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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,131 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 119
Gots: 318 | 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 buyBinboaVodka
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

750 ML bottle

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a hint of orange hue to it. The huge white bubbly head slowly fades away leaving a minmal lacing around the glass.

S - Yeasty, bready, sweet fruits, lemon zest aroma. A very simple smelling beer, not a whole lot going on.

T - I get a nice refreshing lemon and orange zest with a clove like presence in the middle and a faint lemon bread finish. The combination of flavors is so simple but woven togther to form a flavor profile that feels complex.

M - moderatly carbonated with a crisp clean finish that leaves a nice spicy citrus flavor on the palete.

O - I'm kicking myself for not having this beer sooner. In fact, I plan on buying about 10 more. At 5% ABV, this could be a great session beer for these above 90 degree days we have getting latley.

buyBinboaVodka, Jul 22, 2011
2.98/5  rDev -21%

750ml into pint. From notes

A: a light straw yellow hue, with thick white head and spotty lacing. There is a good amount of protien floating around in the glass and bottle, even with a careful pour.

S: The aroma shows dominate wheat notes, with a hint of lemon. Medium intensity.

T/M: the body is clean with a light spice, showing a good use of American wheat yeast. The hops are projecting a very grassy, earthy note. A bit of a lacking lingering taste and mouthfeel, as the brew does not have a great depth.

O: overall a good brew, but not impressed, as DFH has set the bar for many unique styles, this one falls a bit short.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of mindlucent2007
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%

Namaste pours a pale, barely cloudy light yellow body with 2 inch fluffy head. Lacing lingers all over the wheat beer glass. Smell is bananas and faint citrus, really only what I expect from a witbier here. Taste is initially zesty and bold coriander, but then balances out with the crisp and clean lemon flavor. Banana taste is dominant. There is moderate carbonation and this is a light weight brew. Dogfish Head pretty much playing it safe here with a solid, but kind of boring witbier. I was expecting something more funky even though it's a witbier and I noticed the regular ingredients were used for this style of brew. It's okay and I'll leave it at that.

mindlucent2007, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of garuda
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

750 mL brown bottle, bottled on "2011 1C" stamped on neck of bottle

A - Straw, towering white head that has excellent retention and spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Yeasty nose with lemongrass on the back with a touch of grassy hops.

T - Sweet lemon candy, then grassy flavors, some Belgian yeast with a slightly spicy finish.

M - Light body, high carbonation, very light and creamy across the palate. Finishes crisp and clean with little bitterness.

O - Very good tastes, nicely balanced. I didn't find the yeast to be as prominent as in other Witbiers, but that didn't take anything away from the beer at all. I'd definitely get it again.

garuda, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of GeorgieBoy
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

May 2011

The color of morning dew with sunlight reflecting upon it. Nearly transparent but for all the carbonation. Frothy head off the pour with pockets of air despite a seemingly tight bubble formation. Fun to watch collapse.

Smell holds a particular yeastiness that reminds me of a barnyard or wet straw even. Almost like a spectacular mold. Saison-like.

Cut clove in that signature belgian yeast manner makes up the taste. It is spicy up front then flashes to coriander in the back of your mouth. Lemongrass next with a lemon & grapefruit aftertaste.

Balance of spice & sweet makes for a very thirst quenching beverage with an even mouthfeel. With no trace of alcohol & a lack of hop the coriander is featured as it's swallowed before a faint mold creeps into the nasal cavity.

Perfect beer for an afternoon on the porch, taking shelter in the shade. Wish I had purchased 2 growlers instead of 1...

GeorgieBoy, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.58/5  rDev -5%

Poured at basement temp in snifter

A: cloudy, lemony yellow; thin head; powerful carbonation; not much lacing
S: lemon, yeast, bottle conditioning
T: light, spritzy coriander; dry; light; somewhat thin-flavored (surprising to me, given it's a DFH)

Overall, a classy white beer; ideal for a meal where you want a lighter, pleasantly spiced beer to accompany the food

Arithmeticus, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of WillyDee
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

The color was a light honey lemon color. It had a big billowy rocky whit head, that dissapated into a solid ring of lacing. When examined closly, the yeast was clumpy.

The aroma was grainy, some lemon zest, and lightly floral. Not picking up much of the yeast.

Tastes very light and crisp. Smooth buttery grains across the palate, strong corriander in the middle, and some hop biterness on the back end, but no distinguishable breed. Maybe a faint lemon zest in the finish.

