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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

2,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 120
Gots: 319 | FT: 1
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 nickhiller
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

A: hazy straw/blond, one finger head settles to a light dusting of froth leaving behind very nice lacing.

S: smells Belgian, refreshing, little bit of bubble gum, citrus, especially orange,

T: you can actually taste the coriander, orange and lemon/lime zest, tastes a lot like Sprite (sounds weird but it's actually quite good), peppery, little bit of a fresh hoppy background that imparts a slight bitterness.

M: smooth and well carbonated, mild but nonetheless refreshing.

D: I wanted to hate on this, mainly because I'm tired of the hype surrounding DFH, but I have to admit I found it very fitting on this warm Spring day. It's very well balanced and you can tell care was taken to do this one right, nothing fancy, none of the headline-making, publicity whoring DFH has become known for, just a well conceived and executed beer.

nickhiller, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

"To be bowed by grief is folly;
Naught is gained by melancholy;
Better than the pain of thinking,
Is to steep the sense in drinking."

--Alcaeus

Beautifully blurry lemon peel with drifting clouds of fine yeast and an attractive crown of sheep's wool white. The head lasts long enough and isn't shy about leaving lace.

What a wonderfully fragrant blast of lemongrass greets the nose! Most finely crafted witbiers are a pleasure to sniff, but that extra ingredient puts this one over the top. Here's hoping the flavor follows suit.

After several ounces of Namaste, it's becoming increasingly obvious that lemongrass is underutilized in craft beer. The best part is that it doesn't overwhelme the orange zest fruitiness and the coriander spiciness that are the hallmarks of the style. If you're in search of the perfect picnic beer, search no further.

Pale and/or pilsner malt is not abundant, nor does it need to be. This offering is all about the top notes mentioned above. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter and lightly tart are balanced on a razor's edge. Drinkability, needless to say, is through the roof.

The mouthfeel tries to achieve a meager hint of creaminess as mid-bottle approaches... and just does succeed. Sparkly bubbles early become slightly less sparkly bubbles late. Better than lackluster carbonation, that's for sure.

Namaste is a common spoken greeting in India that means, literally, "I bow to you". All of us need to bow to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for creating one of the most unique and delicious witbiers in America. Six-packs please. Bottom line: lovely lemongrassy libation.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle from the March 2011 release

A-Partly cloudy, yellow-orange. Highly carbonated, with lots of head. Some lacing is left behind.

S-Lemons, wheat, yeast. Bread notes as well.

T-Rather sweet. A solid lemon flavor. Orange flavors. A citrus taste I assume is the coriander. Not much bitterness (20IBUs according to DFH's website)

M-Very light, and highly carbonated.

D-A light easy drinker. Only 5% abv. One of the better examples at incorporating a good lemon flavor.

rlee1390, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

A: a hazy pale gold. some of the haze is actually caused by the sea of carbonation bubbles. head is pretty dense, but i expected a little better retention.

S: spicy coriander. the hops and coriander actually work well together, playing off each other as fruity and bitter. definitely getting some lemon juice in there as well to add a bit of tartness.

T: lemon and pepper. a hint of sour behind the coriander. that hint hangs on through the finish, which is otherwise dry. the fruits are relatively complex and refreshing.

M: light body on medium carbonation. just wish the body was a little fuller/creamier and the carbonation was just a hair harder.

D: overall, refreshing, but almost too easy to drink. like i said above, if there was more of a bread character/richness i think it would be much more enjoyable.

Jimmys, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

750ml poured into a DFH Pint Glass. Part of a lovely DFH tasting with 5 friends.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a 2-inch fluffy white head. Very nice retention, leaves some soapy lacing.
S - Aromas of wheat, Belgium "bubblegum" yeast, and lemon. Very crisp and citrus-y.
T - Again, crisp and lemon-y, the lemongrass really shines here, along with some wheat, banana, and bubblegum. Really nice.
M - Medium-thin bodied with moderate carbonation.
D - Great drinkability, excellent spring/summer beer!

jsanford, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of jampics2
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

750ml bottle. I think this was $7.99 from the Mustard Seed Market in Solon. This is the beer I chose to kick-off my annual holiday beer tasting and it was a great choice. The lemongrass sets this apart, giving it distinct and full flavor while remaining light and drinkable. I enjoyed pouring and sampling this from my Cantillon globe.

