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RATINGS: 897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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. Namaste was originally brewed at our pub in Rehoboth Beach with our Italian friend Leo from Birra del Borgo. It was a tribute to our friends at 3 Fonteinen brewery in Belgium, who had devastating production loss (1/3 of their annual production) in 2009.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (12037) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2013
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flywatt (24) - East Haven, Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Wonderful citrus flavor and aroma takes flight. Extremely refreshing beer that leaves you craving the next gulp. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4531) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2013
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1749) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2013
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 its 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 its not citric or acidic in the way orange juice might be. It finishes with a lovely coriander zest, but without the dry, peppery spiciness. Im 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 theres anything to dislike, since its a tasty, fun beer to drink.

Drinkability: Of all the beers in Dogfish Heads library, I think Namaste might be the one with the highest drinkability. And its not just that this beer is easily drinkable, its 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 dont understand why it comes in a standalone 750ml bottle instead of in a six-pack of 12oz bottles (or cans, preferably). At 5% ABV its quite tempting to session this, though I suppose drinking an entire bottle yourself counts as a session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dinosaurobrew (7) - - SEP 1, 2013 does not count
Bonne bire rafraichissante. De couleur blond ple, surmonte dun lger col de mousse blanche Des armes de crales. Au got on sent les crales et une pointe dacidit citronne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Reviewed 9-11-10. I guess this is one of their MANY summer seasonals. I split this one with my wife: Ap: Very light, almost peach colored, cloudy, with about a 1 inch head. Very appropriate for the style. Ar: Coriander first, then lemon, orange, and with a hint of pepper. I also detected a very faint grassy sort of aroma. T: Earthy with a capital "E!" This really didnt even taste like an alcoholic beverage at all, and all of the blended ingredients really work! The coriander really keeps the citrus in check and keeps it from being too "hot." P: Bubbly, champagne-like, and with a very frothy lacing. Also, the head never subsided throughout the entire session. O: I really admire the understated nature of this brew. Lots of ingredients are listed, and on the first taste, I was initially let down. After a few more sips, study, and contemplation, the brewers intention started to hit me in a revelatory way. A great summer Witbier. My wife hated it of course....just like she does most beer. Oh well....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (2203) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Midwest Brewers Fest. Poured hazy yellow with white foam. Aroma of hefe nana. Light carb med bod. Tastes like a hefe farm mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle at Pibar, Lausanne (in Sept 2012)
Cloudy blond color; medium sized frothy head. Nice fresh and fruity aroma, peachy, with a dash of lemon.
Light mouthfeel, Light wheat with pleasant hints of lemon, coriander, lemon peel; dry final with correct bitterness.
Pleasant and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1743) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Pours a hazy straw yellow with a chalk-colored white head. Lemongrass, coriander, straw, sweet malty aroma, generously spiced. Flavor is similar, with tangy fruity, lemon zest and spices. Light body, lively carbonation, ticklish on the tongue, and a clean crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (1194) - Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from App Vintner - aged probably 18 months - pours a cheerful lemon yellow, very aggressive foaming on the initial pour. Im getting the spicy lemon invests on the nose, which is nice. The taste is sweet seltzer with a tad bit of dryness on the finish. Nice!

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