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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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85
very good

2,243 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,243
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 124
Gots: 359 | 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 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
Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of cloudy, straw yellow. It holds a voracious three finger head of snow white. It is billowy, soft, and recedes slowly, leaving thick lacing in its path. The brew is creamily opaque, and large chunks of sediment are found bobbing about. Carbonation looks highly active. The nose is full of bright and clean wheat, with otherwise pale malts. The orange peel affords a big tanginess, nearly on the order of an orange soda. The coriander is there, along with a further bittering of the lemongrass advertised. There is also a further coolness of vanilla extract. The smells are of a standard wit, but are certainly more robust than average. In the taste we begin with wet wheat, and a huge lemongrass that serves to wrinkle the palate and give a nice bite. Moving through the middle we are given brighter spice, similar to that in the nose, and a further streak of lemongrass, and an equally as big orange peel citrus. The latter serves to cut the bittering lemon and wheat, and helps to carry us into the finish, where it is really the star. The aftertaste breathes of that messy, wetly grainy flavoring, with souring flecks of the lemon and orange. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is quite high. As you sip and swirl the liquid around the mouth, it builds huge carbonation, making it hard, at first, to assess the flavoring. The mouth is left satiated with each sip, with only a slight drying from the grain and lemongrass. The abv is within range, and the beer drinks with a crisp ease.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the twinge of lemongrass in the aroma and the taste. The aroma is actually the most robust and striking part of the brew, with all of the proper components popping. There was a lot going on in the taste, especially with the myriad of citrus going on, but nothing important was lost. Where it did lose points was in the carbonation, which did become a bit overwhelming.

TheBrewo, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straw yellow hazy beer with creamy head that faded slow and left creamy walls of lace. The smell was of belgian yeast with banana and clove nicely balanced in the middle and citrus tones of orange and lemon grass on the back end. Nice honey, caramel and biscut notes with a good grainy wheat backbone. Nice citrus notes of orange and lemon subtly perk things up. Creamy body. It goes light on the banana in the yeast flavors and the spice is subtle too. Just a pinch of clove and pepper. Smooth, creamy, and very drinkable.

JayS2629, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, lemon, honey, spice and light malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of lemon, spices and honey. Then bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter but flavorful beer to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed light gold color, poof of frothy white head that lingers and leaves decent lacing. Scent is very floral with herbal qualities and fresh dried wheat - lemongrass lends great charachter along with juicy orange and spice (corriander and light pepper). Taste immediately suprises the palate with a pleasent floral taste, the lemongrass adds subtle complexity (much prefered to lemon rind) and mingles with the fresh dried grain, some herbal qualities come through before notes of orange and light nutty spice hit. Medium bodied, carbonation a tick below others in the style which adds to the beer. A pleasent suprise, uses some unique and high quality ingredients to make a best in class Wit.

rfgetz, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, straw-golden colored body. The head is supported by masses of rising bubbles and seems like it could persist indefinitely.

S - Very spicy with notes of coriander, ginger, clove, and lemongrass. Some bready wheat malt in the background.

T - Bready malt and wheat up front with some coriander. Some soft wheat in the middle and a bit of orange. The beer finishes with notes of orange and lemon peel with a hint of pepper.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Wow, this is surprisingly good. I am not generally a fan of witbier, but the balance between the wheat and the spices here works exceptionally well. The lemongrass the lemongrass is a really nice touch, it helps cut through the cloying thickness that many other wits seem to develop and it makes the beer taste much brighter. Unusually drinkable and very much worth trying.

nickfl, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: To me, this beer is not a very appealing color. Kind of a murky yellow lemonade-like color. Small amount of frothy white head that has little retention and leaves a random smattering of lacing.

S: Floral aroma, reminiscent of Jasmine, with yeasty banana, a spiciness (presumably from the coriander, though I have only ever used fresh coriander and am unfamiliar with the seeds) and finishing with citrus and lemongrass. Complex and very pleasant.

T: Clove spiciness mixed with, again, what is presumably coriander. Hints of the lemongrass play around the edges and the finish is very yeasty. Really a crisp and refreshing beer, though it is pretty sweet.

M: Light with moderate amounts of carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling clean.

O: Really a pleasant beer. Reminiscent of summer. Not really my cup of tea, I don't think that I would ever seek this beer out but it was enjoyable to have it once and I could see some people really going for it. Big on the spice, citrus and yeast and a nice wheat beer.

