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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

558 Reviews
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Reviews: 558
Hads: 2,856
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.53%
Wants: 180
Gots: 853 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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: 558 | Hads: 2,856
Photo of rwinzing
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 750 ml bomber. Poured into tulip style glass

A - Nice straw color, Bright white head held onto the glass nice lacing

S - Smelled of citrus very pleasant aroma

T - very mild hint of the lemongrass but not overpowering, no after taste. Citrus not as strong as in the smell

M - Very nice light mouthfeel what I would expect from the style

D - Very drinkable, summer brew while sitting on the deck with friends

Overall a beer I would drink again. Not what I expect from DFH who are known for their big brews. Nice summer brew to be enjoyed.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy at first but settles nicely. Cloudy and bright yellow.

Smell: The aroma is bread like with citrus riding shotgun and herbal spice taking a backseat.

Taste: The citrus tones are there but balanced with sweetness and spice. The spice is more present in the aftertaste. Wheat is definitely present in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Light but a little heavier than other wits.

Overall: It is definitely not a traditional wit but this is what you would expect with Dogfish. It is a good beer just remember that you need to clear all preconceived notions out of you head before trying it.

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Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Wit with a Dogfish Head twist. This was my Mother's Day selection to go with a barbeque. Poured into my Busch Gardens "Bud Select" flute from a 750 ml bottle. Good looking beer. Big, delicate bubbly white head, hazy straw color and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell was the best part. All the witbier favorites are here, lemon zest, yeast, coriander, wheat with an extra kick from the orange.

Tastes good too. Wheat bitterness, yeast, coriander all nicely blended. The pronounced orange flavor puts the Dogfish Head quirky stamp on this Witbier. Namaste would have been a solid Wit whether or not the orange flavor was present.

Mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated, rich andjust the right amount of wheat bitterness.

A solid summertime beer. Good take on a witbier from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a slightly murky orange color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Plenty of orange peel and lemon zest in the nose. A bit of spice and a faint amount of sweetness.

T- Very nice orange peel flavor with some yeast spice and lemon. A traditional witbier flavor with a bit more umph!

M- Medium/light bodied with nice carbonation. Easy drinking with a crisp finish.

O- Overall a very solid wit that I could see purchasing again.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature bottle poured into my old logo Allagash pint glass. The liquid is ever so slightly translucent and golden colored. A decent amount of carbonation is visible within, all of it rising in steady streams. The head is pure white foam. The beer foamed up a lot when I poured, but it has settled down a bit, but is still a few fingers thick. Some patchy lacing is left behind.

Plenty of lemon and coriander greet my nose when I inhale. Some orange citrus is in there as well, but it isn't as prominent as the lemon. A little bit of powdered sugar sweetness and some musty Belgian style yeast round out the aroma.

This is a crisp beer with some good malts, but also a high quality, reserved hop profile. Lemon citrus and grassy notes are prevalent (probably all that lemongrass the label says in the beer). There is very little sweetness. A dry finish with lemon and orange peel flavors that linger.

The body of this beer is fuller than I expected, but it also has a watery quality as I swallow. Tiny bubbles can be easily felt. There is a good sized coat, but it is watery and can be swallowed quickly. There isn't any stickiness.

This is a good wit that I am enjoying, but it doesn't blow me away the way that Allagash White does; and since that is a local beer here, I'll go for a bottle of that next time I am craving this style. That isn't to say you shouldn't give this beer a shot, it is a very well made beverage that is worth a taste.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale straw color withh some sediment when you get closer to the bottom of the bottle. Nice head taht retains very well for all 750 mls and classic bubbling.

Citric, fruity, and earthy tahnks to the lemongrass. I was surprised that I could actually smell the lemongrass. Pretty cool!

Sweet yeasty fruit mixed with oranges and very soft sweet lemon flavors make this palate quite refreshing and flavorful. The mouthfeel is full of carbonation and a little chalky and dry. This only makes you want to drink more.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An offering from Dogfish Head Brewery, a 750mL bottle poured into a pint/nonic glass.

A - this beer has a very cloudy but bright yellow appearance, with a good amount of off-white head at the top.

S - citrus and lemongrass come through very distinctly.

T - on the palate I mainly get citrus (orange and lemon), a hint of hops, and on the finish there is a ginger like taste left.

M - medium-bodied, a little chewy, almost perfect amount of carbonation.

O - a must try if you like limited release/limited availability beer. This beer is light enough in ABV that it is a very good drinking beer at the end of long hot day. Very refreshing.

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Photo of vgarneth
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a hazy appearance with small bits of sediment; although, it had a nice citrus, floral nose. Amazing taste as if you're biting into a fresh orange that finishes with lingering hints of lemongrass on the palate. A refreshing brew for warmer weather.

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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 TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I missed this guy at the brewpub, but apparently fate intervened to give me a second chance. It pours a cloudy pale straw topped by about two fingers of white sudsy foam. The nose comprises wheat, pepper, coriander, lemon peel, clove, rice cakes, banana, cardamom, and the slightest possible touch of funk (and I use funk in its loosest form). The taste leans heavily on the citrus and wheat, leaving the spicier notes languishing in the fetal position. Actually, to properly describe the situation, the pepper's on Prozac, so it's still dancing about in the finish, as though all of its problems were really gone (how sad, really...). The body is light, with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice wit. 'Nuff said, baby.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Very pale yellow color. Hazy with a pure white head.

Smell: Apples, A bit of orange peel and other citrus aromas.

Taste: A lot of citrus and sweet fruity flavors.

Feel: Carbonation on the high side. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

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

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light gold body with a white, mousse-like head. Thin lace formations at every sip level, looking a bit like fine cirrus clouds.

