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Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Photo of elton044
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Namaste. "The divinity in me bows to the divinity in you," and others' based on literal translations of the Sanskrit root.

While I would not classify this creation as 'divine' per se, I would most certainly classify it as worth one's time and hard-earned money.

Lately, I've found myself on a quest to both try new brews and experience them in a more culinary context. That being said, after first sampling this creation, I immediately paired it with a fat, juicy burger topped with a sharp pepper jack cheese, thickly-sliced tomato' equally thickly-sliced bacon, a smattering of lettuce and just enough jalapenos to make things interesting. After whipping up the meal, I subsequently headed out to my favorite chair on the back porch. This brew, my friends, created an experience.

From my 750 mL. bottle, this brew poured forth in a hazy, golden-blonde hue. It effervesced in just the right ways to create a thin, yet frothy, pearl-white veil in my tall pilsner glass. I found it to have multi-layered scent tones; hints of light wheat yielding to a cacophony of citrus tones led by orange and then quickly followed by lemongrass. I was quite pleased to observe some sedimentation in this brew that lazily settled to the bottom of my glass.

Each sip sent a pleasant bite of spicy across my palate, which dissipated somewhat quickly. Wheat and yeast notes orchestrated the breadth of the flavor experience and were then eased aside to make way for the tingly citrus character that led to a clean, crisp and satisfyingly dry finish. The comparatively sharp bites of pepper jack cheese and jalapenos, along with the saltiness of the bacon, all part of my chosen meal, proved to be a perfect antithesis in this regard.

Although not an absolute top-level witbier, this brew most certainly asserts itself as the embodiment of summer in my opinion. Thoroughly enjoying a burger on my back porch with a tall, cool glass of Namaste crafted a lazy August summer evening that I will surely be repeating before long.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle into cervoise. From notes

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with nice fluffy white head. Decent lacing

S - Lots of citric orange and lemon. Wheaty yeast, and floral accents

T - Heavy on the wheat. I do pick up the lemongrass, lemon rind and tart lime. The coriander and other spices (pepper mainly) are noticeable but are more in the background.

M - Thin and very dry.

O - The graininess of the wheat I thought outshined the fruitiness of the lemons and oranges. A good, average witbier that I thought could afford a bit better balance.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild coriander/orange peel spicing. The taste is good as well. It has a nice and refreshing pale and wheat malt flavor. It goes down easy with hints of coriander and lemongrass along with a faint bitter orange peel finish. The profile is dead on. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer with excellent witbier character; a wonderful example of the style.

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Photo of Boto
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bomber: This one pours a hazy straw-golden color. There was a bit of a white head on it that doesn’t linger long. Also, there were some "floaties" in the beer. There is a nice nose to it. Definitely coriander and yeast to the nose. Some wheat in there also, as well as some floral notes. The taste is good also. Wheat, coriander, and a slight dryness to the beer. Citrusy flavors also. Good, but a bit pricey for the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very bright golden amber with a smallish maybe one finger high head of white fizzy lace that formed on top. Very hazy and cloudy with lots of sediment floating around and eventually settling down to the bottom of the glass. Decent retention left behind just a touch of lace across the top and no side glass lace what so ever.

very light and bright with lots of yeast and wheat like aromas. There were some light hints of fruit and a touch of grassy and grainy qualities in it as well. There was light grape and a touch of lemon in it as well. A earthy grassy quality as it warmed up.
light yeast flavor. Nice hints of peach and grss mixed in but both were very light and did not really contribute all that much to the overall approach. The finish was very dry and had an almost light wine like taste to it, very long and drawn out it was really very nice and a classic witbier.

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Photo of babaracas
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with two fingers of fluffy white foam. Big swaths of lace left on the glass. Smell: yeasty with some punchy sweet citrus, floral, with wheat and coriander notes. Taste: sugary pale, wheat cracker, tangy, coriander, a little clove-like spiciness, a fleshier orange like navel, lemon peel note. Medium bodied, creamy, dry spiciness midsip but juicy finish. Really nice. July 2011 release.

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Photo of Phelps
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Flanny's.