DaveBlack, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Chrisheartsbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon opening this beer, the citrus smells just made me smile. It truly does hold that "Summer-time" feel. The pour produced a nice rich white head which lasted for quite sometime. The color was a golden sheen. As it drank down, the lacing left just a soft amount on the glass, but it's to be expected from this wheat beer. The taste was refreshingly good, but not as complex as I was hoping. I did enjoy the citrus notes and drinkability of it though. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice, clean, and refreshing evening beer to accompany good "porch-sitting weather" of the summer months.

Chrisheartsbeer, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with bright lemon yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Sweet, slightly earthy and herbal aroma with lots of citrus peel, zesty spice and bread/yeast notes. Grassy with hints of pepper, clove and coriander as well as some orange peel and lemon juice.

Medium bodied and a bit fuller than expected with some tight carbonation and prominent spice character up front that lingers throughout into a sweet yet dry finish. There's a blast of zesty spice up front with lots of pepper, clove and coriander which is countered mid-palate by yeast/bread flavor as well as some sweet citrus rind and grassy/herbal notes. Lot of lemon juice which gives off subtle acidity and sweet orange peel balancing things out nicely. The lemongrass is prominent with a nice earthy and sweet character that makes this beer extremely refreshing and easy to drink. I had no problem drinking down the whole 750 pretty quickly.

Overall, I was really impressed with this offering from DFH. Lately a lot of their experimental beers have been interesting but just extreme for the sake of being so. Interesting experiments but not terribly enjoyable. One and done kind of beers. This beer, on the other hand, was complex and flavorful and I will definitely be buying it again, especially with summer coming around.

corby112, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really a nice smelling beer here. Lots of orange and coriander to go around with a hint of lemon.

Pours a bright golden color...decent, rocky head.

The taste is nothing short of amazing. Loads of orange is definitely there, with heaps of coriander as well. Just a very flavorful wit all around. This is how you do it. The slightly grainy wheat shows up just after, along with a small zing at the back which I'll assume is the lemongrass. Perhaps the best wit I have ever had, and that's saying something when it's considered that this is one of my very favorite styles.

NODAK, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice. Very bright gold color, a tad hazy, with fine-streaming bubbles from the bottom. Very nice aroma! Perfect for a wit, with loads of spiciness. Coriander and bitter orange peel are both very apparent, though I don't detect the lemongrass. The flavor mostly follows, though the coriander isn't as assertive as I would have thought. The lemongrass lurks around the edges, but isn't really a major flavor component. Yeast gives a gentle vanilla hint.

Very nice beer. I'd much rather have it in a set of affordable 12oz bottles, than a single $10 750, but I'll probably buy again anyway.

allengarvin, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of kranker23
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured cellar temperature in a chalice.

A - Yellow orange with a pure white head.

S - This beer shines here. Orange, lemon, coriander, and a slight barnyardy / earthiness at the end. Really nice smelling beer.

T - Orange and coriander again, but the wheat is really lacking.

M - Light, even for a white beer. A whole bottle (750 mL) is no problem to drink.

O - I am surprised at how little, if at all, this beer pushed the limits. There is really nothing "off-centered" about it. It is a good, not great, representation of the style. I feel it lacks the character of wheatiness that should be present in a wit. I will not be seeking this out again.

kranker23, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of tbrown4
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finished my afternoon at the Rehoboth brew pub with a pint of this.

A - Cloudy light orange/yellow, big fluffy white head, sticky thin lacing

S - Mild citrus and spice notes, creamy hint

T - Sharp and crisp lemony citrus, coriander spice with a creamy chewyness. Finishes very clean.

M - medium to light

O - Excellent representation of the style. Does not push the envelope at all but completely nails the style. This is a very good and easy to drink beer. I will keep this one on hand for my friends that always order those mass produced and artificial tasting witbiers

tbrown4, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a big 3" fluffy head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: coriander and wheat are easy to detect with some lemon citrus in the background.

Taste: wheat flavors are nice balanced with spices such as coriander, white pepper, and clove. Lemongrass is also detectable with a bit of an orange citrus flavor at the finish. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: this is a very quaffable beer and at the 5% ABV level, a bunch of glasses can easily be consumed in a session. Well balanced and nicely flavored, this one will have you looking for some more when the glass is empty.

Gavage, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of tekn0ph1sh
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Pilsner

Namaste

A: Hazy light straw colored. Pillowy white head. Good lacing. Stayed around for the duration.

S: Spice, floral and citrus floral notes with a biscuit element towards the end.

T: Biscuity, spicy, citrus, lemon.

M: Well carbonated very crisp and refreshing.