Carbonation was extreamly fine. The mouthfeel was smooth yet crisp (hops helped make it crisp) and the grain and hops were balanced. It was complex yet light. I though it was a excellent beer, especially since wheat is not my favorite ingrediant, but the hops strayed too much from the style for my taste.

WillyDee, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

I picked up this bottle awhile ago, and I was worried about oxidization... but the beer didn't oxidize. I'm not advocating a cellaring of this beer, but don't throw it our for age.

This isn't the most attractive beer. There are lots of inclusions. Almost like snow in my glass. There wasn't much head on top, and there isn't any lacing.

The beer smells great. It is refreshing with the orange and lemon coming off the top. I didn't catch the coriander in the bouquet, but the wit-beer yeastiness is also there.

This tastes and feels great in my mouth... I pick up the coriander when I pull air across it. The orange and lemongrass merge nicely with each taste; neither is overwhelming. This is a very good tasting beer. Thank you, Sam.

ummswimmin, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Takion
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Thick, golden pour turns into a murky straw color in the glass. Boulder like suspended sediment. Lively, pristine white head settles into a creamy meringue like consistency. Beautiful beer, has a lot of character.

S: A little muted, not what I expected. Hints of citrus, small bread, faint coriander.

T: Citrus and bread, but where's the coriander I expected? Orange peel and lemon grass dominate. Wonderful winey aftertaste. Eminently drinkable, but I can't help but think it doesn't deliver on the promise its looks made.

M: Silky smooth texture. Very fine bubbles, keeps its carbonation well in the tulip.

O: Quite a looker in the glass, but I'm slightly disappointed at the taste. It's just a bit subdued. That being said, its a godsend in the Texas summer. It's certainly a quality beer-- wonderfully refreshing and definitely worth a try, but at the end of the day it's got to compete for my dollar with the locally brewed (512) witbier.

Takion, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of neobob187
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

A: A pleasant and clear golden color. Also collects a very nice frothy white head that lingers and laces the glass as it dissipates.

S: Really sweet smelling lemons, with a really subtle hint of honey, vanilla, and lavender on the nose.

Taste: A clove spiciness up front, followed by a very pleasant and sweet lemon finish. The lemon grass is really noticeable and lingers a bit on your tongue. There is a hint of citrusy Oranges but also huge bread finish.

M: Bubbly! This has a very high carbonation to it, and a smooth pillowy mouth feel. Reminds me of a champagne almost.

O: Overall I'm going to give this beer a A+ for what it is; an extremely refreshing summer witbier from Dogfish Head. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is a really tasty beer, and I'd drink this easily after a hot summer day being that it's only 5% abv. It's truly a pleasant experience to drink and won't get you too hammered. I recommend this beer!

neobob187, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Cloudy, pale straw color withh some sediment when you get closer to the bottom of the bottle. Nice head taht retains very well for all 750 mls and classic bubbling.

Citric, fruity, and earthy tahnks to the lemongrass. I was surprised that I could actually smell the lemongrass. Pretty cool!

Sweet yeasty fruit mixed with oranges and very soft sweet lemon flavors make this palate quite refreshing and flavorful. The mouthfeel is full of carbonation and a little chalky and dry. This only makes you want to drink more.

scruffwhor, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured a light and cloudy dull gold with a fizzy head thanks to sharp/great carbonation that dies quick and is sitting atop a very sharp, lemony wheat aroma. Picking up a lot citric, mostly loemon with some orange (banana even?) and a spicey, clove-like smell as well w/ a touch of sweetness coming from somewhere. A great witbier to drink is what follows; a smooth, fluffy body thanks to the wheat/yeast that is real smooth and there's a good amount of balance to this beer as there's a sharpness as well thanks to spices and a sharp but not overpowering citric bite. Citric consists of lemon and some orange and there's again that touch of sweetness I can't identify. A well-balanced beer that alternates between spicy and sharp citric and throws in a touch of sweet stuff for a very enjoyable brew.

clayrock81, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +18%

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Bottling code 2011-1C.

A cloudy dull but orb glowing like lemon color with a super frothy white whip cream shampoo like bubbles. It's like a valley in there. Looks great.

Bouquet just great. Dry clove, orange zest, hints of citrus lemon. Some creamy sweetness like a creamsicle. Just wonderful. I don't seem to pick out coriander on Witbier as per usual but this still smells wonderful. Refreshing and a sense of crispness to come.

Taste is like a muted orange juice and wheat shake. Grainy finish with a refreshing orange zest and spice. Slight wetness in the palate in the mouthfeel, no prickly serious carbonation or gaseous feelings.

