Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 535
Hads: 2,722
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 prototypic
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Namaste pours a light gold color. It's a little hazy, and looks yellow with backlighting. A soft, white head covers it. It's quick to recede, and leaves a very light coat of lace clinging to the glass. For the style, it's pretty good.

The nose is extremely impressive. It's tough to find a great smelling Witbier. This is one of the few. It kicks off with a really nice mix of coriander and orange peel . Grainy, earthy, and floral notes linger throughout. It smells sweet and just a tad sugary. It really is a wonderful complement to the initial spicy scents. It's not complex, but it smells damn nice!

The flavor is not quite as impressive, but is good. Grainy and earthy flavors are noted up front. The orange peel and coriander presence is obvious and really drives the overall flavor. It's a wonderful mix, but doesn't come through as strong here. Light pepper and a bit of hop bitterness follow. The hops taste like noble hops to me. They have a nice floral, slightly spicy character. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Finishes grainy, spicy, and a little bitter.

Namaste has a lighter body. Carbonation is restrained, but it's too thin to attain any real degree of smoothness. Not uncommon for the style. Drinkability is very high. This is a tasty Witbier that's very easy to drink. At 5% abv, it's very friendly. On a hot summer day, a 750 ml bottle simply wouldn't be enough.

To my knowledge, Namaste is an Indian greeting that means "bow to you." The label alludes to something similar. I'm not sure that there's any real Indian tie to this beer, but there doesn't need to be. It's a damn tasty Witbier that's worthy of your attention. The nose is extremely impressive. The flavor could maybe use a few more amps on the coriander/orange peel to really ramp it up, but I can't complain. I really enjoyed this, and I'm not a huge fan of the style. (1,859 characters)

Photo of AdamPT1
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a very thin head that recedes to the edges immediately then lingers for the duration of the drink. Smells of herbs and spice with light peppery and yeast notes. The taste is light with faint hints of orange, tea, sugar and wheat. The mouth feel is small, easy to drink and you could easily down the entire bottle without thinking twice since the beer is only 5% ABV. Definitely a summer brew but tasty none the less. The beer finishes with a crisp slightly bitter but clean flavor without a strong after taste. Definitely a recommendation for the spring and summer months. (597 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw some positive reviews for this, so I decided to pick one up to try.

Into a 20 oz. tapered glass it pours a hazy orange gold, very murky with sediment, but some light still gets through. Very frothy foam, lots of drippy lacing with strong head retention. The sediment reminds me of plankton in the ocean. Pouring in the last of the yeast, there's a stubborn patch caked on the bottom.

Fresh citrus and coriander, somewhat soapy herbals and sweet lemongrass. Sweet sliced oranges. Very pleasant and somewhat amped up for a traditional Wit.

Lightly bitter, finishing dry, with a smooth wheat body. Citrus and coriander flavors are dominant but not overbearing. It feels a little astringent, but overall it's not a distraction. Fairly easy to drink, probably better suited for warmer months, but enjoyable nonetheless. Will try again if another batch is released. (869 characters)

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

Pours a pale yellow color hints toward golden lightly cloudy, decent size white head falls to ring and laces well.

Aroma is nice yeasty wheat notes dominating, nice orange notes with light coriander spice. Some grassy notes hops or lemon grass I guess, spot on for the style, very pleasant and inviting.

Taste is like the aroma and just like you would expect. Nice yeasty notes on wheat malts some orange notes pop up but more lemony then orange. Nice coriander spice in the finish with grassy notes and nice dose of earthy yeast. Not sure if I am enjoying this because its been while since I have had this style or its just plain good.

Mouthfeel is nice lightly peppy carbonation that goes well with this brew. Mouthfeel is light side like it should be.

Drinkability is very good, only draw back would be price. DFH and me have love hate relationship some things they do are great some are wtf were they thinking. This is defiantly very well done and I'm loving it. (970 characters)

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

Live Review. Poured from the 1 Pint, 9.4 oz bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor for $8.99 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. "BOTTLED IN 2010 2A" stamped on the neck of the bottle, just above the right portion of the label.

