Namaste | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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

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Reviews:
612
Ratings:
3,152
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 612 | Ratings: 3,152
Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big ol bottle poured into a Lancaster Brewing Company pint glass. Got this one at Whole Foods for $8.50, it's a expensive wit but the proceeds go to help Armand from 3 fontaines in his time of need, so I can dig it.

Namaste pours into the glass looking bright hazy yellow with somehazy yellow and specs or squeezed orange. It gets darker towards the end of the bottle with the yeast. A nice bright white head with good retention but no stick, semi thick looking. Smells include wheat, coriander, lemongrass and orange peel. I get alot of sweet cereal like scents kinda like honeycombs. It's off putting. Taste starts off great with wheat mixed in with coriander and lemongrass. Squeezed orange makes for a push but is overpowered by the lemongrass which rules the roost. In the middle banana comes out to play. With warming things turn downhill, this gets a bit to sweet for me and the cereal comes through and a bit artificial tasting. Adding the yeast at the end did not make things better, even sweeter. The feel is above light bodied and is quaffable and refreshing to a degree, it's carbed up as well but fades with warming leaving for a thicker coat for a sec. I liked this for the 1st 12oz or so but grew tired of it and poured the rest out, it's just not my type of wit. It's to style but not incredibly balanced. Good for a gander.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a very light gold color with a finger worth of head that lingers a bit. First sniff was cigar smoke, but then a further, enhanced sniff shows some apple, orange/citrus notes with coriander. Taste is light and somewhat refreshing with some carbonation and lots of citrus flavor. Feel is good, nice and smooth. Overall not to bad, but with out a doubt not near the top.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Very light straw white color with soapy lacing.
S: Faint orange and coriander smell.
T: Very spicy, peppery, and coriander-filled flavor. Reminds me of Einstok's witbier.
M: Medium bodied and sessionable.
O: A decent Witbier that I'd recommend giving a try, especially if you like strong coriander flavor.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

3.5/3/3/3.75/3
Pale almost ashy yellow, like they turned the saturation down on the colour wheel. Kind of the colour of a white wine... Barely even anything of watery/bubbly white head. I’m not getting much on the aroma either: almost smells like a grape must, though maybe just because now I have white wine on the mind. I suppose it’s probably the subtle lemongrass that I’m picking up with some of the body of the peppercorn, but not the edge. Again, not getting any of the advertised orange, but more a muted grassy fruit twinge, again likely the lemongrass taking the forefront. Don’t notice any pepper dash here, and only a vague bready note in the distance and a faint Belgian yeast at the finish, but that’s about it. Some might describe it as subtle, I am more inclined to be a little less forgiving and just say there’s not really that much going on. Surprisingly decent medium body, and a bit of a dry finish. I mean... it IS a beautiful sunny afternoon, which really seems to be the perfect venue for this beer. Though I feel like I should be in an airy white tent with cucumber sandwiches. Nope, just covered in insulation and watching the forest...

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottles shared by Ari - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden color with a one-finger white head. Head retention is light and lacing is minimal. The aroma is dominated by lemongrass and coriander. You also can pick out some yeastiness and a little orange peel if you search for it. As with the aroma, the taste is almost entirely lemongrass and coriander with ligher hints of orange and yeast and virtually no alcohol noticeable. It's a fairly clean taste, but I'd really like to taste the base beer more and the adjuncts less. The body is a bit light on this one with moderate carbonation and no alcohol warming. Not overly drinkable because of the dominance of the lemongrass and coriander and the relative lack of complexity. It doesn't help either that I'm not a huge fan of witbiers. This one is probably not worth the pricetag unless you really love lemongrass and coriander.

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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant but extremely light-bodied Wit-like beer. Pale, hazy grayish golden in color. Modest foam in the glass, and spritzy mouthfeel.

Light flavors with just a touch of orange. Not much evidence of the lemongrass supposed to be in the brew, but that's probably a good thing. More of a seltzer water taste. Light bit of malt sweetness is the best feature-- sort of a watery Hefeweizen flavor.

Overall it's pretty anemic, though inoffensive in flavor. What's offensive is the price of a bottle.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very light, slightly hazy pale straw color with just a little bit of head, maybe a quarter inch (although I had just rinsed out the glass, so take that into consideration) that quickly dissipates to a persistent ring of lace.

S- Typical witbier smell of light citrus and coriander. Given all the ingredients that went into this beer I was expecting something a little bit different, but this is pretty much classic witbier. Wait, no, scratch that. After the beer warms up a little there is a definite pepper note. Interesting, and quite nice.

