Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
611
Ratings:
3,148
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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205
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Reviews: 611 | Ratings: 3,148
Photo of frykid
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
L: little head, dissipated quickly - light golden color. can see right through it
s: a little sour smell; can't distinguish other aromas
t: a light citrus
f: smooth, light body

overall : it was ok.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy yellowish straw color with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is sweetish lemon, orange, and a slight tartness. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Finish is dry and refreshing with a little lingering sourness.
This is a beer for my wife. It's not quite a shandy, but it's damn close. Got two bottles in a trade and the other one is hers.

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Photo of EMV
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Clear golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Respectable lacing.

S: Citrus and spice... coriander and lemon. Gym socks.

T/F: Citrusy... mild sweetness and some herbal notes. Honestly not a huge fan of the flavor. Some Belgian yeast character. Thin and carbonated. Finish is... a bit off. Odd aftertaste. Kind of a warped spice.

O: Just not a fan of this one. Dogfish Head is a great brewery but this one just missed for me. The flavor profile is a bit unpleasant... don't like the aftertaste... and it's basically a weak Belgian ale with citrus and dirty laundary.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw yellow with average foam and decent lacing. Smells very nice, full on floral, lemon, orange, and wheat. The taste is very very good, this is a very similar beer to Chimay, yes I know its not same but it is close in taste to me anyway. Full on citrus wheat bursting with floral and light notes make this a easy drinking but full flavored beer. I am excited about this one because the cost is right and it compares to some that cost a lot more.
Great job.......

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Photo of q33jeff
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

**
08/26/14
Aroma, yeast wheat, some lemon. Appearance,..clear pale yellow. White head. Taste...crisp. very light and refreshing. Blueberry, lemon..a touch of paste. Feel...medium carbonation. Nice beer. Good easy drinker.

**

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Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not only not my favorite by dogfish, pretty low on the recent listing of beer trials. Pours an red/Amber/Yellowish hue. Coriander is the largest nose I get upon first smelling. zesty orange/lemon on the back end of the MALT upfront tasty. The adjunct is almost overpowering. save it for a cold winter night around a fire will be a nice Christmas addition.

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Photo of teromous
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the neck: "BOTTLED ON 08/02/16"

Appearance: The body is a light lemon yellow with a hazy and well carbonated appearance. The head is short, white, and lightly fluffy. It retains a short head and leaves some spotty lacing but the head is much shorter than the average Witbier. The color is very nice.

Aroma: There is this souring aroma which is odd. It is a bit like an old wet blanket. There is also a cereal grain aroma. After drinking the beer for a while I started to pick up on a bit of sulfur aroma.

Taste: There is this strong lemon zest flavor. It reminds me a bit of a lemon custard pie. This alone is excellent. Then there is this cream flavor with a bit of coriander. The flavor is outstanding.

Mouthfeel: It starts out smooth and thick across the palate but the high carbonation and citrus tang give it a bit of a kick at the end to cut back on the smooth thickness. Drinkability is hampered a bit by the aroma which is further amplified through retronasal.

Overall: The culmination of flavors works very well but it just delivers this odd and unpleasant aroma. After getting over the aroma the flavor of the beer is just great. It has this great lemon custard flavor with a coriander finish that gives it this slightly spicy and vanilla-like flavor at the end. Overall the beer gives a heavier and more flavor-forward approach on the Witbier style with a strong dose of citrus. If a thicker and more robustly flavored beer sounds appealing then I would recommend at least trying the beer. I am not sure if I would drink it again. I might try it again if I could have it fresh and on tap.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of DFH's more approachable beers, this is the sort of thing that will never be a smash hit w/ the beer nerd crowd but is infinitely tasty. Perhaps a touch thin for the style, but they highlight the adjuncts so well, veins of orange peel and spicy coriander, with a definitive lemongrass undercurrent as well. This is a great example of an American brewer putting their own spin on a classic style. That's what pretty much every American brewer says anytime they try a European style, and often it's BS - it's just a haphazardly brewed POS. In this case, Dogfish really did do it well. Hat tip.

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Photo of Ryan4120
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - pale yellow with a white head - pretty decent head retention
S - Citrus - lemon, orange, corriander - not really strong though
T - Citrus and wheat - lots of lemon, orange, and corriander. Slight hop taste with some pepper on the back end. Maybe even a little banana somwhere in between.
F - medium body with moderate amounts of carbonation - smooth - good mouth feel
O - a good witbier - light and refreshing with nice citrus notes and a slight peppery finish

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass in Savannah, GA. The appearance is a murky yellow color with a very small white head. The aroma is full of grains and bread. The taste is grains, bananas with some pepper.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Very light straw white color with soapy lacing.
S: Faint orange and coriander smell.
T: Very spicy, peppery, and coriander-filled flavor. Reminds me of Einstok's witbier.
M: Medium bodied and sessionable.
O: A decent Witbier that I'd recommend giving a try, especially if you like strong coriander flavor.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Namaste brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, with an ABV 4.80% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a thick white head. There is a ton of carbonation in this brew. I feel this brew has a bit to much carbonation in it. Namaste, is an unfiltered brew , you can not see though this brew. The smell of Namaste, bold with flavors. You first pick up on a rich sweetness of grains and malts. Then a slight bitterness of hops and spice. There is also a lot of citrus in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is rich with flavors. You first pick up on the rich sweetness of citrus. Then you pick up on the grins and malts. You also pick up a hit of spice at the end of this brew. There is a lot going on in this brew. Namaste has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Namaste , is rich, bold , citrus , and smooth. Overall I'm giving Namaste a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, did a real nice job with this one. If you like a good citrus unfiltered brew you should look this one up.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pretty looking witbier that pours a hazy straw yellow hue with a two finger, satin white head that leaves intricate webs of lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas of spicy coriander, clove, Italian parsley, bananas, bubblegum, vanilla and mild rosemary and sage.

