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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 2,805
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.79%
Wants: 180
Gots: 809 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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: 546 | Hads: 2,805
Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was okay, nothing special here. Had a decent smell and taste, but with some hints of staleness and the peppercorn just does not work for me. The mouth feel was disappointing as well, kinda watery and fizzy all at once. The color was a pale brownish yellow.

Will not seek out and purchase again.

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Photo of DaliQualiti
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Don't get your hopes up. Average at best. If Miller Light and Coors light had a baby this would be it. Not sure if the reviews are biased being that Dogfish Head makes some great beers and have a strong following but this is heavily overrated, IMO.

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Photo of BlitzShadow
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of ImpairedPirate
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From 22 SEP 2012: Pint glass bottle poured into a glass

Appearance. Are my eyes playing tricks on me? Pours with a stream of peach rose tint. Massive bubbly pure white head looks like soap suds. Body looks exactly like urine.

Smell. Very minimal nose. Maybe hints of grass?

Taste. Inert. Lingering citrus. Minor notes of vegetation. Little hop. Is that coriander? As it warms, a spicier taste emerges.

Mouth feel. Drinks like water. Feels like it dissolves on my tongue. Disappointing. Tiny, very slight alcohol tingle.

Overall. Not exactly up to par with other DFH offerings. I am going to avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pale semi-translucent yellow color with mild head and mild carbonation. Lemongrass, wheat, citrus aroma. Fruity apricot, citrus, hop and wheat notes. It is predictable and is what the label says. Great for the summer.

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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 WyethBednar
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The ingredients in this beer are pretty much identical to Harpoon's UFO, another white beer with orange and coriander. The citrusy notes are much less pronounced in Namaste, causing it to come across as a little overly-bitter.

Appearance: Beautiful orange with a small white head that sticks around well throughout. Good lacing, especially for a lighter beer.

Smell: Decent, very inviting. The peppercorns are very pronounced in the nose, with the lemongrass also standing out. They give it a really interesting, complex aroma.

Taste: As I mentioned before, a little on the bitter side. The orange isn't as pronounced as I'd like it to be (but it's really nice when you add an orange slice yourself).

Mouthfeel: Really nice carbonation, goes down super easy.

Overall, its a decent, sessionable beer. But as far as the exact style, I much prefer UFO.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into an IPA glass and enjoyed over 20 minutes, then with Indian food accompaniment, afterwards.

Golden straw liquid with a mild haze any tiny rising bubbles upholds a soft white soapy head with rather weak retention. Minimal lacing.

Smells of honey, lemon and hay. Fairly simple, but stylistically consistent.

A sip begins watery wet--little going apart from simple grassy sweetness. Although it's not in the nose, coriander comes through in the taste profile about midway through a gulp. At the foreshortened end, citrus acids poke through and comprise the finish. Not bad, but far from compelling.

Thin cream falls quickly into a rather drab layout over the tongue. Fine carbonation gives a little variety to the experience. Again, though, nothing intriguing.

My assessment is that there's a great deal more happening on the label of this bottle than with the brew under it. This is a fairly drab wit, and without enhancement from food, the Subcontinental spices lay largely dormant. It does drink easily with spicy food, though, so I could be convinced to have this meek creature again with Thai or Afghani fare down the line.

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Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Namaste pours a pale, barely cloudy light yellow body with 2 inch fluffy head. Lacing lingers all over the wheat beer glass. Smell is bananas and faint citrus, really only what I expect from a witbier here. Taste is initially zesty and bold coriander, but then balances out with the crisp and clean lemon flavor. Banana taste is dominant. There is moderate carbonation and this is a light weight brew. Dogfish Head pretty much playing it safe here with a solid, but kind of boring witbier. I was expecting something more funky even though it's a witbier and I noticed the regular ingredients were used for this style of brew. It's okay and I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dogfish Head

Pours a pale white/straw color. A careful pour still yields a decent amount of sediment. Aromas of hay, citrus, grass and wheat are dominant. In the taste, much like a standard wit, wheat, lemon, twang of lemon grass, citrus, coriander and pepper. Very light. The mouthfeel is extrememly light bodied, thin, and watery. Overall, interesting and glad to try. Would say it would be great on a hot summer day, but I found it a bit too over spiced to be quenching, and too watery to hold the spices at bay. Average.

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Photo of KajII
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white pillowy head that had great retention and excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light hay malt and a skunky yeast with notes of citrus (orange), lemon grass and a bit of coriander.

The taste was light with a strong wheat presence and a touch of lemon grass throughout, with a light note of citrus and a mild spiciness towards the finish. The flavor lasted only a short while with a nice citrus yeasty taste left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a solid medium carbonation.

Overall this brew was a pretty basic Witbier. Tasty, refreshing and easy to drink, most definitely worth having a few...


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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle into cervoise. From notes

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with nice fluffy white head. Decent lacing

S - Lots of citric orange and lemon. Wheaty yeast, and floral accents

T - Heavy on the wheat. I do pick up the lemongrass, lemon rind and tart lime. The coriander and other spices (pepper mainly) are noticeable but are more in the background.

