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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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87
very good

542 Reviews
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Reviews: 542
Hads: 2,764
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 176
Gots: 762 | 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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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must preface my review by saying that Witbier is not my favorite style as I normally don't really care for spiced beers. That said, I have picked up a few over the last couple weeks and it has been a nice change. I was surprised that this version had such high reviews, but I haven't been disappointed with DFH beers. Let's give this one a try:

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow straw color with a solid 2" head of creamy white bubbles that is kept up by tons of bubbles rising. The head was still well over an inch a couple minutes after the pour. There is some solid lacing left on the glass after drinking, so overall this is a very well presented Wit.

Aroma: The aroma is really clean, fresh, and spicy. I get lots of citrus with lemon juice and rind in particular and the coriander is obvious. As the beer is settling, the orange is coming out more. Overall the aroma is really full and inviting, so far so good.

Taste: Wow! The flavor in this beer is really nice overall. It has the mouthfeel of a Belgian Blonde, but a lot lighter on the palate. The citrusy lemon and orange are pretty big players in the flavor along with the sweet biscuity malt. The spice additions are very well done in this beer and they are adding complexity while not becoming a dominant force in the flavor. The body is light to medium with high carbonation which this style requires. The finish is owned by the malt and yeast with some of the spice and citrus left on the palate to linger for quite some time after the sip. The wheat leaves a defined creamy edge on the back of the palate really early in the sip, and it sticks there the whole time and has a bit of a grainy edge to it.

Opinion: I think that I can now say that I have a favorite spiced beer. I had liked some of the Christmas Ales, and I don't know if the Brasserie De Rocs beers count as spiced, but this is a world class Witbier, no doubt. Sam did this beer just the way it should have been done, and I must say that I am impressed. I paid around $9 for this bottle, so unfortunately isn't cheap...but I would definitely recommend that you give this one a shot. (2,127 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light gold body with a white, mousse-like head. Thin lace formations at every sip level, looking a bit like fine cirrus clouds.

Smell: Pale and wheat malt smelling of loaf bread soaked in a bit of cream and rounded by fragrant notes of citrus oils, herbaceous lemongrass, and spicy, vaguely nutty coriander.

Taste: Light malted barley, somewhat hay-like, along with tangy, bready wheat malt and an icing sugar sweetness. Tastes of spicy coriander and citrusy, juicy bittersweet orange are quick to follow. A little sharpness from the lemongrass, though, once you really get into it, all the flavors come together quite nicely. Straw sporadic drops of heavy cream. A low level of hop bitterness at best. A little last sip of spice and orange juice for the finish. A peppery component lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation provides some effervescence, though there's some soft creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Rather refreshing and thirst quenching, a fine beer suitable for drinking in the drearily warmer months ahead of us. (1,210 characters)

Photo of Janderson91
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011 printed on the bottle. Enjoyed on 03/22/11.

A - Pale straw yellow color with a one finger white head. Leaves pretty good lacing. A couple floaties are visible. Pretty cloudy.

S - Aroma is very spicy and lemony. Some orange peel is evident as well. A spicy hoppiness and a light, toasty malt character is there too.

T - Very spicy and a light malt sweetness up front with some fruity Belgian yeast. Pretty heavy on the lemon flavor. Finish nice and crisp with some biscuity malts and a good peppery spiciness. Good beer.

M - Mouthfeel is just average for the style. It may be just a touch overcarbonated.

O - Overall, this is another good one from Dogfish. I quite enjoyed it, and it would really hit the spot on a hot Alabama day in July. (759 characters)

Photo of BlitzShadow
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale, golden, with a slight opacity. Nicely carbonated - almost perfect. Good head retention in my Witbier glass.

S: You can easily smell the spicy notes, coriander, and lemon - A reviving scent.

T: Lemon and spicy/peppery at the start, but the lemon dominates the aftertaste.

M: Dry finish and decent carbonation. The mouthfeel is very light and would be refreshing if not for the dominant lemons.

