crazyvin (1805) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle....A mostly clear golden color that grew hazy as I started to stir up the yeast at the bottom, ultimately finishing with a murky tan color. A white head that faded away quickly. Aroma had some mild wheat notes, some lemon/citrus notes and mild coriander. Flavor really had some interesting lemongrass notes, never had lemongrass before and nice coriander in the finish. The beer overall was a bit two-dimensional. I never really had a distinctive flavor from anything, just subtle notes. No real orange or yeast flavors to it. Smooth in the finish, kind of light on the palate.
Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I bet this looks and tastes better as a beer experience when you have the bottle. From the top, I failed to really notice much worth exclaiming about. The flavors at the front of the palate are better, having more fruit and spicy, but then it fades to a somewhat thin finish. Decent hazy, white/yellow appearance. (on tap, The Stone Tap, Hudson, WI)
swoopjones (4962) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
drat at Blue monk, this is a decent wit, typica coriander, orange, lemon notes. Mild to medium spice, balanced citrusy notes. Nice wit
MadRobin (1439) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap 5 oz. flight at Dogfish Head in Gaithersburg, MD.
Hazy, light golden-yellow with an off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of lemongrass, coriander, wheat and orange.
Taste of coriander, lemon, orange, wheat and yeast.
Medium/light body and high/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kramer (4381) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a small fizzy white head that faded rather quickly. The nose is very spicy, lots of orange peel, coriander, lemongrass, some tea like notes. Minimal yeast influence and wheat character. The flavor is pretty similar, more lemongrass than anything but thereís plenty of orange peel. Doesnít really come off as a Wit all that much, this needs more yeastiness. Light bodied with fizzy prickly carbonation and some lingering spice. Overall, pretty meh for me. Not a huge fan of lemongrass I guess.
merc7186 (1503) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Hazy Yellow Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Lemon, Wheatgrass
T: Lemon, Wheat, Light Pepper
M: Decent Carbonation, Light Bodied, Lightly Drying
Overall, a nice mild wheat beer with a balanced lemon flavor.
Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this beer was decent nicely spiced with a medium mouth feel. Pretty light taste
kermis (3769) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sampled at Dogfish Head brewery. Pours cloudy yellow with an off white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus, orange peel and coriander. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Light bodied with light carbonation.
flywatt (24) - East Haven, Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful citrus flavor and aroma takes flight. Extremely refreshing beer that leaves you craving the next gulp. Highly recommended.
chinchill (1024) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(from 2011 notes)
Hazy dark golden with lasting white head. An interesting variation on a Belgian white. Fruit, coriander and ...? on the nose. Taste follows nose, if a bit more tart and lemony. Lighty tart with some balancing sweetness.
Medium-light body with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish.
Chad9976 (1027) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 750ml bottle into the official Dogfish Head willybecker glass. It was bottled on 1/24/2013. I got this at #BBC13.
Appearance: Bright golden/yellow hue. Body is hazy, but plenty of energetic carbonation can be seen in the glass. Forms a large, bright white, fluffy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Typical aroma for the style with a light bouquet of orange, lemon pith, and a hint of spice rack character.
Taste: Dogfish Head is known for making beers that defy styles, but every once in a while they brew something mainstream and do it well. Namaste is their entry into the witbier category and itís actually a great representation of the style. A little less spicy than most Belgian examples, though it makes up for it with a slightly sweet, juicy component to the palette.
As it indicates on the label, the beer is brewed with coriander, orange and lemongrass. All of which are apparent and are in great harmony with each other. None of these stands out more than the rest, and each appears at a different time in the swig. A light, somewhat tart, taste of lemon and wheat are the first flavors. It transitions to a taste of orange proper, though itís not citric or acidic in the way orange juice might be. It finishes with a lovely coriander zest, but without the dry, peppery spiciness. Iím sure the Belgian yeast probably has a lot to do with this as well. My only complaint would be that Namaste is a little too clean and mild, especially considering the brewery. Not that thereís anything to dislike, since itís a tasty, fun beer to drink.
Drinkability: Of all the beers in Dogfish Headís library, I think Namaste might be the one with the highest drinkability. And itís not just that this beer is easily drinkable, itís that its drinkability is one of its best aspects. The palette is refreshing while in the mouth and leaves an almost completely clean aftertaste. A fantastic liquid refresher for the summer months, though I donít understand why it comes in a standalone 750ml bottle instead of in a six-pack of 12oz bottles (or cans, preferably). At 5% ABV itís quite tempting to session this, though I suppose drinking an entire bottle yourself counts as a session.