Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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:
608
Ratings:
3,137
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.99%
 
 
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Reviews: 608 | Ratings: 3,137
Photo of geryeb624
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a foggy straw yellow color with bubbly white head, about 2-3 fingers worth.

S- Coriander and spicy Belgian yeast aromas dominate the nose, with some bright fruitiness in the background.

T- Crisp, clean witbier flavor. Spicy and fruity with a wheaty twang at the end. Very little bitterness, with spice and fruit dominating the flavor profile.

M- Smooth and creamy. Not overly carbonated, and rather rich on the tongue.

D- Off the charts, very refreshing wheat beer.

I must say given its status as a Dogfish Head specialty beer I was expecting something a bit more outrageous, but was pleasantly surprised to find a nice, refreshing, balanced witbier. Good for the summer months, though maybe not worth the $9 a bottle. Wouldn't mind seeing this in 6-packs in the future though.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a light-golden, semi-opaque color with a (very) frothy, 2-3 finger head. Lots of lacing throughout.

Smells of wheat, biscuit, lemongrass.

Taste quite how it smells... and cool and crisp. I can, perhaps, taste a little bit of the coriander (cilantro)... hard to tell. It's quite subtle as is the orange slices.

A nice beer for a hot summer day.

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

A - poured into a chilled goblet. Bright straw-yellow, moderate layer of dense fizz around the rim, no lacing.

S - wheat, lemon zest, coriander, grass

T - pretty standard witbier flavor. Nothing to write home about, or worthy of the nifty dogfish artwork & exotic name on the bomber, either, TBH.

M - light body, not much fizz, decently oily for a 5% beer though

D - nice well made wit. Guess I was expecting something more...hoping, even, since wits are not really my thing...but in retrospect it's a pleasant, easy-drinking example of what craft brewing is all about, with no real flaws.

Now where did I put that triple imperial?

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Photo of Kooz
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a standard pint glass. Then poured again. And again. Nice looking beer--cloudy and straw-colored/yellow.

Smells strongly of wheat right up front. Slight hints of citrus in the background. It's got a good nose to it--strong but not overpowering. No alcohol smell at all.

Tastes nice--it's light and acidic. There's coriander in here, and I'd know it even without the label saying so. It's not very developed though--after a few sips it's sort of one-note. A little disappointing considering the high bar Dogfish Head has set, but still good.

Mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. The beer is slightly under-carbonated and doesn't have much body. It's smooth and doesn't have any bite, but I can't give it more than an average 3.

Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this beer. It wasn't cheap but I'd happily buy it again. It's a nice white that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Samuel906
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Interesting beer with some unique qualities and a hefty price tag. Namaste has most notably a lot of Belgian flavors and influences. Banana, clove, spice, coriander, citrus, bread, yeast fill the nose and palate. Coriander is a bit overwhelming for me. Flavor dies off very quickly leaving only some yeasty funk for an after taste. Mild orange sweetness. Body is light and carbonated, helping some of the brighter flavors flourish. Overall, certainly not a bad beer, but it was a little heavy on some of the spices for me, especially for what i was expecting to be an easy drinker. I couldn't drink more than one in a row.

The only other thing I have to add is that the price was RIDICULOUS. I don't know if it was just the store that I go to but I paid almost $16 for a sixer. Pretty hefty for a low ABV beer.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: sits a gorgeous hazy, golden yellow with plenty of floating sediment.

Smell: very elegant aromas of spicy yeast, coriander and wheat malt with more subtle yet obvious notes of orange and lemongrass.

Taste: soft flavors all around reflecting obvious citrus notes (orange and lemon) with coriander, wheat and yeast character. very very subtle hop flavor with very light bitterness in the finish, which is somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: very refreshing, perfectly done wit.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light yellow color- slightly cloudy with a ton of white head. smells sour, lemony. the taste is tart and flowery. namaste is sweeter than the smell leads on, but i almost wish it was even sweeter than it is. there are some really nice flavors at work here. over all this beer is light and very drinkable and the bottle conditioning helps with the smoothness. this would be a good one to have on hand when the weather warms up.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Built like a Franziskaner or Paulaner Weissbeer but many times the price! A letdown in terms of value for sure.