D: This *should* be refreshing but the lemon notes just overpower. Sadly, it reminds me too much of furniture polish right now.

Note: I've been a HUGE fan of DFH since 2000 when I lived in DE - back in the "old" brewery where 120 min was offered in bottles of this size. They make supurb beers!

This is just one beer that doesn't quite suit my tastes right now. I would certainly recommend a bottle to try, though. I think I'll give this one another go after a round of golf in hot/humid July afternoon. (915 characters)

Photo of Mosley1212
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes made over spring break)

Had this one on tap at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. Served in an accompanying DFH Signature Glass.

A--Poured a bright glowing color with a light, thin white head that dissipated rather quickly.

S--Sweet lemongrass, orange peel, corriander, lemons, pretty much exactly what I want a witbier to smell like.

T--Follows the nose, but not as well as I thought it would. The beer has a classic witbier flavor. The sweetness of the orange peel comes through. The back of the tongue has a slight bitterness that was a little unpleasant, but not something I would let deter me.

M--Light, crisp, and refreshing. This beer felt really good on the tongue.

O--This is a great offering from Sam and the guys at Dogfish. I could imagine sitting out on the beach this summer drinking these all day. One of the best witbiers out there. (866 characters)

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

Note to the Dogfish Marketing folks... Been drinking craft brew for at least 5 years now and never realized that Namaste was a Witbier. One of my favorite styles by one of my favorite breweries. A match made in heaven??

A - Pours a nice cloudy white yellow. Starts out with a really good head. Leaves behind a nice lacing and trace amounts of spice on the glass.

S - Great scent. Lemongrass, Coriander, spices, it's all here. Can the tasted live up to the scent?

T - Great beer. One of the better that I've had in quite some time. Spices are not overpowering, they have just the right balance on this beer. A little bit of sweetness from the orange peel. I haven't enjoyed a good Wit like this one in quite some time.

D - On the border of being a sessionable beer. I could drink this one all night long. I'll be seeking out more of this on my next visit to the beer store.

M - Perfect body, perfect carb. I can't say anything wrong about this beer. Only wished I had found it earlier.

Wish I would have known about this one a few years ago. Really enjoyed this one and I'm looking forward to more. (1,104 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my DFH signature glass. Bright cloudy yellow with some particulates floating around in there.Fizzy but thick white heading that stays around for a bit.Decent lacing throughout.

Mostly getting lemongrass in the nose at first,followed with a quick hit of corriander,and a bigger orange aroma fills the nostrils.Subtle spicey hops thrown in for good measure.

Taste is all the same. Very heavy taste and linger of lemongrass. With the other aspects of orange peels,corriander and earthiness make a quick push through. Amazing how much lemongrass is in this beer by far the heaviest I have ever had in any beer and it is a score.

Mouth is tremendous,very alive with carbonation and a seltzer like finish that sticks around for a while.Nice medium body and great balance.

Another score from DFH. A perfect spring beverage for everyone...well over 21. (860 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at MiKro Beer Bar in Hamden, Conn.

A: Cloudy, pale, golden yellow with a thin, creamy head of white foam. Left very nice lacing and carbonation was barely visible amongst the clouded haze.

S: Lemongrass, white pepper, coriander, orange peel and flowers. A very light, pleasing citrus and spice aroma.

T: Light, fruity and floral malt and citrus notes brush the palate at first, imparting hints of toasted bread, tangerine and lemon pepper. Slightly milky and lactic sweetness blends with tart and spicy flavors to build to a mildly bitter and acidic, light, peppery finish.

M: Light-medium bodied mouthfeel with some chewy proteins, yeast and lactic enzymes, but slightly tart and acidic on the palate.

D: A very nicely crafted and highly drinkable witbier from DFH; perfect for the impending warmth of early spring. I'd love to pair it with a lemon-broiled monkfish or light, nutty cheese. (909 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

A - Cloudy straw in color, very frothy white head that dissipated quickly leaving very slight lacing on the sides.