The beer looks great in the glass. It's not completely cloudy but hazy - more of a chilly haze than cloudy bomb. The beer is gold with some straw yellow highlights. There's ample noticeable carbonation, with a steady string of bubbles rising to replenish a white cap. The head could be more fluffy in the beginning of the sampling, but holds on and has decent lace.

The smell is like a mix of traditional Belgian Wit elements and some zing from the lemongrass. I get notes of coriander and orange atop a bed of pale sweet malt and a bead of wheat. There's a floral and expressive nature to the smell, cut only ever so often with some spice. It's nicely expressive and there are intricate layers underneath the barrage of lemongrass. The smell is the best part of this beer.

The taste is also very rewarding. It's tangy and dry, with just a hint of sweetness from the malt base. The star of the show is the lemon and orange notes that make me imagine biting into a piece of citrus fruit. There's also some presence from the yeast strain, adding flavors such as coriander, white pepper and grains of paradise before drying out.

The body is light to medium with a very nice sparkling carbonation present. The dry finish has no notes of alcohol and this beer is very drinkable and enjoyable. A success from Dogfish Head.

jampics2, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

A - Pours a nice hazy golden color into my snifter with almost two fingers of dense white head. Retention is moderate as well as lacing, carbonation and sediment is visible.

S - Orange, lemon, biscuit, spice - coriander/clove, wheat and yeast and mild banana notes too. Smells very clean and refreshing.

T - Nice layers, lemongrass is at the forefront for me, followed by the spices of coriander and clove, orange rind that is slightly bitter and biscuit notes are present in the finish, surprisingly good.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, just slightly too much carbonation for my palate.

D - This brew is light and refreshing, has many nice layers, enjoy now or set one aside for the summer months when it will be really pleasing.

StoneBrewFanatic, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance:
A light hazy golden beer with a thick white head of approximately 2 fingers. Sediment catching rides on bubbles of co2 continue to oscillate around my glass as I agitate its golden contents. A very summery drink, my glass has light condensation on it as the beer is being served at approximately 40 degrees.

Smell:
Spicy citrus, orange, and biscuit. Heavy on the wheat and yeast, little bitterness at all. Rays of the sun shining through my glass on a dreary rain/snow season metamorphosis of a day. A light berry fruitiness from the yeast intertwines with the modest %abv and nothing overpowers.
Summary: Balanced and summery

Taste:
Summer loving. I would love this beer on a cool summer day, I may buy another one just to enjoy several months from now. Light like a fluffy wheat biscuit with a little bit of citrus and spice from the coriander and lemongrass (although the lemongrass is definitely secondary to the coriander).

Mouthfeel:
Light to medium bodied beverage, but not watery. Initially sweet on the palate. However, the beer has an inherent richness from the yeast and wheat. The beer is almost sour in the aftertaste, very little bitterness.

Drinkability:
Light and refreshing, alive and breathing as I take generous sips to experience all the sunlight and vitamin D my body has been craving through these long winter months. 5%abv makes it so an entire bottle an easy feat compared to most DFH special releases. Also for only $8, it doesn't hit the wallet as hard as expected, I could easily pay that much for a pint of it just to try it. As the world has both Beiber and DFH fever, I'm glad I was able to grab a bottle before it was all gone.

Cheers.

ThePorterSorter, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of BranfordBound
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

Walking around some hole in the wall packy near UConn I stumbled upon this bottle, lo and behold it's a 2011. Score!

750 mL dated 2011-1C into a Dogfish Head shaped pint.

Pours a dark golden color with a fluffy two finger white head. Leaves some lacing behind, fairly carbonated.

Smells of spices and wheat, but with some fruit to make it just a slight variation on the classic witbier.

Pretty much following the nose, the light wheat, witbier spices round off the usual, but the orange and lemongrass add to it. Slight fruitness and herbal qualities in the end which add to the refreshing factor.

Heavy side of light bodied, slightly wet.

Super drinkable, the back label says it's a "summer kind of thing, namaste." They're right, get one now and save it for the warm weather, it's a perfect compliment to it.

