Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 535
Hads: 2,722
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 172
Gots: 738 | 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: 535 | Hads: 2,722
Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, honey, grapes, hops, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight honey, hint of alcohol, hint of grape, and a hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend. (430 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a hazy yellow with very little head. The smell is full of great earthy tones from the herbs, specifically the coriander as well as a bread scent coming through. The taste was very nice with a lot of layers of flavor coming first from the hops and then the spice, with a toasted finish made for a highly refreshing beer. (325 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

From the 12oz. bottle ito a pint glass.
Poured a cloudy straw color with very little head and a little spotty lacing.
The aroma is lemon and coriander and a hint of earthy funk.
The taste is delicious. Lots of citrus on the tongue with a bit of spice and just a light, finishing bitter.
Mouthfeel is fairly light and bubbly.
Overall, a tasty and refreshing beverage. (367 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

I got to try this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. Served in a 10 0z. brandy snifter for $6.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/'yellow color with a small 1/2 finger white head that never completely went away. Nice lacing.

The beer smelled citrusy along with the obligatory coriander spice found in most wits.

It was mostly lemon flavored, although not overpoweringly so. Orange and coriander were also present as was some Belgian style yeast and enough malt to make it slightly sweet. It also had a surprising bitter finish.

Smooth and light with medium carbonation.

It didn't wow me over like most Dogfish Head products, but it was still a decent summer thirst quencher. (685 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle from Harvest Market
Hazy light straw color with a huge fluffy white head. Aromas of earthy funk with a hint of sulfur. Lemony citrus and a hint of spice rounds out the nose. Sweet tart orange citrusy flavor with hint so earth and spice. Medium to light body with spritzy carbonation. Easily drinkable beer, I kind of wish I had tried this when the weather was a bit warmer (379 characters)

Photo of Wiffler27
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

light refreshing Wit that had such a great smell, i wish i could use it for an air freshener. different taste from a Wit, especially when comparing it to Hoegaarden, Whirlwind, or Hitachino Nest white. (201 characters)

Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours light gold color with fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus with hints of hay. Flavor is of wheat malt with coriander and citrus hops on the back end. Light carbonation and very refreshing. (220 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Bottled on 04.21.14.
Poured from a 12 oz into a Manny's pint glass on 05.19.14.

A: Cloudy straw yellow with a 1/2 finger head.

S: It smells like a wit should. Spices, lemon peel, grass.

T: Follows the nose with the addition of orange and wheat.

M: Crisp and creamy. Great carbonation.

O: This is an excellent wit. It is grassier than others, but I love that quality. This one is in my rotation. (400 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is of sweet citrus, lemon orange. Taste has a nice zesty lemon orange flavor with some slight notes of coriander and wheat, mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, crisp with good carbonation. The finish is sweet citrus lemon orange flavor, coriander, wheat notes and mild bitterness for balance. Overall a good flavorful drinking brew. (408 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.6/5  rDev -7%

Pours a pale, hazy yellow. Thin white head. Notes of orange peel, coriander, sweet lemon. Tastes similar, coriander and lemon grass. Very crisp and light, a nice session. (176 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
4/5  rDev +3.4%

"A white beer brewed with orange slices, lemongrass coriander & peppercorns." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Witbier. Previously a rotating 750 ml. release, this beer has been promoted to a year round release and made available in 12 oz. 6 packs and draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Served above 48 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a crisp frothy head of an ecru white tone over a honey amber body with plentiful active carbonation. Retention is good, lacing is moderate and patchy. The aroma generates notes of sweetened wheat, coriander, bitter orange peel and a light grassy hop bouquet with a mild bitterness for an altogether potent and pleasant aroma. The flavor of the beer is a slightly less sweet wheat and pale malt blend with an effervescent coriander and orange rind zest on the finish, altogether slightly lighter bodied than the aroma predicted. The texture of Namaste is lightly chewy, thin, slightly dry. Carbonation is full and aggressive generating a crisp, busy mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly effervescent and tart over sweet. Alcohol presence is very light and off characters are minimal to none. This highly drinkable Witbier takes the characters of orange peel and coriander to the next level, while keeping fairly light bodied and light on sweetness. As it stands, it's a very enjoyable take on the style, flavorful and bright. And with prices of six packs undercutting what a single 750 ml bottle once went for, there's never been a better time to give Namaste a try.