S - Lots going on here, get lemon, orange, almost a bubble gum like scent

T - The lemon seems to dominate over the orange and coriander. Very well balanced and refreshing beer, this will be a good one for hot summer days.

M - Mild with a medium carbonation

D - A good expression of a Witbier, very refreshing. (457 characters)

Photo of foogerd
2.34/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Props to the really cool artwork on the bottle.

A- Pale hazy yellow colored body, nice sized cushy head with some nice lacing.

S- Kinda like a watery Witbier, I keep getting this empty airy watery smell besides for the orange yeast and wheat smell.

T- Again tastes like diluted Witbier, I just cant seem to shake this from the brew no matter how many sips I take.

M- Lots of carbonation, watery.

O- A real disappointment from what I'm used to with this brewery. I would say this is the first time that Dogfish really totally flopped for me, I drain poured the last 10 ounces. Unless I've had a bad bottle which I dont think thats the case I would say to avoid this brew and try the many other fine Witbiers on the market. (727 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy straw/blond, one finger head settles to a light dusting of froth leaving behind very nice lacing.

S: smells Belgian, refreshing, little bit of bubble gum, citrus, especially orange,

T: you can actually taste the coriander, orange and lemon/lime zest, tastes a lot like Sprite (sounds weird but it's actually quite good), peppery, little bit of a fresh hoppy background that imparts a slight bitterness.

M: smooth and well carbonated, mild but nonetheless refreshing.

D: I wanted to hate on this, mainly because I'm tired of the hype surrounding DFH, but I have to admit I found it very fitting on this warm Spring day. It's very well balanced and you can tell care was taken to do this one right, nothing fancy, none of the headline-making, publicity whoring DFH has become known for, just a well conceived and executed beer. (839 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"To be bowed by grief is folly;
Naught is gained by melancholy;
Better than the pain of thinking,
Is to steep the sense in drinking."

--Alcaeus

Beautifully blurry lemon peel with drifting clouds of fine yeast and an attractive crown of sheep's wool white. The head lasts long enough and isn't shy about leaving lace.

What a wonderfully fragrant blast of lemongrass greets the nose! Most finely crafted witbiers are a pleasure to sniff, but that extra ingredient puts this one over the top. Here's hoping the flavor follows suit.

After several ounces of Namaste, it's becoming increasingly obvious that lemongrass is underutilized in craft beer. The best part is that it doesn't overwhelme the orange zest fruitiness and the coriander spiciness that are the hallmarks of the style. If you're in search of the perfect picnic beer, search no further.

Pale and/or pilsner malt is not abundant, nor does it need to be. This offering is all about the top notes mentioned above. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter and lightly tart are balanced on a razor's edge. Drinkability, needless to say, is through the roof.

The mouthfeel tries to achieve a meager hint of creaminess as mid-bottle approaches... and just does succeed. Sparkly bubbles early become slightly less sparkly bubbles late. Better than lackluster carbonation, that's for sure.

Namaste is a common spoken greeting in India that means, literally, "I bow to you". All of us need to bow to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for creating one of the most unique and delicious witbiers in America. Six-packs please. Bottom line: lovely lemongrassy libation. (1,604 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the March 2011 release

A-Partly cloudy, yellow-orange. Highly carbonated, with lots of head. Some lacing is left behind.

S-Lemons, wheat, yeast. Bread notes as well.

T-Rather sweet. A solid lemon flavor. Orange flavors. A citrus taste I assume is the coriander. Not much bitterness (20IBUs according to DFH's website)

M-Very light, and highly carbonated.

D-A light easy drinker. Only 5% abv. One of the better examples at incorporating a good lemon flavor. (473 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a hazy pale gold. some of the haze is actually caused by the sea of carbonation bubbles. head is pretty dense, but i expected a little better retention.

S: spicy coriander. the hops and coriander actually work well together, playing off each other as fruity and bitter. definitely getting some lemon juice in there as well to add a bit of tartness.