Overall a killer summer refresher, and a great witbier one of my favorites.

smakawhat, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

This one pours an obviously unfiltered cloudy yellow color with some huge chunks of sediment in it. The head is as prodigious as I'd expect from the style, with great retention and lacing. The aroma is also great, it's heavy on coriander, citrus, lemongrass, and a bit of a hop presence I wasn't expecting. The taste is also very good, probably the best witbier I've had. The coriander really shines, working well with the citrus and lemongrass to make a super-cool and very refreshing brew. There's a bit of wheat and a nice herbal hop aspect here too.

The mouthfeel is very good, it goes down very smoothly and easily. The drinkability is off-the-charts. I'd drink this all day every day if it were released in six-packs. As it stands now, it's too pricey for anything but an occasional treat. But what a treat it is! I hesitated when I was bringing this one up to the counter. "Ten bucks for a style (at a low ABV) I don't usually love? What am I doing?" Turns out the gamble was worth it, this is a delicious brew absolutely worthy of attention.

shand, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a nice, hazy bright yellow with a pillowy, pure-white head. Nose is full of wheat, citrus, and spice.

Cool and refreshing on the tongue, the perfect cool-down from a spicy Thai dinner. Coriander and herbal tones stand out on the tongue, with some faint citrus. I'm obsessed with lemongrass so I kind of wish it came through more, but it's handled with a light touch typical of DFH -- meaning it's a nice brew for anyone, not just lemongrass heads.

A great summer beer, with an added dimension to most witbiers. Nice job.

RockyTopHeel, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of confer
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

A- Looks like a dark lemonade, with a white head. It is very cloudy.
S- Nice refreshing citrus smell. It is a mix between the orange and lemon.
T- I think the lemon is a little too strong in the flavor. A hint of the wheat comes through at times in the taste.
MO- Drinkable but not as refreshing as many other wits. I wouldn't turn it down.

confer, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of hustlesworth
4.75/5  rDev +26%

A- cloudy lemon yellow with an exceptional sticky and puffy white head that becomes rocky and cratered as it settles. poured into a gold rimmed witbier pint glass, it's a sight to behold. lace is moderate and wispy. i'd have to say this is better than any i've ever seen considering they all kinda follow a standard of features and i don't expect much lace.

S- lemony-orange and freshly crushed coriander with a twist of floral citrus hops. some faint white bread and a vanilla cookie sweetness. it has a stronger aroma than more common beers of the style.

T- hoppier than most as well with not much bitterness, just a piney grapefruit and becoming herbal and almost resinous as it collides with some toasty malt flavors in the finish. lemon grass is the definite main flavor enhancer here, with its lemony but not quite lemon... dish soapy but not nearly as much as lemon balm... mildly tart citrus flavor that i think is accentuated by the hops. orange peel and coriander kinda melt in, the latter steadily tapering its citroeucalyptus menthol orangey sinus vibes that pretty much blend with brother orange. raw and toasted grain flavors push through the overall bright refreshness of tart and bitter in the finish glued to tasty mild hops. very well balanced and masterfully spiced. other lemongrass brews haven't sat this well with me. if normal eating oranges were used instead of curacao, maybe that could be why the lemongrass all the other citrus flavors compliment each other so nicely.

MF- there's very orange juicy quality to the feel after it's warmed a few degrees but when chilly cold it's thirst quenching and clean, and the carbonation maintains a tight only mildly prickly creaminess the whole way through.

D- while not completely traditional, the careful craftsmanship and great balance of spices make this one of the best witbiers i've ever had. this one is entirely drinkable, chuggable, whatever, and on par with its belgian peers in that aspect, but a shot above in terms of aroma and flavor, and in the balance and quality of the ingredients used.

hustlesworth, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

A standout in a style I normally do not like that much. Belgian style, yet so pleasing to regular summer consumers by being both zesty and hoppy. Cloudy light grapefruit coloured body with tons of foam. Orange citrus is thee main taste, comes across as 45-55 ibu, lemongrass cushions the mouthfeel and leads to a nice aftertaste. Good flavour for such a basic abv. Smooth mouthfeel, creamy. Thanks for sharing, Doug.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl as a birthday brew. Pours very hazy with a huge and fluffy off-white head. Great lacing, a good looking brew here.

The lemongrass is actually noticeable on the nose. Coriander and orange of course, along with a soft, wheaty malt base.