T- Light, sweet malt, slightly lemony and with an aftertaste of fruit loops. The finish is quite bitter for the style, but it's a different sort of bitterness than you'd expect; it doesn't seem to be coming from the hops. Maybe it's the pepper? It's interesting, but I'm not sure if I like it or not.

M- Nice and light and quite fizzy from the carbonation. A good, refreshing mouthfeel.

O- Well, it's pretty interesting. I don't know if it's the pepper or not, but the taste is definitely different from your typical wit. The only problem is I'm not sure I really like it. I don't mind some bitterness, but it seems misplaced here. It was interesting to try, but I doubt I'll be revisiting it anytime soon.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Brewer's Art chalice.

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a nice long lasting white head and little lacing. Aroma is very mild, slightly tangy and citrusy with some lemon and fresh cut grass. Flavor starts off initially extremely tangy, exacerbated by overly active carbonation. Middle of the body has some more typical wit characteristics before a strong peppery and lemon grass finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy and medium thick, initially dominated by over active carbonation which distracts from whatever is going on with the flavors. The finish is a little more spicy and peppery than I like and doesn't seem well integrated with the rest of the flavors. A nice, refreshing beer, but not particularly well balanced or pleasing; this is a definite pass for me.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a hazy straw yellow pour with a little too much head (looks over carbonated), lots of lacing due to head. smells of bread, pepper, zesty citrus (lemon mainly). a slight punch of initial bitterness of dirt followed by a sweet citrusy orange flavor, as well as some citrusy tang. not really all that much there. light bodied with way too much carbonation (comparable to a freshly opened bottle of seltzer, i actually got gas bubbles up my nose).

overall, this was really an average beer. a good session drink, and a good summer lawn mower/yard-work beer. i don't see a reason why they would put this in a bomber and not just sell it by the six pack. very average flavors and smells, but at least it LOOKED nice. i think maybe there was a problem with this bottle being over carbonated that took a bit away from everything.

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Photo of thebeers
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow with thick, meringue-like white head. Light lemon, pepper and crackers on the nose, which continue into the flavor. Average body for the style. It's fine, but nothing that stand out. B -.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The dogfish head wit! Pours a beautiful translucent gold with a fluffy white head. Smell is orange peel and sugar, but also dusty. Taste is less impressive. Reminds me of sugary, cucumber and orange water. Not what I expected from a witbier. Mouthfeel is carbonated and dry, very similar to seltzer water. Overall, Namaste leaves much to be desired if you expected a full-bodied beer. Very light and aromatic. Nevertheless, an interesting interpretation of the traditional wit.

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Photo of frykid
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
L: little head, dissipated quickly - light golden color. can see right through it
s: a little sour smell; can't distinguish other aromas
t: a light citrus
f: smooth, light body

overall : it was ok.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy deep yellow body. Large head, good lacing.

S: lemongrass is the strongest, than slight coriander.

T: wheaty taste, earthy/grass, more bitter for a witbier.

M: solid carb and body.

D: slightly disappointed for Dogfish head. Not very complex.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A = A thin yellow with a chartreuse tinge. It has a short-lived head and not much lacing.

S = Most intriguing part of this wheat beer. The coriander and orange slices are noticed, and I suspect the lemongrass is what makes it intriguing.

T = Weiss bier and then the prevalent coriander, then the orange slices which I think lends a bitterness which is someone unpleasant.

M = Light weiss bier and crisp, fresh.

O = If it wasn't for that bitterness, which I'm attributing to the dried orange slices, I would really like this wheat beer. I think it's worth revisiting on a hot summer day with a barbecue meal. it would probably be very refreshing. Not a favorite for drinking on its own, though.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

serving type. glass

appearance; light yellow/straw, thick head quickly lowers but still leaves a reasonable amount that lasts.

aroma; bit of lemon, yeast, pleasant but not memorable.

taste. okay, wheat flavor is a little weak, nice bit of lemon in the aftertaste, a little dry for a wittier.

mouthfeel. nicely carbonated, subtle and not creamy. that doesn't make it good or bad but leaves an impression.

overall. not sure if i would buy again, and not dogfish head's best, but makes a good summer drink and still drinks nicely and satisfies.

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Photo of teromous
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the neck: "BOTTLED ON 08/02/16"

Appearance: The body is a light lemon yellow with a hazy and well carbonated appearance. The head is short, white, and lightly fluffy. It retains a short head and leaves some spotty lacing but the head is much shorter than the average Witbier. The color is very nice.

Aroma: There is this souring aroma which is odd. It is a bit like an old wet blanket. There is also a cereal grain aroma. After drinking the beer for a while I started to pick up on a bit of sulfur aroma.

