Summer satisfaction
A Review of Namaste by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Posted on 6/9/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
So its my last night in Durham and things are beginning to wind down. Its still way too hot outside, and that can only mean that summer is on us in full force. I'm staying with fellow co-founder, Chops and his lovely wife Doc Sally. We decided that we should follow the with the season, and try to find a nice and refreshing witbier to end all of our festivities with. We knew that Dogfish Head has never let us down before, so we went for the Namaste.

When its in the glass, it just looks different than any other witbier I've had before. It looked more of a deep gold color than a regular light yellow color associated with the style. I was instantly intrigued. When the aromas start crawling out of the glass, and you instantly smell lemons. Not surprising considering lemon grass is one of the ingredients. Then there is also a burst of coriander that I found to be quite pleasant. You find yourself becoming impatient as you try to force yourself to keep picking out aromas instead of just diving in for that first sip. I admit, I was unable to have self control.

When you take that first sip, I noticed the mouth feel before anything else. It had a very nice body, which is again rare for this style. It was creamy, almost airy, and very delightful. The best and most surprising aspect of this beer was that it followed along with its aromas. The citrus flavor was just right. Not so strong that its off putting, and not so weak that it gets drowned out by some of the other flavors. Its a great initial flavor up front. Then the lemon grass flavor gives way to the coriander flavor that seemed to be combined with the sweetness of Belgian yeast. It was a great herbal and sweet mixture that I haven't experienced before. There really wasn't much of a back end flavor change on this one, and that was my favorite part. Not necessarily because I like the absence of a back end or an aftertaste, but more so because this meant there was no annoying banana flavor that seems to ruin many of the other beers in this category. It simply wasn't there anywhere. Good work Dogfish Head!

I would have to say that as far as I am concerned, this witbier from Dogfish Head has climbed right into the upper tier of the category. I really enjoyed it, and that's a rarity for me for this style. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, refreshing beer during these summer months. Its light enough to drink it without much thought, but has enough body and interesting characteristics to make it a good conversation piece for those who need it.

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