A Creamy, near white short lived head (appropriate to the style) floats on top of a slightly hazy but very translucent body of straw yellow. Copius sediment floating about and collecting on the bottom of the bottle as well. 4.0

S That classic Belgian yeast, organic smell with some spices thrown in. The bottle label indicates: coriander, orange and lemongrass. That sound hauntingly familiar (it seems to be that all of these were included in the Great Lakes Hale Ale (name later changed to Great Lakes Grassroots Ale). That was a beer that I really enjoyed. The smell of Namaste is pleasing and inviting. 4.5

T Well, all of the indication that the smell gave is there in the taste. There is a strong Belgian yeast taste, the coriander, orange and lemongrass but also a significant citrus tartness that I did not necessarily pick up in the smell. This is very close to a classic Witbier taste but the citrus component is turned up a notch in my opinion. It is at least a good tasting beer and if you like the tang of some citrus you will probably enjoy this even more! 4.0

M Suitably moderate with the tartness of the citrus notes, the earthy grains of the Belgian yeast and some slight smoothness of the malt. Witbiers are mostly on the thin side (at least the 25 or so that I have had) and this is no exception. 3.5

D Very good indeed with the very manageable ABV of 5% and the interesting tastes and smells that keep you coming back for more. 4.5

Ommegange Witte was better but my favorite is Great Lakes Grassroots Ale (formerly Great Lakes Hale Ale). Both of those are more affordable and more available but Namaste remains a good beer that I would be proud to serve. (1,927 characters)

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in 2010 2A lasered onto the neck. Was a summer release but should still be good. Was a hazy pale gold color with lots of carb streams. Had a good sized head that settled into a collar. Good amount of slow sliding lace. Good all around for a wit.

The aroma was heavy on the orange and lemongrass with a good dose of coriander as well. Good solid aroma that I'm was even better when fresh. Taste followed the aroma with the citric leading the way but cut with good spice and wheat. Goes down very smooth. Mouthfeel was light to medium with good crisp carbonation. Slightly watery aftertaste though.

Overall, a solid wit that ranks near the top for me. Nice strong aroma and bite in the taste to keep it interesting. Wish this one was available more often and near me. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Dayton trip. Rotation - if here and in 12oz bottles would be a heavy player in my wit/wheat rotation. Even in large format, I'd still get plenty. [R;Y] (1,018 characters)

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

Pours a hazy yellow with a brief but sudsy head that leaves little evidence that it had ever been there. Great flavors of the advertised orange, coriander, and lemon grass. Distinct notes of each throughout. Low alcohol and medium body makes this a very drinkable beer though the lemony after-taste can get a bit tiresome. (322 characters)

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a fair bit of haze and a thick finger of pillow white foam. A decent looking witbier.

Smell: wheaty, citrusy aroma with an interesting spice component. I'm definitely getting coriander and orange peel here, which is listed on the label, but I'm also getting some lavender and wildflowers here. Quite nice.

Taste: substantially like the aroma, but with a greater emphasis placed on the flowery spice flavors. Light, airy and reminiscent of springtime.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with tons of carbonation yielding a massive creaminess. Love it.

Drinkability: quite a drinkable and refreshing brew. I think after awhile I would get tired of the flowery flavors, but for one bottle I think it's quite tasty. (785 characters)

Photo of Ninjabrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured in to a Duvel Tulip glass with an average amount of head that didn't stay around long at all.

Smell: Corriander and orange not very overpowering smell but not bad either.

Taste: The lemongrass does little to enhance this beer it might be responcible for toning down the corriander thereby leaving a slightly orangier version of an otherwise average witbier. Not a bad beer at all just not as bold as what I've come to expect from DFH.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin much like the head there isn't much to this beer. (529 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy deep yellow body. Large head, good lacing.

S: lemongrass is the strongest, than slight coriander.

T: wheaty taste, earthy/grass, more bitter for a witbier.

M: solid carb and body.

D: slightly disappointed for Dogfish head. Not very complex. (253 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-very pale yellow, good amount of creamy colored head, though you must be careful to pour slowly. very bubbly. lots of floating pieces in there.

S-lots of spices and wheat and fairly citrusy. very strong scent! i'm excited to taste it!

T-mmm a good, interesting, and different witbier. i feel the taste is focused more on the spices than the fruits. it leaves with a good white wheat flavor and the after-taste is focused on the orange and lemongrass. fairly complex and very fun!

M-medium to heavy carbonation...though its a soft feel to the mouth. has a good creamy finish!

D-at 5%, i'd say this is the most drinkable of the dogfish head 750mL bottles. the taste stays great, it goes down easily...what more could you ask for? (733 characters)

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

750mL bottle into a tulip glass pours a nice murky pale orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice amount of sweet fruits and spices. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts and fruits with lemon zest and coriander. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing with smooth carbonation. This is a very respectable wit, one I'd certainly have again. (360 characters)

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

Poured into a wiezen glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color with a chunky 2 finger head. Active carbonation, great head retention. Lots of sticky lace left all the way down.

