Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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

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611
Ratings:
3,148
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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Photo of LittleDon
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hay colored with a haze, fair head retention with a little lace and plenty of carbonation. Hay and a touch of citrus in the aroma. Nice carbonation profile up front and in the middle. Grain, coriander, and lemongrass are present in the middle with a little bit of soap on the back end. Faint bitterness. Medium body leaning toward the light side.

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Photo of dank203
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

highly drinkable flavorful sessionable beer. aromas are highly herbal with the coriander almost to the point of being perfumey. yeast characters emerge as it warms, hints of banana. taste is bright citrusy spicy and grainy. its a load of flavor in a small beer. had out of a pilsner at about 45 degrees

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Photo of seedyone
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

06/10/12 From the bottle. The coriander is way up front but politely subsides to allow the orange to edge on through. Very refreshing. Again, the word polite comes to mind and in the world of rude-boy, hopped up IPAs it's a much appreciated change of pace.

Namaste...Namaste to thee.

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Photo of EricMichael
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Namaste
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware, United States
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 %

appearance - Probably the most white witbier I've seen in a long time. Part of the white comes from a whole mess of white yeast floating in it. I have never such so much floating yeast - almost chunky. Decent head after pour that quickly dwindles. Very light lacing.

smell - More lemon than orange and a light hint of corriander

taste & mouthfeel - Feels very heavy with a yeast bite with lemon corriander flavor. More heavy on feel than flavor.

overall - Looks great even from a distance and taste that delivers. Not top-tier, but great for a summer day!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Quarter of a finger of white frothy head, translucent yellow, slightly hazy, some sediment towards the bottom of the bottle. Average carbonation. Leaves some layered lacing.

S- Sweet Lemon, orange, wheat, some floral scents (coriander) mixed with grass. Fairly aromatic, can detect the scent a few feet away.

T- Lemon, orange, a little bit of coriander, a little bit sweet, with a bitter citrus finish. Nice sweet aftertaste that lingers for a few minutes.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the light side but still supporting sort of a creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced and goes down smooth.

O- This was a great wheatbeer. I'm usually not a huge fan of wheat beers, but I couldn't definitely see my self drinking this on a regular basis if it were in 6-packs. I liked how it a good balance between the orange, lemon, sweet, and bitter tastes. This would definitely make a great beer to have on hot summer days. I would definitely recommend trying some.

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Photo of hardy008
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light lemon gold color with a small white head, which has good retention, and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has oranges, lemongrass, coriander, and wheat.

Tastes lightly sweet and easy to drink with oranges, lemongrass, coriander and wheat. Light and refreshing. Tastes great on a hot summer day like today.

Light bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes dry, and has a light orange and lemongrass aftertaste.Very nice taste for a 4.80 % abv beer. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of kingandrew
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. One of my favorites in the summer. People compare it to Blue Moon. Not as much orange taste and more spices. You get the citrus up front, but then the aftertaste is lemongrass and spice. Clearer than Blue Moon. A bit expensive for what it is. For the same price you can get the 60min IPA. But then again Blue Moon is almost as expensive. I think both the Namaste and Blue Moon are way better than Allagash White, which is also twice as expensive.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw some positive reviews for this, so I decided to pick one up to try.

Into a 20 oz. tapered glass it pours a hazy orange gold, very murky with sediment, but some light still gets through. Very frothy foam, lots of drippy lacing with strong head retention. The sediment reminds me of plankton in the ocean. Pouring in the last of the yeast, there's a stubborn patch caked on the bottom.

Fresh citrus and coriander, somewhat soapy herbals and sweet lemongrass. Sweet sliced oranges. Very pleasant and somewhat amped up for a traditional Wit.

Lightly bitter, finishing dry, with a smooth wheat body. Citrus and coriander flavors are dominant but not overbearing. It feels a little astringent, but overall it's not a distraction. Fairly easy to drink, probably better suited for warmer months, but enjoyable nonetheless. Will try again if another batch is released.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of lemongrass and coriander in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the lemongrass flavors are a bit stronger. Flavors of oranges are also present in the initial taste while coriander is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades pretty quick with audible bubble bursts, with lasting lacing. Aroma is lemongrass and earthy hops.

Taste begins moderately sweet coupled with lemongrass again, moderately tart in the middle, and closes with light earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching brew.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 12/21/10

Bottled in 2010 2A

The color is a slightly watered-down pineapple juice with a touch of haziness. One & a half finger head collapsed fairly quickly. Thin, ok retention; not much lace save a few sporadic splotches. The second pour has more, drippy lace.

The aroma is very clean & it smells quite nice. Near-tangy citrus a la orange & lemon zest. Modestly spicy with nips of the coriander. Undertones of grassiness & wheat grain. The lemon aspect is such that it smells like lemon bars. Everything is perfectly placed. I like it a lot.

To taste, Namaste doesn't have the same air of excellence in integration offered by the nose. Coriander leads off, accented by hints of orange peel that hang on for the finish. There isn't quite as much lemon flavor as I was expecting; not a bad thing. Wheat is compounded on the latter half.

