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Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jason for this one.

A: The pour is a cloudy pale orange color with some yellow/gold notes and a thin white head.

S: A big herbal aroma that is also sort of meaty. Some woody lemongrass and a strong coriander note. The malt aroma is primarily of wheat and is fairly bready.

T: A lot more bitter than I would have expected and there is a mild astringency. Lots of lemongrass and orange rind are present with only a mild wheat flavor. Not all that sweet and somewhat watery.

M: The body is medium (or there abouts) and the carbonation is medium to high.

D: I guess I just don't "get" most of these Dogfish Head beers. I think the ideas are generally cool/interesting, but I don't always find they translate well in application.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I missed this guy at the brewpub, but apparently fate intervened to give me a second chance. It pours a cloudy pale straw topped by about two fingers of white sudsy foam. The nose comprises wheat, pepper, coriander, lemon peel, clove, rice cakes, banana, cardamom, and the slightest possible touch of funk (and I use funk in its loosest form). The taste leans heavily on the citrus and wheat, leaving the spicier notes languishing in the fetal position. Actually, to properly describe the situation, the pepper's on Prozac, so it's still dancing about in the finish, as though all of its problems were really gone (how sad, really...). The body is light, with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice wit. 'Nuff said, baby.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a nice golden color, a bit hazy with a white head that lasted a good while, but not a lot of lacing.

S: The aroma on this beer is great, you know it is a Belgian White. The yeast, orange peel, and lemongrass are all pretty evident.

T: Taste mirrors the nose, which is a great thing. There is a nice mix of orange and lemon along with some yeast/wheat. It has a perfect sweetness to it.

M/D: It is thin bodied with great carbonation. Was easy to drink and very refreshing, a great summer beer. Will have to go back and pick up another bottle or two.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy--makes the beer more white than straw color. Decent head that leaves superior ring and spotted lace, almost blanketing the glass.

Strong wheat and what I would call "brewery floor"--you the smell you get in a brewery after a production run.

Traditional hefeweizen flavors--plenty of wheat and yeast. There's a soft malt to the beginning which slowly shifts to sweetish wheat. Slight sourness in the swallow. Short aftertaste. Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. Poured a pale and cloudy straw yellowish color. It almost had the color of a pineapple juice or other tropical type drink. It started with a bright white frothy head filling about one inch of the glass. The head faded a bit but left some good lacing as it did.

The aroma shows off a strong lemony citrus flavor. The coriander and lemon grass both come through in the citrus flavors. Wheat and a bit of bready yeast round out the flavors in the nose. Very nice and refreshing aroma to it.

The taste not surprisingly is very citrus forward. Lemon and coriander both are present. Like the nose the wheat and yeast come through as well. Citrus is definitely the featured flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is high. Drinkability is good, especially on this hot day. Very light and refreshing with some great citrus flavors. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/18/10 notes.

a - Pours a murky, bright golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of orange, lemon, citrus fruit, wheat, and spices.

t - Tastes of lemon, wheat, spices, orange peel, and light fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good witbier. Lots of oranges and lemon in the smell and taste. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden hue with a bright white head, fine bubbled creamy textured head forms thick and leaves behind scattered lace. Aroma is so nice a full on assault of coriander citrus peels and lemongrass notes. Sharp bright wheat note as well it works together well, I really enjoy just smelling this stuff. Flavor wise this is an excellent witbier, it's rare to see any beer brewed this much to style. Other than the lemongrass there's not much stray from a typical wit and this is an excellent fresh version of one. Heavy on the coriander, for those sensitive to it this won't be your beer, but it's definitely a rounded coriander. It's complemented with orange peel bitterness and lemon grass herbal tones, soft wheat creamy character this is excellent stuff. Mouthfeel has sturdy but smooth carbonation creamy body carries itself well light to medium in girth. Clean spicy finish these spices don't sit on the palate the carbonation and citrus helps to clear the coriander. Drinkability overall is excellent a really drinkable version of a dead on American brewed witbier. I would get more but not for 10 to 12 bucks a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Nick's of Clinton.