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Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a light almost clear gold with a mostly short-lasting white head. Very slight lacing. The aroma is also mild, but has nice fruit and grain notes. The taste is very similar with additional notes from the spices and herbs. The body is nicely weighted and holds the flavor well. A really good white ale. (307 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.25/5  rDev -16%

3.5/3/3/3.75/3
Pale almost ashy yellow, like they turned the saturation down on the colour wheel. Kind of the colour of a white wine... Barely even anything of watery/bubbly white head. I’m not getting much on the aroma either: almost smells like a grape must, though maybe just because now I have white wine on the mind. I suppose it’s probably the subtle lemongrass that I’m picking up with some of the body of the peppercorn, but not the edge. Again, not getting any of the advertised orange, but more a muted grassy fruit twinge, again likely the lemongrass taking the forefront. Don’t notice any pepper dash here, and only a vague bready note in the distance and a faint Belgian yeast at the finish, but that’s about it. Some might describe it as subtle, I am more inclined to be a little less forgiving and just say there’s not really that much going on. Surprisingly decent medium body, and a bit of a dry finish. I mean... it IS a beautiful sunny afternoon, which really seems to be the perfect venue for this beer. Though I feel like I should be in an airy white tent with cucumber sandwiches. Nope, just covered in insulation and watching the forest... (1,174 characters)

Photo of wahnee86
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Subtle notes of orange and coriander. Great on a crisp day. Not heavy or overly hoppy, closer to a session. Nice floral and spiced notes on the nose, creamy and hazy color add to a nice pour. (191 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Bottle.

Pale, hazy straw color. White head, a persistent lacing, looks nicely carbonated.

Light, lemon citrus zest aroma.

Taste is very dry, herbal, slightly of lemongrass but with an astringent finish.

Bright and heavily carbonated mouthfeel. Pleasing enough.

Overall really a miss for me. (296 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Hazy lemonade. Two inch head dissipates rather quickly but keeps a foamy layer on top throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Lemongrass, oranges, and some wheat.

T - Lemongrass slightly dominates with juicy orange and coriander. Peppercorn at the end is a stroke of genius.

M - Medium light

O - This is my first stab at a Dogfish brew and am quite impressed. Highly drinkable and refreshing. Great session beer. If you can find it, buy it! (478 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear lemonstraw color with a meringue-like head that leaves a number of strands

Smell: Floral tones of lemongrass and orange, with hints of wheat bread and coriander

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, laying the foundation; the orange, lemongrass and coriander flavors build into the middle, with the peppercorn bringing a touch of heat, in the middle; nicely balanced, into the finish, with all of the flavors blending together

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a touch of pucker

Overall: I was prepared to be underwhelmed as I often am by many of the beers in the Dogfish lineup but this one is right up there with Palo Santo Marron among my favorites; the perfect summer beer, with plenty of flavor and a lovely floral aspect (774 characters)

Photo of GarrettWelson
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant white ale with subtle hints of Indian spices. Slightly spicy aftertaste. Obvious citrus and lemongrass notes (as advertised on the bottle). I would consider this to be an ideal summer beer for those new to more complex beers or beers brewed with spices. It would also be a perfectly refreshing complement to very spicy Indian or Thai style food. (359 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pours a pale straw yellow with good clarity. Nice bright white head with good retention and stick.

S - Bread dough, lemon grass, citrus rind, yeast.

T - Yeast, banana peel, coriander. Easy drinking - light bodied wit bier. Slightly acidic.

O - Nothing overwhelming about this one. Just an easy drinking Belgian style brew. (329 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light lemon gold color with a small white head, which has good retention, and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has oranges, lemongrass, coriander, and wheat.

