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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

948 Ratings

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 73
Gots: 129 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Positive Contact is the second batch of the Imperial Belgian-Style Wheat beer that Sam and Ben brewed a couple months back. For this batch, we stepped up the spice and cider additions. Instead of 200 lbs of apples, Ben pressed 300 lbs of organic Fuji apples for a total addition of 25 gallons of fresh pressed cider, which was added to the whirlpool in order to really bring out the cider character. The amount of cilantro was nearly quadrupled with 4 lbs total, which was pureed with a portion of the cider and then added after the boil was done. The cayenne was doubled, but added directly before the beer was transferred from the kettle to the fermenter in an effort to minimize the burn while increasing the flavor and aroma contributed. A different type of wit yeast was used and then fermented slightly cooler to keep the yeast character minimal and act as a supporting role to the main players the cider and spices. Lastly, this batch was boiled for less time than the original batch, leaving the beer with a lighter straw color than the amberish hue of batch #1.

Overall, Positive Contact is characterized by its bright spritzy cider character and autumnal herbal quality derived from the cilantro, cayenne, and yeast.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: THECPJ on 12-28-2011)
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

cwxc818, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Brown120, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mendvicdog, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bilco, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ridgeline23, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head, amber color body with slight haze.

Smell drips with Belgian yeast and banana-like esters, very much like a hefeweizen or a sweet tripel.

The spicing here works really well to keep it from being too sweet. Not particularly appley, but a bid of dryish cider. The cayenne in particular you can kinda feel on the finish. Cilantro is not really forward, but kinda lends a bit of extra vegetal quality to it.

The spice gives a little tingle, otherwise kinda standard.

Kinda straddles the definition between wit and tripel at 9%, and it's good. Nothing about it is bizarre, but it's well balanced, considering the ingredients.

zaphodchak, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

scottyshades, Jul 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Beer4Baltimore, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

getinked, Jul 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

marct, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer is a medium to light gold, with a finger high
bubbly head. It dissipates fast leaving little lacing.
The smell is apple, yeast and cider.
The taste is just as announced on the label. Very drinkable beer with good carbonation. For originality of brewing, I give it a 4.5 overall.

Hopfenpeter, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of luvND
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter, really thick creamy head with lacing down the glass.

Smell is fruity, yeast, banana. Cant get much apple or cayenne.

Taste is very reminiscent of the PJ 20 brew. Very wheaty up front, faint apple, really subtle cayenne, herbal, cloves. Finishes slightly medicinal but clean. Alcohol is well concealed. As it warms, I get the apple a little more.

Agree w others that mouthfeel is slick and creamy, much less effervescent than expected.

Overall: A nice, albeit expensive, summer brew. Refreshing and clean. Dangerously hides alcohol amount. Wish the cayenne and apple were a little more prominent.

luvND, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Maseitz, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

AlexChillton, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MarkyMOD, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

JohnLynch, Jul 12, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to The CPJ

Pours a hazy dark gold with a creamy white head that settles to a think cap and some sudsy bubbles. Smells like...a Witbier. Maybe a bit of apple cider and cilantro, but mainly just a banana-forward Wit yeast. Bland. Taste is similarly dominated by a Wit yeast, lots of banana and clove, a touch of apple, and grassy herbs. Not getting any of the cayenne. Tastes like Namaste with some apple. Smooth mouthfeel, fairly creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a pretty bland, uninspired beer that tastes like any other Dogfish beer.

jsanford, Jul 12, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head, very visible carbonation coming up from the center of the glass.
smells of apple, yeast.. a bit like a cider/brett saison.
the taste is very fruity.. a bit tart/sour.. a bit spicy in the finish. apples, pepper, bready yeast flavor. best tasting wheat beer i've ever had.
medium body, very creamy, nicely carbonated. refreshingly crisp with a sweet yet dry finish.
overall a great beer. the style says itbier but it honestly drinks more like a saison. either way, it's delicious and a very nice summer ale.

facundoCNB, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

let8it8grow, Jul 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

djtomain, Jul 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

buzze40, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clean golden color with two fingers if white head that dissapates on the slow side and leavs some spots of lacing.

S: smells like a wheat beer, I can get a touch of cayenne on the end. Also a bit of a cider note, but the wheat beerness is deffinatly dominating here.... Wish the label of the beer had mentioned that. I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers. Maybe I should have researched the beer more...

T: deffinatly a belgiany wheat beer, and now after having looked up this brew I can see its an imperial wit... There is a bunch of spicyness going on here, none of which I am a particular fan off, really not my style... Cloveyness, bubblegum, a touch of cayenne on the finish, I really don't get to much of the cider either a slight Appleness if I hold it in my mouth.

M: medium bodied with medium crisp carbonation,

O: I did not particularly enjoy this.... A wheat beer with subtle apple character and a load of spice.... Particularly Belgian yeast spice which really dominates this brew.... Maybe enjoyable to some... But not me.

PeterIngemi, Jul 08, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Duvel Snifter, a beautiful clear blonde yellow with a light orange hue. Very heavy lacing and a strong white head of two fingers on the top.

S: Crisp Fuji Apple, with an herbal presence from a blending of cilantro, cayenne and farro. Good witbier doughy yeast presence, not overdone to pronounce clove or banana esters.

T: Of the spices, the cilantro is the most subtle, but neither is overdone or defeating of the apple flavor. Aside from the fact that I cannot name an a beer that uses Apple's in it offhand, (not hard cider), this has come together quite nicely and I think is an exceptional Witbier. The Cilantro is just gently present, not overtaking the Cayenne, a normally very potent hot spice. How these three spices were chosen, I applaud how well they have come together. Usually when a beer is incorporating Chipotle peppers or cayenne peppers they are overdone, to make them really known. Here they seem to be used as additional flavor that I think is phenomenally done.

M: Medium body for a Witbier. Good level of carbonation, clearly present coming up from the "D" etched in the bottom of my Duvel glass.

O: I have a hard time understating how much I appreciate this beer. I am not just saying this because Delton 3030 is probably my favorite album of all time and the fact that I am anxiously awaiting 3030 The Return in September (assuming the time frame is kept). I am really saying it because this beer is very well done. The yeast is not obnoxiously strong, the beer is not too overdone in any one area of Apple, Cilantro, or Cayenne, and these flavors are all distinctly different which makes this beer very good in my book. I am looking forward to the 4 beers that I have left of this. Very well done DFH.

alpinebryant, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JohneHoodlum, Jul 08, 2012
Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
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