Slightly hazed lemonade-yellow. One finger of off-white foam becomes a thick top layer after a minute. Sticky walls of lace.

Bright, pithy aroma. Lots of lemon peel and coriander with some crackers. Nicely floral, with roses and lavender. Maybe even some lilac?

Lemon again in the flavor, blended with tons of coriander. The clean cracker finish is nicely drying. Flash of floral and dried citrus before swallow.

Light, massaging carbonation and a soft fizziness. Light on the palate, as it should be.

Namaste might be the best American-made wit. It’s more citrusy than your average wit, adding to its refreshment and complexity.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2011
This beer arrives from the tap with a one finger thick, pale, white head (that even leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass) that sits on top of a lightly hazed, pale straw-gold colored beer. The aroma smells of watered down orange juice, musty malt, bright slightly earthy coriander (that largely escapes the more herbaceous / earthy notes that coriander can sometimes have). There is quite a bit of pale malt character that contributes an earthy grain and clean cracker like malt character. As my nose gets used to it, I am noticing a fair amount of clove-like phenolics in the finish.

Dry tasting up front, though there is a hint of malt sweetness in the middle and the finish is very dry with some accentuating notes from a carbonic bite, dry citrus zest, pale grain cracker notes and a touch of hop bitterness. Also lingering in the finish is a supporting, slightly grassy, earthy coriander spiciness as well as a touch of fermentation phenolics that provides touches of clove. The coriander all of a sudden got quite distinct with a lemon like character that it can often have; this plays a huge role in the flavor profile in the end, as it warms up even more it becomes even more like coriander taking on that sort of grassy note that coriander has. This is nicely light bodied and refreshing, and it has just enough body to not be watery or overly light.

A pretty nice example of a Wit, the coriander character is actually pretty aggressive, but somehow I am enjoying its presence in this beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Very pretty carbonation.

It had a very fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Some citrus, mainly lemon. A bit of spice.

Sweet taste, bready. Lemon and a bit of orange.
Definite coriander.

This beer was light-bodied and refreshing. Perfect for a warm summer day.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy light golden body with a nice size white fluffy head. Good amount of lacing.

S: A nice fragrant nose of coriander, yeast, lemon zest, spices, loads of wheat, and a hint of lemon grass and citrus hops.

T: Wheat is the dominate flavor on the palate. It's balanced with some spices, yeast, citrus hops, lemongrass, bready malts, and a slight earthiness. Finishes slightly dry, but the flavors are thin and not long lasting.

M: A very watery mouthfeel that I feel hurts the flavor almost. Light body and light carbonation.

O: A nice witbier and glad I tried it, but it was missing something. If the mouthfeel wasn't so lean it would definitely get more points from me in the tasts. Otherwise, very easy to drink.

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Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle marked 2011 (I forget the other markings) into a cervoise...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-straw color. A one finger thick bone white head forms and recedes to a very thin collar.

S - Yeasty and bready with some obvious wheat. There is some nice earthy citrus I attribute to the lemongrass. Not as spicy as I thought it would be, but overall quite nice. Lemon zest and some other light citrus round out the nose.

T - Spices come out here. Corriander and peppery with wheat and breadiness. Lemon zest and earthy citrus give the profile a nice refreshing zest.

M - Light and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Nicely carbed and very refreshing.

O - Really glad I picked this one up as it was very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet, it's a gold color with a finger or so of white head.

The aroma is a typical wheat beer with hints of wheat and coriander.

The taste is a lot more spiced than the aroma, with strong notes of citrus and coriander. Very light and refreshing.

A good beer, but it's nothing amazing.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another EXCEPTIONAL offering from DFH. Had this in a pint glass served out of one of DFH's large format bottles. This poured a very very light color, with a voluminous head, remniscent of pilsner. This was light in color and body, crisp, and an absolutely refreshing beer for a 104 degree day. This is the kinda beer you can slug. No need to nurse this one. I have another bottle I can't wait to lay into. I'll definitely be getting more.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of garuda
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GeorgieBoy
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of WillyDee
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Takion
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of neobob187
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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