The beer is pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Ample effervescence apparent. The aroma offers malt, lemons, lemon zest, earthy hop scents, grass. Refreshing and light. Immediately, I think the body is too thin, though on the other hand, this adds to the thirst quenching on a hot day factor. Still, I'd prefer a slightly more robust feel. Mild bitterness in the finish. Floral hops and lemon grass with a dash of citrus, particularly lemons and oranges, respectively. Overall, a solid beer, but overpriced. $8.99 per sixer might inspire me to purchase this again, but for a 750 mL bottle, that's asking too much, given the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a wit. Smells like a wit. Tastes like a wit. Real nice citrus tones showing through with those peppercorns ending up on the backside. Easy to drink. There are some thicker yeast tones with a bready edge on the backside that probably interfere with those characteristics, but the beer overall is pretty nice. This is a very true to style brew. I think it's a very wise idea that they put this in 12 ouncers.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a capped 750ml bottle stamped "bottled in 2010" into a shaped DFH pint glass. I picked this up a few months back during a visit to the DFH Rehoboth brewpub location.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a finger of white head that has pretty good retention supported by the constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. There is a constant film of white bubbles atop this brew that congregates along the side of the glass in a thicker layer. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength and provides some faint patchy lace.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with the spice of coriander induced lemon, smooth lasting light banana notes, a bit of clove and a sweet candy smell like that of pink "original flavored" bubblegum. Overall this is a fine smelling witbier. The lemon is more pronounced than other examples of the style but overall it works and makes a very enjoyable blended yet bold nose.

The taste of this brew is light and refreshing. Right upfront is the taste of coriander with a pine-sol like exaggerated and almost fake tasting lemony flavor that is clingy to the inside of the mouth. There is a spice of clove included along with a smooth mellow banana flavor before it gives way to a very light wheat grainy base. It finishes fairly tart as expected for a wit. A little bit of belgian style alcohol warmth becomes evident in the backend of this brew.

This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew. It is light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall it is well balanced yet bold with it's flavor and scent for the style. The lemony aspect could be tamed down a bit but it was a pleasure to drink and probably the best example of the style I have had in recent memory despite the exaggerated lemon flavor. This beer needs to be around come summertime next year.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a large white, foamy head.

The smell is of pepper, coriander, sugar-coated oranges and lemongrass. Spicy and tangy.

The taste is bright - orange tang with a coriander spicing.

The carbonation is lively, sprizty, and crisp.

A nice, fresh, witbier with an orange flavor (no need for an orange wedge - though that's not my thing anyway). A very nice example of the style, though pricey for what it is.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle from Harvest Market
Hazy light straw color with a huge fluffy white head. Aromas of earthy funk with a hint of sulfur. Lemony citrus and a hint of spice rounds out the nose. Sweet tart orange citrusy flavor with hint so earth and spice. Medium to light body with spritzy carbonation. Easily drinkable beer, I kind of wish I had tried this when the weather was a bit warmer

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow golden color with a mountain of head and great retention. Yeast and coriander are most noticeable in the nose. Taste is lemony with a hint of orange peel and coriander. There's also some yeast present. The flavors blend very well to create a well balanced beer. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and smooth; very drinkable.

This is a very drinkable beer, and at a low ABV, a great beer for those hot days.

Note: Though this beer is great for the style and is very drinkable, it does break away from the "off centered ale" strategy that Dogfish works toward. This one is very much more standard than their other offerings.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Namaste, the word kinds sorta means the spirit in me recognizes and celebrates the spirit in you. Namaste the beer kinda sorta means white ale as in wheat and coriander but also means dried orange slices and lemongrass. A refreshing summer thing. Namaste."

Glug, glug, glug goes the beer out of the bottle and into the glass.

Light apricot, pale peach appearance, bountiful head on it, billowy snow drift holding fast atop, bubbly, lace leaving. Mostly clear, with small particles at the bottom, some twisting around throughout the glass. Is this typical of this one, or do I have an older bottle?

Aroma: ah! Zesty, airy, uplifting, sweet, and slightly tart, with the coriander very vivid, and the orange just a little behind. Lemongrass, I don't have a handle on, though I've had my share of Town Hall's various lemongrass brews. I lean into the glass further and plunge my nose straight in …lightly fruity and spicy, and very pretty.

Taste: soft on the palate, with a distinct grassiness. Light bodied, with a constant delivery of light fruit and spice. Slides down and back with minimal effort.

Soft, breezy, and beautiful. Mmmmm. Nice. Namaste.

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

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Bottling code 2011-1C.

A cloudy dull but orb glowing like lemon color with a super frothy white whip cream shampoo like bubbles. It's like a valley in there. Looks great.