T: lemon and pepper. a hint of sour behind the coriander. that hint hangs on through the finish, which is otherwise dry. the fruits are relatively complex and refreshing.

M: light body on medium carbonation. just wish the body was a little fuller/creamier and the carbonation was just a hair harder.

D: overall, refreshing, but almost too easy to drink. like i said above, if there was more of a bread character/richness i think it would be much more enjoyable. (820 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a DFH Pint Glass. Part of a lovely DFH tasting with 5 friends.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a 2-inch fluffy white head. Very nice retention, leaves some soapy lacing.
S - Aromas of wheat, Belgium "bubblegum" yeast, and lemon. Very crisp and citrus-y.
T - Again, crisp and lemon-y, the lemongrass really shines here, along with some wheat, banana, and bubblegum. Really nice.
M - Medium-thin bodied with moderate carbonation.
D - Great drinkability, excellent spring/summer beer! (504 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. I think this was $7.99 from the Mustard Seed Market in Solon. This is the beer I chose to kick-off my annual holiday beer tasting and it was a great choice. The lemongrass sets this apart, giving it distinct and full flavor while remaining light and drinkable. I enjoyed pouring and sampling this from my Cantillon globe.

The beer looks great in the glass. It's not completely cloudy but hazy - more of a chilly haze than cloudy bomb. The beer is gold with some straw yellow highlights. There's ample noticeable carbonation, with a steady string of bubbles rising to replenish a white cap. The head could be more fluffy in the beginning of the sampling, but holds on and has decent lace.

The smell is like a mix of traditional Belgian Wit elements and some zing from the lemongrass. I get notes of coriander and orange atop a bed of pale sweet malt and a bead of wheat. There's a floral and expressive nature to the smell, cut only ever so often with some spice. It's nicely expressive and there are intricate layers underneath the barrage of lemongrass. The smell is the best part of this beer.

The taste is also very rewarding. It's tangy and dry, with just a hint of sweetness from the malt base. The star of the show is the lemon and orange notes that make me imagine biting into a piece of citrus fruit. There's also some presence from the yeast strain, adding flavors such as coriander, white pepper and grains of paradise before drying out.

The body is light to medium with a very nice sparkling carbonation present. The dry finish has no notes of alcohol and this beer is very drinkable and enjoyable. A success from Dogfish Head. (1,656 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden color into my snifter with almost two fingers of dense white head. Retention is moderate as well as lacing, carbonation and sediment is visible.

S - Orange, lemon, biscuit, spice - coriander/clove, wheat and yeast and mild banana notes too. Smells very clean and refreshing.

T - Nice layers, lemongrass is at the forefront for me, followed by the spices of coriander and clove, orange rind that is slightly bitter and biscuit notes are present in the finish, surprisingly good.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, just slightly too much carbonation for my palate.

D - This brew is light and refreshing, has many nice layers, enjoy now or set one aside for the summer months when it will be really pleasing. (736 characters)

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

Appearance:
A light hazy golden beer with a thick white head of approximately 2 fingers. Sediment catching rides on bubbles of co2 continue to oscillate around my glass as I agitate its golden contents. A very summery drink, my glass has light condensation on it as the beer is being served at approximately 40 degrees.

Smell:
Spicy citrus, orange, and biscuit. Heavy on the wheat and yeast, little bitterness at all. Rays of the sun shining through my glass on a dreary rain/snow season metamorphosis of a day. A light berry fruitiness from the yeast intertwines with the modest %abv and nothing overpowers.
Summary: Balanced and summery

Taste:
Summer loving. I would love this beer on a cool summer day, I may buy another one just to enjoy several months from now. Light like a fluffy wheat biscuit with a little bit of citrus and spice from the coriander and lemongrass (although the lemongrass is definitely secondary to the coriander).

Mouthfeel:
Light to medium bodied beverage, but not watery. Initially sweet on the palate. However, the beer has an inherent richness from the yeast and wheat. The beer is almost sour in the aftertaste, very little bitterness.

