Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,686 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 172
Gots: 711 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 2,686 | Reviews: 555
Photo of WeisGuy
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of vtfan77
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of hoagzzz
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Generally don't like wit and don't like dfh, so I am barking up the wrong tree. But overall not bad. Drinkable at a summer BBQ.

Photo of yourefragile
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of thebeers
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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 -.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A = A thin yellow with a chartreuse tinge. It has a short-lived head and not much lacing.

S = Most intriguing part of this wheat beer. The coriander and orange slices are noticed, and I suspect the lemongrass is what makes it intriguing.

T = Weiss bier and then the prevalent coriander, then the orange slices which I think lends a bitterness which is someone unpleasant.

M = Light weiss bier and crisp, fresh.

O = If it wasn't for that bitterness, which I'm attributing to the dried orange slices, I would really like this wheat beer. I think it's worth revisiting on a hot summer day with a barbecue meal. it would probably be very refreshing. Not a favorite for drinking on its own, though.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

They put way too much spices in a beer that didn't need that much. It taste like a cheaper version of Ommegang Rare Vos.

Photo of SteveB24
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

serving type. glass

appearance; light yellow/straw, thick head quickly lowers but still leaves a reasonable amount that lasts.

aroma; bit of lemon, yeast, pleasant but not memorable.

taste. okay, wheat flavor is a little weak, nice bit of lemon in the aftertaste, a little dry for a wittier.

mouthfeel. nicely carbonated, subtle and not creamy. that doesn't make it good or bad but leaves an impression.

overall. not sure if i would buy again, and not dogfish head's best, but makes a good summer drink and still drinks nicely and satisfies.

Photo of Jho3325
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. A pale yellow with a nice white foam that lasted a good while and left some lacing behind.

The smell was a bit earthy and muted. I could really pick out much.

This beer had a pleasant Wheatstone. I was a bit disappointed because the citrus and pepper did not stand out to me. There was definitely a hint of grassy taste and some banana bread as well

Overall this was a nice witbier, but I was disappointed that I didn't get much citrus/orange. I love the idea of this beer, but the flavored weren't very pronounced. Even still, a refreshing wheat.

Photo of bambam2517
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Built like a Franziskaner or Paulaner Weissbeer but many times the price! A letdown in terms of value for sure.

The cloudy creamy color, frothy lasting head and fresh citrus cues are there. Its soothing and easy to drink on a warm spring day. However, this one does not stand out from the style in any way for me.

Photo of TopherBreski
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The look is not very good. Almost clear with a ton of carbonation and a thick head that never dissipates. Smell is oranges, wheat, and coriander - very good. Ingredients provide a very good but beer is extremely light. Nice for a summer day BBQing.

Photo of Owl-Head
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Very pleasant. The look in a glass reminds me a lot of a lighter American hefeweizen. Pale yellow in color and not much head, not that I was expecting much for a white beer. You can pick up on the orange scent better from the bottle and out of a glass it smell more like a traditional white beer, but the taste comes out nicely for this particular type of beer. It was unique for what i have had in white beers but it wasn't astounding. Light taste, easy to drink almost fruity with a crisp after taste that lasts long enough to enjoy but doesn't stick around too long. I think this beer is really a nice refreshing sweet drink and like it's name, is meant to be satisfying and harmonious

Photo of FLima
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color with a thin head.
Light citrusy aroma with notes of wheat
Refreshing taste with a very mild sourness. As expected, notes of coriander, wheat and orange peel. Low on condiments, but a hint of lemongrass. Dry and mildly acid aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Well executed witbier, not that flavorful but with high drinkability and nice on a hot day such this one. I believe it would be more interesting if the lemongrass note could be tune up just a bit.

Photo of BrownNut
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S - Has the usual kind of spicy wet wood smell, but faint.

T - Tastes... pretty normal. Decent tang. A little more bitter than expected but in a not unpleasant way. The bottle says it's brewed with coriander, orange, and lemongrass, but it's pretty subtle. Just a hint of citrusy sweetness that bleeds into what I would call more like cardamom.

M - Starts soft and finishes crisp. Fresh and nice.

O - Well it's a refreshing wheat beer, perfect for a warm day. It's the basic characteristic taste you're looking for, so it makes the cut, but it isn't particularly notable. It was slightly more bitter than I'm used to. I can't tell if that was a welcome twist or a distraction, but I'm OK with it. Bombers are often ripoffs and this one is no exception. It's definitely not good enough to justify the $10 I paid. On a cost-per-ounce basis, a sixpack of this stuff would be over $28, which is triple what it's worth. FFFUUU bombers!

Photo of Act25
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Canary yellow body. Creamy white dense foam w sketchy persist and lace. Witbier light.