BranfordBound, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of aptea110
4.9/5  rDev +30%

Dogfish Namaste is a fantastic white beer and is delicious! Way better then a blue moon, shock top, etc garbage beers! Its in the same class as Allagash white! It more then lives up to the expectations of what a white beer should be and the history behind the name adds to the greatness that we expect from Dogfish Head Brews! Let the Haze consume you and delight in the Namaste!!

aptea110, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Bottled In: 2011 1C

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a nice 2 fingers worth of head that leaves good lacing

S: Spicy with a nice citrus smell, some yeast in the back

T: Big lemony taste comes out first, followed by spices and yeast. Overall, it's kind of muted compared to the smell. Definitely gets better as it warms

M: Light bodied with fairly high, prickly carbonation

D: Extremely easy to drink given the light body and 5% abv. It might get boring after a couple bottles though

BEERMILER12, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

This one pours a light gold color. Cloudy and bright with a fluffy white head about 1 1/2 fingers.

Aroma was more floral than spicy, and I picked up some corn as well. I think I'm sensitive to corn as I get it a lot from beers of this style. Semi sweet bread back-sniffs.

For the style this one tastes pretty good. A bit orangy or persimmon-y with loads of herbal spice and coriander. A soft biscuit malt provides a nice foundation. sweet in the middle. Towards the end I think it's going to leave a sort of syrupy film, but it gives a nice punch of dryness. Carbonation cleanses the palate and we're off again to the next sip.

Alas, this is not my style. Would be good on a hot summer day, but just one for me. Too rich in the banana-like, herbal spice yeast. Otherwise, though, it's a good beer for the style.

Mebuzzard, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a really nice hazy yellow color nice head and has a really nice taste. Its tough to say I might trade this for a regular like my local favorite like Allagash but this one gives it a nice run for it's money.

Smell is definate lemon grass can't pick up much orange though.

T - Banana like taste creamy.

M - nice feel again cream like.

D - Really nice great for the style. I would say a great representation of the sytle.

Casey10, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Enjoyed on tap at the Fairfax brewpub in Virginia this witbier shows a cloudy light yellow color with a nice white cover and good lacing. It reveals a bready light citrus lemon smell that includes a slight peppery quality. The flavor offers a classic white ale theme that includes a light banana-lemon subtle idea over sodabread and oak. It is medium light bodied with a slightly aqueous feel over firm carbonation. Very drinkable like most of this variety and a better than average version.

Durge, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of jmfc8237
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

Poured into a dfh 12 oz fluted bass glass. Golden straw color with plenty of carbonation and cloudyness. Lovely lemongrass and coriander aroma with a smooth frothy head. Medium head retention with minimal lacing. Taste backed the nose as a lemony wheat malt cascaded with floral hops balance this one nicely. Wonderful velvety mouthfeel and drinkability was a bit nicer as the beer warmed a bit.

jmfc8237, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

ST: 750 ml poured into a Weihenstephaner glass.

A: Golden yellow, slightly cloudy, and ample carbonation meets a fluffy, full large white head.

S: Citrus flavors of orange and lemon, coriander, and cake batter.

T: Orange and coriander is present in the front, then lemon takes over in the middle and does not let go. Herbaceous notes join the lemon in a zingy crisp finish. A slightly bitter acidic citrus and grass bites the back of the throat, but fades quickly.

M: Light and crisp

D: Low ABV and light, though flavorful, ingredients are pleasant.

Overall: I am a huge fan of wheat beers, and I was interested in the use of lemon grass. This is not the best wheat beer I have ever had; however, it does offer new flavors in an old favorite. It is refreshing and slightly sweet. Yet, the sweet is tamed by the the bitterness of the lemon and the herbaceous notes of grass. It would make an excellent quencher on a warm day, and would match well with fish or lemon chicken.

ianjsullivan, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of nukem5
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Slightly cloudy golden wheat color with smallish head and little retention, nice thick lacing down glass.

S: Like citrus Orange peels and lemongrass, small peppery notes.

T: Is somewhat of citrusy peels and attack of pepper in the back end of taste.

