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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

2,239 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 356 | 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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 30, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served to me on tap.
A. Milky-opaque straw yellow. Tons of foamy head that refused to die back.
S. Heavily raunchy - The first impression is wet funky and musty barnyard hay that some farmer has thrown handfuls of lemongrass into as an odor-eater. The second impression reveals the coriander power chord over citrus base and bizarre ammonia-family smells as from a good limburger cheese or leaking out of the corners of your closed diaper disposal basket. Overall, smells like a properly disgusting runny-gooey fancy cheese on top of a pale wheat malt and lemon foundation. Luckily, I enjoy that sort of thing.
T. The coriander makes me think of middle eastern food, the lemongrass brings to mind Thai cold dishes. Just like most of the fancy runny cheeses I have tried, what smells terrible on the nose is muted or completely absent on the palate. The raunchy odors don't have a taste equivalent at all. In fact the taste is remarkably light and floral. Lemony fresh. Although, if one lets it sit in the mouth for too long, there becomes a faint aftertaste of boiled carrots. How odd.
M. It is really super effervescent for me. Almost too bubbly, distractingly so. Not a "chewy" beer but rather sessionable.

The closest thing I have smelled to the strange funk of this beer has only been present in some Saisons and that one time I tried Lindemans Faro. As the type of person who seeks out the strange and unusual freak beers, I heartily endorse this oddity. :)

WastingFreetime, May 21, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light gold and has a lot of carbonation. A white creamy head builds about two fingers high.
The smell has some fruity notes like orange and lemon, but is not very strong.
Tasting the beer those fruit flavors are confirmed. A nice fresh combination of lemongras, orange and lime up front, to be joint by grain and definitely wheat in the middle, and ending with some coriander tones in the back.
A very nice summer beer with wheat beer character. It is light and very drinkable for those hot days, especially with that low 5 percent ABV.

Hopfenpeter, May 19, 2011
Photo of
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy yellow-orange with a fluffy white head that lingers for quite a while.

Smell - Musty European hops and wheat upfront with bright orange and earthy coriander just behind. As it warms the lemongrass aromas emerge, as well as a sweet almond note.

Mouthfeel - very soft and smooth, even a little powdery.

Tatse - Spicy and citrusy with a soft mineral finish. Just enough hops to tie it all together.

, May 19, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy light yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a citrusy lemony aroma. I get some grainy hops. Coriander mixes in as well. Very pleasent.

This beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Nice fruity lemon flavor with a slight grassy hop flavor. Some grain and spice as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It is carbonated well. It goes down smooth, leaving a lemony aftertaste.

This beer would make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and refreshing.

Overall: Thanls to inlimbo77 for this great beer. I like it a lot, and that is saying something, since I udually dont care for this style. Good job Sam and company for another winner.

OStrungT, May 17, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of lemongrass and coriander in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the lemongrass flavors are a bit stronger. Flavors of oranges are also present in the initial taste while coriander is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

metter98, May 17, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle
2010 vinatge
poured into tulip

thanks to njbeernerd for this fine beer

Color: A hazy golden straw color. Big white head of at least 3 fingers. This beer is well carbonates and leaves behind minimal lacing.

Nose: Big on the orange... sweet juicy oranges. Also evident is lemon grass which is later complimented by the coriander. Traces of wheat as well

Palate: soft and gentle. A light bodied beer with plenty of character and presence. The lemon grass is big on the tongue and the the orange taste floats in the background.

Finish: Crisp and refreshing. Goes down smooth and with a nice body of flavors. Very well done

schmoopsbeer, May 17, 2011
Photo of lennerja
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy yellow color with a large white head that leaves good lacing.

S- Smell is of citrus with some grassy hints as well as a slight spiciness from the coriander.

T- I get a lot of citrus in this one with some nice grassy notes and it finishes with a nice spice from the coriander that lingers in the mouth.

M- It is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O- This is a good witbier that is very refreshing and easy to drink.

lennerja, May 16, 2011
Photo of heebes
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint bottle.
Bottled in 2010 2A.

Pours a light clear golden with a large bright white foamy head. Nose is grassy, noble hops, lemon zest, citrus, slight resemblance to a pilsner. Taste is refreshing, smooth - lots of the light fruit notes; lemon & orange, hint of the coriander spice and some slight malt presence. Very easy going, light tasting, as its got a 5% abv that i enjoy. Tame sour/bitterness in the finish from the lemon flavour. Mouthfeel is left dry, light to medium bodied.
Overall this is an enjoyable witbier from Dogfish Head, hard to say if I'd buy multiples, perhaps moreso if this was in 6ers. Nonetheless this is a highly drinkable spring beer for this rainy, wet streak we have going.

heebes, May 16, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Namaste is a light and refreshing witbier with subtle grass and lemon flavours.

