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Sah'tea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,602 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,602
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 128
Gots: 157 | FT: 4
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Ancient Ale is a modern take on a 9th-century Finnish beer.

The wort for Sah'tea is caramelized over white-hot river rocks, and the beer is fermented with a German weizen yeast. In addition to juniper berries foraged from the Finnish countryside, Sah'tea is flavored with black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and black pepper.

The spicing is subtle and balanced, and Sah'tea is a highly-quaffable, truly unique brew with a full mouthfeel.

6 IBU

(Beer added by: DarkerTheBetter on 09-28-2008)
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Maction

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This is a glowing tangerine color with a gold background. The big bubbles stay on the bottom of the chalice, with tiny ones throughout. No head to speak of, but a bit of haze on top.

S: I mostly smell chai spices, clove, vanilla, honey, and a little lemon and ale underneath.

T: This follows the smell very well, which was disappointing. A little bit of Belgian double, quickly obscured by all of the chai spices and creaminess.

M: Thick, not quite chewy mouth feel, stinging carbonation, and semi-viscous.

D: This reminds me of soured orange juice: sweetness, acidity, and spicy flavors that don't seem to belong. If there was less chai flavor, it would be more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 16:17:49 | More by Maction
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rhinos00

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color. Produces two fingers width of white head.

S- The chai is really dominant in this one, still very pleasant. Also getting wafts of other herbal type plants, such as ginger, coriander and juniper.

T- Much milder taste than the aroma. Has a steady herbal flavor up front with the chai shining through. There is a very welcoming sweetness in the finish. A little too one dimensional at times.

M- Medium to light bodied. Some carbonation.

D- I always enjoy these beers, but in small doses. The flavor is so unique that too much can dull the senses. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall, a unique beer that I highly recommend sharing with someone.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 22:53:58 | More by rhinos00
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour from the big bottle leaves me 3/4 full of beer with 4" of foam. By the time I can write this sentence, however, the foam dissipates to a thin layer. The liquid looks light in color, but opaque nonetheless. I always think minimal light passage adds an appealing dimension of mystery to beers like this.

The smell is kinda weird. I definitely smell the rye and, honestly, that's not one of my favorites. I can't identify the juniper berries, and that's disappointing. I do smell what must be the hot rock smokiness. Still, it smells more like a tea than a beer.

It tastes like a hot tea served cold. It's got an herbal feel to it, and a sweetness I attribute to the juniper berries. It's also got a Belgian feel to it, in both the taste and smell--maybe that's the rye?. Oddly (because I hardly ever drink them), it reminds me of a Hoegarden. Like a tea (and perhaps a Hoegarden), you could serve it with a lemon. This is the Dogfish big bottle for girls. It's light and crisp, and almost tastes good for you. I really wonder what it'd be like served pipin' hot like hot tea. It's really difficult to judge because it's so in a class by itself (how many sahti-style beers are there, really), a characteristic of Dogfish Head I really appreciate. It's too weird, though, for me to call it a good beer, but I like it more than your average tea.

The Dogfish beers seem to always offer good mouthfeels. They're appropriately carbonated, and maybe the novelty of their ingredients makes them more fresh. It's a light, lemon-like, tea sort of effect. I call it a rye beer only after that. Its sweet juniper berries mesh with rye and chai tea. Where its weirdness might hurt it elsewhere, I think it really makes the mouthfeel. It's really neat to just sit and hold this one, furrowing your brows as it piques your curiosity.

Drinkability is good because it's so unique and light. It's not exceptionally good because the beer is so weird. Though you could certainly wonder about and enjoy this beer all the way thru a serving, I don't think this is one you pound in one sitting to discover (like you might an Abyss or some other complex RIS). It's no doubt another extraordinary DFH concoction worthy of any craft brew collection.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 22:33:17 | More by marvin213
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle with cap. Glass was a wide snifter.

A- Orange with no head. Looks very light in color (but is not transucent at all). Looks viscous, like oil in water. Strange.

S- Fruity spices invite a deeper sniff. Very nice. Clove and cinnamon.

T- The juniper is here. Orangey notes as well. Tart and playful on the tongue. Very well done, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found, save for a little warming at the end. The chai aftertaste is a very nice final note. Spiced perfectly. A very unique and special beer.

