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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

542 Reviews
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Reviews: 542
Hads: 2,770
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 176
Gots: 766 | 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: 542 | Hads: 2,770
Photo of JayAre46
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -16.8%
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 +22%
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%
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 +11.1%
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 -6.2%
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 +4.7%
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 -4.9%
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)

Photo of celtics2010
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The wife and I are not much into light wheat beers but found this to be exceptionally tasty and refreshing. This is a great beer for a hot day. It has a nice yellowish color and goes down very smooth. Dogfish Head makes some amazing beers and most being 8-10% alcohol, this is only 5% but does not disappoint. All in all a another great beer from Dogfish Head. (360 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with three fingers of white head that recede into a thin layer with a few frothy bubbles. Some decent lacing as well.

S: Coriander and orange up front dominating the smell. Underneath it lie some sweet wheat and bread aromas, though they're faint compared to the spices.

T: Similar to the aroma, coriander and orange zest dominate the flavor. The finish is dry with a hearty wheat bread flavor.

M: Light body and medium carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp and dry.

O: Overall, a decent witbier, but it doesn't really stand out from the crowd much. Just another coriander and orange-packed witbier. (633 characters)

Photo of BeerBoss
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle into a glass:

A: Has a nice crisp golden straw color. The perfect haziness for a whitbier.

S: Nothing impressive here...although whitbiers dont typically have too much nose...so this is ok.

T: Citrusy notes with a slighly dry finish.

M: A bit fizzy..

O: A nice clean bear for its class. Nothing impressive for dogfish but never the less good. (372 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a Nice pale white Cole with a small thin white head. Nose is light and wheaty, Belgian yeast and spices.

Taste is very light and crisp. Easy drinking and smooth. Mouthfeel is sharp and light. It's a mellow beer and not crazy... Almost peaceful. (286 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good wit. Wouldn't expect a poor product from DFH. But it's pretty straight-forward for the style, which I found odd.

Is this bottle-conditioned? The first pour yielded only a moderate haze that I could see through - not the wheat-proteiny murk I'd anticipate. Remainder pour - ultra-murk. The color is right-on, noticeably more orange. Attempted a semi-vigorous pour but the head didn't impress - standard white, mid-density, yet not so voluminous.

Fragrant coriander and orange peel jets out of the glass as early as mid-stream of the pour. They didn't hold back. Some honeyish malt rounds it out. A delightful scent.

Coriander and orange peel play prominently in the taste. Not as tart as I hoped - malts weigh in a little beefier as well as a notch or two more hop presence and bitterness than standard.

Leans more toward silky than creamy despite it appearing to have a fairly full body. Quite drinkable though not as crisp or light as I like. Couldn't drink more than two (16 oz) pints of these in one sitting. Etc, etc.

Great flavor, above average drinkability. Pretty straight-forward. Definitely worth it if you dig wits. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a whitish-yellow color with a thick, frothy head that fades down gradually, leaving lacing behind.

A mix of coriander, orange and only a slight hint of lemongrass show up in the nose. Very practical.

There's plenty of coriander within to satisfy, followed up by orange and a slight touch of lemongrass.

Mouthfeel is "airy" or "fluffy" with just the right feel for the style. There's just a hint of every flavor left.

I give this high marks for the emphasis on coriander and the excellent mouthfeel. Can you say extremely drinkable craft beer? (554 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped - Bottled in 2011

Was enjoying some craft beer with folks dipping their toes into the water for the first time. Decided we should start with this beer as it was lighter in body and flavor with some interesting flavors. They really enjoyed the beer and it set up some nice additional tastings for us. I really enjoyed this as well. Nice beer.

There was a pillowy white head that formed atop this slightly hazy straw/gold colored beer. A very nice amount of lacing clings in the glass.

Aroma was fantastic. The ingredients listed on the bottle were all present. There was a bright fresh feel to this that I really loved. Bright orange peel with the oils present... The lemon grass and a touch of spice.

As much as I loved the aroma, I enjoyed the flavor even more. This really hit the spot and was quite refreshing. The light malt flavor provided a base from which all of the complexity sprang. The lemon grass and orange peel popped and mixed with some subtle yeasty notes and a touch of spice. Light bread flavors just below the surface anchor all of these components.

Bright, fresh, refreshing. I will definitely be grabbing another bottle of this beer.

Well done. (1,186 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature bottle poured into my old logo Allagash pint glass. The liquid is ever so slightly translucent and golden colored. A decent amount of carbonation is visible within, all of it rising in steady streams. The head is pure white foam. The beer foamed up a lot when I poured, but it has settled down a bit, but is still a few fingers thick. Some patchy lacing is left behind.

Plenty of lemon and coriander greet my nose when I inhale. Some orange citrus is in there as well, but it isn't as prominent as the lemon. A little bit of powdered sugar sweetness and some musty Belgian style yeast round out the aroma.

This is a crisp beer with some good malts, but also a high quality, reserved hop profile. Lemon citrus and grassy notes are prevalent (probably all that lemongrass the label says in the beer). There is very little sweetness. A dry finish with lemon and orange peel flavors that linger.

