Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 2,804
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 180
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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 TheHoppiest
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of dgfair
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Tifore
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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).

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like coriander, orange peel, wheat and some yeast. It tastes like oranges, lemon peel, coriander, wheat and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and is well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, it's nice, refreshing and really easy to drink. It's a great choice for a summer day or an unseasonably warm 65 degree mid-November day like today is. I think this is a good overall brew, nice and sessionable. I'd like to see this beer put in a 6-pack, but I'll still buy bombers of this.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: sits a gorgeous hazy, golden yellow with plenty of floating sediment.

Smell: very elegant aromas of spicy yeast, coriander and wheat malt with more subtle yet obvious notes of orange and lemongrass.

Taste: soft flavors all around reflecting obvious citrus notes (orange and lemon) with coriander, wheat and yeast character. very very subtle hop flavor with very light bitterness in the finish, which is somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: very refreshing, perfectly done wit.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely perfumy, vibrant, and fruity/citrusy, this beer provides an awakening spicy zest.

The pour delivers a hazy beer of canary yellow hue. Creamy white foam gives a fluid texture with good persistance and moderate lace. A classic Witbier appearance.

The aromas are the high point for the beer with a perfumy nose that is likely the best I've had. Bright orange zest, spicy corriander, lightly peppery, and with a fruity-alcoholic note that resembles tangerine marmalade.

Flavors are softly of pilsner malt and light wheat for a powdered sugar and bready taste. Layers upon layers of citrus zest and spice alternate from orange peel, lemon zest, peppery, cumin-like, grassy, and herbal-tea like notes throughout. All lead to a fleeting spicy finish.

With a soft, creamy, fresh upstart, the beer has a smooth fade towards a powdery dry finish with a minty alcoholic evaporative feel. Mild herbal hop bitterness provides light bitterness and dryness along side of the alcohol warmth and dry cracker-like maltiness.

A delicious Witbier with sharp aggression towards the spicy and aromatic notes, yet perserving the delicate and soft textures that make classic Witbiers so refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Excellent crystalline foam covering a fairly thick/immobile yellow wheat beer. Most of this is due to the cloudiness, however I have definitely seen cloudier beers so this falls in the middle of the pack for cloudy wheat beers.

Smell: Excellent smell. Lemongrass (as promised), and lots of it. A nice herbal waft as well. The relative lack of malt is my only complaint, but that's being picky. Overall, I love the subtly of the smell here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More lemongrass. Almost tastes a bit like chamomile as well. That would explain the herbal part in the smell. Pretty good mouthfeel, maybe a tad bit watery, but again, the low-key nature of this beer lends itself to a thinner beer.

Drinkability: Awesome relaxation comes with this one.

Overall: A good beer to kick back and read a book with.

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Photo of rudzud
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The label definately catches the eye thats for sure. Between the name and nice picture I picked this dogfish head up immediately. Sadly, wasnt really a fan. This was poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a glorious light straw that almost seems to radiate with a yellow hue, complete with little bubbles coming up from the bottom. The head though is where this wit is really, really lacking. Starts off with a nice one finger head that quickly disappeared leaving a slight white halo. Very disappointing for a witbier.

S - While I'm not a fan of it, I have to give this high marks based on the fact that this DOES smell of corriander and lemongrass. Right after that initial yeasty wit aroma.

T - Upfront, I get some nice mild wheat and an almost bitter orange rind taste. Right after that theres an herbal flavour that is distinctly a combination of well, corriander and lemongrass. While the flavours are what Dogfish Head promised, it just really isnt making for an enjoyable beer for me.

M - For the amount of carbonation in this I was expecting something ALOT more crisp and refreshing. Just kinda sits in the mouth, almost watery.

D - Its a good beer, if the flavour combination is yout thing. For me it just didnt work. Maybe paired with the right food it would pop a little better. The flavour is spot on, but that mouthfeel is just far too thin.

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Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle as a trade extra.

Nice appearance that is more or less what you want for a Belgian-style witbier. Cloudy golden-straw color with a one-finger white head and good lacing.

The aroma is pretty nice, with wheat, lemon, orange peel, and coriander. Big on the citrus fruits.

The flavor is also rather citrusy and spicy, yet not as in-your-face as a lot of other Dogfish Head beers. Wheaty with orange and lemon, with slight sweetness.

Fairly dry on the palate with medium body and a medium-high carbonation.