O: I was kind of hesitant on this one. I have heard some bad things but I should have said its Dogfish Head so how bad can it be. Although it is not may favorite DFH beer it is still excellent. It is very refreshing and a nice wit bier. It was a nice treat beer. I don't really see myself drinking it all the time and since its only produced 3 times a year I don't really see how I could. I will definitely buy a couple of bottles the next time I see it.

Namaste

tekn0ph1sh, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Papago. Well hazed body with a meringue head. Patchy lace. Nose is quite spicy, with notes of white pepper and coriander. Flavor is zesty with orange peel and spicy with coriander. Herbal, tea-like notes come through, especially in the finish. Body is medium for style, pretty light overall. Carbonation leaves the mouthfeel slick and the finish dry. Very drinkable and nice for those warm days. Good for style.

BretSikkink, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 25.4oz bottle with a 2011 freshness date. Cloudy apricot pear color with a generous two plus finger white head that was persitent. Nice clingy lace. Smells of wheat, orange, lemon, flowery yeast and citrus notes.
The taste is of wheat and lemongrass. The lemongrass really shines in this brew. Also, coriander, orange, floral notes, flowery yeast, white tea and some light spices that I can't nail down. A light dry mouthfeel and nicely balanced between sweet and tart. Very well done DFH.

Schwarzbart, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of vgarneth
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a hazy appearance with small bits of sediment; although, it had a nice citrus, floral nose. Amazing taste as if you're biting into a fresh orange that finishes with lingering hints of lemongrass on the palate. A refreshing brew for warmer weather.

vgarneth, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Sam21
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage purchased for $8. Poured into weissbier vase.

Appearance – Cloudy straw body with fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Lots of active carbonation.

Smell – The coriander is the first thing I notice, but then the orange becomes noticeable and ties into the wheat base.

Taste – Bready wheat gives this beer its foundation. On top of that, Dogfish Head has built layers of spicy coriander and dried orange. The wheat really comes through the commanding spice and adds balance. The dried orange comes across more spicy than sweet and plays very well with the coriander and wheat. Finish is herbal and a bit spice.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium bodied with slightly tingly carbonation. Moderately slick at points.

Drinkability – Quaffable to say the least. Dogfish did a great job crafting a witbier with a unique flair. Refreshing with a good mix of fruit and spice.

Sam21, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, citrus, and some spices.

T: Tasted of orange, lemon, malt and some coriander. Not quite as dynamic as I would've hoped, but still pretty tasty. A well-rounded flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: This an easy to like, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- 4 What's lacking in color (almost clear but slightly hazy straw) is made up for in bubbly activity and a big white fluffy head. Very large bubbles, fairly smooth and slightly sticky lacing.

S- 3.5 The aroma of Namaste is of lemon and a bit of coriander spice. It's kind of earthy. It is sour primarily, though, and leaves much more desired from my sniffer.

T- 3.5 Unfortunately I wasn't treated to a pleasant surprise in the taste from what its aroma left me hoping for. It is predominantly lemon and thus sour. I get less spice here than from the aroma. It does have a hint of wheat, and as it warms I find it to sweeten up a little which slightly calms the sourness.

M- 3 This is over-carbonated for my liking. It would be light in body but the high carbonation makes it feel more like medium.

D- 3.5 Not well-enough balanced for me to enjoy much of this. I could split the 750mL but wouldn't want much more. It is a bit sour and over-carbonated. I can get some of the ingredients that were used and I appreciate that, but they just didn't work as well together as I had hoped they would. Worth a shot I suppose.

KYBrewgrass, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Generously shared by my buddy, Bill - Thanks!

Appearance -- Pours a hazed chartreuse hue with a tuft of lily white head. Purty.

Smell -- Aromas of cracked wheat, coriander, an abundance of lemongrass, and sweet/tart citrus. Very interesting citrus component, definitely different from the typical zesty orange peel.

Taste -- Bready malt and dry wheat, lemongrass and coriander, and earthy and somewhat tart yeast. Again, the citrus component is very unique, lending faint fruity tartness. I'm not sure if this is caused by the dried orange flesh, but somehow the coriander and lemongrass are very much in the forefront. Lingering flavors of yeast tartness and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with high carbonation and tea-like astringency. Carbonation is a bit harsh, and the astringency was not welcome.

Overall -- Interesting. Refreshing, interesting addition of both lemongrass and the dried orange slices. All was relatively good except for the mouthfeel: overcarbonated, astringent, distracting.

Additional Notes: Requires a weekend nap.

yeahnatenelson, Apr 10, 2011
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,243 ratings.