M - Thin and very dry.

O - The graininess of the wheat I thought outshined the fruitiness of the lemons and oranges. A good, average witbier that I thought could afford a bit better balance.

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Photo of hopking311
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours light, hazey gold.. very thin head.. moderate lace.

smells crisp, earthy.

Carbonated well, light body

taste the coriander immediately.. wheaty, earthy

overall.. drinkable when Im in the mood for a light beer.. just not my favorite style.. but good session

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big ol bottle poured into a Lancaster Brewing Company pint glass. Got this one at Whole Foods for $8.50, it's a expensive wit but the proceeds go to help Armand from 3 fontaines in his time of need, so I can dig it.

Namaste pours into the glass looking bright hazy yellow with somehazy yellow and specs or squeezed orange. It gets darker towards the end of the bottle with the yeast. A nice bright white head with good retention but no stick, semi thick looking. Smells include wheat, coriander, lemongrass and orange peel. I get alot of sweet cereal like scents kinda like honeycombs. It's off putting. Taste starts off great with wheat mixed in with coriander and lemongrass. Squeezed orange makes for a push but is overpowered by the lemongrass which rules the roost. In the middle banana comes out to play. With warming things turn downhill, this gets a bit to sweet for me and the cereal comes through and a bit artificial tasting. Adding the yeast at the end did not make things better, even sweeter. The feel is above light bodied and is quaffable and refreshing to a degree, it's carbed up as well but fades with warming leaving for a thicker coat for a sec. I liked this for the 1st 12oz or so but grew tired of it and poured the rest out, it's just not my type of wit. It's to style but not incredibly balanced. Good for a gander.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a very light gold color with a finger worth of head that lingers a bit. First sniff was cigar smoke, but then a further, enhanced sniff shows some apple, orange/citrus notes with coriander. Taste is light and somewhat refreshing with some carbonation and lots of citrus flavor. Feel is good, nice and smooth. Overall not to bad, but with out a doubt not near the top.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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...

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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 mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant but extremely light-bodied Wit-like beer. Pale, hazy grayish golden in color. Modest foam in the glass, and spritzy mouthfeel.

Light flavors with just a touch of orange. Not much evidence of the lemongrass supposed to be in the brew, but that's probably a good thing. More of a seltzer water taste. Light bit of malt sweetness is the best feature-- sort of a watery Hefeweizen flavor.

Overall it's pretty anemic, though inoffensive in flavor. What's offensive is the price of a bottle.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very light, slightly hazy pale straw color with just a little bit of head, maybe a quarter inch (although I had just rinsed out the glass, so take that into consideration) that quickly dissipates to a persistent ring of lace.

S- Typical witbier smell of light citrus and coriander. Given all the ingredients that went into this beer I was expecting something a little bit different, but this is pretty much classic witbier. Wait, no, scratch that. After the beer warms up a little there is a definite pepper note. Interesting, and quite nice.

T- Light, sweet malt, slightly lemony and with an aftertaste of fruit loops. The finish is quite bitter for the style, but it's a different sort of bitterness than you'd expect; it doesn't seem to be coming from the hops. Maybe it's the pepper? It's interesting, but I'm not sure if I like it or not.

M- Nice and light and quite fizzy from the carbonation. A good, refreshing mouthfeel.

O- Well, it's pretty interesting. I don't know if it's the pepper or not, but the taste is definitely different from your typical wit. The only problem is I'm not sure I really like it. I don't mind some bitterness, but it seems misplaced here. It was interesting to try, but I doubt I'll be revisiting it anytime soon.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Brewer's Art chalice.

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a nice long lasting white head and little lacing. Aroma is very mild, slightly tangy and citrusy with some lemon and fresh cut grass. Flavor starts off initially extremely tangy, exacerbated by overly active carbonation. Middle of the body has some more typical wit characteristics before a strong peppery and lemon grass finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium thick, initially dominated by over active carbonation which distracts from whatever is going on with the flavors. The finish is a little more spicy and peppery than I like and doesn't seem well integrated with the rest of the flavors. A nice, refreshing beer, but not particularly well balanced or pleasing; this is a definite pass for me.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a hazy straw yellow pour with a little too much head (looks over carbonated), lots of lacing due to head. smells of bread, pepper, zesty citrus (lemon mainly). a slight punch of initial bitterness of dirt followed by a sweet citrusy orange flavor, as well as some citrusy tang. not really all that much there. light bodied with way too much carbonation (comparable to a freshly opened bottle of seltzer, i actually got gas bubbles up my nose).

overall, this was really an average beer. a good session drink, and a good summer lawn mower/yard-work beer. i don't see a reason why they would put this in a bomber and not just sell it by the six pack. very average flavors and smells, but at least it LOOKED nice. i think maybe there was a problem with this bottle being over carbonated that took a bit away from everything.

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Photo of thebeers
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow with thick, meringue-like white head. Light lemon, pepper and crackers on the nose, which continue into the flavor. Average body for the style. It's fine, but nothing that stand out. B -.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.