Smell: Pale and wheat malt smelling of loaf bread soaked in a bit of cream and rounded by fragrant notes of citrus oils, herbaceous lemongrass, and spicy, vaguely nutty coriander.

Taste: Light malted barley, somewhat hay-like, along with tangy, bready wheat malt and an icing sugar sweetness. Tastes of spicy coriander and citrusy, juicy bittersweet orange are quick to follow. A little sharpness from the lemongrass, though, once you really get into it, all the flavors come together quite nicely. Straw sporadic drops of heavy cream. A low level of hop bitterness at best. A little last sip of spice and orange juice for the finish. A peppery component lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation provides some effervescence, though there's some soft creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Rather refreshing and thirst quenching, a fine beer suitable for drinking in the drearily warmer months ahead of us.

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Photo of Onawen12
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid wit. All the mentioned falvors pull through, lemograss adds extra complexity that is really enjoyable. Peppercorn doesn't come through as much as I'd have liked. This beer would be phenomenal with curry or any other Thai or Indian food. Must try.

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Photo of prototypic
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy yellow-orange with a fluffy white head that lingers for quite a while.

Smell - Musty European hops and wheat upfront with bright orange and earthy coriander just behind. As it warms the lemongrass aromas emerge, as well as a sweet almond note.

Mouthfeel - very soft and smooth, even a little powdery.

Tatse - Spicy and citrusy with a soft mineral finish. Just enough hops to tie it all together.

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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 BranfordBound
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Walking around some hole in the wall packy near UConn I stumbled upon this bottle, lo and behold it's a 2011. Score!

750 mL dated 2011-1C into a Dogfish Head shaped pint.

Pours a dark golden color with a fluffy two finger white head. Leaves some lacing behind, fairly carbonated.

Smells of spices and wheat, but with some fruit to make it just a slight variation on the classic witbier.

Pretty much following the nose, the light wheat, witbier spices round off the usual, but the orange and lemongrass add to it. Slight fruitness and herbal qualities in the end which add to the refreshing factor.

Heavy side of light bodied, slightly wet.

Super drinkable, the back label says it's a "summer kind of thing, namaste." They're right, get one now and save it for the warm weather, it's a perfect compliment to it.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty decent stuff from the guys that brought us sah-tea!....

pours a yellow body with beautiful white fluffy head....and nice sticky lacing...

smells awesome!...classic witbier smell with a nice overtone of fresh and refreshing....lemony...earthy smell!

taste is pretty nice not as good as the smell...but the taste is like a toned down version of the nose!

the feel is nice....medium bodied beer

overall not a bad ale...i would expect nothing less from dogfish head!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours golden-orange with two fingers of white creamy fluff.

S: Horseblanket must, lemon, orange, coriander, and some floral notes.

T: Semi-sweet orange and lemon, grassy floral funk, and some light hoppiness.

M: Medium-light thickness with a little creaminess.

O: It's tasty and easy-drinking. Much better than the average Witbier.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 5% abv. Bottled in 2011. Pours cloudy, pale gold color. Pillow-like white fluffy head. Very nice head retention and lace.

Cereal grain malt, with a zesty citrusy edge. Big herbal and earthy notes blend in, with hints of spice.

Pale malt, a big grainy and tart. A bit of sweetness. Herbal notes. Some restrained spices. Very well balanced.

Light body with refreshing carbonation. Very easy to drink. Not the most exciting style, but simple and well done.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Namaste

Appearance: dark lemon, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, slight citrus, and a very faint hop.

Taste: light hops, coriander, light yeast, and some citrus.

Mouthfeel: light and full.

This is a very nice light brew. There is a ton of flavor for how light it is. It goes down quite easy.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straw yellow hazy beer with creamy head that faded slow and left creamy walls of lace. The smell was of belgian yeast with banana and clove nicely balanced in the middle and citrus tones of orange and lemon grass on the back end. Nice honey, caramel and biscut notes with a good grainy wheat backbone. Nice citrus notes of orange and lemon subtly perk things up. Creamy body. It goes light on the banana in the yeast flavors and the spice is subtle too. Just a pinch of clove and pepper. Smooth, creamy, and very drinkable.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a large white, foamy head.

The smell is of pepper, coriander, sugar-coated oranges and lemongrass. Spicy and tangy.

The taste is bright - orange tang with a coriander spicing.

The carbonation is lively, sprizty, and crisp.

A nice, fresh, witbier with an orange flavor (no need for an orange wedge - though that's not my thing anyway). A very nice example of the style, though pricey for what it is.

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Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy straw color yellow with a two finger of bone white head. Head retains nicely, fading to a film that retains throughout and leaves some spots of swirl lacing.

S: Nose is very heavy on wheat at the forefront, orange, and lemon grass.

T: Taste starts with a big dose of lemon grass mingled with flavoring of orange peel. Wheat and yeast take over the middle. Finish has the lemon grass flavoring with perhaps a hint of grapefruit moving in again with a peppery, coriander finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel that stays coated on the tongue.

D: Goes down easily, nicely balanced, mild kick, nice representation of style. I really enjoy this beer - a little too heavy for summer drinking but on a nice early autumn night, this is really refreshing.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden color into my snifter with almost two fingers of dense white head. Retention is moderate as well as lacing, carbonation and sediment is visible.

S - Orange, lemon, biscuit, spice - coriander/clove, wheat and yeast and mild banana notes too. Smells very clean and refreshing.

T - Nice layers, lemongrass is at the forefront for me, followed by the spices of coriander and clove, orange rind that is slightly bitter and biscuit notes are present in the finish, surprisingly good.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, just slightly too much carbonation for my palate.

D - This brew is light and refreshing, has many nice layers, enjoy now or set one aside for the summer months when it will be really pleasing.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.