Reasonably light bodied (maybe even leaning marginally toward medium). Carbonation is of the prickly enough order; it suits the flavors. It's crisp for most of each sip, though the finish dries out a lot; so much that faux-grittiness lingering & something of a coating feel.

Namaste forges few gripes in my mind. Well-crafted through & through. Plus, at 5% abv it's a easy sipper for sure. Fully enjoyable even in this Ohio winter.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Did they use champagne yeast for this one? Even though the bottle was cold and unshaken, the bubbles exploded into action as soon as the top was popped, just like a bottle of bubble, and I had to rush the bottle to the glass to catch the overflow.
In the glass, the beer is golden, but too cloudy to see anything through. Large bubbles rise upward rapidly, so fast that they do a little dance in their own turbulence. The head is a mountain of off-white meringue that lingers so long that I start to get impatient about drinking it. Some relatively large particles of sediment came out at the end of the pour.

S: Very bready at first whiff. Orange and spice meet my nose with the second sniff, and after that lemongrass and white pepper.

T: Very little sweet malts. Wheat bread flavor is heavy at first, but the coriander really dominates, especially in the middle. The finish is a mix of citrus and mild hops bitterness.

M: Initially feels moist, but the finish is astringent dryness that forces you back for another wet sip. Carbonation is above average.

O: Very typical of a Belgian white beer, really. It's a good beer, but I think you can do as well without spending $10 a bottle.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.07/5  rDev +6%

Pours a hazy yellow with very little head. The smell is full of great earthy tones from the herbs, specifically the coriander as well as a bread scent coming through. The taste was very nice with a lot of layers of flavor coming first from the hops and then the spice, with a toasted finish made for a highly refreshing beer.

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Photo of jorg2619
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking in Jan brewed in 2010 prob a bit older

The appearance is a bright golden yellow beer with a fluffy head that quickly declines into a ring. Also lots of floating good stuff in this beer. This beer smells like summer for sure, I detect lemon, lime, an almost sour edge to the mild grass and clover essence. This bottle tasted very thin and bitter. I detected a strong lemon tartness and I detected the coriander in the background. This is a very refreshing and mild brew a good relaxer.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The taste is basically that of a witbier, and a good one at that, with just a subtle touch of lemongrass. At first I was worried because I could barely taste it, but the subtle flavor notes become more pronounced and you drink it.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

28th Review
Bottle to Dark Lord (mini) snifter.

L: Hazy white - quite a bit of sediment, but it looks nice...like an angel. No real head on vigorous pour.

S: Banana, lemon, nuts, wheat, grass, flowers. Complex, yet simple.

T: Caramel sweet upfront with a hint of hay. Nice and smooth. Well-balance spice - coriander, pepper, thyme (maybe). Refreshing!

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

O: A very interesting beer...not what I was expecting. Fits well within the style and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Well done!

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks pretty sexy with that straw golden haze and lemon/citrus scented head. Who doesn't love some good head?

A belgian leaning witbier for sure, no orange slice please...

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Photo of koopa
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours a dull semi-pale wheat with a 1 finger white crown of fine bubbles that display good retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Nice amounts of lemongrass, some coriander, and a bit of orange peel.

Taste: Same as nose

Mouthfeel: Light body that is fairly spritzy but a bit uninspired.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable with light flavors and a 5% abv

Not bad but I'd rather have a six pack of Hoegaarden for the money...

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Namaste, like all their other brews, comes to us with a little hype and a little catch. Dogfish has had some trouble supplying all the markets lately, so quantities are again pretty limited. Described on the website as a Belgian-style White, made with orange slices, lemongrass, and coriander, the Namaste is sure to be interesting.

The Namaste pours into my Duvel glass a light yellow/golden color, and very hazy. It's not completely opaque, but about as opaque as I've seen an American made White. The head is nice and thick, lots of carbonation makes for a soft, fluffy, one-inch foam.

Aromas fill my nose with light citrus notes, the lemon and orange is fairly evident. It doesn't smell nearly as full or spicy as I expected though. I'm not really getting any coriander, but there is a distinct yeasty layer to it. Overall the aromas are very soft, but definitely a bit interesting.

Once I take a sip, wow is that tasty! Very smooth and refreshing, yet complex and interesting at the same time. Just a tiny bit of hops shows through the light citrus wheat beer. Very creamy mouth feel, very subtle nuance of the yeasty citrus beer.

I think many of the American imitations in the Belgian White style fall short of greatness. Several brand names come to mind, eh-hem Blue Moon, that are just mediocre representations of really great styles. The Dogfish Head Namaste doesn't fall into that category. Refreshing and smooth, yet fairly full and complex. This is one of the best American imitations I've seen.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Hazy lemonade. Two inch head dissipates rather quickly but keeps a foamy layer on top throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Lemongrass, oranges, and some wheat.