The cloudy creamy color, frothy lasting head and fresh citrus cues are there. Its soothing and easy to drink on a warm spring day. However, this one does not stand out from the style in any way for me.

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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 iSip
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DogFish Head Namaste Witbier, 22oz. bomber: Witbiers have been one of my favorites ever since I had a Hoggarten on the Grand Place in Brussels. Aside from the ubiquitous Coors Blue Moon, you do not see many brewers pursuing this fine style of beer. DogFish Head has a good reputation, so, despite the ugly label, I picked up this bomber to see what DogFish Head could do. The thin pure white head sits atop a cloudy straw colored body, and effuses an aroma of citrus. Good witbier flavor, which stays very light. No aftertaste. The Namaste is a good effort by DogFish Head, and worthy of a try. I drink wheats and whites during the summer, and often more than one per sitting, often with fresh (for zest) or aged (for sweetness) lemon. A “statement” white beer just does not fit into the economics, and it is often the lemon that is more key to the flavor than the underlying brew. So Blue Moon will remain the staple.

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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 Sam21
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage purchased for $8. Poured into weissbier vase.

Appearance – Cloudy straw body with fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Lots of active carbonation.

Smell – The coriander is the first thing I notice, but then the orange becomes noticeable and ties into the wheat base.

Taste – Bready wheat gives this beer its foundation. On top of that, Dogfish Head has built layers of spicy coriander and dried orange. The wheat really comes through the commanding spice and adds balance. The dried orange comes across more spicy than sweet and plays very well with the coriander and wheat. Finish is herbal and a bit spice.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium bodied with slightly tingly carbonation. Moderately slick at points.

Drinkability – Quaffable to say the least. Dogfish did a great job crafting a witbier with a unique flair. Refreshing with a good mix of fruit and spice.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Very pale yellow color. Hazy with a pure white head.

Smell: Apples, A bit of orange peel and other citrus aromas.

Taste: A lot of citrus and sweet fruity flavors.

Feel: Carbonation on the high side. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Bottle.

Pale, hazy straw color. White head, a persistent lacing, looks nicely carbonated.

Light, lemon citrus zest aroma.

Taste is very dry, herbal, slightly of lemongrass but with an astringent finish.

Bright and heavily carbonated mouthfeel. Pleasing enough.

Overall really a miss for 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 edward_boumil
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip
L: Hazy pale yellow, initially pours tons of head, white and fluffy like clouds. Head subsides a bit. Leaves a little lacing on the side of the glass. Quite attractive
S: Typical yeasty smell of the style predominates. Sweet wheat is also present Citrusy is also present, as well as a touch of spice. Actually pretty standard for the style.
T: Sort of lacks the characteristic sweetness I am used to with witbiers. Citrus is present, not really much in terms of a phenol character. Flavors that are present are citrus, lemon or orange flavors. Flavor is good but sort of lacks complexity
F: Initially carbonation makes this beer quite crisp, but it finishes smooth as hell. I actually really enjoy the feel of this beer. It feels full body but goes back easy.
O: Nice wit for many reasons. Lacks in some regards and it makes up for it in others. Wouldn't mind trying this in a blind taste test with a few others and really get a feel for it.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color from the bottle. Has a nice two finger head that sticks around for a while. Light citrus flavor with some slight bitterness. not much for a wheat taste but this is not overpowering at all. very well rounded and something i would buy again.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

A - Cloudy straw in color, very frothy white head that dissipated quickly leaving very slight lacing on the sides.

S - Lots going on here, get lemon, orange, almost a bubble gum like scent

T - The lemon seems to dominate over the orange and coriander. Very well balanced and refreshing beer, this will be a good one for hot summer days.

M - Mild with a medium carbonation

D - A good expression of a Witbier, very refreshing.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a white wine glass, Namaste pours a light golden yellow with a frothy white head.

I get candied lemon and spice in the nose. It gives a very pleasant smell with lots of light nuances of citrus and spices.