Taste: There is this strong lemon zest flavor. It reminds me a bit of a lemon custard pie. This alone is excellent. Then there is this cream flavor with a bit of coriander. The flavor is outstanding.

Mouthfeel: It starts out smooth and thick across the palate but the high carbonation and citrus tang give it a bit of a kick at the end to cut back on the smooth thickness. Drinkability is hampered a bit by the aroma which is further amplified through retronasal.

Overall: The culmination of flavors works very well but it just delivers this odd and unpleasant aroma. After getting over the aroma the flavor of the beer is just great. It has this great lemon custard flavor with a coriander finish that gives it this slightly spicy and vanilla-like flavor at the end. Overall the beer gives a heavier and more flavor-forward approach on the Witbier style with a strong dose of citrus. If a thicker and more robustly flavored beer sounds appealing then I would recommend at least trying the beer. I am not sure if I would drink it again. I might try it again if I could have it fresh and on tap.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

**
08/26/14
Aroma, yeast wheat, some lemon. Appearance,..clear pale yellow. White head. Taste...crisp. very light and refreshing. Blueberry, lemon..a touch of paste. Feel...medium carbonation. Nice beer. Good easy drinker.

**

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Photo of Jho3325
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. A pale yellow with a nice white foam that lasted a good while and left some lacing behind.

The smell was a bit earthy and muted. I could really pick out much.

This beer had a pleasant Wheatstone. I was a bit disappointed because the citrus and pepper did not stand out to me. There was definitely a hint of grassy taste and some banana bread as well

Overall this was a nice witbier, but I was disappointed that I didn't get much citrus/orange. I love the idea of this beer, but the flavored weren't very pronounced. Even still, a refreshing wheat.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
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 cackalacky
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
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 TopherBreski
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The look is not very good. Almost clear with a ton of carbonation and a thick head that never dissipates. Smell is oranges, wheat, and coriander - very good. Ingredients provide a very good but beer is extremely light. Nice for a summer day BBQing.

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Photo of Owl-Head
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Very pleasant. The look in a glass reminds me a lot of a lighter American hefeweizen. Pale yellow in color and not much head, not that I was expecting much for a white beer. You can pick up on the orange scent better from the bottle and out of a glass it smell more like a traditional white beer, but the taste comes out nicely for this particular type of beer. It was unique for what i have had in white beers but it wasn't astounding. Light taste, easy to drink almost fruity with a crisp after taste that lasts long enough to enjoy but doesn't stick around too long. I think this beer is really a nice refreshing sweet drink and like it's name, is meant to be satisfying and harmonious

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Photo of FLima
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color with a thin head.
Light citrusy aroma with notes of wheat
Refreshing taste with a very mild sourness. As expected, notes of coriander, wheat and orange peel. Low on condiments, but a hint of lemongrass. Dry and mildly acid aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Well executed witbier, not that flavorful but with high drinkability and nice on a hot day such this one. I believe it would be more interesting if the lemongrass note could be tune up just a bit.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S - Has the usual kind of spicy wet wood smell, but faint.

T - Tastes... pretty normal. Decent tang. A little more bitter than expected but in a not unpleasant way. The bottle says it's brewed with coriander, orange, and lemongrass, but it's pretty subtle. Just a hint of citrusy sweetness that bleeds into what I would call more like cardamom.

M - Starts soft and finishes crisp. Fresh and nice.

O - Well it's a refreshing wheat beer, perfect for a warm day. It's the basic characteristic taste you're looking for, so it makes the cut, but it isn't particularly notable. It was slightly more bitter than I'm used to. I can't tell if that was a welcome twist or a distraction, but I'm OK with it. Bombers are often ripoffs and this one is no exception. It's definitely not good enough to justify the $10 I paid. On a cost-per-ounce basis, a sixpack of this stuff would be over $28, which is triple what it's worth. FFFUUU bombers!

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Photo of Act25
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Canary yellow body. Creamy white dense foam w sketchy persist and lace. Witbier light.

S: Extremely perfumey, vibrant, yeasty, spicy and fruity, orange citrusy. Wakeful beer.
Bright orange zest, spicy corriander, peppery, tangerine marmalade.

T: Follows smell, complex, a lot going on - too much? Powdered sugar and bready. Layers of orange zest and spice alternate with lemon, pepper, cumin, grass, coriander, with a spicy finish.

A little too sweet and fancy for my palate. Also has that delaware (it's the water that's not great - mineral aspect).

Doesnt leave my palate in a great place. I'd pass.

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