T - Lemongrass slightly dominates with juicy orange and coriander. Peppercorn at the end is a stroke of genius.

M - Medium light

O - This is my first stab at a Dogfish brew and am quite impressed. Highly drinkable and refreshing. Great session beer. If you can find it, buy it!

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Photo of julian
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden strawy yellow in color, partly opaque but mostly due to the yeast floating around. Decent 1.5 finger frothy white head. Little to no lacing. Yeast drops out eventually and settles at the bottom.

S: Typical belgian yeast, clove, coriander, grass, straw, vaguely tart, some mild hint of lemon, perhaps orange zest. (I didn't read the ingredients off the bottle, until after I just wrote all that)

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. Citrus, lemon, grassy, herbal spices, belgian yeast. If I had to ding this on anything it would be a slight "soapy" aftertaste.

M: medium carbonation, zesty, refreshing.

D: Yes, this would make an excellent summer Wit. Great taste and easy drinking.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml pry-off bottle to an Ommegang Witte tumbler, bottling date of November 2010 (I believe) printed on the neck of the bottle (201011C).

Appearance (4.5): Thick, cushiony white head that fades from two big fingers to a thin film on top over the course of a few minutes, with just a bit of foamy lacing on the sides. The body is relatively clear, and a bright light, yellow-gold. Very pretty, not as hazy as I’d expect for a wit, though the second pour after disturbing the sediments adds quite a bit of chalky haze.

Smell (4.0): Lemon, coriander, some sweetness, a mild yeasty note that’s just very subtly spicy, which fits for the wit. The nose is light, but what’s there is very nice. Second pour (with disturbed sediments) brings more coriander, but still not a ton.

Taste (4.0): The coriander in this beer steps up more in the taste, but it’s not overpowering in any sense. It retains the lemony, slightly sweet character that’s in the nose, and the yeast note stays in the background just like in the scent. Second pour yields more coriander and yeast in the flavor of it, and a little chalkiness. Still, well-balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very nice and light, refreshing. Wet feeling (I know—surprise, surprise) and light, fine carbonation over the tongue with a mildly dry finish—very nice.

Overall (4.0): It’s light, bright, and maybe could be more vibrant but it’s refreshing, really. To be fair, this bottle has sat probably too long for the optimal flavor point, or whatever you want to call it, but it’s still quite tasty. It’s also downright quenching. This is a beer that I want to drink multiple glasses of, and feel like I could easily do so. Will definitely get this again!

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Excellent golden orange/yellow with the typical cloudiness that goes with a witbier. Less then 1 finger head dissipates quickly, very minimal lacing thereafter.

S: I'm picking up all corriander and orange here. Lemongrass comes thru later on as the beer warms.

T: Interesting mix here. Corriander right up front, leads to the mild orange and hints of the lemongrass. I'm a big fan of Starbucks Iced Green Tea and they compliment theirs with Lemongrass so it seems to stand out on my palette. Not much sweetness here, and all the flavoring seems to lead to a wall of dry alcohol flavoring. Ends on a sour note that isn't unenjoyable.

M: Average carbonation here, mouthful seems to put the corriander on the back burner for a good second or two and lets the citrus and some sweetness come in. Wheat flavors are also more prominent here.

O: I enjoyed this. I'm a big fan of witbier and this doesn't disappoint. If your used to the more mainstream witbier, this is a nice change of pace for a spring or summer night on the deck with friends.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Looks cool because it's unfiltered and you can see little red flecks in it. Nice yellowish head and a pale straw color.

S: Not huge, but about what I'd expect from a white ale. Smells like one.

T: Nice. Reminds me of summer, sipping on a white ale. Notes of fresh grass in the finish and a pleasant taste up front.

M: Very smooth. Not a lot of carbonation and it fits nicely with the style.

D: About as drinkable as it gets. Could knock back several of these on a hot summer day.

Nice job Dogfish Head, as always

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with bright lemon yellow hues when held to a light source and a frothy two finger head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Sweet, slightly earthy and herbal aroma with lots of citrus peel, zesty spice and bread/yeast notes. Grassy with hints of pepper, clove and coriander as well as some orange peel and lemon juice.

Medium bodied and a bit fuller than expected with some tight carbonation and prominent spice character up front that lingers throughout into a sweet yet dry finish. There's a blast of zesty spice up front with lots of pepper, clove and coriander which is countered mid-palate by yeast/bread flavor as well as some sweet citrus rind and grassy/herbal notes. Lot of lemon juice which gives off subtle acidity and sweet orange peel balancing things out nicely. The lemongrass is prominent with a nice earthy and sweet character that makes this beer extremely refreshing and easy to drink. I had no problem drinking down the whole 750 pretty quickly.

Overall, I was really impressed with this offering from DFH. Lately a lot of their experimental beers have been interesting but just extreme for the sake of being so. Interesting experiments but not terribly enjoyable. One and done kind of beers. This beer, on the other hand, was complex and flavorful and I will definitely be buying it again, especially with summer coming around.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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