, it is beer and its very drinkable.

Poured a nice sunny hazy gold with a fizzy white head. There was fair head retention with lasting lacing around the glass. The aroma had lemongrass, citrus and yeast. The flavor was similar to aroma with lemon and yeast, some malt sweetness that complimented the creamy mouthfeel and slight alcohol presence.

alexkeil, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of PorterLover83
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured lemony yellow with not much head. Looks delicious. Grains with soft citrus and floral in the nose. Almost peppery taste with nice carbonation. Hoppy background with a great mouthfeel. Very nice refreshing beer. Never been disappointed by a dfh except for black and blue.

PorterLover83, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011. Doesn't appear to be more specific than that.

Beer pours cloudy gold, with a moderately sized white head. Fair bit of lacing. Moderate retention.

Nose contains coriander, lemon and other citrus (orange), lemongrass, a bit of a soapy scent and characteristic wheat scents. The lemongrass is a nice touch to what is otherwise a typical wit smell.

Taste has orange, lemon, coriander, white pepper, lemongrass, and the taste of wheat malt that I cannot describe any other way but is well known. The soapy scent from the nose is in the flavour as well - this is not unpleasant, just the closest description I have for what I am tasting.

High carbonation level, in keeping with the style. A little bit irritating. Very crisp. Medium bodied. Creamy.

Overall, quite an enjoyable witbier. Lemongrass adds but does not overshadow the standard wit flavours. Nice beer.

jrenihan, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of assmandugle
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 10 dollar bottle of beer better impress me but most Dogfish Heads do. Poured this sucker into the glass it was a light almost hay color and had a little bit of sediments. The aroma the label says it best you smell the floral and citrus aromas. You can taste a slight carameliness to it and it goes down super smooth. It is very easy to drink and is very light which is non typical for Dogfish Head. Another inspirational brew nevertheless. Try it its worth it to spend more when it counts.

assmandugle, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, taxi yellow/orangish in color with a bubbling lacing on top.

Smell: Slightly funky, pineapple, lemon peels, wet grass.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter at first taste, with a slight pine flavor that sweetens up with a lemon taste, but at the same time makes for a dry bite. Very light in body and smooth. The flavors meld well together with only a bump of sourness near the end of the beer. Getting a dry cotton-mouth feeling in the aftertaste.

Overall: Easily drinkable if you like the sourness of lemons...which I do. This would be ideal with a fresh salad. Guess, I'll get on that for next go round.

July2Nov, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of indesertum
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice light hay color typical of witbiers. nice pillowy head. dissipates quickly. some sediments on the bottom

aromas are faint even at near room temperature. nice spices.

feeling is light. nice malty sweetness, not overwhelming. citrusy, fruity, lots of spices (coriander? anise? definitely feel the orange peel). light carbonation. low alcohol.

this is great. a nice session-able beer for the summer time.

indesertum, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a 750 ml bottle of this with my wife on a snowy, windy October day. The beer pours a milky, cloudy, pale yellow color with a puffy white head. It's aroma is a nice mix of pepper, zesty orange peel, and herbal scents. Lemon, orange, coriander, and white pepper are the most notable scents. These, along with some soft pale malt underneath, give the beer a solidly enjoyable aroma. The taste is a bit more peppery than expected, with a sharp spice flavor, but it also has a soft sweetness. Somewhat abrupt finish. Well balanced, and the orange character seems to give the beer a zesty, alive quality. Good beer.

Suds, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Portsmouth. Pours a hazy light yellow body with a good half inch or so of white head. Smells very fruity and floral with a decent amount of spice. Oranges, coriander, lemon, pepper, and hints of caramel malt hit the palate. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Super-drinkable. Complex and unique but while flavorful, this beer is not in your face and everything blends very well complimenting each other. A great witbier. I'm quite impressed. Though at $10 per bottle, this will have to be an occasional treat.

MrHurmateeowish, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Progenitor
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Progenitor, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of JMWEB2
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

JMWEB2, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

FosterJM, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Neorebel
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Neorebel, Oct 18, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

depechemode1983, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Paymygasbill77
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Paymygasbill77, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Nerudamann, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of roodie
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

roodie, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

TheWhiskerReview, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

BeerImmediately, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

chinchill, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

DoktorZee, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of spdyfire83
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

spdyfire83, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

nickthegun12, Oct 02, 2011
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,167 ratings.