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Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jgasparine on 10-17-2009

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Reviews: 593 | Ratings: 3,040
Photo of sayyad
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy white with a little bit of white head. Some thin lacing lingers on the side of the glass.

S - Virtually no smell, at least not of the aromatic ingredients (i.e. lemongrass, orange peel, coriander). The damp grain smell is certainly there but very faint.

T - Taste is very mild wheatiness. I looked really hard for the brew-with ingredients in the taste but I wasn't able to discern anything except for a very mild citrus taste.

M - I like the balance of the gravity and carbonation. High drinkability and refreshing.

O - I can describe this best as a disappointment. It's presented in the special 22 oz bottle and with decent packaging. The perceived concept ('something special') was certainly underwhelmed by utter absence of flavor.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrives a cloudy straw yellow with a nicely sized white head. Great retention but no real lace.
Smell is malt, coriander and lemongrass. Well balanced.
Taste is malt, spices, lemongrass and an overarching artificial lemon cleaner note. The artificial note fades relatively quickly and almost completely to a good aftertaste.
Medium bodied with the carbonation sharp up front but it settles quickly. If you can get past the artificial lemon presence it's a pretty good beer. But it's not easy.

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Photo of jwps214
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

Poured in to a Hefe glass...beer was slightly hazy with a huge thick white head.
Smelled of lemon with a hint of Belgian Spiciness.
Taste was watery and light. Extremely faint orange reminded me of bighting into an under-ripe Clementine ( is there anything more disappointing?)
Did have the pleasant body and spritzy carbonation of a Hefe
Over all, I'm super disappointed! The beer looked amazing in the glass but failed to live up to those expectations! Would recommend as a small step up for
a light beer

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Photo of Samuel906
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Interesting beer with some unique qualities and a hefty price tag. Namaste has most notably a lot of Belgian flavors and influences. Banana, clove, spice, coriander, citrus, bread, yeast fill the nose and palate. Coriander is a bit overwhelming for me. Flavor dies off very quickly leaving only some yeasty funk for an after taste. Mild orange sweetness. Body is light and carbonated, helping some of the brighter flavors flourish. Overall, certainly not a bad beer, but it was a little heavy on some of the spices for me, especially for what i was expecting to be an easy drinker. I couldn't drink more than one in a row.

The only other thing I have to add is that the price was RIDICULOUS. I don't know if it was just the store that I go to but I paid almost $16 for a sixer. Pretty hefty for a low ABV beer.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into pint. From notes

A: a light straw yellow hue, with thick white head and spotty lacing. There is a good amount of protien floating around in the glass and bottle, even with a careful pour.

S: The aroma shows dominate wheat notes, with a hint of lemon. Medium intensity.

T/M: the body is clean with a light spice, showing a good use of American wheat yeast. The hops are projecting a very grassy, earthy note. A bit of a lacking lingering taste and mouthfeel, as the brew does not have a great depth.

O: overall a good brew, but not impressed, as DFH has set the bar for many unique styles, this one falls a bit short.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color. The head is one finger high, with a creamy white shade. Retention isn't much, but man does this leave behind a lot of lacing behind.

S: This is extremely doughy to me. The yeast is quite prevalent on the nose, and frankly a bit stinky. Still, I do pick up much of the advertised ingredients (coriander, lemongrass, orange, and peppercorns), if only subtly. There's just something about a lot of wits that make me think 'manure' (sadly, so does this), but it's a subjective thing not worth giving a low score to.

T: Follows the nose to an extent...except the manure, thankfully. The opening flavors are extremely yeasty: this is kind of like chewing on bread straight-up. Its finish is slightly citrusy, with only soft herbal hints. I'm really on the fence whether I like its doughy character or not.

M: Feels heavier than it should. The carbonation is solid and it finishes dryly, so at least it's not undrinkable. Still, it should have been effortless.

O: I usually never have a strong opinion on most of the DFH regulars, good or bad, and guess what? This is another DFH regular that's only okay to me. I would have felt royally gypped paying +$10 for a 750 of this, so thanks to its 6-pack availability, I can merely give it a nonchalant shrug.

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Photo of DaliQualiti
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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 -21.4%
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 -20.8%
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 lastmango
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a very cloudy yellow color. Less than a one finger white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is of lemon and soap. Tastes of lemon and coriander. Crisp clean feel with a light body. Very disappointed with the brew from an otherwise good brewery.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
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 -19.8%
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 -19.5%
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 -19.5%
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%
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%
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 vladdswrath
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden hue with a small sudsy head that vanishes almost immediately. Smell is wheat and yeast, with a touch of bubblegum. I thought that was a weird read, when I have seen other commenters mention it, but it is definitely present. Taste is quite mild, sweet and a little peppery. The orange and lemon are there, but not forward. Mouthfeel is light and very dry. Not my usual gig, but I bet fans of the style will adore it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dogfish Head
Namaste

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 -17.7%
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 -17.2%
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 -16.7%
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 -16.1%
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 SGT_Cookie
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing spectacular. Overall, just what to expect from a witbier, don't get me wrong, it's a good and refreshing brew, but nothing stands out above the other witbiers out there. Would I drink again? Yes. But I won't go looking for it. Good, average, maybe above average witbier.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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 -15.9%
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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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.