Tastes lightly sweet and easy to drink with oranges, lemongrass, coriander and wheat. Light and refreshing. Tastes great on a hot summer day like today.

Light bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes dry, and has a light orange and lemongrass aftertaste.Very nice taste for a 4.80 % abv beer. Worth trying if you get the chance. (492 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow that's vibrant and lively when held up to the afternoon sunlight. A small cloud of yeast sediment can be seen floating towards the center of the glass. The head is thick and frothy, bleach white in color, but eventually fades down to a dense, creamy cap. Abundant white lacing down the glass is gorgeous.

S: Mostly spice up front. Allspice and light peppercorn. Some soft citrus as well, namely lemon zest. Slight hints of malt give a very weak, but present bready sweetness. Nothing outstanding in the nose, but a well-executed textbook example of the style.

T: The flavors are nearly the same as the nose foreshadowed, however the order of dominance has been rearranged. Lemongrass is the frontrunner, with less of an allspice flavor and more of a clove and coriander mix. The lemongrass weaves in and out and really adds a nice herbal touch to the zestiness of the cloves. Malts make a shy appearance bringing a soft offering of banana bread-like sweetness. Finish is mostly coriander.

M: I don't love the body, but I don't hate it either. It falls into the "just good" pool. A light medium body offers superb drinkability, but the hints of creaminess that I look for in wits falls to the wayside a bit and the carbonation that was effervescent airy upon pouring has settled down and become almost lackluster. Like I said, it's not bad. It's just... there.

O: I've sadly forgotten how much I love witbiers lately and Dogfish Head has done a wonderful job of providing a liquid reminder of why I was so attracted to them in the first place. Delicate summer-like flavors infused with the wonderful touch of lemongrass makes this a perfect mid-afternoon beverage. I was, however, fairly disappointed with the mouthfeel, which is rare for me to say about a Dogfish Head offering. I'm hoping it was just a fluke, but it's not enough for me to shy away from recommending this Wit to others. A fine example of a fine style. (1,991 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw color. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Small white head with decent retention. Leaves a surprising amount of lacing around the edge.

Has a strong scent of wheat and spices. A little bit of yeast. Burst of citrus, led by orange and lemon. Overall, a fantastically pleasant aroma.

Wheat and grassiness up front. Lemon and orange from the aroma don't seem as present initially, but there is some lemon zest in the aftertaste. Spices come through nicely.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Not overly carbonated.

Overall, not one of DFH's best attempts, but a solid witbier nonetheless. Not the most complex, but it accomplishes what it strives to do. (663 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very pale clear gold. Smallish white head with some persistent lacing. Smell is lemony orangey citrus. Also some of that great wheat banana smell. Taste has a light malt sweetness up front going into a tangy citrus with a bit of a bite. A little spice but the wheat remains the dominant flavor. Rather full bodied for a wit but not heavy. Easily drinkable. Wow what a great wit from an american brewer. Great example of the style. (438 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really awesome warm weather drinker right here, not too much coriander, and showing much more of the lemongrass and orange (the features that make this beer unique from the increasingly crowded belgian white category) show up. just a slight fog to this otherwise radiant lustrous pale golden brew. an inch of fading white froth rests on top as copious bubbles rise up from the bottom of my wine glass. the nose here is a little perfumy, overly fragrant maybe, but i definitely pick up on refreshing lemongrass and citrus. clean tasting, not much grain character to it, which i guess is my only reasonable criticism of this slammable brew. a faint biscuit property, but thats all. a hint of tartness in with the very mild belgian yeast as it finishes, and again with a slight citrus acidity. body could not be lighter, and the carbonation is as expressive as any. a really pleasant take on the style, affordable, and in widely available sic packs. this is one i will buy again. cant think of a better hot afternoon beer. the peppercorns are invisible, but its irrelevant. (1,072 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pale yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Wheat, lemon grass, vanilla, citrus, spice, and powdery yeast notes.

Taste: Same as above. Light flavors of each aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, a little dry, a little chewy, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Very nice witbier. It's as delicious as I remembered it to be. (564 characters)

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