M- Full-bodied, this beer imparts a very nice aftertaste and flavor that sits with you.

D- This beer is a special brew, not an everyday sipper. The alcohol is COMPLETELY hidden, too. DFH is really blurring the line between craft beer and wine. Very cool stuff.

DFH, your 750s are amazing... I've got a couple stored away and will keep doing so if they keep being this good...

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 00:56:19 | More by ShogoKawada
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, my first sahti. Pours a slightly hazed, light golden color with a small yet full head. Foam didn't last very long, a bit sticky lacing.
Smell of yeasty biscuit, ginger, some sweet corn, bit of coriander. Sweet yet spicey, but neither are huge.
Taste follows. A crisp sourness up front, with some sweet ginger and biscuit coming towards the end. Light feel to it, some tingly-ness from the yeast and carbonation.
A good beer. Like a heavy wit, but heavy in a flavor way. The ginger and some clove remind me of a Christmas ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 18:09:13 | More by Mebuzzard
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nate4g63

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light in color, decent head that didn't hang around too long. Evrything I tasted still comes back to the Chai spice. It's a great flavor. very crisp and easy to drink at 9%. Very glad I got to try it. I don't think I'd always have it in my fridge, but once in a while it would be a nice treat. If you have the chance give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 17:08:36 | More by nate4g63
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CHickman

New York

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Dogfish Head brewpub on tap. Poured gold with a small head and smelled like ginger. It tastes like ginger, ginger ale, menthol, rye and cough medicine poured in a light ale or lager; malt and hop flavor mixed in lightly towards the end, which somehow made it enjoyable and refreshing.

It's a very strange and complex beer, but not everyone's cup of tea (pun intended). I liked it and thought it was decent, but it's not an all nighter.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-06-2009 01:04:18 | More by CHickman
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farrago

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pure white microfoam head which diminishes swiftly, thick streaks of lacing slides down quickly. Glowing golden haze in the glass, more orange bronze in the middle, widely dispersed bubbles appear throughout. Juniper, wood smoke, orange peel, persimmon to peach fruit and clove stick forceful in the nose, whereas the individual scents have considerable intensity, you're more impressed by the collective lift into a wet perfumed cloud. Full-bodied, thick foamy carbonation makes it denser and more block-like. So, while there's air pockets present you get more of a totally full sensation cheek-to-cheek. Lemon, grapefruit citrus like meringue pie, the clove and juniper add muskiness to the floral touches. Persimmon, peach, apricot, pear fruit, close to kiwi or papaya without the juiciness. The light smokiness is sweet throughout, the breadiness like a warm waffle. The sour tea leaf comes through, doesn't add much sweetness in turn. The strength in the flavors ensures an extended finish.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-05-2009 21:03:56 | More by farrago
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a word: sweet.

To actually review it, I will start by noting that it pours a cloudy pale yellow, with minimal head. Surprisingly, there does seem to be some carbonation when it is actually going down the hatch, but it looks pretty still in the glass.

Smell is interesting: sweet with a vague hint of spiciness. Can't pinpoint the specific spices referenced on the label, but there is a hint of complexity here.

Taste is even more interesting. A mild sweetness is by far the dominant characteristic, followed by a slight hint of bananas. There is absolutely no hint of hoppiness or other bitterness, so it seems in some ways to be like drinking a mildly flavored Belgian ale. Why? Perhaps it is the yeast flavor, but I did get a strong sense that was closely related to their Red & White, sampled a while back.

It does have a full, if mild flavor, and is very drinkable for something that claims 9%.

Overall, a unique experience. Fun to try, but not an everyday beer that I would expect many to want on a daily basis.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-05-2009 20:18:30 | More by bgjohnston
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Brad007

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice blondish-amber color with a thin, one-finger head into my fluted tulip

Aroma is full of banana and clove with a faint hint of juniper in the nose.

Taste is full of clove, juniper and has a tea-like feel to it in the texture. Unusual ingredients but they come together well.

Mouthfeel is full of raisin, clove and juniper. Tea-like texture remains as well.

Interesting beer with interesting ingredients. Unorthodox but very drinkable. Not sure if I'd buy it again but it was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-05-2009 14:56:56 | More by Brad007
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deereless

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of wet straw, minimal head, ever so slightly on the side of opaque - 3.50, S: The juniper berries mentioned on the label dominate the nose, a slight woody aroma, what I perceive as ginger - 4.00, T: There is an unusual sweetness to the beer that I can't pinpoint - similar to pureed raisins though that could very well be the juniper, possibly a little honey in the beer??, I read that the beer was fermented with a weizen yeast and that definitely imparts some clove flavors, a touch of alcohol is evident, also a hint of wood in the beer - 3.50, M: Slightly syrupy - 3.50, D: This is my first Sahti beer so I don't have much to which to compare, but I must say I find it quite enjoyable, at the same time the sweetness factor is a little on the high side which means it has its limits in my book - 3.75

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-04-2009 01:24:00 | More by deereless
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with tb 69 and later w/ abru17. Poured chilled into a goblet.
A - A light golden w/ amber highlights, mildly hazed w/ ½ inch of cream colored head. The cap falls to a ring after settling leaving no lace , a minute beading forms

S - Lots of juniper, mild tea and malt aroma w/ plenty of herbal odors which are fragrant and the juniper is the dominating scent which is sweet not bitter and not overly woody more berry-like

M - crisp and lively carbonation which has plenty of creamy effects on the palate. The feel has a mild fruity sweetness w/ subtle nutty textures and a lightly spiced finish.

T - A flavor that is both creamy/ mild malt nuttiness and herbal w/ a subtle spice from the juniper w/ a mellow warmth of alcohol. Sweet notes come through but the herbal quality is most prominent w/ a mild juniper woody element that has a sweet berry tea like flavor and the chai seems to give a vanilla like toasted bean flavor.

D - A slightly creamy/malty example w/ plenty of spiciness of chai and earthy seed like qualities. A very quaffable brew, quite a tasty version of a Sahti - I am glad I got the bottle which I preferred over the draft version.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-01-2009 23:48:31 | More by Slatetank
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nrbw23

Ohio

2.28/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin white head.

S- Smells of spices and quite a bit of tea. A touch of malts not really any hops here.

T- Lots of the chai. Could also pick up some spices and bready tastes. Again, chai seemed to dominate this one.

M- Fairly light to medium in body and same with the carbonation.

D- Did not like this one at all.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-29-2009 14:13:41 | More by nrbw23
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Armanetti's a few day ago - first time in a long time that I've been stoked about a new Dogfish release. Shared with friends over dinner - served in a red wine glass (limited options at the restaurant).

A - A dime of quick-dissolving egg-white foam that leaves a ring and minimal lacing. Hazed golden apricot color with no obvious carbonation.

S - Chai! Tastes like more traditional Sahti (well, like the two other kinds I've had - neither of which was Finnish), but with Chai. The combination works really well strangely enough - I think there's enough overlap in the spices (cloves, cardamon, etc.) that the flavors blend seamlessly into one another. The medicinal herbs and juniper character starts to take over a bit as the brew warms up. I'm not getting any of the rye promised on the bottle.

T - The taste has less of the awesome chai notes, and more of the traditional herbal and juniper flavors. Not bad, just not nearly as interesting as the aroma. A bit of rye sourness comes out in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation tingle, otherwise pretty smooth and satisfactory. Reminds me of the other Sahti that I've tried, so I guess it's style-appropriate.

D - For a 9% brew this is super drinkable. None of the taste aspects ever get out of hand (sweetness, medicinal, spice, etc.) and the ABV is incredibly well hidden, which is hit and miss with other DFH brews. While the carbonation is a little burning it never gets bloaty. I think all of us were sad when the bottle was emptied, and I strongly considering walking over the Armanetti's to get another one (until I realized it closes early on Sundays).