Smell- Lots of citrus fruits, lemon and orange really make themselves known. Some earthy wheat as well.

Taste- Lots of lemon and zesty orange peel. Coriander and some other light spicy notes. A hint of clove, a bit grassy, ever so slightly tart.

Mouthfeel- The body is on the lighter side. Crisp and very refreshing.

Overall- Great beer, very drinkable, liking this even more than I was anticipating. This would be great on a warm summer afternoon, not to sure why it didn't get distributed till the fall? If dogfish makes a "normal" beer, especially in large format bottles, this would be it. This would be a good cross-over beer into the craft world as well. (846 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a pale pineapple yellow with a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates.

Has a spicy, aromatic aroma, heavy coriander, lemon grass and allspice, with an underlying earthiness.

Light tasting, fairly aromatic, with notes of coriander, orange blossom water, lemon, and grass. To call it spicy is to understate it; this is like inhaling a spice cabinet.

Thin mouthfeel, with no bitterness profile. This beer is all about taste, not feel.

Another extremely different brew from DFH, while quite interesting, not sure I'd get this one again. (598 characters)

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

Sampled from 750mL bottle in Dogfish Head pint glass.

Appearance - very nice,l slightly cloudy light orange color with a brilliant large white head.

Smell - mostly lemon and lemongrass balanced by some subtle orange sweetness. Very nice.

Taste - Sweet orange citrus with a slightly earthy tart bite from the lemongrass. Some spice from the coriander, but very subdued compared to the sweeter citrus that comes through.

Mouthfeel - a little tingly, bubbly feel, but very nice and full once on the palate.

Drinkability - extremely drinkable, and a great example of a wit. Could drink a number of these if not for the fairly high price point. Would like to see Dogfish add this one as a repeating seasonal. Fantastic brew. (725 characters)

Photo of Kolsch
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. I have had this on draft as well so it is nice to compare the two.

Appearance: Cloudy, and very wit looking ale. Nice head formed, that did linger well into the drink

Smell: strong lemon, orange and the un-mistaken DFH smell of hops.

Taste: starts off with the orange peel, then the lemongrass kicks in, definitely can detect the lemongrass. Slight tartness with a sweetness that settles and reigns in the slight sour. More Citris than anything and I could not really detect the coriander as much as the orange and lemongrass. An excellent example of the Wit style.

Overall: I would almost say this borders closely to a saison as far as taste and texture. I had the opportunity to have this on tap and much prefer the bottle. You get more of the nuances from the bottle conditioning. This should be in the regular DFH rotation. (847 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 pours a hazy pale golden body with a small white head that leaves some pretty island chain lacing.

Aroma is coriander, orange rind, and lemon.

Airy mouthfeel is light bodied and has an ideal carbonation.

Taste has lots of coriander and lemongrass. Wheaty and yeasty elements are complimented by lemon and orange notes. Finishes a bit dry with a lemony aftertaste.

Possibly the most drinkable of the entire Dogfish line. Very quenching and an ideal warm weather beer. (474 characters)

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

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled in 2010.

A: Hazy yellowish-orange body. Decently large head, good lacing.

S: Mainly oranges and lemongrass.

T: True to the nose, with strong orange and lemongrass notes. Malt backbone starts out incredibly tart but becomes more yeasty as it warms up. Wheaty aftertaste.

M: Slightly prickly, plenty of carbonation.

D: I think this would be a good summer quencher. Which makes me wonder why we didn't get it until November. (469 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Close to a finger of bone white head, sort of dilute foam, no density with many larger bubbles, as a result, very little retention, lacing fares better, not many streaks but the ones there stick around. Pale golden orange color, however, has a nice luminescence to it which fills the glass, on the whole transparent but with a serious gauziness. Fresh and open nose, full but not close to heavy, the orange peel matches up with the coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon spice, maybe even a touch salty at times, the lemongrass stays in the background, nothing herbaceous going on here, by the same token the cocoa nibs about all you get for malts, as advertised citrus and spices 99% of what you find in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, foams up a good deal to increase palate coverage, little room for lift. More all of this heft, mouth feel is smooth and there's no roughness nor bitterness to be found. Orange, lemon, traces of white grapefruit citrus abound. Coriander, cumin, clove and ginger spice more sweet than zesty, hence the smoothness. You get more yeasty, leesy accents here, suggestion of banana too. The peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit simply stated. Easy to drink, if there's any nuisance it's the carbonation. (1,217 characters)

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

Nice take on a witbier, maybe not too exciting but it feels fresh rich and close too style.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Simple label design, light cream background with an iconic illustration of a primate´s skeleton sending waves. Side note offers a brief take on the name, the brew, and ingredients. Shows bottling date (2010 2A), and Alc. by Vol. (5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale gold pour with a rich frothy head, good retention, surface memory and some lacing.