Bouquet just great. Dry clove, orange zest, hints of citrus lemon. Some creamy sweetness like a creamsicle. Just wonderful. I don't seem to pick out coriander on Witbier as per usual but this still smells wonderful. Refreshing and a sense of crispness to come.

Taste is like a muted orange juice and wheat shake. Grainy finish with a refreshing orange zest and spice. Slight wetness in the palate in the mouthfeel, no prickly serious carbonation or gaseous feelings.

Overall a killer summer refresher, and a great witbier one of my favorites.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH signature glass. Beer is yellow and hazy white with a soft thick head of tiny bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. It looks great.

Citrusy and bright in the nose. Smells good. Almost hoppy,

Beer is creamy and medium bodied overall. Its nice and clean, bright and citrusy, both my wife and I completely enjoyed this beer. Very excellent.

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

I split a large bottle at Little Ortino's in Schwencksville, PA. The beer poured a hazy light gold with a soft white head. The mix of subtle spice dominates the flavor (not in a bad way) while there's a smooth Belgian wheat background. The individual spices don't stand out so much as just melt together from the orange peel, to the coriander, then lemongrass. All in all a tasty beer, near the top of the style.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours a light gold color. Cloudy and bright with a fluffy white head about 1 1/2 fingers.

Aroma was more floral than spicy, and I picked up some corn as well. I think I'm sensitive to corn as I get it a lot from beers of this style. Semi sweet bread back-sniffs.

For the style this one tastes pretty good. A bit orangy or persimmon-y with loads of herbal spice and coriander. A soft biscuit malt provides a nice foundation. sweet in the middle. Towards the end I think it's going to leave a sort of syrupy film, but it gives a nice punch of dryness. Carbonation cleanses the palate and we're off again to the next sip.

Alas, this is not my style. Would be good on a hot summer day, but just one for me. Too rich in the banana-like, herbal spice yeast. Otherwise, though, it's a good beer for the style.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev 0%

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, honey, grapes, hops, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight honey, hint of alcohol, hint of grape, and a hint of wheat. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt scent along with a mild coriander/orange peel spicing. The taste is good as well. It has a nice and refreshing pale and wheat malt flavor. It goes down easy with hints of coriander and lemongrass along with a faint bitter orange peel finish. The profile is dead on. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer with excellent witbier character; a wonderful example of the style.

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Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a big 3" fluffy head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: coriander and wheat are easy to detect with some lemon citrus in the background.

Taste: wheat flavors are nice balanced with spices such as coriander, white pepper, and clove. Lemongrass is also detectable with a bit of an orange citrus flavor at the finish. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: this is a very quaffable beer and at the 5% ABV level, a bunch of glasses can easily be consumed in a session. Well balanced and nicely flavored, this one will have you looking for some more when the glass is empty.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Dogfish Head Aleshouse in Falls Church, VA. On to the beer:

This is a pee yellow colored beer topped with a small head. The aroma takes me on the route of a witbier with its vibrant coriander and pinch of citrus peel. With a first sip, a fresh bite of orange peel hits the palate. Spices and the light crisp wheat follow the lead of the citrus fruit. Would I do Namaste again? Ya betcha.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, coriander and oranges - exactly what you would expect from a witbier.

The flavor is more of the same. The first flavor component is a lot of wheat, with some orange peel citrus notes and some nice coriander to balance things out. Not complex or off-the-wall like a lot of Dogfish Head beers, but a very well executed Belgian White.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange amber. Thin fine white head with little lacing. Aroma is sweet, wheaty with a hint of spice. Taste is light wheat, citrus and multiple spices. A distinct floral taste/aroma; almost too much, but works out fine. My first reaction was "whoa, this is different!". Medium bodied. This is a quite original, light wheat beer that is very refreshing. I'm impressed and will get this every time it is released. Great label too. An unusual white particulate residue at the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Namaste pours a dark straw yellow on the verge of light orange with a very light white head that circles the glass. It's definitely light but does have moderate cloudiness. The smell is superb. It features coriander, orange peel, barnyard funkiness, and subtle sweetness. The flavor is good as satisfying. It's got excellent coriander and orange accents and has an orange like sweetness. The yeastiness is well contained and this beer drinks very well. It just doesn't have the same mouthfeel, same smoothness that is typical of DFH 750s, then again it is a much lighter beer. This beer is delicious and is an excellent wheat.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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