M: Is of a medium body with slightly chewy feel muddled in the middle. Not a whole bunch of flavors drifting around but the ones that are present very good indeed.

D: Had mine with a piece of chipolte salmon in a Tai lime chili sauce, very good together.

nukem5, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a nice two finger head which gives way to some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of citrus and lemongrass with a hint of honey as well. The taste has a nice citrus flavor along with a big lemongrass taste. There are hints of honey as well along with a wheat backbone. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is high a nice mellow flavor that is well blended on top of being an easy drink. You could easily have multiple servings of these.

goblue3509, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thank you to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy yellow color. Some white bubbles.

(S)- A complex profile of lemon/orange peel. A spicy cardamon too with underlying dry yeasty wheat aspects.

(T)- Same as the smell. Nice layered lemon and orange peel with a subtle honey sweetness and bits of banana in the far background.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A nice combo of fruits, spice, and mellow sweetness.

(D)- An easy crisp drinker with fresh fruit tastes. Great for a summer afternoon.

sweemzander, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Dull lemon brass with some orange hues for coloring that was filled with a moderately rising effervesce filling the glass. A softy frothy, cream like head, leaves various clumping for lace behind.

S: Bright lemon and coriander along with oranges are evident upfront. Lightly dry wheat along with lemongrass fills the nose while finishing out with a slight dry citrus sourness. Reminds me a bit of a hoegaarden.

T: Bright and sassy on the open with a zing of citrusy hops, lemon, and a strong dry wheat backing. Fresh oranges is mingles with evident lemongrass notes that is slightly dry and sour with an acidic bite thrown in for good measure. Solid by example flavorwise.

M: Zippy on the carbonation factor brings the mouthful to life with a sharp as a tack feeling. Creamy wheat and oat like texture with a medium body and dry lemon grind coating on the tongue.

D: Nice drinkability, though towards the end of the bottle you will start feeling the slowdown a bit. A bright zing brings a good start to the drink, while a bomber should suffice and be a good example per style.

beerthulhu, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

A: golden strawy yellow in color, partly opaque but mostly due to the yeast floating around. Decent 1.5 finger frothy white head. Little to no lacing. Yeast drops out eventually and settles at the bottom.

S: Typical belgian yeast, clove, coriander, grass, straw, vaguely tart, some mild hint of lemon, perhaps orange zest. (I didn't read the ingredients off the bottle, until after I just wrote all that)

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. Citrus, lemon, grassy, herbal spices, belgian yeast. If I had to ding this on anything it would be a slight "soapy" aftertaste.

M: medium carbonation, zesty, refreshing.

D: Yes, this would make an excellent summer Wit. Great taste and easy drinking.

julian, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like coriander, orange peel, wheat and some yeast. It tastes like oranges, lemon peel, coriander, wheat and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and is well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, it's nice, refreshing and really easy to drink.

CuriousMonk, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Had during a dog fish head tasting
A-Murky yellow with particals floating and white head
S-smells like a combination of lemon and orange together
T-tastes like it smells, very orangy...
M-light and crisp
D-very drinkable, and I usually hate this style

Thanks cam!

brew3crew, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a murky golden yellow with a good amount of white head. Lots of carbonation on this one. Smells wheaty and citrusy. Lots of coriander on the nose. On the tongue there is tons of orange and coriander. Not a lot more on the tongue honestly but it's very good. High carbonation and a good mouthfeel.

Urbancaver, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Another beer I was happy to discover by DFH, found this at From the Vine. Review from notes.

Bottled in 2010 2A

Cloudy, wet straw color - a yellow gold with burnt orange hues and some yeast floaties. Small cap of white foam, receded quickly back into the brew. Some sticky legs but no real lace.

Smelled like bright and soft saison. Doughy Belgian yeast, slightly spiced. Some orange, lemon, and mild clove.

The taste is where this beer shines. It is sweet and floral, not too yeasty. There's sweet orange blossom, honey, with a funky saison-style finish. Lemongrass comes through adding an herbal grassiness to the aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied for the style. I liked this, but it was a bad idea to attempt the 750ml on my own. The whole bottle was a bit much to drink in a sitting.

Spider889, Jan 20, 2011
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.