S - Wheaty and yeasty nose with some fresh citrus and the hint of coriander. Not too assertive but nice in a light kind of way.

T - Tastes replicates and expands the intensity of the nose without adding much complexity. Wheat, with an earthy yeasty sense, lemon and coriander.

M - Light-medium body with generous carbonation, and a nice crisp finish.

D - Nice flow, fresh, and easy, better as a hot summer day brew I guess.

Notes: Nicely crafted and well taken care of offering from DFH. Nothing outstanding though, and feeling rather safe, but almost saying it as a compliment. However it feels a tad overpriced for what one finds in the end. (1,143 characters)

Photo of Tifore
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bomber with my girlfriend. Poured from a 750ml bottle into two tulips.

A - Pours cloudy gold in color with a super light and fluffy white head. Lots and lots of carbonation covers the glass.

S - Smells like wheat and lots of citrus. Tons of orange, a hint of grapefruit, some spice and maybe some lemon. Smells sharp and spicy.

T - Taste matches the nose. Lots of citrus up front and at the end. Kind of a alot of bittery citrus notes. Orange zest and peel? Wheat also comes through. This is a great summer beer but I'm dissapointed it didn't appear in my local store until after our first snow.

M - Mouthfeel is really light. The carbonation is high. Lots of little bitty bubbles. Once again a great summer beer.

D - If it wasn't 40 degrees out and was instead summer I'd be able to have a few of these and enjoy it. (836 characters)

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

From a capped 750ml bottle stamped "bottled in 2010" into a shaped DFH pint glass. I picked this up a few months back during a visit to the DFH Rehoboth brewpub location.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a finger of white head that has pretty good retention supported by the constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. There is a constant film of white bubbles atop this brew that congregates along the side of the glass in a thicker layer. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength and provides some faint patchy lace.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with the spice of coriander induced lemon, smooth lasting light banana notes, a bit of clove and a sweet candy smell like that of pink "original flavored" bubblegum. Overall this is a fine smelling witbier. The lemon is more pronounced than other examples of the style but overall it works and makes a very enjoyable blended yet bold nose.

The taste of this brew is light and refreshing. Right upfront is the taste of coriander with a pine-sol like exaggerated and almost fake tasting lemony flavor that is clingy to the inside of the mouth. There is a spice of clove included along with a smooth mellow banana flavor before it gives way to a very light wheat grainy base. It finishes fairly tart as expected for a wit. A little bit of belgian style alcohol warmth becomes evident in the backend of this brew.

This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew. It is light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall it is well balanced yet bold with it's flavor and scent for the style. The lemony aspect could be tamed down a bit but it was a pleasure to drink and probably the best example of the style I have had in recent memory despite the exaggerated lemon flavor. This beer needs to be around come summertime next year. (1,817 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, faint orange citrus, lemon grass and somewhat earthy. In the taste, orange notes, dry earthiness and lemon grass. A spice bite and light to a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange to coriander like aftertaste. Almost saison like, mellow with a nice spice profile. (332 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, supended sediment, two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Orange zest and coriander
Taste-Belgianesque-Spicy, coriander, orange and lemon zest, coarse, peppery finish. Very light and refreshing. Where was this beer during the summer? Unfortunately, not around these parts.
Tasty, and very refreshing, would make an excellent match for seafood or salad. Highly recommended(especially in summer). (470 characters)

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark straw color, thin head. This beer is without a doubt the most hated beer by my nose! The most intense, complex, aromatically changing beer I've ever smalles. I smelled everything from the barn, to cat litter, to orange, it was awesome to say te least and things only got crazier as the beer warmed. Definetely usuall spice aroma was present for the style. Spice
was also present in the taste, however for the smell, the spice flavor was not nearly as intense as expected. Flavor left quickly after swallowing. Light, very drinkable, but the aroma and flavor will keep you wanting more. A great and aweful beer to practice trying to pick out smells and flavors. And glad I can say I finally had something that Kevin Patterson hadn't had before. Harumph! (762 characters)

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.