The body of this beer is fuller than I expected, but it also has a watery quality as I swallow. Tiny bubbles can be easily felt. There is a good sized coat, but it is watery and can be swallowed quickly. There isn't any stickiness.

This is a good wit that I am enjoying, but it doesn't blow me away the way that Allagash White does; and since that is a local beer here, I'll go for a bottle of that next time I am craving this style. That isn't to say you shouldn't give this beer a shot, it is a very well made beverage that is worth a taste. (1,460 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Delirium tremens snifter. Big thanks to HosP for this one!

A: Pours a hazy glowing golden-lemon with a fluffy bright white head that slowly faded into almost nothing leaving a few soapy spots of lacing down the glass.
S: I get notes of cracked wheat, Belgian spice, pepper, lemon, coriander and a touch of orange.
T: Clean flavors of wheat, yeast, citrus and spice with the coriander coming through in the finish and the lemongrass in the aftertaste. There is a hint of bubblegum as well. Flavors are easy and clean.
M: Bubbly carbonation with a spritzy mouthfeel over the medium body. Refreshing.
O: I liked it and am glad I got to try it. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Thanks again Mark for hooking it up! (733 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with bright light citrus flavors and moderate amounts of spices - coriander with hints of deeper and indistinct spices. Also present are light amounts of floral and slightly herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors with small amounts of white pepper kick things off and are joined quickly heavier spices, including coriander as in the aroma. Midway through the sip light citrus flavors take over, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer however it's not quite clean enough to take a place in the upper tier. Still, an easy-drinking beer that will be great for warmer months. (965 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a clear pale straw color. it has a big fluffy 4-finger white head. The head has good retention and leaves scattered lacing on the glass. There are a tone of rising carbonation bubbles visible here.

S - It smells of lemon, coriander, and orange zest. It is also peppery and bready.

T - It tastes of orange and coriander up front. There are nice bready malts and lemon in the middle. There are notes of coriander, pepper, honey, yeast, and some wheat. Clean finish with come lingering citrus and pepper notes.

M - Medium body and high crisp carbonation. It goes down easy, and I find it to be very refreshing. It is a bit dry and citrusy. Good mouthfeel for the style.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and I really like the flavor. It is refreshing, and I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I think this is a good beer, and I'd try it again. (906 characters)

Photo of specksnreds
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like lemons. What a refreshing delight, what with its super bubbly personality. Giant cumulus head magically parts at the command of my gob. High quench factor with little bitter in this spicy concoction. What a dry ride this one was. Get it. My gob commands it. (269 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with my buddy, poured into stemless wine glass. Opaque straw yellow, very yellow, white three finger head that leaves some belgian lacing around the glass. The aroma is heavy on the spices, with coriander and lemongrass dominating and orange peal playing second fiddle. Orange, coriander and citrus on the front of the palate and than all lemongrass to the finish. The lemongrass is a huge flavor, it does however play well with the rest of the beer. Nice wheaty flavor pairs well with the spices and some fruity yeast twang can be found too. Well bodied for a smaller ale. Overall Dogfish succeeded on this one, albeit with a bit too much lemongrass flavor. (671 characters)

Photo of phiberoptik
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a white wine glass, Namaste pours a light golden yellow with a frothy white head.

I get candied lemon and spice in the nose. It gives a very pleasant smell with lots of light nuances of citrus and spices.

The taste is very refreshing with lemon and coriander but falls flat as you swallow. It gets watery as it goes past the tongue and doesn't have much of a finish. I expect more flavor from a Dogfish beer.

The mouthfeel is thin and bubbly, as it coats the tongue with little bubbles.

Overall Im glad I tired it but unfortunately the Hennepin I just cooked with has noticeably more flavor than this. (618 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. This is a fizzy cloudy pale yellow, with a very foamy inch of head. Smell is sour and dominated by lemon with a strong mix of cloves and coriander spiciness. Taste is extremely spicy.. again heavy on the cloves and coriander with some peppercorn-ish flavors as well. Very light bodied and easy to drink. Lots of orange and lemon flavors as well. Mouthfeel is foamy and creamy. (406 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

tap

Pours light, slightly hazy lemon gold with a thin white head with good retention.

Smells of lemon zest and coriander.

Tastes light and lemony with some coriander and other spiced notes.

Thinner mouth with slight tingle of carbonation throughout.

Good tasty wit with lots of good characteristics and some uniqueness in the flavor profile. Would have again. Very refreshing. (382 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 5% abv. Bottled in 2011. Pours cloudy, pale gold color. Pillow-like white fluffy head. Very nice head retention and lace.

Cereal grain malt, with a zesty citrusy edge. Big herbal and earthy notes blend in, with hints of spice.

Pale malt, a big grainy and tart. A bit of sweetness. Herbal notes. Some restrained spices. Very well balanced.

Light body with refreshing carbonation. Very easy to drink. Not the most exciting style, but simple and well done. (474 characters)

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.