Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
87
very good
601 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
NamasteNamaste
BEER INFO

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:
601
Ratings:
3,109
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
29.87%
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
1,060
For Trade:
1
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 601 | Ratings: 3,109
Reviews by KYBrewgrass:
Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- 4 What's lacking in color (almost clear but slightly hazy straw) is made up for in bubbly activity and a big white fluffy head. Very large bubbles, fairly smooth and slightly sticky lacing.

S- 3.5 The aroma of Namaste is of lemon and a bit of coriander spice. It's kind of earthy. It is sour primarily, though, and leaves much more desired from my sniffer.

T- 3.5 Unfortunately I wasn't treated to a pleasant surprise in the taste from what its aroma left me hoping for. It is predominantly lemon and thus sour. I get less spice here than from the aroma. It does have a hint of wheat, and as it warms I find it to sweeten up a little which slightly calms the sourness.

M- 3 This is over-carbonated for my liking. It would be light in body but the high carbonation makes it feel more like medium.

D- 3.5 Not well-enough balanced for me to enjoy much of this. I could split the 750mL but wouldn't want much more. It is a bit sour and over-carbonated. I can get some of the ingredients that were used and I appreciate that, but they just didn't work as well together as I had hoped they would. Worth a shot I suppose.

 1,121 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of CitizenGenet
1.7/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled in June 2015.

Pours a cloudy yellow like one might see produced by someone with a urinary tract infection. Robust head, about two fingers' width.

Smell - After the unsavory visual, the first effect is its sickly smell. I actually checked around the kitchen to see if there were dirty dishes or another source to account for the odor. Frankly, it had me recoiling as I got whiffs. Asked another person to smell, which resulted in a the face one makes when changing a baby's diaper.

Taste - Dominant notes of ass mellowing out to body odor after a long workout. Then overwhelming citrus characterized mainly by lemon and orange, flowing to the final and lingering note of coriander, a brief and sadly transient hit of clove, and then a rather disagreeable peppercorn.

Feel - No different than a Bud or Coors. Nothing remarkable.

Frail imitation of a wit.

 915 characters

Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: May 8, 2015... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen... OCCASION: Will’s First Holy Communion eve... APPEARANCE: clear, slightly hazy sallow golden body; soapy, substantial head that laces in inches (!); sparse effervescence; finishes cleanly... AROMA: banana, spice, pepper, yes--some vanilla and coriander; hay wafts in late--a warm spring evening in a bottle ...PALATE: a lively, fresh, creamy swirls inundate the mouthfeel; light and smooth, yet recognizably present... TASTE: a strong, surprising malt base allows for a full-flavored summer sip--orange slice, light banana, a bit of pepper as well... OVERALL: The beer’s name may be indicative of the relaxation the beer provides--the better aspects of the wheat genre are on display; refreshing, flavorful, and smooth; a surprisingly classical approach to a style by a brewery that tends to bend or break conventions...

 886 characters

Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 1,091 characters

Photo of Stellartaste
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice smells but virtually tasteless :(

38 characters

Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear as day, with a sunny yellow body and a thick, fluffy cumulus cloud of a head.

Smell: Lemony, but with an earthy husk. It makes me think of mustard seed. Notes of apple blossom and honey. Not as spicy as expected. Interesting, but hardly mind blowing.

Taste: Pale malt is the canvas, and yellow fruit (pears, lemons, and a hint of pineapple) is the main theme. But as expected, the spicy undertones are what make Namaste unique. The peppercorns are, as one might imagine, the most noteworthy of the special ingredients listed on the label. They bring a slightly earthy and bitter snap to the finish, a welcome departure from other Witbiers, which are typically more demure. The lemongrass is worth remarking on as well--it introduces a fresh, organic, and lightly sour combination which makes this Witte even more grown up.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light mouthfeel with strong carbonation makes this creation appropriately refreshing. Dry from start to finish, it feels akin to champagne.

Overall: Another well done creative conviction by Dogfish Head. What else is new, right?It doesn't quite call for a standing ovation, but that may be because by having something for everyone, Namaste keeps the peace rather than rocking one's world. Sweet and spritzy, hoppy and complex, this beer is proof that a level of thinking can be achieved by the masses.

 1,364 characters

Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DanGeo
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a brief but sudsy head that leaves little evidence that it had ever been there. Great flavors of the advertised orange, coriander, and lemon grass. Distinct notes of each throughout. Low alcohol and medium body makes this a very drinkable beer though the lemony after-taste can get a bit tiresome.

 322 characters

Photo of Loudell
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of poibag808
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Firefox13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of rwinzing
4.12/5  rDev +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.

 558 characters

Photo of Kjanisch7
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Very pretty carbonation.

It had a very fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Some citrus, mainly lemon. A bit of spice.

Sweet taste, bready. Lemon and a bit of orange.
Definite coriander.

This beer was light-bodied and refreshing. Perfect for a warm summer day.

 309 characters

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

From the 12oz. bottle ito a pint glass.
Poured a cloudy straw color with very little head and a little spotty lacing.
The aroma is lemon and coriander and a hint of earthy funk.
The taste is delicious. Lots of citrus on the tongue with a bit of spice and just a light, finishing bitter.
Mouthfeel is fairly light and bubbly.
Overall, a tasty and refreshing beverage.

 367 characters

Photo of pengs68
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of BlitzShadow
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

 915 characters

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,109 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe