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 it’s 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 it’s not citric or acidic in the way orange juice
might be. It finishes with a lovely coriander zest, but without the dry,
peppery spiciness. I’m 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 there’s
anything to dislike, since it’s a tasty, fun beer to drink.
Drinkability: Of all the beers in Dogfish Head’s library, I think
Namaste might be the one with the highest drinkability. And it’s not
just that this beer is easily drinkable, it’s 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 don’t understand why it comes
in a standalone 750ml bottle instead of in a six-pack of 12oz bottles
(or cans, preferably). At 5% ABV it’s quite tempting to session this,
though I suppose drinking an entire bottle yourself counts as a session.