Absolutely delectable on the palate. Spice comes though upfront with powerful, yet modestly restrained notes of coriander, rosemary and peppery basil. Midpalate semisweet notes of bitter orange juice and lemon rind. Finishes dry with a slightly creamy vanilla/banana/bubblegum wheat taste.

Feel is refreshing. Medium body with medium carbonation. Alcohol is nonexistent.

Overall: One of the best american interpretations of the style. Juicy,spicy, dry and thirst quenching. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw color with a small white head. It dissipates quickly to form a ring around top of the beer. Carbonation clings to side of the glass inside the liquid, no lacing remaining above the beer-y meniscus as it drops.

Spice, especially pepper, some coriander, and zesty orange on the nose. Herbal aroma increases as we drink. Citrusy, inviting.

Coriander and pepper very apparent on the first sip. Light and pleasant citrus. Not much in the way of malt; definitely favoring yeast and spice in the balance.

Mid-light body with a dry-ish finish. Could be slightly more carbonated for my taste. Almost slightly sticky on the tongue. Very refreshing nonetheless.

A spice-forward Witbier. Refreshing, peppery, and herbal.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle copped from Total Wine and More. Easily sessionable, refreshing brew. Notes of spices, cloves, and coriander predominate. Refreshing, lemon zest aroma and flavor. Definitely a Summer-time beer.

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Photo of bradco57
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have always been a fan of Dogfish Head and they had Namaste on tap at the golf course pub where I played today. I had never tried it and it sounded like a refreshing summer beer, like I was looking for. Well, I was very pleased with the quality of Namaste and I had 2 of them as they went down fast and easily. Namaste has the hazy look of Blue Moon which I like but seemed to have a bit more body. I am going to my favorite bottle shop to pick up some more this weekend. If you like a summer wheat beer, give this one a try!

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5-25-16. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a hazy yellow with 1 finger white head that quickly recedes. Not much retention, but pretty decent lacing.

S: wheat and Belgian yeast. A little coriander and mild sweetness. Not really getting orange or lemongrass, but let's see as it warms. After it warms, it's a little more cream sickle; vanilla and faint orange.

T: oh, that is nice. Immediate slightly tart, slightly spicy and citric tingly arrival. Transitions to a grainy and thick wheaty mid palate, then transitions to a surprisingly bitter ending with a lot of orange peel coming on the end.

M: light and creamy with loads of carbonation. This is a really unique texture - it is utterly clean and refreshing, but doesn't come across as light or watery.

O: a really well-balanced, refreshing, if a bit hoppy for the style witbier. Blows blue moon and its ilk out of the water. Perfect summer beer. I fully endorse six packs of this!

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Photo of KLHBB
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light, refreshing picnic beer. Pours a pale, opaque goldenrod. Smells of tuna fish, chlorine, mown grass. Tastes of pineapple, lemon, saltines. Silky carbonation, overall a great, easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack while on vacation in Maryland this week and have enjoyed everyone of the beers, except for the one I gave my Father. Nice and light and flavorful. This is a beer I could drink at a July 4th picnic!
Definitely worth a revisit.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. I was very surprised when I poured it and the head frothed delicately above the glass. Almost poetic. Very carbonated. Clean and bright with a sweet aftertaste. Kinda reminded me of a champagne.

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Photo of mlockman
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not much yeastiness to this beer, as one may expect from a Belgian-style brew, but certainly a refreshing amount of spice. If you like Blue Moon, this is a perfect example of a craft brewery's expression of the style.

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Photo of MFMB
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well first off I love a good wit, cloudy light straw yellow to pale white in appearance with a trail of bubbles from bottom to top of glass. Light citrus and lemon on the nose. Taste of light malt and coriander with a bit of clove. Citrus notes on the back end/aftertaste. Light airy mouthfeel. A great summer beer when you just want something refreshing.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; pale straw in color; 1+ finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: coriander, lemon, and orange; somewhat spicy;

T: soft grains up front; coriander and orange from the middle through the finish; a little spicy in the back of the throat; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; very dry finish;

O: refreshing;

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Photo of cackalacky
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is not my go-to style, so I'm not a reliable rater. That being said, I found it very refreshing...but extremely odd. Not bad odd, but the flavors aren't what I expect from a beer. I wouldn't recommend it, really...but I wouldn't steer you away. I still have three others in my fridge, and I'll finish them in time. Perhaps the taste will grow on me.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very mellow blend of citrus with coriander. Refreshing but not crisp or carbonated. I fond that its taste is remarkably different when its chill has left. Its better flavors fade into a general bitterness.

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