Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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: 599 | Ratings: 3,086
Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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 +1.8%
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 +2.6%
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 +10.4%
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 +10.1%
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 -1.6%
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 +2.3%
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 +27.3%
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 -5.2%
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 dikebrewery
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +2.6%
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 -12.5%
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 -5.7%
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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Photo of Drudy8
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Hops and citrus just didn't punch me as I wished. The beer had a smooth sip unfortunately I had to drink it from a bottle so I missed on half my usual experience. I will give this another shot just wished for more.

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Photo of KevCan
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 3/2/16. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Pale straw colored, clear, healthy fluffy white head.

Smell: Classic witbier smells of orange and coriander.

Taste: Light, citrusy, and refreshing.

Feel: Medium minus body, medium plus carbonation.

Overall: A great summer beer! Reminds me a lot of Allagash White.

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Photo of Liz_Yoder
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer had both the light citrus taste I look for during the summer months as well as a spicy aftertaste thanks to the coriander and peppercorns. I was a little skeptical of this combination at first but it really works! I was pleasantly surprised and would consider this taste test a success.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden pour with a soft white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very warming - perfect on a cool evening. Spice fills the air above the body and sets up the taste profile extremely well. Lemon, pine, orange, coriander balanced by the slightly sweet malt and closes with a crisp and dry finish. Great beer; tons of aroma and taste in a small ABV package.

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Photo of drtth
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a bright pale yellow color with a bit of chill haze and a 1 1/2" thick fluffy white head that slowly, but visibly, recedes to a nice layer of foam on the surface and leaves some nice, scattered large patches and legs of lacing on the sides. Sipping creates new, smaller patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are almost like perfume with floral notes, a bit of malt, lemongrass and orange rind. In the background is a touch of coriander and white pepper.

The flavors include some light malt up front with an overlay from the lemongrass, the orange and the white pepper. There's also a background of some light bitterness, I think from the hops but it could also be a contribution of the pepper or a combination of both.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly from the gentle, persistent carbonation. The long finish begins about midway through as the flavors peak and then begin to fade. The sweetness seems to go first, followed by the spiciness, but the sweetness then re-emerges briefly to ride along with the peppery and lightly bittered, earthiness from the hops before all fade to gentle dryness.

This one was a bit of a surprise in that I both enjoyed it and almost immediately wanted to match it up in a side-by-side with the Allagash white. I expect I'll be having this one again and certainly think its a good choice for summer refreshment. As with most of the DFH beers I've tried there is a touch of uniqueness and difference about this beer and in this case it seems to work well.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Cloves, grassy notes and hops.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of lemon and cloves with a light hops taste and light grassy notes.

Overall: Great beer, very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, lemon yellow in color. Big, billowing, large bubbled white head. Black pepper, coriander and lemon. Flowery. Refreshing. It's ok. Pretty close to a traditional wit beer.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth smelling, mild tasting, solid sipper. Hazy lemon with a well formed ivory head. Sweet citrus with a bit of perfume. A bit of bubblegum. Doesn't burst with flavor, not an outrageous interpretation. Runs the risk of being called bland. Spot on though especially with the dynamic mouthfeel: subtly smooth with slightly dry finish.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
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 MarkQ617
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a pint glass at WoB. Appearance was a bit lighter/thinner than I expected..lighter yellow. The aroma and flavor were great, lemongrass and a bit of bready aftertaste...very refreshing on a hot day. Mouthfeel was light which I liked. Had avoided this one for a while for some reason, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of horshack7
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden in color with a light haze on top is a thick frothy white head.

Aroma: Yeasty, coriander, peppercorn, faint pear and traces of cinnamon. Apple, wisps of nutmeg.

Taste: Rather smooth mouthfeel with a slight dryness. Pear, apple, coriander, yeasty, spice, some cinnamon in the tail end with a light dry finish.

Notes: A solid example of a Witbier with a spice twist and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/10/2015 poured into a straight pint glass.

L- Medium straw yellow with some slight yeast haze, two finger white head.

S- Coriander, orange, bubblegum. A bit too coriander forward.

T- Same as aroma but the coriander is actually less and the bubblegum is more.

F- Light , good carb, refreshing.

O- A nice refreshing beer with pretty big flavor more like a hefe than some of the more watery witbiers I've had. Was worried the coriander would be overdone considering it's Dogfish Head but they are not.

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