Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 534
Hads: 2,715
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 171
Gots: 733 | FT: 1
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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
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Reviews: 534 | Hads: 2,715
Photo of DaveBlack
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Chrisheartsbeer
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,443 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of kranker23
2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 (575 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of tekn0ph1sh
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (767 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of vgarneth
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of Sam21
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with an enormous cloud of feather-white head that is at least a few fingers deep and packed with dense bubbles of carbonation and patiently dissolves to leave quite the sticky lacing behind.

Generous aromas of lemon, coriander, grass, and yeast leap from the glass. There are also subtle notes of various other spices in the background.

Wow, the coriander and lemongrass are quite generous on the palate with hints of the citrus orange showing up as well. The flavor is quite impressive because the characteristics or so distinct, yet well proportioned.

This is one of the cleanest, crispest beers I have had in a while with a light body and generous carbonation.

If more witbiers were similar to Namaste, I would probably drink the style more often. This is a great beer with much to offer the senses. (842 characters)

Photo of JayAre46
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 brew poured into a DFH snifter from a 750 ml bottle giving way to precisely 2 fingers of white delicate fluff, gorgeous hazy yellow golden with orange hues showing presence, minimal lacing.

S - Strong corainder and orange fruity esters that are over taken by lemon in the back which lingers in the nose.

T - Accurately follows the aroma adding a touch of honey the flavor transitions flow with a great smoothness ending with the lemongrass being most present which becomes a pleasant change of direction for a wit, the hops are present but subtle and come and go, wheat grains are here for balance but in the end everything bows to the zesty lemongrass in the back. quite refreshing

M - Carbonated is on point, being light but there to accompany the silk smooth medium to light body. This beer is so soothing i feel like it can rehabilitate a battered palate.

O - Awesome twist from DFH and not surprised at all, can't wait to enjoy this under the sun next time, very easy to drink, with that being said i almost wish it had more of an alcohol presence. yes i understand it is a wit but maybe a little more kick would be nice. The biggest knock i have on this brew is its $11 dollar price tag a bit steep to me. (1,220 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Hazed to the point of opaque straw color. Two and a half fingers of thick pillowy head that retains very well and leaves a sizeable chunk of lacing.

4.5 S: Smells wonderful. Typical, but well made witbier base. Wheaty, straw, yeasty. Then the adjunct add a whole lot of great aromas to this. Corriander is very apparent, orange lends a big citrusy orange component (duh), and the lemongrass adds a touch of tangy sourish-ness.

2.5 T: Holy shit is this disappointing. I absolutely loved the nose, which makes this an even harder hit. There's a big hit of corriander up front, but after that the beer tastes and feels empty. It's strange and I've never really experienced anything like this. There's lemongrass and wheat in the middle if you froth it around your tongue. Yeast throughout. Orange is subdued. Super weak given how nice the nose was.

3.0 M: Part of why the taste is so bland is that the bottle is overcarbonated. Not absurdly so, but enough to worsen the experience. It blows up too much on the tongue for a proper experience. Otherwise, lighter medium body and not particularly smooth due to the carbonation.

3.0 D: This has some problems with carbonation foremost. This beer started out so well. It looked great and smelled better, but the house of cards fell down with the taste. The flavor is too light for my liking. This would be a good lawnmover beer, but not for the price. (1,432 characters)

Photo of aeminter
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale hazy yellow; almost a straw or honey color. The head is thick and foamy white, but diminishes to a thin layer of foam across the top of the beer.

S:The smell is slightly sweet with notes of citrus zest, coriander and....pepper...general spiciness (if that makes any sense).

T/M: Mildly sweet with a little tartness at the edges. The herbal notes follow the nose. The carbonation is high but pleasant. Medium body...balanced, refreshing and crisp.

O: A very tasty refreshing beverage. (496 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, slightly cloudy straw color with a pure white head that sticks around as medium cap and leaves some decent lacing. Nice spicy and lemony aromas, with a particularly nice floral hit of lemongrass. The taste is a bit more subtle, with a gentleness overall, some very light spice notes, some decent lemongrass, and a soft finish. The beer could use a little more crispness, and a little more depth of flavor, but overall it's fairly intriguing and quite refreshing. (476 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of THECPJ. Thanks Shane!

A very hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam. Look just like what a Witbier ought to.

Tons of aromas in the smell. Coriander and other spices, yeasty, with notes of wheat..now a blast of lemon zest. I'm not noticing any clove but that's fine.

All of the aromas seem to be integrated into the taste. It is very spicy and flavourful and a joy to drink.

Medium body, fairly light carbonation...nice mouth feel and drinks easy as pi. Darn good beer. (499 characters)

Photo of BigMike
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellowish orange in color. Extremely hazy. Light effervescence streaming. A really nice pure white head like meringue.

S: Right off the bat i get a ton of spices. Coriander is definitely there. Lot's of lemon zest and ginger. Not sure if ginger is used in the brewing process but i definitely get it on the nose.

T: Lot's of orange and lemon. As in the nose the spice presence is undeniable.

M: Light amount of carbonation. The little that's there tingles on the tongue. Light bodied and refreshing. Real easy to drink.

Overall: I good flavorful Witbier. Nice flavors and mouthfeel and a good refreshment quality. (622 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hay colored with a haze, fair head retention with a little lace and plenty of carbonation. Hay and a touch of citrus in the aroma. Nice carbonation profile up front and in the middle. Grain, coriander, and lemongrass are present in the middle with a little bit of soap on the back end. Faint bitterness. Medium body leaning toward the light side. (346 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 2011 750 bottle.

A: Pours foamy white three fingers of lingering head. Not much lacing. Hazy light yellow color - like late summer hay. Second pour yields more billowing head and definite lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts, coriander, hay, a touch of grass (but not the advertised lemongrass.)

T: wheat grains, belgian yeasts, a touch of lemon, and lingering coriander. Slight citrus wafts remain on the breath for quite a while. Very low hops, perhaps a bit of Saaz for bittering?

M: light body, very refreshing and effervescent. Coriander taste lasts and numbs the tongue slightly - this could be residual orange peel as well.

O: Nice that dfh used so many advertised spices to make a balanced wit. Perhaps this could have been accomplished with a more aggressive yeast and less adjunct additions? Either way, this is pretty easy drinking.

I'd buy this more often if it came in a 6er. I got this one at a discount, but would probably not get more at full big-bottle prices. (979 characters)

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.