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-29-2009 13:48:32 | More by MasterSki
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

capped 750ml bottle

Cool label, as is expected from DFH. Pours a hazy orange brown color with a large fluffy peach colored head. Nice, lively aroma, chai tea, corriander, clove, honey, banana and a unique bitterness. Very sweet, honey notes again, some low laying smokiness, some spice, slightly bitter and herbal on the late finish, viscous but soft in body with no alcohol heat. Nothing screams Juniper except for that late bitterness, and its more twiggy than fruity. Not sure if this one was worth the hyped up waiting period, but a damn fine beer none the less. Better have friends with you if you're not a fan of sweet beers, more so picture a sweet hefe, with 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-28-2009 21:52:49 | More by ATPete
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh.. after months of waiting, Sah'tea is finally here.. By far one of the most creative, unique (though, of course, something is unique or it isn't, there isn't a gradient of uniqueness), and interesting beers from Dogfish yet.. To the extent that, assuming you've done just a basica level of research into the beer before trying it, the level of anticipation is fairly huge. The pout is a surprisingly vibrant orange with a slight whitish head. Looks sort of like orange soda (moreso than, say, dayquil) with some deeper hues in the center. The aroma is spicy, very complex. The chai has a strong presence. There is a hint of maybe smoke (from the hot rocks?). The flavor is also extremely complex. Strong chai presence (though I don't like chai tea really, and I do like the beer). A bit of fruitiness from the juniper, and a lot of complex spices in it. NOT spice like black pepper in a belgian style, just a strange tea-like spice complexity. Mouth and Drionkability are typical of dogfish ales.. Mouth is on the lighter side of full-bodied and is somewhat reminiscient of a hefeweizen (as is its drinkability). It is very, very easily drinkable. I could see drinking 2 bottles and it hides the abv quite well. All around it isn't mind-blowing but it is very good and extremely interesting. Certainly not like anything else I've ever had

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-28-2009 01:46:10 | More by BirdFlu
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just had on-tap at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg.

First off, the abv is 9%.

Appearance was a bright yellow, a little cloudy but fairly bright.

Smell contained many spices, cardamom and orange being the most predominant.

Taste - despite the very interesting way it was made and the rare ingredients, it tasted like a pretty standard hefeweizen to me. Very well-balanced, in fact, which is rare for Dogfish Head. Spices did not dominate. I could tell it was more complex than most hefeweizens, but it was hard to distinguish why.

Mouthfeel was fairly light, normal for its style.

Drinkability - fairly good because of its balance.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed. Dogfish Head is my favorite brewery, but this and the Theobroma, despite the unique ingredients and history behind them, have not had the punch that their other rarer beers have. Sah'tea is definitely worth a try, especially for hefeweizen lovers, but the taste wasn't anything exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-26-2009 20:08:15 | More by WorldWideStout
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a small pilsner glass. Appeared a bright, but hazy, yellow with a white head. I know Sam put a lot of work into this, but to me it really just tastes like an over-spiced wit. There's a hit of sweet, fruity berries and juniper spice plus a not of black pepper, but this beer comes off like a mess and its hard to understand the layers that were put into it. For what it's worth, I'd suggest dialing the recipe back a bit and letting more individual flavors standout.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-25-2009 12:22:25 | More by tempest
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Casey10

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be a good beer the ABV is listed as 9.0 ABV on the bottle. I have submitted a update to BA.

This beer reminds me of a alot of some Belgian beers while I can say I have never had this style before.

A - is a light orange haze with small head of foam when poured.

S - Can smell the berries maybe faint citrus, earthy.

T - better as it warms up taste a lot like some belgians I have had in the past. again very earthy.

M - Dry mouthfeel almost wine like.

D - I can tell this is good. I am not sure if it my stlye but good.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-22-2009 23:02:46 | More by Casey10
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So...Chai tea and juniper berries, huh? Only other Sahti I've tried was from Nogne Ø so don't confuse me with any maven of the style...the Duvel tulip seems like it'll work just fine for this one. Mild "pffft" of the cap.

Pours a very cloudy, farmhouse-ish flat and ultra viscous honey gold with a fair amount of lemon pith. Relatively translucent - active yet sparse carbonation is visible from the bottom up. One downer is really no head to speak of - just a couple of yeast wisps. This is really almost gelatinous, it's so thick.

Well, I can definitely make out the juniper and a little honey with a lot of deep sweetness. Can make out the spicing of the Chai tea very nicely. Not sure of the style guidelines but this smells pretty damn good to me. Just a little bit of mild yeast electricity here.

As comforting and viscous as it looks and smells, it rolls down the gullet the same way. There are all of the nice elements of juniper, Chai, clove and a light note of honey sweetness. A bit of dryness from the yeast clearing everything out keeps everything pretty clean, even with the gravity of it all. Quite good. It's not the shock to the system that the new(er) world Nogne Ø offering was - this seems more subtle and mellow.

I really enjoy the palate feel of this one. It has a heavy quotient at first but the yeast and spiciness really dry it up well for the weight class while also keeping it very clean and refreshing on the finish. Almost spritely from the juniper (which is not overstated...its own blessing) and the mild Chai tea spicing. Very even-keeled and excellent.

First Sammy C. digs out the Old Odense Ale in a collaboration with NB. Now this. Nothing like playing old B-sides people haven't heard in a while...or ever! This is a fine offering that drinks quite well - maybe the heft and viscosity make it at least somewhat of a sipper, but it's enjoyable all the way through. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-22-2009 22:32:49 | More by IBUnit63
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with a thin white head.

There are lots of spices in the nose here backed up with some fruitiness that is both yeasty and actual fruit-like in its origins.

I probably would have guessed this was some sort of wit. Spices are everywhere and rather varied in their flavors; I only really pick up coriander and cammomile. Next comes a slight berry-type flavor and a yeasty bannana flavor. Overall, I would describe the overall flavor profile of this beer as a wit mixed with some sort of tea.

Mouthfeel is thick, full, almost creamy. Slightly coating like a toned down braggot.

I liked this beer, and it is rather easy to drink. However, at ten bucks a pour it is not easy to afford.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-21-2009 03:54:34 | More by Hojaminbag
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ BTAH.

Pours cloudy yellow with a slight orange tint, small white head.

Nose is very wit like - citrus, clover, yeast, bit of banana.

Taste is yeast, citrus, spicy, dry, round. Just a bit of smooth, tart fruit presence from the juniper berries, but otherwise very similar to a Wit, and a good one at that.

Light body, creamy but crisp carbonation. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

02-17-2009 14:41:52 | More by JohnQVegas
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw gold with thin bright white head. Good retention and some nice sticky lacing. Smells of fruits, citrus, wheat, honey, yeast, spices, and some musty attic. Tastes of oranges, melon, and pears up front then honey, wheat, yeast, banana, and clove along with some other spices like coriander and ginger. Some funky earth notes make an appearance before some lemon zest finishes off the flavor palate. Medium in body with great carbonation, very light but poppy. Smooth and crisp, very easy to drink, well balanced, and unique.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

01-16-2009 00:13:03 | More by HopDerek
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fully clouded orange yellow with a thin white head. Nose is interesting. It's like a mix of a hefeweizen and a touch of fruit. Flavor is extremely smooth. Not really sure how to quantify it. It's like a hefe with it's earthiness. But there is another level of earthiness to it. Fruits, flowers, and all the nice pretty things Mother Earth has to offer. Just absolutely smooth. Feel is very slick and smooth on liquid. Carbonation is low and noticeable but doesn't interfere with the liquid feel. I have to say, this is a damn good and drinkable beer. Dogfish delivers again, but with something I could drink 4 or 5 of. Really an excellent beer.

Bottle this and put it in the right hands and you've got a great rival to wine for something to drink alongside food.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

10-15-2008 18:42:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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extremelybland

New York

4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed 2 pints of this at the brewpub alongside some of the best calamari you'll find anywhere. I had zero expectations on this one, since I had never heard of it, never seen it, and knew nothing. One never knows what to expect from Sam and the boys.

Poured a cloudy yellow with an orange tinge, thin white lacing remains intact.

Aroma bright banana and lemon; sour... obviously a wheat yeast doing the work on this one.

Taste.. thick rolling mouth-feel meets perfect carbonation to form an almost neutral feel. Becomes more and more quaffable with every sip. Flavor hits with a barnyardy orange with an amazing clean finish of lemon and gentle spice. DFH says we've got india black tea in here.. and indeed the finish reminds me of a sip of clean hard water black tea. Hops barely show in the background but provide a most perfect balance. Amazing!

Drinkability will rival anything you can think of, and sitting there with their buttermilk calamari made for a near euphoric experience.

PLEASE somebody tell them to put this in a champagne bottle and let us all have some more of what might be the most well-balanced thing to ever flow from our friends at Dogfish Head!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

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