The taste is very refreshing with lemon and coriander but falls flat as you swallow. It gets watery as it goes past the tongue and doesn't have much of a finish. I expect more flavor from a Dogfish beer.

The mouthfeel is thin and bubbly, as it coats the tongue with little bubbles.

Overall Im glad I tired it but unfortunately the Hennepin I just cooked with has noticeably more flavor than this.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. It’s about 75 degrees and sunny outside, so to celebrate that spring has sprung I’m digging a rarity from Dogfish out of the back of the fridge. Namaste pours a hazy light gold, with a nice pillowy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Lots of little floaties remain in my glass. Not sure if that’s yeast, spice, or something else. Rustic is probably the best – and kindest - way to describe the appearance. Has the hallmark smell of a classic witbier, with notes of coriander and light citrusy orange peel the first things I pick up in the nose. I’m also getting a lemon character which I can only assume is the lemongrass. First taste is quite nice, as the beer has a certain thirst quenching impact, in that it hits the tongue and quickly washes to the sides of the mouth and down the throat almost too fast. Musky wheat malt holds up the structure of the beer from the onset, before it’s washed away by a cavalcade of spice and citrus. Yeast lends a slightly tart, almost sour note in a supporting role. The after finish is pleasant lemon pith. The beer finishes dry, with a hint of spicy carbonation, which leaves you wanting to go back to it and drink some more. Wits can often be heavy handed in the spice department, though that is not the case with Namaste, which arrives at a nearly perfect balance between the signature spices and the wheat and hops behind them. Kudos to the brewer, though the lengthy cellaring time may have had something to do with it as well. Despite the somewhat awkward appearance at the beginning, the beer is actually quite good, and certainly hits the spot on a warm spring day.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011 printed on the bottle. Enjoyed on 03/22/11.

A - Pale straw yellow color with a one finger white head. Leaves pretty good lacing. A couple floaties are visible. Pretty cloudy.

S - Aroma is very spicy and lemony. Some orange peel is evident as well. A spicy hoppiness and a light, toasty malt character is there too.

T - Very spicy and a light malt sweetness up front with some fruity Belgian yeast. Pretty heavy on the lemon flavor. Finish nice and crisp with some biscuity malts and a good peppery spiciness. Good beer.

M - Mouthfeel is just average for the style. It may be just a touch overcarbonated.

O - Overall, this is another good one from Dogfish. I quite enjoyed it, and it would really hit the spot on a hot Alabama day in July.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a huge 4-finger dense white head- recedes slowly, getting rather fluffy, but only retains for about half the brew. Lacing is moderate.

The nose hits ya with an intense blast of spice- mostly coriander and nutmeg with more grassy and herbal tones from the hops and other added spices. It's all nicely balanced by some citrus tones that have a sweet, candied creaminess to em, kind of like those gummy orange/lemon slices. There's a touch of wheat malt too- faint, as if it could be anything else.

The palate is light-med bodied with a frothy carbonation and a continuation of the intense spice vibe- a lean lemony malt with more coriander, clove, sage and a touch of apple. Hops are rather minimal and floral in character, while the spice takes a turn towards white pepper on the long finish, lingering with some lemon zest and more grassy flavors.

I didn't notice the alcohol level on this one until after I poured and tasted the brew, and damn does this have some wonderful complexity for such a low ABV. It's spice dominant for sure but the underlying grassy and herbal tones as well as the lovely citrus notes make for a great take on a Wit, which is fast becoming one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty decent stuff from the guys that brought us sah-tea!....

pours a yellow body with beautiful white fluffy head....and nice sticky lacing...

smells awesome!...classic witbier smell with a nice overtone of fresh and refreshing....lemony...earthy smell!

taste is pretty nice not as good as the smell...but the taste is like a toned down version of the nose!

the feel is nice....medium bodied beer

overall not a bad ale...i would expect nothing less from dogfish head!

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Das_Reh
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent witbier from DFH. I would have preferred a little more spice/coriander character, but if you want a refreshing, sessionable, non-offensive ale, this is great.

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Namaste from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,137 ratings.
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