A solid beer overall. I don't get the hate for it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. The body is a hazy yellow-golden color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is nice with some light citrus notes--mostly orange and lemon. A bit of grain as well. The flavor is pretty nice though a bit one-dimensional with citrus. Good, light body and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a nice hot-weather brew.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy yellow with a little head that did last. Overall this beer kinds stinks, smells strongly of wheat and lemon. Has a nice complex taste alot of wheat flavors, strong orange and lemon flavors. A light flavor, but very easy to drink. Overall a complex and very good wheat beer.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottles shared by Ari - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a one-finger white head. Head retention is light and lacing is minimal. The aroma is dominated by lemongrass and coriander. You also can pick out some yeastiness and a little orange peel if you search for it. As with the aroma, the taste is almost entirely lemongrass and coriander with ligher hints of orange and yeast and virtually no alcohol noticeable. It's a fairly clean taste, but I'd really like to taste the base beer more and the adjuncts less. The body is a bit light on this one with moderate carbonation and no alcohol warming. Not overly drinkable because of the dominance of the lemongrass and coriander and the relative lack of complexity. It doesn't help either that I'm not a huge fan of witbiers. This one is probably not worth the pricetag unless you really love lemongrass and coriander.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jason for this one.

A: The pour is a cloudy pale orange color with some yellow/gold notes and a thin white head.

S: A big herbal aroma that is also sort of meaty. Some woody lemongrass and a strong coriander note. The malt aroma is primarily of wheat and is fairly bready.

T: A lot more bitter than I would have expected and there is a mild astringency. Lots of lemongrass and orange rind are present with only a mild wheat flavor. Not all that sweet and somewhat watery.

M: The body is medium (or there abouts) and the carbonation is medium to high.

D: I guess I just don't "get" most of these Dogfish Head beers. I think the ideas are generally cool/interesting, but I don't always find they translate well in application.

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks both beerlocos for this, amongst other treats, sent during the excellent Anniversary BIF. Came with a pair of stylin' DFH glasses, too. Split the big bomber with my wife.

Pours is fizzy, flippant yellow. All you have to do is look at it cross-ways for it to develop a new white cap. Lemongrass stalks the nose - I just brought home one of those little hotel bottles of lemongrass lotion because I liked the smell so much - along with waves of wheeat. There's a touch of something less pleasant, almost like burned rubber, that begins to emerge as it warms & knocks down the good smell a bit.

Namaste is a good twist on a style that's pretty ho-hum to me. Pairs really well with pepperoni pizza, for what that's worth. Otherwise, plenty of spiciness to this one; lemongrass again, citrus, tons of wheat, fainter tang of orange. A touch yeasty on the end. Ridiculously easy to drink.

Good beer that brings a bit of welcome innovation to the style. This could be a one-session bomber.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang tulip. A thin, white, foamy head sits on top of a cloudy peach juice body. Almost no lacing.

Lots of juicy orange, a hint of coriander and a nice balanced helping of lemongrass. Floral and fruity. I really like the way this smells.

The flavor is malty, slightly lactic with orange and wheat. Some coriander, but it takes a back seat, which I like. The lemongrass adds a touch of acidity and tartness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat malty, yet crisp and refreshing on the finish. Carbonation is about spot on.

Drinkability is great. I really hope DFH brings this one back next summer. A perfect, refreshing summer afternoon beer. Quaffable and tasty. Not extreme like most of DFH's beers, but very well done. Worth picking up if you're looking for a balanced, tasty, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet, revealing light and cloudy yellow body under a little bit of white, lively head. Lots of bubbles. Looking decent. Smells wheaty and fruity with a nice lemongrass presence. Very refreshing smelling. The slight spice from the coriander comes through and the orange citrus evokes the smell of hops.

Tastes light, wheaty and a little like a lemongrass tisane but with a nice complexity highlighted by the slight bitterness and fresh orange citrus. Mouthfeel is pleasant with a smooth but almost medium body and volume-adding carbonation that rapidly disappears on the tongue with only a slight tickle. Very, very drinkable. Glad it comes in a large bottle.

Overall I am very impressed with this offering. A unique take on a witbier, but they do a good job.

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Photo of largadeer
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Andrew. A cloudy straw body is topped by a small white head that drops to a thin collar. Smells like herbal tea and wheat bread. Lemongrass and coriander both come through very very strongly. The adjuncts are overpowering, as usual with DFH. Tastes of watery herbal tea, white bread, white pepper and strong coriander. Spices linger on the tongue in the finish. Not necessarily awful, but not good - it's over spiced yet somewhat watery.

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