Drinkability:
Light and refreshing, alive and breathing as I take generous sips to experience all the sunlight and vitamin D my body has been craving through these long winter months. 5%abv makes it so an entire bottle an easy feat compared to most DFH special releases. Also for only $8, it doesn't hit the wallet as hard as expected, I could easily pay that much for a pint of it just to try it. As the world has both Beiber and DFH fever, I'm glad I was able to grab a bottle before it was all gone.

Cheers. (1,684 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Walking around some hole in the wall packy near UConn I stumbled upon this bottle, lo and behold it's a 2011. Score!

750 mL dated 2011-1C into a Dogfish Head shaped pint.

Pours a dark golden color with a fluffy two finger white head. Leaves some lacing behind, fairly carbonated.

Smells of spices and wheat, but with some fruit to make it just a slight variation on the classic witbier.

Pretty much following the nose, the light wheat, witbier spices round off the usual, but the orange and lemongrass add to it. Slight fruitness and herbal qualities in the end which add to the refreshing factor.

Heavy side of light bodied, slightly wet.

Super drinkable, the back label says it's a "summer kind of thing, namaste." They're right, get one now and save it for the warm weather, it's a perfect compliment to it. (816 characters)

Photo of aptea110
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dogfish Namaste is a fantastic white beer and is delicious! Way better then a blue moon, shock top, etc garbage beers! Its in the same class as Allagash white! It more then lives up to the expectations of what a white beer should be and the history behind the name adds to the greatness that we expect from Dogfish Head Brews! Let the Haze consume you and delight in the Namaste!! (380 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled In: 2011 1C

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a nice 2 fingers worth of head that leaves good lacing

S: Spicy with a nice citrus smell, some yeast in the back

T: Big lemony taste comes out first, followed by spices and yeast. Overall, it's kind of muted compared to the smell. Definitely gets better as it warms

M: Light bodied with fairly high, prickly carbonation

D: Extremely easy to drink given the light body and 5% abv. It might get boring after a couple bottles though (490 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours a light gold color. Cloudy and bright with a fluffy white head about 1 1/2 fingers.

Aroma was more floral than spicy, and I picked up some corn as well. I think I'm sensitive to corn as I get it a lot from beers of this style. Semi sweet bread back-sniffs.

For the style this one tastes pretty good. A bit orangy or persimmon-y with loads of herbal spice and coriander. A soft biscuit malt provides a nice foundation. sweet in the middle. Towards the end I think it's going to leave a sort of syrupy film, but it gives a nice punch of dryness. Carbonation cleanses the palate and we're off again to the next sip.

Alas, this is not my style. Would be good on a hot summer day, but just one for me. Too rich in the banana-like, herbal spice yeast. Otherwise, though, it's a good beer for the style. (815 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice hazy yellow color nice head and has a really nice taste. Its tough to say I might trade this for a regular like my local favorite like Allagash but this one gives it a nice run for it's money.

Smell is definate lemon grass can't pick up much orange though.

T - Banana like taste creamy.

M - nice feel again cream like.

D - Really nice great for the style. I would say a great representation of the sytle. (430 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Fairfax brewpub in Virginia this witbier shows a cloudy light yellow color with a nice white cover and good lacing. It reveals a bready light citrus lemon smell that includes a slight peppery quality. The flavor offers a classic white ale theme that includes a light banana-lemon subtle idea over sodabread and oak. It is medium light bodied with a slightly aqueous feel over firm carbonation. Very drinkable like most of this variety and a better than average version. (491 characters)

Photo of jmfc8237
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a dfh 12 oz fluted bass glass. Golden straw color with plenty of carbonation and cloudyness. Lovely lemongrass and coriander aroma with a smooth frothy head. Medium head retention with minimal lacing. Taste backed the nose as a lemony wheat malt cascaded with floral hops balance this one nicely. Wonderful velvety mouthfeel and drinkability was a bit nicer as the beer warmed a bit. (395 characters)

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