Taste shows some very good, classic witbier flavors; pithy orange, tangy wheat and coriander. Nice and flavorful, and the mouthfeel is ultra soft and creamy...like drinking a cloud. Falls near the top of the class as far as wits are concerned...but still...a $10 witbier? Seriously? This style deserves to be affordable and put down a few without thinking too much. Great beer, but for as good as it is, I cant really see buying this again.

twiggamortis420, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Enjoyed this 22 oz bomber bottle of a large weiss beer glass.

A: Light golden ale with huge frothy white head that lasts forever.

S: Strong aroma of lemon, citrus, and wheat. Floral fruity scents fill the nostrils with each sip.

T: A spicy yet easily drinkable Witbier. Tastes of lemon, citrus, and coriander. Pretty mild on the alcohol and hops.

M: Light body and medium carbonation

O: Another interesting brew by dogfish head. It was a refreshing beer to have to have on a hot day,

ckollias, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Dogfish Head recently pulled distribution from Wisconsin. Fortunately, they rolled through Hudson for the Casanova Beer Cave Fest and left behind some nice stuff, including some of this.

Pours a thin light sunshine yellow. Starts out clear at the top of the bottle, then a few floaties, then some serious cloudiness from the yeast at the bottom. Decent white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Tons and tons of carbonation, with bubbles sticking to the entirety of the inside of the glass.

Smell is dominated by yeast, reminiscent of a Belgian blonde ale. Background aromas include sweet spice, a bit of orange, pale malt and wheat.

Taste is fruity and spicy. Lots of citrus, though more of tangy peel than sweet fruit. Again, pale malt and wheat forming a solid frame to build on. The citrus and spice dance on top of that, coming and going to give little flavor punches. Little bitterness; finishes dry, clean, and rather quickly.

Whoa, this is bubbly. Almost too much carbonation, but for a refreshing summer beer, I'm happy with the chaos of bubbles in my mouth. Light-bodied and pretty thin, clearing out of the mouth rather quickly. A very refreshing feel.

It looks and feels a bit like champagne. I like the spice and the citrus, and the light bubbly body. Quite refreshing, and a nice beer to drink on an 85-degree day. No major complaints, but nothing about it really wowed me.

zeledonia, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of MikeM40
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a Duvel Tulip from a 750 ml. bottle,this beer has a cloudy amber/orange color with a large foamy white head. Smells of coriander,orange peel,wheat and yeast are immediately noticeable. The first sip brings out a strong taste of citrus,orange peel in particular. Coriander and mild spices are also there,along with notes of lemon. This beer has a clean,slightly dry mouthfeel with dry lemony finish. Somehow this beer avoids the sickly sweetness I feared after smelling it and balances it's flavors more toward the tart/spicy side. This would make a great summer 
beer. This particular bottle had quite a bit of sediment in it.

MikeM40, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of medic25
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

Served in a pilsener glass, the color was a nice hazy straw yellow with a huge frothy white head. Musty odor , a little farmlike with elements of lemon and coriander. Taste is a delicious clean wheat flavor, complemented nicely with lemongrass and citrus. This is a very easy drinking wheat; it would be a pleasure to enjoy this all summer.

medic25, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of CONOR8832
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Gright golden in color with some orangish darker shades, exceptional white fluffy head that leaves great lacing on the glass.

S - Mild citurs smell with the sweetness of oranges, aroma of corriander but not overkill/over powering.

T- Great lemon grass qualities hit the taastebuds, has a mild spice to it with a sour cheek tweeking taste like a fresh lemon, nice bitter sweet finishing touch.

M - This is the best quality of this beer, very light with a nice carbiniation, leave you wanting more good clean feeling.

D - Very smooth beer, extremly refreshing, almost thirst quenching in a way. Easy to drink, I could see my self drinking this beer on a regualr basis if it was a year round option from DFH.

CONOR8832, May 30, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

750 mL bottle, served straight from the fridge in my Duvel tulip.

Namaste pours a hazy tangerine, it seems a shade or two darker than most wits that I've had. The pristine white head rises up to about three fingers in height, and shows tremendous resilience. Lacing is a bit sparse though. The nose is very lemony, with coriander as the primary supporting aroma rather than orange. The flavor is quite crisp, yet dominated entirely by yeast/spice notes. Lemongrass's influence is still the star here, though the flavor seems a bit more citrusy than the nose. Coriander is still present as a background note again. The body is nice and light and the carbonation starts out incredibly lively but dies down by the back end of each sip and avoids being too fizzy. Lemongrass is a wonderful addition to the standard witbier flavors, and helps make this one of my absolute favorite warm weather beers. As much as I do like Festina Peche, I find myself wishing this was available in 12oz bottles all summer.

axeman9182, May 29, 2011
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,131 ratings.