S: Extremely perfumey, vibrant, yeasty, spicy and fruity, orange citrusy. Wakeful beer.
Bright orange zest, spicy corriander, peppery, tangerine marmalade.

T: Follows smell, complex, a lot going on - too much? Powdered sugar and bready. Layers of orange zest and spice alternate with lemon, pepper, cumin, grass, coriander, with a spicy finish.

A little too sweet and fancy for my palate. Also has that delaware (it's the water that's not great - mineral aspect).

Doesnt leave my palate in a great place. I'd pass.

Photo of DragonzBreath
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Packaging was better than the beer, web site is pretty cool too. We will be trying other beers from this brewery. Pleasant enough nothing bold here. a seemingly average ale. We paired it with dinner, Thai chicken peanut salad, a good compliment... flavors then melded nicely. 5.0 abv

Photo of damndirtyape
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gaithersburg Alehouse. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy hazy golden yellow. No head on top but plenty of lacing noted on the glass as I drank it down.

Smell: Surprisingly not any smell at all. With a good swirl I could just barely make out something, but it was so faint I really couldn’t say what it was.

Taste: Lemony, hint of spices (I’m guessing the coriander) and a good wheat/wit twang. Some piney hops in there towards the end as it warmed up, but not overpowering. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, cleanses the palate and typical for a wit.

Overall/Drinkability: Okay. Nicely spiced for a Wit but not the most drinkable wit I’ve ever had. Went well with crab cakes and I would have loved a larger glass, but I would have stopped at one. Lack of aroma disappointing though.

Photo of harrymel
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes on 12/12/10
$10 for 22oz at Pilgrim's in Coeur D'Alene, ID.

Poured to tulip.

A: Straw colored ale with low clarity - light shines thru, but as a glow, not a obvious light. Nice, white, loosely packed head dissipates early on. Nothing fancy here.

S: The scent, although strong, is sweet with grain and florals. Lemongrass, rose and gardenias make this a beautiful note to the beer.

T: Medium strength sweetness accented with corianderesque belgian yeast and lemongrass.

M: While carb seems excessive up front, foams out in mouth and leaves a nice, smooth, slick finish.

D: This is a good beer. Fits a niche desire. Although subtle, offer a complex variety of experience. Don't pass up, but don't expect a big beer. This is a slow, grows on you kind of beer.

Photo of Roguer
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lemon-yellow brew, hazy and lively, with a nice, 2 1/2 finger pure white fluffy head. Head retention is excellent, and lacing is thick.

Lemon, yeast, orange peel, coriander, banana, spices, and earthy hops in the aroma.

Yeast, wheat, barest hint of lemongrass. Too much diacetyl, banging against the banana. For all the balanced and complex nose, it doesn't really come across in the drink.

Soft, slick mouthfeel. Lively with a bit of sting.

Everything about this beer is good-to-great....except a major butterscotch hit of diacetyl. It's distracting and disappointing. The beer is fresh, as well, so there are no excuses here.

Photo of drseamus
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Gaithersburg alehouse.

A: Cloudy pale straw colored body, no head. Served in a sniffer.

S: Pretty tight nose. Light spice.

T: Pretty light by any standard which is extremely light by DFH standards. Kind of like a good version of a macro wheat.

M: Very wheaty. Low carbonation.

D: Disappointing for DFH. Decent by other standards.

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, having a coupon for bombers and 750mL bottles at Total Wine led me to this release from Dogfish Head. I don't find the Witbier style to fit my tastes very often, but when I'm in the mood, a good one can be quite nice. My general problem is that they feel too light or the orange and coriander flavors often found in the style don't make it very refreshing. The description for Namaste noted that it was a very refreshing beer, and Dogfish Head is a name I can trust, so I went for it.

It was crisp and light, but unlike some Witbiers, the spices weren't overwhelming. Unfortunately, beyond that it seemed to be a typical Witbier with nothing in particular standing out. Perhaps it's a bit above average though, as I did find it more drinkable than a few I've had recently. I wouldn't pay the usual 8 dollars for a 750mL of this ever, but it wasn't wasted money especially with that coupon.

Photo of AdamMY
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a nice foggy blonde color, with a pure white and thick and foamy head.

Smell is everything a wheat beer should smell like, oranges, a hint of spices, some lemon, and a hint of fresh baked bread.

The taste is a little weak. Coriander is the flavor that dominates, but besides that it is water, and weak. So lots of coriander, and a hint of lemon and orange juice, but besides that not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel though is decently thick and creamy, and seems to coat well.

Overall its an easy drinking beer, nothing to write home about though.

Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,686 ratings.