A: Yellow colour and a 1 cm head that fades to lacing. This is a very highly carbonated beer. 4.5

S: The smell is very wheaty with a hint of lemon and yeast. It has a very fresh smell. 4

T: The main flavours are lemon and grassiness. There is a little bit of tang in the aftertaste too. It's a tasty and refreshing beer, but maybe a little watery. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: Refreshing.

vandemonian, May 15, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head's Namaste

C: Hazy yellow color. Pours with about an inch of bright white head, which lingers for a few minutes.

S: Citrus. Wheat. Coriander

T: A nice well rounded hefeweizen. Wheat and coriander at the front end, followed by a mild citrus taste. At the end is a mild hoppy bitter finish.

M: Good carbonation. Slight bite on the tongue, most likely from the coriander, possibly the alcohol.

O: It's a pretty nice and well rounded hefeweizen. The addition of the lemongrass was an excellent choice. It's a pretty good beer, but I am not finding the urge to have another. It's interesting, but isn't the best hefeweizen I've had. It lacks balance.

negroobserver, May 12, 2011
Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy goldenrod color with creamy white head that hangs around a while. Lots of sediment

S - Wet straw, lemongrass, touch of orange.

T - Slight hint of orange, lemon, and honey. Slightly spicey.

M - Good deal of carbonation, medium bodied for the style.

O - I love Dogfish Head brews and get to their brewpubs at the beach several times a summer at least, but this one doesn't blow me away as some of their others do. It's a perfectly pleasant brew, but nothing I'd rave about. Great summer selection though.

My friend and I, who enjoyed this with me at the brewpub, realized that Namaste is best when paired with food. It's a tasty summer brew then!

BurpingtonDC, May 12, 2011
Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Wit with a Dogfish Head twist. This was my Mother's Day selection to go with a barbeque. Poured into my Busch Gardens "Bud Select" flute from a 750 ml bottle. Good looking beer. Big, delicate bubbly white head, hazy straw color and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell was the best part. All the witbier favorites are here, lemon zest, yeast, coriander, wheat with an extra kick from the orange.

Tastes good too. Wheat bitterness, yeast, coriander all nicely blended. The pronounced orange flavor puts the Dogfish Head quirky stamp on this Witbier. Namaste would have been a solid Wit whether or not the orange flavor was present.

Mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated, rich andjust the right amount of wheat bitterness.

A solid summertime beer. Good take on a witbier from Dogfish Head.

JayQue, May 09, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth airy fluffy pure white head with a slightly rocky top... Moderate retention gives way to a thick full rich creamy lacing... The color is a bright golden yellow with a moderate haziness... A mix of sluggish and quick paced carbonation bubbles, all of which are on the large size, rise randomly within... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Lemon... Some orange zest... Wheat fields... Just the most subtle touch of spiciness... Pleasant and quite refreshing, but rather subdued overall...

T - The palette is as the nose would lead you to believe... The lemon is at the forefront, but isn't overpowering... Some orange and other citrus notes... Wheat and spices are also mixed in...

M - Light bodied... Clean... Crisp... Prickly carbonation... Simple and refreshing... A touch of lushness...

D - A simple refreshing beer... Very straightforward... Nothing edgy or provocative about this one (something I have come to expect and relish in other DFH offerings)... A nice spring / summer offering... There's nothing "wrong" with this one, but not something I would highly recommend either...

philbe311, May 09, 2011
Photo of orock25
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -Pours light yellow, cloudy, with a head that fades quickly.

Smell - Lemon zest, fruity, you can also pick up the yeasty flavor.

Taste -Tastes like it smells. lemon, orange, maybe even some banana. Even with all the fruit, it still delivers a full flavered brew which can be difficult the master.

Mouthfeel - very crisp and refreshing. The crisp brings a welcome bite.

Overall - A nice summer beer. crisp, refreshing, and delivers full flavor. I thoroughly enjoy this and will repeat.

Namaste!

orock25, May 05, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
2.48/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's Beer Garden, Media, PA

Sorry Dogfish Head, but I found another brew of yours I don't care for. Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head, with a light aroma of crisp, floral hops. It gets points for being very refreshing and easily drinkable. However...where was the taste? I can't believe I'd say such a thing about a DFH brew, but there was almost no flavor in this at all, which was disappointing after reading the ingredients. Bear in mind: refreshing? yes; quaffable? yes; flavorful? no.

Rifugium, May 03, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a slightly murky orange color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Plenty of orange peel and lemon zest in the nose. A bit of spice and a faint amount of sweetness.

T- Very nice orange peel flavor with some yeast spice and lemon. A traditional witbier flavor with a bit more umph!

M- Medium/light bodied with nice carbonation. Easy drinking with a crisp finish.

O- Overall a very solid wit that I could see purchasing again.

projectflam86, May 03, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, malt house

from notes

appearance: served in an unmarked chalice, blurry yellow body, pulpy white crest

smell: fresh cut flowers, lemon zest, perfumey, corriander, lavender

taste: a pretty decent witbier, though a little underwhelming. lemon zest, corriander, floral, orange peel. worth trying, but would never feel the need to buy a 750ml

mouthfeel: light, refreshing

overall: nice wit, lemongrass plays well

dirtylou, May 01, 2011
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,239 ratings.